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GRECIAN GIRL'S DREAM
OF THE BLESSED ISLANDS.
TO HER LOVER.
'Twas in the fair Aspasia's bower,
There, as the list’ning statesmanlung
ήχι τε καλος
Blest times ! they could not always last-
No, Fanny, love, they ne'er shall say,
At once I knew their mission ;—'twas to bear
Thou know'st, that, far beyond our nether sky,
1 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 Antiq. lib. iii. cap. 13. floating, luminous islands, in which the spirits of the blest reside. Accordingly we find that the word Slucavos was some
* This belief of an ocean in the heavens, or "waters abore
the firinament,” was one of the many physical errors in which times synonymous with anp, and death was not unfrequently called Skeavoto popos, or “the passage of the ocean."
the early fathers bewildered then selves. Le P. Baltus, in
his “ Defense des Saints Pères accusés de Platonisme," taking 2 Eunapius, in his life of Iamblichus, tells us of two beau it for granted that the ancients were more correct in their tiful little spirits or loves, which lanıblichus raised by enchantment from the warm springs at Gadara ; " dicens astan- ready quoted,) adduces the obstinacy of the fathers, in this
notions, (which by no means appears from what I have altibus (says the author of the Dii Fatidici, p. 160) illos
whimsical opinion, as a proof of their repugnance to even esse loci Genios :" which words, however, are not in Euna
truth from the hands of the philosophers. This is a strange pius. I find from Cellarius, that Amatha, in the neighborhood of they deserve to the philosophers. For an abstract of this
way of defending the fathers, and attributes much more than Gadara, was also celebrated for its warm springs, and I have
work of Baltus, (the opposer of Fontenelle, Van Dale, &e, preferred it as a more poetic name than Gadara. Cellarius
in the famous Oracle controversy,) see * Bibliothèque des quotes Hieronymus, “Est et alia villa in vicinia Gadaræ Auteurs Ecclésiast, du 180 Siècle," part. 1, tom. ii.
That very moon, whose solitary light
My fancy's eye beheld a form recline,
Of lunar race, but so resembling thine
That, oh! 'twas but fidelity in me,
No aid words the unbodied soul requires,
Swifter than meteor shaft through summer skies,
From soul to soul the glanced idea flies.
Oh, my beloved, how divinely sweet
Is the pure joy, when kindred spirits meet!
Like him, the river-god," whose waters flow,
With love their only light, through caves below,
Wafting in triumph all the flowery braids,
And festal rings, with which Olympic maids
Have deck'd his current, as an offering meet
To lay at Arethusa's shining feet.
Think, when he meets at last his fountain-brido,
What perfect love must thrill the blended tide!
Each lost in each, till, mingling into one,
Their lot the same for shadow or for sun,
A type of true love, to the deep they run.
But, Theon, 'tis an endless theme,
And thou grow'st weary of my half-told dream.
Oh would, my love, we were together now,
Of starlight bowers and planetary vales,
Athens, see L'Histoire de l'Académie, &c. tom. xxxi. p. 69.
p. 143 :) but he ought not to have forgotten their wives and
6 There are some sensible letters extant under the name of
this fair Pythagorean. They are addressed to her female
friends upon the education of children, the treatment of ser-
had given her reasons for jealousy, contains such truly con
siderate and rational advice, that it ought to be translated for ausa est."-De Natur. Deor. She left a daughter called
the edification of all married ladies. See Gale's Opuscul. Danze, who was just as rigid an Epicurean as her mother; Myth. Phys. p. 741. something like Wieland's Danae in Agathon. It would sound much better, I think, if the name were
6 Pythagoras was remarkable for fine hair, and Doctor
Thiers (in his Histoiie des Perruques) seenis to take for Leontie
, as it occurs the first time in Laertius ; but M. M&- granted it was all his own; as he has not mentioned him nace will not hear of this reading. * Pytbia was a woman whom Aristotle loved, and to whom
among those ancients who were obliged to have recourse after her death he paid divine honors, solemnizing her mem
to the “coma apposititia.” L'Histoire des Perruques, chapiity by the same sacrifices which the Athenians offered to
? The river Alpheus, which flowed by Pisa or Olympia, the Goddess Ceres. For this impions gallantry the philoso- ) and into which it was customary to throw offerings of difpler was, of course, censured; but it would be well if certals of our modern Stagyrites showed a little of this super
ferent kinds, during the celebration of the Olympic games. stition about the memory of their mistresses.
In the pretty romance of Clitophon and Leucippe, the river
is supposed to carry these offerings as bridal gifts to the founwho used to console himself in the society of tain Arethusa. Kai eta inu ApeOsvoay obtw tuv Alpoklov Aspasia for those « less endearing ties” which he found at supportodoc. brav ow th twy odbyt w coprn, K. t. 1. Lib. i
Stob. lib. i. Eelog. Physic.