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From kindred cocks, when robb'd of life,
     How wide the fate we boast!
Their chisel is the carving-knife,
     Their bed, a bed of toast;
Whilst Chantrey's hand, by which we fell,
     Of magic power possessed,
Bids us—our wondrous tale to tell—
     On marble bed to rest.

Sir Hussey Vivian, Master-General of Ordnance.

These are pleasant and humorous.

In sport immortal as in art,
     Chantrey is gifted to outgo
All others; 'tis his happy part
     To double all that they can do.

I was told that these last verses were pronounced very good by a company of Cantabs at Sir Francis Chantrey's table. I am not of that opinion.

I hope these may please you and my friends, particularly Felton, as much as they have me; though, perhaps, they strike me more as I am on the spot of the achievement, and in view of the marble tablet. As I have walked down that glorious gallery and suite of apartments, and looked on the lifelike marble and the breathing canvas, I have had you in my mind, and observed for you,—‘spirits twain have passed with me.’

The term is commencing at Westminster Hall, and I must renounce these things to plunge again into the haunts of the law. I go to London to-morrow, leaving a most brilliant company which is now assembling at this favored seat.

As ever, affectionately yours,

P. S. I hope Felton did not burn my letter recounting my Guy Mannering adventures in the Highlands before you read it. I think William Story will be pleased by this woodcock episode.

[Professor Felton wrote six inscriptions in Greek (see post, letter of March 1, 1839), which Sumner sent to Lord Leicester, one of which was the following:—

οἵηπερ Νιόβης μοίρη τοιήδε καὶ ἡμῖν
ἐστιν ὀιζυροῖς καὶ μακάρεσσιν δμοῦ
ἡμεῖς γὰρ θάνομεν Χαντροῖο βέλεσσι δαμέντες,
κἀν λίθῳ ἀθανάτους αὐτὸς ἔθηκε πάλιν.

It is thus translated by Mr. Muirhead, the compiler of the ‘Winged Words on Chantrey's Woodcocks,’ p. 37:—

Happy at once and miserable, we
Seem to partake the fate of Niobe;
For, perishing by Chantrey's dart, we die,
And in his marble live immortally.<]

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