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SPECIMENS OF THE GERMAN BALLAD.NO. 1.
The ballad has nowhere been so completely naturalized as in Germany. The German ballads are not, like the most of our own, mere imitations of the rude songs and traditions of antiquity. They combine in a wonderful degree the polish and refinement peculiar to an advanced state of civilization with the simplicity and nature of the older fragments of popular tradition. Almost all the great poets of Germany have occasionally descended from the severer labours of more elaborate composition to the delassement of ballad-writing; and the consequence is that Germany is at this moment richer in this species of literature than all the rest of Europe (Spain excepted) put together.
We intend to present a few of these in an English dress, and shall begin with Goethe. This wonderful man, who has run through almost every department of science and literature, has displayed the same preeminence in the light and gay strains of the ballad, as in the magnificent creations of Faust and Tasso. Some of his ballads, such as Die Braut von Corinthus, are distinguished by a solemn supernatural effect; others, such as Die Spinnerinn, Der Müllerin Verrath, and Der Müllerinn Riche, by an exquisite archness and naiveté, and all of them by a captivating simplicity of language, which while it increases very much the effect of the original, presents a very formidable difficulty to the translator. That we have subjoined is versified nearly as literally as the differences of the language will permit.
From the German of Goethe.
THE water roll'd-the water swell'd,
A fisher sat beside;
Calmly his patient watch he held
Beside the freshening tide:
And while his patient watch he keeps,
The parted waters rose,
And from the oozy ocean-deeps
A water-maiden rose.
She spake to him, she sang to him—
Why lur'st thou so my brood,
With cunning art and cruel heart,
From out their native flood?
Ah! couldst thou know, how here below
Our peaceful lives glide o'er,
Thou 'dst leave thine earth and plunge beneath
To seek our happier shore.
Bathes not the golden sun his face,
The moon too in the sea;
And rise they not from their resting-place
More beautiful to see?
And lures thee not the clear deep heaven
Within the waters blue,-
And thy form so fair, so mirror'd there
In that eternal dew?"
The water roll'd-the water swell'd,
It reach'd his naked feet;
He felt as at his Love's approach
His bounding bosom beat;
She spake to him, she sang to him,
His short suspense is o'er ;
Half drew she him, half dropp'd he in,
And sank to rise no more.
ABSENTEEISM, No. II. 43-No. III. 162.
Adieu, the, 398.
And I too in Arcadia, 238.
Anthology, Specimens of a Timbuctoo,
Arcadi, account of the, 490.
Art, British Galleries of, No. XII. 177—
XIII. 473-XIV, 567.
Ashantees, review of Dupuis upon the,
Austria v. Lord Holland and the Ladies,
Authoresses and Autographs, No. I. 217
Autobiography of Theobald Wolf Tone,
1-his birth, ib.-enters Trinity Col-
lege, 3-marries, 4-his house robbed,
5-South-Sea plan, 7-connexions
with the Whig Club, 9-his pamphlet
respecting Ireland, 11-continued, 336
-his friendships, ib.-memorial to
the Duke of Richmond, 337-political
club, 338-Emmet, 339-effect of
Burke's invective, 341-state of Irish
parties, ib.-Irish committee, 343-
publishes a pamphlet, 346-continued,
417-dispute with Irish House of
Commons, 418-united Irishmen, 419
-petition of, 420-is made secretary
of the committee, 421-repulses an
attack of footpads, 423-continued,
537-attacks made upon the society,
ib." Northern Star" established at
Belfast, 538-communication of de-
struction of Bastile, ib.-exiles him-
self to America, 539-embarks at
Belfast, 540-tyrannical conduct of
three British frigates, 541-arrival at
Philadelphia, 542-purchases an es-
tate, 543-sails for France, 545-tried
illegally, 546-interference of the civil
power, 547-destroys himself, il-
his surviving family, 548.
Bachelor outwitted, the, 104.
Bar and its Logic, the, 74-want of
liberality of mind in the majority of
legal men, 75-anomalies in the law,
ib.drudgery in the study of, 76-
traits in the character of, 77-
all law, ib.-fond of going out of their
own line, 78-bad reasoning of in the
senate, 78, 79-the complexity of
study for, to be much deplored, 79.
Bar, Irish, Sketches of, 385.
Bartolini the sculptor, account of, 231
-statue of Napoleon, ib.-his Venus,
233-his busts, 235-of Napoleon,
of Fox and Byron, 236-of Machia-
Beauty's Victory, 267.
Bride, the, a sonnet, 316.
Bridge-street, Blackfriars, 449.
Brighton, the Pleasures of, a new song,
British Galleries of Art, 177, 473. 567.
Museum, sculptures in the,
Broken Vows, 434.
Byron to the Countess Guiccioli, 414.
Campbell, (T.) Reullura, by, 297.
Canadian Emigrant, the, No. I. 500.
Canzonetta from the Italian, 21.
Characteristic Epistles, No. I. 65-II.
209-III. 352-IV. 528.
Charity, lines to, 504.
Cities of the Plain, the, 374.
Clarke, Life and Remains of, reviewed,
Colman (George) Epistle to, 554.
Colonial Press, the, 442-bad system of
rule in the colonies, ib.-no real re-
medy for wrong inflicted in them, 443
-oppressive conduct at the Cape and
in India towards the press, 445-opi-
nion of Lord Hastings respecting, 445
-character of a colonial journal, 447.
Conde Lucanor, tale from, 97.
Conversations of Lord Byron reviewed,
Crescembeni and the Arcadi, 490.
Crusaders return, 536.
Dean of Santiago, the, 97.
Della Genga, account of the cardinal,
Diary, Extracts from my Aunt Martha's,
Dictionary, Specimens of a Patent Poc-
ket, 312. 451.496.
Dinner in the Steam-boat, 257.
Dupuis upon the Ashantees, 378.
Ear-rings, lines on a pair, 208.
East, Letters from the, No. VI. 130-
voyage to Thebes by Miniet, Mon-
falut, Girgé, &c. 131-
barber, 132-the Temple of Tentyra,
133-a funeral, 134-Luxor, 135-
Suleiman Aga, ib.-Thebes, 136.
-VII. 243-ruins of Medinet Abou,
243-Etfu, 244-Essouan, 245-the
Isle of Philo, ib.-visit to the tombs
of the kings, 247-a picture of the
Arabs, 249.-VIII. Grand Cairo, 305
-slaves, 306-tomb of Burckhardt,
307-tales of the country, 308-pri-
vileges of physicians, 309-baths, 310
-IX. 428-Mount Sinai, ib.-journey
to, 428-Valley of Paran, 429-mag-
nificence of mountains around Sinai,
431-Greek convent, 432-Mount St.
Catharine, 433-X. Mount Sinai con-
tinued, 508 Greek convent and
monk, ib.-ascent of Mount St. Ca-
therine, 510-Rock of Meribah, ib.-
writer made prisoner by the Arabs,
511-reach their camp, 513-attack
of the Arabs on the convent, 514.
Eldon (Lord), his character, 17.
Emperor, proclamation of one, 256.
Enfranchised, the, or Butterfly's first
Epistle to B. F. Esq. 358.
Epistle to George Colman, Esq. 554.
Epistles, Characteristic, 65. 209. 352.
Grimm's Ghost, Letter XVIII. 12—XIX.
107-XX. 369-XXI. 562.
Hebdomadary of Mr. Snooks the grocer,
Horrors for November, 424.
How to be a Gentleman, 462.
Ianthe sleeping, lines to, 242.
Indian Anecdotes, 276.
Indigo, Letter from Miss, at Worthing,
Irish Bar, Sketches of, No. IX. Mr.
Italian Improvisatori, account of the
principal, 193, 194-Marone, Querno,
ib-conduct of Leo X. towards, 195—
Brondolini, 198-Antoniano, ib. 199
-Perfetti, 199-ladies distinguished
for improvisation, 201.
Laus Atramenti, 416.
Letters-On Timbuctoo Anthology, 121
-from the East, No. VI. 130—VII.
243-VIII. 305-IX. 428-X. 509-
Characteristic, 65. 209. 352. 528
from Miss Indigo, at Worthing, 332-
to Country Cousins, 360-from Rome,
269. 467-Letter to the Deputy Li-
censer of Plays, 554.
Life in London, 226.
London Lyrics, 208. 449.
Love among the Law Books, 107.
Love's Labour Lost, 517.
Mahomet, lines respecting, 137.
Maid of Orkney, the, 454.
Man with the Head, the, 155.
May, a sonnet, 322.
Message, the, 406.
Midshipman's Song, 347.
Miniature, lines on accidentally possess-
ing one, 73.
Misfortune, from Lucian, 249.
Moor's Prophecy, the, 112.
Mount Sinai, visit to, 428. 509.
My first-born smiling, lines to, 466.
National Museum and its Effects, 399-
fashion often the cause of forming a
gallery of paintings, 393-hint for
adding to that of the nation, 400-the
necessity of infusing a feeling for art
into the public mind, ib.-time of
high art in Italy, 401-effects of a
general love of it, 402-students must
not be too enthusiastic, 403-the pub-
lic the true patrons of British art, 404.
North, (Mr.) his forensic and personal
character, 385-account of his debut
in life, 385, 386-excellencies as an
orator, 387-sensitiveness and want of
energy of character, 388-his forte
not the bold and impetuous in charac-
ter, 389-his person, 390-men re-
commended to him as examples, 391
-his conduct at the Bar, 392, 393.
Ode to the Yacht of a great civic charac-
Ode, fragments of a projected, 489.
Paternoster-row, proposals for setting
fire to, 205.
Penitentiaries for the Polite, 323.
Pestalozzi, an account of, 289-Swit-
zerland, 289-want of a national
language in, 291-conduct of the
French in, 292-character of Pesta-
lozzi, 294, 295-errors in his method
of proceeding, 295-institute for young
women, 296, 297.
Petrarca, sonnet from, 480.
Physic for the Mind, 394.
Physician, the, No. XIV. the diseases of
the dog-days, 250-XV. of the dis-
eases caused by dry heat, 445.
Picture, lines so entitled, 124.
Pinchbeck, Mr. Joshua, 369.
Plague, on the, 113-symptoms of, 114
Mr. Tully on,
upon, 115-separation in cases of, ib.
-contagious or non-contagious, 117
-measures of prevention, 119.
Poetry-the wind, 11-vassals lament
for the fallen tree, 16-the rose, 21-
canzonetta from the Italian, ib.—Tim-
buctoo ode, 25-ditto elegy, 26-ditto
epigrams, 27, 28-sonnet, 35-Ge-
raldine, 42-the Swedish miner, 55
-return of the Indians to Niagara, 64
-lines on accidentally possessing and
returning Miss B's miniature, 73
-Troubadour songs, 80. 216-Bache-
lor outwitted, 104-the Moor's Pro-
phecy, 112-flowers, 121-picture,
124-to a wind, 129-Mahomet, 137
the dream of Demos, 144-Iotis dying,
145-Olympus, 146-Gyphtakis, 146
-the Cavern of the three Tells, 148
-the enfranchised, or butterfly's first
flight, 186-ode to the yacht of a great
civic character, 203—a pair of ear-
rings, 208-the captive knight, 216-
the pleasures of Brighton, 225-the
false alarm,230—And I too in Arcadia,
238-Ianthe sleeping, lines to, 242-
misfortune, 249-proclamation of an
emperor, 256-all I wish, 260-
beauty's victory, 267-Reullura, by
T. Campbell, 297-projects and com-
panies, 310-sonnet, the bride, 316–
ditto, May, 322-ditto, the shepherd
boy, il-Valentine, 327. 549-mid-
shipman's song, 347-to Greece, 351-
epistle to B. F. Esq. 358-the revellers,
368-the cities of the plain, 374-
epigrams, 393-the adieu, 398-the
village child, 405-the message, 406
-Lord Byron to the Countess Guic-
cioli, 414-Laus Atramenti, or the
praise of blacking, 416-the harp of
tears, 423-spring, 427-broken vows,
434-stanzas, 440-London Lyrics-
Bridge-street, Blackfriars, 449-the
maid of Orkney, 454-a Grecian
dream, 461-my first-born smiling,
466-a summer morning, 472-son-
net from Petrarca, 480-fragment of a
projected ode, 489-the wassailers,
495-stanzas, 499-charity, 504-
lines on the capture of the Esmiralda,
515-the crusader's return, 536-the
bended bow, 561-Homer on the
banks of the Scamander, 565-sonnet,
575-specimens of the German ballad,
576-the fisher, ib.
Pope Pius VI. an account of, 467-Abbé
della Genga, ib.-the new pope, 468
Projects and companies, 310.
Puppet-shows, Roman, account of, 269.
Reminiscences of a Lover, 36.
Return of the Indians to Niagara, 64.
Revellers, the, 368.
Reviews of Remains of Dr. Clarke, 81-
of Redgauntlet, 93-Dupuis on the
Ashantees, 378-Lord Byron's Con-
Reullura, by T. Campbell, 297.
Roman puppet-shows, 269.
Rome, letters from, No. I. 269-II.
Rose, lines to the, 21.
Rosedale and its Tenants, 521.
Santiago, the dean of, a tale, 97.
Sculpture in the British Museum, 473.
Shepherd-boy, the, a sonnet, 322.
Sketches of India, No. I. appearance to
an European stranger, 56-ill policy
of East India company's government,
57-native courts and state of, 58-
Lucnow and buildings, 59. 60-the
Baruh Durree, 61-menagerie, ib.—
elephant fights, 62, 63.
Sketches of the Irish Bar, No. IX. 385.
Snooks, the grocer, hebdomadary of, 436.
Society for the propagation of Gentility,
Songs-Troubadour, 80. 216-of the
modern Greeks, 139-the pleasures of
Brighton, 225-midshipman's, 347-
Laus atramenti, a new song, 416.
Sonnets, 35. 316. 322-ib. 351. 405. 427.
Spanish Theatre, account of the modern,
Specimens of a Patent Pocket Dictionary,
No. 1, 312-II. 451-III. 496.
Spectre unmasked, the, 481.
Spirits of the Age, No. V. Lord Eldon,
Spring, lines to, 427.
Stanzas, 440. 499.
Steam-boat, dinner in a, 257.
Studies in Spanish History, No. II. 28—
early love of letters in Spain, ib.—
learning of its monarchs, 29, 30-
history of Don Rodrigo el Franco, 31
-the three faithful knights, 32-con-
duct of Pero Nunez, 33-conjugal
love of the wife of, 34.
Studios in Rome, 125.
Summer Morning, a sonnet, 472.
Swedish Miner, the, 55.
Tears, the Harp of, 423.
Tells, the cavern of the three, 148.
Theatre, the Modern Spanish, No. III.
87 of the unities, ib.-Lucian Co-
mella and his works, 88-Moratin the
END OF THE ELEVENTH VOLUME.
Page 191, line 34, for "fifth act," read "third act."
"bipes implumis," read "bipes implume.”
last but one, for "keart," read "heart."
In Absenteeism, No I. page 483, Vol. X. last note but one, for "Irish
robbers," read" Irish hoblers;" page 487, line 33, for "state," read
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