Gustavus Vasa eBook

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Gustavus recounts the causes of the war, and its progress, prior to the capitulation of Stockholm; which will afford much room for detail.  This narration is necessary, to acquaint the reader with what happened before the commencement of the action, and is therefore similar in design to the second and third AEneid, and the four narrative books of the Odyssey.  Christiern, Steen Sture, Archbishop Trolle, Otho, Norbi, and other distinguished characters, will make a figure in this relation.  The hero describes the massacre of Stockholm, from the account of an eye-witness of that catastrophe.—­He enlarges on the death of his father Eric.  Some reflections on this event may be introduced, in imitation of Lucan.—­Fate of Gustavus’s wife and sister; whose death, and the intercession made by Christiern with Gustavus for their preservation, will afterwards form one of the principal episodes.—­He then relates part of his numerous adventures in the different provinces of Sweden.


He continues his recital, and concludes with his arrival in Dalecarlia, and adventures there.  He then exhorts them to assist in his patriotic design. (See his speech in Vertot.) The Dalecarlians applaud his harangue, which is also attended by favourable omens.  A body-guard of 400 men is appointed him; Adolphus is chosen captain, having now returned, and disclosed the supineness and neglect of the Danish garrison.  Gustavus declares his intentions of storming the castle; arranges the troops, and bids all be ready by midnight.  They retire.


The proceedings of Christiern, Trolle, and Norbi, from the conclusion of Book 4, severally described.—­Gustavus secretly dismisses the unfaithful tribes.—­The Genius of Sweden appears to him in a dream; foretels his future exaltation, and the disgraceful end of Christiern and his party.  He then shews him the reward of patriots in heaven.—­Ancient Swedish kings and heroes.


He now shews him, “in a sort of Pisgah-sight,” as Pope expresses it, but on a new plan, the future history of Sweden:  its wars, arts, manners, &c.—­Gustavus Adolphus.—­Christina.—­Charles the Twelfth.—­Puffendorff, Oxenstiern, Linnaeus, &c.—­Part of the Danish history may be mentioned, as connected with that of Sweden.—­Gustavas the Fourth.—­Siege of Copenhagen by the English.—­Bernadotte.—­The Genius concludes with an exhortation, and directions for prosecuting the war.—­Gustavus’s prayer.—­The army described.—­Their leaders.


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