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home to Langdale-Hall, the castle of Sir Leoline, where the howl of “the mastiff-bitch seems to bode evil, and some wild expressions addressed by Geraldine to Christabel's “guardian spirit,” her dead mother (who had "said that she should hear the castle-bell strike twelve upon her [daughter's] wedding day"), gives the first clue to the wicked and supernatural character of Geraldine. The maidens now retiring to rest together, the beautiful stranger's "bosom and half her side," "old" "and cold,” suggest vague alarms, and "for an hour" Christabel in "her arms is dreaming fearfully, from which state of terror she is delivered by her guardian mother.



The second part opens with the introduction of Geraldine to Sir Leoline, who recognises in the “ lofty lady," the daughter of his once "friend in youth," "Roland de Vaux, of Tryermaine," who had parted from Sir Leoline many years ago "in disdain and insult." At her tale, (which I am pleased to consider a fabrication, as also the likeness to Roland's daughter to be a piece of witchcraft,) the Baron is highly indignant, and vows to avenge "the child of his friend." Meanwhile, poor Christabel is under a mysterious spell, subjected to "perplexity of mind," "a vision of fear," and "snake-like looks" of the rival beauty; albeit "comforted by a "vision blest." Sir Leoline, glad of the opportunity of a reconciliation to his long-lost friend, sends "Bracy the bard," with " harp" and "solemn vest," by "Irt-(hing) flood," &c., to Roland's border-castle, commissioning him to "greet Lord Roland," acquaint him that his daughter is safe in Langdale-Hall," and bidding him " come with "all his numerous array" to meet Sir Leoline "with his own numerous array," on "panting palfreys," and to be friends once more. "Bard Bracy" hesitates, on account of having dreamt that Christabel "the dove❞—had "a green snake" "coiled around its wings and neck," "underneath the old tree; " and having "vowed," "with music strong and saintly song," to exorcise the forest. The Baron interprets it as of "Lord Roland's beauteous dove," and when Christabel, who had ever and anon been tortured by "looks askance of "dull and treacherous hate," entreats him by her "mother's soul to send away that woman," he, accounting "his child" jealous of the radiant stranger, and no doubt alienated by black arts from his daughter, as the lover is afterwards, scems full of wrath, and, "in tones abrupt, austere," sends the reluctant Bracy on his mission.

Thus far Christabel: for the "Conclusion to part the second," however beautiful in itself, is clearly out of place, unless it was intended as a mystification.

And now, on my own portion, I may be permitted to make a few

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remarks. My excuse for continuing the fragment at all, will be found in Coleridge's own words to the preface of the 1816 pamphlet edition, where he says, "I trust that I shall be able to embody in verse the three parts yet to come, in the course of the present year; a halfpromise, which, I need scarcely observe, has never been redeemed.

In the following attempt I may be censured for rashness, or commended for courage: of course, I am fully aware that to take up the pen where COLERIDGE has laid it down, and that in the wildest and most original of his poems, is a most difficult, nay, dangerous proceeding: but, upon these very characteristics of difficulty and danger I humbly rely; trusting that, in all proper consideration for the boldness of the experiment, if I be adjudged to fail, the fall of Icarus may be broken; if I be accounted to succeed, the flight of Dædalus may apologize for his presumption.

I deem it due to myself to add what I trust will not be turned against me, viz.: that, if not written literally currente calamo, GERALDINE has been the pleasant labor of but very few days: also, that until I had just completed it, I did not know of the existence of the proposed solution of Christabel in a recent life of Coleridge, and at that period saw no reason to make any change in mine: and finally, that I should wish to be judged by the whole volume, and not by GERALDINE alone.

M. F. T.

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IT is the wolf on stealthy prowl,
Hath startled the night with a dismal howl,
It is the raven, whose hoarse croak

Comes like a groan from the sear old oak,
It is the owl, whose curdling screech

Hath peopled with terrors the spectral beech;
For again the clock hath tolled out twelve,
And sent to their gambols the gnome and the elve,
And awoken the friar his beads to tell,

And taught the magician the time for his spell,
And to her cauldron hath hurried the witch,
And aroused the deep bay of the mastiff bitch.

The gibbous moon, all chilling and wan,
Like a sleepless eyeball looketh on,
Like an eyeball of sorrow behind a shroud
Forth looketh she from a torn grey cloud,
Pouring sad radiance on the black air, -
Sun of the night, what sees she there?
O lonely one, O lovely one,

What dost thou here in the forest dun,
Fair truant, like an angel of light

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Hiding from heaven in deep midnight?
Alas! there is guilt in thy glittering eye,
As fearfully dark it looks up to the sky;
Alas! a dull unearthly light
Like a dead star, bluely white;
A seal of sin, I note it now,
Flickers upon thy ghastly brow;
And about the huge old oak
Thickly curls a poisonous smoke,
And terrible shapes with evil names
Are leaping around a circle of flames,
And the tost air whirls, storm-driven,
And the rent earth quakes, charm-riven,-
And art thou not afraid?

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All dauntless stands the maid
In mystical robe array'd,
And still with flashing eyes

She dares the sorrowful skies,

And to the moon, like one possest,

Hath shown, O dread! that face so fair

Should smile above so shrunk a breast,

Haggard and brown, as hangeth there, -
O evil sight, wrinkled and old,
The dug of a witch, and clammy cold, -
Where in warm beauty's rarest mould
Is fashioned all the rest;


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O evil sight! for, by the light

From those large eyes streaming bright,
By thy beauty's wondrous sheen,

Lofty gait and graceful mien,

By that bosom half reveal'd,
Wither'd, and as in death congeal'd,
By the guilt upon thy brow,
Ah! Geraldine, 'tis thou

Muttering wildly through her set teeth,
She seeketh and stirreth the demons beneath,
And — hist ! — the magical mandate is spoken,

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