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occurred rather too frequently, es The Latin Oration on " Haud pecially as the epithet is not Ho- “ facile emergunt, quorum virtutimeric, nor distinguished for signifie f-s bus obstat res angusta domi.” cant aptness. The numbers on “ Slow rises worth, by poverty deAustin were judicious. The close“ pressed," was, we understand of the last line, where he apostro-well written, but we were not near phised his classinates at the tomb, enough to hear any one sentence “bid memory expire," expressed a distinctly. bold thought, a flight sudden and
The subject of the Greek diasublime. The conception was too logue was well chosen. From thë strong for harmony. The verse language of this production, the lowas rough, But it was designed cality of these institutions, and the for the ravings of distraction, and contrasted character of the lawgivhad a right to set music at defiance.
ers, we think these speakers could To leave fancy for fact, the de- not have adhered to their subject livery of this production was man- without Attic point. That they did ly, the gesture for the most part not we are very willing to take just, the accentuation generally cor- upon credit. rect, and, what was no common The oration by Jones was happy; merit that day, every syllable was but the subject was too unwieldly distinctly and audibly pronounced. for the occa The classic al.
The first conference was well lusions were some of them apt. conducted throughout. The style But the changes on these are pretty of Lincoln, both in thought and ex- nearly rung cut, and the objects of pression, combined the maturity of allusion become generally hackmanhood with the vigor of youth. neyed. The style was neat, but The delivery was manly.
The the subject was vastly too copious toute ensemble led us to hope much for the time allotted a Commence
ment performance. It was not to « pressions." Abbot and Moore fill a limited channel; it was only were not very clear in their utter- when the earth was to be deluged, ance. From one of these gentle that a fountain of the great deep men fell the striking personifica- was broken up. tion “ Indifference, that half sister The Poem on « The Passions" “ of death.” Charles Burroughs on we are willing to believe was an able professional occupation brought up production. But it was so wretchthe rear. It may be invidious to edly delivered, we could hardly discompare. But we give the deliv- tinguish our vernacular tongue. ery of this production the prefer- Here and there indeed we caught ence to that of any other in the the whole of a couplet, and what we course of the day. The style was did thus catch, amply paid us for chaste, perspicuous, and energetic. the toil of attention. We should Considering the limited allotment like to read this production. We of time, much deference was paid believe the poetry was superior. to inethod, and the Aristotelian But the words were so swelled ia requisition of beginning, middle, the utterance, few eats could admit and end, pretty ably regarded. He them. They went forth of such did not attempt to consider the in- unnatural bigness, no man could fluence of the three leading profes- tell “what manner of speech they sions, but was judiciously general, as were of.” The declaimer failed
merely from enunciation. He seem-, We believe it was this gentleman ed to make a just use of emphasis, who called something both "the and his gestures were appropriate." sister and the trife of science." By a little attention he may soon “ Jovis suror a?que conjux." This correct this error. Till then, the quotation was rather unfortunate. bard had better muse, than sing. It would have done well enough for The last conference was interest
a heathen auditory, but was too 2ning for manner and matter. Gor
cestuous a connexion to introduce don on Humor was handsome, and
to a Christian assembly: As the the Conferer on Pathos impress-would have been a little more toler
ladies did not understand Latin, it ire. His allusion to the famous
able without a translation. speech, delivered in Congress on tae ratification of the Britislı treaty, liked better than the subject. The
The Oration on Commerce we was well timed and in point. The domon of discord was struck cumb same reasons of objection, which we at tảe eloquence of Ames ; « and gave to the attempt in an oration to * even party itself bouna a victim compare “ the Influence of climate " at the shrine of pathos.” The
and government on Letters” are last gentleman spoke with force. even more applicable here. Objects
of His appeal to the “ deserted dest":
magnitude and emulation for the was not unaffecting. It was not
research of scientific labor shoulinethe first time « Truth” had excited ver be made toys for the Rhetoric of “ pathos."
literary pastime. The orelor could
not do justice to his subject without The Dissertation on Genius was necessarily subjecting him: eis to the able, but not delivered in a very au imputation of ; edantry: from andible voice. It exhibited marks of siety probably to guard against this,' an investigating mind, accustomed that information in some parts was rather to collect ideas in the depths looked for in vain, wliich the annunof abstraction, than to seize them in ciation of the theme in the bills of the lights of fancy. In this Disser- the day led many to expect. The taua we think it was that the word introduction was heavy. it seemci Praeton was mentioned as if spelt like the labor of Sesyphus or an atwith a diphthong. It left us at a loss tempt to leave mountains up tin: to know what personage of gods or in his circunnavigation of the men was meant.
globe, we were really concerned for The Oration by Everett was man- the fate of the Orator. Toward ly. It discovered precosity of tal- the close however he flashed conents, and great versatility of mind. spicuous, and the character of BoIn his prosopopocia of criticism he naparte was the sketch of a master, fairly discriminated between the His Latin quotation as to the tritrue and the false, and distinguished dent was signally happy. The the prince of darkness from the An- whole was given ore rotundo. His gel of light. Vanity and self igno- eulogium on Jones was brilliant, but rance prevented the carping critic the conclusion outrageously injufrom taking the devil to himself
, dicious, We do not impute to the and saying “ Master, is it 1,” to orator egregious arrogance or unwhom civility only prevented the common vanity. But were we to. orator's exclaiming - Thou art the judge of his character from the confaan.” We hope the same cour- clusion of this oration alone, wo tesy will protect us from exposure; I should think him uncivalled in both,
That a young man, should fret his!
BIOGRAPHY. hour upon the stage, till he had
From a sketch prefixed to an obscure irrtated himself into such an over
translation of an eminent work, ve sight of extravagance; as to think collect the subsequent biographical that his shallop of a moment, should article. The author of the Consolaaccompany the squadron of Sir tion of Philosophy should never be William Jones “ along the stream
forgotten. A man, that lived so
much for others, should be dead onof time,” is indeed wonderful, Yet
ly to himself. Since the sufferings what less can be gathered from the of Boethius are real, human nature following lines? He is speaking of can derive little consolation from rethe august character of this illustri flecting that those of BELISARIUS
are fictitious. Two works of greatous juuge, scholar, and statesman,
est interest in literature, Reflections “Oh, while along the stream of time in Exile, and the Consolation of Phi. thy name
losophy, were written uncler cheerExpanded Hics and gathers all its fame, ful, yet thoughtful submission to an Say, shall my little bark attendant sail, unjust and ignominious sentence. Pursue the triumphi and partake the They are proud proofs how good citgale?"
izens are scholars, and how promptly
Philosoplay yields obedience to law. Had Pope himself applied this to The former shows, that Intelligence Jones, instead of BOLINGBROKE it is every where home; the latter, would have been the madness of arro that wisdom can lead captivity capgance in him. In Mr. S. this must tive. “ The mind is its own place." have been an oversight. We know
It can make liberty confinement, and the mo and with us he is therefore
confinement liberty. protected. But strangers must have
LIFE OF BOETHICS. heard him, to whom he was without this defence. He ney could have ANCIUS Manlius Severinus Boca meant the lines in this sense. But thius was descended from an ancient the application is irresistible and and noble family. Many of his anoversight unpardonable.
cestor's were senators and cousuls
of Rome. He was born at Rome, We have been thus minute to ex- in the 45 5th year of the Christian cite to industry. We live at a time when youth think they can lounge city by Alarick I. king of the Goths.
era, 46 years after the taking of that « wp the steep of fame.” We barb Boethius Severinus, his father, was no arrow; the shaft of criticism is prefect of the palace to Valentinian of feather. We would wound the i11. and, by the command of that feelings of no man.
emperor, was put to death in the T'he day, did not equal its prede- same year which gave birth to his scessors for the delivery of the per illustrious son. Though deprived formances in general. The elocu- of the care of an excellent parent, tion of the scholars was almost uni- the young Boethius had the happiversally inaccurate. We could not ness of falling under the tuition of but think the Professor of oratory worthy relations, who gave him a had inuch to do. Satisfied that he good education, and inspired him is competent to much more, we ex with an early taste for philosophy pect the anniversary will soon come and the belles lettres. They sent when the English language at Cam- him to Athens, where these studies bridge will not only be written with still flourished. He resided eighelegance but spoken with purity,
teen years in that celebrated semiLEON nary, where, animated by a noble
mulation, he distinguished himself, the latter western emperors had sinong bis fellow-students, and done before him. The Romans Dade a surprising progress in eve- and the inhabitants of Italy were y branch of literature. But phi- pleased with the government of jsophy and mathematics were his Theodorick, because he wisely rulCarling studies ; Plato, Aristotle, ed them by the same laws, the same Euclid, and Ptolemy, his favourite polity, and the same magistrates authors. He studied their writings they were accustomed to, under the with the utmost attention, and be-femperors. In the eighth year of came master of the treasures they this prince's reign, Boethius had contained.
the singular felicity of beholding In this manner did Boethus em- his two sons, Patritius and Hypatius, ploy his youth. Upon his return raised to the consular dignity. Durto Rome, he soon attracted the pub. ing their continuance in office, Thelic attention. He was considered odorick came to Rome, where he as a person born to promote the had been long expected, and was happiness of society. The most received by the senate and people distinguished men in the city sought with the greatest demonstrations of his friendship, perceiving that his joy. Boethius made him an elomerit would soon advance him to quent panegyric in the senate ; the first employments of the state. which the king answered in the His alliance was wished for by per- most obliging terins, declaring that sons the most respectable. But he should ever have the greatest Elpis, descended from one of the respect for that august assembly, most considerable families of Mes and would never encroach upon any sina, was the lady on whom Botthi- of their privileges. us fixed his choice. His choice was Boethius was advanced a second srunate ; for in Elpis were united time to the digni y of consul, in the all the accomplishments of the head eighteenth year of the reign of king and beart. She had a fine taste in Theodorick. The care of public literature, particularly in poetry; affairs did not however engross his was a shining example of every vir whole attention. This year, ss he tue, and must have been a delightfu- informs us himself, he wrote his ompanion to this eminent philosol Commentary upon the Predicapher and statesman. She bore himments, or the Ten Categories of "Ho sons, Patritius and Hypatius. Aristotle. In imitation of Cato,
To the happiness of possessing a Cicero, and Brutus, he devoted the jady of such uncommon merit, Bo-whole of his time to the service of ethius soon had the satisfaction of the cominonwealth, and to the culobtaining the highest honour his tivation of the sciences. He pub-country could bestow. He was lished a variety of writings, in which made consul in the year 487, A. C. he treated upon almost every branch at the age of 32, I'wo years after of literature. I shall mention the Boethius' advancement to the dig-principal of them.
Besides the nity of consul, Theodorick, king of Commentary upon Aristotle's Catthe Goths, invaded Italy; and, hav-egories, roticed above, Boethius 11g conquered Odoacer and put him wrote an Explanation of that phio death, he in a short time made losopher's Topics, in eight books; imself master of that country, and another, of liis Sophisins, in two xed the seat of his government at books ; and Commentaries upon: lavenna, as Odoacer and several of many other parts of his writings.
IIe translated the whole of Plato's the expedient of water dropping out works: he wrote a Commentary, of one vessel into anothor. So fond in six books, upon Cicero's Topics: was Gondebald of these pieces of he commented also upon Porphy- mechanism, that upon his return to ry's writings; he published a Dis. his own country, he dispatched anicourse on Rhetoric, in one book; a bassadors to Theodorick, praying Treatise on Arithmetic, in two that he would procure for him the books; and another, in five books, two wonderful time-keepers he had upon Music: he wrote three books seen at Rome. upon Geometry, the last of which
During the course of these transis lost: he translated Euclid; and actions, Boethius lost his beloved wrote a Treatise upon the Quadra- wife - Elpis, the faithful partner of ture of the Circle ; neither of which his doinustic cares, his pleasures, performances are now remaining : and his studies. To comfort himhe published also translatio:s of self under this affliction (for the wise Ptolomy of Alexandria's works ; l man comforts himself under every and of the writings of the celebrated (event)* he married a second time; Archimedes : and, to conclude this and had the uncommon felicity of imperfect list of his learned labours, being again equally happy in his he published several treatises upon choice. The lady whom he chose thcological and metaphysical sub- for his consort was Rusticiana, the jects, which are still preserved. daughter of Symmachus, one of the
The acuteness of understanding most respectable men in Rome for and profound erudition displayed in birth, learning, and probity. This such a diversity of works, upon all, lady bore him two sons, Symmachsubjects, acquired Boethius a great
us and Boethius, who, as we are inreputation, not only among his formed in the second book of the countrymen, but with foreigners. Consolation, were conspicuous in Gondebald king of the Burgundi- their youth for very eminent talents. ans, who had married a daughter Bocthius was a third time elected of Theodorick, came to Ravenna, consul, along with Symmachus, his on a visit to his father-in-law, and father-in-law, in the 30th year of thence went to Rome, not only with Theodorick's reign. This was his a view to see the beauties of that last consulslip : during the course famous city, but that he might have of it he had the misfortune to fall the piedsure of conversing with our under the displeasure of Theodoillustrious philosopher. Bocthius. rick, Boethius had been hitherto sensible of the great honour confer- remarkable fortunate : he had lir. red upon bim by this prince, did ed long in health, affluence, and every thing in his power to amuse splendor ; had attained to every and entertain him. He showed him honor he could expect; and had several curious mechanical works preserved invariably the esteem and of his own invention, which Gonde- affectio. of his fellow-citizens. Durbald greatly admired ; but what ing the course of almost forty years, chiefly struck him, were two watch-, foi capacity and probity, he was es or time-keepers; one of which undoubtedly the most distinguished pointed out the sun's diurnal and character in Rome. llis uncomannual motion in the ecliptic, upon mon merit, however, and his great a moveable sphere ; and the other influence, vlid not prevent his ruin ; indicated the hours of the day, byl they were probably the causes of it.