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Our next extract is of a high Go-glut yourselves with murder, and character. It is a violent and ener rejoice in getic burst of feeling, combining The fall of an old man—of Foscari. pathos with impassioned eloquence. The Doge's wishes for his ungrateIt expresses those sentiments which ful country must be given together we imagine a feeling and sensible with the prison scene. mind would conceive, and a noble and courageous one embody in the
Ghi. Restrain yourself, my father ; do language of indignation. Let it speak An angry thought on men like these;
not cast for itself
they are Doge. Malipiero-peace-'tis vain
Unworthy indignation—they have tri, To strive 'gainst factious voice-it is de
Accomplish'd their great aim-have baGhiacomo must die. Yea, before one
nish'd me; Of those who call themselves the Senate, And may I be an offering, to propitiate had
The private feuds and discords which have Ta'en his seat in this assembly, 'twas
So long in Venice ! My fate is now as They came not here to judge, but to con nothing ; demn
It is for you, my father, that I grieve; They came not here to enquire if he was Leaving you desolate, amongst your eneguilty
mies. They came not here to acquit the inno. Doge. Think not of me, my son my cent
course is over ; They came to slay him !-and with
A few, a very few days more, and I am mockery
gone, Of justice, to gloss o'er their treachery. And sleep with my forefathers--with a
( To Pisani.) For thee, poor wretch! who art the in Of nobles, ever loyal to their country, strument
In thought and deed. Yes, I shall short. Of greater villains, who have led thee on, ly sleep For hope of this world's treasures, to With these who have quitted this rough destroy
scene before me: Thy immortal being—I despise, but pity And then, when hatred 'gainst me shall thee.
have ceas'd, Thou canst not raise a feeling, but con For envy cannot reach the peaceful grave, tempt ;
Some one shall linger at my tomb-and And ye, proud lords of Venice, who have drop done
A tear for the last Foscari. This day a deed, to immortalize your
Enter Julia. names, Which, while a heart can frame a curse Julia. Oh, Ghiacomo ! a tongue
And do I find thee thus ! Give utterance to it shall be handed Ghi. Do not weep, love; down
You find me in a prison ; but I would not To ages after ages to hold up
Exchange this dungeon for the palaces Unto succeeding generations, as
Of those who doom'd me hither this Names of deep execration, which should coarse food, be
For all their splendid banquets.—I am Unspoken-only whisper'd in a breath innocent, Of malediction-only whisper'd when And, in my innocense, have a greater None but the wind can hear them ;-still treasure those winds
Than they can boast of Shall bear them onwards, till the death Julid. And they have banish'd thee! of time,
Is this then the reward of all thy service ? Embracing in them every thing of hatred, Ghi. And yet I thank them, that they Disgust and detestation.
have allow'd "Tis true, that ye are mighty-ye have My Julia to visit me. I am banishid, slain
And I must go a wanderer from my A son-and broke a father's heart-that country, father
My father, and from theeYour prince—that son as innocent as is Julia. And dost thou think The lisping babe, of ought 'gainst loyalty, That I will stay when thou art gone, But go, and glory in your triumph-go, Ghiacomo, And revel in the blood ye pant to spill To carry on existence, loathing life,
(For life's a weary. burden when our To tell the worsthopes
Ghi. "Tis rumour'd, noble Doge, Are perish'd)? No! with thee, Ghiacomo, That the ungrateful senate have intention All toils will be as pleasures ; distant To depose their prince. shores,
Doge. 'Tis well-go on, Ghiotto, Enliven’d with thy presence, will be on whom will their fresh choice fall ? lovely;
Gh. It is said, Will be a new country to me.
Pasqual Malipiero will succeed to - Ghi No, my Julia,
The ducal seat. Thou must remain; thy tender delicate Doge. He is a worthy nobleman, frame
And will in all things strive to promote Cannot sustain the toils and dangers
the good which
Of Venice-I am glad—since I shall be The exile braves; thou must remain and be No longer Doge--that I shall be succeeded A daughter to my father.
By such a man-Yes, I rejoice for thee, Doge. Not for me
My country! be thou blest when I am Shall she remain, my son ; my length. ened life
My actions have been for thee in my life, Draws to its close.
And, in my death, receive my wishes Ghi. Say not so, my father ;
may'st thou The envious tide, which hath destroy'd Continue, as thou hast been, mighty! be my fortunes,
A Queen above the nations ! may no dis. Now sated with the ruin it hath made,
cord Shall stay its headlong course, and thou Disturb thy native peace—but, fear'd and shall live
honour'da Lov'd and respected.
Fear'd by the bad, and honour'd by the Doge. Vain fond dreams, Ghiacomo; virtuous, I know my fate ; 'tis but a few months Still hold on thine uninterrupted course since
Of glory! loyal subjects fill thy stateIt was foretold me, that e'er May moons Subjects who will love thee, even as I Had chang'd in their succession, I should have lov'd thee; be
But not like me rewarded --Fare thee well, A Doge no longer, in my life depriv'd And, if my wish could ought avail, be thou Of my proud station.
(erit. Then go with him, my daughter ; other
We must now hasten to a conclulands, Kinder than that which he hath fought disappointed in his schemes of ambi
sion. But the speech of Sforza, when and bled for, Will give you refuge in a foreign clime.
tion, and imagining his daughter to Unknown, unenvied, ye shall spend your
be dead, must not be lost. days;
Sforza (solus.) And whatsoever your fate, an old man's Sfor. These are thy joys, revenge! blessing
these thy delights, Be with you!
Soaring ambition ! Is this the fulfilment Julia. I must go with you, Ghiacomo, Of the high promises with which ye led me But first my heart pants for its native To my perdition? Yes, ye promis'd that, home;
Amongst the mighty, I should be the I'll visit Milan, if thou wilt consent.
mightiest, Ghi. Thou shall, and I will guard thee And that, when I should be no more, thither!
and this Enter Ghiotto.
Frail earthly form should mingle with the Ghi. Welcome, my dearest friend!
dust Gh. My lord
From whence it rose, still that a lasting Ghi. No more your lord ; I am but now fame, Ghiacomo Foscari ; but that title is Sprung, like the deathless Phænix, fronz More glorious than my enemies can give.
my ashes, Gh. I fled to visit you, and am most Should be my everlasting heritage. happy
Accursed Demons! I have follow'd you At being so permitted
Through the red paths of slaughterGhi. Is there ought
I have been Of business proceeding in the senate ? Your slave, that I might reap the glorious Gh. There there is nothing of import harvest ance, Sir.
Which ye presented to my dazzled view, Doge. I see you are confus’-but do And now it fades away, like the false
That lures the thirsting traveller on to Belov'd and honour'd. death
Fos. Well, I thank them for it. For you I've lost all that was dear to me, Have you seen Pasqual, the new DogeHave burst the ties of nature-sacrific'd Phy. I have, Sir, My daughter-Yes, I have destroy'd I saw him in his way towards the palace. The loveliest piece of innocence that e'er Fes. How did he look, Sir ? Fond nature fashion'dOh, she was to Phy. Sad and melancholy.'
And when he past your former habitation, The source of happiness—she was the He wept. star
Fos. What! did he weep ---Malipiero, Whose serene radiance beam'd upon my Thou hast a noble soul, and thou art heart
worthy And soften'd all my woes—I gaz'd upon To wear the ducal cap--- What said the her
people ? As on a gem of most excelling lustre, Phy. Nothing till they were past, and The richest ornament of my diadem
then some whisper'd But ye, deceiving fiends, stept in between Among themselves-- and then there was
a murmur And dimm'd my sight-Oh, woe un
Of Foscari. speakable !
Fos. Ha---think they of me yet ? I have lost her for ever--and she being Well, Sir, proceedgone
Phy. Then they came What now remains to chain me to this To the ducal palace, where, in full asearth?
sembly, Or rather, do not thousand motives urge They offer'd him the coronet. My quick departure hence? What is death, Fos. And what then ? That I should fear it ? it is but a sleep Phy. Taking it in his hand, he said to A sweet eternal sleep ; 'tis to exist
them, No longer, and to feel no more the pangs
“ Nobles and Senators of Venice, bear Which now torment me; 'tis to rot Witness for me, that I sought not this. to lie
Ye forc'd it on me, for I wish'd it not, In cold inanimation, and to feed
For ye have taken it from a better man." The meanest reptiles Man, oh, mighty And then arose so great a noise, some -man !
crying That rank'st thyself first in the scale im “ Long live Malipiero!” and some few
Murmuring at your deposition, that Of being---wonder of the universe ! He could no more be heard. All this Lord of creation !---Is this, then, thy
was told me doom,
By one of the senators.
Enter an Attendant.
A gentleman who desires to speak with Ye womanish reflections !---be thyself
you. Once more, Ludovico - here end thy woes, Fos. What can he want with me! let And with them end
him come. The interview between the ex
Enter Pasqual Malipiero (now Doge.) piring Doge and his newly-elected
P. M. Excuse me, noble Foscari, for successor, finish the play and our ex
this intrusion. tracts.
Fos. You are my Sovereign, Sir,
and Fos. Do not deceive me, for I feel the so need not hand
Ask an excuse.
I come to ask forgiveness from thee-I And I shall be as nothing.
Have been elected Doge ; yet, Foscari, Phy. Sir, you are
I wish'd it notI am unworthy to fill Too easily dispirited.
The seat so honour'd by thy late doFos. Dispirited! Oh! nom
minion. For I have nought to lose, as I have lost Would that I could restore to thee the All that could sweeten life, and now I power die
Which did so well become thee ! A sweet determination of my woes !
Fos. Wish not so, Phy. See, still you live in all the Malipiero ; thou wilt be to Venice people's hearts,
A better ruler than I could have been ;
For I was old and weak yet I had Which time cannot destroy, nor the rude grown so
force In saving the republic. It was hard, Of hostile elements, that shall remain At such a time, to be quite thrown aside Unquenchable, eternal ; when of those As one no longer useful for the short Who have destroy'd thee, of the country Time which I should have liv'd to fill which that seat,
Thou'st liv'd and died for, not an atom They might have spar'd me; but it was remains not so ;
To tell that they once were. E'en on earth They've shorten'd that short time; but Thou shalt not die. In honour's breath I will not
thou liv'st Speak ought against them, that thou A second life, more lasting than the first, should'st not hear--
Which is now ended---and we soon shall Ought to accuse them. Venice, fare
follow, thee well
And be with thee.---O! may we be like I do forgive them who have been the thee !
cause Cf so much ill to me.-(faints.)
We have now concluded our exI am myself again ; but it is for
tracts from this piece, and doubt not A moment only; fare you well, my that our readers will concur with us friends!
in thinking favourably of its merits. Malipiero, may thy reign be glorious
It certainly is not without faults, but And peaceful! and may'st thou succeed Where I have fail'd !---may Venice, under they are the spots of the sun, un
noticed in the blaze of lustre, which thee, Bloom with a renovated splendour !_ overpowers them. We cannot say
what kind of a production will issue may No ills conspire to blast thy quiet reign!-- from the pen of Lord Byron ; but And may'st thou, for thy services, find if he excels the one of which we gratitude !
-have here given a few specimens, we Say Foscari died a friend to thee---an
will allow that he has done wonders. enerny
The love scenes in this play are beauTo none.
My breath fails me: lay me tiful and simple, and abound in the down.
most touching pathos. The speech My dearest wish is for thee, Venice! my of the Doge in the fourth act is equal
almost to any thing of the kind we For thee, Ghiacomo—my child—my have ever seen, not excepting the dycountry--
ing speech of Faliero, Farewell ! Oh ! -(Dies.)
We hope the author will publish P. M. It is over---that bright spirit, this tragedy. That noble habitant of its earthly dwell
The historical grounds of the ing-place, Is fied for ever. Foscari. I lov'd thee,
piece are but slight. The sentence Admir'd, esteem'd, and honour'd thee. of young Foscari, and the deposition
and subsequent death of the Doge, Where envy shall not follow thee; no are warranted by the history of the
times ; the rest seems merely the Shall haunt the grave, thy narrow dwell- creation of the poet's brain. "It is ing-place,
time, however, to finish our view of Where thy frail form shall slumber. Yes, this piece, which we do with a favourthy body
able impression of the talents of the Shall fall to dust; but thy immortal part, author.
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