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When scarce there happen'd any frolics
In logics, he was quite Ho Panu!" That were not done by Diabolics,
Knew as much as ever man knew. A cold and loveless son of Lucifer,
He fought the combat syllogistic Who woman scorn'd, nor knew the use of her,
With so much skill and art eristic, A branch of Dagon's family
That though you were the learned Stagyrite, (Which Dagon, whether He or She,
At once upon the hip he had you right! Is a dispute that vastly better is
Sometimes indeed his speculations Referr'd to Scaliger' et cæteris),
Were view'd as dangerous innovations. Finding that, in this cage of fools,
As thus- the Doctor's house did harbour a The wisest sots adorn the schools,
Sweet blooming girl, whose name was Barbara : Took it at once his head Satanic in,
Oft, when his heart was in a merry key, To grow a great scholastic mannikin,
He taught this maid his esoterica, A doctor, quite as learn'd and fine as
And sometimes, as a cure for hectics, Scotus John or Tom Aquinas,'
Would lecture her in dialectics. Lully, Hales irrefragabilis,
How far their zeal let him and her go Or any doctor of the rabble is!
Before they came to scaling Ergo, In languages, 3 the Polyglots,
Or how they placed the medius terminus, Compared to him, were Babel sots;
Our chronicles do not determine us; He chatter'd more than ever Jew did,
But so it was-by some confusion Sanhedrim and Pricst included;
In this their logical prælusion, Priest and boly Sanhedrim
The Doctor wholly spoil'd, they say, Were one-and-seventy fools to him!
The figure 2 of young Barbara i But cbief the learned demon felt a
And thus, by many a snare sophistic, Zeal so strong for gamma, delta,
And enthymene paralogistic, That, all for Greek and learning's glory, *
Beguiled a maid, who could not give, He nighty tippled • Græco more,
To save her life, a negative. 3 And never paid a bill or balance
In music, though he had no ears Except upon the Grecian Kalends,
Except for that amongst the spheres From whence your sholars, when they want tick, (Which most of all, as he averr'd it, Say, to be At-tick 's to be on tick!
He dearly loved, cause no one heard it), " SCALIGER, de Emendas. Tempor.-Dagon was thought by others Yet aptly he, at sight, could read to be a certain sea-monster, who came every day out of the Red Each tuneful diagram in Bede, Sea to teach the Syrians husbandry. --Seo JACOCES GAFFAREL'S Cx- And find, by Euclid's corollaria, riosités inonies, chap. 1. He says he thinks this story of the sea
The ratios of a jig or aria. monster - carries liule show of probability with it.”
: I wish it were known with any degree of certainty whetber the But, as for all your warbling Delias,
He own'd he thought them much surpass'd zarded in it: for instance, he says that Plato kept school in a town
By that redoubted Hyaloclast, 4 called Academia, and that Alcibiades was a very beautiful woman whom some of Aristotle's pupils fell in love with : • Alcibiades
Who still contrived, by dint of throttle, mulier fuit pulchorrima, quam videntes quidam discipuli Aristo- Where'er he went to crack a bottle! telis, » etc. -- See FREYTAG. Adparat, Lillerar, art. 86. tom. 1.
; The following compliment was paid to Laurentius Valla, upon Likewise to show his mighty knowledge, he,
On things unknown in physiology,
Wrote many a chapter to divert us,
Like that great little man Albertus,
'olavu. -- The introduction of this language into English To ask even <wbat's o'clock in Latin !
poetry has a good effect, and ought to be more universally adopted, These lines may be found in the Auctorum Cersio of Du VERDIER A word or two of Greek in a stanza would serve as ballast to the (page 29). an excellent critic, if he could have either felt or under- most light o' love, verses. Ausonius, among the ancients, may stood any one of the works which he criticises.
serve as a model : • It is much to be regretted that Martin Luther, with all bis talents for reforming, should yet he vnlgar enough to laugh at Came
Ου γαρ μοι θεμις εςιν in hac regione μενοντι
Αξιον ab nostris επιδευεα esse καμηναις. rarius for writing to bim in Greek. • Master Joachim (says he) has
. sent me some dates and some raisins, and has also written me two RONSARD, the French poet, has enriched his sonnets and odes with letters in Greek. As soon as I am recovered, I shall answer them many an exquisite morsel from the Lexicon. Bis Caère Entcieckie, in Turkish, ibat he 100 may have the pleasure of reading what he in addressing bis mistress, is admirable, and can be only matched does not understand..--. Græca sunt, legi non possunt , is the ig- by Cowler's Antiperistasis. norant speech attributed to Accursius, but very unjustly-far from * The first figure of simple syllogisms, to which Barbara belong asserting that Greek could not be read, that wori by juris-coosult together with Celarent, Darii, and Ferio. upon the Law 6. D. de Ronor. Possess. expressly says, Græcæ li- ? Because the three propositions in the mood of Barbara are unitere possunt intelligi et legi. (Vide Nor. Libror. Rarior. Collection. versal affirmatives.-The poet borrowed ibis equivoque upon Bar Fasciculi IV.) - Scipio Carteronachus seems to think that there is bara from a curious Epigram which Menckesus gives in a note no salvation out of the pale of Greek literature : . Via prima salutis upon bis Essay: de Charlataneria Eruditor m. In the N-ptiæ PeriGraia pandetor ab urbe.. And the zeal of Laurentius Rhodomannus pateticæ of Caspar BARLEUS, thu reader will find some facetious apcannot be sufficiently admired, when be exhorts bis countrymen, plications of the terms of logic to matrimony. CRANBE's Treatise on * per gloriam Christi, per salutem patria, per reipublicæ decus et Syllogisms, in Martinus Scriblerus, is borrowed chiefly from ibe emolumentum, 10 study the Greek language. Nor must we forget Nuptia Peripateticæ of BARL#06. Pharorinos, the excellent Bisbop of Nocera, ubo, careless of all the • Or Glass-Breaker.-Morrorius has given an account of this erusual commendations of a Christian, required no farıber eulogium traordinary man, in a work published 1682. • De vitreo crypto on his tomb ihan « Here lieth a Greek Lexicographer,,
Wherein he show'd the reason why,
The latter'd rags of every vest, When children first are heard to cry,
In which the Greeks and Romans dress'd, If boy the baby chance to be,
And o'er her figure, swoln and antic, He cries OA !--if girl, OE !
Scatter'd them all with airs so frantic, They are, says he, exceeding fair hints
That those who saw the fits she had, Respecting their first sinful parents ;
Declared unhappy Prose was mad! « Oh Eve!, exclaimeth little madam,
Epics he wrote and scores of rebusses, While little master cries « Oh Adam !.!
All as neat as old Turnebus's;
Eggs and altars, cyclopædias, In point of science astronomical,
Grammars, prayer-books-oh! 't were tedious, It seemed to him extremely comical
Did I but tell the half, to follow me; That, once a year, the frolic sun
Not the scribbling bard of Ptolemy, Should call at Virgo's house for fun,
No--nor the hoary Trismegistus And stop a month and blaze around her,
(Whose writings all, thank Heaven! have miss'd us), Yet leave her Virgo, as he found her!
E'er fill'd with lumber such a ware-room
As this great • porcus literarum!.
FRAGMENTS OF A JOURNAL.'
TO G. M. ESQ.
FROM FREDERICKSBURGH, VIRGINIA,JUNE 2. Which play about a bumper’s blaze, Were by the Doctors looked, in common, on,
DEAR George! though every bone is aching, As a more rare and rich phenomenon!
After the shaking He wisely said that the sensorium
I've had this week, over ruts and ridges, 3 Is for the eyes a great emporium,
And bridges To which these noted picture stealers
Made of a few uneasy planks, 4 Send all they can and meet with dealers.
In open ranks, In many an optical proceeding,
Like old women's teeth, all looscly thrown The brain, he said, show'd great good-breeding ; Over rivers of mud, whose names alone For instance, when we ogle women
Would make the knees of stoutest man knock, (A trick which Barbara tutor’d him in),
Rappahannock, Although the dears are apt to get in a
Occoquan—the Heavens may harbour us!
Who ever heard of names so barbarous !
"These fragments form but a small part of a ridiculous medley of
prose and doggerel, into which, for my amusement, I threw some of Our doctor thus with « stuff d sufficiency
the incidents of my journey. If it were even in a more rational Of all omnigenous omnisciency,
form, there is yet much of it tog allusive and too personal for pub
lication. Began (as who would not begin
• Having remained about a week at New York, where I saw Madame That had, like him, so much within 1)
Jerome Bonaparte, and felt a slight shock of an earthquake (the only To let it out in books of all sorts,
things that particularly awakened my attention), I sailed again in the Folios, quartos, large and small sorts ;
Boston for Norfolk, from whence I proceeded on my tour to the northPoems, so very deep and sensible,
ward, through Williamsburgh, Richmond, etc. At Richmond there
are a few men of considerable talents. Mr Wickham, one of their That they were quite incomprehensible ; 3
celebrated legal characters, is a gentleman whose manners and mode Prose which had been at learning's Fair,
of life would do honour to the most cultivated societies. Judge MarAnd bought up all the trumpery there,
shall, the autbor of Washington's Life, is another very distinguisbod
ornament of Rihmond. Tbese gentlemen, I must observe, are of "This is translated almost literally from a passaço in Albertus de Ibat respectable, but at present unpopular, party, the Federalists. Secretis, etc. – I have not the book by me, or I would transcribe the 3 What Mr Weld says of the contingal necessity of balancing or words.
trimming the stage, in passing over some of the wretched roads in Alluding to that babitual act of the judgment, by which, nota America, is by no means exaggerated. • The driver frequently had withstanding the inversion of the image upon the retina, a correct to call to the passengers in the stage, to lean out of the carriage, impression of the object is cop veyed to the sensorium.
first at one side, then at the other, to prevent it from oversetting in 3 Under ibis description, I believe, the Devil among the Scholarsı the deep ruts with which the rond abounds! • Now, gentlemen, 10 may be included. Yet Leibnitz found out the uses of incomprehen- the right;' upon which the passengers all stretched their bodies balf sibility, when he was appointed secretary to a society of philosophers way out of the carriage, to balance it on that side. Now, gentleat Nuremberg, merely for bis merit in writing a cabalistical letter, men, to the left ;' and so on.-Wild's Travels, letter 3. one word of which neitber they nor himself could interpret. Sce * Before the stage can pass one of these bridges, the driver is obthe Eloge Historique de M. DE LEIBNITZ, | Europe Savante. People in liged 10 stop and arrange the loose plaoks, of which it is composed, all ages have loved to be puzzled. We find CICERO thanking Anticas in the manner that best suits his ideas of safety: and, as the plauks for having sent him a work of Serapion, . ex quo (says he) quidem are again disturbed by the passing of the coach, the dext travellers ego (quod inter nos liceat dicere) millesimam partem vix intelligo.. who arrive have of course a new arrangement to make. Mabomet -Lib. 2, opist. 4. And we know that Avicen, the learned Arabian, (as Sale tells us) was at some pains to imagine a precarious kind of read ARISTOTLE's Metaphysics forty times over, for the supreme plea- bridge for the entrance of Paradise, in order to enhance the pleasure of being able to inform the world that he could not compre- sures of arrival: a Virginian bridge, I think, would have answered hend one syllable throughout them.-Nicolas Mossa in Vit. Aricen. his purpose completely.
Worse than M"*"'s Latin,
I'll send you some Dionæa Muscipula,
And, into Bartram's book if you dip, you 'll a
Pretty and florid description find of
This « ludicrous, lobed, carnivorous, kind of (My muse I mean) to make her speak 'em;
The Lord deliver us!
Think of a vegetable being carnivorous!,
And, George, be sure
I'll treat you too, like Liancourta
(Nor thou be risible),
With all the views, so striking and romantic,
Which one might have of the Atlantic,
If it were visible.
And now, to tell you the gay variety
Of my stage society;
There was a quaker, who room for twenty took, It seems to me like-< George, good-night!:
Pious and big as a Polyglot Pentateuch!
There was his niece too, sitting so fair by,
Like a neat testament, kept to swear by.
What pity, blooming girl!
That lips, so ready for a lover,
Should not beneath their ruby casket cover
One tooth of pearl !3
But, like a rose beside the church-yard-stone,
Bedoom'd to blush o'er many a mouldering bone! Of eating, drinking, and such other vices,
There was a student of the college, too,
Much more about the riches of his head,
Than, if there were an income-tax on brains,
His head could venture to acknowledge to.
I ask'd the Scholar
If his-what d'ye call her ?-
Alma Mater and her Bishop Geography, law, or such like mysteries,
Properly follow'd the Marquis's wish up, 4 For which she does n't care three skips of
And were much advancing
In dancing ?
Observed likewise in these savannas abundance of the ludicrous
For his Such a flea as was caught upon Catherine Roache!3 Diona Muscipula, - --Bartrant's Travels in North America.
description of this « carpirorous vegetable, soe lutroduction, n. 13.
* This philosophical Duke, describing the view from Mr JefferSentiment, George, I'll talk, when I've got any,
son's house, says, « The Atlantic might be seen, were it not for the
greatness of the distance, wbich renders that prospect impossible. » And botany
--- See his Trarels. Oh! Linnæus has made such a prig o' me,
• Polygnotus was the first painter, says Pliny, who showed the Cases I'll find of such polygamy
teeth in his portraits. He would scarcely, I think, have been Under every bush,
tempted to such an innovation in America.
* The Marquis de CHASTELLEX, in his wise letter to Mr Maddison, As would make the - shy curcuma nt blush ;
Professor of Pbilosophy in the Collegi of William and Marş, at WilVice under every name and shape,
liamsburgh, dwells with much earnestoess on the attention which From adulterous gardens to fields of rape!
should be paid to dancing.-See bis Travels. This college, the only
one in the state of Virginia, and the first which I saw in America, Ο Σπερμαγοραιολεκιθλαχανοπωλιδες.
---From the Ly- gave me but a melancholy idea of republican seats of learoing. That simta of ARISTOPHANES, V. 453,
contempt for the elegancies of education, which the American demo? This phrase is taken verbatim from an account of an expedition crats a'et, is no where more grossly conspicuous than in Virginia : to Drummond's Pond, by one of those many Americans wbo profess the young men, wbo look for advancement, study rather to be de to think that the English language, as it has been hitberto written, magogues than politiciaus; and as every thing ibat distinguishes is deficient in what they call republican energy.
One of the sarans from the multitude is supposed to be invidious and unpopular, the of Washington is far advanced in the construction of a new languago levelling system is applied to education, and has had all the effect for the United States, which is supposed to be a mixture of Hebrew which its partisans could desire, by producing a most extensive and Mikmak.
equality of ignorance. The Abbé RAYNAL, io his prophetic admoni. Alluding to a colloction of poems, called La Puce de grands-jours tions to tho Americans, directing ibeir attention very strongly to de Poitiers. They were all written upon a flea, which Sicphen Pas- learned establishments, says, “When the youth of a country are seea quier found on the bosom of the famous Catherine des Roches, ono depraved, the nation is on the decline.. I know not wbat the Abbé morning during ibeyranil-jours of Poitiers. I ask pardon of the Rayoal would pronounce of this mation now, were he alive to know learned Catherine's memory, for my volgar alteration of her most the morals of the young students at Williamsburgh ! But when be respe table name.
wrote, bis countrymen had not yet introduced the doctrinam deos 4. Curcuma, cold and shy..-Darwis.
spernentem. into America.
Which good Brissot, with brain so critical
• Errare malo cum Platone, quam cum aliis recte sentire.:-Cic.
I would rather think wrongly with Plato, than rigbtly with any Calleth the true « machine political» 3
one else. With all its load of uncles, scholars, nieces,
1802. Together jumbled, Tumbled
Fanny, my love, we ne'er were sages,
But, trust me, all that Tully's zcal
All that, and more, for thee I feel!
Whate'er the heartless world decree,
Howe'er unfeeling prudes condemn, And Miss his nicce are there already!
Fanny! Ta rather sin with thee,
Than live and die a saint with them!
I ne'er on that lip for a minute have gazed,
But a thousand temptations beset me,
And I've thought, as the dear little rubies you raised, "John Smith, a famous traveller, and by far the most enterpris
How delicious 't would be-if you'd let me! ing of the first settlers in Virginia. How much he was indebted to ibe interesting young Pocahontas, daughter of King Pow batan, may be seen in all the histories of this colony. In the Dedication of Then be not so angry for what I have done, his own work to the Duchess of Richmood, he thus enumerates his
Nor say that you 've sworn to forget me; bonnes fortunes :-- Yet ing comfort is, ibat beretofore honourable They were buds of temptation too pouting to shun, and vertuous Ladies, and comparable but among themselves, havo offered me rescue and protection in my greatest dangers. Even in
And I thought that-you could not but let me! forraine parts I have felt reliefe from that sex. The beauteous Lady Tral iguanda, when I was a slave to be Turks, did all she could to
When your lip with a whisper came close to my cheek, secure me. When I overcame the Ba.haw of Nalbrits in Tariaria,
Oh think how bewitching it met me!
to say-you would let me! Davis, in bis whimsical Travels through America, has manufactured into a kind of romance the loves of Mr Rolfo with this · opaci max- Then forgive the transgression, and bid me remain, ima mundi, . Pocahontas.
For, in truth, if I go, you 'll regret me; For the Sopoet, see page 94. 1. The American stages are the true political carriage..-Bris
Or, oh !--let me try the transgression again, sor's I'rare's, letter 6th. - There is nothing more amusing than the And I 'll do all you wish—will you let me ? philosopbical singeries of these French travellers. In one of the lettors of Clavière, pr.fixed to those of Brissot, upon their plan for Among the West-Indian French at Norfolk, there are some very establishing a republic of philosophers in some part of the western interesting St Domingo girls, wbo, in the day, sell millinery, etc., world, he intreats Brissot to be particular in chasing a place where and at night assemble in little cotillon parties, where they dance there are no mosquitoes :, forsooth, ne quid respublica detrimenti away the remembrance of their unfortunate country, and forget the caperet!
miseries which « les amis des noirs, have brought upon them.