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them her blessing, and solicited their prayers. She then seated herself again. Kennedy, taking from her a handkerchief edged with gold, pinned it over her eyes; the executioners, holding her by the arms, led her to the block; 5 and the queen, kneeling down, said repeatedly, with a firm voice, "Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”
But the sobs and groans of the spectators disconcerted the headsman. He trembled, missed his aim, and inflicted a deep wound in the lower part of the skull. The queen 10 remained motionless; and at the third stroke her head was severed from her body. When the executioner held it up, the muscles of the face were so strongly convulsed, that the features could not be recognized. He cried as usual,
"God save queen Elizabeth.”
"So perish all her enemies!" subjoined the Dean of Peterborough.
"So perish all the enemies of the gospel!" exclaimed, in a still louder tone, the fanatical Earl of Kent.
Party feeling was
Not a voice was heard to cry amen.
absorbed in admiration and pity.
[JOHN WILSON was born May 19, 1785, at Paisley, in Scotland, and died April 3, 1854. In 1812 he published a poem called the "Isle of Palms," which won high, though not wide, admiration, for its tenderness of feeling and beauty of sentiment. In 1816 there appeared from his pen a volume containing "The City of the Plague," a dramatic poem, and several miscellaneous pieces in verse. In 1820 he was appointed professor of moral philosophy in the University of Edinburgh, succeeding Dr. Thomas Brown. In 1822 he published, anonymously, a volume called "The Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life," containing several stories and sketches illustrating the traits and manners of the rural population of Scotland. A novel in the same style, called “Margaret Lyndsay," was published by him in 1823. But his ablest and most characteristic produetions are those which he wrote from time to time for "Blackwood's (Edinburgh) Magazine."
His intellectual powers were accompanied and enforced by the finest physical gifts. His form was cast in the noblest mould of manly beauty. He was a
keen sportsman, and excelled in all athletic exercises. In his youth and early manhood, there was a dash of wildness and eccentricity about him, which increased the interest inspired by his brilliant genius. In the collected edition of his works, published in twelve volumes, since his death, his contributions to" Blackwood's Magazine" occupy ten of the volumes, under the titles of "Noctes Ambrosianæ," in four volumes," Essays, Critical and Imaginative," in four volumes, and the " Recreations of Christopher North," in two volumes. In these productions the genius of Wilson appears in its full strength-rich, exuberant, boundless, and overflowing. Wit the most dashing and reckless, poetry the most lavish, the most glowing eloquence, the finest descriptive power, the most genuine pathos and tenderness, combine to throw their attractions over his pages. His thoughts, images, and illustrations stream forth with the power and rapidity of a mountain torrent. He is remarkable especially for descriptive genius and critical skill. The characteristic features of Scottish scenery have never been delineated in verse with more true poetical feeling and quick sensibility than in the prose of Wilson. He is not a poet of the first class, but as a critic of poetry he has no superior. His principles of poetical criticism are philosophically correct; and they are applied under the guidance of the finest appreciative faculty.
The following extract is from "The Isle of Palms."]
HER giant form
O'er wrathful surge, through blackening storm,
Mid the deep darkness, white as snow!
Many ports will exult at the gleam of her mast!
- Hush! hush! thou vain dreamer! this hour is her last
Five hundred souls in one instant of dread
Are hurried o'er the deck;
And fast the miserable ship
Becomes a lifeless wreck.
15 Her keel hath struck on a hidden rock,
Her planks are torn asunder,
And down come her masts with a reeling shock,
And a hideous crash like thunder.
Her sails are draggled in the brine,
20 That gladdened late the skies,
And her pendant that kissed the fair moonshine
Her beauteous sides, whose rainbow hues
5 To the coral rocks are hurrying down,
An hour before her death;
And sights of home with sighs disturbed 10 The sleeper's long-drawn breath.
Instead of the murmur of the sea,
20 And his wife by turns she wept and smiled, As she looked on the father of her child Returned to her heart at last.
He wakes at the vessel's sudden roll,
Now is the ocean's bosom bare,
Though the night-shades are gone, yet a vapor dull
1 ADIEU to thee, fair Rhine! how long, delighted, The stranger fain would linger on his way! Thine is a scene alike where souls united
Or lonely Contemplation thus might stray;
Where Nature, nor too sombre, nor too gay,
2 Adieu to thee again! a vain adieu !
There can be no farewell to scenes like thine;
And if reluctantly the eyes resign
Their cherished gaze upon thee, lovely Rhine, "T is with the thankful glance of parting praise:
More mighty spots may rise-more glaring shine, But none unite, in one attaching maze, The brilliant, fair, and soft, the glories of old days.
But these recede. Above me are the Alps,
Of cold sublimity, where forms and falls
Gather around these summits, as to show
How Earth may pierce to Heaven, yet leave vain man below.
Clear, placid Leman thy contrasted lake
With the wide world I've dwelt in is a thing
Torn ocean's roar; but thy soft murmuring Sounds sweet as if a sister's voice reproved That I with stern delights should e'er have been so moved.
5 It is the hush of night; and all between
Thy margin and the mountains, dusk, yet clear,
Save darkened Jura, whose capped heights appear
Of flowers yet fresh with childhood; on the car
6 He is an evening reveller, who makes
His life an infancy, and sings his fill;
All silently their tears of love distil,
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven,
If, in your bright leaves, we would read the fate
't is to be forgiven,