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he had, it would not have mended the matter. He had invited his da giter on the same water-party; but Miss Baizell, by some accidest, escaped this last paternal attention. This fell the sypliant of Atticus, and the enemy of Pope-Eustace Badgell, a friend and relative of Addison's, - leapt into the Thames to escape prosecution for forging the will of Dr. Tindal, in which Eustace had provided himself with a legacy of two thousand pounds. We talked says Boswell of a man's drowning himself. I put the case of Enstace Budgell. Suppose, sir,' said I, that a man is absolutely sure that, if he lives a few days longer, he shall be detected in a fraud, the ocasequence of which will be utter disgrace, and expulsion from society. Joussos. Then, sir, let him go abroad to a distant country: let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil, where he is known.””
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Dosed with vile drams on Sunday he was found,
If dosed with," &c. be censured as low, I beg leave to refer to the original for something still lower; and if any reader will translate "Minxerit in patrios cineres," &c. into a decent couplet, I will insert said couplet in lien of the present.
THE CURSE OF MINERVA.
-"Pallas te hoc vulnere, Pallas
Immolat, et pænam scelerato ex sanguine sumit."
Eneid, lib. xii.
INTRODUCTION TO THE CURSE OF MINERVA.
MR. HOBHOUSE relates that, during a ten weeks' residence at Athens, Lord Byron and himself devoted a portion of every day to the contemplation of the relics of Grecian art. Full of classical enthusiasm, and feeling how much the locality and the monuments exalted one another, the poet was indignant at the spoliation of the Parthenon. In this mood he gave vent at Athens, in March, 1811, to the fierce philippic on Lord Elgin, which he prepared to publish on his return to England, and suppressed upon the remonstrance of the friends of his victim. He often asserted that he was free from malice, and that his satires were the product of a momentary spleen, but he also believed that they had greater spirit than all the rest of his writings, and his opinion of their vigour induced him to print them when the animosity was gone. It was easy on these occasions to turn him from his purpose, and the success of the two first cantos of "Childe Harold" removed much of the temptation to do to Lord Elgin as Lord Elgin had done to the Parthenon. The poet had stumbled upon another road to fame, and could afford to be generous, or more correctly, to be just. The marvels of sculpture which Lord Elgin brought from Athens were wrested, not from classic Greece, but from barbarism and decay. They were purchased by our government in 1816 for thirty-five thousand pounds, and placed in the British Museum, where they will prolong the evidence of Grecian genius. The first authentic edition of "The Curse of Minerva" was published in 1828, but in a letter of Lord Byron's, written in March, 1816, he speaks of a miserable and stolen copy, as having been printed in a Magazine. The opening paragraphs, which were considered by some of his friends the finest verses he composed during his absence from England, he intended to append, under the title of a "Descriptive Fragment," to a future edition of "Childe Harold." He changed his purpose, and a little later made them the commencement of the third canto of "The Corsair." These splendid lines are pronounced by travellers a perfect picture of the scene, and they far transcend any other portion of "The Curse of Minerva," which contains, however, many vigorous couplets. Next in excellence to the brilliant beginning is the concluding paragraph, which depicts with poetic energy the possible consequences of a French invasion of our shores. The perverse pleasure he took in startling the public with anti-patriotic ebullitions, could alone have suggested the wild assertion that we deserved to be swept by the whirlwind we had raised. The strife, which he pretends originated with England, was kindled by the guilty ambition of France, and it is not we who were answerable for the miseries of wars which we waged in defence of ourselves and our allies.
THE CURSE OF MINERVA.
ATHENS: CAPUCHIN CONVENT, March 17, 1811.
SLOW sinks, more lovely ere his race be run,
Not, as in northern climes, obscurely bright,
On such an eve his palest beam he cast
But ere he sunk below Citheron's head,
But, lo from high Hymettus to the plain The queen of night asserts her silent reign;2 No murky vapour, herald of the storm,
Hides her fair face, or girds her glowing form.
The groves of olive scatter'd dark and wide,
Again the Ægean, heard no more afar, Lulls his chafed breast from elemental war: Again his waves in milder tints unfold Their long expanse of sapphire and of gold, Mix'd with the shades of many a distant isle That frown, where gentler ocean deigns to smile.
As thus, within the walls of Pallas' fane,
Hours roll'd along, and Dian's orb on high