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had been offended with a cardinal, Dum Bruti cffigiem, Michæl de mar.
more fingit, and he revenged himself by plac
In mentem sceleris venit et abstinuit. ing the head of his Eminence upon the shoulders of one of the damned For my part, I fully agree with the in purgatory.
cardinal ; for no man, who recolÀ monument has been erected lects the obligations of Brutus to to this artist in the church of San- Cæsar, can fail to detest the assasta Croce ; but of what avail are
sin of his own patron and friend. monuments and funeral honours
I cannot close this letter with. to a man, who will live forever in out making a reinark, that this his works ? St. Peter's is the mau- age of Michæl Agnolo, and of the soleum of Michæl Agnolo, and it Italian painters, was, in my opinis a prouder one, and will endure ion, as splendid as the Augustan, longer, than those which the van
or the age of Louis XIV. Peter ity of Augustus or Adrian caused Perugine, the master of Raphael, to be erected to perpetuate their Michæl Agnolo, Raphael, Andrea memories.
del Sarto, Giulio Romano, CarraAs Florence had the honour to vagio, Corregio, the most eminent give Michæl Agnolo his educa- men who have appeared since the tion, so she can boast a greater revival of letters, in architecture, number of his distinguished works. sculpture, and painting, and whose The chapel of the Medici is fun chef d'æuvres still constitute the of them, and every church has some
most valuable possessions of the statue at least of one of his pupils, countries which they honoured by all of whom were much distin- their residence, were all cotempoguished. One proof often cited raries. What a brilliant age! what of the superiority of this great a galaxy of talents !! Where shall master is, that he left two statues we find its equal since the age of incomplete, which no succeeding Augustus? If to this period, we artist has dared to attempt to fin- add the age of Louis XIV. and of ish. One of them is the Virgin Queen Anne, what pretence is bewailing the death of our Saviour, there to say, as some of our phiand the other the head of Brutus. losophers do, that we have imUnder the last, cardinal Bembo, proved upon those who have gone to show his detestation of Brutus' before us, especially in the more crime, wrote the following cou
refined parts of literature ? plet, with which Dr. Moore, who
Adieu. pretended to be a great stickler for civil liberty, finds
For the Anthology.
SILVA, No. 23.
In sylvam ferre lignum. AMERICAN ELOQUENCE. Burke's thurder deafens his ears. AS an orator, Mr. Randolph is - Randolph's “ thunder rumbles far from contemptible. But he from the mustard bowl;” his lightmistakes his powers. He oughtning flashes from the warming, to feel that Pitt's lightning singes pan. There's no harm, said Di. his fingers ; he ought to know that Johnson, in a fellow's rattling a
Vol. IV. No. 1.
IN MEMORY OF A FRIEND.
rattle-box, only don't let him think has nothing of the tarnished, tinsel he thunders ; and unless his bed finery, nothing of the awkward, suffers from it, one might say affected hauteur of a tattered, there's no harm in a fellow's whirl- trade-fallen courtesan ; the clear, ing a lintstock, only don't let him pure colours of nature he never think he lightens.-Eloquence, or, sullies by attempting to brighten in its definition, the power of per- the rose to a clearer red, to sofien suading men against their passions the lily to a purer white. Jortin's and interests, of convincing them style is a shepherdess, simple against their prejudices and opin- and modest, neat without nicety, ions, is a rare gift ; and so rich, chaste without prudery. Innocence because rare, that neither Greece, sparkles from her eyes ; sweetness nor Rome, nor England, boasts trickles from her lips ; her cheek more than two orators. Burke glows with health and love, her and Pitt are scarcely inferiour to bosom heaves with hope and joy. Demosthenes and Æschines ; Æschines and Demosthenes are hardly superiour to Hortensius and
WHAT honours, what unwitherCicero ; the names of these men ing, immortal glorics await the will never die. Who will say that
man, of whom it may be said, withsince ***s, in the senate, softened
out exaggerated praise, nihil fecit, opposition to indifference, and
nihil dixit, nihil sensit nisi laudan*****r, at the bar, reasoned preju- dum! For the death of such a man dice to candour, that in America
our eyes are still wet with tears, the human powers dwindle and
our hearts still big with sighs. weaken to dwarfish, infantine insignificance and imbecility? The ... Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime time will come, it must, it is fast Young Lycidas, and hath not left his approaching, when the rhetorical peer. Teasoning of a liberal, clear-sighted But why tears, why sighs, for one statesinan, and the argumentative who lived in purity, and died in eloquence of an honest, open-heart- peace ; who, from a world of mised lawyer, will be acknowledged ery and death, is now translated to and applauded. The uncloying a world of life and happiness sweelness of ***s will enchant, from restless sinfulness and bodily the overpowering strength of discord, to *****r will astonish posterity.
That holy calm, that harmony of mind,
Where purity and peace immingle DR. JORTIN. Dr. Jortin's is perhaps the hap
charms. piest style in the English language. His "hope was full of immorNot because rounded and laboured tality.' He breathed back to heaven to bold relief and high elegance ; a soul spotless as truth, sincere as for of these qualities it has so very love; he died in “ sure and certain little, that his periods are rather hope of a glorious resurrection." meagre than full, rather negligent Such were the moral qualities of my than polite ; but because his good friend. Of his intellectual powers, feelings and sound doctrines flow it is difficult to say which was suclear and strong, in one blended periour ; his imagination, which current of powerful eloquence and seemed to glow with the pure, unlucid argument.
Joriin's style mingled fire of genius, or his judg
ment, which appeared to shine ly senseless will peremptorily deny with the clear, unclouded light of a solemn, deliberate assertion,comintuition. He lived full of am- ing from a man of wide reading bition,.... he died full of honour. and deep thinking) if things pracThose, who love and cherish vir- tical are the hinges of immortalitoe and piety, loved and cherished ty,' one may, without forfeiting him ; those who respect and rev- his character for charity, ask, why erence learning and genius, respect- at the present day so many sounded and reverenced him.
ing-boards serve only to return, in Ye vallies low, where the mild whis.
a drowsy, humming echo, an old
opinion of some early hereticks, Of shades and wanton winds, and gush- who, because faith is the centre, ing brooks,
mother doctrine, and virtue of On whose fresh lap the swart star spare. christianity, thought none of the
ly looks, Throw hither all your quaint enamelled sister, radiant virtues and doctrines
worthy of notice or practice. If eyes That on the green turf suck the honied reduced to one of two answers (and showers,
more than two answers the quesAnd purple all the ground with vernal iion hardly admits) I should soon
flowers. Bring the rathe primrose, that forsaken
er ascribe this opinion, which indies,
deed seems rather the odious sootThe tufted crowtoe, and pale jessamine, erkin of unthinking fatuity, than The white pink and the pansy freakt the hideous monster of unpitying
malignity, to weakness of mind, The glowing violet, The musk-rose and the well-attir'd therefore excuseable; than to cold
which may be ingrained and is woodbine, With cowslips wan, that hang the pen.
ness of heart, which must be acsive head,
quired, and is therefore unpardonAnd every flower that sad embroidery able. Those who worship God wears ;
from filial love, wbich is a warm, Bid amaranthus all his beauty shed, Anddaffodillies fill their cups with
tears, generous feeling, and softens by To strow the laureat hearse where Ly: opening the heart, are anxious in cid lies.
some degree to merit reward by
learning to do well ; yet those who NEQUID NIMIS.
adore God from servile fear, which LIBERAL curiosity should always is a cold, narrow prejudice, and be gratified ; but that little, sneak. hardens by contracting the mind, ing, bastard, pimping thing, which are content at any rate to escape puncan unfold all iny wishes, and tell ishment by ceasing to do evil. The io a farthing and syllable the a- former elass of christians combine mount of my estate and learning ; sound faith and good works, and such curiosity cannot be enough bring them to amicable co-operadespised, or too often disappointed. tion; the latter (I hope I am not Industry of this kind is worse than sacrilegious in applying the sacred inaction, as dozing stupidity is bet- name of christians to men, who ter than maddening genius. seem ashamed to imitate the only
imitable traits of their Saviour's FAITH--WORKS.
character) separate them, and set IF, as the learned and ingenious at implacable opposition ardent bishop Taylor asserts (and who benevolence and fervent piety. unless grossly illiterate and stupid
we tore ourselves from the warm He whom Milton followed, and bosom and tender embraces of our
mother country, ******'s conduct Gladly beheld tho'but his utmost skirts
was open and direct ; no reservaOf glory, and far off his steps adored- tion lurked in his mind,no equivoca
tion fell from his tongue. (for Spenser astonishes as well as delights)—such a poet ought not have broken, said he, a sacred tie, to lie idle in a scholar's library. but my duty to my native soil is Spenser combines the discrimina
more sacred than my obligations tive features of Homer and Virgil
. arising from this violated union. Í Homer is hardly more sublime will fight and bleed and die, to seal than Spenser ; Spenser is almost the independence of my country: as beautiful as Virgil. "Vivogur feelings and opinions of a man
Such were once, such are still the gite exundat” is a faint shadowy image of a mind rich in learning who though at present in disgrace and full of genius. Spenser can
and poverty, cheerfully expects, not indeed frenzy unrepining pa
and will hereafter gladly receive, a
But tience to madness, he cannot soften rich and glorious reward. unrelenting obduracy to tender- why in disgrace, why in poverty? ness ; but what is possible, he can
Because he loved truth with a and does effect. He can and does warmer affection than he courted cheer the disconsolate and doubt- popular applause ; beeause he hatful mind to comfort and hope ;
ed guilt with a deeper aversion, than he can and does charm the sullen
he shunned publick contempt.. and indifferent heart to love and And indeed, if our hands are clean, rapture. Such is the melting,
if our integrity is clear and unhonied sweetness of Spenser, that, questioned, what, in popular ap
plause, can heighten affection for of surfeit where full measure only If our hearts are pure, if our hon
it, to doating, drivelling fondness? bounds Excess,
our is fair and unsuspected, what, I am never weary of reading the in publick contempt, can exasperFairy Queen.
ate aversion from it, to trembling, shuddering horrour?
Publick contempt, what is it? PATRIOTISM.
It is a dream, it is nothing. Who, “To serve bravely is to come halt- then, will fly from it, as from the ing off.” These words of honest lowest misery ? At worst, it is easiJack Falstaff, I once heard quoted ly borne,and even under its coldest by a man, who, instead of acquir. frowns the warm smiles of hope, ing in the “ morn and liquid dew and cheerful, brightening anticipaof youth,” what he deserved, hon- tion, are playing on our cheeks. our and competence, is now in Popular applause, what is it ? "the twilight of sere age,” wearing It is the shadow of a dream, it is out in neglect and penury the mis- less than nothing. Who, then, erable remnant of a life once res- will pant for it, as for the highest pectable and affluent. In that un- happiness? At best, it is quickly natural, though perhaps necessary, gone, and even under its warmest .struggle, when, as yet hardly wean- caresses the cold tears of fear, and cd, and so feeble that we could not dismal, darkening apprehension, even totter about in leading strings, are stealing from our eyes.