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VEREOR NE, DUM OSTENDERE CUPIO QUANTUM VIRGILIUS NOSTER EX ANTIQUIORUM LEC
TIONE PROFECERIT, ET QUOS EX OMNIBUS FLORES
VEL QUÆ IN CARMINIS SUI DECOREM EX DIVER
SIS ORNAMENTA LIBAVERIT, OCCASIONEM REPRE
HENDENDI VEL IMPERITIS VEL MALIGNIS MINIS
TREM EXPROBRANTIBUS TANTO VIRO ALIENI USUR-
HABENDA EST QUOD NONNULLA AB ILLIS IN OPUS
SUUM, QUOD ETERNO MANSURUM
FERENDO FECIT NE OMNINO MEMORIA VETERUM
DELERETUR: QUOS, SICUT PRÆSENS SENSUS OS-
DICIO TRANSFERENDI ET MODO IMITANDI CONSE
CUTUS EST, UT QUOD APUD ILLUM LEGERIMUS
The various branches of reading which such a pursuit insensibly leads to, and the mumerous stores of amusement and information which it casually and unexpectedly opens, I can truly fay, have often operated upon me the effect ascribed by the old poet to the forrow-foothing daughters of Jupiter and Mnemosyne ;
Soothing my pains, and respiting my cares *
I particularly experienced this at the latter end of last year; at which season I generally droop most, which I believe is the case with valetudinarians of my class.
In passing through Salisbury to this place, the summer before last, I amused myself, in the evening, with a volume of the GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE; a complete series of which valuable miscellany
* Λησμοσυνην τε κακων, αμπαυμα τε μεριηραων.
Hefiod THEOGON. 45.
does credit to the respectable * circulating library adjoining to the Inn.—I found, in the Magazine for November 1796, a brief account of Sylvester's Du Bartas, shewing it to have been a popular work, and pointing out some parallelisms, (not very striking indeed,) between Milton and the translator of Du BAR'TAS. These notices were accompanied with an observation, attributed to Dr. Farmer of, that “ the “ subject of Milton's great poem must “ naturally have led him to read in Syl"o vester's Du Bartas.”—This awakened in
* It were much to be wished, that the proprietors of our Caffés Literaires at Bath, and at other public places, would carefully preserve, and regularly bind up the more valuable periodical publications which they take in. They would by this means gradually amass a valuable stock of literary amusement and reference ; which would do more credit to their reading-room and catalogue, than the large quantity of totally uninteresting books, which often swell the one, and incumber the other.
+ I do not, however, find it in his excellent Elay on the Learning of Shakespeare,
me a wish to be acquainted with it; and, a few months after, I had an opportunity of gratifying my curiosity. In paffing through Southampton I purchased, for three millings, the folio edition ; a little worm-eaten indeed, and caret titulo. I did not, I confefs, at the moment feel raptures equal to those of Mr. Shandy, when he first became poffeffor of Bruscambille; and, on my first looking into it, I was so little captivated, that, I suspect, had I been going home, I should have consigned it to repose undisturbed in a corner of my book-room. I carried, however, my new purchase with me into my autumn quarters, at Lymington; where, as the fine air, and beautiful scenery of the country, lead to amusements out of doors, it is less necessary for the libraries of the place to be farther pravided, than with light summerreading, for the sultry hour, the rainy day, or the occasional confinement of a flight cold, caught by too late an excursion on the water. Here, as winter drew on, I