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No, mere reflections won't go down, there And yet in speaking of a very happy tale must be
None mentions Warren, though for graA peg to hang them on, some sort of fable : phic story, And here, I greatly fear, I shall non-plus'd I place him on the summit-just like Nap, be:
until But I must e'en go on as I am able He fell at Waterloo-or a John Dory, And there's no saying, if unmoved my The first fish in the sea-or Byron, till Don trust be,
Juan, Alas! in Rochester sunk Milton.“ But that I may set viands on the table Worth sitting down to-story-poetry-' A perilous fall! not Lucifer's was greater What not ?-Paint heart ne'er won fair Than thine, thou serpent! from thy high lady. So I try!
Marring the noblest gifts of thy Creator Genius, you say, at least's a sine qua non : To basest ends !--Ah ! thou hast sealed thy But that's a fancy-what is genius?
fate! I do not know who has it not—there may Lofty thou seem'dst, though of thy kind none
the hater, Appear, perhaps, till something make it But thou art lewd and low-_- lust hard seen in us
by hate" But all men have it more or less in train. Hide thee ! " Since he miscalled the ing:
Morning Star" Write without fear, and every man in ten Most true! “ Nor man, nor fiend, hath o us
' fall’n so far!” Will write as well as Burns, no doubt, or Hogg,-or ill
O never more to rise !-from the high As Byron, when that virtuous lord writes
Of deathless poets exil'd-doomed to crawl
Upon the dust, shaking thy soiled lyreI could write better if I read more poets :
And from its clogged strings labouring to But I grow tired of them, I cannot tell
call One from another : “ Tales of the Hall !”
In vain, some purer notes—when thy -O it's
bright fire Wordsworth wrote them. No, Crabbe.
Is smothered-and its blaze empyreal Aye, Peter Bell
Clouded beneath the hot and heavy steam Is Wordsworth's latest poem, Is it ?-No, Of Brothel-now thy Heliconian strcam!
it's Not, there's Benjamin the Waggoner - Thou think'st, whene'er thou wilt, to rewell,
ascend I never read it :-I read only Blackwood's By native vigour, and regain thy seat ! Magazine poems very good !--and Pack, Hope not !--for we no ear to thee will lend. wood's
Nor that illusion which was once so sweet
Will more invest thy lays—there is an end ! Razor-strop poems better still !-and
Britain no longer owns thee-'tis not meet Warren's
Thou still should'st use her speech, but Poems on Double Blacking-best of any!
let thy line Warren's a mighty genius, nothing barren's Run in the language of gross Aretine. In his invention : trust me there's not many Poets with Warren can be placed on par, Yes, grovel on in thy Venetian sty, in's
Fit only to drain down the lowest dregs Knack of story-telling, worth a Heyne
Of the corrupted cup of Italy : To comment on : 0 he is far bove Pack
Go where loose courtezan loose sonnet wood,
begsA fortiori, greatly above Blackwood !
The poet of outlandish harlotry!
But now my verse is running off its legs -l've laugh'd to split my sides, at the man
ad And meant for grave, may only produce shaving
laughter, all ; Before a glossy boot, instead of mirror, And then the cat that looks so grim and
and I wish the peccant Lord no mischief, after
all. grave in Another boot, thinking—a funny error!
So here's enough, I think, for a first cantoA cat opposed, with back erect, and waving
ing But many more are coming you have got Her tail is meeting her, intent on war or
My word fort and I'm not at all a man to Frolic; and then a story of a negro
Forfeit my word, else let me go to pot! Which we've not read, but mean to read
Before I am with rhyming done, I want to ere we grow
Shew myself soaring above all the lot
Of modern bards—at least, to make it clear, Many days older-questionless 'tis capital
I won't yield to a puppy of a peer ! Like all the restnow here is genius for ye!
· End of Canto First.
REMARKS ON TYTLER'S LIFE OF THE ment,-the vast sensation which was
ADMIRABLE CRICHTON.* occasioned by his appearance in the It was certainly full time to collect
different courts and seats of learning
in Europe, and his final catastrophe omne scibile about the Admirable
at Mantua, where he was shamefully Crichton, when some people had even
murdered in a scuffle so early as his gone so far as to doubt whether or no
twenty-second year :-these events there was ever such a person in exist
are well known, and are pleasingly ence,-or, if that fact were admitted, when at least there was a general
narrated by Mr Tytler in the first
part of this volume. We gave our disposition among the compilers of part literary history, to depreciate as much
readers, in our Number for July 1818, as possible the character of his per
a very curious document with which
we were favoured by Mr Hibbert, forinances. We cannot but applaud,
which is evidence enough of the extratherefore, the chivalrous spirit with
ordinary things related of Crichton's which Mr Tytler has stepped forth
knowledge and universal accomplishon the occasion, and in the success with which he foils his opponents one
ment. Mr Tytler speaks of this docuafter another, he seems to us, in truth,
ment as the very earliest and certainto have imbibed no inconsiderable por- ty
ly one of the most valuable of the tion of the prowess of his hero, and
já contemporary accounts of Crichton.
" One of his exploits alluded to above to be in no slight degree,
we shall give in the fanciful and aHimself that great sublime he draws.
*musing description of Sir Thomas Ur
m Dr Kippis, Dr Black, and others, are quhart, whose overcharged picture of as completely discomfited by him as Crichton, however, Mr Tytler very ever any poor logician or duellist was naturally supposes, has been one main by the invincible Crichton himself; cause of the scepticism which has he has fairly passed his sword through since been attached to his hero's rea] their bodies, and has left them no history. Sir Thomas Urquhart is other comfort than such as soothed best known as the translator of the the last moments of the Italian bravo two first books of Rabelais, one of whom Crichton slew at Mantua, that the few translations, which, proceedthey could not have died by the hand ing from a congenial spirit, has all the of á braver man. It must be owned liveliness of an original. He is the likewise, in the language of Sir Tho- author, however, of several other mas Urquhart, that “the Scot, in sus-, curious performances, and it is thus taining his charge, has kept himself that in one of these, the Jewel, he exin a pleasant temper, without passion," patiates upon this adventure. so that, for a work of professed con- 6 A certaine Italian gentleman, of a troversy, it is marvellous how every mighty, able, strong, nimble, and vigorous weapon is handled selon les regles, and body, by nature fierce, cruel, warlike, and in the most courteous manner ima- audacious, and in the gladiatory art so suginable. In short, this is a very in- perlatively expert and dextrous, that all genious and well-conditioned book, the most skilful teachers of escrime, and and we feel not a little indebted to fencing-masters of Italy, (which, in matter Mr Tytler, whose name now bids fair of choice professors in that faculty, needed to be encircled with the same laurel, never as yet to yield to any nation in the
adhu' world,) were by him beaten to their good “ per se partum, quod habuit adhuc
behaviour, and, by blows and thrusts given hereditarium," for the great pleasure
in which they could not avoid, enforced to which we have had in perusing it.
acknowledge him their overcomer : beIt is unnecessary for us to go over thinking himself, how, after so great a con. the often-repeated story of the wonder- quest of reputation, he might by such ful person here exhibited to us,-his means be very suddenly enriched, he probirth in Scotland in the year 1561,- jected a course of exchanging the blunt to his prodigious skill in all the science sharp, and the foiles into tucks; and in and philosophy of the times,-and his this resolution providing a purse full of no less singular proficiency in every gold, worth neer upon four hundred pounds elegant and chivalrous accomplish English money, traveled alongst the most
especial and considerable parts of Spaine, • Life of James Crichton of Cluny, France, the Low Countryes, Germany, commonly called the Admirable Crichton; Pole, Hungary, Greece, Italy, and other with an Appendix of Original Papers. By places, wherever there was greatest probaPatrick Fraser Tytler, Esq. F. R. S. E. bility of encountering with the eagerest Advocate. Edinburgh, 1819.
and most atrocious duellists; and imme
diately after his arrival to any city or town the barriers, or place appointed for the that gave apparent likelihood of some one fight, where his adversary attending him, or other champion that would enter the as soon as the trumpet sounded a charge, lists and cope with him, he boldly chal. they jointly fell to work : and (because I lenged them with sound of trumpet, in the am not now to amplify the particulars of a' chiet market place, to adventure an equal combat) although the dispute was very hot sum of money against that of his, to be for a while, yet, whose fortune it was to be disputed at the sword's point, who should the first of the three in the field, had the have both. There failed not several brave disaster to be the first of the three that was men, almost of all nations, who accepting foyled : for at last with a thrust in the of his cartels, were not afraid to hazard throat he was killed dead upon the ground. both their person and coine against himn : This nevertheless not a whit dismayed the but (till he medled with this Crichtoun) so other two ; for the next day he that was naine was the ascendant he had above all second in the roll gave his appearance his antagonists, and so unlucky the fate of after the same manner as the first had done, such as offered to scuffle with him, that all but with no better success ; for he likehis opposing combatants (of what state or wise was laid flat dead upon the place, by dominion soever they were) who had not means of a thrust he received in the heart. lost both their life and gold, were glad, for The last of the three finding that he was the preservation of their person, (though as sure of being engaged in the fight, as if sometimes with a great expence of blood,) he had been the first in order, pluckt up to leave both their reputation and money his heart, knit his spirits together, and, on behind them. At last returning home the day after the death of the second, most wards to his own country, loaded with ho courageously entering the lists, demeaned nour and wealth, or rather the spoile of the himself for a while with great activity and reputation of those forraiginers, whom the skill ; but at last, his luck being the same Italians call Tramontani, he, by the way, with those that preceded bim, by a thrust after his accustomed manner of aboarding in the belly, he within four and twenty other places, repaired to the city of Man- hours after gave up the ghost. These (you tua, where the Duke (according to the may imagine) were lamentable spectacles to courtesie usually bestowed on him by other the Duke and citie of Mantua, who casting princes) vouchsafed him a protection, and down their faces for shame, knew not what gregard for his person : he (as formerly he course to take for reparation of their howas wont to do by beat of drum, sound of nour. The conquering duellist, proud of trumpet, and several printed papers, dis a victory so highly tending to both his hodosing his designe, battered on all the chief nour and profit, for the space of a whole gates, posts and pillars of the town) gave fortnight, or two weeks together, marched all men to understand, that his purpose daily along the streets of Mantua (without was to challenge at the single rapier, any any opposition or controulment) like anowhosoever of that city or country, that ther Romulus, or Marcellus, in triumph : durst be so bold as to fight with him, pro- which the never too much to be admired vided he would deposite a bag of five hun. Crichtoun perceiving, to wipe off the impudred Spanish pistols, over against another tation of cowardice lying upon the court of of the same value, which himself should Mantua, to which he had but even then lay down, upon this condition, that the en. arrived, (although formerly he had been a joyment of both should be the conqueror's domestic thereof,) he could neither eat nor dus. His challenge was not long un. drink till he had first sent a challenge to answered : for it happened at the same the conqueror, appelling him to repair time, that three of the most notable cutters with his best sword in his hand, by 9 of in the world, (and so highly cried up for the clock in the morning of the next day, valour, that all the bravos of the land were in presence of the whole court, and in the content to give way to their domineering, same place where he had killed the other hos insolent soever they should prove, be three, to fight with him upon this quarrell ; cause of their former constantly obtained that, in the court of Mantua, there were victories in the field,) were all three toge- as valiant men as he ; and, for his better ther at the court of Mantua ; who hearing encouragement to the desired undertaking, of such a harvest of five hundred pistols, he assured him, that, to the aforesaid five to be reaped (as they expected) very soon, hundred pistols he would adjoin a thou. and with ease, had almost contested a. sand more ; wishing him to do the like, mongst themselves for the priority of the that the victor, upon the point of his sword, first encounterer, but that one of my Lord might carry away the richer booty. The Duke's courtiers moved them to cast lots challenge, with all its conditions, is no who should be first, second, and third, in sooner accepted of, the time and place mu. case of none the former two should prove tually condescended upon kept accordingly, victorious. Without more adoe, he whose and the fifteen hundred pistols hinc inde chance it was to answer the cartel with deposited, but of the two rapiers of equal the first defiance, presented himself within weight, length, and goodness, each taking
one, in presence of the Duke, Dutchess, ed the feeble thereof, with the fort of his with all the noblemen, ladies, magnifico's, own, by angles of the strongest position, he and all the choicest of both men, women, did, by goometrical flourishes of straight and maids of that city, as soon as the sig- and oblique lines, so practically execute nal tor the duel was given, by the shot of the speculative part, that, as if there had a great piece of ordinance, of three score been Remora's and secret charms in the and four pound ball, the two combatants, variety of his motion, the fierceness of his with a lion like animosity, made their ap. foe was in a trice tranqualified into the proach to one another; and, being within numness of a pageant. Then was it that, distance, the valiant Crichtoun, to make to vindicate the reputation of the Duke's his adversary spend his fury the sooner, family, and expiate the blood of the three betook himself to the defensive part; vanquished gentlemen, he alonged a stocwherein, for a long time, he shewed such cade de pied ferme; then recoyling, he adexcellent dexterity, in warding the other's vanced another thrust, and lodged it home: blows, slighting his falsifyings, in breaking atter which, retiring again, his right foot mtasure, and often, by the agility of his did beat the cadence of the blow that pietbody, avoiding his thrusts, that he seemed ced the belly of this Italian ; whose heart but to play, whilst the other was in ear- and throat being hit with the two former nest. The sweetness of Crichtoun's coun- stroaks, these three franch bouts given in tenance, in the hotest of the assault, like a upon the back of other : besides that, if glance of lightning on the hearts of the lines were imagined drawn from the hand spectators, brought all the Italian ladies on that livered them, to the places which were a sudden to be enamoured of him ; whilst marked by them, they would represent a the sternness of the other's aspect, he look perfect Isosceles triangle, with a perpendiing like an enraged bear, would have struck cular from the top angle, cutting the basis terror into wolves, and affrighted an Eng. in the middle; they likewise give us to lish mastiff. Though they were both in understand, that by them he was to be their linens, (to wit shirts and drawers, made a sacrifice of atonement for the slaughwithout any other apparel,) and in all out- ter of the three aforesaid gentlemen, who ward conveniences equally adjusted ; the were wounded in the very same parts of Italian, with redoubling his stroaks, foam. their bodies by other three such venees as ed at the mouth with a cholerick heart, these, each whereof being mortal, and his and fetched a pantling breath : the Scot, vital spirits exhaling as his blood gushed in sustaining his charge, kept himself in a out, all he spoke was this, That seeing he pleasant temper, without passion, and could not live, his comfort in dying was, made void his designes : he alters his that he could not die by the hand of a wards from tierce to quart ; he primes and braver man : after the uttering of which seconds it, now high, now lowe, and casts words, he expiring, with the shril clarcens his body (like another Prothee) into all the of trumpets, bouncing thunder of artillery, shapes he can, to spie an open on his ad. bethwacked beating of drums, universal versary, and lay hold of an advantage ; but clapping of hands, and loud acclamations all in vain : for the invincible Crichtoun, of joy for so glorious a victory, the aire whom no cunning was able to surprise, above them was so raritied, by the extrecontrepostures his respective wards, and, mity of the noise and veheinent sound, diswith an incredible nimbleness both of hand pelling the thickest and most condensed and foot, evades his intent, and frustrates parts thereof, that (as Plutarch speaks of the invasion. Now is it that the never the Grecians, when they raised their shouts before conquered Italian, finding himself a of allegress up to the very heavens, at the little faint, enters into a consideration that hearing of the gracious proclamations of he may be overmatched ; whereupon, a Paulus Æmilius in favour of their liberty) sad apprehension of danger seizing upon the very sparrows and other flying fowls all his spirits, he would gladly have his were said to fall to the ground for want of life bestowed upon him as a gift, but that, aire enough to uphold them in their flight.” having never been accustomed to yeeld, he pp. 270—275. knows not how to beg it. Matchless Crichtoun, seeing it now high time to put We give Mr Tytler's narration of a gallant catastrophe to that so long dubie the death of his hero. ous combat, aniinated with a divinely in spired fervencie, to fulfill the expectation “When walking one night through the of the ladies, and crown the Duke's illus- streets of Mantua, returning from a visit trious hopes, changeth his garb, falls to act which he had paid to his mistress, and playanother part, and, from defender, turns ing, as he went along, upon his guitar, he assailant: never did art so grace nature, found himself suddenly attacked by a riot. nor nature second the precepts of art with ous company of persons in masks, whum, so much liveliness, and such observancie of with that skill and activity for which he time, as when, after he had struck fire out was so remarkable, he soon foiled and put of the steel of his enemies sword, and gain- to fight. Before this, however, he had
disarmed and seized the leader of the pare and cabalism. He will argue on the opi. ty, and upon unmasking him, discovered nions of the wise men amongst the Chal. that it was the Prince of Mantua, to whose dees, the Arabians, the Hebrews, the court he belonged. Crichton, although he Greeks, the Egyptians, and the Latins. had been attacked in the meanest manner, In these disputations he will not confine and had only disarmed his master, in dem himself to the classical elegance of the Rofending himself, was yet affected by the man language, but will imitate that spe. deepest concern, upon this discovery. He cies of colloquial dialect which is in use instantly dropt upon one knee; and taking amongst the most celebrated Parisian doc. his sword by the point, with romantic dea tors; because it is this which is employed yotion, presented it to the prince, his mas. by all the philosophers of the time.'” pp. ter. Vincenzo, naturally of a revengeful 193, 194. and treacherous temper, was at this moment inflamed by wine, irritated by defeat,
This person, according to the unito and perhaps by jealousy. Certain it is, ed testimony of the most learned men that it will require the presence of one or of his time, was all of these dark and conflicting passions,
" a prodigy in literary and scientific aca to account for the act which followed. He received Crichton's sword, and instantly,
quirements ; in the words of Scaliger, the with equal meanness and brutality, cm.
phænix of his age, the delight of the mu. ployed it in piercing his defenceless and
ses, the favourite pupil of philosophy ;' yet
the name of Picus is now nearly forgotten, injured benefactor through the heart * Tbus died the Admirable Crichton, in
and his works have long ago passed into the twenty-second year of his age; pre
oblivion. This, however, is in a great de.
gree to be ascribed to his having devoted serving, in this last fatal encounter, that
himself to the vain and extraordinary task superiority to all other men which rendere ed his life so remarkable; and then, only,
of illustrating the most mystic and unin. conquered, when his romantic ideas of ho
telligible parts of the Platonic philosophy, nour had made him renounce the powers
by the sacred writings of Moses. Picus's
challenge to the world of science was pub. and the courage which, upon every other occasion, had so pre-eminently distinguish.
lished at the age of twenty-four. He died
in his thirty-second year. ed him." pp. 46–48.
“ It would be easy to adduce a great The chief part of this work is occu
is mort is orci. many other examples, which prove, that, pied with controverting the opinions
in this age of enthusiastic study, there were
several eminent men who nearly equalled, of those who have either discredited
and, in some points, really surpassed, the the sources from which the history
extraordinary and universal talents of Crichof Crichton has been derived, -orton ; and that any argument, therefore, have thought the marvels recorded of founded on the assertion that the narrative him so incredible, as to render all in- of his biographers is incredible, and imquiry into their authenticity unneces- possible to be true, is not entitled to resary. On the first of these points our spect." pp. 195–196. author introduces many interesting pas
Mr Tytler accordingly mentions Poli. sages from Allus Manutius and others,
tian, the friend of Lorenzo de Medici, who were well acquainted with Crich
who obtained eminence as a poet at a ton,--and on the second point he
much earlier age than Crichton, shers very clearly, that Crichton,
Mazonius, a man of amazing memothough perhaps the most uncommon inan of the class to which he belong
ry,--Lopez de Vega, and several other
literary monsters. ed, was yet but one of a class,-and
There is no end of the attempts to that in that period of literature there
pull down Crichton. His verses were many such prodigies, who, by
which Aldus has preserved in his edi. dint of memory chiefly, performed
tions of some of the classics, are caastonishing intellectual feats, which no
villed at as entirely devoid of merit. one now attempts, as he would only
We think with our author, that they be laughed at, whatever might be his
have very considerable merit, although success. We gave formerly the Programma of Crichton, here is that of
in many places disfigured by typograJohn Picus, Prince of Mirandula, ale
phical blunders, which corrupt both
their metre and meaning ; and we are most as wonderful and absurd.
happy to have it in our power to pre6. John Picus, of Mirandula, will dis. sent our readers with an elegant transpute upon the under-written nine hundred lation of the ode to Laurentius Mase questions in dialectics, morals, physics, sa, by a young gentleman who has not mathematics, metaphysics, theology, magic, yet attained the age at which Crichtop