« ForrigeFortsett »
Note 8. Stauza lxii.
praising the « drapery» of an « untochered» but «pretty Eleven thousand naidenheads of bone,
virginities » (like Mrs Anne Page) of the then day, which The greatest number flosh bath over known.
has now been some years yesterday: --she assured me Si Ursula and her eleven thousand virgios were still that the thing was common in London; and as her own extant in 1816, and may be so yet as much as ever. thousauds, and blooming looks, and rich simplicity of Note 9. Stanza lxxxi.
array, put any suspicion in her own case out of the Who butcher'd half the earth, and bullied 1 other.
question, I confess I gave some credit to the allegation. India America.
If necessary, authorities might be cited, in which case I
Note 5. Stanza lx.
'T is strange the mind, that very fiery particle,
Should let itself be souff d out by an article.
« Divior particulam auræ.»
So prime, so swell, so nutty, and so hoowing?
Note 1. Stanza xix. of a song which was very popular, at least in my early Gives, with Grock truth, the good old Greek the lie. days :
See MITFORD'S Greece. «Grecia Verax. Dis great On the bigh toby-spico flash the muzzle.
pleasure consists in praising tyrints, abusing Plutarch, In spite of ea h allows old srout;
spelling oddly, and writing quaintly; and, what is strange If you at the spelken can't hustle, You'll be bobbled in making a Clout.
after all, his is the best modern history of Greece in any
language, and he is perhaps the best of all modern luisThin your blowing will war gallows hauchty,
lorians whatsoever. Daving named his sios, it is but When she heaps of your scaly mistake, She'll surely turn snitch for the foriy,
fair to state his virtues-learning, labour, research, That her Jack may be regular weight.
wrath, and partiality. I call the latter virtues in a If there be any gem inan so ignorant as to require il
writer, because they make him write in earnest. traduction, I refer lim to my old friend and corporeal
Note 2. Stanza xxxvii. pastor and master, Jolin Jackson, Esq., l'rofessor of
A hazy widower lurad of forty's sure. pugilism ; who, I trust, still retains the strength and
This line may puzzle the cominentalors more than the symmetry of his model of a form, together with his
present generation. good humour, and athletic as well as mental accomplishments.
Note 3. Stanza lxxiii.
Lihe Russians rushing from bot baths to snows.
The Russians, as is well known, run out from their
hot bathis to plunge into the Neva: a pleasant practical now be in this life, I know not. Before I was of age I knew them pretly accurately, both
Note 4. Stanza lxxxii. « silver. » I was once nearly called out by an acquaint
The world to gaze upon those northern lights. ance, because whieu he asked me where I thought that liis soul would he found hereafter, I answered, « In polar region and native country of the aurora borealis,
For a description and print of this inhabitant of tbe Silver llell.»
sce Parry's Voyage in search of a North-West PasNote 3. Stanza xliii.
Note 5. Stanza lxxxvi.
As Philip's son proposed to do witb Athos.
A sculptor projected to hew Mount Athos into a statge Scotch Novels; and, as the Frenchimao said —« jf it be of Alexander, with a city in one hand, and, i Believe, a not, ought to be English.»
river in lois pocket, with various other similar devices.
But Nexander's gone, and Athos remains, I trust, ere Note 4. Stanza xlix.
long, to look over a nation of freemeo. The milliners who furnish - drapery misses.» « Drapery misses»—This term is probably any thing
CANTO XIII, now but a mystery. It was however almost so to me when I first returned from the East in 1311-1912. It incans a pretty, a bigla-born, a fashionable young fe
Note 1. Suanza vii. male, well instructed by her friends, and furnished by her milliner with a wardrobe upon credit, to be repaid,
Right boursily, • le libed an honest hater. when married, by the husband. The riddle was first «Sir, I like a good hater»-See the Life of Dr Joken. lead to me by a young and pretty heiress, on my
Note 2. Stanza xxvi.
hedge, « to look before he leaped :»-a pause in his Also there bin another pious reason.
vaulting ambition,» which in the field doth occasion
some delay and execration in those who may be immeWith every thing that pretty bin, My lady sweet arise.-SMAKSPEARE.
diately behind the equestrian scepiic. « Sir, if you don't
chuse to take the leap, let me»-was a phrase which Note 3, Stanza xlv.
generally sent the aspirant on again ; and to good purThey and their bills, « Arcadians both, are left.
pose : for though the horse and rider» might fall, they « Arcades ambo.»
made a gap, through which, and over him and his steed,
the field might follow.
Note 2. Stanza xlviii.
Go to the coffee-house, and take another,
In Swift's or llorace WALPOLE's Letters I think it is Note 5. Stanza lxxii.
mentioned that somebody regretting the loss of a friend, His bell-mouth'd goblet makes me feel quite Danish. was answered by a universal Pylades : When I lose If I err not, « Your Dane» is one of Lago's Catalogue one, I go to the Saint James's Coffec-house, and take of Nations « exquisite in their drinking.»
I recollect having heard an anecdote of the same kind. Note 6. Stanza lxxviii.
Sir W. D. was a great gamester. Coming in one day to Even Nimrod's self might leave the plains of Dura.
the club of which he was a member, he was observed to lo Assyria.
look melancholy. « What is the matter, Sir William ?»
cried llare, of facetious memory. Note 7. Stanza xcvi.
« Ab !» replied Sir W. « I have just lost poor Lady D.»
« Lost! What at • T bat Scriptures out of church are blasphemies.
Quinze or Hazard?» was the consolatory rejoinder of « Mrs Avlams answered Mr Adams, that it was blas. the querist. phemous 10 talk of Scripture out of church.» This dogma was broaclied to her husband--the best Chris
Note 3. Stanza lix. tian in any book. See Joseph Andrews, in the latter
And I refer you to wise Oxenstiern. claptcrs.
The famous Chancellor Oxenstiern said to his son, on
the latter expressing his surprise upon the great effects
arising from petty causes in the presumed mystery of Should have a book, and a small trout to pull it,
politics : « You see by this, my son, with how little wisJi would have taught him humanity at least. This dom the kingdoms of the world are governed.» sentimental
savage, whom it is a mode to quote (amongst the novelists) to show their sympathy for innocent sports and old songs, teaches how to sew up frogs, and break
CANTO XV. their legs by way of experiment, in addition to the art of angling, the cruellest, the coldest, and the stupidest of pretended sports. They may talk about the beauties
Note 1. Stanza xviii. of nature, but the angler merely thinks of his dish of
And thou, diviner still, fish; he has no leisure to take his eyes from off the
Whose lot it is by man to be mistaken. streams, and a single bite is worth to him more than all
As it is necessary in these times to avoid ambiguity, the scenery around. Besides, some fish bite best on a
I say, that I mean, by « diviner still,» Christ. If ever rainy day. The whale, the shark, and the tunny fisiery God was Man-or Man God-lie was both. I never arhave somewhat of noble and perilous in them; even net
raigned his creed, but the use-or abuse-made of it. fisting, trawiing, etc., are more liumaue and useful—but Mc Canning one day quoted Christianity to sanction angling !-No aogler can be a gond man. « One of the best men I ever knew-as humane, de-reply. And was Christ crucified, that black men miglit
Negro Slavery, and Mr Wilberforce had little to say in licate-minded, generous, and excellent a creature as any be scourged? If so, he had better been born a Mulatto, in the world -- was an angler : true, he angled with
to give both colours an equal chance of freedom, or at painted flies, and would have beco incapable of the
least salvation. extravagances of I. Walton.» The above addition was made by a friend in reading
Note 2. Stanza xxxv. over the MS. —« Audi alteram partem»-I leave it to
When Rapp the Harmonist embargoed marriage counterbalance
In his harmonious seulement,
This extraordinary and flourishing German colony in
« Shakers» do; but lays such restrictions upon it as pre-
vent more than a certain quantum of births within a
a farmer's lambs, all within the same month perhaps.»
These Harmonists (so called from the name of their set-
tement) are represented as a remarkably flourishing, Craning.–« To crane» is, or was, an expression used pious, and quiet people. See the various recent writers to denote a gentleman's stretching out his neck over a
Note 3. Stanza xxxviii.
I somewhat surfeited with a similar display from foreign Xor canvass what so eminent a band meant.
parts, did rather indecorously break through the apJacob Tonson, according to Mr Pope, was accustomed plauses of an intelligent audience-intelligent, I mean, to call bis writers «able pens»-« persons of honour,» as to music,- for the words, besides being in recondite and especially < eminent hands, Vide Correspond languages (it was some years before the peace, ere all ence, etc., etc.
the world brad travelled, and while I was a collegiani-|
were sorely di-guised by the performers:-ibis mayoress, Note 4. Stauza lxvi.
I say, broke out with, « Rot your Italianos! for my : While great Lucullus' role triomphale muffles
parı, I loves a simple ballat!» Rossini will go a good (There's Jame) — young partridge tillets, dock'd with truffles. A dish « à la Lucullus.» This bero, who conquered
way to bring most people to the same opibion, some the East, has left liis more extended celebrity to lie day. Who would imagine that he was to be the suc
cessor of Mozart? However, I state this with diffidence, transplantation of cherries (which he first brought into
as a liere and loyal admirer of Italian music in general
, Furope) and the vomenclature of some very good dishes, and of much of Riossini's: but we may say, as the cof. -and I am not sure that (barring indigestion) he has noisseur did of painting, in the l'icar of Wakefield, not done more service to mankind by liis cookery than by his conquests.
« that tie picture would be better painted if the painter A cherry-tree may weighi agaiost a
had taken more pains.»
Note 4. Stanza lix.
For Gothic during shown in English money.
« Ausu Romano, ære Veneton is the inscription (and | «Petits puits d'amour garnis de confitures,» a classical well inscribed in this instar.ce) on the sea walls between und well-known dish for part of the tlank of a second the Adriatic and Venice. The walls were a republicaa
work of the Venetians; the inscription, I believe, im
perial, and inscribed by Napoleon.
Note 5. Stanza lx.
« C'ntying squires « to fight against the churches..
Though yeuntie the winds and bid ibem fight
Against the churches. - Macbeth.
Note 6. Suanza xcvii.
They err-'l is merely wbat is call'd mobility. In French « mobilité.» Jam not sure that mobility is Englislı; but it is expressive of a quality which rather
belongs to other climates, though it is sometimes seen CANTO XVI.
to a great extent in our own. It may be defined as an excessive susceptibility of immediate impressions-at
the same time without losing the past; and is, though Note 1. Stanza x.
sometimes apparently useful to the possessor, a most i If from a shell-tisb or from co hipeal.
painful and unhappy attribute. The composition of the old Tyrian purple, whether From a shell-lishi, or froin cochineal, or from kermes,
Note 7. Stanza cii. in still an article of dispute; and even its colour-some
Draperied ber form with curious felicity. say purple, others scarlet : 1 say nothing.
«Curiosa felicitas... - PETRONTUS ARBITER.
Note 8. Stanza cxiv.
A noise like to set togers drawn on glass.
See the account of the ghost of the uncle of Prioce
! reater pride,» as the other replied. But as carpets Charles of Saxony raised by Schroepfer-« Karl-Kari re meant to be trodden upon, my memory probably was-walt wolt mich ?» misgives me, and it mighi be a robe, or tapestry, or a tible-cloth, or some other expensive and uneynical piece
Notc 9. Stanza cxx. of furniture.
Ilow odd, a single hobgoblin's non-entity
Should cause more fear iban a whole bost'identity:
llave struck more terror to the soul of Ri hard
Than cau the sal stance of ten thousand soldiers, etc. et. I re:nember that the mayoress of a provincial town,
See kickin til
(Although never publicly acknowledged by Lord Byron, the following have been generally attributed to
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TIIE ISLAND OF ST HELENA.
I cannot but remember sucb things were,
MICBETII. et dolces moriens reminiscitur Aros.
When slow Disease, with all her host of pains,
Peace to thee, isle of the ocean!
llail to thy breezes and billows!
The ulite wave its plumy surf pillows !
Whose undying; verdure shall bloom on thy brow,
To the wand of oblivion alternately bow!
His deeds shall be sacred in story!
And monarchs hereafter shall bow to his worth-
Shall hold him the wonder and grace of the earth. The meteors of history before thee shall fallEclipsed by thy spleudour-thou meteor of Gaul !
Hygeian breezes shall fan thee
Island of glory resplendent!
Tribes, as thy waves independent!
To snatch a brief glance at a spot so renown'dEach turf, and each stone, and cach cliff, shall delay him
Where the step of thy exile bath bailow'd thy ground. From him shalt thou borrow a lustre divine; The wape of bis sun was the rising of thine!
Whose were the hands that enslaved him?
Hands which had weakly withistood himNations which, while tbey had oftentimes braved
Never till now had subdued him! Monarchs—who oft to his clemedey stooping,
Received back their crowns from the plunder of warThe vavquishier vanquishı'd- the eagle now drooping
Would quench with their sternness the ray of bis star! Put cloth'd in new «plendour thy glory appearsAnd rules the ascendant- the planet of years!
Pure be the heath of thy mountains !
Rich be the green of thy pastures!
Oft does my heart indulge the rising thought, Which still recurs, unlook d for and unsought; My soul to Fancy's fond sucuestion yields, And roams romantic o'er hier airy fields; Scenes of my youth developed crowd to view, To which I long have paid a last adieu !
LORD BYRON TO HIS LADY,
ON THE SIXTI ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR MSRRIAGE.
How strangely time his course has run,
Since first I pair'd with you; Sıx years ago we made but one,
Now five have made us two.
For no patriot vigour was there,
No arm to support the weak flower;
And withier'd its grace in an hour.
Limpid and Jasting the streams of thy fountains!
Thine annals unstain'd by disasters!
The wide-wasting contest of wave and of wind-
Yet there were who pretended to grieve,
There were who pretended to save;
To revel and sport on its grave.
Fade shall the lily, now blooming
Oh! thou land cf the lily! in vain
Thou strugglest to raise its pale head!
The violet will bloom in its stead!
As thou scatterest thy leaf to the wind
False emblem of innocence, stayTo chaunt forth its amibems on tyranny's tomb), And yield as thou fadesi, for the use of mankind, Wide Europe shall fear lest thy star should brcak forth, This lesson to mark thy decay! Eclipsing the pestilent orbs of the norte!