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Aulus, with his good broadsword,
Every warrior is struck with awe when A bloody passage cleared
these unknown knights take the van of the To where, amidst the thickest foes, He saw the long white beard.
Roman ranks. They confess that they are Flat lighted that good broadsword
called by many names, and known in many Upon proud Tarquin's head.
lands; that their home is by the proud EuHe dropped the lance: he dropped the reins : He fell as fall the dead.
rotas, and that they have come to battle for Down Aulus springs to slay him,
the right on the side of Rome. The fight With eyes like coals of fire ;
is now renewed with fresh vigor. Victory But faster Titus hath sprung down,
is with Rome, the citizens of which, with And hath bestrode his sire. Latian captains, Roman knights,
the High Pontiff, the Fathers, the higher Fast down to earth they spring :
dignitaries, and a great promiscuous crowd, And band to hand they fight on foot are represented as waiting, with anxious Around ihe ancient King.
hearts, for tidings of the battle. Eve was First Titus gave tall Caeso
closing, when the same princely pair who, A death wound in the face ; Tall Caeso was ihe bravest man
in the hour of need, stood by Aulus, were or the brave Fabian race :
seen "pricking towards the town."
So like they were, man never
Saw twins so like before ;
Red with gore their armor was,
Their steeds were red with gore.
“Hail to the great Asylum!
Hail to the hill-tops seven!
Hail to the fire that burns for a ye,
And the shield that fell from Heaven!
This day, by Lake Regillus,
Under the Porcian height,
All in the lands of Tusculum
Was fought a glorious fight.
To-morrow, your Dictator
Shall bring in triumph home
The spoils of thirty cities
To deck the shrines of Rome!"
Then burst from that great concourse
A shout that shook the towers,
And some ran north, and some ran south,
Crying, “ The day is ours !" The struggle is now to recover the bodies But on rode these strange horsemen, of the fallen warriors; Aulus animating the
With slow and lordly pace;
And none who saw their bearing Romans to recover the body of their cham
Durst ask their name or race. pion Valerius-bidding the patriot warriors On rode they to the Forum, remember that
While laurel-boughs and flowers,
From house-tops and from windows, "For your wives and babies
Fell on their crest in showers.
When they drew nigh to Vesta,
They vaulted down amain,
And washed their horses in the well
That springs by Vesta's fane.
And straight again they mounted,
And rode to Vesta's door ;
Then like a blast, away they passed,
And no man saw them more. and leaders take place, but auxiliaries are We must stop here. The generous seen approaching the Latian array. Hermi. attempt of Mr. Macaulay will, we hope, give nius is slain, and fortune is turning against an impulse to our younger poets. When the Romans; when, at the critical moment the capabilities of the popular Ballad, for while the Dictator is preparing for a last great and regenerating moral and political, desperate effort, Castor and Pollux, the as well as poetical purposes, begin to be Twin-gods, appear, and
understood, a change for the better must be
visible in the character of popular verse. He was aware of a princely pair
That rode at his right hand.
Might one from other know !
SHORT RIDES IN AN AUTHOR'S OMNIBUS.
The greatest monopolist upon record was
I the philanthropic Antoninus Pius, who wishVOL. I. No. II. 23
ed that the whole world might become one convert the pleasures of Memory into the city, an aspiration which is destined, per.pleasures of Hope, and live in the delighthaps, to receive its ultimate accomplish- ful and exalting conviction that there is a ment from the power of steam, and the in- Golden Age to come. creased intercourse of nations, through the universal predominance of free trade.
MISAPPLICATION OF TERMS. When the passions and the interests of men are engaged on behalf of tranquillity and Calling a straight canal the Serpentine commerce, when there is rapid and unre. River : terming the North and South Amestricted communication from one country rican Stocks and Bonds-Securities; aster to another, when the sea that goes round some much-ado-about-nothing debate, talkour globe like a ring, marries the uttermost ing of taking the sense of the House; reends of the earth to each other through questing the public, in some affair of which the ministry of steam navigation ; is it not it is profoundly ignorant, to suspend its possible that their nuptials may be cele-judgment; dubbing every gross or nasty brated by an all-embracing peace and love inquiry, a delicate investigation. But per. that shall realize the benevolent desire of haps the most signal misnomer is that of Antoninus? The thought may be deemed Lord Herlert of Cherbury, who, being in visionary, but let us indulge it, however doubt whether or not he should publish a small may be the chance of its fulfilment, work he had written, went upon his knees for though our hopes may often appear Uto. and prayed to Heaven for a directing sign, pian to others, may often disappoint our which he received in a supernatural noise, selves, they have a constant tendency to described as being loud, though yet gentle, produce their own accomplishment. To whereupon he published his book, and en. achieve any great object we must first be. titled it “ De Veritate” lieve in it, and by constantly stretching our selves upwards, our elastic minds may
“THERE IS A SOUL OF GOODNESS IN THINGS eventually reach what at first seemed unat.
EVIL." tainable. The reputed visionaries and men of sanguine temperament who have pre
It has been said that alchemy, astrology, dicted and hailed the uprising of a better
and superstition are the worthless parents age, have expedited its advent: while they
of three noble children-chemistry, astrowho have written despondingly of man's
nomy, and religion ; to which might be add. prospects, if they have not in reality dark.
ed the old dictum, that invention is the off. ened the future, have at least thrown al spring of necessity. cloud over the present.
Would men observingly distil it out, And even if the visionist do sometimes they would find that the great moral che. “ sequester himself into Utopian and Atlan. inist is perpetually extracting antidotes tic schemes," let it not be imagined that from banes, wholesome medicaments from his speculations are unbeneficial to man- the most deadly poisons. As in the matekind; for a glittering delusion, instead of rial world the vilest refuse stimulates the beguiling us like an ignis fatuus into sloughs growth and expands the beauty of nature's and quagmires, may sometimes enlighten vegetable productions, so in the moral our footsteps, and guide us from the crook- world are our worst passions and vices ed and dirty paths of life into a higher and sometimes converted into a measure for the purer course. Hopes for the future are noblest virtues. Goodness, in fact, could our compensation for the past, and there is not exist independently of evil, for without consolation even in the dreams and man- hardness of heart, meanness, fraud, falseelevating mistakes of our species, for we hood, hypocrisy, oppression, there would should scarcely be able to endure the de. be no charity, generosity, honesty, truth, grading truths of history, were it not for candor, justice. The latter qualities are its ennobling illusions.
called into existence by the former; or “At all the great periods of history,” rather they are the contrasted lights and writes Madame de Staėl, "men have em shades that create each other. Eradicated braced some sort of enthusiastic sentiment and burnt weeds fertilize the field on which as an universal principle of action. Chiv- they grew; so do our extirpated and dealry is to modern what the heroic age was stroyed vices improve the reclaimed heart to ancient times: all the noble recollections from whose rankness they first sprang. of the nations of Europe are attached to it.” Our virtues are like plants of which the
As these recollections fade away, we hidden root may sometimes be surrounded should turn from the past to the future, with impurity ; but what man, when he might smell to a rose, would go sniffing and sed ad jocos revocanda."—if we wish the groping among the compost beneath the mental bow to retain its strength and elas. surface ?
ticity, it must be occasionally unbent. Providence is constantly working out a purifying process through the fermentation
TIDINESS. of impure passions.
“La législation," writes Jules Michelet, * Without going to the full extent of those “considere l'homme tel qu'il est, et veut housewives who sometimes tell their slaten tirer parti pour le bien de la société hu. ternly servants or children that cleanliness maine. Ainsi de trois vices, l'orgueil fè. is next to godliness, I have a strong disporoce, l'avarice, l'ambition, qui égarent tout sition to give tidiness precedence of many le genre humain, elle rire le métier de la virtues that may perhaps consider themguerre, le commerce, la politique, dans les- selves entitled to take the lead instead of quels se forment le courage, l'opulence, la following in its train. Even when pushed sagesse de l'homme d'état. Trois vices to a finical and fastidious nicety, it is an capables de delruire la race humaine pro- excess in the right direction, for it is surely duisent la félicité publique.”
better to go beyond the mark of neatness
and regularity than to fall short of it. TiCROOKED ANSWERS.
diness has in it much more than meets the
eye. It will generally be found that a love “How could you manage to contract so of material order involves a love of moral many debts ?" demanded a friend of a order, for there is a much greater sympaspendthrift.
thy than is commonly supposed between “By always enlarging them," was the re-corporeal and mental habits, between the ply:
outward and visible sign, and the inward During a rehearsal at Covent Garden, the sense of grace-so that I should immedi. prompter pettishly exclaimed,
ately predicate of a tidy person that he was “Mr. Wewitzer, I wish you would pay al a well-conducted person-one disposed to little attention.”
set his house in order metaphorically as “ So I am, as little as I can,” rejoined well as literally, one who would have clean the actor.
hands figuratively as well as digitally. “I beg your pardon," said a gentleman, When I observe that a person (call him a courteously saluting another in a coffee-precision, a quiz if you will) feels his eye room, "I don't immediately recollect your offended if a picture hang awry, if his room name: but I think I have had the pleasure be littered, if the smallest article be out of of meeting you somewhere."
its place, I see before me a pilot balloon, “Nothing is more probable, for I very which shows me the current of his inclinaoften go there,” replied the party, return. tions, and I suy to myself, that man in the ing the bow, and resuming the perusal of great affairs of life, as well as in the small his newspaper
economy of his parlor, is a friend to conA medical man asked his legal adviser gruity, order, arrangement, fitness, and all how he could punish a footman who had the properties. stolen a canister of valuable snuff.
What tidiness of inward feeling can be "I am not aware of any Act," replied looked for from those who are slovens and the lawyer, " that makes it penal to take slatterns in externals; what regard to apsnuff.”
pearances in conduct from those who neg. Methinks I hear the reader petulantly lect them in person? And yet we have exclaim, “this is all very frivolous !” sluts who seem to think they have a vested
Most sapient sir or madam! (as the case interest in their dirty habits, and feel themmay be) the fact is frankly admitted. One selves aggrieved when they are exposed. cannot be always talking sense, and it would “Do you call this cleaning the room ?" be wrong were it practicable.
asked å mistress, observing one bright
morning that the dust, instead of being carMisce stultitiam consiliis brevem,
ried away, had been brushed into the reis the advice of Horace, and what savs Sen- cesses of the apartment. eca, writing on the tranquillity of the
“Yes, ma'am,” was the flippant reply,
“the room would be clean enough if it mind?
“ Danda est remissio animis, nec in were not for the nasty sun, that shows all eadem intentione æqualiter retinenda mens. I the dirty corners."
Exactly in the same spirit do our senato* In his translation of La Scienza Nuova. Trial sluggards, and anti-education and verywell-as-we-are sort of people complain of And sickness, failure, misfortune, unhapthe intrusive rays of knowledge when they piness, those master miseries of which we penetrate into their privilege; darkness and so loudly complain when they occur, what foulness. They hate the public enlighten- are they but interruptions of health, suc. ment which reveals all the dirty corners of cess, good fortune, joy? What are they the political and social system. Their own but the salutary changes and checks which ignorance may be bliss, and they not per- will give a zest to the return of our former haps be altogether unwise in anticipating state, even as hunger'imparts a higher rel. mischief from the march of intellect in lish to food, and fatigue enhances the pleaothers; for in a general illumination people sure of repose. Many are the men who must either write "empty house" upon their would never know that they had been living front, or run the risk of having their dark in the possession of blessings unless they windows pelted by the passing rabble. occasionally lost them. This is one of the
advantages of subtraction, a precious rule
of moral arithmetic, when we calculate it THE ARITHMETIC OF HAPPINESS,
rightly. To simple numerals, either Roman or If the grumblers who are enrious of their Arabic, I make no allusion. I stop not to superiors, and discontented with their own stigmatize the dishonest spendthrift, who, I lot, would but subtract those above from the being anxious to cut a figure in the world, aggregate of those beneath them, they and to take good care of number one, makes would generally find themselves much be. a great dash until his affairs are all at sixes yond the mean position. The balance is in and sevens, is eventually reduced to a ci. their favor, and if they understood arithme. pher, takes refuge in a continental hospital tic they would be thankful that they are no for pecuniary incurables, and when he dies, lower, instead of being discontented that affords old Nick a fair opportunity to dot they are not higher. and carry one. No, I would simply refer And why, while complaining of present to the four arithmetical rules—mutliplica. disappointments, are we so rarely grateful tion, addition, subtraction, division--by a for past pleasures ? Because we do not careful study of which we may steer into understand the rule of multiplication.the harbor of happiness with the same cer: When the mirror, slipping from the boy's tainty that the sailor reaches his deside hand was shattered to pieces, showing him rated port by consulting the points of the his face in every fragment, he exclaimed, compass.
“ How fortunate that I let it fall! I have " Happiness !” exclaims the reader, now twenty looking-glasses instead of one." “ what so easy to lose, what so difficult to Such might be our own reflections when attain ?"
any long-enjoyed advantage falls broken to Pardon me, you are wrong in both posi- the ground. We should multiply it by the tions, because you have forgotten your twenty years during which we possessed arithmetic. Recollect how memory multi-it, add the future hope of its recovery, and plies the joys that are past-how hope mul- by deducting the whole from the quantum tiplies the joys that are to come. The of our present discontent, the latter ought whole life of a good man may be a continu- to be reduced to a cipher. ously grateful recollection of duties dis- The most miserable man that ever lived charged, an ever-present antepast of the ce- would diminish his ground of complaint by lestial beatitudes. Take this ecstatic feeling a third at least, if he would subtract from for your multiplicand, threescore and ten bis sufferings the hours of sleep, during years for your average multiplicator, and which he was on a pár with the happiest. then add up the quantum of happiness ob- An eastern fabulist, recording a king who tainable even in this world! If we would dreamt every night that he was a beggar, but make a right calculation of life, how and a beggar who dreamt every night that incalculably would it rise in our estimation! he was a king, inquires which of the two, What a glorious and delightful enigma is supposing each to have slept twelve hours mere existence, apart from all its accidents out of twenty-four, had the greatest or the and concomitants. Is it nothing, when you least enjoyment of existence. If there be might have been a spider, an earwig, a tad any truth in the crede quod habes et habes, pole, to be a lord of this beautiful creation, and we exchange the monarch's day or the a reasoning being, with all his proud privi- mendicant's night, we shall reduce the enleges and enjoyments? Add up all these joyments of the two to an equation. And capacities for felicity, get the sum total by this is what Providence is constantly efheart, and be grateful.
|fecting, by a system of drawbacks and
compensations ; by balancing the fear of |
SONG. losing what we have, against the hope of
Bright flowers that gem our grounds, gaining what we have not.
And perfumed air dispense, Instead of mournfully adding up the Fair forms-gay hues-sweet sounds, amount of any loss as a groundwork for
That charm our ev'ry sensecomplaint, it would be well to subtract it
Ye leach us if we scan from what is left, that we may see how
Your loving lore aright, much remains as a basis for gratitude. It
That Heaven, for loiling man, is very absurd, says Plutarch, to lament
Sheds prodigal delight. for what is lost, and not to rejoice for what
Our morning claims fulfillid, it left, à propos to which he quotes a wise We well may copy earth, speech of Aristippus, the Cyrenaic philoso
And let day's sunset gild
Our evening hours with mirth. pher, who, having lost a considerable farm, said to one who seemed excessively to com
SIMILES OF DISSIMILITUDE. passionate his misfortune, “You have but one field, I have three left ; why should I
Metaphors have been called transparent not rather grieve for you?"
veils, but they are sometimes rather more Discontent becomes still more upreason: opaque than diaphonous, and bear a nearer able when people bewail the loss of that resemblance to plate glass, which, though of which the possession gave them no plea- pellucid enough to the tenant within, is imsure. Determined to reserve to themselves pervious to the passenger without. So it the right of complaint, they toss up with is with comparisons and resemblances, fate upon the same knavish principle as the which are to be used with due direction, schoolboy's “heads, I win-tails you lose.” For similes on plain occasions, - Division, also, is a valuable rule, for we
Obscure us by their illustrations, halve our sorrows by imparting them to a
As glasses to quick eyes appear
To thicken what they're ineant to clear. sympatbizing friend; while, contradictory as it may sound, we double our own grati- of this offuscating process, a proof occurs fications by sharing them with another.- in a sermon by the celebrated Dr. SacheIn conclusion, let it be recollected by those verell, who, speaking of different courses of who study the calculations and the arith-action tending to the same result, says, metic of happiness, that the merest trifles “ They concur like parallel lines meeting may be made to minister to its support, in one common centre."
H. even as a swimmer is enabled to keep his bead above water by bladders filled with air ;-that the burden which is well and cheerfully borne ceases to be felt ;—that
THE SEPULCHRES OF ETRURIA. not to wish for a thing is the same as to have it ;—that not to regret a loss is still
From the Dublin Review. to possess what you have lost ;-and that
Tour to the Sepulchres of Etruria in 1839, by we may all have what we like, simply by "Mr. Homila
at we uke, simply by Mrs. Hamilton Gray. London : 1840. liking what we have.
The volume before us is written on a THE LIGHT FROM ABOVE.
subject of no ordinary interest; and we For one truly pious man whose looks and shall add of no ordinary importance. It is thoughts are fixed upon the sky, in order a subject also, which is new to a vast num that he may study, like an astronomer, the ber of our English readers; sepulchres are wonders and the ways of heaven, there are not usually objects of attraction to the confifty bypocrites, whose upturned eyes take tinental, much less to the female, tourist; the same direction in order that, like sailors and the very novelty of the present work, steering by the stars, they may the better independently of its historical value, should make their way here below. We have make it acceptable to a larger proportion been told, on very competent authority, l of the reading public. In the crowd of that men go into the church to live by it: travellers who go each year the round of but we hear little of their living for it, and the continental cities; getting rid of much nothing of their being prepared to die for of their cash, and none of their prejudices; it, if necessary. Well would it be for us who estimate the motives of men and of all if the current of our dispositions, and actions, and the tendencies of civil and rethe tides of our passions, like those of the ligious institutions, by the narrow and err. sea, were always governed by a light from ing standard of their own preconceived above.
Topinions, and these pot of the most enlight