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All judgment in the games :
XV. 3. Where, twice, Diagoras hath bound And bless the man, that bore that His brow with Rhodian flowers;
day, High chief, in twice-twain contests By might of hand, the prize away ; crown'd,
Yea him with reverent honour grace, At wave-worn Isthmus' pass renown'd, From citizens and stranger race: And twice at Armea's holy ground, For not the flaunting paths of pride And Athens' craggy towers.
His steps delight to tread,
His fathers' virtues are his guide,
He follows where they led.
Since, through the brave Eratidæ, Egiva and Pellene,
With feast, and song, and joyaunce Victor o'er all antagonists,
free, And six times crowned have seen, The festal city rings, Nor other tale doth Megara's stone, All-jubilant-but one short hour , • Blazon with herald tongue.
May shift the summer scene, Bless then, O Father, from thy throne And whirlwinds rave, with maddening On Atabyrion's summit lone,
power, The measured hymn's harp-ruling Where peace so late hath been.
tone, In Olympian triumph sung!
Most ADMIRABLE CHRISTOPHER,
As you have delighted many, if not most of your readers with your English versions of the flowers of the Greek Anthology, perhaps you may look with a favourable eye on the following attempt to present Campbell's Hohenlinden in a Latin dress.
It was not from any foolish hope of entering the lists with that most polished poet that the two versions were commenced, but to show practically to some very promising young scholars the difference between the harmony resulting from accent alone and the harmony resulting from the union of accent and quantity. I need not inform you that English poetry, independent of the meretricious aid of rhyme, is founded on accent alone, while Latin poetry requires a strict adherence to the rules of quantity as well as of accent. In short lyric poems I do not know whether we ought not to require as strict an observance of metrical rules as the Greeks and Romans, and some other na. tions whom it pleases Englishmen to regard as barbarians. Of this I am certain, that poems composed on such principles would, if equal in genius, soon consign all their predecessors to the vaults of all the Capulets. We have ceased to be “ Bup bag91," we are daily becoming more worthy of Homer's ap. pellation of " usporis verlow Ton;" and the ease with which every man, woman, and child can versify proves that something more difficult has to be achieved before we can justly claim to be masters of our own language. But as these observations naturally lead to a wide field of enquiry, I shall drop them for the present.
The version Number 1. has been composed in the same metre as Campbell's stanza, with the exception that the fourth line is confined to two iambi ani a cæsural syllable. To end the lines with monosyllables was impossible, from the genius of the Latin language.
The version Number II. is in strict Sapphic metre.
Tædarum luce mox instructus, En! orto sole, tela lucis
Vix fumum penetrant undantem,
Quà tenebris amicti Francus
- Hunnusque fremunt.
Tunc ruit missus medios in Hostes; Heu datur paucis superesse-turbam
Cuique sepulchrum. EDINBURGH ACADEMY, 15th Nov. 1838.
THE MURDERING BANKER.
There are certain money-making at the door of a large comfortableassociations, called Joint-Stock Banks, looking house-his blue coat resplenwhose branches overshadow the land. dent with bright brass buttons-his No city, however large, no village, drab-coloured kersey mere shorts conhowever small, can escape the coloni- cluded by long gaiters of the same, zing assiduity of those wonderful estab. with about three inches of snow-white lishments. The • Branch" is trans- stocking visible at the junction--a low planted with inconceivable rapidity- range of building at one side of the strikes root in an instant, and bears mansion, pierced by one dingy winfruit from the moment it touches the dow and one door of very massive apsoil. Railways and Joint-Stock Banks pearance, with the words “ Bank open will assuredly, between them, turn old from 10 till 3," in time-worn letters, Scotland upside down. A railway above the lintel ;—whoever has seen through Drumshorlan Muir, with a all this may congratulate himself that train of fifty carriages, loaded, roof he has seen a sight which his posterity and body, with men and bales of goods, will look for in vain. That was the besides women, crockery, and other Private Banker.-But whoso travelbrittle ware;-a branch of the Great ling, whether through town or village, Western Bank, showing forth goodly beholds a very elegant young man leaves and blossoms at Inverary ;- kissing his hand to the landlady's these, and a few other sights of our daughter, who is watching him from modern days, would have made Bailie an upstairs window, as he steps into Nicol Jarvie lose conceit of the Saut his gig, which the ostler has brought Market. What invocations he might round to the door of the “ Branch of have made to his " Conscience” it is the Joint-Stock Bank," and obnot for us to say; nor, indeed, can we serves the jaunty air with which he affirm with certainty, that the honest handles the ribbons, the exquisite fit citizen would have retained conscience of his coat, and the gallant air with enough even to swear by; for who which his well-brushed hat is stuck on knows but he might have been like one side of his head ;--let the person the rest of us, and have thrown off who sees all this ponder well on the that and other heavy luggage, as being mutability of human affairs, for this is an encumbrance to the rapidity of what the District Manager, before whose is called the Progress. The March of star our fat friend in the kerseymere Mind is performed best without bag- smalls “ begins to pale his ineffectual gage. But with these great truths we fire." What the ultimate end of all have at present no concern. What these things will be is not our business; we mean to assert, and at the same nor is it our intention to indulge in a time to deplore, is, that all these new treatise on the principles of banking, fangled establishments – Joint-Stock leaving that to our ingenious friend Banks, Railways, and Steam-Boat Mr Bell, whose Letter on the subject Companies—will finally succeed in is admirably clear and convincing ; exterminating three very excellent nor do we intend to be didactic about things, -- Private Bankers, King's monetary systems, or paper currencies, Highways, and Leith Smacks. Yes, or average deposits, it being our uni. the whole species of private banks form practice to deposit the whole of will be destroyed ; if, perchance, a our worldly goods in our breeches. specimen is preserved in the British pocket, convinced, from long and me. Museum, he will be gazed on as we lancholy experience, that every man now look upon the Dodo,-by many is his own best banker ;-but our obtreated as a fabulous bird altogether, ject at this present writing is to give by the generality believed to be a freak a faithful account of sundry adventures of Nature-a solitary instance, and not which befell the members of a banking the representative of a widely-diffused family in the of Scotland, which species. Whoever, in travelling through (as Mathews used to have it) created a country town, saw a well-fed indivi. a great sensation at the time. dual, about fifty years of age, standing At the hundred and twentieth page of the second edition of Brookes's Ga- many changes of name, at first, it zetteer there is the following account had been Patieson, Peat, and Pearie; of the town of :
then, on the death of the founder, the ---- is a considerable town, si.. middle partner had taken precedence, tuated on the river --, containing while the nephew of the defunct bad four thousand inhabitants, who are gone to the bottom of the list. On chiefly employed in the manufacture the demise of Mr Peat, the next part. of cotton and woollen nightcaps. It ner succeeded to the honours, and at has two churches, a prison, bridewell, the time of the commencement of this and town-hall; the streets are wide and narrative, the respective stations of spacious; it is governed by a provost the firm of Pearie, Peat, & Patieand four bailies; and its police consists son were filled in the following manof three watchmen and a town-crier." ner. The main part of the large
Having thus unquestionable autho. house, No. 12, was occupied by Mr rity for the spaciousness of the streets, Pearie, now a gentleman of mature we shall not dilate on the splendours years,— with a plump expression of of the houses composing them; we body and feature, which told as plainly shall merely invite attention to the as words could have done, that he had large white-washed mansion in the all his life long been a prosperous High Street, a little withdrawn within gentleman. The sound of his voice, handsome iron railings—constituting also, the short gruff method of ex“number twelve,” and being undoubt. pressing his opinion, something beedly the principal house in the town. tween a cough and a grunt, bore evi. The long low roof projecting over dence to the same happy condition of the prodigious expanse of white wall, his circumstances. Trade had indeed pierced with innumerable small win flourished_his consequence and dig. dows, is, we are informed, not in nity expanded in exact proportion strict accordance with the rules of with his bodily configuration-and an Grecian architecture ; nor is it in eye with any speculation in it, could see much danger of being mistaken for at a glance that one hundred thousand the Gothic,-but if we may be allow. pounds at least were written in the swell ed to suggest the style to which it of his waistcoat. Scrupulously brushbelongs, we should say it was “the ed were his habiliments, snow-white comfortable.” Lots of accommoda- were his stockings, and brightly potion, with an air of snug retirement, lished his shoes, which latter articles were the characteristics of the man- of wearing apparel were ornamented sion, and it was evident to a very su- with certain bright buckles, which perficial observer of such matters rumour gave out as being heir-looms that it possessed a mighty advan- dedicated to the adornment of the tage in its proximity, or, in fact, in its head partner, and, indeed, by many identity with the stout stone building people believed to be the palladium at one side of it, which projected to or tutelary influences of the bank itthe level of the street, and bore self. Scandalous people, who paid above its door the cabalistic words too little respect to dignities, have we have alluded to in the introduc- been known to wonder that Mr Pearie tion, “ BANK. Open from 10 till 3.” should indulge in such ostentatious An enquiring observer, on looking be- vanities, especially as any smatterer yond the outside portal of this wing in geometry, or, more properly speakof the building, might have seen writ- ing, in sarkometry, could not fail to ten, in large white letters, on an inner perceive that the aforesaid swell of door, “ Pearie, Peat, and Patieson." the waistcoat bad for many years deAnd if he had had as much wisdom as prived him of the pleasure of seeing we give him credit for, he might have the ornaments on his instep, unless felt pretty sure that those were the with the assistance of a mirror. It names of the three partners. And his was equally evident that he still resupposition would have been correct. joiced in single blessedness, though That was the banking establishment in what particulars of shape or manner of Messrs Pearie, Peat, & Patieson, bachelorship becomes visible in a mothe richest and best known bankers in ment we are not qualified to decide ; the whole -- district of Scotland. we merely state the fact in this parThe bank, in the course of the forty ticular instance; but no,--on second years of its existence, had gone through thoughts, we extend the remark to
mankind at large, viz. that the fact of of a splendid harp ; and proceeding matrimony or bachelorship is written from which you might occasionally so legibly in men's appearance, that hear delicious music, accompanied by no ingenuity can conceal it. On the as sweet a voice as it is safe to listen tops of coaches, in the coffee-rooms of to, unless you have got pretty near inns, nay, in pews at church, there is your grand climacteric. She was some inexplicable instinct that tells us what judges call “ great' on the harp, whether an individual (name, fortune, and brought such sounds from her circumstances totally unknown) be or piano, and carolled Scotch ballads so be not a married man. Whether it is a simply, and looked so sweetly, that no certain subdued look, such as that which one who listened to her music, or lookcharacterises the lions in a menagerie, ed at her beautiful blue eyes, could and distinguishes them from the lords of doubt her powers of “ execution." the desert, we cannot tell; but that Mr Pearie himself was divided bethe truth is so we positively affirm; tween his fondness for his own notes so, leaving these matters for a more and hers-he used to sit in his armsearching enquiry at some future time, chair whole evenings listening to her we return to the conditions of Mr performance, pretending to be asleep ; Pearie. With regard to his relations for he would have considered it deroto the other partners of the establish- gatory to his dignity, as “ heed o’the ment we have some difficulty in making hoose,” to be pleased with Auld Rothem quite intelligible to a stranger, for bin Gray, or the Flowers o' the Foduring the partnership there had been rest. Charles Patieson, however, who so many intermarriages, that it required had no such exalted considerations to a considerable turn for genealogy to restrain him, not only felt, but openly make out exactly what degree of rela. expressed the greatest delight in listionship existed between them. When tening to his ward, or cousin, or partMr Peat (who had married a sister of ner, whichever you choose to call her Mr Pearie, and whose father had been though there can be no doubt in the husband of Mr Patieson's aunt) left which of these characters the young his shareofthe business, in addition tohis man would have preferred considering savings, to his only daughter, he com- her himself. Yet there were obmitted the management of the young stacles, — insurmountable obstacles, lady, her farms, and fortune, to the which resulted partly from the deterjoint management of his two partners, mined discountenancing of any thing who being both relations, both guar- of the sort by Mr Pearie,-partly from dians, and both also partners of their the unconquerable modesty of the young charge, fell into the very natu- young man-and principally from the ral mistake of considering her as one apparent indifference, if, indeed, it of the hereditaments, whose beauty, was not altogether dislike, of the young youth, accomplishments, and floating lady. So poor Charles contented himcapital were all to be laid out to the self with loving her with all his heart best advantage. Mr Patieson, how- and all his soul in secret_hearing ever, had shortly afterwards died, and her sing and speak every evening that left his son sole heir of all his posses- he possibly could ; and dreaming of sions, his place in the bank, the guar- her all night-a mode of proceeding dianship of his ward, and, incongrus which all who have tried it unite in ously enough, himself at the same pronouncing very unsatisfactory. A time in the guardianship of Mr Pearie; house, at the other side of the town, an imperium in imperio, which might prettily situated on the bank of the have had very dangerous consequen- river, reminded him continually, by ces, had not the executive, in the its spacious size, so disproportioned to hands of the senior partner, been at the necessities of a bachelor-of that once very strict, and not very op- very pleasing text which says man was pressive. Mary Peat, aged a little not meant to live alone. What to more than nineteen, “ kept," as the him were the shrubbery walks- the phrase is, her guardian's house_her long suites of rooms, the green-houses suite of rooms are those on the left and conservatories ? - Poor fellow! hand of the entrance.door, where you not all the grammarians, since the days see the rich gauze curtains, and the of Priscian downwards, could bave beautiful geraniums, and catch a convinced him of the congruity of the glimpse, a little way back, of the top substantiye “ blessedness," with the