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Αυλακι και γήρα τετρυμένον.-κ. τ. λ.


His aged ox, worn out by toilsome days,

Alco subjects not to the slaughter-knife;

But grateful for his beast's once useful life,
Has sent him to the richest field to graze,

Where he may low and eat, and eat and low,
Free from the cares and labours of the plough.



fondly gave

Η» ΚΑΘΑΡΗ (Νύμφαι γαρ.-κ. τ. λ.

1. The PURE-ye nymphs, you


name, Mine to distinguish as the purest rill ; The PURE I was, until a robber came, The blood of sleepers on my marge to spill.

2. My sacred waters laved the hand accurst,

Shuddered and shrank, and ne'er as heretofore Shall gurgle sweetly to the traveller's thirst ;

Dried now my source-and I'm the PURÉ no more!



Ευπιταλον γλαυκάν αναδενδράδα.-κ. τ. λ.


High on the mountain's dark-green foliage here,
I Pan am placed,—this vineyard's overseer.
Wayfaring man, if thou should'st long to take
A purple cluster for thy stomach's sake,
Eat-I begrudge thee not; but if so much
As one small grape with thievish hand thou touch,
Down on thy skull descends with might and main
This knotty club,—'twill make thee reel again.



Μητρι περιστεφία σηκών.–κ. τ. λ.


This temple rising from the rocky deep

Amid the swellings of thy parent sea-
Whose waves for ever round its basement sweep,
Cythera,—Posthumus has built for thee.

Ocean, with joy, will clasp thee : every breeze

That crisps his azure wavelets, pleased, will smile; And thou wilt look, great mistress of the seas,

On Posthumus, and this thy holy pile.


Ηρπασέ τις νύμφην.* –κ. τ. λ.

Some dæmon seized the bridegroom, seized the bride,

And made a throng of happy hearts his slaves :
Since five-and-twenty at that marriage died,
One single marriage filled so many graves !

A bridal room_one charnel-house of wo!

Pentheus, Penthesilæa, bridegroom, bride-
Be these your names,-names forcing tears to flow :

Jll-fated spousals !—where so many died.



Λάθριον έρπηστην σκολιών πόδα.-κ. τ. λ.


Ivy_with sidelong, stealthy, creeping pace,

Thou chokest Bacchus' child, the clustered vine :
Vain suicide! since he the feast must grace,

Before thy chaplets round our brows we twine.



Τον πτανών Eρμαν.-κ. τ. λ.


The winged Mercury, the god

Of all light-finger'd thieves, sir,
The king of rural Arcady,

Renown'd for lifting beeves, sir,
This mighty power, whose presence graced

Our famous school gymnastic,
Was stolen by Aulus—cunning thief-

A trick most unscholastic :
Who, as he bore his god away,

Thus said, and ran the faster,
Full many a pupil has become

More famous than his master.f



Κόψας εκ φηγού.–κ. τ. λ.


The goat-herd Philoxenides for thee,
0, Pan, carved rudely from a beechen tree

This epigram, according to the commentators, commemorates the fate of a marriage party, who perished by the falling of the room where they were celebrating the nuptial feast. The etymology of the proper names is alluded to.

Vide Euripid. Bacch., 367. Πενθεύς δ' όπως μη πένθος είσοίσει δόμοις.

Η πολλοι μαθηται κρειττονες διδασκαλων-a proverbial expression,

This image--rough with bark—and near it built
This altar, whereupon the blood he spilt
Of a grey, wanton goat, and drench'd the rock
With milk untasted by his infant flock.
Pan-may his kids have twins, and never bleed
Beneath the wolf's rough teeth, for this good deed.



Χαίρε θεα Παφία: σην γαρ αεί δύναμιν.-κ. τ. λ.


Hail to thee, goddess divine,

Goddess in Paphos adored!
Power everlasting is thine-
Ever by mortals implored.

Deathless the beauty that spreads

Round thee the gleam of its fire ;
Bright is the glory that sheds
O'er thee the glow of desire.

All that is lovely and fair,

Either on earth or above,
Ever thy power will declare,

Beautiful parent of love !*



Ιώ παρέρπων.-κ. τ. λ.


Oh! passer-by, give heed,
If that thy heart can feel, while I disclose,
In a few simple words, poor Botrys' woes-
Woes pitiful, indeed !

His son is now no more-
The learned, the wise, the eloquent of tongue,
The old man's pride, cut off, alas ! so young,
And he himself fourscore !

Alas! for him bereft-
The grey-hair'd father: and, alas ! for thee,
Botrys' dear son : how many, many be

The joys which thou hast left!

Nice, January, 1837.

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The original of these lines is remarkable as being the only example, in the whole

The range of Greek poetry, of unmixed pentameters : so say the commentators. measure of the original has been attempted in this version.



Your reply, my dear Eusebius, has their utter misconception of my meannot at all surprised me. You tell me ing, when I spoke facetiously, and that my account of parochial matters ad absurdum. It must be very broad first made you laugh very heartily, and farce, indeed, that must move any given then made you very sad : and had you mass. Think but for a moment of the been curate of - what effect would mummeries and absurdities that fanathe incidents themselves have had up- ticism will invest with seriousness. I on you ? precisely the same as the have seen the puppet-show, from the narration,-excepting that the scene habit of attraction, employed as an of your immoderate mirth, if not of adjunct to divinity. Where? it will your sorrow, would have been one not be asked wherever I make the asquite so safe as that closed library, sertion. Then the matter of fact will where, though it be full of informa- prove it. Many years ago I was at tion, there are no informers, and from Milan on Christmas Day; while the which you date your letter. And I service was going on within the doubt if you would not have had more · Duomo, immediately before it on the real occasion for your subsequent sad- outside, was a common itinerant Punch ness. I am aware that to many, the puppet-show, in which was enacted, parochial memorabilia might appear 'in imitation of the choice of Hercules, overcharged or feigned—but it is not the Young Man's Tempation and so. I have often heard you say, that Choice. He was between the devil Truth beats Fiction all tlic world over (as commonly represented) and the --and you are right. More extra- Saviour. Had this appeared a ridiordinary things happen, than imagina- cule, and a blasphemy, in the eyes tion can well conceive, and happen of common spectators, the authorities every day too, in all cities, in all vil. would not have permitted the exhibi. lages, and in most families; but they tion. I once watched man at Venice often are the results of progressive on a little bridge near St Marc's action, and intermixed with everyday Place, walking backwards and forproceedings, and are not therefore wards, intreating the passers by to collected at once, and to the imme- take the advantage of praying to his diate point of their oddity, or of their most excellent Lady, whom he expathos. The novelist, the tragedian, hibited in his little portable chapel, and the comedian, by the mere power which he had set up. He had little of separation and omission, of all that success—he became irritated-shook does not bear upon the chief incident his fist at “ Our Lady,” calling her by to be enforced, excite in us most won- all sorts of abusive names,which, though derful emotion ; but only so long as some may have fancied sounded very they keep within the bounds of nature. well in Italian, will not bear translation, A few facts may be collected, and but and slammed the door in her face; many a few, considering that every moment passed-nobody laughed, and nobody of life is teeming with them--they are seemed shocked. Did you ever, Eusethe stock for all writers ; but, my dear bius, look into the books describing the Eusebius, I believe the absolute inven- virtues of particular saints, pretty comtion of them to be very rare. And mon in all Italian villages ?--particuhere, I must observe, that a great partlarly of the local Madonnas—with of mankind suffer things to pass be- full and particular accounts of the cures fore their very eyes, without their for which they are celebrated ? The seeing them, in their exact and true worldly wise authority that allows and bearing. How many even educated promotes their dissemination, knows persons do you not daily meet with, very well the extent of all that is abwho are totally deficient in any per- surd, that yet will be taken for sober ception of wit, or even of the more serious truths, and that the faculty of broad ridiculous ? I know one whole a perception of the ridiculous, is not family, consisting of many individuals, the one which they have to fear. to whom, on my first acquaintance, I What in fact are these innumerable appeared very disadvantageously, from saints, but the old Heathen deities, mountain nymphs, and water nymphs, and radical subjects, it would have and Pan, and all the monstrous pro- been that lamentable predicamentgeny that possessed the land in and with such an antipathy existing ! Heathen times, new-breeched, petti. And how would Lord Brougham have coated, and calendered, and impiously relished the position to which he would set up by their priesthood, in partner. have brought the clergy? But the atship as it were, with the one, the only tempt to make not only our parishionMediator? Once travelling from ers, but the very servants in our houses, Naples to Rome by vetturino, as it spies and evidences as to how many sucwas somewhat late, and the road had cessive nights in the year our heads have a bad reputation on account of fre- rested on the parochial pillow, could quent robberies, I urged the driver to only have arisen from a mind atro. make more speed, “ Pense niente," ciously gifted with liberality. The said he, shaking his finger, and imme- Whigs hate the clergy, that is the diately handed me a paper, which, on truth of the matter ; they think they opening, I found to be a receipt in owe us a spite; and if they are them. form of a payment to a certain con- selves at all deficient in that article, vent, and, in consequence, a regular their friends, the Dissenters, will reainsurance from all evils that beset dily subscribe for prompt payment. travellers. There were portraits of Since I have heard, my dear Eusebius, saints, and on each side of the re- of your intention to become a resident ceipt, prints representing the different curate, I have much wondered what states of purgatory, and the souls re- would have been your answer to Mr leased by the contribution of the pious. Lister's notable Letter of Requests, esThe paper further stated, that the in- pecially that request touching the not sured, even though under the knife of troubling him in reply with any matthe assassin, would be nevertheless ter not relating to the registry queries. safe, inasmuch as the souls released You would, if I mistake not, have told from purgatory, would pray to all the him he was a very impertinent fellow, saints in Heaven for a rescue. No and so were those who put him in his one laughed at this—but when I stated office, to lecture you, and forward his that I was not insured, and that I insolent requests, one of which is, that thought it safest for me to pay him you act as his pettifogging attorney my fare, and called witnesses to the to dun


churchwardens for sevenpayment, I did see a mouth curl into teen shillings; and having given him a smile,—but I am by no means sure honestly a piece of your mind, his rethat it was not in contempt of my in- quests would have been in the fire in a credulity.

moment, though we are requested to Here am I, in the midst of my keep them, as the following extract travels, Eusebius, when, according to will show :-“I must also point out the modern public determination to to you, that inasmuch as it cannot be enforce strict residence, I ought to be calculated at what period the registerin my own parish, and there I will be books and forms herewith sent to you in a few minutes. Yet I must com- will be filled, it is necessary that you pliment Lord Brougham a moment should give timely notice (that is to upon his very liberal view of clerical say, three months beforehand), by imprisonment, to be found in his bill. letter addressed to me, when a further It did occur to me at the time he supply will be required. I request brought it forward, that as he was then you to keep this letter with the rekeeper of the King's conscience, an- gister-books, in order that it may be other bill should have been brought consigned with them to the officiating in, enforcing, with precisely the same minister by whom you may be sucstrictness, the Chancellor's adjunction ceeded." to his Majesty's side, to ensure more Every man thinks every man morperpetual political “ ear-whiggery," tal but himself, they say ; so it is, we and inviting as informers and inspec- conjecture, with Mr Lister. He intors of the Siamese adhesion, every tends to survive all the present geneattendant and domestic of the palaces, ration of the clergy, and hold official from the Lords of the Bedchamber, communication with their successors. to the lacqueys and runners. If any- Perhaps he has an eye to future church thing could have induced a pity for dangers, and, like the prudent insuthe poor good King William“ the rance-offices, will not risk upon the Fourth, in the hearts of his refractory lives of the clergy ; or, perhaps, with

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