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LOS RAYOB LA QUEXTA AL SOL. Los rayos le cuenta al sol
Los pajaros la saludan con un peyne de marfil
porque piensan (y es asi) la bella lacinta un dia
que el sol que sale en Oriente que por mi dicha la vi
buelve otra vez á salir en la verde orilla
en la verde orilla del Guadalquivir.
del Guadalquivir. La mano oscurece al peine
Por solo un cabello el sol mas que mucho si el Abril
de sus rayos diera mil le vio oscurecer los lirios
solicitando invidioso que blancos suelen salir
el que se quedaba alli en la verde orilla
en la verde orilla del Guadalquivir.
del Guadalquivir.-Gongora, ii. 135.
These compositions breathe the kindest and the warmest affections, and often touch the most susceptible chords of sympathy.
SI MUERO EN TIERRAS AGENAS. ¿Si muero en tierras agenas
Si muero como está cierto lejos de donde naci
de vos, mis ojos ausente quien habrá dolor de mi ?
¿quien sentira el verme muerto Si muero en este destierro
y tan miserablemente á que yo fui condenado
en tierra tan diferente no merece tan gran yerro
de aquella donde naci :
¿quien habrá dolor de mi ?
¿Quien no la tuvo consigo ¿quien habrá dolor de mi ?
adonde busca piedad ? Tu tarde podrás dolerte
¿quien à si se fué enemigo que estas mui lejos si muero
para que quiere amistad ? yo tan cerca de la muerte
pues huvo tal necedad que cada rato la espero :
y tan imprudente fui en aquel punto postrero
¿quien habrá dolor de mi ? pues tu no estarás alli:
Antwerp, Cancionero, p. 399. ¿quien habrá dolor de mi? JULY, 1823.
IP I IN FOREIGN LANDS SHOULD DIE.
If I in foreign lands should die,
Nothing can be more natural and touching than the representations and the expression of feminine affection.
CON EL VIENTO MURMURAX.
y al sonido me duermo
bajo su sombra. y al sonido me duermo
Si acaso recuerdo bajo su sombra.
me hallo entre flores, Sopla un manso viento
y de mis dolores alegre y suave,
apenas me acuerdo : que mueve la nave
de vista los pierdo de mi pensamiento :
del sueño vencida. dame tal contento
y dame la vida que me parece,
el son de las hojas, que el cielo me ofrece
y al sonido me duermo bien á deshora,
bajo su sombra.
Romancero de 1604.
Mother, list! for the gentle breeze
And a sense of pleasure fills my soul
DEL ROSAL VENGO, MI MADRE.
Del rosal vengo, mi madre,
vengo del rosale. A riberas de aquel vado,
Viera estar rosal florido. viera estar rosal granado :
cogi rosas con sospiro : vengo del rosale.
vengo del rosale, madre A riberas de aquel rio,
vengo del rosale. viera estar rosal florido :
Gil Vicenta vengo del rosale.
I COME FROM THE ROSE-GROVE, MOTHER.
I come from the rose-grove, mother,
DICEN QUE ME CASE YO. Dicen que me case yo:
ó quizá mal empleada no quiero marido, no.
la gracia que dios me dió : Mas quiero vivir segura
no querido marido, no. en esta sierra á mi soltura
No es ni será nacido que no estar en ventura si casare bien ó no :
tal para ser mi marido, no quiero marido, no.
y pues que tengo sabido
que la flor yo me la só : Madre, no seré casada
no quiero marido, no. por no ver vida cansada,
Juan de Linares.
No! mother! I've no wish to prove
FUENTECILLAS QUE REIS, ¿Fuentecillas
y los peñascos buscais ; y con la arena jugais donde vais ?
si reposais donde en calma durmis pues de las flores huis
porque correis y os cansais ?
Francisco de Borja
QUE NO COGERE YO VERBENA. Que no cogere yo verbena
sino penas tan crueles la mañana de San Juan
cual jamas se cogeran pues mis amores se van.
pues mis amores se van. Que no cogeré yo claveles
Romancero de 1604. madre selva ni mirabeles
I WILL NOT GATHER THE VERVAIN SWEET.
I will not gather the vervain sweet,
SI DORMIS DONCELLA. Si dormis doncella
que muchas las aguas despertad y abrid
teneis que pasar. que venida es la hora
Las aguas tan hondas si quereis partir.
de Guadalquivir Si estas decalza
que venida es la hora no cureis de os calzar
si quereis partir.--Gil Vicente.
ON THE LIFE AND WRITINGS OF
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LLD. IN CONTINUATION OF JOHNSON'S LIVES OF THE POETS. There is, perhaps, no one among tution natural to him, and the defect our English writers, who for so great in his eyesight, hindered him from a part of his life has been an object partaking in the sports of other chilof curiosity to his contemporaries as dren, and probably induced him to Johnson. Almost every thing he said seek for distinction in intellectual suor did was thought worthy of being periority. Dame Oliver, who kept a recorded by some one or other of his school for little children, in Lichfield, associates, and the public were for first taught him to read ; and, as he a time willing to listen to all they delighted to tell, when he was going had to say of him. A mass of in- to the University, brought him a preformation has thus been accumulated, sent of gingerbread, in token of his from which it will be my task to se- being the best scholar her academy lect such a portion as shall seem suf- had ever produced. His next inficient to give a faithful representa- structor in his own language was a tion of his fortunes and character, man whom he used to call Tom without wearying the attention of Browne; and who, he said, pubthe reader. That any important ad- lished a Spelling Book, and dedi. dition should be made to what has cated it to the universe. He was been already told of him, will scarce- then placed with Mr. Hunter, the ly be expected.
head master of the grammar school Samuel Johnson, the elder of two in his native city, but, for two years sons of Michael Johnson, who was before he came under his immediate of an obscure family, and kept a tuition, was taught Latin hy Mr. bookseller's shop at Lichfield, was Hawkins, the usher. It is just that born in that city on the 18th of Sep- one, who, in writing the lives of men tember, 1709. His mother, Sarah less eminent than himself, was alFord, was sprung of a respectable ways careful to record the names of race of yeomanry in Worcestershire; their instructors, should obtain a triand, being a woman of great piety, bute of similar respect for his own. early instilled into the mind of her By Mr. Price, who was afterwards son those principles of devotion for head master of the same school, and which he was afterwards so emi- whose name I cannot mention withnently distinguished. At the end of out reverence and affection, I have ten months from his birth, he was been told, that Johnson, when late in taken from his purse, according to life he visited the place of his eduhis own account of himself, a poor cation, showed him a nook in the diseased infant, almost blind; and, school-room, where it was usual for when two years and a half old, was the boys to secrete the translations of carried to London to be touched by the books they were reading; and, Queen Anne for the evil. Being at the same time, speaking of his old asked many years after if he had any master, Hunter, said to him, “ He remembrance of the Queen, he said was not severe, Sir. A master ought that he had a confused but somehow to be severe. Sir, he was cruel.” Johna sort of solemn recollection of a lady son, however, was always ready to in diamonds and a long black hood. acknowledge how much he was inSo predominant was this superstition debted to 'Hunter for his classical relating to the king's evil, that there proficiency. At the age of fifteen, by was a form of service for the occa- the advice of his mother's nephew, sion inserted in the Book of Common Cornelius Ford, a clergyman of conPrayer, and Bishop Bull,* in one of siderable abilities, but disgraced by his Sermons, calls it a relique and the licentiousness of his life, and who remainder of the primitive gift of is spoken of in the Life of Fenton, healing. The morbidness of consti- he was removed to the grammar
# Bull's Fifth Sermon.