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- sovgrod, inwbich the youth of several so bright, and the lady. so fair, and thre mblo e families,a tvere Limplicated and soldier so handsome, that when he sütfenud seapitals punishments. The stallied of love Daphne was pleased to bodies of thote bof the ringlanders, Wege bear it, and lorig before Hay light apo hanging aata short distance from the speared, and in that very place they 2 sepulchre under the guardianship of a agreed, to marry in the morning. But eboldier.ac This punishment was con- now the soldier mcollected his duty, sidered so disgraceful, that formerly, and not without anxiety returned to

on a similar occasion, the friends of where he had left the three bodics. the hulprits, had during the night, To his utter astonishment and dismay ai stolen the bodies and interred them one of the bodies had been stolen; and s privately. To prevent in future such under the conviction that his own gato occurrence, à law was passed that must supply its place, he ran with

stvould a body be stolen, when placed wild affright to take farewell of the ciánder the care of a soldier, that soldier Lady in the sepulchre. She received yakould immediately be hung in its the information with sorrow, especially bplace.

when the soldier declared, that rather 19 The Guardian of the dead, attracted than submit to such a degrading puJiby the light of the sepulchre, drew nishment, he would immediately kill brgently towards it, and never had he himself. But the Lady whose dore erséen loveliness so interesting. The was as ardent now, as her Griet had - tears still flowed from the dark eyes of formerly been, suggested, what imme

Daphne, and her deep sighs, and diately put an end to their calamity. throbbing bosom, witnessed the inten- She desired the soldier, to take the brsity of her suffering. But the night body of her late husband, and place • I was cold, and after having gazed for a it on the gallows instead of the convidong time with rapture on a creature spirator's. The suggestion waspromptHisor lovely and in tears, he at last ly acted on, and the next day witnessed pabethought himself of a bottle of wine the nuptials of Daphne and the Soldier. scand portion of bread which he car. ?o ried along with him. His pity had picbeen long awakened, and the first

REVIEW. p.draught of the wine, encouraged him oftoral, if she would drink? Worn sbiontysinobody and mind, and melted Helidon Hill; a Dramatic - Sketch. -Corfith such unexpected kindness, she tot bapted his offer, and the light. danc

BY SIR WALTER SCOTT, BART. moed again in her eyes, and her sighs Ecce iterum Crispinus!. The ink

mere less frequent, and the soldier of the Fortunes of Nige, is scarcely sudsteeing all this continued to talk kindly dry and lo! forth from the press, bear motosba, and persuaded her to eat and ing the redoubted name of Sir W. - sertion and bother mourning' Daphne Seott, comes, HALIDON HILL odstok the cordial, and looked kindly in Halidon Hill is a dramatic sketch, vertheisoldier's face, while the music of very properly so called for it is noEin her voice was so fascinating, that the thing more; written in two, hots, and ..cdoldier began to rejoice in the fair designed, as we are informed, to illusrocreativo bar restored to animation-:urats military antiquities, and the manand he approached nearer, and beganners of chivalry. We are not the less brfomalle: amorously, and the wine was pleased with this very spirited-sketch

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because we think that the general cha- The army of England, under King Ed. Theter of the manners of chivalry are ward, is descried, and the Scottish lead but little illustrated by it; nor does it erš, being summoned to meet the Reseem to us a matter of import, whether gent, disagree about the artay of battle. it was or was not designed for the In the midst of their quarrel, intellistage. The author, however, seems to gence arrives that the English army is

anticipate the possibility of an attempt, within a mile of their position.:9 Even on the part of the managers of our then their madness continues, and they theatres, to produce it on the stage : brawl about the lead of the vañ. Ado and he declares that if this takes place, vised by Swinton, they retire to debate it shall be solely at the peril of those in the Regent's tent; but the knight is who make such an experiment. This himself excluded, on account of the disclaimer does not very well accord small number of his followers. Young with the motto borne on the title-page: Gordon, not knowing him, resolves to Knights, Squires, and Steeds shall enter on remain with him. On learning his

name from Vipont, he is with difficulty But we think that the managers of our restrained from rushing, sword in hand, theatres will not undertake such costly on the man by whom his father fell. peril, as might seriously alarm thé Maxwell issues from the Regent's tent, maiden bashfulness of our apprehen- announcing that all is confusion and sive writer; for the only part of this uproar within; and Gordon learns drama, which seems calculated to pro- that Swinton is the only man in the duce much effect on the stage-the host, who can put the Scottish army scene in which the Abbot appears—is on an equality with the enemy. The not very probable. We should make Regent and Chiefs now come forth, and

this assertion, even if it had actually Douglas finds a remedy for their conoccurred. But it seems that Lord tention about the command of the vari,

Byron and Sir W. S., may write dra- in the senseless expedient of waiting mas and disclaim that responsibility the attack of the enemy, as the army which less popular writers are obliged stands on the hill, utterly exposed toithe to court; while they may reap the ad- English arrow-shot. The madness of vantage of whatever success attends this resolve is shown by Swinton, the experiment of the managers. who asks permission to lead a body The following is a Programme of the of horse to attack the English bowmen, piece.

and implores the chiefs to lay aside The scene opens with the arrival of their feuds in this hour of need. A. DouAdam de Vipont, a Knight Templar, glas denies this request, and calls for under the guidance of the Prior of the youths who expect knighthood from Majson-Dieu, (after an absence of 12 his sword. When Gordon is named, years in the wars of Palestine) before he refuses to be knighted by any but Halidon Hin, which is occupied by the Sir Alan Swinton. The Lords Lennox Regent Douglas. Sir Alan Swinton, a and Maxwell, recommended the consiknight of gigantic stature and great deration of Swinton's counsel; but the

prowess, relates to Vipont the reduced Regent tauntingly replies, that he may Bel number of his followers, and the loss attack the English bowmen, with his

of his four sofis in a feud with the Gor-fair threescore horsemen.' Gordon, te dons, the vengeance taken for their however, declares his resolution to join ze deaths, and the increased power of the him with all his followers. Gordon

present youthful head of the Gordons. I and Swinton arc entirely reconciled,

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and in Hob Hattely, a notorious cattle Gordon rushing on them with Vipont, Teaver, Swinton finds a guide to a flank is made prisoner, and immediately after attack on the English.

sinks down and dies. In Act II. while the English chiefs There is something grand in the deare impatiently waiting the sounding voted spirit in which Gordon follows of the charge, the Abbot of Waltham- Swinton, surrendering his hereditary stow enters, to demand certain tithes hatred to the exigencies of his counwithheld from his house by Lord Chan- try, But the incident, as related, seems

dos; and, on the entrance of the King, altogether beyond our nature. It were informs him that Chandos had termed indeed a sublime spectacle, to behold

his grace a rat-catcher. Chandos, in a young man performing the last pious return, tells the King that the Abbot "offices, and closing, with a friendly

had declared it was sinful in the King's hand, the dying eyes of him by whom chaplain to have caught up a secular his father fell : but that man is not the weapon, and so to have secured the life individual to whom he would in any and liberty of Edward, when he was in situation, much less in the midst of great peril from Swinton in a night at- carnage, discourse of the power pos

tack; and that the chaplain's soul is sessed by his mistress to move the feeltherefore in purgatory. The King ings by her skill in music. questions the Abbot sharply, who is The clamor made by the Abbot for glad to compound with Chandos for his tithes, in the front of tivo armies on his tithes, so he will take off the King. the very point of engaging, is altogether Chandos immediately sees, in front of improbable. And this incident is the the army, that which induces Edward more objectionable, not only as it into command the attack to be made in- volves none of those sublime sentiments stantly. Great havoc is made by the which accompany the other, as proper English bowmen, when Swinton and to the sacrifice of deadly hatred; but Gordon are descried rushing forward as it borders on the ridiculous. from a thicket under the hill, and the We shall insert a few extracts for the King rushes out crying

gratification of our readers :to the rescue

when I parted hence for Palestine, Lords, to the rescue! ha, St. George, St. The brows of most were free from grizzled pboc Edward.

hair. Swinton and Gordon are victorious over

Prtor. the English vanguard ; and Gordon Too true alas ! But well you know, in telates his love, and the accomplish- Scotland, ments of the lady of whom he is ena

Fewhairs are silver'd underncáth the helmet; moured. Vipont enters, and they learn

Tís cowls like mine which bide them.

Mongst the laity, that no aid is sent to them from the War's the

rash reaper, who thrusts in his mam army. Swinton would fain pro- Before the grain is white Tsickle iae for the safety of Gordon by send.

After Swinton has related to Vipont ing him to the Regent; but he refuses the feud between his house and that of to go, and they once more charge the Gordon, he proceeds :

enemy. They fall, desperately woundBed the English pass over them, and

yet, in earnest, they bee the Right of their countrymer.

I pray De Vipont, you would join the

Gordon, Figi Swinton aies Edward enters at-1 In this high

Bettle. 'Tis a poble youth. tended by the British leaders and Baliol, so farãe doth vouch him, -amorous, gniek, the pretender to the Scottish crown.

and valiant,

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my father.

SWINTOX.

SWINTON.

Takes knighthood, too, this day, and well Deserts, that he may wreak a private wrong may use

Look to yon banner--that is Scotland's Hisspurs too rashly in the wish to win them, standard ;

[neral A friend like thee beside him in the fight, Look to the Regent-he is Scotland's geWere worth a hundred spears, to rein his Look to the English-they are Scotland's valor

foemen!

[land, And temper it with prudence :-'tis the Bethink thee, then, thou art a son of Scotaged eagle

And think on nought beside. Teaches his brood to gazę upon the sun,

GORDON, With eye undazzled.

He hath come here to brave me!--Off! VIPONT.

Unhand ine! Alas, brave Swinton! Wouldst thou train Thou can’st not be my father's ancient friend, the hunter

That stand'st ’twixt me and him who slew. That soon must bring thee to the bay ? Your custom,

VIPONT. Four most unchristian, sayage, fiend-like You know not Swinton. Scarce one pascustom,

sing thought

(soul Binds Gordog to avenge his father's death, of his high mind was with you ; now, his

Is fix'd on this day's battle. You might Why, be it so ! I look for nothing else :

slay him

(drawn. My part was actød when I slew his father, Ag unawares before he saw your blade Avenging my four.sons—Young Gordon's, Stand still, and watch him close. sword,

[there If it should tiņd my heart, can ne'er inflict

Enter MAXWELL, from the Tent.
A pang so poignant as his father's did.
But I would perish by a noble hand, How go our councils, Maxwell, may I ask?
And such will his be if he bear him nobly,

MAXWELL.
Nobly and wisely on this field of Halidon. As wild, as if the very wind and sea

When Vipont rctires with Gordon With every breeze and every billow battled to make known the name of Swinton, For their precedence. the latter looking after them exclaims :

(spirit; 'Tis a brave youth. How blush'd his Tomock their valor, robs them of discretion.

Most sure they are possess'd! Some evil noble cheek,

Fie, fie, upon't!-0 that Dunfermline's While youthful modesty, and the embar

tomb rassment

Could render up The Bruce! that Spain's Of curiosity, combined with wonder,

red shore And half suspicion of some slight intended, Could give us back the good Lord James All mingled in the fush ; but soon 'twill

of Douglas !

[terror, deepen

Or that fierce Randolph, with his voice of Into revenge's glow. How slow is Vipont! Were here, to awe these brawlers to subI wait the issue, as I've seen spectators

mission. Suspend the motion even of the eye-lids, When the slow gunner, with his lighted Thou hast perused him at more leisure now,

VIPONT (to GORPON.) match, Approach'd the charged cannon, in the act

GORDON, Towaken its dread slwnbers. Now'tisout; I see the giant form which all men speak of, He draws his sword, and rushes towards me. The stately port—but not the sullen eye, Who will not seck nor shun him.. Not the blood-thirsty look, that should be Enter GORDON, withheld by Viront.

long

To him that made me orphan. I shall need VIPONT.

To name my father twice ere I can strike Hold, for the sake of heaven !0, for the At such grey hairs, and face of such comsake

mand; of your dear country, hold!--Has Swinton Yet my hand clenches on my falchion-bilt, slain your father,

[cide, In token he shall die. And müst ye therefore be yourself a patriAnd stand tecorded as the selfie traitor,

When Gordon and Swinton are Whojaher hour of need, his country's cause about to commence their attack on

SWINTON,

SWINTON.

!

the English bows, the following scene With foliage and with flowers. Give me takes place

thay hand. LENNOX

GORDON.

My hand and heart ! And freely now Firewell,' brave friend !and farewell,

to fight! noble Gordon,

We had marked several passages Whose sun will be eclipsed even as it rises ! Thç Regent will not aid you.

for extraction, but our press of matter

this weck forbids us to insert them, We will so bear us, that as soon the blood. hound

(comrade Shall halt

, and take no part, what time his' Bracebridge Hall; or the Humorists. Is grappling with the deer as he stand still, and see us overmatch'd,

BY GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT.

2 vols. Svo, LENNOX. Alas! thou dost not know how mean his No sooner has Mr. W. Irving made pride is, ..

himself deservedly popular in Britain, How strong his envy,

and acquired that reputation which SWINTON.

[him. mixes much pleasure with our expecThen will we dię, and leave the shame with tations of a new work from him, than

[Exit LENNOX. he prepares to leave us ; bearing with VIPONT (60 GORDON.)

him, across the depths of the Atlantic, What ails thee, noble youth? What means the good wishes of all who can be con

this pause ? Thou dost not rue thy generosity ?

ciliated by an amiable disposition, or

interested in the fate of genius. Were GORDON. I have been hurried on by a strong impulse, all American and British authors actu. Like to a bark that scuds before the storm, ated by # spirit conciliatory as that Till driven upon some strange and distant which breathes in the writings of Mr. coast,

(forgiven ? 1 W. I., much acrimony and much vioWhich never pilot dream'd of.-Have I ppt lence would be spared ; and many a And am I not still fatherless!

prejudice would be softened, which we Gordon, no;

lament to see yet flourishing in fancorFor while we live, I am a father to thee. ous vigor, and maturing the seeds of

GORDON. (not be, future bickerings and long-lived ani* Thou, Swinton ?--no! that canno, can- mosities. We are grieved to learn, from SWINTON.

an authority so respectable as Mr. I., Then change the phrase, and say, that that though among all the liberal and while we live,

(therless, enlightened minds of his countrymen Gordon shall be my son.-If thou art faAm I not childless toa? Bethink thee, among all those which eventually give Gordon,

(fire, a tone to national opinion- there exists Onur death-feud was not like the hpusehold a cordial desire to be on terms of courWhich the poor peasant hides among its tesy and friendship..there exists, un

embers, Tomoulderon, and wait a time for waking. trust of reciprocal good-will on the

fortunately in those very minds, a disOupa was the conflagration of the forest,

Mr. I. intimates, inWhich, in its fury, spares nor sprout

nor part of England, stem,

guish'd, deed, pretty plainly, that there is danger Hoar oak, nor sepling---not to be estin- of being suspected of regarding Great TIU Heaven, in mercy, sends down all her Britain with a partial eye: not, sute.

waters, But

, once subdued, its flameis quench'd for ly, by those liberal and enlightened And Spring shall híde the track of devas- minds of whom he writes but in such tation,

terms as would induce us to despair of

SWINTON.

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