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LXIV.

“Ye gods, I grow a talker 1" Let us prate.

The next of perils, though I place it sternest. Is when, without regard to “church or state.”

A wife makes or takes love in upright earnest. Abroad, such things decide few women's fate—

(Such, early traveller! is the truth thou learnest)— | But in old England, when a young bride errs, | Poor thing ! Eve's was a trifling case to hers.

LXV.

For 'tis a low, newspaper, humdrum, lawsuit

Country, where a young couple of the same ages Can't form a friendship, but the world o'erawes it.

Then there's the vulgar trick of those d–d damages! | A verdict—grievous foe to those who cause it: —

Forms a sad climax to romantic homages: Besides those soothing speeches of the pleaders, And evidences which regale all readcrs.

LXVI.

But they who blunder thus are raw beginners;

A little genial sprinkling of hypocrisy Has saved the fame of thousand splendid sinners,

The loveliest oligarchs of our gynocracy; You may see such at all the balls and dinners,

Among the proudest of our aristocracy, So gentle, charming, charitable, chaste— And all by having tact as well as taste.

LXVII.

Juan, who did not stand in the predicament

Of a mere novice, had one safeguard more : For he was sick no, 't was not the word sick I

In eant

But he had seen so much good love before, That he was not in heart so very weak; — I meant

But thus much, and no sneer against the shore Of white cliffs, white necks, blue eyes, bluer stockings, Tithes, taxes, duns, and doors with double knockings.

LXVIII.

But coming young from lands and scenes romantic,

Where lives, not lawsuits, must be risk'd for Passion, | And Passion's self must have a spice of frantic, |

Into a country where 'tis half a fashion, Seem'd to him half commercial, half pedantic, |

Howe'er he might esteem this moral nation: Besides (alas ! his taste—forgive and pity 1) | At first he did not think the women pretty.

LXIx.

I say at first—for he found out at last,

But by degrees, that they were fairer far Than the more glowing dames whose lot is cast

Beneath the influence of the eastern star. A further proof we should not judge in haste;

Yet inexperience could not be his bar To taste: —the truth is, if men would confess, That novelties please less than they impress.

partment of the table in succession a goose is depicted ; and ir the cast thrown by the player falls, upon a goose, he moves forward double the number of his throw.—Stavrr.]

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Which takes so much—to give the devil his due ;
Nor is she quite so ready with her smile,
Nor settles all things in one interview,
(A thing approved as saving time and toil); —
But though the soil may give you time and trouble,
Well cultivated, it will render double.

LxxWii.

And if in fact she takes to a “grande passion,”

It is a very serious thing indeed :
Nine times in ten 'tis but caprice or fashion,

Coquetry, or a wish to take the lead,
The pride of a mere child with a new sash on,

Or wish to make a rival's bosom bleed: But the tenth instance will be a tornado, For there's no saying what they will or may do.

LXXVIII.

The reason's obvious ; if there's an éclat,

They lose their caste at once, as do the Parias; And when the delicacies of the law

Have fill'd their papers with their comments various, Society, that china without flaw,

(The hypocrite () will banish them like Marius, To sit amidst the ruins of their guilt : 3 For Fame's a Carthage not so soon rebuilt.

LXXIX.

Perhaps this is as it should be ; – it is

A comment on the Gospel's “Sin no more, And be thy sins forgiven: "– but upon this

I leave the saints to settle their own score. Abroad, though doubtless they do much amiss,

An erring woman finds an opener door For her return to Virtue—as they call That lady, who should be at home to all.

LXXX.

For me, I leave the matter where I find it,

Knowing that such uneasy virtue leads People some ten times less in fact to mind it,

And care but for discoveries and not deeds. And as for chastity, you'll never bind it

By all the laws the strictest lawyer pleads, But aggravate the crime you have not prevented, By rendering desperate those who had else repented.

LXXXI.

But Juan was no casuist, nor had ponder'd

Upon the moral lessons of mankind : Besides, he had not seen of several hundred

A lady altogether to his mind.
A little “blasé"—'t is not to be wonder'd

At, that his heart had got a tougher rind : And though not vainer from his past success, No doubt his sensibilities were less.

LXXXII. He also had been busy seeing sights — The Parliament and all the other houses; Had sat beneath the gallery at nights, To hear debates whose thunder roused (not rouses)

awed by his aspect, recoiled from the task ; and the people of the place, as if moved by the miracle, concurred in auding his escape. The presence of such an exile on the ground where Carthage had stood was supposed to increase the najesty and the inelancholy of the scene. " Go." he said to the lictor who brought him the orders of the praetor to depart. tell him that you have seen Marius sitting on the ruins of Carthage.'" — FERousos.)

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* For a description and print of this inhabitant of the polar region and native country of the Aurorae Boreales, see Parry's Voyage in search of a North-west Passage. [See ante, p. 517.] lso game. second Earl Grey, succeeded to the peerage in a . * [William Pitt, first Earl of Chatham, died in May, 1778, after having been carried home from the House of Lords, where he had fainted away at the close of a remarkable speech on the American war.] * [“Nature had bestowed uncommon graces on his figure and person. Convivial as well as social in his temper, destitute of all reserve, and affable even to familiarity in his reception of every person who had the honour to approach him ; endued with all the aptitudes to profit of instruction, his mind had been cultivated with great care; and he was probably the only prince in Europe, heir to a powerful monarchy, como to peruse the Greek as well as the Roman poets and historians in their own language. Humane and compassionate, his purse was open to every application of distress ; nor was it ever shut against genius or merit.”— WRAxall, 1783.] * [“Waving myself, let me talk to you of the Prince Regent. He ordered me to be presented to him at a ball ; and after

That's your affair, not mine: a real spirit
Should neither court neglect, nor dread to bear it.

LXXXVIII.

And if my thunderbolt not always rattles,

Remember, reader: you have had before, The worst of tempests and the best of battles,

That e'er were brew'd from elements or gore, Besides the most sublime of — Heaven knows what

else:

An usurer could scarce expect much more —
But my best canto, save one on astronomy,
Will turn upon “political economy.”

LXXXIX.

That is your present theme for popularity :

Now that the public hedge hath scarce a stake, It grows an act of patriotic charity,

To show the people the best way to break. o My plan (but I, if but for singularity,

Reserve it) will be very sure to take.
Meantime, read all the national-debt sinkers,
And tell me what you think of our great thinkers.

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CANTo the Thirteenth.

I Now mean to be serious; – it is time,
Since laughter now-a-days is deem'd too serious.
A jest at Vice by Virtue's call'd a crime,
And critically held as deleterious:
Besides, the sad's a source of the sublime,
Although when long a little apt to weary us;
And therefore shall my lay soar high and solemn,
As an old temple dwindled to a column.

II.

The Lady Adeline Amundeville

('T is an old Norman name, and to be found In pedigrees, by those who wander still

Along the last fields of that Gothic ground) Was high-born, wealthy by her father's will,

And beauteous, even where beauties most abound. In Britain — which of course true patriots find The goodliest soil of body and of mind.

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some sayings peculiarly pleasing from royal lips, as to my own attempts, he talked to me of you and your immortalities ; he preferred you to every other bard past and present. He spoke alternately of Homer and yourself, and seemed well acquainted with both. All this was conveyed in language which would only suffer o my attempting to transcribe it, and with a tone and taste which gave me a very high idea of his abilities and accomplishments, which I had hitherto considered as confined to oianners certainly superior to those of any living gentleman.” Lord B. to Sir Walter Scott, July, 1s12.)

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