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There, as the list'ning statesman hung
In transport on Aspasia's tongue,
The destinies of Athens took
Their colour from Aspasia's look.
Oh happy time, when laws of state,
When all that rul'd the country's fate,
Its glory, quiet, or alarms,
Was plann'd between two snow-white arms !

Was it the moon, or was it morning's ray,
That call'd thee, dearest, from these arms away?
Scarce had'st thou left me, when a dream of night
Came o'er my spirit so distinct and bright,
That, while I yet can vividly recall
Its witching wonders, thou shalt hear them all.
Methought I saw, upon the lunar beam,
Two winged boys, such as thy muse might dream,
Descending from above, at that still hour,
And gliding, with smooth step, into my bower.
Fair as the beauteous spirits that, all day,
In Amatha's warm founts imprison'd stay, o
But rise at midnight, from th' enchanted rill,
To cool their plumes upon some moonlight hill.

Blest times ! they could not always last -
And yet, ev'n now, they are not past.
Though we have lost the giant mould,
In which their men were cast of old,
Woman, dear woman, still the same,
While beauty breathes through soul or frame,
While man possesses heart or eyes,
Woman's bright empire never dies !

No, Fanny, love, they ne'er shall

That beauty's charm hath pass'd away ;
Give but the universe a soul
Attun'd to woman's soft control,
And Fanny hath the charm, the skill,
To wield a universe at will.

At once I knew their mission ;- 'twas to bear
My spirit upward, through the paths of air,
To that elysian realm, from whence stray beams
So oft, in sleep, had visited my dreams.
Swift at their touch dissolv'd the ties, that clung
All earthly round me, and aloft I sprung ;
While, heav'nward guides, the little genii flew
Thro' paths of light, refresh'd by heaven's own dew,
And fann'd by airs still fragrant with the breath
Of cloudless climes and worlds that know not death.

Thou know'st, that, far beyond our nether sky,
And shown but dimly to man's erring eye,
A mighty ocean of blue ether rolls, 9
Gemm'd with bright islands, where the chosen souls,
Who've pass'd in lore and love their earthly hours,
Repose for ever in unfading bowers.

! It was imagined by some of the ancients that there is an nomine Amatha, ubi calidæ aquæ erumpunt." - Geograph. ethereal ocean above us, and that the sun and moon are two

. floating, luminous islands, in which the spirits of the blest re

3 This belief of an ocean in the heavens, or “ waters above side. Accordingly we find that the word Nxeyas was some- the firmament," was one of the many physical errors in which times synonymous with are, and death was not unfrequently the early fathers bewildered themselves. Le P. Baltus, in his called Nxedvora sugas, or "the passage of the ocean."

" Défense des Saints Pères accusés de Platonisme," taking it 2 Eunapius, in his life of lamblichus, tells us of two beau- for granted that the ancients were more correct in their notions tiful little spirits or lover, which lamblichus raised by en- (which by no means appears from what I have already quoted), chantment from the warm springs at Gadara ; “ dicens astan- adduces the obstinacy of the fathers, in this whimsical opinion, tibus (says the author of the Dii Fatidici, p. 160.) illos as a proof of their repugnance to even truth from the hands esse loci Genios : " which words, however, are not in Euna- of the philosophers. This is a strange way of defending the pius.

fathers, and attributes much more than they deserve to the I find from Cellarius, that Amatha, in the neighbourhood philosophers. For an abstract of this work of Baltus, (the of Gadara, was also celebrated for its warm springs, and I have opposer of Fontenelle, Van Dale, &c. in the famous Oracle preferred it as a more poetical name than Gadara. Cellarius controversy, ) see “ Bibliothèque des Auteurs Ecclesiast. du quotes Hieronymus. “Est et alia villa in vicinia Gadaræ 18° siècle," part. 1. tom. ii.

That very moon, whose solitary light

My fancy's eye beheld a form recline, So often guides thee to my bower at night,

Of lunar race,

but so resembling thine Is do chill planet, but an isle of love,

That, oh! 'twas but fidelity in me, Floating in splendour through those seas above, To fly, to clasp, and worship it for thee. And peopled with bright forms, aërial grown, No aid of words the unbodied soul requires, Nor knowing aught of earth but love alone. To waft a wish or embassy desires ; Thither, I thought, we wing'd our airy way :- But by a power, to spirits only given, Mild o'er its valleys stream'd a silvery day, A deep, mute impulse, only felt in heaven, While, all around, on lily beds of rest,

Swifter than meteor shaft through summer skies, Reclin'd the spirits of the immortal Blest. I From soul to soul the glanc'd idea flies. Oh ! there I met those few congenial maids, Whom love hath warm’d, in philosophic shades ; Oh, my beloved, how divinely sweet There still Leontiam ?, on her sage's breast, Is the pure joy, when kindred spirits meet! Found lore and love, was tutor'd and carest ; Like him, the river-god 7, whose waters flow, And there the clasp of Pythia's 3 gentle arms With love their only light, through caves below, Repaid the zeal which deified her charms. Wafting in triumph all the flowery braids, The Attic Master 4, in Aspasia's eyes,

And festal rings, with which Olympic maids Forgot the yoke of less endearing ties,

Have deck'd his current, as an offering meet While fair Theano 5, innocently fair,

To lay at Arethusa's shining feet. Wreath'd playfully her Samian's flowing hair, 6 Think, when he meets at last his fountain-bride, Whose soul now fix'd, its transmigrations past, What perfect love must thrill the blended tide! Found in those arms a resting-place, at last ; Each lost in each, till, mingling into one, And smiling own'd, whate'er his dreamy thought Their lot the same for shadow or for sun, In mystic numbers long had vainly sought, A type of true love, to the deep they run. The One that's form'd of Two whom love hath | 'Twas thus bound,

But, Theon, 'tis an endless theme, Is the best number gods or men e'er found. And thou grow'st weary of my half-told dream.

Oh would, my love, we were together now, But think, my Theon, with what joy I thrill’d, And I would woo sweet patience to thy brow, When near a fount, which through the valley And make thee smile at all the magic tales rillid

Of starlight bowers and planetary vales,

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1 There were various opinions among the ancients with home with Xantippe. For an account of this extraordinary respect to their lutar establishment ; some made it an elysium, creature, Aspasia, and her school of erudite luxury at Athens, į and others a purgatory ; while some supposed it to be a kind see L'Histoire de l'Académie, &c. tom. xxxi. p. 69. Ségur of entrepól between heaven and earth, where souls which had rather fails on the inspiring subject of Aspasia.

- "Les left their bodies, and those that were on their way to join Femmes,” tom. I. p. 122. then, were deposited in the valley of Hecate, and remained The Author of the “ Voyage du Monde de Descartes" has till further orders. Τις περι σεληνην αισι λεγειν αυτας κατοί

also placed these philosophers in the moon, and has allotted zu», za ez zutek zatw seu us any gigiyuer garloin. – Slob. seigneuries to them, as well as to the astronomers (part ii. lib. i. Eclog. Physic.

p. 143.) ; but he ought not to have forgotten their wives and * The pupil and mistress of Epicurus, who called her his mistresses ; "curæ non ipså in morte relinquunt." * dear little Leontium” (Alertaqror), as appears by a fragment

5 There are some sensible letters extant under the name of of one of his letters in Laertius. This Leontium was a woman this fair Pythagorean. They are addressed to her female of talent ; “ she had the impudence (says Cicero) to write friends upon the education of children, the treatment of seragainst Theophrastus ;” and Cicero, at the same time, gives vants, &c. One, in particular, to Nicostrata, whose husband ber a name which is neither polite nor translatable. “Mere had given her reasons for jealousy, contains such truly contricula etiam Leontium contra Theophrastum scribere ausa siderate and rational advice, that it ought to be translated for est." – De Natur. Deor. She left a daughter called Danae, the edification of all married ladies. See Gale's Opuscul. who was just as rigid an Epicurcan as her mother ; something Myth. Phys. p. 741. like Wieland's Danae in Agathon.

6 Pythagoras was remarkable for fine hair, and Doctor It would sound much better, I think, if the name were Thiers (in his Histoire des Perruques) seems to take for Leentia, as it occurs the first time in Laertius ; but M. Mé. granted it was all his own ; as he has not mentioned him Sage will not hear of this reading.

among those ancients who were obliged to have recourse > Pythia was a woman whom Aristotle loved, and to whom to the “coma apposititia." L'Histoire des Perruques, chaafter her death he paid divine honours, solemnizing her me- pitre i. Dory by the same sacrifices which the Athenians offered to the 7 The river Alpheus, which flowed by Pisa or Olympia, Goddess Ceres. For this impious gallantry the philosopher and into which it was customary to throw offerings of difwas, of course, censured; but it would be well if certain of our ferent kinds, during the celebration of the Olympic games.

modern Stagyrites showed a little of this superstition about In the pretty romance of Clitophon and Leucippe, the river | the memory of their mistresses.

is supposed to carry these offerings as bridal gifts to the foun• Socrates, who used to console himself in the society of tain Arethusa. Kod Th Agetourav OÚTW Tov Alcunox wukle Aspasia for those "less endearing ties " which he found at φοστολει. όταν ουν ή των ολυμπιων εορτη, κ. τ. λ. Lib. Ι.


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Go then, if she, whose shade thou art,

No more will let thee sooth my pain ;
Yet, tell her, it has cost this heart

Some pangs, to give thee back again.

But look, what glory through the darkness beams!
Celestial airs along the water glide :-
What Spirit art thou, moving o'er the tide

So beautiful? oh, not of earth,
But, in that glowing hour, the birth
Of the young Godhead's own creative dreams.

'Tis she !
Psyche, the firstborn spirit of the air.

To thee, oh Love, she turns,

On thee her eyebeam burns :
Blest hour, before all worlds ordain'd to be!

They meet -
The blooming god — the spirit fair

Meet in communion sweet.
Now, Sympathy, the hour is thine ;
All nature feels the thrill divine,

The veil of Chaos is withdrawn,
And their first kiss is great Creation's dawn!

Tell her, the smile was not so dear,

With which she made thy semblance mine,
As bitter is the burning tear,

With which I now the gift resign.

Yet go- and could she still restore,

As some exchange for taking thee,
The tranquil look which first I wore,

When her eyes found me calm and free;

Could she give back the careless flow,

The spirit that my heart then knew -
Yet, no, 'tis vain-go, picture, go -

Smile at me once, and then -adieu!

I Love and Psyche are here considered as the active and Berouth, I think, are Sanchoniatho's first spiritual lovers, and paskive principles of creation, and the universe is supposed to Manco-capac and his wife introduced creation amongst the have received its first harmonizing impulse from the nuptial Peruvians. In short, Harlequin seems to have studied cossympathy between these two powers. A marriage is gene. mogonies, when he said "tutto il mondo è fatto come la rally the first step in cosmogony. Timæus held Form to be nostra famiglia." the father, and Matter the mother of the World ; Elion and

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