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Ranæ ubi montes cornutæ pascuntur amaros.
Hic nulla infidos agitat discordia cives,
Pace et perpetuâ, vitâque fruuntur inani.

Grandævos annis habuit tres insula patres,
Lento qui populos jam tum ditione premebant.
Temporis e fastis horum jam nomina desunt,
Sed restat virtutis fama, atque inclyta facta ;
Nam dicunt magices infandis artibus uti
Nôsse, et carminibus rerum mutare figuras.
Quinetiam Neptunum aggressi imparibus armis,
Ausi sunt avidi vitas pro laude pacisci,
Quæ narrare, Deæ, vobis est sola potestas.

Jam, sole exorto, fugiebant ätheris umbræ,
Per cælum atque dies almâ cum luce refulsit.
Excussi somno haud segnes, torisque resurgunt,
Spes Gotamæ, magi, et altum turbidum arare parati,
Asperaque infaustis tentaturi æquora remis.
Adstabat patera alta, decus quam surgere mensis,
Fecerat ingenti terrenam figulus arte,
Ansamque haud tales agitans adjunxerat usus,
Istam carminibus tum versatam atque venenis,
Mirandum! navis condemnant munere fungi.
Non quidem, ut perhibent, ignotas quærere terras
Amor erat, veteremve natandi explodere morem ;
Sed pontum sævis, infandum ! incendere fiammis
Vi magicâ, et sicco Neptunum excludere mundo.
Jam pelagus tenuit cymba, et, mirabile dictu,
Alta superlabens divisis cernitur undis.
Undique littora jam cives complent Gotamenses,
Optant et Depânautis, frustra heur ! longe salutem.
Tum vero expansis pendentes desuper undis

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9. montes pascuntur amaros.] id est salsos, non sale communi, sed sale amaro sive cathartico, ut homi.ses et reptilia medicinam pro victu carpere possunt.

12. Grandevos annis.] Alii legunt “Grandævos peccatis ;” constructio fædissima, quæ pariter a versu ce sensu omnino abhorret.

20. Dez.] Sive Furiæ, sive Parcæ, sive fortasse Camænæ.

26. Adstabat patera.] Patera vocata est, quia patet. De natura et forma hujus vasis crebra fuit disputatio. Scaliger vas mulctrale fuisse censet, quod ansam habet ; interpretatio nequissima, et damnatione æterna dignissima ; quis enim ignorat mulctrale ligneum esse, et igitur neque terrenum, neque figuli opus.Melius existimat vir doct. et spectat. Titus Mi’Fungus naviculam indicatam esse, Anglice a gun beat, nautas autem non magos, sed philosophos fuisse. Mihi vero, re cura ingenti examinatâ, denique statutum est, nihil aliud vasis ab auctore indicari, quam vas necessarium, apud Græcos ndoavov, apud Gallos autem pot de chambre nominatum. Hoc enim et terrenuin est, et ansam habct, cui gubernaculum affigi facillimè possit.

33. Sed portum sævis, &'c.] Grande fuit inceptum Magorum, et cui nullius alii comparari potest. Quomodo enim sunt Hector trucidatus, Latium perdomitum, aut vellus ovis surreptum, cum mari exusto, comparanda.

38. Depanautis.] A séras patera vel poculum, et vaurrs nauta ; quia in paterá navigabant. Sunt qui legunt ** Casanautis," et sonun propter, et derivationem

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Cernere erat tres ventres vastos, maxime obesos,
Quorum pes alter paterâ stat nixus apertâ,
Fluctibus atque alter remorum fungitur usu.
Scindit iter vast um fatalis cymba per æquor,
Armatos minitata magos, dirum ! ignibus undis.
Ceu boreali progrediens a littore cetus
Sulcum per mare longum dat spumantibus undis,
Quem circum glomerantur aves pictæ æthere pennis,
At trepidi ponto vertunt diffugere pisces.

Inscius interea solio Neptunus eburno
Lætificos sedit satagens potare liquores,
Cui Amphitrite lateri pulcherrima virgo
Assedit decus, juxta cætus naidum et omnis.
Nuncius ecce supernis cum ruit hydrus ab aquis,
Advenisse magos, jain spargere ubique ruinam,
Et pontum sævis, horrendum ! ardescere flammis.
Obstupuit primum, potusque in faucibus hæsit
Sed tandem incensus surgit Neptunus ab imo,
Procellasque vocat, mandat vi surgere ventis,
Hostibus et parat alto sævum ingerere Martem.
Tum vero diris elementa infremere pugnis
Prospiceres, et totum agitari in æquore mundum.
Horrendi ignitum tonitrus somere per æther,
Et graviter turbo spumosis sævit in undis.
Ast nat carminibus servata per æquora cymba,
Impavidos fert nautas, illuditque procellæ.
Et forsan salva evasisset læta subacto
Oceano, et Gotamam fundo rediisset aperto,
Ni saxum ingens, vix avulsum ab littore, Triton,
Ac sublatum humeris, Neptuni calcibus actum,
Jactatæ cæcis cymbæ objecisset in urdis.

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47. aves picta. Non striges neque vespertiliones, sicut D. Razer pravè censet, sed aves pelagici apud nautas “ Mother Gary's cbickers.”

so. Lætificos liquores.] De genere liquoris, quem bibit Neptunus, graves apud interpretes fuerunt lites. Non possumus cum Mundungo aquam salsam, neque cum aliis nectar exstimare. Sine dubio mixtura quædam spirituosa fuit, ling. Tank. gin sling,” vel forsan “ black strap."

51. pulcberrima virgo] Objectat vir acutus David Razor Amphitriten, quæ con. jux erat Neptuni, virginem esse non potuisse. Huic respondetur non solum puel. lam innuptam, sed puptam atque etiam impudicam, virginem vocatam esse. Virgil 6. Ec. 47, er 52

Ovid Ep. 6, 133. 54. Et pontum sævis, &c.] Spectaculum grande et stupefaciens. Sed interrogat vir acerrimus D. Razor, Quomodo potest aqua maris comburi ? An nescit ille ineptus Vulcanum olim Xanthum fluvium flammis suis incendisse ? Nil miri est oceanum a magis, quibus nihil impossibile, inflammatum esse.

58. Martem.] Bellum, a mare. quia Mars maris non deus est. Ali faciunt a pápa manus, quia Mars manus habet.

68. Neptuni calcibus actum.] Incertum est, an calces Neptuni saxum contactu sum accelerabant, an per intermedium Tritonis posteriorum.

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Scinditur in medio, concussu fracta cum acri, ac
Fragmenta et patera, et nautas dis perait in alto.
Heu sortem miseram ! finem quæ dabat acerbam
Carminibusque magorum, carminibusque poetæ.

B.

70. Scinditur &c.] Mirabilis est hujus versus cong: uentia sonum inter et sensun ; legendum notei lector, Scinditur in mediu concussu fracta cum a crack. More vetustiorum syllaba cum brevis manet, non per ecthlipsin exscinditur. 73. Carminibusque poeta.] “ If the bowl bad been stronger,

“My song had been longer.”

SELECTED.

EXTRACTS FROM MARMION, A TALE OF FLODDEN FIELD. « The Battle is described," says an Englisb reviewer, as it appeared to the trio squires of

Lord Marmion, who were left on an eminence in ibe rear, as the guard of Lady Clare : And certainly, of all the poetical batiles which have been fought from tbe days of liomer to ibuse of Mr. Southey, there is none, in our opinion, at all comparabíe, fur interest and animation,---yor breath of drawing, and magnificence of effect, viib tbis of Mr. Scoti's. Tko Scottish army set fire to its camp on the brow of the bill, and rusbed dorun to the attack, under cover of the smoke of the conflagration.VOLUMED and vast, and rolling far, Amidst the scene of tumult, high The cloud enveloped Scotland's war, They saw Lord Marmion's falcan flys As down the hill they broke;

And stainles, Turstall's banner whiie, Nor martial shout, nor minstrel tone, And Edmund Itoward's lion bright, Announc'd their march;their tread alonc, Still bear them bravely in the fight; At times one warning trumpet blown, Alihough against them come, At times a stilled hum,

Of gallant Gordins many a one, Told England,from his mountain throne And many a stubborn Highlandman,

King James did rushing come.- And many'a rugged Eorder clan,
Scarce could they hear or see their foes, With Huntley, and with Home.
Until at weapon-point they close.-
They close in clouds of smoke and dust, Far on the left, unseen the while,
With sword-sway,and with lance's thrust; Stanky broke Lennox and Argyle ;
And such a yell was there,

'Though there the western mountaineer Of sudden and portentous birth,

Rushed with bare bosom on the spear, As if men fought upon the earth, And flung the feeble targe aside, And fiends in upper air.

And with both hands the broad-sword Longlooked the anxious squires; their eye plied; Could in the darkness nought descry. 'Twas vain.-But Fortune, on the right,

With fickle smile, cheered Scotland's At length the freshening western blast

fight. Aside the slıroud of battle cast;

Then fell that spotless banner white, And, first,the ridge of mingled spears The Howard's lion fell; Above the brightening cloud appears ;

Yet suill Lord Marmion's falcon flew And in the smokc the pennons flew, With wavering flight, while fiercer grew As in the storm the white sea-mcw.

Around the battle yell,
Then marked they,dashing broad and far, The Border slogan rent the sky:
The broken billows of the war.

A Home! a Gordon! was the cry; And plumed crests of chieftains brave, Loud were the clanging blows; Floating like foam upon the wave; Advanced-forced back-now low, now But nought distinct they see :

high, Wide raged the battle on the plain; The pennon sunk and rosc; Spears shook, and falchions flashed amain; As bends the bark's inast in the gale, Fell England's arrow-flight like rain ; When rent

are rigging, shrouds and Crests rose, and stooped, and rose again,

sail, Wild and disorderly.

It maveted mid the focs. Vol. V. No. VIII:

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THE BOSTON REVIEW.

FOR

ALGUST, 1808.

Librum tuum legi con quam diligentissime potui annotavi, quæ commutanda, que eximceday

arbitrarer. Nam ego dicere verum assuevi. Neque ulli patientius reprebenduntur, quem qui maxime laudari merentur. Plin.

ART. 13.

tended the entire organization and The Life of Genrge Washington, com

early administration of the governmander in chief of the

ment of a great empire, events, at

merican forces, during the war which estab

once so numerous, complicated and lished the independence of his coun.

important would ur der the happiiry, and first president of the United est auspices be sufficiently arduous. States. Compiled unair she inspec; the principal agents in these events

But when we recollect, that most of tin of the bonourable Busbrod Washington, fromoriginal popers be

are still alive ; that the spirit of

now convulses our queathed to him by his diciased rels party, which alive, and now in possession of the country, had its origin within the auth r. To which is prifixed an period which he describes ; that introducti n, containing a compendi

the fires, which our dissensions then ous view of the colonies piunted by kindled, are still glowing, without the English on the continent of North

even the covering of deceitful ashes ;

when we consider also the share, si merica, frim their settlement to the commencement of that war, which

which Judge Marshall himself took terminated in their ind pendence. By the peculiar delicacy, which his offi

in the events which he relates, and John Marshall Philadelphia, printed and published by c. p. cial station imposes, we must acWayne. vol. I, 1804, Vol. II, knowledge, that to no writer could 1804, Vol. III, 1804, Vol. IV,

it ever be more truly said : 1805, Vol. V, 1807.

Periculosæ plenum opus alea [Concluded.]

Tractas. We cannot easily conceive of a We commence our examination more difficult task, than that of of the last division of his work with Judge Marshall in writing the histo. congratulating him on his success. ry of the political administration of It certainly implies a . bigh and un. Washington. To be the first to

common degree of accuracy, fairness narrate the circumstances, which ate and courtesy, that no publick con

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futation has been attempted of any emies inflicted in return. But, of his principal facts. Although though the effect of this moderation his work has now been so long be. has been to prevent bis work from fore the world, and although it cer- becoming what, in the language of tainly contains many statements, the trade, is called a very taking book, wh ch, if left uncontradicted, will we confess, the mode he has adoptmaterially affect the opinion, which ed has our entire approbation. We posterity will form of some of our should probably have read a book, most distinguished characters, we in which he had unfolded his feel . have not heard of a single denial of ings and views of political charachis fidelity, or even an impeachment ters and events

without reserve, of his candour and politeness. In with greater interest ; but, when this respect, we almost venture to we should have remembered, that pronounce his work an unique in the its author was at the head of the juanuals of political history.

risprudence of his country, we Yet we are far from thinking, that should have felt, that he had degrad. by the exercise of this philosophical ed his diguity by becoming the adcoolness and impartiality Judge vocate of a party. There is a sancMarshall has consulted hís present tity in the character of the chief reputation, however great may be dispenser of justice, which we the honours, with which posterity should have been sorry to have seen may crown him.

We are all so full violated by the indulgence of bitterof agitation and effervescence on po- ness of feeling, however well applied, litical topicks,that a man, who keeps or vehemence of invective, however his temper,can hardly gain a hearing. justly directed. We do not mean We have been so long accustomed by all this,that there is any want of to strong potations of ardent spirits, decision in Judge Marshall's mode that our mouths have become too of narration. His opinions are eve. indurated to relish the soft and melo ry where perfectly visible : but then low flavour of our author's Burgun. they are usually left to be collected dy. Besides, it is not to be denied, by the deduction of the reader, and that the restraints, which he has im- are seldom formally stated and deposed on himself, have somewhat im- fended. The mode, which he has peded the freedom and vigour of his adopted, is generally that of strict disquisitions, and prevented him from narration ; and always, when possimarking his views of the characters ble, he has preserved the language and motives of his political oppo. of the actors themselves. He has nents with that bold and well defi- given an abstract of some of the ped outline, and that strength and most interesting debates in Conglow of colouring, of which we be. gress, and though, like Dr. Johnlieve him capable. He seems to son, he has taken care never to write more in the spirit of a specta. let the Whig dogs have the best of tor of our political gladiators, who it," it may perhaps seem to have has watched attentively and coolly arisen from the intrinsick weakness the different motions of the combat- of their arguments, more than from ants, than of one, who has himself any want of fairness in stating them. descended into the arena, appeared In point of fact, indeed,we think it is lowly,ou'ly, and is yet red with the inost invulnerable book we ever the wounds which he gave, and read. We cannot name

one of smarting with those which his en- equal importance, which an enemy

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