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The pepill of Crete, and thaym of Driopes, whole lines from him, which we can And eke the payntit folk Agathryses, assure Mr Ring are better than any Schowtand on thair gyse, wyth clamour he is borrowing from either Dryden and vocis hie,
or Pitt. Apoun the top of Mont Cynthus walkis he,
One Vicars translated the Æneid in His waiffand haris sum tyme doing doun thryng,
1632. We suppose he is the poet to With ane soft garland of laurer sweit whom Butler alludes, when he insmellying,
vokes the muse, And umquhile thaym gan balmyng and
That with ale or viler liquors,
Did inspire Withers, Pryn, and Vicars.
There is, in truth, little poetry in With als great bewte in his lordly face. his attempt, although one of his
friends, in a commendatory copy of Here, too, the translator has added verses, does not scruple to say, something to the original. Virgil says only, “ He walks on the tops of Virgil in Vicars' sacred breast survives. Cynthus, and arranging his flowing locks, presses them down with soft
His translation of the passage beleaves, and interweaves them with fore us is as follows:
Douglas expands this.-
Like fair Apollo, when his Delphick scat here to be transiated, inore than the And Xanthus streams, and sacred feasts original,) pressing down his waving doth hold, hairs with a soft garland of sweet With his Epirian, Cretian, Scythian rout, smelling laurel, and anon steeping Of lords and lowns, Parnassus round about. them in balm and ointment, and ar Himself on Cynthus tops doth stalk in state, tificially disposing them in ornaments His fragrant hair laid in a curious plait of gold.” “ His grundin darts clat- "He binds with tender boughs, and wreaths terynge by hys side,” is a fine pic. At's back his quiver clattering shafts doch turesque turn, for the “ Tela sonant
hold humeris ;" there is nothing corre
Lovely like him was (now) Eneas' pace, sponding in Dryden.
Such sparkling splendour shone from his The Earl of Surrey translated the
fair face. Second and Fourth Books of the Æneid into blank verse, and we be The Earl of Lauderdale, who translieve this translation, though rather lated Virgil immediately before Drystiffly executed, first brought that den, although the work was not pubfreest of all our measures into use in lished till some time after Dryden's English poetry. We give a few lines translation, was of very considerable of his attempt.
service to that poet, who had the use
of his Lordship’s MSS.-he supplies Like when Apollo leaveth Lycia, &c. When that he walks upon Mount Cynthus' him with many lines and half lines,
quite in the manner in which Dryden top, His sparkled tresse represt with garlandes and Pitt have supplied Mr Ring. We soft
next quote this noble translator. Of tender leaves, and trussed up in gold, His quivering dartes clattering behind his The Trojan captains great Æneas led back,
(With young Ascanius marching at their Soe fresh and lustie did Æneas seeme.
Conspicuous over all ; the Tyrians join'd. It is very evident that Surrey is Ev'n thus Apollo, when he leaves behind here indebted to Douglas for many of In winter, Lycia's shore and Xanthus' his expressions, and, indeed, he does flood, not scruple, in different places of his Visits his native Delos' sacred wood ; translation throughout, to borrow Renews the games ; the Cretans, Dorians
sound, And painted Scythians dance the altars
round. Ipse jugis Cynthi graditur, mollique He walks on Cynthus, wreaths perfumed fluentem,
infold Fronde premit crinem fingens, atque His flowing hair, his locks are ty'd with implicat auro.
His shafts sound on his back. With equal ver rittling as he goes,” which is grace
a happy enough modernizing of The great Æneas march'd a God-like Gawin's“ grundin dartes clattering." pace.
-Now for Mr Ring. We cannot afford room for Trapp, Next, with the youthful Trojans to the Beresford, or Symmons, but shall
sport stop, for the present, with Pitt, who, The fair Ascanius issues from the court; we find, is much more Mr Ring's mo- But far the fairest and supremely tall, del, than Dryden. We are not very Tow'rs great Eneas and outshines them versant, we confess, in his transla
all. tion, It seems, on the whole, to be These four lines our readers see are but tame, and a tame Virgil is an un- Pitt's word for word, and they are not commonly hum-drum sort of a per- good. Supremely tall” is a vile formance. The best thing about Dry; phrase, quite as bad as the “ most den is, that he gives, every now and beautified Ophelia,” which gives such then, some addition of his own native offence to that sage critic Polonius. fire to the unvarying stateliness of his great original,- but this, it must be As when Apollo from the Lycian coast,
And Xanthus' stream, congeal'd by hoarz owned, he generally does at the ex
frost, pence of all propriety, decency, and His winter station, and his cold retreat, elegance. We wish Pope had tried his Returns to Delos, his maternal seat, hand here rather than with Homer; Renews the solemn festivals and fires, he probably would have succeeded And all the raptures of his holy quires ; better than any other competitor,- The Cretan train, the Dryopes advance always, to be sure, excepting Gawin And painted Scythians mingle in the Douglas. Pitt says,
Bear the first fruits and flowerets of the Next, with the youthful Trojans to the spring, sport
And songs of triumph at his altar sing. The fair Ascanius issues from the court; He comes, he comes, o'er lofty Cynthus, But far the fairest, and supremely tall,
bound Tow'rs great Æneas, and outshines them with golden wreaths, with verdant laurels all.
crown'd! As when from Lycia, bound in wintry His hair in ringlets from his shoulder frost,
flows, Where Xanthus' streams enrich the smil. And all his arrows rattle as he goes. ing coast,
So mov'd Eneas, such his manly grace, The beauteous Phæbus in high pomp re So glow'd the purple bloom that flush'd tires,
his godlike face ! And hears in Delos the triumphant quires ; The Cretan crowds and Dryopes advance, which we do not think improvements.
Here, too, are circumstances added And painted Scythians round his altars dance.
There is nothing in Virgil about“ the Fair wreaths of vivid bays his head infold, firstfruits and flowerets of the spring;" His locks bound backward and adorned and there is surely nothing so happy with gold.
or original in that idea, as to make its The God majestic moves o'er Cynthus' insertion desirable.
We think, too, brows,
that our worthy translator spoils the His golden quiver rattling as he goes. only good line in Pitt. “ And all his So mov'd Æneas, such his charming arrows rattle as he goes,"—is neither grace,
so lively nor elegant as
“ His golden So glowed the purple bloom that flush'd
quiver rattling as he goes.” What his godlike face.
can be Mr Ring's objection to gold? Truly this is about the poorest attempt We have no wish, however, to disof the whole. Even Vicars's small- courage this ingenious gentleman, albeer is better than this milk and wa- though tou much of a Pittite for us, ter. The sense of the original is -but hope the public will pay more here given incompletely, and various attention to his specimens than we unmeaning, circumstances and epic have had time to do at present. If thets are added. Virgil says nothing his work be not already finished, he about “ Xanthus enriching the smil. may, perhaps, be persuaded to take our ing coast,” or “ high pomps, "“ trium- advice, and examine a few more transphant quires,” or “ vivid bays." The lations (especially Gawin's) than he only good line is, “ His golden qui- has yet done.
ly brick and timber, for there is not a JOURNAL OF A VISIT TO HOLLAND.
stone quarry in the whole of Holland. LETTER IV.
The most singular part of the Dutch
farm-steading is a kind of box, mea(Continued from Vol. 111. page 38.- suring about three feet square, erectJuly 1818.)
ed upon the ridge or highest part of
the tenement, like an additional chimDEAR J
ney where one is not expected. In Rotterdam,
From Helvoetsluys, this box the stork, a large bird, which Wednesday
where our party first is frequent all over the country, builds
landed in Holland, we its nest, and dwells in the greatest 6th August. had the option either of security, being considered sacred by continuing the voyage with our yacht the Dutch. to Rotterdam, by Dort; or of going The Briel is rather a handsome over land to the town of Briel, and town, and contains about 3000 inhafrom thence crossing the Maes, and bitants. It is remarkable for cleanlia so on by Schidam; or, thirdly, by ness, and forms a regular and strong boat from Briel to Rotterdam ; which fortification, with a ditch or canal last mode was preferred. According- round it. The inn of such a town as ly, on the morning after our arrival at this was not to be expected to have a Helvoet, the party were seated in two first rate appearance, and therefore voitures, and another followed with our surprise was increased upon enthe servants and the luggage. These tering an extensive lobby laid with carriages, as the name implies, are marble, and having the walls decoopen, and well adapted for affording a rated with paintings in the French view of the country. They are usual- style. The suite of rooms which the ly drawn by two horses. They re- hostess led us through were also fitted semble curricles, but have the sus- up in a very handsome and tasteful pension bar under the bellies of the manner. Finding that we should horses instead of being on their backs, have two hours to spend here before agreeably to the English mode. The the boats set sail for Rotterdam, we body of the carriage is not placed on visited the church. This is not fitted springs, but is hung from leathern up with pews or fixed seating in the straps attached directly to the frame- English manner; but the congregation work of the shafts; while the traces sit upon rush-bottomed chairs, which and reins are made of white or bleach- were now piled up in great numbers ed yarns, neatly plaited, which are in the middle of the church. The considered lighter and stronger than steeple is said to be 160 feet in height: leathern traces. Upon English roads though it does not seem to be a very a carriage hung in this manner would sound or substantial building, we, afford but a very rough and unplea- notwithstanding, ascended, and enjoya sant ride. But in Holland the made ed a most commanding view of the roads are generally paved with small country, including Rotterdam, Hague, thin bricks, called clinkers, which Delft, Flaarding, Schidam, &c. with form a path as smooth as an iron the distant islands of Schoen and railway. On these chaussees the Dutch Goree, the whole appearing much postillions drive with great rapidity, at chequered and intersected with nuthe rate of from six to nine miles an merous rivers and canals. hour.
At two P. M. we left the Briel in The aspect of the country from one of the passage-boats or schuyts Helvoei to Briel presents one uniform for Rotterdam, and passed up the and uninteresting flat, seldom en- Meuse with a fair wind and a favourLivened with trees, and never varying able tide. The Briel, relatively to with the undulating line of beauty ; Rotterdam, may be considered 'like the eye being only met by the ap- Gravesend to London; and here also pearance of the church tower, and ships are often detained in the road. numerous villages and farm houses, stead, waiting an opportunity of getall bearing the evident marks of the ting to sea, or of passing up the care and industry of an abundant Meuse. This noble stream appears and overflowing population. The to be larger than the Thames at building materials here are universala Vauxhall, and dows with a majestic
calm stream to the sea, where it forms On reaching Rotterdam, we proa dangerous bar and extensive sand ceeded to the Bath, an English house banks, which often prove fatal to the upon the Boom Quay. This Boom shipping of this port. The Meuse is Quay forms a most beautiful walk on every where intersected by cross cuts the banks of the river, about a mile and canals, not only to the large towns in length; the houses being shaded by of Flaarding and Schidam, but even a row of stupendous elm trees. Our to the most trifling villages and lonely ship having previously arrived at Rotfarm houses, which must all have the terdam, was anchored off the hotel, advantage of water-carriage. The and had given notice of our intended banks of this river in many points re- visit. We were courteously received, semble those of the Thames, but we and found dinner waiting in a splenhave here much less shipping, and did apartment, the walls of which fewer elegant villas to enliven the were ornamented with tapestry, and sescene and engage the attention of the veral beautiful paintings adorned both traveller.
the ceiling and other parts of the room. The company in the schuyt was The dinner was served up with all the numerous. Although the passage was taste and elegance of an English house, only about sixteen miles, our Dutch and the most choice wines of the Confriends seemed to be prepared with tinent were set on the table at very provisions and necessaries for a con- moderate prices. siderable voyage. They had no soon Anxious to see this great commerer embarked than they took possession cial place, we had no sooner finished of the cabin, and began to prepare dinner than the party went forth in a coffee and to make a hearty meal. In body, and traversed the town from spite of the heat of the weather, this street to street, crossing one canal afsinall place continued crowded to ex ter another, till. day-light began to cess, and was besides furnished with fail. From this cursory view of the a choffer containing a fire of peat for place, I shall only notice, that Rotterlighting their pipes, the smoke of dan is boundeıl towards the south by which issued at every crevice or chink the Meuse, which glides past it in the of the door and windows. One cir- most beautiful way. Like the other cumstance at einbarking seemed ra- cities of Holland, its site is quite ftat, ther remarkable; the sailing party were the streets being raised above the accompanied to the boat from all common level of the country by the quarters of the town by their friends, excavation of the canals. While the when a most affectionate adieu took stranger is apt to be astonished at the place, with mutual tears of regret and economy of the Dutch in conducting benediction, so different from the the water and the shipping to almost practice of England upon trifling oc- every street, he forgets that this is casions, that the English party on really a matter of necessity, because it board concluded that their fellow- requires the whole of the canal excatravellers must be taking leave for vation to raise the streets about eight some distant country; and having or ten feet, or a convenient height, alearned that a vessel was then receiv- bove the common surface of this land ing emigrants for America, it was na- of waters. You are here, my dear turally conjectured that the major J, to consider the streets of Rotpart on board were bound for that terdam as divided each into three distant land. But upon more partie compartments, the central part being cular inquiry, we found that they a canal for shipping, while those our were chiefly people belonging to Rot- each side are paved with stone and terdam, who were merely returning brick about 24 feet in breadth, havhome, and that such aftectionate ing almost invariably a row of fine adieus are universally practised by the trees in front of the houses, admitting Dutch. Having sailed at two, the of quays for shipping goods both in schuyts reached Rotterdam about half- front and rear of the merchant's past five, without any occurrence wore house. The houses are universally thy of notice, farther than that some built with brick; the front to the street pretty plain and rather barefaced in- forming a most singular elevation, for, stances occurred of a great want of in conformity to an order of the burdelicacy in both sexes,
gomasters, each house. must incline
forward or overhang the street at the pair of goats, handsomely caparisoned. rate of about one inch per foot of În these little vehicles it is common height, with a view, it is believed, to to see one or two children sitting or throw the drop and moisture in wet lying with all the composure and see weather off the foundation of the date circumspection of age, while chilhouse. This order, though not strict- dren of England, under similar cirly adhered to, has been followed close- cumstances, would certainly be in conly enough to give the houses a most tinual danger, from their restlessness swkward and dangerous appearance, and activity, of being plunged into so that it is impossible for a stranger the contiguous canals. at first to walk the streets without ap The most remarkable circumstance prehension that the houses are ready in the dress of the people you meet to fall upon him. Externally the with in the streets, when compared Dutch houses are often painted of va- with the costume of England, consists rious colours, and internally they are in the men pretty commonly wearing superbly decorated with gilded orna- cocked hats, large metal buttons, and ments and elegant pictures, with a buckles, the fashions of Holland have profusion of white marble, particular- ing all the appearance of being about ly in the passages, stairs, and kitchen, twenty years behind those of England.
In walking through the streets of The women wear ear-rings, from the Rotterdam, there is everywhere a size of a pea almost to that of a midpeaceful serenity, Every one seems dle-sized plum; some of the better busily employed, but there is no jar- sorts, particularly those from North ring noise of complicated cries such as Holland, have not only ear-rings is met with in the streets of London; dangling upon their shoulders, but no grating and chirping of waggons, or bands or plates of gold round their rattling of carriages, to guard against foreheads, passing behind the ears and which the Dutch are averse to the in- back part of the neck. They generaltroduction of wheel carriages of all ly wear black or white stockings of kinds, and, therefore, the whole of cotton or silk, with a black or red their extensive merchandise is con- high-heeled slipper, without any quarveyed upon a kind of sledge, to which ter-leather for the heel. They are the horse is connected by traces. The in general, to appearance, very clean. sledge horse is shod with a kind of The streets of this great town are for patten or shoe, furnished with high the most part paved with brick, unless points at the toe and heel, on which in the public thoroughfares, which are he walks, the pastern or foot being a- paved with stone brought chiefly from bout half an inch clear of the ground. Scotland. They are lighted at night This occasions a singular clinking with large square lanterns, fitted with noise as he passes along, at first far glasses, and containing argand burnfrom agreeable to a stranger's ear. To ers. These lanterns are suspended prevent the sledge from heating with with ropes between the houses and the the friction on the street, the driver trees, and are lowered at pleasure by supplies himself with a small barrel pullies. They have not only a very of water from șhe canal ; this he beautiful appearance at night, but ilplaces in front of the sledge, and the luminate the streets remarkably well ; continual dropping of the water keeps and, under all circumstances, it is the track of the sledge moist. The quite astonishing that so few accidents only description of wheel carriages happen in these streets bounded by you meet with in the streets of Rot- water, considering the immense poputerdam are a few carriages, which be- lation, and the numerous bridges and long to the principal merchants for foot-paths which the public have to the use of their families, and are ge- pass along. But such is the force of nerally drawn by beautiful Flanders habit, that nothing is found hazarda mares of elegant figure, and whose ous, or even inconvenient, to which movements afford an idea of the prance we are habitually accustomed. S. of the war horse. We also often meet with the child's chariot, drawn by a (To be continued.)