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And buy repentance, ere they grow devout,
However high their rank, or low their station, With fiddling, feasting, dancing, drinking, masquing, And other things which may be had for asking.
The moment night with dusky mantle covers The skies (and the more duskily the better), The time less liked by husbands than by lovers Begins, and prudery flings aside her fetter; And gaiety on restless tiptoe hovers,
Giggling with all the gallants who beset her: And there are songs and quavers, roaring, humming, Guitars, and every other sort of strumming.
And there are dresses splendid, but fantastical,
Masks of all times and nations, Turks and Jews, And harlequins and clowns, with feats gymnastical, Greeks, Romans, Yankee-doodles, and Hindoos; All kinds of dress, except the ecclesiastical,
All people, as their fancies hit, may choose, But no one in these parts may quiz the clergy,— Therefore take heed, ye Freethinkers! I charge ye.
You'd better walk about begirt with briars,
Instead of coat and smallclothes, than put on A single stitch reflecting upon friars,
Although you swore it only was in fun; They'd haul you o'er the coals, and stir the fires Of Phlegethon with every mother's son, Nor say one mass to cool the caldron's bubble That boil'd your bones, unless you paid them double.
But saving this, you may put on whate'er
You like by way of doublet, cape, or cloak, Such as in Monmouth-street, or in Rag Fair, Would rig you out in seriousness or joke; And even in Italy such places are,
With prettier name in softer accents spoke, For, bating Covent Garden, I can hit on No place that's call'd "Piazza" in Great Britain. I
This feast is named the Carnival, which being
["For, bating Covent Garden, I can't hit on A place." &c.—MS.]
"The Carnival," says Mr. Rose, "though it is gayer or duller, according to the genius of the nations which celebrate it, is, in its general character, nearly the same all over the peninsula. The beginning is like any other season; towards the middle you begin to meet masques and mummers in sunshine: in the last fifteen days the plot thickens; and during the three last all is hurly-burly. But to paint these, which may be almost considered as a separate festival, I must avail myself of the words of Messrs. William and Thomas Whistlecraft, in whose Prospectus and Specimen of an intended National Work' I find the description ready made to my hand, observing that, besides the ordinary dramatis per
Beggars and vagabonds, blind, lame, and sturdy,
An uproar like ten thousand Smithfield fairs'
the shops are shut, all business is at a stand, and the drunken cries heard at night afford a clear proof of the pleasures to which these days of leisure are dedicated. These holydays may surely be reckoned amongst the secondary causes which contribute to the indolence of the Italian, since they reconcile Now this to his conscience, as being of religious institution. there is, perhaps, no offence which is so unproportionably punished by conscience as that of indolence. With the wicked man, it is an intermittent disease; with the idle man, it is a chronic one."- Letters from the North of Italy, vol. ii. p. 171.]
3["At Florence I remained but a day, having a hurry for Rome. However, I went to the two galleries, from which one returns drunk with beauty but there are sculpture and painting, which, for the first time, gave me an idea of what people mean by their cant about those two most artificial of the arts. What struck me most were, the mistress of Raphael, a portrait; the mistress of Titian, a portrait; a Venus of Titian, in the Medici gallery; the Venus; Canova's Venus, also in the other gallery," &c.- Byron Letters, 1817.]
They look when leaning over the balcony,
Whose tints are truth and beauty at their best ;
Is loveliest to my mind of all the show;
And that's the cause I rhyme upon it so; 'Tis but a portrait of his son, and wife, And self; but such a woman! love in life! 3
Love in full life and length, not love ideal,
No, nor ideal beauty, that fine name, But something better still, so very real,
That the sweet model must have been the same; A thing that you would purchase, beg, or steal,
Wer 't not impossible, besides a shame :
XIV. One of those forms which flit by us, when we Are young, and fix our eyes on every face; And, oh the loveliness at times we sce
In momentary gliding, the soft grace, The youth, the bloom, the beauty which agree, In many a nameless being we retrace, Whose course and home we knew not, nor shall know, Like the lost Pleiad seen no more below.
I said that like a picture by Giorgione
Venetian women were, and so they are, Particularly seen from a balcony,
(For beauty's sometimes best set off afar) And there, just like a heroine of Goldoni,
They peep from out the blind, or o'er the bar; And, truth to say, they 're mostly very pretty, And rather like to show it, more 's the pity!
Sighs wishes, wishes words, and words a letter,
"I know nothing of pictures myself, and care almost as little; but to me there are none like the Venetian - above all, Giorgione. I remember well his Judgment of Solomon, in the Mariscalchi gallery in Bologna. The real mother is beautiful, exquisitely beautiful."— Byron Letters, 1820.]
[The following is Lord Byron's account of his visit to this palace, in April, 1817.-To-day, I have been over the Manfrini palace, famous for its pictures. Amongst them, there is a portrait of Ariosto, by Titian, surpassing all my antici. pation of the power of painting or human expression: it is the poetry of portrait, and the portrait of poetry. There was also one of some learned lady centuries old, whose name I forget, but whose features must always be remembered. I never saw greater beauty, or sweetness, or wisdom; - it is the kind of face to go mad for, because it cannot walk out of its frame. There is also a famous dead Christ and live Apostles, for which Buonaparte offered in vain five thousand louis; and of which, though it is a capo d' opera of Titian, as I am no connoisseur, I say little, and thought less, except of one figure in it. There are ten thousand others, and some very fine Giorgiones amongst them. There is an original Laura and Petrarch, very hideous both. Petrarch has not only the dress, but the features and air of an old woman; and Laura looks by no means like a young one, or a pretty one. What struck most in the general collection, was the extreme resemblance of the style of the female faces in the mass of pictures, so many centuries or generations old, to those you see and meet every day among the existing Italians. The Queen of Cyprus and Giorgione's wife, particularly the latter, are Venetians as it were of yesterday; the same eyes and expression, and, to my mind, there is none finer. You
Which flies on wings of light-heel'd Mercurics,
Who do such things because they know no better: And then, God knows, what mischief may arise,
When love links two young people in one fetter, Vile assignations, and adulterous beds, Elopements, broken vows, and hearts, and heads.
Shakspeare described the sex in Desdemona
Such matters may be probably the same,
Which smothers women in a bed of feather, But worthier of these much more jolly fellows,
When weary of the matrimonial tether
You should not, I'll describe it you exactly: 'Tis a long cover'd boat that 's common here,
Carved at the prow, built lightly, but compactly, Row'd by two rowers, each call'd Gondolier," It glides along the water looking blackly, Just like a coffin clapt in a canoe, Where none can make out what you say or do.
And up and down the long canals they go,
And round the theatres, a sable throng,
But not to them do woeful things belong, For sometimes they contain a deal of fun, Like mourning coaches when the funeral's done.
must recollect, however, that I know nothing of painting, and that I detest it, unless it reminds me of something I have seen, or think it possible to see."]
3 [This appears to be an incorrect description of the picture; as, according to Vasari and others, Giorgione never was married, and died young.]
Quæ septem dici sex tamen esse solent." - OVID.
["Look to 't: In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks They dare not show their husbands; their best conscience Is-not to leave undone, but keep unknown."-Othello.]
6 ["Jealousy is not the order of the day in Venice, and daggers are out of fashion, while duels on love matters are unknown at least, with the husbands."- Byron Letters.] 7 [An English abbreviation. Rialto is the name, not of the bridge, but of the island from which it is called; and the Venetians say, il ponte di Rialto, as we say Westminster Bridge. In that island is the Exchange; and I have often walked there as on classic ground In the days of Antonio and Bassanio it was second to none. "I sotto portichi," says Sansovino, writing in 1580," sono ogni giorni frequentati da i mercatanti Fiorentini, Genovesi, Milanesi, Spagnuoli, Turchi, e d'altre nationi diverse del mondo, i quali vi concorrono in tanta copia, che questa piazza è annoverata fra le prime dell' universo," It was there that the Christian held discourse with the Jew; and Shylock refers to it, when he says, "Signor Antonio, many a time and oft, In the Rialto, you have rated me."
Andiamo à Rialto'-l'ora di Rialto'-were on every tongue; and continue so to the present day. — ROGERS.]
Italian beauty! didst thou not inspire
With all we know of Heaven, or can desire, In what he hath bequeath'd us?-in what guise, Though flashing from the fervour of the lyre, Would words describe thy past and present glow, While yet Canova can create below ? 2
"England! with all thy faults I love thee still," I said at Calais, and have not forgot it;
I like to speak and lucubrate my fill;
I like the government (but that is not it); I like the freedom of the press and quill;
I like the Habeas Corpus (when we've got it); I like a parliamentary debate, Particularly when 't is not too late;
I like the taxes, when they 're not too many;
I like a beef-steak, too, as well as any;
Have no objection to a pot of beer;
I like the weather, when it is not rainy,
That is, I like two months of every year. And so God save the Regent, Church, and King! Which means that I like all and every thing.
Our standing army, and disbanded seamen,
Poor's rate, Reform, my own, the nation's debt, Our little riots just to show we are free men,
Our trifling bankruptcies in the Gazette,
All these I can forgive, and those forget,
But to my tale of Laura,—for I find Digression is a sin, that by degrees Becomes exceeding tedious to my mind,
And, therefore, may the reader too displeaseThe gentle reader, who may wax unkind,
And caring little for the author's ease, Insist on knowing what he means, a hard And hapless situation for a bard.
Oh that I had the art of easy writing
What should be easy reading! could I scale Parnassus, where the Muses sit inditing
Those pretty poems never known to fail,
appropriate pitch of his composition, and is betrayed into something too like enthusiasm and deep feeling for the light and fantastic strain of his poetry. Neither does the fit go off, for he rises quite into rapture in the succeeding stanza. This is, however, the only slip of the kind in the whole workthe only passage in which the author betrays the secret (which might, however, have been suspected) of his own genius, and his affinity to a higher order of poets than those to whom he has here been pleased to hold out a model." JEFFREY.]
Quæ nunc sunt in honore vocabula.'" LORD GLENBERVIE, Ricciardetto, 1822.]
Perhaps, too, in no very great degree shall he Appear to have offended in this lay, Since, as all know, without the sex, our sonnets Would seem unfinish'd, like their untrimm'd bonnets.) (Signed) PRINTER'S DEVIL, 3["The expressions blue-stocking' and dandy' may furnish matter for the learning of a commentator at some future period. At this moment, every English reader will understand them. Our present ephemeral dandy is akin to the maccaroni of my earlier days. The first of those expressions has become classical, by Mrs. Hannah More's poem of BasBleu,' and the other by the use of it in one of Lord Byron's poems. Though now become familiar and trite, their day may not be long.