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Shipp's (John) Memoirs
345 Some Remarks on Architecture

53
Smith's (Horace) New Forest

74 Stuart's (Sir James) Gleanings from the Portfolio of an Amateur 51

Souther's (Robert) Progress and Prospects of Society

6 Thom's Statues

103, 266

Spineto's (Marquis) Hieroglyphics

143

Souvenir, The Literary

274

THE DRAMA.

Souvenir, The Atlantic

129 Pages 39, 227, 240, 253, 268, 282, 296, 332, 345, 359, 374, 387,

Stapleton's Godesberg Castle

193

401, 415, 412.-Theatrical Gossip in every Number; also App.

Stebbing's (Rev. H.) National Portrait Gallery. Paris I. jl. iii. 13;

pages 27, 29, 33, 35, 37.

Paris V. VI. 307

Stewart's (Thomas) Retirement

193

ORIGINAL POETRY.

Stewart's (Thomas) Epistle from Abelard to Eloisa
193 | A LA STOR, Three Sonnets

83

Stories of Popular Voyages and Travels

51 | ATKINSON, (Tros.) The Rover's Retreat

11

Stories of & Bride

344

Sonnet. The Departed

254

Strachan's (John) Walter and Emma

193

The Burial of the Brave

131

Surenne's (Gabriel) New French Manual

65 AUTHORESS of “ ALOYSE," To Frederick

127

BALFOUR, (ALEX.) A Lament for Culloden

111
Tales of a Brieftess Barrister

380
To a Canary Bird

283
Tales of a Grandfather

105
Sonnet to the Laurel

311
Tales of the Wars of our Times
47 BELL, (HENRY G.) A Letter to my Cousin

55

Talisman, the

129

To Egeria in Absence

69

Teresa Tidy's Maxims

371

Written at Midnight

83

Token, the

199

A Letter from my cousin

110

Tower Menagerie

293

Blossoms

111

Turner's (Sir James) Life and Times

113

Sounet

155

Sonnets, 'ivustrative of an Excursion to

Upham's (Edward) History of the Ottoman Empire

19

Westmoreland

184

Union with Christ

137

Song to Leila

199

Vape's (Lieut.-Gen. Charles) Narrative of the Peninsular War 229

The Bachelor's Complaint

Ventouillac's (L T.) French Librarian

107

Sonnet

212

Vidocq's Memoirs

157

An Extempore to Bessy

270

Villemain's Cours de Litterature Française

312

To Egeria

298

Lines about love, and such-like Nonsense 310

Wallich's (M.) Plantæ Asiaticæ Rariores

382

Edinburgh Revisited

316

Walker's (Rev. J.) Sermons

45
Sonnet to Isabel

361
Wardlaw's (Ralph) Sermons

117
A Day's Shooting

389
Warwick's (W) Life and Remains

292
To a Favourite Actress

403

Waverley Novels, New Edition

119, 320, 384

Stanzas to -

435

Weir's (V.) History of the Town of Greenock

279 BRYDSON, (Thos.) Sonnet

13

White's (late Rev. G.) Natural History of Selborne
189 CHAMBERS, (ROBt.) To Scotland

169
Williams' (Rev. J.) Life of Alexander the Great

*50
Lines to the Bell Rock Light-house

241

Wilson's (W.) Life and Times of Daniel de Foe

352 DANBY, (W.) The Nightmare

155

Wilson's (James) Memoirs

79
EMBURY, (Mrs) The Neglected Wire :

269
Wilson's (G.) Scottish Laverock
307 GERTRUDE, To my Heart

185

Winter's Wreath

306

Wilt thou think of me?

213

Woodbridge's Rudiments of Geography

He loved her for her merry eye

242
To Vivian

284
Youth's Instructor

137
Fragment

311
Stanzas to a Poet

347

MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.

Song

388

To Vivian

388

ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS, BY

The Lost-the Dead !

416

AIRD, (THOMAS)

179 GRAY, (Capt. CHARLES) Song

Authors of the 'ODD VOLUME

270

24 HAMILTON, (Mrs E.) An Invitation to Sir Walter Scott

26

BELL, (HENRY G.)

79, 248, 128 HEMANS, (Mrs) To a Remembered Picture

CARROTHERS, (ROBERT)

10, 423

The Sea-Bird Wandering Inland

CHAMBERS, (ROBERT)

36, 138, 151, 198, 252, 435 HETHERINGTON, (W., M.) On Visiting the Grave of Bessy

CONWAY, (DERWENT)

25, 107, 123, 245, 295, 426 Bell and Mary Gray

360

EDITOR IN HIS SLIPPERS

91, 219, 321

438

The Resting Place of the Dead

GILLESPIK, (DR)

i2, 80, 125, 196, 237, 386, 401, 419 Hogg, (JAMES) A Ballad about Love

375

Hall, (Miks S. C.)

424

The Bards of Britain

127

Hoog, (JAMES)

5i, 207, 295, 121

The New Poetic Mirror-No. I.

199

MALCOLM, (JOHN)

22, 423

The Auld Man's Wife's dead!

212

MEMĖ3, (DK)

422

The New Poetic Mirror-No. II.

297

MOREHEAD, (Rev. Dr).

119

Song

346

NEGRIS, (Alex.)

240, 437

Aughteen Hunder Twenty-nine

432

SUTHERLAND, (ALEX.)

66 KENNEDY, (WILLIAM) Knowledge

TENNANT, (William)

35, 140, 357, 411 MACLAGGAN, (ALEX.) On Visiting the Grave of Burns

360

WEIR, (WILLIAM)
431 | MALCOLM, (John) Stanzas

183, 123
ANONYMOUS COMMUNICATIONS.
MATURIN, Unpublished Poem

ib.
MOORE, (D.) Hannibal on Drinking the Poison

27
Account of my own Life

167
SHELLEY, (PERCY BYSHE) An Incantation Scene

125
Antiquarian Scraps

166

SILLKRY, (CHARLE$ Doyne) Stanzas from Eldred of Erin
Ben Nevis and its adjacent Scenery

280

A Summer Evening Dream 97

Bill for the Suppression of Puppyism

67

On the Death of an Infant

ib.

Charlės James Fox, his Literary Character

250

A Morning Walk

213

Christmas in the West Indies

438

Sonnets

251

Coat, My New

126

Woman

403

German Language, the Importance of the

163

The Last Crusader's Song

437

193

STODDART, (Tuomas) The Infant One

141

Literary and Scientific Societies of Edinburgh

398

To

ib.

Letters from Paris

309, 373
To the Spirit of laste

ib.

Letters from the West

82, 153, 210, 268,

To E. G.

389

Local Institutions for the Encouragement of Useful Knowledge' 308 TENNANT, (William) The Arab and his Beard

241

Music-Braham

310

The Frosty Day

420

News from Rome

239

THOMSON, (JAMES) Hope

389

Outline of a Mechanics Institution for Edinburgh

Watts, (ALARIC A:) To a Lady with a Book of Manuscript

362

Reminiscence of Robert Burns

Poems

81

13

Royal Society

399, 441

Song

ib.

Sketches from the Portfolio of a Traveller

WEIR, (WILLIAM) England at the Close of 1829
100

433
Society of Antiquaries in Scotland

WIFFEN, (J. H.) Stancas for Music

414

13

St Fidan's Spring

52

Babylon (from the Spanish)

212

Tale of the Siege of Namur

Consolation for Bachelors

246

117

Wernerian Society

Lines from the German of Heine

399

Il

Pope Julian

FINE ARTS.

Scotch and English Songs Frenchifed

2 19

69

Sonnet

Affairs of the Scottish Academy

ib.
374 Song of the Cuckoo,

Forest's Statues

266 Things Difficult of Belief (from the Spanish)

Greenshield's Jolly Beggars

375

ib.

Mr Campbell's Statuary

282 LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

Mr Macdonald's Statues

181 Pages 13, 28, 11, 55, 69, 84, 98, 111, 128, 142, 155, 17", 199, 213,

Mr Marshall's Exhibition

266
News of our Edinburgh Artists

228, 255, 270, 291, 298, 311, 353, 317, 361,576, 380, 101,4179

182
Picture Gallery

413; also App. pages 27, 29, 53, 35, 37.
371 | LITERARY ADVERTISEMENTS, Appendix 1, et seq.

183

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“ A Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada," is a title TO OUR READERS.

which very imperfectly explains the nature of the exceedOur readers will perceive, that with our new type, which ingly handsome book before us. On seeing it announced, we this day beg to introduce to their favour, we have made we were unable to make out whether we were to expect a one or two slight alterations and improvements in the get- piece of fiction, a history, or a mixture of both. The mixting up of the LITERARY Journal. These consist princi- ture of both comes nearest the truth. Taking for the basis pally in the rejection of the lines formerly used, by which of his work certain voluminous manuscripts left scattered, means we are enabled to add materially both to the breadth through different convent libraries in Spain, by a monk of and length of our columns, and to give, we think, a lighter thenticity of whose writings, weare, of course, willing to take

the name of Antonio Agapida, (for the existence and auand less monotonous air to our pages. The quarto weekly Mr Irving's word,) he contrives to present us with a wellperiodicals have now very slightly the advantage of us in connected and glowing narrative of the ten years' war, which regard to the quantity of matter they contain, while they commencing in 1748, terminated with the extinction of the have all the disadvantage of being sold at a higher price. Moorish dynasty in Spain. As we have a great deal to say

As to our future literary exertions, we can only say that in favour of this production, it may be as well to pave the we shall proceed as we have begun, anxiously studying to way for our praise, by pointing out in the first place, what make eaeh succeeding number better than its predecessor. we feel to be its defects, although these, we are glad to say, In the critical department, whatever weight may be attach- are not numerous. ed to our judgment, we are resolved that our opinions shall

We have to remark, primo loco, that the “Chronicle"

commences too abruptly. Had Mr Irving favoured us with always be delivered faithfully and impartially; and we trust

a brief historical introduction for the purpose of tracing rathat we have already acquired some character upon this pidly the leading events which had characterized the domiscore. It is, upon all occasions, our most carnest desire to nion of the Moors in Spain, beginning with their memoraavoid falling into so serious an error as that to which Pope ble victory over Roderick, on the banks of the Guadalete, alludes, with his usual precision, in these lines ;

nearly eight hundred years before their final overthrow, “ 'Tis hard to cay, if greater want of skill

and including some short notices of the Ommeyades, the AlAppear in writing, or in judging ill;

moravides, and other illustrious houses, and of the wars But of the two, less dangerous is the offence

they had so frequently carried on against the Christians, he To tire our patience, than mislead our sense."

would have invested his subsequent details with greater inIt is now well known that our JOURNAL enjoys the con- terest than they are at present likely to possess for the getributions of many of the most eminent men of the day; neral reader, who is plunged at once in medias res, though and hoping that what has been already done may serve as in all probability sutħciently ignorant of the political and somne guarantee for what we shall yet do, we have only to civil relations which had previously subsisted between the thank the public for the smiles they have so lavishly bestow-two people. In like manner, our author errs towards the

conclusion of his Chronicle, which ends nearly as abruptly ed upon us, and repeat our assurance that we wish to be as it begins, leaving the reader's curiosity only imperfectly sajudged of not by our promises and intentions, but by our tisfied. Another fault we have to find is, that Mr Irving has deeds.

too easily fallen into the tone of the old Monk Agapida, with

regard to the comparative merit of the Moors and Christ. LITERARY CRITICISM.

ians, whom the Catholic chronicler of course viewed in

very different lights, invariably undervaluing the Moors, A Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada. From the and servilely extolling the worshippers of the cross. Mr

MSS. of Fray Antonio Agapida. By Washington Irving, who affects to be indebted to Agapida only for Irving. In two volumes. London. John Murray. his facts, ought to have been cautious of introducing in1829. 8vo, pp. 407 and 421.

to his own narrative, the prejudices of a party writer Washington Irving's reputation in this country de- In the war, whose incidents he describes

, the Moors pends on his “ Sketch Book.” Neither his “ Tales of a

were, in point of fact, the injured people, for a kingdom Traveller," nor his “ Life of Columbus," have met with and country were wrested from them, to which conquest nearly so much success. There is a great deal of merit, originally, and subsequent possession for many generahowever, though of different kinds, in both these works. tions, had confirmed their title. They were, besides, an Irving is not a very powerful or original thinker; but he heroic and noble-minded race ; and it is well known possesses, to perfection, the art of expressing winning senti- that their progress in civilization, aided as that had been ments in graceful and elegant language. He has cultivated by the reminiscences of their Eastern descent, was more his taste in composition with almost Addisonian nicety; rapid and efficient than that of their Spanish neighand he sails over the summer sea of prose rejoicing in the bours. We do not therefore like to think that a “ Chronicle soft breezes that follow his track. "Like his prototype, of Granada” should deny to its most distinguished possesshe perhaps sacrifices too much to the Graces ; yet he is so ors, the praise so justly due to them. One other objection, fall of refinement and polish, that it is not difficult to and we have done. There is a little too much monotony forgive him for being less masculine and nervous. especially in the first volume, in the perpetual successit

of forays, and rencounters, and petty engagements, and small the Holy Land;"-" How Queen Isabella took a view of military expeditions, which it describes. Some of these are the City of Granada, and how her curiosity cost the lives highly interesting and full of romance, and as the work of many Christians and Moors ;" &c. &c, proceeds the operations become more important; but we It would not be difficult to select numerous passages, cannot help regretting that the narrative is not more fre- each more interesting, and displaying finer powers of quently relieved by incidents which would have broken in writing, than the other; but we shall content ourselves upon the interminable series of skirmishes, sieges, and with only two or three, leaving the reader to enjoy the battles, and which, in the glimpses they might have pre- rest of the work at his own best leisure. Chapter XVII. sented of the domestic manners of the times, would have begins in the following simple and beautiful manner :afforded a profitable and agreeable variety. Mr Irving

« The sentinels looked out from the watch-towers of might easily have availed himself of the facilities afforded by his present residence in Spain, to achieve this additional Loxa, along the valley of the Xenil, which passes through

the mountains of Algaringo. They looked to behold the object.

As a whole, however, we have been very much charm- king returning in triumph, at the head of his shining ed with this work. The subject is a remarkably happy to behold the standard of their warlike idol, the fierce Ali

host, laden with the spoil of the unbeliever. They looked one; and its execution is worthy of the best days of chi- Aten, borne by the chivalry of Loxa, ever foremost in the valry. The Moors, who, in the time of their greatest

wars of the border. glory, reigned masters over all Spain, had, in the decay

“In the evening of the 21st of April, they descried a of their power, gradually been deprived of territory after territory, till the kingdom of Granada alone remained. single horseman, urging his faltering steed along the banks

of the river. As he drew near, they perceived, by the It remained, however, powerful and flourishing, and

flash of arms, that he was a warrior ; and, on nearer apthere was not a Moor who did not feel towards it as a father who has lost all his children save one, and who proach, by the richness of his armour, and the caparison heaps upon the survivor the whole affections of his heart. of his steed, they knew him to be a warrior of rank. He And Granada was worthy of a patriot's love, with the vered with foam and dust and blood, panting and stagger

reached Loxa faint and aghast ; his Arabian courser cotideless Mediterranean on its shores, with its green hills

Having and majestic sierras, with its deep, rich, and verdant val- ing with fatigue, and gashed with wounds. leys, with its cities and their alhambras, and with an air brought his master in safety, he sunk down and died be so pure, and sky so serene, that the Moors believed the fore the gate of the city. The soldiers at the gate gathered paradise of their prophet to be situated in that part of the round the cavalier, as he stood, mute and melancholy, by

his expiring steed. They knew him to be the gallant heaven which overhung their kingdom. When, therefore, the ambition of Ferdinand and Isabella, who had Cidi Caleb, nephew of the chief alfaqui of the Albaycen united under one sceptre, the kingdoms of Castile, Leon, cavalier thus alone, haggard and dejected, their hearts were

of Granada. When the people of Loxa beheld this noble and Arragon, directed its attention to the conquest of Granada, it was no marvel that one of the fiercest and how fares it with the king and army?' He cast his

filled with fearful ferebodings. • Cavalier,' said they, most anxiously contested wars took place that ever depo- hand mournfully towards the land of the Christians. pulated a country ;—it was no marvel that every inch of ground was disputed, and that the Spaniards, animated fallen upon them! all are lost ! all dead!' Upon this

* There they lie ! exclaimed he: “ The heavens have by a desire to drive the infidels finally and for ever out of there was a great cry of consternation among the people, Spain, and the Mahometans, no less desirous of preser- and loud wailings of women ; for the flower of the youth ving a country and a name in Europe, should perform of Loxa were with the army. An old Moorish soldier, such prodigies of valour as had rarely been equalled, and scarred in many a border battle, stood leaning on his lance have never been surpassed. These are the deeds which Mr Irving undertakes to recount, and he does so in a

by the gateway. • Where is Ali Atar ?' demanded style such as becomes the author of the “ Sketch Book,"| "I saw his turban cloven by the Christian sword,' re

he eagerly— If he still live, the army cannot be lost!' -flowing, graceful, and picturesque. In the year 1478, a Spanish cavalier was dispatched When the soldier heard these words, he smote his breast,

plied Cidi Caleb. His body is floating in the Xenil.' by Ferdinand to the court of the Moorish sovereign, and threw dust upon his head; for he was an old follower Muley Aben Hassan, to demand the tribute which it had

of Ali Atar, The noble Cidi Caleb gave himself no rebeen customary for his father to pay, but which the son had allowed to fall into arrear.

When the Spaniard de pose; but, mounting another steed, hastened to carry the livered his message, a haughty and bitter smile curled the

disastrous tidings to Granada. As he passed through the lip of the fierce monarch. “ Tell your sovereign,” said

villages and hamlets, he spread sorrow around; for their he, “ that the

kings of Granada, who used to pay tribute chosen men had followed the king to the wars. in money to the Castilian crown, are dead. Our mint atced the loss of the king and army, a voice of horror went

“ When he entered the gates of Granada, and announpresent coins nothing but blades of cimeters and heads of lances.” The defiance thus boldly thrown down was the

throughout the city. immediate prelude to the war of ten years. It is impos

“ • Beautiful Granada !' they exclaimed, how is thy sible for us to attempt following that war through all its glory faded! The vivanambla no longer echoes to the various fortunes and chivalrous exploits; but a few of the tramp of steed and sound of trumpet ; no longer is it titles to the different chapters, which are given in the prowess in the tourney and the festal tilt of reeds. Alas!

crowded with the youthful nobles, eager to display their quaint style of the old Spanish writers, will afford our readers some notion of the nature of the contents. We

the flower of thy chivalry lies low in a foreign land! The meet with many such headings as these : -" How the soft note of the lute is no longer heard in thy mournful Moor determined to strike the first blow in the war ;"

streets, the lively castanet is silent upon thy hills, and “How the people of Granada were affected on hearing of the graceful dance of the zambra is no more seen beneath the capture of Alhama, and how the Moorish king sal thy bowers ! Behold, the Alhambra is forlorn and deso lied forth to regain it;"—" How the Count de Cabra perfumes into its silken chambers ; in vain does the night

late! In vain do the orange and myrtle breathe their sallied forth from his castle in quest of King Boabdil;” ingale sing within its groves ; in vain are its marble halls

“ Of the high and ceremonious reception at court of refreshed by the sound of fountains and the gush of limthe Count de Cabra and the Alcayde de los Donzeles;"Foray of Christian knights into the territories of the

pid rills ! Alas! the countenance of the king no longer Moors ;”—“ How Hamet el Zegri sallied forth with the shines within those halls; the light of the Alhambra is sacred banner to attack the Christian camp;"_" How

set for ever!'"-Vol. i. pp. 163-9. two friars arrived at the camp, and how they came from Our next extract is of a more spirit-stirring kind :

THE FATE OF THE MOORISHI CAVALIER.

ance.

for the queen.

THE DARING EXPLOITS OF A MOORISH AND A CHRISTIAN and cimeters, and defying them to single combat, which CAVALIER.

they found themselves most unwillingly obliged to de“ When the Moorish knights beheld that all courteous cline. The “ Chronicle" then proceeds thus :challenges were unavailing, they sought various means to provoke the Christian warriors to the field. Sometimes a body of them, fleetly mounted, would gallop up to the “ While this grim and reluctant tranquillity prevailed skirts of the camp, and try who should hurl his lance far- along the Christian line, there rose a mingled shout and thest within the barriers ; leaving his name inscribed on sound of laughter near the gate of the city. A Moorish it, or a label affixed to it, containing some taunting defi- horseman, armed at all points, issued forth, followed by

These bravadoes caused great irritation; but still a rabble, who drew back as he approached the scene of the Spanish warriors were restrained by the prohibition danger. The Moor was more robust and brawny than of the king.

was common with his countrymen. His visor was closed; Among the Moorish cavaliers was one named Tarfe, he bore a large buckler and ponderous lance; his cimeter renowned for his great strength and daring spirit, but was of a Damascus blade, and his richly ornamented daywhose courage partook of fierce audacity rather than chi-ger was wrought by an artificer of Fez. He was known valric heroism. In one of these sallies, when they were by his device to be Tarfe, the most insolent, yet valiant, skirting the Christian camp, this arrogant Moor outstrip of the Moslem warriors; the same who had hurled into ped his companions, overleaped the barriers, and, gallop- the royal camp his lance, inscribed to the queen. As he ing close to the royal quarters, launched his lance so far rode slowly along, in front of the army, his very steed, within, that it remained quivering in the earth, close by prancing with fiery eye and distended nostril, seemed to the pavilions of the sovereigns. The royal guards rush- breathe defiance to the Christians. But what were the ed forth in pursuit; but the Moorish horsemen were al- feelings of the Spanish cavaliers, when they beheld, tied ready beyond the camp, and scouring in a cloud of dust to the tail of his steed, and dragged in the dust, the very for the city. Upon wresting the lance from the earth, a inscription, Ave Maria, which Fernando Perez del Pullabel was found upon it, importing, that it was intended gar had afixed to the door of the mosque! A burst of

horror and indignation broke forth from the army. FerNothing could equal the indignation of the Christian nando del Pulgar was not at hand to maintain his prewarriors at the insolence of the bravado, when they heard vious achievement, but one of his young companions in to whom the discourteous insult was offered. Fernando arms, Garcilasso de la Vega by name, putting spurs to Perez del Pulgar, surnamed “ he of the exploits,' was his horse, galloped to the hamlet of Zubia, threw himself present, and resolved not to be outbraved by this daring on his knees before the king, and besought permission to inidel. Who will stand by me,' said he, in an enter- accept the defiance of this insolent intidel, and to revenge prise of desperate peril ?' The Christian cavaliers well the insult offered to our blessed Lady. The request was knew the hair-brained valour of Del Pulgar; yet not one too pious to be refused ; Garcilasso remounted his steed; hesitated to step forward. He chose fifteen companions, he closed his helmet, graced by four sable plumes; grasp. all men of powerful arm and dauntless heart." In the ed his buckler, of Flemish workmanship, and his lance, dead of the night he led them forth from the camp, and of matchless temper, and defied the haughty Moor in the approached the city cautiously, until he arrived at a post-midst of his career. A combat took place, in view of the ern gate, which opened upon the Darro, and was guard- two armies, and of the Castilian court. The Moor was ed by foot soldiers. The guards, little thinking of such powerful in wielding his weapons, and dexterous in an unwonted and partial attack, were for the most part managing his steed. He was of larger frame than Garasleep. The gate was forced, and a confused and chance- cilasso, and more completely armed ; and the Christians medley skirmish ensued. Fernando del Pulgar stopped trembled for their champion. The shock of their ennot to take part in the affray. Putting spurs to his counter was dreadful ; their lances were shivered, and horse, he galloped furiously through the streets, striking sent up splinters in the air. Garcilasso was thrown back fire out of the stones at every bound. Arrived at the in his saddle, and his horse made a wide career before he principal mosque, he sprang from his horse, and, kneel- could recover his position, gather up the reins, and return ing at the portal, took possession of the edifice as a Chris- to the conflict. They now encountered each other with tian chapel, dedicating it to the blessed Virgin. In tes- swords. The Moor circled round his opponent as a hawk timony of the ceremony, he took a tablet, which he haul circles when about to make a swoop; his Arabian steed brought with him, on which was inscribed in large let- obeyed his rider with matchless quickness ; at every attack

Ave Maria,' and nailed it to the door of the of the infidel, it seemed as if the Christian knight must mosque with his dagger. This done, he remounted his sink beneath his flashing cimeter. But if Garcilasso steed, and galloped back to the gate. The alarm had was inferior to him in power, he was superior in agility; been given ; the city was in an uproar; soldiers were ga- many of his blows he parried, others he received on his thering from every direction. They were astonished at Flemish buckler, which was proof against the Damascus Seeing a Christian warrior speeding from the interior of blade. The blood streamed from numerous wounds, rethe city. Fernando del Pulgar, overturning some, and ceived by either warrior. The Moor, seeing his anta. cutting down others, rejoined his companions, who still gonist exhausted, availed himself of his superior force ; maintained possession of the gate, by dint of hard fight- and, grappling, endeavoured to wrest him from his sading, and they all made good their retreat to the camp. dle. They both fell to the earth; the Moor placed his The Moors were at a loss to conjecture the meaning of knee on the breast of his victim, and, brandishing his this wild and apparently fruitless assault; but great was dagger, aimed a blow at his throat. A cry of despair their exasperation, when, on the following day, they dis- was uttered by the Christian warriors, when suddenly covered the trophy of hardihood and prowess, the Ave they beheld the Moor rolling lifeless in the dust! GarMaria

, thus elevated in the very centre of the city. The cilasso had shortened his sword, and, as his adversary mosque, thus boldly sanctified by Fernando del Pulgar, raised his arm to strike, had pierced him to the heart. was eventually, after the capture of Granada, convertedIt was a singular and miraculous victory,' says Fray into a cathedral.”_ Vol. ii. pp. 327-30.

Antonio Agapida ; ' but the Christian knight was armed The matter did not end here. Shortly afterwards, by the sacred nature of his cause, and the holy Virgin Isabella rode out from the camp to take a nearer view of gave him

strength, like another David, to slay this giganthe town of Granada.

She was attended by a retinue of tic champion of the Gentiles.'”– Vol. ii. pp. 335-38. knights, who had the strictest orders not to leave her side We have room for only one extract more. It describes, under any circumstances.

Many Moorish horsemen in moving and eloquent terms, the departure of Boabdil, came galloping towards them, brandishing their lances the last Moorish King of Granada, together with his fa

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the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland ; Selected he was never again to revisit:

from the Records of that Court, and from Original

Ma“ It was a night of doleful lamentings within the walls nuscripts preserved in the General Register House, Edin. of the Alhambra, for the household of Boabdil were prepa- burgh. By Robert Pitcairn, W.S. Part I., from the ring to take a last farewell of that delightful abode. All the commencement of the reign of King James VI., to royal treasures, and the most precious effects of the Alham- July 22, 1590. Edinburgh: published by William bra, were hastily packed upon mules; the beautiful apart- Tait, and by John Stevenson. London : by Longman, ments were despoiled, with tears and ailings, by their own Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, and by John Cochinhabitants. Before the dawn of day, a mournful cavalcade

1829. moved obscurely out of a postern gate of the Alhambra, and

There are two very different classes of readers who departed through one of the most retired quarters of the find pleasure in perusing the records of a criminal court. city. It was composed of the family of the unfortunate The mere lover of the interesting or the horrible, who Boabdil, whom he sent off thus privately that they might

runs over their contents as he would the Mysteries of not be exposed to the eyes of scoffers, or the exultation of Udolpho, looks merely to the tale, the truth or falsehood the enemy. The mother of Boabdil

, the Sultana Ayxa la of which it is the object of the proceedings to elicit, and Horra, rode on in silence, with dejected yet dignified de his pleasure is derived from the shuddering interest all meanour ; but his wife, Zorayma, and all the females of his feel in the story of fierce passion and crime, heightened household, gave way to loud lamentations, as they gave a occasionally, and rendered more piquant, by the naive last look to their favourite abode, now a mass of gloomy manner in which a witness may deliver his evidence. towers behind them. They were attended by the ancient The student of man and society, however, finds in such domestics of the household, and by a small guard of veteran pages a wide field for deep reflection. The very forms Moors, loyally attached to the fallen monarch, and who of judicial procedure—the mere abstract canvassing of would have sold their lives dearly in defence of his family. points of law, interest him; for, in following them out The city was yet buried in sleep, as they passed through its through a lapse of years, he sees how the principles of silent streets. The guards at the gate shed tears as they justice, at first vaguely conceived, become more and more opened it for their departure. They tarried not, but pro- distinctly apprehended; how gradually a comprehensive ceeded along the banks of the Xenil, on the road that leads to and consistent system emerges out of a few apparently the Alpuxarias, until they arrived at a hamlet, at some dis unconnected rules; and how long practice gives fitness tance from the city, where they halted, and waited until and efficiency to the institutions for enforcing law. In they should be joined by King Boabdil.

the deeds which are submitted to the investigation of the “ Having rejoined his family, Boabdil set forward with court, in the bearing of the perpetrators, nay, in the mana heavy heart for his allotted residence, in the valley of ner in which the witnesses, subject to bias and misapprePorchena. At two leagues distance, the cavalcade, wind- hension, vary and perplex the tale, he learns to know the ing into the skirts of the Alpuxarias, ascended an emi- human heart in all its waywardness. It is this that nence commanding the last view of Granada. As they makes the law of a nation, and particularly that part of arrived at this spot, the Moors paused involuntarily, to its law which takes cognizance of crime, one of the most take a farewell gaze at their beloved city, which a few instructive chapters in its history. steps more would shut from their sight for ever. Never The present number of the work, the name of which had it appeared so lovely in their eyes. The sunshine, so we have transcribed above, will be found possessed of combright in that transparent elimate, lighted up each tower paratively few attractions for the former class of readers. and minaret, and rested gloriously upon the crowning It is more likely to be rightly appreciated by the latter, battlements of the Alhambra ; while the vega spread its who, devoted to historical research, and the study of human enamelled bosom of verdure below, glistening with the nature, know how to value every piece of additional ausilver windings of the Xenil. The Moorish cavaliers thentic information, completing with it the knowledge of gazed with a silent agony of tenderness and grief upon

some point which they had already acquired, or storing it that delicious abode, the scene of their loves and pleasures. up, broken and fragmentary as it is, in the hope, at some While they yet looked, a light cloud of smoke burst forth future period, to be able to reunite it to the mass from from the citadel ; and presently a peal of artillery, faintly which it has been shivered. Even to this class, the heard, told that the city was taken possession of, and the work may possibly not yet appear so valuable as it will throne of the Moslem kings was lost forever. The heart hereafter prove, when eked out by the selections from the of Boabdil, softened by misfortunes, and overcharged with earlier part of the records, which we are told, in the Progrief, could no longer contain itself,- Allah achbar! spectus, are to follow. God is great !' said he ; but the words of resignation died Part I. contains the proceedings before the Court of upon his lips, and he burst into a flood of tears.”— Vol. Justiciary in Scotland, during the stormy period which ii. p. 372.

intervened between the accession of James VI. to the

Scottish throne, and his return from Denmark with his This hill, from which Boabdil looked back, for the last Queen in 1590. We must confess that we have not retime, on fair 'Granada, is still known in Spain by the ceived so much information respecting the principles of law poetical name of El ultimo suspiro del Moro, or “ the last which dictated the decisions of the Court, or respecting sigh of the Moor.”

the forms which it observed, as we had anticipated. We To those who love to dwell on all that is brilliant and

are not quite certain whether the Editor be altogether chivalrous, and to whom the glories of the old days pre- free of blame for this. It is true, as he tells us in the sent a theme for rich and splendid thought,—to those preface, that the “ Books of Adjournal” must have been who love to study the romance of real life, and to forget very carelessly kept during the period which it emtheir own misfortunes in the far more startling reverses braces ; that the proceedings are often recorded“ in a with which the men of forgotten generations were fami

very brief and unsatisfactory manner;" and that, in liarized,—to those who love to see the tedious details of many instances, the minute books alone have been prehistory woven into a narrative, which, in many respects, served. It is likewise true, that there is strong ground rivals in interest the most cunningly devised fable, we of suspicion, that in some instances portions of the Reheartily recommend Washington Irving's “ Chronicle of cord have been suppressed by one or other of the prevailthe Conquest of Granada."

ing factions. At the same time he confesses, that along with the minute books,“ the dittays, evidence of witnesses, and other productions," have been preserved. It

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