the room and dressing-table used to be scattered in all directions, after the grand operation was over, and which lay full in my view for hours, till my mistress's return at night, or more often till the next morning All here was neat and orderly, which to me was a very great accommodation; having acquired, in early life, from the orderly habits of my poor old mistress, such a love of neatness, that any thing untidy was particularly offensive to me. I became, as you may easily imagine, much attached to my present employer, and wished for nothing better than to pass the remainder of my days in her service; but herein I was disappointed.

One morning early, she appeared before me, surrounded by several fair attendants, and devoted to me a little more time and attention than was usual with her. I shall never forget the expression of her countenance, as she stood arrayed all in white, and gave me one more pensive look, which I little thought, at the time, would be the last I should ever receive from her ; but so it was. There was a great bustle in the house that morning, (whatever was the reason,) and I saw my fair mistress no more!

Having now, therefore, nothing to reflect on but the past scenes of my life, I have amused myself with giving you this account of them. I said I had made physiognomy my study, and that I had acquired some skill in this interesting science. The result of my observations will, at least, be deemed impartial, when I say, that I am generally least pleased with the character of those faces which appear the most so with mine. And I have seen occasion so far to alter the opinions of my inexperienced youth, that, for those who pass the least time with me, and treat me with little consideration, I conceive the highest esteem; and their aspect generally produces the most pleasing reflections.


Æneas, a Trojan prince, son of Anchises and the goddess Venus. During the Trojan war, he displayed great valor in defence of his country. When Troy was in flames, he carried away upon his shoulders his aged father, and thus saved his life.

51, as Æneas, our great ancestor,
Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder

The old Anchises bear," &c. See page 333.
ALBIN, the name given to Scotland by the Scottish Gaels, or

When Albin her claymore indignantly draws.” See page 86. ANCHISES, the father of Æneas. - See ÆNEAS.

Apis, the sacred ox worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. Some say that Isis and Osiris are the deities worshipped under this name, because during their reign they taught the Egyptians agriculture.

« O’erthrew Osiris, Orus, Apis, Isis.- See page 427. APOLLO, the fabulous god of the fine arts, of medicine, music, poetry, and eloquence, of all of which he was deemed the inventor. He is usually represented as a handsome beardless young man, hold. ing in his hand a bow or a lyre ; his head is generally surrounded with the leaves of the bay-tree.

66 while Apollo himself,”' &c. See page 15. ARDENNES, the name of a chain of mountains in the Netherlands, partly covered by a forest. “ And Ardennes waves above them her green leaves."

- See

83.. AREOPAGUS, or the HILL OF MARS, the oldest and most respect. able of the Athenian courts of justice. It received its name from its place of meeting, on the Hill of Mars, near the citadel of Athens.

o assembled in the Areopagus." — See page 93. ARMADA, the Spanish name for a fleet of armed ships. The “Invincible Armada," so called, was a fleet sent by Philip II. to invade England in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

66 which mar Alike the Armada's pride, or spoils of Trafalgar." - See page 77.

“ BRUNSWICK'S FATED CHIEFTAIN," the duke of Brunswick, who was killed at the battle of Ligny. His father received his death. wound at the battle of Jena ; hence the allusion.

His heart more truly knew that peal too well,

Which stretched his father on a bloody bier." - See page 82.

CADMus, a Phænician, who introduced alphabetic characters into Greece.

You have the letters Cadmus gave.” — See page 122. CARNATIC. The Carnatic is that portion of Southern India, which runs along the coast of Coromandel. It belongs to the East India Company. Hyder Ali and the nabob of Arcot were neighboring princes; but the nabob held his power from the Company. The Company lent themselves to the nabob's schemes of ambition, the object of which was (as usual) to enlarge his own dominion, at the expense of that of Hyder Ali. - See page 401.

CEPHRENES, an ancient king of Egypt, to whom, in connection with Cheops, Herodotus attributes the building of the two largest pyramids.

Was Cheops, or Cephrenes, architect

Of either pyramid that bears his name?" - See page 426. CHEF-D'EUVRE, a masterpiece. See page 320. Cheops, an ancient king of Egypt. - See CEPHRENES. CHERSONEsos, a Greek word, signifying peninsula.

The tyrant of the Chersonese” (see page 122) was Miltiades, who commanded the Grecian forces at the battle of Marathon. CLANRANALD, a leading chieftain in the rebel army of 1745.

Clanranald the dauntless," &c. See page 86. Colossus, a celebrated brazen image at Rhodes, which passed for one of the seven wonders of the world. Its feet were upon the two moles which formed the entrance of the harbor, and ships passed in full sail between its legs. It was one hundred and five feet high, and every part of it in equal proportion. It was partly demolished by an earthquake, 224 B. C. In the year 672 of the Christian era, it was sold by the Saracens to a Jewish merchant, who loaded 900 camels with the brass, whose value has been estimated at thirty-six thousand pounds, English money.

" Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world

Like a Colossus." — See page 334. “ CUMBERLAND PRANCES." (See page 85.) The duke of Cumber. land, who commanded the English forces at the battle of Culloden.

Cynthia, a surname of Diana, the goddess of hunting, from Mount Cynthios, where she was born. In the line, “ Nor evening Cynthia

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fill her silver horn," (see page 204,) an allusion is made to the


Delos, a Grecian island. The tradition that Apollo was born in the Island of Delos is taken from the Egyptian mythology. Before the birth of Apollo and Diana, Juno sent the serpent Python to tor. ment Latona, who could not be delivered, as the earth was prohib. ited to afford her a place to give birth to her children, till Neptune, moved at the severity of her fatė, raised the Island of Delos from the bottom of the sea, where she gave birth to Apollo and Diana.

" Where Delos rose and Phæbus sprung.” — See page 120. DRYAD, a wood nymph.

EBLIš, an Oriental name for the Evil Spirit.

Even haughty Eblis of a sigh.— See page 245. “EDEN'S GARDEN BIRD,” (see page 78,) the bird of Paradise.

EL DORADO, a fabulous country, in which gold is met with every where.

Ennyi, (pronounced on-we,) wearisomeness. See page 26.

“ Evan's, DONALD'S FAME,” &c. (See page 83.) Sir Evan Cameron and his descendant, Donald, were conspicuous in the rebellion of 1745.

Faun, a rural deity.

GENOESE. 6. The world-seeking Genoese,” (see page 80,) an allu. sion to Christopher Columbus, who was born in Genoa.

“IDES of March," the 15th day of March. On that day Julius Cæsar was killed.

Isis, the wife of Osiris, was a celebrated deity of the Egyptians. The ox and cow were the symbols of Osiris and Isis, because these deities, while on earth, had diligently applied themselves to the cultivation of the earth. The worship of Isis was universal in Egypt.

" O'erthrew Osiris, Orus, Apis, Isis." - See page 427. 6 ÍSLANDS OF THE BLESSED," (see page 120 ;). according to the Grecian mythology, the happy islands in the western ocean, where the favorites of Jupiter, snatched from death, enjoyed perpetual happiness

Laocoon, a priest of Neptune, (according to some, of Apollo,) at Troy, after the pretended retreat of the Greeks, was sacrificing a bull to Neptune, on the shore, when two enormous serpents appeared swimming from the Island of Tenedos, and advanced towards the altar. The people fled, but Laocoön and his sons fell victims to the monsters. The sons were first attacked, and then the father, who attempted to defend them.

" Like Laocoon.' See page 468. LOCHIEL, the chief of the warlike clan of the Camerons. His influence was so important among the Highland chiefs, that the stand. ard of Charles would not have been raised, in 1745, if Lochiel and his clan had not joined in the rebellion.

" Lochiel, Lochiel, beware," &c. See page 84. LUCIFER, the name of the planet Venus, or morning star. The name is also given to the Evil One, in consequence of an allegorical explanation given by the fathers to the passage in Isaiah, in which the king of Babylon is compared to the morning star.

"he falls like Lucifer," &c. - See page 394. LUPERCAL, a spot at the foot of Mount Aventine, at Rome, where the Lupercalia, games commemorative of the founder of Rome, were annually celebrated.

6. You all did scc, that, on the Lupercal.See page 330.

Marathon, a village of Attica, ten miles from Athens, celebrated for the victory which the Athenians and Platæans, under the command of Miltiades, gained over the Persian army. In this battle, according to Herodotus, the Athenians lost only one hundred and ninety-two men, and the Persians six thousand three hundred.

The inountains look on Marathon," &c. - See page 120. “ MEMENTO MORI," (see page 430,) Forget not death.

MEMNON, a king of Æthiopia. He came with ten thousand men to assist his uncle, Priam, during the Trojan war, in which he behaved with great courage. He accepted the challenge of Achilles, and was killed in the combat, in the sight of the Grecian and Trojan armies. The Æthiopians or Egyptians, over whom he reigned, erected a celebrated statue to the honor of their monarch. This statue had the wonderful property of uttering a melodious sound every day, at sunrise ; but the manner in which it was made is unknown. This celebrated statue was dismantled by order of Cambyses, when he conquered Egypt; and its ruins still astonish modern travellers, by their grandeur and beauty. " Then say, what secret melody was hidden

In Memnon's statue, which at sunrise played !— See page 426. *" And shook the pyramids with fear and wonder,

When the gigantic Memnon fell asunder! - See page 427.

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