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command admiration ; but they wherever placed, let him dispose : joy
thou never conciliate general regard by the frequent bestowal of petty ben- in what he gives thee, this Paradise
And thy fair Eve: Heav'n is too high efits, or the regular communica- To know what passes there ; be lowly tion of durable advantages.
wise, If these remarks require au. Think only what concerns thee and thy thority for their support, we may
being' produce the opinion of Milton. He All refined and abstract specu. is a writer so well known to the lations are certainly not to be lovers of poetry, that his character wholly condemned. Much might is suggested by the mention of his be suggested in their favour by name. So delicate were his per- a mind of ingenuity ; and if exceptions of taste, and so exuberant amined by some other standard, was his fertility of fancy, so en- than that of general utility, their larged were the faculties of his merits and advantages might be mind, and so extensive was the exhibited and determined: but range of his erudition, that it is when man is considered in his hazardous to deny, what his senti. civil, moral, and social situations, ment establishes. Indeed, when the virtues of beneficence, justice, we contemplate accurately the kindness, and hospitality, are the wonderful structure of Milton's themes, which should occupy his mind, it is found so astonishing mind, and the principles, which by the endowments of genius, should regulate his conduct. They and so opulent in the Peruvian are so wide in their influence, and treasures of literary acquisition, so frequent in their application, that in the ranks of learning I that every writer should endeavour know not a character more vene- to fix these great rules on the rable, or a reputation better con- minds of his readers by beauty of solidated. In the beginning of illustration and cogency of arguthe eighth book of Paradise Lost, ment. Books of most general Milton introduces Adam inquiring and frequent use are those, which about the motions of the sun, the teach and impress the knowledge firmament, and the stars, and sug- of our several duties, love to God gesting to Raphael doubts and and benevolence to man, which inreasonings on the immobility of culcate the beauty of kindness, the earth, and the revolutions of the obligations of virtue, and the the orbs. Raphael in reply ad- necessity of piety; these maxims, munishes Adam for asking about by their universality of operation, subjects with which he has no exercise our hearts and conduct concern, and proposing questions every moment of our lives. By which he cannot solve, and de. them we are continually tried, and clares that great Architect has se- consequently acquitted or concrets which are not to be divulged, demned ; the practice of them and that his works are humbly to would make easy the course of be admired. He concludes with our days, and the belief in them saying,
would consecrate the remembrance
of our existence. In point of • Solicit not thy thoughts with matters comparative utility, speculative
bid, Leave them to God above, him serve researches become of little avail ; and fear ;
they may perplex, dazzle, or conof other creatures, as him pleases best, found, by complication of arrangement, greatness of view, or diffi- regions of the globe ; visiting in culty of sciution ; but they rarely his course the unwatered sands of attract general reward, because Africa, and the untravelled deserts they rarely extend the sphere of of America ; affording, by an adpractical happiness. The ruin. mirable economy, the means of threatening comet astonishes the subsistence to the far-off wanderer spectator by the infrequency of in the polar circle, and ripening its visit, the path of its glory, and for the Hindoo and the savage the the effulgence of its blaze ; but luxuriant vegetation of tropical the sun, in his revolutions, dis- latitudes. penses light and heat to all the
For the Anthology.
SILVA, No. 31. '
PHYSICIAN'S OATH. upon to administer perpicious phyTHE Paysician's Oath, as ex- sick, or be the author of such adtant in Hippocrates, and taken by vice myself; but will live and himself, cannot be unacceptable to practice chastely and religiously. the reader.
Lithotomy I will not meddle I swear by Apollo the Physi. with, but will leave it to the operacian, by Æsculapius, by Hygia, tors in that way. Whatever house and Panacea, and by all the Gods I am sent for to, I will always and Goddesses, that to the best of make the patient's good my prinmy power and judgment I will cipal aim ; avoiding as much as faithfully observe this Oath and possible all voluntary injury and Obligation. The master who has corruption. And whatever I see instructed me in the art I will es- or hear in the course of a cure, or teem as my parent, and supply, as otherwise relating to the affairs of occasion may require, with the ne, life, if it ought to remain a secret, cessaries of life. His children I no person shall ever know it. May will regard as my own brothers; I be prosperous in life and business, and if they desire to learn, I will and for ever honoured and esteeminstruct them in the same art with, ed by all men, as I observe and not out obligation or reward. The confound this solemn oath ; and precepts, the explanations, and may the reverse of all this be my whatever else belongs to the art, I portion if I violate it, and forswear will communicate to my own myself ! children, to the children of my Who can help admiring the bumaster, to such other pupils as manity of this oath ? What a pity have subscribed the Physician's that all civil governments which Qath, and to no other person.
license quack-medicines do not My patients shall be treated by oblige the Quacks themselves to me, to the best of my power and take a similar oath, under the pejudgment, in the most salutary, nalty of being hanged, should they manner,without any injury or vio, be ever known voluntarily to break lence : neither will I be prevailed it !
.come bestows on one of his works It seems a problem in litera. may with justice be extended to ture, that a natiou the gravest and all, when he characterizes it as most seriously disposed by its “pious, eloquent and learned, and natural temper and the gloomy the emanations of a sublime ge. despotism of its government and nius.” An Oxford antiquary, who religion, should have produced the lived nearer his time, pronounced most lively work that ever was the excellent discourses which he written. It abounds in original has written, enough of themselves humour and exquisite satire. It to furnish a library, and predicted displays the most copious inven- they would be famous to all genetion, the most whimsical incidents rations, for the exactness of wit, and the keenest remarks on the profoundness-of-judgment, richfollies of its cotemporaries. There ness of fancy, clearness of expresis no book in whatever language sion, copiousness of invention, and that so eminently possesses the general usefulness to all the purpower of exciting laughter. The
The poses of a christian. In the defollowing anecdote may be recordo lineation which' his eloquent suced as an instance of it.
cessor has given of Bishop TayPhilip III. being one day at a lor's prominent features, the reabalcony of the palace at Madrid, der may perhaps be disposed to observed a young student on the attribute much of its high colourborders of the Mauzanares, with a ing to the partialities of friendship book in his hand, who, as he read, and personal esteem ; but if the exhibited the most violent marks following tribute 'to departed exof extacy and adıniration, by his cellence could be paid in a funeral gestures and the repeated peals of discourse by his warmesť admirer, laughter · which he sent forth,' when intentional exaggeration can Struck with the oddity of the only endanger the character of the sight, the king turned to one of encomiast, it must be allowed that his courtiers, and said, “ Either in his natural and acquired excelthat young man is out of his mind, lences, in the qualities of his mind, or he is reading Don Quixote.” and the gifts of his understanding, The courtier descended for the bishop Taylor far eclipsed the purpose of satisfying the curiosity lustre of his cotemporaries, and of the monarch, and discovered equalled, if not surpassed, the most that it actually was a volume of renowned of succeeding times. Cervantes, which the youth was “ To sum up all,” in the animated perusing with such delight. language of Dr. Rust, “ this great
prelate had the honour of a gentleJEREMY TAYLOR.
man, the eloquence of an orator, Few men have left behind them the fancy of a poet, the acuteness more imperishable monuments of of a schoolmasfer, the profoundlearning, judgment, genius, and ness of a philosopher, the wisdom industry, than Jeremy Taylor. A of a chancellor, the sagacity of a venerable prelate, now living, did prophet, the reason of an angel, not indulge a bold figure when he and the piety of a saint ; he had styled Bishop Taylor (the Shake- devotion enough for a cloister, speare of divinity.' The enco- learning enough for an university, mium whicn Archbishop New. and wit enough for a college of virtuosi, and had his parts and en- horse either from superstition or dowments been parcelled out policy, as Sertorius was to his kid, among his poor clergy that he and Mahomet to the pigeon which left behind him, it would perhaps announced to him the visit of the bave made one of the best dioceses angel Gabriel. Adrian also had a in the world."
famous horse named Boristhenes,
wbich he much honoured during THE HORSE.
his life, and at its death honoured The ancient historians and bia it with a publick funeral, erected ographers have not been satisfied to it a monument, on which was with detailing the lives of illustri- inscribed an epitaph, written by ous men, but have also given us a himself. Verus, who shared with minute description of the beauty, Marcus Aurelius the empire of the grace, and the exploits of their Rome, carried still further his pashorses ; and there is more consis. sion for his horse, which he called tency between different writers, in Avis. lle gave it raisins and pistheir memoirs of this beautiful por- tachio to eat ; he kept him in an tion of animated nature, than in apartment hung round with purtheir memoirs of intelligent beings; ple, and whenever he was much for all the world will agree in their delighted by his agility, he reideas of a rare, beautiful animal, warded him with a purse of gold. but all the world differ in their o. None of the emperors, however, pinions of illustrious men. The on this subject, equalled the extrahorse was held in great veneration vagance of Caligula. In the life in heroick ages, as if it had been of this prince Suetonius informs formed, in the system of nature, us, that he built for his horse Inthe intermediate chain between in- citatus a stable of marble, and that tellectual and brute creation. Cæ- the trough, from which he ate, was sar's horse, we are informed by ofivory; that many slaves were emSuetonius, possessed all the intre ployed to attend upon him; that he pedity of his master. Cæsar, who often invited him to dine at his table; had a most profound veneration for that he swore by his fortune, and Alexander, was charmed to pos- that he even had it in contemplasess one trait of resemblance with tion to name him to the consulship, him. As Bucephalus was distinguished from ordinary horses by a
IRISH LITERATURE. head resembling that of a bull, he It has often surprized me, says elected one which had human feet. Arthur Browne in his Sketches, The conqueror of Darius, as well that a nation like the Irish, remarkas the conqueror of Pompey, were able for its valour, and whose inhabthe only men who could mount itants, even down to the peasantry, their favourite coursers. Alexan- are blessed with a peculiar acuteder built, in honour of his horse, ness of mind, and a charactersis. the city of Bucephalia, and Cæsar tick tuin of wit and pleasantry, erected a statue to his in the tem- should not have filled a greater ple of Venus. Cæsar had another space in the eye of mankind. The motive for honouring his horse.. reason I believe is, that their wit The astrologers of his time pre- and talent for ridicule are employtended that its birth presaged to ed in depreciating one onother, him the empire of the world. Cæ- and their valour too often exhausts sar was of course attached to his itself in idleness and riot.
In Scotland, if any man becomes not, until they see an English rean author, the whole nation joins in view. They long seemed unconpraising and elevating him ; but in scious of the merits of two consiIreland to be a writer is almost suf- derable works written by sons of ficient to ensure mockery; whoever their own university, and hesitated takes up his pen,especially if it be in to praise till the incense of fame the province of belles lettres, whole arose to one from the literary altribes of Satirists, like the monkiestars of Cambridge ;* and an Engof Africa, begin to chatter and lish Judge (Blackstone) had degrin at him, and employ every clared the other current coin.t art to laugh him down : the con- Swist was a Satirist exactly suitsequence is, few write : the mo- ed to their genius, with a power dest, who have talents, confine of ridicule too great not to subdue their display to conversation and any one who laughed at him : but to professional exertions, while the I am not quite sure, that if Pope Satirists take care to do nothing had been an Irishman, he would but find fault, and never venture have succeeded so well ; his pasto expose themselves to criticisms, torals might have afforded excelby writing any thing.
lent food for pastime, and I am The Irish are so accustomed to convinced Collins and Gray, and be governed by England in every all your ode-makers, would have thing, taste as well as politicks, been laughed down, and discouragthat they seem absolutely afraid ed in the infancy of their muse. to give the stamp of approbation to any thing in the first instance, * Hamilton's Conic Sections. hesitating whether it has merit or † Sullivan's Lectures.
FURTHER EXTRACTS FROM « THE SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY," A POEM
BY REV. W. L. BOWLES.
[The introductory lines allude to the That crowns the gifted bard, I only author's early poems.)
ask'd Awake a louder and a loftier strain !
Some stealing melodies the heart might
love, Beloved harp, whose tones have oft be. And a brief sonnet to beguile my tears ! My solitary sorrows, when I left But I had hope that one day I might The scene of happier hours, and wan
wake der'd far,
Thy strings to higher utterance and A pale and drooping stranger; I have sat now (While evening listen’d to the convent's Bidding adieu to glens, and woods, and bell)
streams, On the wild margin of the Rhine, and And turning where, magnificent and woo'd
vast, Thy sympathies, a-weary of the world. Main Ocean bursts upon my sight, I And I have found with thee sad fel. strike, lowship,
Rapt in the theme on which I long Yet always sweet, whene'er my languid have mus'd,hand
Strike the loud lyre, and as the blue Pass'd carelessly o'er the responsive waves rock, wires,
Swell to their solemn roar the deep'n. Whilst unambitious of the laurell'd meed