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As bursts the levin in its wrath,
Pointing the stream rejoicing free,
And clamouring joyful on her road;
Pointing where, up the sunny banks, Hath scaled the clifts; his frantic chace The trees retire in scattered ranks, Sidelong he turns, and now 'tis bent
Save where, advanced before the rest, Right up the rock's tall battlement ;
On knoll or hillock rears his crest, Straining each sinew to ascend,
Lonely and huge, the giant Oak; Foot, hand, and knee their aid must lend. As champions, when their band is broke, Wilfrid, all dizzy with dismay,
Stand forth to guard the rearward post, Views from beneath his dreadful way :
The bulwark of the scattered hosta Now to the oak's warped roots he clings,
All this, and more, might Spenser say, Now trusts his weight to ivy strings;
Yet waste in vain his magic lay, Now, like the wild goat, must he dare
While Wilfrid eyed the distant tower, An unsupported leap in air ;
Whose lattice lights Matilda's bower.
Sinking mid Greta': thickets deep,
Deeper and narrower grew the dell;
It seemed some mountain rent and riven, See, be emerges ! desperate now
A channel for the stream had given, All farther course yon beetling brow,
So high the cliffs of limestone grey In craggy nakedness sublime,
Hung beetling o'er the torrent's way,
Yielding, along their rugged base,
A flinty footpath's niggard space,
Where he, who winds 'twixt rock and wave, Sole stay his foot may rest upon,
May hear the headlong torrent rave, Is Fon earth-bedded jetting stone.
And like a steed in frantic fit, Balanced on such precarious prop,
That Alings the froth from curb and bit, He strains his grasp to reach the top. May view her chafe her waves to spray, Just as the dangerous stretch he makes,
O'er every rock that bars her way, By heaven, his faithless footstool shakes!
Till foam-globes on her eddies ride, beneath his tottering bulk it bends,
Thick as the schemes of human pride, li sways, it loosens, it descends !
That down life's current drive amain,
As frail, as frothy, and as
vain ! Loud thunders shake the echoing dell!
The cliffs, that rear the haughty head Fell it alone?-alone it fell.
High o'er the river's darksome bed, Just on the very verge of fate,
Were now all naked, wild, and grey, The hardy Bertram's falling weight
Now waving all with greenwood spray ; He trusted to his sinewy hands,
Here trees to every crevice clung, And on the top unharmed be stands !
And o'er the dell their branches hung ;
And there, all splintered and uneven, Our readers may now be desirous The shivered rocks ascend to heaven ; to see an example of Mr Scott's de. Oft, too, the ivy swathed their breast, scriptive powers. The following pas
And wreath'd its garland round their crest,
Or from the spires bade loosely tlare sage paints the aspect of Rokeby it. Its tendrils in the middle air. self, and of the romantic scenery on
As pennons wont to wave of old the Tees, immediately adjoining.
O'er the high feast of Baron bold,
When revelled loud the feudal rout, Of different mood, a deeper sigh
And the arched halls returned their shout, Awoke, when Rokeby's turrets high
Such and more wild is Greta's roar, Were northward in the dawning seen And such the echoes from her shore, To rear them o'er the thicket green. And so the ivied banners glcam,
then, though Spenser's self had strayed Wav'd wildly o'er the brawling stream. Beside him through the lovely glade, Lending his rich luxuriant glow
It is now time to introduce our, Of fancy, all its charms to show,
readers to the heroine of the piece. Jan. 1813.
Wreathed in its dark-brown rings, her hair Matilda saw--for frequent broke,
From the dim casements gusts of smoke. Half hid and half revealed to view
Yon tower, which late so clear defined Her full dark eye of hazel hue.
On the fair hemisphere reclined, The rose, with faint and feeble streak, That, pencilied on its azure pure, So slightly tinged the maiden's cheek, The eye could count each embrazure, That you had said her hue was pale ; Now, swathed within the sweeping cloud, But if she faced the summer gale,
Seems giant-spectre in his shroud ; Or spoke, or sung, or quicker moved, Till, from each loop-hole flashing light, Or heard the praise of those she loved, A spout of fire shines ruddy bright, Or when of interest was expressed
And, gathering to united glare, Aught that waked feeling in her breast, Streams high into the midnight air, The mantling blood in ready play
A dismal beacon far and wide Rivalled the blush of rising day.
That wakened Creta's slumbering side. There was a soft and pensive grace,
Soon all beneath, through gallery long, A cast of thought upon her face,
And pendant arch, the fire tilashed strong, That suited well the forehead high,
Snatching whatever could maintain, The eye-lash dark and dow'n-cast eye; Raise, or extend, its furious reign, The mild expression spoke a mind
Startling, with closer cause of dread,
The females who the conflict fled,
Oft Matilda looked behind,
As up the vale of Tees they wind, in harmless mirth spid time along,
Where tar the mansion of her sires Full oft her doating sire would call
Beaconed the cale with midnight fires. His "laud the merriest of them all.
In gloomy arch above thein spread, But days of war, and civil crime,
The clouded heaven lowered bloody red; Allowed but ill such festal time,
Beneath, iir sombre light, the flood And her soft pensiveness of brow
Appeared to roll in waves of blood. Had deepened into sadness now.
Then, one by one, was heard to fall In Marston field her father ta’en,
The tower, the donjon-keep, the hall. Her friends disnersed, brave Mortham slain,
Each rushing down with thunder sound, While every ill her soul foretold,
A space the contlagration drowned ; From Oswald's thirst of pr wer and gold,
Till, gathering strength, again it rose, And boding thoughts that she must part
Announced its trumph in its close,
Shook wide its light the landscape o'er, With a soft vision of her heart,---All lowered around the lovely maid,
Then sunk-and Rokeby was no more, To darken her dejection's shade. The description of the conflagration work of a well-known author, the
On the appearance of any new of the castle of Rokeby is both strije first question always is, if it be beting in itself, and may, from some well
ter or worse than its predecessors; and known circumstances, excite the curi- the public seem to read chiefly with osity of our readers.
Mr Scott, we
the view of ascertaining this comthink, has evidently been on his guard parative merit. For our parts, if we against a certain imitation of his style, have derived great pleasure from a and has guarded successfully.
poem, we are satisfied with its absoSoon murkier clouds the hall enfold, lute excellence, and do not think it Than ere from battle-thunders rolled ;
very necessary to try it by this relaSo dense, the combatants scarce know
tive standard. We have not there. To aim or to avoid the blow.
fore made any elaborate comparison ; Smothering and blindfold grows the fightBut soon shall dawn a dismal light! yet, were we asked the question, we Mid cries, and cleshing arms, there came should give the following, as our The hollow sound of rushing flame; general impression :- The poetical New horrors on the tumult dire
mcrits of the composition appear to Ariso-the castle is on fire Doubtful, if chance had cast the brand,
us very much on a level with Mr Or frantic Bertram's desperate hand.
Scott's former works, but the general
effect not quite so pleasing. The tion, 3d edition, with large additions Cause appears to us to arise chiefly and alterations. By the late Lord from the choice of the subject, and Woodhouselee. 8vo. 12s. particularly of the characters. The Report on Weights and Measures. principal actors in the poem are all By a Committee of the Highland ruffians of the lowest description.- Society. 8vo. 2s. 6d. The energy indeed of Bertram's cha Supplement to the View of the racter somewhat redeems his villany, political state of Scotland. By James yet not so as to fit him to be, as he is, Brydges, Esq. W. S. 8vo, 1s. the leading personage.
The marauders, and fierce chieftains of an earlier age, were not, perhaps, according to strict morality, superior to these ; yet
Literary Intelligence. the great scale on which their crimes PRoposals have been circulated for were performed, and the involuntary reprinting in London, the French admiration of rank and power, threw Moniteur, verbatim et literatim, and round them a romantic interest, which the names of subscribers are invited cannot be excited by the common at eight guineas per annum. Among robbers and ruffians of modern socie- other reasons, it is alledged that, "in ty. We feel, perhaps, a national jea- regard to foreign news, the English leosy, to see Mr Scott's muse passing press is now nearly in the same state the Tweed ; we would willingly lure of degradation as the press of Russia ; him back to feudal and Scottish that the foreign intelligence is garbthemes.
led and miserably translated, chiefly by one hand in a public office ; that important facts are often suppressed,
coloured, and distorted ; that French New Works published in Edinburgh. Bulletins and other documents are
often kept back for successive days, ENCYCLOPEDIA Britannica ; or a for stock.jobbing and other corrupt
Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and purposes; and, in fine, that few or no Miscellaneous Literature. Fifth edi- foreign papers now reach London, tion, enlarged and improved. "Ilus- except through Ministers, or Newstrated by nearly 600 Engravings. papers under
controul.” The MoniVol. I. Part I. 4to. 18s.
teur abounds in literary and philosoRokeby, a Poem. By Walter Scott, phical articles, and its republication Esq. 4to. 21. 2s.
in London would, we should think, Journal of a Residence in India. be extensively patronized. By Maria Graham. 4to. 11.115.64. The Rev. H. H. Baber, of the
Travels in the island of Iceland, British Museum, has completed his during the summer of the year 1810. publication of a Fac-simile of the By Sir George Mackenzie, Bart. Greek Text of the Book of Psalms, Second edition. 4to. 31. 3s. as preserved in that most ancient Ma
Fauna Orcadensis; or the Natural nuscript of the LXX. Version of the History of the Quadrupeds, Birds, Old Testament, the Codex AlexanReptiles, and Fishes, of Orkney and drinus. Shetland. By the Rev. George Low, The same gentleman intends to Minister of Birsa and Haray. , From publish, by subscription, a Fac-simile a MS. in the possession of Mr El. of the Pentateuch after the same maford Leach, M. D. F, L. S. 4to. nuscript. He remarks, in his pro1/. Is.
spectus, that the Codex Alexandrinus Essay on the Principles of Transla. is a Greek Manuscript, comprising
the whole of the Old and New Tes- A very interesting catalogue or list tament; and stands, with respect to appeared at Polotzk, shortly before its antiquity and internal excellence, the French invasion, containing the in the foremost rank amongst the names and descriptions of all the Manuscripts of the Holy Scriptures. members of the Society of Jesuits, in
Speedily will be published, Sicily that empire, down to the end of 1811. and its inhabitants, by Wm. Henry It is entitled, “ Catalogus Sociorum et Thompson, Esq. in one vol. 4to, with Oficiorum Societatis Jesu, in Imperio engravings from drawings taken on Russie." The General in Chief,
since September 1805, has been FaEarly in the present year, Mr Col. ther Thaddeus Brzozwski. The soburn, an enterprizing publisher, of ciety has several colleges, and has Conduit-street, will publish an entire sent out various missions. The numnew work, to be continued annually, ber of its members is three hundred entitled, The Literary and Scientific and forty-seven, who are of all counCalendar of the British Empire. It tries, will contain: 1. The Dictionary of At Upsal there has lately been esall Living Authors, announced for tablished thirty-four exhibitions, and some time past. 2. A similar Cata- at Lund sixteen, each of one hundred logue of Painters, Engravers, Sculp- rixdollars a year, to be given to as tors, and Musical Composers. 3. A many students of theology, provided Register of all the Universities and they are also willing to qualify themPublic Schools. 4. An Account of selves as physicians. all the Public Societies, Institutions, The number of Journals, political Libraries, and Exhibitions ; with va- and economical, pablished in the Aus. rious other useful and interesting ta- trian dominions in 1810, was twentybles, &c.
five*. The Rev. Mr Eustace's Classical
I. Papers in the German Language. Tour, in two vols. 4to. will appear
1. The Vienna Gazette, by authonext month. The work is the result, we understand, of much research and rity, the property of the family of observation, exhibiting a comprehen
Van Gehlen, who have been the pa.
tentees for many years, and pay to sive view of modern Italy, with its varied beauties of natural scenery, rins. The number printed is nearly
Government the sum of 26,000 ftoand numerous works of art. The Rev. Robert Walpole is pre- Wednesdays and Saturdays.
4,000 copies. It is published on paring for publication, Memoirs on
2. Notices of Vienna, published at European and Asiatic Turkey, from
the Office of Information. the manuscript journals of modern
3. Price current and Course of Extravellers in those countries. Mr Milburn's expected book on
change. Oriental Commerce is in great for
4. Presburgh Gazette, for the wardness, and will appear in January. kingdom of Hungary ; 5,000 copies It will be illustrated with numerous
are printed of it.
5. The Gazette of Pesthi and Of charts by Arrowsmith.
fen ; 3,000 copies are printed. A second edition of the New Art of Memory, founded upon the princi
6. The Gazette of Gratz, of which ples taught by Mr Von Feinaigle, 2,500 copies are printed. Every Sawith some important additions and turday a Supplement is added, con. improvements, will be published in a few days. It will be embellished with a portrait of the Professor,
. From the Literary Panorama.
taining articles of goography, statis, Memoirs of the Progress of Manufactics, history, domestic economy, &c. tures, Chemistry, Science, and the with critiques on works.
fine Arts. 7. The German Gazette, published by the Post-office at Prague three THE lovers of Grecian sculpture times a week, and sells about 1,300 will be pleased to learn that this copies.
country will soon receive a great and 8. The Gazette of Brunn, accomo importani accession to its present panied by lists of works announced for stores, in a frieze in alto relievo, 100 publication, &c
feet long, found by Messrs. Leigh, 9. The Salzburgh Gazette prints Cockerell, Foster, Baron Haller, and 500 copies.
Monsieur Linkt, at the Temple of 10. The Transylvanian Messenger, Apollo, Epicurius, Phigalis, evidently 200 copies.
one of the works of Phidias. It con11. The Sheet of Advertisements, tains the two subjects of the quarrel published at Lemberg,
which arose at the marriage of Piri12. The Cracovia Gazette. thous with Hippodamia, and the bat
13. The Lintz Gazette, supported tle between the Amazons and the by from 8 to 900 subscribers.
Athenians. The whole formed the 14. The Gazette of Clagenfurt, frieze of the interior of the Cella, 450 copies.
which was of the Ionic order, and the 15 and 16. Two Gazettes of Lay- relievo is even higher than that of the bach, 400 copies.
temple of Theseus. The opinion of II. Gazeties in other Languages. its being the work of Phidias, inde
17. Europa latina, cum genuina pendently of the style of sculpture, versione Ephemeridum Neovidensium, is strengthened by the circumstance Auctore Stephano Roscuman; pub of the temple being built by Ictinus, lished at Vienna.
who generally gave the preference to 18. Ephemerides Statistico-politicæ the above sculptor. Belnayanea Posonienses, quibus ad Mr John Cormaek, of Forry, in ditur Neovidensis, at Presburgh. the county of Caithness, has this sea
19. Magyar Kurir; the Hungarian son reared a few seeds of salmon oats. Courier, edited at Vienna.
Five grains were planted at the dis20. Hazai Tadositasok, another tance of six inches from each other; Hungarian paper, conducted at Pesth. the product of which were 150 stalks,
21 and 22. Two Gazettes in the bearing 2,550 grains ! Bohemian language, published at A physician, at Moscow, named Prague, and supported by about 500 Rehman, has discovered that the bark subscribers.
of the poinegranate is a good substi23. An Italian Gazette, published tute for Peruvian bark, in most cases, at Trieste.
and particularly in intermittent fevers. 24. Osservatore Triestino, the He has printed a treatise to demonsTrieste Observer.
strate its efficacy. 25. Gazetta Kragowsha : a paper
Mr Robertson, whose name has in the Polish language, published at been already before the public as an Cracow,
aerial traveller, in Denmark, has inMr William Bullock is arranging vented a speaking automaton, which the materials of a splendid work, re he is now exhibiting in Paris. It allative to the most recent discoveries ready articulates distinctly, in French, in Natural History, with engravings, the words • Papa," Mamma,' and coloured from original specimens. • Long live Napoleon, the friend of