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had she appeared so attractive, so re- ding, that is no reason I should have spectable : Mr. Knowlesdon felt, in it as thin as water—there is reason in one moment the full worth of woman.” all things.”

A character strongly opposed to that “ Sir Gabriel knew that well; and of Mrs. Egerton, is Lady Wronghead, he knew also that every general sule belonging to the class of females, un- had some exceptions-- Lady Wronghappily too numerous, who imagine that head, for instance, had she any reason? they are displaying all the refinements But he went on eating bis soup, of sensibility, when they are in fact only “ And that mutton-it is roasted to betraying the workings of egotism. The a chip!" profound selfishness of beings of this de- “The Baron looked upon the exudscription is strikingly and dramatically ing gravy, as he poured half a dozen exbibited :

spoonfuls on the slice destined for his "Theday continued raw and gloomy, better half--but he risked no reasoning. Lady Wronghead, shivering and un- “ Jack carelessly exclaimed, “You easy, pronounced herself 'miserably complained sadly of the under-done cold ;' fresh fagots were piled on the baunch last week, Mother.' hearth, and another shawl throwo round “ Well, Sir, and is that any reason her form.— Pray, Jack, shut the door why this leg should be burnt to mit is always left open-James bas no cinder ?” sense of feeling.'

“ Reason again! The word bother“He should have, Madam,' replied ed Sir Gabriel, as "teeling” had in the Jack, ‘for be bas been cooling himself morning annoyed his son; and be these two hours, washing botues in an drank wine with Miss Patty, the better outhouse ; he should have a fellow- to gulp it down." feeling for you.'

The following passage is peculiarly "Lady Wronghead was not talking whimsical and ingenious :-about fellow-teeling. She rose to cross “ Lady Wronghead's senses were so the hall; her own maid was there, exquisite, that they were always torholding the house-door partially open; menting her. Whether this is the serand now asked if her ladyship would vice for which senses are bestowed, is a please to relieve that poor negro. 'He is question s'e leave to the discussion of cold, wet, hungry-a stranger, my lady.' our sagacious readers our present

"Bless me, Margaret! where is business is with Lady Wronghead. your feeling? Don't you see how the “I have such an unfortunate nose, I damp air blows in upon me? Shut the smell every thing in a moment, and door, pray-Never had woman such there is always some disagreeable scent unieeling servants !'

to offend me; take away those flowers, " Margaret sbewed her feelings, and they are too sweet for me.—To be sure, shut the door upon the unrelieved, cold, mine is such an unlucky taste ; I can wet, and hungry stranger, who mourn- discover the slightest unpleasant flavour. fully retired to seek a shelter in a How you are eating those peaches, Sir humbler shed;" not however before Gabriel! they have a something, I Jack had thrown up the dining-room know not what, that makes them very window, and flung a crown into his uppalatable; at least to my taste. bat."

You all of you enjoyed the music last We have soon afterwards a specimen night. Well, that was so odd to me, of the good bumour of this amiable for my ear was offended a hundred

times. Jack, your blackbird must be “ The dinner appeared. Lady removed ; I hear it sometimes, and its Wronghead found some fault in every notes do so jar upon my ear.-Oh, my dish on the table. “The soup was too dear, I am sure that is your uncle in thick."

the park. My sight is so remarkably • You thought it too thin yesterday clear: it is quite a misfortune to be so

quick-sighted. Indeed, Mr. Twist, " I know that, Sir Gabriel; but chilly as I am, I cannot buy & stuffthough I don't like it as thick as pud- gown, my touch is so wretchedly sus

dame :

my love.'

VOL. 4.] Resources of Genius-Lee and Addison.

267 ceptible: I cannot describe how, but I nine times out of a hundred the trick is shonld have such a feel every time my seen through, and (the term is rather hand fell op my dress.”

harsh) despised. Lord Rochfort, in a

moment transformed from a gallant One of the ball-room artifices of a admirer to an exasperated contemner, girl in her teens is very fairly exposed : turned from the artful fair, and sought

“Susan Knowlesdon, bewildered a more courteous damsel. Mr. Barton with the gaiety of the scene, and with led his triumphant partner to the dance. the number of strangers moving around. “TheSolicitor bad marked the whole her, was continually recurring to her transaction, and, with bis usual incivility, uncle for ioformation. • My dear Sir, exulted in what he was pleased to call who is that gentleman ?"

the defeat of the cuoning of bis niece. “Mr. Kuowlesdon mistook the di- At the end of the first dance, as Susan rection of her eyeMr. Barton, Susan.' was seated regaling herself with the

“And who is that next to him?" pretty nothings of the fancied Earl, Lord Rochfort.'

Mr. Knowlesdon contrived to whisper “ The mistake was complete Susan in her ear, . You have done wisely, had first looked at the peer, and last at Susan, in selecting a partner nearest the commoner. It happened (for odd your own rank.' things will sometimes happen) that both “ Am I not dancing with lord Rochthe gentlemen, probably attracted by fort ?” exclaimed the dismayed Susan. the pointed gaze of Susan's bright eye, No, child, no,' responded the resolved to asks her hand for the ensu- malicious lawyer; “you are sitting still ing dances. The brisk noble was with Mr. Barton.' however at her side much before the “ Susan was electrified; her 'smiles tardy Mr. Barton.

vanished, and a pouting lip and scorn“Under the impression of her recent darting eye mer the gaze of her hitherto mistake, this however was a very un- enraptured partner. No longer courtpalatable arrangement to the fair belle; ing his atteotion--no longer drawing she contrived therefore, at the moment, her arm through his, in all the innocent dexterously to avert her head from the frankness of guileless beauty, the supplicant, and laughing immoderately grocer's grandson (Mr. Barton) began at what was best known to herself, to to wonder what had happened. The give the supposed titled laggard time to second dance was heavily got through, approach.

and Susan retired from the festive “ However adroitly practice enables throng with the loss of a second adyoung ladies to perform this manœuvre, mirer.” yet they may be assured that, ninety

To be concluded in our next.

Muse

poet exists

From the New Monthly Magazine, October 1818.
NUGÆ LITERARIÆ.

No. II.
The resources of Genius. “ Then grieve not thou to whom the indulgent
I
N his musing mood the

Vouchsafes a portion of celestial fire ; in another world, peopled by the be- Nor blame the partial Fates if they refuse ings of his own prolific imagination. He The inperial banquet and the rich attire ; is there compensated for the neglects Know thine own worth, and reverence the Lyrel* he meets with in life. There every

Lee and ADDISON, thing is adjusted to his taste; bis rivalg are always disgraced and his nymphs noble tragedy Cato opens, appears to

The thought with which Addison's are always kind.-" Les malheureux have been borrowed from Lee's Alexqui ont de l'esprit trouvent des res

ander. sources en eux-memes," says Boohoors :

Buntrie's Miastrel.

The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, * About her shoulders shone her golden locks,
And heavily in clouds brings on the day.

Like sunny beams on alabaster rocks."

Cato. The morning rises bleak ; the low'ring sun,

T'asso merely observes that a young As if the dreadful business he foreknew, female appeared before him with her Drives heavily his sable chariot on.

golden locks shaken out in the wind. Alerander.

The exquisitely graceful addition of By which comparison it is seen that the translator may however be traced Lee's images are most striking; Addi- to a Sonnet by Lorenzo de' Medicis, son's most correct.

with whose writings Fairfax was very Song uriling

well acquainted. Is a talent entirely " per se," and Quando sopra i nevosi ed alti monti given, like every other branch of genius, Apolio spande il suo bel lume adorno

Tal i crin suoi sopra la bianca gonna. by nature. Shepstone was labouring

Sonnet 73. through his whole life to write a perfect O'er her white dress her shining tresses flowed : song, and succeeded no better than Thus on the mountain heights with snow o'erspread,

The beams of noon their golden lustre shed. Pope did in his attempts at a Cecilian

Roscoe's Life of Leo, I, 259. Ode. Mr. Moore is one of the very

Stage Directions. few poets who have entered into the spirit of this style of composition. His in some of our old English plays, that

It appears from the stage directions songs abound in the most exquisite similies, and generally conclude with part of the minor speeches were lest 10 one, which may he said to be to the themselves. This at least would ap

the direction and invention of the actors piece, like the dew-drop at the end of an unfolding rosebud, which, tinged pear from the following very ludicrous with the colour of the flower, adds whipping over the sluge, speaking some

Jockey is led brightness to its hues, delicacy to its

words but of lillle importance." shades, beauty to its shape, and fragrance to its perfume !

The Shifts of Ignorance in Places of Seat of Modesty.

Importance.

The conduct of a man in public Aristotle observes that lovers gaze life, occupied in concealing bis ignoron no part but the eyes of those they ance, is an absolute system of taclove, which is the abode of modesty. tics. It is curious to remark bis stuPliny, however, places it in the cheeks ; died silence when the cooversation but Érasmus in some measure illustrates torns upon a subject which he is conthe meaning of the Stagyrite, by affirm- scions he ought to know well, and of ing that modesty is said to be in the which he is equally conscious that he eyes, because children when they blush knows nothing ; to see how he slinks cover their eyes. He adds that the away wben this conversation approaches Poets feign Cupid blind because he is too near him, and the looks of the cir. so impudent ; were his eyes open 10- cle around seem to express that they body would trust him.

are ali expectation to hear his opinion. " Which is the villain, let me see his eyes He goes up in an absent way to the That I may avoid him."

chimney-piece, takes up some papers

that lie there, and begins to look them Coincidence between Fairfax and Lo. over with profound attention, while, renzo de' Medicis.

nevertheless, if he hears any thing said In the twenty-first stanza the third

on which he may venture with confibook of the “ Gerusalemme Liberata,' dence to put in a word, 'tis so, says be, where Tancred inadvertently encounters exactly so, nor taking his

eyes however Clorinda, and knocks off her helmet, from the papers till the moment wben

he can adroitly give another turn to the

conversation ; and to this resource he Giovanie donna in 'inezzo 'l campo apparse." has been obliged to recur so often, that

In his translation of this passage, it has become entirely familiar to fin. Fairfax introduces a very splendid iin- Sonetimes he will be a little inore are of his own.

adventurous ; and if a debate arises in

Much Ado, &c.

Tasso says,

“E le chiome dorate al vento sparse,

more

YOL. 4.]
Nugæ Literariæ.

269 his company upon the period when

Curious Epigram. some event of antiquity happened, or The following epigram occurs in a upon the distance between two large very rare and curious selection, not towns, and several different opinions on mentioned by Ritson, entitled “The the question are supported with equal two last Centuries of Epigrammes," pertinacity, one maintaining, for in. Printed by J. Windet, (no date.) stance, that it was the year 300, be

Oure common Parents, straight upon their fall, fore our era, another, that it was the Made breeches fit to hide themselves withal ; year 200, one that the distance between Both men and women used to wear them then, the towns was 2000 leagues, another Now females wear the breeches more than men. that it was 2 100, he will fix the period

The friendship of Apollo dangerous. at the year 250, the distance at 2200 leagues : this is a medium he ventures

The friendship of Apollo is dangerto take without baving any notion ous; he treats poets with the same whatever upon the subject , only he feels kindness as he did his favourite com

From this confident that he cannot be very wide panion Hyacinthus.* of the mark. But with such fortunate thought the device of Tasso was opportunities to display his knowledge, hyacinth, with the motto, “Sic me he is not often favoured. It is

Phæbus amat!" easy for him to terminate a controver

* See the story of Hyacinthus, Ovid, book

26, who was killed by a quoit from the band sy on any axiom laid down, since he

of Apollo. has always some common-place remark,

Moliere or assertion ready at hand, suited to the Pillaged without scruple the thoughts occasion. Sometimes he takes his re- of others. The scene of the Pyrrhonian venge; and if he happens to have philosopher in the Forced Marriage, is been reading in the morning, in the way iaken word for word from Rabelais. of his business, any paper or papers, The play of the “ Physician in spite of through which be has acquired some himsell," is founded on the circumstance piece of statistical knowledge, he does related by Grotius; the story of George not rest till he gives the conversation Dandin is stolen from the Decameron. such a turn, as will enable him to bring To Bergerac he is indebied for his it out. Wo, then, to any one who character of the Pedant, ridiculed in thinks he shall pay his court to him by the cheats of Scapin. making many inquiries on the subject, Unwillingness of Men of Genius to be or who offers some slight objection,

satisfied with their own productions. that he may ask for an explanation ;

It has been very justly observed that Our man of ignorance is already at the

tbough men of ordinary talents may be full length of his tether; he answers only by monosyllables, and becomes highly satisfied with their own produc

tions, men of true genius never are. evidently out of humour.-M. de Slael. Whatever be their subject they always Illustration of a passage in Milton's seem to themselves to fall short of it, Lycidas.

even when they appear to others most Warton, in his criticism on Lycidas, to excel; and for this reason, because observed, that, by“ the grey fly winds they have a certain sublime se.se of her sultry horn," the poet describes the perfection which other men are stransunset, and the Inuzzing of the chafer. gers 10, and which they in their perThis opinion appears to be erroneous; formance are not able to exemplify. sultry agrees much better with noon,

Don Quirote. than with sunset. The horn of the Lord Orford used to say of Don grey fly is probably the peculiarly dis- Quixote, “ that when the hero in the tinct tone of the gnat. With regard to outset of the novel is so mad as to misa the epithet applied to the insect by Mil- take a windmill for a giant, what more ton; Shakspeare designates the wag- is to be said but an insipid repetilion of goner of Queen Mub, “a small grey. mistukes, or an uncharacteristic deviacoated gnat.”

tion from them!

This is too harsh ; it is the very mi- ing, some beauty which had escaped nute description of life and character as him before. they occur in Spair, that interests us

Conrad Gessner. in reading Don Quixote, and makes us The death of Conrad Gessner is said pardoo the extravagance of the chief to have been similar to that of Petrarch, character, and the insipidity of the pas- “ Capite libris innixo mortuus est intoral scenes. The episodes are bad; ventus,” (vita Petrarchæ.) the fate of the Spanish captive and his found dead in his study with his head moorish mistress excepted, which is an leaning on some books. —Most of his exquisite piece of truth and na- writings exhibit uncommon force of ture,

imagination, but very indifferently reIt is observed in the life of Day (the gulated, with much of that ineretria author of the Dying Negro) that be cious substitution of glittering words for regularly perused this work once a year, ideas, so common to the German School and fancied he discovered in each read- of poetry.

He was

MANNERS AND CUSTOMS IN MODERN PERSLA.

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From the Literary Gazette, Sept. 1818. A SECOND JOURNEY THROUGA PERSIA, ARMENIA, ASIA MINOR, &C. BETWEEN TIE TRARS 1810 AND 1816.

BY JAMES MORIER, ESQ. &c. &c. LONDON. 1818. TH THE military history of the Persians was a saint; and he excited them to

is as humorous as their domestic bis- take forts, and to oppose any numbers tory is strange and unamiable; we have to the enerny, by promising Paradise many entertaining anecdotes on the as a reward. Tbey went with alacrity former subject scattered through this whithersoever he directed them, and volume. Our readers know that Abbas met their death with constancy. When Mirza, the heir apparent, residing at Beg Jan was one day describing the T'abriz, has succeeded in introducing delights of Paradise, an Uzbeg asked the European system of tactics into his bim, • Is there any chappow (plunder) army, perhaps one of the most impor- in Paradise ? To which the other said tant events for his country since the “ No. “Ah then,' said lie, • Paradise days of Timour. Boasting of this im- won't do for me.' provement, and of the facility it would This Beg Jan's bistory is very cuafford, through the use of artillery, of rious; but we shall pursue our military eonquering the Uzbeg Tartars, he ex- extracts for the present. The unparalclained, -"Ah! it would indeed be leled answer to the Shah's sunimons an easy matter! What do they know will perhaps be thought bolder than it of guns, or maneuvres, and of firing appears at first sight, when we mention ten times in a minute? I recollect the that even with Abbas Mirza, and his time when we Persians were as bad as European assistance, the fort of Abbasthey. My father, the Shah, once be- abad, the plao of which was given by sieged a fort, and had with him one the Freoch general Gardand, by an argun, with only three balls; and even chitectural arrangement peculiar to the this was reckoned extraordinary. He Persians, has the heaviest stones at top fired off two of the balls at the fort, and instead of being at the foundation, so then summoned it to surrender. The that even without the pawnbroker's besieged, wbo knew that he had only number of halls being discharged at it, one ball left, sent him this answer: large portions of the wall tumbled down “For God's sake fire off your other every year. ball at us, and then we shall be free of But the frontier or border war with you altogetber.” He continued to say, the Russions, which had lasted 11 years, · The Uzbegs not long since had a fa- and was finally negotiated into a treaty mous fellow amongst them, called Beg of peace through our mediation, affords Jan, who made them believe that he the finest examples of Persian tactics.

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