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animæ in iisdem locis ibi loquuntur : quinimo etiam quæ non sunt, finguntur, pariuntque desideria non traditi vultus, sicut in Homero evenit. Quo majus (ut equidem arbitror) nullum est felicitatis specimen, quam semper omnes scire cupere, qualis fuerit aliquis. -Plin. Nat. Hist.
Cicero, in the dialogue entitled Brutus, represents Brutus and Atticus as sitting down with him in his garden at Rome by the statue of Plato ; and with what delight does he speak of a little seat under Aristotle in the library of Atticus ! " Literis sustentor et recreor ; maloque in illa tua sedecula, quam habes sub imagine Aristotelis, sedere, quàm in istorum sella curuli !”—Ep. ad Att. iv. 10.
Nor should we forget that Dryden drew inspiration
Write all down :
the arras, figures,
Page 69, line 10. All on whose words departed nations hung ; Quis tantis non gaudeat et glorietur hospitibus, exclaims Petrarch.—Spectare, etsi nihil aliud, certè juvat.Homerus apud me mutus, imò verd ego apud illum surdus sum.
Gaudeo tamen vel aspectû solo, et sepe illum amplexus ac suspirans dico : O magne vir, &c.— Epist. Var. lib. 20.
If Time be a destroyer, Time is also a preserver, consecrating, more or less, almost everywhere what should
not die, be it Poetry or Philosophy, a Temple or a Tower; and, amidst the devastations of War and the convulsions of Nature, preserving it in so many instances when the nation is extinct and the language lives no longer.
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These eyelids open to the rising ray, Your bed-chamber, and also your library, says Vitru.. vius, should have an eastern aspect ; usus enim matutinum postulat lumen. Not so the picture gallery : which requires a north light, uti colores in ope, propter constantiam luminis, immutata permaneant qualitate. This disposition accords with his plan of a Grecian house.
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Like those blest Youths, See the Legend of the Seven Sleepers.--GIBBON, C. 33.
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with knowledge health ; Milton was up and stirring, ere the sound of any bell awaked men to labour or to devotion ;” and it is
related of two Students in a suburb of Paris, who were opposite neighbours, and were called the morning-star and the evening-star—the former appearing just as the latter withdrew—that the morning-star continued to shine on, when the evening-star was gone out for ever.
Catch the blest accents of the wise and great. Mr. Pope delights in enumerating his illustrious guests. Nor is this an exclusive privilege of the Poet. The Medici Palace at Florence exhibits a long and imposing catalogue. “Semper hi parietes columnæque eruditis vocibus resonuerunt.”
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-aurea sunt juvenum simulacra per ædes,
LUCR. ii. 24.
A fashion as old as Homer !-Odyss. vii. 100.
On the proper degree and distribution of light we may consult a great master of effect. Il lume grande, ed alto, e non troppo potente, sarà quello, che renderà le particole de' corpi molto grate. — Tratt. della Pittura di LIONARDO DA VINCI, c. xli.
Hence every artist requires a broad and high light. Michael Angelo used to work with a candle fixed in his hat.-Condivi. Vita di Michelagnolo.—Hence also, in a banquet-scene, the most picturesque of all poets has thrown his light from the ceiling. —Æn. i. 726.
And hence the “starry lamps ” of Milton, that
from the arched roof Pendent by subtle magic,
yielded light As from a sky.
Page 72, line 24. Beyond the triumphs of a Loriot's art. At the petits soupés of Choisy were first introduced those admirable pieces of mechanism, afterwards carried to perfection by Loriot, the Confidente and the Servante; a table and a side-board, which descended, and rose again covered with viands and wines. And thus the most luxurious Court in Europe, after all its boasted refinements, was glad to return at last, by this singular contrivance, to the quiet and privacy of humble life. — Vie privée de Louis XV. ii. 43.
Between line 24 and line 25 were these lines, since omitted : Hail, sweet Society ! in crowds unknown, Though the vain world would claim thee for its own. Still where thy small and cheerful converse flows, Be mine to enter, ere the circle close. When in retreat Fox lays his thunder by, And Wit and Taste their mingled charms supply ; When SIDDONS, born to melt and freeze the heart, Performs at home her more endearing part ; When He, who best interprets to mankind The winged messengers from mind to mind, Leans on his spade, and, playful as profound, His genius sheds its evening-sunshine round, Be mine to listen ; pleased yet not elate, Ever too modest or too proud to rate
Myself by my companions. They were written in 1796.
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And ancient Courts and faded splendours fill.
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How often must he have felt the truth here inculcated, that the master of many houses has no home!