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CXIV. I have not loved the world, nor the world me,But let us part fair foes ; I do believe, Though I have found them not, that there may be Words which are things,-hopes which will not deceive, And virtues which are merciful, nor weave Snares for the failing: I would also deem O’er others' griefs that some sincerely grieve; (25)
That two, or one, are almost what they seem,That goodness is no name, and happiness no dream.
And reach into thy heart--when mine is cold,
To aid thy mind's developement,—to watch
Yet this was in my nature: - as it is,
Yet, though dull Hate as duty should be taughty
And an attainment,--all would be in vain,-
The child of love,—though born in bitterness,
Fain would I waft such blessing upon thee,
CHILDE HAROLD'S PILGRIMAGE.
Stanza xviii, line 5. « Pride of place” is a term of falconry, and means the highest pitch of flight.-See Macbeth, &c.
“ An Eagle towering in his pride of place
Stanza xx. line 9.
See the famous song on Harmodius and Aristogiton. The best English translation is in Bland's Anthology, by Mr. Denman.
“ With myrtle my sword will I wreathe,” &c.
Stanza xxi. line 8.
On the night previous to the action, it is said that a ball was given at Brussels.
4, 5. And Evan's, Donald's fame rings in each clansman's ears.
Stanza xxvi. line 9. Sir Evan Cameron, and his descendant Donald, the “gentle Lochiel" of the “ forty-five.”
And Ardennes waves above them her green leaves.
Stanza xxvii. line 1. The wood of Soignies is supposed to be a remnant of the “ forest of Ardennes,” famous in Boiardo's Orlando, and immortal in Shakespeare's “ As you like it.” It is also celebrated in Tacitus as being the spot of successful defence by the Germans against the Roman encroachments.--I have ventured to adopt the name connected with nobler associations than those of mere slaughter.
I turn'd from all she brought to those she could not bring.
Stanza xxx. line 9. My guide from Mont St. Jean over the field seemed intelligent and accurate. The place where Major Howard fell was not far from two tall and solitary trees (there was a third cut down, or shivered in the battle) which stand a few yards from each other at a pathway's side.-Beneath these he died and was buried. The body has since been removed to England. A small hollow for the present marks where it lay, but will probably soon be effaced; the plough has been upon it, and the grain is.
After pointing out the different spots where Picton and other gallant men had perished; the guide said, “here Major