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SCARCE TRACTS, WITII EXTRACTS AND ANALYSES OF
Inscrtion of such Scarce Tracts us are of an interesting Nature, with the Use
Lætor simul, et ignoro,
fon Cælum pictum floribus,
An terra clara stellis,
Violæ quoque solis æmula
Quietem animi componunt,
Reclinabo super lilia.
Ad murmur auræ tremula the learned, which gave himn the hint of
Rosa ridet Solis filia. his Poem.
Lucif. Claude lumina,
Restat adhuc illud telum,
Vindicta pulchrior erit tua mors.
Satis lusistis :
Minimum quietis rogo
Æther amicum ?
Lucif. Æther ridet dum serenum
Vocant lumina sopores,
Inter piscidos horrores
Bibes tu dulce venenum.
Quæ nubes importuna
Nunc obumbrat dormientem !
Cor meum gelidus tremor cruciat,
Timenda est procella :
Dormientis lateri surgit puella,
Quæ flavos crines explicat,
Unda ejus luce ridet,
Ah, Aluctuat cor nieum,
Hæc socia et uxor illi erit nunc data ?
Adam.- Consors grata !
Quæ tanta pulchritudo
Cor. in pectore inflammavit?
Hava.-Çæli favor incendia suscitavit,
Adam tu es,
Tu cara spes
Ut tibi indulgeam
Quam cupiam scis
Pete quod vis?
Adam. Quam pulchra, quam decora
Mihi conjux tu es !
a 2. Dies refulgeat serena.
Adam. - Ardeat cor splendore victum,
Heva.Cor amoris doleat strictumn
a 2. Insulubili catena.
Adam, De meo latere
Tu caro mea ?
Fidem tu serva.
Scarce Tracis, &C.
Adam.Tu serva amorem.
Hava.Astra lucida, quando Celi Hæva. Lignam vitae poma præbet ?
Per cæruleum vagamini, Adum.Ne tangámus.
Adx meo sponso fideli Hæva.Ne gustemus.
Cor e pectore furamini.
Luc:f.-Non opus est furiis,
Ut cadet, et ruat
Adamus cum prole.
Fæmina tegit rosis præcipitia,
Cum sit sopore nata,
Et sæpe blando vullu fovet vitia:
Coli proles, qua læta vagaris,
Quare pomum, quod rubescit,
Et in orbem statim crescit,
Ut æmulctor Cælum rubore
Non gustatis sub frondium virore?
Adam.--Hocce pomum est amænum ;
Sed amaro succo conditum,
Sapor ejus est venenum,
Franget legem vetantis.
Tenendo nos comprehendimur,
Et possidendo vendimur.
Lucif.-Insana lex deludit vos. pava.-Fulminate?
Adam -Legis decretum devinxit nos.
Heva. Vir dilecte, tu times ?
Adam.-Anguis latet, Heva, in hierba,
Cave, timeo pericula.
Lucif.-Audite vcs mea verba.
Adan.Verba non sunt sed spicula.
Sub hac arbore amoenissima
Nobis latel mors acerba.
Hæva... Ejus monet rotunditas
Sic sapor ejus docet
Sua quemque fert voluptas,
Trahirque quo desiderat;
Homo se ipso prehenditur,
Leges nunc esse ruptas,
Non curat, non considerat,
Lucif.--Eritis instar Dei
Bonuni scientes et malum,
Adam sume tu quoque
Pamum gutturi gratum.
Adum. --Hæva, sprevisti incauta Dei man.
Hava.--Dulcis est ori sapor.
Alum.--Mihi videtur vapor.
Adam vitam despera,
Res nimis vera
Et lacrymæ viles,
Sunt noxiae blanditiæ fæmi.
Hæva.Cæluni iras dat ultrices.
Montes operiant nos !
In cuna Lucifer tumulavit vos :
Quæ vox clamat contra nos ? Adam. Siste gradus,
In cortice plantarum
Sententia scripta est. Heva.--Lege, Adam, coram me.
Adam. In frontis sudore
" Vescar infelix pane.
Si sunt satis mea lumina
In duo flumina.
A SCOTTISH PRAYER.
Extracts from the Port-folio of a Man of Letters.
Norfolk. The organist of the cathedral I
N the year 1979, a dicadful pestilence of Norwich was to open the organ. He this kingdom, insomuch that whole fami- the crowd for bis beau-like appearance, lies were swept away. During the height to which, being a young man, he bad 110 of this calamity, the Scots took the ad- objection. lle ascended the organ. vantage to enter the land, and carried gallery stairs; made a most consequenoff great spoils in small parties; but durst tial bow to the builder, who bowed most not stay long for fear of infectiou. Asko respectfully in return; placed himseli on ing some of the English the reason of so the stool, adjusted his long l'utiles, and great a mortality ainong them, and being drew out all the stops: stop diapit, told that it came " by the grace of son, open diapason; principal tweltiin, God," they therefore, by way of presère tierce, cornet sesquialtia, trumpet, and vative, used every evening and morning regretted that there was not a clarion. the following prayer, or charm :-"God, Atier keeping the audience in suspense and St. Manyo, St. Thomas, and St. for a reasonable tiine, his fingers dé. Andrew, shield us this day from God's scended on the full chord of D. Not a grace, and the foul deaths that English- note spoke ; the organ nas dumb. Eninen die upon,"
raged and disappointed at not producing
the intended grand effect, he stamped One of the grandees of Spain being at most furiously, as a signal to the blower the consistory at Rome, the pope pro- to adıninister that wind, without which claimed him King of Egypt. The prince, an organ, like a windmill, is a body with hearing the applauses of the assembly, out a soul. He had no doubt he heard and not understanding the Latin lan- the wind rusliing into the chest, ready to gnage, asked his interpreter what it be emitted most copiously; as grand beant. “Sir," says he, “the pope music in an organ consumes a greai deal has created you King of Egypt.”—1 of that necessary commodity. Again must not then be ungrateful,” said he ; le struck the full chord of D. Not a “ do you arise, and proclaim from me, sound was heard ; the organ, again, was the holy father Caliph of Bagdad."- dumb. Being a man of genius, and Mem. Vie. de Petrarch, vol. ii. p. 200. rather a fancitul imagination, though he IPE SURPRISE.
did not believe in the existence of Æolus, Some years ago, it matters not how yet he began to think there had been a many, an organ was erected in the conspiracy against him. He starer at Church at Aylsham, in the county of the builder in the utinost consternation,
1-19 E.xlracts from the Port-folio of a Man of Letters. [March 1,
“ The Manner how to anneal or paint in
spect is disagreable, which is often the
case at the back of town-houses, is a The art of producing pictures of co- luxury too much neglected. Joured glass is exercised two ways: (1.) In a Century of Epistles of Claud. Bart. Plates of stained glass are cut into the Morisoli, printed at Dijon, in 1656, an shape of figures, and joined by leaden attempt has been made to, prove, from outlines; and on these plates a shading, Seneca and Vopiscus Firdlus, that the is afterwards traced by the painter, ancients were acquainted with the art of which gives features to the faces, and folds painting on glass. The oldest preserved to the drapery :--(2.) Vitrifiable colours speciinens of the art are German, and are attached to places of white glass, of the eleventh century.-See Pezen's which are afterwards replaced in the Treasury of Anecdotes, p. 131.-Alberg oven, and thus converted into a trans- Durer painted much glass. parent enamelling. The first sort of painted glass is cheaper; but the shading Why do we pour over our lettuces a vears off by the insensible corrosion of mixture of oil, vinegar, and mustard ? the atmosphere. The second sort dehes The practice began in Judea; where, in every accident, except fracture; but order to render palatable the bitter the colour of ibe figures suffers in the herbs eaten with ihe paschal lamb, it
For small objects the first sort, was usual, (says Mloses Kotsensis) to for large objects the second sort, as sprinkle over them a thick slabvy sauce far as art is concerned, seems most called Karoseth, which was composed of adapted.
the oil drawn from dates, or from pressed Many gentlemen of fortune are at this raisin-kernels, of vinegar, and of musterd. time filling up their parish-churches with Maimonides adds a seasoning of salt and windows of painted glass. Armorial pepper, which shows that he had a good bearings are too often chosen as, the taste, and deserved to dress salad for theme of decoration. These are proper the prince of the captivity. in the vestibule, or guard-room, of a pillace; but they do not excite ideas corre- Gibbon, in the eleventh chapter of his sponding with the purpose of the temple. first volume, has related with his imFigures of borering angels, or personages pressive critical eloquence, the political included in the communion of saints, history of Zenobia. One question he such as Adam, Eve, Euoch, Noah, Abra. leaves undiscussed: What was the pere bam, Moses, Daniel, Ezra, Neliemiah, sonal religion of this heroine? Judas Maccahæus, Jesus, and Paul, are The describers of the ruins of Palmyra better adapted for church-windows; be- assume, that the chief temple was de cause they may naturally be supposed to dicated to the sun. Even in this case hover in our atmosphere, and to perch the alternative occurs :-(1.) Were the with delight on the parapet of the tem- sovereigns of Palmyra of the religion of ples where their memory is cherished, the Persian empire, monotheists, who and their actions are commemorated. If worshipped the sun merely as the emthe circular chasm, which admits the rain blem of God? or, (2.) were they idoof heaven into the pantheon of Rome, laters, who, among other gods, worhere closed by a ceiling of painted glass, shipped preferably Apollo, Bei, or Ela1
gabalus, hy all which names the sun is more upon his descent from an ancient said to have been called in Syria? family, than upon becoming the founder
Basnage, in his bistory of the Jews, of a good one, he is a disgrace to what. (vi. c. 13, § 19,) says positively, that ever arnis he may bear. Zenobia was (3.) « Jewess; resting chiefly It bas been observed in general, that on a passage of Trebellius Pollio, which people who do not possess the distincshows, that she observed the directions tions of ancestry or rank, are apt to value given by Moses (Leviticus xv. 19–33) them most; and beconie so elated by any to married women. The passage is this: attentions they receive from men thus
Cujus ea castitas fuisse dicitur, ut ne virun endowed, as to disregard all the worth suum quidem sciret, nisi tentatis conceptioni- they have witnessed, and all the kindbus : nam quum semel concubuisset, expec- ness they have experienced, from persons tatis menstruis continebat se, si prægnans of inferior extraction and lower order. esset ; sin minus, iterum potestatem quæren- If only the ignorant and undiscerning dis liberis dabat,
paid this hoinage to adventitious circumI contend, that she was (4.) an unita- stances, it would create little wonder ; rian Christian. These are my reasons :
common minds are naturally dazzled by 1. All the Saracens, of whom Odena- appearances, and influenced by opinions ; tus was king, remained, until the time of but that men of abilities should 'alike be Mahomet, unitarian Christians; and subject to this weakness, and equally though they acknowleriged as prophets be flattered by adinission into the sociebotli Moses and Jesus, they neither ty of those whom high titles and hereadopted that dissection of deity into the ditary estates alone have set above thein, Father and the Logos, which the Alexan- selves, has excited the severest censures drian school, nor that further dissection of the moralist. Without meaning to de. of deity, into Father, Logos, and Spiritus fend this abatement of intellectual digSanctus, which the Roman school, ima, nity, perhaps some allowances may be gined.
made for buman trailty, even in instances 11, The Jewish manners of Zenobia so mortifying to the pride of human reado not prove, that she was not of the re- son. Men of genius, but more particularly ligion of her country; for the Jewish wo- men of tasle, are endowed with finer permen who became Christians, did, ne- ceptions than others : they have niore vertheless, persevere in the traditional imagination, more irritability. To such, neatness of their original sect.
coarse manners and the grossness of III. Zenobia gave the bishopric of An. vulgar habits are peculiarly disgusting; tioch to Paui of Samosata, who was an and when they gain access to circles 'avowed unitarian Christian, a follower where every wish is anticipated which of Arteinon.
delicacy could form, and every want The testimony of Athanasius, who supplied which fastidiousness could crecalls her a Jewess, is perhaps resolvable ate; whicre the desire to please, though into one of those hyperboles of contro- inculcated by art, appears propted by versy, according to which Sucinians are benevolence, and where the surrounding called Deists by the orthodox.
scenery is elegant and splendid; it rem BIRTH.
quires ascetic virtue rather than eminent Birth is of no other value than as it talents, to remain unenchanted by the implies the advantages of education, coli- glare, and uninfluenced by the delusion. nections, and behaviour;, and these, as
All the arts excepting poetry, (and they increase the powers of usefulness, poetry of the higher order alone excepte and add to the pleasures of the commu- ed,) have a tendency to strengthen the nity, are not to be cynically despised. impressions of the senses, and conse
Yet, it'a inan without birth atiains its quently to weaken the powers of the privileges, and is learned, courteous, and mind. benevolent, has acquired honourable The arts are chiefly cultivated in these friends and public confidence (possessing societies; and the effect of novelty addthe merit to have gained them by his con- ed to their bewitching nature, cannot duct, without the good fortune which but be great over men of exquisite orgastamped them bis inheritance), he is en, nization. titled to a greater share of respect than Lycurgus, who meant to form an inpedigree could have bestowed; and is flexible national character, was so aware higher in the order of moral beings, than of this tendency, that be banished the the name of any father could have placed arts from the commonwealth; and their him: and if he should esteem himself high degree of culture at Athens, intei.