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truth. They have long since sunk to forgetfulness, with the personal enmities, that generated them, and it is now well known, that sorrow and various misfortunes, brought on at forty years of age, the death of Agnolo Politiano, stiled by Car. dinal Bembo, « Arbiter Ausoniæ lyræ."
The following ode was written by Politian, to accompany an edi. ton of Horace by his friend Landino.
Poet, that first th' Aeolian lyre
The bold satyrick song.
of polished mein and gay? How late did clouds thy face o'er spread And age invest thy hoary head, Now sweet with smiles, with roses red,
And garlands trim array.
Ad Horatium Flaccuito Vates, Threicio blandior Orpheo, Seu malis fidibus sistere lubrices Amnes, scu tremulo ducere lice - Ipsis cum latebris feras;
As when fair spring, with flowrets pied, Has waked the serpent's glossy pride, He casts his spoils in wrath aside,
And faunts bis gorgeous train :
And o'er her mossy plain.
A sportive, amorous swain,
Vates, Aeoliæ pectinis arbiter,
Quis te a barbarica compede vindicat? Quis frontis nebulum dispulit, et situ Deterso, levibus restituit choris
Curata juvenem cute ?
O quam nuper eras nubilus, et malo
Cinctus tempora floribus !
'Talem purpureis reddere solibus Laetum pube nova post gelidas nives Serpentem, positis exuviis, solet
Verni temperies poli;
Talem te choreis reddidit, et lyrac Landings, veterum laudibus æmulus, Qualis tu solitus Tibur ad uvidum
Blandam tendere barbiton.
LEVITY. The vulgar form their opinions of characters more from external appearances, than from any intrinsick qualities in the person. They mark all peculiarities, however inci. dental, in their superiours, and hence draw their conclusions ; for they can penetrate no farther. When they witness the gravity of the judge on the bench, or the de. votion of the preacher in the pulpit, they infer, that the first is always grave, and the last always devout. The inference is a very harmless one, and can injure neither party. It is not, however, of force to interdict those, who are in places of responsibility from the common, social plea. sures of life ; but only to forbid ex. cess, and to point out the company, before which they may indulge in innocent trifling. Princes, magis. trates, and ecclesiasticks, are entit. led to their share in occasional levie
Nunc te deliciis, nunc decet et levi Lascivire joco, nunc puerilibus Insestum thyasis, aut fide garrula.
Inter ludere virgincs.
TRANSLATION. Oh thou, whose song with easier sway, Than Thracian Orpheus' potept lay, The listening rivers course could stay,
Or charm the savage throng;
ties among their equals ; but they honour; and her statue, which stood would be ill employed in attempting in the city hall was decorated with to rival the buffoon in his jests, or flowers. She left funds, from which the merry-andrew in his tricks : were distributed, as prizes, to those their competitors too would be sure who produced the best specimens in to bear away the palm.
different kinds of poetry, a golden Though the great may sometimes violet, a silver eglantine, and a gold, descend from the pomp and formali. en marygold. Florian has founded on ties of station, they should use dis- this subject, a very pleasing metrical cretion in choosing the occasions. romance after the Spanish manner, If the relaxations, in which they in- which is inserted near the end of his dulge, are trifling, they should also Galatea. These games were instibe private. Augustus, we are told, tuted in the fourteenth century, and was ashamed to be seen at a favour- subsisted till recently in a flourishing ite game; and Domitian was wise state, as appears froin passages in enough to retire into his closet to Marmontel's Memoirs of himself; catch flies. The line of Horace, who describes with a pleasing enthuwhich has become trite from being siasm, naturally connected with the often quoted ;
recollections of youthful scenes, his
acquisition at one time of two of the 1 9 * Dulce est desipere in loco;"
prizes. Whether this institution contains a sentiment, that is safe in was shaken in the general wreck of the hands of the wise, and allows a the French revolution, I know not. certain latitude,in giving up to a play. The conquerour, it must be confessful good humour, which he will not ed, has promoted the cause of let. abuse. It is the medium between ters, and probably may restore or en. an intense and unyielding austerity, courage this ancient rite of the which excites hatred or disgust, and Muses. While in this country we those excesses of folly, or indiscre- are giving our thousands for purses tion, which forbid respect from in- at a horse race, our ten thousands feriours, that he will aim to attain. for seminaries of systematick diviniHe will not always be “too proud
ty, and our hundred thousands for for a wit ;" but will have too little enormous buildings, less remarkable vanity to enter the lists with every for taste than extent, why is not prattling punster that annoys socie- some one munificent enough to ty. He will neither revel with the found a similar festival ? It would riotous, nor deny himself the enjoy- be a place where our youth might ment of the social festival. His cheer- repair at that season, when every fulness will be indulged without lev- thing invites to sociability, harmoity, and his pleasures without excess.
ny and love, and forget for a mo.
ment, the cares of pelf, “ assem in CLEMENCE D'ISAURE.
longas diducere partes.” Even Little is known concerning this self-interest might be moved at lady, or rather little can be discov.. the thought of an annual panegyrered in the literary institution of this ick, and a statue crowned with the country : she was the foundress of first fruits of smiling spring. the Floral garnes, which were celebrated annually in the month of
SANNAZARIUS. May. On this occasion an oration The Latin distich of this author was publickiy pronounced in her on the Pont-au-Change and the Pont St. Michel, built over the swelling raptúre, which arises from Seine, by Giocondo, a Dominican the prospect of enterprise resulting monk, of Verona, is well known: in success ; that calm and soothing Jocondus geminum imposuit tibi, Sequa pleasure, which proceeds from the na, pontem
review of patient industry, gradually Hunc tu jure potes dicere Pontificem.
ripening to complete effect; these, It is not so generally known that and more than all these ; every obthe author in composing it, was to. ject of future possession, every ob. tally innocent of any witty intention ject of present enjoyment, the pat. and designed merely to celebrate the riot is prepared, and ready, and will. bridge building powers of Jocondus. ing to risque and to lose, rather Jocondus was the instructor of Ju. than see his country's honour, lius Cæsar Scaliger.
which ought always to ray out its
beams in a full and dazzling glory PATRIOTISM.
round her head, tarnished, or the Patriotism, pure and unsophisti. prosperity of his country wan. cated, since it proceeds from, or rath- tonly impaired. Such is the nature er consists of the social sympathies, of patriotism pure and unsophisti. when extended to, and operating on cated ; such is the character of a the whole circle of political life, sel. sincere and undissembling patriot ; dom does, perhaps it never did or « fortes vixere." can, produce a proud and contemp. tuous denial of honourable conces
DR. DONNE. sions to one nation, however sincere Of Dr. Donne whose satires are her friendship, while, at the same full of wit, and breathe in a rough, time, it promotes a tame and pusilthough manly and forcible language, lanimous compliance with demands, the high and indignant spirit of Juthough disgraceful to the last venal, most scholars are miserably degree, from another nation, who ignorant, and though some of his though she pretends to some- satires were polished and modulated thing more than the simpering fond. by Pope, to an almost unrivalled ness of mere partiality, suffers no degree of elegance and harmony; opportunity of insult or injury to there are, I fear, few who can boast pass unimproved. What he cannot (and such knowledge is, indeed, no justly retain, the patriot is ready, small matter of pride) that they when required, to restore or surren. have read all the satires of Dr. der. What he cannot reasonably Donne, Such, however, though exact, the patriot feels himself un- bis works now lie neglected or for. der no inviolable obligation to de. gotten, was once the celebrity of mand. The honour of his country Donne, that Ben Johnson addressed he indeed considers as sacred ; and and dedicated to him the following next to her honour, he thinks noth- epigram, which as a specimen of ing so sacred as the prosperity of encomiastick verses tas perhaps his country. His fortune, his char- never been excelled. acter, his blood, his life ; all he pose Donne, the delight of Phæbus, and each sesses ; all he expects; the celebri.
inuse, ty which his ambition toils to ac. Who, to thy one, all other brains require ; the happiness which his self
fuse, love hopes and pants to attain, en. Whose every work of thy most early
wit, joy and improve ; that full and
Came forth crample and remain so yet;
Longer a knowing than most wits do live; abundance, to borrow from antiqui. And which no affection, praise eno' can ty, than Chaucer's description of
give! To it thy language, letters, arts, best life,
Creseide. It is hardly equalled by Which might with half mankind main. any part of Shakespeare ; Spenser tain a strife ;
has nothing, which, in comparison All which I mean to praise, and, yet, I with it, does not dwindle to servile would
and paltry imitation. I would not But leave, because I cannot as I should.
wantonly scandalize any lover of
Milton ; but professing sincerely as Though perhaps no passage is
I do, and really feeling as deep a
reverence for that immortal poet, as lesz happy to illustrate the just en. comium of Pynson, who, in his Pro.
it is possible for any man to feel and hemye to Chaucer, characterises
profess, I may be pardoned for askhim, as distinguished by “ high and
ing, what lines in Paradise Lost, in quick sentences, eschewing prolix
Sampson Agonistes, in Paradise Reite, and casting away the chaf and
gained, in Comus, in L'Allegro, in
Il Penseroso, in the Lycidas, or in superfuite, and shewing the pyked
the Arcades, are in any one of the grayne of sentences uttered by crafty and sugred eloquence.” Yet
essentials of poetry superiour to the
subjoined description of the beautiful, I must own, that, in my opinion, there is no stanza or verse of the
'though faithless mistress of Troilus : father of English poetry, that seems Creseide ywas this ladies name aright, to me to bear deeper or stronger im- As to my dome, in al Troy 'is cite, pressions of a genius, which, though Most fairest lady, passing every wight able to invent, was not too proud, So angel like shone her natife bcaute, whenever occasion required or ad.
That like a thing immortal scmid she,
And therewith was she so parfite a crea mitted his learning to appear and
ture, display itself, rich as it was, and over. As she had be made in scorning of naflowing with an almost exhaustless ture.
For the Anthology.
IN the Anthology for December Mr. Godon, in the discharge of his last, we announced the commence. engagements, has, we are assured, ment of a course of Mineralogical given entire satisfaction to his hearLectures, in this town, by Mr. Go. ers, which they expressed in a letter don, and inserted the preliminary addressed to him, requesting a pubobservations contained in his first lication of his Lectures. « Such a Lecture, which gave a condensed volume," say they, “ we should view of his subject, and indicated prize as a valuable mean of improvethe plan which he intended to pur- ment as well as an agreeable memo. sue. His course, now completed, rial, and we are persuaded, that such was comprised in about thirty Lece a publication would be peculiarly ures, which were illustrated by ex- seasonable and advantageous in our periments and by the exhibition of country, where this science has not specimens from his valuable cabinet. been generally cultivated."
Vol. V. No. IV. 2 B
We now present Mr. Godon's want the first notions in natural reply to this application, and ob- history; and with regard to those serve, with pleasure, that his denial who have given some attention to is so far qualified, that we may in- mineralogy in particular, they may dulge a hope of seeing those fruits be easily contented without them, of his labours in print, at some fu- since I am always ready to commuture period, augmented and enrich. nicate my collection to them, with ed with the abundant illustrations, all the explanations they can wish. which his industrious observations, Nevertheless, I do not altogether rein this country, cannot fail to supply. nounce the intention of making the The considerations, which he sug- publication which you request. I gests, should induce us to approve wait only to accumulate a greater his determination. Additions, of fund of observations on America, the description intended, must give and consequently to give to this a peculiar value to his work, and book a degree of utility, which will render it, whenever it may appear, render it more worthy of being prea very useful and interesting acqui. sented to you. For the present I sition to the publick. We are con- would suggest, that you may reap fident, that Mr. Godon will steadily great benefit from the Elements of pursue the investigations, which he Messrs. Kirwan and Jameson; and contemplates, and that just and solid to those who are acquainted with views in the sciences, to which he the French language from the Ele. is attached, may be expected from mentary Treatises of Hauy and a man of his intelligence, assiduity, Brochant. and correct discrimination.
It is not the same with natural science as with sciences of conven
tion. These last are altogether the ANSWER OF MR. GODON TO THE GENTLE productions of men, and are suscept. MEN WHO ATTENDED HIS COURSE OF ible of being studied entitely in LECTURES ON MINERALOGY.
books ; but the first are only well
understood by those, who observe GENTLEMEN,
nature itself. The best way thereTHE invitation, which I have fore, in my opinion, of rapidly promot. received from you, to publish the ing mineralogical knowledge in this manuscript of my lectures, is ex- country, would be the establishment tremely fattering to me ; but such of a publick collection in this city. a publication would be nothing less In the mean time a mineralogical than an elementary book on miner description of the soil, which suralogy, and a work of this descrip- rounds this city, would be perhaps tion, on account of the influence useful. In this view I am now ocwhich it may have on education in cupied with putting in order the obgeneral, requires mature reflection, servations, which I have made in the and the quietness of a settled situa. environs of Boston, and I purpose tion, which I do not as yet enjoy. to publish them, with a mineralogical On the other hand, it is probable, map of this part of Massachusetts. that those lectures, destitute of the If any circumstance should prevent interest, which arises from experi. me from publishing this work; I ments, and from the view of natural expect it will be prosecuted successobjects, would make but a very fully by some of your number. I slight impression on those, who am happy, in this moment, to pub