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a conjecture that superior beings are blest with a Beneath his plantain's ancient shade, renew mbler exercise of this faculty.
The simple transports that with freedom flew;
Catch the cool breeze that musky evening blows, SWEET MEJORY, wafted by thy gentle gale,
And quaff the palm's rich nectar as it glows;
The oral tale of elder time rehearse, Oft up the stream of Time I turn my sail,
And chant the rude, traditionary verse To view the fairy-haunts of long-lost hours,
With those, the loved companions of his youth, Elest with far greener shades, far fresher flowers.
When life was luxury, and friendship truth. Âges and climes remote to Thee impart
Ah! why should Virtue fear the frowns of Fate? What charms in Genius, and refines in Art;
Hors what no wealth can buy, no power create! 'Thee, in whose hand the keys of Science dwell,
A little world of clear and cloudless day,
Nor wreck'd by storms, nor moulder'd by decay;
A world, with Memory's ceaseless sunshine blest, Oblivion steals upon her yestal-lamp.
The home of Happiness, an honest breast. The friends of Reason, and the guides of Youth, Wiese language breathed the eloquence of Truth; When Sleep has lock'd the senses in her chain.
But most we mark the wonders of her reign, Whose life, beyond preceptive wisdom, taught The great in conduct, and the pure in thought;
When sober Judgment has his throne resign'd
She smiles away the chaos of the mind; These still exist, (22) by Thee to Fame consign'd,
And, as warm Fancy's bright Elysium glows, Still speak and act, the models of mankind.
From Her each image springs, each color flows. From Thee sweet Hope her airy coloring draws; She is the sacred guest! the immortal friend! And Fancy's flights are subject to thy laws.
Oft seen o'er sleeping Innocence to bend, From Thee that bosom-spring of rapture flows, In that dead hour of night to Silence given, Which only Virtue, tranquil Virtue, knows.
Whispering seraphic visions of her heaven.
And at his feet the thunder dies away,
And bends to hear their cherub-voices call,
But can her smile with gloomy Madness dwell? To love and joy still tremblingly alive;
Say, can she chase the horrors of his cell? The whisperd vow, the chaste caress prolong, Each fiery flight on Frenzy's wing restrain, Weare the light dance and swell the choral song; And mould the coinage of the fever'd brain? With rapt ear drink the enchanting serenade,
Pass but that grate, which scarce a gleam supplies, And, as it melts along the moonlight-glade, There in the dust the wreck of Genius lies! To each soft note return as soft a sigh,
He, whose arresting hand divinely wrought And bless the youth that bids her slumbers fly.
Each bold conception in the sphere of thought; But not till Time has calm'd the ruffled breast, And round, in colors of the rainbow, threw Are these fond dreams of happiness confest. Forms ever fair, creations ever new! Not till the rushing winds forget to rave,
But, as he fondly snatch'd the wreath of Fame, le Heaven's sweet smile reflected on the wave.
| The spectre Poverty unnerved his frame. From Guinea's coast pursue the lessening sail, Cold was her grasp, a withering scowl she wore ; And catch the sounds that sadden every gale. And Hope's soft energies were felt no more. Tell
, if thou canst, the sum of sorrows there; Yet still how sweet the soothings of his art! (23) Mark the fix'd gaze,
the wild and frenzied glare, From the rude wall what bright ideas start! The racks of thought, and freezings of despair! Even now he claims the amaranthine wreath, Best pause not then-beyond the western wave, With scenes that glow, with images that breathe! Go view the captive barter'd as a slave!
And whence these scenes, these images, declare: Crush'd till his high, heroic spirit bleeds,
Whence but from Her who triumphs o'er despair? And from his nerveless frame indignantly recedes. Awake, arise! with grateful fervor fraught,
Yet here, even here, with pleasures long resign'd, Go, spring the mine of elevating thought.
Culls from the crowd the purest and the best ; The full reflection of her vivid hues.
May range, at will, bright Fancy's golden clime, Tis but to die, and then, to weep no more,
Or, musing, mount where Science sits sublime, Then will he wake on Congo's distant shore ; Or wake the Spirit of departed Time. B
Who acts thus wisely, mark the moral Muse, And, with a brother's warmth, a brother's smile, A blooming Eden in his life reviews!
The stranger greets each native of his isle; So rich the culture, though so small the space, So scenes of life, when present and confest, Its scanty limits he forgets to trace.
Stamp but their bolder features on the breast ; But the fond fool, when evening shades the sky, Yet not an image, when remotely viewid, Turns but to start, and gazes but to sigh! (24) However trivial, and however rude, The weary waste, that lengthen'd as he ran, But wins the heart, and wakes the social sigh, Fades to a blank, and dwindles to a span! With every claim of close affinity!
Ah! who can tell the triumphs of the mind, But these pure joys the world can never know; By truth illumined, and by taste refined ?
In geniler climes their silver currents flow. When age has quench'd the eye, and closed the ear, Oft at the silent, shadowy close of day, Still nerved for action in her native sphere, When the hush'd grove has sung his parting lay: Oft will she rise with searching glance pursue When pensive Twilight, in her dusky car, Some long-loved image vanish'd from her view; Comes slowly on to meet the evening-star; Dart through the deep recesses of the past, Above, below, aërial murmurs swell, O'er dusky forms in chains of slumber cast; From hanging wood, brown heath, and bushy dell! With giant-grasp fling back the folds of night, A thousand nameless rills, that shun the light, And snatch the faithless fugitive to light.
Stealing soft music on the ear of night. So through the grove the impatient mother flies, So of the finer movements of the soul, Each sunless glade, each secret pathway tries; That shun the sphere of Pleasure's gay control, Till the thin leaves the truant boy disclose, In the still shades of calm Seclusion rise, Long on the wood-moss stretch'd in sweet repose. And breathe their sweet, seraphic harmonies! Nor yet to pleasing objects are confined
Once, and domestic annals tell the time, The silent feasts of the reflecting mind;
(Preserved in Cumbria's rude, romantic clime) Danger and death a dread delight inspire,
When Nature smiled, and o'er the landscape threw And the bald veteran glows with wonted fire,
Her richest fragrance, and her brightest hue,
A blithe and blooming Forester explored
Go, with old Thames, view Chelsea's glorious pile; The rocky pass half-hung with shaggy wood,
And the cleft oak flung boldly o'er the flood;
Nor shunn'd the track, unknown to human tread, And own what raptures from Reflection flow.
That downward to the night of caverns led;
Some ancient cataract's deserted bed.
High on exulting wing the heath-cock rose (27) That oft arrest the wondering stranger's sail.
And blew his shrill blast o'er perennial snows; Long have ye heard the narratives of age,
Ere the rapt youth, recoiling from the roar, The battle's havoc, and the tempest's rage ;
Gazed on the tumbling tide of dread Lodoar; Long have ye known Reflection's genial ray
And through the rifted cliffs, that scaled the sky, Gild the calm close of Valor's various day.
Derwent's clear mirror (28) charm'd his dazzled eye. Time's sombrous touches soon correct the piece,
Each osier isle, inverted on the wave, Mellow each tint, and bid ench discord cease :
Through morn's grey mist its melting colors gave; A softer tone of light pervades the whole,
And o'er the cygnet's haunt, the mantling grove And steals a pensive longuor o'er the soul.
Its emerald arch with wild luxuriance wove. Hast thou through Eden's wild-wood vales pur
Light as the breeze that brush'd the orient dew, sued (25)
From rock to rock the young Adventurer fiew; Each mountain scene, majestically rude ;
And day's last sunshine slept along the shore, To note the sweet simplicity of life,
When lo, a path the smile of welcome wore. Far from the din of Folly's idle strife ;
Imbowering shrubs with verdure veild the sky, Nor there awhile, with lifted eye, revered
And on the musk-rose shed a deeper dye; That modest stone which pious Pembroke reard ; Save when a bright and momentary gleam Which still records, beyond the pencil's power,
Glanced from the white foam of some shelter'd stream. The silent sorrows of a parting hour;
O'er the still lake the bell of evening tollid, Still to the musing pilgrim points the place, And on the moor the shepherd penn'd his fold; Her sainted spirit most delights to trace?
And on the green hill's side the meteor play'd, Thus, with the manly glow of honest pride, When, hark! a voice sung sweetly through the shade. O'er his dead son the gallant Ormond sigh'd. (26) It ceased—yet still in Florio's fancy sung, Thus, through the gloom of Shenstone's fairy-grove, Still on each note his captive spirit hung ; Maria's urn still breathes the voice of love. Till o'er the mead a cool, sequester'd grot
As the stern grandeur of a Gothic tower From its rich roof a sparry lustre shot.
A crystal water cross'd the pebbled floor,
Hence away, nor dare intrude!
In this secret, shadowy cell And as the sparks of social love expand,
Musing MEMORY loves to dwell, As the heart opens in a foreign land;
With her sister Solitude.
Far from the busy world she flies,
Their shifting sail dropt gently from the cove,
Amused the fisher's solitary night:
And still the mitred window, richly wreathed,
A sacred calm through the brown foliage breathed.
The wild deer, starting through the silent glade, Florio had gain'd a rude and rocky seat, With fearful gaze their various course survey'd. When lo, the Genius of this still retreat!
High hung in air the hoary goat reclined, Fair was her form—but who can hope to trace His streaming beard the sport of every wind; The pensive softness of her angel-face ?
And, while the coot her jet-wing loved to lave, Can Virgil's verse, can Raphael's touch, impart Rock'd on the bosom of the sleepless wave; Those fier features of the feeling heart,
The eagle rush'd from Skiddaw's purple crest, Those tend'rer tints that shun the careless eye, A cloud still brooding o'er her giant-nest. And in the world's contagious climate die?
And now the moon had dimm’d with dewy ray She left the cave, nor mark'd the stranger there; The few fine Aushes of departing day. Her pastoral beauty, and her artless air
O'er the wide water's deep serene she hung, Had breathed a soft enchantment o'er his soul! And her broad lights on every mountain Aung; In every nerve he felt her blest control!
When lo! a sudden blast the vessel blew, (30) What pare and white-sving'd agents of the sky, And to the surge consign'd the little crew. Who rule the springs of sacred sympathy, All, all escaped—but ere the lover bore Inform congenial spirits when they meet?
His faint and faded Julia to the shore, Sweet is their office, as their natures sweet! Her sense had fled !Exhausted by the storm,
Florio, with fearful joy, pursued the maid, A fatal trance hung o'er her pallid form; Till through a vista's moonlight-chequer'd shade, Her closing eye a trembling lustre fired; Where the bal circled, and the rooks reposed, "T was life's last spark—it Autter'd and expired! Their wars suspended, and their councils closed) The father strew'd his white hairs in the wind, An antique mansion burst in awful stale,
Callid on his child—nor linger'd long behind : A rich vine clustering round the Gothic gate. And Florio lived to see the willow wave, Nor paused he there. The master of the scene With many an evening-whisper, o'er their grave. Saw his light step imprint the dewy green; Yes, Florio lived—and, still of each possessid, And, alow advancing, hail'd him as his guest, The father cherish’d, and the maid caress'd! Won by the honest warmth his looks express'd. For ever would the fond enthusiast rove, He wore the rustic manners of a 'Squire ;
With Julia's spirit, through the shadowy grove; Age had not quench'd one spark of manly fire ; Gaze with delight on every scene she plann'd, Bat giant Gout had bound him in her chain, Kiss every flow’ret planted by her hand. And his heart panied for ihe chase in vain. Ah! still he traced her steps along the glade,
Yes here Remembrance, sweetly-soothing Power! When hazy hues and glimmering lights betray'd Wing'd with delight Confinement's lingering hour. Half-viewless forms; still listen’d as the breeze The fuz's brush still emulous to wear,
Heaved its deep sobs among the aged trees ;
Long by the paddock's humble pale confined, She gave its spars to shoot a trembling ray.
Murmur'd of Julia's virtues as it fell;
In Florio's ear breathed language not its own, And chased a line of heroes from the wall. Her charm around the enchantress MEMORY threw, There slept the horn each jocund echo knew, A charm that soothes the mind, and sweetens too! And many a smile and many a story drew!
But is Her magic only felt below?
To what pure beings, in a nobler sphere, (31)
But, as a landscape meets the eye of day,
Each scene of bliss reveal'd, since chaos fled, Her little arts a fretful sire to please,
And dawning light its dazzling glories spread; Her gentle gaiety, and native ease
Each chain of wonders that sublimely glow'd, Had won his soul; and rapturous Fancy shed Since first Creation's choral anthem flow'd; Her golden lights, and tints of rosy red.
Each ready flight, at Mercy's call divine, But ah! few days had pass'd, ere the bright vision fled! To distant worlds that undiscover'd shine ;
When evening tinged the lake's ethereal blue, Full on her tablet flings its living rays, And her deep shades irregularly threw;
And all, combined, with blest effulgence blaze.
There thy bright train, immortal Friendship, soar;
Note 2, page 3, col. 1. No more to part, to mingle tears no more!
Awake but one, and lo, what myriads rise ! And, as the softening hand of Time endears
When a traveller, who was surveying the ruins of The joys and sorrows of our infant-years,
Rome, expressed a desire to possess some relic of its So there the soul, released from human strife,
ancient grandeur, Poussin, who attended him, stooped Smiles at the little cares and ills of life;
down, and gathering up a handful of earth shining Its lights and shades, its sunshine and its showers;
with small grains of porphyry, “ Take this home," As at a dream that charm'd her vacant hours !
said he, “ for your cabinet; and say boldly, Questa è Of may the spirits of the dead descend
Note 3, page 3, col. 1.
The churchryard yews round which his fathers sleep. To hail the spot where first their friendship grew, Every man, like Gulliver in Lilliput, is fastened to And heaven and nature open'd to their view!
some spot of earth, by the thousand small threads Of:, when he trims his cheerful hearth, and sees which habit and association are continually stealing A smiling circle ennulous to please;
over him. Of these, perhaps, one of the strongest is There may these gentle guests delight to dwell, here alluded to. And bless the scene they loved in life so well! When the Canadian Indians were once solicited
Oh thou! with whom my heart was wont to share to emigrate, “ What!" they replied, “shall we say to From Reason's dawn each pleasure and each care; the bones of our fathers, Arise, and go with us into With whom, alas! I fondly hoped to know
a foreign land ?" The humble walks of happiness below; If thy blest nature now unites above
Note 4, page 3, col. 1. An angel's pity with a brother's love,
So, when he breathed his firm yet fond adieu. Still o'er my life preserve thy mild control,
See Cook's first voyage, book i, chap. 16. Correct my views, and elevate my soul;
Another very affecting instance of local attachment Grant me thy peace and purity of mind,
is related of his fellow-countryman Potaveri, who Devout yet cheerful, active yet resign'd;
came to Europe with M. de Bougainville. See les Grant me, like thee, whose heart knew no disguise, Jardins, chant ii. Whose blameless wishes never aim'd to rise,
Note 5, page 3, col. 2. To meet the changes Time and Chance present,
So Scotia's Queen, etc. With modest dignity and calm content.
Elle se leve sur son lit, et se met à contempler When thy last breath, ere Nature sunk to rest, la France encore, et tant qu'elle peut.-BRANTÔME. Thy meek submission to thy God express'd; When thy last look, ere thought and feeling fled,
Note 6, page 3, col. 2. A mingled gleam of hope and triumph shed;
Thus kindred objects kindred thoughts inspire. What to thy soul its glad assurance gave,
To an accidental association may be ascribed some Its hope in death, its triumph o'er the grave? of the noblest efforts of human genius. The HistoThe sweet Remembrance of unblemish'd youth, rian of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire The still inspiring voice of Innocence and Truth! first conceived his design among the ruins of the
Hail, MEMORY, hail! in thy exhaustless mine Capitol; and to the tones of a Welsh harp are we From age to age unnamber'd treasures shine! indebted for the Bard of Gray, Thought and her shadowy brood thy call obey,
Note 7, page 3, col. 2.
Hence home-felt pleasure, etc
Who can sufficiently admire the affectionate atLighter than air, Hope's summer-visions die,
tachment of Plutarch, who thus concludes his enuIf but a fleeting cloud obscure the sky;
meration of the advantages of a great city to men of If but a beam of sober Reason play,
letters? “As to myself, I live in a little town; and I Lo, Fancy's fairy frost-work melts away!
choose to live there, lest it should become still less." But can the wiles of Art, the grasp of Power,
Vit. Dem. Snatch the rich relics of a well-spent hour ?
Note 8, page 3, col. 2.
For this young Foscari, etc.
He was suspected of murder, and at Venice susWhere Virtue triumphs, and her sons are blest!
picion is good evidence. Neither the interest of the Doge, his father, nor the intrepidity of conscious innocence, which he exhibited in the dungeon and on
the rack, could procure his acquittal. He was banNOTES.
ished to the island of Candia for life.
But here his resolution failed him. At such a dis.
tance from home he could not live; and, as it was a Note 1, page 2, col. 2.
criminal offence to solicit the intercession of a foreign Up springs, at every step, to claim a tear.
prince, in a fit of despair he addressed a letter to the I came to the place of my birth and cried, “ The Duke of Milan, and intrusted it to a wretch whose friends of my youth, where are they?”—And an echo perfidy, he knew, would occasion his being remanded answered “Where are they?"_From an Arabic MS. a prisoner to Venice.
Note 9, page 3, col. 2.
chateau at Richelieu, he sacrificed its symmetry to And hence the charm historic scenes impart: preserve the room in which he was born.—Mém. de Whatever withdraws us from the power of our
Mlle de Montpensier, i, 27. senses; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the
An attachment of this nature is generally the charfuture, predominate over the present, advances us in acteristic of a benevolent mind; and a long acquaintthe dignity of thinking beings. Far from me and far from ance with the world cannot always extinguish it. my friends be such frigid philosophy as may conduct
“To a friend,” says John, Duke of Buckingham, us indifferent and unmoved over any ground which “I will expose my weakness : I am oftener missing has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue. a pretty gallery in the old house I pulled down, than That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism pleased with a saloon which 1 built in its stead, would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or though a thousand times better in all respects." See whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins his Letter to the D. of Sh. d lots.JOHNSON.
This is the language of the heart; and will re
mind the reader of that good-humored remark in one Note 10, page 3, col. 2.
of Pope's letters -“I should hardly care to have an And watch and weep in Eloisa's cell.
old post pulled up, that I remembered ever since I The Paraclete, founded by Abelard, in Champagne.
was a child.”
Nor did the Poet feel the charm more forcibly than Note 11, page 3, col. 2.
his Editor. See Hurd's Life of Warburton, 51, 99. T was ever thus. As now at Virgil's tomb.
The Author of Telemachus has illustrated this Vows and pilgrimages are not peculiar to the re- subject, with equal fancy and feeling, in the story of ligious enthusiast. Silius Italicus performed annual Alibée, Persan. ceremonies on the mountain of Posilipo; and it was
Note 16, page 4, col. 1. there that Boccaccio, quasi da un divino estro inspi.
Why great Navarre, etc. rato, resolved to dedicate his life to the Muses. That amiable and accomplished monarch, Henry
the Fourth of France, made an excursion from his Note 12, page 3, col. 2.
camp, during the long siege of Laon, to dine at a So Tully paused amid the wrecks of Time.
house in the forest of Folambray; where he had When Cicero was quæstor in Sicily, he discovered often been regaled, when a boy, with fruit, milk, and the tomb of Archimedes by its mathematical inscrip- new cheese ; and in revisiting which he promised tion.— Tusc. Quæst. y. 3.
himself great pleasure.—Mém. de Sully. Note 13, page 3, col. 2.
Note 17, page 4, col. 1.
When Diocletian's self-corrected mind, Say why the pensive widow loves to weep. The influence of the associating principle is finely there amused himself with building, planting, and
Diocletian retired into his native province, and esemplified in the faithful Penelope, when she sheds gardening. His answer to Maximian is deservedly tears over the bow of Ulysses.-01. xxi, 55.
celebrated. He was solicited by that restless old man Note 14, page 3, col. 2.
to reassume the reins of government, and the ImpeIf chance he hears the song so sweetly wild.
rial purple. He rejected the temptation with a smile The celebrated Ranz des Vaches; “cet air si chéri of pity, calmly observing, “ that if he could show des Suisses qu'il fut défendu sous peine de mort de Maximian the cabbages which he had planted with le jouer dans leurs troupes, parce qu'il faisoit fondre his own hands at Salona, he should no longer be en larmes, déserter ou mourir ceux qui l'entendoient, urged to relinquish the enjoyment of happiness for tant il excitoit en cux l'ardent désir de revoir leur the pursuit of power.”-GIBBON. patrie."-ROUSSEAU.
Note 18, page 4, col. 1. The maladie de pays is as old as the human heart. Bay, when contentious Charles renounced a throne. JUVENAL's little cup-bearer
When the emperor Charles V. had executed his Suspirat longo non visam tempore matrem. memorable resolution, and had set out for the mon
Et casulam, et notos tristis desiderat hædog. astery of St. Justus, he stopped a few days at Ghent, And the Argive, in the heat of battle,
says his historian, to indulge that tender and pleasDulces moriens reminiscitur Argos.
ant melancholy, which arises in the mind of every
man in the decline of life, on visiting the place of Note 15, page 4, col. 2.
his nativity, and viewing the scenes and objects faSay why Vespasian loved his Sabine farm.
miliar to him in his early youth.—ROBERTSON. This emperor, according to Suetonius, constantly
Note 19, page 4, col. 1. passed the summer in a small villa near Reate, where
Then did his horse the homeward track descry. he was born, and to which he would never add any The memory of the horse forms the groundwork embellishment, ne quid scilicet oculorum consuetudini of a pleasing little romance of the twelfth century, deperire.-SUET. in Vit. Vesp. cap. ii.
entitled, “ Lai du Palefroy vair."-See Fablinux di A similar instance occurs in the life of the venera- XII. siècle. ble Pertinax, as related by J. Capitolinus. Posteaquam Ariosto likewise introduces it in a passage full of in Liguriam venit, multis agris coemptis, tabernam truth and nature. When Bayardo meets Angelica in paternam, manente formå priore, infinitis ædificiis cir- the forest, cumdedit.--Hist. August. 54.
Va mansueto ulla Donzella, And it is said of Cardinal Richelieu, that, when he
Che in Albracca il servia già di sua mano. built his magnificent palace on the site of the old family
Orlando Furioso, canto i. 75.