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Then gazed affrighten'd; but she caught a last,
She placed a decent stone his grave above,
For that she wrought, for that forsook her bed,
She would have grieved, had friends presumed to spare
Here will she come, and on the grave will sit,
And careless seem, for she would not be found;
To hold mysterious converse with the dead;
NOTES TO LETTER II.
Note 1, page 23, lines 15 and 16.
If it should be objected, that centuries are not slower than hours, because the speed of time must be uniform, I would answer, that I understand so much, and mean that they are slower in no other sense, than because they are not finished so
Note 2, page 24, line 2.
Can the small germ upon the substance view.
This kind of vegetation, as it begins upon siliceous stones, is very thin, and frequently not to be distinguished from the surface of the flint. The byssus jolithus of Linnæus (lepraria jolithus of the present system), an adhesive carmine crust on rocks and old buildings, was, even by scientific persons, taken for the substance on which it spread. A great variety of these minute vegetables are to be found in some parts of the coast where the beach, formed of stones of various kinds, is undisturbed, and exposed to every change of weather; in this situation, the different species of lichen, in their different stages of growth, have an appearance interesting and agreeable even to those who are ignorant of, and indifferent to the cause.
Note 3, page 24, lines 21 and 22.
Each has its motto: some contrived to tell,
In monkish rhyme, the uses of a bell.
The several purposes for which bells are used are expressed in two Latin verses of this kind.
Note 4, page 25, line 18.
But monuments themselves memorials need.
Juvenal. Sat. x. l. 146.
Note 5, page 31, last line.
Regard the dead, but to the living live.
It has been observed to me, that in the first part of the story I have represented this young woman as resigned and attentive to her duties; from which it should appear that the concluding advice is unnecessary; but if the reader will construe the expression" to the living live," into the sense-live entirely for them, attend to duties only which are real, and not those imposed by the imagination, I shall have no need to alter the line which terminates the story.
THE VICAR-THE CURATE, &c.
And telling me the sovʼreign'st thing on earth
Was parmacity for an inward bruise.
Shakspeare.-Henry IV. Part I. Act 1.
So gentle, yet so brisk, so wond'rous sweet,
Much are the precious hours of youth mispent