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because we think that the general cha- The army of England, under King Ed. Tacter of the manners of chivalry are ward, is descried, and the Scottish lead: but little illustrated by it; nor does it ers, being summoned to meet the Reseem to us a matter of import, whether gent, disagree about the artay of battle. it was op was not designed for the pin 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 van. Ada and he declares that if this takes place, vised by Swinton, they retire to debute 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 bore on the title-page: Gordon, not knowing him, resolver to Knights, Squires and Steeds shell enter on remain with him. On learning his is the stages
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 the 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 conpocurred. 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 tothe 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. DouAdata de Vipont, a Knight Templar, glas denies this request, and calls for under the guidance of the Prior of the youths who expeet knighthood from Maison-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 Halidón Hm, 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
puthber of his followers, and the loss attack the English bowmen, with his Whof his four sótis faz feud with the Gor fair threescore horseman. Gordon, **** dons, the vengeance taken for their however, declares his resolution to join
deaths, and the increased power of the him with all his followers > Gordon present youthful head of the Gordons. I and Swinton ac entirely roounciled, and in Hob Hattely, a notorious cattle Gordon rushing on them with Vipont, reaver, 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 ideed 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 two 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 in
to 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
SW King rushes out crying
pogo: 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 Pos Edward. Swinton and Gordon are victorious over
gainoastsd the English vanguard ; and Gordon Too true alas ! But well you know, in * relates his love, and the accomplish-Scotland, agosto வய்
ments of the lady of whom he is ena- Fewhairs are silver'd underneath the helmet; moured. Vipont enters, and they learn
Tis cowls like mine which bide them.that no aid is sent to them
from the War's the rash reaper, who thrusts in his
'Mongst the laity, mam army. Swinton would fain pro- Before the grain is white. [sickle Vide for the safety of Gordon by sendmg him to the Regent; but he refuses the feud between his house and that of
After Swinton has related to Vipont to go, and they once more charge the Gordon, he proceeds :enemy. They fall, desperately wounded the English pass over them, and it les yet, in earnest, they bee the light of their countrymen.
I pray, De. Vipont, you would join the
Gordon miskinton aies Edward enters at-1 In the high battle. "Tis a noble youth, rended by the British leaders and Baliol, So fare doth vouch him, -amorous, quick, the pretender to the Scottish crown.l.nob and valiant ;
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 Englishthey are Scotland's valor
[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 gaze upon the sun,
GORDON. With eye undazzled.
He hath come here to brave me!-Off!. 'VIPOXT.
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, Your most unchristian, savage, fiend-like You know not Swinton. Scarce one pascustom, 1 sing thought
(soul Einds Gordon, 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:
(drawn. My part was acted 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 find 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, Nobly and wisely on this field of Halidon. As wild, as if the very wind and sea
When Vipont retires with Gordon With every breeze and every billow battled to make known the name of Swinton, For their preçedence. the latter looking after them exclaims : 'Tis a brave youth. How bluslı'd his To mock 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.
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 Aush; but soon 'twill
of Douglas !
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 mörę leisure now.
VIPONT (to GORPON.) match, Approach'd the charged cannon, in the act
GORDON, Towaken its dread slunbers. Now'tisout; I see the giant forin 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 VIPONT.
I shall need VIPONT.
To name my father twice ere I ca Hold, for the sake of heaven !--0, for the At such grey hairs, and face of such-com- sake
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 must ye therefore be yourself a partiAnd stand recorded as the selfish traitor,
When Gordon and Swinton are Whoin her hour of need, his country's causs about to commence their attack op
the English bows, the following scene With foliage, and with flowers. Give me
to fight! Whose sun will be eclipsed even as it rises !
We had marked several passages The Regent will not aid you.
for extraction, but our press of matter baun SWINTON.
this week 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. 8vo, 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
(Erit LENNOX, he
prepares to leave us; bearing with VIPONT (to 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 GORDON.
interested in the fate of genius. Were I have been hurried on by a strong impulse, all American and British authors actuLike to a bark that scuds before the storm, ated by # spirit conciliatory as that Til driven upon some strange and distant which breathes in the writings of Mr. coast,
(forgiven 2 1 W. I., much acrimony and much vioWhich never pilot dream'd
of.-Have I not lence would be spared ; and many a And am I not still fatherless! SWINTON.
prejudice would be softened, which we Gordon, no;
lament to see yet flourishing in rancorFor while we live, I am a father to thee. ous vigor, and maturing the seeds of
GORDON. [not be, future bickerings and long-lived aniThou, Swinton ?--no! that cannot, 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 countrymenGordon shall be my son. If thou art faAm I not childless toa? Bethink thee, among all those which eventually give Gordon,
(fire, atone to national opinion, there exists Our death-feud was not like the household a cordial desire to be on terms of courWhich the poor peasant hides among its tesy and friendship there exists, un
rembers, To smoulderon, and wait a time for waking. trust of reciprocal good-will on the
fortunately in those very minds, a disOurs was the conflagration of the forest,
Which, in its fury, spares nor sprout nor part of England. Mr. I. intimates, inso stem,
guish'd, deed, pretty plainly, that there is danger Hoar oak, nor sapling-not to be extin- of being suspected of regarding Great Till Heaven, in mercy, sends down all her Britain with a partial eye : not, sure
, once subdued, its flameis quench'd for ly, by those liberal and enlightened And Spring shall hide the track of devas- minds of whom he writes but in such tation,
terms as would induce us to despair of