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elevated seat, and supported partly her sandal (6230.). The bust of Adby one slender arm, while the other rian's favourite, the Boy Antinous; glowing palm is held forth reproach- the massy hair arranged with the fully to the deceitful Phaon. No utmost science and feeling (11701). drapery hides her smooth shoulders The noted Minerva of the Florence and body; but over her knees a Gallery (1536), wearing the Ægis as a gauzy peplon spreads in folds trans- breast-plate ; her neck is circled with parent as a stream, and sinuous as a splendid chain composed of pearls its waves :-s0 in sweet Spenser the and golden acorns ; large drops of fair witch, Acrasia, lies in her de- the same are in her ears, and her licious bower
high head is crowned with an ela- Arayd, or rather disarayd
borately ornamented casque, triple All in a vele of silke and silver thin,
crested (rpupádela). The finely shaped That hid no whit her alablaster skin, but singular Amor drawing his bows But rather shewd more white, if more might engraved by Millin (6625). The prebee :
cious cameo of Achilles beguiling the More subtle web Arachne cannot spin ; wearisome hours of his voluntary Nor the fine nets which oft we woven see idleness with the sounds of his phorOf scorched deaw, do not in th' ayre more mins,' agreeable to the description lightly flee.
of Homer, Let Mr. Tassie also receive your Τον δ' εύρον φρένα τερπόμενον φόρμιγγι instructions to cast the following
λιγείή, beauties.-The fragmental sitting Ve. nus and Cupid, with two cornu
Καλή, δαιδαλέη, επί δ' αργύρέος ζυγός ủy, c.
Ιλιάδ. ι. 186. copiæ. The voluptuous kneeling Leda (1199). The same subject (1232). thus expounded by Mr. Lamb's fine The misnomed naked Psyche, her old favourite, Chapman (Cowper is back nearly turned to us, looking up flat and wrong, in my opinion): at a rock" (engraved by Moses, as
-They found him setDiana and Acteon). Greek warrior Delighted with his solemn harp, which completely armed cowering behind his curiously was fret shield (1471). “The Nymph of With works conceited, through the verge. beauteous ankles, Amphitrite, Daugh - The bawdrick that embrac't ter of Doris many-tressed,"
His lofty neck was silver twist :- this (when
his hand laid waste -Whose haunt
Eftion's city) he did chuse, as his especial Is midst the waters of the sterile main.
prize, Next, the Nereid (2600) skimming And loving sacred music well, made it his the briny green with buoyant limbs. exercise. - Another Nymph of deep-flowing To it he sung the glorious deeds of great ocean (2599). The Moon, Jove's
Heroës dead, daughter, in her chariot, drawn by And his true mind, that practice fail'd, * two ramping horses, with manes of
with contemplation fed curled flames. Gracefully reaching I shall not trouble' you, Sir, with forward, she moderates their snorting any more Items of this catalogue, at speed; and, from her far-off-seen least, for the duration of thirty days; silver robes, exhales unspeakable the which time is sufficiently filled up splendour round about the sky star- for the most ravenous of Hot-upton’ts. powdered. The sitting Clio, exami- However, as a sort of supplement to ning a scroll, her lyre near her on a the casts, I recommend Sir W. Had pedestal ; --most délicate 'workman- milton's second collection of vases, ship. The Egyptian Lioness (36), a edited by Tischbein; the letter-press terrific idea. The Sleeping Herma- from the learned pen of Italinsky phrodite, fanned by Cupids, men, It was put forth at different times, tioned above (2516). A' rich_frag- in four volumes folio ; each containment (Love reining in two Tigers ing about 62 plates, chastely enyoked to a car, of which only the graved in outline, illustrative of the fore wheel remains) (6731). A beard- Bacchic and Eleusinian mysteries, and ed warrior and two high-bred horses: the noble traditions of Thebes and a matchless gem. Venus putting off windy Ilium. Though far superior
in e. lacked,
in fidelity to the costly tomes of acted on, would speedily abolish the D'Hancarville, and equal, quite e- pernicious, the senseless method of qual in interest of subject and cap- collecting, not by painters, but by tivating grace of design: it has never their translators (rather traducers) met with its due regard in this coun- the engravers, a class of craftsmen try, and, I dare say, may be picked whose highest aim must be implicit up under its original price (twelve servility (hard as the phrase may guineas), though that was extremely seem), and who necessarily bear the moderate, considering its handsome same relation to the inventor, as the appearance. Should many of the mere builder to the architect. compositions strike you at the first Dear readers, who have had the opening as quaint and uncouth, be politeness to go so far with me -good not discouraged from the purchase, night--God bless you all-and keep but modestly yield the palm of taste you free from such a vile fever and to the old artists—and pique yourself inflamed wind-pipe as I have now! rather on extracting gold dust from If any of you are good-natured and the concealing mud, than in pos- idle, you cannot employ a few misessing the microscopic vision of the nutes more charitably, than by wri. fly for filth and deformity.*
ting a civil line or two to our amiable I have thus commenced a plan of Editors (signed Constant Readers !!) study, calculated, I sincerely believe, requesting them by all means "to to inspire a true, because well prin- continue the agreeable and popular cipled, love for the fine arts, a plan lectures” of which, if strenuously supported and
Janus WEATHERCOCK. The characteristic of this odiously squeamish, canting, profligate age!
MODERN GALLANTRY. In comparing modern with ancient I shall believe in it, when the Domanners, we are pleased to com- rimants in humbler life, who would pliment ourselves upon the point of be thought in their way notable gallantry, as upon a thing altogether adepts in this refinement, shall act unknown to the old classic ages. upon it in places where they are not This has been defined to consist in known, or think themselves not oba certain obsequiousness, or deferen- served when I shall see the tratial respect, paid to females, as feim veller for some rich tradesman part males.
with his admired box coat, to spread I shall believe that this principle it over the defenceless shoulders of actuates our conduct, when I can the poor woman, who is passing to forget, that in the nineteenth century her parish on the roof of the same of the era, from which we date our stage-coach with him, drenched in civility, we are but just beginning to the rain—when I shall no longer see leave off the very frequent practice a woman standing up in the pit of a of whipping females in public, in London theatre, till she is sick and common with the coarsest male of. faint with the exertion, with men fenders.
about her, seated at their ease, and I shall believe it to be influential, jeering at her distress; till one, that when I can shut my eyes to the fact, seems to have more manners or conthat in England women are still oca science than the rest, significantly casionally-hanged.
declares " she should be welcome to I shall believe in it, when actresses his seat, if she were a little younger are no longer subject to be hissed off and handsomer.” Place this dapper a stage by gentlemen.
warehouseman, or that rider, in a I shall believe in it, when Dori- circle of their own female acquaintmant hands a fish-wife across, the ance, and you shall confess you have kennel; or assists the apple-woman not seen a politer-bred man in Lothto pick up her wandering fruit, which bury. some unlucky dray has just dissi- Lastly, I shall begin to believe that pated.
there is some such principle, influVol. VI.
encing our conduct, when more than in the acceptance, nor himself in the one half of the drudgery and coarse offer, of it. He was no dangler, in servitude of the world shall cease to the common acceptation of the word, be performed by women.
after women: but he reverenced and Until that day comes, I shall never upheld, in every form in which it believe this boasted point to be any came before him, womanhood. I have thing more than a conventional fic- seen him-nay, smile not-tenderly tion ; a pageant got up between the escorting a market-woman, whom he sexes, in a certain rank, and at a had encountered in a shower, exaltcertain time of life, in which bothing his umbrella over her poor basket find their account equally.
of fruit, that it might receive no daI shall be even disposed to rank it mage, with as much carefulness as if among the salutary fictions of life, she had been a Countess. To the when in polite circles I shall see the reverend form of Female Eld he same attentions paid to age as to would yield the wall (though it were youth, to homely features as to to an ancient beggar-woman) with handsome, to coarse complexions as more ceremony than we can afford to clear-to the woman, as she is a to show our grandams. He was the woman, not as she is a beauty, a for- Preux Chevalier of Age; the Sir tune, or a title.
Calidore, or Sir Tristan, to those I shall believe it to be something who have no Calidores or Tristans to more than a name, when a well- defend them. The roses, that had dressed gentleman in a well-dressed long faded thence, still bloomed for company can advert to the topic of him in those withered and yellow female old age without exciting, and cheeks. intending to excite a sneer :--when He was never married, but in his the phrases " antiquated virginity," youth he paid his addresses to the
“ " and such a one has “ overstaid her beautiful Susan Winstanley — old market,” pronounced in good com- Winstanley's daughter of Claptonpany, shall raise immediate offence who dying in the early days of their in man, or woman, that shall hear courtship, confirmed in him the rethem spoken.
solution of perpetual bachelorship. Joseph Paice, of Bread-street-hill, It was during their short courtship, merchant, and one of the Directors he told me, that he had been one day of the South Sea company--the same treating his mistress with a profusion to whom Edwards, the Shakspeare of civil speeches-the common galcommentator, has addressed a fine lantries-to which kind of thing she sonnet-was the only pattern of con- had hitherto manifested no repugsistent gallantry I have met with. nance-but in this instance with He took me under his shelter at an
no effect. He could not obtain early age, and bestowed some pains from her a decent acknowledgment in upon me.
I owe to his precepts and return. She rather seemed to resent example whatever there is of the his compliments. He could not set man of business (and that is not it down to caprice, for the lady had much) in my composition. It was always shown herself above that litnot his fault that I did not profit tleness. When he ventured on the more. Though bred a Presbyterian, following day, finding her a little and brought up a merchant, he was better humoured, to expostulate with the finest gentleman of his time. He her on her coldness of yesterday, she had not one system of attention to confessed, with her usual frankness, females in the drawing room, and that she had no sort of dislike to his another in the shop, or at the stall. I attentions; that she could even endo not mean that he made no dis- dure some high-flown compliments ; tinction. But he never lost sight of that a young woman placed in her sex, or overlooked it in the casualties situation had a right to expect all of a disadvantageous situation. I sort of civil things said to her ; that have seen him stand bare-headed she hoped, she cowd digest a dose smile, if you please-to a poor ser- of adulation, short of insincerity, vant girl, while she has been in- with as little injury to her humility quiring of him the way to some as most young women : but that street-in such a posture of unforced a little before he had commenced his civility, as neither to embarrass her compliments—she had overheard him
by accident, in rather rough lan- I wish the whole female world guage, rating a young woman, who would entertain the same notion of had not brought home his cravats these things, that Miss Winstanley quite to the appointed time, and she showed. Then we should see somethought to herself, “ As I am Miss thing of the spirit of consistent galSusan Winstanley, and a young lady lantry; and no longer witness the -a reputed beauty, and known to be anomaly of the same man-a pattern a fortune,–I can have my choice of the of true politeness to a wife of cold finest speeches from the mouth of this contempt, or rudeness, to a sistervery fine gentleman who is court- the idolater of his female mistress ing me—but if I had been poor Mary the disparager and despiser of his no Such-a-one, (naming the milliner) - less female aunt, or unfortunate-still and had failed of bringing home female-maiden cousin. Just so much the cravats to the appointed hour, respect as a woman derogates from though perhaps I had sat up half the her own sex, in whatever condition night to forward them—what sort of placed-her handmaid, or dependant compliments should I have received --she deserves to have diminished then?--And my woman's pride came from herself on that score; and proto my assistance; and I thought, bably will feel the diminution, when that if it were only to do me honour, youth, and beauty, and advantages, a female, like myself, might have not inseparable from sex, shall lose received handsomer usage: and I of their attraction. What a woman was determined not to accept any should demand of a man in courtship, fine speeches, to the compromise of or after it, is first-respect for her that sex, the belonging to which was as she is a woman ;-and next to after all my strongest claim and title that-to be respected by him above to them.”
all other women. But let her stand I think the lady discovered both upon her female character, as upon a generosity, and a just way of think- foundation; and let the attentions, ing, in this rebuke which she gave incident to individual preference, be her lover; and I have sometimes so many pretty additaments, and orimagined, that the uncommon strain naments-as many, and as fanciful, of courtesy, which through life regu- as you please—to that main struca lated the actions and behaviour of ture. Let her first lesson be-with my friend towards all of womankind sweet Susan Winstanley-to reverence indiscriminately, owed its happy ori- her sex. gin to this seasonable lesson from the
ELIA. lips of his lamented mistress.
AWAKE, MY LOVE.
ON THE MORAL INFLUENCE OF ETIQUETTE AND PARADE. Some philosophers and declaimers, purely natural or savage, and the disgusted with the vanities of polite highest degree of what we call resociety, have concluded that happi- finement-between a wigwam and a ness and true dignity can exist only palace, the Boshies-men and the in the savage state. Herein, I think, beau monde-a man might hesitate in they are manifestly wrong. There his decision, yet not be mad; or is an intermediate state, surely, be- might finally turn from kings and tween the opposite extremes of bar- their courts, and give his choice to barism and extravagant refinement, his kindred in the woods, yet not be better suited than either of them to indifferent to the glories of human the free and right exercise of man's intellect, and the charms of human intellectual endowments and natural love and kindness. affections. Man was right, it ap- Coarseness is the besetting sin of pears to me, when he betook himself uncivilized life-while civilization in to soap and water; neither is he its excess degenerates into effemiwithout a respectable plea for his nacy, frivolity, and all the timid use of combs; nor can 1, in my vices, headed by their chief, hypoheart, think much the worse of him, crisy. Now coarseness is by no for declining to eat his meat either means incompatible with the highest raw or alive. In his moral condi- attributes of mind, and often entions too, as well as in his external ters even into the gentlest charities circumstances, I can make many al- of our nature-not indeed without lowances for his departure from some violence to the softness of their exof the simplicities of Otaheitè. His terior forms, but without injury to emancipation from thievish propensi- their vital pith and substance. We ties, for instance, may be borne with; certainly cannot say this of that comand his neglect of the good old prac- bination of feebleness, coldness, and tice” of knocking young children or old affectation, however set off by polish, persons on the head, when consider- which is the peculiar produce of “the ed troublesome or unnecessary, is, in best society.” The noblest creations my opinion, absolutely commend- of mind in poetry have abounded able. These modest improvements with extreme coarseness; and it has are within the verge of the interme- been questioned, whether this qualidiate state that I have mentioned; ty, the result of an irresponsible and no man, perhaps, in clothes and boldness and freedom, be not in some his senses, would eliberately con- degree inseparable from the highest demn them. If there were no such order of genius. The rules which state, however, and the question of govern taste, it has been said, frighten preference lay between a condition invention; they make a man at once