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Note 5. Stanza xxv.
Note 6. Stanza Ixiii. 'T is pity that such meanings should pave bell,
Your fortunes was in a fair way to swell The Portuguese proverb says, that « Hell is paved with
A man, as Giles says. good intentions.»
« His fortune swells him, it is rank, he's married.n
Sir Giles Overreach ; MASSINGER.-See A New Way to
Pay Old Debts.
Note 1. Stanza xiii.
Would scarcely join again the « reformadoes.»
« Reformers,»> or rather « Reformed.) The Baron The Russian military order.
Bradwardine, in Waverley, is authority for the word.
Note 2. Stanza xv.
The endless soot bestows a tint far deeper
Than can be hid by altering his shirt.
Query, Suit?— PRINTER'S Devil.
Note 3. Stanza xviii.
Balgounie's Brig's black wall. The brig of Don, near the a auld toun» of Aberdeen, with its one arch and its black deep salmon stream below,
is in my memory as yesterday. I still remember, though CANTO IX.
perhaps I may misquole, the awful proverb which made me pause to cross it, and yet lean over it with a childish delight, being an only son, at least by the mother's side.
The saying, as recollected by me, was this—but I have Note 1. Stanza i.
never heard or seen it since I was nine years of age ;-Humanity would rise, and thunder - Nay!
Brig of Balgounie, black's your wa'; Query, Ney?-Printer's Deyil.
Wi' a wife's ae son and a moar's de foal,
Doun yo sball fa'!
Note 4. Stanza xxxiv.
Oh, for a forty-parson power to chaust «I at this time got a post, being for fatigue, with four
Thy praise, Hypocrisy! others.-- We were sent to break biscuit, and make a
A metaphor taken from the a forty-horse power» of mess for Lord Wellington's hounds. I was very hungry, a steam-engine. That mad wag, the Reverend S. S., sitand thought it a good job at the time, as we got our own ting by a brother-clergyman at dinner, observed afterfill while we broke the biscuit, -a thing I had not got wards that his dull neighbour had a « twelve-parson for some days. When thus engaged, the Prodigal Son
of conversation. was never once out of my mind; and I sighed, as I fed the dogs, over my humble situation and my ruined
Note 5. Stanza xxxvi. hopes.»— Journal of a Soldier of the 71st Regt. during To strip the Saxons of their hydes, like tanners. the war in Spain.
« lyde.»—I believe a hyde of land to be a legitimate Note 3. Stanza xxxiii.
word, and as such subject to the tax of a quibble. Because he could no more digest his dinner.
Note 6. Stanza xlix. He was killed in a conspiracy, after his temper had Was giveu to her favourito, and now bore his. been exasperated, by his extreme costivity, to a degree The Empress went to the Crimea, accompanied by of insanity.
the Emperor Joseph, in the year-I forget which. Note 4. Stanza xlvii.
Note 7. Stanza lviii.
Which gave ber dakes the graceless name of « Biron.»
Io the empress Ange's time, Biron her favourite asrine.-See her Lives, under the head of «Lapskoj.» sumed the name and arms of the « Byrons» of France,
which families are yet extant with that of England. Note 5. Stanza xlix.
There are still the daughters of Courland of that name; Bid Ireland's Londonderry's Marquess show
one of them I remember seeing in England in the blessed His parts of speech.
year of the Allies--the Duchess of S.- to whom the This was written long before the suicide of that English Duchess of S--- presented me as a nameperson.
Note 8. Stauza lxii.
praising the « drapery» of an « untochered» but « pretty Eleven thousand maidenbeads of bone,
virginities » (like Mrs Anne Page) of the then day, which The greatest number flosh bath over knowo.
has now been some years yesterday :-she assured me St Ursula and her eleven thousand virgios were still that the thing was common in London; and as her own extant in 1816, and may be so yet as much as ever. thousands, and blooming looks, and rich simplicity of Note 9. Stanza lxxxi.
array, put any suspicion in her own case out of the Who butcher'd half the earth, and bullied t' other.
question, I confess I gave some credit to the allegation. India. America,
If necessary, authorities might be cited, in which case I could quote both « drapery» and the wearers.
bope, however, that it is now obsolete.
Note 5. Stanza Ix.
Should let itself be snuffd out by an article.
« Divioe particulam auræ.»
So prime, so swell, so nutty, and so koowing?
Note 1. Stanza xix. of a song which was very popular, at least in my early Gives, with Greek truth, the good old Greek the lie. days :
See MITFORD'S Greece. « Grecia Verax.) Dis great On the bigh toby-spice flash the muzzle.
pleasure consists in praising tyrants, abusing Plutarch, In spite of each gallows old scout;
spelling oddly, and writing quaintly; and, what is strange If you at the spelken cao't hustle, You'll be hobbled in making a Clout.
after all, his is the best modern history of Greece in any
language, and he is perhaps the best of all modern hisThin your blowing will wax gallows hauchty,
toriaus whatsoever. Having named his sios, it is but When she hears of your scaly mistake, She'll surely turn snitch for the forty,
fair to state his virtues-learning, labour, research, That ber Jack may be regular weight.
wrath, and partiality. I call the latter sirlues in a
writer, because they make him write in earnest. If there be any gem man so ignorant as to require il traduction, I refer bim to my old friend and corporeal
Note 2. Stanza xxxvii. pastor and master, John Jackson, Esq., l'rofessor of
A bazy widower tura'd of forty's sure. pugilism ; who, I trust, still retains the strength and
This line may puzzle the commentators more than the symmetry of his model of a form, together with his
present generation. good humour, and athletic as well as mental accomplishments.
Note 3. Stanza lxxiii.
Like Russians rushing from bot baths to spows.
The Russians, as is well known, run out from their St James's Palace and St James's - Hells. « Hells,» gaming-houses. What their number may antithesis, which it seenis does them no harm.
hot baths to plunge into the Neva : a pleasant practical now be in this life, I know not. Before I was of age I koew them pretty accurately, both
Note 4. Stanza lxxxii. « silver.» I was once nearly called out by an acquaint The world to gaze upon those northern lights. ance, because when he asked me where I thought that his soul would be found hereafter, I answered, «In
escription and priot of this inhabitant of the
polar region and native country of the aurora borealis, Silver Hell.»
sce Parry's. Voyage in search of a North-West PasNote 3. Stanza xliii.
Note 5. Stanza lxxxvi.
As Philip's son proposed to do with Athos.
A sculptor projected to hew Mount Athos into a statue i Scotch Novels; and, as the Frenchiman said-« If it be of Alexander, with a city in one hand, and, I Believe, a
river in luis pocker, with various other similar devices. not, ought to be English.»
and Athos remains, I trust, ere Note 4. Stanza xlix.
long, to look over a nation of freemeo. The milliners who furnish - drapery misses.» « Drapery misses»—This term is probably any thing
CANTO XIII, now but a mystery. It was however almost so to me when I first returned from the East in 1811-1812. means a pretty, a bigbi-born, a fashionable young
Note 1, Stanza vii. male, well instructed by her frieoils, and furnished by hier milliver with a wardrobe upon credil, to be repaid,
Rigbi lodestly, a belilul an honest bater.. when married, by the husband. The riddle was first «Sir, I like a good hater.»-See the Life of Dr Johnlead to me by a young and pretty heiress, on my
Note 2. Stanza xxvi.
hedge, « to look before he leaped :»--a pause in his Also there bin another pious reason.
« vaulting ambition,» which in the field doth occasion
some delay and execration in those who may be immeWith every thing that pretty bin, My lady sweet arise.-SHAKSPEARE.
diately behind the equestrian sceptic. « Sir, if you don't
chuse to take the leap, let me»--was a phrase which Note 3. Stanza xlv.
generally sent the aspirant on again ; and to good purThey and their bills, Arcadians both, are left.
pose : for though «the horse and rider» might fall, they « Arcades ambo.»
made a gap, through which, and over him and his steed,
the field might follow.
Note 2. Stanza xlviii.
Go to the coffee-house, and take another.
In Swift's or HORACE WALPOLE's Letters I think it is Note 5. Scauza lxxii.
mentioned that somebody regretting the loss of a friend, His bell-mouth'd goblet makes me feel quite Danish. was answered by a universal Pylades : « When I Jose If I err not, Your Dane» is one of lago's Catalogue one, I go to the Saint James's Coffee-house, and take of Nations « exquisite in their drinking.»
I recollect having heard an anecdote of the same kind. Note 6. Stanza lxxviii.
Sir W. D. was a great gamester. Coming in one day to Even Nimrod's self might leave the plains of Dura.
the club of which he was a member, he was observed to lo Assyria.
look melancholy. « What is the matter, Sir William ?» Note 7. Stanza xcvi.
cried flare, of facetious memory. «Ah!» replied Sir W. • Tbat Scriptures out of church are blasphemies.,
« I have just lost poor Lady D.» « Lost! What at
Quinze or Hazard?» was the consolatory rejoinder of « Mrs Aslams answered Mr Adams, that it was blas- the querist. plemous to talk of Scripture out of church. This dogma was broached to her husband-the best Chris
Note 3. Stanza lix. tian in any book. See Joseph Andrews, in the latter
And I refer you to wise Oxenstiern. chapters.
The famous Chancellor Oxenstiern said to his son, on Note 8. Stanza cvi.
the latter expressing his surprise upon the great effects
arising from petty causes in the presumed mystery of The quaint, old, cruel corcomb, in his gullet Should have a hook, and a small trout to pull it.
politics : « You see by this, my son, with how litde wisIt would have taught him humanity at least. This
dom the kingdoms of the world are governed.» sentimental savage, whom it is a mode to quote (amongst the novelists) to show their sympathy for innocent sports and old songs, teaches how to sew up frogs, and break
CANTO XV. their legs by way of experiment, in addition to the art of angling, the cruellest, the coldest, and the stupidest of pretended sports. They may talk about the beauties
Note 1. Stanza xviii. of nature, but the angler merely thinks of his dish of
And thou, diviner still, fish; he has no leisure to take his eyes from off the
Whose lot it is by man to be mistaken. streams, and a single bite is worth to liim more than all
As it is necessary in these times to avoid ambiguity, the scenery around. Besides, some fish bite best on a 1 say, that I mean, by « diviner still, » Christ. If ever rainy day. The whale, the shark, and the tunny fishery God was Man-or Man God lie was both. I never arhave somewhat of noble and perilous in them; even net-raigned his creed, but the use-or abuse-made of it. fisting, trawiing, etc., are more humaue and useful—but Mr Canning one day quoted Christianity to sanction angling !--No angler can be a good man.
Negro Slavery, and Mr Wilberforce had little to say in « One of the best men I ever knew—as humane, de- reply. And was Christ crucified, that black men might licate-minded, generous, and excellent a creature as any be scourged? If so, he had better been bora a Mulatto, in the world was an angler : true, he angled with
to give both colours an equal chance of freedom, or at painted flies, and would have been incapable of the
least salvation. extravagances of I. Walton. The above addition was made by a friend in reading
Note 2. Stanza xxxv.
In his harmonious settlement.
« Shakers» do; but lays such restrictions upon it as preCANTO XIV.
vent more than a certain quantum of births within a certain number of years; which births (as Mr Hulme observes) generally arrive « in a little flock like those of
a farmer's lambs, all within the same month perhaps.» Note 1. Stanza xxxiii.
These Harmonists (so called from the name of their setAnd never craned, and made but few « faux pas.» tlement) are represented as a remarkably flourishing, Craning.—« To crane» is, or was, an expression used pious, and quiet people. See the various recent writers 10 denote a gentleman's stretching out his neck over a on America.
Note 3. Stanza xxxvüi.
somewhat surfeited with a similar display from foreign Nor canvass w bat e so eminent a band. meant.
parts, did rather indecorously break through the apJacob Tonson, according to Mr Pope, was accustomed plauses of an intelligent audience-intelligent, I mean, 10 call lois writers « able pens»-« persons of honour,» as to music,- for the words, besides being ia recoodile and especially << eminent hands.» Vide Correspond- Janguages (it was some years before the prace, ere all ence, etc., etc.
the world had travelled, and while I was a collegian
were sorely disguised by the performers;—this mayoress, Note 4. Stanza lxvi.
I say, broke out with, « Rot your Italianos! for my Wbile great Lucullus' role triomphale muffles
pari, I loves a simple ballat!» Rossini will go a good (There's fame) - young partridge tillets, dock'd with truffles. A dish « à la Lucullus.»
way to bring most people to the same opinion, some This hero, wlio conquered the East, has left liis more extended celebrity to the day. Who would imagine that he was to be the suc
cessor of Mozart? However, I state this with diffidence, transplantation of cherries (which he first brought into Europe) and the womenclature of some very good dishes;
as a liee and loyal admirer of Italian music in general,
and of much of Rossini's : but we may say, as the con—and I am not sure ihat (barrio; indigestion) be lias noisseur did of painting, in the Vicar of Wakefield, not done more service to mankind by his cookery than by his conquests. A cherry-tree may weighi against a had taken more pains. »
« that the picture would be better painted if the painter bloody laurel; besides, he has contrived to earn cele. brity from both.
Note 4. Stanza lix.
For Gothic daring shown in English money,
« Ausu Romano, ære Veneto» is the inscription (and «Petits puits d'amour garnis de confitures,» a classical well inscribed in this instance) on the sea walls between and well-known dish for part of the lank of a second the Adriatic and Venice. The walls were a republican
work of the Venetians; the inscription, I believe, im
perial, and inscribed by Napoleon.
Note 5, Stanza lx.
« Cotying• squires « 10 fight against the churches,
Though ye antie the winds and bid them fight
Against the churches.- Macbeth.
Note 6. Stanza xcvii.
They err-'t is merely what is call'd mobility, la French « mobilité.» I am not sure that mobility is Englisla; but it is expressive of a quality which ratbet
Lelongs 10 other climates, though it is sometimes seen CANTO XVI.
to a great extent in our owo. It may be defined as an excessive susceptibility of immediate impressions—at
the same time without losing the past; and is, though Note 1. Stanza x.
sometimes apparcutly useful to the possessor, a most! If from a shell-tish or from co hipeal,
painful and uoliappy attribute. The composition of the old Tyrian purple, whether from a shell-fislı, or from cochineal, or from kermes,
Note 7. Stanza cii. in still an article of dispute; and even its colour-some
Draperied her form with curious felicity.
1 say purple, others scarlet : I say nothing.
«Curiosa felicitas.»- PETRONTUS ARBITER.
Note S. Stanza cxiy.
A noise like to wet Engers drawn on glass.
See the account of the ghost of the uncle of Prince jrcater pride,» as the other replied. But as carpets Charles of Saxony caised by Schroepfer--- Karl-Kari are meant to be trodden upon, my memory probably -was-walt wolt mich ?»
1 inisgives me, and it mighi be a robe, or tapestry, or a table-cloth, or some other expensive and uncynical piece
Note 9. Stanza cxx. of furniture.
How odd, a single bobgoblin's non-entity
Should cause more fear than a whole bost', identity
Than cau the substance of ten thousand soldiers, etc. et.. I re:ncmber that the mayoress of a provincial town,
llave track more terror to the soul of Ri hard
(Although never publicly acknowledged by Lord Byron, the following have been generally attributed to
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I cannot but remember such things were,
THE ISLAND OF ST HELENA.
Peace to thee, isle of the ocean !
Hail 10 thy breezes and billows!
Where, rolling its tides in perpetual devotion, When slow Disease, with all her host of pains,
The white wave its plumy surf pillows ! Chills the warm tide which flows along the veins; Rich shall the chaplet be history shall weave thee! When Health, affrighted, spreads her rosy wing, Whose undying verdure shall bloom on thy brow, And tlies with every changing gale of spring;
Wheo nations, that now in obscurity leave thee, Not to the aching frame alone confined,
To the wand of oblivion alternately bow! L'oyielding pangs assail the drooping mind.
Unchanged in thy glory-upstain'd in thy fame-
The homage of ages shall hallow thy name!
Hail to the chief who reposes
On thee the rich weight of his glory! Yet less the pang, when, through the tedious hour,
When, Gill'd to its limit, life's chronicle closes, Remembrance sheds around her genial power,
His deeds shall be sacred in story! Calls back the vanish'd days to rapture given,
His prowess shall rank with the first of all ages, When love was bliss, and beauty form'd our heaven:
And monarchs bereafter shall bow to his worthOr, dear to youth, portrays each childish scene,
The songs of the poets—the lessons of sagesThose fairy bowers, where all io turn bave been.
Shall hold him the wonder and grace of the earth. As when, through clouds that pour the summer storm, The meteors of history before thee shall fallThe orb of day unveils his distant form,
Eclipsed by thy splendour-thou meteo of Gaul ! Gilds with faint beams the crystal dews of rain,
Hygeian breezes shall fan theeAnd dimly twinkles o'er the watery plain;
Island of glory resplendent! Thus, while the future dark and cheerless gleams,
Pilgrims from nations far distant shall man theeThe sun of memory, glowing through my dreams,
Tribes, as thy waves independent! Though sunk the radiance of his former blaze,
On thy far gleaming strand the wanderer shall stay him To scenes far distant points jis paler rays,
To snatch a brief glance at a spot so renown'dStill rules my senses with unbounded sway,
Each turf, and each stone, and each cliff, shall delay him The past confounding with the present day.
Where the step of thy exile bath ballow'd thy ground.
From him shalt thou borrow a lustre divine;
The wane of his sun was the rising of thive!
Whose were the hands that enslaved him?
Hands which had weakly withstood himScenes of my youth developed crowd to view,
Nations which, while they had oftentimes braved To which I long have paid a last adieu!
Received back their crowns from the plunder of war-
The vanquisher vanquislı'd-the eagle now droopingON THE SIXTI ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR MARRIAGE.
Would quench with their sternpess the ray of his star!
But cloth'd in new splendour thy glory appears-
And rules the ascendant- the planet of years!
Pure be the heath of thy mountains !
Rich be the green of thy pastures!