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She strode two steps, and stretched her hand,
The lady drew a long low sigh
I ask no word, I need no sign,
That linked this wasted hand in thine ! He was not there !—I deemed him slain; And thine the guilt,--and mine the pain ! There are memorials of that day Which time shall never blot away, Unheeded prayer, unpardoned sin, And smiles without, and flames within, And broken heart, and ruined fame, And glutted hate, and dreaded shame, And late remorse, and dreams, and fears, And bitter and enduring tears !"
She listened there another
space, And stirred no feature of her face, Though big drops, ere she spoke again, Fell from her clammy brow like rain: At last she glanced a wilder stare, And stamped her foot, and tore her hair, “ False fiend! thou liest, thou hast lied !
He was, what thou couldst never be, In anguish true, in danger tried,
Their friend to all, --my God to me!
-as thou couldst never love, Long years,--and not, till then, in guilt; Nay! point not to the wailing grove,
I know by whom the blood was spilt, I saw the tomb, and heard the knell,
And life to me was lorn and blighted, He died, -and vengeance watches well!
He died,--and thou wert well requited !"
Again she listened ;-full five score
_” and at Vidal's feet
Then rose from fifty furious lungs
Ten?-did you ever, Mrs. Anne? Ten rogues against one honest man How master Vidal must have fought ! It's what I never should have thought; He seems the sickliest thing alive ;They say he killed and wounded five ! Is master Vidal killed or wounded ? I trust the story is unfounded I saw him on his legs just now, What! sawed his legs off? well, I vow Peace, babbler, peace ! you see you've shocked her! Help! ho !--cold water for the Doctor! Her eyes are open !-how they blink ! Why, Doctor, do you really think, My Lord, we never think at all; I'll trouble you to clear the Hall, And check all tendency to riot, And keep the Castle very quiet ; Let none but little Bertha stay; And,-try to keep the Friar away!" Poor Vidal, who, amid the rout, Had crept in cautious silence out, Reeled to his chạmber in the staggers, And thought of home, and dreamed of daggers.
Day dawned ; the Baroness was able
Days past, and weeks: Clotilda's mien
And only once or twice her glance
The morrow came, 'twas glorious weather,
And gave her hand to kiss and clasp;
In silence from his lip and grasp,
“ Farewell !” she said, and so departed ;
END OF CANTO I.
CRUMBS OF CRITICISM.
“ A marvel it is to think, Swertha, how few real judicious men are left in this land. I ken few of consequence hereabouts, (excepting always myself, and may, be you, Swertha,) but what may, in some sense or other, be called a fule."-PIRATE, Vol. II. p. 278.
ON THE PLAYS OF Sir John SUCKLING. Have you read the plays of Sir John Suckling, reader ? If not, we recommend you by all means to postpone the perusal till you have finished Quentin Durward, and the present number of the Quarterly Magazine ; or rather to adjourn it sine die : unless you are a reader of old books in the abstract, or are actuated by the ambition of doing what nobody within fifteen miles of you has done: otherwise, ten to one but you will find yourself in the condition of a prim critic in 's Weekly, who declared that he found it utterly impossible to get through them ; just as Dr. Johnson said long ago of Thomson's Liberty. We are not gifted with more than the ordinary critical stock of patience, and yet we managed to perform the feat, at the expense of much less snuff than Lord Chesterfield bestowed on the six latter books of the Æneid. We have no reason to assign for this rash act. It was one of the things which people undertake without any assignable motive, and finish because it would be a pity not to complete what they have begun; not but we might have been worse employed. We might have been idling on our sofa under the influence of the κυανόπτεροι άλάστορες, , or chopping logic with a spinster of the same hue ; we might have been imbibing the latest tirade against kings and priests in the Morning Chronicle, or listening with lulled senses to the Courier's soporific purr of unvaried acquiescence in things established; we might have been washing down the newest rifacciamento of the quarterly jokes upon Hazlitt, with the fifth dilution of our evening tea pot; we might have been reading Tom and Jerry, or the Scottish Chiefs, or the article on Nightingales in the Classical Journal, or a great many other things, all and each worse than reading Sir John Suckling's plays. It is true, that these pieces are not very dramatic; that the composition is in most parts incorrect; that there are no original characters in them—no artifices of plot-few striking situations-very little scepti. cism-hardly any misanthropy--and not a word of destiny. Still they are not to be sneered at, at least in these days. They are more moral than Bertram, more poetical than Don Carlos, more original than Werner, more unaffected than VOL. I. PART II.