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cullus had his garden. From the “This walk is called Villa Reale; walk, the prospect of the haven is and, between this and the rocky concealed by this fortress. On the shore at the foot of the Potilipo. right of the promontory of Sorento there is a large place which is de. Itands the high inand of Capri; ftined for the exercise of arts, like a rocky mountain in the open What a delightful walk would this lea.

be, were it thaded by the spreading “ This walk on the sea Thore plane tree! The way is open as far would be still more pleasant, were as the beautiful haven, and the it planted with lofty trees. Two coast of Portici, on the left. On long alleys of the Yprensis-Ul- the right, I amused myself among mus, with its branches cut to the rocks; v:hich I now climbed, form a trellis, and hung round and now stood waiting till the with vine plants, afford it a ne- waves fhould retreat. The nymphs ceflary thade in summer. Small of this bay are a little malicious. orange and oleander trees are plant. They fuffer you peaceably to aped on each fide. In the centre of proach the edge of the sea, and the place is the celebrated group of suddenly send a rolling wave that white marble, known by the name dashes over your feet. You step of the Farnelian bull; which is back, and the sea assumes its for: one of the most beautiful of the an- mer repose." tiques.

ANECDOTES of the MODERN TARENTINES, with the HUMOURSO

Saint's Day.

[From the fecond Volume of the fame Work.]

TESTERDAY, being the take no less delight in their holi

10th, the Tarentines kept days than did their ancestors, as the festival of their patton, St. Ca- Pagans. They will ride wides, taldus; who was an Irithman, from all parts, to be present at the and, according to the legend, ar- festivals of other towns: for which rived here in the second century; reason many persons bad arrived though I doubt whether, at that from the neighbouring places, on time, Christianity had travelled as the prefent occafion; the number far as Ireland. The love of antio of which visitors was estimated at quity may easily have thrown back ten thonhand. the æra when this bishop lived a “ The magistracy of the town few centuries. During the eighth, intended me the honour of making ninth, and ten centuries, when me bear a star before the folemn the Italians were funk into barba- procession of the saint; from which rism, fome Hibernians came there project they were with difficulty who taught the sciences, nay more, diverted, by the archbifhop. His the Latin language, in Italy; and authority, and not my herely, was principally in Pavia, and Bologna. my protection. e The Tarentines, as Chriftians, “The lower orders are extreme

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ly credulous. The principal object in Brindisi, the ancient Brunduof adoration among the men, and fium, the epiftles and gospels are till more among many of the won always read first in Greek, and then men, appears to be the ilver image in Latin. The folemn procession of the saint. With no less zeal with the image through the town, than that recorded by St. Paul, was numeroudly attended. they seemed to emulate the Ephe- According to the ancient Hans; whilethey exclaimed, 'Great Greek cutton, the day of the town ' is Cataldo, the patron of Ta- patron, 118X05, was devoted to • rento!!

national games.

A high pole, “The statue had been taken which was foaped two thirds of its from its shrine, and placed in the height, was erected before the gate, middle of the church, the preceding in honour of San Cataldo. A wheel day; on the gih, in the afternoon. was fastened above, which was You can form no conception of the hung round with hams, fowls, clamour of the people; or of the flaks, cheeses, sausages, and viands. loud mixture of riotous mirth, and To climb up this pole was the talk; flecting devotion. The women and, after many vain attempts and uttered their feelings with tears, tumbles, at length one adventurer howlings, and hideous grimaces. took poffeffion of the wheel. Loud Men and women, all were desirous thouis of joy then resounded from of touching the faint ; fome with the place, the city walls, and the their lips, otisers with the hand, round towers; all of which were and the most devout with their covered with ihe thronging multigarments. One woman succeff- tude. This was a peep into Grefully opened herself a paffage cian antiquity. through the crowd, placed herself “ The people are handsome ; fervently before the image, gazed and, among the women, I saw maat it, and prayed to it, to excite its ny truly Greek beauties. I did attention, as people are accustomed not find that undeviating surface, lo do to those whom they would a- wbich descends from the forehead waken from a reverie. Hist! Hift! to the nose and chin in a rightsan Cataldo! san Cataldo ! A mer- line ; a line which certainly can chant converted with me as zea- only exist in nature as an exceploully, concerning the uncovering tion, is rather uncommon than of the image, as if he had ipoken beautiful, was first used by tlid arof the actual appearance of the tists who were guilty of excels, faint ; although he knew he was and afterward received among the talking to a heretic, for he had dilettanti as the fection of ideal questioned me, the Sunday before, beauty; bat a gentle projecting, whether I would not go to mals? which effectually connected in maand I had told himn I was not a ny the right-lined nose with the catholic. His terror deprived him small forehead. of all reply. In his panic, not “ The women wear their hair knowing how to conceal it, and platted behind, and wound round forgetful of what he was doing, he the head; as we see it in the busts suddenly attempted to kiss both ny of the Grecian women, and especihands.

ally of the Muses. The people of “ The divine service of yester- rank subject themselves to the day was long; for in Tarento, and fashion ; and thus lose very much

in comparison with those who ad- fouthern nations, they are easily ere opt this beautiful costume.

cited, and easily appealed. Ainid • Both sexes are well propor- their zeal, they are tolerant; and tioned. The women here are fair there is dignity in the toleration of complexioned ; though, in the o- zeal. Nothing but stupidity or knee ther parts of Puglia, they are still as very, and inore frequently the laft, Twarthy as the Apulians were in will praise the toleration of indifthe times of Horace; whofe ulurer, forence. Alphius, overcome for a moment “ There are many Greek words by rational feelings, fighs after the in the Tarentine dialect. country and wishes for a wife : archbishop caused a copy of these

words, as collected by the Abbate Sabina qualis, aut perusta solibus Tommai, to be transcribed for me; Pernicis uxor Appuli.

most of which I here enclofe. Hor. Epod. 2.

.“ There is a kind of manufacOrrun burt charms but honed fame,

ture here, which has descended Such as the Sabine or Apuliau daine.

from mother to daughter, probably FRANCIS. from the times of the Greeks. A

fpecies of thell-fith, called pinna, ilie Many of the 'Tarentine women least of which are some inches and have fair hair, and blue eyes. the largest may be an ell long, af

“ This handsome people were ford a tuft of fine hair, or threads, yesterday particularly jocular; and, of polished green colour, The after the Italian manner, orna- archbishop bad the goodness to mented wilh various colours. send for fome women, to work

" The conqueror of the hams while we were present. The art is and laufiges played many tricks fimple. The tufts are taken froni upon the wheel, took one of the the fish, are washed twice with flasks, and drank to the honour of soap, three times in clear waier, the faint and of the city, and de- then beckled, and afterward ipun (cended by i rope, which was fafi- from the distaff: afier wbich they ened laterally to a wall, sometimes take three threads, wind them, and swinging by the hands, and at o- out of them knit gloves, stockings, thers holding by the legs.

and entire garments. They bave " When this diverfion was over, the gloss of the cloth called drap de they had an ass race; and of many vigogne, fit easily, and look handa one of these couriers it might somely. They likewise take two well have been said, as Boileau has such threads for knitting, and add remarked of Rosinante, that a third of silk; and the manufac

ture is then more durable, but less Galoppa, dit l'histoire, une fois dans la beautiful. vic.

“ These stuff; lose their gloss, History says he once began to gallop. and their green colour, when they

are placed by the side of woollen “ Others ran foot races ; and garments. All aromatics likewise some were tied in a sack, so that, are still more injurious to them ; if they fell, they could not rise and they are best preserved when without help.

worn with linen. "After the gloss « Mildness is the character of has been lost, by wear, it may be the people. With the vivacity of restored, by lemon juice, and water.

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“ A woman, who Thewed us the " I must not forget to tell you zaanufacture, sent me small samples of a singular request. A monk. of the raw thread ;, also in its dif- came, when I was present, sent ferent states: washed, heckled, by the young novices, to the archfpun, and knit.

bithop, and whispered him to pe“ I gave her a trifle, she blushed, tition me to petition the monk and, with true cordiality and senfi- that he might grant them permisbility, requested that, before my de- fion to go into the town in the parture, the might bring me a pair evening, and see the illumination, of gloves. The next day she came in honour of the saint. Accordto the archbishop, and entreated ingly, the archbishop petitioned me, him to intercede with me to take I petitioned the monk, and he comthe gloves, which the brought me plied." sbe same evening.

CLASSICAL

CLASSICAL AND POLITE CRITICISM.

Suort Account of the MODERN GREEK LANGUAGE, its Origin and

SYSTEM.

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[From DALLAWAY'S CONSTANTINOPLE ANCIENT and MODERN.)

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ETWEEN the Romeika, or prevails, was universally establith-

modern Greek lauguage, ed. Not that one mode of expresand the ancient, a fimilar analogy fion only is in use. The inbabimay be found, as between the LA- tants of the Morea and the coasts of tin and the pure Italian ; for lan- the Adriatic partake much of the guages, 110 less than governments, Venetian; the illanders of the have their revolutions and their Archipelago and the Smyrniotes periods. The Greek claims the mix Venetian with Turkish. The highest antiquity, and perhaps af- Greeks of the Fanal speak almost ter the Arabic has been preserved classically, whilst those of the oppolonger than any other ; from the site town of Pera have the most irruption and domination of other vulgar pronunciation. nations its purity has been eventu- The leading cause of deviation ally corrupted, as from Grecian from the ancient Greek has been conquests the Egyptian lapsed into the great use of contractions, and the Coptic, and the Arabic into the the blending by that means several Syriac.

words into one. When Constantine established “ At what era the modern pro his new capital, sio inany Roman nunciation was adopted it would citizens followed him, that the be difficult to determine with any Greek language adopted many La- degree of precision. The more tinisins, and, once corrupted, the learned of the inhabitants of the more readily admitted the idiom Fanal strongly contend, that howand words of the French and Ve- ever their language has been denetian invaders, at the commence- based by the alloy of others, that ment of the thirteenth century. the pronunciation of the remoteft The establishment of the Ottoman times is continued to them, pure empire extended the change, by and without variation. This quelthe adoption of so many Turkish tion, so much agitated at the rephrases and words, and the Romeï- vival of literature, is foreign to my hay or vernacular diale&, as it now present purpose, and it may be ne

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