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La revanche, je ne ferai pas relier, avec les insipidités de Messrs. de l'ame, et tel choix de mots ou telle suite de sons.'

Oithe original poein which M. Colardeau undertook to translate, bt expresses himself in the following terms; and however we may

ia besoin pour affecter. Un reproche plus réel que je fais à cette 1 1813. Baron de Grimm's Correspondance.

115. ly ud et lui dit: Allons, mon fils, montrez votre talent au poublic: Votre père

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Young Vestris was reputed to be the fruit of the tender, but ey

tronctioned, loves of the Diou de la danse, and Mademoiselle ho Adard, also a dancer at the opera; and the public gave him

the happily combined appellation of Vestrallard. He performed popuders que day at the ballet, while his father was looking on, to exclaimed in rapture, “If lie goes on thus, I have a great gift

n store for him; I will allow him to bear my name!' Dauberval, sto a bher member of the corps de ballet, who divided with Vestris

the isvours of Mademoiselle Allard, was observed also eying the pour; prodigy with vast earvestness, and was heard to say, with a

naise of vesation and admiration, · Quel talent! C'est le fils de de teus, et ce n'est pas le mien! Hélas! je ne l'ui manqué que

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á very few morsels of criticism are all that we shall permit our

stices farther to extract from this ainusing publication. ،، I Of Deat, whose name is generally understood to stand high

27. 29 the modern amatory poets of France, after saying that his * Kites

' are a free imitation of those of Secundus, poéte Latin du Iete siècle, plein de graces et de volupté,' our Baron adds, 'il n'y pas l'ombre de volupté dans les baisers de M. Durat: cela est d'un ho.d, d'un vide, d'un aride, à dessécher le tempérament le moins sarcin à la consomption. — Il n'a pu cacher sa surprise de la répuaun que la Fare et Chaulieu ont conservée. C'est que, remplies

négligences, leurs poésies respirent la volupté; c'est qu'on y Temarque cette douce flexibilité, cette tendre mélancolie, d'une ame pessonée et philosophique, dont on ne trouve aucun vestige dans Doral et Desfontaines, la Première Nuit d'Young, traduite en vers frun

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, de cette douceur de versification qui dispose insensiblement ant à une douce et tendre mélancolie, de cette poésie imitative qui, je ne sais quel prestige secret

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espèce de poésie, c'est le vague dans lequel elle fait nager son lecteur. On remarque dans Young et ses pareils plutôt une téte échaufiée, une imagination exaltée, effarouchée, qu'un coeur profondément affecté; on ne sait proprement de quoi il se plaint, quels sont ses malheurs; on ne connaît pas les objets de sa douleur, quoiqu'il vous y ramène sans cesse. Il y a dans tout cela trop de cloches, trop de tombeaux, trop de chants et de cris funébres, trop de fantômes; l'expression simple et naive de la vraie douleur serait cent fois plus d'effet que toutes ces images; il s'agit de faire couler mes larmes, et non de m'effrayer comme un enfant par des images imposantes et terribles en apparence, mais qui n'effieurent pas inon âme, et n'y laissent aucune trace, aucun sentiment durable.'

Besides Colardeau, however, one M. de Tourneur also conceived and actually executed the project of translating Young's Night Thoughts into French verse. The last named author was likewise known by a translation of Johnson's Life of Savage, to which were added memoirs of Thomson, the author of the Seasons. Grimm's remarks on this publication, are, at least, lively and curious.

‘Rien à dire de celui-ci, (the life of Thomson) sinon que c'était le revers de l'autre; aussi son histoire est-elle très-fastidieuse à lire. Il faut, pour le bonheur de ceux qui ont à traiter avec un homme, qu'il ressemble à Thomson; par l'intérêt et l'amusement du lecteur, qu'il ressemble à Savage. Je ne dirai qu'un mot des Saisons de Thomson, comparées aux Géorgiques de Virgile; c'est que la muse de Thomson ressemble à Notre-Dame de Lorette, et la muse de Virgile à Vénus: l'une est riche et couverte de diamans, l'autre est belle, nue, et n'a qu'un simple bracelet. Virgile est un modèle de bon goût; Thomson serait tout propre à corrompre celui d'un jeune homme.

Those who incline to consider man as a mere machine, says our critic, will find themselves singularly confirmed in that opinion by observing Piron.

C'était une machine à saillies, à épigrammes, à traits. En l'examinant de près, l'on voyait que ses traits s'entrechoquaient dans sa tête, partaient involontairement, se poussaient pêle-mêle sur ses lèvres, et qu'il ne lui était pas plus possible de ne pas dire de bons mots, de ne pas faire des épigrammes par douzaine, que de ne pas respirer.'

Voilà pourquoi M. de Voltaire craignait toujours la rencontre de Piron, parceque tout son brillant n'était pas à l'épreuve des traits de ce coinbattant redoutable qui les faisait tomber sur ses ennemis comme une grêle.'

Very early in life, he narrowly escaped being massacred in his native village for a bon mot, accompanied, it is true, by a somewhat scurvy practical joke. • Il s'était associé à une compagnie d'arquebusiers à Beaune.

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il va à la comédie avec son honorable corps. On lève la toile. Les
acteurs parlent un peu bas. Les spectateurs se mettent à crier, Plus
kad! on n'entend pas.“ Ce n'est pourtant pas faute d'oreilles," s'écrie
Piron; et voilà tout l'auditoire qui lui tombe sur le corps, et il a toute
la peine du monde à se sauver.'

Materials for a most amusing biographical dictionary of all the
me of letters and beaux esprits of Paris might

easily be collected from this correspondence; and Piron, Dorat, le Gentil Bernard, La Harpe, Marmontel, Arnaud, Thomas, Linguet, Condorcet, would form prominent articles in the miscellaneous compilation.—But tume presses, and we must part abruptly. Should we once venture to look back, we shall find so many objects still left unnoticed, and reproaching us with neglect, that our only safety seems to consist in immediate flight.

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Art. VII. An Introduction to Medical Literature; including
a System of Practical Nosology: intended as a Guide to Stue
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, and an Assistant to Practitioners. By Thomas Young,
M.D. F. R. and L. S. Fellow of the Royal College of Phy-
scians, and Physician 10 St. George's Hospital. 8vo. pp. 602.

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T a time when so much discussion has been provoked, and such

activity displayed in pursuit of the best method of instilling the
rudiments of grammar and arithmetic, we cannot but persuade our-
selves that a proportionate ardor will be excited by every endeavour
to improve the higher branches of knowledge, and to diffuse the
elements of more exalted science. In this latter class medicine
holds a distinguished rank-whether we consider the enlarged
feld of information on which it is raised, the numerous subjects
for reflection which it comprehends, or the beneficial application of
its powers to the comfort and continuance of life. Under these im-
pressions, we are confident that we are performing an acceptable
service in accommodating ourselves to the prevailing taste, and in
calling the notice of our readers to Dr. Young's recent work on the
literature and study of medicine. A brief description of the object
and execution of this publication will be no less interesting than
useful, and we shall exhibit the author's views and intentions in his
Own words.

In a science so complicated and obscure as that of physic, the want of sone direction for the assistance of a student has been the more felt, as the difficulty of the execution of such a work has been greater.— In 10 department of human knowledge is the work of literary discriminaboli more necessary than in physic; in none is it more difficult, and in

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none has it been more neglected, at least in this country.--The nonexistence of any work in the English language, resembling that which is now offered to the public, while the subject is of the most undeniable importance, must be admitted as an apology for its appearing with many imperfections in some degree inseparable from the nature of the undertaking.'—' The collection of literary information, and of references to various authors, is a step which ought always to be preliminary to the execution of a detailed treatise on any department of science. Having completed this collection, I have been principally induced to lay it separately before the public by the approbation which has been bestowed on the second volume of '

my lectures on Natural Philosophy, consisting principally of a similar methodical catalogue of the literature of all the subjects which had been explained in an elementary manner in the first volume.'-—To assist in furnishing the student with a sufficient direction for cultivating any particular department of his profession, in the most advantageous manner, is the principal object of this work.' Pref. pp. 3-8.

Medical education amongst us is carried to the highest perfection, as far as regards the assistance to be derived from lectures and hospitals; but there has always been waiting a guide in the closet, a director in literary research. It is no less true than strange, that no attempt to supply this deficiency should have been made before; and that while the acquirement of the other learned faculties, as well as of moral and political, metaphysical and natural philosophy, has been facilitated by the aid of the most distinguished ornaments of those professions and sciences, physic alone should have been suffered to remain unassisted, in this respect, by any of its professors, in a country so justly celebrated for its medical attainments. The work before us will remove the stigma, and complete our system. It is not, however, to the student alone, that this introduction will be found of use, it will prove equally serviceable to those far advanced in knowledge. The mere perasal, indeed, of the catalogue of references will often be alone sufficient to awaken recollection by reviving the trains of interrupted impressions, through the association of system, or the influence of names; and of such an auxiliary, practitioners, from the nature of the science, are continually in need.

Preparatory to directing the student in his medical studies, Dr. Young has with great propriety called his attention, in a preliminary essay, to the general education upon which those studies must be engrafted; to the professional expectations wbich may reasonably encourage his pursuits, and to the moral and intellectual qualifications required to attain the objecis of his ambition. The principal part of this essay consists of an elegant translation of a work by Professor Vogel, enlarged and illustrated by the reflections of the author. This dissertation abounds with useful instruction and strong sense. The character of the science and profession

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conclusion we are furnished with a demonstrative refutation of some

This discussion appeared essential, since if it were true that the
medical science of the most celebrated professors could effect so little,
prader circumstances so favourable as he has supposed, the public would
an individual for devoting himself with zeal and enthusiasm to the at-
could reasonably be anticipated. p. 25.
very extensive; and to render so large a collection manageable
ba student, it requires to be reduced and distributed into sys-
Tematic order. Here peculiar difficulties occurred, since there
rature, which for the most part is either desultory and detached,
or involved in artificial and errvneous combinations. To com-

of physic here delineated inspires us with exalted notions of their
excelence, when carried to the perfection thus prescribed. '

Medicine not only comprehends so very extensive a range of know-
le sze, but its truths are often so profound, and so much concealed from
a cursory inspection, so intricate, so much disguised, distorted and ob-
acred by a multitude of delicate and invisible causes, that nothing less
tuan the all-commanding eye of the most enlightened understanding,
Žan the all-penetrating and all-searching power of genius, can possibly
recognise that which is hidden in darkness, can follow that which is
remote into the last traces that it imprints, can distinguish certainty
trum opinion and probability, can separate the essential from the acci-
decial, and tinally, can analyse and develope any subject of investigation
sa cumpletely as to leave no further doubt respecting any of its proper-
de ebich are cognisable by human neans.'— Prelim. Essay, p. 7.

"Perhaps there is no science which requires so penetrating an intelle so much talent and genius, so much force of mind, so much acute

as and memory, as the science of medicine. For the full attainment of is proper and ultimate object, it requires also indispensably the masion of stability of judgment, rapidity of decision, and immoveable frazes and presence of mind, readiness of recollection, coolness, flexibility of temper

, elegance and obsequiousness of manners, and a profound knowledge of mankind, and of the secret recesses of the human j

bean. p. 9.– These qualifications can only be obtained by means of al 2 zond education, united with opportunities of becoming acquainted with

be world, and habits of intercourse with society.'
The course of general and of medical education here laid down,
23 necessary to be pursued, coincides so nearly with the present
general practice that it will be readily admitted to be right.
copiations published by Dr. Brown, in discouragement of our reliance

upon the efficacy of medical practice. vi

motive left for encouraging a pursuit so fruitless, nor comment of knowledge, where nothing further than doubt and difficulty

We come now to the body of the work. Medical literature is is ng science in which 'selection is so important and so difficult. 0:43. Ove cause of this difficulty is the state of medical lite

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