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Original Poetry.Leslie's Illustrations of the Waverley Tales.
“ Rose Cottage” was inscribed, its name to dub; The green door look'd particularly well
Pick'd out with blue to match the tub.
Whene'er they stopp'd to fix their eye on
Beneath it was a large brass knob,
** MRS. ROSE GROB."
Here she resided free from strife,
Except perpetual scolds with Betty,
For one no savings were too petty,
She lock'd the fragments up in towels;
Disregard for Betty's bowels;
(Was ever such a stingy hussey !) And reckoned it a treat to give her Half a pound of tripe or liver,
First cutting off a slice for Pussey;
As camel's paunch for ten days drink is hollow
So their's takes in at once a ten day's muchise; At twelve o'clock you hear them say they've sal
lowed Nothing to speak of since their second lunches, And as they will not dine till one, 'Tis time their third lunch were begun. At length provisions being got-all preper,
And every thing put out, starch, blue, soan gir
The clothes in soak all ready to begin,
You ha'n't put out a second pair.
Well, that's a good one, I declare !
And there's no time to air another !
And make a shift to night with t'other.
No wonder Betty's unreplenish'd maw
Vented itself in constant grumbling,
Which was in fact her stomach's rumbling
Took all the advantages within the law,
On Rose's part this was a ruse de guerre,
So in this instance it occurr'd,
For Betty took her at her word,
Of needle, scissors, thimble, thread,
And took the other off the bed!
Went up to call the maid,
Of scissors, thread, and needle
She call'd her thief, and slut, and jade,
I've only done exactly what you said,
Taken one sheet from off the bed,
The washing week approach'd :-an awful question
Now agitated Rose, with pangs inhuman, How to supply the Mammoth-like digestion
Of that carniverous beast—a washerwoman!
THIS series consists of twelve Plates erates into caricature, but just conveys
1 engraved by Heath, Rolls, Rom- a sense of the ludicrous, without laps. ney, Portbury, and Mitchell, from ing into burlesque or exaggeration. original Drawings by Leslie. They We shall enumerate his present Deare of various degrees of merit ; but signs in their order. as a whole very honourable to the de. 1. Flora in the Glen of Glennaquoich; signer, and to those who have multipli. Waverley. A sweet female, bu ratber cu nis conception on the copper. Mr. pretty for the impassioned enthusiast. Her Leslie possesses two qualities rarely
companion is in a fine attitude ;-the harp
too cumbrous and heavy to be capable of combined,-grace and humour : thus transport by female strength. The scenery many of his forms are lovely and appropriate, though the freedom of the tree where the subject suits, they are almost is not accompanied by equal truth in the always drolly characteristic.
His ex- 2. Mac Ivor warned by the Grey Spirit; pression, at the same time, never degen- the Same.--Has nothing peculiar to recom
mend it; but the moonlight on the Spirit, ing of her Damsels, are admirably pourand its shadowy fading into a baseless vis- trayed. The countenance of Lady B. is all ion at the lower extremities, are happily that could be wished. You see it is a kiss conceived. Mac Ivor's position is common- that will never be forgotten. place, his drapery stiff, and his limbs out of 9. Effie Deans and her Sister in the Tol. proportion.
booth ; Heart of Mid-Lothian.-In this Mr. 3. Meg Merrilies compelling Domioie Leslie has out-Timanthesed Timanthes, for Sampson to eat; Guy Mannering--The he has hidden all the faces of the charachead of the Gipsy fine, and the terror of ters. The painter of Sicyon only covered the Dominie well expressed.
one head, the agony of which he deemed 4: The Antiquary incensed at the Intru. to be beyond expression ; but that the fansion on his Sanctum Sanctorum ; The Anli. cy of concealing every feature, and allowquary.-A good scenic effect, and the acces. ing us nothing but two arms, one ear. hair. sories, especially a Helmet with its eves and the bodily forms, to convey the sentiwide open, humourously chosen. The ment of a scene of suffering, is a wise ex
ick of the angry virtuoso about to descend pedicnt,we are not ready to acknowledge. in pointed fury, and the astonished look of 10. Jenny before the Queen (same Norel,) the inconscious offender, convey a full sense is a very different and very superior perof their relative feelings according with the formance. Her entreating attitude, petite description of the author
figure, Scotch look, and national costume, 5. Dousterswivel and Eddie Ochiltree; are excellent. It is impossible not to be The Antiquary; cannot be so praised; yet moved by such a pleader; and the statelithe old beggar is a good figure.
ness of the Queen is gently yielding to her 6. Francis Osbaldistone and Diana Ver- surprise and humanity. non in the Library ; Rob Roy.-Nothing 11. The Ominous Incident at the Mercan surpass the beauty and sweetness of maiden's Fountain; Bride of Lammermuir. these figures. The heroine is of a sofier --A thing of charming romance and interloveliness than as represented in the Novel, est. The figures are full of spirit and but the whole is so exquisitely graceful as gracefulness; and the scene exquisitely to clain the highest panegyric. The ar- painted, even to the disjointed stone of the mour hanging up seems to us to be too ancien! fountain. small, if we were inclined to dwell on little 12. Dalgetty and Ronald of the Mist es. blemishes.
caping through the Chapel; Legend of 7. The Black Dwarf at the Tomb of his Montrose.- Another characteristic and cx. affianced Bride ; Black Dwarf. - Another cellent piece ; finishing a series in which if admirable conception, and replete with im. we have pointed out some slight imperfecagination. The frightful figure of the tions, we are nevertheless bound to say of Dwarf is contrasted with the mortal beauty it altogether, that it is not unworthy of the of the tomb in a most affecting manner. Volumes it has been iavented to adorn. The design of the monument itself is very As literary news, we may appropripathetic, and might serve as a model for the sculptor whence to execute a work of
ately add here, that these Illustrations art of the purest order.
are published with a Miniature Edition 3. King Charles II. saluting Lady Bellen. of the Novels and Tales; and one of den ; Old Morlalily.- A subject the very the most beautiful works that has ever reverse of the foregoing. The easy gal issued from Ballantyne's instly-celebralantry of the King, the delighted dignity of the Lady, and the half-suppressed simper- teu press.
(New Mon. Dec.)
THE SONG OF DEBORAH.
And she watch'd till the last dim star of the night
TALES OF HUMOUR, GALLANTRY, AND ROMANCE."
(Lit. Gaz. Nov.) THE publisher of these Tales dis- Italian Novel of its pruriency, and giv
1 tinguishes himself, even among ing the public a selection of this class, the leading Bibliopoles of the day, by which will not offend while it creates the peculiar neat and tasteful style in laughter, nor pollute while it amuses. which he produces his volumes-Nor, The Tales are seventeen in number. generally speaking, are we less pleased Belphagor is a merry tale, which we with the literary portion of the work. shall insert entire,-and The Skeleton The romantic division is perhaps rath- in every House is so short, and so pret. er deficient; but the translator has per- ty a moral lesson, that we transfer formed a grateful office in weeding the that also as a contrast.
BELPHAGOR. « We find in the ancient records of that come into our infernal kingdon, Florence, that a holy man, whose life say that their wives are the cause of it; was, in after years, celebrated for sanc- this appearing impossible to us, we tity, being one night deeply engaged in therefore fear that in passing sentence meditation, fell into a dream, and saw on this subject, we may, perhaps, be numbers of the souls of wretched accused of too much cruelty, or of not mortals, who had died under the dis- being sufficiently severe, and unfneno pleasure of the gods, and inhabited the ly to justice; being desirous to avoid dark regions of Pluto, complaining, or both these charges, we have called upat least most part of them, of having on you for your advice and assistance, been driven to such misery by mar- in order that this realm may remain, a. riage; the which greatly surprised Mi- it ever hath been, without disgrace: nos, Radamanthus, and other infernal It appeared to all the infernal lords that judges, as they did not credit those it was a most momentous case, and falsehoods against the sex. But these they unanimously agreed that it ouglas complaints increasing daily, after in- to be sifted to the very bottom, but als forming Pluto of it, it was resolved to agreed about the means and manner hold a council of all the infernal deities carrying the investigation into effect; upon what might be best to do, in or- some of them were of opinion that der to ascertain the truth of the case. of them should be sent into the words These being called to council, Pluto in the shape of a man, to ascertai spoke in the following manner :- Al- sonally the truth ; but of the majo.? though, my dearly beloved, by celes- decreeing that some one should be tial power and irrevocable fate, I pos- they decided upon the former P sess this realm, and am wholly unac- No one being inclined to take u countable to any celestial or mortal be- ness upon himself, it was setu ing, yet as it is more wise to listen to chance should determine, ". the opinions of others, I have resolv- fell to the lot of the arch-devil ed to take your advice in a case that gor, who, before he was kicka might eventually be of great dishonour heaven, was called archanga to our empire; all the souls of men though against his will, was comer
d to take this busiit was settled that ermine, the which
* Translated from the Italian. With 16 illustrative Drawings, by George Cruiksbank. Lowo
ksbank. London 1828
by Pluto's power to accept the office, and sions was forgotten or neglected ; it
of Roderigo, he hired a house in the for the sake of peace. He was com· Borgo d'Ogrissanti. In order that they pelled to help his father-in-law in por
might not imagine who he was, he gave tioning the other girls; then again, to out that he had quitted Spain, when ve- be on good terms with her, he was comry young, and going to Syria, had pelled to equip one brother for the Legained all his wealth at Aleppo, and vant with clothes, &c.; and the other that his object in coming to Italy was to the west with silks ; and, lastly, to to take a wife, as being a more civilized open a goldbeater's shop for the third, country, and more congenial to his feel all of which consumed the best part of ings. Roderigo was a very handsome his fortune. Moreover, in the carnival man, about 30, and being in a very few time and festival of St. John, when the days known to possess immense riches, whole city is nothing but feasting and and it appearing that he was very libe- revels, and when the noblemen treat ral and humane, many noble citizens each other with splendid entertainwho had plenty of daughters, and a ments, Madonna Onesta would not scarcity of money, made offers to him ; vield in splendour or show, but insisted out of the number, Roderigo selected a that her Roderigo should outdo them all most beautiful young lady called Ones- in magnificence. Quietly did Roderita, daughter of Amerigo Donati, who go bear all these things for the reasons had three other daughters almost mar- above mentioned-peace and quietriageable, and three sons grown to ness; nor would he have grudged man's estate. Although he was of a the expense, though very annoying, noble family, and greatly esteemed in nay, would have even borne more, Florence, yet, in consequence of a style could he but have had peace in the of living suited to his rank, he was ve- house ; or could he have waited quietly ry poor.
the moment of his ruin: but, on the " Roderigo's wedding was most contrary, it was quite the reverse, for splendid. Nothing usual on such occa- besides the ruinous extravagance she
led him into, her diabolical nature wea- it, found Matteo feeding the oxen. Ro ried him daily, nor was there a servant derigo begged of him to save him from in the house that could stay any time. the hands of his enemies, who, he said, Roderigo, of course, suffered much in pursued him, to take him and shut him not being able to keep a single servant up in gaol to die; promising him a that could take care of his property, great reward, and adding, that he for the very devils he had brought with would enrich him, and would, before him, under the shape of servants, rather he left him, give him such proofs that chose to return to hell, among their na- he could no longer doubt; and should tive fire and smoke, than dwell in the he not keep his word, he would allow world under her controul. Roderigo him to deliver him up to his pursuers. going on in this way, and having wast- Matteo, though but a labourer, was a ed all his property in the above man- man of spirit, and kind-hearted ; and ner, began to live on hopes of remittan- thinking he could lose nothing by proces from the east and west, which he tecting him, he promised so to do, and expected to receive; but being put to concealed him behind a dumnghill, covershifts and having good credit still, he ed him up with lumber and sticks borrowed on proinissory notes. At this which he had brought for his firewood. juncture the intelligence arrived from Roderigo had scarcely time to conceal the east and west, that one of the Ma- himself properly, before his pursuers donna Onesta's brothers had gambled reached the place, who, however, could away all Roderigo's property, and that not obtain from Matteo an avowal that the other, on his return with a slip la- he had seen any such a one as they de den with goods uninsured, had been scribed. They, therefore, continued drowned, and the ship sunk. The in- their way ; being unsuccessful in their stant the news was made known, the search, after two days pursuit, they recreditors assembled, and judging he turned back to Florence. When the was a ruined man, they being prevent- bustle was over, Matteo took him out of ed from making any demands, the his concealment. Roderigo said to notes not being as yet due, agreed it him, " Matteo, I am under the greatest was proper to keep a watchful eye over obligation to you, and will reward you, him that he might not give them the and that thou mayest believe me, I wil slip. Roderigo, on the other hand, tell thee who I am:-upon this he reseeing his situation desperate, and lated to him who he was, and the orthinking of the internal law that bound „ders he had received on going out of him to this sublunary world, determin- hell; his taking a wife; the eternal to be off at any rate. He mounted his plague he had with her, and moreover, horse one morning, and living near the the means he should use to enrich him, gate of Alprato, he rode through on his which was this :—when he should hear way. No sooner was his departure that there was a young woman possessheard of, than the creditors were rous- ed with the devil, to be quite assured ed up to action, and applying to the that it was he who was within her, and magistrate, they flew with the police, that he should not cast himself from atter him. Roderigo was scarcely one her until he himself should come, by mile off, when he heard the outcry be- which means he might get such pay. hind him. Conceiving that the road ment from her friends as he might was but an indifferent protection, he choose. Thus agreed, he disappeared. thought that striking across the fields Very few days had elapsed, when it would be a far safer way ; but in so do- was reported in Florence that a daughing he found so many ditches in his ter of Ambrogio Omadeo, who had marroad, the which are frequent in that ried Buonijuto Zebalducci, was possesspart, that he alighted, left his horse, ed by the devil. The friends, of and ran on foot through fields covered course, tried all the remedies usually with vines and weeds, with which that recurred to in such cases, such as placcountry abounds. He arrived at Pere ing the head of St. Zerobi on her head, tola, at the house of Matteo del Bricea, and Saint John of Gualberto's cloak, a labourer, and as chance would have which things were rendered of no avail