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speculative philosophy, which they had barbarous times in which they were begun to cultivate, seemed to threaten ruled by native reguli is long since a speedy diminution of their fervent faded into dimness and insignificance. attachment to that which was peculi. The men themselves, moreover, are arly their own. This mischievous deficient, it may be, in some of those tendency was stopped by a peasant, and graver points of character, which afford the noblest of his land are the debtors the best grappling places, for the power of his genius. He revived the spark of poetry. All this may perhaps be that was about to be extinguished—and admitted; but surely it will not be taught men to reverence with increase contended, but that much, both of pura ing homage, that enthusiasm of which pose and instrument, was still left they were beginning to be ashamed. within the reach of him that would The levity of many of his descrip- aspire to be the national poet of the tions, the coarseness of many of his Irish. Their religious feelings are not images, cannot conceal from our eyes indeed of so calm and dignified a nathe sincerity with which, at the bottom ture as those of some nations, but they of his heart, this man was the wor- are strong, ardent, passionate, and, in shipper of the pure genius of his coun- the hands of one worthy to deal with try. The improprieties are superficial, them, might furnish abundantly the the excellence is ever deep. The man elements both of the beautiful and the might be guilty in his own person of sublime. Their character is not so pernicious trespasses, but his soul came consistent as it might be, but it yields back, like a dove, to repose amidst to none in the fine attributes of warmth, images of purity. The chaste and low- of generosity, and the whole chivalry ly affection of the village maiden was of the heart. Were these things likethe only love that appeared worthy in ly to have been left out of the calcuhis eyes, as he wandered beneath the lation of a genuine poet of Ireland ?virgin radiance of the harvest moon. Mr Moore addresses nothing to his In the haunts of the dissolute, the ate countrymen that should make them mosphere of corruption might seize listen to him long. He seems to have upon him, and taint his breath with
no part nor lot with them in the things the coldness of its derision; but he re- which most honourably and most effecturned to right thoughts in the con- tually distinguish them from others. templation of the good, and felt in all He writes for the sipated fashionits fulness, when he bent his knee by ables of Dublin, and is himself the idol the side of “ the Father and the Priest, in the saloons of absentees; but he has the gentle majesty of that religion never composed a single verse which I which consoles the afflicted and ele- could imagine to be impressed upon vates the poor. He is at present, the the memory, nor brought together a favourite poet of a virtuous, a pious, single groupe of images calculated to a patriotic people; and the first symp- ennoble the spirit of an Irish peasant. tom of their decay in virtue, piety, Were the Irish to acknowledge in and patriotism, will be seen on the in- this man, their Burns or Camoens, stant when Scotsmen shall cease to they would convince Europe, that they treasure in their hearts the “ Highland are entirely deficient in every thing Mary," the “Cottar's Saturday Night,” that renders men worthy of the name and the “ Song of Bannockburn. of a nation. The “ Exile of Erın,"
Mr Moore has attempted to do for and the “ O'Connor's Child” of CampIreland the same service which Burns bell, are worth more to Ireland than rendered to Scotland ; but although all the poetry of Moore. his genius is undoubted, he has failed to do so. It will be said, that the national character of his countrymen did not furnish such materials as fell to the share of his rival, and there is no doubt that so far this is true. The Irish have not the same near recollec
Part Fourth. tions of heroic actions, or the same (Continued from vol. 111. page 671.) proud and uncontaminated feeling of independence as the Scots. Their Is it not true, my young lady readers country has been conquered, perhaps of eighteen, and even you of forty oppressed, and the memory of those years, that you are anxious about the
THE MINSTREL OF BRUGES.
fate of Amurat? You are in the right fore seen any infidel so eager for death -charming as Medoro, he was more in the prisons of the holy Inquisition, tender; and Ernestine, with whom ruminated, while counting his rosary, you are scarcely acquainted, was of ten on the answer of Amurat; and as at times the value of that coquet Angeli- bottom he was a good-natured man,
She had followed her mother to he suspected some mystery, and to the garden of the convent in tears—we clear it up, he returned to the handare sorrow to see her weep-he must some Moor to inquire into the details be an absolute barbarian that could be of his arrest and imprisonment. The untouched with her sorrows. But let simple boy told him every thing with us resume our story.-The holy bro- the utmost sincerity ; how the bright therhood and the Inquisition are ter- eyes, the enchanting smile, and the rible things. The handsome Amurat, harmonious voice of the modest Eralthough led away through Murcia nestine, had seduced him in Murcia; with his hands fettered, had in this how, after some time, he gained courstate interested the whole of that age to tell her of all the pains he was kingdom. There was not a girl, on suffering for her ; how his virtuous seeing him pass, who did not cry out, but kind-hearted girl blushed at his “ Heavens, what a pity! is it possible declaration without saying a word ; for any one to be a Mahommedan, and how, one day surprising her sighing, so handsome ?"
he asked her the cause ; but she only The poor boy was going to be broil- looked at him, and sighed again ; and ed without hope of pardon. He was this made him comprehend that she confined in a dungeon, with only bread returned his flame: how he cast himand water for his food; and for his self at the feet of the Minstrel's wife, sole comfort, a Dominican visited him and interested her in his passion ; how twice a day, but without speaking a the Minstrel, on hearing it, became word. It was for the handsome Amu- furious, to find that a Moor had the rat himself to confess his crime, but audacity to make love to his daughter; the poor innocent felt himself no way how they had all run away from the culpable.
house of the Minstrel ; and how the One day the Dominican said to him, officer of the holy brotherhood, after “ You will not then confess any thing having robbed the wife of the Minsto me?” “ Pardon me,” replied Amu- trel, who had previously been his misrat, “ I will confess to you that I shall tress, of all that she had, had sent her die, if separated from Ernestine.” home again with Ernestine, and had “ Wretched infidel,” exclaimed the loaded him with chains. Monk,“ how dare you name a Chris- This last circumstance opened the tian?” “Why not,” said the sorrowful eyes of the Dominican ; he thanked Amurat ? “She was the life of my Heaven for having prevented him from existence, the sun of my days, the ob- committing an unjust act, and sumject of every thought, and the only moned the officer before him, who thing my heart pants after." “ Con avowed the whole. The handsome sider your end,” replied the Domini. Amurat appeared very excusable, and can, within two days the pile will was set at liberty, upon condition of be lighted for you—you must not look being instructed in the Christian relifor pardon, as you are under the most gion; but he would make no promise, obstinate impenitence.” “For what except of doing whatever should please cause ?” asked Amurat. “ In having Ernestine. run away with Ernestine from her fa- He fled back to Murcia, where he ther and mother.” “ Oh, father!" learnt that the Minstrel had quitted said Amurat, “ I ask your pardon, the town with all his family. They you seem to labour under an error, for could not inform him exactly what it was Ernestine's mother who gave road he had taken, but they thought her to me ; however, if you are deter- it was that toward Madrid.' Poor Amined to burn me, do so, but it will murat hastened to Madrid, describing never be in such a bright flame as now all the way the persons he was in consumes me for Ernestine. Alas, search of; but he gained only vague alas ! I shall then never see her more and unsatisfactory answers. On his -burn me, burn me, for I cannot live arrival at Castille, he heard that his without her!"
countrymen had lost a great battle. The Dominican, who had never be- Too full of his own misfortunes to
think of his country, he pursued his these two mares, we may traverse all road. On his way he overtook a sort Spain in security; the holy brotherof Moorish Esquire, near a ravine, cry- hood will not touch you, and I may ing most bitterly, while two fine Anda- perhaps overtake Ernestine.” “I am lusian mares were feeding quietly be- gree to your proposal,” answered Saside him. It was Sabaoth himself, baoth, « for, after all, it is better to be who had witnessed the death of the a wanderer and vagabond than burnt.” Zegris, commander of the Moors, and We are concerned to leave our two his good master.
Moors in the plains of Castille, but the Amurat approached him, and ask- monastery of Vaucelles recalls us. We ed him the same questions he had had left Ernestine with her mother, done to all he met: Sir," said he, and said, that this unfortunate girl “ have you seen an old thin man play- could not eradicate from her heart the ing on the bagpipe, accompanied by an shaft which love had fixed there. She old woman, two young boys, and a was ignorant of that formidable power girl more beautiful than all the infan- that triumphs over reason in spite of tas of the world ?” “ Aye, that I have,” ourselves, which we wish, and wish replied Sabaoth sobbing, at a dis- not to conquer, which effaces all 0tance, the eve of the battle we have ther sentiments of the soul, which exjust lost. I am well acquainted with ists and renews itself by its own force, that old bagpiper you speak of, and he and will not allow us to have another ought to remember me, for I have of- thought, and which subjects us to a ten given him many a hearty thrash- torment at once pleasing and painful, ing in the stables of my last worthy whereof cold hearts can have no idea. defunct master at Grenada. I have Such was the volcano that inflamed also some claim on his gratitude, for I the soul of Ernestine ; such the deity, made him a physician, and so able a who, in the midst of pains, procured one, that he attended my master. It her delights ; such the demon that was was, however, fortunate for him, that tearing her heart to pieces. during his attendance I was occupied What could the wife of the Minsin the stables, and was ignorant of his trel do in such a case ? She had had audacity in pretending to be doctor to intrigues, and a variety of adventures, a Zegris. I would have taught him but they are only the simulation of whať a stable boy was to a groom. lov Her daughter seemed to But, be assured, that I have seen him mad, which is the usual name indifferpass by, and he had in fact with him ence gives to that passion, and she two women and two children, but in considered as a weakness, what is the so miserable a condition, that both strongest power in nature. She reaMoors and Christians allowed him to soned and argued, during which, Ercontinue his road unmolested, on ac- nestine sighed and wept. There was count of his misery. I am not so for- no other remedy for her disorder than tunate, which is the cause of my weep. the disorder itself. Besides, to bring ing, for my road is intercepted, and I back an impassioned heart from its cannot return again to Grenada with- wanderings, the person who attempts out risk of being taken; you also will it should be pure, without which, no run the same chance.' Amurat re- one has a right to talk of virtue, and plied, “ Sir Squire, you are right in the mother of Ernestine had lost that fearing being made a prisoner in this right over her daughter. Too happy country, for they treat us Moors very Minstrel ! during this time thou wast scurvily; I that am speaking to you forgetful in the hall of guests, of all have narrowly escaped broiling by the past troubles, and one pleasant half holy Inquisition. Therefore, instead hour effaced the remembrance of sixty of returning to Grenada, let us dis- years of misery. Why should we seek guise ourselves, which we can easily happiness in the upper ranks of life, do, for I have in the havresack that in opulent fortunes, or in a multipliyou see on my shoulders, a dress that city of pleasures ? It is not even to be i intended for a present to the Mins- found in mutual love, and consists trel, to render him propitious to my solely in indifference. love, and another that I had bought The Minstrel was very communicafor his adorable daughter. You shall tive of every adventure he had had. put on the first, and I will dress my- He related one which certainly proves self in the second, when, mounting that the good and evil things of this
world are distributed somewhat like a nois, and gave him twenty pieces of lottery. He had met at Poictiers an- gold, saying, ' Ah! this is what may other bagpiper from the Ardennes, be called a gallant Minstrel, not like where a troubadour had taught each to that other low bred fellow with his the same tune, but adapted to differ- indecent songs.' ent words. Alas! the recompence
“ Now, Sir Steward, I appeal to each received was very different. "Un- you," continued the Minstrel, “ if I derneath are the words that fell to the had had any wicked intention in thus lot of our unfortunate Minstrel : pronouncing the word, which assured
sy I had not; did I sing any thing First Couplet.
very different from what the Arden“ Gai, Pastoureaux,
nois had done? see how different our Gai Pastourelles :
rewards were, and then let any one A vos agneaux,
talk to me of justice on this earth. A vos Agnelles
The lady indeed was of noble birth, Laissez Loisir
and brilliant as mine own country D'aller bondir: Gai, Pastourelles,
rose, and the knight a prince of France, Gai, Pastoureaux.
whose fleur-de-lis adorned his su
perb shield. Without knowing it, the Second Couplet.
Ardennois had flattered two noble Tems de jeunesse
lovers, whilst I, as ignorantly, had ofEst tems d'amours ;
fended them. He received gold, and Tems de vieillesse
I blows. May I not therefore assert, Est tems de plours :
that there is only good and evil luck Sur la Condrette
in the world.” This indeed was most Viens Bergerette,
evident in the family of the Minstrel; Gai, Troubadours."
for, in spite of the various evils he had There were also other verses in the met with in his career, his philosophy song ending with
had caused him to be recompensed by “ De la fougere,
gayety; he still laughed, and laughed
although on the brink of the grave, Du Dieu lutin De la Bergere
whilst his unfortunate daughter was Et du Butin."
pining away with love in the
life. Let us imitate this economy of “ And you will please to remark, pleasures and pains which is scattered said the Minstrel, that I pronounced, through our passage here below,after my country fashion, the B like to every thing invites us. P; but from what has since happened The whole monastery was delighted to me, I have taken good care to im- with the Minstrel. The Cambresian prove my pronunciation. You must could no longer quit him; the steward know then, that as I was singing this had taken a liking to him; and the air one day under the shade of a tree, Lord Abbot, desirous of retaining him and pronouncing the word Butin very at Vaucelles, said to him,
are you indecently, a lady started out from be- so anxious to carry your bones to Bruhind some bushes, inflamed with rage, ges, that we cannot keep you here?” attended by a handsome knight, who * No, truly,” replied the piper, "I ordered their varlets to beat me sound- am no way desirous to return to Bruly, to teach me, as they said, to re- ges, where I have neither friend nor spect ladies in my songs. I was thus relation, nor house nor home; and I very unjustly punished ; for, a few was only returning thither, because I minutes afterwards, my brother piper knew not where else to lay my head.” arrived, ignorant of what had befallen The abbot continued, “ You play me, and seating himself near to the wonderfully well on the pipes, do you same bush, wherein the couple had think you could blow the Serpent of again hid themselves as if nothing had the monastery? ours is just dead, and happened, began to chant forth the I offer you his place.” " He who happiness of a gallant rose that on the pretends to know most, knows least," breast of beauty doth repose, &c. &c. answered the Minstrel; “ in truth I At these sounds, which, in good truth, I am capable of being a most excellent were not a whit more harmonious than serpent to the abbey chapel, and you mine, the loving couple quitted the shall see to-morrow how I will make bush, praised most highly the Arden- its roofs resound. But what will be
come of my wife, my daughter, and
Part Fifth. my two brats ?”
• We will take charge of you all here,” said the ab- When happiness has not been precedbot ;
your wife shall be cook to the ed by pain it is the less agreeable, for visitors, your daughter, femme de the value of all things is doubled by chambre to the ladies that may come contrast. A rich man who has never to partake of our hospitality, and your been poor knows not the worth of two boys shall ring the bells, and money; and successful love, that has rake the walks of our garden.” “ You not met with difficulties, does not aftalk like Saint Bernard, your glorious ford supreme felicity. patron,” replied the Minstrel, trans- O handsome Amurat, what tears ported with joy. The old woman was and sighs has the sentiment that ocmade acquainted with this arrange- cupies your soul caused you? You are ment, and consented to it, although not yet, however, at the end of your she did not pique herself on being an career; and are gallopping over hill excellent cook. The situation of and dale with the squire Sabaoth, as femme de chambre was rather humili- was formerly done by the knight of ating to Ernestine, but as it was no La Mancha with the faithful Sancho. great fatigue, she accepted of it. The Sabaoth, dressed up in the long doclittle boys were so enchanted with toral gown, intended for the father of their employment, that they wished Ernestine, at that time a physician, to enter on their business instantly; was taken for a magician all along the one went to the belfry and rang the roads; children, at his sight, hid bells for more than two hours, while themselves on the breasts of their the other broke three rakes that same nurses, young girls ran away, old evening on the garden walks.
people crossed themselves, while the Here then was our vagabond family younger ones laughed enough to split fixed, and tolerably well established; their sides. The handsome Amurat, they were all contented excepting Er- dressed in a gown of sky-blue, inspirnestine alone, whose melancholy in- ed other sentiments. He was thought creased with the noisy pleasures that to be a damsel of high rank, if not a surrounded her. All foreign joy an princess, so brilliant were his charms, noys the wretched, for joy is not the his manners so noble and interesting: lot of an impassioned heart, and it is The villagers shouted out as they pasin the season of roses that chagrin sed," begone, hasten from hence, thou makes the deepest wounds. It was in ill-looking spectre, thou wicked mon. vain that the Minstrel exerted himself ster, whom that beautiful lady has to rouse his daughter from that state chosen for her companion, to inerease of languor which was consuming her; the brightness of her charms by the in vain did this good-natured fellow, contrast of thy ugliness !” While they now sufficiently master of the serpent, addressed Amurat, Return, return, resume his pipes every Sunday and fair fugitive, and do not deprive our and feast-day, to make the girls of the country of so much beauty." The two environs dance ; in vain he intreated Moors, thus disguised, arrived at Madhis daughter to join them ;-dancing rid, and thence advanced into Arragon, tired her, and the Morisco airs, which where they gained some intimation of her father played so wondrous well, a wandering family . having passed brought back bitter recollections, and through those parts.
" It must be increased her melancholy.
them,” said Amurat; “ let us spur on, She performed her office of femme friend Sabaoth, we shall surely overde chambre so much to the satisfaction take them.” “I am in no such hurof those ladies and damsels that came ry as you are," replied Sabaoth. “ what to Vaucelles, that all of them felt a care I for this vagabond family ? Sir friendship, and thought her manners Amurat, may Mahommed protect you, much superior to her situation. but for my part, I shall return to Gre
Her sweetness of temper was utal- nada.” “ That you can no longer do," terable, and, contrary to the common answered Amurat ; “ have you forgotcourse of things, her misery did not ten, that should the Castillians lay hold affect her good humour. Shall she be of you, you are of the set they burn then for ever the only one to whom on a slow fire ? Come with me into life is become a burden in this happy France, there is no Inquisition in that monastery?
country. We shall recover my ErVOL. IV.