Sivut kuvina
PDF
[ocr errors]

XL:

* Each hero's armour is distained with gore; Wildly they rage, and round the stony floor, Salernum's guards on every side are slain.... . * : Their hopeless chief, with wound that bursts again, Leans o'er the battlements, and goaded there By Guilt's Archangel, plunges into air, And seeks the bosom of the flood below . . . - - a Dashed on the jutting bridge with dreadful blow, -Falls the foul corse . . . while Charles, in happy hour, * Rears the triumphant Cross above the tower.” $ r Vol. II. P. 269, In the twenty-second Canto ensue the single combats of the Paladins. Soon after these, Charles is wounded by the spear of Ormez, but the blow is followed with no danger to his life. Ormez during the night complains of his ill fortune to his deity. The following magnificent stanzes are worthy of Mr. Hodgson.

[ocr errors]

“Thus his foul god in execrable prayer
The Druid calls, and shakes the shuddering air. . .
To scourge his crimes, the Eternal hand has given
Free passage to the enemy of heaven. . . .
Uprose the homicide Colossus, bright
In brazen mail, and horrible to sight, .
As the blood-idol in his Saxon wood - -
Before his trembling priest confess'd he stood.....
‘That hand indeed has spared no blood for me....
Ormez, I hear...behold thy Deity

XLI.
“My breath inspired thee, when at Rodmir's side
To yonder shrine thy fury was the guide;
I stalked before thee through the dying band,
And the first torch... I gave it to thy hand!
Keep'st thou my laws?...within the blazing fane,
Say, didst thou lead thy sanguinary train, ... "
And raze that altar of the God I hate 2 -
This is my will... on this depends thy fate..
Still, still, it stands! forgetful here alone
Thou fail'st, or conquest had been all thine own.”

[ocr errors]

“Sunk into shade, the giant form is gone..
With beating heart, and eye still gazing on,
A threatening shout the Druid pours aloud .
Through all the midnight camp the startled crowd
Believe they hear the signal for the fight. • - - - - -
With many alified-axe, and torch's light, . . ."

or.” • . - - *- : * '... . . . . . s {rmensul’s

[ocr errors]

Irmensul's soldiers arm their daring hands..

Rodmir around him holds his guardian bands;

The rest with impious clamour rend the skies,
And follow Ormez where his fury flies.” Vol. II. P. 293.

The Pagan army reach the church of St. Peter, part of which is laid desolate; the conflagration becomes general, and now Ormez in the heat of sacrilegious fury approaches the shrine of St. Peter. If the @sbs &#8 p.mxAyns could be delivered from the objections which we have already stated to attend its introduction, it would be in the following most animated and awful description.

“A golden glory with portentous ray
Shot o'er the dome a brilliant stream of day;
Untouched, triumphant, in the central shrine
Glowed the pure altar with the light divine!
There haslowed Sion's far-famed columns grace
With radiant shaft the venerable place;
Up the dread roof their marble windings grow,
And shade the precious crucifix below;
So stands revealed the blest apostle's tomb,
To Hell, and Ormez, clothed in all their gloom,

LII.

“Irmensul’s soldiers feel their courage die....
They dare not touch the ark of the Most High. . .
* Slaves,’ said the priest, ‘what dread is this ye feel,
Chilling your rage, extinguishing your-zeal 2 -
Fear ye this bronze inanimate this ring
Of fire 2...a vain and visionary thing!
Behold the shrine of Christ by whom undone,
Falls the lost power of Saxon and of Hun:
Race of the North, avenge your injured land,
Follow my guidance, strike with willing hand!

LIII.

* He speaks....leaps down, and maddening, rushes on,
Where radiant round the golden glory shone.
Full on the shrine he hurls his flaming brand,
And strikes the Saint of Saints with impious hand 2
The brazen axe re-echoes as it falls. . . .
Rolling at once around the shadowy walls,
Aerial thunders burst in vollies dread,
Launched o'er this new Abiron's guilty head.
Firm stands the shrine...the raging whirlwind grows, a
The living God is there... and strikes his foest

LIV.

“With long reverberating crash below,
Through the deep vaults the peals tremendous go:
6

The

[graphic]

The shaken temple's vast foundations rock Beneath their feet...break up with awful shock, And bury half the host!... with phrenzied cry, Far from the storm the pale survivors fly; And, scattering terror through their kindred ranks, Announce the avenging God who rules the Franks. Wretches I this gulf, and mighty tomb, foretell The eternal gulf, the unbounded tomb of Hell.” . . . . . - - Vol. II. P. 298. We pass over the passage of Charles through the catacombs; the narrative of the civil war in Aquitania, and its fortunate result in the flight of the Moors, the death of Theodobert, and the return of the Aquitanians to their allegiance. The camp of Charlemagne is surprised, a desperate conflict ensues, in which Egbert, the Heptarch, bears a triumphant part: assistance is again vouchsafed from Heaven to Charles.

[ocr errors]

“He spoke...and to the ranks, where carnage grew,
Eager, at once, the Christian monarch flew.
No shield, no arms, defend his weakened frame,
But courage, zeal, and faith, his heart inflame.
—A radiant cloud, a glorious veil of light
Bursts out immediate on his dazzled sight!
His wound a viewless aspiration heals... -
The monarch shouts! the touch divine he feels..
While, raised above the energies of man,
An unknown vigour through his bosom ran...

[ocr errors]

“‘King of the Franks!’ exclaimed the heavenly voice,
‘Thine is the recompense of faith rejoice:
God to its end his promised vengeance brings..
See, combat, TRIUMPH, For the KING of KINGs.’
Asunder torn at this tremendous sound,
The cloud discovers, from its breast profound,
War's dread Archangel, in the azure field .
Of air, outstretched on high...a monstrous shield
On his left arm the holy town o’erspread,
And his vast spear waved o'er the Pagan’s head.

[ocr errors]

* Even from the sacred ramparts to the hills
The sky that buckler's brilliant circle fills.
In words of fire, upon the brazen plain,
Shine “cy Rus, constanTINE, AND...chak]. EMAane s”
The gazing monarch, rapt in holy trance,
Seizes his sword, springs forward in advance, A

* ad

WOL, Iv, JULY, 1815,

And cheers the Christian host...celestial awe
O'erwhelmed the shuddering Pagans as they saw. .
An universal horror and despair...
On his pale brow rose Rodmir's bristling hair
His soldiers fly...he calls them to the fight. . . -
Trembles himself, and, trembling turns to flight.”
- Vol. H. P. 364.

“This is perhaps the most sublime and striking image in the
whole Poen, and does equal credit to the invention of the Poet
and the language of the translator.—The whole Lombard army
are either destroyed or put to flight. Armelia dies in the battle,
while rushing in despair upon the christian line. Rodmir pe-
rishes in the ruins of §"; -
lows, and the Poem concludes with the meeting of the Pontiff
and his deliverer Charlemagne. - -
We have thus given a faint outline of the conduct of this ex-
traordinary Poem, which we are assured will fully justify in the
opinion of our readers the criticism which we passed upon it
in our last Number. -
To Dr. Butler and Mr. Hodgson the highest obligations are
due from Luciem for the masterly manner in which they have
both executed their arduous task. They have added an interest

to the Poem which it never possessed before, particularly to the

English reader; and we have no hesitation in saying, that so far from losing a single beauty in the translation, it reads infinitely

better in its borrowed, than in its original dress. To the French

Poem indeed we should be almost inclined to apply the epi-
gram of a French wit (Menage we believe) upon the Pucelle of
Chapeläin. - . - -
- Illa Capellani dudum expectata puella . .
Tandem post longo tempore prodit anus:
The enthusiastic rapture which announced its approach is lost
in the stillness of the most provoking indifference, from which

[ocr errors]

nothing but the animation, the elegance, and the classical lan

guage of the translation can redeem it. -
Our readers will perceive that the six first Cantos are for a
very obvious reason inferior to the rest of the work. It is not
till he marches onwards unfettered by the relics of an able friend
that Dr. Butler appears in full strength. To draw any com-

parison between his co-adjutor aud himself would be almost su

perfluous, as they both appear to have been inspired with the

same views, aud to have proceeded in their mighty task pari .

passu. Their styles indeed are not so different, but that the trauslation might to any one, who was unacquainted with the

history of the co-partnership, appear the work of the same

hand. Mr. Hodgson perhaps may be considered as *: - - the

eter's. The triumph of victory fol-`

[ocr errors]
[graphic]

the more uniform flow of poetic animation, while Dr. Butler, without his general sustainment, proves himself fully equal in detached passages. Both are deserving of the crown of victory, and were we called upon to decide upon whose head the bay should rest, we could only exclaim

[merged small][ocr errors]

ART. VII. A Charge delivered to the Clergy of the Arch: deaconry of London, at the Primary sistation. By J. Holden Pott, Ms. 4. Archdeacon of London. 4to. 36 pp. Rivingtons. 1815. -

FEW appointments have given greater satisfaction to that most respectable and exemplary body, the Clergy of London, than the promotion of the worthy author of this Charge to the important station which he now holds. We consider it as fortunate for the Church, when Archdeaconries of so much weight and consequence are entrusted to those who are qualified by ecclesiastical experience to direct, and by their temperance to conciliate the Clergy who are committed to their care. The worthy Archdeacon calls the attention of his Clergy to the state of the Church in former periods of our English history, and to a review of those venerable characters, who, in former times, have filled the stations which they now occupy. . . It is not au uncommon cry with a certain party in the Church, that the faith of the Reformation are to be zealously contended for, and its leading features accurately preserved; intiinating at the same time, in pretty plain terms, that they alone among the Clergy preach its doctrines, and maintain its character and spirit. To such the following judicious observatious are exceedingly applicable, both to regulate their zeal and to

increase their candour.

“In paying due respect to the modes of teaching, writing, and discoursing, which were practised at that period, our first care I think should be to strive to profit with each bright example, but to avoid an injudicious application of the pattern. The circumstances and occasions which gave the chief direction, and communicated the decisive turn to the thoughts and studies of men in those times, are much to be observed. The circle into. which they were led was not altogether that to which their choice, would have disposed them. The course which they took was that which the calls and exigencies of their day suggested. It was - a 2 marked

« EdellinenJatka »