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tears concurred with them to do him honour: he went to the mast-head, &c.—See Cook's First Voyage, book i. chap. 16.

Another very affecting instance of local attachment is related of his fellow-countryman Potaveri, who came to Europe with M. de Bougainville.-See LES JARDINS, chant. ii.

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So Scotia's Queen, &c. Elle se leve sur son lict et se met à contempler la France encore, et tant qu'elle peut.—BRANTÔME.

Page 16, line 23. Thus kindred objects kindred thoughts inspire, To an accidental association may be ascribed some of the noblest efforts of human genius. The Historian of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire first conceived his design among the ruins of the Capitol ;* and to the tones of a Welsh harp are we indebted for the Bard of Gray.

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Hence home-felt pleasure, 8c. Who can enough admire the affectionate attachment of Plutarch, who thus concludes his enumeration of the advantages of a great city to men of letters? “As to myself, I live in a little town; and I chuse to live there, lest it should become still less." - Vit. Demosth.

* " It was on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing there, while the bare-footed fryars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea first started to my mind.” -Memoirs of my Life.


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For this young FOSCARI, &c. He was suspected of murder, and at Venice suspicion was good evidence. Neither the interest of the Doge, his father, nor the intrepidity of conscious innocence, which he exhibited in the dungeon and on the rack, could

procure his acquittal. He was banished to the island of Candia for life.

But here his resolution failed him. At such a distance from home he could not live; and, as it was a criminal offence to solicit the intercession of any foreign prince, in a fit of despair he addressed a letter to the Duke of Milan, and intrusted it to a wretch whose perfidy, he knew, would occasion his being remanded a prisoner to Venice.

Page 17, line 13. And hence the charm historic scenes impart; Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings. Far from me and from my friends be such frigid philosophy as may conduct us indifferent and unmoved over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue. That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins of Iona.-Johnson,

Page 17, line 18. And watch and weep in ELOISA's cell. The Paraclete, founded by Abelard, in Champagne.

Page 17, line 19. 'Twas ever thus. Young Ammon, when he sought Alexander, when he crossed the Hellespont, was in the twenty-second year of his age; and with what feelings must the Scholar of Aristotle have approached the ground described by Homer in that Poem which had been his delight from his childhood, and which records the achievements of Him from whom he claimed his descent!

It was his fancy, if we may believe tradition, to take the tiller from Menatius, and be himself the steersman during the passage. It was his fancy also to be the first to land, and to land full-armed.–ARRIAN, i. 11.

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As now at VIRGIL's tomb Vows and pilgrimages are not peculiar to the religious enthusiast. Silius Italicus performed annual ceremonies on the mountain of Posilipo ; and it was there that Boccaccio, quasi da un divino estro inspirato, resolved to dedicate his life to the Muses.

Page 18, line 3. So TULLY paused, amid the wrecks of Time, When Cicero was quæstor in Sicily, he discovered the tomb of Archimedes by its mathematical inscription.Tusc. Quæst. v. 23. .

Page 18, line 17. Say why the pensive widow loves to weep, The influence of the associating principle is finely exemplified in the faithful Penelope, when she sheds tears over the bow of Ulysses.—Od. xxi. 55.

Page 19, line 9. If chance he hears the song so sweet, so wild, The celebrated Ranz des Vaches ; cet air si chéri des Suisses qu'il fut défendu sous peine de mort de la jouer dans leurs troupes, parce qu'il faisoit fondre en larmes, déserter ou mourir ceux qui l'entendoient, tant il excitoit en eux l'ardent désir de revoir leur pays.-ROUSSEAU.

The maladie de pays is as old as the human heart. JUVENAL's little cup-bearer

Suspirat longo non visam tempore matrem,

Et casulam, et notos tristis desiderat hædos. And the Argive in the heat of battle

Dulces moriens reminiscitur Argos. Nor is it extinguished by any injuries, however cruel they may be. Ludlow, write as he would over his door at Vevey *, was still anxious to return home; and how striking is the testimony of Camillus, as it is recorded by Livy! Equidem fatebor vobis,” says he in his speech to the Roman people, " etsi minus injuriæ vestræ quam meæ calamitatis meminisse juvat; quum abessem, quotiescunque patria in mentem veniret, hæc omnia occurrebant, colles, campique, et Tiberis, et assueta oculis regio, et hoc coelum, sub quo natus educatusque essem. Quæ vos, Quirites, nunc moveant potius caritate sua, ut maneatis in sede vestra, quam postea quum reliqueritis ea, macerent desiderio.-V. 54.

* Omne solum forti patria est, quia Patris.

Page 19, line 14. Say why VESPASIAN loved his Sabine farm ; This emperor constantly passed the summer in a small villa near Reate, where he was born, and to which he would never add any embellishment; ne quid scilicet oculorum consuetudini deperiret.-Suet. in Vit. Vesp. cap. ii.

A similar instance occurs in the life of the venerable Pertinax, as related by J. Capitolinus. Posteaquam in Liguriam venit, multis agris coemptis, tabernam paternam, manente formâ priore, infinitis ædificiis circundedit. -Hist. August. 54.

And it is said of Cardinal Richelieu, that, when he built his magnificent palace on the site of the old family chateau at Richelieu, he sacrificed its symmetry to preserve the room in which he was born.-Mém. de Mlle. de Montpensier, i. 27.

An attachment of this nature is generally the characteristic of a benevolent mind; and a long acquaintance with the world cannot always extinguish it.

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