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To hail our coming. Not a step profane
Dares, with rude sound, the cheerful rite restrain;
And, while the frugal banquet glows reveal'd,
Pure and unbought,'-the natives of my field;
While blushing fruits through scatter'd leaves invite,
Stil! clad in bloom, and veil'd in azure light!
With wine, as rich in years as HORACE sings,
With water, clear as his own fountain flings,
The shifting side-board plays its humbler part,
Beyond the triumphs of a Loriot's art. (13)

Thus, in this calm recess, so richly fraught
With mental light, and luxury of thought,
My life steals on; (O could it blend with thine!)
Careless my course, yet not without design.
So through the vales of Loire the bee-hives glide, (14)
The light raft dropping with the silent tide;
So, till the laughing scenes are lost in night,
The busy people wing their various flight,
Culling unnumber'd sweets from nameless flowers,
That scent the vineyard in its purple hours.

These indeed are all that a wise man would desire to assemble; "for a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a

Note 4, page 21, col. 1.

Rise, ere the watch-relieving clarions play, Caught through St. James's groves a blush of day; (15) tinkling cymbal, where there is no love." Ere its full voice the choral anthem flings Through trophied tombs of heroes and of kings. Haste to the tranquil shade of learned ease," Though skill'd alike to dazzle and to please; Though each gay scene be search'd with anxious eye, worlds of art; where I meet with shining landscapes, Nor thy shut door be pass'd without a sigh.

From every point a ray of genius flows!

2

By this means, when all nature wears a louring countenance, I withdraw myself into the visionary

gilded triumphs, beautiful faces, and all those other objects that fill the mind with gay ideas, etc. ADDISON.

It is remarkable that Antony, in his adversity, passed some time in a small but splendid retreat, which he called his Timonium, and from which might originate the idea of the Parisian Boudoir, that favorite apartment, où l'on se retire pour être seul, mais où l'on ne boude point.-STRABO, 1. xvii. PLUT. in Vit. Anton.

agros." Distant views contain the greatest variety both in themselves and in their accidental variations. Note 3, page 21, col. 1.

Small change of scene, small space his home requires. Many a great man, in passing through the apartments of his palace, has made the melancholy reflection of the venerable Cosmo: "Questa è troppo gran casa à si poco famiglia."-MACH. Ist. Fior. lib. vii.

"Parva, sed apta mihi," was Ariosto's inscription over his door in Ferrara; and who can wish to say more? "I confess," says Cowley, "I love littleness almost in all things. A little convenient estate, a little cheerful house, a little company, and a very little feast."-Essay vi.

When Socrates was asked why he had built for himself so small a house, "Small as it is," he replied, "I wish I could fill it with friends."-PHÆDRUS, 1. iii, 9.

If, when this roof shall know thy friend no more,
Some, form'd like thee, should once, like thee, explore;
Invoke the lares of this loved retreat,
And his lone walks imprint with pilgrim-feet;
Then be it said, (as, vain of better days,
Some grey domestic prompts the partial praise)
"Unknown he lived, unenvied, not unblest;
Reason his guide, and Happiness his guest.
In the clear mirror of his moral page,
We trace the manners of a purer age.
His soul, with thirst of genuine glory fraught,
Scorn'd the false lustre of licentious thought.

Note 6, page 21, col. 1.

And still the Few best loved and most revered.

-One fair asylum from the world he knew,
One chosen seat, that charms with various view!
Who boasts of more (believe the serious strain)
Sighs for a home, and sighs, alas! in vain.
Through each he roves, the tenant of a day,

The dining-room is dedicated to Conviviality; or, as Cicero somewhere expresses it, Communitati vitæ And, with the swallow, wings the year away!" (16) atque victûs." There we wish most for the society of our friends; and, perhaps, in their absence, most require their portraits.

The moral advantages of this furniture may be illustrated by the pretty story of an Athenian courtesan, "who, in the midst of a riotous banquet with her lovers, accidentally cast her eye on the portrait of a philosopher, that hung opposite to her seat: the happy character of temperance and virtue struck her with so lively an image of her own unworthiness, that she instantly quitted the room; and, retiring home, became ever after an example of temperance, as she had been before of debauchery."

Note 7, page 21, col. 1.

Read ancient books, or dream inspiring dreams.
The reader will here remember that passage of
Horace, Nunc veterum libris, nunc somno, etc. which
was inscribed by Lord Chesterfield on the frieze of

NOTES.

Note 1, page 20, col. 2.

Oft o'er the mead, at pleasing distance, pass.

Cosmo of Medicis took most pleasure in his Apennine villa, because all that he commanded from its windows was exclusively his own. How unlike the wise Athenian, who, when he had a farm to sell, directed the crier to proclaim, as its best recommendation, that it had a good neighborhood.-PLUT. in Vit. Themist.

1-dapes inemptas.-Hor.

2 Innocuas amo delicias doctamque quietem.

Note 2, page 20, col. 2.

And through the various year, the various day.
Horace commends the house, "longos quæ prospicit his library.

Note 5, page 21, col. 1.

At Guido's call, etc.

Alluding to his celebrated fresco in the Rospigliosi Palace at Rome.

Note 8, page 21, col. 1.

And, when a sage's bust arts thee there. Siquidem non solum ex auro argentove, aut certe ox 30

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ere in bibliothecis dicantur illi, quorum immortales Hence every artist requires a broad and high sime in iisdem locis ibi loquuntur: quinimo etiam light. Hence also, in a banquet-scene, the most que non sunt, finguntur, pariuntque desideria non picturesque of all poets has thrown his light from trada vultus, sicut in Homero evenit. Quo majus the ceiling.-Æn. i, 726.

And hence the "starry lamps" of Milton, that

(ut equidem arbitror) nullum est felicitatis specimen, quam semper omnes scire cupere, qualis fuerit ali

-PLIN. Nat. Hist.

Cicero speaks with pleasure of a little seat under Aristotle in the library of Atticus. "Literis sustentor etrecreor; maloque in illa tua sedecula, quam habes sub imagine Aristotelis, sedere quàm in istorum sella caruli!"-Ep. ad Att. iv, 10.

Nor should we forget that Dryden drew inspiration from the "majestic face" of Shakspeare; and

that a portrait of Newton was the only ornament of the closet of Buffon.-Ep. to Kneller. Voyage à Montbart.

In the chamber of a man of genius we

Write all down:
Such and such pictures;-there the window
the arras, figures,
Why, such and such.

Note 9, page 21, col. 1.

Which gathers round the Wise of every Tongue. Quis tantis non gaudeat et glorietur hospitibus, exclaims Petrarch.-Spectare, etsi nihil aliud, certè javat-Homerus apud me mutus, imò verò ego apud Dlum surdus sum. Gaudeo tamen vel aspectû solo, et sæpe illum amplexus ac suspirens dico: O magne vir, etc.-Epist. Var. lib. 20.

Note 10, page 21, col. 2.

Like those blest Youths.

See the Legend of the Seven Sleepers.-GIBBON, € 33.

Note 11, page 21, col. 2.

Catch the blest accents of the wise and great. Mr. Pope delights in enumerating his illustrious guests. Nor is this an exclusive privilege of the poet The Medici Palace at Florence exhibits a long and imposing catalogue. "Semper hi parietes columnæque eruditis vocibus resonuerunt.'

Another is also preserved at Chanteloup, the seat of the Duke of Choiseul.

12, page 21, col.

Sheds, like an evening-star, its ray serene.

At a Roman supper, statues were sometimes employed to hold the lamps.

—Aurea sunt juvenum simulacra per ædeis, Lampadas igniferas manibus retinentia dextris. Lucr. ii, 24. A fashion as old as Homer!-Odyss. vii, 100. On the proper degree and distribution of light, we may consult a great master of effect. Il lume grande, ed alto, e non troppo potente, sarà quello, che renderà le particole de' corpi molto grate.-Tratt. della Pittura di LIONardo di Vinci, c. xli.

from the arched roof Pendent by subtle magic, -yielded light As from a sky.

Note 13, page 22, col. 1.
Beyond the triumphs of a Loriot's art.

duced those admirable pieces of mechanism, afterAt the petits soupers of Choisy were first introwards carried to perfection by Loriot, the Confidente

and the Servante; a table and a side-board, which

descended and rose again covered with viands and wines. And thus the most luxurious Court in Europe, after all its boasted refinements, was glad to return at last, by this singular contrivance, to the quiet and privacy of humble life.-Vie privée de Louis XV, tom. ii, p. 43.

Between 1. 10, and 1. 11, col. 1, were these lines, since omitted:

Hail, sweet Society! in crowds unknown,

Though the vain world would claim thee for its own. Still where thy small and cheerful converse flows, Be mine to enter, ere the circle close. When in retreat Fox lays his thunder by, And Wit and Taste their mingled charms supply; When Siddons, born to melt and freeze the heart, Performs at home her more endearing part; When he, who best interprets to mankind The winged messengers from mind to mind, Leans on his spade, and, playful as profound, His genius sheds its evening-sunshine round, Be mine to listen; pleased yet not elate, Ever too modest or too proud to rate Myself by my companions, self-compell'd To earn the station that in life I held. They were written in 1796.

Note 14, page 22, col. 1.

So through the vales of Loire the bee-hives glide. An allusion to the floating bee-house, or barge laden with bee-hives, which is seen in some parts of France and Piedmont.

Note 15, page 22, col. 1.

Caught through St. James's groves at blush of day. After this line in the MS.

Groves that Belinda's star illumines still, And ancient Courts and faded splendors fill.

Note 16, page 22, col. 1. And, with the swallow, wings the year away! It was the boast of Lucullus that he changed his climate with the birds of passage.—PLUT. in Vit Lucull.

How often must he have felt the truth here in culcated, that the master of many houses has no home!

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Jacqueline.

I.

"T WAS Autumn; through Provence had ceased The vintage, and the vintage-feast. The sun had set behind the hill,

The moon was up, and all was still,
And from the convent's neighboring tower
The clock had toll'd the midnight-hour,
When Jacqueline came forth alone,
Her kerchief o'er her tresses thrown;
A guilty thing and full of fears,

Yet ah, how lovely in her tears!
She starts, and what has caught her eye?
What but her shadow gliding by?
She stops, she pants; with lips apart
She listens to her beating heart!
Then, through the scanty orchard stealing,
The clustering boughs her track concealing,
She flies, nor casts a thought behind,
But gives her terrors to the wind;
Flies from her home, the humble sphere
Of all her joys and sorrows here,
Her father's house of mountain-stone,
And by a mountain-vine o'ergrown.
At such an hour in such a night,
So calm, so clear, so heavenly bright,
Who would have seen, and not confess'd
It looked as all within were blest?
What will not woman, when she loves?
Yet lost, alas, who can restore her?-
She lifts the latch, the wicket moves;
And now the world is all before her.

Up rose St. Pierre, when morning shone;
And Jacqueline, his child, was gone!
Oh what the madd'ning thought that came?
Dishonor coupled with his name!
By Condé at Rocroy he stood;

By Turenne, when the Rhine ran blood;
Two banners of Castile he gave
Aloft in Notre Dame to wave;
Nor did thy Cross, St. Louis, rest
Upon a purer, nobler breast.

He slung his old sword by his side,
And snatch'd his staff and rush'd to save;
Then sunk and on his threshold cried,
"Oh lay me in my grave!
-Constance! Claudine! where were ye then?
But stand not there. Away! away!
Thou, Frederic, by thy father stay.
Though old, and now forgot of men,
Both must not leave him in a day."
Then, and he shook his hoary head,

Unhappy in thy youth!" he said.
"Call as thou wilt, thou call'st in vain;
No voice sends back thy name again.
To mourn is all thou hast to do;
Thy play-mate lost, and teacher too."

And who but she could soothe the boy,
Or turn his tears to tears of joy?
Long had she kiss'd him as he slept,
Long o'er his pillow hung and wept;

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And, as she pass'd her father's door,
She stood as she would stir no more.
But she is gone, and gone for ever!
No, never shall they clasp her-never!
They sit and listen to their fears;

And he, who through the breach had led
Over the dying and the dead,
Shakes if a cricket's cry he hears!

Oh! she was good as she was fair;
None-none on earth above her!
As pure in thought as angels are,
To know her was to love her.
When little, and her eyes, her voice,
Her every gesture said "rejoice,"
Her coming was a gladness;

And, as she grew, her modest grace,
Her down-cast look 't was heaven to trace,
When, shading with her hand her face,
She half inclined to sadness.

Her voice, whate'er she said, enchanted;
Like music to the heart it went.
And her dark eyes-how eloquent!
Ask what they would, 't was granted.
Her father loved her as his fame;
-And Bayard's self had done the same!

Soon as the sun the glittering pane
On the red floor in diamonds threw,
His songs she sung and sung again,
Till the last light withdrew.
Every day, and all day long,
He mused or slumber'd to a song,
But she is dead to him, to all!
Her lute hangs silent on the wall;
And on the stairs, and at the door
Her fairy-step is heard no more!
At every meal an empty chair
Tells him that she is not there;

She, who would lead him where he went,
Charm with her converse while he leant;
Or, hovering, every wish prevent;
At eve light up the chimney-nook,
Lay there his glass within his book;
And that small chest of curious mould,
(Queen Mab's, perchance, in days of old,)
Tusk of elephant and gold;

Which, when a tale is long, dispenses
Its fragrant dust to drowsy senses.

In her who mourn'd not, when they miss'd her

The old a child, the young a sister?
No more the orphan runs to take
From her loved hand the barley-cake.
No more the matron in the school
Expects her in the hour of rule,
To sit amid the elfin brood,
Praising the busy and the good.
The widow trims her hearth in vain,
She comes not-nor will come again!
Not now, his little lesson done,

With Frederic blowing bubbles in the sun;

Nor spinning by the fountain-side,
(Some story of the days of old,
Barbe Bleue or Chaperon Rouge half-told
To him who would not be denied ;)
Not now, to while an hour away,
Gone to the falls in Valombrè,
Where 't is night at noon of day;
Nor vandering up and down the wood,
To all but her a solitude,
Where once a wild deer, wild no more,
Her chaplet on his antlers wore,
And at her bidding stood.

II.

The day was in the golden west;

And, curtain'd close by leaf and flower,
The doves had cooed themselves to rest
In Jacqueline's deserted bower;

The doves that still would at her casement peck,
And in her walks had ever flutter'd round
With purple feet and shining neck,
True as the echo to the sound.

That casement, underneath the trees,
Half open to the western breeze,
Look'd down, enchanting Garonnelle,
Thy wild and mulberry-shaded dell,
Round which the Alps of Piedmont rose,
The blush of sunset on their snows:
While, blithe as lark on summer-morn,
When green and yellow waves the corn,
When harebells blow in every grove,
And thrushes sing "I love! I love!"
Within (so soon the early rain
Scatters, and 't is fair again;
Though many a drop may yet be seen
To tell us where a cloud has been)
Within lay Frederic, o'er and o'er
Building castles on the floor,

And feigning, as they grew in size,
New troubles and new dangers;
With dimpled cheeks and laughing eyes,
As he and Fear were strangers.

St. Pierre sat by, nor saw nor smiled.
His eyes were on his loved Montaigne;
But every leaf was turn'd in vain.
Then in that hour remorse he felt,
And his heart told him he had dealt
Unkindly with his child.

A father may awhile refuse;
But who can for another choose?
When her young blushes had reveal'd
The secret from herself conceal'd,
Why promise what her tears denied,
That she should be De Courcy's bride?
-Wouldst thou, presumptuous as thou art,
O'er Nature play the tyrant's part,
And with the hand compel the heart?
Oh rather, rather hope to bind
The ocean-wave, the mountain-wind;
Or fix thy foot upon the ground
To stop the planet rolling round.

The light was on his face; and there
You might have seen the passions driven-
Resentment, Pity, Hope, Despair-
Like clouds across the face of Heaven.

1 Cantando "Io amo! Io amo!"-Tasso.

Now he sigh'd heavily; and now,
His hand withdrawing from his brow,
He shut the volume with a frown,
To walk his troubled spirit down:
-When (faithful as that dog of yore'
Who wagg'd his tail and could no more)
| Manchon, who long had snuff'd the ground,
And sought and sought, but never found,
Leapt up and to the casement flew,
And look'd and bark'd and vanish'd through.
""Tis Jacqueline! "T is Jacqueline!"
Her little brother laughing cried.
"I know her by her kirtle green,
She comes along the mountain-side;
Now turning by the traveller's seat,-
Now resting in the hermit's cave,-
Now kneeling, where the pathways meet,
To the cross on the stranger's grave.
And, by the soldier's cloak, I know
(There, there along the ridge they go)
D'Arcy, so gentle and so brave!

Look up-why will you not?" he cries
His rosy hands before his eyes;
For on that incense-breathing eve
The sun shone out, as loth to leave.
"See to the rugged rock she clings!
She calls, she faints, and D'Arcy springs
D'Arcy so dear to us, to all;
Who, for you told me on your knee,
When in the fight he saw you fall,
Saved you for Jacqueline and me!"

And true it was! And true the tale!
When did she sue and no prevail?
Five years before-it was the night
That on the village-green they parted,
The lilied banners streaming bright
O'er maids and mothers broken-hearted;
The drum-it drown'd the last adieu,
When D'Arcy from the crowd she drew.

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My father-if not for his own, Oh for his daughter's sake!"

Inly he vow'd-"'t was all he could!" And went and seal'd it with his blood.

Nor can ye wonder. When a child, And in her playfulness she smiled, Up many a ladder-path2 he guided Where meteor-like the chamois glided, Through many a misty grove. They loved-but under Friendship's name And Reason, Virtue fann'd the flame; Till in their houses Discord came, And 't was a crime to love. Then what was Jacqueline to do? Her father's angry hours she knew, And when to soothe, and when persuade; But now her path De Courcy cross'd, Led by his falcon through the gladeHe turn'd, beheld, admired the maid; And all her little arts were lost! De Courcy, lord of Argentiere! Thy poverty, thy pride, St. Pierre, Thy thirst for vengeance sought the snare.

1 Argus.

2 Called in the language of the country pas de l'Echelle.

The day was named, the guests invited;
The bridegroom, at the gate, alighted;
When up the windings of the dell
A pastoral pipe was heard to swell,
And lo, an humble Piedmontese,
Whose music might a lady please,
This message through the lattice bore,
(She listen'd, and her trembling frame
Told her at once from whom it came)
"Oh let us fly-to part no more!"

III.

That morn ('t was in Ste Julienne's cell,
As at Ste Julienne's sacred well
Their dream of love began),

That morn, ere many a star was set,
Their hands had on the altar met
Before the holy man.

-And now the village gleams at last;
The woods, the golden meadows pass'd,
Where, when Toulouse, thy splendor shone
The Troubadour would journey on
Transported-or, from grove to grove,
Framing some roundelay of love,
Wander till the day was gone.
"All will be well, my Jacqueline!
Oh tremble not-but trust in me.
The good are better made by ill,
As odors crush'd are sweeter still;
And gloomy as thy past has been,
Bright shall thy future be!"

So saying, through the fragrant shade
Gently along he led the maid,

While Manchon round and round her play'd:
And, as that silent glen they leave,
Where by the spring the pitchers stand,
Where glow-worms light their lamps at eve,
And fairies dance-in fairy-land,

(When Lubin calls, and Blanche steals round,
Her finger on her lip, to see;
And many an acorn-cup is found
Under the greenwood tree)
From every cot above, below,
They gather as they go-
Sabot, and coif, and collerette,

The housewife's prayer, the grandam's blessing!
Girls that adjust their locks of jet,
And look and look and linger yet,

The lovely bride caressing;

Babes that had learnt to lisp her name, And heroes he had led to fame.

But what felt D'Arcy, when at length Her father's gate was open flung? Ah, then he found a giant's strength; For round him, as for life, she clung! And when, her fit of weeping o'er, Onward they moved a little space, And saw an old man sitting at the door, Saw his wan cheek, and sunken eye That seem'd to gaze on vacancy, Then, at the sight of that beloved face, At once to fall upon his neck she flew; But not encouraged-back she drew, And trembling stood in dread suspense, Her tears her only eloquence!

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On her you thought-but to be kind!
When look'd you up, but you inclined?
These things, for ever in her mind,
Oh are they gone from yours?
Two kneeling at your feet behold;
One-one how young;-nor yet the other old.
Oh spurn them not-nor look so cold-
If Jacqueline be cast away,

Her bridal be her dying day.
Well, well might she believe in you!-
She listen'd, and she found it true."

He shook his aged locks of snow;
And twice he turn'd, and rose to go.
She hung; and was St. Pierre to blame,
If tears and smiles together came?
"Oh no-begone! I'll hear no more."
But as he spoke, his voice relented.
"That very look thy mother wore

When she implored, and old Le Roc consented.
True, I have done as well as suffer'd wrong,
Yet once I loved him as my own!

-Nor can'st thou, D'Arcy, feel resentment long;
For she herself shall plead, and I atone.
Henceforth," he paused awhile, unmann'd,
For D'Arcy's tears bedew'd his hand;
"Let each meet each as friend to friend,
All things by all forgot, forgiven.

And that dear Saint-may she once more descend
To make our home a heaven!-

But now, in my hands, your's with her's unite.
A father's blessing on your heads alight!
-Nor let the least be sent away.
All hearts shall sing Adieu to sorrow!"
St. Pierre has found his child to-day;
And old and young shall dance to-morrow."

Had Louis' then before the gate dismounted,
Lost in the chase at set of sun;
Like Henry, when he heard recounted
The generous deeds himself had done,
(That night the miller's maid Colette
Sung, while he supp'd, her chansonnette'
Then-when St. Pierre address'd his village-train,
Then had the monarch with a sigh confess'd
A joy by him unsought and unpossess'd,
-Without it what are all the rest?-
To love and to be loved again.

1 Louis the Fourteenth.

2 Alluding to a popular story related of Henry the Fourth of France; similar to ours of "The King and Miller of Mansfield."

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