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“ Just then was sung his parting hymn;

And Denzil turn'd his eye-balls dim,
And scarcely conscious what he sees,
Follows the horsemen down the Tees,
And scarcely conscious what he hears,
The trumpets tingle in his ears.
O'er the long bridge they're sweeping now,
The van is hid by greenwood bough;
But ere the rearward had pass'd o'er,
Guy Denzil heard and saw no more!
One stroke upon the castle bell,
To Oswald rung his dying knell."

Rokeby, Canto VI. St. 25.

The parting of Hobbie Elliot from his grandmother is not unlike the leave-taking of young Duncraggan :

"Urge me not, mother--not now! He was rushing out, when, looking back, he observed his grandmother make a mute attitude of affliction. He returned hastily, threw himself into her arms, and said, “ Yes, mother, I can say, His will be done, since it will comfort you.' "May He go forth-may He go

forth with you, my dear bairn.''-Black Dwarf, ch. 7,

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“ In haste the stripling to his side

His father's dirk and broad-sword tied;
But when he saw his mother's eye
Watch him in speechless agony,
Back to her opened arms he flew,
Pressed on her lips a fond adieu –
* Alas!' she sobbed, and yet be gone,
And speed thee forth like Duncan's son !'”

Lady of the Lake, Canto III. St. 18.

The description of Sir Halbert Glendinning, in the Ab- .

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bot, corresponds remarkably in some of its circumstances with the well-known portraiture of Marmion':

• There were deep traces of care on those noble features, over which each emotion used formerly to pass, like light clouds across a summer sky. That sky was now, not perhaps clouded, but still and grave like that of a sober autumn evening. The forehead was higher and more • bare than in early youth, and the locks which still clustered thick and dark on the warrior's head, were worn away at the temples, not by age, but by the constant pressure of the steel cap or helmet. His beard, according 'to the fashion of the times, grew short and thick, and was • turned into mustachios on the upper lip, and peaked at the

extremity. The cheek, weather-beaten and embrowned, • had lost the glow of youth, but shewed the vigorous com, ‘plexion of active and confirmed manhood. Halbert Glendinning was, in a word, a knight to ride at a king's right hand, to bear his banner in war, and to be his counsellor ' in time of peace; for his looks expressed the considerate firmness which can resolve wisely and dare boldly.' Abbot, vol. i. ch. 3.


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“ His eye-brow dark, and eye of fire,

Shew'd spirit proud, and prompt to ire;
Yet lines of thought upon his cheek
Did deep design and counsel speak;
His forehead, by his casque worn bare,
His thick moustache, and curly hair,
Coal-black, and grizzled here and there,

But more through toil than age;
His square-turn'a joints, and strength of limb,
Shewed him no carpet-knight so trim,
But in close fight a champion grim,
In camps a leader sage.”

Marmion, Canto I. St. 5.

The turn of thought in the next two passages is precisely the same :

• When they came upon the ground, there sat upon the roots of the old thorn, a figure, as vigorous in his decay as the moss-grown but strong and contorted boughs which 'served him for a canopy. It was old Ochiltree.'-Antiquary, vol. ii. ch. 5.

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The stranger cast a lingering look,

Where easily his eye might reach
The harper on the islet beach,
Reclined against a blighted tree,
As wasted, grey, and worn as he.”

Lady of the Lake, Canto II. St. 4.

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One more parallel, and I will dismiss the article of descriptions:

Tre, my reverend sir," said Sir Halbert; "and there| fore I entreat my brother and you to pledge me in a cup of this orthodox vintage.'

“The thin old porter looked with a wishful glance towards the Abbot. "Do, Veniam,' said the Superior; and the

old man seized, with a trembling hand, a beverage to which she had been long unaccustomed, drained the cup


pro'tracted delight, as if dwelling on the flavour and perfume, • and set it down with a melancholy smile and shake of the head, as if bidding adieu in future to such delicious potations. The brothers smiled.'- Abbot, vol. i. ch. 15.

This picture, though unequal in merit, bears a strong, and, I think, unstudied resemblance to that incomparably spirited and elegant one in the Lay of the Last Minstrel,


« While thus he pour'd the lengthened tale,

The Minstrel's voice began to fail:

Full slyly smiled the observant page,

the withered hand of age
A goblet crowned with mighty wine,
The blood of Velez' scorched vine.
He raised the silver cup on high,
And, while the big drop filled his eye,
Prayed God to bless the Duchess long,
And all who cheered a son of song.
The attending maidens smiled to see
How long, how deep, how zealously,
The precious juice the Minstrel quaff’d;
And he, emboldened by the draught,
Looked gaily back to them and laughed.
The cordial nectar of the bowl
Swelled his old veins, and cheered his soul;
A lighter, livelier prelude ran,
Ere thus his tale again began :-
And said ļ that my

limbs were old ?'-&c." Lay of the Last Minstrel, End of Canto II.

There still remain a few similarities of thought which appear to me worthy your notice, but are so miscellaneous in their nature, that I will not attempt to classify, but cite them indiscriminately as they occur :

“ I claimed of him my only child
As he disowned the theft, he smiled!

calm and callous look,
That fiendish sneer his visage took,
As when he said, in scornful mood,
• There is a gallant in the wood !'”

Rokeby, Canto IV. St. 24.

* And then they stretch out their faces, and make mouths, 6 and girn at me, and whichever way I look, I see a face laughing like Meg Murdockson, when she tauld me I had seen the last of

my wean.

God preserve us, Jeanie, that * carline has a fearsome face.' - Heart of Mid Lothian, vol. ii. ch. 8.

This fiendish smile seems to be strongly fixed in the imagination of both writers as the physiognomical expression of confirmed and cold-blooded villainy. You no doubt remember the sarcastic sneer of Varney, so often mentioned in Kenilworth, which writhed his cheek even in death* : and the same characteristic habit is given to Guy Denzil in the lines of Rokeby just quoted, as well as in other parts of that poemt.

. Both writers usually represent their heroes as brave, yet not wholly insensible to fear; and there is a great similarity in their manner of recording the temporary weakness of a mind habitually courageous when surprised at extraordinary disadvantage. Such is the situation of Brown, concealed by Meg Merrilies on the approach of the smugglers, and without means of defence or retreat:

• Brown was a soldier, and a brave one, but he was also a man, and at this moment his fears mastered his

courage so completely, that the cold drops burst out from every pore.' At the idea of being dragged out of his miserable concealment by wretches whose trade was that of midnight • murder, without weapons or the slightest means of de

fence, the bitterness of his emotions almost choked • him.'-Guy Mannering, vol. i. ch. 6.

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“ Still spoke the Monk, when the bell tolled one!
I tell

that a braver man

• Kenilworth, vol. iii. last chapter. t As, Canto III. St. 19.--VI. 12.

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