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Germany. Thus ends the first part, differences with the former he settles

2. Ebetber their Rudolph's youth.

kold without amicably, taking advantage of the anThe second part begins with Ru- ger excited in the Abbot by the con

montazching that s dolph's arrival at court, to pay his re- duct of his ghostly ally the Bishop, E: indiph termin: spects to the Empress Isabella, who, who, upon a quarrel about paying toll, atraking the crus after confiding to him that she is dy- had seized some fine old wine anxious-zed employing ing of a broken heart, in consequence ly expected at the abbey. The reader za in its stead. of the old Emperor's neglect and in- will recollect, that paying toll, in those an in the Emp constancy, amuses herself, as former- days, bore little analogy to our system site in their pal ly, with the loves of the hero and her of turnpike gates, but was, in fact, a

removal front favourite Anna. He leaves them, to kind of levying “ black mail," where Eu teng that her! take possession of his paternal inheri ever a bridge, a narrow pass, or any tance. This had been greatly dimi- other favourable circumstance, afford-ardhi saciety

. To nished by the unfaithful administra- ed the plundering noble a convenienti kelas upon the 1 tion of his guardian and uncle, Ru- opportunity. Amongst those plunder-sented to the con dolph of Habsburg and Lauffenburg. ing nobles, the dignified ecclesiastics et de the bigh do He quickly obliges him to refund, ob- appear to have played a distinguished z taking and assu tainshis maternal inheritance, of which part. Indeed, their superior turbu

attes haring alr he had also been wrongfully deprived lence, and disorder of all sorts, are stri- rauchhi lot by his maternal uncle, Hartman of king features of that age. Their amKiburg, and then marries Anna. He bition would scarcely be worth remark- ited his children now becomes involved in the disturb- ing; for Innocent the Third had not 'i dvds; and, as ances of Germany. The Pope, offend- been very long dead, and Rudolph aitz apprehension ed by the disregard shewn to his me lived when the Roman See was labo- de i demanded for diation, had deposed Frederic, as well riously rising to the height of its pow. kt Linta, whe, in g as his son Conrad, bestowing the Em- er; but that they should at the same pire upon a certain Landgrave of Thu- time be robbers, drunkards, roysterers.: alized in Rudolph's ringia. Rudolph assists Conrad against cannot but excite our wonder, inasthis opposition Emperor, and they soon much as these faults would seem likemake an end of him. But Frederic ly to interfere with the pursuit of their timeleting the dies. Conrad repairs to Italy, appa- main object. With respect to their rently leaving all his good qualities potations, however, we are perhaps not behind him; and, after disgusting all very correct judges ; as these worthies his Sicilian subjects, dies also ; the rise from table, professing a wish to hand of Manfred, to whom he attri- serious business, after so many

hours not. The long interval ensues, during hend, materially confuse the intellects which Germany was without a head, of the sturdiest toper in this effeminate and we are presented with a lively age, when even fox-hunters are repicture of its distractions.

Rudolph ported to take up with wine and water. appears as the protector and defender But revenons à nos moutons. After of all the oppressed, particularly of the some years of warfare, Rudolph is enfree imperial cities, which the bishops gaged'in negociation with the Bishop, and neighbouring nobles took the op-(who is endeavouring to overreach portunity of endeavouring to enslave. him,) when his nephew, the Landgrave He acquires great fame and wealth, of Nuremberg, arrives, having ridden and gains the especial friendship of the three horses to death, to announce Archbishop of Maintz, by escorting Rudolph's election to the empire. The him, safely and gratis, through the unexpected intelligence is received with most disturbed districts, upon his jour- due dignity and sensibility. The de ney to and from Rome. The sixth putation from the electors follows, and period, and second part, concludes, the period closes with the new Empeleaving Rudolph and his family at a ror's departure for Aix to be crowned. festival given at Zurich, in honour of The coronation is not given us, and his deliverance of that city from its the prefatory narration of the eighth would-be tyrant, in the person of his period only mentions upon that occaown old enemy, Ulrick of Regensberg. sion one of the many little traits cha

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amongst the princes, whether their in- answered by insulting embassies. Haof this restitures would be valid without the ving given more notice and more time the accustoined form of touching that sym- than any one thinks necessary, he first le Bista bol of authority

. Rudolph terminated affiances his eldest son to the daughter the discussion by taking the crucifix of his old brother in arms and rival, from the altar, and employing that Meinhard of the Tyrol, and then sets symbol of salvation in its stead. In forth to subdue his enemies. He surthe first scene, we find the Emperor prises the Swabian league, breaks its

and Empress alone in their palace; power, and constrains its members to in fat i she lamenting their removal from their follow him with their troops against

happy home, and fearing that her hus- their confederates. The Duke of Baband's new dignity will deprive her varia is frightened, submits, and also more than ever of his society. To this joins Rudolph against his chief adverhe replies

, by dwelling upon the hap- sary, Ottocar, King of Bohemia. • pline pines to be derived from the consci The ninth period is wholly occupied

antious discharge of the high duties with the war against Ottocar. He and now imposed upon him, and assuring his queen are loathsome pictures of ber, that those duties having already perfidy, tyranny, and licentiousness,

overpowered all his youthful love of unredeemed by any good quality ex"heir 35 fighting, he shall henceforward live cept courage. Accordingly, his sub

more with her and his children than jugation is effected as much by his formerly She doubts; and, as if in own dissatisfied subjects, as by the confirmation of her apprehensions, a Emperor's army. Austria is taken

private audience is demanded for the from him almost without a blow, and its path Archbishop of Maintz, who, in grati- after one partial defeat he submits,

tude for his gratuitous escort, had does homage, and is confined to his mainly contributed to Rudolph's elec- hereditary kingdoms of Bohemia and tion. The prelate, in a very long con- Moravia. But his submission is forced versation, urges to the Emperor the and deceptious; he employs the leisure necessity of conciliating the Pope, afforded him in preparing for revolt, whose sanction is yet wanting to his and the third part ends, leaving him confirmation, and the dangers that ready to fall upon Austria, which Ruwould accrue from his adopting the dolph had reincorporated with the emrival candidate for the Imperial crown, pire, committing its administration to Ottocar, King of Bohemia, who is alá his sons and friends. ready supported by all those who have The opening of the tenth period any reason to dread a rigidly just Em- shews us the Imperial and Bohemian peror, with the Duke of Bavaria at their armies opposed to each other, the fortead

. He then states the hard condi- mer not amounting to more than a tions upon which only the Pope will quarter of the numbers of the latter, probably agree to crown Rudolph, ad- owing to the treachery of some of the vising his Imperial Master to consent states of the empire, whom Ottocar to every thing, and afterwards to use had seduced or bribed. And here we his own pleasure respecting such of find, perhaps, the first idea of exhibitthe terms as he might deem unjust. ing a battle to the reader, through the This is done, we imagine, to display medium of deeply interested spectaRudolph’sinvariable adherence to truth tors, of which such happy 'use has and honour ; but we must be allowed been made by an illustrious writer of to wish that Herr Schlenkert could our own days.

Rudolph, upon being have found some other means of shew- attacked by the Bohemians, sends his ing his hero's virtues. It is revolting Empress and family to a place of seto see such advice put into the mouth curity behind his camp. When they of an ecclesiastic, who had been pre- have reached it, their conductor, Walviously lauded as an exception to the ter of Klingen, informs her Majesty prevailing character of his order. Ru- that they are safe, as in case of the dolph of course rejects it, declaring worst, the road to Vienna is open. that if he must promise, he will keep Empress. Oh! I have no fears for bis word. He accordingly makes terms myself, Father Walter. Could I purwith the holy father, and repeatedly chase my Rudolph's life with the last suntnonses the refractory princes and drop of my blood !, (Shuddering:) pobles to come and take the oaths; Children, kneel and pray-pray for has invitations are either slighted, or your father! The battle begins fcar

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fully-fearfully! I will strive to sup Princess Clementia. I will die with
port myself. I will not turn my eye you! Mother, I will die with you!
from that bloody, horrid spectacle, till Walter of Klingen. Cruel fate! That
it closes in death. Ob, Rudolph ! Ru. I should live to see this !
dolph !

Empress. Rudolph! Rudolph !-
Lady Gisela, (a friend of the Em- That I might die for thee, or with
press's youth.) Compose yourself, my thee!
dearest Anna. Would you had re Lady Gisela. God of Heaven ! She
mained at Vienna !

is already writhing in the agonies of Empress. No, no! There anxiety death, would have crushed my heart. This Prince Wartman. I will never forday too dreadful. I must see my give you, old knight, for having kept Rudolph conquer-or fall !

me out of the battle. I would have Laly Gisela. God will take him un- fought by my father's side, have inder bis almighty protection. (Half tercepted the blow. I would have saaside.) Help, gracious God! they are ved him. engaged.

Walter of Klingen. You could as lite Walter of Klingen. The encounter tle have saved him as I could, good begins furiously. The Bohemian ca- youth. But why immediately fear the valry hạck and' hew on all sides like worst? The fallen are not necessarily wild boars.

dead. Empress. The Austrians are hard Empress. (Starting up.) Is he not pressed-they give way-farther-still slain -Rudolph not slain ?-Not? farther-God! God!

Not? Walter of Klingen. There is no dlan Walter of Klingen. I have myself ger yet, dread lady. Perhaps that may often fallen in battle, my Lady Embe design. The flower of our forces press, and am still alive. See where a are not yet in the field.

knight comes from the field. Lady Gisela. Look up! Look up! Lady Giselda. See, see ! Is not that Now the Hungarians rush against the Rudolph's crest glittering at the head Bohemian rampart of carriages--now of yon victorious squadron ? they break through!

Empress. It is he! (Hugh of WirWalter of Klingen. Now the engage- denbergh gallops in.) Is he alive ? ment becomes general.-The Emperor Is Rudolph alive? flies over the plain-Ha! That was a Sir Hugh answers in the affirmaterrible onset !

tive, adding that he is himself sent by Empress. Almighty God! now comes the Emperor to assure her of his safethe decision !-Oh, thanks, glowing, ty. He then gives her an account of heartfelt thanks for thy mercies, God the state of affairs, and returns to his of armies !-- The enemies fly! post. We are now conducted to the

Walter of Klingen. They rally again field of battle itself,—to the Bohemian -Ottocar collects his cavalry—now he right wing. The general commanding falls

upon the centre—the swords and here had been deeply offended by spears rage and massacre more dread- Ottacar's putting his brother to death, fully, more savagely, than I myself seducing his niece, and refusing to reever saw before.

pair the family honour by a leftLady Giselda. Heavens, what a anded marriage. In revenge, he perbloody conflict !

tinaciously disobeys repeated orders to Walter of Klingen. Frightful!-- join the engagements, and thus inFrightful! Imperial lady, avert your sures his tyrant's defeat. Ottocar fights eyes from the horrible sight,

in despair, and is killed. In the next Lady Gisela. (Half aside.) Is the scene, we find Rudolph alone in his Emperor in danger?

tent, praying, lamenting over the blood Walter of Klingen. (Half aside.) shed in the late conflict, and bitterly He is. Do you not see that already half cordemning himself as the cause of so his Swiss

much slaughter. A good bishop comes Empresø. Do you see him fall ? Do to summon him to the solemn thanks. you see him fall? Merciful God!

giving for the victory ; he forbids the (Sinks upon the ground. ceremony, and the prelate has infinite Princess Gutha. Oh, mother, mo- difficulty to convince him, that the ther! He is fallen!

guilt rests with him who wrongfully (Throws herself upon the Empress. attacked, not with him who defended

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himself and his subjects. We can take no more trouble, but enjoy him-
scarcely recognise our chivalrous friend self for the rest of his life, and dies
of the first and second parts, in this soon afterwards.
quaker-like tenderness of conscience. The events which we have succinct-
We may be told that men's characters ly sketched, are evidently pretty des-
alter with their years and circumstan- titute of romantic interest, and it is a
ces, a fact not to be disputed; but we curious characteristic of this author's
suspect that scruples of this descrip- style of writing, that when detailed
tion were very little known to any with the utmost minuteness, and, as
class of persons, warriors, theologians, we have before said, tediousness, they
or even gentle maidens, in the thir- actually do acquire a sort of interest
teenth century. We the'rather make quite sufficient to prevent the book's
this remark, because it appears to us being thrown 'aside, though it may at
to be one of the most ordinary mis- first sight appear wonderful, that any
takes of the best modern German wric mortal reader can be found endued
ters, to attribute the philosophy, the with patience to persevere through four
sentiments

, and even the sentimenta- volumes of elucidation and developebility of their own times, to the'rough- ment of such facts. We must again er knights and dames of the middle refer to Richardson for the explanation

of the phenomenon. The characters, Our limits will not allow any detail as in his novels, dre at once pourtrayof the remainder of the work. We ed with a fulness and distinctness, must content ourselves with stating that gives a vivid impression of their shortly, that the Emperor settles the reality; and when they are all thus affairs of Bohemia with great libera- presented to our acquaintance, and we lity,–pardons the revolted Duke of are thoroughly possessed of all that Bavaria at the intercession of his own they did and said, and thought and daughter

, who was married to the felt, upon every occasion,' we are acted Duke's son,-- breaks the Swabian upon much in the same manner that league for the second time, subduing we should be, if, after the fashion of now even the hearts of its members – Le Diable Boiteur, we could be predetects an impostor who was raising'a 'sent at the cabinent deliberations, the rebellion, by passing himself for the private reflections, and the domestic deceased Emperor Frederick the Se- transactions of any remarkable histocond, and goes about the empire doing rical or political personage. If we do justice

, composing disputes between not suffer the painful anxiety respecthigh and low, and destroying noble ing the solution of difficulties and terrobbers

, together with their strong- minations of dangers, which constiholds, by fifties and sixties at a time, tutes the charm of romance, a desire that the Empress Anna dies, and he to know what will happen next, and marries the young and beautiful Eli- how our friends will feel and act, is zabeth of Burgundy. May we pause excited, quite strong enough to carry to observe, en passant, that although us forward. Nay, we will confess that we could not desire an author, who the simple expression of natural emoprofesses to be guided by history, to tions by persons with whom we were suppress such an act of high treason so intimate, has occasionally drawn against the spirit of románce, we wish tears into our own eyes ; and that had be had rather attributed it to motives the author indulged us with the inof policy, than have exhibited our troduction of more of the pleasing hero falling in love at sixty-six ;- traits recorded of this founder of the that he obtains the concurrence of the House of Austria,' we should boldly States of the Empire to the grants of pronounce this Historical Romantic Austria

, to his eldest son Albert; of Picture,' to be calculated to afford very Swabia, to his son Rudolph ; and of considerable gratification, notwithCarinthia

, to his old friend Meinhard standing a certain homeliness in the of the Tyrol, but fails to obtain the execution, which constantly reminds election of Albert as his King of the us that the liigir hand of a master is Romans,“breaks out into complaints wanting. of human ingratitude, declares he will

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A DRAMA.

SCENE,- A Valley in the Isle of Paros.- Time-Day.

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ANDRONICUS and BASIL.
Andronicus. What hath inspired this happy change, my thought
Hath not divined, yet doth it sooth my soul,
And fall as dew upon my aching heart,
Soft’ning its rugged sorrows. Since the hour
When the great King of Shadows mark'd the maid-
His beautiful betroth*d, and, in the pride
Of his omnipotent rivalship, he woo'd,
And won the virgin to his icy bed ;-
Till latterly, he hath not smiled nor spoke,
But sat, a very emblem of despair
A statue of the loveliest, but most sad.
Chisell’d by misery's hand-seem'd he, as were
The current of his anguish in its course
Frozen in his young bosom ; but, at once,
A kindly sun-beam struck upon the ice,
Melted the stream, and gently bade it flow
Away from his rent bosom. He did sinile,
And breath soft cadences of mournful airs,
In such enchanting melancholy mood,
That I did weep for very happiness,
Almost too much of joy; he spake to me
Of resignation, and of sacred bliss,
Known only to the sufferer, and of joys
Not of this coarser world; and then again
He smiled and sang—and so accordant were
That smile and song, and both so breath'd of Heaven,
That, for a moment, I did think my son
Had pass'd away from earth, and that I saw
His happy wandering spirit.
Basil.

This is wild-
Dreamings of Fancy, spectre-circled power
Who holds as strong an empire o'er thy brain
As o'er the young Leontine's. I would learn
Whence comes this wondrous change. It is not well
That I, his friend, who shared in all his grief,
Should not partake his pleasures. Pray you, strive
To win the secret from him.
Andronicus.

No!-for me,
It is enough that I no more behold
The stilluess of despair. -Once more, he lives. -
To force into his secrets,—to intrude
Into his bosom's counsels, were to break
Again the slender links of that light chain
Which binds him to mortality.-Oh, no!
I cannot, and I will not pain my son
By this unhallow'd wondering. -—'Tis enough
That he is mine again.-Some friendly hand
Hath pour'd, perchance, soft balm upon the wound
Of his poor bleeding heart; or, kindlier Heaven
Hath, in its mercy, heal'd the bitter stripes
Its wisdom had inflicted.--He doth love,
And from his boyhood, was his soul entranced
By Nature's majesty; and now he drinks
Deeper of her intoxicating cup
Of love, and is, for his repose, become

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