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They thirsted not like monsters since the flood
Rode, they were ridden, though in length a mile!
But sober truths-loves somewhat to romance.
Whether through fens they paddled, crept or ran ;
Ere lived forefathers of a Cambrian 'squire.
Of beings, through ethereal space transport
With tubes provided, every tube a sense.
Such Davy saw, or dream'd he saw, at Rome.
Oh were these high-bred monsters now alive
To laugh at apes with tails, and apes without,
The world, their forms in or-molu might blaze
Yet so severe, it ought to be supprest.
They, like Napoleon, prices might exalt,
And landowners would cease to grieve that they
Soon would they disappear on Erin's bogs, Cherish'd, as Isaac Walton cherish'd frogs, To be impaled by Orange seers, who hope To prove that monsters symbolise the Pope, Especially if their long tails emit
A phosphorescent light like-Irish wit!
NOTES TO "THE SAURI."
"Gigantic vegetables, more nearly allied to the palms of the equatorial countries than to any other plants, can only be imagined to have lived in a very high temperature; and the immense reptiles, the megalosauri, with paddles instead of legs, and clothed in mail, in size equal or even superior to the whale; and the great amphibia plesiosauri, with bodies like turtles, but furnished with necks longer than their bodies, probably to enable them to feed on vegetables, growing in the shallows of the primitive ocean,—seem to show a state in which low lands, or extensive shores rose above an immense calm sea, and when there were no great mountain chains to produce inequalities of temperature, tempests, or storms."-DAVY's Consolations in Travel, p. 145. See also the account of the gigantic Saurian tribe, in URE's Geology, pp. 219. 226.
"The crust of the globe was exceedingly slender, and the source of fire a small distance from the surface."-DAVY, ut supra, p. 135.
The tepid primeval ocean gave marvellous development to all its productions, from the polyparia and shell-fish to the megalosaurus and iguanodon, (Ure.) See also LYELL's Geology, vol. i. passim.
P. 345, 1. 8.
Had all the fiery particles of Kean.
"A fiery soul, that working out its way,
Fretted the pigmy body to decay,
And o'erinform'd the tenement of clay."-DRYDEN.
I saw Kean perform the character of Sir Giles Overreach, at Warwick, but a very short time before his death, with all his wonted ener
gies; though then "the flash and outbreak of his fiery mind" were "like the fitful light of a candle," to use his own expressions, "flickering in its socket."
Well do I remember, in my youthful days, the first appearance of Kean in the character of Sir Giles Overreach, when "the loveliest oligarchs of the gynocracy" crowded to the orchestra to see him; and the present of a piece of plate was voted to him by acclamation in the green-room.
They were glorious days of histrionic and poetical excitement, when the prolific genius of Byron produced poem after poem to delight the world, and Kean shone in a succession of such characters as Sir Giles Overreach, King Richard the Third, Shylock, Othello, (who that has seen, can forget his Othello !) &c. &c.
P. 345, 1. 9.
Or Byron, when a boy, whose name would spread,
See Shakspeare's First Part of Henry the Sixth, acts 1 and 2, where the cry of "Talbot !" caused the flight of the French. The shout of "Here's Byron coming!" had much the same effect on the “clods:" a generic, and not very flattering term by which the young aristocracy at Harrow designated the lower orders there, with whom they had frequent rows, in which the noble poet shone pre-eminent.
When a row commenced, as Lord Byron was lame, he could not get to the scene of action as soon as other boys; but his fame went before him, and his name had almost as great effect as his personal prowess on the alarmed "clods."
The cockneys, too, had frequent engagements on a Sunday, (proh pudor!) with the Harrow boys, as they were often exposed to the insulting gibes of the young gentlemen. Some of these "cockneys" or "Sunday bucks," as they were generally called, often proved themselves to be good men in the pugilistic contests. To the delicate appearance they sometimes united the science of "Dick Curtis," that pet of the Fancy."
Lord Byron was a good, but somewhat stormy actor, when at school, and loved to perform such parts as that of Osmond in the Castle Spectre.