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309. 810. Nihil quod tetegit, etc. Slightly 317. 1755. Buchanan. George Buchanan

misquoted from Johnson's epitaph on (1506-1582), a Scotch scholar, historian, Goldsmith, in Westminster Abbey. “He and poet, practically all of whose work was touched nothing that he did not adorn." written in Latin. 817. The fragrant parterre. The fra- | 318. 1759. Johnston. Arthur Johnston (1587grant garden.

1641), a Scotch physician and author of a 828. Un étourdi. A fellow who talks large amount of Latin verse, including a explosively.

metrical version of the Psalms and the 883. Mrs. Piozzi. Hester Lynch Piozzi complimentary epigrams to which Bos(1741-1821). Mrs. Thrale, later Mrs. well alludes. Piozzi, was one of the few women whom

1769. Formosam resonare, etc. Thou Johnson knew intimately. Sir John Haw

teachest the forest to resound (with the kins (1719-1789). A close friend of John

name of) lovely Amaryllis. son's, and one of his executors. Boswell 322. 2233. One of the most luminous minds. was jealous of him.

Burke. The quotation is from Gold975. Churchill. Charles Churchill (1731 smith's Retaliation; see p. 286. 1764); a satirist, and an ardent supporter of John Wilkes and his faction.

BURKE 1208. Bayle's Dictionary. The Diclionaire Historique et Critique of Pierre

TO THE ELECTORS OF BRISTOL Bayle (1647-1706), a French philosopher and man of letters.

23. I was put in nomination after the 313. 1233. Prospects. “Views,” scenery.

poll was opened. The election lasted 1319. Canada is taken. Wolfe's victory |

for nearly a month.

32 over Montcalm, on the Plains of Abra

40. The candidate. Four persons were ham, had taken place in 1759.

candidates, the two Whigs, Burke and 314. 1369. His present Majesty. Johnson's

Cruger, being elected. The defeated pension came from George III, against

Tory, Brickdale, is the person here rewhom the Pretender, James Stuart, son

ferred to. Brickdale tried unsuccessfully of the exiled James II, had in 1745 or

to have Burke's election annulled by the ganized an armed rebellion of High

courts. landers and English Jacobites. Johnson

98. I stood on the hustings.“ Hustings” had been for a time a favorer of the

meant both the actual platform from Stuarts, a sort of sentimental Jacobite,

which nominations were made, and the though he had always been loyal to the

entire election proceedings. “On the

hustings" is not very different from the existing government. 1399. Victory at Culloden, etc. Charles

American idiom“ on the stump."

324 Stuart, son of the pretender James, was

184. The former part. Brickdale had his father's personal representative in

formerly urged the qualifications of the England and Scotland during the second

electors whom, after his defeat, he sought

to have disfranchised. Jacobite rebellion, “ The Forty-five,which ended in 1746 at Culloden, where

237. My colleague. Cruger had told the the Duke of Cumberland overwhelmed

electors that he would at all times vote the Stuart forces.

in accordance with their desires and in1455. A negation of all principle. “He

structions. Burke's statement of his used to tell, with great humor, from my

position on this question makes this adrelation to him, the following little story

dress to the electors one of the significant

documents in his history. of my early years, which was literally true: ‘Boswell, in the year 1745, was a fine boy, wore a white cockade, and

THE IMPEACHMENT OF HASTINGS prayed for King James, till one of his | 326. Warren Hastings (1732-1818) was the uncles (General Cochran) gave him a first governor-general of India, being apshilling on condition that he should pray pointed in 1773 under the newly passed for King George, which he accordingly Regulating Act, and holding office till did. So you see (says Boswell) that 1785. He was impeached by the House of Whigs of all ages are made the same Commons in 1786; his trial before the way.'(Boswell.)

Lords began in 1788, and dragged on till 1483. Hume. David Hume (1711-1776), 1795, when he was acquitted. Burke philosopher, historian, and, according to was charged with the prosecution, and the judgment of his contemporaries, a although the verdict went against him, sceptic.

the ultimate result was a victory for 317. 1720. Those called Methodists. The Burke; for as a result of the disclosures

name was first applied contemptuously made at the trial came a new and more to Wesley and his friends, when, as stu

equitable governmental policy for India. dents at Oxford, they met together for 15. Their Dewan. Financial agent. prayer and worship. By 1763 the sect 328. 4. Our long, long labors. Burke conhad become numerous.

cluded his charge on 19 February, 1788;


the peroration did not follow until 16 June, 1794. Burke had been interested in Indian affairs for fifteen years before

the trial began. 328. 53. Moral earthquake. The French

Revolution. At the time he was speaking,

the Reign of Terror was at its height. 329. 106. The Parliament of Paris. The chief

court of the old French monarchy, abolished by the Revolution.

SONG FROM CYMBELINE 339. See Cymbeline, IV. ii. Shakespeare's

spelling of the proper name is Guiderius.

ODE WRITTEN . . . IN THE YEAR 1746 The year 1745 saw the death of many English soldiers in battle, both in the war of the Austrian Succession, and in Scotland, during the second Jacobite rising.

ODE TO EVENING 1. If aught of oaten stop. If anything

played upon the shepherd's oat, or pipe. 340. 21. Folding-star. The star which marked

the time for putting sheep into the fold.

REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE The French Revolution, during the period 1789-1792, found many supporters in England. Wordsworth and Coleridge, Charles James Fox, and liberal clergymen among whom Priestly and Price were the most prominent, openly gloried in the deeds that were being done in the name of Liberty. From these enthusiasts Burke was separated by a wide gulf. He did not comprehend the need for change in the French social and economic systems; he saw only the overthrow of an established civilization by hungry peasants and doctrinaire philosophers, and with impassioned earnestness he protested. The Reflections appeared in

November, 1790. 330. 43. The civil social man. As distin

guished from man in his aboriginal “ state

of nature," before the existence of society. 332. 233. Liceat perire poetis. Poets have

the right to die.
236. Ardentem frigidus, etc. In cold
blood he leaped into glowing Ætna.
Empedocles, a Sicilian philosopher, is
said to have died thus. A slipper, cast out
in an eruption, was proof of his act.

THE PASSIONS 341. 75. Oak-crowned sisters. Wood nymphs.

Chaste-eyed queen. Diana.
86. Tempe's vale. A beautiful valley in
114. Cecilia's mingled world of sound.
St. Cecilia is always represented as the
inventress of the organ. See Dryden's
two odes.


ON A DISTANT PROSPECT OF ETON COLLEGE 342. The poem is characteristic of Gray's.

early work; conventional, and full of
“poetic diction.”
3, 4. Grateful Science still adores, etc.
King Henry VI was the founder of Eton
5. And ye, etc. The towers of Windsor



334. 311. In vain for him, etc. Gray seems to

have had the following three lines in
mind when he composed the stanza of
the Elegy beginning
“For them no more the blazing hearth

shall burn.

THE CASTLE OF INDOLENCE 336. 35. A coil the grasshopper did keep.

"To keep a coil” is an Elizabethan expression meaning to make a noise.

ELEGY, WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD 344. 57. Some village Hampden, etc. Profes

sor Phelps points out, in his Athenæum
Press edition of Gray, p. xxv., that this
stanza originally ran as follows:
“Some Village Cato with dauntless

The little Tyrant of his Fields withstood;
Some mute inglorious Tully here may rest;
Some Cæsar, guiltless of his Country's

The changes are significant, in that they
witness Gray's transition from the pseudo-
classicism of his early poems, to the ro-
manticism of the later.

93. For thee. For the poet, Gray himself. 346. 119. Fair Science frowned not. “The

line means that Knowledge looked favorably upon him at his birth (a quasiastrological figure). ” (Phelps.)


THE GRAVE 337. It was in part, at least, from this poem

that Bryant drew the inspiration for his

Thanatopsis. 338. 34. Night's foul bird. The owl.

347. 121-123. Gray is here giving us an idea

of his own poetical aspirations.

THE PROGRESS OF POESY 345. A Pindaric Ode. Gray is adopting the

ode form of the Greek poet Pindar. Professor Phelps's note explains the structure of the poem succinctly: “ As Hales pointed out, this Ode is really divided into 3 stanzas, with 41 lines in each stanza. Again, each stanza is divided into 3 parts

-strophe, antistrophe, and epode-the turn, counter-turn, and after-song, Greek theatrical names. The three strophes, antistrophes, and epodes are similar in construction; hence the architecture of the poem is curiously symmetrical, though one could easily read it without any perception of this fact.” (Athenæum Press Edition, p. 149.) 1. Awake, Æolian lyre. Gray is invoking the Æolian harp of Pindar. 3, 4. From Helicon's harmonious springs, etc. The different streams of the world's poetry all have their source in the sacred fountain of the Muses on Mount Helicon. 9. Ceres' golden reign. Fields of grain, in the care of Ceres, goddess of the harvest. 15. Enchanting shell. The lyre, to which the first three sections of the poem are addressed. Hermes, according to the legend, made the first lyre from a tortoise


17. On Thracia's hills the Lord of War.
Mars was supposed to spend much of his
time in Thrace.
21. The feathered king. Jove's eagle.
25. Thee. The lyre.
27. Idalia. A town in Cyprus, sacred to

Venus, or Cytherea (1. 28). 346. 36. Their Queen. Venus.

47. Justify the ways of Jove. An obvious
echo of Milton's “ Justify the ways of
God to men.”
48. Has he given in vain the heavenly
Muse? Has poetry been of no value to
53. Hyperion. The sun.
66. Delphi's steep. Delphi's mountain,
location of the famous oracle.
68. Ilissus. A river of Attica.
69. Mæander. A river of Asia Minor.
77. The sad Nine. The Muses.
77-82. Poetry left Greece for Rome, and
from Rome sought England.
84. Nature's Darling. Shakespeare.
95. Nor second he, that rode sublime.
105. Two coursers of ethereal race.
Dryden's favorite verse form was the

iambic pentameter couplet. 347. 107. His hands. Dryden's.

112. What daring spirit? Gray himself. 115. The Theban Eagle. Gray's own note reads: “ Pindar compares himself to that bird, and his enemies to ravens that croak and clamour in vain below, while it pursues its flight, regardless of their noise.”

THE BARD The poem as first printed was prefaced by this “ ADVERTISEMENT. The following Ode is founded on a Tradition current in Wales, that EDWARD THE FIRST, when he completed the conquest of that country, ordered all the Bards, that fell into his hands, to be put to death.” When the poem opens, the last survivor of the Bards is speaking. 8. Cambria. Wales. 10. The first Edward. Edward I invaded Wales in 1282. 13, 14. Glo'ster, Mortimer. , Chieftains in Edward's army. 27. Fatal day. The day on which the bards were executed. 28. Hoel, Llewellyn; 29, 31. Cadwallo, Urien. Welsh poets. 33. Modred. Gray uses the name of the Arthurian knight; no such Welsh poet is known. 34. Plinlimmon. A Welsh mountain. 35. Arvon's shore. “The shores of Caernarvonshire, opposite to the isle of Anglesey.” (Gray.) 49. The whole band of murdered bards joins with the survivor in prophesying the

future of Edward's race. 348.

54. Severn. A Welsh river.
56. An agonizing king. “Edward the
Second, cruelly butchered in Berkley
Castle." (Gray.)
59. Who o'er thy country hangs. “ Tri-
umphs of Edward the Third in France."
63. Mighty Victor. Edward III.
65. No pitying heart. “ Death of that
king, abandoned by his children, and
even robbed in his last moments by his
courtiers and his mistress.” (Gray.)
67. The sable warrior. Edward III's
son, the Black Prince, who died before
his father.
70. The rising morn. “Magnificence of
Richard the Second's reign.” (Gray.)
77-82. “ Richard the Second ... was
starved to death." (Gray.)
83-86. The wars of the Roses, between
the houses of York and Lancaster, 1455-
87. Towers of Julius. According to an
old legend, Julius Cæsar is supposed to
have begun the Tower of London.
89. His Consort's faith. “Margaret of
Anjou (wife of Henry VI), a woman of
heroic spirit, who struggled hard to save
her husband and her crown." (Gray.)
His father. Henry V.
90. The meek usurper. “Henry the
Sixth very near being canonized. The
line of Lancaster had no right of inheri-
tance to the crown." (Gray.)
91, 2. The rose of snow, etc. “ The

white and red roses, devices of York and 349. 37. They, whom once. The Norsemen. Lancaster.” (Gray.)

41. The Earl. Probably Sigurd. 348. 93. The bristled Boar. “The silver boar 44. A King. Brian.

was the badge of Richard the Third." | 360. 56. Younger King. See note on l. 32. (Gray.) In infant gore. A reference to Richard's murder of the two young princes.

SKETCH OF HIS OWN CHARACTER 99. Half of thy heart. “ Eleanor of Cas The poem was found in one of Gray's tile (wife of Edward I), died a few years pocket-books, and was not printed till after the conquest of Wales." (Gray.)

after his death. 109. Long-lost Arthur. “It was the com

6. Charles Townshend. Chancellor of mon belief of the Welsh nation, that the Exchequer, 1767. Squire. Dr. King Arthur was still alive in Fairy-Land, Samuel Squire, Bishop of St. David's. and should return again to reign over Britain.” (Gray.)

LETTERS 110. Ye genuine Kings. “Both Merlin 360. 1. We set out. Gray was making " the and Taliessin had prophesied, that the grand tour” with his college friend, Welsh should regain their sovereignty Horace Walpole. His impressions of over this island; which seemed to be Alpine scenery may interestingly be comaccomplished in the House of Tudor." pared with those of Addison, who wrote (Gray.)

from Geneva, December 6, 7701, to 115. A form divine. Queen Elizabeth.

Wortley Montagu: “I am just now ar349. 127. Truth severe, by fairy Fiction rived at Geneva by a very troublesome

drest. The allusion is to the allegorical journey over the Alps, where I have been nature of Spenser's Faerie Queene.

for some days together shivering among 128. In buskined measures. Shake the eternal snows. My head is still giddy speare's tragedies.

with mountains and precipices, and you 131. A voice. Milton.

cannot imagine how much I am pleased 133. Distant warblings. “The succes with the sight of a plain, that is as agreesion of Poets after Milton's time." able to me at present as a shore was about (Gray.)

a year ago after one tempest at Genoa.” 135. Impious man. Edward I.

361. 19. St. Bruno. The founder of the Car

thusian order of monks. He located the THE FATAL SISTERS

home of the order in the mountains near

Grenoble, 1084 A. D. One of Gray's notes, the Preface to the

21. Dodsley. Robert Dodsley (1703poem as it originally appeared, makes

1764), English bookseller and publisher, the situation clear: “In the Eleventh

best known for his Select Colleclion of Old Century Sigurd, Earl of the Orkney

Plays, which he edited and published in Islands, went with a fleet of ships and a

1744. considerable body of troops into Ireland, 362 3. Sack and silver. The poet laureate to the assistance of Sictryg with the Silken

was usually given a money stipend and Beard, who was then making war on his

an annual allowance of wine. Gray had father-in-law, Brian, King of Dublin:

been informally offered the post at the the Earl and all his forces were cut to

time he wrote this letter to Mason. pieces, and Sictryg was in danger of a

24. Rowe. Nicholas Rowe (1674-1718), total defeat; but the enemy had a greater

a dramatist. loss by the death of Brian, their King,

26. Settle. Elkanah Settle (1648-1723). who fell in action. On Christmas day,

28. Eusden. Lawrence Eusden (1688(the day of the battle), a Native of Caith

1730). ness in Scotland saw at a distance a number of persons on horseback riding

MACPHERSON full speed towards a hill, and seeming to

CATH-LODA enter into it. Curiosity led him to follow them, till looking through an opening in

362. Macpherson's “ Ossianic” poems are imthe rocks he saw twelve gigantic figures

portant because of the influence they resembling women: they were all em

exerted in the development of romanticism ployed about a loom; and as they wove,

during the eighteenth century. Some they sung the following dreadful Song;

ancient Celtic fragments are probably which when they had finished, they tore

embedded in them, but for the form and the web into twelve pieces, and (each

tone Macpherson alone is responsible. taking her portion) galloped six to the

The poems were published between 1760 North and as many to the South.”

and 1765. See Dr. Johnson's letter, The “ Fatal Sisters” are here represented page 294. as the goddesses of fate, and as the Valkyrie, or “ choosers of the slain," who

FERGUSSON select heroes destined to die in battle, 363. Burns was so conscious of his literary and conduct them to Valhalla.

debt to Fergusson that he erected a tomb32. The youthful king. Sictryg.

stone over Fergusson's grave.

THE DAFT DAYS 363. Certain of the Christmas holidays were

so called. 364. 48. Tullochgorum. A famous Scotch

tune and song.

THE CASTAWAY 365. 52. Anson's tear. Cowper based his poem

on an account which he found in Anson's Voyage Around the World.

CHATTERTON In reading Chatterton's poetry, one should pay as little attention as possible to the antiquated spelling. Pronounce the words as in modern English; Chatterton seems to have composed his verse in modern English, before translating it into the pseudo-Middle English dialect in which it appeared.


LINES TO JOHN LAPRAIK 366. The selection is from the first of Burns's

three poetical epistles to Lapraik, a Scottish poet whose work, in part at least, Burns admired.

BRISTOWE TRAGEDIE 366. 141. Goddelyke Henrie. Henry VI,

whom the Lancastrians held to have been

illegally succeeded by Edward IV. 368. 276. Bataunt. The word is a participle

meaning hastening; Chatterton misuses it here, and thinks of it as some sort of a musical instrument.

COWPER ON THE LOSS OF THE ROYAL GEORGE 360. The English man-of-war Royal George

capsized and sank off Spithead, August 29, 1782, after having been heeled over intentionally in order to expose a leaky section of her bottom. Admiral Kempenfelt was at the time under orders to go to the relief of Gibraltar.

THE TASK 362. 300. To hear that ye were fallen at last.

The Task was published in 1785, four years before the capture of the Bastille by the revolutionists.

THE HOLY FAIR 367. 66. Black Bonnet. “The elder who

officiated' at the collecting-plate, which stood at the entrance, was accustomed to wear a black bonnet.” (Centenary Burns, i. 331.) 102 ff. Moodie, Smith, Peebles, Miller, and Russell, were all parish ministers of considerable local importance or no

toriety. 368. 226. Člinkumbell. The beadle, or bellman.

THE COTTER'S SATURDAY NIGHT 370. The editors of the Centenary Burns note

(i. 362): “The piece as a whole is formed on English models. It is the most artificial and the most imitative of Burns's works. ... · These English songs, he wrote long afterwards (1794) to Thomson, 'gravel me to death. I have not that command of the language that I have of my native tongue. In fact, I think my ideas are more barren in English than in Scottish.' ... As it is, The Cotier's Saturday Night is supposed to paint an essentially Scottish phase of life, but the Scottish element in the diction,- to say nothing of the Scottish cast of the effect

-is comparatively slight throughout, and in many stanzas is altogether wanting.” Robert Aiken, to whom the poem is addressed, was an old friend of the Burns family who brought the poet some fame

by reading his verses in public. 372 111-113. Dundee's, Martyr's, Elgin.

The names of tunes in the Scottish Pres

byterian hymnal. 373. 138. Hope “springs exulting,” etc.

Slightly misquoted from Pope's Windsor
166. “ An honest man," etc. Slightly
misquoted from Pope's Essay on Mas,
iv. 297.
182. Wallace. William Wallace (c. 1270-
1305), the Scottish patriot.

TAM O'SHANTER 375. 102. Kirk Alloway seemed in a bleeze.

The editors of the Centenary Burns note (i. 433): “ Alloway Kirk was originally

MY MOTHER'S PICTURE 364. 97. An incorrect quotation from Garth's

Dispensary, iii. 226.
108. My boast is not that I deduce my
birth. Cowper traced his descent from
Henry III of England; the line means
that although his descent is royal, he
does not boast of it.

SONNET TO MRS. UNWIN Cowper's most intimate friends were the Reverend Morley Unwin, and his wife Mary. Cowper began to live with them as a boarder in 1765; following Mr. Unwin's death in 1767 Cowper and Mrs. Unwin continued together till her death in December, 1796.

TO MARY Written to Mrs. Mary Unwin.

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