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posterity an honour to the Fine Arts, the French Fleet, over which Lord and an ornament to his Country. Howe obtained a signal victory in

John Flaxman, Esq. of an ancient the year 1794. In St. Paul'sand respectable family in Bucking- Earl Howe's monument in the south hamshire, but originally from Nor- cross of the Cathedral; Lord Nelfolk, was born in the city of York, son's on the right hand, leading to on the 6th July, 1755. The afflu- the choir; Sir Joshua Reynolds' ence of his ancesters was consider- statue under the dome, and a tabuably diminished by the civil wars lar monument to Captain Millar. during the reign of Charles the In Winchester Cathedral-the moFirst, four brothers of this respect- numents to Dr. Wharton and Mrs. able family joined the Parliamenta- North, rians against Charles at the battle In Chichester Cathedral-a monuof Naisby. James, the eldest, was ment to Collins the Poet, and seveshot through both arms while in ral others. pursuit of the King; Francis was In Christchurch, Hampshire -a killed in the battle; another brother group the size of nature of Lady after the fight emigrated to Ireland; Fitz-Harris and her Children. and John, the youngest, from whom At Bringston, near Althorpe, the subject of our memoir is lineally Northamptonshire-a monument to descended, settled in Buckingham- the late excellent Countess Dowager shire where he entered upon an agri- Spencer, terminated by a group of cultural life, at the same time fol. Charity at one end, and at the other loving the business of a carrier. by a figure of Faith. Mr. Flaxman married Miss Anne In Lewisham Church, Kent. Denman, of London; he is now a monument to Miss Lushington. widower and without children, his In Ireland a monument to the wife died after a union of forty years, Earl of Mazarine, and left an indelible impression of In Scotland-a statue of the Right the fondest affection on her hus. Hon. William Pitt, for the Town band's heart. She was distinguish. Hall of Glasgow, and a colossal ed for her literary attainments, par. statue, in bronze, of General Sir ticularly in the f'rench and Italian John Moore, in the same City. literature, and was the companion In Oxford-two monuments to of her husband's travels and studies Sir William Jones. in Italy.

The Designs and one Model for Mr. Flaxman was elected a mem- the Basso Relievos on Covent-Garher of the Academies of Florence den Theatre, and the statue of and Carrara while he was in Italy; Comedy in the same building. and an academician of the Royal A group of the Fury of Athamas, Academy, about five years after his colossal, executed for the Earl of return to England. In this Institu- Bristol. tion, about ten years ago, he was A statue of Apollo, the Shepherd, appointed the first Professor of and a colossal group of Michael Sculpture, in which honourable si

the Archangel's Victory over Satan, tuation he still continues. It is not, both for the Earl of Egremont. perhaps, generally known, that this

A sepulchral statue of Mrs. H. is the only professorship of Sculp- Tighe, author of Psyche. ture in the world.

À monument of Mrs. Morley, in At an early age Mr. Flaxman Gloucester Cathedral. applied himself to modelling and A monument of the Baring Fasculpture, which he has since con- mily, in Micheldever Church, near tinued without interruption. In the Stratton Park, Hampshire. year 1782, he began his studies in A statue of the Right Honourable Rome, which he continued seven Warren Hastings. years; in 1794, he returned to Eng. A model for the Shield of Achilles, land. The principal works of this from Homer's description, executed excellent sculptor are as follow :- in silver gilt, by Messrs. Rundell,

In Westminster Abbey- The mo- Bridge and Rundell, for His Manument of Lord Chief Justice Mans. jesty King George IV., and his field, and a monument to Captain Royal Highness the Duke of Montague, killed in a battle with York,

Volumes of Outlines have been well as an artist; they are illustraalso executed by Mr. Flaxman, tive of the Niad and Odyssey of which have considerably extended Homer, and the works of Æschylus, his fame as a classical scholar as Hesiod, and Dante.


Hark! the great Abbey clock, in its loss. Who has not known the faithful oracle whose honest the value of oblivium whene'er some tongue tells the saine truth to all

newly past or closc impending evil however unwelcome, utters with has Aung its giant shadows athwart solemn voice the midnight hour, and the morning twilight of the soul ? time stands tiptoc on to-morrow's Who has not felt a vehement desire threshold. Thrice welcome, holy to retreat into insensibility; a clingnight, the joyful season of the joy- ing to unconsciousness; a recoiling less ; welcome to many a throbbing from perception; a sickly aversion head, and many, an aching bosom. from the sun's brightness; a careNow the proud sufferer, who has less contempt for the great things of strnggled through the day to keep the world ; a debility, a lassitude, his sorrows out of sight, forced to a strengthlessness of spirit. Another divide the mind against itself, to day is before us to get through as split the heart in two, as it were, best we may; we must go forth to and give one half to mirth and one meet our fate; we have come out of to misery--may cast aside the mask a land of pleasantness and peace to upon the pillow, and shew his griefs engage in strife, and toil, and warto trusty solitude.

Come, gentle fare. And sleep too hath its sports Sleep, death's beautiful brother- and its diversions, its wild indefi. fairest phenomenon - poetical re- nable dreams ; fantastic scenes, ality--thou sweet collapsing of the which fancy's finger sketches in the weary spirit--thou mystery that dark-distorted reflexion of the buevery one knows-thou remnant of siness of life on the Camera-obscura primeval innocence and bliss, for of the brains. Oh! kind and blissAdam slept in Paradise. To sleep- ful mockery, when the manacled there's a drowsy mellifluence in the felon, on his bed of straw, is tranvery word that would almost serve sported to the home of his innocent to interpret its meaning—to shut up boyhood, and the pining and forthe senses and hoodwink the soul saken fair is happy with her fond to dismiss the world—to escape from and faithful lover,-and the poor one's self—to be in ignorance of our man hath abundance-and the dying own existence--to stagnate upon the man is in joyous health—and deearth-just breathing out the hours, spair hath hope--and those that not living them --"Doing no mis- want are as though they wanted chief, only dreaming of it”-neither not—and they who weep, are as merry nor melancholy, something though they wept not. But the between both, and better than either. fashion of these thing's passeth Best friend of frail humanity, and away! like all other friends best estimated




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You asked me to give you some a new orangery, a new park, a new description of the remarkable places garden. He has destroyed, without I have visited.

mercy, that which la belle des belles I owe to the letters, from which

had planted, that he himself might Madame de Sévigné has deservedly have the pleasure of planting. obtained so much reputation, addressed to our illustrious president, “ Hélas! qu'est devenu ce bosquet a native of Bretagne, to inform you enchanté." of the present state of this celebrated château. The architecture is picturesque, did the allusion strike me; and the

said I, sighing to myself, so much I should think the greatest part of gardener, who acted as guide and it was built in the twelfth and four- ciceroni, told me those large oaks, teenth centuries; there is the wind- which, according to him, were more ing stair-case built in a tower; the than eighty years old and had not body of the house banked by two

yet attained to half their size, that other towers, both of them orna

those fine beech trees, those tufted mented with rude heads of animals, elms, those ash trees strait as an from the eaves to the summit; on one side is the chapel built for “ le windows and doors of Monsieur's

arrow, had been cut up to make the bien bon,” (the Abbé de Coulanges) hen-house! Happily neither Monin the same style. It is placed in sieur nor his Celtic architects had a large tower, covered with a roof the inclination to change the disin the shape of a priest's bonnet.

tribution of the garden. It is still Such is the general aspect of a place rendered illustrious by the strait alleys, in the style of the par

a large parterre with long, wide, most amiable of women, and the

terres at Sceaux, Marly, or the tenderest of mothers. This is all,

grand Trianon. besides the antique esplanade upon The echo discovered by Madame which these old buildings are situa- de Sévigné, and which can only be ted, that can remind us of Sévigné. heard by two persons, placed at the A rich Breton, M. des N

two points of the circle, and which the proprietor of Rochers, has whi; distinctly carries their words to the tened three layers thick inside and distance of ten feet, even if they out, a barbarism worthy of a Turk, speak as low as possible only just the walls and towers, the side of stirring the lips, this echo, a sinthe house, and the chapel. He cer

gular trick of nature, is well pretainly never read the letters par excellence! Nothing now remains

But the park, the mall, the beauof the ancient dependencies of the

tiful alleys, ornamented with such castle. A wash-house, large enough pretty devices and such fine names, for barracks, immeuse stables, sup- are aîl fallen under the axe of this ported by corinthian columns, court- terrible Breton, who seems to be yards, poultry-yards ornamented with

inveterate against the memory of fluted pilasters; in the midst of this this incomparable woman. He is grotesque farin

right; these places which would

remind us of the admiration and “ Ce ne sont que festons, ce ne sont loyalty of the Sévignés for their qu'astragales,*

sovereigns, would now involuntarily Je me sauve au travers du jardio.t”. recal to us the recollection of

La Bedoyére, and this contrast must There I found new sources of have been painful. L'alleé de na regret; new walls on the terrace, fille still existed in 1810. Now


* Boileau.

+ Delille.

there is no longer a witness of those who have chased from their domicile tender elusions, of those amiable the old Sévigné's. disputes between the mother and I could not learn whether there danighter. There remains no lon. exist any descendants of Pillois the ger a silent witness of the piquant honest gardener of Mad. de Sévigné; conversations between the mother the only living things, contemporaand son! What can remind us now ries of the soft-eyed Marchioness and of the mild reprimands of the toute the beautiful and proud Countess of bonne, the agreeable and naif con- Grignan, are the large orange-trees fessions of the amiable Vantrin, which, thanks to the mild and damp who, in one evening at Lansquenet climate of Brittany, live without artiswallowed up 500) of his mother's ficial heat and almost without care large oaks, who was handsome as in a vast greenhouse built like a Paris, brave as Condé, lively as cart-shed by the new proprietor ; I St. Evremond, amiable as Cheau- begged leave to gather some flowers, lieci, who struggled with Dacier for it was the only favour they granted the honour of commenting on Ho- me, and the only relic I brought race, who excelled in conversation, away from this celebrated place. wko lived with Racine and Boileau, The names of the avenues in the Lafontaine and Moliere, got tipsy park still exist; I walked through with an air of grace, committed an L'Allée royale, in the Allée de ma hundred follies, owned them in a fille, in that of du point du jour, in charming manner, suffered himself the Tremaine, in l'infinie, in the mall. to be scolded by his mother-in-law, I sat down upon the three semireproached himself for his faults, circular banks of turf which were repented of them, was always par- called la place de Madame, and which doned, and always began the same is now elegantly named la Motte à pranks.

Madame. These are not the same The apartments even in the cha- banks, though situated in the same trau no longer put us in mind of place. At the end of the Allée the Bellissima Madre, except in a royale there is a beautiful view of portrait painted, as they say, by the neighbouring woods. Near it Mignard, or rather copied from are the little pavillions where the him, which is placed in a dining. amiable Sévigné reposed during the room, low, narrow, and dark. The day, reading, meditating and listen. wainscot ceilings, furniture, paint ing to the singing of the birds, or ings, all have been injured, bro- contemplating l'astre melancolique. ken, effaced, re-made, and re-made “Envoyez moi de la vue et je vous in the worst style; in the bed- enverrai des arbres,” were written room, and even in the reading-ca. by her to Mad. de Grignan, and I binet of the illustrious Sévigné. repeat this remarkable phrase beReally this destructive country-gen- cause it agrees with the platform tleman would be, God forgive me, between Vitré and Rennes, it perfectly a worthy chief of the Bande noire. describes the country round Rochers

The court of the Chateau des Ro- where trees abound, and where the chers is shut by gates. The pro- view is too confined. prietor scarcely permits strangers This is what I saw of Les Rochers to see it.

Sévignéens. It has left on my mind Recommended and conducted by more of regret than remembrance ; my nephew à-la-mode de Bretagne a there pride usurps the tender throne cousin-german of the mistress of of affability, and thence wit and the house, they would not receive us, good taste have apparently for ever nor even shew us Mad. de Grignan's fed. Ah! if the beautiful monuroom where her portrait is, or the ments of Italy had fallen under the interior of the house, where are as- scourge of this barbarous Breton ! sembled the pictures of the N- Sileo et Precor.



Belov'd of genius, nature's artless child !

By taste directed, and to feeling true-
Thou on whose birth the sacred sisters smil'd,

And held their mirror to thy infant riew!
Thee, as “ the sweet Italian girl," we've seen-,

The young and gentle Juliet-when with light
Elastic tread, and with celestial mien,

Thou mov’dst—" to teach the torches to burn bright."
'Midst thy young blushes, in Verona's bowers,*

We've mark'd love's new-born influence softly steal,
(Like Morn's first zephyr among budding flowers)

And in rich breathings all his soul reveal.
With thee we've smild and wept—as joy and woe

Spread o'er thy features their alternate sway-
For tears, that at thy grief so freely flow,

Thy sunny smile as soon can chase away.
But wherefore from the world's admiring gaze

Dost thou, fair Kelly! now conceal thy power-
Nor tread, as wont, the varied passions' iaze,

And thrill our bosom, in thy magic hour?
Why-blest with talents to surprise and charm,

To sway the soul, to captivate and move-
In the young heart to raise the soft alarm,

To melt to sorrow, or to mould to love !


Why hath a youthful Siddons met the eye

To dazzle with a momentary blaze,
And, like a sun-beam in a wint'ry sky-

Set in a cloud obscure, and mock our gaze?
Thou gifted wonder!-vers’d in Shakspeare's page,

And with a kindred spirit deep imbued-
Why thus withdraw, unkindly, from that stage

Where rapture and applause thy steps pursued ?
Return, first fav'rite of the tragic Muse,

Return, thy myriad votaries to cheer,
Where to thy witching influence none refuse

The sigh of sympathy, or silent tear!
So, like O'Neill, shalt thou each night impart

Pleasures which wisdom, taste and virtue own ;
And wake at will the pulses of the heart,

Thou gentle despot of the tragic throne!

* The first garden scene in Romeo and Juliet.

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