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sonne par le lien mysterieux du souvenir.” Trees are grey by torch light. -Necker. Sur l'Egalité.
A sea-mew sailed slowly by me; the sun edged his wings with silver.
The richest peacock green-blue is under Awkwardness at Court.
the bend of the cliff. “A Man unaccustomed to converse with the masters of the world, enters their magnificent palaces with slow and distrustful
Sentences. steps. Wisdom and virtue are unequal to
I INTEND to be a hedge-bog and roll mythe task of walking with elegance and ease
in my own prickles : all I regret is through the unstudied road of imperial eti
that I am not a porcupine, and endowed with quette. Want of familiarity with surround
the property of shooting them to annoy the ing objects forbids ease; while prejudices, beasts who come near enough to annoy me. like nurses' midnight tales, are at the same time recollected, despised, and yet feared." -Robinson's Ecclesiastical Researches.
The French legislators have done as much
as the nature of the people would permit. Images for Poetry.
Who can carve a Venus de Medicis in free
stone ? WHEN we were within half a mile of the sea in a very clear day, it appeared as if the
When the cable of happiness is cut, surely water was flowing rapidly along the shore
it is better that the vessel should sink at once, in the same direction as the wind; a kind
than be tost about on the dreary ocean of of quick dizzy motion, which I should have thought the effect of having dazzled my eyes
existence, hopeless of a haven. by looking at the sun, if we had not both observed it at once.
IF Momus had made a window in my The river in a very hot day has the same
breast, I would have made a shutter to it. appearance.
The sudden wrinkling of the water when the wind sweeps it, as it were sparkling up
The loss of a friend is like that of a limb. a shower. Where the river is visible at its windings, but the loss cannot be repaired.
may heal the anguish of the wound, it forms little islands of light.
In a day half clear half cloudy, I observe streaks of a rainbow green upon the sea.
MYSTERIES. He who dives into thick The cormorant is a large black bird, and
water will find mud at the bottom; no stream flies with his long neck protruded; when
is clearer than that which rolls over golden full, he stands upon the beach or some sand
sands. bank, spreading his wings to dry them, very quaintly.
It is pleasant to see the white-breasted A man is a fool if he be enraged with an swallows dart under a bridge.
ill that he cannot remedy, or if he endures The bark of the birch is much striped
one that he can. He must bear the gout, across with a grey-white moss.
but there is no occasion to let a fly tickle
1 “The cormorant stands upon its shoals,
His black and dripping wings
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? The reader is referred to Tristram Shandy's remarks on this head. Vol. i. p. 129, c. xxiii.
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“ To best and dearest parents filial grief
I felt thy visitation. Blessed power, Hallows this stone: the last of duties this; I have obeyed, and from the many cares But memory dies not, but the love, that now
That chain me to this sordid sellish world Sleeps in the grave, shall wake again in hea- Winning brief respites, hallowed tha reven."-Jan. 18, 1798.
pose To thee, and pour'd the song of bettert things. Nor vainly may the song of better things
Live to the unborn days; so shall my soul Madoc.
In the hour of death feel comfort, and reWEDNESDAY Feb. 22, 1797. Prospect joice.” Place, Newington Butts. This morning I began the study of the law : this evening I
Images for Poetry. began Madoc. These lines must conclude the
The white foam left by the wave on the
shore trembles in the wind with rainbow wrote them for the commencement.
hues. “SPIRIT of Song! it is no worthless breast
The clouds spot the sea with purple. That thou hast filled, with husht and holy
The white road trembling on the aching eye.
The water spider forms a shadow of six "It may be as well to give here, at length, such information as is in my hands relative to
spots at the bottom of the stream, edged Madoc. On the fly.leaf to the First Fragment with light brown yellow; the legs four, and of Madoc (in my possession), Southey has writ. two from the head. The reflection of the ten, “ This portion of Madoc was written in the body is a thin line only, uniting the rest. summer of 1794, after Joan of Arc had been
In a hot cloudy day the sea was pale grey, transcribed, and some months before this poem was sent to press and recomposed.” At the greener at a distance, and bounded by a end of the precious little volume he has added, darker line. “ Thus far in 1794. I began to revise Feb. 22, Half shadowed by a cloud, beyond the 1797, and finished the revisal March 9.” The extract next following is from a MS.
line of shadow light grey, like another sky. letter of Southey's to his friend C. Danvers.
The ripe redness of the grass. It is without date, but the post-mark is Oct. 24, Sunday, July 16, 1797. I saw the light1803.
** The poem has hung long upon my hands, ning hang in visible duration over the road. and during so many ups and downs of life, that
Shadows of light roll over the shallow I had almost become superstitious about it, and
sands of a stream wrinkled by the wind. could hurry through it with a sort of fear. An overhanging bough reflects this prettily. Projected in 1789, and begun in prose at that The flags sword leaves. time-then it slept till 1794, when I wrote a book and a half-another interval till 1797,
Up the Stour, the swallows cavern their when it was corrected and carried on to the be.
nests in the sand cliff. ginning of the fourth book, -and then a gap I saw a dick-duck-drake leaping fish. again till the autumn of 1798, from which time The reed-rustling breeze. it went fairly on, till it was finished in your poor
The sea like burnished silver. Morning. mother's parlour on her little table. "Book by book I had read it to her, and passage by pas. sage as they were written to my mother and to Peggy. This was done in July 1799—four
Triad. years! I will not trust it longer, lest more changes befall, and I should learn to dislike it as “Three things restored will prolong a man's a melancholy memento!”
The above, with the preface to the last edi. tion of Madoc, contains the whole history of that
The country where in childhood he was poem's composition. The lines here referred to
brought up; were not inserted.-J. W. W.
The food that in childhood nourished him;
And the train of thoughts that in childhood “The Amethyst drives away drunkenness; amused him."
for being bound on the navel it restrains G. WILLIAMs, note, v. 2, p. 36. the vapour of the wine, and so dissolves the
“ Alectoria is a stone of a christalline coThe three Names of this Island.
lour, a little darkish, somewhat resembling “ The first-Before it was inhabited it limpid water; and sometimes it has veins was called the water-guarded green spot; of the colour of flesh. Some call it Galliafter it was inhabited, it was called the naceus, from the place of its generation, the honey-island; and after its subjection to intestines of capons, which were castrated Prydain, the son of Aedd Mawr, he gave it at three years' old and had lived seven; bethe name of the Isle of Prydain.”—Cam. fore which time the stone ought not to be Register, v. I. p. 22.
taken out; for the older it is so much the better. When the stone is become perfect
in the capon, he do'nt drink. However, 'tis Sonnet by B. W. H.
never found bigger than a large bean. The “Why tell ye me of heaven, and of that bliss virtue of this stone is to render him that Which much-enduring saints will some- carries it invisible; being held in the mouth time know !
it allays thirst, and therefore is proper for I'll own no heaven beyond my Harriet's kiss, wrestlers; (so will any stone by stimulatNo joys but what from her sweet converse ing the glands, but what if the wrestler flow.
should swallow it?) makes a woman agreeYe talk to those whom poverty's stern power able to her husband; bestows honours, and Loads with the weight of soul-subduing preserves those already acquired; it frees care,
such as are bewitched; it renders a man Bid them expect that lingering distant hour eloquent, constant, agreeable, and amiable ; When the bright flash of hope shall blind it helps to regain a lost kingdom, and acdespair.
quire a foreign one. For me, if youth eternal crown my joys ; “ Borax, Nosa, Crapondinus, are names
If love attend me through the paths of life, of the same stone, which is extracted from And affluence guarding well from worldly a toad. There are two species, the which is strife,
the best is rarely found; the other is black I'll quaff the cup of pleasure till it cloys; or dun with a cerulean glow, having in the Blessing the auspicious hour that gave me middle the similitude of an eye, and must birth,
be taken out while the dead toad is yet pantThen sink to nothing in my native earth." ing, and these are better than those which
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are extracted from it after a long continu
ance in the ground. They have a wonderful Virtues of Gems.
efficacy in poisons. For whoever has taken From the Mirror of Stones, by CAMILLUS poison let him swallow this; which being
LEONARDUS, Physician at Pisaro. Dedi- down, rolls about the bowels, and drives out cated to Cæsar Borgia, Eng. Trans. Lon
every poisonous quality that is lodged in
the intestines, and then passes through the don, 1750.
fundament and is preserved. It is an ex“The Diamond helps those who are trou- cellent remedy for the bites of reptiles, and bled with phantasms or the Night Mair.
takes away fevers. If it be made into a lo'I can assign no reason why such a sonnet
tion and taken, it is a great help in disorwas transcribed by Southey, neither do I know
ders of the stomach and reins, and some say whom the initials represent.-J. W. W.
it has the same effect if carried about one.
“ The carbuncle is male and female. The “Fingites is of a white colour, hard as females throw out their brightness, the stars marble, and transparent like alabaster; it appear burning within the males.
is brought from Cappadocia. Some report “ Some imagine that the crystal is snow that a certain king built a temple of this turned to ice which has been hardening stone without windows; and from its transthirty years, and is turned to a rock by age. parency the day was admitted into it in so (APFONSO AFRICANO, C. 2, p. 43).
clear a manner as if it had been all open. “ Chemites is a stone that has the appear- “ Galatides or Galactica is a white lucid ance of ivory; not heavy, and in hardness stone, in form of an acorn, hard as the adalike marble. It is said to preserve the bodies mant, and so cold that it can hardly be of the dead a long time from being hurt by warmed by fire; which proceeds from the the worms and from putrefaction.
exceeding closeness of its pores which will “Corvia or Corvina is a stone of a red- not suffer the heat of the fire to penetrate. dish colour, and accounted artificial. On the “ Kinocetus is a stone not wholly useless, calends of April boil the eggs taken out of a since it will cast out devils. crow's nest till they are hard; and being “ Sarcophagus, the stone of which the ancold, let them be placed in the nest as they cients built their monuments, so called from were before. When the crow knows this, its effects, for it consumes a human body she flies a long way to find this stone; and that is placed in it, insomuch that in forty having found it returns to the nest, and the days the very teeth are gone, so that noeggs being touched with it, they become thing appears ; nay, farther, if this stone be fresh and prolific. The stone must imme- bound to a man while he is alive, it has the diately be snatched out of the nest. Its vir- force of eating away his flesh. tue is to increase riches, to bestow honours, " The asbestas is a stone of an iron colour, and to foretell many future events. produced in Arcadia and Arabia ; being set
“ Draconites,-Dentrites,—Draconius, is on fire it retains a perpetual flame, strong a stone lucid and transparent of a cristalline and unquenchable, not to be extinguished colour. Albertus Magnus says it is of a by showers or storms. It is of a woolly texblack colour, and that its figure is pyrami- ture, and many call it the salamander's feadal and not lucid. Some say it shines like a ther. Its fire is nourished by an inseparalooking glass, with a blackness; that many ble unctuous humid flowing from its subseek after but never find it. It is brought stance." from the east, where there are great dragons; for it is taken out of the head of dra
Turkish Idea of Thunder. gons, cut off while the beast is yet panting.
“When the Turkish ambassador, Esseid It loses its virtue if it remains in the head
Ali Effendi, saw some electrical experiments any time after the death of the dragon. Some bold fellows in those eastern parts heard the analogy between electricity and
at Lyons (Messidor 14th)(July 2, 1797) and search out the dens of the dragons, and in these they strew grass mixed with sopori- at the ignorance of the Europeans, who did
lightning explained, he seemed astonished ferous medicaments, which the dragons when
not attribute lightning to the breath of an they return to their dens eat, and are thrown into a sleep; and in that condition they cut angel, and the noise of thunder to the clapoff their heads and extract the stone. It ping of his wings."-Star, Thurs. July 20. has a rare virtue in subduing all sorts of poison, especially that of serpents. It also renders the possessor of it bold and invin
Novogorod God of Thunder. cible; for which reason the kings of the “When Wolodemir introduced Christianeast boast they have such a stone.
ity into Russia (A. D. 990) to prove the sin
cerity of his conversion, he caused the If Life were a merchandize which men could brazen image of Perun, long worshipped at buy Novogorod as the God of Thunder, to be | The rich would purchase it, and only the thrown into the river after being bruised
poor would die."
Worpleton. with clubs. It is not long since (as Olearius writes) that the inhabitants believed that Perun from the deep still exerted his loud
Sopra le due Citta subissate dal Trema'oto. and dissonant voice once every year ; and “Qui pur foste o Città; ne in voi qui resta excited all that heard it to broils and bat- Testimon di voi stesse, un sasso solo; tery."—Ambas. Travels. Andrews, vol. 1, In cui si scriva, qui s'aprerse il suolo
Qui fu Catania, e Siracusa è
Io su l'arena solitaria e mesta “ Novogorod is situated in a very fair Voi sovente in voi cerco, e trovo solo spacious plain upon the Wologda. This river Un silenzio, un orror, che d'alto duolo derives its source from the lake Ilmen, M' empie, e gli occhi mi bagna, e il piè about three miles above the city, from whence m'arresta, it falls into lake Ladoga. There are falls or E dico, o formidabile ! oh tremendo rapids in the Ladoga lake with dangerous Divin giudizio! pur ti veggio, e sento, rocks.”—Peter Henry Bruce.
E non ti temo ancor, nè ancor t’intendo!
Deh sorgeste a mostrar' l' alto portento
Subissate Cittadi, e sia l'orrendo
Scheletro vostro ai secoli spavento."
VINCENZO DA FILACAJA. Their children which too long would wanton play,
“Here, cities, ye once stood; but there does So to prevent all my ensuing crimes not remain in you a testimony of your exNature my nurse laid me to bed betimes." | istence, not a stone on which might be writIn some part of Yorkshire. ten, “Here the ground opened, there was
Catania, and this is Syracuse.' Often, as I "HERE lize Sarre FFlougger who dyde wander over the silent and deserted strand,
do I look about for by the krewill youzitch ov hur usbun.”
you in yourselves; but In Upham Church yard, Hants.
all I find is a silence, a horror, which fills me with deep grief, bathes mine eyes and stops
my foot, and I exclaim, O formidable, O “As I lay sleeping here alone
tremendous judgments! I see you, I feel With my grandfather to him I'm come; you all around, and still do not fear, still With heavenly charms so blest am I, cannot fully understand you. Rise then once With joy and pleasure here I lie.” more, ye engulphed cities, show the portenBlonham, Wilts.
tous desolation, and let your horrible ske
leton be the terror and lesson of ages to “ Au! she bids her friends adieu !
come."-In Mary's Review, from a collecSome angel calls her to the spheres;
tion of Italian Sonnets translated into Latin Our eyes the radiant sun pursue
hexameters by Jasseus. Thro' liquid telescopes of tears.”
I These sonnets were intended to be cast into Portsmouth.
English ones. The translation implies the time
when Southey was not the able Italian scholar “Life is a city full of crooked streets,
he was in his latter days. His own version of And Death the market place where all men
some of them may be seen in subsequent page
e. g. pp. 81, 82. They were composed mostly meets.
in 1799.-J. W. W.