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given with the names of two diffe- “ powder which falls from their rent poets. This mistake has been “ heads on their cloaths. How completely shewn by the learned " many others did I meet armed, Hernidorf.
« and going, with a sword by their This translation, as we have al. « fide, to pay a visit to their friends, ready remarked, is dedicated to the " or to pray in their temples, as if celebrated Du Boccage. Nothing - they were constantly afraid of be. more natural than this tribute to the wing attacked ? and yet there was superior merit of the lady, who re- « nothing warlike in their aspect." ceived the most diftinguished atten. .........." But all at once," ex. tion during her travels in Italy. We claims Virgil (Let. VIII, #. may form fome idea of the great in. 84-5.) « I beheld pass by me a no terest the excited by reading the fa. “ ble female ; erery body hurried to nous Letters of Virgil, dated from “ do her homage, as if the were the Ely fian Fields, and written by " Vella, or the mother of the gods; the ingenious ex-jcfuit Xavier Betei. “ they chronged round her; they nelli, and printed at Bassau, in “ contended for the bonour of pay. 1780. 1?mo.
6c ing their attentions to her; and Bettinelli makes Virgil exclaim, " they spoke to her in the Celtic who had come from the other world " languae. It is, they told me, in order to examine the state of Ita. " a stranger just arrived from the lian poetry (Let. VIII, p. $3) " banks of the Seine, and who not " But what is this Rome which I s only introduced into all Itals the “ now behold! The Tiber, the Se- “ elegancies and sportiveness of in. " ven Hills, the Tarpeian Rock, " tellect, but is celebrated as the 6 even Mount Esquiline, where I " author of an Epic joer, and eren “ led so bleft a life, all convince me "6 of fome tragedies; never did ite " that I am not deceived and yet so remembrance of antient Rome “ I cannot believe that I am at « excite in her soul half that admi. • Rome. I certainly expected great " ration which the has produced “ changes after a laple of eighteen “ among the inhabitants of modern
“ Rome, I thought to myself, this
" female avenges in a signal manner hang a villain of a minister, and ba. " the defeats and disgraces of the nih another who is an idiot.” “ Gauls, and the descendants of the MARGARET of Austria, when near“ Romans cannot boast of the victo. Ty perishing in a storm at sea, com. “ ries which Cæsar, or the other posed her epitaph, which runs thus : “ conquerors, have gained over this
Cy gift Margot, la gente demoi elle, " nation."
Q'cut deux maris, et fi mourut puIn this friking portrait, who does
celle. not immediately recognise the au. Beneath this tomb the gentle Mar. thor of the Colombiad, and the tra.
garet's laid, gedy of the Amazons, even without Who had two husbands, and yet the information of the editor, who died a maid. tells us so, in page 26 of his preface ? Should this letter be approved of,
It may finally be remarked, that I shall take another opportunity of a .we have also n iilottete, Tragedia, future communication, and am (di Sofocle) con alcune rime di Tomm.
Your obedient servant, Gius. Farsetli, in Venezia, 1767,
HISTORIÆ INVESTIGATOR. 8vo, preljo Angelo Geremia.
May 26, 1804.
ANSWERS TO THE HISTORICAL :, AS you profess it your intention
AND PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS to notice biographical anecdotes in
PROPOSED IN THE LAST NUMBER. your work, I have taken the liberty
QUEST. I. Which are the most to send you the two followiug ones important epochs between the erect
DOMENCHINO. the celebrated ing of the tent in the wildernels for painter, was accustomed to act of the worship of the one and only true may be allowed the expression) the God, and the
God, and the first dedication of a characters of all the figures he meant temple in Jerulalem for the lame to express upon the canvas, and to
purpose ? speak aloud whatever the passion he
These epochs are, the invasion of meant to reprefent Poula promot. Palestine by the children of Israel, Whillt he was engaged in painting
under the command of Jodhua, which the martyrdom of St. Andrew, Ca.
was followed by the conquest of the racci caught him one day in a very couniry, and the lettlement of the violent paffiori, and speaking in a loud Ifraelites under a republican form of and threatening tone of voice. He was government : the change of the reatthat time emploved in representinga publican to a monarchical form of follier who was threatening the saint. government; in the person of Saul, When this fit of enthusiastic abstrac- an obscure person of the tribe of tion was over, Caracci, running and Benjamin ; and the letting alide of embracing him. acknowledged that the family of Saul for that of David, Domenchino had been that day his an obscure person of the tribe of malier, and that he had learned from Judah, who became the head of a hiw the true manner of catching the great dynasty, in which the Saviour expreflion.
of the world was ditined to receive CREBILLON, the celebrated trazic his birth. poet, was enamoured of solitude,
The first epochi mentioned in this! that he might enjoy uo lifturbed ebose period, or the invasion of Paleitige fine romances with which hi, ima. by the children of Israel, took place gination teemed. A friend, one day, a litle more than fourteen hundred broke in upon him as he was engaged and bíty years before Christ, or in in a deep reverie. « For God's the fourteen hundred and Sifty-first fake, don't difiurb me !" cried the year before that æra. It was dilline poet, “I am enjoying a moment of guished by many wonderful events ; Supreme happiness; I am going to among which, the Itanding till of
the sun for a certain time in the day but the voice of the people was too has given ground for much disputa. strong to be overborne, and a king tion. A gmilar fact is said to be was elected by lot. He was not, recorded in the Chinese annals, which however, entrusted with despotic may be deemed not only a confir- sway, but bound equally with his mation of its truch, but a very useful subjects to obey the laws : but one epoch for connecting together the pretext that the people had for the Chinese with lacred and other pro- change was not aoswered in the fane histories. The attention now event; they wilhed for a king to bead paid to Chinese literature bolds out them in battle, as in other nations ;
the hope that this point will be but his kingdom was frequently re· well ascertained. The Israelites, duced to the utmost distress; and
on attacking the country, drove out during the greater part of his reign, in many places, and in others de. the Philistines, who inhabited the stroyed, the inhabitants of the coun- fea coafts, maintained their fupe. try; but in some they were per riority. mitted to remain, and were the cause The family of Saul lost their right of great evils to the invaders. As to the throne by the misconduct of the Israelites were divided into tribes, their head. As that family had been they made a similar division of the chosen by lot, and at the voice of land, and in such a manner, that the people, and was declared on. each person, at his birth, became heir worthy to rule, a new family was to a portion of landed property selected under the more immediate They were governed by fixed laws, care of Divine Providence. A proand religion was the great tie which phet anointed a young lad in tbe kept the tribes in unison; for they lifetime of Saul, thus marking hin did not for a length of time acknow out for the future forereign of If. ledge a common foverejan, and had rael. This unction naturally jolpired heads over different littricts only as him with elevated thoughts, and he occasion required. From inattention was distinguished for his valour. The and disobedience to their laws, the jealousy of the reigning sovereigo was courage which marked their invalion excited, but all his attempts to de. declined, and they frequently became stroy his rival were unsuccessful. tributary to their neighbours; and These attempts, indeed, served only this seems to bave led the nation to to raise the fame of David, who, make the demand which formed the upon the death of Saul and his soos ground for the next epoch.
in the field of battle, was readily This epoch, or the change of the acknowledged sovereign by his own republican to a monarchical form tribe ; and, in a few years after, of government, took place five years partly by the force of arms, and Jess than eleven hundred years before partly by treachery among the adChrift; of course, for the case of the lierents to Saul's family, became fomemory, the term eleven hundied is vereign of the whole country. His ufcful, particularly fo, as we thus con- accellion to the throne of Judah took nect it with the greater event, the place in the thousand and fifty-fifth dedication of the firit temple. The year before Chritt, and to that of all Israelites had suffered much from the Israel in the thousand and forts. officers fet over them by the prophers cighch year before Christ. and priests, such as Eli's and Samuel's Qurjt. IL To what reflections do Sons; and to remedy this evil, they there epoclis give rise ? thought the best method was to Endless have been the disputes choose a sovereign. Their determi- on the subjects accompanying each nation was relified by Samuel, and of these epochs. The invation of the greater evils of their choice re. Palelline by the Israelites, and their presented in a strong point of view: fubsequent conduct in it, ale the