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Ecclesiastes said, “ that all is vanity" -
Most modern preachers say the same, or show it
By saint, by sage, by preacher, and by poet,
That ye are dogs—your betters far-ye may
To show ye what ye are in every way. As little as the moon stops for the baying
Of wolves, will the bright Muse withdraw one ray
If this be the right reading—'tis no matter; he fact's about the same, I am secure;
I sing them both, and am about to batter
And was beleaguer'd both by land and water (2)
So placed as to impede the fire of those
of the high talents of this new Vauban :
The rampart higher than you 'd wish to hang: But then there was a great want of precaution
(Prithee, excuse this engineering slang),
And walls as thick as most skulls born as yet;
Case-mated (7) one, and t'other " à barbette,” (8) of Danube's bank took formidable charge;
While two-and-twenty cannon, duly set,
Because the Turks could never be persuaded
And such their creed was, till they were invaded,
But as the Danube could not well be waded,
But oh, ye goddesses of war and glory!
Who were immortal, could one tell their story?
Achilles' self was not more grim and gory
he fortress is call'a Ismail, and is placed
Still I'll record a few, if but to increase
Our euphony: there was Strongenoff, and Strokonoff, Meknop, Serge Lwow, Arsniew of modern Greece,
And Tschitsshakoff, and Roguenoff, and Chokenoff, And others of twelve consonants apiece;
ving on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and dire qu'il fit placer les palissades perpendiculairement sur a unding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordi | le parapet, de manière qu'elles favorisaient les assiégeants,
. Whilst the great occan of truth lay all undiscovered 1 et arrêtaient le feu des assiégés.” Ibid. p. 202.-L. E. ore me."-"What a lesson to the vanity and presumption (6) “Le rempart en terre est prodigieusement élevé, à poltosopbers; to those, especially, who have never even cause de l'immense profondeur du fossé; il est cependant w the smoother pebble or the prettier shell! What a absolument rasant; il n'y a ni ouvrage avancé, ni chemin Taration for the latest inquiries, and the last views, of convert.” Ibid.-L. E. decaying spirit,-for those inspired doctrines which
(7) “ Casemate is a work made under the rampart, like at can throw a light over the dark ocean of undiscovered
a cellar or cave, with loop-boles to place guns in it, and is ta!" Sir David Brercster.--LE.
bomb-proof.” MilitDict.-L. E. 1) See Miscellaneous Poems, "Inscription on the Monu.
(8) u When the breastwork of a battery is only of such tof a Newfoundland Dog."-L.E.
height that the guns may fire over it without being obliged 2) An. 1790. Le 30 de novembre on s'approcha de la to make embrasures, the guns are said to fire in barbet.” te; les troupes de terre formaient un total de vingt mille Ibid.-L.E. ames, indépendamment de sept à huit mille Kozaks.”
(9) “Un bastion de pierres, ouvert par une gorge trèsde la Nouvelle Russie, tome ii. p. 201.-LE.
étroite, et dont les murailles sont fort épaisses, a une bat. "Ismaël est situé sur la rive gauche du bras gauche terie casematée et une à barbette; il défend la rive du Da. Danube." Ibid.-L.E.
nube.. Du côté droit de la ville est un cavalier de quarante - "A peu près à quatre-vingts verstes de la mer: pieds d'élévation à pic, garni de vingt-deux pièces de canon, ta près de trois mille toises de tour.” Ibid.-L. E.
et qui défend la partie gauche." Hist. de la N. R. t. ij. p. W“On a compris dans ces fortifications un faubourg
202.-L. E. gave, situé à la gauche de la ville, sur une hauteur qui (10) “Du côté du fleuve, la ville est absolument ouverte; domine. Po
une: l'ouvrage a été terminé par un Grec. Pour les Turcs ne croyaient pas que les Russes pussent jamais ger one idea Tune idée des talents de cet ingénieur, il suffira de avoir une flotille dans le Danube." Ibid. p. 203.-L.E.
Praise) if a man's name in a bulletin
I hope this little question is no sin,
Because, though I am but a simple noddy, And cannot tune those discords of narration,
I think one Shakspeare puts the same thought in Which may be names at Moscow, into rhyme; The mouth of some one in his plays so doting, Yet there were several worth commemoration,
Which many people pass for wits by quoting. As e'er was virgin of a nuptial chime; Soft words, too, fitted for the peroration
XXII. Of Londonderry drawling against time,
Then there were Frenchmen, gallant, young, and gar: Ending in “ischskin,»« ousckin,” « iffskchy,"" ouski," But I'm too great a patriot to record Of whom we can insert but Rousamouski, (1)
Their Gallic names upon a glorious day;
I'd rather tell ten lies than say a word
Of truth;—such truths are treason; they betray Scherematoff and Chrematoff, Koklophti,
Their country; and as traitors are abhorr'd Koclobski, Kourakin, and Mouskin Pouskin, Who name the French in English, save to show All proper men of weapons, as e'er scoff’d high How Peace should make Johu Bull the Frenchman's face Against a foe, or ran a sabre through skin:
The Russians, having built two batteries on
An isle near Ismail, had two ends in view; And no more handy substitute been near.
The first was to bombard it, and knock down
The public buildings and the private too,
No matter what poor souls might be undone. Then there were foreigners of much renown,
The city's shape suggested this, 'tis true; Of various nations, and all volunteers;
Form'd like an amphitheatre, each dwelling Not fighting for their country or its crown,
Presented a fine mark to throw a shell in. (3) But wishing to be one day brigadiers :
XXIV. Also to have the sacking of a town;
The second object was to profit by A pleasant thing to young men at their years.
The moment of the general consternation, Mongst them were several Englishmen of pith,
To attack the Turks flotilla, which lay nigh Sixteen call’d Thomson, and nineteen named Smith.
Extremely tranquil, anchor'd at its station : XIX.
But a third motive was as probably
To frighten them into capitulation; (4) Jack Thomson and Bill Thomson ;-all the rest
A fantasy which sometimes seizes warriors, Had been callid a Jemmy,” after the great bard;
Unless they are game as bull-dogs and for-territ. I don't know whether they had arms or crest, But such a godfather's as good a card.
XXV Three of the Smiths were Peters; but the best
| A habit rather blameable, which is Amongst them all, hard blows to inflict or ward,
That of despising those we combat with, Was he, since so renown'd “in country quarters
Common in many cases, was in this At Halifax;" (2) but now he served the Tartars.
The cause (6) of killing Tchitchitzkoff and Simu XX.
One of the valorous "Smiths » whom we shall mis
Out of those nineteen who late rhymed to "pata; " ] The rest were Jacks and Gills, and Wills and Bills;
But 'tis a name so spread o'er "Sir" and “Madar. But when I've added that the elder Jack Smith
That one would think the first who bore it “Adana Was born in Cumberland among the hills, And that his father was an honest blacksmith,
XXVI. I've said all I know of a name that fills
The Russian batteries were incomplete, Three lines of the despatch in taking " Schmack
Because they were constructed in a hurry; 6). A village of Moldavia's waste, wherein (smith,” | Thus the same cause which makes a verse want les He fell, immortal in a bulletin.
And throws a cloud o'er Longman and John Murray
“La première attaque était composée de trois co d'autant plus probable, que la ville étant bâtie en lonnes, commandées par les lieutenants-généraux Paul Po. théâtre, presque aucun coup ne serait perdu." tiemkin, Serge Lwow, les généraux-majors Lascy, Théodore Nouvelle Russie, t. ii. p. 203.-L.E. Meknop. Trois autres colonnes avaient pour chefs le Comte
(1) "Le second objet était de profiter de ce moment Samoilow, les généraux Elie de Bezborodko, Michel Koutou
larme pour que la flotile, agissant en même temps sow; les brigadiers Orlow, Platow, Ribaupierre. La troisième détruire celle des Turcs. Un troisième motif, et vraise attaque par eau n'avait que deux colonnes, sous les ordres blement le plus plausible, était de jeter la cons des généraux-majors Ribas et Arséniew, des brigadiers Mar parmi les Turcs, et de les engager à capituler." koff et Tchépéja," etc. Hist. de la Nouvelle Russie, t. ij. p. -LE. 207.-L. E.
(5) «Une habitude blâmable, celle de mépriser sobre (2) See the farce of Love Laughs at Locksmiths.-L. E. mi, fut la cause....” Ibid.-L. E.
(3) « On s'était proposé deux buts également avantageux, (6) ... "Da défaut de perfection dans la constro par la construction de deux batteries sur l'ile qui avoisine | batteries ; on voulait agir promptement, et oa. Ismael : le premier, de bombarder la place, d'en abattre les donner aux ouvrages la solidité qu'ils evirica principaux édifices avec da canon de quarante-huit, effet | -L. E.
When the sale of new books is not so fleet
Their Delhis (4) mann'd some boats, and sail'd agai As they who print them think is necessary,
And gall’d the Russians with a heavy fire, May likewise put off for a time what story
And tried to make a landing on the main; Sometimes calls murder," and at others “glory." But here the effect fell short of their desire:
Count Damas drove them back into the water XXVII.
Pell-mell, and with a whole gazette of slaughter.(5)
“If” (says the historian here) "I could report Of homicide, but there was no solidity
All that the Russians did upon this day, In the new batteries erected there;
I think that several volumes would fall short, They either miss'd, or they were never miss'd,
And I should still have many things to say;" (6 And added greatly to the missing list.
And so he says no more-but pays his court
To some distinguish'd strangers in that fray; XXVIII.
The Prince de Ligne, and Langeron, and Damas, A sad miscalculation about distance
Names great as any that the roll of Fame has.(7) Made all their naval matters incorrect; Three fire-ships lost their amiable existence
XXXIII. Before they reach'd a spot to take effect:
This being the case, may show us what Fame is : The match was lit too soon, and no assistance
For out of these three “preux chevaliers,” how Could remedy this lubberly defect;
Many of common readers give a guess They blew up in the middle of the river,
That such existed ? (and they may live now While, though 'twas dawn, the Turks slept fast as For aught we know.) Renown's all hit or miss; ever.(1)
There's fortune even in fame, we must allow. XXIX.
'Tis true, the Memoirs (8) of the Prince de Ligne( Åt seven they rose, however, and survey'd
Have half withdrawn from him oblivion's screen. The Russ flotilla getting under weigh; I was nine, when still advancing undismay'd,
XXXIV. Within a cable's length their vessels lay
But here are men who fought in gallant actions Of Ismail, and commenced a cannonade,
As gallantly as ever heroes fought,
Their names are rarely found, nor often sought. And shells and shot of every size and shape.(2) Thus even good fame may suffer sad contractions, XXX.
And is extinguish'd sooner than she ought:
Of all our modern battles, I will bet For six hours bore they without intermission
You can't repeat nine names from each gazette.
In short, this last attack, though rich in glory,
Show'd that somewhere, somehow, there was a faul And made a signal to retreat at one.
And Admiral Ribas (known in Russian story) One bark blew up, a second, near the works Ranning aground, was taken by the Turks.(3)
Most strongly recommended an assault;
In which he was opposed by young and hoary,(10) XXXI.
Which made a long debate; but I must halt, The Moslem, too, had lost both ships and men; For if I wrote down every warrior's speech, But when they saw the enemy retire,
I doubt few readers e'er would mount the breach.
(1) "On calcula mal la distance; le même esprit fit man- (6) « On ne tarirait pas si on voulait rapporter tout ce qı quer l'effet de trois brûlots; on se pressa d'allumer la
pressa d'allumer la les Russes firent de mémorable dans cette journée; po mèche, ils brûlèrent au milieu du fleuve, et quoiqn'il fut six conter les hauts faits d'armes, pour particulariser toutes I begres du matin, les Turcs, encore couchés, n'en prirent au actions d'éclat, il faudrait composer des volumes." Ibi cun ombrage.” Hist. de la Nouv. Russie, t.ü. p. 203.-L. E. - L. E.
(2) « 1er déc. 1790. La flottille Russe s'avança vers les (7) "Parmi les étrangers, le Prince de Ligne se distingi sept heures; il en était neuf lorsqu'elle se trouva à cin- de manière à mériter l'estime générale; de vrais chevalie quante toises de la ville d'Ismaël; elle souffrit, avec une français, attirés par l'amour de la gloire, se montrèrent dign constance calme, un feu de mitraille et de mousqueterie..." d'elle: les plus marquants étaient le jeune Duc de Richelie Ibid. p. 204.-L. E
les Comtes de Langeron et de Damas.” Ibid.- L. E. (3) ... “Près de six heures : les batteries de terre secon (8) Letters and Reflections of the Austrian Field-Marsha daient la flottille; mais on reconnut alors que les canon. | Charles Joseph, Prince de Ligne, edited by the Baroness nades ne suffisaient pas pour réduire la place, on fit la re Stael-Holstein. 2 vols. 1809.-L. E. traite à une heure. Un lançon sauta pendant l'action, un
(9) Charles Joseph, Comte de Ligne, was born at Brussel autre dériva par la force du courant, et fut pris par les Being, in 1782, sent by the Emperor Joseph II. on a missic Turcs." Ibid.-L. E.
to Catherine, he became a great favourite with her. Si (4) « Properly madmen: a species of troops who, in the appointed him field marshal, and gave him an estate in tl Turkish army, act as the forlorn hope." -D'Herbelot.
Crimea. In 1788, he was sent to assist Potemkin at t1 (5) "Les Turcs perdirent beaucoup de monde et plusieurs siege of Oczakoff. He died in 1814.-L. E. vaisseaux: à peine la retraite des Russes fut-elle remarquée, (10) "L'Amiral Ribas déclara, en plein conseil, que é que les plus braves d'entre les ennemis se jetérent dans de n'était qu'en donnant l'assaut qu'on obtiendrait la place petites barques et essa yèrent une descente: le Comte de Da. cet avis parut hardi; on lui opposa mille raisons, auxquelli mas les mit en fuite, et leur tua plusieurs officiers et grand | il répondit par de meilleures." Hist. de la N. R. t. ii. p. 201 nombre de soldats. Hist. de la N. R. t. ii. p. 204.-L.E. -LE.
But as it was mere lust of power to o'er-arch all
With his proud brow, it merits slight applause, Save for its style, which said, all in a trice, “ You will take Ismail at whatever price." (4)
Not that bis manhood could be call'd in question,
Had been as short in youth as indigestion Made his last illness, when, all worn and wan,
He died beneath a tree, as much unblest on
When homicide and harlotry made great;
His glory might half equal his estate.
A kind of fantasy proportionate
A courier to the prince, and he succeeded
I cannot tell the way in which he pleaded,
In the mean time, the batteries proceeded,
Of the troops were embark'd, the siege to raise,
Into all panters for newspaper praise,
By his despatches couch'd in pithy phrase;
XLI. | “Let there be light! said God, and there was light!" ||
“Let there be blood!” says man, and there's a sta! The fiat of this spoil'd child of the Night
(For Day ne'er saw his merits) could decree More evil in one hour, than thirty bright
Summers could renovate, though they should be
Began to signalise the Russ retreat,(5)
In thinking that their enemy is beat
I never think about it in a heat),
In sight two horsemen, who were deem'd Cossacques
They had but little baggage at their backs, For there were but three shirts between the two;
But on they rode upou two Ukraine hacks, Till, in approaching, were at length descried, In this plain pair, Suwarrow and his guide.(6)
When London had a grand illumination,
Is of all dreams the first hallucination;
That sage (said John) surrenders at discretion
0) The following character of Prince Potemkin is from | He put out an eye, to free it from a blemish which die the pen of Count Ségur, who lived in habits of intimacy | nished his beauty. Banished by his rival, he ran to meet with him :-"In his person were collected the most opposite death in battle, and returned with glory. He died in lp, defects and advantages of every kind. He was avaricious at the age of fifty-two."-L. E. and ostentatious, despotic and obliging, politic and confid (2) “Ce projet, remis à un autre jour, éprouva encore les ing, licentious and superstitious, bold and timid, ambitious plus grandes difficultés ; le courage de Ribas les surtbosta: and indiscreet; lavish of his bounties to his relations, his il ne s'agissait que de déterminer le Prince Potierakin; 11!! mistresses, and his favourites, yet frequently paying neither réussit. Tandis qu'il se démenait pour l'exécution de projet his household nor his creditors. His consequence always agréé, on construisait de nouvelles batteries; en comptait depended on a woman, and he was always unfaithful le 12 décembre, quatre-vingts pièces de canon sur le bard to her. Nothing could equal the activity of his mind, du Danube, et cette journée se passa en vives canondades. nor the indolence of his body. No dangers could appal | Histoire de la Nouvelle Russie, t. ii. p. 205.-L. E. his courage; no difficulties force him to abandon bis pro (3) “Mais le 13, une partie des troupes était embarque; jects. But the success of an enterprise always brought I on allait lever le siége: un courrier arrive; ce courrier 12on disgust. Every thing with him was desoltory; business, nonce, de la part du Prince, que le Maréchal Souwarow" pleasure, temper, courage. His presence was a restraint on prendre le commandement des forces rénnies sous Ismael." every company. He was morose to all that stood in awe of | Ibid.-L. E. him, and caressed all such as accosted him with familiarity. (4) “La lettre du Prince Potiemkin à Souwarow est trees None bad read less than he: few people were better in courte; elle peint le caractère de ces deux personnages. formed. One wbile he formed the project of becoming Duke voici dans toute sa teneur: 'Vous prendres Ismael a que of Courland; at another he thought of bestowing on himself prix que ce soit ! » Ibid.-L.E. the crown of Poland. He frequently gave intimation of an (5) " Le courrier est témoin des cris de joie (Allahs
de inia (Allabs) de intention to make himself a bishop, or even a simple monk. ure, qui se croyait à la fin de ses maux. Ibid.-L.E. He built a superb palace, and wanted to sell it before it was (6) “Le 16, on voit venir de loin deux hommes courant finished. In his youth be had pleased Catherine by the ar. toute bride: on les prit pour des Kosaks; l'un etait sou dour of his passion, by his valour, and by his masculine row, et l'autre son guide, portant un paquet gros com beauty. Become the rival of Orloff, be performed for his poing, et renfermant le bagage du général," loid.-sovereign whatever the most romantic passion could inspire.
Upon the foe: the second's ordination Tis strange that he should farther “ damn his eyes,"
Was also in three columns, with a thirst For they are damn'd; that once all-famous oath
For glory gaping o'er a sea of slaughter: Is to the devil now no farther prize,
The third, in columns two, attack'd by water. (3)
That stranger to most councils, here prevail'd, (4)
As sometimes happens in a great extremity;
And every difficulty being dispellid,
Glory began to dawn with due sublimity,
Presaging a most luminous attack;
LII. | Which leads beholders on a boggy walk,
It is an actual fact that be, commanderHe flitted to and fro, a dancing light,
In-chief, in proper person deign’d to drill Which all who saw it follow'd, wrong or right. The awkward squad, and could afford to squander XLVII.
His time, a corporal's duty to fulfil;
Just as you 'd break a sucking salamander But, certes, matters took a different face;
To swallow flame, and never take it ill: There was enthusiasm and much applause,
He show'd them how to mount a ladder (which
Was not like Jacob's) or to cross a ditch. (6)
Also he dress'd up, for the nonce, fascines la former works, made new, prepared fascines,(1)
Like men with turbans, scimitars, and dirks, And all kinds of benevolent machines.
And made them charge with bayonet these machines, XLVIII.
By way of lesson against actual Turks; (7)
And when well practised in these mimic scenes, Tis thas the spirit of a single mind Makes that of multitudes take one direction,
He judged them proper to assail the works;
At which your wise men sneerd, in phrases witty: Is roll the waters to the breathing wind, Or roams the herd beneath the bull's protection ;
He made no answer; but he took the city. Ir as a little dog will lead the blind,
LIV. Or a bell-wether form the flock's connection tinkling sounds, when they go forth to victual;
Most things were in this posture on the eve sach is the sway of your great men o'er little.
of the assault, and all the camp was in
A stern repose ; which you would scarce conceive : XLIX.
Yet men resolved to dash through thick and thin the whole camp rung with joy; you would have thought Are very silent when they once believe That they were going to a marriage-feast
That all is settled :--there was little din, This metaphor, I think, holds good as aught,
For some were thinking of their home and friends, Since there is discord after both, at least): And others of themselves and latter ends. there was not now a laggage-boy but sought
Danger and spoil with ardour much increased ;(2) Lad why? because a little-odd-old man,
Suwarrow chiefly was on the alert, tript to his shirt, was come to lead the van.
Surveying, drilling, ordering, jesting, pondering; For the man was, we safely may assert,
A thing to wonder at beyond most wondering; lut so it was; and every preparation
Hero, buffoon, half-demon, and half-dirt, Was made with all alacrity: the first
Praying, instructing, desolating, plundering; letachment of three columns took its station, Now Mars, now Momus; and, when bent to storm And waited but the signal's voice to burst
A fortress, Harlequin in uniform.
(1) "Les succès multipliés de Souwarow, sa bravoure à ... trois autres colonnes, destinées à la seconde attaque, ute épreuve, la confidence que le soldat avait en lui, pro avaient pour chefs, etc.... la troisième attaque par eau n'a. isirent un enthousiasme général: une salve des batteries vait que deux colonnes.” Ibid. p. 207.-L. E. camp et de la flotte célébrèrent son arrivée, et l'espoir (4) “On construisit de nouvelles batteries le 18. On tint succès ranima les esprits. Les choses prennent le même un conseil de guerre, on y examina les plans pour l'assaut; Ir une antre tournure ; le camp se rapproche et s'établit ils réunirent tous les suffrages.” Ibid, p. 208.-L. E. a portée du canon de la place; on prépare des fascines, (5) Fact: Suwaroff did this in person. construit des échelles, on établit des batteries nouvelles." (6) "Le 19 et le 20, Souwarow exerça les soldats; il leur lat. de la Nouvelle Russie, t. ii. p. 206.-L. E.
montra comment il fallait s'y prendre pour escalader; il en (2) "L'ardeur de Souwarow, son incroyable activité, son seigna aux recrues la manière de donner le coup de baion: pris des dangers, sa presque certitude de réussir, son âme nette.” Hist. de la N. R. t. ii. p. 208.-L.E. in s'est communiquée à l'armée ; il n'est pas jusqu'au (7) “Pour ces exercices d'un nouveau genre, il se servit maier goujat qui ne désire d'obtenir l'honneur de monter | de fascines disposées de manière à représenter un Turc." 'assaut." -L.E.
Ibid.-L. E. (3) " La première attaque était composée de trois colonnes