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Quin et obscenas repetunt latebras
Inverecundi Dominator oris
Tu, Dea, Eoi simul atque cæli
Personat hymnis. Aula gaudentis reserata mundi; Spectra discedunt, animæque noctis, Vana disceduntque tenebrionum
Monstra Deorum. Te bibens arcus Jovis ebriosus Mille formosos revomit colores, Pavo cælestis; variamque pascit
Lumine caudam. In Rosa pallam indueris rubentem, In croco auratum indueris lacernam, Supparum gestas quasi nuda rallum
Fertilis Floræ sobolem tenellam
Pectora curis !
Non tibi præfert!
Lucidum trudis properanter agmen,
At mare immensum, oceanusque lucis
It may be acceptable to some of my readers to transcribe the poet's epitaph in Westminster Abbey,
as it is not inserted in the common accounts of his
Hic juxta situs est.
GEORGIUS DUX BUCKINGHAMIÆ, Excessit e vità Anno Ætatis suæ 49° et honorifica pompâ elatus ex Ædibus Buckinghamianis, viris illustribus omnium ordinum exequias celebrantibus sepultus est die 3o M. Augusti, Anno Domini 1667.”
Grecian Chiefs, as described by Æschylus.
TO THE RUMINATOR.
SIR, A Friend the other day pointed out to me several passages in Æschylus, which rather surprised me, and have much engaged my attention. Some articles in the late numbers of your Censura have induced me to make these passages the subject of a letter for your Ruminator, which professes to admit topics of criticism as well as moral Essays.
The origin of heraldry has been a point of long and tedious dispute among a particular class of antiquaries; into which I shall refrain from entering. I may, however, slightly hint, that it is now generally admitted, on the soundest authorities, that arms, considered as hereditary marks appropriate to the shields of particular families, and modified in their formation by rules of blazonry, certainly did not exist before the age of Charlemagne; and in England, did not prevail till after the Norman Conquest; nor were generally settled, even among the nobles and greater gentry, till nearly two centuries afterwards.*
With this conviction, I confess I felt a momentary astonishment, when my friend produced Æschylus's description of the figures painted on the shields of some of the Grecian heroes. It must be admitted, that they appear very like a modern coat of arms. These passages are alluded to by Spelman; but as I do not recollect seeing them copied into any treatise of heraldry, I think the transcript of them will be curious to many of your readers. They are to be found in the tragedian's EITA EIII OHEBAΙΣ. .
* The authority on which I most pin my faith, is Sir Henry Spelman's excellent treatise, entitled Aspilogia ; but see also the Historical Inquiry in Edmondson, written by Sir Joseph Ayloffe ; and see Dalluway's Inquiry, 4to. 1793. The Tabula Eliensis, for which see Fuller's Church tory, and Bentham's Ely, I cannot believe to be genuine.
First, the shield of Typeus.
Viz. “ He bears this proud impression on his shield, the heaven flaming with stars; and in the midst is conspicuous a splendid full moon, the eye of night, and the most venerable of stars (i. e. in modern blazon, semèe of stars, and a moon in her complement, Arg.)
Viz. “ He bears in his shield a naked man, bearing in his hand a naked torch, with this inscription in golden letters: I WILL BURN THE CITY."
Viz. “ His shield is marked in no common manner; for a man in armour is attacking the tower of the enemy upon the steps of a scaling ladder, and exclaiming, “ Even. Mars himself shall not expel me from the walls.''