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Wild Winter ministers his dread control

To cool and crystallize the nectared bowl.
His faded form an awful grace retains;
Stern tho' subdued, majestic tho' in chains !

P. 144, l. 5.

These eyelids open to the rising ray,

Your bed-chamber, and also your library, says Vitruvius, 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.

P. 144, I. 19.

Like those blest Youths,

See the Legend of the Seven Sleepers.—Gibbon, c. 33.

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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-starthe former appearing just as the latter withdrew—that the morning-star continued to shine on, when the evening-star was gone out for ever.

P. 145, 1. 16.

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.”

P. 147, I. 4.

Sheds, like an evening-star, its ray serene, At a Roman supper statues were sometimes employed to hold the lamps.

-aurea sunt juvenum simulacra per ædes, Lampadas igniferas manibus retinentia dextris.

Lucr. li. 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.

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P. 147, l. 14.

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 sideboard, 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 30 and line 31 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.

P. 147, 1. 19.

So thro' the vales of Loire the bee-hives glide,

An allusion to the floating bee-house, which is seen in some parts of France and Piedmont.

P. 148, I. 2.

Caught thro' St. James's groves at blush of day;

After line 42 in the MS.

Groves that Belinda's star illumines still,
And ancient Courts and faded splendours fill.

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And, with the swallow, wings the year away!

It was the boast of Lucullus that he changed his climate with the birds of passage.

How often must he have felt the truth here inculcated, that the master of many houses has no home!

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