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and the Bosphorus, with the Ægean intersected with islands.
CANTO V. STANZA V.-"The Giant's Grave" is a height on the Adriatic shore of the Bosphorus, much frequented by holiday parties; like Harrow and Highgate.
CANTO V. STANZA XXXIII.-The assassination alluded to took place on the 8th of December, 1820, in the streets of R-, not a hundred paces from the residence of the writer. The circumstances were as described.
Canto V. STANZA XXXIV.-- There was found close by him an old gun barrel, sawn half off: it had just been discharge ed, and was still warm.
CANTO V. STANZA LIII.-In Turkey nothing is more com. mon than for the Mussulmans to take several glasses of strong spirits by way of appetizer. I have seen them take as many as six of raki before dinner, and swear that they dined the better for it: I tried the experiment, but was like the Scotchman, who, having heard that the birds called kittiewiaks were admirable whets, ate six of them, and com. plained that “he was no hungrier than when he began."
CANTO V. STANZA LV.-A common furniture. I recollect being received by Ali Pacha, in a room containing a marble basin and fountain,
CANTO V. STANZA LXXXVII.-Features of a gate-a ministerial metaphor; “the feature upon which this question hinges."-See the “Fudge Family,” or hear Castlereagh.
CANTO V. STANZA CVI.—There is perhaps nothing more distinctive of birth than the hand : it is almost the only sign of blood which aristocracy can generate.
CANTO V. STANZA CXLVII.--It may not be unworthy of remark that Bacon, in his essay “on Empire," hints that Solyman was the last of his line: on what authority, I know not. These are his words : “ The destruction of Mustapha was so fatal to Solyman's line, as the succession of the Turks from Solyman, until this day, is suspected to be untrue, and of strange blood, for that Solyman II. was thought to be supposititious.” But Bacon, in historical authorities, is often inaccurate. I could give half a dozen instances from his apophthegms only.
Being in the humour of criticism, I shall proceed, after having ventured upon the slips of Bacon, to touch on one or two as trifling in the edition of the British Poets, by the justly celebrated Campbell. But I do this in good will, and trust it will be so taken. If any thing could add to my opinion of the talents and true feeling of that gentleman, it would be his classical, honest, and triumphant defence of Pope, against the vulgar cant of the day, and its existing Grub-street.
The inadvertencies to which I allude are,
Firstly, in speaking of Anstey, whom he accuses of having taken “his leading characters from Smollett.” Anstey's Bath Guide was published in 1766. Smollett's Humphrey Clinker (the only work of Smollett's from which Tabitha, &c. could have been taken) was written during Smollett last residence at Leghorn, in 1770.-" Argal,” if there has been any borrowing, Anstey must be the creditor, and not the debtor. I refer Mr. Campbell to his own data in his lives of Smollett and Anstey.
Secondly, Mr. Campbell says, in the life of Cowper (note to
page 358, vol. 7.) that he knows not to whom Cowper alludes in these lines :
“ Nor he who, for the bane of thousands born,
The Calvinist meant Voltaire, ardt he church of Ferney, with its inscription : “ Deo erexit Voltaire."
Thirdly, in the life of Burns, Mr. C. quotes Shakespeare thus,
“ To gild refined gold, to paint the rose,
" Or add fresh perfume to the violet." This version by no means improves the original, which is as follows:
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, “ To throw a perfume on the violet,” &c.
King John. A great poet, quoting another, should be correct: he should also be accurate, when he accuses & Parnassian brother of that dangerous charge "borrowing:" a poet had better borrow any thing (excepting money) than the thoughts of another--they are always sure to be reclaimed but it is very hard, having been a lender, to be denounced as the debtor, as is the case of Anstey versus Smollett.
As there is “honour amongst thieves," let there be some amongst poets, and give each his due,-none can afford to give it more than Mr. Campbell himself, who, with a high reputation for originality, and a fame which cannot be shaken, is the only poet of the times (except Rogers) who can be reproached (and in him it is indeed a reproach) with having written too little.
CANTO VIII. STANZA VIII.-- Allah Hu! is properly the war cry of the Mussulmans; and they dwell long on the last syllable, which gives it a very wild and peculiar effect.
CANTO VIII. STANZA IX.-
“But Thy * most dreadful instrument,
Wordsworth's Thanksgiving Ode.
CANTO VIII. STANZA XVIII.-A fact: see the Waterloo Gazettes. I recollect remarking, at the time, to a friend :“There is fame! a man is killed : his name is Grose, and they print it Grove." I was at College with the deceased, who was a very amiable and clever man, and his society in great request for bis wit, gaiety, and “ chansons a boire."
* To wit, the Deity's: this is perhaps as pretty a pedi. gree for murder as ever was found out by Garter King at Årms. What would have been said, had any free-spoken people discovered such a lineage ?
CANTO VIII. STANZA XXIII.-See Major Vallancy and Sir Lawrence Parsons.
CANTO VIII. STANZA XXV.-The Portuguese proverb says that “Hell is paved with good intentions."
CANTO VIII. STANZA XXXIII.-Gunpowder is said to have been discovered by this friar.
CANTO VIII. STANZA XLVII.-They were but two feet high above the level.
STANZA XCVII.-The Russian military
CANTO VIII. order.
CANTO VIII, STANZA CXXXIII.-In the original Russian
“ Slava bogu! slava vam!
“ Krepost Vzalo, y ia tam." A kind couplet ; for he was a poet.
CANTO IX, STANZA 1.--Query, Ney? Printer's Devil,
CANTO IX. STANZA VI.-"I at this time got a post, being sick with fatigue, with four others. We were sent to break biscuit, and make a mess for Lord Wellington's hounds. I was very hungry, and thought it a good job at the time, as we got our own fill while we broke the biscuit,-a thing I had not got for some days. When thus engaged, the Prodigal Son was never once out of my mind; and I sighed, as I fed the dogs, over my humble situation and my ruined hopes.” Journal of a Soldier of the 71st Regiment, during the War in Spain.
CANTO IX. STANZA XXXIII.-He was killed in a con. spiracy, after his temper had been exasperated, by his extreme costivity, to a degree of insanity.
CANTO IX. STANZA XLVII.-He was the "grande pagsion” of the grande Catherine. See her Life, under the head of Lanskoi.”
CANTO IX. STANZA XLIX.–This was written long before the suicide of that person.
CANTO IX. STANZA LXIII.-" His fortune swells him, it is rank, he's married."-Sir Giles Overreach. Massinger. See “ A New Way to Pay Old Debts."
CANTO X. STANZA XIII.--"Reformers," or rather "Reformed.” The Baron Bradwardine in Waverley is authori. ty for the word.
CANTO X. STANZA XV.-Query, suit ?—Printer's Devil.
CANTO X. STANZA XVIII.-The brig of Don near the auld toun” of Aberdeen, with its one arch and its black
deep salmon stream below, is in my memory as yesterday. still remember, though perhaps I may misquote, the awful proverb which made me pause to cross it, and yet lean over it with a childish delight, being an only son, at least by the mother's side. The saying, as recollected by me, was this, but I have never heard or seen it since I was nine years of age :
“Brig of Balgonnie, black's your wa',
CANTO X. STANZA XXXIV.-A metaphor taken from the "forty-horse power of a steam-engine. That mad wag, the Rev. 8. s., sitting by a brother clergyman at dinner, observed afterwards that his dull neighbour had a twelveparson power of conversation.
CANTO X. STANZA XXXVI.-"Hyde.”—I believe a hyde of land to be a legitimate word, and, as such, subject to the tax of a quibble.
CANTO X. STANZA XLIX.-The Empress went to the Cri. mea, accompanied by the Emperor Joseph, in the year-I forget which. (It was in 1787.)