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essentially useful in the company, works harder, or with more good-will. In private life, too, Pritchard is very generally and justly esteemed for his gentlemanly man. ners and most obliging disposition.

Old Cerberus.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

EPISTLE TO MR WILLIAM BERWICK.

By the Ettrick Shepherd. [A few years ago, Mr Berwick sent the Ettrick Shepherd a pre

sent of a half hogshead of his best ale, with directions, written in plain prose, how to use it; but the Shepherd, forgetting or misunderstanding these, made some mistakes-the cotisequence of which was, that the one-half of his bottles burst; and what was saved of the ale was so thick, that about a third of each bottle was lost. This year Mr Berwick sent him another cask, and, that he might pay a little more regard to the directions, wrote them in verse, which had the proper effect; and the ale turned out such a beverage as never before was tasted in Ettrick Forest,

" So pure, so genuine, and so bright,

One turns to 't aye with new delight."]
Brave Berwick! best of breath's renewers,
Thou best of men, and best of brewers,
(For I defy the Scottish nation
To match me at alliteration)
Thou art a hero inch by inch,
A friend, a brother in a pinch;
I thought I scann'd thy heart-thy head
As many do-Not we, indeed!
For never could I ween that thou
Could have surprised me so as now!

I knew thee sterling at thy trade,
The ae best brewer e'er was made;
I long knew this, have watch'd and noted it,
Have said it, sworn it, sung it, quoted it;
I knew thee too a sturdy angler,
No blundering blusterer or brangler,
But one who would in courteous way
Stand to thy tackle, night or day,
And, at the last would weigh a creel
With any man that winded reel;
And, though I grieve the world should know it,
Even with a shepherd and a poet.

I Jenew thee, too, a horseman good,
As e'er bestrode the Highland brood;
For I once saw thee do a deed
Which chivalry could scarce exceed,
When leaving Yarrow, long agone, once,
With Ritchie, for the famed St Roban's,
Even when the hues of night were seen,
Tinging our mountains darkly green,
And the young gloaming 'gan to draw
Her airy veil o'er Benger Law,-
Though toddy jugs had kept us late,
And darkness threatened by the gate,
A horseman met thee fiercely galloping,
With legs and arms all walloping, walloping,
And, without pause to stay or greet him,
You turned, you ran him, and you beat him.

All this I know, and twenty times
As much, that will not mould to rhymes.
And why should virtues mentioned be
Which others know as well as me?
I know thee, all the rest to pass,
An excellent callant o'er a glass;
And when a third or halflins mellow,
A right-unbowsome, stubborn fellow,

With bladds of eloquence about thee,
Which make the best disputers doubt thee,
Draw in their horns, and make't their object,
On the first chance, to change the subject.

Shrewd Henry Scott, who argues madly,
I've seen thee make him stutter sadly;
And Forbes, who wants neither sense

Tor yet a touch of eloquence,
I've seen him oft, when hardly wrong,
Obliged to laugh and hold his tongue.

As for Dunlop, when hardly press'd,
He turns the matter to a jest,-
Looks shy, as without care or pother,
First to the one side, then the other,
And says" My mannie, that may be
Sound sense to you that's nane to me;
But this I still maintain-In one sense
Your argument is downright nonsense.

Stand to them, Berwick! yield to none !
Of all thy peers I know but one,
In pith and ardour, beats thee thorough,
A provost of an eastern borough :
A tall, unsonsy, headstrong loun,
Can beat a parliamenter down,
With biting sauce his language season,
And crack a crown as well's a reason.

But, honest Berwick, 'tis not that
I have so long been aiming at ;
Yet, when a rhyme with friendship mellows,
My intimates are such queer fellows,
Such bald, impetuous, fervent masses
Of law, of gospel, love and lasses,
That whether I try to laud or scoff them,
It is not easy to get off them.

However, all know these things true ;
But, till this day I never knew,
Nor do I think mankind yet know it,
That thou’rt a genuine, sterling POET ;
Yes, I profess, and risk the sequel,
Of whom I ne'er beheld the equal.

I've been presented oft with rhyme,
From doggerel to the true sublime
From David Tweedie to Lord Byron-
Which any mortal man would tire on;
But all their poems put together,
Compared with thine, are but a feather,
Which every breeze away can puff;
But thine's the genuine, sterling stuff,
So strong, so mellow, and so bright,
One turns to it aye with new delight,
It hath a freshness and a zest,
As Mr Jeffrey would express't,
That bears it forth afar before
The first of all the rhyming lore.

'Twas wrote in friendship-men may crave it,
The world may beg, but shall not have it;
But whae'er comes with thy permission,
I'll trust it to his fair decision,
And ten to one that he'll agree
In the same sentiment with me,
That William Berwick's verse surpasses
Al bards that e'er have climb'd Parnassus.

They grow so stale, so dead, so flat,
One quite forgets what they'd be at,
And scarcely one of them discover
Charms to induce a twice going over ;
But thine, dear Berwick, can beguile
The dourest face into a smile
Can move the spirit man within,
Till in his ears a singing din

They tell me that I ne'er shall know again,
Now I have mingled as a man with men,

Hopes that for me were fraught
With wealth, which vulgar gold has never bought.

Informs him, to his consternation,
That Berwick's strain is inspiration.

It suits not the old Shepherd's tongue
To flatter either old or young,
Except a blithe and bonny lassie,
He is for that a deal too saucy :
So I protest, in downright plainness,
For vigour, purity, and fineness,
That of all poetry, (whoe'er grudge it,
And I by this should be some judge o't,)
I give the preference express
To this same friend whom I address,
Even William Berwick, whose libations
Have crown'd him, by all estimations,
Head brewer of the Modern Athens.
This I subscribe, on column narrow,
James Hogg, head shepherd of the Yarrow,
Before these witnesses of note,

George Anderson and Walter Scott. Mount Benger, March 25th, 1829.

Perchance it is too true; this filmy world

Is ever weaving cobwebs round the heart; From his cloud-castle, with his banners furld, The spirit of romance too soon is hurld,

And his young votaxies start
To see his meteor light so soon depart,

Yet will I combat with realities,

And with bright hues of my own choice invest These emerald fields, and yonder sapphire skies; And more than aught external will I prize

Each thought that builds its nest
In the quiet shelter of my peaceful breast.

Let me not yield_and I may find even yet

Of joyous feeling an abundant store;
I will not waste my days in vain regret;
The sun goes down, but when the sun has set,

By heaven's sea and shore,
The ever-shining stars come forth the more.

I'll worship nature still—and there shall be

A still abiding spell in her wild voice;
And every fountain, every living tree,
Shall to my heart be rife with poesy;

And mid the dark world's noise,
I'll hear a music which shall say— Rejoice!

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TELL ON THE MOUNTAINS. ONCE more I breathe the mountain air; once more I tread my own free hills! Even as a child Clings to its mother's breast, so do I turn To thee, my glorious home. My lofty soul Throws all its fetters off: in its proud flight, 'Tis like the new-fledged eaglet, whose strong wing Soars to the sun it long has gazed upon With eye undazzled. Oh! ye mighty race That stand like frowning giants, tix'd to guard My own proud land; why did ye not hurl down The thundering avalancbe, when at your feet The base usurper stood ? A touch a breath, Nay, even the breath of prayer, ere now, has brought Destruction on the hunter's head ; and yet The tyrant pass'd in safety. God of Heaven ! Where slept thy thunderbolt ?

Oh! Liberty, Thou choicest gift of Heaven; and wanting which Life is as nothing; hast thou then forgot Thy native bome; and must the feet of slaves Pollute this glorious scene? It cannot be. Even as the smile of Heaven can pierce the depths Of these dark caves, and bid the wild flowers bloom In spots where man has never dared to tread; So thy sweet influence still is seen amid These beetling cliffs. Some hearts yet beat for thee, And bow alive to Heaven : thy spirit lives, Ay, and shall live, when even the very name Of tyrant is forgot. Lo! while I gaze Upon the mist that wreathes yon mountaln's brow, The sunbeam touches it, and it becomes A crown of glory on his hoary bead: Oh ! is not this a presage of the dawn Of freedom o'er the world ? Hear me then, bright And beaming Heaven! while kneeling thus I swear To live for Freedom, or with her to die !

New York.

SONNET TO PRUDENCE.* PRUDENCE! thou cold and calculating thing, Dost thou thy head amongst the Virtues rear? Thou that from Sophistry art taught to spring, And dazzling in false colours to appear ;I hate thy heartless path o'er frozen snow, Track'd by suspicion, apathy, and pride, Yet never melted by affection's glow, Nor e'er by noble, generous feeling tried. Still shine obscure in earthy, glow-worm light, Lure grov'ling souls, that dare not soar on high ; Then sink forgotten in an endless night, Ephemeral insect, gender'd but to die; Whilst noble Worth, from thy society driven, Will find a home and resting-place in Heaven. Aberdeen.

BEATRICE.

LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

MANHOOD.

By Henry G. Bell.
THEY tell me that I cannot write as when

Young feeling lent its freshness to each thought

NEW PLAN OF EDINBURGH.-We have seen a New Plan of Edinburgh, entitled, " The City Directory; or, Stranger's Guide to Edinburgh, Leith, and their Environs," which, for its distinctness, accuracy, and completeness, we have no hesitation in rem commending to our readers. It contains, besides, an alphabetical list of all the streets, squares, places, public buildings, churches, villas, &c., and exhibits both the roads in the vicinity, and all the new and intended improvements. It is put up in a neat case, and is sold at a very moderate price.

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An American poet of great promise is the author of these spirited and vigorous lines. As the LITERARY JOURNAL crosses the Atlantie, we are glad that he will have an opportunity of pointing out his contributions to his countrymen, in one of the periodicals of the Modern Athens. -Ed. Lit. Jour.

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We understand that Messrs Anderson and Hunter, the pub- cal press, indicates a degree of unphilosophical self-sufficiency, lishers of the Map of the Basin of the Frith of Forth, which we pardonable only in one who feels that his last resource is to branca lately noticed, are to publish this summer a Map of the Basin or out his fate. the Tay, including the greater part of Perthshire, Strathmore,

Theatrical Gossip.A new play, called "The Partisans," writthe Braes of Angus, &c. The Map is to be accompanied by a

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France. The Haymarket Theatre is to open on the 15th of June. Treatise on Farming, Planting, and Gardening, adapted to the Farren, Cooper, Vining, Miss F. Kelly, Mis Glover, and Mrs Circumstances, Resources, Soil, and Climate of that country, in. Humby, commence the campaign. Liston, too, is engaged for cluding some remarks on the reclaiming of Bogs and Wastes, and six weeks. The English Opera House is to open on the 1st of a few Hints on Ornamental Gardening, By Joseph LAMBERT, July; Sapio and Miss Paton are to be of the company. We ob Esq. will be published in Dublin in a few days.

serve that Mrs T. Hill of our Theatre has made a very judicious Tales of the Irish Peasantry, containing-Introduction, The selection of pieces for her benefit, which takes place this evening. Wedding–The Wake-The Funeral-The Party Fight-The

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May 23—29. A History of the French Newspaper press, which, it is said, will SAT. Rob Roy, No! & Paul and Virginia. contain some curious information, has been announced at Paris. Mon. Simpson and Co., a Concert, Mr Tomkins, & the Seagan Captain Frankland, R.N. is about to publish an account of his

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Shepherd. Mr Banim's “ Battle of the Boyne" is among the most recent FRI. Paul Pry, Charles XII. translations of our abundant works of fiction into the French tongue.

TO OUR READERS. THE PERIODICAL PRESS IN SWITZERLAND.-We are in the

The present Number concludes the First Volume of the EDTNhabit of looking upon Switzerland as the country of independence

DURGH LITERARY JOURNAL, and with it will be delivered a Titleand political freedom par excellence. The state of the press in that

page and Index. We hope our readers will now be inclined country, however, is very little in accordance with such an opi

to agree with us in thinking, that the size and shape se nion. Throughout the whole of Switzerland, only twenty-eight have chosen are those most likely to give a permanent value to newspapers are published, twenty-two of which are written in the

the contents of the Literary Journal, by the facilities they afford German, two in the Italian, and four in the French language for binding into handsome volumes, facilities which we are not Most of them are weekly, and some are published only once or aware that any other weekly periodical possesses to the same estwice a-month. In the Canton of Berne, for instance, which is tent.-We commence the second volume next Saturday with a one of the most extensive and best inhabited, there is only one new font of types; and, cncouraged by the very great success insignificant newspaper published; in the Canton de Vaud three, which has hitherto attended our labours, we are determined to and ore at Geneva. But all of them are subjected to the most spare no expense or exertion to render it still superior to its prerigid censure, especially with regard to foreigu news of every de decessor. It may be considered as some earnest of our intentions scription.

when we state, that we have already in our possession, for the

next and succeeding numbers, communications from J. H. WirThom's STATJES.-These pieces of art have met with much at

FEN, the author of " Aonian Hours," and the translator of Tak tention in London. Since they arrived there, which was on

so's “ Jerusalem Delivered,"—ALARIC A. WATTS,—THE ET. the 230 of April, they have been visited by upwards of ten thou

TRICK SHEPHERD,-WILLIAM TENNANT, DR GILLESPIE, sand persons. The Londoners, however, have been sadly puzzled DR MORBHBAD,John Malcolm, — DERWENT Conway, and to find out what was meant by Souter Johnny.. Tam O'Shanter marry others whose names and contributions will speedily speak they could understand to be the name of a person; but Souter

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new and original subjects, our earnest desire being to make every therefore, which are now inserted in the newspapers, we find a

Number of the JOURNAL as varied and spirited as possible, which note at Souter, explaining that, being interpreted, it means

the great extension of our resources will not render a difficult “ Cobbler." We are informed that, in the best circles east of

task. Temple Bar, our old friends are now known by the names of

A few copies of our First-Volume will be found on sale at our “ Thomas O'Shanter and Cobbler John."

Publisher's here and in other principal towns, but as the nurnELDERB OR THE KIRK.We have read a pamphlet which has ber is limited, early application will be necessary. just been published, addressed to the Elders of the Church of

Scotland, by a Country Elder, in which he calls upon them to The Binder should be instrueted to place the pages of adveragitate for the restoration of privileges, of which, he maintains, tisements at the end of the volume, so as to form an Appendix.

they have been unjustly deprived,-a right to preach and baptise. 'The pamphlet is not ilt written ; but we suspect its object is far from being judicious.

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. PHRENOLOGY.-Mr Combe has published a small pamphlet in

We have fallen slightly in artears with one or two new works, reply to Mr Stone's recent attack on Phrenology, which our which, however, we have reserved intentionally for the com

readers will recollect we noticed at some length. Mr Combe has mencement of our second volume ; and in future, we venture to failed in his attempt to get the better of Mr Stone's arguments, or say, our readers will find us still earlier than usual in our notices rather of his facts. A rejoinder from Mr Stone is to be published, of new publications. we believe this day; and it will certainly not be a difficult task To Alaric A. Watts, Esq. we beg to return our very best thanks for him to put Mr Combe in even a more awkward light than be- Mr D. Moore's poem will appear, if possible, in our next; as fore. Mr Combe has, in the first place, passed over, sub silentio, also the sonnet by Thomas Brydson; and the excellent article on some of Mr Stone's strongest statements, and consequently admits the Toils and Pains of Authorship. that they are unanswerable ; in the second place, he has fallen We mentioned in our last that James Montgomery was xquainto a rristake, worthy only of a schoolboy, by confounding the ker;" we ought to have said a Moravian. measurements of proportion with those of absolute size; and, in “ Felix” is inadmissible. The sonnet” by " N.C" of Glasthe third place, the manner in which Mr Combe affects to talk of gow, is very tolerable as poetry goes; and the “ Bird Song is by public opinion, as conveyed through the medium of the periodi- no means " odiously bad."

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