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was a citizen of Lucerne, esteem- 'Twas when among our linden trees ed highly among his countrymen,
The bees had housed in swarms; both for his powers as a Meisters And grey-hair'd peasants say that these
Betoken foreign arms. singer or minstrel, and his courage as a soldier; so that he might share the Then look'd we down to Willisow, praise conferred by Collins on Eschy- The land was all in flame;
We knew the Archduke Leopold lus, that
With all his army came.
So hot their heart and bold,
On Switzer carles we'll trample now, written by a poet returning from the well-fought field he describes, and in With clarion loud, and banner proud,
From Zurich on the lake, which his country's fortune was se
In martial pomp and fair array, cured, may confer on Tchudi's verses
Their onward march they make. an interest which they are not entitled to claim from their poetical merit.
“ Now list, ye lowland nobles all,
Ye seek the mountain strand, But ballad poetry, the more literally Nor wot ye what shall be your
lot it is translated, the more it loses its In such a dangerous land. simplicity, without acquiring either
“ I rede ye, shrive you of your sins, grace or strength; and therefore some
Before you further go; part of the faults of the verses must
A skirmish in Helvetian hills be imputed to the translator's feeling May send your souls to wo." it a duty to keep as closely as possible
“ But where now shall we find a priest to his original. The various puns,
Our shrift that he may hear ?" rude attempts at pleasantry, and dis
“ The Switzer priest* has ta’en the field, proportioned episodes, must be set
He gives a penance drear.” down to Tchudi's account, or to the
“ Right heavily upon your head taste of his age.
He'll lay his hand of steel ; The military antiquary will derive And with his trusty partizan some amusement from the minute Your absolution deal.” particulars which the martial poet has 'Twas on a Monday morning then, recorded. The mode in which the The corn was steep'd in dew, Austrian men-at-arms received the And merry maids had sickles ta’en, charge of the Swiss, was by forming a When the host to Sempach drew. phalanx, which they defended with The stalwart men of fair Lucerne their long lances. The gallant Win- Together have they join'd; kelried, who sacrificed his own life by The pith and core of manhood stern rushing among
spears, clasping in Was none cast looks behind. his arms as many as he could grasp, and
It was the Lord of Hare-castle, thus opening a gap in these iron bat- And to the Duke he said, talions, is celebrated in Swiss history. " Yon little band of brethren true When fairly mingled together, the Will meet us undismay'd.” unwieldy length of their weapons, and cumbrous weight of their defen- “ O Hare-castle,t thou heart of hare !” sive armour, rendered the Austrian Fierce Oxenstern replied,
“ Shall see then how the game will fare,” gentry a very unequal match for the light-armed . mountaineers. The vice The taunted knight replied. tories obtained by the Swiss over the There was lacing then of helmets bright, German men-at-arms, hitherto deem
And closing ranks amain ; ed as formidable on foot as on horse. The peaks they hew'd from their boot-points back, led to important changes in the Might well nigh load a wain.I art of war.
The poet describes the Austrian knights and squires as cutting the peaks from their boots ere All the Swiss clergy who were able to they could act upon foot, in allusion bear arms fought in this patriotic war. to an inconvenient piece of foppery,
+ In the original, Haasenstein, or Hareoften mentioned in the middle ages.
This seems to allude to the preposLeopold III. Archduke of Austria, called " The handsome man-at-arms,
terous fashion, during the middle ages, of
wearing boots with the points or peaks turnwas slain in the battle of Sempach, ed upwards, and so long, that in some cases with the flower of his chivalry. they were fastened to the knees of the wearer VOL. II.
And thus they to each other said,
Then lost was banner, spear, and shield, “ Yon handful down to hew
At Sempach in the flight, Will be no boastful tale to tell,
The cloister vaults at Konig's field The peasants are so few."
Hold many an Austrian knight. The gallant Swiss confederates there, It was the Archduke Leopold, They pray'd to God aloud,
So lordly would he ride, And he display'd his rainbow fair
But he came against the Switzer churls, Against a swarthy cloud.
And they slew him in his pride. Then heartand pulse throbb'd moreand more The heifer said unto the bull, With courage firm and high,
“ And shall I not complain ; And down the good confed’rates bore There came a foreign nobleman On the Austrian chivalry.
To milk me on the plain.” The Austrian Lion 'gan to growl, “ One thrust of thine outrageous horn And toss his mane and tail ;
Has gall'd the knight so sore, And ball, and shaft, and cross-bow bolt,
That to the churchyard he is born, Went whistling forth like hail.
To rule our glens no more.”
An Austrian noble left the stour,
And fast the flight 'gan take ;
in luckless hour Lay shiver'd at their feet.
At Sempach on the lake.
He and his squire a fisher call'd,
(His name was Hans Von Rot) Who to his comrades said
“ For love, or meed, or charity,
Receive us in thy boat.”
Their anxious call the fisher heard,
His shallop to the shore he steer'd,
And took the flyers in.
And while against the tide and wind
The noble to his follower sign'd
He should the boatman slay. In desperate career,
The fisher's back was to them turn'd, And with his body, breast, and hand,
The squire his dagger drew, Bore down each hostile spear.
Hans saw his shadow in the lake,
The boat he overthrew.
He 'whelm'd the boat, and as they strove,
“ Now, drink ye deep my gentle sirs, This patriot's self-devoted deed,
You'll ne'er stab boatman more. First tamed the lion's mood,
“ Two gilded fishes in the lake And the four forest cantons freed
This morning have I caught, From thraldom by his blood.
Their silver scales may much avail, Right where his charge had made a lane,
Their carrion flesh is naught." His valiant comrades burst,
It was a messenger of woe With sword, and axe, and partizan, Has sought the Austrian land ; And hack, and stab, and thurst.
“ Ah! gracious lady, evil news ! The daunted lion 'gan to whine,
My lord lies on the strand. And granted ground amain,
“ At Sempach, on the battle field, The mountain bullt, he bent his brows, His bloody corpse lies there :". And gored his sides again.
“ Ah gracious God !" the lady cried,
“ What tidings of despair !” with small chains. When they alighted to
Now would you know the minstrel wight,
Who sings of strife so stern, fight upon foot, it would seem that the Albert the Souter is he hight, Austrian gentlemen found it necessary to
A burgher of Lucerne. cut off these peaks, that they might move with the necessary activity.
A merry man was he, I wot, A pun on the Archduke's name, Leopold. The night he made the lay,
† A pun on the Urus, or wild bull, Returning from the bloody spot which gives name to the canton of Uri, Where God had judged the day.
ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF AN IDIOT
GIRL. [From the Old Spanish.]
(By a Lady.) EARTH and Heaven bewailing, The Light at mid-day failing,
Who, helpless, hopeless being, who The sea, that sparkled cheerily,
Shall strew a flower upon thy grave; Rolling back waves drearily ;
Or who from mute Oblivion's power It was an hour of dread,
Thy disregarded name shall save. When the Saviour said, " Eli, Eli," from the tree,
Honour, and wealth, and learning's store, " Lord, I yield my soul to thee."
The votive urn remembers long,
Live in the bard's immortal song.
But a blank stone best stories thee,
Whom wealth, nor sense, nor fame could find; Through nature's bosom ran.
Poorer than ought beside we see,
A human form without a mind.
A casket gemless ! yet for thee
Pity shall grave a simple tale,
And reason shall a moral see,
And fancy paint for our avail.
Yes, it shall paint thy hapless form,
Clad decent in its russet weed;
Happy in aimless wanderings long,
And pleas'd thy father's flock to feed.
With vacant, artless smile thou bor'st
Patient, the scoffer's cruel jest ;
With viewless gaze could pass it o'er,
The unform'd chaos of thy mind,
And thy rude sound no ear could guess,
But through parental instinct kind, From the German of the late Prince Louis of Prussia.
Yet unto ev'ry human form
Clings imitation, mystic pow'r! THE soul that inwardly is fed
And thou wert fond, and proud to own On solemn thoughts of sorrow bred, The school-time's regulated hour, On aspirations pure and high, On vishes, that in breathing die,
And o'er the mutilated page, Like morning webs of gossamere,
Mutter the mimic lesson's tone ; The mysterious hours that cheer,
And e'er the school-boy's task was said, But when the day shines disappear Brought ever and anon thine own; The soul, that in its serious mood O'er melancholy dreams doth brood, And many a truant boy would seek, And nourisheth the lonely eye
And drag reluctant to his place ; With wells of untold misery
And oft the master's solemn rule The soul that, were it open laid,
Would mock with grave and apt grimace. Would make the boldest heart afraid To think that woes so dark can rest And every guileless heart would love Within a human brother's breast A nature so estrang’d from wrong, O how can such a spirit be
And every infant would protect Concealed beneath a mask of glee ? Thee from the trav'ller's passing tongue. A soul so stately, sad, and pure, How can it such a mien endure,
Thy primal joy was still to be Light, careless, airy, and secure ?
Where holy congregations bow ; Alas! go ask why flowers unfold
Wrapt in wild transport when they sung, Their glories o'er the grave's black mould. And when they pray'd, would bend thee low. Go ask, why the dark sea reflects The sky's bright beams and purple specks. Oh, Nature, wheresoe'er thou art, Go ask, why man received so strange a birth, Some latent worship still is there ; So near to heaven, and yet so bound to earth. Blush, ye whose form, without a heart,
A. W. S. The Idiot's plea can never share.
Poor guileless thing! Thee eighteen years strengthened, and that of our Miltons, Parental cares had reared alone;
our Barrows, and our Johnsons, has Then, lest thou e'er should want their care, been enriched and refined. Yet we Heav'n took thee spotless to its own. think that no intelligent foreigner, in For many a watching eye of love
the present day, will question the Thy sickness and thy death did cheer ;
justice of our opinion, that the posiThough reason weeps not, she allows
tion of these illustrious seminaries is The instinct of a parent's tear.
exceedingly unfortunate; in little
country towns, namely, where the Poor guileless thing! forgot by man, teachers and the taught are obliged to The hillock's all remains of thee;
converse entirely among themselves, To merely, mortal man it may,
where tutors and professors have no But Faith another sight can see.
opportunities of mingling freely with For what a burst of mind shall be,
men engaged in the active pursuits of When, disencumber'd from this clod,
professional, mercantile, and political Thou, who on earth could'st nothing see,
ambition,—where the young men are Shalt rise to comprehend thy God.
withdrawn altogether out of the hu
manizing sphere of female society, Oh ! could thy spirit teach us now, where, in short, many of the worst Full many a truth the gay might learn ; abuses of monastic life are still kept The value of a blameless life,
alive with the most unremitting devoFull many a sinner might discern.
tion. Yes, they might learn who waste their time, academical education in England (ex
But the great expense attending What it must be to know no sin ; They who pollute the soul's sweet prime,
ceeding, in an enormous proportion, What to be spotless pure within.
what is known in any other country)
is perhaps the weightiest of all our Whoe'er thou art, go seek her grave, objections to Oxford and Cambridge All ye who sport in folly's ray;
in their present state. We believe And as the gale the grass shall wave, that things are not quite so bad as List to a voice that seems to say
they used to be; but still the mode of • 'Tis not the measure of thy powers
life generally adopted in the English To which the Eternal Meed is given ;
colleges is extravagant beyond all par'Tis wasted or improved hours
donable limit; and this circumstance, That forfeit or secure thy Heaven." particularly in the remoter counties of
Wales and the north, has long been felt by most parents as an insurmount
able obstacle to giving their sons an REMARKS ON THE LIVERPOOL ROYAL
A few years INSTITUTION, AND MR ROSCOE's DISCOURSE.
ago, an attempt was made by the
bench of bishops to refuse orders to NOTHING, we will venture to say, but in the districts to which we have
all persons unprovided with degrees; could be farther from the intention of Mr Roscoe, and nothing, we are quite alluded, it was soon found that the certain, can be farther from ours, than
measure was impracticable, and by far to underrate in any way the two Eng
the greater proportion of the clergylish universities. We are partial to
men in those quarters are actually, at our own system of education, but we
this moment, persons who never rehave no disrespect for that of our
ceived any academical education at all. neighbours. We venerate their noble
The effect of this is, of course, exinstitutions for preserving alive among
tremely hurtful to these parts of the their youth those branches of ancient country, and is so considered by all and abstruse learning, from which all those who are best acquainted with the master-spirits of England have their interests. The present excellent derived their earliest and best nourish- bishop of St David's, Dr Burgess, has ment,-by which the genius of our
been engaged, ever since his accession Lockes and our Newtons has been to that diocese, in arranging plans for
the establishment of a seminary which A Discourse delivered on the opening may supply the inhabitants of Wales of the Liverpool Royal Institution, 25th with the opportunity of educating their November, 1817. By William Roscoe, children in their own province; and Esq. 4to. 5s. Liverpool, 1817.
we rejoice to learn that his enlightened schemes have of late received one mark blishment of liberal education in that of great and effectual encouragement, 'city ; and it was suggested, that a from the munificence of the late Colo- sum of £30,000 would be sufficient. nel Johnes of Hafod, who has be- £22,000 was subscribed in the course queathed his most valuable library to of a few months, and the committee the future institution. What the have been so active, that, in the space learned and benevolent prelate of St of less than three years, buildings David's has been trying to do for have been bought or erected, adapted Wales, the generous and enlightened for all the purposes of the institution ; merchants of Liverpool have now be arrangements have been entered into gun, with far more immediate prose with several eminent persons, who are pects of success, to do for the northern to officiate as lecturers-and that, in counties of England. The wealth of short, the public may now expect to these intelligent and patriotic citizens see the active operations of the estas has at all times been at the disposal of blishment commenced in the course of every one who proposed to them any a very few months from this time. Of measure truly deserving of such pa all examples of prompt and enlightentronage as theirs; and now, we think, ed liberality among English merchants, we may with great safety congratulate we do not hesitate to say, that we conthem upon having found a subject sider this as by far the most remarkinfinitely more worthy of all their able. If things go on as they have exertions and all their liberality than begun, we expect that ere long the efany which has ever before become can- fects of their exertions will be such as didate for their approbation.
not only to create a mighty improve With whom the first idea of form- ment in their own neighbourhood, ing an “ institution for the promotion but to excite in many other quarters of literature, science, and the arts, in a spirit of honourable emulation. They Liverpool,” originated, we have no have perhaps commenced a system means of knowing. But if, as we which may form one of the most dissuspect, the honour of the conception tinguished features in the English hisbelong to the same distinguished indi- tory of our age. vidual whose opening lecture to the The plans of the institution are not friends of the establishment now lies as yet quite completed, but a general upon our table, the whole world, we idea of their extent may be gathered believe, will be very ready to unite from the following sketch, which was with us in congratulating him on his laid before a meeting of the propriehaving now added to the name of tors on the 18th August 1814. Roscoe by far the most enduring of all its laurels. With what a feeling
“ The purposes of the Institution are pro
posed to be accomplished, of calm and manly satisfaction must this venerable man survey the long 11.-By Public Lectures.
I.--By Academical Schools. tenor of his most elegant and most III.-By the Encouragement of Societies useful life! With what admiration
who may unite for similar Objects. and affection must his fellow citizens IV.-By Collections of Books, Specimens witness the triumph of his declining
of Art, Natural History, fic. days! With what gratitude and love V.-By Providing a Laboratory and Phiwill his memory be hallowed in the
losophical Apparatus. breasts of those who shall reap in fuVI.-By Association of the Proprietors. ture years the fruits of this good man's zeal!
1.-Schools. The terms of which we have been They will consist of three departments ; making use will not, we imagine, ap- - 1. Literary; comprehending the ancient pear in any degree exaggerated to those and modern languages, with a particular who peruse the report of the commit- attention to English grammar and compotee, and the discourse delivered by sition.-- 2. Scientific ; including arithmetic, Mr Roscoe. It appears, that on the algebra, geometry, mechanics, navigation, 31st of March 1814, a meeting of -3. A School of Design, for instruction in
and the other branches of the mathematics. many of the first gentlemen of Liver- drawing, as subservient to professions, mepool and its vicinity was held, at which chanical employments, or the study of the it was agreed, that a subscription fine arts. should be immediately commenced, The masters will be appointed by the for the purpose of founding au estas committee of the institution.