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of our age, we cannot help applying to Sir Walter what breakfast and dinner on any specified day of the week. Shakspeare has made Cassius say of Cæsar,
Amazement at the hitherto incredible feats of one man, “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world has already been exhausted, and seeing that in his per. Like a Colossus; and we petty men
son all known calculations of chances have been repder. Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
ed nugatory, we can do no more than " take the goods To find ourselves dishonourable graves."
the gods provide us," and, in their prodigality, almost Not as a mere colossus, however, in material bulk is forget our thankfulness. Sir Walter to be admired.“ Materiem superat opus." Sir Walter has not yet entirely overrun every country “ Nihil tetigit, quod non ornavit."
with his genius, but he is fast approximating to the con. As a poet, he is not classed with Lord Byron,—the dition of the Royal Macedonian, and, if he does not most illustrious poet of modern times—solely because weep himself, his readers will soon weep for him, that their styles are so different, that it would be extremely there should not be new lands for him to conquer. Scot. difficulé to institute a comparison between them. But land, England, France, Palestine, Germany, have been all shall we say that the bard of “ Marmion” and the made to pour their riches at his feet; and in the novel “ Lady of the Lake,” the restorer of all the chivalry before us, we are in Switzerland—a kindred land of and pageantry of the royal days of Scotland,—the poet- “ mountain and of flood.” The time chosen is nearly painter of past ages, he who brings before us groups of four centuries ago; but in all its features of natural subthe gallant and the fair of yore, more full of individuali- limity and beauty, Switzerland then was the same as ty and life, than the breathing stalues of a Buonarotti Switzerland now; and even the character and habits of or a Canova,-shall we say that he has drunk less deep its people, –a simple and hardy race, detached from the of the Castalian spring, than even the glorious “Childe," rest of Europe by their barrier of hills,_have undergone walking in inspiration over the Alps and Apennines ? far fewer changes than have taken place elsewhere. It View him also as an Essayista strong and comprehen is not our intention to attempt any regular analysis of sive thinker upon a great variety of subjects, and possessed the story, well knowing that no such analysis could do of the most intimate and multifarious information upon the author justice, and that, moreover, it would be high all ;-as a Biographer, pointing out with admirable dis- treason against all novel-readers to disclose the secrets of crimination all the lights and shades in the character of a tale which they anticipate so much pleasure in discothose whose lives he undertakes to illustrate, and with vering for themselves. A few of the more striking beau. nice precision, and unfaltering fidelity, nothing exte- ties of the work, however, (and they are many,) we shall nuating nor setting down aught in malice ;-as a Critic, endeavour to point out, without infringing upon the indirecting his critical powers to objects worthy of his terest to be derived from its entire perusal. attention, and seldom erroneous in the opinions which The novel opens with a very brief historical sketch of his matured judgment dictates, whether it be in matters the state of Switzerland during the fourteenth and fif. of taste, feeling, or intellect ;—as an Historian, upon teenth centuries, when attention first began to be at. whose merits posterity, will decide with more propriety tracted to the Swiss Cantons, by their heroic struggles than can be done by his contemporaries, but who, even for independence, and final success. It is in the year in that high and dangerous character, stands at present 1474, when Helvetia was respected by the neighbouring so unscathed amidst all the cavillings of party spirit, countries as a free state, that the tale begins. At this that it may be safely anticipated time will do for him date, its inhabitants « retained, in a great measure, the what it has done for Camden, Gibbon, Hume, and wisdom, moderation, and simplicity of their ancient Robertson ; and that, long after the present generation manners; so much so, that those who were intrusted has passed away, Scott will take his station with these-- with the command of the troops of the Republic in magnum et venerabile nomen ;-and, last of all, as a battle, were wont to resume the shepherd's staff, when Novelist, whose prolific and inexhaustible abilities be- they laid down the truncheon, and, like the Roman dic. wilder the minds of common men, turning their strength tators, to retire to complete equality with their fellow. into wenkness, and, like the Egyptian sphynx, or pyra- citizens, from the eminence to which their talents, and mid, standing a perpetual monument of the puny achieve the call of their country, had raised them.” The first ments of those who have preceded or followed in the chapter introduces us to two travellers travelling by the same path. If, in all these capacities, we regard Sir mountainous passes of the Alps, from Lucerne to Bale. Walter Scott, we cannot avoid being lost in wonder at They are Englishmen, and give themselves out as mer. the prodigious effusion of mind-of soul of the ethe- chants ; but the reader is soon led to suspect that they rial essence_which has emanated from him ; and we are journeying incognito, and are of much higher conmust feel painfully startled into reality, when we meet sideration than they pretend. They are father and son, one who, like the “ giant of the western wave,” we pro- and have assumed the name of Philipson, the Christian bably conceived to be “ looking from his throne of name of the younger, who is the hero of the novel, being clouds o'er half the world," moving through the streets Arthur. A very splendid piece of descriptive writing of his native city, encased, like ourselves, in a frail and follows, in which we have an account of the gathering mortal body. But mortality and Scott are as widely se- and bursting of a storm among the Alps. The travel. parated as earth from heaven. His very name is the lers lose their way, and are exposed to very imminent embodyment of his country's glory; and whilst his peril, the appalling nature of which is narrated with the country exists, and after she has ceased to be, that glory most inimitable graphic power. Happily they are at will remain. Worlds may be annihilated, but the dwell- length rescued, by a party of Swiss from the neighbouring-place of mind is the universe.
hood of the old Castle of Geierstein, or Rock of the We have partly been led into the foregoing reflexions Vultures. This party turns out to consist of Arnold by the extremely delightful work whose title we have Biederman, the Landamman, or chief magistrate of the put at the head of this article, and with an early peru. Canton of Unterwalden, and his sons, who reside upon sal of which we have been favoured. The day is per- a farm among the mountains in the neighbourhood of haps gone by when the announcement of a new Novel the Castle of Geierstein. Along with them comes anby the “ Author of Waverley” created a thrilling sen- other, who is mainly instrumental in saving the life of sation of pleasure among all ranks and classes ; but if Arthur, and this is Anne of Geierstein, the Landamthis emotion has subsided, it is because the public now man's niece, a mountain maiden, but of noble birth, look upon such an announcement as a necessary, rather the daughter of one of the best families in Switzerland, than a luxury, of life; and because every individual and worthy of her lineage, combining all the delicacy of who reads at all, knows that he will read the new novel a woman with all the heroic spirit of a man,-a beautias much as a matter of course, as that he will take his ful concentration, as it were, of Flora M Ivor, Diana
ANNE OF GEIERSTEIN.
Vernon, and Rose Bradwardine. That Arthur and she Arthur and Rudolph at sunrise, in the court of the old must fall in love with each other, of course, instantly Castle of Geierstein. The whole scene is so spirited, and flashes on the mind of the veriest tyro; and as to all no- can be read with so much interest as a detached incident, vel readers the heroine is an object of paramount inte. that we do not hesitate to extract it : rest, we have much pleasure in extracting the following “Having hastily traversed the fields and groves which admirable portrait of
separated the Landamman's residence from the old castle of Geierstein, he entered the court-yard from the side
where the castle overlooked the land ; and nearly in the “ An upper vest, neither so close as to display the same instant his almost gigantic antagonist, who looked person, a habit forbidden by the sumptuary laws of the yet more tall and burly by the pale morning light than canton, nor so loose us to be an encumbrance in walk- he had seemed the preceding evening, appeared ascend. ing or clinibing, covered a close tunic of a different co. ing from the precarious bridge beside the torrent, having lour, and came down beneath the middle of the leg, but reached Geierstein by a different route from that pursued suffered the ancle, in all its fine proportions, to be com- by the Englishman. pletely visible. The foot was defended by a sandal, the “ The young champion of Berne had hanging along point of which was turned upwards, and the crossings his back one of ihose huge two-handed swords, the blade and knots of the strings, which secured it on the front of which measured tive feet, and which were wielded with of the leg, were garnished with silver rings. The upper both hands. These were almost universally used by the vest was gathered round the middle by a sash of party- Swiss ; for, besides the impression which such weapons coloured silk, ornamented with twisted threads of gold; were calculated to make upon the array of the German while the tunic, open at the throat, permitted the shape men-at-arms, whose armour was impenetrable to lighter and exquisite whiteness of a well-formed neck to be vi. swords, they were also well calculated to defend mounsible at the collar, and for an inch or two beneath. The tain passes, where the great bodily strength and agility small portion of the throat and bosom thus exposed, of those who bore them, enabled the combatants, in spite was even more brilliantly fair than was promised by the of their weight and length, to use them with much ad. countenance, which last bore some marks of having dress and effict. One of these gigantic swords hung been freely exposed to the sun and air, by no means in around Rudolf Donnerhugel's neck, the point rattling a degree to diminish its beauty, but just so far as to against his heel, and the handle extending itself over his show that the maiden possessed the health which is pur- left shoulder, considerably above his head. He carried chased by habits of rural exercise. Her long fair hair another in his band. fell down in a profusion of curls on each side of a face, " "Thou art punctual,' he called out to Arthur Phi. whose blue eyes, lively features, and dignified simpli- lipson, in a voice which was distinctly heard above the city of expression, implied at once a character of gentle- roar of the waterfall, which it seemed to rival in sullen ness, and of the self-relying resolution of a mind too
force. “But I judged thou wouldst come without a twovirtuous to suspect evil, and too noble to fear it. Above handed sword. There is my kinsman Ernest's,' he said, these locks, beauty's natural and most beseeming orna- throwing on the ground the weapon which lie carried, mentor raiher, I should say, amongst them was with the hilt towards the young Englishman. Look, placed the small bonnet, which, from its size, little an- stranger, that thou disgrace it not, for my kinsman will swered the purpose of protecting the head, but served never forgive me if thou dost. Or thou mayst have mine to exercise the ingenuity of the fair wearer, who had if thou likest it better.' not failed, according to the prevailing custom of the * The Englishman looked at the weapon with some mountain maidens, to decorate the tiny cap with a he. surprise, to the use of which he was totally unaccusron's feather, and the then unusual luxury of a small tomed. and thin chain of gold, long enough to encircle the cap “ • The challenger,' he said, ' in all countries where four or five times, and having the ends secured under a honour is known, accepts the arms of the challenged.' broad medal of the same costly metal.
“He who fights on a Swiss mountain, fights with a “ I have only to add, that the stature of the young Swiss brand,' answered Rudolf. “Think you our hands person was something above the common size, and that are made to handle penknives ?' the whole contour of her form, without being in the " • Nor are ours made to wield scythes,' said Arthur; slightest degree masculine, resembled that of Minerva, and muttered betwixt his teeth, as he looked at the sword, rather than the proud beauties of Juno, or the yielding which the Swiss continued to offer him Usum non graces of Venus. The noble brow, the well-formed habeo, I have not proved the weapon. and active limbs, the firm and yet light step-above
" • Do you repent the bargain you have made ?' said all, the total absence of any thing resembling the con. the Swiss; 'if so, cry craven, and return in safety. Speak sciousness of personal beauty, and the open and candid plainly, instead of pratiling Latin like a clerk or a sha. look, which seemed desirous of knowing nothing that
ven monk.' was hidden, and conscious that she herself had nothing 5. No, proud man,' replied the Englishman, 'I ask to hide, were traits not unworthy of the goddess of wis- thee no forbearance. I thought but of a combat between dom and of chastity."
a shepherd and a giant, in which God gave the victory Our travellers are invited to the Landamman's house, to him who had worse odds of weapons than falls to my where they spend some days. Arthur becomes intimate- lot to-day. I will fight as I stand ; my own good sword ly acquainted with the sons of Arnold Biedermari, joins shall serve my need now, as it has done before.' with them in their athletic sports, and gains no small 66 • Content !--But blame not me, who offered thee reputation for bis activity and skill. A cousin of these equality of weapons,' said the mountaineer. •And now young men, by name Rudolph of Donnerhugel, is also hear me. This is a fight for life or death-yon waterintroduced to us, a youth of an ardent and ambitious fall sounds the alarum for our conflict. Yes, old bel. temperament, and withal a passionate admirer of Anne lower,' he continued, looking back, it is long since of Geierstein. As might have been expected, Arthur thou hast heard the noise of bat:le and look at it ere and he are not at first disposed to regard each other with we begin, stranger, for if you fall, I will commit your much complacency, and the consequence is, that almost body to its waters.' at the very commencement of their acquaintance a cha). ". And if thou fall'st, proud Swiss,' answered Arlenge is exchanged between them. Excellent as Sir thur, ' as well I trust thy presumption leads to destrucWalter's descriptions in general are of combats of this tion, I will have thee buried in the church at Einsied. kind, we do not think he has been often more successful len, where the priests shall sing masses for thy soulthan in his account of the duel which took place between thy two-handed sword shall be displayed above thy
grave, and a scroll shall tell the passenger, Here lies a again lay himself open to a close attack. The latter of bear's cub of Berne, slain by Arthur the Englishman.' these advantages had nearly occurred, for in the middle
“ “ The stone is not in Switzerland, rocky as it is,' of his headlong charge, the Switzer stumbled over a said Rudolf, scornfully, that shall bear that inscrip- large stone concealed among the long grass, and ere he tion. Prepare thyself for battle.'
could recover bimself, received a severe blow across the “ The Englishman cast a calm and deliberate glance head from his antagonist. It lighted upon his boonet, around the scene of action-a court-yard, partly open, the lining of which enclosed a small steel cap, so that partly encumbered with ruins, in less and larger masses. he escaped unwounded, and springing up, renewed the
“ Methinks, said he to himself, a master of his wea- battle with unabated fury, though it seemed to the pon, with the instructions of Bottaferma of Florence in young Englishman with breath somewhat short, and his remembrance, a light heart, a good blade, a firm blows dealt with more caution. hand, and a just cause, might make up a worse ouds “ They were still contending with equal fortune, than two feet of steel.
when a stern voice, rising over the clash of swords, as “ Thinking thus, and imprinting on his mind as well as the roar of waters, called out in a commanding much as the time would permit, every circumstance of tone, ‘On your lives, forbear!'” the locality around him which promised advantage in It is the Landamman who interrupts them, and thus the combat, and taking his station in the middle of the the lives of both are probably saved. He was indebted court-yard where the ground was entirely clear, he flung for his knowledge that the rencontre was to take place to his cloak from him, and drew his sword.
the watchful care of Anne of Geierstein. “ Rudolph had at first believed that his foreign an. The scene is now speedily changed. The Swiss tagonist was an effeminate youth, who would be swept Cantons, provoked by some encroachments on their li. from before him at the first flourish of his tremendous berties made by Charles the Bold of Burgundy, and one weapon. But the firm and watchful attitude assumed of his ministers, Archibal:l Von Hagenbach, to whom by the young man, reminded the Swiss of the deficien- the Duke had intrusted the government of the frontier cies of his own unwieldy implement, and made him de- town of La Ferette, determine on sending a deputation termine to avoid any precipitation which might give ad to the court of Charles, either to obtain reparation for vantage to an enemy who seemed both daring and vigi. the injuries received, or to declare war in the name of lant. He unsheathed his huge sword, by drawing it the Helvetian Cantons. The members of this deputa. over the left shoulder, an operation which required some tion consist of Arnold Biederman, Rudolph Donner. little time, and might have offered formidable advan- hugel, and three others. As the two Englishmen are tage to his antagonist, had Arthur's sense of honour also on their way to the court of Charles, they agree to permitted him to begin the attack ere it was completed. travel with the deputation ; and as Count Geierstein, The Englishman remained firm, however, until the Anne's father and Arnold's brother, who has attached Swiss, displaying his bright brand to the morning sun, himself to the Duke of Burgundy, is anxious for his made three or four Hourishes as if to prove its weight, daughter's return to the paternal roof, she also proceeds and the facility with which he wielded it-then stood along with the rest, together with a female attendant. firm within sword-stroke of his adversary, grasping his An escort of twenty or thirty young Swiss volunteers weapon with both hands, and advancing it a little be- for the expedition is not without danger—complete the fore his body, with the blade pointed straight upwards. cavalcade. The remainder of the first, and the whole The Englishman, on the contrary, carried his sword of the second volume, is occupied with an exceedingly one hand, holding it across his face in a horizontal po. interesting and varied account of the different adventures sition, so as to be at once ready to strike, thrust, or which overtake the deputation, or its individual members, parry.
in the course of its progress. Among these may be men“Strike, Englishman !' said the Switzer, after they tioned, in particular, the whole account of the night. had confronted each other in this manner for about a watch in the old castle in the neighbourhood of Båle, minute.
including the mysterious moonlight appearance of Anne “ • The longest sword should strike first,' said Ar- of Geierstein to Arthur, and Donnerhugel's wild and thur; and the words had not left his mouth when the wonderful narrative of the supernatural circumstances Swiss sword rose, and descended with a rapidity which, supposed to be connected with her family. Among the weight and size of the weapon considered, appeared them, also, must in a still more especial manner be menportentous. No parry, however dexterously interposed, tioned all the scenes at the frontier town of La Ferette, could have baffled the ruinous descent of that dreadful where we are made acquainted with the ferocious goweapon, by which the champion of Berne had hoped at vernor, Archibald Von Hagenbach, Kilian, his fac-lotum, once to begin the battle and end it. But young Philip- a no less odious miscreant, and Francis Steinernherz, son had not over-estimated the justice of his own eye, or his executioner, who has already cut off the heads of the activity of his limbs. Ere the blade descended, a eight men, each at a single blow, and is to receive a sudden spring to one side carried him from beneath its patent of nobility as soon as he has performed the same heavy sway, and before the Swiss could again raise his office for the ninth. The English travellers fall into the sword aloft, he received a wound, though a slight one, hands of these notable persons, and are saved from death, upon the left arm. Irritated at the failure and at the after a succession of the narrowest escapes, only by a wound, the Switzer heaved up his sword once more, and general rising of the inhabitants of the town, who have availing himself of a strength corresponding to his size, heen long disgusted with the cruelties perpetrated by he discharged towards his adversary a succession of their governor. blows, downright, ath wart, horizontal, and from left to The third volume collects all our former friends in right, with such surprising strength and velocity, that Strasburg, where the Duke of Burgundy has for the it required all the address of the young Englishman, by time fixed his residence ; and he is of course, among parrying, shifting, eluding, or retreating, to evade a many other new dramatis persona, brought upon the storm, of which every individual blow seemed sufficient stage, and a portrait sketched of him, vigpovus and comto cleave a solid rock. The Englishman was compelled plete, as if fresh from the pencil of Hans Holbein. But to give ground, now backwards, now swerving to the here the incidents follow each other in such quick sueone side or the other, now availing himself of the frag. cession, and the interest is so involved and well worked ments of the ruins, but watching all the while, with the up, that we shall not diminish the value of its charms utmost composure, the moment when the strength of his by breathing one word concerning it. We are sure our enraged enemy might become somewhat exhausted, or readers will thank us for our forbearance, and own that when by some improvident or furious blow he might they may safely trust to our prudence in future.
We shall not say with which of Sir Walter's former of life, too frequently assail humanity. There are novels we are inclined to class “ Anne of Geierstein, or five comic pieces, entitled, An Orkney Weddingthe Maiden of the Mist;" but this we will say, that it The Borough-Jack O'Flanagan—The Bachelor will not lose its own peculiar attractions, though placed and The Young Poet. Our author has a great deal by the side of any of them. Stamped of course with a few of quiet humour, and gives it out in the most effective of the strong family traits which distinguish all the of all ways, as if there was nothing humorous about it. Waverley Novels, it is nevertheless, in many respects, The “Orkney Wedding," and " The Borough," in par. very different from most of its predecessors. There is a ticular, contain many things equal to some of the hapfreshness in its style,-a simplicity, but a completeness piest touches of Washington Irving. There are four senin its characters,-a delightful absence of effort, yet a timental pieces—The Bivouack-London-First Love continual production of strong effects,—which are all in -and Scenes of Memory. These differ from the tales admirable unison with the majestic beauty of the scenes only in this, that they contain no story. They are full among which the plot is laid, and by contemplating of tender and interesting reflections, calculated to soften which the author's mind was probably gradually im- and refine the heart. The descriptive pieces are likebued with their influence. The manner in which the wise four in number, and are called-Life in Camp-A supernatural appearances of the White Lady of Avenel, Trip to Paris-Recollections of Ireland—and A Day in in the “ Monastery,” is managed, has been often ob- the Orkneys. Like all the rest, they do much credit to jected to; and perhaps one of the chief blemishes of Mr Malcolm's genius. “ Anne of Geierstein" is the attempt to make us almost It will be seen by the account we have thus given of believe that Anne is not altogether earthly, and the ra. the contents of this handsome volume (which is just on ther awkward and unsatisfactory manner in which we the eve of publication) that they are of a varied and most are disabused of this belief. This, however, in the pre- agreeable kind, and will afford as entertaining liglit readsent instance, is a very trifling defect; and truly glad are ing as one could wish to while away a summer's day we to perceive (for it is a matter of European interest) with. To make good our words, we shall present a few that Sir Walter's imagination is as vigorous as ever,
extracts. We begin with a comic sketch, and beg to in. and, did the fates permit, could no doubt flow on, like troduce our readers to a mighty river, broadly and rejoicingly, a thousand years
AN ORKNEY WEDDING. hence, as it does at this day.
“ Upon entering the withdrawing-room, which the
good people with admirable modesty call the ben, we Tales of Field and Flood; with Sketches of Life at take our seats among the elders and chiefs of the people,
Home. By John Malcolm, Author of Scenes of and drink to the health of the young couple in a glass War,” ,” « Reminiscences of a Campaign in the Py: does not stick in our throats, although we are well aware
of delicious Hollands, which, unlike Macbeth's . Amen,' renees and South of France,” &c. &c. Edinburghthat it never paid duty, but was slily smuggled over sea Oliver and Boyd. 1829. Pp. 329.
in a Dutch lugger, and safely stowed, during some dark We have no desire to meet with the man who will night, in the caves of the more remote islands. not read this book with pleasure. He must be a person " The clergyman having now arrived, the company something like Hare, the murderer, with one eye con assembled, and the ceremony of marriage being about to siderably higher up in his head than the other, a fang take place, the parties to be united walk in, accompanied or two in his ugly mouth like the tusks of a wild boar, by the best man and bride's maid,—those important and a ropy display of uncombed tresses, thick, wiry, functionaries, whose business it is to pull off the gloves and matted. He must have spent his infancy in pluck- from the right hands of their constituents, as soon as ing the wings off Aies, and squeezing spiders to death, the order is given to join hands ;' but this they find his boyhood in hunting cats, and depriving them of all to be no easy matter, for at that eventful part of the ceretheir nine lives in slow succession_his youth in drown- mony their efforts are long baffled, owing to the tightness ing and hanging dogs, and his manhood in knocking of the gloves. While they are tugging away to no purpeople's brains out in the dark.
pose, the bridegroom looks chagrined, and the bride is coSeriously, this is a book of tales and sketches which vered with blushes; and when at last the operation is accom all “ the gentle and the good” will peruse with delight. plished, and perseverance crowned with success, the conIn the first place, it is prose by a poet ; and all the fusion of the scene seems to have infected the parson, who world knows that no one can write prose, at least ima- thus blunders through the ceremony :- Bridegroom, ginative prose, so well as a poet. In the next place, it quoth he, do you take the woman whom you now hold is such prose as all men ought to try to write, but by the hand to be your lawful married husband?' To which few mere authors can write_natural, simple, which interrogation the bridegroom having nodded an and unaffected, containing the spontaneous feelings affirmative, the parson perceives his mistake, and calls of the writer in language found without an effort out, “ Wife, I mean.'-— Wife, I mean,' echoes the And in the third and last place, it is prose thickly bridegroom; and the whole company are in a litter. studded with thoughts which are in their spirit and “ But, thank Heaven, the affair is got over at last ; essence, if not in their outward shape and garb, poetry. and the bride being well saluted, a large rich cake is To descend more to particulars:-The volume contains broken over her head, the fragments of which are the nineteen sketches, which may be divided into Tales, Co- subject of a scramble among the by-standers, by whom mic Pieces, Sentimental Pieces, and Descriptive Pieces. they are picked up as precious relics, having power to There are six tales, and their titles are_Francesca Za- produce love-dreams. And now the married pair, fol. mora-The Secret of the Sea-The Parting and Re. lowed by the whole company, set off to church, to be turn-The Soldier's Grave_Helen Waters-and the kirked, as the phrase is. A performer on the violin, Brothers. They are all short, and characterized by not quite a Rossini, heads the procession, and plays a great simplicity of plot, pure feeling, and natural pa- variety of appropriate airs, until he reaches the church. thos. Mr Malcolm never aims at exciting interest by door. As soon as the party have entered and taken their any highly-wrought story; he feels that the human seats, the parish-clerk, in a truly impressive and orthoheart, in its best and healthiest state, may be easily dox tone of voice, reads a certain portion of Scripture, touched; and, discarding the too common stimulus of wherein wives are enjoined to be obedient to their husextravagant and distorted passion, he needs not bands. The service is concluded with a psalm, and the the aid of the dagger and the bowl to invest with a whole party march back, headed as before by the musi. tender interest the griefs which, in the ordinary course cian.
“ Upon returning from church, the company partake at no profundity or dazzling originality of thought-but of a cold collation, called the hansel, which is distribu- he contents himself with breathing over his compositions ted to each and all by the bride's mother, who for the the almost feminine grace of a gentle and polished mind. time obtains the elegant designation of hansel-wife. The The only deviation from this predominating tone of the refreshments consist of cheese, old and new, cut down in work, consists in the occasional introduction of a very fe. large slices, or rather junks, and placed upon oat and licitous strain of humour. We have singled ont a good barley cakes, some of the former being about an inch number of short detached passages, both grave and gay, thick, and called snoddies. These delicate viands are and by stringing them together in the following fashion, washed down with copious libations of new ale, which withont observing any particular order, we think we shall is handed about in a large wooden vessel, having three be able to convey a correcter idea of Mr Malcolm's style handles, and ycleped a three-lugged cog. The ethe-than by any other mode of extract : rial beverage is seasoned with pepper, ginger, and nut- A WEDDING SUPPER IN ORKNEY.-—“ At length meg, and thickened with eggs, and pieces of toasted bis- the supper is announced, and a rich repast it is ; quarters cuit.
of mutton boiled and roasted, flocks of fat hens, in mar. “ These preliminaries being concluded, the company shelled ranks, flanked with roasted geese, luxuriously adjourn to the barn, where the music strikes up, and the swimming in a savoury sea of oiled butter, form the elite dancing commences with what is called the Bride's Reel; of the feast; from which all manner of vegetables are after which, two or three young men take possession of entirely excluded, being considered as much too humble the floor, which they do not resign until they have for such an occasion. The company do ample justice to danced with every woman present; they then give place the hospitality of their entertainers ; and even the bride, to others, who pass through the same ordeal, and so on. considering the delicacy of her situation, has already ex. The dance becomes then more varied and general. Old ceeded all bounds of moderation. This, however, is men and young ones, maids, matrons, and grandmothers, entirely owing to her high sense of politeness; for she mingle in its mazes. And oh! what movements are conceives that it would be rude in her to decline eating there, what freaks of the fantastic toe,' what goodly as long as she is asked to do so by the various carvers figures and glorious gambols in a dance, compared to But now I really begin to be alarmed for her; already which, waltz is but the shadow of joy, and quadrille the has she dispatched six or seven services of animal food, feeble effort of mirth upon her last legs.
and is even now essaying to disjoint the leg and wing of “ Casting an eye, however, upon the various perform-a goose; but, thank Heaven! in attempting to cut ers, I cannot but observe that the old people seem to have through the bone, she has upset her plate, and transfer. monopolized all the airs and graces; for while the young red its contents into her lap; which circumstance, I maidens slide through the reel in the most quiet and un- trust, she will consider a providential warning to eat no ostentatious way, and then keep bobbing opposite to their partners in all the monotony of the back-step, their A POWERFUL PREACHER._". Ah, sir l'exclaim. more gifted grandmothers figure away in quite another ed the elder, in the tone of pathetic recollection, style. With a length of waist which our modern belles do late minister was the man ! He was a poorfu' preacher ; not wish to possess, and an under figure which they can- for i' the short time he deliver•d the Word amang us, not, if they would, even with the aid of pads, but which he knocked three pulpits to pieces, and dang the guts is, nevertheless, the truc court-shape, rendering the hoop out o' five Bibles !'»* unnecessary, and which is, moreover, increased by the A RECRUIT._". Shoulder arms !' exclaimed the swinging appendages of huge scarlet pockets, stuffed | Captain, in a voice intended to resemble thunder ; bat with bread and cheese, behold them sideling up to their the execution of the order was any thing but simultapartners in a kind of echellon movement, spreading out neous; and one man, it was observed, was still standtheir petticoats like sails, and then, as if seized with a ing at ease.' Upon being challenged by the Captain, sudden fit of bashfulness, making a hasty retreat rear. and asked why he had not shouldered' along with the wards. Back they go at a round trot; and seldom do rest, What the deil's a' the haste, (quoth he,)-caona they stop until their career of retiring modesty ends in a ye wait till a body tak'a snuff ?'" somerset over the sitters along the sides of the room. TEA AND TURN-OUT.-" The evening entertain
" The old men, in like manner, possess similar advan. ments were of that kind denominated · Tea and Turn. tages over the young ones ; the latter being sadly inferior out,'-a mode of treating one's friends having the to their seniors in address and attitudes. Nor is this much show of hospitality, but denying the power thereof. Tea to be wondered at, the young gentlemen having passed and Turn-ouc !-gentle reader, only think of such a most of their summer vacations at Davis's Straits, where hoax. My blood yet runs cold at the thought-Tea their society consisted chiefly of bears; whereas the old and Turn-out! Early in the forenoon, a maid-servant, ones are men of the world, having in early life entered all smiles and roses, would enter and present a gilt pa. the company's service, (I do not mean that of the East per card, whereon the eye caught the words Compli. Indies, but of Hudson's Bay,) where their manners must, ments,-company at tes,—spend the evening,' &cathe no doubt, have been highly polished by their intercourse last words seeming to insinuate a delicate hint of supwith the Squaws, and all the beauty and fashion of that per ; but thus it is that our feelings are cruelly sported interesting country.
with, and hopes are excited which are never intended to “Such of them as have sojourned there are called North. be realized. In consequence of such promissory-notes, westers, and are distinguished by that modest assurance how often have I arisen from a comfortable fireside at and perfect ease and self-possession, only to be acquired home, have adjourned to a cold room above stairs, and by mixing frequently and freely in the best society. In- dressed for supper, when, alas ! supper was not dressed deel, one would suppose that their manners were formed for me. The festivities of the evening commenced about upon the model of the old French school, and queues six or seven o'clock, according to the rank of our enter. are in general use among them ; not, however, those of tainers; and as it seldom happened that any waiters the small pigtail kind, but ones which in shape and size were in attendance to hand about the tea, an excellent strongly resemble the Bologna sausage."
opportunity was afforded to our Lotharios of showing But it is impossible, in our limited space, to do Mr their attention to the ladies in that way; but in doing Malcolm justice, by merely selecting a particular tale or the thing with an air, the consequence frequently was, sketch. One of the chief charms of his volume is the that the fair ones received into their laps, instead of their sweet flowers of sentiment that enamel every page. This hands, the elegant china vases, together with their scald. we conceive to be the distinguishing feature of his style. ing contents. Next' were presented various kinds of He tells no irtricate and pulse-exciting stories_heaims rich sweetbread, pleasant indeed to the eye, but, upon a