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this pamphlet and believe in Phrenology; we question Museum. To ascertain the size of each cranium, h whether Mr Combe himself can. We should not be took, 1st, its lineal dimensions, including its length. surprised to hear of his abruptly terminating his lectures breadth, and height; and 2d, he discovered its capain Dublin, and going into retirement for the rest of his city, by filling the skull with sand, weighing the quanlife.

" Assail our facts, and we are undone ; phreno- tity each contained, and reducing the specific gravity of logy admits of no exceptions,” has been his continual the sand to the specific gravity of the brain. "He then exclamation. “ Eh bien !” says Mr Stone, “ we'll take measured carefully both the absolute size of the several a look at your facts, and see how they answer.” Mr organs, and the relative size, or proportion which each Stone's former pamphlet on the same subject was a bears to the contents of the skull, or weight of the en. learned and able one, but this is a thousand times more cephalon. Upon these principles, (in the propriety of convincing, because there is no theorizing in it, no- which we can see no flaw,) he proceeds to give the size thing but plain statements and incontrovertible deduc. of Burke's cranium, the weight of the encephalon, and tions. He has “ assailed their facts" with a vengeance, the measurements of his Destructiveness, Benevolence, and has succeeded in making it perfectly clear, that there Conscientiousness, and Amativeness. He then shows, is no such thing as a well-established fact in the whole 1st, that of Sir W. Hamilton's 50 crania, 37 have the science. We do not speak rashly, nor do we speak organ of Destructiveness, in its absolute size, larger partially. We have never been either phrenologists or than Burke, and consequently, that Burke's Destrucanti-phrenologists. We have paid some attention to the tiveness is, in its absolute size, below the average of subject, because all systems which pretend to explain these 50 crania ; and 2d, that the relative size of the the phenomena of mind must possess interest ; but we same organ, or its proportions to the lineal dimensions never committed ourselves so as to have our vanity em- of the cranium, is in Burke also below the average. The barked upon either the one side or the other, and our 50 crania collected by Dr Spurzheim furnish Mr Stone eyes, consequently, shut against the truth, unless it coin with nearly the same conclusions. He makes out also cided with the opinions we had undertaken to defend. an equally convincing case in reference to the other If phrenology was true, and could be proved to be so, three organs we have mentioned ; and the general rewe should have been glad to have seen Mr Jeffrey, Sir sult is, that he most satisfactorily establishes these two William Hamilton, and Mr Stone, blown into the air, counter-phrenological propositions,-First, The organ or scattered abroad on the four winds of heaven ;-if it of Destructiveness in Burke was absolutely and rewere false, we were equally prepared to see Mr Combe latively BELOW the average size, whilst Benevolence buried for ever under his own skulls, or reduced to ashes and Conscientiousness were absolutely and relatively on a funeral pyre of his own“ Journal.” The paper war ABOVE the average size ; and, Second, The ceretoo amused us for a time. Gall, Spurzheim, and Combe, bellum, (by which the organ of Amativeness is princi. are clever and ingenious men, very tough customers, pally supposed to be influenced,) was also below the and able to bear a great deal without breaking. Jeffrey average size. rode a tilt against them, but they were not unhorsed; Mr Stone treats, in the second place, of Hare's denay, they gained ground by the rencontre, for Jeffrey velopment; and, if it be possible, this turns out still did not « assail their facts,”' but undertook to prove, on more powerfully against the phrenologists than even metaphysical principles, what no man on such principles that of Burke. To give variety and additional strength can either prove or disprove, that the mind does not act to his argument, he does not compare Hare's head with by means of separate faculties, but as a whole. Sir the two set of crania already described, but with those William Hamilton was the first who thought seriously of 28 Englishmen, 25 Scotchmen, and 27 Irishmen, of investigating the facts of phrenology, and he has cer- taken at random ; the measurements of whose heads, tainly done a good deal towards bringing them into dis- made by Mr Stone himself, with infinite industry and credit, and will probably do yet more ; but the present perseverance, are set down in separate tables. The acbrochure of Mr Stone, who has followed in the same curacy of these measurements is attested, both by Mr track, appears to us so complete a settler, that we do not Deseret, who is a professed phrenologist, and Mr Holthink Sir William need give himself much more trouble royd, a president of the Medical Society. The counterwith the matter.

phrenological proportions deduced, in an unanswerable
The recent atrocities perpetrated by Burke and Hare manner, from the case of Hare, are, that his Destructive-
naturally led all those who were interested in the truth ness is not above the average size ; and that many in.
or falsehood of Phrenology, to enquire whether the cra- dividuals of exemplary character, while they possess a
nial development of these notorious persons corres- larger Destructiveness than Hare, exhibit a greater de-
ponded with their acknowledged character. Mr Stone, ficiency in the alleged organs of Benevolence and Con-
having turned his attention to this enquiry, was led to scientiousness. Though not bearing immediately on
make a very extensive induction of facts, and the result the point in question, Mr Stone mentions a peculiarity
of his labours he now communicates to the public. He in the formation of the head of this miserable murderer,
treats first of Burke's head. Burke was a professional which serves to place phrenology in a truly ludicrous
murderer, and altogether one of the most unprincipled point of view. We quote the passage:
villains that ever breathed ;_if, therefore, phrenology 66 The most remarkable and best-developed phreno-
be worth a farthing, his Destructiveness ought to have logical organ in the head of Hare is his Ideality. At
been enormous, and his Conscientiousness and Benevo- the time we took the measurement, one of the most
lence very small. Whether this was the case or not, was highly-gifted and popular of our poets was present,
what Mr Stone wished to find out. A difficulty met him whose genius is peculiarly characterized by the vivid-
at the outset, for though plırenology be a science of pro- ness and power of his idealism. On applying the cal.
portions, it is most unaccountably destitute of a scale of lipers to the organ of ideality in Hare, each leg of the
measurement. What phrenologists therefore mean by callipers resting on the origin of the temporal muscle,
large and small, or by what laws they determine that and transferring them to corresponding points on the
an organ is either the one or the other, it is not very head of the poet, we found that Hare possessed a larger
easy to say. But Mr Stone fell upon a plan which, organ of ideality than the poet. When applied to the
whether it be the best that can be discoverel or not, is former, the callipers rested on the origin of the muscle ;
at all events perfectly fair, and gives phrenology quite when we attempted to apply them to the latter, they
as good a chance as it does its adversaries. He com- came down far over the belly of the muscle. The ex.
pared Burke's cranium, Ist, with 50 crania collected by periment was several times repeated ; and from what-
Sir William Hamilton; and 2d, with 50 crania collected ever point of the organ the measurement was taken, the
by Dr Spurzheim, which are at present in the Edinburgh result proved to be the same. Hare's organ of ideality,


also, is larger than the same organ in Sheridan, Sterne, duals of exemplary character, Acquisitiveness is often Canning, Voltaire, and Edmund Burke, the distinguish: absolutely and relatively less, and Conscientiousness ed and eloquent author of the Letters on the French absolutely and relatively larger in the former than in Revolution. Notwithstanding his superior development the latter. Yet, Mr Combe, upon this very subject, of the organ of ideality, it would be difficult to conceive has expressed himself in these words :-“ If two indi. a more stupid and miserable wretch than Hare. When viduals were found to possess a larger development of we visited him, he was not inclined to answer any ques. Acquisitiveness ; but if, in the one Conscientiousness tions, until repeatedly assured by the Governor, that we was very large, and in the other very small, and we were not sent by the Sheriff to make any investigation were told that the one was a thief, and the other an ho. into the particulars of his case. To the enquiry, why nest man, how complete would the refutation be, if the in Court he had said it was indifferent which way he one possessing the larger Conscientiousness were found was sworn, and to the observation, that we had under- to be the rogue !" Now, this is exactly what Mr Stone stood he was a Roman Catholic, he retorted, with a con- has found, not in one or two instances, but in a dozentemptuous sneer, he did not rightly mind what he “ Testatur utrumque caput; and how complete is the was.' To the question, whether his conscience ever refutation !' We shall allow Mr Stone to draw his introubled him, he answered, with a laugh, “ No, with ferences in his own words. His pamphlet concludes the help of God.' His whole demeanour was that of a thus: man evidently devoid of every moral reflection ; and he “ Formerly, it was maintained that the production seemed, with his head adorned, as if in mockery of a single anti-phrenological fact would be sufficient to Phrenology, with large organs of Ideality, Causality, overturn the whole theory; but I am satisfied that, if and Wit, to be only a few degrees removed from the phrenologists would only, as Dr Spurzheim terms it, very lowest of the brute creation.”—Pp. 25-7.

go into nature ;' if they would have recourse to an The third division of Mr Stone's treatise is fully as unselected series of measurements, or manipulations, interesting and curious as either of the two that precede they would at once discover, that their system is no more it. He here considers the general question whether it than the · baseless fabric of a vision, and as false as be possible to distinguish the crania of murderers from any other superstition that has ever been imposed on the other crania by the phrenological indications attributed ignorance and credulity of mankind. The public is to them? These indications are, -Ist, A large endow. aware of the fair pretensions which the phrenologists ment of the organ of Destructiveness. 2d, A deficiency have invariably held forth ; yet, what has been the line in the development of the alleged organs of the moral of policy they have adopted ? They have pretended to sentiment; and, 3d, A deficiency in the anterior cerebral establish a system of philosophy founded exclusively on development, or quantity of brain before the ear, facts, and yet have never had recourse to any fair or whilst the posterior cerebral development, or quantity candid experimentum crucis by which the truth or of brain behind the ear, bears an undue proportion to falsehood of their primary propositions might be deterthe size of the head. To ascertain whether these indi- mined ;-they have adduced only ex parte evidence; cations actually exist or not, Mr Stone has carefully ex- and this, on their own showing, is of the most unsatisamined the crania of eighteen notorious murderers, factory kind, inasmuch as they have never established whose skulls are preserved in the Edinburgh Anatomi. any standard by which the proportions of the alleged cal Museum, the Museum of the Royal Physical So- organs can be determined ;-they have termed their ciety, and the Anatomical Museum in the University of organs, moderate,' 'full,' ' large,'' rather large,' Glasgow. He has contrasted their measurements with &c., and these terms, to the present day, have been used those contained in his Tables of respectable living Eng- without any rule or definite principle, by which the aplishmen, Scotchmen, and Irislımen, and also with those plication of them can be regulated ;-they, with an inof the cranium of the late celebrated Dr David Gregory, consistency, and yet a gravity, worthy of Hudibras in who was Professor of Mathematics in this University. his metaphysical disquisitions, persist in seriously main. The result of the whole induction (and Mr Stone pro- taining a science of proportions, without a scale of mea. ceeds to work in the most philosophical manner) is com- surement ;-they wander over the country preaching pletely subversive of Phrenology. So far from noto- their doctrines ex cathedra, as though they had really rious murderers being found to possess the anticipated a foundation in truth ; whilst it is a notorious fact, of phrenological indications, the truth of the following di- which they themselves must be aware, that there is not rectly opposite conclusions is put beyond a doubt :- a man of eminent science in Europe who has become a First, The most atrocious murderers not only fail to convert to them ; they profess to maintain, at all times, possess a large endowment of the alleged organ of De- the principles of free and manly discussion ; and, for structiveness, but have it very frequently, both abso- this purpose, have founded a society in this city, for the lutely and relatively, below the average size. Second, admission of believers, and do not allow any stranger, The most cruel and horrid murderers frequently possess who may visit it, to express an opinion ;-they profess a high development of the pretended organs of the mo. that their doctrines are as well established, and as palral sentiments, particularly those of Benevolence and pable to every enquirer, as the most demonstrable truths Conscientiousness. Turb, Murderers do not possess in nature, yet do not agree among themselves on the a less development of the supposed intellectual organs, most preliminary points ;-Dr Gall ridiculed the bumps nor a greater development of those to which the animal of Dr Spurzheim, Dr Spurzheim rejects with disdain propensities are referred, than individuals of high intel. the callipers of Mr Combe, and Mr Combe has been lectual and moral character. We cannot follow Mr lately engaged in an open phrenological warfare with Stone through all the laborious calculations by which one of the most intelligent of his contemporaries on the he establishes these propositions, but we can assure our subject of what is even the necessary result or tendency readers, that by referring to his pamphlet, they will find of their faith ;'--they give an organ one function to-day, that there is not a single weak link in his anti-phreno. another to-morrow ;--they maintain that a large organ logical chain.

of veneration is at one time the characteristic configuraAs if to make assurance doubly sure, Mr Stone con- tion of the head of a saint--at another, equally essential cludes with a fourth head, under which, by a similar to that of the most notorious and professed infidel! + close induction of facts, and a reference to another table, Lastly, come the interminable combinations of their which, like the rest, it must have cost him no small imaginary organs; and thus, the phrenologists shift pains to prepare, he makes it clear, that so far from no. torious thieves possessing the organ of Acquisitiveness

See the controversy between Messrs Combe and Scott. larger, or that of Conscientiousness smaller, than indivi. Journal, vol. iii. p. 571.

† See the report of the development of Vollaire, Phrenological


from argument to argument, from position to position, taste) of the feelings and dogmas of a certain learned resembling the ghosts in Virgil's Inferno,

Theban, who laid down, (previous to the commencement “Huc illuc volitant, nec certa in sede morantur."

of his enquiries,) that all laws were bad, and all lawyers

rogues-an assumption which (without entering upon It is all one whether Phrenologists attempt to answer any discussion of its truth) does not seem likely to conthese “ Observations,” or remain silent upon them. duce to unbiassed research. They may quibble, but they cannot reason themselves out of the dilemma into which they have been brought. They may talk of the distinction between power and ac,

MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. tivity, or they may dive into all the subtleties and

THE EDITOR IN HIS SLIPPERS; childish puerilities of counteracting combinations, but their logic will not be able to deceive any sound-witted

A PEEP BEHIND THE SCENES. man in the face of what is here established. Their science is either a science of signs, or it is not. If it is,

No. I. their signs have been proved to be just as uncertain as

" Stulta, jocosa, canenda, dolentia, seria, sacra; the signs of an April sky ;-if it is not, what is it ?

En posita ante oculos, Lector amice, tuos ;

Quisquis es, hic aliquid quod delectabit habebis ; -vox et præterea nihil!

Tristior an levior, selige quicquid amas."

We have a pair of old slippers--so old that, as The Scots Law Chronicle ; or Journal of Jurispru.

Wordsworth says, it is difficult to tell whether they were dence and Legislation. No. I. To be continued them is worn away; and three or four of our toes may

ever young. A considerable part of the sole of one of Monthly. Conducted by Professional Gentlemen. Edinburgh, published by A. Fyfe, Law Chronicle be distinctly seen peeping out from the other. They do Office; the country trade supplied by Stirling and not cover our feet; they are mere apologies for slippers, Kenney, Booksellers, Edinburgh. 1829.

--mere typical and shadowy representations. They

were not slippers originally ; they were a pair of dress LOOKING at the prospectus of this work, we are in. shoes. In the far vista of the past, we can almost reclined to like the project, and wish it success. It seems member the time when they used to be as bright as a to be an attempt to convey to the public, in a form likely mirror, and chirped at every step we took across a drawto be generally attractive, a condensed view of what is ing-room. We are not sure that we have not danced in going on in the legislative tribunals of the country. We them in our youth, and we daresay they divided the adlike this, because we believe that keeping the law of a miration which was at that remote period universally country continually in the eye of the people increases their bestowed upon our exquisitely turned feet and ankles. respect and affection for it, and by that mcans gives it a But gradually they fell down in the heels; and, as if more vital and pervading influence on society. At the by a natural disposition, seemed to be transforming same time we would caution the conductors not to allow themselves into slippers. They felt that old age was their desire of becoming popular to carry them too far. coming on, but they had got attached to us, and Law is a science_nay more, it is of all sciences the least were determined to die in our service. And die they attractive for the tyro or the dilettante—and this very shall; or rather, they and their master shall live and circumstance renders it improbable, that the sphere of a die together. We never had, and never will have, anowork avowedly confined to legal discussions can ever ther pair of slippers. We should as soon think of marextend beyond those who are inclined to go a little below rying a second wife. We confess that they have lost the surface. As all such persons must necessarily have their form and comeliness,-nay, that they imitate husome acquaintance with the technicalities of law, the manity most abominably, and that some of our best and promise held out in the following sentence, if meant to dearest friends have even ventured to point against them attract them, was unnecessary;" The conductors will the shafts of a too poignant ridicule. But, nevertheless, endeavour to avoid technicalities, and to express their we remain unshaken in our attachment-a noble exviews in a popular manner.” We fear, moreover, that ample of the “ integer vita scelerisque purus.They this promise, it adhered to, will necessarily lead to su. have accommodated themselves to all the outgoings and perficiality in the execution of the work. A technical incomings of our feet; there is not a curve or a sinuolanguage is inevitable in every science-it is the necessity,-a rise or a fall,--from our instep to our heel, from sary consequence of employing words in a more precise our ankle to the farthest point of our most elongated toe, and definite manner than in common conversation. No with which they are not familiarly acquainted ;-they person ever pretended to teach a science without the aid have known us from our youth, - they have seen us in of a technical language, but one who knew nothing of all our moods,they have been the gentle dumb comthe matter. And in the science of law, the peculiar panions of many a happy and many a melancholy hour; nicety of many of the discussions render such a lan and who, therefore, shall blame our affection for our guage, if possible, more requisite than in any other.- slippers--peculiar, perhaps, but not the less tender and The enumeration of subjects proposed for consideration lasting ? is comprehensive, and seems to us to embrace all that is We cannot help thinking that they have an expres. required in such a work. Perhaps more-for we would sion essentially their own, and unlike that of all other beg leave to hint, that the “Sketches of the biography slippers. Indeed we have always been of opinion, that, of our eminent legislators, &c." more particularly if of all the articles of dress, none convey so accurate an we are to take No. 1. for a specimen, may be omitted, idea of the character of the wearer as a pair of empty without any detriment to the publication. We would shoes or slippers. They are a domestic and endearing also suggest, that a Digest of the Decisions in the Courts object--they stand before the fire warming for you of Scotland, such as is given of the English cases, is against your return home. They have probably been quite sufficient. Considering the very able, it is true, placed there by some fond and faithful friend;--your but certainly very full and frequent reports, now pub- wife or daughter ; they tell a long story of family comlished of our Scotch Decisions, we think the pockets of fort and household harmony. If a death takes place, our young and briefless barristers are already sufficiently what object more melancholy than the vacant slippers tasked, even though they are not exactly laid under the of the deceased ? They look as if they anxiously waited necessity of purchasing them twice. Of the manner in his return, and are wondering why he has deserted them. which the work is executed we shall be able to speak That shall never be the fate of our slippers ; they shall with more certainty in the course of a month or two. be buried with us. The first article is rather too redolent (at least to our When we put on our slippers, we cease to be any


thing to the wide world without. Shoes, and more es. Let us take up one of those parcels at random, and pecially boots, are associated with all the bustle and look over it in a friendly way together. We may protoil of active life ; but around slippers there linger a bably find both variety and amusement here.. What calm repose—a refined selfishness--a careless independ. comes first ? A “ Song" from Glasgow, of which the

They imply no exertion ; on the contrary, they author in his letter “ To the Editor" says, “ I have are full of a soothing consciousness a mellowed recol- given you a short one to save space-but if it is bad, lection-of duties that have been performed. There is it is too long; and if it is good, it is perhaps all the in slippers that abandon de soi-même, that dreamy better for its brevity.” There is sound sense in this, and languor,-that mild tranquillity, before which all more the song itself well deserves publication : irritable feelings give way, and even critics become be. I have loved thee, Mary Jamieson, as bridegroom loves bis nevolent. No two beings can be morc dissimilar than

bride; the man whose tight boots pioch his corps, and exacer- I look'd nae watch, I lo'ed nae star, when ye were by bate all the tendernesses of his toes, and the man whose

my side, frec and casy slipper hangs gently upon his foot-gently For my heart was aye your mailin'meet, my love, your as a maiden of fitteen upon the arm of her earliest lover. ready fee, When the boot is on, the world is a stern reality, full of Though loveless hame, and hameless heart, are a' ye're the rubs and whips of furtune ; but when the slipper

left to me. succeeds, the face of nature is changed,—reality is a Ye promised me your constancy, ye plighted me your vow, bugbear that fades into infinite distance, and there is Wi' looks o' deeper tenderness than I can think o' now; bliss unfathomed in the recesses of an elbow chair, or But snaw upon the surgy sea, or dew upon the flower, in the soft siesta of a sofa.

Melts not so soon, fleets not so fast, as fades love's little We never can believe ourselves the Editor of one of hour, the most successful periodical publications of the pre- At the Cuckoo's time o' comin' ye were wi' me at the sent day after we have put on our slippers. The quan. well, tity of labour we have to go through, both physical and At the Swallow's time o' Aittin' I stood lanely there myintellectual, seems indissolubly connected with the sell; springy elasticity of shoes, or the manly vigour of what Ye hung round me a' the simmer when the bonny braes are commonly called Wellington boots. In our slipper But broken vows you've left me now, and stormy moments, we are idem et alter. Were we to review a

waves between. book with our slippers on, the author would be as safe as a mouse running away from a lady. Not that our Ob ! woman's love, Oh! woman's faith, how fleeting mind is altogether dormant, but that our heart is over. frail ye be! flowing, and we feel an affection for all mankind. We Wing'd wanderers, bee-like, seeking sweets from every could no more have said any thing severe of Mr Andrew But why should I upbraid your choice? cold hearts are

flower and tree, Crichton had our slippers been on that night we wrote

fated well, our celebrated article for the eighteenth Number of the A plenish'd purse their honeycomb, the halls of eild JOURNAL, than we could have consented to break the

their cell. legs of a butterfly on the rack. There are only two instances on record of our having given way to anger

What have we next? A prose sketch, entitled “ Pic. whilst we were wearing our slippers. The first of these tures of Life, No. I.” It is a pity the whole of it had was, when we tossed them both at our favourite cat,

not been as good as the first paragraph ;-it runs thus : / Moses, whom we detected eloping with the chicken we “ I belong to that numerous class of mortals, who, had destined for our supper ; and the second was, when independent though not rich, doze away their existence we found it necessary to take the liberty of making one pleasantly perhaps, but uselessly. Although a Writer of them acquainted with a part of a gentleman's person to the Signet, I am but noininally a lawyer, and though to which it had previously been an entire stranger. I do not refuse business, as little do I push it. No one

We seldom exert ourself very much in our slippers. cares how I live, or what I do ; and when I die, I shall We drink coffee, read magazines and new novels, chat be as little missed as if I were a leaf dropping off a in a pleasant and familiar manner with any friend who gooseberry bush, or a copying clerk starved to death in may happen to drop in, stretch ourself on the sofa his lonely garret. There are moments when I think I and allow all our children to scramble over us, write was born for better things; but the feeling soon gets cold short letters, cut open the parcels which booksellers and again. I am too indolent ever to make a figure in the publishers are continually sending us, or, finally, look bustling world ; so I poker the fire till it quivers brightover the communications we may have received during ly up the chimney, let down the venetian blinds, draw the day, and make up our mind as to their fate. Few the sofa a little nearer, and every thing looks so com. people would believe the quantity of manuscript that fortable that I would not change places with a kiog." passes through an Editor's hands in one shape or other. We confess, for our own part, we like to read manuscript,

What next ?" A Day in Dumfries." This is not and we have a pleasure in breaking the seal of all the

an anonymous article ; its author is a man of genius; communications sent to us. We are sometimes wofully but the too common fate of genius has been his undedisappointed, for we always begin to read with the hope served misfortune. There is power and interest in the that the writer will turn out a man of talent, and the following notice of determination to do him all justice if he be so. Fre.

THE WIDOW OF BURNS. quently, we are not disappointed ;-the article may not “Upon enquiring for the house in which the poet had be altogether first-rate, but it contains the germs and lived, I was shown up a narrow and rather hilly little indications of genius, and with that we are always street, bearing his name, at the farther corner of which pleased. We never destroy a paper where there are a the house is situated. In appearance it inclines to the few good thoughts, however dull the rest of it may be respectable, is whitewashed, and contains a ground and We lay it aside with the intention, as soon as we have upper story. A decent-looking weaver of seventy, and time and opportunity, of pruning, condensing, and a robust tanner of fifty, were conversing at the door. strengthening it, and then of giving it a corner in the Upon enquiring which was the identical house, Just JOURNAL. Thus, even our rejected are not neglected this ane, sir,' replied the tanner ; ' an' auld luckie lives addresses. Our study is full of articles carefully tied up in't yet. Belike ye wad wish to see her ; I'll tell her a in different parcels, some of which may see the light gentleman wishes to speak to her, if ye think proper.' when their authors are least expecting it.

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mon ; she'll think naething o't. Ye needna be blate, for cided favourite here: esto perpetua.” Mutability, thy ne'er a grain o' pride has auld luckie Burns !' I en- name is “ D. V.” deavoured to thank him, and withdrew; for the epithet Here are some poems by Alexander Maclagan ; and auld luckie Burns ! sounded like blasphemy. Heaven we think it right that our readers should be told who and earth! auld luckie! Lovely Jean !-the idol of Alexander Maclagan is. He is a young man in an the poet !-the inspirer of his muse !—whose praise, in humble walk of life a plumber, we believe who, his words, has been sung by ten thousand times ten without any advantages or encouragement whatever, felt thousand tongues !—who lives as the spirit of music and something of the poet stirring within him ; and though of love in the imagination of nations ! to be in a mo. forced to struggle against his ignorance, both of orthoment not merely divested of her divinity, and associated graphy and grammar, has devoted many of his leisure with humanity, but familiarly styled auld luckie ! hours to putting his thoughts in verse. He has been luckie Burns! by a tanner ! Nonstrous—humiliating a reader of the JOURNAL since its commencement; and -unpardonable !

having taken it into his head that he would like to see “ By a fortunate circumstance, an opportunity of vi. the Editor, he called upon us one evening, and intrositing Mrs Burns occurred in the evening. We were duced himself to us in a modest manner, as a poet was shown into a small rather genteel parlour by a servant entitled to do. His story and appearance, together with girl, who, with a young grand-daughter, compose the the manuscripts he brought with him, interested us. We domestic establishment of the widow. Before me was lent him some books, and gave him the best advice we a dark-complexioned, somewhat corpulent, plain-looking could. He has been improving rapidly, and if he writes woman of sixty and "pwards, dressed in a slate-coloured many things as good as the following, he well deserves gown, a lighter shaded shawl, and a conimon muslin cap. | encouragement : Her manners and appearance were those of an old Scot. tish farmer's wife, in easy circumstances ;-and this was

By Alexander Maclagan. Mrs Burns. Directing my attention to the original portrait of her husband by Nasınyth, That,' said she,

Now summer's gane wi' a' her wiles, is the only likeness he ever sat for, an’ its ower coarse.

Her rays o'gowd, her cheering smiles; Turning to a print of the • Coltar's Saturday Night,'

Her sangs o' joy, her hills o' green, over the mantel-piece, “ Ye'll ken where that's from,'

An' bonny winding groves between.

O where are now her happy days, continued she'; it's reckoned an excellent thing.' Then Her lauching gowans on the braes, pointing my attention to two miniatures which hang a The crown of flowers upon her brow, licele lower on each side of the print, You'll not The primrose sweet, the violet blue? know these,' added she; this in red is my son James,

The cauld white foam o' winter's wrath and that in blue his brother William. James, ye'll ob. Has cover'd o'er the winding path serve, is like his father's folk, but William aye took it o' That led me to the birken bower,

Where Love made short the langest hour : • Beautiful or accomplished Mrs Burns has never Alas! nae primrose sweet is there, been. In person she may bave been what in Scotland But trees in frost stand shivering bare;is termed a likely lass, possessing a good beart, an ex- Poor limpin' hare, and cushet doo, cellent disposition, and a knowledge of domestic econo. Cauld, cauld maun be your biggin' now! my. And in making choice of such a woman, Burns Saw ye the robin twittering past, showed himself not merely possessed of the feelings of a His wee wing riven in the blast? poet, but the sense of a man. For, however we may

See! mute he sits on yon auld tree, admire the genius of that sex which we are born to love,

An' the snaw-drift steeks his heartless ee : · All song and no supper,' I opine, would shortly produce Deprived o' shelter, food, and rest, a note of discord little in unison with the harmony of

His tuneless bill sinks on his breast; wedded felicity."

Cauld swinging on a naked spray,

He spends his weary winter day. Ha! art thou there? These lines shall have a place

Loud howls the tempest o'er the hill, without name or signature, and the reader shall judge

On sleeping nature frozen still ; for himself whether he ever read any thing by the same And turret grey frae ruin'd wa's, author before :

Mix'd in the tempests, tumbling fa’s :
Oh maid, unloving but beloved,

And living streams, wi' winter's breath,

Hae turn'd as cauld an' stiff as death ;-
My soul's unchanging theme,
Who art by day my constant thought,

How dear would be my humble strain,

Could it bring sweet summer back again!
By night my only dream,
Thou think'st not, in thy pride of place,

We must add the following short piece, by the same
When gay ones bow the knee,

author, of whom we hope to have more to say ere long, How bends one distant lonely heart,

and in whom we should be glad to interest our readers :
In earnest love of thee!
As saints in elder days but knew
One attitude of prayer ;

Sweet lady! touch thy harp again,
And, turning to the holy east,

And sing me a soft and soothing lay ;
Pour'd all their spirit there;

A charm breathes round me from thy strain,
So to thy home inclines this heart,

Like sunshine on a winter day,
All distant though it be,
And knows but one adoring art,

Sing on, dear maid, though I am one
This earnest love of thee.

Who darkly look on all I see;

Mind not my mood, 'tis of a man
Two letters from “ D. V.” of Dundee !—the name Who lives, when life is misery.
at full length, but we shall not mention it; for “ D.
Vi's" letters not having been inserted in the JOURNAL,

There was an eye that watch'd with mine “ D. V." has seen cause to change his opinion both of

Each morning's glory-bright and new;

And when I said, “ O how divine !" it and its Editor, and has waxed bitter in the “ Fife

There was a voice which said so too. Herald.” We had hoped bet:er things of “ D. V.” seeing that he wrote to us on the 28th of November, There was a little pulse that beat 1828,_" Your JOURNAL has already become a de. Beside the veins where my life play'd;


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