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the battle, dreading to see his occupation gone, and himself thrown aside :
“ Peace follows it!
But Luria - where will then be Luria's place? Domizia thinks that he should have been one of them; he answers:
’Neath those strange banks, those unimagined skies!" Luria contrasts his untutored instincts with the calm sagacity of Europe; the lines are fine, though we doubt Luria's right to them, unless he really has the faith which he describes 80 well: “ For on their calm sagacity I lean,
Their sense of right, deliberate choice of good.
Husain says a fine thing for a pugnacious Moor :
The battle element must pass away
The remaining volume which heads our article is Mr. Browning's latest production. It is divided into two parts, which are headed respectively “Christmas-Eve” and “EasterDay.” Its commencement reminds us of the “Flight of the Duchess," with the same rich vein of humor, and the same preternatural rhymes. But these rhymes, as in the former piece, have such a sensible air of necessity, that it seems difficult to imagine how the story could be told without them. We acquire a respect for riot which is so useful and unaffected. Here we have “Manchester” rhyming with the surprising, but extremely sensible combination of "haunches stir." There is nothing like having a respectable connection ! ” “ Joseph" couples amicably with “ jnows if” – “Gallio" leads off a
tally ho!”—“İketides” has “indebted ease”—“Frankfort" has • thank for 't;" “ Scriptures” do not quarrel with “ equipt yours," nor“ statue" with "that, you."
“ Christmas-Eve” is rainy, but the poet has taken it into his head to attend the service in “ Zion Chapel Meeting." We find him shivering in a very moist and uncomfortable porch, rather daunted by the scowls and drippings of the saints, who brush past him, astonished at seeing the scoffer waiting at the gate of their tabernacle :
“From the road, the lanes, or the common,
Like a startled horse, at the interloper,
Making your very blood run cold.” Each arrival is hit off in admirable style, with his usual eye for individualities and latent humor:
“ Then a tall, yellow man, like the penitent thief,
With his jaw bound up in a handkerchief,
Led himself in by some inner light.” Finally, with the stimulus of a little indignant excursus upon exclusiveness, he screws up his courage to the point of entering:
“Accordingly, as a shoemaker's lad
With wizened face in want of soap,
At the shutting door, and entered likewise.” He says that he very soon had enough of it; there was a dreadful smell; he sat next a man with a greasy coat. But all other perceptions were crushed by
“the pig-of-lead-like pressure Of the preaching.man's immense stupidity.” He had sufficient presence of mind, however, to notice its effect upon
the audience :
And rocked himself as the woman was doing.” Concluding quite soon that he had “ seen the elephant,” he pursued the usual course of extempore naturalists, and left the place. Here the humor deserts the poem, save an occasional glimmer or two, chiefly in a subsequent visit to a Straussian professor at Göttingen. The thought and verse become serious and lofty, while the metre does not change: for Mr. Browning has a very serious object in writing the poem, nothing less than to develop his views of Christian Faith and of Life. We pursue the current, quoting freely without the least remorse, as the book has not yet become frequent here. The same enterprising firm from whom we have received the two handsome volumes above noticed will soon place this also within our reach; and we hope that readers will liberally endorse the taste of those gentlemen.
There was a lull in the rain as he left the chapel, and, as he walks along, he contrasts the serenity of nature with the mephitic atmosphere around the preacher's tripod. There is an analysis of the general sermonic style of Zion Chapel meetings : following which we have a metaphysical discussion of Love and Power. With proper labor, it will be found to contain thoughts worth pondering, and we gain a definite impression of the true, healthy religion of Mr. Browning's nature. His soul rises to God, earnest for the future time when it shall be satiated with His Love. The wind and rain now cease; “the black cloud-barricade was riven," and we have a glorious description of a lunar rainbow, with a fainter one as its counterfoil above it.
“For me, I think I said, 'Appear!
Good were it to be ever here.
I may worship and remain !"
“All at once I looked up with terror.
He was there.
Only the sight
He presses, hastening,“ to the salvation of the Vest,” and pours out his heart in longing that the Presence may continue with him :
“ When — have mercy, Lord, on us !
So lay I, saturate with brightness." He is caught up and borne along“ in the whirl and drift of the Vesture's amplitude,” across the world. It is ChristmasEve at Rome; how beautiful every line is now! The Dome - the multitude clustered round every “coigne of vantage in the great Basilica, waiting to see blaze forth “ the mainaltar's consummation,”- the aspiration of the “ taper-fires,”— the organ's personality, who
“ Holds his breath, and grovels latent,
At the silver bell's shrill tinkling.". He prefers the clue of his reason to the possible truth that “shines athwart the lies” of Rome, but he extols the obedient love of the worshippers, keeping them fast to God, through the night of error :
“ As a babe can find its mother's breast,
As well in darkness as in light,
Love shut our eyes, and all seemed right.” With his whole verse, in a fine enthusiasm, he sums up his perception that “too much love there can never be.” Out again, borne along in the Vesture's eddy, bound for a visit to a Göttingen professor: so the Christmas lecture of a Straussian is the contrast to the uncritical devotion of the Roman spectacle. A few masterly touches give us the room, the audience, and the professor:
"He pushed back higher his spectacles,
Let the eyes stream out like lamps from cells,
a hake Of undressed tow, for color and quantity One rapid and impatient shake, (As our own young England adjusts a jaunty tie