Imágenes de páginas

mia sur le bord de la fosse où ses neveux Islets of the Nile.

avoient été jettés après la défaite de Beder. “ Nous voguons entre des iles dont l'- " N'ai-je pas assez pleuré sur les nobles herbe est très-haute, et où l'on mène paître fils des Princes de la Mecque ! les buffles. Un berger assis sur le cou “ A la vue de leurs os brisés, semblable du premier de la troupe, descend dans le à la tourterelle cachée dans la forêt profleuve, fait claquer son fouet, et dirige la fonde, j'ai rempli l'air de mes gémissemens. marche, tout le troupeau suit à la file, et “ Mères infortunées, le front prosterné nage en meuglant vers le lieu du pâturage. contre terre mélez vos soupirs à mes pleurs. Ils vomissent l'onde de leurs larges na- Et vous, femmes qui suivez les convois, seaux. Ces animaux vivent dans le Nil chantez des hymnes funèbres entrecoupés de pendant les chaleurs. Ils s'y plongent longs sanglots. Que sont devenus à Beder, jusqu'aux épaules, et paissent l'herbe tendre les princes du peuple, les chefs des tribus ? le long de ses bords. Les femelles donnent " Le vieux et le jeune guerrier y sont en abondance un lait gras, avec lequel on couchés nuds et sans vie. fait d'excellent beurre."

“ Combien la Mecque aura changé de face!

“ Ces plaines désolées, ces déserts sauEgyptian Groves.

vages, semblent eux-mêmes partager ma

douleur."-SAVARY. “ Les environs de Hellé offrent de spacieux enclos, où les orangers, les citronniers, les grenadiers plantés sans ordre, croissent fort hauts et fort touffus. Leurs branches

The Custom of Florida. entrelacées forment de riants berceaux, au The first-born male is sacrificed there. dessus desquels les sycomores et les pal- An European is settled and married miers élèvent leur feuillage d'un verd foncé. among the Floridans; his child is to be saDes ruisseaux y coulent parmi des touffes crificed. There may be a struggle between de basilic' et de rosiers. Je ne puis vous superstition and maternal love in his wife. exprimer combien il est doux. Lorsque le | They escape together. Will this make a ciel est embrâsé des feux de la canicule, de play ? respirer un air frais sous ces ombrages enchantés. C'est une volupté qui se sent mieux qu'on ne peut la décrire. L'odeur

Edwy. de la fleur d'orange mêlée aux suaves éma- Elgiva's sufferings. Dunstan and Priest nations des plantes balsamiques, réveille villainy. Here also the after-story is the doucement les sens engourdis par la cha- best. leur, et fait couler dans l'âme les plus agréables sensations.

The Conquest of Lisbon.
The Battle of Aljubarrota.

Edmund Ironside.
Dirge of Ommia.
“ Les Moals sont des chants élégiaques,
où l'on pleure la mort d'un héros, ou les

The Destruction of the Dom Danael. malheurs de l'amour. Abulfeda nous a THAMAMA, the child whose mother peconservé la fin d'un Moal chanté par Om- rishes with the Adite in the garden of Irem,

« Le basilic en Egypte croit trois fois aussi i This is the original sketch of the poem. hant qu'en France, et forme des touffes agré. For particulars the reader is referred to the ables odoriférantes."

Preface of the collected Edition. Dom, or Don


is destined to destroy this nursery of evil | thus.—He is told to ask his reward, and exmagicians under the roots of the sea. The presses resignation to the will of God, whose scene he there witnessed is well calculated will is right. Then the Sansar, the icy to produce a complete self devotement to

wind of Death pervades him, and he is the service of God.

welcomed in Paradise by Oneiza's houri Cannot the Dom Danael be made to form. allegorize those systems that make the

The seal of Solomon and the buckler of misery of mankind ?

Ben Giaour would be useful, but they have Previous to the great work, Thamama been made so trite. There will be much to goes to the Simorg to learn his wisdom, and avoid in this poem. Magnitude has been to Babel, where Hârut and Mârut suffer often mistaken for sublimity; and it will

not be easy to find a new way of destroying It would be well to make Thamama's an enchanter's den. Perhaps the knowmost painful obstacles arise from those do- ledge of the ineffable name will be the best mestic feelings which in another would be talisman. virtue.

Here the incident may be introduced of He may destroy the palace of Aloadin.

one about to commit a midnight murder, Cannot the Province of Darkness be in- when a sudden light falls upon him. Will troduced here ? and the situation of the ten it not be best to make this happen to Thatribes ?

mama, when about to assassinate one of The simplicity of Arabian manners will those whom it is his mission to destroy ? contrast well with the magnificent ma- Let it be Aloadin. chinery. We may also go to Persia, for The perpetual wind which rushing out of the voluptuousness of nature.

a cavern renders it unenterable, may guard Wealth, Power, and Priestcraft form the the entrance to the Domdanyel. Trinity of Evil. Old Simorg-Anka gives The account of Port des Français in Pehim the philosophy of history.

rouse's Voyage is a sublime picture, vol. 3, Perhaps the death of Thamama should

Thamama may either find the deconclude the poem, as the only adequate scent from such a place; or it will be better reward. Besides, he must sacrifice so much to bring him there after he has lost Oneiza, as to make it the only desirable one. and let him thence depart with some strange

Now I can see a little way. Book 1. boatman, or without a boatman. Almost, I The garden of Irem, and preparing his young think, Cadman's ship might come for him. mind. 2. An old Arab finds the lonely He shall go without a talisman, and Hâboy. His life, and growing love. He is rut and Marut may tell him that the just summoned to his destination, first to the

man needs none. From them he falls in mountains of Kâf, where the Simorg exists, with Aloadin, book 5. There let him find then to Hârut and Mârut.

Oneiza, and dwell with her in the delightAloadin must be connected with the evil | ful realm of Cashmeer, forgetful of his call. magicians : one who by voluptuous indul- | The Sultan hears of her beauty, and sends gences trains up devoted slaves. This is for her; this will partake of the evils to be plain enough.

destroyed. He resists the messengers. Oneiza, after he has left her on his mis- Oneiza, in endeavouring to save him, is morsion, is thrown in his way by the Magicians. tally wounded, and he led away prisoner, She must die. Then will the conclusion be A horde of Tartars may deliver bim, and

from them he reaches the bay: or better,

let him reach the sea, and the vessel carry daniel, is mentioned in the continuation of the Arabian Tales as a seminary for evil magicians, him to that desolate haven. This should under the roots of the sea.-J. W. W.

end the 8th book.

p. 254.

Can the evils of established systems be on the palace. Drought. Morthdh and Kil well allegorized ? Can Thamama see them sent to Meccan Return of Kil with the in the realms where the Magicians govern ? cloud. War may be a huge gladiatorian sport or

2. The Dom Daniel. The magicians sacrifice. How can the mental murder of watching ten lights, kindled for the family half mankind be presented ? Can the ex- of Hodeirah : eight are extinguished, and tremes of wealth and want be shown equally while they watch, another goes out. They fatal to virtue and happiness — of course make a Teraphim to enquire whether the equally necessary to the powers of the Dām- dangerous one is destroyed. They make danyel? I do not think this can be done poison from a red headed Christian, and send in a manner fit for poetry.

one of their emissaries to destroy Thalaba The Dõmdanyel. Should it be a nest of with it. caverns—a labyrinth of apartments—where The light in the Dom Daniel comes from the old Magicians unite the cruelties of in- a great serpent's eyes. They nurse earthquisitors, or Mexican priests, with the vices quakes, and feed volcanoes there. of Tiberius ? If I could make Opinion, a The Teraphim cannot see into the gargiant, its dreadful guard. All this, the main den of Irem. end of the poem, will be the most difficult The Upas thus. One of the Dom-Daniel to execute, and I fear the least interesting pupils reigns in Java. A complete system when executed. When Thamama first ap- of slavery and beastly luxuries. Thalaba pears, they attempt to buy his friendship. lands there. They are at war, and to make Let him be led to a harem, but pass rapidly an effectual weapon-poison, kill the redover the temptations, which he scorns. Let headed Christian, that a poison tree may the means used to terrify him be undefined. spring up, as from Cerberus. It is this "Omne ignotum pro magnifico.' All may be Sultan who sends for Oneiza; and to him demolished by his bare appearance in the Thalaba is led a prisoner. The incidents adytum.

follow thus therefore, Hârut and Mârut I should think the Upas might be intro- Simorg-Aloadin-his retirement—Java. duced.

The Simoom must save Thalaba, when, Cadman's ship may do excellently thus. as he is praying, a murderer comes to kill Those who have perished in attempting the him. adventure of the Doam-danyel, fell by their Of the souls of the wicked there may be own fault; yet, for that the attempt was this plan. They endure no punishment till good, their punishment is temporary: they the day of judgment, but assist the evil are to carry future adventurers, and be re- principle, that by winning if possible the leased whenever one succeeds.

universe, they may, by possessing themThe Turk's receipt for making poison selves of power, escape punishment! This from a red haired Christian lad may be tried system may be explained to Thalaba by the here.

spirit of Nimrod on the site of Babel. Water in the pelican's nest.

Adam is shown to Thalaba and his garOracle from a dead head.

ment of glory. Perhaps Alis Jefr we Jame may be con- 3. Thalaba's life and love. His summons. sulted Were I a Mohammedan I should Burying Abdaldar. Thalaba observes his certainly adopt the Persian heresy.

ring and its characters. He wears it, though 1. Idols of Ad. Pride of Shedad the cautioned against it as dangerous. In the king. Houd's denunciations. Houd sees morning they find the body of the magician Aswad release the camel The garden dug up, and the ensuing night Thalaba is made, and palace supplied with water by awakened by a Genius, who attempts to rob the Enudros stone. The wise man's remarks | him of the ring. Then follows the pastoral part of the poem,-its relief. A locust is | away, and says he needs no protector but dropt by the bird close to Thalaba and God. Oneiza. He looks at the hieroglyphics on 5. Bagdat. Babylon. Nimrod. Mohareb its forehead, and reads, “When the sun shall comes up, and it appears that he also seeks be darkened at noon, journey to the east.” the angels. Discovering Thalaba's mission, A total eclipse soon takes place.

he attacks him, and his horse carries him A succession of extraordinary appear- away. ances before Thalaba enters the garden of 2. A few connecting lines to open with. Aloadin. The meteorous appearance—the More preparation for the catastrophe. enchanted fountains--and the way through 4. Desert sufferings. Water appearance. the mountain pass.

Solomon. Light worse than heat. Sinking under severe cold on Caucasus, 5. Pelican's nest. Babylon as it was. Thalaba is stimulated by seeing a cedar The spirits of those who have failed reerect itself against the pressure of the snow.

late each to Thalaba how he perished. A wedding procession passes him after Hints in the Arabian account of the Pyrahe has lost Oneiza.

mids. With Adam are the Prophets and Mar- After the Simorg,-in the frozen bay, the tyrs. They are nourished by odours. Trees

Northern lights. of gold and silver.

Mohareb and Thalaba contend by the Oriental despotism and devastation in bitumen springs. Into these Thalaba flings Java. Hidden corn pits.

his ring, and afterwards strikes Mohareb. “ Arbor triste de dia"-emblem of virtue Talisman in the garden of Aloadin. in adversity.

Qy. Would it be disgusting to destroy Thalaba makes the spirit bring him the Oneiza by a vampire, and baunt Thalaba bow and the quiver of Hodeirah. This with her vampire corpse ? Something like makes Moath and Oneiza believe him. the apparition in Donica might release him.

He goes on a dromedary to Kaf. Mor- The appearance of Nimrod must be transgan's Algiers. 102.

planted. It comes too near the argumentaOne of the magicians offers himself as a tive dialogue with Lobaba. guide to Babylon. In the desert they see

Zohak defends the cavern of the angels. the sand columns. The magician tempts 6. Thalaba finds a horse caparisoned, who Thalaba to use his ring and summon demons comes to him. Meteor. Springs. to his aid-he himself is overwhelmed.

4. The shell incident must be altered. I 4. Thalaba proceeds till he comes to the wished to make it of the same class of mi.

Hc takes up a shell, and the charac- racles, of natural agents supernaturally actters thereon tell him, to seek Hârut and ing, as the locust. But it is flat and very Mârut at Babylon, and learn from them the bad. Either a voice from the darkness, or talisman requisite for his success. He meets the appearance of his father's spirit. a man who offers himself as a guide —it is Returning from the chase home, Thalaba Lobaba. He leads him into the desert, and sees some one going from his house, and it tempts him to demand aid of the genii by is the Angel of Death. his ring. A moving column overwhelms

Moath must reappear. him. Ruins of Babylon. Spirit of Nimrod. Zohak is said to have built Babylon. Hârut and Marut.

7. Survey of the garden, with a view to As he is about to pull off his ring, that escape. Mountains. Burnet.' River Fall. Lobaba may read it, a fly stings his finger, and it instantly swells.

" This implies a reference to BURNET's The.

oria Sacra Telluris,—not for its philosophy, but When the magician tells Thalaba that

for its beauty, a great favourite with Southey only his ring protects him, he throws it and Wordsworth.-J. W. W.


Thalaba then goes to destroy Aloadin. The from the bridal chamber? it is Azrael, the supernatural light. A voice stating that Angel of Death. Aloadin must be involved in the general Eighth to begin,'Now go not to the tombs, destruction of the sorcerers. The wind old man- -there is a maniac there.' Vampire. whirls up Thalaba and Oneiza, as in an Departure again upon the mission. Seizure ethereal car, and places them beyond the of Thalaba. Java. Mohareb. mountains.

Khawla ought to be brought forward in 1. The destruction of the Adites must be these middle books. May she not deliver on the day fixed for taking possession of the up Thalaba to the emissaries of Mohareb ? palace and garden. Thus the whole mul- How to convey Thalaba to Java ? Should titude are assembled.

he be seized by slave merchants. If it were Houd also must call on Aswad when he not an island, he should be pressed as a leaves the garden.

soldier. But if it could be effected by the In the Dom Daniel the image of Eblis is agency of Khawla, that were best. Thus made of flesh and blood, like life, a giant then. At night a light in a house, Khawla form, bearing up with one hand the arch of spinning threads fine as the silkworms, and the ocean, whose waves roll above the only singing unknown words. She tells Thalaba roof. Into this image Thalaba thrusts the to twist it round his hands, and it binds sword—the waters burst in—but an egg of him in unbreakable fetters. Then she drags air surrounds him, and buoys him to the him to Java, for as only his own act could surface of the sea.

fetter him, so also can his own act effect One book should contain a view of futu- his ruin, and the attempt is by fear to prority. Davy suggested a paradise wholly duce apostacy. immaterial-trees of light growing in a soil

Khawla alone survives the appearance of ether-palaces of water refracting all rich of the Upas, but her power ceases over colours. The Mohammedan Paradise might Thalaba. Then the journey to Kaf. be briefly run over by the Simorgh, as what Thalaba expected, but which was only medan hell and heaven, and all their preadapted to the gross conceptions of man- liminaries —" types, shadows, unrealities." kind. The wicked should lie in sight of Then a gradation of heavens, and the ascent Paradise, with no torture, save the tædium of mind from earth to the management of of a joyless existence, and envy.

the elements, and the power of creation. Aloadin demands of the assembled youths 9. Dungeon sufferings — in view of the in his garden, Who will do a deed of danger execution place. · Arbor triste da dia.' The to enjoy Paradise eternally as his reward. stars consulted, and the result, that MohaI! exclaims Thalaba — and dashes out his reb's death must precede Thalaba's, prebrains with a club. Then a darkness falls serves him. Terror and repentance of upon the garden, involving those who seek Maimuna. to destroy him. He only, with Oneiza, sees 7. Were it better to make a shining plate in the cloud, and escapes.

on the forehead of Aloadin the talisman ? Houd was treated with cruelty. “ Illi and the bird, the evil spirit hovering over vero nihil dicta ejus attendentes, verbera- him to convey him at last body and soul bant eum ita, ut aliquando reliquerunt eum to hell ? penè mortuum." Ismael Ebn-Aly. Maracci. A boy seized at the moment of birth by Book 7 to conclude with “ who comes Khawla. His veins exhausted and filled

with the blood of Thalaba. On him they That is Sir H. Davy: He says in the pre: try the means of death, and all in vain. face, “I was then also in habits of most frequent Then Khawla consults the Demons, and and intimate intercourse with Davy,” &c. p. ix.

J. W. W. Maimuna the stars. The one is terrified

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