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Dumb by these fawners ? Yet, she is most lofty,–
Bows-beckons-ha! her hand ? Jove! I forgive 'em.
Against the dignity of a noble soul,
And come to pray forgiveness.
Awake? alive? who speaks?
A SONG FOR ANY SEASON.
The bright stream falleth;
The lone bird calleth:
Will suit our times;
Yet what care we, my love ?
By the fire-side.
The torrent boundeth,
The wild wind soundeth ;
Leaves life for death,
Yet what care we, my love,
By the fire-side?
Our rival swells with pride,
Our foe revileth;
Our false friend smileth:
Yet we have still the love
Which warmed our youth,
Need we then care, my love,
By the fire-side ?
3. CARPE DIEM. Ant. Think, noble Juan. There are double ties
Which bind thee down to virtue. Diego's wife
Is a gem, but not thine own. Another claims her-Juan. I loved her first,—before this monster lord
Fetter'd her falsehood with a golden ring.
Oh, how I loved her, then !
A blood as rich as ever run in Spain,
To do her worship.
Through stainless generations, all renown'd,
Whom he knew poor but noble ?
Ant. She whom your brother's will
My rags again. O brother, brother!
Should I refuse
All goes unto the monks.
Let it go. I'll raise
Like this I trample on? I do refuse.
All cavil. You must forfeit, or obey.
Thrust out a beggar from thy bosom? Why
Ferrand is dead, you say?
Why, that were well. But from his ashes springs
You have a year to choose
What! a year?
ON THE DEATH OF A FRIEND.
Yet soaring-Ah! and dying
(Tell us, Angels !) on this earth
To make us prouder of our birth?
Shelter'd from the war and wind;
And the inward Mind,
THE MODERN NOVELISTS.
A SHREWD old friend of ours used to say, “ Recommend whatever else you please, but never recommend a husband or novel,—they are a matter of taste.” Now, like all other opinions, we are not disposed to allow but one half of their truth. We will allow that it is well not to interfere with the choice of another person's husband : but a novel, -no; we must advise the reading of our favourites. We must say why they are favourites, bring forth their merits, and show good cause for our liking. Literary love is a social passion; we desire to share our pleasure; it has also something of a chivalric feeling: we like the beauty of our book to be universally admitted. Thus it is, not content with enjoying “ The Disowned ” ourselves, we must canvass golden opinions from all sorts of men for its dear sake. We do not say that it is the best, but we like it the best of Mr. Bulwer's works. It has an interest which every succeeding volume of his will increase, -it is, as it were, the early picture of his mind wherewith to contrast all after ones. The author's youth is in “ The Disowned,” with all its romance,
generous enthusiasm, and its poetry, all “ the golden exhalations of the dawn." There is much in it that we are persuaded he could not write
We deny that ever the beautiful has vanished” to return not; but our keen feeling of it has. We no longer welcome it with fancies. No more (to use a pretty love-conceit in these very pages) do we believe that the butterfly bears on his painted wings a message from Oberon. Such pleasant dreamings relieve not twice the commonplace of life. “ The Disowned” is redolent of first love,—of first hope,—beneath whose fairy feet flowers spring up, destined by their very nature soon to perish, but whose sweetness never wholly passes away. A life without youth would be like a year without spring; there would be no music to remember,—no fragrance to recall. We know of no tree that brings forth fruit without blossom. The necessity of the lovely is felt throughout nature. There are some books that do, some that do not, interest you personally in the writer. “ Pelham” belonged to the last, and “ The Disowned to the first class. Much of the enthusiastic admiration which Mr. Bulwer has inspired belongs to the volume now before us.
It spoke of the heart within, and such a manifestation is the bond between the writer and the reader. We delight to trace the individual in his compositions, because it shows their reality. It has been truly said, we take but feeble joy in the merely transitory, and only truth can give duration. In “ The Disowned" were first felt the energy, the benevolence, and the depth that characterise all Mr. Bulwer's writings, but with more of poetry. We never knew a young person who did not delight in this work; it gave them back all their better impulses and higher aspirations with a “diviner shape.” This power of exciting the enthusiasm of the young is the first stepping stone to an author's fame. Their opinion will in time be that of the old, and in the meanwhile its warmth gradually diffuses itself.
A singular variety of talent was shown in the four volumes, now reduced to two of the prettiest tomes that ever carried in their personal appearance what Lord Chesterfield calls “ a letter of universal
recommendation." The young artist was conceived in the finest spirit of poetry—at once ideal and true. It called attention to distress little known, and too little pitied. No career has more positive suffering, than that devoted to any imaginative pursuit. It has the difficulties, the privations, that harass all who have to make their own way in the world, and it brings to endure them a temperament the least fitted for such endurance--feverish, irritable, and sensitivefeeling everything keenly, and exaggerating everything. The most unremitting labour is required. The popular fallacy of genius and idleness being constant companions has long been exploded. The artist or the literary man must, and do work far harder than any clerk in any office; look at all our principal names, whether in literature or in art, and then remember how much work they have done, and to how large a portion of toil the mere manual exercise of writing has amounted. Labour, too, the worst requited of all in a worldly sense.
Half the exertion, and half the energy as a tradesman, would have realised immense fortunes. The Rothschilds of the mind rarely secure even independence; still we deny not that " verily they have their reward.” The triumphs of genius are the noblest that mortality can achieve; and the smallest sharer of such spoil may not complain that the wind has been rough, and the strife has been hard. We are all ready enough to sympathis e with the success, but we are all too apt to forget the struggle. It is that struggle which is painted so forcibly in Werner, the youthful artist. He goes down to the grave unguerdoned and ungarlanded; and such is the lot of many. Go through the minor streets of our vast metropolis how many dim lights will you see in the upper windows burning through the melancholy midnight! We know no more touching associations than surround the single candle, gleaming hour after hour. Either it speaks of the vigil by the sick pillow, where the faint breath is made doubly precious by the danger of its atmosphere; or else it tells of the page which, though loved, is dwelt upon even to weariness; the drawing contemplated till its outlines become confused to the over-taxed sight: a pale and hectic world is around that lonely light. What a general and human feeling is given to the ethereal and dreaming life of Werner, by the strong love felt for the wayward child by his old and devoted grandmother. There is something singularly touching in the few lines that close the poem, for such it is, of the artist's existence.
" There are two tombs close to each other in the stranger's burial-place at Rome; they cover those for whom life, unequally long, terminated in the same month. The one is of a woman, bowed with the burden of many years; the other darkens over the humble dust of the ambitious artist.";
Perhaps characters were never more finely analyzed than in “ The Disowned.” The vanity of Talbot—the fierce partisan spirit of Wolfethe mean, fraudulent, and weakly-cunning Crauford, are drawn with a master's hand; but Algernon Mordaunt is the triumph-we feel the better for dwelling on such nobleness of nature. Mr. Bulwer has, however, somewhat idealised the poverty. He writes as one who has never experienced it. We doubt whether it be possible to give an interest beyond painful pity to a real picture of poverty. Its wantthough that brings out all that is most animal in our nature-is its least suffering: It is the moral debasement which we hold to be inevitable--the shrinking misery with which first one wretched expedient