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and doze, and doze and pore, till or decypher the amours of a mustheir temples throb with applica- cle. They follow Art with the sertion, and their senses like the Py- vility of lacqueys, and instead of thia's disappear in a smother; making use of her only to become though without enlightening the acquainted with Nature, forget the world by the delivery of an ora- nautical oath, and take up with the cle, and without the intervention handmaid, when th:y should carof inspiration or prophesy. Laste ry the mistress. If you tell them ly, in this way we may account of the natural sublimity, and vigfor the existence of the Hypercri- orous simplicity of Shakespeare, ticks ; their brains have become they drop an icicle in your bosom, addled by perpetually jading them as it were, by some frigid remark, in the pursuit of imperfections, that the excellences of your favand never suffering a genial effu- ourite are counterbalanced by his sion to enliven their lucubrations. faults, and that though his deparWith empty hearts, and over- ture from the schools in many parcharged heads, they set about ticulars may have brought him scrutinizing an author whom they much nearer to truth, yet wherewant sentiment to relish, and mea- ever he is unclassick according to sure his contents by the dogmas them, he is of course an offender, of the schools, with the same de- and must suffer by the statute. gree of deliberateness with which Nothing will please them, nothing a mechanick employs his mensu- will do, but what bears to be tested ration upon the dimensions of by the level and rule ; and a writimber. They are ever seen sit- ter must be as prim and precise ing absorbed in the contemplation in his manner, as a young master of some mighty nothing, like an in his maiden essay, or an attorney assiduous old tabby at the entrance in his draught of a special plea. of a' mouse-hole, though their joy Obedience to the carons, obediis in no shape declared, or their ence to the canons, is the thing, sessions interrupted by the purr of though the critical code is as unapplause. All without them is necessary to true genius, perhaps, disconsolate as a December's after- as the criminal is acknowledged to noon, and all within them equally be 10 the exemplary and ingenubarren and bleak. The small portion of wisdom which falls to their Of all vain fools with coxcomb talents share, is continually beating about curst, its tenement for a perch, or fas- Bad writers and bad criticks are the tening on some little irregularity

MASON. to mope and to hoot. Though Now it is evident I conceive, Milton flash on them in all the that these grievances originate in glories of verse, they pause with the way just described-by overyour Bentleys to pick a flaw in his tasking the judgment and neglectgrammar. Like the critical cob- ing the affections. But lest some bler, they would inadvertently pass should be disposed to discredit the over the exquisite proportions of correctness of my opinion, I will the statuary, to detect the omission relate a matter of fact, which I of a stitch in the seam of his shoe. chanced on in reading. It is reIncapable of taking in the magnif- corded in the annals of the College icent, they stoop by the seaside, of Physicians (the volume and with old Ocean at his highest, to chapter are not now remembered) truce the veins of a pebble-stone, that a disciple of the frälernity,


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about which we are treating, was they resisted the insertion of the once dissected in the course of most delicate probes, and looked anatomy by the fellows of the in- hardly large enough to sustain the stitution ; in whom the appearan- vital functions of a sparrow. In ces were so different from those raising the heart between the finof subjects in general, that it was gers, it was found to be heavier resolved in full meeting to make re- than any solid of its size, and to port of the same, to be registered as possess such a benumbing propmonstrous in the history of dissec- erty, as to communicate a torpor tion. By this account it appears that to the person that touched it. The upon opening the body the pericar- pillars, walls, and in fact all the dium, or purse in which the heart parts of this organ were petrified is contained, it was found so con- and colourless, and when held up tracted and shrivelled, that some in sections for examination, redoubts were entertained as to the minded the spectators of some identity of the part Numbers specimens of marble. But, as the were of opinion, that they had mis- whole account of this muscle taken the situation of the fountain might weary our readers, and of life, and were inclined to believe enough, perhaps, has been brought with the Mock Doctor, that it quar- to support our position, we will tered its streams in the right cav- just take a peep into the head, and ity of the chest. How long this then conclude with the college. persuasion suspended the lecture, The state of this department or what learning was discovered in was precisely the reverse of that support of the same, unfortunately of the heart. The vessels appear for the world, we are left to conjece ed here to be crowded with exture. All that the statement gives us travasated Auid, and the brain, to know respecting the operators is, instead of being either contracted that after removing the pericardium, or hard, seemed extremely diswith the doubts it occasioned, they tended and soft. The pineal gland, expressed as much surprise at its which is considered by Des Cartes contents, as had been shown for the as the seat of the soul (though we membrane in which they were con- . are of opinion with the ancients, tained. That interesting muscle,the that it resides in the diaphragm) heart, it seems, was so contracted was so astonishingly enlarged beand indurated as to make it next to yond its natural dimensions, that, impossible to perforate it with the had the wits of the man gone along instruments for the occasion ; and with its growth, he might have several went far enough to affirm, been said to have sprung from the that during the dissection they temples of Jupiter himself. In conceited that it rattled. Whcth- addition to these peculiarities, owor this was the case, they were not ing no doubt to the enlargements assured, though, from the nature we speak of, the sutures of the of the substance, they conceive it cranium were found evidently dipresumable. But what may better vided, and there appeared no quesbe depended on is, both the ven- tion in the minds of the physicians, tricles of this organ were so ex- but that the gentleman had been ceedingly small, it appeared a mys- removed by a fit of the apoplexy. lery with the faculty how the sub- So interesting altogether were the ject bad existed. It is affirmed, appearances of the subject, that a incredible as it may seem, that committee was deputed to investi

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gate his history, and report a sum: ing want of refinement in society 'mary of the same for the edifica- with regard to the subject of marz

tion of the collegiates. From this riage, or the fashion of suffering epiiome, which immediately fol- interest to determine the proprielows the statement here given, we ty of a conn

nnexion, which nature ingather, how, several days antece- tended should be left to the affecdent to the one of his death, the tion. We are informed this cove. deceased had been so immersed in nant of old was regarded as holy, the depths of meditation, as not and that the heart was conceived only to neglect the calls of his to be conferred with the hand. friends, but to be unable to take But the ceremony now-a-days of either sustenance or sleep. The tying the knot is considered by subject which interested his atten- some parties as nothing more than tion thus forcibly during this pe- affixing their seals to the articles riod, appears to have been, A Dis- of settlement. It is sufficiently sertation on the Elements of our mortifying to observe the influence Tongue ; in which it is ingenious- of this spirit of speculation (if spirit ly insisted, that the Alphabet has it may be called) upon the operabeen reversed, in the order it now tions of taste ; but it is a more stands, and ought for the honour sorry sight to perceive it in prosof letters to be restored to its native pect gradually chilling the source position ; that A unquestionably of domestick confidence and love, was situated, originally, on its head, and checking in its spread the betnot on its legs, and that the defor. ter feelings of the age. mity of Z proceeded from a hurt Perhaps it may be thought by which it received at the time of the some that the Remarker is ascribe topsy-turvy, having fallen through ing a disposition to the times, a greater arch, than any one of the which has no existence but in his characters, with the single excep- own ugly imagination, with a view tion of its friend. at the antipodes. of showing his readers with what For what term this captivating dexterity he can quarrel with treatise might have occupied our shadows. But the evil in quesstudent, or the glosses, additions, tion, though limited at present, is and amendments it would have re- too evident, he fears, to pass among ceived, unhappily for science, can the imaginaries. Others, who now never be known; for on the ve more philosophy than feeling, morning following the final day may charge him with affecting to of his incomplete labours, he was be violently sentimental, and place found stiff, by his attendant, in an

him in the division of high-flying old-fashioned arm-chair, the dor- novelists: and, perhaps, with some mitory of his family time out of shew of justice ; for he is so tired mind. Such, alas, is the effect of of much of the common-place of inordinate application, and the con- life, that he has thought seriously sequence of wishing to be wise af of stepping forth in support of rothe expense of the heart !

mance. Indeed, it has been But there is another and a more laughed at long enough, and it is serious mischief attending this pe- now time, he suspects, to be amused glect of the heart, which induces at the expense of its opposite. A me to alter niy tone, and to deliver litile care must be used in expos.. myself after a less trivial and fan- ing a foible, lest another of conciful strain. I allude :o the grow- trary cast take occasion to triumph.

Dar propensities must be govern- mitted in the moment of passion ed, like princes, by a balance, or may sometimes be palliated. And common sense will be continually the libertine, though unpardonable, in danger from some aspiring fol- may plead the warmth of his feelly. However, as we are not like ings to extenuate his excesses ; to be overpowered with sentiment but to what sophistry, even, can at present, it may be as well for us they resort to soften their conduct, to retain what we have, for the sake who, with their spirits collected, of good fellowship. Some tem- profane the ordinance of marriage pers of mind are more easily got by hollow promises, and forfeit rid of than resumed, and the time their integrity to serve their conprobably may arrive, when, dis- venience. Hence originate half heartened by the coldness of the the calamities in society: hence world, we shall sigh for those emo- cold-heartedness, inconstancy, and tions, which we assisted to sup- lying serility. Hence the copress. Among the vexations which mestick fire-side becomes the in*I pray to be delivered from, is the sipid region of infectious yawn. Texation of indifference ; for nextings and mutual oscitancy. Hevce to a bad character, in my estima- entertainment, excluded from her tion, is no character at all. mative residence, and pursued

By thus consulung our interest through the crowded circles of before our affections, and sacrific- fashion and folly, is seldom pering to lucre in preference to ceived returning.axcepting on the love, we are unwisely neglecting giddy wheels of visitation, or in the that which makes poverty rich, discordant summons of the knockand without which riches, at best, er. Hence--but something too may be regarded as poor. Like much of this, Horatio. Midas, whose touch it is fabled In attributing the evils which I afforded nothing but gold, we are have mentioned to our neglect of exposing ourselves to repine in the heart, I expect to be thought the midst of unprofitable plenty. more fanciful than wise : but, let Were the punishments, attending my readers regard me in what this mercenary spirit, only felt by light they choose, I am convinced the sordid, one might sit down that my hypothesis is correct in contented and see them inficied. the main. I am not prepared to But, in forming the connexion think contemptibiy of the head, or which we are considering, there to disturb its speculations when are many who are guided by mo- rightly indulged, though I will not țives of affection, and it frequent- consent, that Sir Graviiy shall ly happens, that such fall a sacri- preside as chief arbiter alone. I tice to the insensible and merce- would, were it admissible, correct nary. And when this is the case, the head by the heart, the heart it is byt natural in us to feel both by the head, so that one should be resentment and pity ; resentment held in check by the other, and for the coumterfeit, who assumes both be improved by a mutual dethe appearance of love to conceal pendence. In this way, each orthe intent of a traitor, and pity for gan would answer the design of the unfortunate, who, deceived by its, formation, and product that professions of tenderness, submits healthfulness of mind, which gives her fortune and destiny to the con- nobility to the individual and scafrol of a niggard. A crime com- timent to society.

For the Anthology.
SILVA, No. 24.

nec erubuit sylvas habitare Thalia.

SOME of our readers have to those which have been already inquired, what is the definite mentioned.” meaning and object of this de- Knox thus correctly estimates partment of our Journal ? We re- the utility of these miscellanies for ply, that · Silva” literally means filling the interstices and intervals a Wood, and our effort and ambi- of time, which happen in the lives tion is, that it should be a wilder- of those most active and busy :ness of sweets, and a repository “ There are fragments of time in for curious remarks on men and the life of every man, in which, manners, and literary fragments from inconvenience of circumstanand novelties. The origin and ces, he is unable either to read with désign of literary Melanges is ful- continued attention, or to enjoy the ly explained in the Evening Lucu- advantages of select company. In brations of Knox, a liberal and those intervals, such books are learned scholar, and an orthodox pleasant, as amuse and inform in divine, who disdained to make very short sections or chapters, in merchandize of divinity, to turn a an easy and perspicuous style, resacred profession into a merce- sembling, as much as possible, the nary craft, to pander for the de- variety and familiarity of convervil, and seduce souls to Satan. sation.

Sylvæ is one of the most ele- “ Many of the French books, un gant, as well as commonest titles der the title of Ana, are, I think, to the miscellanies of the ancients. particularly useful for the purpose The origin of it is the Greek, of filling up a vacant interval. They Hyle ; and the authors, who first are lively and various. They treat assumed it, modestly intimated by of history, literature, and arts, and it, that they had collected a store subjects which amuse, without in of timber, which themselves, or such a degree as to fatigue or ex: others, might hereafter use in er- cite the mind beyond the pitch of ecting a regular structure. The a pleasant tranquillity.” Sylvæ of Statius, are supposed to be more valuable than his finished

REVIEWERS. compositions. In imitation of him, The numerous revolutions and many modern writers of Latin po- extensive improvements in the vaetry have entitled the miscellane- rious sciences, the facility of mulous parts of their books; and our tiplying copies of books by the art own Ben Jonson, alluding to the of printing, the brevity of life, and ancient title of Sylve, denominates its necessary duties and avocations, some of his smaller works Under- preclude even the most diligent wood's.” “Quintilian describes the and laborious student from the peworks distinguished by the name rusal but of a small portion of the of Sylvæ, as struck out with the innumerable books, daily issuing inpulse of a sudden calenture, su

Knox observes, bito concussa calore, and assigns “ There were probably as many causes for the appellation, similar books, and perhaps as many bad

from the press.

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