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THE WINTER MORNING WALK (BOOK V)
102. The mill-dam. A reference to the Lavendon mill, about two miles from Olney.
131. The wonder of the North. The ice palace of St. Petersburg, built in 1740 by the Empress Anna.
It was constructed of large blocks of ice cut from the Neva River, and lasted from January to March.
135–137. In such a palace Aristæus found, etc. The story is found in Virgil's “Georgics,” Bk. IV. Aristæus was the son of Apollo and Cyrené, a sea-nymph. Having been robbed of his bees, of which he was very fond, by some nymphs, he complained to his mother, whom he found in her home beneath the waves.
178. At hewing mountains into men. Probably an allusion to an offer made by Dinocrates, a Macedonian sculptor, to hew Mount Athos into a statue of Alexander the Great.
179. At building human wonders mountain-high. The Pyramids of Egypt.
193. When Babel was confounded. See Genesis xi. 1-9.
213. The first artificer of death. “And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron." — Genesis iv. 22.
217. Vulcan. The god of fire and the smithy. It was he that provided Jupiter with thunderbolts.
266. Fume him so. Burn incense to him.
282. Storks among frogs. See Æsop's Fable, “The Frogs desiring a King.” 322. Jotham ascribed to his assembled trees.
See Judges ix. 7-15.
378. The surest presage of the good they seek. “The author hopes that he shall not be censured for unnecessary warmth upon so interesting a subject. He is aware, that it is become almost fashionable, to stigmatize such senti
ments as no better than empty declamation; but it is an Till symptom, and peculiar to modern times.” (Author's note.)
383. The Bastile. The famous Parisian prison which was destroyed on July 14, 1789, by the French revolutionists.
401. By him of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar. See Daniel iv. 10–18.
418. To read engraven on the mouldy walls. The walls of the Tower of London are half covered with inscriptions - placed there by prisoners.
444. Manichean god. Manes, the founder of the Manicheans, taught that there were two gods of equal power, the one good, the other evil; and that the world was created by the latter.
486. For which our Hampdens and our Sidneys bled. John Hampden (1594–1643), a celebrated English statesman, who refused in 1636 to pay the ship-money levied by King Charles the First, and joined the Parliamentary forces in their uprising a short time afterward. He was mortally wounded at the battle of Chalgrove Field near Oxford. Algernon Sidney (1621–1683) was also a member of the Parliamentary forces. On the restoration of Charles the Second to the throne, he was charged with complicity in the Rye House Plot, and executed.
694. Orpheus. The son of Apollo and the Muse Calliope; famed for his skill upon the lute.
707. The historic Muse. Clio, the Muse of history.
732. But gives the glorious sufferers little praise. Cowper, in a note, informs us that he had Hume in mind.
737. As Samson his green withes. See Judges xvi. 7–10.
818-822. Inquires what strains were they, etc. See Job Xxxviii. 7.
INDEX ON NOTES
Above, below, the rose of snow, | At building human wonders,
Attic warbler, 201.
A voice, 220.
Awake, Æolian lyre, 209.
Birds of boding cry,
But ah! 'tis heard no more, 214.
By him of Babylon, 261.
Cadwallo's tongue, 216.
Cambria's curse, 216.
Ceres' golden reign, 210. Fitzroy's festal morning, 233.
For which our Hampdens, etc.,
Full many a gem, etc., 198.
Fume him so, 260.
Gog and Magog in Guildhall, 254.
Good lack, 234.
Gorgon terrors, 206.
Granta's fruitful plain, 233.
Great Edward with the lilies,
Great Taliessin, 220.
Half of thy heart we consecrate,
Hard by yon wood, etc., 201.
Hauberk's twisted mail, 215.
Have our troops awaked, 258.
Heard ye the din of battle bray,
Hela's drear abode, 223.
Helicon's harmonious springs,
Hence merchants, unimpeach-
able of sin, etc., 259.
Henry's holy shade, 204.
He travels, and I travel too, 258.
High commission, 228.