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Revealed its inner glory; and on high
Forgive, O God, that hideous sin—forgive
Oh whither art thou flying on thy brightly glancing wing,
Where highest rise the angry crests of the foam-tossing waves,
Regardless of their threatening looks, 'neath which all mortals bow,
winds within their caves low-muttering abide.
The lightning flashes fainter yet, and now ’tis seen no more,
The storm-tossed mariner is glad as o'er the crested wave
borne, And reaching soon the wished-for port, he hails the cloudless morn!
On the broad bosom of the sea, like crystal, clear and calm,
And when the Sun in western waves has dipped his fiery feet,
E. G. E.
Patri debitum honorem
Nos, supreme Regum Pater,
Solve cuncti me peccati,
Veræ degam pietatis
Tuâ fulta vi serena,
Tuæ laudi gnaviorem
Si sit nox insomni dura,
Præsens esto, sitque stratum
Regem summæ majestatis,
Cujus laudes, cum beato
ON TRAVELS AND FOREIGN ASSOCIATIONS.
Quæ nunc divitibus gens acceptissima nostris
Juv. Sat. III.
The cheated nation's happy favourites see,
Excuse my transports in a theme like this,
When the stern old moralist put this sarcasm into the mouth of Umbricius, as he is departing, a voluntary exile from the pollutions of the metropolis, he may have been actuated by a little of that exclusive bigotry which called every one a barbarian who was not a Roman. For although luxury was unknown to Rome till her conquest of Greece, yet their intercourse with that nation brought many positive advantages with it, as one of their writers confesses, who himself was indebted to the Greek language for his most elegant imagery and tenderness of expression; and the disadvantages which did accrue from that conquest consisted in the reaction which the importation of Greek luxury produced on the stern, over-masculine character--the bigoted John-Bullism, if I may so term it-of her citizens. Such luxuries were not hurtful to the Greeks, whose virtue taught them moderation ; but the Romans, to whom they had been so long unknown, plunged into them with eagerness, proportionate to their former abstinence.
Without arrogating to France the virtues and bravery of Greece, or to ourselves the Cato-like barbarism of Rome, I may assert that our straight-forward honesty and manliness of character are compromised by the effeminacies—to call them by no harsher term - which our countrymen import from France. We suffer a conquered nation, not fit to be hewers of wood and drawers of water to our own, to corrupt our morals, and spoil us of our religion. We prefer everything French to the manufactures of our own country; as we prefer French cooks and French governesses, not from their superior merit, but because they are French. In short, we are directed in all these things by that plaguy goddess-almost the only deity that France has owned since the days of the goddess of
-Fashion ! Perhaps no question has caused so much difference of opinion, as that of foreign travel. Certainly it is