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A Companion For The Fragment Of Simonide...
" Wikltiis exaflitties , gilentiumque " Per longa atria commovent , nee ullo " J Vatruin faft ^ eris , aut ilaeo Mblbte ; " Nee seriiis patri d ^ ititiituS illo , " Qui gestang genibusye bfachiove ,, " Aut Rinnans lepidain tuam loquelaih " Tecum inillfe modiS irieptiebat . " Tu dorriii ^ volitant ^ ue cjui solebant " Risus , iii rbseis tuis labeuis . — " Dormi , parvule ! nee mail dolores " Qui matrem cruciant tuge quietis " Runlflant somiiia . —Quando quando tales " liedibiint oculis meis sopores !"
The contrast here exhibited between the agony of the mother and the peaceful sluinber of the child is tery touching . How beautifully tender is the picture of the father taking the child in his arms or on his knee , teaching his little lisping tongue to utter words of love" Qui gestans genibusve , " & c . And the melancholy tone of her uttering- — " Dormi , parvule ! " breaking into the despair of " When , when shall I taste such sweet sleep . "These are beautie ^ which are not derived from the original , but thfer 6 can be no dispute as M the imitation . The picture is rendered more tdtlchihg" from the contrast of palm fcitimbef , and violent detapair , yet Erasmus has ; I think , almost equalled it , without the
contrast , in his < Naufragium ' —; " Inter omhes nullus se tranquillius agebat quam mulier queedam , eui erat infantulus in siriu , quern lactabat . Sola nee vociferabatur , nee Jiebat ; tantitm complexa puellum taciti precabatur " " Among all the passengers none behaved with greater calmness than a woman who was suckling a child . She alone neither made any noise , nor . wept , only hugging her little bojr fast , she silently prayed . " . . G . H . Lewes .
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With Many Thanks To Bur Friend And Corre...
With many thanks to bur friend and correspondent , we have endeavoured at a translation of the lines he so justly admires . The passage from traSmus is exquisite .
While struggling thus to give the peace she felt hot , Her eyes , yet glimmering with the bright big drops , Fell on her babej as on the ntirse ' s breast It lay hugg'd up in ¦ balm , and fast asleep ; And " oh , poor little one ! " said s ] be > < 4 , thou sleepest ? Ignorant of these wan faces , and this silence Through the long halls ; nor feelest any grief Such as thy brothers feel , or thy poor mother 5 Nor knowe & t what a father thoii Ka 6 t lost ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 1, 1837, page 402, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/mrp_01121837/page/34/