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« Servant. From the first word to the laft, " as you shall witness.-I am to bid those sparks is

home and not loiter till the cook makes s plunder of the broken victuals; I am to say u the boil'd and the roast are ready; I am to « reckon up their bill of fare, their onions, olives,

garlick, coleworts, gourds, beans, lettuce, “ knot-grass; their falted tunny-fish, their fhad, “ sturgeon, foals, conger, purple-fish and black«fish (both whole ones) their anchovy, mack" arel, fresh tunny, gudgeons, rock-fish, dog-fith « tails, cramp-fish, frog-fish, perch, baccalao, “ sardin, seaweed-fth, fea-urchin, surmullet, « cuckow-fish, pastinaca, lamprey, barbel, grey“ mullet, Lebias, Sparus, char, Ælian - fith, “ Thracian-fish, fwallow-fish, prawns, calamary, “founder, shrimps, polypody, cuttle-fish, Orphus, lobster, crab, bleak, needle-filh, fprats, “ sea-scorpion and grigs--I am to put them in « mind of their roasts without number, of their

goose, pork, beef, lamb, mutton, goat, kid, “ pullet, duck, swan, partridge, bergander, and a 66 thousand more

-I am to warn them that their “ messmates are already fast by the tecth, chew“ing, gnawing, cutting, carving, boiling, roast“ing, laughing, playing, dancing, junketting, s drinking, mobbing, scuffling; boxing, battling, " that the pipers are at their sport; every body

« singin g; « singing, chorusfing, clamouring, whilft the

house smoaks with the adours of cinnamon « frankincense, myrrh, sweet-cane, storax, aloes,

ambergrise, mulk, campbire, cassia and a flood “ of all other exquisite perfumes"

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OSCHION stands upon the authority

of Clemens Alexandrinus and Stobæus as a writer of the Middle Comedy, and a dramatillt of a very moral and pathetic turn; his frage ments fully verify that character. A person in one of his dramas relates the following melancholy circumstance.

“I met a lamentable example of fortune's « instability-A prince of Argos begging his “bread-The man, awhile ago so celebrated for “ his great talents, high birth, and exalted rank,

was now reduced to the lowest state of human “ wretchedness, an object of commiferation to

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every body who beheld him: Such of us as " reached out the hand to him, or confoled him “ with the words of pity for his miferable con“ dition, could not leave him without abundance “ of tears; furely fuch a dismal revolution of « worldly fortune can never be contemplated « but with sympathy and condolence.”

The tender and religious sentiments conveyed in the next fragment, which we owe to Clemens, certainly demand a place of honour, (was such honour in my power to bestow) in this collection.

“ Let the earth cover and protect it's dead!
" And let man's breath thither return in peace
“ From whence it came; his spirit to the skies,
* His body to the clay of which 'twas form’d,

Imparted to him as a loan for life,
“ Which he and all must render back again
“ To earth, the common mother of mankind."

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Again, in a ftrain yet more elevated

" Wound 'not the foul of a departed män!
“ 'Tis impious cruelty ; let juftice Atrike
“ The living; but in mercy spare the deada :
“And why pursue a Mhadow that is past? ::
“ Why Nander the deaf earth, that cannot hear,
66 The dumb that cannot utter? When the soul
“ No longer takes account of human wrongs,
“ Nor joys nor sorrows touch the mouldering heart,
“ As well you may give feeling to the tomb,
se As what it covers ---both alike defy you."

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NICOSTRATUS comes next under our review, a poet in his class of great' reputation, as Athenæus, Suidas, Laertius and others testify, His comedies were found after his death in a chest, where they had been long missing and much regretted; we have to the amount of fourteen of their titles, and are further informed that he was so excellent an actor, that it became a proverb of honour to pronounce upon any capital performer, that He played in the stile of Nicostratus. · It is with regret I discover nothing in the few small fragments of this eminent author and actor worth translating; however, that I may not pass over his remains without the grateful ceremony of bestowing one small tribute to his memory, I have rendered this fhort epigrammatic distich into our language-

“ If this incessant chattering be your plan,

“ I would ye were a swallow, not a man!" The talents of the greatest actor at best can furvive him by tradition only, but when Nature to those rare attributes' adds the gift of a poetic genius, it gives a double poignancy to our regret, that time should not have left a relique even of these more considerable than the above.

OF PHILIPPUS the comic poet I have no anecdotes to record, and nothing but the names of three comedies to refer to,



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We are beholden to this poet for a very plea. fant narrative made by a lady of eafy virtue, in which she describes certain of her keepers with a great deal of comic humour, and it is humour of a fort, that has not evaporated by the intervention of twenty centuries ; she was tired of her trade, and therefore, though the theme be a loose one, the moral of it is good : The lady is in conversation with a man named Pythias, but whether the friend of Damon the Pythagorean, or fome other, does not appear: The noble professions of arms, physic, and philosophy had taken their turns in her good graces, but for the credit they gained by the account, I think it is pretty equally divided amongst them

“ So help me, Venus ! as I'm fairly sick,
" Sick to the soul, my Pythias, of this trade :
« No more on't! I'll be no man's mistress, I ;
64 Don't talk to me of Destiny; I've done with't;
" I'll hear no prophecies-for mark me well-

" No sooner did I buckle to this business,
« Than ftrait behold a Man of War assail'd me
“ He told me of his battles o'er and o’er,
“ Shew'd me good stock of scars, but none of cash,
“ No, not a doit--but still he vapour'd much
« Of what a certain Prince would do, and talk'd
* Of this and that commission in the clouds,
" By which he gull'd me of a twelvemonth's hope,
" Liv'd at free.cost, and fed me upon love.

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