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See how he eyes him with forbidding stare! **
Should this volume reach another edition, Mr. Cooke will do well to correct many slovenly lines, which are so many blots on his composition. The following lines, among others, have no further pretensions to the name of verse than that which they derive from being composed of ten syllables. A very slight degree of trouble will remove this defect. - -
* How now inelegant,they wound the ear.”
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We must also once more enter our protest against the vile practice of cutting out the vowels, in places where it is impos
sible to read the verse without either pronouncing them, or rendering it completely ridiculous. Do those who write T'embase, and dang'rous, mean that we should pronounce Tembase, dangrous? If they do not, on what ground do they defend their practice . . . -
Art. XII. Sir Wilbert de Waverley; or, The Bridal
THIS tale is an amplification in verse of a romantic sketch in one of the first chapters of “Waverley.” Sir Wilibert, in early youth, loves a lady, who, as ladies sometimes will do, proves false to him, and marries another knight. The knight is slain, and his wife dies of grief, leaving a daughter, for whom she implores the protection of the deserted Sir Wilibert. As this daughter, Lady Geraldine, grows up, she becomes so like her mother, in person, that her guardian falls in love with her; and as he has always been her friend and companion, and she, having been “immured as in a convent's cell,” has seen few men, she
innocently believes that she loves him with equal fondness. The
author, however, judiciously declares, and we are rather of her opinion, that -
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. . . . “He was grave—aye, jealous too!” . . At leagth arrives the time which is to be the source of all Sir Wilibert's trouble and disappointment,. He is summoned to join the red-cross, bands, under the gallant Edward; and he departs, leaving Eady Géraldine and his mother in heavy sorrow,
which, however, the lady gets over, and grows not only com
posed, but gay and srolicsomé. After three years' battling with the paymiut, Sir Wilibert sails for England. But now his evil genius begins to bestir himself. The Knight is taken prisoner, and carried into slavery, in Africa, where.he remains for years. Having contrived at last to recover his liberty, it would, we should think, have been, most proper for him to hasten home to his Geraldine, especially as he was of a jealous disposition. But, instead of this, he ungallantly turns his back upon home, and resolves to perform a pilgrimage through the holy land. At a shrine he meets Sir Ronard de Merton, who has just cont cluded his penance, and who very sensibly urges him to be his companion to England. Sir Wilibert, however, obstinately peri sists in his design of visiting the “desert lake;” and sundry other interesting places, and contents himself with sending a small token of remembrance to the Lady Geraldine. Against such conduct as this, the author enters her protest; in which protest, - W6 wé beg leave to join. At last, he thinks of visiting his native country, and, on his passage, is seized with fits of impatience to reach his castle, with which it would have been lucky had he been seized a little earlier. In the mean time his mother has died of grief on learning his captivity, and has left Lady Geraldine all alone—a dangerous situation for a young and tenderhearted fair. . So it proves. The heir of Sir Wilibert, named Sir Alwyn, a young knight, with summy eyes, clustering curls, and an exquisite face, form, and voice—in short, a being made to be irresistible—visits Lady Geraldine; and she, as was to be expected, soon becomes enamoured of him, and consequently discovers that what she felt for her guardian was not love. She, however, struggles with her new passion, and finally determines to be faithful to her guardian. At this critical period Sir Ronald appears with the token, is immediately conquered by her charms, and persuades her that she is deserted by Sir Wilibert; a thing which we do not marvel much that she easily credits. He tries to gain her affections; but they are already bestowed on another. As he cannot carry her by sap, he resolves to proceed by storm, and accordingly forces her off from the castle. Luckily, Sir Alwyn, just at the nick of time, pays her a visit, catches Sir Ronald in the very fact of bearing her away, and, of course, rescues her. Her consent to receive him for her husband is ultimately his reward. By this time, the tardy Sir Wilibert has returned, and he arrives at the castle, in a pilgrim's dress, on the bridal eve. He makes himself known, and at first complains bitterly, though not in this instance with much reason, of “women's wiles.” But he soon remembers that he may have seemed unkind; and on this ground he excuses Lady Geraldine, and relinquishes her to his rival. Resolved not to be outdone in generosity, the lady is on the point of making a rash vow, but is prevented by the despairing language of Sir Alwyn, and the dissuasion of Sir Wilibert; the latter of whom declares his resolution to retire to a convent. - - - - -We do not think that the author has made quite as much as she might have done of this story. Her poem, however, is by no means devoid of merit. It is generally elegant, and contains
several pleasing passages. - - “The Dark Ladye” is intended as a sequel to Mr. Coleridge's fragmentary tale, entitled “Love.” We will not say, “O most lame and impotent conclusion!” but we must say that, though it is pretty enough, it is by no means a supplement worthy of the beautiful original: ” - . - * - . . . . . .” "... The following poem will give no unfavourable idea of Miss Francis's talents. It is called “The Farewell,” and “addressed to Mrs. W. on her departure.” - * - - - * How
“How shall I frame the offering due
“Ye hours that shed your cheering ray,
- When social converse charm'd away
The hour my friendship will not rue,
Remembrance keen, and sad despair;
- That I must bid farewell?
“One little boon let Anna give:
Amy. XIII. An Inder to the Anatomical, Medical, Chirurgical and Physiological Papers in the Transactions of the Royal Society to the Year 1813. 4to. 10s. 6d. Stace.
THE art of making Indexes has (thanks to the indefatigable dullness of the Germans) arrived at such perfection, that any one, who professing to form an index to any literary or scientific work, shall fail in his object, must be accounted a very careless or a very stupid being. In many cases, indeed, the index is compiled with so much skill, as to become far more interesting, perhaps even more useful, than the work itself. "We are sorry,
however, that we cannot compliment the author of the index before us, upon his success in this department of literature. We never saw a more meagre and uninteresting catalogue of words, alphabetically arranged. Instead of an index rationale, which | would in many instances supersede the necessity of referring to the volumes themselves, we have a dry and useless series of words and names. Who will be the wiser for such an enumeration as the following? - -
“ Lungs, inflation of, v. 2. p. 539. Apostemation of, v. 23. p. 1372. Case of a lad shot through the, v. 43. p. 151, &c. &c.”
When we come to names, the compiler of this index, minimé indicatorius, has only vouchsafed the paginal reference, as
We trust that some one else, of more labour and more skill, will undertake the task of giving such an index of these valuable papers, as will afford some satisfaction to the enquirer, and will remedy the deficiencies of this meagre and miserable attempt.
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