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characteristic of a benevolent mind; and a long ac

quaintance with the world cannot always extin

guish it.

To a friend, fays John Duke of Buckingham, I

will expofe my weakness: I am oftener missing a

pretty gallery in the old house I pulled down,

than pleased with a saloon which I built in its

stead, though a thousand times better in all re.

spects. See his Letter to the D. of Sh.

This is the language of the heart; and will re

mind the reader of that good-humoured remark in

one of Pope's letters--I should hardly care to have

an old poft pulled up, that I remembered ever

fince I was a child.

Pope's Works, viii. 151.

The elegant author of Telemachus has illustrated

this subject, with equal fancy and feeling, in the

story of Alibée, Persan. See Recueil de Fables,

composées pour l'Education d'un Prince.

Note 11.

Verse 275.

Why great NAVARRE, &c.

That amiable and accomplished monarch, Henry

the Fourth of France, made an excursion from his.

camp, during the long fiege of Laon, to dine at a

house in the forest of Folambray; where he had

often been regaled, when a boy, with fruit,

milk, and new cheese; and in revisiting which he

promised himself great pleasure.

Memoires de SULLY, tom. ii. p. 381.

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man to re-assume the reins of government, and the

Imperial' purple. He rejected the temptation with

a smile of pity, calmly observing, that if he

could shew Maximian the cabbages which he had

planted with his own hands at Salona, he should

no longer be urged to relinquish the enjoyment of

happiness for the pursuit of power.

Gibbon, ii. 175. Note 13. Verse 281.

Say, when ambitious CHARLES renounc'd a throne

When the emperor Charles V. had executed his

memorable resolution, and had set out for the mo

nastery of St. Justus, he stopped a few days at

Ghent, says his historian, to indulge that tender

and pleasant melancholy, which arises in the

mind of every man in the decline of life, on vi

siting the place of his nativity, and viewing the

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· NOTES ON THE FIRST PART.

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work of a pleasing little romance of the twelfthi

century, entitled “ The Gray Palfrey." See the

Tales of the Trouveurs, as collected by M. Le

Grand.

Ariosto likewise introduces it in a passage full of.

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Sweet bird! thy truth shall Harlem's walls attest.

During the fiege of Harlem, when that city was

reduced to the last extremity, and on the point of

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