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Note s. P. 22, l. 19.
Then did his horse the homeward track descry.

memory of the horse forms the ground-work of a pleasing little romance of the twelfth century, entitled; 5 Lai du Palefroi vair.” See Fabliaux du XII Siecle.

Ariosto likewise introduces it in a passage full of truth and nature. When Bayardo meets Angelica in the forest,

Va mansueto a la Donzella,

Ch'in Albracca il servia già di sua mano.

ORLANDO FURIOSO, canto i. 75.

Note t. P. 24, 1. 7. Sweet lird! thy truth shall HARLEM's walls attest.

During the siege of Harlem, when that city was reduced to the last extremnity, and on the point of opening its gates to a base and barbarous enemy, a design was formed to relieve it; and the intelligence was conveyed to the citizens by a letter which was tied under the wing of à pigeon.

THUANUS, lib. lv. The same messenger was employed at the siege of Mutina, as we are informed by the elder Pliny.

Hist. Nat. x. 37. P. 24, 1. 16.

Hark! the bee, &c. This little animal, from the extreme convexity of her eye, cannot see many inches before her.

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Note X. P. 32, 1. 5.

These still exist, &c. There is a future Existence even in this world; an Existence in the hearts and minds of those who shall live after us. It is in reserve for every man, however obscure; and his portion, if he be diligent, must be equal to his desires. For in whose remembrance can we wish to hold a place, but such as know, and are known by us? These are within the sphere of our influence, and among these and their descendants we may live


It is a state of rewards and punishments; and, like that revealed to us in the Gospel, has the happiest influence on our lives. The latter excites us to gain the favour of God; the former to gain the love and esteem of wise and good men; and both lead to the same end; for, in framing our conceptions of the Deity, we only ascribe to Him exalted degrees of Wisdom and Good

Note y. P. 37, 1. 3. Yet still how sweet the soothings of his art ! The astronomer chalking his figures on the wall, in Hogarth's view of Bedlam, is admirable exemplification of this idea. See the R e's PROGRESS, plate 8.


tunes 13t; Note 2. P. 38, 1. 2.

picing Turns but to start, and gazes but to sigh! 1. The following stanzas are said to have been written on a blank leaf of this Poem. They present so affecting a reverse of the picture, that I cannot resist the opportunity of introducing them here.

Pleasures of Memory!--0h supremely blest,

And justly proud beyond a Poets praise;
If the pure confines of thy tranquil breast
Contain, indeed, the subject of thy lays!

By me how envied !—for to me,
The herald still of misery,
Memory makes her influence known

By sighs, and tears, and grief alone :
I greet her as the fiend, to whom belong
The vulture's ravening beak, the raven's funeral song. 1-1936
She tells of time mispent, of comfort lost,

Of fair occasions gone for ever by;
Of hopes too fondly nursed, too rudely crossed,
Of many a cause to wish, yet fear to die;

For what, except th’ instinctive fear
Lest she survive, detains me here,
When“ all the life of life" is fed?-

What, but the deep inherent dread,
Lest she beyond the grave resume her reign,
And realize the hell that priests and beldams feign?
Note a.

P. 40, 1.1.
Hast thou thro' Eden's wild-wood vales pursued

On the road-side between Penrith and Appelby there stands a small pillar with this inscription:

“ This pillar was erected in the year 1656, by Ann

Countess Dowager of Pembroke, &c. for a memorial of her last parting, in this place, with her good and pious mother, Margaret, Countess Dowager of Cumberland, on the 2d of April, 1616; in memory whereof she hath left an annuity of 4l. to be distributed to the poor of the parish of Brougham, every 2d day of April for ever, upon the stone-table placed hard by. Laus Deo!"

The Eden is the principal river of Cumberland, and rises in the wildest part of Westmoreland.

Note b. P. 40, 1. 12.
O'er his dead son the gallant ORMOND sighed.

Ormond bore the loss with patience and dignity : though he ever retained a pleasing, however melancholy, sense of the signal merit of Ossory.

" I would not exchange my dead son,” said he, for any living son in Christendom.”

Hume, vi. 340. The same sentiment is inscribed on Miss Dolman's urn at the Leasowes. · Heu, quanto minus est cum reliquis versari, quam tui meminisse!"

Note c. P. 42, 1. 16. High on exulting wing the heath-cock rose. This bird is remarkable for his exultation during the spring.

Note d. P. 42, 1. 21.

Derwent's clear mirror
Keswick-Lake in Cumberland,

Note e.

P. 47, 1. 13.
Down by St. Herbert's consecrated grove.
A small island covered with trees, among

which were formerly the ruins of a religious house.

Note f. P. 48, 1. 9. When lo! a sudden blast the vessel blew. In a lake surrounded with mountains, the agitations are often violent and momentary. The winds blow in gusts and eddies; and the water no sooner swells, than it subsides. See Bourn's Hist. of Westmoreland.

Note g. P. 50, 1. 3. To what pure beings, in a nobler sphere, The several degrees of angels may probably have la views, and some of them be endowed with

capacities able to retain together, and constantly set before them, as in one picture, all their past knowledge at

Locke on Human Understanding, b. ii. c. x 9.


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