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Well doth the Spanish hind the difference know
Stanza xxxiii. lines 8 and 9. As I found the Portuguese, so I have characterised them. That they are since improved, at least, in courage, is evident.
When Cava's traitor-sire first call'd the band
Stanza xxxv. lines 3 and 4. Count Julian's daughter, the Helen of Spain. Pelagius preserved his independence in the fastnesses of the Asturias, and the descendants of his followers, after some centuries, completed their struggle by the conquest of Grenada.
No! as he speeds, he chants; “ Vivå el Rey!"
Stanza xlviii. line 5. “ Vivå el Rey Fernando !"-Long live King Ferdinand! is the chorus of most of the Spanish patriotic songs : they are chiefly in dispraise of the old king Charles, the Queen, and the Prince of Peace. I have heard many of them; some of the airs are beautiful. Godoy, the Principe de la Pas, was born at Badajoz, on the frontiers of Portugal, and was originally in the ranks of the Spanish Guards, till his person attracted the queen's eyes, and raised him to the dukedom of Alcudia, &c. &c. It is to this man that the Spaniards universally impute the ruin of their country.
Bears in his cap the badge of crimson hue,
Stanza l. lines 2 and 3. The red cockade with “ Fernando Septimo" in the centre.
Stanza li. line last. All who have seen a battery will recollect the pyramidal form in which shot and shells are piled The Sierra Morena was fortified in every defile through which I passed in my way to Seville.
Stanza lvi. Jine last. Such were the exploits of the Maid of Saragoza. When the au. thor was at Seville she walked daily on the Prado, decorated with medals and orders, by command of the Junta.
The seal Love's dimpling finger hath impress'd
Stanza lvjii. lipes 1 and 2.
Oh, thou Parnassus !
Stanza Ix line 1. These stanzas were written in Castri (Delphos,) at the foot of Parnasgus, now called Absauga-Liakura.
Stanza lxv. lines 1 and 2. Seville was the Hispalis of the Romans.
Stanza lxx. line 5. This was written at Thebes, and consequently in the best situation for asking and answering such a question ; not as the birth-place of Pipdar, but as the capital of Baotia, where the first riddle was propounded and solved.
Stanza lxxxii. line last. “Medio de fonte leporum " Surgit amari aliquid quod in ipsis floribus angat.” Luc.
Stanza lxxxv. line 7. Alluding to the conduct and death of Solano, the Governor of Cadiz.
Stanza lxxxvi. line last. “ War to the knife.” Palafox's answer to the French General at the siege of Saragoza.
Stanza xcl. line 1. The Honourable (*. W**, of the Guards, who died of a fever at Coimbra. I had known him ten years, the better half of his life, and the happiest part of mine.
In the short space of one month I have lost her who gave me being, and most of those who had made that being tolerable. . To me the lines of Young are no fiction :
“ Insatiate archer! could not one suffice? Thy shaft flew thrice, and thrice my peace was slain, And thrice ere thrice yon moon had fill'd her horn." I should have ventured a verse to the memory of the late Charles Skinner Matthews, Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge, were he not too much above all praise of mine. His powers of mind, shown in the attainment of greater honours, against the ablest candidates, than those of any graduate on record at Cambridge, have sufficiently established his fame on the spot where it was acquired, while his softer qualities live in the recollection of friends who loved him too well to envy his superiority.
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
------despite of war and wasting fire----
Stanza i. line 4. Part of the Acropolis was destroyed by the explosion of a maga. zine during the Venetian siege.
But worse than steel and fame, and ages slow,
Of men who never felt the sacred glow
Stanza i, line 6. We can all feel, or imagine, the regret with wbich the ruins of cities, once the capitals of empires, are bebeld; the reflections suggested by such objects are too trite to require recapitulation. But never did the littleness of man, and the vanity of his very best virtues, of patriotism to exalt, and of valour to defend, his country, appear more conspicuous than in the record of what Athens was, and the certainty of what she now is. This theatre of contention between mighty factions, of the struggles of orators, the exaltation and deposition is tyrants, the triumpb and punishment of generals, is now become a scene of petty intrigue and perpetual disturbance, between the bickering agents of certain British nobility and gentry. “The wild foxes, the owls and serpents in the ruins of Babylon," were Burely less degrading than such inhabitants. The Turks have the plea of conquest for their tyranny, and the Greeks have only suffered the fortune of war, incidental to the bravest; but how are the mighty fallen, when two painters contest the privilege of plundering the Parthenon, and triumph in turn, according to the tenor of each suc. ceeding firman ! Sylla could but punish, Philip subdue, and Xerxes
burn Athens ; but it remained for the paltry antiquarian, and his despicable agents, to rend er her contemptible as himself and his pursuits.
The Parthenon, before its destruction in part, by fire during the Venetian siege, had been a temple, a church, and a mosque. In each point of view it is an object of regard : it changed its worshippers ; but still it was a place of worship thrice sacred to devotion : its violation is a triple sacrilege. But
"Man, vain man,
Stanza v. line 2. It was not always the custom of the Greeks to burn their dead ; the greater Ajax in particular was interred entire. Almost all the chiefs became gods after their decease, and he was indeed neglected, who had not annual games near his tomb, or festivals in honour of his memory by his countrymen, as Achilles, Brasidas, &c. and at last even Antinous, whose death was as heroic as his life was infamous.
Here son of Saturn ! was thy fav’rite throne.
Stanza x. line 3 The temple of Jupiter Olympius, of which sixteen columns entirely of marble yet survive : originally there were 150. These columns, however, are by many supposed to have belonged to the Pantheon.
And bear these altars o'er the long-reluctant brine.
Stanza xi. line last. The ship was wrecked in the Archipelago.
To rive what Goth, and Turk, and time hath spared.
Stanza xii. line 2. At this moment (January 3, 1809,) besides what has been already