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P. 73, 1. 1. Then is the Age of AdmirationDante in his old age was pointed out to Petrarch when a boy; and Dryden to Pope.
Who does not wish that Dante and Dryden could have known the value of the homage that was paid them, and foreseen the greatness of their young
admirers ? P. 74, 1. 1.
And Muron's self, I began thus far to assent ... to an inward prompting which now grew daily upon me, that by labour and intent study, (which I take to be my portion in this life) joined with the strong propensity of nature, I might perhaps leave something so written to aftertimes, as they should not willingly let it die. Miron.
P. 75, 1. 21.
'twas at malin-time Love and devotion are said to be nearly allied. Boccaccio fell in love at Naples in the church of St. Lorenzo; as Petrarch had done at Avignon in the church of St. Clair.
P. 76, 1. 17. Lovely before, oh, say how lovely now! Is it not true, that the young not only appear to be, but really are most beautiful in the presence of those they love? It calls forth all their beauty.
P. 78, 1. 7. And feeling hearts—touch them but rightly-pour A thousand melodies unheard before!
Xenophon has left us a delightful instance of conjugal affection.
The King of Armenia not fulfilling his promise, Cyrus entered the country, and, having taken him and all his family prisoners, ordered them instantly before him. Armenian, said he, you are free ; for you are now sensible of your error. And what will you give me, if I restore your wife to you ?-All that I am able.—What, if I restore your children ?-All that I am able.— And you, Tigranes, said he, turning to the Son, What would you do, to save your wife from servitude ? Now Tigranes was but lately married, and had a great love for his wife. Cyrus, he replied, to save her from servitude, I would willingly lay down my life.
Let each have his own again, said Cyrus; and, when he was departed, one spoke of his clemency; and another of his valour; and another of his beauty and the graces of his person. Upon which Tigranes asked his wife, if she thought him handsome. Really, said she, I did not look at him.—At whom then did you look ?-At him who said he would lay down his life for me.
Cyropædia, L. III.
P. 83, 1. 7. He goes, and Night comes as it never came! These circumstances, as well as some others that follow, are happily, as far as they regard England, of an ancient date. To us the miseries inflicted by a foreign invader are now known only by description. Many generations have passed away since our countrywomen saw the smoke of an enemy's camp.
But the same passions are always at work every where, and their effects are always nearly the same;
though the circumstances that attend them are infinitely various.
P. 83, I. 25.
Within how silentlySi tout cela consistoit en faits, en actions, en paroles, on pourroit le décrire et le rendre en quelque façon : mais comment dire ce qui n'étoit ni dit, ni fait, ni pensé même, mais goûté, mais senti.—Le vrai bonheur ne se décrit pas.
P. 86, 1. 24. Soon through the gadding vine, dic. An English breakfast; which may well excite in others what in Rousseau continued through life, un goût vif pour les déjeûnés. C'est le tems de la journée où nous sommes le plus tranquilles, où nous causons le plus à notre aise.
The luxuries here mentioned, familiar to us as they now are, were almost unknown before the Revolution.
P. 87, 1. 25.
With honest dignity, He, who resolves to rise in the world by Politics or Religion, can degrade his mind to any degree, when he sets about it. Overcome the first scruple, and the work is done. “ You hesitate,” said one who spoke from experience. “ Put on the mask, young man ; and in a very little while you will not know it from
your own face.”
P. 87, 1. 27. Like HAMPDEN struggling in his Country's cause,
Zeuxis is said to have drawn his Helen from an assemblage of the most beautiful women; and many a Writer of Fiction, in forming a life to his mind, has recourse to the brightest moments in the lives of others.
I may be suspected of having done so here, and of having designed, as it were, from living models; but, by making an allusion now and then to those who have really lived, I thought I should give something of interest to the picture, as well as better illustrate my meaning
P. 88, 1. 5. On thro' that gate misnamed, Traitor's gate, the water-gate in the Tower of London.
P. 89, 1. 2.
Then to the place of trial; This very
slight sketch of Civil Dissension is taken from our own annals; but, for an obvious reason, not from those of our own Age.
The persons, here immediately alluded to, lived more than a hundred years ago in a reign which Blackstone has justly represented as wicked, sanguinary, and turbulent; but such times have always afforded the most signal instances of heroic courage and ardent affection.
Great reverses, like theirs, lay open the human heart. They occur indeed but seldom; yet all men are
liable to them ; all, when they occur to others, make them more or less their own; and, were we to describe our condition to an inhabitant of some other planet, could we omit what forms so striking a circumstance in human life?
P. 89, 1. 2.
and alone, A prisoner, prosecuted for high treason, may now make his defence by counsel. In the reign of William the Third the law was altered ; and it was in rising to urge the necessity of an alteration, that Lord Shaftesbury, with such admirable quickness, took advantage of the embarrassment that seized him. “ If I,” said he, “who rise only to give my opinion of this bill, am so confounded that I cannot say what I intended, what must be the condition of that man, who, without any assistance, is pleading for his life?"
P. 89, 1. 7. Like that sweet Saint who sate by Russell's side Under the Judgment-seat.
Lord Russell. May I have somebody to write, to assist my memory?
Mr. Attorney General. Yes, a Servant.
Servants shall assist you in writing any thing you please for you. Lord Russell. My Wife is here, my Lord, to do it.
STATE TRIALS, II.
P. 90, l. 15. And, when her dear, dear Father passed along, An allusion to the last interview of Sir Thomas