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Myself by my companion, self-compelled
To earn the station that in life I held.

They were written in 1796.

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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.

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

After line 6, 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?




TWAS Autumn; thro' Provence had ceased The vintage, and the vintage-feast.

The sun had set behind the hill,

The moon was up, and all was still,

And from the Convent's neighbouring tower
The clock had tolled the midnight-hour,
When Jacqueline came forth alone,

Her kerchief o'er her tresses thrown ;
A guilty thing and full of fears,

Yet ah, how lovely in her tears!

She starts, and what has caught her eye?
What-but her shadow gliding by?
She stops, she pants; with lips apart
She listens to her beating heart!
Then, thro' the scanty orchard stealing,
The clustering boughs her track concealing,

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And still the Few best loved and most revered


The dining-room is dedicated to Conviviality; or as Cicero somewhere expresses it, “ Communitati vitæ atque victus." There we wish most for the society of our friends; and, perhaps, in their absence, mos require their portraits.

The moral advantages of this furniture may be illus trated by the story of an Athenian courtezan, who, in the midst of a riotous banquet with her lovers, accidentally cast her eye on the portrait of a philosopher that hung opposite to her seat; the happy character of wisdom and virtue struck her with so lively an image of her own unworthiness, that she instantly left the room; and, retiring home, became ever afterwards a example of temperance, as she had been before of debauchery.


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Rise round the board

"A long table and a square table," says Bacon seem things of form, but are things of substance; for at a long table a few at the upper end, in effect, sway all the business." Perhaps Arthur was right, when he instituted the order of the round table. In the town-house of Aix-la-Chapelle is still to be seen the round table, which may almost literally be said to have given peace to Europe in 1748. Nor is it only at a congress of Plenipotentiaries that place gives precedence.

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