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On the very morning after that, the farmer came in
WORKS IN TRE Parss.-The following works win, we und with a wild raised look. “Gentlemen,” said he, “get stand, be published speedily by Messrs Oliver and Boyd :your hats_haste ye-an'let us gang an' tak a lang wauk, Tales of Field and Flood, with Sketches of Life at Home, for my mother an' the lasses are on a-scrubbing a whole John Malcolm, Author of "e Scenes of War," « Reminiscences floorfa'o' bottles ; an'as I cam by, I heard her speaking a Campaign in the Pyrenees and South of France," &e. Small 8v about getting the ale bottled the day."
Biographical Sketches and Authentic Anecdotes of Dogs, es hibiting remarkable Instances of the Instinct, Sagacity, and soci. Disposition of this faithful Animal; illustrated by Representation
of the most striking Varieties, and by correct Portraits of cele ORIGINAL PUETRY,
brated or remarkable Dogs, from Drawings chiefly Original. Also a Historical Introduction; and a copious Appendix on the Breed
ing, Feeding, Training, Diseases, and Medical Treatment of Dogs: IT IS NOT LOVE.
together with a Treatise on the Game Laws of Great Britain. By (From an unpublished Romance.)
Captain Thomas Brown, F.R.S.E., &c. Royal 18mo.
The Cook and Housewife's Manual, by Mrs Margaret Dods, of By Thomas Atkinson.
the Cleikum Inn, St Ronan's. Fourth edition, thoroughly revised It is not love-whate'er you say,
and greaty improved. A thick 12mo.
Stories from the History of Scotland, in the manner of Stories Whate'er perhaps I hope too well;
selected from the History of England, by the Rev. Alex. Stewart. O! I have watch'd for many a day,
Second edition, very greatly enlarged; with a Frontispiece and For looks such gladsome news to tell :
Vignette designed by Stothard, and engraved by James Stewart,
Thick 18mo, half-bound. But, as the fire of feeling flash'd
An Epitome of the Game of Whist; consisting of an IntroducAcross a face that's more than fair,
tion to the Mode of Playing and Scoring; the Laws of the Game I felt my inmost pride abash'd,
essentially reformed; and Maxims for Playing, arranged on a new For, O, there was no passion there!
and simple Plan, calculated to give rapid Proficiency to a Player
of the dullest Perception and worst Meinory, By E. M, Arnaud i I know not if he e'er hath read
with a Frontispiece on Wood by Branston, 18mo. The meaning of my trembling true,
DINNER OF THE SCOTTISH ACADEMY.-About a hundred per
sonu sat down to a sumptuous entertainment, given, on Mon. That, when I hear his lightsome tread,
day last, by the directors and members of the Scottish Academy Hath tell-tale been, I fear, to you.
of Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture, in their Exhibition I seek the shade when he is by,
Rooms. The evening was spent in much intellectual and social Lest looks I cannot all control,
enjoyment; and we are happy to inform our readers, that one of
the many well-known literary gentlemen who were present has Or wishes breathed in but a sigh,
furnished us with an interesting paper, which will speedily appear Should tell the secret of my soul.
in the Journal, on the Progress of the Fine Arts in Scotland, sug
gested partly by this occasion. Yet still I doubt he almost fears
BONAPARTE.-A recent French writer says, -" Before the Re. How dear his presence is to me :
volution, Frenchmen chattered everywhere, and about every. He asks not now why wandering tears
thing: but Bonaparte said, 'Silence, gentlemen,' and France was
hushed." Steal to my eyes in hours of glee!
Theatrical Gossip.-In London, the Easter spectacles have been His kindness hath a pitying air ;
drawing to the theatres the spectacle-loving part of the commuAt last adieu, he wore his glove !
nity.-In Edinburgh, T. P. Cooke has been playing his favour0! if 'twould make him shun me, ne'er
ite parts to respectably filled houses. Miss Clarke has performed May he suspect how deep I love !
the part of Diana Vernon once or twice, but not in a style which induces us to hope for very rapid improvement. Other theatri
cal matters are in statu quo. LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES.
April 18–24. It is said that Mr Allan Cunningham's “ Anniversary" is not to be published as an Annual any longer, but is to appear in
SAT. Rob Roy, 4 Rosina. monthly numbers, with beautiful engravings, the first of which Mon. Protean Massaroni, Little Jockey, o' The Pilot, will come out in July. We hope this report is not correct; for Tues, Rob Roy, & Luke the Labourer.. the alteration would be decidedly to the worse.-Mr T. Hood is WED. Presumption, & The Pilot. not to edit " The Gem" for 1830.
THUR. Gordon the Gipsy, The Purse, 4 Rosina. We understand that 6000 copies of the first volume of Mr Mur. FRI. Gordon the Gipsy, Little Jockey, f Luke the Labourer. ray's Family Library were subscribed for the first day, and a second edition is already in the press. One nobleman has subscribed for twenty copies of the whole series, with a view to distribution
TO OUR READERS. in that part of Ireland where his estates are situated.
In a few weeks, the first Volume of The EDINBUROH LITEThe publication of the second part of Mr Atherstone's Fall of RARY JOURNAL will be completed, and our readers will be glad to Nineveh is postponed till the beginning of next publishing sea- learn that an entirely new font of types is preparing for the second
Volume, which, with one or two other improvements, will give An enlarged edition of Boswell's Life of Johnson, with copious the Journal a conspicuously elegant appearance. A Title-page notes, is preparing for the press, by the Right Honourable J. W. and Index will be delivered with the last Nuraber of the present Croker. The work will extend to five volumes, and will appear Volume before next Christmas.
The Life of Archbishop Cranmer is nearly ready, from the pen of Todd, the editor of Johnson's Dictionary.
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS,
Want of room obliges us to delay till next week the Scene
We are requested to state that the lines, signed "W. A.' menfacts.
tioned as “not suiting us in our last, were not by William AnCLIMATE OP ST PETERSBURG. In the streets of the Russian much of a political tendency for our pages. - The book sent us by
derson.-The verses entitled, “ The Noble Duellist," have too Metropolis, it is no unusual thing for one gentleman to accost “Q." has been lying for him at our Publishers for a week.-W. another thus : "Sir, I beg to inform you that your nose is fro
regret that the verses by "J. R. F.," "T. P." and "C.M" will zen;" while the other politely replies, " Sir, I was about to warn
not suit us.
“ Moral and Miscellaneous Essays," No. V., on the Character you that symptoms of mortification have appeared on yours." of Robert Burns," is unavoidably postponed.
consequently, the demand upon the domestic stores of Guatemala becomes greater, a new impetus will be given to the spirit of industry. Under its genial influence,
manufactures must flourish, and science will find ample Narrative of an Official Visit to Guatemala from scope for its operations. Nor are these conclusions de
Merico. By G. A. Thompson, Esq., late Secretary duced from unwarrantable premises. They rest not to his Britannic Majesty's Mexican Commission, and upon the success of conquest. Spain originally trusted Commissioner to report to his Majesty's Government to conquest in effecting her settlements ; and what was on the State of the Central Republic. London. the result? The Spanish invaders, enervated by luxury, John Murray. 1829.
made no endeavours to improve the victory which they
had achieved. On the contrary, they exercised the GUATEMALA occupies a central position between the most intolerant despotism, by reducing the inhabitants Columbian and Mexican Republics. In consequence to bondage, and desolating their territories. In this of the extraordinary variety of its soil and temperature, manner the flame of civil dissension was kindled, the it yields almost all the productions of the frigid, tem. consequences of which were necessarily destructive to perate, and torrid zones. It might have been expected, the stability of the Spanish power. Under no circumthat the importance of such a country, covering a sur, stances, therefore, can conquests be defended, unless in face of nearly seventeen thousand square leagues, and so far as they tend to ameliorate the situation of those lying in the midst of those vast relations which now
over whom they have been obtained. Keeping this exisi, and may hereafter be opened, between the Old and great principle steadily in view, and making those pro. New Worlds, would at once have been fully apprecia- posals which it becomes a humane and liberal nation to ted; and that a description of its natural curiosities, offer, and which it would be justifiable in a free and inpolitical institutions, and commercial superiority, would dependent people to accept, Great Britain may, by estahave held a prominent place in the Journals of our Ame. blishing a permanent intercourse with Guatemala, en, rican topographers. But the peculiar advantages which large her national wealth, and more effcctually secura Guatemala presents to the British government, from its her possessions in the American States. contiguity to that part of the Honduras shore, consti.
The great number of works on America which have tating the colony of Belize, have, somewhat unaccount. been already published, might appear to render the preably, been either altogether overlooked, or sadly under sent “ Narrative " superfluous. Dir Thompson, how. valued, by our capitalists. There might be some pre- ever, was induced to lay it before the public, for the text for such indifference, if these advantages were un purpose of furnishing additional information in regard certain if they could only prove comparatively limited to a portion of these countries which has been least in their effects
or if the acquisition of them would in- known or visited by Europeans. After having nego. terfere with the internal policy of the Guatemalian Re. tiated the Treaty of Mexico, he set off for Guatemala, public, and would consequently excite an antipathy on in order to report to įhis Majesty's government on the its part, detrimental alike to present security and ulti- state of affairs in that republic. The style of Mr mate aggrandizement. But why might not Guatemala Thompson's narrative is extremely perspicuous, and, become as valuable a colony as Buenos Ayres ? The what is of more consequence, it bears the impress of population of both republics is equal. Even the most truth. There are no inflated recitals of " hair-breadth insignificant district in Guatemala is capable of cultiva. 'scapes," calculated to delight a modern Dido or Desdetion. In its numerous towns and villages the resources of mona. We meet with no pedantic detail of geographical trade are rapidly augmenting--a circumstance that would positions, or of mere latitudes and longitudes. llis d:seem to augur favourably for the introduction of the scriptions of scenery, without being tediously minute, more polished arts. Several navigable rivers intersect are generally spirited. If he se!dom displays much the côuntry, which is also fertilized and ornamented scientilic research, there is considerable ability in his with large lakes. If the proposed establishment of a delineations of American customs and manners. Be. water communication between the Pacific and Atlantic ing merely an agreeable narrator of incidents which Oceans, by means of the lake of Nicaragua and the actually occurred, and of scenes which were actually river St Juan, be accomplished, the traffic of Guatemala witnessed, he almost entirely avoids original reasoning, must improve. Viewing its financial affairs, even at and advances uo political theories which deserve the title the present moment, it will be found that they may of novelty. In the absence of such qualities, however, safely bear a comparison with those of Mexico and the his book is instructive, as being alnost the only work neighbouring republics. In short, a finer field cannot illustrative of that part of America through which he be afforded for British enterprise. Lord Bacon, in his travelled. In particular, his Historical and Statistical Novum Organum, compares society to a pillar composed Sketch of Guatemala will be perused with interest. of four parts : agriculture-manufactures commerce- Though such is our general opinion of Mr Thompand science. In Guatemala, the basement of this pillar son's narrative, we occasionally observe passages which has in some measure been laid. When the market with are sufficiently frivolous in themselves, and assuredly Great Britain is more extensively opened, and when, impart little knowledge concerning the South American
Republic. For example, we read of this very remark- ing completed in an expensive style; and another, with. able occurrence :
in fifty yards of it, is being constructed for the use of .“ As I was taking up my reins to continue my route, the convent of Augustin nuns. Another large church, I saw a fawn sporting on a rising ground within ten newly erected at the west end of the city, was opened yards of me. It stamped its foot, advanced, stopped and dedicated to St Teresa on the 29th of May. "The short, frisked, then stopped short again, and stared at rest of the temples devoted to religion, and the nature me. I had mechanically drawn one of my pistols from of their endowments, have been already mentioned in the holsters, and had cocked it, whilst I was witnessing the personal narrative. these maneuvres. The little animal still stood staring “Viewed at a distance, few cities present a more beag. at me, with its large black eyes, innocent and unsus- tiful aspect than this, and internally, though not stri. pecting, and its little black glossy nose and chin perked kingly pleasing, there is nothing in it save a degree of out in impudent defiance. It stamped its foot again, dulness that can excite absolute dislike. Its height above as offering wager of battle, gave another frisk, and the level of the sea is about 1800 feet. The variation darted off. What a fool I was, thought I, why didn't of temperature between the nights and days, so peculiar I pull the trigger? I dashed my spurs into the sides to the high table lands, is not found here; the mean of my little horse, who never wanted that encourage heat, from the 1st of January to the 1st of July, is 75 ment, and was up with my companions in a twinkling." deg.,at night, 63 deg. : in the summer months, the
This magnanimity on the part of the late Secretary average may be taken at 10 degrees higher ;-a mode. to his Britannic Majesty's Mexican commission, is only rate temperature for a city situated such as this is, in rivalled by his amiable deportment on the following oco 14 deg. 28 min. north latitude, and 92 deg. 40 min, west casion:
longitude." - Pp. 465-8. “ In passing down the town of Antigua, I saw two
We could easily give more extracts of a similar de. or three children as they were squatting on the high scription, but rather refer our readers to the work itself, window seats, amusing themselves with their playthings; which will be perused with pleasure and instruction by they poked their little faces through the iron bars of the all who feel interested in the rising prospects of Guatelattice, and I stopped to regard them; their beauty and
mala. innocence had attracted me; but, after gazing at them an instant, I passed on."
Mr Thompson's bump of Philoprogenitiveness is Twelve Dramatic Sketches, founded on the Pastoral probably very large. But as a more favourable speci. Poetry of Scotland. By W. M. Hetherington, A.M. men of his “ Narrative,” we extract his account of Edinburgh. Constable and Co. 1829. SANTIAGO, THE CAPITAL OF GUATEMALA.
DEAR to all our tenderest and purest associations is “Santiago de Guatemala, the capital, stands in the the pastoral poetry of Scotland. We love it the more midst of a large handsome plain, surrounded on all that our native land possesses no Arcadian climate, or sides by sierras of a moderate height, and at the dis- any of the supernumerary luxuries of nature. We love tance of from three to seven leagues. These mountains, it the more because suminer--the season in which pas. which give to the view the whole valley of Mexico in toral poetry is born--bonnily and blithely as it blinks miniature, are not so far off but that the eye may disco. upon our heathery hills and stream-enlivened glens, is ver, through the rectilinear streets, in every direction, with us, nevertheless, a fleeting and a wayward guesh the verdure of the trees with which the surrounding balmy and beautiful in its hour of glee, but coy in its heights are clad, and which, with the sloping meadow approach, and often sudden and hurried in its departure. lands of different hues, affords a refreshing object, form. The pastoral poetry of Greece and Italy is full of the ing, as it were, a screen to the little city which lies in voluptuous serenity of their unchanging skies; whilst the midst, glaring with its white walls, and domes, and ours is of a more chequered and April character, steeples of yessa-cement, in the rays of a tropical sun. “ smiles and showers together.” Is it, therefore, the
“The houses are all built in tropical squares of about less valuable ? Nay, is it not, therefore, a thousand 120 to 160 feet; and sometimes the front of one house times more valuable? Is it not clouds that impart to occupies a whole quadra ; but none of them exceed sunshine more than half its glory? Is it not the gentle eighteen or twenty feet in height; of course they are under-tone of sadness that gives to joy its most refining only of one story--a precaution not so much suggested influence ? The Scottish peasantry are no fabulous and by fear of earthquakes, as enjoined by the old Spanish | ideal race; and it is among themselves that they have law.
found poets to chronicle, in words fervent with the feel. “ The streets are neatly paved, either with common ing and the strength of truth,—the simple joys and stones, or more generally with a grey-streaked marble, griefs that fling their sun-blinks or their shadows across which makes them very slippery, and riding or driving the circumscribed sphere in which they move. Human very dangerous. They slope from each side towards the nature, in whatever guise, is full of interest; it is a centre, along which runs almost perpetually a streamlet great problem which all are anxious to solve, and the of clear water, the edges of which being covered with very highest will stoop to the very lowest in search of verdure, give to the city a picturesque, though deserted an explanation. From the sun blazing in the empyrean, appearance. In some few of the streets there are trot. to the small flower concealed among the grass, the distoirs, particularly in the Plaza, or chief square, where tance, at first sight, hardly seems greater than from the they are covered with a colonnade, extending all round mighty denizen of the high places of the earth, to the the square, excepting on the side occupied by the cathe- lowly cottar far away in his secluded shieling. But there dral ; opposite to this is the palace, with the govern. is a connecting link; for, in the great scheme of creation, ment offices; and, on the two other sides, are retail wliat is a sun more than a flower, and why may not the shops of all descriptions of dry goods; whilst the area solitary peasant be called into existence for nobler puro is used as a market, where the Indians come daily to sell poses than even the proudest monarch ? Cincinnatus was their poultry, fruit, and other provisions. In the cen- a peasant, but did he not save the Republic ? Tell was tre is a fountain of excellent water, issuing from a cro- a peasant, but did he not give freedom to his country? codile's head of indifferent workmanship.,
Burns was a peasant, but did the class to which he be. “Many of the churches are large, and of fine archi- longed cast a stigma on his genius; or was it not rather tecture. They are kept much cleaner and neater than by elevating that class to his own level, that he gained they are at Mexico. A new one, called the Pantheon, the greenest laurel-leaf in his wreath of fame ? with spacious vaults for a cemetery under it, is just be. The peasantry of a country seem always more identi.
fied with the country itself than any other portion of its Clasp'd in your arms, the heaving of my bosom inhabitants. This is peculiarly the case with Scotland; May tell my joy; but words and thanks are feeble. for both our national poetry and music (the best food M. Gray. Thou dear kind creature ! but we two have
known upon which patriotism can luxuriate) have almost entirely a pastoral origin. We must be understood, how. And loved each other now so long, so well, ever, as using the word pastoral in its most extended That many words of compliment were idle. sense, and not in its limited application to the affairs flowing from bordering fountains ; playfully,
B. Bell. Yes, Mary, we have been two sister-streams, solely of sheep and cows, and an amiable but very ima- And singing with light glee, the one glides on, ginary set of personages ycleped shepherds and shep. A dancing, sparkling, joyous wanderer ; herdesses. Our poetry and music speak to us of a more The other winds along its silent way, varied range of rural scenes and objects, and of a peoplc Trifling with meadow-Howers, and waving grass, who can do more than listen to the bleating of their On its green margin. lambs, and babble softly to the running streams ; they
Well, I'd rather be speak to us
The dancing, singing, sparkling one. What harm
Can spring from innocent mirth?
None, Mary, none;
But while one heart gives utterance to its joy, they speak to us of those external appearances of nature Yet gratitude may dwell'alike in both,
Auother broods in secret, silent rapturesto which we have been accustomed from our childhood ; And each may, like sweet flowers of different hue,
- they assist in forming, and humour when they have Reflect in its own character its sense
Drummond, the friend and lover of the two maidens, our heart, and they vibrate with its every pulse. “Scots enters soon afterwards, to inform them how desolating wha hae wi' Wallace bled !"_“Ye banks and braes o the ravages of the plague have become. He describes, bonny Doon !"-“Should auld acquaintance be for first, its progress in London, which elicits the following got?"-"O the broom, the bonny, bonny brooin!"- reflections from one of his fair listeners : " Will ye go to the ewe-bughts, Marion ?"_" The B. Bell.
Dreadful tale! flowers o' the forest are a' wede away !”—“O waly, Alas for them! Poor wretches ! 'mid that scene waly, love is bonny !"-"Lochaber !"_these are words Of all-accumulated miseries pent, and airs that will outlive the Grampians,--they will To them no strong untainted mountain gale perish only when Scotland is no more.
Comes, bearing on its wing the dews of life; The author of the tasteful and interesting volume be. No lark, careering near the gates of morn,
Comes like a sweet-tongued messenger to tell fore us seems to be deeply imbued with the spirit we
Of Heaven's returning love and clemency; have been attempting to point out. His plan of illus. Even the bright skies hang lurid o'er their heads. trating, in a series of Dramatic Sketches, the pastoral Oh! how unlike the dome of stainless blue, virtues of the Scottish peasantry, we think a happy one, Gilded with sunbeams, smiling over us, especially as he very judiciously founds each sketch With love and beauty most magnificent ! upon some little incident in one or other of our popular Poor wretches! Death is awful ! but to die songs. We are thus as it were brought into more im. In such a scene, where earth is one huge grave, mediate contact with persons to whom we had been pre- The air a pestilence, and heaven's own brow viously introduced, -old friends start up before us, and Murky and scowling—'tis too horrible, the past almost becomes the present. The author, speak- But the plague has already found its way to Scotland, ing of himself in his preface, says, " To the country he and in the following spirited passage Drummond disowes his birth ; there he spent all the bright years of in, closes the melancholy truth : fancy, boyhood, and carly youth; among ruralscenes and rural manners, the capacities of his heart were first called Drum. Forgive the unwilling messenger of evil; into action ; and in the country it was, that while listening With grief and
pity of the fate of London,
And listen to me calmly. We have heard to the words of experience, virtue, and religion, from the lips of many a sage and manly peasant, his mind acqui- Yet, deeming us by distance, and the free
And 'twas a moving tale of awe and wonder; red what must continue to be its own peculiar modifica. Fresh breezes of our northern mountains, safe, tion of character.” That modification seems well adapt. We felt, at most, that sympathetic fear, ed for the task which Mr Hetherington has underta- Which mortals must feel when they talk of death ; ken. An unobtrusive pensiveness, an ardent patriot. But now the Pest its banner has unfurld, ism, and a sincere attachment to all the works of na. And, like a thunder-cloud, comes lowering on, ture, characterize his “ Sketches,” in which there is Stemming the gale, and scattering wide around, not a thought that could offend' the most fastidious. Even on our shores, horror, despair, and death.
They are full of gentle feelings, lively pastoral de. High hearts, that had but leap'd with stern delight, scriptions, and agreeable and animated pictures of Scot. To meet assailing enemies, wax weak tish character. They bear the following titles, all of With shuddering dread: Man's brow, that lofty brow, which will engage the sympathies of his readers :- 1. Is pale and haggard, red and wild her eyes.
Which burns in war, is blacken'd; woman's cheek Bessy Bell and Mary Gray.-II. The Lowland Lass In populous cities, where the mingled tide and the Highland Lad. III. Cowdenknows. IV. The of human life its fullest billow rolls, Ewe Bughts.-V. The Tochered Maiden of the Glen. There hugest Ruin stalks, there reigns Dismay -VI. The Harvest Field. VII. The Bush aboon Tra. With all her frenzied train, Dunedin fair quair...VIII. The Old Maid.-IX. Logan Braes.- Trembles upon her rocky throne ; Dundee *. The Choice.-XI. The Rocking. And, XII. The Mourns her lost thousands; ancient Perth groans deep, Snow Storm. Of these the first is our chief favourite, As frequent funerals blacken o'er her streets : and from it we shall principally make our extracts. It Green youth, strong manhood, drooping age, alike
Betake them to the mountain solitudes
And distant glens, in headlong fearful Alight,
There hoping to escape the blue destruction.
To warn you, and to speed you hence, away
To some remote retirement, where the gale,
Forever freshen'd by the breezy speed
opens thus :
Of some clear rushing stream, may yet repel
And prejudices, from my mental sight The dire contagion, till the sultry heats
Depart, and truth, severe but glorious, beams Of summer have departed, and the keen
Upon my soul. O world! how false thou art! And vigorous winds of winter shall arise
How hollow are thy pleasures ! In thy joys, To sweep afar the noxious exhalations,
How treacherous ! nought hast thou but it bears And pour a healthful renovating flood
The bias or the stamp of evil.--Love, Of life through the glad air.
That even in thee some faint resemblance claims By their lover's advice, Bessy Bell and Mary Gray To what it was erewhile in Paradise,consent that a “ Bower" shall be built for them in a se.
To what hereafter it shall be in Heaven,cluded and romantic situation ; and, having retired to it, they beguile the time in innocent recreations and Even Love, alas ! full oft misleads the heart.friendly converse. Speaking to Drummond of patriot. Fall an unwonted, and a holy calm,
Have I not felt upon mine own sad breast ism, Mary Gray says,
I knew not whence or wherefore, till my soul M. Gray. But, tell me, Drummond, how would you Smiled at afflictions? And I look'd to heaven, defend
And to the earth around me, and I felt That strange attachment to particular scenes
On me and with me, the mysterious powers Which forms no trivial part of the romantic?
Of that high world to come,-the World of Spirits ! Drum. It scarcely needs defence. It is a bond Ye sister-spirits, newly enter'd there! Between the living and the dead-a spell
Do ye behold me from your bower of bliss ? Evoking all of lovely, good, and great,
And do your viewless hands even now prepare That e'er have cast a grace, a dignity,
To touch the master-chords of my jarr'd heart,
And tune its tones to soft harmonious peace ?
Shall they be all forgot? Shall future times
Shall prank the greensward gay; while summer suns Against sweet maiden-innocence, while near
Shall Hush the full-blown blossoms on the boughs; The grave where lies the young, the beautiful,
While autumn shall heap high her mellow fruits, The famed in tender song? Or who could dare, And savage winter wrap his brow in storms, With lawless purpose, or hands stain'd in guilt,
So long shall youths and gentle maidens come To violate the sanctity which reigns
In pensive pilgrimage, to view the bower Where calmly sleeps the grey-hair'd patriarch? And graves of Bessy Bell and Mary Gray. And who can tread the memorable tields
The plot of all the Sketches is of an equally simple Where freedom's battle has been fought and won, and inartificial kind, but on this very account they are Nor feel thy mighty spirit, Independence, Great in his bosom? Is there can there be
more true to human life. A great number of songs are A Scot who can behold red Luncarty,
introduced, in the style of the " Gentle Shepherd," and Nor think he sees the hoary tumuli
many of them are very sweet lyrical compositions. We Teem with the shades of his great ancestors ?
have only room for one: Or who can steal, with sneaking, craven foot,
SONG. O'er ground that echoed once the undaunted tread
'Tis sweet wi' blithesome heart to stray Of Wallace, Liberty's own chosen son ?
In the blushing dawn o'infant day; No! while we breathe the air that proudly waved
But sweeter than dewy morn can be, ('er Scotia's banner on thy fated field,
Is an hour i’ the mild moonlight wi' thee! Triumphant Bannockburn! we must be free!
An hour wi' thee, an hour wi' thee, We must pass over the scene in which the coming on An hour i' the mild moonlight wi' thee; of the plague, and the death of the two sister friends, is
The half o' my life I'd gladly gie very affeciingly told, and can only give an extract from
For an hour i' the mild moonlight wi' thee! Drummond's final soliloquy, (the whole of which is The garish sun has sunk to rest; good,) after he has buried them in a grave of his own The star o' gloaming gilds the west; making :
The gentle moon comes smiling on, Drum. My task is done ! and what is now to me
And her veil o'er the silent earth is thrown. The world-inankind-life-death-or any thing?
Then come, sweet maid, O come with me! What am I to myself?
The whisp'ring night-breeze calls on thee. A record of what might have been, but was not !
0, come and roam o'er the lily lea, A spectral semblance of what is, and is not !
An hour i' the mild moonlight wi' me. A breathing form, dead at the heart, that dies not !
For wealth let worldlings cark and moil, I am a fear, a wonder to myself,
Let pride for empty honours toil, Stricken and blasted to the core !-cease, cease,
I'd a' their wealth and honours gie, Ye smouldering fires of fate !--and thou, my soul,
For ae sweet hour, dear maid, wi' thee. Be still, and learn to yield thee to thy doom!
An hour wi' thee, an hour wi' thee, Oh! what a precious spot of earth is this,
An hour i' the mild moonlight wi' thee. With its two little narrow grassy mounds!
Earth's stores and titles a' I'd gie There sleep the young, the beautiful, the good !
For an hour i' the mild moonlight wi' thee. But goodness, beauty, youth, could not avail The fell destroyer's progress to arrest !
We have little doubt but that Mr Hetherington's Oh! who that had beheld them in their bloom,
modest volume will find its way to many a quiet cot. Glowing with all the loveliness of life,
tage, and be read by the blaze of many a farmer's ingle, Could, even in his gloomiest moods of mind,
to a circle of admiring and delighted listeners. Have ever dreamt their death so near ?
Death-Death- Obscrvations on the Phronological Development of Full of mysterious import is that word!
Burke, Hare, and other atrocious Murderers ; Breathed over recent graves, it is a spell
Measurements of the Heads of the most notorious To call forth the departed; or to bear Our souls beyond the limits of this world,
Thieves, ge. By Thomas Stone, Esq. President With all its scenes and beings palpable,
of the Royal Medical Society. Edinburgh. Robert Into the land of shadows, doubts, and fears
Buchannn, Wm. Hunter, and J. Stevenson. 1829. The land of hopes, of glories, and of truths!
This is one of the most efficient knock-down bloks Death !-yes, I feel its presence, Errors, mists, which phrenology has yet received. Nobody can read