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thor of the following pages that a deeper interest, as well as a stronger colour of nationality might be imparted to the scenes in which she has feebly attempted “to describe high passions and high actions; ” by connecting a religious feeling with the patriotism and high-minded loyality which had thus been proved “faithful unto death,” and by surrounding her ideal dramatis persona, with recollections derived from the heroic legends of Spanish chivalry. She has, for this reason, employed the agency of imaginary characters, and fixed upon “Valencia del Cid" as the
scene to give them
“A local habitation and a name.”
Alvan Gonzalez. . Governor of Valencia.
ALPHoNso } His Sons. CARLos HERNANDEz . . . .4 Priest. .4 Moorish Prince, Chief of ABDULLAH . | the Army besieging Valencia.
GARcias . . . . A Spanish Knight.
ELMINA . . . . . Wife to Gonzalez.
Citizens, Soldiers, Attendants, &c.
THE SIEGE OF WALENCIA.
Room in a Palace of Valencia.
“Thou hast not been with a festal throng,
“And is there blood upon my shield 2
—Maiden' it well may be
We have sent the streams from our battle-field,
“The ground is wet—but not with rain—
“In the gloomy Roncesvalles' Strait
For those that come no more!”