This Bacchus was found in Scripture.
The Indian Bacchus is glowing; he is the genial apprehensive power; the glow of existence; mere joy.
Venus was Grecian womanhood, instinctive; Diana, chastity; Mars, Grecian manhood, instinctive.
Venus made the name for a conversation on Beauty, which was extended thrVenus made the name for a conversation on Beauty, which was extended through four meetings, as it brought in irresistibly the related topics of poetry, genius, and taste.
Neptune was Circumstance; Pluto, the Abyss, the Undeveloped; Pan, the glow and sportiveness and music of Nature; Ceres, the productive power of Nature; Proserpine, the Phenomenon.
Under the head of Venus, in the fifth conversationVenus, in the fifth conversation, the story of Cupid and Psyche was told with fitting beauty, by Margaret; and many fine conjectural interpretations suggested from all parts of the room.
The ninth conversation turned on the distinctive qualities of poetry, discriminating it from the other fine arts.
Rhythm and Imagery, it was agreed, were distinctive.
so ill, I can do but little.
to C. S.
Rome, Jan. 12, 1848.—My time in Lombardy and Switzerland was a series of beautiful pictures, dramatic episodes, not without some original life in myself.
When I wrote to you from Como, I had a peaceful season.
I floated on the lake with my graceful Polish countess, hearing her stories of heroic Sorrow; or I walked in the delicious gardens of the villas, with many another summer friend.
Red banners floated, children sang and shouted, the lakes of Venus and Diana glittered in the sun. The pretty girls of Bellaggio, with their coral necklaces, brought flowers to the American countess, and hoped she would be as happy as she deserved.
Whether this cautious wish is fulfilled, I know not, but certainly I left all the glitter of life behind at Como.
My days at Milan were not unmarked.
I have known some happy hours, but they all lead to sorrow; and not only the cups of wine, but of milk, seem drugged with poison for me. It does not seem to be