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his passion by the thought, that more correspondent to truth, and the body of his friend may become at the same time with how much offensive in his absence.
more justice, might the poet Gray, “Now to the verge of battle let me bend :
have penned the following lines, in But ah! the reliques of my slaughter'd his beautiful elegy, if the word urn friend!
had been substituted for grave! In those wide wounds, through which his spirit fled,
“ E'en from the urn the voice of nature Sball flies and worms obscene pollute the dead."
E’en in our asbes live their wonted The practice of burning the dead,
fires." sanctioned by the example of the ancients, would relieve us from many The poets of antiquity have avail. difficulties, which our mode of inter- ed themselves of the superstitious ment has to encounter. The thought reverence, paid by their countrymen of leaving our friends to the loath, to the dead, and founded on it some some devastations of corruption, of their most interesting fables. Alequally reprobated by both ancients lowing what we please for the em. and moderns, would be anticipated bellishments of the muse, enough by the ravages of the devouring el. still remains to form a faithful pic. ement, to which they may be con- ture of the times. The family urn signed. The fears of contagion was a home for their ashes, and none from this quarter, now so prevalent could endure the thought of becomin populous cities, would be dissi. ing exiles in death. No exertions pated by this summary process of were too arduous in the hour of batprevention. After the fire has fore. tle to reclaim and restore to their stalled all apprehensions of this kind, native country the bodies of the we may preserve in urns all that can dead. The thought of dying in a be preserved of our relatives and foreign land embittered the agonies friends, and can a stronger motive of death, and nothing quieted such attach us than a consideration of the apprehensions more than an assuridentity of their dust? A man's ance from their surviving friends, sepulchre would then be in the bo. that their ashes should repose in the som of his own family, a perpetualurns of their fathers. warning to his descendants, that all We fear not the stings of any littheir labours and exertions, their erary Culex, when we assert, that hopes and disappointments, mast the urn tended powerfully to nourfinally terminate in the urn before ish and preserve the patriotism of their eyes, awaiting to receive the the ancients. This mortuary domscanty accumulation of their bodies, icile partook of that reverence and after all those towering hopes and love, which was felt for the paterexpectations shall be enjoyed, or nal roof. The thoughts of emigradisappointed. The surviving pos- tion were not with them as amongst terity would know with certainty us, confined to the pain of a separathat they inherited the dust of their tion merely from living relatives and ancestors ; and the connecting link friends : the unity of death, if we between the living and the dead, now may be allowed the expression, was too often destroyed by the appro- broken and disturbed. Their ashes priation of the grave yard to o her were then to be deposited in a strange purposes, might be preserved entire land, remote from those of their an. for a series of ages. How much cestors. Hence when adverse for
tune compelled a separation, amongst to presumptuous arrogance an oppor. the many melancholy lamentations tunity of uniting its existence with excited by such events, we find an great and venerable characters, and absence from the urn one of the tracing from them a legitimate de. principal causes.
scent with no other foundation in fact, The same enthusiastick reverence than the fortuitous similitude of their might be excited amongst us, were names. It likewise debars a man of the same expedients adopted. Our unassuming merit from claiming the mode of burial on the other hand privilege of just genealogy, since the
applies an oblivious antidote to such plough has past over the ashes, of his • feelings; and it is no uncommon ancestors and what was once the spot
thing to behold a man, who has re- where their identity might be discov. cently attended the funeral, inquir. ered,is by the vicissitude of interment ing for the spot, where the remains converted into a cornfield. Ancient of his father are deposited. One poets have spoken of the River of generation begins one grave yard, Lethe, in terms of abhorrencc, but another generation another, until we have substituted fact for their this strange disposition breaks up all fictions ; and though it has been recollection of former times. Ma- and now is in cur power to change ny are as ignorant of their ancestors, the course of the stream, we have as if they themeslves the accidental done every thing to deepen its chanoffspring of the elements. This gives nel and widen its surface. R.
For the Anthology.
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF HARVARD COLLEGE
DEPARTMENT III. LARD,* and the wife of the Rev.
Mr. CAPON, who kept a boarding 1. Rudiments of Grammar for school at Stanton, in Gloucester. the English Saxon tongue, by Eli. shire. They raised for her, among ZABETH ELSTOB. London. 1715. her friends, an annuity of 211. which 4to.
Queen CAROLINE was pleased to This grammar was printed with continue till her own death ; after Saxon types, cut for the purpose, at which she was taken into the family the expense of Lord Chief Justice of the Duchess dowager of Port. PARKER.
land, as governess to her children ; The learned lady who composed in which she died, May 30, 1756. this work was born 1683. Under For other particulars of Miss Elmany disadvantages from humble STOB, see Nichols' Anecdotes of birth and poverty, she made aston- BOWYER, p. 10, 48, 316, and 498. ishing progress in literature, and became mistress of eight languages be. Author of " Memoirs of British Lasides her own. Havirg with diffi.
dies who have been celebrated for their
writings or skill in the learned languages, culty subsisted some time by keep
per arts and sciences.” 1752. 4to and 8vo. ing a small school, she was, at last, and reprinted in 8vo. 1775. Mr. Balcountenanced by Mr. George Bal- lard was originally a stay-maker.
II. ANTHROPOMETAMORPHOSIS: highly extols the unadorned beauty man transfirmed, or the artificial and excellency of the human fabrick, changeling ; historically presented in and shews the impiety of varying the mad and cruel gallantry, foolish from nature. bravery, ridiculous beauty, filthy fine. The work itself is represented in ness, and loathsome loveliness of most twenty four scenes, and is all along Nations, fashioning and altering their illustrated with wooden prints of bodies from the mould intended by Na- the forms and fashions described ture ; with figures of those transfigu- and exposed ; making 559 pages. rations. To which artificial and af- Whoever would trace the history fected deformations, are added all the and changes of fashions and dress, native and national monstrosities that among all nations, will find in this have appeared to disfigure the human very singular work, “rare informafabrick. With a vindication of the tion and delectable amusement." regular beauty and honesty of Nature : Dr. BULWER was also author of and an Appendix of the pedigree of several books on the language of the ENGLISH GALLANT.
the hand, on physiognomy, and inScripsit J. B. Cognomento Chiroso. Structions to, the deaf and dumb, phus, M. D. London. 1653. 4to. intended, as he expresses it, “ to
The book was first published in bring those who are so born, to twelves, in 1650, without any figures hear the sounds of words with their or prints, but one in front of divers eyes, and thence to learn to speak distorted or disguised heads and with their tongues.” faces; but to this edition there is III. Libro de re Duello, impeprefixed “a comely sculpture of the ratori, principi, &c. Stampato in author, Dr. JOHN BULWER, en- Vinegia, per COMIN DE TRIDINO graved by W. FAITHORNE. Next de Montseratto, 1540, del Mese de we have a device of the awful tribu. Marzo. 12mo. nal of Nature, by commission from We refer our modern duellists to Heaven, trying the artificial change this ancient work for some historiclings, or miscreants of all nations, al anecdotes of that rude species of for the abuse of their bodies ; with retaliation they practice, and for the a short explanation. Then follows laws of false honour by which they a specimen of the author's poetry, profess to be governed. While they in an “Anacephaleosis," or recapitu- find this to be “ opera dignissima et lation of his work, intimated by the utilissima ad tutti li spiriti gentili," frontispiece. After this a Dedica. they will shudder ai the thoughts tion to his friend Thomas Dicon of the vengeful purposes they medSon, and several epistolary poems, itate. some in English, and some in Lat. IV. La Circe, di Gio. Battis. in, addressed to the author in hon- TA Gelli. Appresso per Lucio Spi. our of the performance. Next fol. meda, Venet. 1600. 12mo.
low," a short hint on the use of this This entertaining and instructive · treatise," and a Latin poem called little volume contains ten dialogues
« Diploma Apollinis," the award between Circe, Ulysses, and his of merit to the learned writer. Af- companions. It exhibits and conter a list of nearly 300 Authors, futes the allurements of sensuality, Historians, Physicians, Travellers, and recommends purity of sentiment, &c. referred to in this work, we and chastity of conduct in a very come to the Introduction, which pleasing manner. The Arguments and Annotations of GIROLAM. Gr. promoter of the Reformation, and OVANNI render the work more in- on the accession of Queen Mary, teresting.
he and Bishop Ridley were senThe writer was remarkable for tenced to be burnt at Oxford, in uniting one of the lowest occupa. 1555. In STRYPE's “ Memorials tions in life with great literary at- of CRANMER,” is a picture of him tainments. Though a tailor by with a staff in his right hand, a pair trade, he was author of several of spectacles hanging a: his breast, works of much celebrity, was a and a bible at his girdle. This member of the Academy at Flor. venerable prelate, worn out with ence, and was admitted to the labour, old age and imprisonment, friendship of all men of genius and walked thus equipped to the place learniig in that city. He was born of execution. When he was chain. in 1408, and died in the 65th year ed to the stake, two bags of gunof his age. His dialogues, which powder were fastened under his are in the manner of Lucian, have arms, the explosion of which, prebeen translated into Latin, French, Sently put an end to his life. and English.
“ While he was burning, a large V. Certain fruitful sermons, by quantity of blood gushed from his HUGH LATIMER, Bishop of Wor- heart as if all the blond in his bocester. London. 1635. 4to. dy had been drawn to that part."'*
This worthy prelate was a cele. VI. APOLLONIUS PERGÆUs de brated preacher at Court, in the sectione rationis, edit. Barrow. reign of Edward VI. when there London. 1675. folio. were no sermons but in the principal We refer to this work merely to churches, and upon some particular introduce the following translation fasts and festivals : it is probable of the prayer of Dr. Barrow frora that they drew the attention of the the preface. people, as much for their rarity, as “Geometry knows no limits, the reputation of the preacher. * and even human sagacity can disWe are informed by Dr. Heylin, cover numberless new truths : but that such crowds went to hear Lat- thou, O God, perceivest them all IMER, that the pulpit was removed at one view, without any chain of out of the Royal Chapel into the deduction, or tiresome length of dePrivy Garden.t Artless and un- monstration. In other subjects, our couth as his sermons appear to us, intellect possesses but little power : yet such was the effect of his like the imagination of brutes, it preaching, that restitution was made seems only to dream of some uncer. to the king of very considerable tain objects, concerning which there sums of which he had been defraud. are almost as many opinions as there ed. As a specimen of the qua:ntare meni, But in mathematical ness of bis manner, we refer to his truths, there is an universal agree. sermon on John i. 19. which is die ment ; in them the human mind vided in allusion to a pack of cards. I seems capable of something great Bishop LATIMER was a zealous and wonderful. Thee, therefore, I
rejoice to love. To thee I look * Granger's Biographical History of up, ardently longing for that day, England, Vol. 1. p. 97,
History of the Reformation, p. 57. I See Fox's Acts and Mouuments, p. Turner's History of Remarkable. 1571, edit. 1492.
when thy immense and most holy with a mind purged from 'errour benignity shall enable me to unders and prejudice, and without this sucstand not only these, but far more cessive and laborious effort of numerous and important truths, thought.”
MRS. MONTAGU'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH
tions were at least very harmless. I MRS. MONTAGU TO LORD KAMES.
will get the book your Lordship “ Sandleford, May 9, 1767. mentions, when I go to London MY LORD,
again. You tell me I am stately
and reserved, like an actor perform“I AM rejoiced to find I have ing a capital part in a capital play. pleased Mrs. Drummond and your Your Lordship is mistaken ; I am Lordship in the epargne ; but you like a puppet acting a foolish part have disappointed ine terribly about in a foolish puppet.show. What my notable letter on the subject of does any one hear or say, think or ornament. I was in hopes it would do, read or know, in a London life, have given occasion to a paper war worth communicating. * ** **between us. I imagined you would Lord Lyttelton desired me, when I laugh at me, quarrel with me, rally last saw him, to beg of your Lord. ms, confute me, and do every thing ship, who is such a judicious and acbut what no disputant ever does curate critick in stile, not to read with his antagonist, convince me; the first edition of his History ; but instead of that, you are mighty as the second will be more correct, silent, and mighty civil ; and you and he is ambitious of appearing in put my letter quietly in your pock. the best light to your Lordship. I et; and very politely say, you may don't understand all this delicacy. hereafter put some of my conjec. If I were to make a book, I should tures into your Elements of Criticism : not care for all the criticks that are, but the muses forbid that my reve- or were, or ever should be." I like ries, like poor maggots in amber, the play of Every Man in his Hushould there lie so conspicuously mour. Authors should be free to preserved! *** Your Lord. make blunders, and criticks to exship never mentions Dr. Gregory, or pose them. If I had lands in Par-, any of my Edinburgh friends. I nassus, I would not inclose them with hope they are all well. I often wall, pale, sunk fence, or chevaux think of the agreeable society I ende frise. I would resolve to write joyed in Scotland, with great pleas. a book this moment, if I thought ure, and as great desire to return to it.
I will chide your Lord. * Mrs. Montagu's Essay on the Genius ship for exposing my nonsense to
and Writings of Shakespeare, was not then Mr. Fergusson. I don't remem
published: it did not appear till 1770. ber what I said ; but as I admired
She was known however as the writer of
some of the best dialoguesin Ld. Lyttelthe work, I suppose my observa. cou's Dialogues of the Dead, printed in 1762.
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