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jus: ariser; and, after ati ariful prelude, he prasenis a su mnalure!
He spake no dream ; for, as his won's hai end,
In pastry built, or from the spil, or boil'd,
Fresbet or putling brack, of shell or fin,
But life preserres, destroys life's eneiny,
B. II. 331-376, A more exquisite picture ' was never drawn. We almost hear the ypusic, and smell the perfume of the fruits and powers from Amaltheas born," and behold the attendants “fairer bue than Ganymed or Hyles."*** These things are of course rejected by our Lord, who, in a style as different as it is perfect, 'says, 'He cau at will
Comand a table in the wilderness,
B. II. 384.386, The magical disappearance of the least with the sound of harpies' wings" instead of " fights of Angels," needs to fon meut.
! Both table and purision yunished quite
B. II. .401. Virgil's well known lines are here imitated.* But Milion did not' borrow from 'poverly. He adopted from choice, and made the passage his own! 'I reluctantly curn over the leaves of this noble and delightful poem, which is “a perpetual feast of nectur'd sweets" from beginmng to end of the picturesque in painting the following passage, in the third book, is an example above all praise. Every line is a picture.
It was a mountain at whose rerdant feet,
• At subitæ horrifco lapsu de montebus adsunt:
Harpviæ, et magnis qualiunt clangoribus alas;
Æn. !!!, 225. This is one of those passages in which the classic languages have an obvious superiority. It is ont translateable into our language. Milton is nearest to the original in his verse. But in conception he appropriates the passage to himself. In Virgil the harpies are seen. In Milton they are only heard. The dim mysteriousness, and the invisibility of the “harpies' wings and talons" which can only be "beurd," giro an inexpressible charm to tho scene.
Hoge cities and higher tower'd that well might seems
B. III. 25. Rd, This is followed by a bird's-eye view of the most famous anci. ent cities,—Nineveh " built by Ninus of old;"
“Babylon the wonder of all longues ;
Bobatana her stracture vast there shows,
B. III, 280-280.
“ We look'd aou sew what numbers nuinberless
Nules after these, camels and dromedaries,
B. IIl. 310-344. The last passage t shall now 'extract is of a very different character. It is that hopeless expression of utier hopelessness, which I refered to in my fast "e ssny, as even finer, because much stronya er, iban the parallel passage in Paradise Lost. The despair in this istance is so intense that Satan affectingly turns W the Son of God, whom be is lempting, and almost erlrcats him to
“ Siend between him and his Father's ire."
“ All hope is lust
B. III. 204-222. Rich as our language is in poetical beauties I know nothing in the whole range of English poetry more exquisite of its kind ihan this transition from the vehemence of despair to something like hope.
À CEYLos mechaniCS' INSTITUTE.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CEYLON MAGAZINE. SIR, I have read with much interest 'the letter on the subject of “a Mecbenics' Institute for ceylon" which appeared in your last number and I trust that you will not deny me room for a Yellt hasty remarks thereon.
t cordially agrbe with your correspondent “Lanka" as to the beneficial results likely to arise from the establishment of such an Institution in this Island. I agree with him, also, in thinking that government should support such an undertaking. Are not the officials and merchants Interested in the moral and intellectual advancement of those in their service? Most Assturedly they are, and I doubt not the idea being literally intertwined ht them. system, however, might be carried out much further than “Länka" proposes. Why should not its benefits be extended to the great body of Singalese and Malabars? I would have Lectures on the different branches of Agriculture, Coffee and Sugar planting,-the growih of Cotton, Indigo, Silk, &c. &c. with a model room for the exhibition of Agricultural and Mechanical implements. There should also be small prizes_either mones or medals- for any improre. ments in the mode of cultivating grains, vegetables, and fruits, or in the Tonds &c. employed by natires in their Agricultural ptirsults, which although hat trifting in themselves, would tend to stir up a spirit of eniquiry and emu. Lation amongst our native population, particularly if the names of the patties obtaining the prizes were made public. These are merely hints made on the spur of the moment, but I think them worthy of some reflection should tho proposed scheme be carried out. I'may here remark that I consider the formation of the Institqcion should originate with the Committeo of the Pettah Library; they should solicit the co-operation of some of the European gentlemen of Colombo, doth clerical and lay, and the joint committee should then take such steps as might appear adrisable for the speedy altainment of their object. Hoping ere Jorig to be a member of “the Ceylon Mecba. hies’ Institution,"