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world which she receiveth from the sun, so ■we ought to bestow the benefits received of God to the profit and commodity of our neighbour."—Wit's Commonwealth.

Meet adversity — like the cedar in the snow.

The enchanted fountains to the sources of Whang-ho.

Convulsions in eastern kingdoms — to a stone cast into a green-mantled pool; for a moment it is disturbed, but the green stagnation covers it again.

Sound of a trumpet—u. Virgil's statue by Naples.

Bitter resentment, revenge that requires blood—the sting of a scorpion, only to be healed by crushing it and binding it on the wound.

White heat, tremulous, intense—like the Sud if steadily beheld.

Look of love—to the intense affection in the eye of the ostrich when fixed on its egg.

Sorrow, misfortunes.—I have seen a dark cloud that threatened to hide the moon, grow bright as it passed over her, and only make her more beautiful. August 7, Cintra, eleven at night.

Violet virtues—discovered by their sweetness, not their show.

"Upon the lake lie the long shadows of thy towers." — Shadows seem to sink deep in dark water.

Desertion—weeds seeding in the garden or court-yard, or on the altar.

Pise and fir groves said to form fine echoes.

M. de la Hire after Leonardo da Vinci observes that any black body viewed through a thin white one gives the sensation of blue; and this he assigns as the reason of the blueness of the sky, the immense depth of which being wholly devoid of light, is viewed through the air illuminated and whitened by the sun.

Chama Gigas — the name of those huge scallop shells which are placed about fountains.

The skylark,—rising as if he would soar to heaven, and singing as sweetly and as happily as if he were there.

The wind hath a human voice.

July 1822. I Was on the lake with Lightfoot,1 between the General's Island and St. Herbert's, and nearly midway between the east and west sides. The water was perfectly still, and not a breath of air to be felt. We were in fine weather, but on the eastern side a heavy shower was fulling, within a quarter of a mile of us, and the sound which it made was louder than the loudest roaring of Lodore, so as to astonish us both. I thought that a burst had happened upon Walla crag, and that the sound proceeded from the ravines bringing down their sudden torrents. But it was merely the rain falling on the lake when every thing was still.

Bell - Ringing, a music which nature adopts and makes her own, as the winds play with it.

"the olive will hardly admit of any graft, by reason of its fatness, nor will the grafts of it easily thrive in any other stock."—Dr. Jackson, vol. 2, p. 639.

It is remarkable that Reginald Heber should never have noticed the 'pale translucent green' of an evening sky, till he saw it on his voyage to India. — Journal, vol. 1, p. ML

Turner's Tour in the Levant, vol. 3, p. 175. "From the tomb of Orchan I vainly looked for the miraculous drum which was said to sound of itself every night, and on enquiry was informed that it was burnt in the last great fire—at Brusa."

Sunshine in sheets and fulls of light through the refts in a cloud.

1 His old friend, the Rev. Nicholas Lightfoot. See Life and Correspondence, vol. v. 118.

J. W. W.

which, with untold mines of power, was meek and lowly and of childlike simplicity, as shewn, more or less, in every letter in the Life and Correspondence. That Southey was a great man and a great scholar, is comparatively, a little thing,—that he was a good man and a Christian every whit, and a righteous example and a pattern for ages yet to come, that is a great matter! His praise is this, that he was a humble minded man, a good son, a good father, a good Christian!

It is scarcely necessary to add, in the words of his prime favourite author, that “ he had a rare felicity in speedy reading of books, and as it were but turning them over would give an exact account of all considerable therein.” The words occur in the Holy State, in the Life of Mr. Perkins, who preached to the prisoners in the castle of Cambridge, “ bound in their bodies, but too loose in their lives.”

JOHN WOOD WARTER.

VICARAGE HOUSE, WEST TARRING, Sussex,

December 24, 1850.

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Perhaps the Saxon plural in en may be English Hexameters.

advantageously restored. G@CAPHE frequent occurrence of The fewest possible syllables in a line are ÞN monosyllables is unfavour thirteen, the most seventeen. The first four able to hexameters in our

feet vary from eight to twelve. I conceive I s language. The omission of that any arrangement between these will be Dm the e in the imperfect and

sufficient if they satisfy the ear. participle, the contraction of the genitive,

We have in our language twelve feet; the these also by shortening words increase the Greeks and Romans had twenty-eight. difficulty.

Spondee . . . . . Egypt The Saxon genitive, then, must be re Tambic . . . . . Děpārt stored; the pronoun genitive also, “his," Trochee . . . . . Lāngŭid and even “ her.” The latter innovation or

Dactyl . . . . Lõvelilý renovation will remove one hissing sound. Amphibrachys. . . Bělověd The English hexameter will be much

Amphimacer . . ūndertāke longer to the eye than either the Greek or Antibacchius ... Housebreākér Latin, but so many of our letters are use

Ditrochæus . . . . Lāměntātion less, that I do not think it can be longer to Dijambus Extinguisher, accordthe ear. We often express a single sound

Pæon Secundus į ing as it stands in by two characters, as in all letters with the Ionicus Major J the verse. h compounded.

Choriambic . . . . Arqŭibŭssiēr A trochee may be used for a spondee, perhaps an iambic, but the iambic must never

wwwmmmm follow a trochee.

Irregular Blank Verse. Like blank verse, hexameters may run into each other, but the sentence must not,

Of metres that must be the best which I think, close with a hemistich.

being harmonious enough to the reader, fetters least the poet's thoughts.

Those lines are admissible in irregular 1 The reader will find the question of English

blank verse of which none make the half of hexameters fully examined in the Preface to the Vision of Judgment.-J. W. W.

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