Miscellaneous Prose Works of Sir Walter Scott
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ... and happy, were escorted by youthful, titled bridegrooms into that very church. They entered it fluttering in bridal finery; and ns they quitted it, their steps trod lightly on the graves of De Courcy and Eva.---Such is the condition of life.........." Zaira still lives, and lives in Ireland. A spell seems to bind her to the death-place of her daughter and lover. Her talents are gone. at least they are no longer exerted: The oracles may still be there, but it is only the tempest of grief that now scatters their leaves. Like Carathis in the vaults of Eblis, her hand is constantly pressed on her heart, in token of the fire that is burning there for ever; and those who are near her, constantly hear her repeat, ' My child--I have murdered my child! ' When great talents ae combined with calamity, their union forms the tenth wave of human suffering;_grief becomes inexhaustible from the unhappy fertility of genius, --and the serpents that devour us are generated out of our own Vitals."-Vol. iii. pp. 407, 408. The length of our analysis, and of our quotations, are the best proof of the pleasure with which we have read this moral and interesting tale, -_and may stand in place of eulogy. We have also hinted at some of the author's errors; and we must now, in all candour and respect, mention one of considerable importance, which the reader has perhaps anticipated. It respects the resemblance betwixt the character and fate of Zaire. and Corinne---a coincidence so near, as certainly to deprive Mr Maturin of all claim to originality, so far as this brilliant and well-painted character is concerned. In her accomplishments, in her beauty, in her talents, in her falling a victim to the passion of n fickle lover, Zaira closely...
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