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IPHIGENIA AT TAURIS. she has sent us TEN THOUSAND subscribers.
A DRAMATIC POEM. We are almost ready to resolve that we will have this number if we have to go through the land, a second Peter the Hermit. Come then, ye (Translated from the German of Goëthé.) sons of the South, who love your own land, and ye sons of the North, who wish a bond of union with
The Grecian host, destined for the destruction of Troy,
was assembled at Aulis. All was now ready and each Gre. your brethren—who wish to reciprocate that gene- cian bosom burned to avenge the injured Helen. There lay rous patronage which your every effort receives the ships freighted with heros and all the munitions of war; from us ;-Come and enroll your names in behalf but in vain they waited for propitious wind3. Agamemnon, of the Messenger. To you, most generous and King of Men,” the commander of this mighty host, had steady Patrons, we owe unbounded thanks, and killed the favorite stag of Diana, and the Goddess, in disshall strive, unremittingly, to requite you for your pleasure, allowed “not one favoring breeze to swell his
flauging sails." favors, by sending you a work worthy of yourselves.
Calchas “disclosed the fates" and demanded the costly To effect this, let none be Patrons in name only- sacrifice of Iphigenia, Agamemnon's cherished daughter, but all in deed and in truth. Let every friend en- to appease “ the Queen dispensing light.” The father's list his friends; every gifted pen pour fourth its love hardly yields to the Greek's devotion; but the wiley treasures and all unite to rear a monument of talent Ulysses is sent to lure the dedicated victim and her mother
to the camp, under the pretence of marrying Iphigenia to worthy of the Fathers we have buried, of the land the Great Achilles. The hour arrives, the Altar is prewhich they left us, of the privileges we possess pared and the victim, now willing, is ready to die; but and the destiny that awaits us.
Diana ransoms the maiden, and enshrouding her in a cloud, At this season of Christmas Gifts and New Year bears her away to Tauris, in the present Crimea, and Presents, it may be expected that we should offer makes her priestess of her Temple there. What happened
there the play will best unfold. you something more substantial than sentiment, or
Euripides, in his works, has celebrated Iphigenia both exhortation. Alas! alas !! we have neither“Mys- at Aulis and at Tauris. The German poet has represented teries of Paris," Newspaper " Annuals," nor any some incidents differently from him. The name of the other unrivalled “Premiums," to offer you. A author of the following translation would give it weight; cordial greeting and our Messenger's stores--our
but we must confine ourselves to saying, that it has been “heart and lute”—are all we can give you. Oh!
highly approved by a German scholar and by an excellent
judge of its English Dress.-Ed. Mess. ye grown up children, will not these suffice? If not, then sincerely do we hope, that St. Nicholas
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. has well filled your hanging socks with sugar plums Iphigenia, Priestess of the Temple of Diana at Tauris and and fire-crackers. But ye, whose devotion did not
Daughter of Agamemnon. propitiate the bountiful Nicholas, be not disconso- Thoas, King of Tauris. late ; for your fond mothers have, or will, no doubt, Arcas, his Minister. award you the portion of that “big boy,"
Orestes, Brother of Iphigenia. “ Little Jack Horner,
Pylades, his friend.
SCENE.-The grove before Diana's Temple.
Eating his Christmas pie.”
ACT I.-SCENE 1. will astonish you by our generosity. Then,“ dear
Iphigenia alone. friends, sweet friends," if you will only turn over Through your deep shades, ye high and waving summits, a new leaf with us, what will we not do for you ?
of this old consecrated leafy grove, Yes, yes, we must be liberal. We will give you I move, e'en now, with shuddering emotion,
As in Diana's silent sanctuary, free permission to read the Messenger through— As if I ne'er before bad i rod your mazes ; and-and-to pay for it. Nor shall your precious Nor does my soul yet find itself at home. privileges end here ; for, in the best faith, we pro- So many years have I been here concealed mise to renew this “charter of
"By that high will, io which I meekly bow; your
Liberties" when, with the blessing of Heaven, we come to For ah! From all I love the sea divides me,
And yet, as at the first, I am a stranger. celebrate the birth-day of another year. Till then, And, standing on the shore the live long day, Joy, Peace and Truth attend your steps.
My yearning spirit, o'er the watery waste,
Their sullen, hoarse, unsympathizing voice.
Must mourn in solitude life's dearest joys To read with profit is of care ; but to write aptly is of Dashed from his lip. His thronging thoughts still roam practice.
Back to his Father's halls, back to the scenes, To be accurate, write ; to remember, write ; to know thine Where first the fair Sun to his eye disclosed own mind, write.
The face of Heaven ; where the sports of childhood,
The silken lands that heart to heart unite.
Arcas. Still so unhappy! Pardon my presumption ! I do not quarrel with the Gods. But ah!
Is it not rather that thou art ungrateful? The lot of Woman is indeed most sad.
Iphigenia. Thanks you have always. la Pezee mun gorerns, and in War commands;
Aye, but not the thanks In stranger lands, his hand still guards his head.
That recompense the benefit ; the look
That speaks a heart content in grateful love.
Placed thee a Priestess in this holy fane,
Thoas received thee, as a gift from Heaven,
With reverence and love. To thee this shore
So full of horror. For what stranger else
Had entered our realm, who did not bleed Add Hash to own with what reluctant service
At Dian's altar, a devoted victim Isal on tbee, ob Goddess ! thee to whom
According to time-consecrated custom. I ove my life; to whom that life should be,
Iphigenia. Breath is not life; and what a lise is this, With free unforced devotion dedicated.
Chained to this holy spot, as if a ghost Yet have I trusted, and I still do trust
Were doomed around its.grave ever to wander. In thee, Diana, who, in thy soft arms,
Is this a lise conscious of life and joy, And to thy holy bosom didst embrace
Whose every hour dreamed fruitlessly away, The disowned daughter of the King of men.
Can but prepare the soul for that grey twilight, Dauzbter of Jove, if thou the illustrious man
Which, on the shores of Lethe, the sad host Be thee afflicted for his victim child,
Of parted spirits celelirate in draughts I thoa ibe God-like Agamemnon, who
Of deep oblivion,-even of themselves ? The darling of his heart brought to thine altar,
A useless life is but an early death : Hast led in glory from Troy's prostrate walls
And such is Woman's fate-such most is mine. Back to bis faiberland; bis treasures there,
Arcas. The noble pride that sees not its own merit Wife-son-and daughter, all preserved by thee,
I pardon but lament it ; for it robs thee 05! give me too at last to those I love;
Of what thou prizest most, and well hast purchased. Me, w born from Death already thou hast saved,
Thou hast done nothing here, since thine arrival!!! Sare from the living Death I suffer here.
Who then has cheered the troubled soul of Thoas ?
The old and barbarous custom held in check,
Which cruelly fore-doomed the hapless stranger
To bleed a victim'on Diana's altar,
And often has sent back from certain death Areas. Greeting and hail to great Diana's Priestess
The ransomed captives to their native land? The King by me hath sent. Tauris today
Whose winning prayer has soothed the injured Goddess, For new and wondrous victories gives thanks
That she, without displeasure, sees her Temple To ber protecting Goddess; and the King,
Robbed of its victims, and still leads us on Fotowed by his triumphant host, approaches.
To victory and triumph? Who but thou lprigenia
. We are prepared to give them fit reception ; Has sostened the stern spirit of the King, Aza great Diana now the welcome offering
Who, wise and brave, our councils and our arms
Directs, that lightly sits the yoke of duty, smile,
The infection of thy mildness? Is this nothing? Os' holy virgin, also clear and bright,
This to be useless ? When thy very being How happy were the omen. Secret grief
Sheds balm on thousands ? When the Gods have made Sti'l preys upon thy heart; and still in vain
thee For years we're listened for one trustful word.
A source of comfort to the happy people Tral self-same look, I still, with shuddering awe,
To whom they kindly gave thee, and a refuge Have seen, since first I saw thee in this place,
To the lorn stranger on this deadly shore,
Where, but for thee, his doom were sealed.
Arcas. But is it just to undervalue merit,
"Twere surely better so ble's first dawn, while yet the unpractised heart Than rate ourselves too highly. Is adly conscious of the tie that binds
Both are wrong; To Failer, Mother, Kindred; while the scions,
The Proud, who scorns applause when justly due : Tout cluster round the root of the old stem,
The Vain, greedy of praise, who asks too much. First Heaven-ward begin to strive ;. Oh! then
Believe and listen to the words of one A dirse seized on me, and, with iron grasp,
Sincerely-faithfully devoted to thee. Sanderog that tie, bore me from all I loved.
Should the King speak with thee to-day, take kindly Tu perished Youth's best joys; then withering shrunk What he intends to say. The had of promise. Rescued from the grave,
Your words tho' kind What am I, but a shadow to myself,
Distress me. Often and with pain have 1 Where in no flush of joy again can bloom.
Evaded bis proposal.
Yet bethink thee
Iphigenia. Must I accelerate what threatens me?
Most dreadful. Arcas. Then for his love at least give confidence. Iphigenia. Let him first free my soul from fear. Arcas.
But why Dost thou from him thy origin conceal?
Iphigenia. It is, that secresy becomes a Priestess.
Arcas. Nothing should be a secret from the King;
Does he then cherish
So it almost seems,
Fear not that.
Iphigenia. Tell me what else thou knowest.
Learn it from him.
Enough for ine
Iphigenia. Too much ihou offerest to one unknown,
Thoas. And is it right, from me as from a Peasant,
If I concealed,
Thoas. Whate'er the counsels of the Gods decree
Iphigenia. Thy bounty wins the blessing, not thy guest.
Thoas. Bounty to crime is never thus requited.
I see not How I can follow this true friend's advice. But gladly I obey the voice of duty ; And, for his many favors, to the King A kind word will I give. Oh! that I could Tell him with truth that which would please him best.
The Goddess, who to me delivered thee,
In joint authority the subject State. And to ber nod I still submit my will.
But short their concord. For Thyestes soon Le but occasion offer to return
His brother's bed dishonors, and is driven To home and friends, that moment thou art free.
An exile from his throne. But long before, Bar iš the bomeward path be barred forever,
Full of malignant purpose, he had stolen Toy friends expelled, or crushed by huge misfortune, A Son from Atreus, and the petted boy Thea, by more laws than one, I claim thee mine.
Had brought up as his own. He fills his mind Speak then. Thou knowest me faithful to my word. With evil passions, frenzy and revenge, Iphigenia. Unwillingly my tongue resumes its freedom and sends him lo the royal court to murder, From long accustomed bondage, to reveal
In him he deems his uncle, his own father. The deep bid secret, which, when once disclosed,
His purpose is discovered; and the youth To the heart's sanctuary never more
Dies by his father's sentence, as the son Retums for refuge; but becomes henceforth
And murderous agent of a hated brother. The poteni minister of good or ill,
Too late the truth is known, that his own Son, E'en as the Gods decree. Know then my lineage.
Before his drunken eyes, had died in torture. Tis from the race of Tantalus I spring.
Deep in his breast he locks the purposed vengeance
And calmly meditates an unheard deed. Thos. A word of Power! And yet thou speakest it
He seems composed-indifferent-reconciled, calmly.
And lures his brother back into his kingdom Was be tby ancestor, whom all the world
With his two sons. The boys he seizes-murders, Krew as the man much favored by the Gods?
And to the father's table serves them up, That Tantalus, whom, of old, to his high councils
Disgustful, horrid food! Thyestes, gorged And to his table, Jove himself invited:
With his own flesh, is seized with boding gloom; He, in whose time-earned wisdom and experience,
Asks for his children, listens for their step, ['tered in words oracular, the Gods
And thinks he hears their prattling at the door,
When to his shrinking eye Atreus displays lphigenic. 'Tis the same. But Gods should not The visage grim in death, and severed limbs Converse with men, as with their equals hold.
Of either victim. Shuddering, thy face, The mortal race, too weak to bear such honor,
Oh King! thou turnest away. And so the Sun Grows dizzy with the unaccristomed height.
His countenance averted, and his chariot He was not base; and he was not a Traitor.
Turned from the eternal deep-worn track aside. Too great to be a servant, yet being Man,
Such are the Fathers of thy Priestess-such He was no fit companion for the thunderer.
Their doom. What else their wicked hearts have prompted His crime was human, but severe his doom,
Night's heavy pinions hide, and but reveal
The dreadful twilight.
Let them rest in silence. Sull tears the hatred of the Gods.
Enough of horrors. Say now, by what wonder Thous.
But bears it
Thou from this savage race hast sprung. Orly ancestral guilt? None of its own.
In him, through life, I may presume to say it,
I've seen the model of a perfect man.
And rest, so long denied the house of Tantalus,
At length enjoyed. But to a father's wish Pelops, the strong of will, the mucb-loved Son
A son was wanting. Soon that wish was granted, Of 'Tantalas, the beauteous Hippodamia
And now between two sisters young Orestes Daughter of nomaus to his bed
Grew up the joy of all; when new misfortune, By treacherous murder won. She to his love
Prepared already, burst upon our house. Two ebildren, Atreus and Tbyestes, bore.
Fame to your ears has brought the sound of War, Tiese saw with envy that their father's heart
Which, to avenge the wrong of one fair woman, Cang to an elder son, the first born fruit
With all the powers of the Kings of Greece Of bis first love. Hatred to him uniles them.
The walls of Troy beleaguered. Whether they A brother's blood, in secret shed, first stains
The conquest have achieved, and their revenge Their bands. Suspicion on their mother falls.
Appeased I know not. All the host of Greece Pelops of her demands bis son, and she
My Father led. Baslled by adverse winds Flies from his rage to self-inflicted death.
In Aulis long they waited ; For Diana, Thoas. Silent! Speak on. Thou hast no cause to rue By their great chief oftended, thus detained Thy confidence. Proceed.
The eager host, and by the mouth of Kalchas letuigenia.
Ah! Happy he
The first born daughter of the King demanded. Won can bis fathers' memory recall
They lared me with my mother to the camp, With joyful pride. Who to the listening ear
And at the altar this devoted head De lights to tell their greatness, and exults
Was offered to the Goddess. She, appeased, To trace the bright links of a nobler lineage ;
Sought not my blood, but veiled me in a cloud Himself the last. No family at once
And bore me hither. In this temple first Breeds demigods or monsiers. Good or bad,
From Death-trance I awoke to consciousness, Teere is a series, which ends at last,
'Tis I. 'Tis Iphigenia—the grand child in the delight or horror of the world.
or Atreus; it is Agamemnon's daughter, Their father dead, Thyestes rules with Atreus
Diana's property, who speak to thee.