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My little bark, of all light barks most light;
And, hanging back, breathed each fresh gale aghast,
Jane. I was very childish when I composed them; and, if I had thought any more about the matter, I should have hoped you had been too generous to keep them in your memory as witnesses against me.
As. Nay, they are not much amiss for so young a girl, and there being so few of them, I did not reprove thee. Half an hour, I thought, might have been spent more unprofitably; and I now shall believe it firmly, if thou wilt but be led by them to meditate a little on the similarity of situation in which thou then wert to what thou art now in.
Jane. I will do it, and whatever else you command; for I am weak by nature and very timorous, unless where a strong sense of duty holdeth and supporteth me. There God acteth, and not his creature. Those were with me at sea who would have been attentive to me if I had seemed to be afraid, even though worshipful men and women were in the company; so that something more powerful threw my fear overboard. Yet I never will go again upon the water.
As. Exercise that beauteous couple, that mind and body much and variously, but at home, at home, Jane! indoors, and about things indoors; for God is there, too. We have rocks and quicksands on the banks of our Thames (těmz), O lady! such as Ocean never heard of; and many (who knows how soon!) may be engulfed in the current under their garden walls.
Jane. Thoroughly do I now understand you. Yes, indeed, I have read evil things of courts; but I think nobody can go out bad who entereth good, if timely and true warning shall have been given.
As. I see perils on perils which thou dost not see, albeit thou art wiser than thy poor old master. And it is not because Love hath blinded thee, for that surpasseth his supposed omnipotence; but it is because thy tender heart, having always leant affectionately upon good, hath felt and known nothing of evil. I once persuaded thee to reflect much; let me now persuade thee to avoid the habitude of reflection, to lay aside books, and to gaze carefully and steadfastly on what is under and before thee.
Jane. I have well bethought me of my duties: oh, how extensive they are! what a goodly and fair inheritance! But tell me, would you command me never more to read Cicero, and Epictetus,' and Plutarch,' and Polybius? The others I do resign; they are good for the arbor and for the gravel-walk; yet leave unto me, I beseech you, my friend and father, leave unto me for my fireside and for my pillow, truth, eloquence, courage, constancy.
As. Read them on thy marriage-bed, on thy child-bed, on thy death-bed. Thou spotless, undrooping lily, they have fenced thee right well. These are the men for men ; these are to fashion the bright and blessed creatures whom God one day shall smile upon in thy chaste bosom. Mind thou thy husband.
Jane. I sincerely love the youth (yooth) who hath espoused me; I love him with the fondèst, the most solicitous affection; I pray to the Almighty for his goodness and happiness, and do forget at times-unworthy supplicant!-the prayers I should have offered for myself. Never fear that I will disparage my kind religious teacher, by disobedience to my husband in the most trying duties.
As. Gentle is he, gentle and virtuous; but time will harden him time must harden even thee, sweet Jane! Do thou, complacently and indirectly, lead him from ambition.
Jane. He is contented with me and with home.
As. Ah, Jane! Jane! men of high estate grow tired of contentedness.
Jane. He told me he never liked books unless I read them to him I will read them to him every morning; I will open new worlds to him richer than those discovered by the Spaniard;
Ep`ic te'tus, a stoic philosopher, the moralist of Rome, lived about 90 years after Christ. His moral writings are justly very celebrated.
2 Plutarch, (plū'tårk), an eminent ancient philosopher and writer, author of "Parallel Lives," which contains the biography of forty-six distinguished Greeks and Romans, was born in Charonea, a city of Boeotia, about 50 years after Christ. His writings, comprehended under the title
of "Moralia" or "Ethical Works," amount to upward of sixty. They are pervaded by a kind, humane disposition, and a love of every thing that is ennobling and excellent.
'Polybius, a celebrated Greek historian and statesman, was born in Arcadia, B. c. 203. He wrote a “Universal History" in forty books, of which we have only five complete, and an abridgment of twelve others. 4 Bosom, (bůz' um).
will conduct him to treasures-oh what treasures! on which he may sleep in innocence and peace.
As. Rather do thou walk with him, ride with him, play with him-be his faery, his page, his every thing that love and poëtry have invented, but watch him well; sport with his fancies; turn them about like the ringlets round his cheek; and if ever he meditate on power, go toss up thy baby to his brow, and bring back his thoughts into his heart by the music of thy discourse. Teach him to live unto God and unto thee; and he will discover that women, like the plants in woods, derive their softness and tenderness from the shade. LANDOR.
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR was born in Warwick, England, on the 30th of January, 1775, and was educated at Rugby and Oxford. He first resided at Swansea, in Wales, dependent on his father for a small income, where he commenced his "Imaginary Conversations," a work which alone establishes his fame. His first publication was a small volume of poems, dated 1793. On succeeding to the family estate he became entirely independent, and was enabled to indulge to the fullest his propensity to literature. He left England in 1806, married in 1814, and went to Italy the following year, where he has since chiefly resided. His collected works, of prose and verse, were published in 1846, in two large volumes. Mr. Landon is a poet of great originality and power. But he is most favorably known now, as he will be by posterity, for hisprose productions, which, written in pure nervous English, are full of thoughts that fasten themselves on the mind, and are "a joy forever." His "Imaginary Conversations," from which the preceding dialogue was selected, is a very valuable work. It is rich in scholarship; full of imagination, wit, and humor; correct, concise, and pure in style; various in interest, and universal in sympathy. He died at Florence, Sept. 17, 1864.
118. PARRHASIUS AND THE CAPTIVE.
HERE stood an unsold captive in the mart,
And touched his unhealed wounds, and with a sneer
The inhuman soldier smote him, and, with threats
3. 'Twas evening, and the half-descended sun
Through which the captive gazed. He had bōrne up
Haughtily patient of his many wrongs;
Unmarked of him,
Parrhasius' at the nearest pillar stood,
1 Parrhasius, (păr rā′ zĩ ŭs), a distinguished painter of antiquity, born about the year 460 B. C., was a native of Ephesus, though others say he was an Athenian, and the rival of Zeuxis. The latter painted grapes so naturally that birds came to pick them.
Parrhasius having exhibited a piece, Zeuxis said, "Remove your curtain that we may see your painting." The curtain was the painting. Zeuxis acknowledged his defeat, saying, "Zeuxis has deceived birds, but Parrhasius has deceived Zeuxis."
Like forms and landscapes magical they lay.
Fell the grotesque long shadows, full and true,
Upon his canvas. There Prometheus' lay,
Of the lame Lem'niän festering in his flesh;
Were like the winged god's, breathing from his flight.
My hand feels skillful, and the shadows lift
Upon the bended heavens-around me play
Cy the' ris, a celebrated courtesan, the mistress of Antony, and subsequently of the poet Gallus, who mentions her in his poems under the name of Lycoris.
'Diana, (dl d ́na), an ancient Italian divinity, whom the Romans identified with the Greek Artemis. According to the most ancient accounts, she was the daughter of Jupiter and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo.
Jove, Jupiter, the supreme deity of the Romans, called Zeus by the Greeks.
thology, was son of the Titan Sapetus and Clymene. His name signifies forethought. For offenses against Jupiter, he was chained to a rock on Mount Caucasus, where an eagle consumed in the daytime his liver, which was restored in each succeedingnight.
* Lem' ni an, from Lemnos, now Stalimni, an island of the Greek Archipelago, where the lame Hephaestus, or Vulcan, the god of fire, is said to have fallen, when Jupiter hurled him down from heaven. Hence the workshop of the god is sometimes
• Pro mē' theūs, in heathen my placed in this island.