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Meantime the education they went throngh He went to mosque in state, and said his prayers Was princely, as the proofs have always showu:

With more than “Oriental scrupulosity;" (1) So that the heir-apparent still was found He left to his vizier all state affairs,

No less deserving to be hang'd than crown’d. And show'd but little royal curiosity:

I know not if he had domestic cares-
No process proved connubial animosity;

His Majesty saluted his fourth spouse
Four wives and twice five hundred maids, unseen,

With all the ceremonies of his rank, Were ruled as calmly as a Christian queen.(2)

Who clear'd her sparkling eyes and smooth'd ber brows,

As suits a matron who has play'd a prank; CXLIX.

These must seem doubly mindful of their vows, If now and then there happen'd a slight slip,

To save the credit of their breaking bank: Little was heard of criminal or crime;

To no men are such cordial greetings given The story scarcely pass'd a single lip

As those whose wives have made them fit for heaven The sack and sea had settled all in time, From which the secret nobody could rip:

CLV. The public knew no more than does this rhyme; His Highness cast around his great black eyes, No scandals made the daily press a curse

And looking, as he always look'd, perceived Morals were better, and the fish no worse.(3) Juau amongst the damsels in disguise,

At which he seem'd no whit surprised nor griezel) CL.

But just remark'd with air sedate and wise, He saw with his own eyes the moon was round,

While still a fluttering sigh Gulbeyaz beaved, Was also certain that the earth was square,

“I see you've bought another girl; 'tis pity Because he had journey'd fifty miles, and found

That a mere Christian should be half so pretty." No sign that it was circular any where; His empire also was without a bound:

CLVI. 'Tis true, a little troubled here and there,

This compliment, which drew all eyes upon By rebel pachas, and encroaching giaours,

The new-bought virgin, made her blush and shake. But then they never came to “the Seven Towers;"(4) | Her comrades, also, thought themselves undone: CLI.

Oh! Mahomet! that his Majesty should take Except in shape of envoys, who were sent

Such notice of a giaour, while scarce to one To lodge there when a war broke out, according

of them his lips imperial ever spake! To the true law of nations, which ne'er meant

There was a general whisper, toss, and wriggle, Those scoundrels, who have never had a sword in | But etiquette forbade them all to giggle. Their dirty diplomatic hands, to vent

CLVII. Their spleen in making strife, and safely wording

The Turks do well to shut-at least, sometimeTheir lies, yclep'd despatches, without risk or

The women up-because, in sad reality,
The singeing of a single inky whisker.

Their chastity in these unhappy climes

Is not a thing of that astringent quality
He had fifty daughters and four dozen sons,

Which in the North prevents precocious crimes, Of whom all such as came of age were stow'd,

And makes our snow less pure than our marality, The former in a palace, where like nuns

The sun, which yearly melts the polar ice, They lived till some bashaw was sent abroad, Has quite the contrary effect on vice. When she, whose turn it was, was wed at once,

Sometimes at six years old (5)--though this seems
'Tis true; the reason is, that the bashaw -


Thus in the East they are extremely strict,

And wedlock and a padlock mean the same; Must make a present to his sire-in-law.

Excepting only when the former's pick'd

It ne'er can be replaced in proper frame; His sons were kept in prison, till they grew

Spoilt, as a pipe of claret is when prick'd: of years to fill a bowstring or the throne,

But then their own polygamy's to blame; One or the other, but which of the two

Why don't they knead two virtuous souls for life Could yet be known unto the Fates alone;

Into that moral centaur, man and wife? (6) (1) Gibbon.-L. E.

1784, M. Ruffin and many of the French have been impa (2) In the MS.

men compling, it seema

in the same place; and the dungeons were gaping," "Becanse he kept them wrapt up in his closet, he

for the sacred persons of the gentlemen composing

ure nature Ruled four wives and twelve hundred whores, unseen,

tannic Majesty's mission, previous to the rupture More easily than Christian kings one queen."-L. E.

Great Britain and the Porte, in 1509." Hobhouse.(3) In the MS.

(5) “The princess ” (Sulta Asma, daughter of Acknet There ended many a fair sultana's trip:

“exclaimed against the barbarity of the institution The pnblic knew no more than does this rhymne;

at six years old, had put her in the power of No printed scandals flew the fish, of course,

Were better--while the morals were no worse."-LE. old man, who, by treating her like a child, bad omy 1) « The state prison of Constantinople, in which the

spired disgust." De Tott.--LE. Porte shuts up the ministers of hostile powers who are di.

(6) This stanza---which Lord Byron composed to be latory in taking their departure, under pretence of protect

1821, is not in the first edition. On discovering the on ing them from the insults of the mob."--Hope.

he thus remonstrated with Mr. Murray:"Upoa wa “We attempted to visit the Seven Towers, but were stopped

ciple have you omitted one of the concluding stan at the entrance, and informed that without a firman it was in. as an addition ?-because it ended, I suppose, with accessible to strangers. It was supposed tbat Count Bulukoff,

And do not link two virtuons souls for life the Russian minister, would be the last of the Moussafirs, or

Into that moral cenleur, man and wife?" imperial hostages, confined in this fortress; but since the year | Now, I must say, once for all, that I will not per

all, that I will not permit 319


158. Thus far our chronicle; and now we pause,

Antigonus, when it was told This was not said Though not for want of matter; but 't is time, him that the enemy had such by Antigonus, bus According to the ancient epic laws,

volleys of arrows, that they did by a Spartan, pre To slacken sail, and anchor with our rhyme. hide the sun, said, That falls viously to the battle Let this fifth canto meet with due applause,

out well, for it is hot weather, of Thermopylæ. The sixth shall have a touch of the sublime; and so we shall fight in the Meanwhile, as Homer sometimes sleeps, perhaps shade. You'll pardon to my Muse a few short naps.(1)

162. There was a philosopher that This happened un

disputed with Adrian the em- der Augustus Cæ APPENDIX TO CANTO V.

peror, and did it but weakly. sar, and not during One of his friends, that stood the reign of Adrian

by, afterwards said unto him, LORD BACON'S APOPHTHEGMS.(2)

Methinks you were not like

yourself last day, in argument (See antè, p. 675, note 8.)

with the emperor: I could have

answered better myself. Why, BACON'S APOPHTHEGMS.


said the philosopher, would you 91.

have me contend with him that Michael Angelo, the famous This was not the

commands thirty legions ? painter, painting in the pope's portrait of a cardi

164. chapel the portraiture of hell and nal, but of the pope's damned souls, made one of the master of the cere

There was one that found a This happened to I damned souls so like a cardinal monies.

great mass of money digged an- the father of Hero. that was his enemy, as every bo

der ground in his grandfather's des Atticus, and the dy at first sight knew it; where

house, and, being somewhat answer was made by upon the cardinal complained

doubtful of the case, signified the emperor Nerva, to Pope Clement, humbly pray

it to the emperor that he had who deserved tha | ing it might be defaced. The pope

found such treasure. The em- his name should said to him, Why, you know very

peror made a rescript thus: have been statec well I have power to deliver a

Use it. He writ back again, by the greatestsoul out of purgatory, but not out

that the sum was greater than wisest---meanest of of bell.

his state or condition could mankind."(3) 155.

use. The emperor writ a new Alexander, after the battle of It was after the

rescript, thus: Abuse it. Granicum, had very great offers battle of Issus and

178. made him by Darius. Consulting during the siege of One of the seven was wont This was said by with his captains concerning them Tyre, and not im- to say, that laws were like cob- Anacharsis the Scy Parmenio said, Sure, I would ac- mediately after the webs: where the small flies were thian, and not by : cept of these offers, if I were as passage of the Gra caught, and the great brake Greek. Alexander. Alexander answer- nicus, that this is through. ed, So would I, if I were as Par- said to have occur

209. menio.


An orator of Athens said to This was not sai

human being to take such liberties with my writings because to ascribe to wicked motives what may be owing to th I am absent. I desire the omission to be replaced. I bave temptations of circumstances, or the beadlong impulse read over the poem carefully, and I tell you, it is poetry. passion. Even the worst habits should be charitably coi The little envious knot of parson-poets may say what they sidered, for they are often the result of the slow but irr please: time will show that I am not, in this instance, mis. sistible force of nature, over the artificial manners ar taken."-L.E.

discipline of society-the flowing stream that wastes awe (1) Blackwood says, in No. LXV., for June, 1822, “These its embankments. Man towards his fellow-man should I three Cantos (UI. IV. V.) are, like all Byron's poems, and,

at least compassionate ; for be can be no judge of the i

at least compassionate by the way, like every thing in this world, partly good and stincts and the impulses of action,-he can only see effect partly bad. In the particular descriptions they are not so

- Tremble, thou wretch, naughty as their predecessors: indeed, his lordship has been

That hast within thee undivulged crimes, 80 pretty and well-behaved on the present occasion, that we

Unwhipp'd of justice : Hide thee, thou bloody hand ;should not be surprised to hear of the work being detected

Thon perjured, and thou similar man of virtue, among the thread-cases, flower-pots, and cheap tracts that

Thou art incestuous : Caitiff, to pieces shake,

That under covert and convenient seeming litter the drawing-room tables of some of the best regulated

Hast practised on man's life! -Close pent-up guilts, families. By those, however, who suspect bim of a strange

Rive your concealing continents, and cry design

These dreadful summoners grace.'Lear.-L.E. . Against the creed and morals of the land,

(2) « Ordered Fletcher (at four o'clock this afternoon) And trace it in this poem every line,'

copy out seven or eight apophthegms of Bacon, in whi it will be found as bad as ever. He shows his knowledge I have detected such blunders as a schoolboy might dete of the world too openly; and it is no extenuation of this i rather than commit. Such are the sages! What must th Freedom that he does it playfully. Only infants can be be, when such as I can stumble on their mistakes or m shown naked in company; but his lordship pulls the very

statements? I will go to bed, for I find that I grow cynica robe-de-chambre from both men and women, and goes on B. Diary, Jan. 5, 1821.-L.E. with his exposure as smirkingly as a barrister cross-question. (3) “If parts allure thee, think how Bacon shined, ing a chamber-maid in a case of crim. con. This, as nobody

The wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind." can approve, we must confess is very bad. Still, it is barsh



Demosthenes, The Athenians by Demosthenes, but research, see also Lord Holland's excellent Account of will kill you, if they wax mad. De- to Demosthenes by the Life and Writings of Lope de Vega, vol. i. p. 215, mosthenes replied, And they will Phocion.

edition of 1817.(2) kill you, if they be in good sense.

Voltaire has even been termed «a shallow fellow," 221.

by some of the same school who called Dryden's Ode

“a drunken song;”—a school (as it is called, I pre. There was a philosopher about This was not said |

sume, from their education being still incomplete), the i Tiberius that, looking into the of Caius (Caligula, i

whole of whose filthy trash of Epics, Excursions, etc. nature of Caius, said of him, I presume, is intend

etc. etc. is not worth the two words in Zaire, «Vous That he was mire mingled with ed by Caius), but of

pleurez,” (3) or a singlespeech of Tancred:-a school,

Tiberius himself. blood.

the apostate lives of whose renegadoes, with their tea

drinking neutrality of morals, and their convenient There was a king of Hun- This reply was

treachery in politics—in the record of their accumugary took a bishop in battle, not made by a king | lated pretences to virtue can produce no actions (were and kept him prisoner; where of Hungary, but

all their good deeds drawn up in array) to equal or

all their good upon the pope writ a monitory sent by Richard the

approach the sole defence of the family of Calas, by to him, for that he had broken first, Cour-de-Lion,

that great and unequalled genius--the universal Volthe privilege of holy church and of England to the

taire. taken his son: the king sent an pope, with the

I have ventured to remark on these little inaccuraembassage to him, and sent breastplate of the

cies of the greatest genius that England or perhaps withal the armour wherein the bishop of Beauvais.

any other country ever produced,”(4) merely to show bishop was taken, and this only

our national injustice in condemning, generally, the in writing — Vide nunc hæc sit

greatest genius of France for such inadvertencies as vestis filii tui? Know now

these, of which the highest of England has been no whether this be thy son's coat?

less guilty. Query, was Bacon a greater intellet 267.

than Newton ? Demetrius, king of Macedon, This did not hap

CAMPBELL. (5) had a petition offered him divers pen to Demetrius, Being in the humour of criticism, I shall proceed, times by an old woman, and but to Philip, king after having ventured upon the slips of Bacon, te answered he had no leisure; of Macedon.

touch upon one or two as trifling in the edition of the whereupon the woman said

British Poets, by the justly-celebrated Campbell. But aloud, Why then give over to

I do this in good-will, and trust it will be so taken. be king.

If any thing could add to my opinion of the talats

and true feeling of that gentleman, it would be bis VOLTAIRE.

classical, honest, and triumphant defence of Port Having stated that Bacon was frequently incorrect

against the vulgar cant of the day, and its existing in his citations from history, I have thought it neces

" Grub-street. sary in what regards so great a name (however tri

The inadvertencies to which I allude are:fling), to support the assertion by such facts as more Firstly, in speaking of Anstey, whom he accuses of immediately occur to me. They are but trifles, and having taken “his leading characters from Smoliell." yet for such trifles a schoolboy would be whipped (if Anstey's Bath Guide was published in 1766. Smelstill in the fourth form); and Voltaire for half-a-dozen lett's Humphry Clinker (the only work of Smollett's similar errors has been treated as a superficial writer, from which Tabitha, etc. etc. could have been taken notwithstanding the testimony of the learned Warton : was written during Smollett's last residence at Leg

- Voltaire, a writer of much deeper research than horn in 1770.-“ Argal,if there has been any boris imagined, and the first who has displayed the lite rowing, Anstey must be the creditor, and not the rature and customs of the dark ages with any degree debtor. I refer Mr. Campbell to his own data in his of penetration and comprehension.” (1). For another | lives of Smollett and Anstey. distinguished testimony to Voltaire's merits in literary Secondly, Mr. Campbell says in the life of Cowper

better informed or more candid than Voltaire; and they certainly never would be able to discover one, who to those qualities unites so much sagacity and liveliness. His epernics would fain persuade us that such exuberance of wit implies a went of information ; but they only succeed in showing that a want of wit by no means implies an exuberance of information." Lord Holland.-L. E.

(1) Dissertation I.

(2) “Till Voltaire appeared, there was no nation more ignorant of its neighbours' literature than the French. He first exposed, and then corrected, this neglect in his country. men. There is no writer to whom the authors of other nations, especially of England, are so indebted for the extension of their fame in France, and, through France, in Europe. There is no critic who has employed more time, wit, ingenuity, and diligence, in promoting the literary in. tercourse between country and country, and in celebrating in one language the triumphs of another. Yet, by a strange fatality, he is constantly represented as the enemy of all literature but his own; and Spaniards, Englishmen, and Italians vie with each other in inveighing against his occasional exaggeration of faulty passages; the authors of which, till he pointed out their beauties, were hardly known beyond the country in which their language was spoken. Those who feel such indignation at his misrepresentations and oversights, would find it difficult to produce a critic in any modern language, who, in speaking of foreign literature, is

- n est trop vrai que l'honneur me l'ordonne,
Que je vous adorai, que je vous abandonne,
Que je renonce à vous, que vous le désirez,
Que sous une autre loi... Zaire, vous PLEUR EZ?"

Zaire, acte iv. sc.ü.
(4) Pope, in Spence's Anecdotes, p. 158. Malone's edition.

“Read Campbell's Poets. Corrected Tom's slips of the pen. A good work though-style affected-but his defence of l'ope is glorious. To be sure, it is his own cause ton, but no matter, it is very good, and does him great credit B. Diary, Jan, 10, 1821.-L.E.

note to page 358, vol. vii.), that he knows not to

PREFACE TO CANTOS VI. VII. VIII. (1) whom Cowper alludes in these lines:

Tue details of the siege of Ismail in two of the « Nor he who, for the bane of thousands born,

following cantos (i. e. the seventh and eighth) are Built God a church, and laugh'd his word to scorn."

taken from a French Work, entitled Histoire de la The Calvinist meant Voltaire, and the church of

Nouvelle Russie. (2) Some of the incidents attributed Ferney, with its inscription “Deo erexit Voltaire."

to Don Juan really occurred, particularly the cirThirdly, in the life of Burns, Mr. Campbell quotes cumstance of his saving the infant, which was the acShakspeare thus:

tual case of the late Duc de Richelieu, (3) then a

young volunteer in the Russian service, and afterward To gild refined gold, to paint the rose, Or add fresh perfume to the violet.”

the founder and benefactor of Odessa, (4) where his This version by no means improves the original,

name and memory can never cease to be regarded with

reverence. which is as follows:

In the course of these cantos, a stanza or two "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,

will be found relative to the late Marquis of LonTo throw a perfume on the violet," etc.-King-John.

donderry, but written some time before his decease. A great poet quoting another should be correct: he Had that person's oligarchy died with him, they should also be accurate, when he accuses a Parnas would have been suppressed; as it is, I am aware of sian brother of that dangerous charge“ borrowing:" | nothing in the manner of his death (5) or of his life à poet had better borrow any thing (excepting money) to prevent the free expression of the opinions of all than the thoughts of another--they are always sure whom his whole existence was consumed in endeato be reclaimed; but it is very hard, having been the vouring to enslave. That he was an amiable man lender, to be denounced as the debtor, as is the case in private life, may or may not be true: but with of Anstey versus Smollett.

this the public have nothing to do; and as to laAs there is “honour amongst thieves,” let there be menting his death, it will be time enough when Ireland some amongst poets, and give each his due. None can has ceased to mourn for his birth. As a minister, afford to give it more than Mr. Campbell himself, who, | 1. for one of millions, looked upon him as the most with a high reputation for originality, and a fame despotic in intention, and the weakest in intellect, that which cannot be shaken, is the only poet of the times ever tyrannised over a country. It is the first time in

except Rogers) who can be reproached (and in him deed, since the Normans, that England has been init is indeed a reproach) with having written too little. sulted by a minister (at least) who could not speak

English, and that parliament permitted itself to be Ravenna, Jan. 5, 1821.

dictated to in the language of Mrs. Malaprop. (6) (1) Cantos VI. VII. and VIII., were written at Pisa, in lowing tributes to his eminent qualities we take from the 1822, and published by Mr. John Hunt, in July 1823. The leading Tory and Whig newspapers of the day :poet's resumption of Don Juan is explained in the follow

“Or high honour, fearless, undaunted, and firm in his resolves, he ing extract from his correspondence :

combined, in a remarkable manner, with the fortiter in re the sua. Pisa, July 8, 1822.-" It is not impossible that I may bave viter in modo. To his political adversaries (and he had no other he three or four cantos of Don Juan ready by autumn, or a was at once open, frank, unassuming, and consequently conciliatory. little later, as I obtained a permission from my dictatress to

He was happy in his union with a most amiable consort; he was the continue it,-provided always it was to be more guarded

pride of a venerated father; and towards a beloved brother it might and decorous and sentimental in the continuation than in

truly be said he was notus animo fraterno. the commencement. How far these conditions have been

With regard to bis public character, all admit his talents to have

been of a high order, and his industry in the discharge of bis official fulfilled may be seen, perhaps, by and by; but the embargo duties to have been unremitting. Party animosity may question the was only taken off upon these stipulations." -L.E.

wisdom of measures in which he was a principal actor, to save its (2) Essai sur l'histoire ancienne et moderne de la Nouvelle

own consistency, but it does not dare to breathe a doubt of his inteRussie, par le Marquis Gabriel de Castelnau. 3 vol. Paris,

grity and honour. His reputation as a minister is, however, above 1820.

the reach of both friends and enemies. He was one of the leaders

of that ministry which preserved the country from being subjugated (3) « Au commencement de 1803, le Duc de Richelieu fat by a power which subjugated all the rest of Europe-which fought Bommé gouverneur d'Odessa, Quand le Duc vint en prendre the country against combined Europe, and triumphed and which l'administration, aucune rue n'y était formée, aucun établis

wrenched the sceptre of dominion from the desulating principles sement n'y était achevé. On y comptait à peine cinq mille

that the French revolution spread through the world, and restored it

to religion and honesty. If to have preserved the faith and liberties babitants : onze ans plus tard, lorsqu'il s'en éloigna, on y of England froin destruction to have raised her to the most magni. en comptait trente-cinq mille. Les rues étaient tirées au ficent point of greatness-to have liberated a quarter of the globe eordeau, plantées d'un double rang d'arbres ; et l'on y voyait from a despotism which bowed down both body and soul--and to tous les établissements qu'exigent le culte, l'instruction, la

have placed the world again under the control of national law and commodité, et même les plaisirs des habitants. Un seul édi.

just principles, be transcendent fame-such fame belongs to this fice public avait été négligé; le gouverneur, dans cet oubli

ministry; and, of all its members, to none more than to the Mar.

quis of Londonderry. During great part of the year, he toiled frede lui-même, et cette simplicité de mæurs qui distinguait quently for twelve or fourteen hours per day at the most exhausting Bon caractère, n'avait rien voulu changer à la modeste ha. of all kinds of labour, for a salary which, unaided by private for bitation qu'il avait trouvée en arrivant. Le commerce, dé.

tune, would not have supported him. He laboured for thirty years barrassé d'entraves, avait pris l'essor le plus rapide à Odessa,

in the service of the country. In this service he ruined a robust tandis que la sécurité et la liberté de conscience y avaient

constitution, broke a lofty spirit, destroyed a first-rate understand.

ing, and met an untimely death, without adding a shilling to his promptement attiré la population.” Biog. Univ.-L. E. patrimonial fortune. What the country gained from him may never (1) "Odessa is a very interesting place; and being the

be calculated what he gained from the country was lunacy, and a seat of government, and the only quarantine allowed except

martyr's grave."-New Times. Caffa and Taganrog, is, though of very recent erection, al

" Lord Londonderry was a man of unassuming manners, of simple ready wealthy and flourishing. Too much praise cannot be

tastes, and (so far as regarded private life) of kind and generous given to the Duke of Richelieu, to whose administration, not

disposition. Towards the poor he was beneficent: in his family to any natural advantages, this town owes its prosperity.”

mild, considerate, and for bearing. He was firm to the connections

and associates of his earlier days, not only those of choice, but of Heber.-L.E.

accident, when not unworthy; and to promote them, and to ad(5) Robert, second Marquis of Londonderry, died, by his vance their interests, his efforts were sincere and indefatigablu. In own band, at his seat at North Cray, in Kent, in August,

power he forgot no service rendered to him while he was in a pri1822. During the session of parliament which had just

vate station, nor broke any promise, expressed or implied, nor

abandoned any friend who claimed and merited his assistance." closed, his lordship appears to have sunk under the weight Times.-L.E. of his labours, and insanity was the consequence. The fol. (6) See Sheridan's comedy of The Rivals.-L. E.

Of the manner of his death little need be said, ex may be many who dare to oppose the most notorious cept that if a poor radical, such as Waddington or abuses of the name of God and the mind of man. Watson, bad cut bis throat, he would have been But persecution is not refutation, nor even triumph: buried in a cross-road, with the usual appurtenances the “ wretched infidel," as he is called, is probably of the stake and mallet. But the minister was an happier in his prison than the proudest of his assailelegant lunatic-a sentimental suicide-be merely ants. With his opinions I have nothing to do-they cut the “ carotid artery," (blessings on their learning!) may be right or wrong-but he has suffered for them, and lo! the pageant, and the Abbey! and “the syl- and that very suffering for conscience sake will make i lables of dolour yelled forth" by the newspapers- more proselytes to deism than the example of hetero and the harangue of the Coroner (1) in a eulogy over dox (5) prelates o Christianity, suicide statesmen to the bleeding body of the deceased-an Antony oppression, or over-pensioned homicides to the impious worthy of such a Cæsar)--and the nauseous and | alliance which insults the world with the name of atrocious cant of a degraded crew of conspirators “ Holy!” I have no wish to trample on the dishoagainst all that is sincere and honourable. In his noured or the dead; but it would be well if the addeath he was necessarily one of two things by the herents to the classes from whence those persons law (2)—a felon or a madman-and in either case sprung should abate a little of the cant which is the no great subject for panegyric. (3) In his life he was crying sin of this double-dealing and false-speaking

-what all the world knows, and half of it will feel time of selfish spoilers, and— but enough for the for years to come, unless his death prove a "moral present. lesson” to the surviving Sejani (4) of Europe. It

Pisa, July, 1822. may at least serve as some consolation to the nations, that their oppressors are not happy, and in some instances judge so justly of their own actions as to anticipate the sentence of mankind. Let us hear no

CANTO VI. more of this man; and let Ireland remove the ashes of her Grattan from the sanctuary of Westminster. Shall the patriot of humanity repose by the Werther of politics !!!

THERE is a tide in the affairs of men With regard to the objections which have been

Which, taken at the flood," --you know the rest, made on another score to the already published cantos

And most of us have found it now and then; of this poem, I shall content myself with two quotations, from Voltaire:-“La pudear s'est enfuie des

At least we think so, though but few have guess'd

The moment, till too late to come again. cours, et s'est refugiée sur les lèvres." .... "Plus les meurs sont dépravées, plus les expressions devien

But no doubt every thing is for the bestnent mesurées; on croit regagner en langage ce qu'on

of which the surest sign is in the end:

When things are at the worst, they sometimes mal a perdu en vertu."

This is the real fact, as applicable to the degraded and hypocritical mass which leavens the present Eng

generation, and is the only answer they deserve. There is a tide in the affairs of women The hackneyed and lavished title of Blasphemer Which, taken at the flood, leads-God knows where: which, with Radical, Liberal, Jacobin, Reformer, etc. Those navigators must be able seamen are the changes which the hirelings are daily ringing Whose charts lay down its curreat to a hair; in the ears of those who will listen-should be wel- Not all the reveries of Jacob Behmen (7) come to all who recollect on whom it was originally With its strange whirls and eddies can compare: bestowed. Socrates and Jesus Christ were put to Men with their heads reflect on this and that death publicly as blasphemers, and so have been and ! But women with their hearts on Heaven knows what?

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ord Byron seems to have taken his notions of the pro (3) Upon this passage one of the magazines of the time ceedings of this inquest from Cobbett's Register. What the observes: “Lord Byron does not appear to have remember Coroner really did say was as follows:- “As a public man,

that it is quite possible for an English nobleman to be mora it is impossible for me to weigh his character in any scales | (in fact) a felon, and (what in common parlance is called! that I can hold. In private life, I believe the world will ad. a madman."LE. mit that a more amiable man could not be found. Whether

(4) From this number must be excepted Canning Ca the important duties of the great office which he held

ning is a genius, almost a universal one, an orator, & W, pressed upon his mind, and conduced to the melancholy

a poet, a statesman; and no man of talent can long puts event which you are assembled to investigate, is a circum

the path of his late predecessor, Lord C. If ever man savou stance which, in all probability, never can be discovered.

his country, Canning can, but will he? 1. for one, bope se If it should unfortunately appear that there is not sufficient

(5) When Lord Sandwich said he did not know the al evidence to prove what is generally considered the indication of a disordered mind, I trust that the jury will pay some

ference between orthodoxy and heterodoxy," Warburtel attention to my humble opinion, which is, that no man can

the bishop, replied, “Orthodoxy, my lord, is my dogry, as

heterodoxy is another man's doxy." A prelate of the pe be in his proper senses at the moment he commits so rash

sent day has discovered, it seems, a third kind of dort: an act as self-murder. My opinion is in consonance with

which has not greatly exalted in the eyes of the elect that every moral sentiment, and the information which the wis

| which Bentham calls “ Church-of-Englandism." est of men have given to the world. The Bible declares that a man clings to nothing so strongly as his own life. I (6) See Shakspeare, Julius Cæsar, act. iv. sc. iii.-L.E. therefore view it as an axiom, and an abstract principle,

(7) A noted visionary, born near Gorlitz, in Upper Le that a man must necessarily be out of his mind at the mo

tia, in 1575, and founder of the sect called Behmenites. 172 ment of destroying himself."-L. E.

had numerous followers in Germany, and has not be (2) I say by the law of the land the laws of humanity without admirers in England; one of these, the fame judge more gently; but as the legitimates have always the William Law, author of the Serious Call, edited an el law in their mouths, let them here make the most of it. of his works.-L.E.

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