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Say why the pensive widow loves to weep. The influence of the associating principle is finely exemplified in the faithful Penelope, when she sheds tears over the bow of Ulysses. OD. XXI. 55.
If chance he hears the song so sweetly wild.... The celebrated Ranz des Vaches; cet air si cheri des Suisses qu'il fut defendu sous peine de mort de le jouer dans leurs troupes, parce qu'il faisoit fondre en larmes, deserter ou mourir ceux qui l'entendoient, tant il excitoit en eux l'ardent desir de revoir leur pays. RosSEAU, DICTIONNAIRE DE MUSIQUE.
Say why Vespasian lov'd his Sabine farm.
This emperor, according to Suetonius, constantly passed the summer in a small villa near Reate, where he was born, and to which he would never add any embellishment; ne quid scilicet oculorum consuetudini deperirit. SUET. IN VIT. VESP. CAP. II.
A similar instance occurs in the life of the venerable Pertinax, as related by J. Capitolinus. Posteaquam in Liguriam venit, multis agris coemptis, tabernam paternam, manente forma prior, infinitis ædificiis circundedit.
HIS. AUGUST. 54.
An attachment of this nature is generally the character. istic of a benevolent mind; and a long acquaintance with the world cannot always extinguish it.
To a friend, says John Duke of Buckingham, I will expose my weakness: I am oftener missing a pretty gallery
in the old house I pulled down, than pleased with a saloon which I built in its stead though a thousand times better in all respects. SEE HIS LETTER TO THE D. OF SH.
This is the language of the heart; and will remind the reader of that good-humoured remark in one of Pope's letters....I should hardly care to have an old post pulled up, that I remembered ever since I was a child. POPE'S WORKS, VIII. 151.
The elegant author of Telemachus has illustrated this subject, with equal fancy and feeling, in the story of Alibee, Persan. SEE RECUEIL DE FABLES, COMPOSEES POUR L'EDUCATION D'UN PRINCE.
Why great Navarre, &c.....That amiable and accomplished monarch, Henry the Fourth of France, made an excursion from his camp, during the long siege of Laon, to dine at a house in the forest of Folambray; where he had often been regaled, when a boy, with fruit, milk, and new cheese; and in revisiting which he promised himself great pleaMEMOIRES DE SULLY, TOM. II. P. 381.
When Diocletian's self-corrected mind....
Diocletian retired into his native province, and there amused himself with building, planting, and gardening. His answer to Maximian is deservedly celebrated. He was solicited by that restless old man to re-assume the reins of government, and the imperial purple. He rejected the temptation with a smile of pity, calmly observing, that if he could shew Maximian the cabbages which he had planted with his own hands at Salona, he should no longer be
urged to relinquish the enjoyment of happiness for the pursuit of power. GIBBON, II. 175.
Say, when ambitious Charles renounc'd a throne.... When the emperor Charles V, had executed his memorable resolution, and had set out for the monastery of St. Justus, he stopped a few days at Ghent, says his historian, to indulge that tender and pleasant melancholy, which arises in the mind of every man in the decline of life on visiting the place of his nativity, and viewing the scenes and objects familiar to him in his early youth. ROB, HIST. IV. 256.
Then did his horse the homeward track descry.
The memory of the horse forms the ground-work of a pleasing little romance of the 12th century, entitled "The Gray Palfrey." SEE THE TALES OF THE TROUVEURS, AS COLLECTED BY M. LE GRAND.
Sweet bird! thy truth shall Harlem's walls attest. During the siege of Harlem, when that city was reduced to the last extremity, and on the point of opening its gates to a base and barbarous enemy, a design was formed to relieve it; and the intelligence was conveyed to the citizens by a letter which was tied under the wing of a pigeon. THUANUS LIB. LV. c. 5.
The same messenger was employed at the siege of Mutina, as we are imformed by the elder Pliny. HIS NAT. X. 37.
Hark! the bee, &c.....This little animal, from the extreme convexity of her eye, cannot see many inches before her.
NOTES ON THE SECOND PART.
Yet still how sweet the soothings of his art! The astronomer chalking his figures on the wall, in Hogarth's view of Bedlam, is an admirable exemplification of this idea. SEE RAKE'S PROGRESS, PL. S.
Hast thou through Eden's wild-wood vales pursued.... On the road side, between Penrith and Appelby, stands a small pillar with this inscription:
"This pillar was erected in the year 1656, by Ann, Countess Dowager of Pembroke, &c. for a memorial of her last parting, in this place, with her good and pious mother, Margaret, Countess Dowager of Cumberland, on the 2d, of April, 1616: in memory whereof she hath left an annuity of 41. to be distributed to the poor of the parish of Brougham, every 2d day of April forever, upon the stone table placed hard by. LAUS DEO!"
The Eden is the principal river of Cumberland, and has its source in the wildest part of Westmoreland.
Thus, with the manly glow of honest pride,
O'er his dead son old Ormond nobly sigh'd, &c. Ormond bore the loss with patience and dignity: though he ever retained a pleasing, however melancholy, sense of