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portrait of Newton was the only ornament of the closet of Buffon, Ep. to Kneller. Voyage à Montbart. In the chamber of a man of genius we
Write all down:
the arras, figures,
Note i. P. 74, 1. 9.
Quis tantis non gaudeat et glorietur hospitibus, ex. claims Petrarch.-Spectare, etsi nihil aliud, certè juvat. -Homerus apud me mutus, imò verò ego apud illum surdus sum. Gaudeo tamen vel aspectû solo, et sæpe illum amplexus ac suspirans dico: O magne vir, &c.
Epist. Var. Lib. 20.
Note k. P. 76, 1. 5.
Like those blest Youths, See the Legend of the Seven Sleepers. GIBBON, C. 33.
Note l. P. 77, 1.2. 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.
Another is also preserved at Chanteloup, the seat of the Duke of Choiseul.
P. 78, 1. 16.
-Aurea sunt juvenum simulacra per ædeis,
Lucr. ii. 24.
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. 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
P. 79, 1. 8. 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 side-board, which descended, and rose again covered with viands and wines. And thus the most luxurious Court in Europe, after all its boasted refine
ments, was glad to return at last, by this singular contrivance, to the quiet and privacy of humble life.
Vie privée de Louis XV. tom. ii. p. 43.
P. 79, I. 13.
An allusion to the floating bee-house, or barge laden with bee-hives, which is seen in some parts of France and Piedmont.
p. P. 81, 1. 4.
It was the boast of Lucullus that he changed his climate with the birds of
passage. Plut. in Vit. Lucull. How often must he have felt the truth here inculcated, that the master of many houses has no home!
ODE TO SUPERSTITION.*
Hence, to the realms of Night, dire Demon, hence !
Thy chain of adamant can bind
That little world, the human mind,
Wake the lion's loudest roar,
At thy command he plants the dagger deep,
* Written in early youth.
When, with a frown that froze the peopled earth, *
Thou dartedst thy huge head from high,
Night waved her banners o'er the sky, And, brooding, gave her shapeless shadows birth.
Rocking on the billowy air,
Ha! what withering phantoms glare! As blows the blast with many a sudden swell, At each dead pause, what shrill-toned voices yell! The sheeted spectre, rising from the tomb, Points at the murderer's stab, and shudders by; In every grove is felt a heavier gloom, That veils its genius from the vulgar eye:
The spirit of the water rides the storm, And, thro' the mist, reveals the terrors of his form.
O'er solid seas, where Winter reigns,
The fur-clad savage, ere he guides his deer
By glistering star-light thro' the snow,
* Lucretius, I. 63.