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[March 7, 1818. different quarter of the city from that Among other remarkable things which ans of old, that every thing is the rea in which he made the former purchase, he had seen, he often mentioned the sult of chance; or agree with the stoics he was struck with surprise to see his extraordinary length of the tail of a that revolutions of the planetary sysown agate, as he supposed, exhibited particular species of monkey; and it was tem govern the minds, or regulate the at a window. When he examined it, observed with some pain by his more cor- actions of mankind; yet, however we he was not undeceived, but as might be rect friends, that every time the mon- may difter and dispute as to the cause, expected, was puzzled to discover how key was described, the tail encreased it is evident that the result remains the it had escaped from his possession. To greatly in length. They took the liber- same. Sorrow and pain, privation and make sure, he purchased it, and thought ty of stating the circumstance, and he suffering, conjoined with hope and enthat he had paid twice for the same promised to be more correct in future: joyment, and happiness, chequer the thing, till he returned home, and was but conscious of his own weakness or course of every one, and are the nevernot a little gratified to find that he had of the exuberance of his fancy, he ar- failing attendants of all who live and acquired the very fellow from which his ranged matters with his servant John breathe; indeed, they are so connectown agate had been cut, and had been who stood behind his chair at table, that ed with our nature, that they appear separated, at least twenty years. he should give a hem! when he thought as it were to become a part of it ; we
his master was exceeding the bounds of are sad and soothed by turns; so we can 3. Irish bulls, not peculiar to Ireland. probability in his story, and this was to not do better than imbibe those princi.
Miss Edgeworth, in her amusing be the signal to correct himself. The ples, which, though they cannot avert Essay on Irish bulls, in which she com- story of the monkey's long tail was in the gatheriug of the storm, or prevent bats the opinion, and pretty successful- troduced at dinner, along with the it from bursting, yet may shield the ly, that bulls are the sole growth of Ire- second course; and while he made the mind from the violence of its impuise, land, might perhaps think the following assertion that he had seen a monkey and deprive it of the power of doing useful to her argument.
tail twelve feet in length, evil. A young student who had just left John gave a hem! Well, says the mas- Every one has an unaccountable the Logic class, but who seems to have ter, who took the hint, I may be wrong, propensity to be displeased with the paid more attention to sounding words but I am sure it could not be less than situation which providence has assignthan to accurate thinking, wrote in the nine feet. Hem ! says John. Now let ed for him. Such is the corruption of following strain to a friend, giving an me think a moment, says the master, I our nature, that everyone has a tenaccount of a summier excursion: “ All may not be perfectly correct; but I am dency quickly to lose the remembrance was calm and serene, not a breath of quite certain it was six feet long. Hem! of a favour conferred or a benefit reair stirred; the lofty woods waved over hem! says John. The master whose ceived, but to retain a long time the our heads ; and the river before us, now patience was now exhausted at so many memory of a calamity which has befaldestitute of water, flowed over its dry interruptions, turned round, to the asto- len him. The search of all is after channel."
nishment of his visitors, and exclaimed, happiness, and we are more apt to reI recollect a painter who had finish. What do you mean, John, will you al- member the barriers that have impeded ed a picture in which a sea storm was low the monkey to have no tail at all ? our access, and checked our progress, represented, and a vessel was introduc
than the obstacles we have overcome, ed with her sails hanging loose on the 5. Button of a vest which belonged to or the difficulties we have surmounted. yards.
Balfour of Burley.
We are too ready to judge from advenPassing through a village not far dis
Every thing connected with this ce-titious circumstances, and from external tant from Edinburgh, I witnessed one lebrated character, has acquired a appearances; we are too apt to account of those scolding matches between two double interest. since he was so conspi- the portions of others more happy and females, which sometimes disturbed the cuously commemorated in the Tales of prosperous than our own, only because hamlet's repose, when one of the wordy, my Landlord. A military vest, dis- we know them less; and we too often combatants, perhaps the Meg Merrilees covered in the possession of one of his forget, that the smile of the cheek may of the rustic society, called out from descendants, is said to be the individual only hide the anguish of the heart, the middle of the street, to the enemy, vest which he wore, when he formed strongly posted on the top of an ad- one of the party concerned in the as- And mock the woe that lurks beneath, joining stair : “ Come down, you slut, assination of Archbishop Sharpe. The Like roses on a sepulchre. come down if you dare ; if I had you buttons are of silver, of a globular form here in the street, I would send you and hollow, seem to have been made of
Yet, as Socrates observes, were all down stairs with your head foremost.
two hemispheres united, and both top men to bring their misfortunes together,
and bottom are of open work. One of and let them be dealt out in equal 4. Habits of exaggeration not easily these buttons has been exhibited in shares, then would it be seen that checked.
Edinburgh as a precious relic, and is many who thought themselves overA gentleman who had spent part of now dangling at the watch of a learned burthened and oppressed would gladhis life in tropical climates, used to en professor.
ly have back their own portions, and tertain his friends with the wonders he
learn to be contented. had seen in those regions ; but, it was al
Yet if there be a great difference in leged, studied embellishment, more than on the degree of Magnanimity display- the allotment of misfortunes, there is a
ed in Prosperity and Adversity. accuracy in his narratives, and hesitated
still more striking difference in our little in making a pretty liberal sacrifice Though we do not now a days co- methods of sustaining them ; many of truth to the effect of a good story. incide in the opinion of the Epicure- Jinore of us are inclined to beat our
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251 heads in spite, than to wipe our brows They, whose ambitious spirits bade them be of his disposition. When he was ban
Content, nor to be slaves nor to be free; with the curate.
ished, he said, that not only Athens, Whose might grew more determined at a fall; but the whole world was his country. In what follows, I will endeavour to
Who visited, and saw, and conquered all : show the difficulty of bearing prosperi
He changed not, when he heard the
It was even so with the Greeks ; they sentence of death pronounced against ty; first, as illustrated by the history of nations ; and secondly, from the con- forgot the precepts of Solon, and the him. He changed not, but drank the
laws of Lycurgus. Forsaking the rigid poisoned cup that was administered to duct and character of individuals.
When we look into the page of his- morality of their ancestors, they became him ; and he changed not, when he betory, we constantly and unalterably lax in principle, and unsteady in con- held that sun setting over Athens, find, that the nations most renowned duct. They indulged in intemperance, which for him was to rise no more !-
and became the prey of vice; they lol. So conscious have been the most illusfor their progress in arts and arms are those that were most remarkable for led in indolence, and were overtaken trious of all ages and nations, of the the rigidness of their morality, and the by disgrace; they revelled in profliga extreme difficulty of bearing success
While cy, and were overwhelmed in ruin. with humility, that we are warned to austerity of their discipline. these are in action, we find them over- The memory
of their predecessors, the caution by legislators, philosophers, and coming every difficulty, rising into e recollection of their ancient greatness, poets. Solon, to moderate our attach
could not reclaim them; the patriotism ment to earthly pursuits, has left this minence, and crowned with success ;
of Leonidas was no more ; and at this adage to posterity, but whenever laxity begins, we as cer
Keep thine eye tainly behold them sinking from their day,
fired on the end of life ;” and Philip of elevation and pre-eminence, hastening The hearts within her vallies bred,
Macedon was so conscious of this proto decay and oblivion, and shrinking The fiery souls that might have led pensity in our nature to be corrupted
Her sons to deeds sublime, into pompous nothings. Rome shew.
by success, that after having gained
Now crawl from cradle to the grave, ed herself capable of bearing with forti
the battle of Chersonesus, which ob
Slaves—nay, the bondsmen of a slavetude the buffets of fortune, the hardships And callous-save to crime! BYRON.
tained for him the empire of Greece, of defeat, and the extremes of adversi
he cominanded a page to call to him ty; as the enemy approached nearer
It would be easy to expatiate on the thrice a day, " Remember, Philip, thou to her gates, her magnanimity appeared same picture, as illustrated by Jerusa. art a man. We also read of an eastern the greater; her revolutions grewstrong-lem, Babylon, Persia, Egypt, Syria, prince, who kept an officer in his houseer as her difficulties increased; she be Carthage, and even modern France. hold, whose duty it was to call to him came more determined in her purpose, But I shall proceed to shew that good every morning, “ Remember, prince, and more resolute in her demands : It fortune is more difficult to bear, as il- that thou shalt die.” And Marcus Aus was by this magnanimous perseverance lustrated in the character of individuals! relius, after having overcome the Parthat she attained her first eminence; it Exalted Socrates, divinely brave,
thians, observed to his friend, “ I tell was by this unwavering steadiness that Injur d he liv’d, and dying he forgave ;
thee of a truth, that I stand in greater she at dength vanquished Pyrrhus ; it
Too noble for revenge, which still we find fear of fortune at present than I did
of a feeble mind. was by this undaunted fortitude that
before the battle ; for she careth not so she ultimately overthrew Hannibal, and
much to overtake the conquered, as to sube
To thoughtlessness may be imputed due the conqueror." Though Alexansent forth her Scipio to destroy Car
a great part of the crimes and follies der, Cæsar, Pompey, Antony, and thage. Yet these same Romans, who could bear adversity with so much mag conduct may originate for the most modern times,) bore their bad fortunes
of mankind; and this negligence of many others, (without adverting to nanimity, were incapable of bearing good fortune. They became elated
witń part in uninterrupted prosperity. Im- with resignation, not one of them bore
mersed with the gay in frivolous amuse- prosperity with humility. success, and puffed up with prosperity. They forgot the wisdom of their Nu- unhallowed pleasure, we hurry on from magnanimity to be found ? It is in the
ments, or with the vicious in quest of Where then is the pattern of truc ma, the temperance of their Cincinnatus, and the glory of their Scipio; over
one scene of inanity to another ; and all man whom all the favours of fortune come by luxury, and intoxicated with our endeavours seem to centre in the cannot tempt to any thing that is dis
banishment of the demon thought. honourable; it is he who is indifferent pride, after having overthrown the mighty of the earth, they became the That man is truly great whom adversi
: to adulation, and is ever the first to disof Goths and Vandals, sunk into ty cannot separate from nature ; but he cover, and to triumph over his own ignominy, oblivion, and disgrace ; the is unquestionably far greater, who weakness. It is he, who, having every recording angel wept
as he noted down recollects his own weakness in the thing in his power, bridles his passions; their debasement, and the pen of indig of Croesus could not allure from the reason. "In a word, it is the man, who,
midst of success, and whom the wealth and brings them under the dominion of nant virtue blotted them out from the catelogue of nations ! path of undeviating rectitude.
though happy himself, is unceasingly
Socrates has been denominated, and anxious for the welfare and comfort of Say what are Romans now except a name ? perhaps justly, the wisest of mankind; others; whose soul wealth cannot corWhere are the men whom Caesar led to fajne; not only because disaster could not rupt, ambition dim, or power inspire
shake, but because prosperity could not with arrogance,-who, in the midst of * Vide Introduction to the Man of Feeling. elate him. We read of him, that the good fortune, retains serenity of mind * Imperaturus es hominibus, qui nec totam ser- same countenance was observed all the and humility of spirit, is conscious of vitatem nec totam libertatem pati possunt.-days of his life ; and that no external his own imperfections, and perseveres Tacit. Hist. Lib. 1. cap. 16.
occurrence ever ruffled the placidness in the practice of his duty. 2
[March 7, 1818. Effects of Attention. of an ague, and check the operationlofto see distinguished with equal breadth
an emetic. The practice of taking a -each gains by the contrast, and to According to Mr Park, the pheno- way the hiccough, or preventing a per- destroy this and melt the opposition inmena commonly called sympathetic, son from sneezing, by strongly fixing to unity, is to overthrow the order of such as yawning or coughing when we the attention, is familiar to every one ; sature, and to disorganize barmony. see others yawn or cough, are merely and let a cough be never so trouble-Contrast is the essence of harmonythe effect of attention, unconsciously some, it is commonly suspended while the pervading source of beauty and directed to particular parts, varying we are eating, the impression in the grace throughout nature. Day and the degree of mental energy exerted mouth and fauces suspending the influ. night, hill and dale, light and shade, upon, or the nervous influence sent to ence of that in the larynx. The bene- summer and winter-how admirably, them, thereby altering their action, and ficial effect of sucking lozenges appears how harmoniously are they relieved and producing a transient change of func- 'referable to their power of abstracting contrasted by each other! And without tion. Hearing another cough vehe. the attention from one impression by this close collision and mutual opposimently and frequently, fixes the mind substituting another.
tion, how much would each be impaired so strongly upon the feelings in the
in individual beauty! So it is with the throat, as to produce at length a change
paragons of the world, man and woman, of circulation, and occasion a sense of
mutually reflecting brilliance on each tickling and propensity to cough like
The paragon of animals.
other. The perfection of woman is to be wise. Seeing another yawn, unconsci- Much has been said, and full as little purely and exclusively feminine. Any inously fixes the attention so as to awa- proved or believed, of the perfectibility vasions on the province of man, are not so ken a sense of weariness in the jaws, 1 of man, but of women we think it may much encroachments on our self-lovethat disposes the observer to yawn al- now in some sense be asserted. It is as our fair friends would sometimes per 80. Thinking of grateful food, on the true that one poet calls woman a “ fair suade us.--as they are terrible destrucsame principle, alters the action of the inperfection," but another states that, tions of their own fascination, and of secreting vessels, and increases the flow Nature
the diştinctions of nature; or if our of saliva into the mouth. The flow of
First tried on man,
self-love is at all annoyed, it is through milk is increased in the same way, and
Her 'prentice han',
our tenderness for the fair objects themoften commences before the infant ac
And then she made the lasses.
selves, of which it is an ingredient. tually to ches the breast of the mother.
In this view, however, we have no
Women are as nicely sensible of the obA blush may be excited by looking thing to do with the question, as our servance due from the other sex to their stedfastly and suspectingly in a person's idea of their perfectibility entirely rests established precincts as we can be ; not face. The attention thus strongly di- with their toilette, which in these days of what is due to us, but of what is due rected to the feelings of the face, alters is perfection itself. Pope's idea of fe to the grace of their characters. They the action of its vessels and produces male perfection is
have Tom Touches and Jemmy Jessathe change in question. The senses of Heaven when it strives to polish all it can,
mys, and a hundred other names for the hunger and thirst may be brought on Its last best work, but forms a softer man,
male stragglers in their province, who or accelerated by thinking of them. Picks from each sex to make the favourite blest, sometimes almost meet with the fate of Bodily fatigue comes on much sooner Your love of pleasure, our desire of rest, the first punished petimaitre Acteon. when the sameness and dreariness of Blends, in exception to all general rules, Feminine softness, in short, “ femality," the road continually reminds us of the Your taste of follies with our scorn of fools.
as uncle Selby says, and manliness, are distance we have already gone, and a- What an unheard-of prodigy ofpatch'the most attractive qualities in the two wakens a sense of the disparity between work has this poet here sketched out!, sexes. Softness alone is grace in woour strength and the effort still to be Heaven forbid that we should pay so ill man, and manliness, however uncouth, is made. The sense of drowsiness, or a compliment to Nature, and to the grace in man, because these qualities mental weariness, is liable to be brought fairest of her works, as to adopt the are of the essence and the fitness of on the same way by the prospect of a standard of the perfection of female their natures; and we apprehend that long story, and the anticipation of the character. No-the identity of female those unaccountable charms which the fatiguing effort required to listen to it. mind and constitution is much too in- one sex sometimes discovers in the oIn short, it is needless to multiply ips- trinsically lovely not to be deteriorated ther, to the marvel of the world, in the tances which will spontaneously occur to by this infusion of extraneous qualities. absence of all beauty or comeliness, every one's recollection. On the other It would be like ingrafting the oak on may be generally traced to some latent hand, every one must have experienced the woodbine. We have no taste for indications of these qualities. Desdehow much uneasy sensations are allevi- such a confinement on nature. We mona saw grace in a dusky Moor, for ated by any thing that engages the are not so fastidious as to wish to see though she says " she saw Othello's mind and withdraws the attention curious composites constructed out of visage in his mind,” there is no know Head-ache and tooth-ache have been the beautiful, single, and primary essening how it might have been if his peraften removed by the receipt of agree- ces with which nature has adorned erea-son had erred on the side of effeminacy able news or welcome arrival of an un- tion We would have man be as une- and insignificance, instead of uncouthexpected friend. The chess-board has quivocally masculine, and woman as ness and rugged dignity. But, at all been found to alleviate the pains of unalloyedly feminine, as possible. Na- events, the property of his mind was gout; and an attack of spasmodic asth. ture has formed their minds in as dis- manly vigour. Diminutive size is not ma has been suspended by strongly en- tinct a mould as their persons and half so frequently associated with ingaging the attention. Sudden alarm their cultivations, their accomplish- significance in a woman as in a man ; has been known to stop the paroxysm ments, their occupations, we would wish | aquiline features are a beauty in both
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253 sexes, but they are of much more im-airy elasticity of spirits and of senti- nement of clay, it seems to mingle with portance in a man than in a woman, be- ment is cramped and chilled by the dis- its own eternity, -are enjoyments of cause they are more in keeping with the cipline. In place of the warm hues no common stamp. But, independent active energy of his character than with of their native character, their souls of these sublimest feelings of our nathe passive subtleness of her's.--A lit. contract a sort of petrifying rust. La- ture, a churchyard presents a scene of tle apple-faced girl has much more of bour and research, and the consump- a most attractive kind. Its motley feminine beauty than a tragedy queen. tion of the midnight oil, are not for group of inhabitants—the unlettered Without carrying the system, like La- women. They are framed for half oc. effusions of the lowly survivors--the vater and Dr Spurzheim, into individual cupied ease, and recumbent though rude efforts of the rustic Muse-and nature, in generic there is a strong ana. not intellectual luxury-formed in “ the the transient sparks of lingering vaa logy between the mind and its corporeal very, poetry of nature"-soft, light, nity, all combine to excite the blended tenement, and the sexual contrast which gracile, and retiring the fairies of re. sensations of regret and chastened is so strikingly displayed in the minutiæ ality-etherial visions of purity and mirth. We can indeed scarcely refrain of character and inclination we would pleasure, and sensibility. It is hard, from shedding the tear of mortality at have closely kept in view in the intel- of course, to define one's beau ideal of the recollection of the undistinguished lectual cultivation of each. We would the most beautiful creature of the uni- and undisguising group before our no more have a woman learn Greek, verse-something like the task of em- eyes. The aged veteran in the conthan we would have her learn the broad bodying Cynthia.
tests of life, now gathered to his fasword exercise-or than we would wish “ Come, then, the colours and the ground thers, like a shock of corn in full ripea man to be accomplished in lace-mak
ness, and smiling, as it were, in the ing or tambour. There is a plastic
Dip in the rainbow-trick her off in air."
tranquillity of the tomb ;-the little inlightness and flexibility in female minds
poet ever made bis heroine a blue fant, as in their persons, which we would no stocking, and poets rarely have the bad
"Strangled in life's porch." more have encumbered with Aristotle, taste to choose such ladies for the and the blooming maiden, or Longinus, than we would have the heroines of their domestic dramas.
Whose lonely unappropriated sweets latter weighed down under a suit of Shakespeare, Milton, Fletcher, and
Siniled like yon knot of cowslips on the clif, armour from the Tower. We would Lord Byron, have best understood the
Not to be come at by the willing band, as soon see Miss O'Neil act Coriolanus, loveliness of female character. Let us here sleep side by side, and commingle or Mr Kemble dance a cotilion. Wo not be thought to wish to degrade the with their kindred dust. The sigh of men always shine most when they are
sex to the level of those flattering toys Sorrow has ceased to swell, and the left to their own charming mirth and among them, who, with the help of all pulse of Hope to beat ;-the tear of natural tact, and are least burdened his condescension, can never rise into Misery has become a gem in heaven's with preparation and acquirement
. any reciprocity with a sensible man. diadem of glory; and the strain of InThey wield light weapons exquisitely. In a word, good taste appears to us the nocence here still hymns its carols to They have very frequently more con.
essence of feminine grace and perfec. the harps of Mercy and of Peace. But versational wit and nicer perceptions of tion, and no inconsiderable share of these melancholy, yet mildly-pleasing the world than men—and fluency is cultivation is indispensable to produce feelings,
will give place to smiles upon their prerogative. In short, they have this quality. This, then, we would reading the various monuments of more all those happy talents and facilities never have withbeld-beyond this we tality. The little family details of sickwhich easily acquire, and ever excel in would never go. To say a woman has ness, the good man's lengthened sufgraceful accomplishments. We would good taste, in the enlarged signification fering,—the fraughtless draughts of therefore be cautious how we clog and of the phrase, is to say every thing for physic_his friendly and consoling encumber the delicate machinery of her,--It implies sense, observation, advice to ever passer-by, of their minds with any thing resembling feeling, judgement, all that can charm,
Weep not for me, I am not dead, the severer culture which suits mascu solace, and endear, all that can fit her
I'm but undress’d and gone to bed it line intellects. The result of such a to sympathise with our joys, to beam proceeding, we have generally observed on our sorrows, to brighten every scene the fantastic figures of little cherubs to be fatal in some way or other. They
pointing to their holy tents,--the grim of existence. cease to be clever, and become book.
representation of a Death's head reish. They are constantly oppressed
posing in sullen scowl on two crosswith an erudite repletion. From want
bones,-or the grotesque sculpture of of opportunity, or application, or capa
the honest man's flight to heaven in the To the Editor.
shape of a plump-cheeked puffing angel, city, they seldom get beyond a smattering of learning. They seldom go so Into whatever place I go, my first and ideas so irresistibly ludicrous, that
-presents an assemblage of relievos far as to acquire that grim grasp of the and dearest pleasure is to stray through we half forget the place where they objects of their study, which enables its churchyard. The solemn and hal. are, and are tempted to deem them the them to turn their acquired stores to lowing reflections which such a spot offspring and invention of some comic advantage, and to interweave them cannot fail to excite;-the high truths satire. "Let them, however, have their with the native treasures of their own that spring from every stone ;-the minds. It is well if they don't become communion one holds, as it were, with
* * Physic did me no good,”-part of an epipedants—but if they escape this, if they the grave ;-and the approximation our caphe ih. Minchin-Hampton Church-yard, Glou
cestershire happily avoid grave disputation, and soul more especially feels to its God, + I have read the above lines in some church. sesquipedalian harangues, still the fine when, spurning the shackles of its teyard in Cumberland.
[March 7, 1816 merit; they come, “ warm from the scholar. the inexpressible beauty of ma. ty that the poet has contrived that the heart," and are at the same time totally ny a Latin epitaph must plead hard for principal emphasis in the last line should free from those indelicate and disgust- a more extensive use, and, indeed, who be laid upon “ away,"—it almost gives ing figures which, in olden time,' and, can read the beautiful lines of that emi-life to the picture. There is also great to the disgrace of our good forefathers, nent scholar Bishop Lowth, on his ingenuity in bringing something to our used to contaminate the walls and every daughter, who fell dead into his arms, imagination ; we are not told“ whi. corner of our churches, and which took without readily yielding the palm to ther she went," and our interest is thus their rise from the malevolent spirit of that language, which contains so much kept alive by hopes and fears respecting opposition of the secular clergy to the sweetness and pathos ?
her ultimate destination. friars of former days *.
Cara, vale, ingenio praestans, pietate, pudore, We are enabled to trace the antiqui- At plusquam natae nomine cara, vale! An inscription on a monumental tablet in ty of epitaphs to an early date. Many Cara Maria vale ! at veniet felicius ævum, the Cemetery of the Four Sections, Rue instances of epitaphs in prose and
Quando iterum tecum (sim modo dignus) ero. Vagirard, Paris. verse may be collected from the old Cara redi,” laeta tum dicam voce, “ paternos
[re Nivuse, 6 heures du Matin, 22 X bere, 1802 Greek poets and historians, who were Eja age in amplexus, cara Maria, redi :"
LOUISE LE FEAVE,
Agee de 25 ens, yet but children to the Chaldeans and
Victime de la mode meurtriere. Egyptians. But the oldest precedent tempted an English poetical version of
this inimitable effusion. One of its of epitaphs must be that recorded in the
Vertu, grace, beaute, modestic, ame bonne et oldest history, viz. the Old Testament, principal beauties is the repetition of
" Cara," 1 Sam. vi. 16. where it is recorded that that term of endearment,
La firent estimer et cherir. the great stone erected as a memorial which would be altogether lost in an
Repose en paix o ma LOUIsk, unto Abel, by his father Adam, remain- English dress; and the last couplet is ed unto that day in being, and its name one of those delicate touches of simpli
Six ans de bonheur, comme un eclair
Se sont écoulis ! was called the « Stone of Abel," and city and pathos, and affecting allusion,
Morte a tous les yeux its elegy was, “ Here was shed the which all perhaps can feel, but so few
. Tu vivais dans mon coeur. blood of righteous Abel," as it is also are able to express.*
Of a different description altogether,
Rose, elle a vecu ce que vivent les roses. and this is the original of monumental yet equally simple and grand, is the one memorials and elegies t.
on Sir Christopher Wren,
1782, is inscribed There is scarcely any species of com-church:
Fifty-five years it was, and something more, position so difficult as the epitaph, and Si monumentum quaeras, circumspice.--
Clerk of the parish, he the office bore; Seek'st thou his monument ?-behold this dome! yet so beautiful when attained. It ought
And in that place, 'tis awful to declare, to unite the terse brevity of the epigram
Having given two such beautiful spe- Two generations buried by him were ! with the pathos of the elegy ; dignified, cimens of Latin epitaphs, I would now yet at the same time familiar; sublime, plead hard for the insertion of an Eng- At Penryn, in Cornwall. yet striking the chords of every bosom; lish one, which, in every point of view, Here lies William Smith, and what is somewhat
rarish, an union so high and so difficult, that it whether as poetry in general, or that is no wonder many have failed in its ex- more particular species, the epitaph, He was born, bred, and hang'd in this parish:
J.J. ecution. Dr Johnson has censured the seems to me to merit a degree of praise. An epitaph on a tombstone in St Eda motley mixture of Latin and English in It is the perfection of poetry to render
mund's churchyard, Salisbury. inscriptions of this natures, and with description as equal as possible to life, justice, for it presents too harlequin an and to place the particular object im Innocence embellishes divinely compleat
To prescience coegent, now sublimely great appearance for so solemn a subject as mediately before our eyes. With re
In the benignant, perfecting, vivifying state a last tribute to the dead. ll The nerve spect to inscriptions in general, Boileau Go heavenly guardian occupy the skies and conciseness of the Latin is perhaps gives this rule, "Que les inscriptions The pre-existent God, omnipotent allwise better calculated for the epitaph than doivent etre simples, courtes et famili- He can surpassingly immortalize the theme our own more paraphrastic language; ares," -- and in all do I contend for the and permanent thy soul, celestial, supreme
When gracious refulgence bid the grave resigne though, as it is a subject which ought pre-eminence of my epitaph. Behold it The Creator's nursing protection be thine to speak aloud to all, it is in most cases then,
So each perspiring aether will joyiully rise better to clothe it in the garb of our Here lies the body of Elizabeth Dent,
Transcendently good, super-eminently wise. own “ honest kersey" language, than Who kick'd up her heels, and away she went! enrobe it in the ornaments of a foreign Can any thing be more simple, morebrief, On Sir William Walworth, lord mayor style. Still, to the man of taste and the or more familiar? Yet what a picture of London, St Michael's, Crooked Lane.
is presented to our minds ! “ Away she Here under lyth a man of fame, • Vide Walpoliana, p. 5.
went.” We almost fancy we see the William Walworth callyd by name; + Vide Athenian Oracle.
good woman skimming through the Fishmonger he was in life time here, # Life of Pope.
fields of air, “Like Mary Lee of Car. And twice Lord Maior as in bookes appere, There is a most unfortunate specimen of terha'. “ The clouds her steed the winds Who with courage stout and manly might, harlequinade upon a monument in St James's her charioteer.”'t It is no small beau. For which act done and trew intent,
Slew Wat Tyler in King Richard's sight. churchTo the Memory of
The king made him knight incontinent,
And gave him armes, as boere you see,
To declare his fait and chivalrie,
Pangs without birth, and fruitless industry."
He left this life the yere of our God, Obit Ninth of Dae Thousand, &c. + Hogg's Pilgrims of the Sun.
Thirteen hundryd fourescore and threc odd.