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Note 14, page 36, line last. Unsepulchred they roam'd, and shriekid each wandering
ghost. · The chapel is destroyed, and the pyramid pf bones diminished to a small number by the Burgundian legion in the service of France, who anxiously effaced this record of their ancestors' less successful invasions. A few still remain notwithstanding the pains taken by the Burgundians for ages, (all who passed that way removing a bone to their own country and the less justifiable larcenies of the Swiss postillions, who carried them off to sell for knife - handles, a purpose for which the whiteness imhibed by the bleaching of years had rendered them in great request. Of these relic. I ventured to bring away as much as may have made the quarter of a hero, for which the sole excuse is, that if I had not, the next passer by might have perverted them to worse uses than the careful preservation which I intend for them.
Note 15, page 37, line last.
Aventicum (near Morat) was the Roman capital of Helvetia, where Avenches now stands.
Note 16, page 38, line 2. And held within their urn one mind, one heart, one dust,
Julia Alpinula, a young Aventian priestess, died soon after a vain endeavour to save her father, condemned to death as a traitor by Aulus Caecina. Her epitaph was discovered many years ago;, — it is thus aman
. Julia Alpinula
Infelicis patris, infelix proles
Deae Aventiae Sacerdos ; Exorare patris necem non potui * Male mori in fatis ille erat.
. Vixi annos XXIII. I know of no human composition so affecting as this, por a history of deeper interest. These are the names and actions which ought not to perish, and to which we turn with a true and healthy tenderness, from the wretched and glittering detail of a confused mass of conquests and battles, with which the mind is roused for a time to a false and feverish sympathy, from whence it recurs at length with all the nausea consequent on such intoxication.
Note 17, page 38, line, 27. In the sun's face, like yonder Alpine snow. This is written in the eye of Mont Blanc (June 3d, 1816 ) which even at this distance dazzles mine.
(July 20th.) I this day observed for some time tho distinct reflection of Mont Blanc and Mont Argentiere in the calm of the lake, which I was crossing in my boat; the distance of these mountains from their mirror is 60 miles.
Note 18, pago 40, line i 2. By the blue rushing of the arrowy Rhone. The colour of the Rhone at Geneva is blue, to a depth of tint which I have never seen equalled in water, salt or fresh, except in the Mediterranean and Archipelago.
Note 19, page 44, line ast. Than vulgar minds may be with all they seek possest.
This refers to the account in his “ Confessions” of his passion for the Comtesse d'Houdetot (the mistross of St. Lambert) and his long walk every morning for the sake of the single kiss which was the common salutation of French acquaintance. - Rousseau's description of his feelings on this occasion may be 'considered as the most passionate, yet not impure description and expression of love that ever kindled into words; which after all must be felt, from their very force, to be inadequate to the delineation: a painting can give no sufficient idea of the ocean.
Note 20, page 50, line 12. Of carth - o'ergazing, mountains and thus take. It is to be recollected, that the most beautiful and impressive doctrines of the divine Founder of Christianity . were delivered, not in the Temple, but on the Mount.
To wave the question of devotion, and turn to human eloquence, the most effectual and splendid specimens were not pronounced within walls. Demosthenes addressed the public and popular assemblies. Cicero spoke in the forum. That this added to their effect on the mind of both orator and hearers, may be conceived from the difference between what we read of the emotions then and there produced, and those we ourselves experience in the perusal in the closet. It is one thing to read the Iliad at Signaeum and on the tumuli, or by the springs with mount Ida above, and the plain and rivers and Archipelago around you: and another to trim your taper over it in a snug library this I know
Were the early and rapid progress of what is called Methodism to be attributed to any cause beyond the enthusiasm excited by its vehement faith and doctrines (the truth or error of which I presume neither to canyass
nor to question) I should ventrire to ascribe it to the practice of preaching in the fields, and the unstudied and extemporaneous effusions of its teachers.
The Mussulmanns, whose erroneous devotion (at least in the lower oders) is most sincere, and therefore impressive, are accustomed to repeat their prescribed orisons and prayers wherever they may be at the stated hours of course frequently in the open air, kneeling upon a light mat (which they carry for the purpose of a bed or cushion as required); the ceremony lasts some minutes, during which they are totally absorbed, and only living in their supplication; nothing can disturb them. On me the simple and entire sincerity of these men, and tho spirit which appeared to be within and upon them, made a far greater impression than any general rite which was ever performed in places of Worship, of which I have seen those of almost every persuasion under the sun; including most of our own sectaries, and the Greeck, the Catholic, the Armenian, the Lutheran, the Jewish, and the Mahometan. Many of the negroes, of whom there are numbers in the Turkish empire, are idolaters, and have free exercise of their belief and its rites: somo of these I had a distant view of at Patras, and from what I could make out of them, they appeared to be of a truly Pagan description, and not very agreeable to a spectator.
Note 21, page 51, line 1. The sky is changed! -- and such a change! Oh night,
The thunder - storms to which these lines refer occurred ou the 13th of June, 1816, at midnight. I have seen among the Acroceraunian mountains of Chimari several more terrible, but none more beautiful,
· Note 22, page 54, line 14. . And sun-set into 'rose - hues sees them wrought. Rousseau's Heloise, Lettre 17, part 4, note. Ces "montagnes sont si hautes qu'une demi-heure aprés le “ soleil couche, leurs sommets sont encore eclairés de ses “ rayons ; dont le rouge forme sur ces cimes blanches une belle couleur' de rose qu'on apperçoit de fort loin.”
This applies more particularly to the heights over Meillerie,
“J'allai à Vevay loger à la Clef, et pendant deux jours " que j'y restai sans voir personne, je pris pour cette “ ville un amour qui m'a suivi dans tous mes voyages, " et qui m'y a fait établir enfin les héros de mon roman. " Je dirois volontiers à ceux qui ont du goût et qui sont “ sensibles: alez à Venai visitez le pays, axaminez “les sites, promenez vous sur le lac, -et dites si la Nature “n'a pas fait ce beau pays pour une Julie, pour une “ Claire et pour un St. Preux; mais ne les y cherchez pas." “Les Confessions, livre iv. page 306. Lyons ed. 1796.
In July, 1816, I made a voyage round the Lake of Geneva; and, as far as my own observations have led me in a not uninterested nor inattentive survey of all the scenes most celebrated by Rousseau in his “Heloise,” I can safely say, that in this there is no axaggeration. It would be difficult to see Clarens ( with the scenes around it, Vevay, Chillon, Bôveret, St. Gingo, Meillerie, Eivan, and the entrances of the Rhone), without being forcibly struck with its peculiar adaptation to the persons and events with which it has been peopled. But this is not all; the feeling with which all around Clarens, and the opposite rocks of Meillerie, is invested, is of a still: higher and more comprehensive order than the mere