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I often am met in political life-

my absence no kingdom can be;
And they say there can neither be friendship nor

No one can live single, no one take a wife,

Without interfering with me.
My brethren are many, and of my whole race

Not one is more slender and tall;

And though not the eldest, I hold the first place,
And even in dishonour, despair, and disgrace,

I boldly appear 'mong them all.
Though disease may possess me, and sickness and
I am never in sorrow or gloom;

Though in wit and in wisdom I equally reign,
I'm the heart of all sin, and have long lived in vain,

Yet I ne'er shall be found in the tomb.

Pieces in Prose.


What power hath e'en his wildest scream,

Heard by his mother unawares; 2 Vols. 1807.(1)

He knows it not, he cannot guess:

Years to a mother bring distress, (From Monthly Literary Recrealions, for August, 1807.)

But do not make her love the less." The volumes before us are by the author of Lyri

The pieces least worthy of the author are those cal Ballads, a collection which has not undeser- entitled Moods of my oron Mind. We certainly vedly met with a considerable share of public ap- wish these “Moods” had been less frequent, or plause. The characteristics of Mr. W.'s muse are not permitted to occupy a place near works which simple and flowing, though occasionally in harmo-only make their deformity more obvious: when nious verse, strong and sometimes irresistible ap- Mr. W. ceases to please, it is by “abando. ing” his peals to the feelings, with unexceptionable senti- mind to the most common-place ideas, at the same ments. Though the present work may not equal time clothing them in language not simple, but his former efforts, many of the poems possess a puerile. What will any reader or auditor, out of native elegance, natural and unaffected, totally the nursery, say to such namby-pamby as Lines devoid of the tinsel embellishments and abstract written at the foot of Brother's Bridge: -hyperboles of several contemporay sonneteers.

“The cock is crowing, The last sonnet in the first volume, p. 152, is per

The stream is flowing,

The small birds twitter, haps the best, without any novelty in the senti

The lake doth glitter; ments, which we hope are common to every Bri

The green field sleeps in the sun; ton at the present crisis; the force and expression

The oldest and youngest,

Are at work with the strongest; is that of a genuine poet, feeling as he writes:

The callle are grazing, “Another year: another deadly blow!

Their beads never raising, Another mighty empire overthrown!

There are forly feeding like one. And we are left, or shall be left, alone

Like an army defeated, The last thal dares to struggle with the foe.

The snow hath retreated, 'T is well!- from this day forward we shall know

And now doth fare ill, That in ourselves our safety must be sought,

On the top of the bare hill." That by our own right-hands it must be wrought;

“The plough-boy is whoopin anon, anon," etc. That we must stand unpropp'd, or be laid low. O dastard! whom such foretaste doth not cheer!

is in the same exquisite measure. We shall exult, is they who rule the land

to us neither more nor less than an imitation of Be men who hold its many blessings dear,

such minstrelsy as soothed our cries in the cradle, Wise, uprighi, valiant; not a venal band,

with the shrill ditty of Who are lo judge of danger which they fear, And honour which they do not understand.”

" Hey de diddle,

The cat and the fiddle : The Song at the Feast of Brougham Castle, the

The cow jump'd over the moon, Seven Sisters, the Affliction of Margaret--of

The lillle dog laugh'd lo see such sport, -, possess all the beauties, and few of the des

And the dish ran away with the spoon." fects of this writer : the following lines, from the

On the whole, however, with the exception of the last, are in his first style :

above, and other INNOCENT odes of the same cast, "Ab! little doth the young one dream,

we think these volumes display a genius worthy When full of play and childish cares,

of higher pursuits, and regret that Mr. W.confines

This appears

(1) “I have been a reviewer. In 1807, in a Magazine colla, which were inserted. This was in the latter pact of 1811.' Monthly Literary Recreations. I reviewed Wordsworth's trash Byron.-E. of that time. In the Monthly Review I wrole some aricles

his muse to such trilling subjeels. We trust his of classical students than can at present acquire il motto will be in future, “Paulo majora canamus." by his means :—but, as such expostulations are geMany, with inferior abilities, have acquired a lof- nerally useless, we shall be thankful for what we lier seal on Parnassus, merely by altempting strains can obtain, and that in the manner in which in which Mr. Wordsworth is more qualified to Mr. Gell has chosen to present it. excel.

The former of these volumes, we have observed,

is the most attractive in the closet. It compreREVIEW OF GELL'S GEOGRAPHY OF ITHACA, hends a very full survey of the far-famed island AND ITINERARY OF GREECE.

which the hero of the Odyssey has immortalized; (Monthly Review for August, 1811.)

for we really are inclined to think that the author

has established the identity of the modern Theaki That laudable curiosity concerning the remains with the Ithaca of Homer. At all events, if it be of classical antiquity, which bas of late years in- an illusion, it is a very agreeable deception, and is creased among our countrymen, is in no traveller effected by an ingenious interpretation of the pasor author more conspicuous than in Mr. Gell. sages in Homer ihat are supposed to be descriptive Whatever difference of opinion may yet exist with of ihe scenes which our traveller has visited We regard to the success of the several disputants in shall extract some of these adaplations of the anThe famous Trojan controversy;(1) or, indeed, re- cient picture to the modern scene, marking the lating to the present author's merits as an inspector points of resemblance which appear to be strainof the Troad, it must universally be acknowledged led and forced, as well as those which are more that any work, which more forcibly impresses on easy and natural: but we must first insert some our imaginations the scenes of heroic action, and preliminary matter from the opening chapter. The the subjects of immortal song, possesses claims following passage conveys a sort of general sketch on the attention of every scholar.

of the book, which may give our readers a toleraOf the Iwo works which now demand our report, bly adequate notion of its contents :we conceive the former to be by far the most inte

“The present work may adduce, by a simple and correct resting to the reader, as the latter is indisputably survey of the island, coincidences in its geography, in its natural the most serviceable to the traveller. Excepling, productions, and moral state, before unnoticed. Some will be indeed, the running commentary which it conlains directly pointed out; the fancy or ingenuity of the reader may be

employed in lracing others; the mind familiar with the imagery on a number of extracts from Pausanias and of the Odyssey will recognise with satisfaction the scenes themStrabo, it is, as the title imports, a mere itinerary selves; and this volume is offered to the public, not entirely of Greece, or rather of Argolis only, in its present without hopes of vindicating tlie poem of Homer from the scep

cicism of those critics who imagine that the Odyssey is a mere circumstances. This being the case, surely il

poetical composition, unsupported by history, and unconnected would have answered every purpose of utility with the localities of any particular situation. much better by being printed as a pocket road-book “Some bave asserted that, in the comparison of places now of that part of the Morea ; for a quarto is a very coincidence in minute details; yet it seems only by these that

existing with the descriptions of Homer, we ought not to expect unmanageable travelling companion. The maps(2) the kingdom of Ulysses, or any other, can be identified, as, ir and drawings, we shall be told, would not permit such an idea be admitted, every small and rocky island in the such an arrangement: but as to the drawings, they lonian Sea, containing a good port, might, with equal plausibiare not in general 1o be admired as specimens of lily, assume the appellation of Ithaca.

“The Venetian geographers have in a great degree contriThe art; and several of them, as we have been assu- buled to raise those doubis which have existed on the identity of red by eye-wilnesses of the scenes which they de- the modern with the ancient Ithaca, by giving, in their charts,

That name is, howscribe, do not compensate for their mediocrity in the name of Val di Compare to the island point of execution, by any extraordinary fideliiy of ever, totally unknown in the country, where the isle is inva

riably called Ithaca by the upper ranks, and Theaki by the vulrepresentation. Others, indeed, are more faithful, gar. The Venetians have equally corrupted the name of almost according to our informants. The true reason, every place in Greece; yel, as the natives of Epactos or Nauhowever, for this costly mode of publication is in pactos never heard of Lepanto, those of Zacynthos of Zante, or

the Athenians of Sellipes, it would be as unfair to rob Ithaca course to be found in a desire ofgratifying the pub- of its name, on such authority, as it would be to assert that no lic passion for large margins, and all the luxury such island existed, because no tolerable representation of its of lypography; and we have before expressed our form can be found in the Venetian surveys.

“ The rare medals of the island, of which three are represented dissatisfaction with Mr. Gell's aristocratical mode in the title-page, might be adduced as a proof that the name of of communicating a species of knowledge, which Ithaca was not lost during the reigns of the Roman emperors. ought to be accessible to a much greater portion They have the head of Ulysses, recoguised by the pileum, or

(1) We have it from the best authority that the venerable (2) Or, rather, map; for we have only ono in the volume, and leader of the Anti-Homeric sect, Jacob Bryant, several years that is on too small a scale to give more than a general idea of before his death expressed regret for his ungrateful attempl to the relative position of places. The excuse about a larger map destroy some of the pleasing associations of our youlbsul studies. not folding well is trilling; see, for instance, the author's owo One of his last wishes was—" Trojaque nunc slares," elc.

map of Ithaca.

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pointed cap, while the reverse of one presents the figure of a Εν0' ήλθεν φίλος υιός 'Οδυσσήoς θείοιο, cock, the emblem of his vigilance, with the legend 10AKSIN.

Εκ Πύλου ήμαθόεντος των συν νηί μελαίνη . A few of these medals are preserved in the cabinets of the cu

Οδυσσεί• Ω. rious, and one also, with the cock, found in the island, is in the possession of Signor Zavo, of Bathi. The uppermost coin is in the Αυτάρ επήν πρώτην ακτής 1θάκης αφίκηαι, collection of Dr. Hunter; the second is copied from Newman, Νήα μέν ές πόλιν οτρύναι και πάντας εταίρους: and the third is the property of R. P. Knight, Esy.

Αυτός δε πρώτιστα συβώτην εισαφικέσθαι, κ. τ. λ. “ Several inscriptions, which will be hereafter produced, will lend to the contirmation of the idea that Ithaca was inhabited about the time when lbe Romans were masters of Greece ; yet These citations, we think, appear to justify the there is every reason to believe that sew, if any, of the present author in his attempt to identify the situation of proprietors of the soil are descended from ancestors who bad long resided successively in the island. Even those who lived, his rock and fountain with the place of those menal the time of Ulysses, in Ithaca, seem to have been on the point tioned by Homer. But let us now follow him in of emigra!ing to Argos, and no chief remained, after the second the closer description of the scene. After some in descent from that hero, worthy of being recorded in history account of the subjects in the plate affixed, It appears that the isle has been iwice colonised from Cephalonia in modern limes, and I was informed that a grant had been Mr.Gell remarks: “It is impossible to visit this semade by the Venetians, entitling each settler in Ithaca to as questered spot without being struck with the remuch land as his circumstances would enable him lo cultivate." collection of the fount of Arethusa and the ruck

Mr. Gell then proceeds to invalidate the autho- Korax, which the poet mentions in the same line, rity of previous writers on the subject of Ithaca. Sir adding, that there the swine eat the sioeet (2) George Wheeler and M. le Chevalier fall under his


and drank the black water." severe animadversion; and, indeed, according to

Δήεις τον γε συεσσι παρή μενον· αι δε νέμονται his account, neither of these gentlemen had visited

Παρ Κόρακος πέτρη, επί τε κρήνη Αρεθούση, the island, and the description of the latter is “ab

Εσθουσαι βάλανον μενοιικία, και μέλαν ύδωρ solutely too absurd for refutation.” In another


οδυσσεί·. place, he speaks of M. le C. “disgracing a work

“Having passed some time at the fountain, taken a drawins, of such merit by the introduction of such fabrica and made the necessary observations on the situation of the tions ;” again, of the inaccuracy of the author's place, we proceeded to an examination of the precipice, elimbing maps; and, lastly, of his inserting an island at the over the terraces above the source, among shady fig-trees, southern entry of the Channel belween Cephalonia which, however, did not present us from feeling the powerfu

-. After a short but fatiguing ascent, and Ithaca, which has no existence. This obser- we arrived at the rock,which extends in a vast perpendicular valion very nearly approaches to the use of that semicircle, beautifully fringed with trees, facing to the southmonosyllable which Gibbon, (1) without expressing east. Under the crag we found two caves of inconsiderable it, so adroitly applied to some assertion of his an extent, the entrance of one of which, not difficult of access, is

seen in the view of the fount. They are still the resort of she'p tagonist, M. Davies. In truth, our traveller's and goats, and in one of them are small natural receptacles for words are rather bitter towards his brother tou- the water, covered by a stalagmitic incrustation.

“These caves, being at the extremity of the curve formed by rist : but we must conclude that their justice war

the precipice, open toward the south, and present us with aurants their severity.

olher accompaniment of the fount of Arethusa, mentioned by In the second chapter, the author describes his the poel; who informs us that the swineherd Eumæus left his landing in Ithaca, and arrival at the rock Korax guests in the house, whilst he, puliing on a thick garment, and the fountain Arethusa, as he designates it with shekered him from the northern blast. Now we know that the

went to sleep near the herd, under the hollow of the rock, which sufficient positiveness. This rock, now known by herd sed near the fount; for Minerva tells Ulysses that he is to The name of Korax, or Koraka Petra, he contends go first lo Eumæus, whom he should find with the swine, near to be the same with that which Homer mentions as

the rock Korax and the fount of Arethusa. As the swine then

sed at the fountain, so it is necessary that a cavern should be contiguous to the habitation of Eumæus, the faith- found in its vicinily; and this seems to coincide, in distance and ful swineherd of Ulysses. We shall take the li- siluation, with that of the poem. Near the count also was the berty of adding to our extracts from Mr. Gell some

fold or slathmos of Eumæus; for the goddess informs Ulysses of the passages in Homer to which he refers only, that he should find bis faithful servant at or above the fount.

“Now the hero meets the swineherd close to the fold, which conceiving this to be the fairest method of exhibit- was consequently very near that source. At the top of the ing the strength or the weakness of his argument. rock, and just above the spot where the waterfall shoots down “Ulysses,” he observes, “ came to the extremity the precipice, is at this day a slagni or pastoral dwelling, which of the isle to visit Eumæns, and that extremily was

the herdsmen of Itbaca still inbabit, on account of the water

necessary for their caille. One of these people walked on the the most southern; for Telemachus, coming from verge or ihe precipice at the time of our visit to the place, and Pylos, touched at the first south-eastern part of seemed so anxious to know how we had been conveyed to Ithaca with the same intention."

the spot, that his inquiries reminded us of a question probably


not uncommon in the days of Homer, who more than once reΚαι τότε δή δ' οδυστήα κακός ποθεν ήγαγε δαίμων

presents the Ithacenses demanding of strangers whal ship had Αγρού επ' έσχατιών, όθι δώματα να ': συβώτης: brought them to the island, it being evident they could not come

(1) See his Vindication of the 15th and 16th chapters of the Decline and Fall, elc.

(2) * Sweel acorns." Docs Mr. Gell translate froun the Latin ! To avoid similar cause of mistake parosexta should not be readered suavem but gralam, as Barnes has given ii,


on foot. He told us that there was, on the summit where lie bitants danced before their houses; and at one we stood, a small cistern of water, and a kalybea, or shepherd's hul.

saw the figure which is said to have been first used There are also vestiges of ancient habitations, and the place is

by the youths and virgins of Delos, at the happy now called Amarathia.

“Convenience, as well as safety, seenis to have pointed out return of Theseus from the expedition of the Crethe lofty situation of Amarathia as a fit place for the residence tan Labyrinth. It has now lost much of inat intriof the herdsmen of this part of the island, from the earliest ages. A small source of water is a treas re in these climates; and ii cacy which was supposed to allude to the windthe inhabitants of Ithaca now select a rugged and elevated spot, ings of the habitation of the Minotaur,” etc. etc. to secure them from the robbers of the Echinades, it is to be This is rather loo much for even the inflexible grarecollected that the Tapliian pirates were not less formidable, vity of our censorial muscles. When the author even in the days of Ulysses; and that a residence in a solitary part of the island, far from the fortress, and close to a celebrated talks, with all the reality (if we may use the exfountain, must at all times have been dangerous, without some pression) of a Lemprière, on the stories of the fasuch security as the rocks of Korax. Indeed, there can be no bulous aces, we cannot refrain from indulging a doubt that the bouse of Eumæus was on the top of the precipice; momentary smile; nor can we seriously accomfor Ulysses, in order to evince the truth of his story to the swineherd, desires to be thrown from the summit ir bis narra- pany him in the learned architectural detail by tion does not prove correct.

which he endeavours to give us, from the Odyssey, “Near the boltom of the precipice is a curious natural gal: the ground-plot of the house of Ulysses,-of which lery, about seven feet high, which is expressed in the plate. Vi may be fairly presumed, from the very reinarkable coincidence he actually offers a plan in drawing!“showing belween this place and the Homeric account, that this was the how the description of the house of Ulysses in the scene designated by the poet as the fountain of Arethusa, and Odyssey may be supposed to correspond with the the residence of Eumæus; and, perhaps, it would be impossible foundations yet visible on the hill of dilo!”-Oh, to find another spot which bears, at this day, so strong a resemblance to a poetic description composed at a period so very

Foote! Foote! why are you lost to such inviting remote. There is no other fountain in this part of the island, subjects for your ludicrous pencil!-In bis acnor any rock which bears the slightest resemblance to the count of this celebrated mansion, Mr. Gell says, Korax of Homer.

one side of the court seems to have been occupied “The stathinos of the good Eumæus appears to have been little different, either in use or construction, from the stagni| by the thalamos, or sleeping-apartments of the and kalybea of the present day. The poet expressly mentions men, etc. etc.; and, in confirmation of this hypothat other herdsmen drove their socks into the city at sunset, thesis, he refers to the 10th Odyssey, line 340. -a custom which still prevails throughout Greece during thic On examining his reference, we read, winter, and that was the season in which Ulysses visited EuYel Homer accounts for this deviation from the pre

Ες θάλαμόν τ' ιέναι, και σης επιβήμεναι ευνής: vailing custom, by observing that he had retired from the city lo where Ulysses records an invitation which he reavoid the suitors of Penelope. These trilling occurrences afforu ceived from Circe to take a part of her bed. How a strong presumplion that the Ithaca of Homer was something this illustrates the above conjecture, we are at a more than the creature of his own fancy, as some have it; for though the grand outline of a sable may be easily ima- loss to divine: but we suppose that some numegined, yel the consistent adaptation of minute incidents to a long rical error has occurred in the reference, as we and elaborate falsehood is a task of the most arduous and com- have detected a trifling mistake or two of the same plicated nature."

nature. After this long extract, by which we have endea

Mr. C. labours hard to identify the cave of Dexia, voured to do justice to Mr. Gell's argument, we

near Bathi (the capital of the island) with the grotlo cannot allow room for any farther quotations of such extent; and we must offer a brief and imper- We are disposed to grant that he has succeeded :

of the Nymphs, described in the 13th Odyssey. fect analysis of the remainder of the work: In the third chapter, the traveller arrives at the he supports his opinion; and we can only ex

but we cannot here enter into the proofs by which capital, and, in the fourth, he describes it in an

tract one of the concluding sentences of the agreeable manner. We select his account of the mode of celebrating a Christian festival in the Greek chapter, which appears 10 us candid and ju

dicious :church:

“Whatever opinion may be formed as to the identity of the “We were present at the celebration of the least of the Ascen

cave of Dexia with the grollo of the Nymphs, it is sair lo slale, sion, when the citizens appeared in their gayesi dresses, and that Strabo positively asserts that no such cave as that described saluted each other in the streets with demonstrations of pleasure. by Homer existed in his time, and thal geographer thought it As we sale at breakfast in the bouse of Signor Zavo, we were

better to assign a physical change, rather than ignorance in suddenly roused by the discharge of a gun, succeeded by a tre- Homer, lo account for a difference which he imaged to exist mendous crash of pottery, which fell on the tiles, sleps, and between the Ithaca of bis time and that of the port. But Strabo, pavements in every direction. The bells of the numerous

who was an uncommonly accurate observer with respect 10 churches commenced a most discordant jingle; colours were hoisted on every mast in the port, and a general shout of joj misled by his informers on many occasions.

countries surveyed by himself, appears to have been wrelchedly announced some great event. Our host informed us that the

"Thal Strabo had never visited this country is evident, not seast of the Ascension was annually commemorated in this only from his inaccurate account of it, but from his citation manner at Bathi, the populace exclaiming avestné Xpistós, or Apollodorus and Scepsius, whose relations are in direct opáin Oivos ecos, Cbrist is risen, the true God."

position to each other on the subject of Ithaca, as will be demonIn another passage he continues this account, as strated on a sulure opportunity." follows:-“In the evening of the festival, the inha- We must, however, observer that “demonstra

tion” is a strong term. In his description of the “Have-with-you lo the House of Ulysses,” as the Leucadian Promontory (of which we have a pleas-present. With Homer in his pocket, and Gell on ing representation in the plale), the author re- his sumpter-horse or mule, the Odyssean tourist marks that it is “celebrated for the leap of Sap. may now make a very classical and delightful ex pho, and the death of Artemisia.” From this va- cursion; and we doubt not that the advantages acriety in the expression, a reader would hardly con- cruing to the Ithacenses, from the increased numceive that both the ladies perished in the same man-ber of travellers who will visit them in consequence ner: in fact, the sentence is as proper as it woulil of Mr. Gell's account of their country, will induce be to talk of the decapitation of Russell, and the them to confer on that gentleman any heraldic bodeath of Sidney. The view from this promontory nours which they may have to beslow, should be includes the island of Corfu; and the name suç ever look in upon them again.-Baron Bathi gests to Mr. Gell the followiny note, which, though would be a pretty title:rither irrelevant, is of a curious nature, and we "Hoc Ithacus velit, et magno mercentur Atridæ."-VIRCIL. therefore conclude our citations by transcribing it: For ourselves, we confess that all our old Grecian

" It has been generally supposed that Corsu, or Corcyra, was feclings would be alive on approaching the founthe Phæacia of Homer; but Sir Henry Englefield thinks the tain of Melainudros, where, as the tradition position of that island inconsistent with the voyage of Ulysses, as described in the Odyssey. That gentleman has also observed runs, or as the priests relate, Homer was restored a number of such remarkable coincidences between the courts lo sight. of Alcinous and Solomon, that they may be thought curious We now come to the “Grecian Patterson," or and interesting. Homer was familiar with the names of Tyre, Sidon, and Egypt; and, as he lived about the time of “Cary,” which Mr. Gell has begun lo publish; and Solomon, it would not have been extraordinary if he had intro- really he has carried the epic rule of concealing duced some account of the magnificence of that prince into his the person of the author to as great a length as poem. As Solomon was famous for wisdom, so the name of either of the above-mentioned heroes of itinerary Alcinous signifies strength of knowledge; as the gardens of So-writ. We hear nothing of his “hair breadih lomon were celebrated, so are those of Alcinous (Od. 7. 112); as the kingdom of Solomon was distinguished by iwelve tribes 'scapes” by sea or land; and we do not even know, under twelve princes (I Kings, ch. 4', so that of Alcinous (Od. 8. for the greater part of his journey through Argolis, 590) was ruled by an equal number; as the throne of Solomon whether he relates what he has seen or what he has was supported by lions of gold (1 Kings, ch. 10), so that of Alcinous was placed on dogs of silver and gold (Od. 7. 91); as the heard. From other parts of the book, we find ibe flerts of Solomon were famous, so were those of Alcidous. It is former to be the case: but, though there have been perhaps worthy of remark, that Neptune sate on the mountains tourists and “strangers” in other countries, who of the Solymi, as he returned from Alhiopia to Ægæ, while be have kindly permitted their readers to learn rather raised the tempest which threw Ulysses on the coast of Phæacia; and that the solymi of Pamphylia are very considerably distanı too much of their sweet selves, yet it is possible to from the route. The suspicious character, also, which Nausicaa carry delicacy, or cautious silence, or whatever in attribules 10 her countryinan agrees precisely with that which may be called, to the contrary extreme. We think the Greeks and Romans gave the Jews."

that Mr. Gell has fallen into this error, so opposite The seventh chapter contains a description of thr monastery of Kathara, and several adjacent places. indeed, to be told what a man bas eaten for din

to that of his numerous brethren. It is offensive, The eighth, among other curiosities, fixes on an imaginary site for the farm of Laertes : but this is but we like to know that there is a being yet living

ner, or how pathetic he was on certain occasions : the agony of conjecture indeed !-and the ninth

who describes the scenes to which he introduces chapter mentions another monastery, and a rock still called the School of Homer. Some sepulchral

us; and that it is not a mere translation from Strabo

or Pausanias which we are reading, or a cominscriptions of a very simple nature are included. The tenth and last chapter brings us round to the mentary on those authors. This reflection leads

us to the concluding remark in Mr. Gell's preface port of Schænus, near Bathi; after we have completed, seemingly in a very minute and accurate (by much the most interesting part of his hook) to

bis Itinerary of Greece, in whieh he thus expresses manner, the tour of the island.

himself:We can certainly recommend a perusal of this volume to every lover of classical scene and story.

“The confusion of the modern with the ancient names of If we may indulge the pleasing belief that Homer places in this volume is absolutely unavoidable; they are, how

mentioned in such a manuer, that the reader will soon sang of a real kingdom, and that Ulysses governed be accustomed to the indiscriminate use of them. The necesit, though we discern many feeblelinks in Mr.Gell's sily of applying the ancient appellations to the different roules chain of evidence, we are on the whole induced to will be evident, from the total ignorance of the public on the

subject of the modern names, which, having never appeared in fancy that this is the Ithaca of the hard and of the prini, are only known to the few individuals who have visited monarch. At all events, Mr. Gell has enabled ine country. every future traveller to form a clearer judgment

"What could appear less intelligible to the reader, or less on the question than he could have established io kuichukmadi, from thence to Krabata lo Schænochorio, and

useful lu the traveller, than a route from Chione and Zaraeca without such * Vade-mecum 10 lthaca,” or a by the mills of Peali; while every one is in some degree ac


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