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jus: ariser; and, after ati ariful prelude, he prasenis a su mnalure!


* Beluid,
Nature asham'd, or, better to express,
Troubleıl, that thou should'se bunget, bath purrey'd
Fra all the elements her choicest store,
1o treat thee, as beseems, and as her Lord,
With honour: only deign to sit and est.

He spake no dream ; for, as his won's hai end,
Our Saviour listing up his eyes beheld,
In ample space under the broadest shade,
A table richly spread, in egal mode,
With disbes pild, and meats nf noblest sort
And sarour ; beasts of chase, or fowl of guine,

In pastry built, or from the spil, or boil'd,
Gris-amber steann'd; all fish, from sea or sbore,

Fresbet or putling brack, of shell or fin,
And exquisitest name, for which was druiv't
Pontus and Lucrine bay, and Africk coust.
(Alas, how sítople, 10 these cates compar'd,
Was that crude apple that diverted Ese!)
And at a stately sideboard, by the wine
"That fragrant snell hfus'a, in order stood
Tall stripling youths rich clad. of fairer hue
When Ganymed or Avlus; distant more
Under the trees now trippu, noe solemn stood,
Nymphs of Diana's train, and Naiades
With fruits and powers from Amalther's horn,
And ladies of the Hesperides, that seem'd
Fairer than feign'd of old, or fabled sjuck,
Or fairy damsels, wat in forest wide
By knights of Logros, or of Lyoues, ,
Lancelot, or Pelleas, or lellennte,
And all the while harmonians airs were heard.
Of chiming strings, or charning pipes ; and winds
Of gentlest gale Arabian odours fannid -.
From their soft wings, and Flura's eartiest »lls.
Such was the splenduur , and the Tempter now
His invitatiou earnestly repew'd.
What doubts the Son of God to sit and eat ?
These are not fruits forbidden; no interdigt
Defends the toaching of these vjauds pure;
Their taste no kwwledge works, at least of evil,

But life preserres, destroys life's eneiny,
Hunger, with sweet restorative delight.
All these are spirits of air, and wouds, and springs,
Thy gentle ministers, who come to pay
Thee homage, uud acknowledge thee their Lord..

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,
And call swift flights of Angels ministrant
Arrayed in glory on his cup attend."

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
With sound of harpies' wings and talons heard.".

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,
A spacious plain, outstretchi'd in circuit wide,
Las pleasant; from his side two rivers flow'd,
The one wirling, the other straight, and left between
Fair champain with less rivers intervein'd,
Then meeting friu'il their tribute to the sea :
Fortile of corn the globe, of oil, and wine";
With herds the pastures throng dd, with locks the hills;

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• At subitæ horrifco lapsu de montebus adsunt:

Harpviæ, et magnis qualiunt clangoribus alas;
Diripiuntque dapes.

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
The seals of mightiest monarchs; and so large
The prospect was, that bere and there was room
For barren dosart, fountaju.ess and dry.".

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,
And Hecaipioinpylos her hundred gates;
There Susa by Choaspes, &inber stream,
The drink of none but kings."

B. III, 280-280.
The very names of places sonnd gloriously in Milton's verse.
He next describes nast magnificently the warlike host, coinposed
of various nations, of "the Parihian King in Ctesiphon."

“ We look'd aou sew what numbers nuinberless
The city gaiss out pour'd, light-arbed troops,
In coats of mail and military pride i
In mail their horses clad, yet Amet apo strong,
Prancing ihe ir riders bore, the flower and choice
Of many provinces from bound to bound;
From Arachosia, from C'andair east,
And Marginua to the Hyrcanian cliffs
of Caucasus, and dark Iberian dales;
From Atropatia and the neiglupouring plains
Of Adindene, Media, and the south
Oi Susiana, to Bulsara's huven,
He saw them in their forms of battle rang'd;
How quick tbey wheeld, and tying behind then shots
Sharp, sleet of artowy showers against the face
of their pursuers, and overcaıny by tlight;
T'he fielil ail iron cast a glearning, brown :
Nor wanted clouls of fit, nor on each horo
Cuirassievs all in steel for starding fight,
Cheriots, or elephants in lors'd with towers
Of archers.; nor of labouring piourers
A multitude, with spades and au uxou'd
To lay bills plain, full woods, or valley's fill,
Or wbore plain was raise will, or overlay
With bridges river's proud, as with a yoke ;

Nules after these, camels and dromedaries,
And waggons, fraught with utensils of war.
Such forces met not, nor só wide as amiss,
Whan Agrican with all his northeru poners
Beseig'd Albracca, us romatices tell,
The city of Gallaphrone, from whence to win
The fairest of her sex Angelica,
Vis daughter, sought by many prowest knights,
Both Paynim, and the peers of Charlemuin
Such and so numerous was their chivalry."

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
Of my reception into grace : what worse ?
For where no hope is left, is left no fear :
If there be worse, the erpectation more
Of corse tornents me than the feeling can.
I would be at the worst : worst is try port,
My hurbour, and my ultimate repose ;
The end I would attain, my final good.
My error was ing error, and my crime
My crime ; whatever, for itself too condemn'd,
And will alike be punish'd, whether thon
Reign or reign not; though lo that gentle brow
Hülingly could I ng, and hope thy reign,
From that placid asj ect and much regard,
Rather than aggravate my evil state,
Would stand between me and thy Father's ire,
( W'hose ire I dread more than the fire of Hell)
A sheller, und a kind of shading cool
Interposition, as a summer's cloud."

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.


Original Correspondence.



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,"

I remain,
Your's faithfully,

Colombo, February 20, 1840.

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