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uniformly operated upon the whole congregation, either MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.

as an infection, or in the light of a joke. In both of which views it was equally fatal, even to the most la

boured and best reasoned passages in my sermon. How. RECOLLECTIONS OF A PARSONAGE.

cver elevated my flight, or animated my action, no fowl. A CLERGYMAN'S CONFESSIONS.

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and life, than this unerring and deadly yawn did upon It has often occurred to me, in reflecting upon the To add to my mortification and disconcertion, I experience of my past life, that it might contribute in

was compelled to perceive that it was emitted by one of some measure to the promotion of a mighty object, were my own elders, a person of singular good sense and clergymen to give to the world a sketch of their clerical good feeling, on religious subjects in particular. labours,—detailing faithfully such errors and 'mistakes As my original stock of sermons had been composed as have been corrected by experience, with the methods on what is called the moral plan, and according to those which have proved most effectual in furthering the great rules and that practice which colleges and halls are object of all preaching--the spiritual improvement and calculated to enforce and exhibit, and as their general comforting of the people under their ministry; There aspect was argument and reasoning a kind of gladiator. are many aged and experienced clergymen, who, from ship in which the triumph and victory was sure to revarious causes, would wish to avoid, and do conse- main with him who not only originated, but modified quently avoid, the publicity of a regular and separate the combat I bethought me now of changing my plan, publication, who might, notwithstanding, be induced, and, instead of the argumentative, introducing the pain a respectable periodical, to present to young preach thetic into my discourses. The whole book of Job, ers in particular, those results to which the weekly and with the Lamentations of Jeremiah, was laid under conregular discharge of clerical duty has conducted them. tribution for pathetic texts, and high and glowing picAnd as no one better qualified has hitherto come for- tures were drawn on all sorts of subjects which admit: ward, I shall dedicate a few paragraphs to the subject, ted of feeling appeals. The imagination was enlisted rather by way of a provocative to others, than as any in this warfare with the feelings, and instances of misery thing like a fair specimen.

and suffering were dragged from every-day life, to At the time of my ordination, I was possessed of some witness to the truth and the power of Scriptural intima. eighteen or twenty'sermons, which, at the rate of two tions. But all would not do ; though the congregation discourses per Sabbath, was provision for nine or ten manifestly increased in number, the dreadful, unconweeks. These sermons I read as distinctly and empha- trollable" yawn” continued as regular as the sun's tically as I could ; but after the novelty had subsided, ascension to his one-o'clock station in the heavens. I observed, with a degree of disappointment, which What was now to be done ? Vanity, self-conceit, be

taught me to disguise, that my congregation was sides all the more legitimate sisterhood of duty, honeither so numerous nor so attentive as I could have nour, usefulness, and popularity, urged an onward movewished. I endeavoured to soothe my real disappointment another effortoio accomplish that upon which ment, in the studied praises of a few personal friends, my happiness as a man, as well as my respectability as and in the insinuations, that my congregation were by a Christian, depended. no means a proper jury upon the merits of a well-writ. Shall I undergo the imputation of "religiosum neten sermon,- forgetful, as I was at the time, and fear. fas”-of fanaticism !--if I here state, that on my knees, fully so, that the great mass of the people, in order to and beneath the outspreading of an ancient oak, on a be instructed, must first be pleased, and that the praise Sabbath afternoon, I first received the impression that of the more lettered minority on such occasions is real there was something wrong—if not in the doctrines and merited censure. Oh! how often do we preach at which I preached, at least in my method of stating and the front seat in the gallery, and over the heads of nine- enforcing them. I preached against every vice,-I en. tenths of the people below, whilst the more learned or forced every virtue, steeped my exliortations in all intellectual individual, at whose praise we are aiming, the oil of feeling, -arrayed them in all the sparkle of is in no sensible measure influenced, or capable of be- simile, in all the force of argument,--yet still they were ing influenced, by any preaching whatever. How long comparatively inefficient. I read over my Bible anex, I might have continued this disgraceful practice, I and, in particular, the Epistles of Paul; the scales seemcannot even guess, had not laziness, the mother of in. ed to fall from my eyes. I had all along been putting, vention, (vide steam !) together with shame, the parent inadvertently, the cart before the horse. J had been at times of virtue and reformation, come in to my aid. exhorting the blind to see the dead to feel,—the lame Dly stock of written, and, as I deemed, well-composed to run, the deaf to hear, and my exhortations had ter. sermons, came at last to a close, in the course of the minated in-nothing. In looking around me, I saw that delivery of which I had contrived to conjure up, from the labours of many ministers, whose talents and acquire. the depths of apathy and listlessness around me, a most ments were by no means of a superior cast, were not only reproachful and regularly returning “yawn.” To this acceptable, but highly useful,-that their churches were yawn,”

,” however, with the circumstance before alluded well filled, and their hearers delighted with their ministo, I owe my future usefulness as a preacher of the Gos- try. In looking inwards, I could not but feel, that to pel. Such are the means by which good is extracted exhort to obedience, without pointing to the means, from evil, and God's wisdom is manifested even by the was little less than an insult, or an absurdity. I im. perversities of our nature. Had this inanifestation of mediately threw aside my pen, my papers, my argu. weariness and inattention been one of those silent with ments, my pathetic addresses ; and, with the Bible doc. drawings of the under from the upper jaw-accompa- trine of " DIVINE AID " to be sought and to be im. nied, as in the instance of a dog, with a half-suppressed pated, ere one movement can be made advantageously guttural note I believe that it might have failed of its in the Christian travel, I reached at once the source of effect; or had it even been one of those ordinary drawls, the evil,marrested attention,m-clothed my pulpit stairs which are immediately succeeded by a snuff, and an with red mantles and grey hairs,-filled the church effort to shake the soul into attention, I might have im- from door to door,-and, as an erperimentum crucis, puted it to the weakness of our common nature ; but it almost immediately silenced my yawning auditors. was such a yawn as one might be supposed to give, if So far my experience goes; and with a word or two of condemned to wear out a sixty years' imprisonment in inference, I shall conclude. a dungeon,-so long, so loud, and so rounded off, with The doctrines of the Cross, taken in their broadest and a dying cadence of “ a woe verging on despair," that it, most evangelical sense, are the only doctrines which,

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being suited to the exigencies of our nature, will, or can popular addresses, is infinitely more compatible with be useful. You may reason, but the people sleep.Or, extempore than with preconceived language. To what if awake, the argument is either misapprehended or soon does Dr Chalmers owe nine-tenths of his popularity, but forgotten. You may make moving appeals to the feel. to his furious and overwhelming earnestness,—to the ings ; but the iron taken from the furnace does not, swelling features the hoarse intonations, the convul. with greater certainty, harden into steel, than does the sive graspings,-the onward, upward, sidelong, gracenatural heart under such temporary and evanescent ex. less movements, the all that indicates to every child in citement. You may give new meanings to old words, the passage, and every gazer in the doorway, that the and discover great critical talent and taste in your dis speaker is completely in earnest,—that, as with the comquisitions, but the hard-wrought artizan will not ap- batants at Thrasymene, even an earthquake would pass preciate your labours. Whenever, however, you take under him unnoticed, whilst he is grasping and throt. up the doctrine of exposition, and hold up to his view a tling his subject? But if Chalmers, all powerful as picture of himself, such as he is compelled to recognise, he is, even under the disadvantage of close and pertinain all his native incapability and deformity, you have a cious reading, were to disengage himself from the Bible hold of his attention, and through that grasp you may and the cushion, and to stand forward in the pulpit as drag him, or, more probably, draw him, from darkness he does in public meetings and assemblies, how much unto light from the power and dominion of sin, to the would be added to his gigantic stature, and how irre. power and the privileges and the freedom of the sons of sistible would be that earnestness, which was cramped God.

and hampered by no reference to pre-expressed similes There is an advantage, too, in country congregations and pre-traced characters ! in particular, in extempore language. The speaker Let every young preacher, then, be an evangelical thus, and thus only, identifies himself with his hearers. preacher ; and, should his lot be in the country, let him In proportion as he acts upon them, they act upon him carefully study his text, attune his whole soul to the in return. In the act and the attitude of one who is spirit and importance of his subject, and then, in the counselling from the heart the hearts around bim, the faith that utterance will be given, let him utter boldly, speaker feels an expansiveness of soul, and a facility, a earnestly-and he will thus utter successfully-the mesrichness, a warmth, and even an elevation of expression, sage of God to man.

T. G. which, in the solitude of his closet, he would never have attained. He feels that he is placed at the helm, and that whilst the ship advances under his control, he him.

THE ENGLISH LADY. self is borne along in the very act of directing. Extempore language is, of all others, the best suited to a coun. try congregation; its very redundancies and inaccuracies I HAD gone one evening with my old friend, the Mi. render it so much the fitter vehicle for conveying a last- nister of Glenfinnan, to visit some of his parishioners. ing impression. The great error of written sermons is, It was a summer evening, and the breeze swept past, their accuracy and freedom from redundancies and re- balmy with the odours of the birch trees and the moun. petitions." Gutta cavat lapidem.” When the same tain heather. In the midst of that romantic solitude idea is repeated again and again, under various and stood a cottage, the tasteful simplicity of which corre. shifting aspects, as is generally the case in extempore sponded well with the wild and interesting scenery. addresses, the hearer's attention is not only arrested, but “ That cottage,” said my friend, " was once the refixed, upon the subject of discussion. In approaching sidence of no common men. It was in the winter of 17to the edifice, he has various peeps from various open that two brothers came to dwell in it; their names, their ings in the winding avenue. Now the frontway bursts rank, were alike a mystery. They called themselves upon his view from the left--now upon the right now | Fitz Clare ; but it was understood that such was not it moves away, and seems to lose itself amidst the trees their real designation, and the rustic dwellers of the on the one hand, and now amidst the gardens and the glen knew too little of names or heraldry to have felt shrubberies on the other,_and long ere the visitor has interested in the matter. I, however, felt a deep and alighted at the portal, his imagination has compassed, searching interest ; for the bearing of these two brothers and his memory has stored up, the various aspects which was noble and commanding. They wore the Highland the edifice presents. It is no longer to him the naked dress they were inseparable-shunned all social interand upassociated outline of a simple building, but has so course, and sought only the society of each other. When mixed and mingled itself with situation and sunshine they walked together in our lonely glens, with their black -with light and shade--with tree, garden, park, and plumes mingling with their blacker hair, they looked shrubbery, that any one of these associations will in- as though they had been born to sceptres. stantly recall the whole.

“ There came with them a fair and dying girl. The If this illustration apply to extempore addresses in tie which bound her to their fortunes was, like all con. general, it is peculiarly appropriate in evangelical preach. nected with them, mysterious and unknown. A wife ing. There is a richness and a latitude in gospel she was not; and even though the name of the English doctrine, and gospel imagery, and gospel feeling, pecu- maiden had not differed from that of the brothers, her liarly adapted to amplification and illustration. The southern accents would have told she was the native of naked and definite virtues and vices present to the eye another land, whilst the Fitz Clares were evidently of of the orator a sharp and a distinct outline. There is Scottish birth. And yet the breath of censure could not no blending or shading-no hovering indistinctness on have lighted on the pure and gentle creature; and when she the confines of each ; but the Mount and the Temple wandered among our woods, in her melancholy beauty, of Zion are softened and sublimed on the eye, by the the rustic turned aside from his path that he might not descending radiance of unseen divinity. It is impossible disturb the English lady.' Every Sabbath she came, to contemplate them without feeling that all the sur leaning on the arm of the elder Fitz Clare, and humbly rounding landscape is hallowed by their presence, and seated herself in the house of God. I never shall forget that the points from which they may be viewed, and the her, as she sat there in her pale loveliness, with her lights under which they may be seen, are numerous, calm eyes raised to the heaven to which she was hastenvaried, and striking. It is not possible to touch a string ing. Sometimes I thought, when I saw her of a Sab. in the mighty harp of Revelation which does not awaken bath morning, that a healthier bloom was beginning to another and another-till the whole instrument be at glow upon her cheek. Alas! that bloom was but the tuned into harmony and corroborative intonation. Ear. fearful brightness of disease. Summer passed away, nestness, too, that first, second, and third thing in all and autumn came; and not so fast did the yellow leaves

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the branches, as faded the face of the fair Eng. But wretched is he whose career is in blindness, lish girl.

Who joins hands with hatred, and battles with kindness; “ åt last, I was one evening called hurriedly to the cot. Who, keenly alive to a fine sense of pleasure, tage of the strangers, and I was led to the chamber of Abandons the cup of delight for a meaşure the lady. She lay upon a couch, supported by pillows;

Of poison most foul ! and it was evident that the hand of death was heavy upon her. The elder of the brothers leaned against the Add such have I been, but too long, to my sorrow; bed; his face was hidden by his hands, and by the dark I've done that to-day which I wept for to-morrow; masses of his black and disordered hair; but the convul. Still loving the right, and the wrong still pursuing, sive groans that shook his giant strength betrayed the Making vows to be wise, and yet madly renewing agony of his sorrow. The younger brother, too, was in

Old follies again. the room, but his grief was quieter and more composed. I have dreams I have dreams by these dull midnight * You must now leave me,' said the dying sufferer,

embers, extending to each of the young men a fair pale hand. The younger pressed his lips otten and fondly on that of things which my soul with reluctance remembers little hand, but the elder threw himself passionately upon of dear household scenes, where at morn, droopingthe couch, and flooded her face with his tears.

hearted, must go, my beloved,' she softly whispered, else time With eyes raining tears, in my boyhood I parted will not be allowed me to reveal'

From friends now no more. · Yes ! yes ! interrupted the young man,

it must be so indeed ;' and imprinting one more frantic kiss Their seats are all empty-it were vain to deplore them;

Yet I wish that dark fate for one hour would restore upon her pale brow, he rushed from the apartment.

them, “ The lady turned her eyes after him with a long and eager gaze; then, with a strong effort, raised herself upon Until from his lips whom those kind ones loved dearly, the pillow, and looked wistfully upon my face, as though They heard his heart's grief that he ever severely she would fain have made me the hearer of some melan.

Their fond bosoms pain'd. choly tale. The struggle was vain—no sound passed that wish is opposed by the justice of Heaven ;forth from her dying lips—the darkness of death was al; 'Tis right man should suffer before he's forgiven; ready on her brow, and her sweet eye had become glazed And o ! never dagger cut keener or deeper

, and heavy. Once I thought I heard her murmur, · My babe-my fair darling. But I know 110t; for the sounds Than useless regret o'er the poor silent sleeper were low and broken. I bent more closely over her ; but

We've injured and loved ! it was too late, her lips moved no longer,-and ere II see through the lattice the stars dimly gleamingcould leave her side, she was a corpse.

Blest beacons of hope o'er a troubled sea beaming“ When I told the melancholy event to the two bro- I turn from their light to the being that made them, thers, the younger bent his head, and said, • It is the And pray that the beauty in which he array'd them will of God;' but the elder fell down in a fit, like a weak woman, at my side. We placed him on a couch,

May one day be mine! and I opened a vein, and then left him to his brother's care. Thou knowst- unknown ! --whom to name can we

“When I next saw the strangers, it was at the burial of the fair creature they had lost. The brow of the Who art what thou art-hast been stills halt be everelder brother had assumed an air of stern and hopeless Thau know'st that thy creature, now humbled before thee, desolation ; and when he heard the earth rattle on the With his weak human sense doth sincerely adore the coffin, the blood gushed from his mouth and nostrils.

Then hear him!- hear! On the following morning they had left the glen ; and now, the only remembrance of those mysterious people O hear him! -now hear him, while the fire of his spirit is the green grave of the English lady.'

Is undimm'd by the curse all are born to inherit!
GENEVIEVE.

And grant that, unmoved by life's joy or life's sorrow,
Man's smile or man's frown, he may act on the morrow

The thoughts of to-night.
ORIGINAL POETRY.

I ask not for riches

for power I care not

To win them as most mortals win them, I dare not THOUGHTS AT MIDNIGHT.

And the fame that I covet, I'll never here know it By William Kennedy, Author of Fitful Fancies," fc. I may not deserve it-you cannot bestow it,

Blind brothers of clay!
Arthis hour, while the toil-worn husbandman sleepeth-
While Guilt wildly revels, and Woe darkly weepeth-

But guide me, O God ! in a course still improving ! In my pale midnight watch would I humbly address As this orb round the sun, in thy light always moving ; thee,

And let nought unholy arise to conceal thee Beseech thy forgiveness, and fervidly bless thee, From him who, whenever he ceases to feel thee, My father !-My God!

Contentment hath none.

May my life-time glide on as these night-sands are going, My years are not many--my sins without number I have walk'd in a dream, now I wake from my slumber, O my soul, be thy waters still pure as they now are !

To eternity's ocean, a quiet stream flowing ; And look on the part in the past whieh I've borne,

Still bless'd-lest they wander-0 Lord ! with thy As a travel-svil'd garment in weariness worn, And thrown off at eve.

power

To turn them to thee! How happy are they who can find, in reflection, Then I'll grasp thy cold hand, mystic Death! as the hoary Nothought that cries, Shame ! no abhorr'd recollection; High-priest of a temple with clouds on its glory; Whose days shed the light of tranquillity round them, And though in the portal the pilgrim may falter, To cheer and support when the world has bound them He'll forward with joy when he thinks of the altar With soul-galling chains

Bright burning within!

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To gaze upon thee there,
My lofty thoughts in vain have striven

With terrible despair ;
My love, my whole affections stay
Deep centred in thy wasting clay.
And yet I call to mind the time

When we would fondly speak
Of living in another clime

Than earth's, so dark and bleakAnd in my mind I feel once more, The struggle from the earth to soar.

Ah! son âme est donc ravie;

Il est mort !
Il ne verra plus Julie,?
Ni son aimée patrie:-
Tout m'est obscur en vie ;
Plains mon sort !

LORMA.

LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

But 'tis in vain-'tis like the frail

Convulsions of the bird,
Stretch'd, sorely wounded, in the vale,

Its flutterings unheard,
In vain it wildly shakes its wing,
It cannot from the ground upspring.
And yet-and yet I know this black

And awful fit will fly,
And let my struggling spirit back

To look inspired on high,
Where greatly blest abidest thou-

But ah! I cannot do it now,
Glasgow.

REAY MORDEN ; and VALERIE, OR THE CITADEL OF THE LAKE.-Copies of these works, which have just issued, or are about to issue from the Edinburgh Press, reached us too late in the week to appear among our literary notices to-day, but we hope to do justice to both next Saturday. The first is a Novel in three volumes, and the second a Poem in two. They are the primitiæ of two authors who have not hitherto been before the public.

ORGANS AND PRESBYTERIANS-The discussion excited on this subject does not seem likely soon to lose its interest. Besides the pamphlet by CLERICUS, which we reviewed some weeks ago, two others are shortly to appear. The one entitled, “ Observations on the Use of Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of God, addressed to the people of Scotland in general, and to the Members of the Relief Synod in particular ; by a Presbyterian." The other, “ An Apology for Instrumental Music in Churches," which we understand will be from the pen of the Rev. Mr Ander. son of Glasgow, one of the Relief Clergymen in that city,

The Editor of the Elgin Courier announces a new monthly Miscellany, to be called the “ ELGIN LITERARY MAGAZINE." Each Number is to contain 36 closely printed 12mo pages, and is to cost only 6d.

Mr Colburn has announced a New Weekly Paper, the first number of which is to appear next Saturday, to be called “The COURT JOURNAL." Its pages are to furnish a mingled record and review of all matters and events, (political subjects alone excepted,) which are calculated to interest that class of readers who come within what is understood by the “ Court Circle." This may seem to be an interference with the peculiar province of the Morning Post, and one or two other fashionable newspapers; but

SOOTCH AND ENGLISH SONGS FRENCHIFIED.

IV.--Ye Banks and Braes o' bonnie Doon.
Rivage émaillé,

doux côteaux,
Ne montrez plus votre allégresse !
Ne chantez plus, petits oiseaux,
Ayez égard à ma tristesse !

it is in the hands of a spirited publisher, and we shall see how he ment that such a spirit should squander its strength on Italian gets on.

and Spaniards, and leave so many scenes of homebred joy, and The Second volume of Mr Tytler's History of Scotland is an

humour, and seriousness, unembodied. Why should he teet nounced for the 25th of this month. This volume brings down

abroad for what he can find in abundance at home? Every vil the History to the Accession of the House of Stewart; and con- lage abounds with character ; every glen has its little coterie of

peasants and politicians: the rustic at the plough, the shepherd tains an enquiry into the condition of the people of Scotland, in

on the hill, the weaver at his loom, and the blacksmith in his those early times.

We are informed that Moore has a new musical work in a state forge, are all characters, after their kind, modified by circumof considerable forwardness, which he designates, "Legendary joyments, the rustic delights, the amusing absurdities, and hare

stances and education. To one acquainted with the fireside eBallads." Many of the old melodies are selected by himself, and

less follies, of the agricultural population of the island, a thaa. others supplied and harmonized by Sir John Stevenson, his old

sand pictures present themselves, emblazoned with the original friend and coadjutor. Mr Sheridan Knowles' “ Alfred" is still in the hands of the Com full of images of grace and beauty; and the songs of Scotland

spirit and feeling of Old England. Our national poetry, too, is mittee of Drury Lane, who paid him, some time ago, three hun

alone contain more scenes of a domestic and chivalrous nature dred guineas for the MS., which the present lessee refuses to give.

than the whole Royal Academy could embody in a century. The Management of Covent Garden have expressed their willingness to pay the sum ; but this offer the Drury Lane Committee Edinburgh, on the 6th instant, the Keith Medal, which had been

ROYAL SOCIETY.-At the last meeting of the Royal Society of have declined.

adjudged to Dr Brewster, was delivered. The late Alexa Sir HUMPHREY Davy.-Sir Humphrey Davy's death was an

der Keith, Esq. of Dunnottar, conveyed the sum of one thou nounced officially at a recent meeting of the French Institute; but later intelligence has reached this country from Rome, by which

sand pounds to trustees, to be applied in the manner which we learn that this eminent individual is not only still in the land

they should think best to promote scientific improvements

The trustees having had the approbation of Mr Keith, pre of the living, but that his health is improving so much as to afford fair hopes of his ultimate recovery.

sented six hundred pounds to the President and Council of the The first number of an Irish Catholic Magazine, with themotto

Royal Society of Edinburgh, as an unalienable fund, the intr

rest of which, for two successive years, should be given as a “Happy homes and altars free!" has just been published in

prize to the author of the most important discovery in science Cork. In the Subaltern's forthcoming volume of Tales of a Chelsea municated, for the first time, to the Royal Society of Edinburgh,

made during the same period, in any part of the world; but com. Pensioner, there are six Tales,--The Gentle Recruit,

-A Day on

and afterwards published in their Transactions. Some time ago, the Neutral Ground, -Saratoga.-Marda,-A Pyrenean Adventure, -and The Rivals. The work will appear speedily.

the prize for the first biennial period was awarded by the councii MEETING OF FENCERS.-This elegant and gentlemanly exhi

to Dr Brewster. The prize, consisting, agreeably to the terms of bition, which is got up annually,

with much
taste, by Mr Roland, donation, of a gold medal, and a handsome piece of plate, was de

livered to Dr Brewster, by Dr Hope, V.P.R.S.E., at the meeting takes place in the Assembly Rooms next Saturday, when the combined influences of music and bright eyes will no doubt excite the

of the Society, held in their Hall on the 6th current. Dr Hope Artistes to the most brilliant feats of arms.

theu stated, that the discovery for which the prize was awarded,

was that of two new fluids existing in minute cavities in the inteMURRAY'S Concert.-We were glad to perceive that Mr Mur

rior of the crystals of several different minerals. ray's Concert-room, on Tuesday evening last, was filled to over.

Theatrical Gossip.—The Coburg, Sadler's Wells, the Surrey, flowing. As a violinist, Mr Murray is not more distinguished for and the Adelphi, have brought their winter season to a close, but delicacy and expression, than for fire and force of execution. are soon to re-open. Ducrow is at Astley's, and as wonderful as Compositions which seem to have been intended to baffle all hu- ever. Easter spectacles are about to be produced at both the large man fiddle-sticks are to him a mere pastime, and Mayseder or Bal- houses. Kean has been performing in Cork. We do ponder liot present to him no greater difficulties than he would find in a that he has not been brought here. We have had Miss F. H. Scotch strathspey or Irish jig. We mentioned last Saturday that Kelly for four nights, in whose praise we cannot say much. She Miss Inverarity was to sing for the first time in public at this con- is to be succeeded on Monday by T. P. Cooke-the sailor, and cert. We were much pleased with her debut ; she has a rich and the monster.-The young lady we mentioned in our last, made powerful voice, with which, after a little more cultivation and her debut in the part of Rosina on Tuesday. She is pretty, and ! study, she may accomplish great things.

has a sweet clear voice; but, from her inexperience and apparent DAVID WILKIR.-(From the Oxford Literary Gazette.)-The timidity, it is impossible yet to decide as to her abilities. Her genius of Wilkie is at once original and national. The tranquil, chief fault seems to be a want of animation; and we think it right and searching, and sarcastic spirit of the North is visible in all to say, that if she aspires to the premier role here, she has stil his compositions. He seldom rises into the region of poetry; and

great deal to learn.- Alexander is to open the Caledonian Theatre has no visions of angels ascending and descending. His heart

for a month next Wednesday. and hand are with domestic life; and in scenes of household hap

WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES. piness or sorrow he is unrivalled. He has the excellence of the Dutch school, without its occasional grossness; and he has added

April 11-17. a tenderness and pathos of his own, which lift his works into the SAT. The Young Quaker, King and Czar. region of perfect purity and elegance. His delicacy is, indeed, Mon. Romeo and Juliet, & Bottle Imp. remarkable; not the delicacy alone which eludes what is offen- Tues. Point of Honour, Personation, & Rosina. sive to modesty, but that nice perception of character, which Wed. Jane Shore, Day after the Wedding, & Do. avoids'whatever is broad, staring, and outre. His genius seems THUR. Jealous Wife, 4 Valeria. akin to that of Allan Ramsay; and he has the same graphic taste, FRI. Theatre closed. and the same skill in delineating ordinary life, which distinguished the author of the Gentle Shepherd; while the freedom of his touches, and the fascination of his grouping, remind us of Bums.

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. On all his early compositions, his native land is impressed very

The Ettrick Shepherd requests us to mention on what subject

we should like his next communication to be. All we can say is, legibly; and we love him for it.-Since Wilkic painted his first

that with the genius he brings to bear upon every subject, we do pictures, he has travelled in France and Italy, in Germany and not think he can go wrong. Let it be grave or gay-verse or Spain; and the character of his later works bears evidence of fo- prose-just as the mood is on him. The great rule we should like reign lands. He has painted Pilgrims at Rome, and Patriots in

him to attend to is, that the sooner he favours us the better.

We shall be glad to receive the Botanical and Medical Notices Spain ; and had he not done such wonders before, we would have

which have been obligingly offered us. The article by " A welcomed his new productions and his change of style, as we wish Northern Correspondent" will appear as soon as we can find to welcome all the works of our benefactors. But we think on room for it.-A review of Dr Memes's “ History of the Fino the Blind Fiddler, on the Village Politicians, on the Rent Day,

Arts" in our next.-"R. T. T." of Glasgow makes some suggesor on the Reading the Waterloo Gazette; and the Washing the

tions by which we may profit. The autographs we promised some

time ago will be delivered with an early Number of the JOCRXAL Feet of Male or Female Pilgrims, the Hymn to our Lady, the In our next, a scene translated from the Wallenstein's Camp of Siege of Saragossa, and the Patriot's Council of War, fade away Schiller. before them. Yet there is great beauty of grouping, and nice

We are much pleased with " The Auld Beggar Man," but sense of character, and the most exquisite simplicity, and rich

should like to know a little more of its history. There is good depth of colour, in these compositions, and we are not sure that promise in "A Scene at Sea,” by "L." of Greenock.-We regret

that the Lines by " W. A," the Verses “ On Spring," and "The they are not the best of his works. But our heart is so intensely Song of the Spirit," will not suit us. national, that we cannot feel their beauty as we ought. We la- Our London Letter of this week is unavoidably postponed.

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