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cascade, and a grotto, wherein we Italians seldom guilty of see the figures of Apollo and the drinking 10 excess, though their nine Muses on Mount Parnassus, country abounds with the choicest represented playing on instru- wines; but their -sobriety is in a ments, and put in motion by measure owing to their parsimowater; but these works are much ny, for they are observed to be inout of order,
temperate enough at other people's Within two miles of Frescati, tables. Their favourite studies at a place called Grotto Ferrate, are painting, architecture, sculpwas Cicero's country seat, called ture, music and poetry; all which, Tusculanum, where that great it must be granted, they have orator composed his Tusculan brought to a great perfection. If Questions, and gave them that they are profuse in any thing, it title from the agreeable place of is in their buildings, and in makretirement which had produced ing collections of pictures and them.
statues to adorn them : they also The places we have been de- affect splendid equipages, great scribing were the cool recesses of trains of servants, and love to the ancient Romans during the make a figure at least equal to excessive heats of summer. their fortunes; which they are al
We now return to pay our last ways desirous of advancing, and visit to Rome, where, instead of are ambitious of honour and preamusing ourselves any longer ferment,
[To be continued.] with buildings, statues, and other productions of art, we shall con- THE TABLE IN THE MIDDLE sider the genius, and manners of
AGES. that city, and of Italy in general.
The English, in the eleventh When a foreigner comes first to
and twelfth centuries, had only Rome, he will perceive a reserv- two stated meals a-day, dinner ed behaviour in the citizens, who and supper: the former at nine · generally study a stranger's hu- in the forenoon, the latter at five mour and temper before they ad- in the afternoon. These hours, mit him to their company and fa- besides being convenient for bumiliarity : but a short acquaint- siness, were supposed to be friend, ance wears off this stiffness, and ly to health and long life, accordthey become civil, affable, and ing to the following verses, which obliging; observing a just medi- were then often repeated :um between the levity of the
Lever a cinq, diner a neuf, French, and the starched gravity
Souper a cinq, coucher a neuf,
Fait vivre d'ans nonante et neuf. of the Spaniard. They are of an
To rise at seven, to dine at nine, amorous disposition, and are too
To sup at five, to bed at vine, much addicted to jealousy. Tne Makes a man live to ninety-nine.*
We are not, however, on that lowed as a profession. The Chinese aecount to imagine, that they say of a person, that he has the were strangers to the pleasures the talent of making verses, almost of the table. On the contrary, in the same manner as one would they had not only a variety of praise, in Europe, a captain of dishes, but these, too, consisted dragoons, for being an excellent of the most delicate kinds of food, performer on the violin. A taste and were dressed in the richest for poetry, notwithstanding, preand most costly manner. Thomas vails pretty generally in China; à Becket is said to have given and there are a few Chinese writers five pounds, equivalent to seventy who have devoted some of their five pounds at present, for one leisure hours to the muses, and dish of eels. The Monks of St. have proved themselves not deSwithins, at Winchester, made a ficient either in genius or ima forinal complaint to Henry 11. gination. Chinese verses admit against their Abbot, for taking only of the most energetic; picaway three of the thirteen dishes, turesque, and harmonious words, they used to have every day at and they must always be used dinner. The Monks of Canter- in the same
in wbich bury were still more luxurious, they have been employed by the for they had at least seventeen ancients. As the Chinese poets dishes every day, besides a des- have not the same resources as sert; and these dishes were dress- Europeans, in the attracting ficed with spiceries and sauces, tions of mythology, they supply which excited the appetite, as the deficiency occasioped by the .well as pleased the taste.
want of those beauties which our poetry derives from this aid, by
several different metbods. To the Editor of the Oxford Enter.
First, by bold and ingenious taining Miscellany.
metaphors, suited to the spirit of SOME ACCOUNT OF THE POETRY their language. The eagle, for OF THE CHINESE.
instance, is styled, in their verses, Employed only on useful stu- “ the host of the clouds;" a mat dies, and such as may conduct to upon which one reposes, “the fortune, the Chinese in general kingdom of sleep," the head, set very little value on poetry. " the sanctuary of reason,” the The art of making verses seldom eyes," the stars of the forehead," engages the attention, or obtains &c. Secondly, they use the the rewards of their government. names of several animals in an This study therefore is generally allegorical sense ; thus, the drapursued from taste, or to fill up a gon, tyger, kite, and swallow, vacant hour; but it is never fol- supply the place of Jupiter, Mars,
Mercury, and Flora. Thirdly, Woman's the slender, graceful viue, they are able also to procure a Whose curling tendrils round it twine,
And deck its rougb bark sweetly great assistance from the manners
o'er. and customs of high antiquity, of which they preserve sentences. Man is the rock whose tow'ring crest
Nods o'er the mountain's barren side; Their history, the actions and
Woman the soft and mossy vest, repartees of their emperors, the
That loves to clasp its sterile breast, maxims of their ancient literati,
And wreath its brown in verdant furnish them also with a great va
soil. riety of beautiful and agreeable Man is the cloud of coming storm, allusions.
Dark as the raven's murky plume,
Save where the sun-beams, light and SONG.
warm, From Ackermann's “Forget me Not,” for 1825. Of woman's soul, and woman's form, O Lady, leave thy şilken thread
Gleam brightly o'er the gathering And flowery tapestry,
gloom. There's living roses on the busb, And blossoms on the tree;
Yes, lovely sex
'tis given Stoop where thou wilt, thy careless To rule our hearts with angels' hand
sway, Some random bud will meet;
Blend with each woe a blissful teaven, Thou canst not tread but thou wilt Change earth into an embryo heaven, find
And sweetly smile our cares away. The daisy at thy feet. 'Tis like the birthday of the world,
Ut Alos in septis secretus nascitur hortis The air is all perfume;
Ignotus pecori, nullo convulsus aratro, There's crimson buds, and white and Quem mulcent auræ, firmat sol, educat blue
Multi illum pueri, multæ optavere puThe very rainbow show'rs Have turn'd to blossoms where they
Idem cum tenui carptus defloruit unAnd sown the earth with flow'rs.
Nulli illum pueri, nullæ optavere puThere's fairy tulips in the East, The garden of the sun;
Sic Virgo, dum intacta manet, tum The very streams reflect the hues,
cara suis; sed And blossom as they run:
Cum castum amisit polluto corpore While morn opes like a crimson rose,
florem, Still wet with purly show'rs;
Nec pueris jucunda manet, nec cara Then lady, leave the silken thread
puellis. Thou twinest into flow'rs!
A free translation of the above. MAN AND WOMAN.
As some fair flower bepeath a fosterMan is the rugged, lofty pine,
ing sky, That frowns on man; a wave beat Sweet fav'rite object of the gardener's shore;
Secure from cattle, and the plough-| Jack tallyho's, then sounds his horri, share's wound:
The hounds are in full cry, With jealous care is strongly fenc'd Bold Reynard seems them all to scorn, around,
But Reynard soon must die. To lads and lasses when this flow'r is
The snorting steeds, withmettled hearts, shown..
And heads erected high, Pleas'd they all wish the lovely flow'r With careless steps perform their parts, their own;
O'er hedge and ditch they fly. Snapp'd from its stem, neglected now it lies,
TOM STEADY whips the hounds along, Fade its warm tints and every beauty
Each sportsman's anxious care dies;
Is who shall get the fastest on, The lads and lasses who admir'd so
The brush away to bear. late,
At length the fox is quite run down, Pass the pale flow'ret, nor regard its Soon, soon he'll yield his breath; fate.
Hark! 'hark! I hear the yelling sound, Thus a fair virgin, innocent and pure, Prognosticate his death.
R * * * Whom virtue shields from every dang'rous lure,
[We understand that the highly-reFeels in her breast a joy, by Heav'n spected individual who is the author of inspir'd,
the above song is nearly 80 years of age.] Oct. 20, 1824.
EDITORS. And lives by friends. belov’d, by all
admir'd.-Should some curst spoiler blast her
Enigma. spotless fame, She sinks the victim of remorse and My parents in the mead delightshame;
I by compulsion came to light; No longer friends the fair with fond. And well I may, for mark my woe,
I close confinement undergo.
For when my mistress thinketh fit,
Where heat and force do both combine,
To change the pristine state of mine,
A glove, or cube, or what she pleases;
A fluid, solid superficies ;
I take just any form she will. The sportsmen, horses, and the hounds. Some ladies say, I help digestion; | Haste to the woods away.
Some me refuse for their complexion. “Hark into cover" roarg OLD JOHN Now say, adepts, pray what am I? • With heart brim full of hope, In whom a friend, and foe, some spy.
T.G. The dogs rush in, the fox is gone, The Huntsman cries “ elope"
Answer to Enigmas in our last. “ Hark in again” says JOHN “good
1. Shadow. 2. Egg. hounds:
TO CORRESPONDENT. Hear Drunkard's * mellow tone
We cannot at present eomply with “P. H's'' His voice from hill to dale resounds :
suggestion, but hope to be favoured with a Huzza ! this day's our own.
continuance of his correspondence.
in our next, as likewise shall our esteemed • A favourite hound..
friend “J. W." “T, G.'' has been received,
popularity could not have made Select Biography.
Mr. Canning, the great Commoner
of the Administration, yet without “No part of History is more in
the extensive support of popular structive and delightful than the Lives favour, he probably had not been of great and worthy Men.”
selected for the post, and certainly BURNETT. could not have maintained it long.
Huud semper errat fama, aliTHE RIGHT HON. G. CANNING. quando te eligit.-“Public repuSecretary of State for Foreign tation is often well founded, and Affairs.
sometimes appoints to office." The character and views of this The public opinion of Mr. Cancelebrated statesman, are general- ning's talents and eloquence was ly canvassed and variously judged his passport to the Foreign Office, at the present moment by the in 1822.
His conduct on a meEnglish, public, the Irish parti- morable occasion had unavoidably sans, and the continental devotees given deep offence in a high quarof passive submission to kings ter, but in that quarter a regard and priests. Abroad he his dis- was paid to public feeling and to tinguished by the untitled obscu- the public interest, at the expense rity of his name and ancestry. of personal considerations, suffici. In the memory of living man, no ent to shed lustre on the loftiest minister has led in our popular station, and on the most magnani. House of Parliament, without the mous temper. From subsequent pride of noble blood to animate his acts, it is very manifest that this tone'in debate and strengthen his was not the result of immediate influence in division; but Mr. necessity, but the complete conCanning, now leader for two years, quest of a great spirit over incihas no other resource for person- dental and not unreasonable irrial pretension and influence, but tation. Not to mention several the character he has acquired and other decisive proofs of royal apthe talents he can exert. Foreign- probation of the more liberal part ers would consider this defect of the Cabinet, the appointment fatal to the power of the Foreign of Lord Erskine is one of the Secretary, but the people of Eng- most signal instances ever exhibitland, eminently loyal as they are, ed of a Sovereign cherishing have ever shewn a more than re- kindly remembrance of an early publican deference to merit un- friend, and testifying the sincerity supported by illustrious descent of that friendship by the most or noble title, and have unequivo- seasonable patronage of his friend's cally given their suffrages for Mr. son. The Foreign Secretary may Canning. It is true that merel be considered as firmly established