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When Cupid having me (his slave) descried
In Mars's livery, prancing in the press,
•What now, Sir Fool! said he: 'I would no less :
Look here, I say.' I look’d, and Stella spied,
Who hard by made a window send forth light.
My heart then quak'd, then dazzled were mine eyes;
One hand forgot to rule, th' other to fight;
Nor trumpet's sound I heard, nor friendly cries.
My foe came on, and beat the air for me
Till that her blush made me my shame to see.

VII.
“ No more, my dear, no more these counsels try;

Oh give my passions leave to run their race;
Let Fortune lay on me her worst disgrace;
Let folk o'ercharged with brain against me cry ;
Let clouds bedim my face, break in mine eye;
Let me no steps, but of lost labour, trace;
Let all the earth with scorn recount my case-
But do not will me from my love to fly.
I do not envy Aristotle's wit,
Nor do aspire to Cæsar's bleeding same;
Nor anghi do care, though some above me sit;
Nor hope, nor wish, another course to frame,
But that which once may win thy cruel heart:
Thou art my wit, and thou my virtue art.

VIII.
« Love still a boy, and oft a wanton, is,

School'd only by his mother's tender eye;
What wonder, then, is he his lesson miss,
When for so soft a rod dear play he try?
And yet my STAR, because a sugar'd kiss
In sport I suck'd, while she asleep did lie,
Doth lour, nay, chide, nay, threat, for only this.
Sweet, it was saucy Love, not humble I.
But no 'scuse serves; she makes her wrath appear
In beauty's throne-see now who dares come near
Those scarlet judges, threat'ning bloody pain?
Oh heav'nly fool, thy most kiss worthy face
Anger invests with such a lovely grace,
That anger's self I needs must kiss again.

IX. " I never drank of Aganippe well,

Nor ever did in shade of Tempe sit,
And muses scorn with vulgar brains to dwell;
Poor layman I, for sacred rites untit.
Some do I hear of poet's fury tell,
But (God wot) wot not what they mean by it ;
And this I swear by blackest brook of hell,
I am no pick-purse of another’s wit.
How falls it, then, that with so smooth an ease
My thoughts I speak, and what I speak doth flow
In verse, and that my verse best wits doth please?
Guess me the cause—what, is it thus ?-fy, no.
Or so?-much less. How then ? sure thus it is,
My lips are sweet, inspired with Stella's kiss.

X. ** Of all the kings that ever here did reign,

Edward, named Fourth, as first in praise I name,

Not for his fair ontside, nor well-lined brain--
Although less gifts imp feathers oft on Fame.
Nor that he could, young-wise, wise-valiant, frame
His sire's revenge, join'd with a kingdom's gain
And, gain'd by Mars could yet mad Mars so tame,
That balance weigh'd what sword did late cbtain.
Nor that he made the Floure-de-luce so 'fraid,
Though strongly hedged of bloody lions' paws
That witty Lewis to him a tribute paid.
Nor this, nor that, nor any such small cause-
But only, for this worthy knight durst prove
To lose his crown rather than fail his love.

XI.
“Oh happy Thames, that didst my STELLA bear,
I saw thyself, with many a smiling line
Upon thy cheerful face, joy's livery wear,
While those fair planets on thy streams did shine;
The boat for joy could not to dance forbear,
While wanton winds, with beauty so divine
Ravish'd, stay'd not, till in her golden hair
They did themselves (oh sweetest prison, twine.
And fain those Æol's youth there would iheir stay
Have made; but, forced by nature still to fly,
First did with puffing kiss those locks display
She, so dishevell’d, blush'd; from window I
With sight thereof cried out, 'Oh fair disgrace,
Let honour's self to thee grant highest place !!

XII.
Highway, since you my chief Parnassus be;
And that my muse, to some ears not unsweet,
Tempers her words to trampling horses' seet,
More soft than to a chamber melody ;
Now blessed you bear onward blessed me
To her, where I my heart safe left shall meet,
My Muse and I must you of duty greet
With thanks and wishes, wishing thankfully,
Be you still fair, honour'd by public heed,
By no encroachment wrongd, nor time forgot ;
Nor blamed for blood, nor shamed for sinful deed.
And that you know, I envy you no lot
Of highest wish, I wish you so much bliss,
Hundreds of years you Stella's feet may kiss."

Of the foregoing, the first, the second, and the last sonnet are my favourites. But the general beauty of them all is, nat they are so perfectly characteristical. The spirit of "learning and of chivalry”—of which union Spenser has entitled Sydney to have been the “president”-shines through them. I confess I can see nothing of the "jejune" or " frigid" in them; much less of the “stiff” and “cumbrous”—which I have sometimes heard objected to the Arcadia. The verse runs off swiftly and gallantly. It might have been tuned to the trumpet; or tempered (as himself expresses it) to “tramp ling horses' feet.” They abound in felicitous phrases

“Oh heav'nly fool, thy most kiss-worthy face"

8th Sonnet.

“Sweet pillows, sweetest bed ;
A chamber deaf to noise, and blind to light;
A rosy garland, and a weary head."

2d Sonnet.

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“That sweet enemy-France"

5th Sonnet.

But they are not rich in words only, in vague and unlocalized feelings—the failing too much of some poetry of the present day.--they are full, material, and circumstantiated. Time and place appropriates every one of them. It is not a fever of passion wasting itself upon a thin diet of dainty words, but a transcendent passion pervading and illuminating action, pursuits, studies, feats of arms, the opinions of contemporaries, and his judgment of them. An historical thread runs through them, which almost affixes a date to them; marks the when and where they were written.

I have dwelt the longer upon what I conceive the merit of these poems, because I have been hurt by the wantonness (I wish I could treat it by a gentler name) with which W. H. takes every occasion of insulting the memory of Sir Philip Sydney. But the decisions of the author of Table-Talk, &c., (most profound and subtle where they are, as for the most part, just,) are more safely to be relied upon, on subjects and authors he has a partiality for, than on such as he has conceived an accidental prejudice against. Milton wrote sonnets, and was a king-hater; and it was congenial, perhaps, to sacrifice a courtier to a patriot.

patriot. But I was unwilling to lose a fine idea from my mind. The noble images, passions, sentiments, and poetical delicacies of character scattered all over the Arcadia, (spite of some stiffness and encumberment,) justify to me the character which his contemporaries have left us of the writer. I cannot think with the Critic, that Sir Philip Sydney was that opprobrious thing which a foolish nobleman in his insolent hostility chose to term him. I call to mind the epitaph made on him, to guide me to juster thoughts of him; and I repose upon the beautiful lines in the

Friend's Passion for his Astrophel," printed with the Elegies of Spenser and others.

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“You knew—who knew not Astrophel ?
(That I should live to say I knew,
And have not in possession still!)—
Things known permit me to renew-

Of him you know his merit such,
I cannot say-you hear-too much.

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Or let any one read the deeper sorrows (grief running into rage) in the poem--the last in the collection accompanying the above-- which from internal testimony I believe to be Lord Brooke's-beginning with “Silence augmenteth grief” —and then seriously ask himself, whether the subject of such absorbing and confounding regrets could have been that thing which Lord Oxford termed him.

NEWSPAPERS THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO.

Dan Stuart once told us, that he did not remember that he ever deliberately walked into the exhibition at Somerset House in his life.' He might occasionally have escorted a party of ladies across the way that were going in; but he never went in of his own head. Yet the office of the Morning Post newspaper stood then just where it does now-we are carrying you back, reader, some thirty years or more—with its gilt-globe-topped front facing that emporium of our artists' grand annual exposure. We sometimes wish that we had observed the same abstinence with Daniel.

A word or two of D. S. He ever appeared to us one of the finest tempered of editors. Perry of the Morning Chronicle was equally pleasant, with a dash, no slight one either, of the courtier. S. was frank, plain, and English all over. We have worked for both these gentlemen.

It is soothing to contemplate the head of the Ganges; to trace the first little bubblings of a mighty river;

“ With holy reverence to approach the rocks,

Whence glide the streams renown'd in ancient song." Fired with a perusal of the Abyssinian pilgrim's explora tory ramblings after the cradle of the infant Nilus, we well remember on one fine summer holyday (a “ whole day's leave" we called it at Christ's Hospital) sallying forth at rise of sun not very well provisioned either for such an undertaking, to trace the current of the New River-Middletonian stream !to its scaturient source, as we had read, in meadows by fair Amwell. Gallantly did we commence our solitary quest-for it was essential to the dignity of a DISCOVERY, that no eye of schoolboy, save our own, should beam on the detection. By flowery spots and verdant lanes, skirting Hornsey, hope trained us on in many a baffling turn; endless, hopeless meanders, as it seemed; or as if the jealous waters had dodged us, reluctant to have the humble spot of their nativity revealed; till spent, and nigh famished, before the set of the same sun, we sat down somewhere by Bowes Farm, near Tottenham, with a tithe of our proposed labours only yet accomplished; sorely convinced in spirit that that Brucian enterprise was as yet too arduous for our young shoulders.

Not more refreshing to the thirsty curiosity of the traveller is the tracing of some mighty waters up to their shallow fontlet, than it is to a pleased and candid reader to go back to the inexperienced essays, the first callow flights in authorship, of some established name in literature ; from the gnat which preluded to the Æneid, to the duck which Samuel Johnson

trod on.

In those days every morning paper, as an essential retainer to its establishment, kept an author, who was bound to furnish daily a quantum of witty paragraphs. Sixpence a joke-and it was thought pretty high too—was Dan Stuart's settled remuneration in these cases. The chat of the day, scandal, but,

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