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human ammunition. It was a calculation of earnage. He was in truth the chief broker in the vendue-room of victory, and he carried off the best lots, by outbidding his competitors in the blood of the soldiery.—At last, this puny mimic of Charlemagne, bedizened with the motley panegyrics of fawning senators, obedient law-makers, and assenting tribunes, has erected his throne on the yet trembling crater of the revolutionary volcano. From this hollow eminence, his self-filled eye looked upward to his gorgeous canopy of state, but discerned not the still more extended canopy of the world's derision. Nor could his fancied exaltation be complete, without the actual degradation of the humbled wearer of the Papal tiara, who, by his sufferance, is still permitted to retain the shadow of a mighty name. This miserable chief of an expiring superstition, dragged like another conscript to the Capital of Continental Europe, and drilled to the minutiæ of the coronation-manual, has been compelled to place an imperial diadem
on that head so much more worthy of a Damien's crown.
consummate the absurd wickedness of the atchievement, the SABBATH, the day holy of the Lord, honourable, has been prostituted to this sacrilegious pantomime. Compared to such things as these, the former atheism of the Corsican creed-monger, was sanctity itself.
Note 19. p. 50. l. 626.
The bells whose knoll a holy calmness four'd.
DURING the late sanguinary civil war in France, the animals who assumed the honourable title of republican, when it was a la mode, and who now, on a similar principle, would hold Bonaparte's golden bason while he washed his hands of their brother's or their father's blood, used to transmit to the Committee of Public Safety, long gasconading accounts of their prowess in storning bellfries, and melting the bell-metal. These dispatches were meant as certificates of their civism, their atheism, and their courage.
“After having descended, about three hours from the time of cur quitting Meysingen, we refreshed ourselves and our horses in a delightful vale, strewed with hamlets; a sloping hill, adorned with variegated verdure and wood, on one side; on the other, the Rosanlavi and Schartzwald glaciers stretching between impending rocks ; and before us the highest point of the Wetterhorn lifting its pyramidical top, capped with eternal snow. As we were taking our repast, we were suddenly startled by a noise like the sound of thunder, occasioned by a large body of snow falling from the top of the mountain, which in its precipitate descent had the appearance of a torrent of water reduced almost into spray, These avalanches (as they are called) are some
times attended with the most fatal consequences; for when they consist of enormous masses, they destroy every thing in their course, and not unfrequently overwhelm even a whole village.” -Coxe.
Note 21. p. 54. 1. . 684.
The plaintive strain that links, &c.
“ AFTER dinner, some musicians of the country performed the Renz de Vaches, that famous air which was forbid to be played among the Swiss troops in the French armies, as it created in the soldiers such a longing recollection of their native country, that it often produced in them a settled melancholy, and occasioned frequent desertion. The French call this sort of patriotic regret maladie du pays. There is nothing peculiarly striking in the tune ; but as it is composed of the most simple notes, the powerful effect of its melody upon the Swiss soldiers in a foreign land is the less remarkable. Nothing, indeed, renews so lively a remembrance of former scenes, as a piece of favourite music which we were accustomed to hear among our earliest and dearest connexions."--Coxe.
Note 22. p. 58. l. 745.
Till beckon'd by some kindly hand to sit. It is most melancholy to see old respectable persons standing in the passage of a church. In former times, the area of churches was common to all. The appropriation was certainly an encroachment. To bring matters back to their primitive state, would now be impracticable. But surely a very large portion of the house of prayer ought to be allotted to the Lord's
poor. Or why should not free churches be established in all the considerable towns? There are several in England. To the hardship of exclusion from divine service, or of precarious and mendicant admission, may be traced the dissipated and idle habits of many originally well-disposed persons.