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P. 345, 1. 12.

Thank Heaven! we have no Camelfords at school.

The late Lord Camelford was the terror of hackney coachmen and coffee-house loungers, being equally celebrated as a duellist and pugilist.

P. 345, 1. 15.

Whether they were herbivorous, or ate

Dirt, like an Otomac, I cannot state.

There is a singular account of the Otomacs in Humboldt's Narrative, vol. v. p. 639, (Helen Maria Williams's translation :)

"They reside in the mission of Uruana, and eat earth; that is, they swallow every day during several months very considerable quantities to appease hunger, without injuring their health."

P. 346, 1. 3.

Perchance, as Waterton a crocodile, &c.

See WATERTON's Wanderings.

P. 346, 1. 12.

As Spenser's dragon threw the gorgeous w

See SPENSER'S Faery Queen, book i. canto viii. stanza 17.

P. 346, 1. 19.

Singing in chorus marshy songs.

As harmonious as "The Frogs" of Aristophanes.

P. 346, 1. 23, 24.

Ere Alorus they lived; or, to go higher,

Ere lived forefathers of a Cambrian 'squire.

We learn from the fragments of Berosus, Apollodorus, Abydenus, and Alexander Polyhistor, preserved by Eusebius and Georgius Syncellus, that the first king of Babylon was named Alorus; that nine

kings succeeded him in a direct line, and that the last of these was named Xisuthrus, in whose time happened the great deluge.-DRUMMOND's Origines, vol. i. p. 8.

"Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona

Multi, sed omnes illacrymabiles
Urgentur, ignotique longa

Nocte, carent quia vate sacro."

HORAT. lib. iv. ode ix.

Mr. Cadwallader's family in Foote's "Author" was older than the Creation.

P. 346, 1. 25-27.

They may, sublimed into another sort

Of beings, through ethereal space transport


"These beings who are before you, and who appear almost as imperfect in their functions as the zoophytes of the Polar Sea, to which they are not unlike in their apparent organisation to your eyes, have a sphere of sensibility and intellectual enjoyment far superior to that of the inhabitants of your earth: each of these tubes, which appears like the trunk of an elephant, is an organ of peculiar motion and sensation.” -DAVY's Consolations in Travel, pp. 47, 48.

P. 347, 1. 12.

Would puzzle Heard.

Sir Isaac Heard, late Garter King at Arms, a very pleasant old gentleman, who at the age of eighty could kiss his own toe, and used to perform several agile feats in his old age to please His late Majesty George the Fourth.




Præsenti tibi maturos largimur honores.-HORAT.

GREAT wits in this our iron age may mourn
That country gentlemen write not like Bourne :
One gentle bard I know whose graphic pen
Describes, as Poussin painted, god-like men.

Maturing taste, that in thy early years

Gave thee distinction 'mong thy bright compeers, (Thine is the wit of Atticus, the verse

Horace might own, thine Martial's language terse,)
At feasts Apician be thou host, or guest,
Thy muse to wines Falernian adds a zest.

Where flower-crown'd mirth is; in her robe of hues

Various plays Fancy sages to amuse.

Thy genius loves before our minds to place "Ex re fabellas," with a classic grace;


As around Grecian vases figures clear

Are grouped, the narratives distinct appear.
Gell in thy muse had seen the maiden Greek,
So beautiful her dress is, à l'antique.

Fresh from the spring, and not through channels wrought

By pedantry to rust its virtues brought,

Flows of thy song the stream in rapid tide :
Apollo favours thee at covert-side;

Though oft the cheering cry of "gone away
Mars the fine close of thy Alcaic lay.
Attend thy muse the graces with their zone ;
How chaste is of her poetry the tone.
The graceful forms with which mythology
Creative peopled air, and earth, and sky,
All, in thy spirit-stirring odes survive,
And seem, as bright existences, to live.

Thessalian Tempe of thy mind the home
Is, or the Via Sacra of old Rome.
Diana buskin'd, Daphne through the glades
Pursued, gods canopied by loftiest shades,
Deities fabled in heroic song

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Charm thee, or Horace genial friends among ;
With these, the laughter-moving quick rebound
Of wit, and music's care-dispelling sound.
Things beautiful, familiar yet to sight,
By thee are in Arcadian colours dight.

By thy example taught we strive to hold,

Snatch'd from time's stream descending, grains of gold.

It is perchance a crime, since life is short, 'Mid vivid recollections to disport

Of all that was in bygone ages fair,

And dream of Greece while breathing British air.
It is a greater sin for thee to waste

Thought on our modern projects-with thy taste.
Then strike the Theban lyre with master-hand,
And homage from our laurell'd youth command:
Unite Greek metres to our native rhyme,
Links of thought-picturing language, gay, sublime.

The scholar and the gentleman combin'd,
That test of excellence, in thee we find ;
A love for harmony of numbers, pure
Taste, nice discernment, and a judgment sure;
And a benevolence of heart that true
Politeness is, which Chesterfield ne'er knew.

Then lay aside thy criticism's spear,

Its touch a worthier muse than mine may bear. Thee I propitiate,-if thou canst, protect

These leaves from blasts of scorn, blight of neglect.

March 6, 1839.

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