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feasBui'"Trrv t-f T-i. ,,i.v . .', .
Hesperian Student.
VOL. i
University or .Vchtutsha.
I 4
Jul non Prollolt.Dollcilt.
Scraps from my Note Hook.
llmu-ofton pondered over tlio passage
, BcclctliwlM HI., J1, which runs thus:
Who know cth the pirit of iniiii thai go
al, upward, und the xpirit of llii" boast
,l,it gocth (lownwaril to tho earth" lit
the original, tho word translated "spirit"
blhc same In both uses; thus seeming to
jrtognfoe an limiiortnl principle in the
kH though of an interior destiny, since
It goeth downward". We are told of a
-now heaven and a nnr earth," that are
jettobc It is not impossible that the
foU-otinl" resurrection body of the man
win) comes out fairly from the Day of
.hulireiiient may be tilted both for the "new
heaven and time- new earth;" and that the
irrrcstriul" resurrection body of the
iM-a-l inu be suited to the "new earth"
jl.ine; lut that the beast that has been
stnn.as by Adam of St Victor, from Abp.
Trench's collection of Medheval "Sacred
Latin l'ootry:"
"Oil. iitiim Mix, (iuim imiucliirn
Kill I llll'C "IlllltlH lllll,
Hiihoiis Ajjnl cuiikiiIiio,
Agnl mIiui iniiciiln,
iul iniiniliivll tiicciilii
Aliiinllijuo cilinlnc!"
and again.
" llln jkt bl lilnn
VNtn ll Inn
Sliuil iiiilimiliii;
A iillmi!tiiu vln,
Kornil tunu ilUlxn,
(itii ud iiuiimilln, uto."
It will be noticed that the Latin poets of
the Modiioval time forsook the outrageous
ancient method of versifying by quantity,
and adopted, and taught modern writers
the use of, accentual vcrsillealion. The
gain to the music of the verse was inllnite;
for the music of accent can be immediate
ly felt by everyone, but it requires elabor
ate training to appreciate quantilled verse,
liillifal to its pari, like the man who has 'and eery elaborate training to write it.
hi'i'ii faithful to his part, will enter upon, Among all the Oxford and Cambridge
,111 improved condition seems to me tar , writers of Latin verse, not one in a doen
triiin improbable. 1 am strengthened in jean quantify music; and what, in that re
this conclusion by the fact that St. Paul ispect, Is not done at Oxford and Cambridge
ll Cor XV., !MUV 10,) descants about the , is hardly worth mentioning. Vincent
virions kinds of tlcsh; a of men, of beasts, j Hourne has perhaps had no equal; while
whoever else was n begetter of variance
and hatred.
of llshcs, and of birds; and straightway,
and as if might be consequentially, informs
u of divine bodies, the "celestial," and
ilu- terrestrial."
Milton, Cowpcr, Gray, lleber, Milman,
Macaulay, etc., may well be supposed to
have surpassed all continental writers of
inferior genius who have tried their hands
.lii'in Wesley has a sermon in support of j at quantilled versillcatlon.
the duel rine of the future life of beasts. The accentual system of Latin versiilca
lie suppose, that while men advance to the ! tion may probably teach Us the true proiiim
lomliiion of angels, beasts may come up elation of Latin words,
tn something near our present condition ; XIV.
wt not li Involution and Natural Suloe-
Said an Knglishinnn, "There is no oc
cupation so independent as Farming: you
can just lie in bed and know that your
ciops are growing."
Ah, if this were so; if lying in bed and
linn. Inn b the grace of (Sod.
If l lie poetry do not posses, the olo
mini hi music in form and sound, it is of
little consequence that its thought bo just j knowing thai. our crops are growing weic
ami beautiful. Not that sense, is ever to ; the very essence of farming, would we not
In-siirilleed lo sound; but that measured jail be farmers? Alas, that the Hiiglishinan
iiiiml is never lo be lost sigbt of. Prosy j was .o far from the truth! Alas, that
brie tniirlil better take the form of prose , farming and everything ol.o costs so much
,ii once ' of positive hard labor! Alas, that there is
European lyrical poetry (not Asiatic) hie no o.cue from the curse " In the sweat of
i'Ufcia lint.' of its own, that no one j thy face shall thou eat bread!"
mills understand the language in wiuoli it
'-written lo feel the spoil of its illapso.
Hire, for example, 1 a fragment of an old
Herman song, which I find in a book
"liont Nuremberg:
Winn fliier Duiit-eliliinil kuinii'ii
I'ikI l)i'ittchlniul llobon roll,
winl iiiim Una Narnliorg iii'Iiiumi
lli'i Killon Kiiiinto oll;
l)r nlniniorniolir urulte'
llinroiii', llulMf'uo Snail.
Wo Diiruiv Krnlt newaltot
I' ml Sach uiHoiiigon lint."
Xobody, allhough ho may not oomprc
'end a word of German, needs bo told
"ml ihi,. part of a lyrical poem. The
'litn.u cannot bo road so badly as to destroy
ii" metrical cadences. Its How is like that
"liiswlfi brook, that come- dashing out
lr" the hills to Inspirit the meadows and
'renk the monotony of their existence.
Equally lyrical, and equally Impossible
t confound with prose, are the following
In his "Highlands and Islands of UioAdri.
ailc," 1'aton says, In speaking of that pari of
the l'alnoeof Diocletian, that was used as
a temple of .Jupiter, "A lofty octagon was
ascended by a stair of JfflecH stops; an un
even number being generally used In the
temples of the ancients, that, beginning lo
move with the right foot, they might of
course, place It Ikst ") lll uppunnust
stop in order lo outer the tomplo; a form
which was accounted respectful in ap.
proachlng the Deity."
Our University entrance stops are HI an
uneven number. An ancient architect would
probably have nvoiuV making anything
1 51, for 1 is the most fatal of all numbers.
In Scripture Chronology it is the equlva
lent of Schism, Hevolt, Apostasy; and en
ters into the names of Peleg, Ishmacl, and
in his delightful poem, "The Descried
Village," Goldsmith says
" Prince mill hinto mny Mimiieli or nin.v rutin;
A brciitb run iniiku them, n n bieiilh lin nindo;
Hut u bold icnunlry, their country' pride,
When unco detro,ved cna never be supplied."
TIiIh is emphatically true; a bold, loyal
yeomanry are the solid foundation of a
nation ; and it behooves the rich and great
to see to it that they are not oppressed and
destroyed by taxes, rent-charge, aiid snap
laws in favor of judgement-creditors.
Uut while the yeomanry are the body and
limbs of a nation, lis head and nervous
system arc the men of thought and the men
of wealth. Ucsides, as Alexander Smith
says of "great seats and great lords,"
they "provide food for the imagination."
It would be a dull, monotonous world, If
indeed all men were equal. We require
heroes, and heroes residing in princely
homes, to stimulate and purify the imagi
nation, to raise our tone above the little
nesses to which we are accustomed, and to
incite our efforts to improve upon present
circumstances. A rich man may be a very
mean man; but the expensive elegance of
his, .state is a hwitiful pieturt hung before
the eyes of all his neighbors. Should he
add personal worth and family honors to
his wealth, the charm of his greatness is
universally confessed.
Acquaintance with the sea has banished
the Maelstrom from our maps. Scylla and
Charybdis seem also to have disappeared
therefrom. And yet, in his travels in Sici
ly, V. Hrydotic, V. H. S., puis down the
following: " It was almost a dead calm,
our ship scarce moving half a mile in an
hour, so thai we had time to get a complete
.. .. .. I. ..I' C....II., .... tin.
view ol tne utmoiis ioi;i wi nim,
Calabriaii side, Cape 1'ylonts on the Sicil
ian, and the celebrated Straits of the Faro
that run between Ihem. Whilst we were
some miles distant from the entry of the
straits, we heard the roaring of the current,
like the noise of some large, impetuous
river routined between narrow banks.
This increased in proportion as we ad
vanced, till we saw the water in many phi
ces raised to a considerable height, and
forming large eddies, or whirlpools. The
sea In every oilier place was as smooth as
glass. Our old pilot told its Unit he had
often seen ships caught in these eddies, ami
whirled about with great rapidity, without
obeying the helm in the smallest degree.
When the weather Is calm, there is little
danger; but when the waves meet witn
thisiolent torrent, It makes a dreadful
sea. He says that there were live ships
wrecked in this spot last winter. AW ob
served that the current set exactly for the
rock of Scylla, and would Infallibly have
carried any tiling thrown into it against
that point; so that it was not without rca
son the ancients have painted it as an ob
jtcc of such terror. It Is about a milo
'from the entry of tho Faro, and forms a
small promontory, which runs a little out
to sea, and meets tho whole force of tho
waters, as thoy come out of the narrowest
part of the straits. The head of this
promontory is the famous Scylla. It must
bo owned that it docs not altogether como
up to the formidable description that Ho
mer gives of it ; the reading of which (liko
that of Shakspeure's CUlf) almost makes
one's head giddy. Neither is the passago
so wondrous narrow and dilllcult as ho
makes it. Indeed, It is probable that tho
breadth of it is greatly Increased since his
time by the violent Impetuosity of tho cur
rent. And this violence, too, must havo
always diminished in proportion as tho
breadth of the channel Increased.
Our pilot says there are many small
rocks that show their heads near tho base
of the large ones. These are probably tho
dogs that they described as howling round
the monster Scylla. There are likewise
many caverns that add greatly to the noiso
of the water, and tend still to increase tho
horror of the scene. The rock Is nearly
200 feet high."
The conflict of St. George and the Drag
on is ai allegory. St. George represents
Christianity, and the Dragon the old Pagan
religions of the Uoinan Empire. St. George
(Christianity) overcomes the Dragon (Pa
ganism): and yet, the struggle goes on
from age to age, and ever must go on, even
to the time of the end.
0. 0. D.
Gravina says, "The united strengh of in
dividuals constitutes what we call thvbody
jHilitii:" Montiscjuiou says, "The govern
ment most conformable to nature is thai
which least agrees with the humor and
disposition of the people in whose favor it
is established." And thus the" learned auth
or would preclude discussion as to the best
form, unless it is for some particular clime.
The last named author classifies all gov
ernments under three heads, c: Republi
can, .Monarchical and Despotic, and says,
"Some think, that nature having establish
ed paternal authority, the most natural
governini nt Is that of a single person." But
does the example of paternal authority
prove any thingV Suppose the power of u
father be relative to a single government,
that of the brothers after the death of tho
father, and that of the eousln-germans af
ter the decease of the brothers, refer to a
gournment of many A republican form
of government is that government in
which the body or only a part of tho peo.
pie is po&sessed of tho supreme power; and
is divided into two classes as, "when the
body of the people is possessed of the su
promo power, this is called a democracy,"
and, "when the supreme power is lodged
in the hands ol a part of the people, It is
then an umtui'vaey.'
In a democracy the people are in some
respects the sovereign, and in others tho
subjects. In this form it Is as important
to regulate in what manner, by whom, and
concerning what, suffrages are to bo given,