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The supplicator being an amateur ;
angry--as they well miglit, to be sure.
Lord Henry at his table sliould endure;
That he the night before had seen a glost;
Will the substantial company engrossid
That one scarce knew at wlaat to marvel most
From all the squires and 'squiresses around,
Especially as he had been renown'd For some vivacity among the fair,
Even in the country circle's narrow bound-
And something like a smile upon her cheek.
In those who rarely smile, their smile bespeaks
Smile of Aurora's there was nouxlit to pique
Indicative of some surprise and pity; And Juan grew carnation with vexation,
Which was not very wise and still less willy, Since lie liad gain'd at least her observation,
A most important outwork of the city-
Nor seem embarrass'd—quite the contrary;
And slie withdrew, but cast not down, her eye,
I know not; but her colour ne'er was high-
This day; and watching, witching, condescending
And dignity with courtesy so blending, As all must blend wliose part it is to aim
(Especially as the sixth year is ending) At their lord's, son's, aud similar connexions' Safe conduct through the rocks of re-elections.
And usual - Juan, when he cast a glance
Which she went through as though it were a dance (Betraying ovly now and then her soul
By a look scarce perceptibly askavce
By turos—with that vivacious versatility,
They err-'l is merely what is calld mobility, A thing of temperameut and not of art,
Though seeming so, from its supposed facility; And false—though true ; for surely they're sincerest, Who're strongly acted on by what is nearest,
Heroes somelimes, though seldom-sages never ;
Lilile that's great, but much of wliat is clever; Most orator, but
Who, though they prove not two and two to be Five, as they would do in a modest way,
Have plainly made it out that four are three,
The Sinking Fund's unfathomable sea,
The fair Filz-Fulke seein'd very much at ease;
Her laughing blue eyes with a clanee could seise The ridicules of people in all places
That honey of your fashionable bees-
for mischievous enjoyment; And this al present was her kind employment.
The evening also waved-and coffee came.
And curtseying off, as curtsies couvtry dame, Retired: with most unfashionable bows
Their docile esquires also did the same,
The warmılı of her politeness, whose siocerity
Whose trails were radiant with the rays of verity. Yes, she was truly wortly her high place!
No one could erivy her deserved prosperity: And then hier dress-what beautiful simplicity Draperied her form with curious felicity!
Ileaving between this world and worlds beyond, For all ber past exertion and soft phrases,
Don Juan, when the midnight hour of pillows lo a most cdifying conversation,
Arrived, retired to his; but to despond Which turn'd upon their late guests' miens and faces, Rather than rest. Instead of poppies, willows And families, even to the last relation;
Waved o'er his couch; he ineditated, fond Their hideous wives, their horrid selves and dresses, Of those sweet bitter thoughts which banish sleep, And truculeat distortion of their tresses.
And make the worldling soecr, the youngling weep.
Saving his niglit-gown, which is an undress :
Like Addison's « faiot praisen so wont to dama, la short, he hardly could be clothed with less ; Her own but served 10 set off every joke,
But, apprebepsive of his spectral guest, As music chimes in with a melo-drame.
He sate, with feelings awkward to express
Expectant of the ghost's fresh operations.
And not in vain he listen'd-Hush! what 's that? Skirmish of wits o'er the departed: one,
I see-I see-Ah, no! 't is not-yei't isAurora, with her pure aod placid mien;
Ye powers! it is the-the-the-Poob! the cat! And Juan too, in general bebind gone
The devil may take that stealthy pace of his! In gay remark on what he 'd heard or seen,
So like a spiritual pit-a-pat, Sale silent now, his usual spirits gone :
Or tiptoe of an amatory miss, Jo vaio he heard the others rail or rally,
Gliding the first time to a rendezvous,
And dreading the chaste echoes of her shoe.
CXII. *T is true he saw Aurora look as though
Again what is 't? The wind? No, no,--this time
With awful footsteps, regular as rhyme,
Or (as rhymes may be in these days) much more. Further; it might or it might not be so,
Again, through shadows of the night sublime, But Juan, sitting silent in lis nook,
Wheo deep sleep fell on men, and the world wore Observing liule in his reverie,
The starry darkness round her like a girdle
Which sets the teeth on edge; and a slight clatter, If in the circumstances which ensued
Like showers which on the midnight gusts will pass, He gain'd esteem where it was worth the most. Sounding like very supernatural water, And certainly Aurora had renew'd
Came over Juan's ear, which throbb'd, alas ! lo him some feelings be had lately lost
For immaterialism's a serious matter: Or hardeud; feelings which, perhaps ideal,
So that even those whose faith is the most great
In souls immortal, shun them têle-à-tête.
Were his eyes open ?-Yes! and his mouth too. The unbounded hope, and leavenly ignorance Surprise bas this effect-to make one dumb, of what is call'd the world, and the world's ways; Yet leave the gate which eloquence slips through The moments when we gather from a glacce
As wide as if a long speech were to come. More joy than from all future pride or praise,
Niglı and more nigh the awful echoes drew, which kindle manhood, but can ne'er entrance Tremendous to a mortal tympanum : The heart in an existence of its own,
llis eyes were open, and (as was before Of which another's bosom is the zone.
Stated) his mouth. What'open'd next?—the door. CIX.
CXVI. Who would not sigh Αι αι ταν Κυθηρειαν
It opend with a most infernal creak, That hath a memory, or that had a heart?
Like that of hell, « Lasciate ogni speranza, Alas! her star must wane like that of Diao,
Voi che entrale! » The hinge seem'd to speak, Ray fades on ray, as years on years depart.
Dreadful as Dante's rima, or this stanza ;
Or-but all words upon such themes are weak:
The sea-gulls, with a steady, sober flight-
For he bad two, both tolerably bright,-
The night before; but, being sick of shaking,
And then to be ashamed of such mistaking;
Within him, and to quell his corporal quaking-
And he arose, advanced-the shade retreated; But Juan, cager now the truth to pierce,
Follow'd ; his veins no longer cold, but heated,
At whatsoever risk of being defeated :
Il touch'd no soul, nor body, but the wall,
Chequerd with all the tracery of the hall :
When he can't tell what 't is that doth appal.
And rather variably for stony death;
The ghost bad a remarkably sweet breath.
A red lip, with two rows of pearl beneath,
His other arm forth-Wonder upon wonder!
Which beat as if there was a warm beart under, He found, as people on most trials must,
That he had made at first a silly blunder,
As ever lurk'd beneath a holy hood :
Forth into something much like flesh and blood; Back fell the sable frock and dreary cowl,
And they reveald (alas! that e'er they should!)
Note 1. Stanza v.
Note 2. Stanza xvii.
Note 3. Slanza xlii.
Where the sublime soars forth on wings more am, le. See Longinus, Section 10, iva uiri Ev tl tapi ziti, πάθος φαίνεται, παθών σε σύνοδος.
Note 4. Stanza xliv.
They only add them all in an appendix. Fact. There is, or was, such an edition, with all the obnoxious epigrams of Martial placed by themselves at the end.
Note 5. Stanza lxxxviij.
Note 6. Stanza cxlviii.
W bo took Algiers, declares I used bin vilely? Donna Julia here made a mistake. Count OReilly did not take Algiers—but Algiers very nearly took hia; he and his army and fleet retreated with great loss, and not much credit, from before that city, in the year 1;
Note 7. Stanza ccxvi.
Me nec farmina, Dee puer
Nec certare juvat mero,
Note 1. Stanza xlv.
lo non credo più al nero, ch'a l'azzurro;
E credo che sia salvo chi gli crede.
Note 2. Stanza Ixxi.
Tbat e'er by precious metal was held in. This dress is Moorish, and the bracelets and bar are worn in the manner described. The reader will pr. ceive hereafter, that, as the mother of Haidee was et Fez, her daughter wore the garb of the country.
The ocean stream.
Note 3. Stanza lxxii.
company for some foreign theatre; embarked them as A like gold bar, above ber iostep rolld.
an Italian port, and, carrying them to Algiers, sold The bar of gold above the instep is a mark of sove them all. One of the women, returned from her capreign rank in the women of the families of the Deys, tivity, I heard sing, by a strange coincidence, in Rossini's and is worn as such by their female relatives.
opera of « L'Italiana in Algieri,» at Venice, in the beNote 4. Stanza lxxiii.
ginning of 1817. Her person if allow'd at large to run.
Note 4. Stanza lxxxvi. This is no exaggeration; there were four women From all the Pope makes yearly 't would perples whom I remember to have seen, who possessed their
To find ibree perfect pipes of the third sex. bair in this profusion; of these, three were Engiish, the
It is strange that it should be the pope and the sultan other was a Levantine. Their hair was of that length who are the chief encouragers of this branch of tradeand quantity that, when let down, it almost entirely women being prohibited as singers at St Peter's, and not shaded the person, so as nearly to render dress a su- deemed trustworthy as guardians of the haram. perfluity. Of these, only one had dark hair; the Ori
Note 5. Stanza ciji. ental's had, perhaps, the lightest colour of the four.
While weeds and ordure rankle round the base.
The pillar which records the battle of Ravenna is
about two miles from the city, on the opposite side of Oh Hesperus ! thou bringest all good things.
the river to the road towards Forli. Gaston de Foix, Εσπερε, παντα φερεις;
who gained the battle, was killed in it; there fell on Pepels olvoy, qepels any,
both sides twenty thousand men. The present state of Φερεις ματερι παιδα. .
the pillar and its site is described in the text.
Note 6. Stanza cviii.
A' naviganti, e'nteperisce il cuore;
Note 1. Stanza iii.
Tors expression of Homer has been much criticised.
It hardly answers to our Atlantic ideas of the ocean, This last line is the first of Gray's Elegy, taken by him but is sufficiently applicable to the Hellespont, and the without acknowledgment.
Bosphorus, with the Ægean intersected with islands.
Note 2. Stanza v.
• The Giant's Grave.
« The Giant's Grave» is a height on the Adriatic shore of the Bosphorus, much frequented by holiday parties;
like Harrow and Highgate. CANTO IV.
Note 3. Stanza xxxiii.
And running out as fast as I was able.
The assassination alluded to took place on the eighth Note 1. Stanza xii.
of December, 1820, in the streets of R--, not a • Whom the gods love die young.. was said of See llerodotus.
hundred paces from the residence of the writer. The
circumstances were as described.
Note 4. Stanza xxxiv.
Killd by five bollets from an old gun-barrel.
There was found close by him an old gun-barrel, sawn Foscari, on his deposition, in 1457, hearing the bell half off: it had just been discharged, and was still warm. of St Mark appounce the election of his successor,
Note 5. Stanza liii. « mourut subitement d'une hémorrhagie causée par une
Prepared for supper with a glass of rum. veine qui s'éclata dans sa poitrine,» (see Sismondi and In Turkey nothing is more common than for the Daru, vols. i and ii), at the age of eighty years, when Mussulmans to take several glasses of strong spirits by « who would have thought the old man had so much way of appetizer. I have seen them take as many as blood in him?» Before I was sixteen years of age, I six of raki before dinner, and swear that they dived the was witness to a melancholy instance of the same effect better for it; I tried the experiment, but was like the of mixed passions upon a young person; who, however, Scotchman, who having heard that the birds called kitdid not die in consequence, at that time, but fell a victim Liewiaks were admirable whels, ate six of them, and some years afterwards to a seizure of the same kind, complained that he was no hungrier than when he arising from causes intimately connected with agitation began.» of mind.
Note 6. Stanza lv.
Splendid bot silent, save in one, wbere, dropping,
A marble fountain echoes.
Ali Pacha, in a room containing a marble basin and brother of that dangerous charge « borrowing » a poet fountain, etc., etc., etc.
had better borrow any thing (excepting money) than
the thougbts of another--they are always sure to be reNote 7. Stanza lxxxvii.
claimed; but it is very hard, having been the lender, 10 The gate so splendid was in all its features.
be denounced as the debtor, as is the case of Anstey Features of a gate-a ministerial metaphor; «the versus Smollett. feature upon which this question hinges.»--Sec thie As there is « bonour amongst thieves,» let there be ! Fudge Family,» or bear Castercagh.
some amongst poets, and give each bis due,-ponc can,
afford 10 give it more than Mr Campbell himself, who, Note 8. Stanza cvi.
with a high reputation for originality, and a fame wbich Though on more thorough-lired or fairer fingers.
cannot be shaken, is the only poet of the times (except There is perhaps nothing more distinctive of birth | Rogers) ubo can be reproached (and in him it is indeed than the hand: it is alınost the only sign of blood which
a reproach) with having written too little. aristocracy can generate.
Stanza lxxv. of his line; on wliat authority, I know nut. These are
A wood obscure, like that where Dante found, his words : « The destruction of Mustapha was so fatal to Solyman's line, as the succession of the Turks from
Nel mezzo del Cammin' di postra sita Solyman, until this day, is suspected to be untrue, and
Mi ritrovai per una Selva oacura, etc, etc. etc. of strange blood; for that Solymus the Second was thought to be supposititious.» But Bacon, in biis liistorical authorities, is often inaccurate. I could give half
CANTO VII. a dorcu instances from bis a poplathegms only.
Being in the lumour of criticisin, I shall proceed, after having ventured upon the slips of Bacon, to touch
Stanza li. on one or two as trilling in the edition of the Brush
Was teaching bis recruits to use the bayonet. Poets, by the justly-celebrated Campbell. - But I do this
Fact: Souvaroff did this in
person. in good will, and trust it will be so taken.-If anything could add to my opinion of the talents and true feeling of that gentleman, it would be his classical, honest, and triumphant defence of Pope, ainst the vulgar cant of
CANTO VII). the day, and its existing Grub-street. The inadvertencies to which I allude are,
Note 1. Stanza viji. Firstly, in speaking of Anstey, whom he accuses of having taken «liis leading characters from Smollett.»
All sounds it piercetb, u Allah! Allah! Hu!» Anstey's Bath Guide was published in 1966. Smolleli's « Allahı! llu!» is properly the war-cry of the MussulHumpliry Clinker (the only work of Smollets from mans, and they dwell long on the last syllable, which whicha Tabithia, etc., etc. could have been taken) was gives it a very wild and peculiar effect. written during Smollett's last residence at Leghorn, in
Note 2. Stanza ix. 1770.—« Argal,» if there has been any borrowing,
. Carnage (so Wordsworth tells you) is God's daughter." Anstey must be the creditor, and not the debtor. I
But thy most dreaded instrument refer Mr Campbell to his own data in his lives of Smol
In working out a pure intent, lett and Anstey.
Is mon array'd for mutual slaughter; Secondly, Mr Campbell says, in the life of Couper
Yea, Curneige is thy daughter! (note to page 358, vol. 7), that« he knows not to whom
WALSHORTE: Thanksgiving Orde. Cowper alludes in these lines :
To wit, the Deity's. This is perhaps as pretty a pecto Nor he who, for the bane of thousands born,
gree for murder as ever was found out by Garler hineBuilt Gud a church, and laugh'd his word 10 scorn.
al-arms.-- What would have been said had
freeThe Calvinist meant Voltaire, and the church of Fer- spoken people discovered such a lineage? ney, with its inscriprion, « Deo crexit Voltaire.»
Note 3. Stanza xviii. Thirdly, in the life of Burns, Mr C. quotes Shak
Was printed Grove, although his name was Grose. speare thus,
A fact; see the Waterloo Gazelles. I recollect remarkTo gild rafined gold, to paint the rose, la fresi perfume to ibe violet.
ing at the time to a friend:–« There is fame! a man
killed, his name is Grose, and they print it Grove. I This version by no means improves the original, which
was at college with the deceased, who was a very amiatie is as follows:
and clever inan, and his society in great request for barn To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
wil, gaiety, and «chansons à boire.»
Note 4. Scanza xxiii.
As any other notion, and not national. showe also be accuate when he accuses a Parnassian See Major Vallency and Sir Laurence Parsons.