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CHEVY CHASE ; A POEM-IDEM LATINE REDDITUM.
my double rhymes. Print this, then, by all means--so no more from your
And a vow to God made he,
Of Cheviot within days three,
He said he'd kill and carry away :
With him a mighty meany;
They were chosen out of shires three.
Vovebat, Djis iratis,
In montibus Cheviatis,
• Occisos reportabo ;"
Cum agmine potenti ;
In Lunæ die mane ;
Per nemora pergebant ;
Per omnem sylvam feræ ;
Venatum sic cæperunt ;
Convocat dissipatos ;
This began on Monday at morn,
In Cheviot the hills so high ;
For to raise up the deer;
On every side sheer ;
Early on a Monday ;
They 'sembled on sides sheer :
To see the brittling of the deer.
* I have modernized the spelling of the old ballad.
So Ennius. At tuba terribili sonitu taratantara dixit.
9. He said " It was the Douglas' promise, Dicens, “ Promisit Douglasus This day to meet me here,
MA hic occursum ire, But I wist he would fail verament,"
Sed* scivi quod non faceret.” A great oath the Percy sware.
His dictis jurat mirò.
10. At last a squire of Northumberland
Tandem armiger Northumbriæ Looked at his hand full nigh
Aspexit venientem He was ware of the Douglas coming,
Prope ad manum Douglasum, With him a mighty meany ;
Et agmina ducentem. 11.
11. Both with spear, bill, and brand,
Cum hastis, pilis, ensibus, It was a mighty sight to see ;
Magnifici iverunt; Hardier men of heart and hand
Fortiores in fidelibus Were not in Christianity.
Domini non fuerunt. 12.
12. They were twenty hundred spearmen good, Bis mille procul dubio Withouten any fail ;
Hastati bonæ notæ, They were born along by the water of Tweed, Ad aquas Tuedæ nati sunt, In the bounds of Tividale.
In finibus Tiviotæ. 13.
Sagittas nullâ morâ;
Nostrâ natali horâ."
14. The doughty Douglas on a steed
In primo fortis Douglasus He rode his men beforne;
Equitans veniebat ; His armour glittered as did a glede Lorica prunæ similis A bolder bairn was never born.
Ardenti resplendebat. 15.
15. 66 Tell me what men ye are,” he says,
Et, “ Quinam estis, cedo," ait, " Or whose men that ye be ;
“ Aut cujus viri sitis ? Who gave ye leave to hunt in this
Quis misit vos venatum hic, Cheviot Chase in the spite of me?”.
Nobis admodum invitis ?”. 16.
16. The first man that an answer made,
Persæus autem Douglaso It was the Lord Percy,
Respondit longe primus, 66 We will not tell what men we are,
“Qui samus haud narrabimus, Nor whose men that we be ;
Aut cujus viri simus ; But we will hunt here in this chase,
Sed hic, invitis omnibus, In the spite of thine and thee.
Venatum statim imus. 17.
17. « The fattest harts in Cheviot
“ Cervorum hic pinguissimos We have killed, and cast to carry away."
Occisos auferemus." " By my troth,” said the doughty Douglas, “ Idcirco,” dixit Douglasus Therefore the one of us shall die this day.” “ Necesse est ut pugnemus." 18.
18. Then said the doughty Douglas
Et dixit fortis Douglasus Unto the Lord Percy,
Hæc verba nunc Persæo, • To kill all these guiltless men,
Necare hos innoxios Alas! it were great pity.
Non esset gratum deo ; 19.
19. « But, Percy, thou art a lord of land, Sed tu, Persæë, princeps es, I am an earl in my own country;
Sum ego comes quoque, Let all our men upon a party stand,
Cernamus soli, aginine And do the battle of thee and me."
Manente hic utroque.". 20.
20. « Now Christ's curse on his crown,” said Persæus inquit, “ Pereat is the Lord Percy,
Qui huic vult obviam ire " Whosoever thereto says nay!
Nam, hercle, dies aderit
" Thou shalt never see that day,
* Consult the Edinburgh Reviewer of Falconer's Strabo for this construction of scio quod—the “ paltry” dog will remember something about it, as sure as my name is not Copplestone.
21. “ Neither in England, Scotland, nor France, Quum Angliâ, Scotiên, Galliâ, Nor for no man of woman born ;
Negaverim tentare But an fortune be my chance,
Sortem cum ullo homine I dare meet him one for one.”
In pugnâ singulari. 22.
22. Then bespake a squire of Northumberland, Tunc armiger Northumbriæ Rog. Witherington was his name
R. Withringtonus fatur, “ It shall never be told in South England “ Nunquam Henrico principi To King Harry the fourth for shame.
In Anglia hoc dicatur ; 23.
23. be great lords two,
“ Vos estis magni comites I am a poor squire of land,
Et pauper miles ego,
Me otioso, nego:
Sed corde, manu, enseque, I will not fail both heart and hand.”
Pugnabo quamdiu dego. 24.
24. That day, that day, that dreadful day
O dies ! dies, dies trux ! The first fit here I find ;
Sic finit cantus primus ; An' ye will hear more of the hunting of Che. Si de venatu plura vis, viot,
Plura narrare scimus. Yet there is more behind.
FINIS PARTIS PRIMÆ.
6 I wot ye
P. S..I am aware that “ Douglassius” is consecrated ; but I am not without authority for Douglasus. I have also translated this into Greek, and I send you the first verse as a specimen.
Περσαίος εκ Νορθέμβριας
Εύχετο τους θεοίσι,
'Εν ούρεσι Χεβιατοίσι, ,
Συν πάσιν εσάροισι. . Don't say a word of this, however, to Hallam_" classic Hallam, much renowned for Greek,” as Lord Byron justly styles him-lest he should mistake my verses for Pindar's, and consequently declare them not Greek. A propos, is it not a good joke to see Hallam putting a Greek motto to his book on the Middle Ages after all ? I was thinking of translating old Chevy into Hebrew-for I am a Masorite ; but as Professor Leslie has declared Hebrew to be a “ rude and poor dialect,” in his book on Arithmetic, I was afraid to come under the censure of that learned gentleman. To be sure he does not know (as I can prove from his writings) even the alphabet of the language he abuses, but still I am afraid he would freeze me if I had any thing to do with it.
DE FOE ON APPARITION
We have often congratulated ourselves drinking were then in their infancy. on having flourished after the extinction Short were the strides which cookery of chivalry, the decline and fall of the had made. Gentlemen assailed beeves empire of ghosts, and the introduction that came out of the kitchen just as of potatoes into this island. We never they went in, with the slight alteracould have endured a shirt of mail- tion of roasting; and we may judge and we shudder at the thought of of their skill in liquids from this fact, having been obliged to scale one of that those immeasurable horses that used “ They drank the red wine through the to carry the knights of old.
helmet barred.” luxury of being negligently dressed, That satisfactory and satisfying smack of lying diffused all day over a sofa, of the lips, which now ratifies a rumwas then unknown-and gentlemen mer, was then smothered in metalsat down to rest themselves, in those and there was no room for that symdays, under about two cwt. of iron. pathetic communication between mind We suspect, too, that good eating and and mind, which good cheer now-a
* In Bishop Percy~" And stand myself and look on.” But correct it, meo periculo. Vol. VI.
days spreads over a party assembled at dred years, has been filled up, so that a rump and dozen. Such, we con- little seems now to be wanting, under ceive, were the chief drawbacks from our free government, to the perfection human happiness during the age of of our social and domestic happiness. chivalry. To these, no doubt, might It would be a curious enquiry, to shew be added that eternal skirmishing so the effects of this vegetable on the moincompatible with the possession of a ral, intellectual, and physical character sound skin, and the annual rape, mur of the people of a sister kingdom; and der, and arson of our wives, children, on some future occasion we hope to and houses.
sift this subject to the bottom. There All this must have been uncom can be no doubt, that the sudden ex, fortable enough; but, in our appre- tinction of the potato in Ireland would hension, a trifle in comparison to that be as fine a subject for a poem from constant state of fear in which, we the pen of Lord Byron, as the sudden frankly confess, we should have drag- extinction of light, some of the evils ged out our miserable existence, had of which imaginary event his Lordship we lived during the administration of has, with his usual vigour, delineated witches, ghosts, and the devil. We in that composition entitled, “ Darkare sufficiently afraid of such gentle- ness. Not to go too much into parfolks, even now when we no longer ticulars, we may just remark, that believe in their mundane existence; bulls are in Ireland fed chiefly on pobut what would have become of people tatoes, and that those fine animals with weak nerves like us, when
every would be in danger of becoming exchurch-yard was in the habit of noc tinct with the root on which they now turnally sending out its quota of grow to such prodigious size. spectres-when hobgoblins were prowl. Our readers will pardon these speing about in all directions--when you culations of ours, which would, percould not turn a corner but an evil- haps, be more in place in the Edin, spirit came bouncing against you burgh Review, or some such sober and when you were on no occasion sure of philosophical journal, and are not altoyour man, who would frequently take gether compatible with the plan of our his leave of you, without finishing a Magazine, which aims chiefly at lightsentence, in a blaze of fire
musing matter. But,
few pages of old Daniel De Foe's EsNeither were there potatoes in those say on Apparitions. Mayhap, thou days-and, without that vegetable, say, hast never, in spite of all thine erudiwhat were a dinner ?
tion, had this volume in thine hand" A world without a sun.”
but even if it be familiar to thee, all From the very bottom of our souls do Daniel's things can bear re-perusal—if we pity our ancestors. There is no thou thinkest otherwise, wait for Qdophilosophy in saying, that the uni- herty's campaigns, and be thankful. versal love of the potato, did the po
And first; let us see what were De tato itself create, That love must Foe's ideas of the devil. Some people, have pre-existed in the elements of our says he, speak as if nothing but seenature, just as the desire for Eve pre- ing the devil could satisfy them there existed in Adam, and was only called was such a person, and nothing is more forth into action by that accomplished wonderful to me, in the whole system female. There must, therefore, have of spirits, than that Satan does not been, ever since the arrival of the think fit' to justify the reality of his Saxons in this island, unknown, at being, by appearing to such in some least not understood, by our forefa- of his worst figures, and tell them in thers,
full grimace who he is, when, I doubt * A craving void left aching at their hearts.” not, they would be as full of panic A void which, within these last hun as other people.” The great mistake
“ but to-day
into which De Foe accuses his contem- ferable to a long set speech. Indeed,
found to repeat himself even more
6 in all his for-
----you know him, and you don't know
you would ask me what brushed suit of black-and honest men you should say to it, 'tis an unfair are thus laid flat on their backs bequestion in some respects’tis not pos- fore they have fairly taken hold of the sible for any one to dictate, without wrestler. « 'Tis the opinion of the the proper circumstances be described. learned divines," quoth Daniel, " that The old way you all know :-in the the devil would much less harm if name of, fc. as above, is the common he appeared as a mere devil, with his road. I will not cry down the custom, horns, his cloven hoof, and his serbecause 'tis the usual way, and the pent's tail and dragon's wings, as fanwords are good ;" but, on the whole, cy figures him out, and as our painters he recommends a short ejaculatorý dress him up, than he does in his disprayer, and “then a plain what are guises, and the many shapes and figures you ? is, I think, compliment enough he assumes to himself.” On the whole, to the devil.” Waving, therefore, all it would seem that De Foe, though particular instructions, our judicious willing to allow some merit to the author observes, that each particular devil, did not consider him as a very Occasion will certainly administer the formidable character, except from the substance of what you should say, and weakness of his opponents. He also that it is almost impossible to go wrong, thinks that the devil, whatever else if
you only keep up a good heart, and he may be, is no prophet; " for put a good face upon it. We perfect- when asked what should be to some, ly agree with De Foe in thinking, that the devil was always nonplust, and an extempore address of a few
pithy generally lied in his answers so that words is, in such cases, infinitely pre none could depend on what he said.