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CANTO XV. STANZA LXVIII.-"Petit puits d'amour garnis des confitures,'' a classical and well-known dish for part of the flank of a second course.
CANTO XV. STANZA LXXXVI.-Subanditur omitted for the sake of euphony.
CANTO XV. STANZA XCVI.-Hobbes : who, doubting of his own soul, paid that compliment to the souls of other people as to decline their visits, of which he had some apprehension.
CANTO XVI. STANZA X.- The composition of the old Ty. rian purple, whether from a shell-fish or from cochineal, or from kermes, is still an article of dispute; and even its colour—some say purple, others scarlet: I say nothing.
CANTO XVI. STANZA XLIX.--I think that it was a carpet on which Diogenes trod, with—"Thus I trample on the pride of Plato;" but as carpets are meant to be trodden upon, my memory probably misgives me, and it ought be a robe, or tapestry, or table-cloth, or some other expensive and uncynical piece of furniture.
CANTO XVI. STANZA LI.-I remember that the
mayoress of a provincial town, somewhat surfeited with a similar display from foreign parts, did rather indecorously break through the applauses of an intelligent audience--intelligent, I mean, as to music,—for the words, besides being in recondite language (it was some years before the peace, ere all the world had travelled, and while I was a collegian)were sorely disguised by the performers ;—this mayoress, I say,
broke out with, "Rot your Italianos! for my part, I loves a simple ballat!” Rossini will go a good way to bring most people to the same opinion, some day. Who would imagine that he was to be the successor of Mozart? However, I state this with diffidence, as a liege and loyal ad. mirer of Italian music in generai, and of much of Rossini's : but we may say, as the connoisseur did of the painting, in the Vicar of Wakefield, " that the picture would be better painted if the painter had taken more pains.”
CANTO XVI. STANZA LXV.-" Ausu Romano, ære Vene. to," is the inscription (and well inscribed in this instance) on the sea walls between the Adriatic and Venice. The walls were a republican work of the Venetians; the inscription I believe Imperial; and inscribed by Napoleon the First. It is time to continue to him the title there will be a second, by and by, “Spes altera mundi,” if he live: let him not defeat it like his father, But in any case he will be preferable to the Imbeciles. There is a glorious field for him, if he know how to cultivate it.
CANTO XVI. STANZA LXVI.
“Though ye untie the winds, and bid them fight
CANTO XVI. STANZA CIII.-In French "mobilitè.” I am not sure that mobility is English ; but it is expressive of a quality which rather belongs to other climates, though it is sometimes seen to a great extent in our own. It may be defined as an excessive susceptibility of immediate impressions-at the same time without losing the past; and is, though sometimes apparently useful to the possessor, a most painful and unhappy attribute.
CANTO XVI. STANZA CVIII.-"Curiosa felicitas".--Petronius Arbiter.
CANTO XVI. STANZA CXX.-See the account of the Ghost of the Uncle of Prince Charles of Saxony, raised by Schroepfer—"Karl-Karl-was-wolt mich ?»
CANTO XVI. STANZA CXXVI.
“ Shadows to-night “ Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard, “ Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers.
MILNER AND SOWERBY, PRINTERS, HALIFAX.