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«Two are the species in this genus Powers unexpected, for bis eye

and air known;

Gave no sure signs that eloquence was One, who is rich in his profession grown,

there : Who yearly finds bis ample stores in- Oft he began with sudden fire and force, crease,

[lease; As loth to lose occasion for discourse : From Fortune's favours and a favouring Some, 'tis observ'd, who feel a wish to Who rides his hunter, who his house speak, adorns;

[ments scorns ; Will a due place for introduction seek; Who drinks his wine, and his disburse. On to their purpose step by step they Who freely lives, and loves to show he steal,

And all their way, by certain signals, feel; This is the Farmer made the Gentleman. Others plunge in at once, and never heed “The second species from the world is Whose turn they take, whose purpose sent,

[content; they impede; Tir'd with its strife, or with his wealth Resoly'd to shine, they hasten to begin, In books and men beyond the former read, Of ending thoughtless-and of these was To Farming solely by a passion led,

Gwyn." Or by a fashion; curious in his land; Now planning much, now changing what applied, who peruses the sequel of

The Reader's time will not be mishe plann'd;

this excellent Tale. Pleas'a by each trial, not by failures vext; And ever certain to succeed the next;

“Procrastination,” the FourthTale, Quick to resolve, and easy to persuade— maysupply mang excellent reflections; This is the Gentleman a Farmer made. and the Fifth, “ The Patron,” will “ Gwyn was of these : he from the be of service hereafter to many a world withdrew

young man who supposes he has by Early in life, his reasons known to few : his talents secured the friendship, of Some disappointment said, some pure the Great.-A young man of real

good sense, The love of land, the press of indolence: dant on a neighbouring Peer, had re

worth and genius, the son of a depenHis fortune known, and coming to retire, ceived, during the Family's retirer If not a Farmer

, men had call’d him ment in the Country, such distinguish'Squire. « Forty and five his years, no child or

ed proofs of regard, that he even ven. wife

tured to hope the daughter of his Cross'd the still tenour of his chosen life; noble Friend did not disapprove the Much land he purchas'd, planted far attentions which he paid ber; conaround,

[ground cluding that his fortune was already And let some portions of superfluous made, and would be completed by To farmers near him, not displeas'd to say, a journey to the Metropolis. The My tenants,' nor our worthy landlord,' season for departure, which was now they.

arrived, is thus beautifully described : “ Fix'd in his farm, he soon display'd his skill (and the Drill; :

“ Cold grew the foggy morn, the day In small-bon’d Lambs, the Horse-hoe,

was brief,

[leaf; From these he rose to themes of nobler Loose on the cherry hung the crimson kind,

The dew dwelt ever on the herb; the

woods And show'd the riches of a fertile mind :

[showers the foods; To all around their visits he repaid,

Roard with strong blasts, with mighty And thus bis mansion and himself dis- All green was vanish’d, save of pine and play'd.

[neat,

yew, His rooms were stately, rather fine than

That still display'd their melancholy hue; And guests politely call'd his house a Seat:

Save the green holly with its berries red, At much expence was each apartment And the green moss that o'er the gravel grac'd,

[taste :

spread." His taste was gorgeous, but it still was The departure of the Patron was In full festoons the crimson curtains fell, not accompanied with quite so much The sofas rose in bold elastic swell; attention as the Youth had fondly antiMirrors in gilded frames display'd the cipated. The Noble Lord vouchsafed tints

to say, when scated in the carriage, Of glowing carpets and of colour'd prints: The weary eye saw every object shine,

My good young friend, And all was costly, fanciful, and fine. You know my views; upon my care de“ As with his friends be pass'd the so

pend;

(pay, cial bours,

[powers; My hearty thanks to your good Father His generous spirit scorn'd to hide its And be a studenti'-Harry,drive away',''

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Now for the catastrophe:

“ With troubled spirit he began to read “ At length a letter came both cool That' In the Church my Lord could not and brief,

[lief;

succeed; But still it gave the burthen'd heart re

Who had “ to Peers of either kind applied, Though not inspir'd by lofty hopes, the

And was with dignity and grace denied ; Youth

(truth;

While his own livings were by men pos. Plac'd much reliance on Lord Frederick's

sessid, Summon'd to town, he thought the visit

Not likely in their chancels yet to rest; [be done; And therefore, all things weigh’d, (as he,

(word,) Where something fair and friendly would Although he judg'd not, as before his fall, Had done maturely, and he pledgʻd bis When all was love and promise at the Wisdom it seem'd for John to turn bis Hall.

view

[adieu! Arriv'd in town, he early sought to To busier scenes, and bid the Church know

[bestow;

" Here griev'd the Youth; he felt bis father's pride

(tified; The fate such dubious friendship would At a tall building trembling he appeard, Must with his own be shock'd and morAnd bis low rap was indistinctly heard;

But, when he found his future comforts A well-known servant came- A while, where he, aļas! conceivd himself dis;

plac'd

[grac'd said he,

[pany • Be pleas'd to wait; my Lord has com

In some appointment on the London 66 Alone our Hero sate; the news in

Quays,

He bade farewell to honour and to ease; band,

[derstand: Which, though he read, he could not un

His spirit fell,

and, from that bour assurd Cold was the day; in days so cold as these

How vain his dceams, he suffer'd, and was

cur'd.” There needs a fire, where minds and bodies freeze;

(grate,

Awakened from his romanticdream, The vast and echoing room, the polish'd

the Youth retired to the humble roof The crimson chairs, the sideboard with of his father ; where, broken-hearted, its plate; [for rest,

he bade adieu The splendid sofa, which, though made To all that Hope, to all that Fancy drew; He then had thought it freedom to have His frame was languid, and the bectic press’d;

heat

[beat The shining tables, curiously inlaid, Flush'd on his pallid face, and countless Were all in comfortless proud style dis. The quick’ning pulse, and faint the limbs play'd;

that bore

[no more, And to the troubled feelings terror gave, The slender form that soon would breathe That made the once-dear friend, the sick- “ Then hope of holy kind the soul sus. 'ning slave,

tain'd,

[maind; “Was he forgotten?' Thrice upon his And not a lingering thought of earth re

[near: Now Heaven had all, and he could smile Struck the loud clock, yet no relief was at Love, Each rattling carriage, and each thunder- And the wild sallies of his youth reprove; ing'stroke

[broke; Then could he dwell upon the tempting On the loud door, the dream of Fancy days,

[praise; Oft as a servant chanc'd the way to come. The proud aspiring thought, the partial Brings be a message ?'no! he pass'd Victorious now, his worldly views were the room : (tend clos'd,

[pos'd. At length 'tis certain; 'Sir, you will at- And on the bed of death the Youth reAt twelve on Thursday.' Thus the day “The Father griev'dbut as the Poet's

heart “ Vex'd by these tedious hours of need- Was all unfitted for his earthly part; less pain,

As, he conceiv'd, some other haughty Fair. John left the noble mansion with disdain; Would, hvad he liv’d, have led him to, For there was something in that still, despair;

[out cold

. As, with , That seem'd to threaten and portend dis- All feverish hope, and all tormenting Punctual again the modest rap de

doubt:

[possess'd, clar'd

[par'd; While the strong faith the pious Youth The Youth attended; then was all pre: His hope enlivening, gave bis sorrows For the same servant, by his Lord's com

[mournful joy mand,

Sooth'd by these thoughts, he felt a A paper offer'd to his trembling hand : For his aspiring and devoted boy. • No more! he cried, 'disdains he to “Meantime the news through various afford

channels spread, (was dead; Onekind expression, one consoling word?' The Youth, once favour'd with such praise,

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• Emma,' the Lady cried, ' my words at the respect that is due to the publickz tend,

[ble friend; and it would be wrong to imagine Your syren-smiles have killd your hum- that I am here ushering into the world The hope you rais'd can now delude no a work that has cost me no pains, no more,

[restore.' researches, do labour: it will be seen, Nor charms, that once inspir'd, can now on the contrary, that I have scrypu« Faint was the fusk of anger and of

lously fulfilled shame,

duties as a writer.

my That o'er the cheek of conscious beauty site of Lacedæmon, discover a new

[came; Had 1 done nothing but determine the • You censure not,' said she, the Sun's bright rays,

[ous gaze;

tomb at Mycenæ, and ascertain the When fools imprudent dare the danger- situation of the ports of Carthage, And should a stripling look till he were

still I should deserve the gratitude of blind,

(kind; Travellers." You would not justly call the light un- Our Author sets off from Paris the But is be dead? and am I to suppose 13th July, 1806, and after passing The power of poison in such looks as through Italy, is prepared to enter those ?'

(cast Greece with sentiments of enthusiasm She spoke, and, pointing to the mirror, and veneration : Me describes the first A pleas'd gay.glance, and curt'sy'd as she

pight enjoyed under a Grecian sky, pass’de:

and observes,

that
“ My Lord, to whom the Poet's fate
was told,

« The climate operates more or less Was much affected, for a man so cold; upon the taste of nations. In Greece, Dead!' said his Lordship, 'run distract- for instance, a suavity, a softness, a ed, mad!

repose, pervade all nature, as well as the Upon my soul, I'm sorry for the lad; works of the antients. You may almost And now, no doubt, th' obliging world conceive, as it were by intuition, why

[way; the architecture of the Parthenon has That my harsh usage help'a hiin on his such exquisite proportions; why antient What! I suppose, I should have nurs'd sculpture is so unaffected, so tranquil, bis Musę,

[his views; 80 simple, when you have beheld the And with champagne have brighter'd up pure sky, and the delicious scenery of Then had be made me fam'd my whole Athens, of Corinth, and of Ionia." life long,

[song
And stunn'd my ears with gratitude and

We are next favoured with the fol-
Still should the Father hear that I regret lowing description of the mode of
Dur joint misfortune-Yes! I'll not for- travelling through Greece:
get.'-"

" At three in the morning of the 11th, (To be concluded in our next.)

the Aga's janissary came to apprize me

that it was time to set out for Coron. 26. Travels in Greece, Palestine, Egypt, We immediately mounted our horses.

and Barbary, during the Years 1806 I shall describe the order of the cavaland 1807. By F. A. De Chateau- cade, as it continued the same throughbriand. Translated from the French, out the whole journey. At our head apby Frederic Shoberl. In Two Volumes. peared the guide, or Greek postilion, on pp. 440 and 388. Colburn.

horseback, leading a spare borse pro

vided for remounting any of the party THIS ingenious and very entertain

in case an accident should happen to his ing Traveller requests the Reader steed. Next came the janissary, with ļ to consider this Work rather as Me- his turban on his head, two pistols and moirs of a year of his life, than as a a dagger at his girdle, a sabre by bis book of Travels." « I pretend not," side, and a whip to flog the horses of the he

says, “ to tread in the steps of a guide. I followed, armed nearly in the Chardin, a Tavernier, a Chandler, a same manner as the janissary, with the Mungo Park, a Humboldt; or to be addition of a fowling-piece. Joseph thoroughly acquainted with people, brought up the rear. This Milanese was through whose country I have merely Morid complexion, and an affable look;

a short fair man, with a large belly, a passed. A moment is sufficient for å

he was dressed in a complete suit of blue Landscape-painter to sketch a tree, to iake a view, to draw a ruin; but whole

velvet; two large borse-pistols, stuck

under a tight belt, raised up his waistcoat years are too short for the study of Men

in such a grotesque manner, that the and Manners, and for the profound janissary could never look at him withjovestigation of the Arts and Sciences.

out laughing. My baggage consisted of Į am, nevertheless, fully aware of a carpet to sit down upon, a pipe,

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coffee - pot, and some shawls to wrap vague,that theyhave given rise to two conround my head at night. We started at tradictory opinions. According to Father the signal given by our guide, ascending Pacifico, Coronelli,the romancing Guillet, the hills at full trot; and descending and those who have followed them, Miover precipices in a gallop. You must sitra is built on the ruins of Sparta; and make up your mind to it: the military according to Spon, Vernon, the Abbé Turks know no other paces; and the Fourmont, Leroi, and D'Anville, 'the least sign of timidity,or even of prudence, ruins of Sparta are at a considerable would expose you to their contempt. distance from Misitra.”—“Persuaded by You are, moreover, seated on Mameluke an error of my early studies that Misitra saddles, with wide sbort stirrups, which was Sparta, I began with the excursion keep your legs constantly bent, which to Amyclæ, with a view to finish, first, break your toes, and lacerate the flanks with all that was not Lacedæmon, so of your horse. At the slightest trip, the that I might afterwards bestow on the elevated pommel comes in most painful latter my undivided attention. Judge contact with your belly; and if you are tben of iny embarrassment, when, from thrown the contrary way, the high ridge the top of the Castle of Misitra, I perof the saddle breaks your back. In time, sisted in the attempt to discover the however, you find the utility of these city of Lycurgus in a town absolutely saddles, in the sureness of foot which modern, whose architecture exhibited they give to the horse, especially in such nothing but a confused mixture of the hazardous excursions."

Oriental manner, and of the Gothic, At Coron, M. Chateaubriand is Greek, and Italian styles, without one hospitably entertained by the French poor little antique ruin to make amends.” consul, M. Vial; and it is determined

-“ But then, said I to myself, where

can be the Eurotas? It is clear that it that“ he should proceed to Tripolizza, does not pass through Misitra. Misitra, to obtain from the Pacha of the Morea, therefore, is not Sparta, unless the river the firman necessary for passing the has changed its course, and removed to a Isthmus; that he should return from distance from the town, which is by no Tripolizza to Sparta, and thence go means probable. Where then is Sparta? by the mountain road to Argos, Have I come so far without being able Mycenæ, and Corinth.”.

to discover it? Must I return without At Tripolizza, after some little bebolding its ruins? I was beartily vexed. altercation, he obtains an audience As I was going down from the Castle with the Pacha, and is graciously re

the Greek exclaimed, Your Lordship ceived.

perhaps means Palæochori?" At the

mention of this name, I recollected the “A Tartar brought me in the evening passage of D'Anville, and cried out in my my travelling firman, and the order for turn, Yes, Palæochori! The old city! passing the Isthmus. The Turks, in Where is that? Where is Palæochori?' establishing themselves on the ruins of Yonder, at Magoula,' said the Cicerone, Constantinople, bave manifestly retained pointing to a white cottage with some several of the customs of the conquered trees about it, at a considerable distance nation. The institution of posts in Turkey in the valley. Tears came into my eyes is nearly the same as that introduced by when I fixed them on this miserable but, the Roman emperors: you pay for no erected on the forsaken site of one of the horses; the weight of your baggage is most renowned cities of the universe, fixed; and wherever you go, you may now the only object that marks the spot insist on being gratuitously supplied where Sparta flourished, the solitary with provisions. I would not avail my- habitation of a goat-herd, whose whole self of these magnificent but odious pri- wealth consists in the grass that grows vileges, which press heavily on a people upon the graves of Ayis and of Leonidas. unfortunate enough without them; but Without waiting to see or to hear any paid wherever I went for my horses and thing more, I hastily descended from the entertainment, like a traveller without Castle, in spite of the calls of my guides, protection and without firman."

wbo wanted to show me modern ruins, “ Those who have read the introduc- and tell me stories of agas and pachas, tion to these Travels, will have seen that and cadis and waywodes. - Sparta was I spared no pains to obtain all the infor- then before me, and its theatre, to which mation possible relative to Sparta. I my good fortune conducted me on my have traced the history of that city from first arrival, gave me immediately the the Romans till the present day; I have positions of all the quarters and edifices. mentioned the travellers and the books 1 alighted, and ran all the way up the that have treated of modern Lacedæmon, hill of the citadel. Just as I reached the but, unfortunately, their accounts are so top, the sun was šising behind the hills

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Of Menelaion. What a magnificent spec- expected that I should Irere give, a com-. tacle! but how melancholy. The soli- plete description of Athens as to its tary stream of the Eurotas running be- history, from the Romans to the present neath the remains of the bridge Babyx, time, that may be seen in the Introducruins on every side, and not a, creature ţion to this volume. In regard to the to be seen among them. I stood motion- monuments of antient Athens, the transless, in a kind of stupor, at the con- lation of Pausanias, defective as it is, will templation of this scene.--The whole completely satisfy the generality of reasite of Lacedæmon is uncultivated : the ders; and

d the Travels of Anacharsis leave sun parches it in silence, and is inces- scarcely any thing more to wish for."

*** santly consuming the marble of the

M. Chateaubriand, however, exatombs. I descended from the citadel,

mines Athens with the zeal of an Antiand, after walking about a quarter of an hour, I reached the Eurotas. Its quary but our limits will not allow

us to follow him. His next principal appearance was nearly the same as two leagues bigher, where I had passed it object being to visit Jerusalem, he without knowing what stream it was. proceeds by the island of Zea to Its breadth before Sparta is about the Smyrna, from thence to Constantisame as that of the Marne above Charen- pople's bahasa ton.”—“The Abbé Fourmont and Leroi'At this very time a deputation from were the first that threw a steady light the Fathers of the Holy Land happened upon Laconia, though it is true that Vernon had visited Sparta before them: paired thither to claim the protection of

to be at Constantinople. They had rebut nothing of his was published except the Ambassador against the tyranny of a single letter, in which he merely men

the Governor of Jerusalem. The Fathers xions that he had seen Lacedæmon, furnished me with letters of recom: without entering into any details. As

mendation for Jaffa. By another piece for me, I know not whether my researches will be transmitted to posterity, the Greek pilgrims to Syria was just

of good fortune, the vessel carrying but at least I have joined my name to

ready to depart.c...ilo... The bargain that of Sparta, which can alone rescue

was soon concluded with the Captain, it from oblivion. I have fixed the site

and the Ambassador sent on board for of that celebrated city; I have, if I may so express, myself, re-discovered all these sions..bad. Loaded with kindness and

me a supply of the most delicate proviimmortal ruins.” 31' its i baix

good wishes, I went on the 18th of SepThe following is truly descriptive tember, at noon, on board of the ship of of our travelling Countrymen :

the Pilgrims."rus

du s6 There are always some Englishmen The beginning of October, the vesto be met with on the roads of the Pelo- sel reaches Jaffa; and M. Chateauponnese; the papers informed me that briand meets with a friendly receptiom they had lately seen some antiquaries from the Fathers, who advise hiin to and officers of that nation. At Misitra repair to Rama in the disguise of a there is even a Greek house called the

pilgriin, and to proceed English Inn, where you may eat roast to Jerusalem under the escort of au

thence beef, and drink port wine. In this par- “Arab ticular, the traveller is under great obli- niences and the extortions which would

chief, to avoid the inconvegations to the English: it is they who have established good Inns all over Eu- have attended an introduction to the rope; in Italy, in Switzerland, in Ger- Aga. He thus expresses his enthusiasm many, in Spain, at Constantinople, at on arriving at the City : Athens; nay, even at the very gates of

I can now account for the surprize Sparta, in despite of Lycurgus."

expressed by the crusaders and pilgrims Having explored Corinth and Me- at the first sight of Jerusalem, according gara, our Traveller continues: to the reports of Historians and Travel

lers. I can affirm, that whoever has, « I proceeded towards Athens with a ļike me, had the patience to read near kind of pleasure which deprived me of two hundred modern accounts of the the power of reflection; not that I expe- Holy Land, the Rabbinical compilations, rienced any thing like what I had felt and the passages in the antients relative

at the sight of Lacedæmon. Sparta and to Judea, still knows nothing at all about - Athens have, even in their ruios, retained it. I paused, with my eyes fixed on Jetheir different characteristicks; those of urusaleni, measuring the height of its the former, are gloomy, grave, and soli- walls, reviewing at once all the recollectary; those of the latter, pleasing, light, tions of History, from Abraham to Godand social - It will certainly nutibe frey of Bouillon, reflecting on the total

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