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Or any air of music touch their ears,
The sole object of the lives of the Italians is music. They know indeed but two occupations; music and making love. Now love in that country being reduced to a very simple affair—having no wit in it, as in France, nor sentiment in it, as in England, the great resource of the inhabitants is music. It is, indeed, the weapon, if we may so term it, which is handled by both men and women to acquire and keep their conquests. A Neapolitan or Roman lover cannot more highly oblige his mistress than by procuring her a new air made at Bologna, Florence, or Venice. every thing is estimated according to the difficulties conquered, airs that come a greater distance are valued in proportion; and those made at London, Berlin, or Petersburg, are more highly esteemed.
The sums of money spent in this way passes belief. And, as to the lady, whenever she has a mind “to split a heart with tenderness,” her invaluable and only resources are her harpsichord and her voice.
Is it not certain, that the general character of the music of Italy is tender and voluptuous ? Is it not certain that the people of that country are the loosest and most enervated of Europe ? And has not Shakspeare, who, if we mistake not, was as great a philosopher as ever lived — has he not said, immediately after the last lines quoted:
Therefore the poet
Of song-singing, however, it may be said, it is the inseparable companion of good drinking, and the harmony of the table is incomplete without this accompaniment.
We shall conclude this article with the following chanson à boire, or drinking ballad, the first of any
merit in our language, and which appeared in the year 1551.*
I cannot eat but little meat,
My stomach is not good;
With him that wears a hood.
ye no care,
Of jolly goode ale and olde.
Backe and side go bare, go bare,
Whether it be new or olde.
I love no rost, but a nut browne toste,
And a crab laid in the fire ;
Muche bread I noght desire.
Can hurt me if I wolde ;
* From Warton's History of English Poetry, Vol. iii.
I am so wrapt and thorougely lapt
Of jolly goode ale and olde
And Tib, my wife, that as her life
Loveth well goode ale to seeke;
The teares run down her cheeke;
Even as a mault wome sholde;
Of this jolly goode ale and olde."
Now let them drinke till they nod and winke,
Even as goode fellows shoulde do ;
Goode ale doth bring men to.
Or bave them lustily trolde,
Whether they be young or olde.
The fine satirical moral couched under these verses is sufficiently visible to require comment. Among the million how many go thinly covered and barefooted, from sacrificing too freely to the “rosy god,” who might otherwise support both“ backe, side, and belly," and keep the whole, inside and outside, in respectable and “ good sailing trim.” There is a time to rejoice and a time to be sad, says Solomon; also, “ a season for all things under the sun;" and happy is the man, and those around him, looking up to him for consolation and Christian example, who can nick the time so well in devoting a leisure hour to the society of his chosen friends, that it may not interfere with his business, his health, or his family comforts, and without diminishing in any other respect the harmless hilarity, the enjoyment of which he might have anticipated during his hours of labour, to lighten the burden of toil.
DIRECTIONS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE HEALTH
AND COMFORT OF TRAVELLERS, PARTICULARLY IN WARM CLIMATES, AND SEA VOYAGES.
The variety of changes and occurrences, physically and corporeally, which take place in the locomotive actions of travellers, connected with the anxieties of mind to which many of these give rise, and which so frequently interfere with the bodily health, render it absolutely necessary that some rules should be laid down, as far as warranted by experience, to guide such
for the want of such knowledge, be misled as to the consequences which often result from the absence of proper attention to things seemingly in themselves of an indifferent nature, but which are known, frequently when too late, to be of the most vital importance to health.
I. A traveller ought to be perfectly well acquainted with what agrees or disagrees with his constitution, and observe those rules which custom has established in favour of his health, at least as far as circumstances will admit of. He will act prudently, to pay a strict attention with regard to eating, drink