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parlakes not of the pomp of s'afe, nor Has seized a great Powder-no-Puff Maga
zine, are their vestments shrouded with white
And the explosions are dreadful in every crimped analogies. Their ways are not
direction. past searching out,” nor do they What his meaning exactly is, nobody knows, ii search in vain."
As he talks (in a strain of intense dot herdReader! -- if thou have resolution
or lyrical" icbor."*“ gelatinous" prose, + enough to sit down in their quiet room,
And a mixture called "amber iinmortalizaand if thou can venture to take a thimble.
ciou '; ful of tea and a nostrilsul of high-dried, Now he raves of a bard, lie once happened to thou wilt hear histories of thousands,
meet, mouldering in the dust, and learn more Seateel high" among raillings" and "churm.
ing'' a sonnet; of human character, vanity and vexa
Now talk of a Mystery, wrapp'd in a sheet, tion, than the house of feasting teaches. With a halo (by way or a night.cap) upon The Searchers are experienced in the
it'll shifts and subterfuges of“ opportunity Wesbadder in tracing these terrible lines;abusers.” They can tell of the rise and
Soni-thin: ad tlıry must mean, though we
cao't nake it out :fall,—they remember the births, chris- For, whate'er may be guessed of Galt's secret tenings, marriages and burials, of sone
designs, of the best and worst of the parish. That they're all Anti-English no Christian
can doubt. Their society, in the way of business, is not courted; they are mortality per
REMARKS OF A READER. ambulators, not insensible of the prero
for the Olio. gatives of little tattle and grave gossip, windingsheets and " setting the counte- Melmoth, by the Rev. R. C. Maturin. mance, If they are not associable
The foundation on which this supermembers in society, so as to rise in the natural romance is built, is as remarkscale of popularity, they are invaluable able as the tale itself. Maturin, in his out of it ; and however pride puff, up preface, states that the hint for Melinoth itself, they will have the “last look,"
ihe Wanderer was suggested by a pastill they, in turn, will be looked upon sage in one of his sermons : _ At this by the successors to their professional moment, is there one of us present, howsisterhood.
ever we may have departed from the
Lord, disobeyed his will, and disreAlarming Intelligence-Rerolution in garded his word—is there one of us
the Dictionary—one Galt at the who would, at this moment, accept all head of it.*
that man could bestow or earth assord, God preserve us!-there's nothing now safe
to resign the hope of his salvation ?from assault :
No, there is not one,-not such a fool Thrones toppling around, churches bronght on earth, were the enemy of mankind to the hainmer:
to traverse it with the offer!"-On this And accounts have just reach'd us that one Mr. Galt
idea our reverend author has produced llas declared open war against Englislı and a work evincing the highes! powers of Grammar!
imagination and luxuriancy of language. lle had long been siispected of some such d:sign, Being the “creature of fancy,” his chaAnd the better his wicked intents to arrive at,
racters are of his own creation-are Jlad lately 'mong C-b-n's troops of the line
(The penny-a-tine men) enlisted as private. beings of another world ; but they freThere school'd, with a rabble of words at coin- quently fail in producing the effect he mand,
evidently intends — they want indiviScotch, English, and slang, in promiscuous duality-one language, one sentiment He, at length, against Syntax lias taken his is spoken by all. Boldly he steps within stand,
the magic circle; but he has not sufAnd sets all the Nine Parts of Speech at ficient bie-plui, or tact, in the arrangedefiance.
ment of his materials. He is lavish of Next ailvices, no doubt, further facts will
his powers ; he spurns authority and a fiori;In the mean time the danger inost imminent precedents ; he always aims at some
grows, He has taken the Life of one eminent Lord, ." That dark diseased ichor which coloure.! And who he'll next murder the Loril only bis effusions."-Galt's Life of Byron. knows.
t“ That gelaunous character of their efWednesday Erening.
fusions."-id. Since our last, inatters, luckily, look more “The portical embalment, or rather amber
immortalization."-id Tho' the rebel, 'tis stated, to aid bis defoc "Sitting amidst the shrouls and rattlings, tion,
churming an inarticulate melody."-id.
11 “ He was a mystery in a winding sheet, • The Times.
crowned with a lialo,-id.
thing original, horrific or startling, -an
FROM TUE FRENCI. affectation which is not, perhaps, al
If" in mine inn I took mine ease," ways the characteristic of genius. But With power to call for what I please, a beauteous wildness of thought-a No landlord's score impending.
Bacchus' to thee, by night and day, richness of imagery-a felicity of ex
Id undivided homage pay pression, pervade the tale; he has
In goblets never ending. striven, and somewhat successfully, But such delights are all too dear
For those who live of duos in fear,
Dan Cupid's more inviting;
The god, who gives a liberal tick,
Is he to whom I'll closely stick, Some of his scenes are worked up with And ever more delight in. great dramatic skill; the manner in which the Wanderer "shuffles off this TRADITION OF THE NORSEMEN. mortal coil" is thrillingly portrayed,
BY SIR WALTER SCOTT.* though there is an indescribable something wanted to complete the catastrophe. THE Norsemen were the more prone His language is usually too diffuse. to superstitions, because it was a faWhenever he has an idea that pleases vourite fancy of theirs that, in many him, he works it almost threadbare instances, the change from life to death the reader is told every thing. This altered the temper of the human spirit minuteness of detail running through from benignant to malevolent; or perseveral pages, canses the attention to haps, that when the soul left the body, flag, and generally produces listlessness. its departure was occasionally supplied The language of a fiction should be like by a wicked demon, who took the opthe back-ground of a picture, merely portunity to enter and occupy its late introduced to give general effect to the habitation. piece. The Episode of the Spaniard's Upon such a snpposition the wild Tale wants condensation, to render it fiction that follows is probably groundagreeable. Circumstances are intro- ed; which, extravagant as it is, posduced on the tapis in no degree con sesses something striking to the imaginected with the plot : this extraneous nation. Saxo Grammaticus tells us of matter would induce many to throw the fame of two Norse princes or chiefs, aside the volume with disgust. The who had formed what was called a broother Episodes are beautiful and forcible therhood in arms, implying not only the productions, though there is much clum- firmest friendship and constant support siness displayed in their introduction. during the adventures which they The character of Isidora demands a brief should undertake in life, but binding * notice. This fascinating being, guilt- them by a solemn compact, that after less, spotless, and dreaming the world the death of either, the survivor should pure and innocent as herself, for she descend alive into the sepulchre of his had never experienced
brother-in-arms, and consent to be bu“ The malice of its frown, the treachers of its filling this dreadful compact fell upon
ried along with him. The task of falsmile,"
Asmund, his companion Assueit, having is happily conceived in the true spirit been slain in battle. The toinb was of poesy, and proves that our author formed after the ancient northern cuswas intimately acquainted with the be- tom in what was called the age of hills, witching cords of love. She becomes that is, when it was usual to bury the wife of the Tempter, and thereby persons of distinguished merit or rank seals her dooin. How awfully terrific on some conspicuous spot, which was is her marriage described ! with breath- crowned with a mound. With this purless attention do we wait for the issue pose a deep narrow vault was conof the event, The death of Father Ola- structed, to be the apartment of the vida is also finely managed. In con- future tomb over which the sepulchral clusion, it may be remarked, that could heap was to be piled. Here they depoMaturin have restrained the exuberance sited arms, trophies, poured forth, perof his genins, and have checked his haps the blood of victims, introduced passion for distorted pictures of human into the tomb the war-horses of the nature, he might rank deservedly among champions, and when these rites had the first fiction writers of our iimes, been duly paid, the body of Assueit was few possess a greater range of thought; placed in the dark and narrow house, a greater command of language.
while his faithful brother-in-arms enII. INCE.
• Family Lin. No. XVI.
tered and sat down by the corpse, with- and devoured the horses which had out a word or look which testified been entombed with them, threw himregret or unwillingness to fulfil his self upon the companion who had just fearful engagement. The soldiers who given him such a sign of devoted friendhad witnessed this singular interment ship, in order to treat him in the same of the dead and living, rolled a huge manner. The hero, no way discounsione to the mouth of the tomb, and tenanced by the horrors of his situation, piled so much earth and stones above took to his arms, and defended himself the spot as made a mound visible from manfully against Assueit, or rather a great distance, and then, with loud against the evil demon who tenanted lamentation for the loss of such ulje that champ in's body. In this manner daunted leaders, they dispersed them- the living brother waged a preternaselves like a flock which has lost its tural coinbat, which had endured during shepherd.
a whole century, when Asmund, at last Years passed away after years, and obtaining the victory, prostrated his a century had elapsed, ere a noble enemy, and by driving, as he boasted, Swedish rover, bound upon some high a stake through his body, had finally adventure, and supported by a gallant reduced him to the state of quiet beband of followers, arrived in the valley coming a tenant of the tomb. Having which took its name from the tomb of chanted the triumphant account of his the brethren-in-arms. The story was contest and victory, this mangled contold to the strangers, whose leader de- queror fell dead before them. The termined on opening the sepulchre, body of Assueit was taken out of the partly because, as already binted, it was tomb, burnt, and the ashes dispersed to reckoned an heroic action to brave the heaven; whilst that of the victor, now anger of departed heroes by violating lifeless, and without a companion, was their tombs; partly to attain the arms deposited there, so that it was hoped and swords of proof with which the his slumbers might remain undisturbed, deceased had done their great actions. The precautions taken against Assueit's He set his soldiers to work, and soon reviving a second time, remind us of removed the earth and stones from one those adopted in the Greek islands, and side of the mound, and laid bare the in the Turkish provinces, against the entrance. But the stoutest of the rovers Vampire. It affords also a derivation started back when, instead of the sic of the ancient English law in case of lence of a tomb, they heard within hor- suicide, when a stake was driven rid cries, the clash of swords, the clang through the body, originally to keep it of armour, and all the noise of a mor secure in the tomb. tal combat between two furious champions. A young warrior was let down THE SPECTRE OF GORMIRE HALL. into the profound tomb by a cord, which was drawn up shortly after, in hopes
Concluded from p. 314.
For the Olio. of news from beneath. But when the adventurer descended, some one threw
The breeze of heaven swept over the him from the cord, and took his place shivering trees, and cooled the burnin the noose. When the rope was
ing cheek of Sam Feast, who at that pulled up, the soldiers, instead of their instant would not have exchanged feelcompanion, beheld Asmund, the survivor of the brethren-in-arms.
ings with Fawcett for the possession of
He rushed into the open air, his sword frain from 'expressing aloud his grati
a universe ; and he could scarcely redrawn in his hand, his armour half torn tude to the Almighty for having kept from his body, the left side of his face him thus far untainted by depravity and almost scratched off, as by the talons of unstained by criine. Fawcett, lifting up some wild beast. He had no sooner
his head, beheld him. appeared in the light of day, than, with
“ You seem in a fiery hurry, Sam; the improvisatory poetic talent, which what is the matter?' Has Sir Ralph got these champions often united with
home ?" heroic strength and bravery, he poured forth a string of verses containing the he will ever go back, or the gallows
“ No; nor when he does do I think history of his hundred years' conflict will be cheated! Know ye that, Fawwithin the tomb. It seems that no sooner was the sepulchre closed than the corpse covered hammer.
cett?” said he, throwing down the disof the slain Assueit arose from the
Fawcett dropped the spade from his ground, inspired by some
hands, gazed wildly on the remembered goule, and having first torn to pieces 1001, then, with an expression of bewil
A YORKSHIRE LEGEND.
me no more,
derment, fell on his knces, and ejaru- the hall; and so completely unconlated, in a tone of heart-broken repent- scious were the household of the disance, “ Yes, I do, Sam, I do!--it was covery made by Feasi, and of the mine! But I am no murderer, else I flight of Fawcett, (some specious excuse could not have lived ; for, having as being made for the latter,) that every sisted to cloak that bloody act, my guilt thing went on as usual. There was a is more than I can well bear! Take little extra bustle and preparation, to me where you please! punish me as I be sure, owing to Sir Ralph being exdeserve—any torture will be happiness pected the following night. A letter to what I have suffered!”
had been received, which directed that “ Fawcett !” exclaimed Sam, “how the boat should be in readiness on the came ye to let the devil entrap you in opposite side of the lake during the such a hellish snare?"
night; for Sir Ralph, who travelled by “ It were too long and too hideous a post, had a decided aversion to the cirtale to tell the whole. It was follow- cuitous route by the old carriage-way, ing a gloomy day on which I had been which lay through the village the atrepairing á dismal vault in Bagby tentions of the watchful gossips of Sntchurch, that I was called at midnight ton being what he was most anxiously from my quiet pillow, -quiet 10 wishful to dispense with.
--awoke from pleasant It was a charming night; the moon dreams, never to dream again but of had been up three hours, and held her that deed,--and hurried into the pre- queenly progress through the vaulted sence of Sir Ralph. Holding a loaded blue which arched the towering and terpistol to my head, he pointed to a space rific precipice of the White Mare, enin the wall, which he ordered me to veloping in shadow Garbutt Wood and cross with laths, and plaster over. I Gorinire Hall. Distantly were seen the obeyed, and sending for my tools, in the conical form of Hode Hitl, capped with presence of Sir Ralph and that accursed the pale moonlight; the sleep and hoary French valet of his, I proceeded with my rocks of Rowston Scaur; and the dim task; but before I had finished, the fear perspective of the far-stretching and which was upon me, knowing well, Sam, woody Vale of Mowbray; intermediately that I was nailing up the body of the a glimpse of the hamlet of Sutton caught Lady Priscilla, caused me to drop my the eye, seated below the ling-clad hammer into the opening, when Sir banks of the lake, whose undulating Ralph immediately sent for another. waves broke gently on its marly shores. After finishing, I was sworn to secresy On the mountainons side of the prose on the Bible. Long before daybreak, pect, the heathy hills of Hambleton Sir Ralph and the valet set off for stretched their furzy sides, forming a France, pretending to take my lady noble amphitheatre, the top of which with them. God forgive them !-she seemed to aspire to the stars; beneath had taken a longer journey. The place these, in the barren solitude, mouldered was afterwards painted, and the room the rude relics of Hode Abbey, a ruin locked up. I received gold for my share strikingly coinciding with the wild subin the business ; but I ask ye, Sam, how limity of this part of the country. has that wealth been obtained which Sam had been commanded by Sir prevents a man, through fear, from Ralph's letter to have the gamekeeper, mingling with bis neighbours? This Tom Kirk, who resided at the village, is the first peaceful moment I have en with him in the boat ; but he deemed it joyed for seventeen years.
I know better for the development of his plot, your generosity, Feast ; forgive me, and to wait alone, intending to confront Sir aid my escape; for the oficers of jus- Ralph with his discovery-a design tice will soon be at my lieels!”
which was forestalled by accident. “ I pily you,” said Sam ; - but this is He had waited nearly four hours, and no time to talk about it--quick, secure was admiring the beautiful scenery your money-take the sleetest horse in which surrounded liim, and meditating the stable, and fly for your life ; and on his approaching meeting with Sir may God pardon you, Fawcett !--Fare- Ralph, when he heard the rattling of the well, for we shall never meet again.” wheels of a post-chaise slowly descend
Fawcett, after a paroxysm of passion- ing the main road, which was cut through ate tears, obeyed ibis advice ; and in the deverging rock ; the vehicle halter little more than an hour, Sam heard the at a few paces from him; Sir Ralph last sound of his horse's hoofs, as he and his valet speedily alighted, and left Gorinire Hall for ever. Secresy meeting Sam, cordially saloted him ; the was the watchword to be observed at former inquiring most affably after the
health of the personages, and the news Sam, leaving Dumont with the boat, at the hall; a conversation in which followed his master, from whose scowSam bemeaned himself with extreme ling looks he inferred that violence caution, carefully abstaining from any was intended, and therefore kept his remark which might bave been con- eye upon him; but, the subtle murstrued as allusory to the dreadful deed. derer, in spite of his servant's caution,
“How is it, Feast,” quoth Sir Ralph, wrested the secret from him, with the « that Kirk is not with you ?"
added information, that no one at pre“ He is very poorly, Sir Ralph, and sent, except himself, was acquainted I thought it a fity to bring him, espe- with it. cially as I could manage with myself.” This was enough. They were just
Assisted by the wily Dumont, Sam in the middle of a sedgy hollow leadstowed away the luggage in the boat: as ing from the boat, from which Dumont they rowed across the rippling lake, the watched their movements, with a loaded moonbeams fell on the moustachioed pistol in his hand, when Sir Ralph, face and braided figure of Sir Ralph, stepping back, made a sudden effort and Sam was enabled to take a full view to draw his sword, but was timely preof his wretched master. Guilt and re- vented by Feast, who immediately morse had wbitened his hair, and closed with his treacherous master; blanched the sanguine hue of his cheek, but his weight overbalancing that of which wore a haggard paleness. Du- his antagonist, Sam fell tremendously, mont assumed a more cheerful look, and with Sir Ralph upon him. The cowchatted to Sam about the picturesque ardly Dumont was now on the alert to scenery, astounding the ears of the un- distinguish between them, for the shaclassical villager by quoting Homer's dow of the wood was on the scene of exquisite picture of moonlight; and so combat, and rendered them difficult of far did liis accomplished manner of re- recognition. Sir Ralph rising first, was citation and his behaviour win upon the mistaken by Dumont for Feast; with rustic's feelings, that he was more this impression he fired, and the fatal than half inclined to alter his opinion ball pierced the breast of Sir Ralph, of Dumont. Sir Ralph uttered not a who, with dreadful imprecations, made syllable ; and by this time the little another attempt to extricate his sword, boat was moored on the north side of but staggered and fell. Sam's efforts the lake, within a stone's throw of the were now directed towards the securing hall. After having aroused the other of Dumont, but he might as well have servants to assist him, Sam returned to essayed to track the viewless course of the boat, and began to disembark the the wind; for, loaded with valuables, luggage. Whilst in the act of stooping, he had fled towards the hiding recesses against Sir Ralph, the bracelet found of the rocky mountains, intending to prowith the remains of the Lady Priscilla ceed from thence, in disguise, to the fell out of his waistcoat-pocket, and eastern coast, and so ship for France. dropped at the feet of her vengeful hus. The life-blood of Sir Ralph Myton band. His attention was immediately was flowing fast, as he was promptly arrested, and whilst Sam was searching borne, by his domestics, to the hall. for it in another direction, Sir Ralph After laying him on an easy couch, and picked it up; the light of the moon fal- administering to him some stimulants, ling full on the ornament, he imme- his speech returned, and he cried ont diately recognized it.
vehemently, in reference to a surgeon “ What have ye here, Feast? a having been sent for from the neighbracelet ?-ay, and a valuable one bouring town of Thirsktoo, apparently," glancing at Dumont; “ Cursed fools! I will have no help! “how came ye by this, man?"
Death is what I have long desired-I “I will tell you, Sir Ralph, when should not fear it, for I have died a thouwe get to the house," said the undaunt- sand deaths--but what is to become of ed young man, “it is all in good time my miserable soul? Feast," clasping
the hand of Sam, “ I murdered your The truth flashed upon Sir Ralph- mistress! I will tell you why, that you the gathering storm had now broke, may take warning. The curse of gainand his frowning and fiery eyes met bling allured me, and I preferred riotthe fearless gaze of Sam ; while the ing in that den of devils, Paris, to reformer exclaimed, "Perhaps we both siding at home, where, amidst my conmay never reach the liouse again. tented peasantry, and surrounded by a But, however, let us make the essay— virtuous family, with a once good name,
I might have lived and died happy.