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the artist is to procure them to be Nero.-Narcissas, it is enough, I aC. tolerated on the stage, and admir.
knowledge your care ; ed by the connoisseur, who judges
But would not wish you to go farther. only of the execution ; and he can. Narcisse, c'est assez, je reconnais ce soin ; not accomplish this but by giving Et ne souhaite pas que vous alliez plus leis. them, in the highest degree, quale
NARCISSUS.-What! is your hatred to ities, that may be possessed by the
Britannicus so cooled, base and wicked, artifice and ad. As to forbid me ! dress. This has been done by Ra. cine in the part of Narcissus. Quoi ? pour Britannicus ootri haine affai.
blie. What an enterprize to bring back
Me defend ! Nero, after the impression he had received, and which the spectator NERO.Yes, Narcissus, they have rece had so ardently shared ! What an onciled us. interval there is between the mo- Oui, Narcisse, on nous réconcilie. ment, in which he sends Burrhus to his brother to consummate a NARCISSUS.I shall be very careful reconciliation, and that, in which
not to dissuade you,
My lord ; but he has seen himself some he goes out with Narcissus to poi
times imprisoned. son his rival! And nevertheless, This offence, in his heart, will long resuch is the detestable art of Nar- main fresh. cissus, or rather such is the admi. There are no secrets, which time does rable art of the poet, that this rev.
He will be informed, that my hand was olution, the work of a few minutes,
to have presented him appears probable, natural, and even A poison, which your orders had caus'd necessary. The venom of malig to be prepared. nity is so ably prepared, that it can the Gods turn his thoughts from must penetrate the soul of the ty.
this design ? rant, and infect it without remedy.
But perhaps he will not hesitate to do,
what you dare not attempt. This astonishing scene deserves to be analyzed.
Fe me garderai bien de vous en detourner,
Seigneur; mais il s'est ou tantôt emprisoner. Every thing is prepared for so just an Cette offense en son cæur sera long term for execution ;
nouvelle. The poison is all ready; the famous Il n'est point de secrets que le temps ne re
Locusta Has redoubled, for me, her officious Il saura que ma main lui devait presenter cares ;
Un poison que votre ordre avoit fait appel She has caused a slave to expire in my ter. sight;
Les dieux de ce dessein puissent-ils le disAnd the sword is no less prompt to cut traire ! off a life,
Mais peut-être il fera ce que vous n'osez Than this new poison, which her hand
faire. has entrusted to me.
Nero. They answer for his heart, and Seigneur, tout est pré ou pour une mort si I will conquer mine.
juste, Le poison est tout prêt : la fameuse Low On rèpond de son cæur, et je vaincrai le custe
em. A redouble pour moi ses soins officieux ; Elle a fait expirer un esclave aux mes He has already attacked Nero by yeux ;
his fears : but fear has not sucEt le fer est moins prompt pour trancher
ceeded. He turns round in a moune vie, Que le nouveau poison, que sa main me
ment and attacks him by his confie.
Is the marriage of Junia to be the bond NERO.—But, Narcissus, tell me wat of this connexion ?
you would have me do ? My lord ! are you, moreover, to make this sacrifice to him?
Mais, Narcissus, dis-moi, que veux tu
que je fasse ? Et l'hymen de Funie en est il le lien ? Seigneur ! lui faites vous encore ce sacri.
ce sacri. Let us remark, in this place, the fice?
truth of the dialogue and the simNERO.--You take too much care upon
plicity of the diction : it is not ayou : however this may be,
bove the common style of conuinNarcissus, I consider him no longer a. ual conversation, and it ought not, a mong my enemies.
indeed, to go beyond that. On one C'est prendre trop de soin : quoi qu'il en
side it is a cool and deliberate viisoit, Narcisse,
lain, who thinks not of adorning Je ne le compte plus parmi mes ennemies. his language : villains are rarely
in a passion. On the other hand, This is a critical moment for Nar
· a man, internally agitated, who cissus. Two attacks have already
ady answers only by a few painful been repulsed. He loses no time :
words. Every poetick figure ought he endeavours now to irritate Nero
to disappear. Our criticks of the by the jealousy of power.
day, who affect to acknowledge no Agrippina, my lord, had Aattered her other poetry than the passionate self with the hope of this.
and figurative, would not fail, if She has reassumed her sovereign em Racine was living, to find him very pire over you.
cold and feeble. What verses, Agrippine, seigneur, se l'etait bien promis. they would say, are these ? Elle a repris sur vous son souverein empire. NERO.-What now? what has she said? Agrippine, seigneur, se l'etait bien promis. and what is it you would say ? Elle s'en est vantée assez publiquement.
Mais, Narcisse, dis moi, que veux tu que Quoi donc ? qu'a-t-elle dit ? et que voulez
je fasse ? aire ?
Would any one express himself NARCISSUS.--She has boasted of it,
otherwise in prose ? publickly enough.
It is precisely for this reason Elle s'en est vantée assez publiquement that they are excellent : because NERO.-Of what ?
they are what they ought to be. De quoi ?
The last, simple as it is, makes us
shudder. The tyger is about to NARCISSUS.-That it was only necessa. awake.
ry for her to see you one moment ; That, to all the great noise and fatal re
I have but too much disposition to pun. sentment,
ish her arrogance ; A modest silence would be soon seen And if I should give way to it, her into succeed ;
discreet triumph That you yourself would be the first to Would be soon followed by an eternal subscribe to a reconciliation,
regret. Very happy that her goodness would But what will be the language of the condescend to forget all.
whole universe ?
Would you draw me into the broad Qu'elle n'avait qu'a vous voir un moment ; road of tyrants ? Qu'a tout ce grand éclat, á ce courroux fi. And that Rome, obliterating so many neste,
titles to honour, On verrait succeder un silence modeste ; Leave me no better name, than that of Que vous même à la paie souseririez le a poisoner ? premier,
They will place my vengeance in the Heureux, que sa bonte daignât tout oublier. rank of parricides.
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Fe n’ai que trop de pente á punir son au- Et que Rome, efacant tant de titres dace ;
d'honneur Et, si je m'en croyais, ce triomphe in. De laisse pour tous rooms, celui d'em.po:
discret Serait bientôt suivi d'un eterne! regret. Ils mettront ma vengeance au rang des Mus,de tout l'univers quel sera le langage? parricides. Sur les pas des tyraus voux tui que je . [To be continued.}
For the Monthly Arthology.
honour and my friend, that every THE memoirs of Cumberland mother's son of them should be are an entertaining work. He is found forth coming and alive the particularly happy in the descrip- next morning. “Then, by the soul tion of Irish manners, of which of me, he replied, and they shall; the following narrative is singu- provided only that no man in comlarly illustrative.
pany shall dare to give the glorious "A short time after this (says and immortal memory for his toast, he) Lord Eyre, who had a great which no gentleinan, 'who feels as passion for cock-fighting, and I do, can put up with. To this I wiose cocks were the crack of all pledged myself, and we removed Ireland, engaged me in a maine to a whiskey house, attended by at Eyre Court. I was a perfect half a score of pipers, playing dirnovice in that elegant sport ; but ferent tunes. Here we went on the gentlemen from all parts sent very joyously and lovingly for a me in their contributions, and hav- time, till a well-dressed gentlenian ing a good feeder, I won every entered the room, and civilly acbattle in the maine but one. At costing me, requested to partake this meeting I fell ic with my hero of our festivity, and join the comfrom Shannon bank. Both parties pany, if nobody had an objection. dined together, but when I found " Ah, now, don't be too sure of that iine, which was the more that,' a voice was instantly heard numerous, infinitely the most ob: to reply, I believe you will find streperous, and disposed to quarrel, plenty of objection in this compacould no longer be left in peace ny to your being one amongst us.' with our antagonists, I quitted my What liad he done, the gentleman seat by Lord Eyre, and went to demanded. "What have you the gentleman above alluded to, done ? rejoined the first speaker. who was presiding at the second + Don't I know you for the mistable, and seating myself familiar- creant, that ravished the poor ly on the arm of his chair, propos- wench against her will in the pressed to him to adjourn our party, ence of her mother? And did'nt and assemble them in another your pagans, that held her down, house, for the sake of harmony ravish the mother afterwards, in and good fellowship. With the the presence of her daughter? best grace in life he instantly as- And do you think we will admit souted, and when I added that I you into our company ? Make should put them under inis care, yourself sure that we shall not ; and expect frem him as a man of therefore get out of this as speedily
as you can, and away wid you.' this nature, think themselves great Upon this the whole company philosophers. It is very proper rose, and in their rising the civil that these subjects should be progentleman made his exit, and was foundly understood, and that prooff. I relate this incident exactly fest adepts should be amply reas it happened, suppressing the warded for their ingenious and name of the gentleman, who was useful labours. But pursuits of a man of property and some con- this kind ought not to be made a sequence. When my surprize branch of general education to the had subsided, and the punch be- exclusion of more useful acquisigan to circulate, with a rapidity tions. A gentleman may make a the greater for this gentleman's very handsome figure in life by the having troubled the waters, I took aid of literature alone ; but with. my departure, having first cau- oat literature he can be agreeable tioned a friend, who sate by me, neither as a companion nora writer, (and the only protestant in the tho'he should possess the chymical company) to keep his head cool, skill of Lavoisier, or the astroand beware of the glorious memory. nomical knowledge of Herschel. This gallant young officer, son to “ As to physicks, or natural phi. à man, who held lands of my fa- losophy, (says Middleton) Cicero ther, promised faithfully to be so- seems to have had the notion with ber and discreet, as well knowing Socrates, that a minute and parthe company he was in. But my ticular attention to it, and the makfriend, having forgot the first part ing it the sole end and object of of his promise, and getting very our inquiries, was a study rather tipsy, let the second part slip out curious than profitable, and conof his memory, and became very tributing but little to the improvemad ; for stepping aside for his ment of human life. For though pistols, he re-entered the room, he was perfectly acquainted with and laying them on the table, took the various systems of all the phithe cockade from his hat, and losophers of any name, from the dashed it into the punch-bowl, de- earliest antiquity, and has explainmanding of the company to drink ed them all in his works, yet he the glorious and immortal memory of did not think it worth while, either king William in a bumper, or abide to form any distinct opinions of the consequences. I was not his own, or at least to declare there, and if I had been present I them. From his account, howcould neither have staid the tu ever, of those systems, we may mult, nor described it. I only observe, that several of the sundaknow he turned out the next morn- mental principles of the modern ing merely for honour's sake, but philosophers, which pass for the as it was one against a host, the discoveries of these later times, magnanimity of his opponents let are the revival rather of ancient him off with a shot or two, which notions, maintained by some of the did no execution.'
first philosophy of whom we
have any notice in history; as, the CICERO.
motion of the earth, the antipodes, I know not what Cicero would a vacuum, and an universal grave have said of the dabblers in chym- itation, or attractive quality of istry, and the frivolous experiinen- matter, wbich holds the world in talists of the present day, who, its present form and order." from a superficial knowledge of
cessors, he would assign a very Johnson observes that Pope pre- high place to his translator, withferred for their harmony these two out requiring any other evidence lines :
of genius.” Lo! where Mæotis sleeps, and hardly flows
ARAM The freezing Tanais through 'a waste of snows.
Eugene Aram was a very exI have somewhere read that he traordinary man. Without the gave a decided preference for the aid of a master he gained a persame reason to the following in
fect knowledge of the Greek and scription on a grotto, which he Latin languages, and read all their translated from a modern Latin authors. He acquired the Chalpoet.
dee, Arabick, Hebrew, and CelNymph of the grot ! this sacred scene I keep, tick, was an excellent botanist, and And to the murinur of those waters sleep. O, spare my slumbers, gently tread the cave, a profound mathematician. but And drink in silence, or in silence lave.
the excellence of his head could His attack on Colly Cibber was not counteract the depravity of his petulant and unjust. Cibber, far heart, and he was induced to murfrom being the dunce which Pope der Daniel Clark, a shoe-maker, to describes him, was a man of viz. possess himself of a trifling sum orous sense and lively wit, as may of money. The murder was conbe proved by his observations on cealed nearly fourteen years, and Cicero, and by many of his plays, was accidentally discovered by
Questions have been asked, and some bones which were dug up. doubts have been entertained, whe- Aram was tried, convicted, and ther Pope was a poet in the digni- executed, on the testimony of bis fied meaning of the word. Let own wife, and on that of one the answer be given, and let the Houseman, who had been condoubt be destroyed, by the author. cerned in the murder, but on this ity of reason and the impartiality occasion turned king's evidence, of enlightened criticism. “ After The following defence, which this all this, it is surely superfluous to extraordinary man read in court, answer the question that has once is perhaps one of the finest pieces been asked, Whether Pope was a of eloqucnce in our language, and poet ; otherwise than by asking in will amply compensate for its return, if Pope be not a poet, where length by its uncommon excel.. is poetry to be found ? To circum- lence. scribe poetry by a definition will My Lord I know not whether only shew the narrowness of the it is of right, or through some indefiner, though a definition which dulgence of your lordship, that I shall exclude Pope will not easily am allowed the liberty at this bar, be made. Let us look round up- and at this time, to attempt a deon the present time, and back up: fence; incapable, and uninstructe on the past ; let us inquire to whom ed, as I am to speak. Since, the voice of mankind has decreed while I see so many eyes upon the wreath of poetry ; let their me, so numerous and awful a con. productions be exainined, and their course, fixed with attention, and claims stated, and the pretensions filled with I know not what exof Popo will be no more disputed. pectancy, I labour not with guilt, Had he given the world only his my lord, but with perplexity. For vcrsion,the name of poet inust have having never seen a court but this, been allowed liinn : if the writer of being wholly unacquainted with the s Iliad" were to class his such law, the customs of the bar, and