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With undistinguish'd dead the mountains Soft music, mingled with that hearinly i'gke groan,

In sweet, low, murmurs, stole upon their A heap of slaughter Roncesvalles lies.

ears ; Oh what a pang ol grieoppress'd his brain, And, like some dying gale of balmy sight, As his strain'd eye-balls rested on the slain! A spirit seem'd descending from the spheres. And, “Oh!" he cried, “Ye gallant souls

Orlando rais'' his intellectual sizhe,

When lo! before his ravish'd eye appears thrice blest, Whose woes are buried in that bloody Bore the glad tidings of the Saviour's birth.

He who from heav'n to our benighted earth tomb !

Sc. 130. For me, I know my fate, yet cannot rest, Feel Death approaching, yet he will not This celestial messenger cheer'd the

last moments of the departing hero with How calm and peaceful is thy gentle breast,

the full assurance “ of offence forgiven," My Oliver! how sweet Astolpho's doom! Oh yet some human pity. feel for me,

of a re-anion in beaven with the friends

who loved and bled for him on earth, And aid my soul just struggling to be free !"

C. 27. St. 100. and with his chaste and widowed Ada

belle. An impalse of heroic vanity prompted him to wish that no unworthy hand Bright with eternal joy and deathless bloom,

Thy Alda-belle thou shalt behold act might, after his death, grasp his sword Durindana; he therefore struck it with Partaker of a life beyond the tomb

more, all his might on a hard rock to break it;

With her whon Sinai's holy hills adore; but the rock itself, instead, gave way to Crown'd with fresh Aow'rs whose colours and the irresistible temper of the blade, and perfume the tremendous strength of his dying arm. Exceed whatever spring's rich bosom bore : To this day travellers in the Pyrenees are On earth, thy mourning widow she'll reshewn the cloven rock and the split horn main, of Roland.

And be, in heav'n, thy blessed spolise agais! Rinaldo, tired of the pursuit, came

St. 145, back, with Richardetto and Archbishop Turpin, just in time to receive the dying lando once more embraced his friends

,

The angel then having vanished, Orwords of his friend, who, having confessed and mingled his tears with theirs

. Then all the sins of his life to Turpin, and re- he commended his soul to Heaven. Riceived absolution, prayed fervently to naldo felt the weakness of affection come lieaven for forgiveness, as he was a man,

over him, and with a melancholy voice and created with human frailties:

exclaimed, E perdonasti à tutta la Natura,

Dove mi lasci, oh Cugin mio, soletto? Quando tu perdonasti al primo Padre ! His prayer for himself, his friends, and But recollecting the words of the angel, his country, ended with these words: ceased his complaint, and remained silent "Oh holy Saviour! I commend to thee

from awe and reverence, while Orlando My Alda-belle, my dear, my widow'd calmly surrendered himself to death. wife;

With look seraphic, torn'd and fix'd on ligte And, if she weds another lord than me,

He seem'd transfigur'd from this earthly Grant her a better choice, a happier life!

vest, Oh guard my king in his declining years, And holding sacred converse with the sky, 'And these my fellow-soldiers, and my peers!" Oh happy end! oh soul supremely bless! Thus had he offer'd up his pious pray'r

At last he hung his languid head to die, With sighs, and tears, and breath'd his last And the freed spirit left his holy breast: desire,

But, first, the pummel of his sword he laid When o'er the dying knight, with sudden Fix'd to his heart, his arms across the flade. glare,

The sound of distant thunder sbook the Flash'd from the sun three beams of

skies, heav'nly fire.

Play'd round the bills, and in the vallia His friends scood round him, with dejected

died; air,

From snowy clouds bright starty metcoss rise Like children at the death-bed of their

And thro' the air celestial lastres glide, sire. No words the dread and solemn silence broke,

* This is exactly according to the pasters Save where deep groans the heart's sad lan of the marble Teniplars and Crusaden is out guage spoke.

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And liquid Aames, too fierce for human eyes; “ Because in thee the fame of France is past, To sweetest harps, harmonious notes re- Through every age be thou with curses plied,

nam'd! Such notes as to the heav'n of heav'ns aspire, So long as this wide world, and time, shall Breath'd out, melodious, by th' angelic choir. last,

Be everlasting barrenness proclaim'd, The knights, who silent saw their champion Thy lofty hills and spreading vales around, die,

And heavn's own lightnings blast th'accursed Stood rapt in fervent trance upon the plain;

ground !” Lost to themselves, and rais’d to worlds on high,

But when he reach'd the fatal mountain's They seem'd a glorious seat in heav'n to

base, gain :

Where, at the fount, Rinaldo watch'd the Till ceas'd the long and dulcet psalmody,

dead, And loud and full Te Deums * clos’d the More lamentable tears bedew'd his face ; strain.

The stiffen'd corse he kissed, embrac'd, and So stood the sage of old, and so ador'd,

said, When up to heav'n Elijah's chariot soar'd. “Oh blessed soul! look from the realms of

St. 153.

grace

Upon this old and miserable head! In the mean time, Charles, at bis And, if all crimes are not forgotten there, camp of Pied-du-port, heard the first Oh pardon me for having brought thee here! blast of Orlando's horn, and, startled at the summons, was about to order his

Where is the faith, my son, I bade thee troops to march to his assistance : but

prove, the traitor Gano, who rejoiced inwardly

The pledge in happier days receiv'd and

givin? at the work of death which he perceived Oh shade ador'd! if ought of human love, had commenced, persuaded bim that it Or human pity may survive in heav'n, was but a hunting-party among

the

R-store to me, from thy blest seat above, tains. Al the third blast, however, the As the sweet token of offence forgiv'n, emperor knew that it was Orlando's horn, That sword with which I made thee knight and that the sound was that of distress

and count, and danger. Suspicion of treachery at Ev'n as thou erst didst swear at Aspramount !" length possessed him too late, and he caused the wicked Maganzese to be put

It was Heaven's will, that, at his sovereign's

word, in irons, while he hastened, with his few

Orlando's body rose from earth once more, remaining Paladins, to Roncesvalles. The And knelt before his ancient king and lord, sun stood still in the heavens for a day With courtly reverence, as in days of yore ; and a night, to allow his arrival at the Stretch'd forth his hand, and renaer'd back fatal place without delay. He was met

the sword, on the road by Terigi, who informed him ('The same he held in Aspramount be. of the sad catastrophe that had taken fore) place; and soon after, from the sur- Then, with a smile, to heav'n the spirit fled; rounding heights, they beheld the field of The corpse fell back, and lay for ever dead. Rolicesvalles corered with ghastly heaps O'er Charles's limbs a sudder tremour ran, of dead and dying.

Something between a thrilling awe and love; When Charles beheld that field of blood, he By his cold hand he grasp'd the dying man,

And felt assurd o: happier life above ;

A holy horrour every breast 'egan His eyes tow'rds Roncesvalles; and ex.

To seize; and ev'n Rinaldo's heart to prove claim'd,

The pow'r of fear; while, humbly kneeling

round, The original has a beautiful chought They kiss'd with bended face the sacred which it is ditficult to express in translation.

ground.

St. 201. The angels were known, it says, by the This truly romantic miracle was foltrembling of their wings.

lowed by another no less extraordinary. Cantar

Charles prayed for power to distinguish, Sentitu fu degli angeli solenne,

among the heaps of slaill, the Christian Che si cognoble al tremolar le penne. from the Pagan dead; and on bis return It is also much more particular in its ac

to the fieid he found that his prayer had count of the selestial psalmody. For instance, been heard. The Pagans all lay flat on the “Te Deum" was not the only anthem their faces; the Christians with their eyes performed. They also sung "In Exisu Israël.” turned upwards to leaven. On the late

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ter

cast

bier ;

ter all the rites of sepulture were be thing certain was ever heard of him after-
stowed with all the lovours of martyrs. ward.
Astolpho was sent to England, and Oli- One more passage shall conclude our
ver to Burgundy, to be interred in their extracts from, and remarks upon, the
vative countries; and the corpse of Or- present work. All France lamented her
lando was conveyed to Aix-la-Chapelle, champions, and wore an universal mourn-
and there deposited with great pomp and ing, when his body was entombed,
reverence in the royal sepulchre. The But more than all the beauteous Alda moara'd
remainder of the poem consists of the Her much-lov'd lord and brother ca the
signal vengeance which was taken by
Charles and Rinaldo for the massacre of “ Ye happy souls, to kindred heav'n return'd,
Roncesvalles. Gano paid the forfeit of Have lelt me, all alone and widow'd bere,
his many crimes by an ignominious and Me, once the happiest wife on earth, adorn'!
dreadful death; and Marsilius, after see-

With all that heav'n approves, and earth

holds dear; ing his territories wasted, and his crown ravished from his brows, was hanged (by That ever mounted steed, or dard the fight.

Blest with the love of the most noble knight a just and extraordinary retribution) on the very carob-tree under which he had “Oh my lov'd father, brother, lord, farewell ! first plotted the destruction of Orlando.

I never shall behold thy like again, Rinaldo felt his ancient love for Luciana

So form'd in camps and cities to excell, rekindled, and, by his espousals with her constant in life and death, thy Aldabelle

So mild in peace, so dreadful on the plain! shortly after, became heir of the crown

Swears, by those bones interr'd at Aquis. of Spain; but, unused to an inactive life,

grane, * he quitted, in an advanced age, the peace- Those tender arms that once encircled thee, ful residence of a court, and set out in Shall never to another wedded be!" quest of new adventures. It is believed

C. 27. Sr. 918. that he sailed westward in search of the new hemisphere which had formerly been * Aquisgrana, the antique, or romantic, described to him by Astaroth; but no- appellation for Aix-la-Chapelle.

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ABACUS, of the Chinese
529 | Arthur, king, account of

535
Abdication, on the word

447 Arts, monthly retrospect of the 74, 173,
Academy, exhibition of the royal
483

270, 586
Accents, on the Greek

31, 116 on the ultimate prospect of the 107
Accidents

91, 84, 195, 497 ...., proceedings of the society of 254, 367
Achilles, description of a statue of 486 | Asthma, on the treatment of

471
Acids, experiments on
591 Astrometer, description of an

471
Adkin, Dr. account of

298 Atmosphere, on correcting the anomalies
Æneid, critical view of the

544
of the

314
Africa, on the interior regions of 72, 592

on the phenomena of the 875
Affairs, state of public 81, 177, 279, 384,

.., variations of the

448
187, 595 | Austria, state of

583
Afret, definition of the word
645 Bachmeister, M. account of

304
Agricultural reports 103, 201, 306, 407, Baden, regulation of the press at 584
511, 617 Bamborough castle, charity at

91
, act, a curious

191 | Bangor ferry, plan for a mail road at 143
Agricultural society, (Cleveland) report Bank notes, amount of

407
of

291 Bankruptcies, list of 79, 182, 273, 383, 493,
Norfolk
296

593
Leicestershire $99 Barometer, description of a marine 159
Tyne side

499 Barry, Mr. sale of the pictures of 378
Hertfordshire 611 Bartlett, Mr. on the hydrophobia 144
..., surveys, account of 468 Bartolozzi, account of

379
Agriculture, experiments in

71 Batavia, population of the city of 474
improvements in, 254 | Bath penitentiary, address on the 199
, on the board of
468 :, public brewery at

299
Albino, description of an
584 Bears, two new species of

72
Albumen, properties of
72 | Bedford, populat of

8
Alexandria, capture of

595

castle, site of
Alkalies, experiments on
591

ib.
Alten, in the frozen ocean, account of

......, on the estates of the duke of

547 Beet root, of extracting sugar from 71
Alum, of imitating Roman
478 Bell, Rev. Mr account of

292
America, discoveries in
14, 124 Jobn; character of

382
commercial treaty with 102 Bellevue, Mr on the earthquake in Cala-
, state of affairs in

82 bria
, a tour in

117, 237, 532 Bell-rock, a light-house erecting on the 607
. , new name for

242 Belsham, Mo on the Magna Britannia
. , statistical view of

269
......, reply to

340
.., refuses to ratify the treaty
.....-, his explanation

416
with England

406 Ferthier's narrative, character of
.., on the farmers of

553 Bervick's memoirs, observation on 120
And-irons, definition of
645 Betterton, account of

461
Andreossi's, general, observations on his- Bile, a saccharine matter in

209
torians

19, 120 Bingley, Mr. on apes and monkies 127
Anglo-Saxons, their settlement in Britain 555

, on leeches

320
Animals, on inhumanity to

4:38 Binomial theorem, algebraical proof of
Antiquarian society, proceedings of the 257 the

256
Antiquary, the

317, 436 Binstead, in the Isle of Wight, described 427
Antiquities, accounts of 70, 72, 86, 100, 101, Biograpbia Bitannica, authors of the

462
198, 582, 585 Biography, articles of neglect d 23, 220
Antonio, king of Portugal, account of 423 Birmingham, new dispensary at

96
Apes, the stratagems of

127

, report of the guardians of
Apple-trees, mode of clearing insects from 145

the poor at

609
Apples, on the strength of the juice of 195 Black, a new method of dyeing

267
Apprentices to the weaving business, on 133 Blind, state of the school for the indigest 184
Argyle-street, grand institution in 85 Blind man, interesting account of a

533
Arragonite, composition of

392 Bloomsbury, improvements in
Army, estimate of the expences of the 487 | Blowpipe, description of a new

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375

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Bonchurch, in the Isle of Wight, de- Chiddingley church, account of
scribed
428 Children, on the treatment of

176
Bond, Mr. account of
605 Chimnies, antiquity of

436
Bone, Mr. on the monopoly of farms 333 China, voyage to

336, 419, 598
Buok-binding, improvements in 258 Chivers, Mr. death and character of 185
..., a new cutting-press for 256 Chrome in meteoric stones

475
Books, account of ancient 317,553 Chronicles, publication of ancient 264, 526
Boots, composition for polishing 552 Chudleigh, great fire at

615
Botanical information
552 Cider, on the strength of

195
Bourut's memoirs, character of

123 Cinnamon, on the cultivation of 106
Braganza, account of Don Juan de 201 Clark, John, account of

301
Bramble, the, a poem

641 Cleveland agricultural society, proceed.
Brantome, his character
120 ings of the

O
Brighthelmstone, antiquities found at 198 Cloth, improvement in making 256
..., free school at

298 ...., new method of dyeing
Bristol, Samaritan society at

507 Clouds, on the formation of
British institution, account of the 173 Cloves, on the cultivation of

106
gallery, exhibition of the 270 Coals, improvements in measuring 171
Britons, origin of the early
257 ...., gas obtained from pit

67
Bucer, defence of Martin

418
:::., a new mine of

990
Buenos Ayres, captures of 82, 102 Coal-mines, mode of airing

499
Bullocks, weight of
165 Coffee, properties of

263
Buonaparte, gross instances of flattery to 1-10 Cogan, Dr. his invention of a drag S67
Burrough, Rev. Mr. account of 609 Coghlan, J. account of

287
Burton, J. inquiry concerning

361 Coimbra, account of the library at 586
Cadogan, earl, account of

389 Coins, discovery of ancient 86, 100, 101, 613
Cachalot, description of the

375 Colbert, character of
Calabria, earthquake in

25 Colchester Castle, description of
Calcott, Dr. on the Stanhope tempera-

Cole, T.R, account of

112, 315 Collett, Mr. on the new parochial bill S29
.........., reply to
137 Collins, the poet, epitaph on

463
....., on the oratorio of Joseph 557 Commercial reports, 102, 201, 505, 406,
Cambridge, prize questions at 98, 296, 611

509, 616
censured
110 Compass, origin of the

269
Canal shares, prices of 103, 201, 306, 407, Congreve, orginal verses by

S39
511, 617 Consumption, observations on 78, 499
Canterbury hospital, state of
99 Contagion, method of correcting

478
Canton, description of
421, 529 Convulsions, remedy for

583
Carbery, lord, account of
303 Coombe, T. account of

83
Carbonates, on the earthy

59 Cordage, improved mode of making
Carlisle, new market at

92 Cork, literary and scientific institution at 164
coal mine near
290 Corn, how to keep crows from

316
high price of coals at
606 Cornwall, state of the mines in

301
Carmarthen, improvements at

300 Correspondents, tą 104, 204, 508, 408
Carpets, new method of making 575 Corrie, R. account of
Carr, J. account of
291 Cotton, a new black dye for

..

466

603

207
...., Dr, account of

611
importation of

509, 616
Carriages, on impeding the velocity of 556 County surveys, accuunt of

468
Carrots, great produce of

191 Cowdery, Mr. on the state of Tripoli
....., exgence of cultivating 254 Cows, on feeding them in winter
Catherine, wife of Charles II. account of 622 Cripplegate, anecdote concerning
Casaubon, Meric, account of
462 Crocodile, on the teeth of the

375
Cattle, account of prize
86 Croin well, Richard, letter ot

616
on impounding
227 Crows, how to keep corn frons

$16
...., shew of, at Chelmsford
612 Curaçua, capture of

181
sold in Smithfield, number of 165 | Curvilincar saw, invention of the $50
Celts, discovery of

1-8 Curwen, Mr. his agricultural improve-
Charcoal, new mode of making
167

958
Charity children, on the annual meeting Cutaneous affections, method of treating 979
of the
554 Dale, Mr character of

93
Charlton, Mr. ac ount of

400 Damp walis, method of curing
Charters, ancient method of ratifying 464 Laniell, Mr. character of

gs
Chelmstord, shew of cattle at

612 Dantzic, description of
Chesnuts, use of horse

39 Dardanelles, failure in the attempt on the 487
Chess, account of an ancient book on 464 | Davis, Mr. W, character of
Chester, curiosity at

198 Dawson, Mr account of
singular custom at

435 Days, on good and evil
Chesterfield canal, income of

293 Deat and dumb, on the education of the $9

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