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liam Jones is, that at the age of three years The temple of Vesta, at Tivoli, was purand not quite nine months, he was weighed chased many years ago by an English nobefore the Royal Society against a dwarf, bleman, who meant to have it removed to John Coan by name. The dwarf weighed his own grounds. The Roman government thirty-four pounds, the child thirty-six. most properly issued a probibition.— Ibid. The dwarf, with shoes, hat, and wig on, measured thirty-eight five-tenths inches ; the child, without any thing on his head, “The black shining sand which we throw thirty-seven seven-tenths. – Ibid. vol. 10, upon writing to prevent blotting is found
on the shore of the Canary Islands. It
seems to have been thrown out of volcanoes; 1753. Altar at York discovered, Matri- and is certainly the most perfect iron, for bus Africis, Italicis, Germanicis.— Ibid. p. the loadstone will lick up every grain. Ex317.
periments have been made without effect to
turn this sand into bar iron; yet I am The first rope-dancer had once been a credibly informed that a gentleman in Lonmonkey; the first who threw a somerset, a
don understands this secret, and has a case tumbler pigeon.
of razors made of this same black, shining
sand."-Glas. p. 271. Cornage' a better tenure for his Crispin than that by which Don Carlos's bootmaker EDUCATION of singing birds. — A robin held his office. “Son cordonnier luy avoit sung three parts in four nightingale, the fait une paire de bottes très-mal faites : il rest of his song was what the bird-catchers les fit mettre en petites pieces, et fricasser call rubbish—or no particular note whatcomme tripes de bæuf, et les luy fit manger ever.” Imitative poetry is of this kind.toutes devant luy, en sa chambre, de cette Phil. Trans. Abr. 13. p. 444. façon."—BRANTOME, vol. 5, p. 134.
This might do for the last motto, The pain which our affections suffer from " Let's fairly part, my book; Time calls a solution of continuity.
And when Time calls, there's no excuse to BREECHING, the apanthroposis of a boy. stay." It was like the change from grub to but
Being Partridge's Farewell to his terfly, without the intermediate aurelian
Almanack, 1686. state of torpidity. What was the assumption of the toga to
See Paracelsus de Meteoris, c. 3, for his this !
theory of “tenebriferous stars, by whose in
fluence night is brought on, for that they TEMPLE of Rediculus near Rome, sup- do ray out darkness and obscurity upon the posed to have been erected to the God of earth, as the sun does light.” — SAUNDERS, Return after Hannibal raised the siege of 1686, December. the city.-DowNES, vol. 1, p. 407.
THERE could not, as Bishop HACKET has The first indication of Canova's genius shown (p. 1912), be a name of better omen was manifested at an inn, where he was ob- than D. none which contained so large a served modelling in butter.-Ibid. p. 500. number of happy significations, bearing a
! See suprà, p. 456. The term has been explained before. See suprà, p. 206.-J. W.W.
This extract is worked up from Bishop Hacket's words, not quoted exactly.-J. W.W
similitude which will increase into many to believe, that the nightingale often sings applications. It is animal fæcundum, a bird till she bursts !! of a most teeming fertility; whether any that Alies doth breed oftener I am not certain, I
This man says,
“ Man is nothing but selfbelieve not many.
Such fecundity then is interest incarnate," the philosophy of an inalways in a lively faith. It hath no gall, fidel." - Ibid.
150. And nowhere is it or, if Aristotle hath observed it better than more broadly stated. What makes the Engothers, so small a one that it can scarce lish, he says, enjoy that liberty and probe perceived ; now the gall is the draught perty which other neighbouring subjects of cholerical matter in man's body, out of want, but our own happy ill nature, ibid. ; which distemper proceed anger, revenge, and he proceeds to show (p. 151) that might and malice. Notable, too, is this bird's is right, and nothing can be unjust! See harmlessness; it hath neither beak nor talons p. 221, ibid. for more of this philosophy! to tyrannize over smaller creatures, sine armis extra, sine felle intus. The smallest But he might well wonder how those men flies or gnats may hum about it, and take no "who by their hard censures of the Almighty harm, for it devours nothing wherein there make salvation seem almost impossible, is life. And it is a cleanly feeder ; not shouldever marry,—since, according to their pecking like crows and vultures upon car- belief, it is above ten thousand to one that rion, but picking up grains of corn, and the the children they may have will be damned." purest fruits of the field. And it is a bird -P. 159. of strong flight.
It is impossible to teach a dove to sing a Opinions concerning the body of Moses. cheerful tune, for Nature hath engrafted in - Bishop Hacket, p. 429. it a solemn mourning, gemitus pro cantu. Here the parallel failed in D.'s case. "Αρισος μεν άρισος is held in these days
for a truer axiom than Pindar's. “ Such wits as delighted in holy ingenuity have applied the several parts of
IMAGE was a word of Dryden's, at least Christ's merits and sufferance and passion often used by him in his prefaces. Then unto us in the notions of physic and chi
came idea; now we have emanation. What rurgery.— There was no disease of sin next? effluences, perhaps. whereof we were not sick, there was no kind of cure to be invented which was not prac
Prologo Galeato, the title party-colourtised to restore us." But the conceit is pur- ed, because the book is motley; red letters, sued in a manner rather to cause displeasure because a holy day book. than edification.-Bishop Hacket, p. 241.
The mixture of the work like Punch.
Difference between tragi-comedy in None are said to be sealed of the tribe Shakespeare and in Otway. of Dan. Bishop Hacket (p. 402) approves the interpreter who explains that the reason
Cramp rings were blest by the King on why Ephraim and Dan are not in the list,
Good Friday. They were put in a bason, was because they were the first, after the death of Moses, who let in idolatry, in the
Nightingales and bullfinches, it is well
known, will over-sing themselves. We all rematter of Micah ; and therefore their names
collect Vinny BOURNE's Strada Philomela, are not in the blessing of that book of life. “ Tuque etiam in modulos surgis Philomela :
Viribus, heu impar, exanimisque cadis." Blount (Philost. N. 134) says, and seems
J. W. W.
the King was to pass his hands over them, | tection.” — SIR EGERTON BRYDGES, Autob. or into them, and say a prayer ; they were vol. 2, p. 13. to be sprinkled with holy water.
“ Kent's style of architecture predomi“ That Paradise Lost of Milton's," says
nated during his life, and his oracle was so RYMER,“ which some are pleased to call a
much consulted by all who affected taste, that nothing was thought complete without
his assistance. He was not only consulted QUARLES.
for furniture, as frames of pictures, glasses, “ Small store of manners when the King
chairs, &c. but for plate, for a barge, and
even for a cradle. And so impetuous was says come And feast at court, to say I've meat at
fashion, that two great ladies prevailed on home."
him to make designs for their birthday Not if the King has dirty cooks, who spoil gowns. The one he dressed in a petticoat good meat. It is better then to take of decorated with columns of five orders; the one's own cold fragments at home, or even
other like bronze, in copper-coloured satin, to dine with the Duke.
with ornaments of gold. He was not more
happy in other works to which he applied All persons after sixty ought to wear a
his genius."-Biographical Sketches of Emi
nent Artists. wig, says Sir John SINCLAIR, Code of Health, p. 455.
What a physician ought and ought not Wearing a wig is an excellent practice
to be in appearance and manners. - Rabefor the old, the tender, and the studious.- LAIs, vol. 8, p. 428-9. Ibid. p. 460.
PHALLAS, the horse which Heraclius rode
in his great victory, the battle of Nineveh, “ Tue abilities and the eloquence of that
and who, though wounded in the thigh, branch of the Pitt family who were created “ carried his master safe and victorious Earls of Chatham and Lords Camelford was owing to a fortunate connection they made rians.”—Gibbon, vol. 8, p. 249.
through the triple phalanx of the barbawith a Miss Innes of Redhall, in the Highlands of Scotland. And the talents of the
Hall, p. 582.- Horses in a pageant ill family of Dundas of Arniston have also named. been attributed to the marriage of one of their ancestors with a Miss Sinclair, of the “Ano. You gave those ships most strange, family of Stevenson, in East Lothian."
most dreadful, and Ibid. Appendix, p. 11.
Unfortunate names ; I never look'd they'd This is given in proof that " the talents prosper. and structure of the mind are derived from Rom. Is there any ill omen in giving the mother, and that the abilities of many names to ships? families may be traced to one distinguished Ano. Did you not call one The Storm's female who introduced talent into it, or,
Defiance ? according to a common expression, mother Another The Scourge of the Sea ? and the wit.”—Ibid. p. 11.
The Great Leviathan ? “ I BELIEVE they call a provincial horse, Rom.
Very right, sir. not known on the great arena of New- Ano. Very devilish names, market, a blind horse, whose pedigree and All three of them; and surely I think they history may be falsified, without easy de
Curst in their very cradles, I do mean
Boyle describes a colt with one double
NISÆan horses the largest and best. eye in the middle of the forehead ; the two STRABO, lib. xi. orbits being united into one very large round one, into which there entered one
On the ides of December the Romans pretty large optic nerve.-Phil. Trans. Abr. sacrificed a horse to Mars. vol. 1, p. 29.
The Sportsman's Calendar, by Reginald Tue horses of Asios Hyrtacides' (1. xii. Heber, Esq. 97), which Homer calls ailwves, are called by
?“ After reading a portion of Homer in our
daily studies, he would make me read aloud the ! The passage alluded to is, “ Tøc oè Nigaiss same portion in every translation he possessed, CATES Olc é xpwvto of Baoiltig åpiotoiç doi kai Pope, Cowper, Chapman, and Hobbes.” Life peyiotous, K. 7. é." p. 525, C.-J. W. W. und Correspondence, vol. vi. p. 241.-J. W.W.
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she struck her bonnet against the roof of the HE Quixote Bowles frequently porch at our lodgings; the blow would not
visited at Christ Church. I have have injured a butterfly's wing, but she deheard of him from Biddlecombe clared that it was Providence who had made
and the Jacksons. This man's her put on a bonnet that morning, which for memory was uncommonly strong ; Grose, many months she had not worn. There is who loved to play upon his eccentricities, an idiot in the workhouse at Christ Church: would often affirm that he quoted wrongly. what is very singular his forehead shows no This used to irritate Bowles, he would offer marks of idiotcy, or any of his countenance to wager that he was right, rise from din- but his eyes; they have an open wild look, ner, bring the book, and prove to Grose, but it is the wildness of folly not of madwhat he never doubted, that he was exact The old countess believes like the to a word in his quotation.
Turks that all idiots are inspired, and she Bowles had a great love for pigs; he sent for this poor fellow to know whether thought them the happiest of all God's crea- her husband Bowes would live another tures, and would walk twenty miles to see year. one that was remarkably fat. This love ex- I had some difficulty in understanding tended to bacon, he was an epicure in it, her toothless tone, but she began by hoping and whenever he went out to dinner took a I was very loyal, and expressed a very great piece of his own curing in his pocket, and respect for men of letters: and yet after she requested the cook to dress it.
had been listening one day to a conversa
tion upon Sir I. Newton, she suddenly exCrowe was going to Jersey in a smug- claimed, and what is Sir Isaac Newton gling vessel, he smoaked and drank with the compared to a nobleman!' crew, and pleased them with his conversa- I am told that she speaks Italian and tion. It chanced that they were becalmed Spanish with great fluency and elegance : on a Sunday, and he stood up and preached | I am certain, however, that she knows very an extempore sermon. This completely de- little of the literature either of Spain or lighted the smugglers ; ever after they and Italy. She told me Lope de Vega was her their acquaintance were glad to treat the favourite author; that the translation of smuggling parson with his passage. Don Quixote was one of the best in our
language, and that it was ridiculous to talk Soon after my arrival at Christ Church of the great superiority of the original. the old Countess of Strathmore paid me a Hannah More observed to me once that she visit. This is a strange woman, every cir- never knew the excellence of Don Quixote cumstance that occurs to her is miraculous; till she read it in Spanish. I add this as as the servants lifted her into her carriage connected with this subject, not to blas