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.casion; and adds that (with the French ation of it) for the report of a pistol : it
to my knowledge, and very unexpectedly; Ilex va! bez va! bez va bez !
but as an explanation concerning it may
help to illustrate some texts of Scripture Eustathius, it scems, remarks that which I am sure must occasionally be s blops is a sound in 'imitation of the clep- liable to misconception, I shall employ sudra.”* As the clepsydra was a water a few lines on the subject. There is a clock, I suppose this refers to the noise Latin verb pipio, given in some of our of the fluid in issuing froin the vessel. I school dictionaries with the translation do not know in what manner it ran; but, merely " to peep," and in others more to judge from the foregoing expression, fully,' “ to peep like a chicken;" and as it was not in a smooth stream. I shall the word hardly ever occurs, this intero therefore place as parallel to this, a pretation might pass without causing any French wood-cutter's tern for the sound practical blunder. · The idea, however, of the liquor emptying from his battle (! which the Latin verb really significs, is, imagine, what we call a leathern-boltle) “ to cry Peep!" this last word being intu his mouth:t
merely an imitation of an inarticulate Qu'ils sont doux,
sound; and we have an obsolete verh Bouteille jolie,
“to peep,” formed in the same manner Qu'ils sont doux
as “10 luzzo, to whoop, and to hem and Vos petits glow.glou ! &c. I
ha."| This verb is very appropriately
applied to young birds in the nest, in In my former letter, I presented you Isaiali, chap. 10, ver. 14: " There was with a curious and most valuable state none ihat jnoved the wing, or opened ment, exhibiting the sounds of the strings the mouth, or perped.” In chap. 8, ver, of a violin m being put into tune. I have 19, of the same prophet, it is coupled now the good fortune of being able to with mutter;" and in the inargin of lay before your readers, from the author chap. 29, ver. 4, is made equivalent to whom I have last quoted (Molière), ano "whisper," and "chirp." - The word ther article, almost equally valuable, in then may be supposed to have been a similar display of the sounds produced formed' from the cry of young birds, and by the strings of a lute, in undergoing in this view it is suited to my present precisely tlie saine operation (of being purpose. put into tone). It is, of course, neces. I conclude with my hearty commendasary to remember that the instrument is tions to all ingenious projectors, whether oui of (unc at the time ; and that the fol- in words or deeds; and am, Sir, lowiny example should be read with the
Your's, &c. Frencia pronunciation of the words: Januury 12th, 1810. "plan, plan, plan; plin, plin, plin :plin, plin, pliii ; plin, tan, plun ; plin, For the Monthly Magazine, plin :-plin, plan."|| The same work supplies me also with On the scale of certain MUSICAL IN,
STRUMENTS, which are said to be with. an expression (in the French pronunci
THE letter of your respectable corre* In his note on the Iliad, book 1, ver. 499, his words are, Baót isto tãs als túspecs 387 ofilic November Magazine,i aduces me
spondent, Capel Loft, esq. at page txos pupelizã; 227 729 Talaies.
to trouble according to the ancients, is a sound in imi
herewith, in order to mene tation of the clepsydra,'- From Walker's Key,
* Le Malade Imaginaire : première entrée + Molière; Le Médecin malgré Lui; acte
de ballet. The passage is this : “ Polichi.
nelle, faisant semblant de tirer un coup de 1. scène 1.
pistolet. Poue !"
+ Johnson, under " to peep," gives only Il Le Malade Imaginaire; premier inter
(besides the most common meaning, of mède, scène 4. The passare is as follows:
" looking slily,”) “ to make the first appear. " Polichinelle prend son luth, dont il fait
ance ;” and then explains " peeper?' by semblant de jouer, en imitant avec les lèvres
“ young chickens just breakir:g obe sbell." Here
seems evidently some confusion or mistake, ti la langue le son de cet instrument. Plan.
from a comparison with the signification &c. Voi à un tems fâcheux pour mettre un luth d'accord.”
given in the upper part of this page.
tion, that Mr. Maxwell, in his “ Essay on. In the tuning of the twelve notes in Tune," printed at Edinburgh 1781, has each octave, that are in common use, demonstrated, page 194, that forty-four some authors and tuners advise, the ma. strings or pipes are required, in each oc- king certain chords or intervals perfect, tave of a piano-forte or organ, that shall and others very nearly so; throwing the be capable of performing in all the twen. imperfection or temperament, wholly or ty-four keys, in which modern composi- in great part, on certain other intervals, tions, are wrote, or into - which they free called the bearing.notes, wolves, &c. quently modulate, without temperaments; So in like manner, when seventeen notes that is, without introducing concords as above, twenty-one which the late Dr. that are imperfect or tempered, and Robert Smith used, or any other number which consequently are somewhat out of of notes, are introduced in the octave tune, and would he sensibly noticed as (short of the whole number which Mr. such, if these imperfect intervals were Maxwell has shown to be necessary for held out, or occurred in the long notes of perfect vse) bearing notes or wolves must a piece of full music,
unavoidably be introduced, somewhere The organs to which Mr. Lofft allodes, in the scale. as I suppose, are those made by Mr. Tho I have not yet been able to learn the mas Elliot, No. 12, Tottenhan-court, un exact mode adopted for tuning each note der the Rev. William Hawke's patent, on Mr. Ilawke's patent instruments, or wirich instruments I have not yet secn; to obtain a table of bis seventeen interbut I hastily examined last spring, some vals, expressed by the major-tone , the of the piano-fortes constructed under the minor-tone jó, and the hemitone 13 (or same patent, by Mr. Robert Bill, No. 49, by any other musical notation), otherRathbone-place, which, as far as I recol- wise, I would point out the particular lect, had forty-eight strings in each oc- chords which are imperfect or tempered, tave, viz. four unison strings to each of in the use of these pateut instruments, the seven long finger keys, two unisons and the exact quantity or degree of temfor each of the five short finger keys, con- perament in each case. Mr. Hawkes, sidered as sharps, and two other unisons the patentee, or some other person acfor each of the same keys, considered as quainted with his mode of tuning, will, I flats; or without the double strings to hope, oblige me and others of your readeach note, merely for giving strength of ers, by giving an account thereof, and tone, twenty-four strings in each octave such a table as I have mentioned, in a are necessary in these patent instruments, future Number of the Monthly Magazine. for obtaining only seventeen intervals in P.S.Since writing the above, a musical the octare; the unrison on the natural friend has put into my hands a printed quarto notes or long keys, admitting of the whole copper-plate pige, describing the use of the clavier or range of finger-keys being grand patent harmonic piano-forte, lately in. shifted to the right or left, by means of vented by D. Loeschman, of No 28, New. a pedal, without altering the pitch of man-street; Oxford-road, which, by the help any but the short or half-notes.
of six pedals, produces seven scales of twelve The expedient proposed by Mr. Lofit, for others, by the use of the pedal helonging
notes cach (two only of them being changed of dividing each of the short finger-keys, to each respective scale), making twenty-four has in part been adopted long ago, in the notes or intonations in each octave of these Temple Church and Foundling Hospital instruments, which are pretended to produce organs, in london, as I believe with per- eighteen major and fifteen minor keys in tune. fect convenience to the performer: and Should these be the instruments to which were the same extended to every short Mr, Lotit has alluded, I beg to inform him, kay, seventeen strings or pipes in an oc
that the calculations necessary for showing tave, or such an instrumeni, would alle
how well their pretentions to perfect tune swer all tlie ends of Bir. Ilawke's tweniyo intricate for the Monthly Magazine ; and
are formed, would be far too technical and four, besides avoiding the danger of either would best appear in Mr. Tilloch's Philosostraining the instrument by accidentally phical Magazine, where a series of similar demoving the pedals and keys at the same
tails have ot late been inserted, and to whom I . time, crof striking both the flat and sharp shall probably, ere long, make a communicanotes at the same time, in rapid mo tion on these patent instruments. dulations. The accidental sharp or flat notes, which occur in some music, might also be readier introdnced on such an in Your correspondent, at page 462 of strument as Mr. Lofft alludes to, than vol. 28. who enquires about Fiorin Grass, on Mr. Hawke's instrument,
will tind that Dr. William Richardson
ON TIORIN GRASS.
has repeatedly stated it to be the Agros- Horace, we shall endeavour to show, tis Stolonifera of Linnæus; and which, that these two poets, who have, in some he states, (strengthening the statement measure, divided the field of satire beby the evidence of the Right Honourable tween them, pursued different objects, Isaac Corry, who weighed it,) produced and attained equal success, by contrary in one of his irrigated meadows in Ire- methods; the one possessing a pleasing, land, the enormous crop of eight tons the other a grave, manner. This method five cnt. two grs, twenty-four lhs. of hay, of viewing the subject, though it be rafrom an English acre of ground !! ther moral than literary, will not, we
The famous Wiltshire long grass meads trust, on this account be the less interat Orcheston, a bose enormous crops of esting. In pursuing it, we must attend watered grass and bay, have so long at. to the circumstances under which each tracted attention, are of fiorin grass, as of these writers drew his picture of manappears from the late Mr. Thomas Da- ners, and observe the difference in their vis's account of them, in Mr. Young's characters. What we shall advance Annals of Agriculture, 1794, vol. xxii. may, in some degrec, apply to our mopage 127. Your's, &c. J. FANEY. dern satirists, who have scarcely had Upper Crown-street, Westminster, any other merit than that of borrowing, December 5, 1809.
as their subject was gay or serious, ar, as
they propused to flatter or instruct, the For the Monthly Magazine.
tone, the sentiments, and the ideas of LYCEUM OF ANCIENT LITERA- one or other of these great masters. TURE.--No. XXVII.
Horace, with equal sagacity, more HORACC AND JUVENAL.*
taste, but considerably less energy than
Juvenal, seems to have been desirous of ciate Juvenal, to compare him with true the sanguinary revolution shich had
, Since the publication of our lust Num- liberty, had not yet gone the length of
just stified the last eiforts of Roman ber, it has occurred to us, that it would perbaps be better to close our observations upon Horace, than be compelled to return to him
was encouraged, by their applause, to hazard a once more, probably after a very considerable greater publication; the seventh satire, ac. interval
. By drawing a comparison between cording to the order in which they are usually him and Juvenal, the reader will be better Paris, then the chief favourite of Domitian,
publistied. Put having severely reflected upon able to take a view of their respective merits, he was banished to Egypt, under the pretence as atirists; and it will also render any future of giving him the prefecture of a cohort. separatg notice of the latter author, equally upon the death of Domitian, he returned to wonecessary: We shali ar nex, therefore, to Rome, suficiently cautioned not only against this note, the few particulars that are known the characters of those in power, but against of his life. Juvenal was born about the beginning
all personal reflections upon the great men of the reign or Claudius, at Aquinum, a town
thien living : belonging to the territory of the ancient -Experiar quid concedatur in illos Volsci, in Campania, and since celebrated Qucrum Flaminia tegitur cinis atque Latina. for having given birth 10 Thomas, surnamed
Sat. 1. Aquinas, the father of scholastic philosophy. But he continued his keen sarcastic remarks The poet's futher appears to have been a rich upon the general vices of his times.
He died freedman, who gave him a liberal education; about the middle of Trajan's reign, at an and, agreeably to the taste of the age, bred advanced age. That he lived to be an old tim op to the study of eloquence. In this inan may be collected from the 11th Sat. pursuit he is said to have been successful, and where he says of himself, and of Persicus, to is conjectured to have received some lessuns whom he addresses it, from Quintilian, who probably aliudes to him when, speaking or the Roman satire, he Nostra bibat vernum contracta cuticula solem,
Effugiatque Togam. says, sunt clari bodić quoque ei qui olim nominaburtur. (Inst. Orat. lib. 10. cap. i.) , From In his person., he was of large stature, on the testimony of Martial, it may be supposed which account he was supposed to be of that Juvenal had long been distinguished by Gallic extraction. We have no precise aca his eloquence, and greatly improved his for counts of his moral character, or manner of tune and interest before he thought of poe- living ; but from the punishment inflicted try. Subactum redolent decamatorem, (say the upon him by the profligare Domizian, and critics;) and he was more than forty before from the whole tenor of his writings, we he ventured to recite some verses, to a small may inter that lie was a real and uniform audience ur Lis most intimate friends. He friend to sobriety and virtue.
absolutely debasing the minds of indivi- with the views of Augustus and Mecenas,
great characters who were his contempoHorace, who excelled as much as a raries, are not to be found in his writings. courtier, as he was deficient as a soldier, That of Ovid, who was in disgrace; that and who was guided perhaps hy a sense of Cicero, " whom Rome, during hier of interest, and a consciousness of inca- freedom, had dignifica with the first of all pacity to fulfil the duties of a genuine tities--the father of his country," are alike republicans, in any way that could have omitted. But he never forgets to celes distinguished hin; was soos sensible, brate the favourites of fortune. These how far a refinement of intellect, a grace- had nothing to fear from his muse; gay, fal style, and a cultivated understanding, rather than severe, it indulged itselt only till then unknown amony an ignorant and at the expense of the lower classes, on turbulent people, ucre capable, with very whom neither his reputation nor his little effori, of advancing him. Polite pleasures depended. No one understood ness of manner's, the splendour of an
better than hunself the force of panegyimperial court, and above all, the security ric, low to apply it with address, or enjoyed during a long and peaceful reign, what were the arts most necessary to cuulii not fail to please one, whiae sole gain the favour of the great. With a morality consisted in a calculation of his character thus apparently so little entipleasures; and whose waiting, may be tled to our esteem, and a species of wriconsidered as one continued treatise on ting at first sight adapted only to please the art of enjoying ille préseni, without the bland and pliant courtier, how cɔmes regard to the evils which threaten postc- it that the works of llorace are perused fily. Tudillerent to the future, and with delight, by men even of the soundesc castly forgetting the past, bis only object understanding? Because, as we advanmos i remove every thing rivich could ced in a former paper, to these agreeable create melancholy, and disturbi ihe talents the client of Mecanas united charms of a lile, wlich he had ingeniously many solid and eminent qualities. Not reduced to a sys! (01.
What indeed less a philosopher than a poe:, it was could be his inolives for a dillerent con. with equal ease that he dictated princinucu? Esteemed by the emperor, tlie ples of conduct, and laid down the rules friend of Virgil, caressed by the great, of taste. Disposed rather to give way and a partaker in all their pleasures, lie than to contend; attaching little impor. could not atiect the austeritv, vor regret tance to bis own hypo:beses, and adhethe rigid customs, of former tines. Such ring to his principles, so far only as they sentiments would have il corresponded favoured his Epicureau inclinations; this
lax, but amiable poet, could reckon liar, flowed at the will of a voluptuous among his friends and admirers, even instinct. It was an incorruptible Certhose whose opinions or conduct he had sor, a Roman with the tone of the anci4100 scrupled to criticise.
ent Fabii, Mani, and Reguli; it was Let us now consider the rival satiri-t, an inflamed poet, wbo sometimes rose, I who commenced his career where the with his subject, to the sublime pitch of
oiher hand finished; performing bir mo- tragedy: Austere ani uniforin in his rals and for freedom, ulat Horace had principles, everything he uttered bart a effected for decency and good taste. character of gravity and importance. Hurace had learnt to bear the yoke of a
Ilis ridicule was inure severe than his master, and had not blushed to deity censuro; his daugh still more terrible than tyranny and usurpation: while Juvenal bis anger. It was the laughs of Cassius, never ceased to exclaim against both, as described by our inmortal Bard. and to recal to the Romans the glorious le could speak of nothing but vice and ages of their independance.
virtue, slavery and liberty, folly and wisa The poet of Aquinum had force and din. On thiese subjects, he declaimed passion in his character. llis object with animation, severity, and dignity. was inore praise-worthy than that of it may be said of him in his own words, IIorace. He wished to spread conster
" that lie siaked his lite on what was nation among the vicious, and externis true”-ritun impendere vero—having nate corruption, which had become the courage to sacritice all equivocal decus almost natural to the Romans. Bold, rums to it, and all those political consi. but uscless enterprize! He wrote at a derations, which are ot so much moment detestable period, when the laws of na with those, whose morality consists in ture were violated with impunity; when exteriors. all patriotism was extinct in the hearts of Upon this point, however, let it not be his countrymen. Such an aye, brutified cousiviererl, that we are even attempting by servitude, by luxury, and all its ac. to defend him; on the contrary, we think companying crimes, required an executio hie deserves the reproaches which every oner, rather than a censor. This was a
age has cast upon him, not only for protime, when “the common ties of all claiming the dishonour of so many yicat being broken, all was crumbling to ruin.” wames, but for giving an alarm io moThe Roman character had become so desty which cannot be justified. It is degraded, that no one dared to speak of true, that Horace, a lose relinernent has liberty. Individuals were sensible only been perhaps too much extolled, was of their own misforturies ; and these they still more licentious, and has found unendeavoured to avoid by accusing others. happily tiic means of making vice anniParents, friends, “even what was inani- able; and by revealing borrors, at mate,” became the objects of suspicion. which reason shudders, and which nature The inost endearing ties were disregarded, abhors, has shown), that he designed, if the most distant idea of personal dan- like Juvenal, tomark ihe degree to which ger required they should be broken. It man might debase himseli, when left to was impossible to lament those who were the guidance of appetite and effeminacy. proscribed, for even tears were punished. With the exception of this defect, In a word, excepting some few monents which belonged to the age, rather than of respite, the history of that execrable to the author, there is little to censure in period is marked by the blackest cata Juvenal. The spirit that dictated his logue of human crimes, written in cha- writinys, breathes only the public gooi. racters of blood; and presenting only a If he reprores what is ridiculous, it is disgusting series of murders effected by only because it is connected with, or the bow-striny, poison, or assassination. leads on to, vice. When he drags to the
This, then, was the time when Juve- allar of famy those whoin he wishes nal, despising the feeble weapon of rilie to expose, bis sictims are so truly odious cule, so familiar to his predecessor, himne and deformed, that we can neither pity self seized the dayger of satire, and run them, tior blame bim. He is accused of ning from the palace to thic tater, being tou sparing in his praises: but who struck, without distinction, all who de. that wiows the human heart, and wishes viated from the paths of virtue. It was neitier to deceive others nor himself, no longer, as with Hurace, a supple poel, can possibly be lavish of these? He has armed with philosophical indiference, präsert but little; the misery of the times who aiused himself with the follies of dispensed hiin from it. All that he the day, and whose style, easy and fani could du, was to compassionate a few