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gine it will, lead you to that style in preference to the “ You never told me whether you received a long, I am other. But no man can draw perfectly, that cannot draw | afraid not very wise letter from me, in which I took the beauty. My dear Barry, I repeat it again and again, || liberty of saying a great deal upon matters which you un| leave off sketching. Whatever you do. finish it. Your || derstand far better than I do. Had you the patience to letters are very kind in remembering us; and surely as to || bear it? You have given a strong, and, I fancy, a very the criticisms of every kind, admirable. Reynolds likes faithful picture of the dealers in taste with you. It is very them exceedingly. He conceives extraordinary hopes of

right that you should know and remark their little arts; you, and recommends, above all things, to you the conti

but as fraud will intermeddle in every transaction of life, nual study of the Capella Sestina, in which are the greatest where we cannot oppose ourselves to it with effect, it is by works of Michael Angelo. He says he will be mistaken, if no means our duty or our interest to make ourselves that painter does not become your great favourite. Let || uneasy, or multiply enemies on account of it. In particular me entreat that you will overcome that unfortunate deli you may be assured that the traffic in antiquity, and all the cacy that attends you, and that you will go through a full enthusiasm, folly, or fraud, that may be in it, never did nor course of anatomy with the knife in your hand. You will never can hurt the merit of living astists : quite the connever be able thoroughly to supply the omission of this by | trary, in my opinion; for, I have ever observed, that whatany other method.”

ever it be that turns the minds of men to any thing relative

to the arts, even the most remotely so, brings artists " At Rome you are, I suppose, even still so much agi more into credit and repute; and though now and then the tated by the profusion of fine thinks on every side of you, I mere broker and dealer in such things runs away with a that you have hardly had time to sit down to methodical ||

great deal of the profit; yet in the end ingenious men will and regular study. When you do, you will certainly select find themselves gainers, by the dispositions which are the best parts of the best things, and attach yourself to nourished and diffused in the world by such pursuits. I them wholly. You, whose letter would be the best direc-l praise exceedingly your reso

8 on well with tion in the world to any other painter, want none yourself those whose practices you cannot altogether approve. There from me who know little of the matter. But as you were is no living in the world upon any other terms." always indulgent enough to bear my humour under the

There is another letter (page 136) to Barry, which is | name of advice, you will permit me now, my dear Barry, once more to wish you, in the beginning at least, to con

one of the soundest in its principles, the most friendly tract the circle of your studies. The extent and rapidity of in its counsels, and most powerful in its language we your mind carries you to too great a diversity of things, and ever read. Our extracts, however, have already been to the completion of a whole before you are quite master of

too copious to admit of its quotation. It is worth the the parts, in a degree equal to the dignity of your ideas. This disposition arises from a generous impatience, which is a

young artist's study. Barry did not justify Burke's fault almost characteristic of great genius. But it is a fault | hopes, and still less his kindness. But the follies and nevertheless, and one which I am sure you will correct, faults of genius are painful to contemplate, and we when you consider that there is a great deal of mechanic in your profession, in which, however, the distinctive part of

close this part of the volume. the art consists, and without which the first ideas can only

There is a very ingenious and well written compamake a good critic, not a painter

rison of Johnson and Burke, which in justice to the “I confess I am not much desirous of your composing author, we are bound to quote :many pieces, for some time at least. Composition (though by some people placed foremost in the list of the ingredients

"" These two remarkable men were perhaps the only perof an art) I do not value near so highly. I know none who

sons of their age, who, in acquirements or in original powers attempts, that does not succeed tolerably in that part: but

of mind, could be compared with each other; they had that exquisite masterly drawing, which is the glory of the

been at first fellow-labourers in the literary vineyard; they great school where you are, has fallen to the lot of very few,

had each ultimately risen to the highest eminence in differperhaps to none of the present age, in its highest perfection.

ent spheres; they preserved at all times sincere esteem for If I were to indulge a conjecture, I should attribute all

each other; and were rivals only in gaining the admiration that is called greatness of style and manner of drawing, to

of their country. From the first, Burke seems to have this exact knowledge of the parts of the human body, of

possessed a strong ambition of rising in publie life far above anatomy and perspective. For by knowing exactly and

the range accessible to mere literature, or even to a prohabitually, without the labour of particular and occasional

fession, though that profession was the law. Johnson's thinking, what was to be done in every figure they designed,

views had never extended beyond simple independence and they naturally attained a freedom and spirit of outline ;

literary fame. The one desired to govern men, the other because they could be daring without being absurd; whereas

to become the monarch of their books; the one dived deeply ignorance, if it be cautious, is poor and timid ; if bold, it is

into their political rights, the other into the matter of next only blindly presumptuous. This minute and thorough

importance among all nations-their authors, language, knowledge of anatomy, and practical as well as theoretical

and letters. perspective, by which I mean to include foreshortening, is

" A strong cast of originality, yet with few points of reall the effect of labour and use in particular studies, and

semblance, distinguish not only their thoughts, but almost not in general compositions. Notwithstanding your natu

their modes of thinking, and each has had the merit of ral repugnance to handling of carcasses, you ought to make

founding a style of his own, which it is difficult to imitate. the knife go with the pencil, and study anatomy in real,

Johnson, seemingly born a logician, impresses truth on the and, if you can, in frequent dissections. You know that a

mind with a scholastic, methodical, though commonly irreman who despises, as you do, the voinutia

the ininutiæ of the art, is

sistible, effect. More careless of arrangement, yet with not bound to be quite perfect in the noblest part of all, or he is

less power, Burke assumes a more popular manner, giving nothing. Mediocrity is tolerable in middling things, but

to his views more ingenuity, more novelty, more variety. not at all in the great. In the course of the studies I speak

The reasoning of the former is marshalled with the exactof, it would not be amiss to paint portraits often and dili

ness of a heraldic procession, or the rank and file of an gently. This I do not say as wishing you to turn your

army, one in the rear of the other, according to their imstudies to portrait painting, quite otherwise; but because

portance or power of producing effect. The latter, disremany things in the human face will certainly escape you

garding such precise discipline, makes up in the incessant without some intermixture of that kind of study."

and unexpected nature of his assaults, what he wants in more formal array; we can anticipate Johnson's mode of mean to those occasions where any allusions are made attack, but not Burke's, for, careless of the order of battle

to Mr. Fox. of the schools, he charges at once front, flanks, and rear; and his unwearied perseverance in returning to the combat

The following anecdote is creditable, but not, we on every accessible point, pretty commonly ensures the | trust, uncommon :victory. The former argued like an academical teacher;

- Another anecdote of his humanity, occurring nearly at the latter like what he way and what nature had intended

the same period, was lately related by an Irish gentleman him for-an orator. The labours of the former were ad

of rank who professed to know the circumstances, by way dressed to the closet; of the latter, most frequently to a

of contrast to the eccentric but mistaken kindness of an popular assembly; and each chose the mode best calculated for his purpose.

Irish philanthropist of our own day to one of the same class

of unhappy objects. Walking home late one evening from “Both were remarkable for subtlety and vigour of rea- ||

the House of Commons, Mr. Burke was accosted by one soning whenever the occasion required them. In copious

of those unfortunate women who linger out existence in the ness and variety of language, adapted to every subject and

streets, with solicitations, which, perceiving were not likely to every capacity, Burke is generally admitted to possess

to have effect, she changed her manner at once, and begked the advantage; in style he has less stiftness, less mannerism, less seeming labour, and scarcely any affectation; in

assistance in a very pathetic and seemingly sin ere tone. perspicuity they are both admirable. Johnson had on the

In reply to inquiries, she stated berself to bave been lady's

maid in a respectable family, but being seduced by her whole more crudition ; Burke inexhaustible powers of ima

master's son, had at length been driven through gradations gination. Johnson possessed a pungent, caustic wit;

of misery to her present forlorn state; she confessed to be Burke a more playful, sarcastic humour; in the exercise of

wretched beyond description, and looked forward to death which both were occasionally coarse enough. Johnson,

as her only relief. The conclusion of the tale brought had his original pursuits inclined that way, would have

Mr. Burke to his own door; turning round with much made no ordinary politician; Burke was confessedly a mas

solemnity of manner, he addressed her, · Young woman, ter in the science; in the philosophy of it he is the first in the English language, or perhaps in any other; and in the

you have told a pathetic story; whether true or not is best practice of it, during the long period of his public career,

known to yourself; but tell me, have you a serious and set

tled wish to quit your present way of life, if you have the was second to none. Added to these were his splendid oratorical powers, to which Johnson had no pretension.

opportunity of so doing?'- Indeed, Sir, I would do any With a latent hankering after abstractions, the one in logi

thing to quit it.'—• Then come in,' was the reply. Here cal, the other in metaphysical subtleties, both had the good

Mrs. Webster,' said he to the bousekeeper, who lived in sense utterly to discard them when treating of the practical

the family for about 30 years, here ie a new recruit for the

kitchen ; take care of her for the night, and let her have business of men. 6. They were distinguished for possessing a very large

every thing suitable to her condition, till we can inform

Mrs. Burke of the matter.' She remained a short time share of general knowledge, accurate views of life, for social

under the eye of the family, was then provided with a place, and conversational powers instructive in no common degree—and in the instance of Johnson never excelled. They

and turned out asterwards a well-behaved woman." understood the heart of man and his springs of action per- | The whole of Mr. Burke's share in the discussions fectly, from their constant intercourse with every class of ll on the French Revolution, we must pass over without society. Conscientious and moral in private life, both were

rell a single remark. The biographer has been as impartial zealous in guarding from danger the established religion of their country; and in the case of Burke, with the utmost || as the nature of his attachnients would allow, but we liberality to every class of Dissenters. Johnson's censures I do not meet with any new facts. Mr. Prior concludes and aversions, even on trifling occasions, were sometimes with an elaborate survey of Burke's character as a marked by rudeness and ferocity; Burke, with more amenity of manners, and regard to the forms of society, rarely

man, a politician, and an orator. It is favourable in permitted his natural ardour of feeling to hurry him into the highest degree-but not beyond the merits of the coarseness in private life, and on public occasions only subjects. where great interests were at stake, and where delicacy was neither necessary nor deserved.

" Viewed in every light, both were men of vast powers of mind, such as are rarely seen, from whom no species of

Rosaline de l'ere. London: Treuttel and Co. 2 vols, 8vo. learning was hidden, and to whom scarcely any natural gist had been denied; who had grasped at all knowledge This novel is the production, we understand, of a with avaricious eagerness, and had proved themselves not

Il nobleman, whose previous publications have gained for less able to acquire than qualified to use this intellectual wealth. None were more liberal in communicating it to

him considerable celebrity in the literary world. The others, without that affectation of superiority, in Burke at work* immediately preceding the one before us, was least, which renders the acquisitions of pedants oppressive, remarkable for great originality, extensive information, and their intercourse repulsive. Whether learning, life,

and singular acuteness, but its extreme repugnancy to manners, politics, books, or men, was the subject--whether wisdom was to be taught at once by precept and example,

the prevailing tastes was an insuperable obstacle to any or recreation promoted by amusing and instructive conver very general circulation. No one, however, can read sation--they were all to be enjoyed in the evening societies the work in question without being deeply struck with of these celebrated friends. As a curious physical co

the ingenuity of the author's mind, and the originality incidence, it may be remarked that both were nearsighted.”

of many of his philosophical speculations. The ob

jection which we have made to ** Sir Richard MaltraThe sentiments of Mr. Prior on political subjects vers," applies in a great measure to “ Rosaline de are general y liberal, or at least liberally expressed ; but | Vere." True, there is in this latter novel, a nearer apon one or two occasions there is a needless petalence proach to the ordinary topics and modes of handling, of remark, which savours strongly of vulgarity. We which novel writers adopt in deference to general

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taste, but the author's pen is always obeying the im- || God, or of a supreme intelligence out of nature, by conpulses of his head, and wanders into the distant unge- ll necting action and reaction into infinite or absolute con

curi nial regions of metaphysical speculation. We know | but of two works-(that is, of the class of fictitious

This Kantesian in petticoats, concludes by asking, composition) to which Rosaline de Vere may with any

1 “ Have I not spoken clearly enough?What anpropriety be compared. Of course they are both German: || swer her correspondent might have been disposed to

The Woldemar of Jacobi.” and “ Élective Affinities" ll give we cannot say ;--what our answer would be is of Goethe. The noble author appears to have chosen || easily guessed. his heroine from the domestic circle of some crazy

There is a story (told in the form of letters) in these German mystic, and after having shaped her into some

volumes, which if it had not been strangled in the cobthing like humanity, has sent her forth as the organ of

webs of metaphysics, would have been very interesting. conveying to the world his own peculiar potions on the It turns upon the love fortunes of the heroine and her utility of philosophy, morals, religion and manners.

friend Clorinda. This last is an Italian girl, and seThese notions are so entangled with all the knotty

cretly marries a young nobleman who had implicated mesh-work of the Kantean metaphysics, that it is often

himself with the disastrous fortunes of his countrymen utterly beyond our power to arrive at any distinct per

in their recent struggles for freedom, and is, after a long ception of their nature and tendency. Only think of

imprisonment, condemned to the scaffold. His wife a young girl of eighteen or twenty writing to her com

loses her senses, and by a strange concurrence of events, panion of the same age in the following style :

is the cause of involving in a fatal duel, De Lascy the - Our mind is, as it were, a receptacle, in which outward

bridegroom-elect of her friend Rosaline. Rosaline herobjects are reflected, and we see no other than mere exist: || self dies broken hearted. Parts of this narrative are ence-than the outward appearances of things. Viewing | deeply pathetic, and show, that the noble author might, things in this light we say that the directing power is It, | if he would for a moment quit the cold repulsive abthat is, the vital principle in itsell; that which demonstrates || stractions of metaphysics, for the warm reality of huitself in all outward appearances.' Then we make God the universe; and the universe, God. But then we fly into manity, produce something that would give him a mere idealism: there we find hope. That idea carried to | high reputation as a novelist. The touches at characthe absolute, constitutes immortality. Here we find God, Il ter too are often happy-as will appear from the tolthat is, absolute cause; our thoughts, wandering far and Illowing sketch:near, seemed to be restrained by no power. Here we find free will. Then we arrive at the idea of moral lawg-moral “ We have arrived here on our way to the borders of dutieg-final causes and original intention. Thus our being, || Wales, where my father's estate lies; in order that I should like the pendulum of a clock, oscillates between realism ll pay my respects to my maternal aunt Barbara ; and as she and idealism. Fatalist then am I, as to all that relates to || is a specimen of a fine lady of this country, I shall endea. positive existence; free then am I with regard to what re vour to describe her to you. I am sure that she has a good lates to idealism. In idealism we reject the particle It, ll heart, from the affectionate cordiality with which she reand transform it into the pronoun Him. Thus when we ll ceived us. After having embraced me kindly, she sat down think, we say God-when we look about, we perceive the || in a musing attitude immediately before me. And then, immediate or secondary cause, then we say nature. God || having examined me most minutely, she shed some tears, alone exists in the sphere of idealism and not of realism- || which she did with great grace and effect-urging how much nature in realism. In this idealism is not intelligence con || I put her in mind of her poor dear sister Eliza; although it tained ? This then constitutes our double existence,-our || is well known that there was not the least likeness--and that positive and our ideal being; that within ourselves, that is, I take after my father. When he ventured to differ, then within our sensations, and that without ourselves, that is, ll it was my countennnce, then my manner; in short, it was in our pure intelligence. Hence free-will, co-existing with || altogether. She then ran on, upon the accomplishments of necessity ;-hence co-existing mortality and immortality ; the young ladies of this country. How many hours they hence bounded views and boundless ideas.

were employed the vast quantity of things they learnedAnd again :

the rage for modern education, that extended itself to the

common people—what a civilized country this was become, “God, moral laws, immortality, are all innate principles, and that soon vice and crime would be banished from among which could never have been taught, for they never could us by this wonderful progress in letters. She then enumehave co

e come into time and space. They exist in our ideas.] rated the number of reading-rooms, public libraries, Bible Consequently they are innate existences. Not so, objects || Societies, dancing, academie

societies, dancing academies, and saving banks. She dwelt e the senses. Hence our existence is divided || with pride upon the fact that patent medicines and gospel between idealism and realism; free in the first, fettered in the tracts were within every one's reach, that this encyclopedic second. Ideas have nothing in common with our sensations, Il education had entirely banished the antiquated notions of being conclusions of pure intelligence. How few will ven the Jesuits, who pretend that each individual has organs or ture to sport in it! Take care, Clorinda, not to confound a genius fitted to acquire some particular science, and that idealism with imagination. They have no reference to a vast number confound each other, and that the pursuit of each other. Imagination is the reflection of outward llone train of thoughts was the sufficient employment of life. images on our sensations, and the exquisite or painful thrill | Having exhausted her lore, which, to say the truth, lay of those sensations, accordingly as they are susceptible of rather in a narrow compass for apparently so universal a being excited. But in idealism there is no figure, no form, || critic, she then fell upon herself-she declared that it was no reference to space or time, no affinity to cause or effect. Il owing entirely to her own free choice that she had remained no substance, no accident. It is the symbol of eternity. // so long a widow, that the offers for ber hand had been inHere alone we find pure intelligence: for here alone are well numerable; but that the station which she held in society free! The great professor Kant defines God to be absolute in London might be deranged, unless she married precisely concurrence, His words are: Reason forms the idea of|| in that society, and that, having narrowed the range of her

choice, she could not exactly find a match suitable ; for, she || they pass current in the world for discreet, decorous per. added, My dear, I belong to a very exclusive society, and |sons; they atlect taste, because they are too timid to comno advantages of birth, rank, or fortune, would induce me to limit themselves; they sneer, but they cannot bear to be marry out of that society. She then insinuated, in a confi- || sneered at in return, because their absolute selfishness dential manner, and in a low tone of voice, that she had | makes them very sensitive; that is, they are sensitive when been so fortunate as to unite two things generally consider- || they themselves are concerned, and cold and repulsing ed as incompatible--great ease and prudence of manners,

when others are. He certainly has a good taste in the fine and great vivacity and yet purity of morals; that none of | arts, has studied them well abroad, and pursues them here. the men of her acquaintance dare address a double-entendre | He is made up of negatives; so that I doubt he will be long to her; and she concluded by telling me, that I could not || before he decides upon so positive an act as to take a wile. be too circumspect in my conduct. All this was uttered || He would, however, like the reputation of gallantry, withwith a volubility of tongue, which allowed of hardly a pause out the risk and trouble, and he is sonder of ayowing that for the inflection of voice, in common-place words tolerably llinclination, than striving to gratify it. Consequently, his well arranged., She then said, in an affected protecting || letters are bolder than his verbal declarations; his pen tone, I think you will take, child; indeed, I should not bring more energetic than his tongue.” you forward if I did not think that you would, because one Mixed up with the narrative are several interesting must not commit oneself, and one is very apt to do that in ringing one's relations forward, because one is blinded

episodes. That of Ginevra is very sweet and beautiful, from partiality; but I never commit myself, and I think | and all the incidents counected with the French Count you are very presentable, as the French say. Of course no Montvaliant, are powerfully described. We hope that one can object to your name, but that is nothing in compari- || there are no more of the heartless bravos infesting son to my credit, and my introduction, and then your own II. tone and manners; I hope you have tact, child, and good

All polished society. There was a time when they were taste. Thus what is pompously called the great world, is 1 to be found in great abundance-but like other fero. the name that certain circles give to themselves, who are cious animals they have slunk away from the influence like the ostrich in the desert, when it hides its head under

of civilization. its wing, it conceives no one sees it-so those assuming this title, consider it to be universally acknowledged. The

The latter portions of the work are in some degree great world here I am not sufficiently yet acquainted with Il disenthralled from the fetters of Kant, and the stury to define, nor have I ever had that problem satisfactorily || runs on with grace and interest. The pure love of solved; because it is neither birth, rank, talents or station, || Rosaline for De Lascy-his fine high spirited character that constitute fashion; nor learning, nor even fine taste; it is, I think, from what I have heard and seen abroad, of ||

11-the melancholy duel in which he fell--her quiet our dearly beloved English fashionables, upon the wbole, heart broken despair, and unrepining death, are all impudence, bustling, pushing pretensions, egregious vani most exquisitely cold. O si sic omnia. The noble ty and great insolence, where it is allowed. Nothing can author in different parts of his book indulges in some be so insipid, often, as their society, so paltry as their feuds, or so venomous, yet so absurd, or so contemptible as

very fervid and honest eloquence about freedom and their exclusive pretensions; and were we to analyse those || despotism. We are almost afraid to say so much, lest very pretensions, what would they amount to ? Rank folly || we should be set down as political partizans. To his -the frog swelling himself to the size of the ox and burst- | philosophy, at least to that part of it which supports ing. The great world in Paris and at Florence are those || who never lose sight of the steeples of Notre Dame or of

and recommends the doctrines of blind fatalism, we the Duomo. Indeed, when one has the misfortune to be out || have great and well founded objections. The literary of sight of the one or the other, we cease to be in a civilized || merit of these volumes is very considerable. They country.”

display great command of language, and often rise to The ensuing extract contains a spirited and correct

| animated and impressive eloquence. portrait of a class of persons, with one or more of whom every reader must be acquainted.

• “ The Life and Opinions of Sir Richard Maltravers." “Sir Arthur has been with us five days; and although he | passes in the world as an highly accomplished agreeable man, I confess he appears tame and ordinary enough to me. | Bentivoglio, a Tragedy, in Five Acts. By CHARLES Mas. His understanding is of that middle size, which is sure, (if

TERTOx. London: J. Hearne. it takes a grave turn) to have discretion enough to hide its | Tuis is one of the severest satires upon Modern Tm vacuity, by stuffing a great deal of common-place knowledge in his head. "An easy flow of conversation, which is 1l gedy, which has been written since “The Critic." obtained by a certain degree of coolness of temper, and || It exposes the nonsense, absurdity, inartificial plot, much habit of the world, and a pleasant turn upon small ll extravagant sentiment, and impossible situation which occurrences, pass, if not for wit, at least for humour, with Il mark the general run of tracedies in our time more most people. His knowledge is sufficiently diversified to prevent him from prosing; and his wit not poignant enough forciory," possible, "an any mmg mat nas

b || forcibly, it possible, than any thing that has been to make him dreaded. He steers just a little a-head of the brought upon the stage for many a weary year. It is convoy that he sails with, knowing well rather than distrust- || not original in its design, being constructed upon

s own power. In great concerns he atlects moderation - he is a moderate friend of liberty, a moderate refermer,

|| the same plan, and with the same intention as the “ Rea moderate friend of social order, moderately attached to

hearsal" and the “Critic." In one respect, perhaps, it is party, moderately attached to Church and State, and, Mrs. superior to botlı, for the design of the author is so well Barbara thinks, moderately convinced of her charms; but || disguised, that shallow observers might consider it as certainly not moderately selfish. These cold coxcombs are

written in honest simplicity, and intended to pass for most provoking. The solemnity of their air, the stiffness || of their gait, are but scanty cloaks to hide their emptiness ; || a real tragedy. It strikes us that this is utterly impos

sible. Let any one read the following passages from Of the plot and story we cannot give any abstract. the opening scene, and we think he must agree in our || It is one of those beautifully consistent things which opinion :

|| will not bear abridgment or analysis, and we feel “Duke of V. Count Bentivoglio, General of Venice;

ourselves utterly unable to reduce the meaning to any And ye, his brave associates in arms;

Il intelligible form of words. Some of the finer passages The prince and senate, for the purpose met, Return ye thanks for all your late exploits;

however, we will venture to extract. This is at once Which, like a glory, circle round the name

forcible and poetic : Of sea-girt Venice, to adorn 't for ever.

Deb. That's vilely spoken. Ben. To serve his country is a warrior's pride;

You're a mere temporizing man, Adolpho: To hear it thank him is his greatest pleasure

I verily believe, if in your face The brave companions of my toile and perils

A man did spit, you'd say, • I thank you.'-Pshaw ! Will authorize me, I am well assur'd,

I would not give the tenth part of a rush To say, that grateful for our country's thanks,

For men like you, misfashion'd in their souls, We hold our lives, and fortunes, for its service.

Who have no feeling; or having 't, use it not. [ The DUKE OF VENICE now addresses the Senators, saying, || Adol. "Twere better you had less, or us'd it less.

Duke of V. Illustrious Senators, this business done, Deb. Heaven send me patience! all extremes may For which especially I did convene ye;

bad be: 'Tis now my duty briefly to address ye

But ne'er, on earth, was tameness seen like this On other matters, yet of great importance.

Gods ! how can two like fashion'd creatures thus Ign. Please your higliness, name them,

Act, speak, and think so differently ?-what! Duke of 1'. How lov'd in Venice was Count Bentivoglio, Can foul dishonour, glaring as 'tis lasting, The hero's father, who now stands before us,

Which blure your character as well as mine, I need not tell ye, since 'tis known to all.

Shewing alike a brandmark near'd on both, 'Tis well known also, that, at last, this noble

Make me thus raving mad, and you thus cool ? Did prove himself unworthy of such favour,

Me would revenge please ; you, it doth appear, By planning treason 'gainst the state of Venice:

Would kiss the hand which has degraded you." Whose fell intent was pregnant with destruction

And likewise this ;-though the classical allusions To social order, and good government.

Ign. Proof at the time was brought; and, at this hour, || are very much like those of the debating-club orator, If more were needful, more could be adduc'd.

who quoted the authority of Cicero, and confirmed it Duke of V. Your wisdom, senators, for such transgression, ll an extract from Tully:Decreed that death should be his punishment. I now beseech you, in this public sitting,

“ Behold, he comes with all his virtues blooming! With solemn ceremonial, to assure

Like feather'd Mercury he nimbly steps:

His grace is as Apollo's : and, like Mars,
Count Bentivoglio, that his father's trial
Pass'd thro' each stage and process of the law,

His stately port bespeaks the warrior, crown'd
In all points most impartially administer'd:

With honour's chaplet, from the new pluck'd laurel ! While he, on service with the troops of Venice,

Oh Bentivoglio! when thou went'at, methought, Fought for that country which his sire betray'd.

On every feature was perfection seated : Ben. Tho' feeling as a son, who lov'd his father;

And now, methinks, wbat then perfection seem'd, And who was dearly by his father cherish'd;

Displays perfection, better than at first.” And tho' the shame sits heavily upon me,

Although the satire of this piece is chiefly directed Which, as a legacy, his conduct leaves me ;

against Modern Tragedies, yet the author in the comI trust, wise senators, my mind has strength To weep, from sorrow of a private nature,

prehensiveness of his genius has now and then exposed Without arraigning, to alleviate grief,

the faults of more ancient writers. There is a ridicuThe public justice which engenders it.

lous scene of Shakespeare- the one in which lago exDuke of V. The father's errors fall not on the son

cites the jealousy of Othello,- wbich, in the scene This mode of telling the senators what the senators || of which the ensuing lines form a part, is very properly knew already, is an imitation of Sir Walter in the and effectively burlesqued :“Critic," and we suppose is to be defended on the same “ Ben. Keep me no longer in suspense—what mean you? ground " that the audience are supposed to know Deb. I am your friend, and will deal frankly with you; nothing of the matter,” and “the less inducement he But, bear in mind, 'tis at your own desirehas to tell, the more we ought to be obliged to him, as

Your father was not guilty.

(A pause

Ben. Not guilty !! we should know nothing of the matter without it.”

Deb. As guiltless of the crime as you, or I. The following lines are also a plagiarism from the Ben. Celestial powers, my father guiltless-yet beheaded! same piece :

Oh! say-how com'st thou by this knowledge ? speak

Thou stand'st not here to trifle with my feelings, “I own your trespasses were trivial: yet,

And add fresh torture to my woe-struck spirit? When ye reflect how matters stood, I trust,

(BENTIVOGLIO now in a frenzy draws his sword, and graspIf still ye blame the general, the man

*ing DEBROGLIO by the breast, says to him, Will now, absolved be from malevolent meaning."

If this thou dost, by heaven! my hottest wrath The governor in the “ Critic" says, with the same re

Shall tear thee limb from limb!-vile traducer! gard to antithetical beauty :

Dar'st thou assert my father has been murder'd ?

IBENTIVOGLIO now loosens DEBROGLIO from his hold : on “No more: I would not hear thee plead in vain,

which DEBROGLIO says, partly aside, The father softens, but the governor

Deb. Be with me, saints! defend me, ye bless'd angels! Is fixed!"

Alas! alas! my tongue's too glib and free

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