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is doubtful, whether a copy either of Pity thyself, then, if not me, his or Donne's poems will be extant And hold not out, lest, like Ostend at the close of the nineteenth cen
thou be, tury, if nature, united with a correct Nothing but rubbish at delivery. and elegant taste; continue to be cultivated and progressively improved.
To the Memory of Mr. Edward King, At present, indeed, we have so many
who was Drowned in the Irish Seas. schools of poetry, so many heresies I am no poet, here my pen 's the spout in matters of taste, that little can be Where the rain water of my eyes run said with certainty with regard to out, the future; but if false taste, and In pity of that 'name whose fate we see s arbitrary notions of poetic beauty Thus copied out in fate's hydrography.
were once exploded, the works of The muses are not mermaids, though - Donne, Clieveland, and their meta- upon
physical contemporaries, would soon His death the ocean might turn Helicon. glide into oblivion. Their names,
The sea's too rough for verse, who no doubt, will travel down to pos- With Xerxes strives to fetter the Hel
rhymes upon't, terity, while antiquarian research continues to hoard up the useless
lespont. lumber of ancient times. But if it
My tears will keep no channel, own yo
laws ever becomes popular to reject what- To guide their streams, but, like the not stamped with the impress
waves, their cause of native excellence, if it ever be Run with disturbance, till they swallow deemed wise not to encumber the mind with useless knowledge, and As a description of his misery. to pervert the taste by the perusal of false models, we have no hesitation Perhaps it would be wrong to
prophesying the fate of their conclude, that Clieveland felt no works. The following lines from real sorrow for the loss of his friend; Clieveland will shew how exactly his but if the greatest scribbler of the genius and manner correspond with present day wrote such lines, they those of Donne and Cowley.. would be deemed animpious mockery
of the dead. It may be safely asserted, To Julia, to expedite her Marriage. that many poets of our own time, Think but how soon the market fails; edition, and who are never more
whose works never pass beyond one Your sex lives faster tban the males; Now since you bear a date so short,
destined to be heard of in the lists 1. Live double for't.
of fame, are not merely superior to How can thy fortress ever stand, Donne and Cowley, but
possess merit If it be not manned ?
which would become the theme and The siege so gaios upon the place; the admiration of future ages, had Thou'lt find the trenches in thy face, they lived at the same time.
M. M. D,
APHORISMS, OPINIONS AND THOUGHTS ON MORALS.
How often are persons led to de- may possess it. One definition of tract from the merit of others, by it is, the power of moving with ease à feeling of competition, of which and dignity, and with appropriate they are wholly unconscious." I gesture ; and it requires a discrimican have no envious motive for un- nating mind to teach and to bestow deryaluing Selina'saccomplishments, this power - without it, the best because I have no pretensions to ac- made man, or woman, would be no complishments myself," says Lavi- more than the well-made, well-stufnia ; " therefore we come into no fed, and well-coloured clay figure in competition."'-" As I do not sing, the room of the artist; whose beauty I cannot be envious of Leander's is powerless and valueless, till the singing," cries Sophia, “ because creative mind of the painter puts its "we come into no competition.” Cer- limbs into graceful and appropriate tainly they come into no particular attitudes competition, but there is a general one, which answers the same pur
6. Before such genius all objections fly, pose, and excites equal envy: name
Pritchard'sgenteel, and Garrick six feet ly, competition for notice. While
high,” Selina is displaying her accomplish- says Churchill; þut as “ genteel" is ments, Lavinia obtains no notice. While Leander is singing, Sophia's is arbitrary over words as well as
now become a vulgarism, and fashion powers of conversation are unde- dress, I would rather read it thus: sired and unvalued, and she is not attended to. To be noticed, if not 6 Pritchard is graceful, Garrick six admired, is the general wish; and feet high." none, however insignificant in the
eyes of their acquaintances, are suf- If I were not withheld from lying ficiently so in their own as to be by any better motives, I should be satisfied, while a display of the ta-, deterred from it, by its being conlents of others causes them to be temptible, because it is so easy; nay, wholly disregarded.
the very easiest thing in nature'; for who lies, in order to children and fools excel in it. Chilconceal a weak or wicked action, is dren are not conscious of the probauno more sure of effecting the pur- ble mischievous consequences of the pose, than the slattern, who ties a disgrace of a lie, and fools regard clean apron over a dirty petticoat, is them not. Those who are older and of concealing her untidiness--the wiser, too weak to resist temptation slightest gust of wind
blow to falsehood, yet too strong not to the apron aside; and the slightest see the difficulties and dangers which cross examination may detect the surround it, are apt to betray themlie.
selves, even while committing the The vain man is he, who valaes vice of lying ; and by an involunhimself on the qualities and advan- tary blush, a snapping eye-lid, and tages which he really possesses ;-- a downcast eye, do homage to that the conceited man values himself on truth, against which they are re. qualities which he has not, and adds belling. poverty of intellect to arrogance of Though no one can deny that va. pretension.
rious evils are mingled with the Some one has said, and said truly, blessings of existence ; still, if we that a woman can be handsome only were to take from the catalogue of one way, but she can be graceful a miseries those, which are merely the thousand ; and the French expres- result of our own diseased imaginașion of " la grace plus belle encore tions, and the distorted or mistaken que la beauté" (grace still more beau- view which we take of circumstantiful than beauty), is a sort of kind. and
persons, I am convinced that red observation to this. But what the list would be astonishingly diis grace? Not external conforma. minished. tion certainly ;—the finest form may I have often heard the cry of “the be devoid of it, and the clumsiest church is in danger !" and I always Eur. Mag. Vol. 32.
for detailed it be as stond so longer tire from the tumult of the world to
the quiet of retirement ? secure, of which so many of the
There is nothing which requires newest pillars are rotten? While so much mental courage, and so the dunce, the idler, the spendthrift, much firm principle, as to tell the the profligate, of whom nothing else strict truth, in spite of strong, tempcan be made, is thought good enough tation to tell the lies of interest, of for a clergyman; and he is licenced pride, and of complaisance; because to take care of the souls of others, no fame, no honor await the person who has notoriously proved that he who so does; as there is scarcely an cannot take care of his own. Well individual in society who values may the friends of the establishment spontaneous truth, or indeed any exclaim that “ the church is in dan- truth:-to tell a little fib, 4 white ger ;! for the traitors are within its lie, is thought even meritorious on walls, and far more formidable than some occasions; while a strict adall the conventicles of sectaries, and herence to truth on small, as well as the orations of demagogues and in
on great points, exposes the person fidels. teui. ital
adheres to be ridiculed, if Enviable, indeed, are those who, not despised, by people in general: when the hand of faithlessness, trea- therefore, he who can act up to his chery, or death has blighted all their own sense of right, in defiance of own prospects in this life, can delight ridicule and example, and also, unto busy themselves in promoting the stimulated by aught but the whisper public or private welfare of their of conscience, is capable of what fellow-creatures. Though bankrupts must call the most difficult moral themselves in happiness, by trading heroism. on commission for others, they will A man of moderate talents is alby that means gain in time a small ways contented with himself—a man capital of their own. bez
of sterling talents, on the contrary, I always consider the sceptic, who is always discontented, because he endeavours to deprive his compani- continually discovers powers, and ons of their religious belief, by his acquirements beyond what he post arguments and his eloquence, as in- sesses :-+-thus is the balance in life fluenced by the same motives as the kept even--and those who are the fox in the fable; who having lost his best gifted, are not the most happy. tail, and feeling the misery of the How very easy, and how very com privation, could not bear that his mon it is to become ridiculous, and brethren should possess an advan, a mark for petty detraction, though tage of which he was deprived; and possessed of great personal qualities, therefore selfishly endeavoured to rare talents and superior, wit, unless persuade them to cut off their brush- a constant watch is kept over the es in imitation of him. 30 abie vanity; and how often does one see Men and women of talent, who live superior men
r, women rendered in the country,orin a provincial town, objects of ridicule by an inferior and are very apt to overrate their own contemptible one, who has the power abilities, and to become conceited:- of playing them off, as it is called, those who are in retirement have no and of putting the springs of their one to compare themselves with, and vanity, unconsciously, in motion :are, therefore, ignorant of their des when so played upon, they lose their ficiencies ;-and those who live in a shining and marked superiority of country town have, generally, only character, and are levelled, for the pigmies to measure with, and natu- time, with the most ungifted of their turally enough, therefore, suppose companions-as the toy called the themselves to be giants.
whiz-gig, however rich and handWhich is the happiest, or most en- some it may be from the outward viable person that being who, hav- decoration bestowed on it, when it ing just pretensions to fame and 1 is whirling round under the hand of universal homage, is zin full and unt , the player, loses every trace of its disturbed possession of them; or external beauty, and looks no better that being who having possessed than one made of the most common them, and feeling their emptiness, materials... novel niin has chosen to resign them, and res -to
THE TEST OF AFFECTION, 12 asi ti sad tsbaov
Tedos 90 19 Siibe Isi tot I AROSE early in the morning, and with redoubled fury, then slackened, after taking a good breakfast set, until the dense cloud totally dimin out from home; I was furnished nished; its heavy, dark colour gradi with an oaken cudgel, which I deem- dually changed to a livelier hue; the ed might, towards the latter end of drops grew smaller, and fell at wider my journey, be useful:-orr the end intervals; and the sun burst forth of it was slung a small matter of in all the glorious refulgence of unprovision, packed up in a handker- clouded splendour -I then pursued chief, and then hoisted over my left my journey. It was now lighter; shoulder. A good quantity of rain and the feathered warblers were had fallen in the night; it was, how- chanting melodiously among the ever, fair when I commenced my ex- dripping leaves and branches of the pedition, and I wished it so to re- trees; and, flitting from spray to main ; for it was no pleasure to anspray, seemed to rejoice at the apticipate a wet day, and a journey of proach of morning. I now and then thirty miles on foot before me. met a solitary rustic, just issuing
The morning was still and beauti- from his cot and hastening to his ful—it was at the early hour of four labour, who interrupted my medita -I could not yet distinguish the tions no longer than while I returnsun, though I was sensible he had ed his friendly salutation. For two left his ocean-bed, from the beautiful hours I proceeded on in this manner streaks of colouring in the eastern when thinking it time for another sky. To express the softness, mild- breakfast, my former being pretty ness, and calmness of the scenery at well digested; and my appetite be that hour, I cannot find adequate ing sharpened by the caller air, 1 words; those only can conceive it turned into a pot-house hard by the who have witnessed the same. I had way side,“ keepit by Maggy Do not proceeded more than two miles naldson," noted
for selling guid auld before a few drops alarmed me with Scotch drink, a drap o'the right sort; apprehensions of a soaking shower, a house where there had been many from a 'heavy black cloud that was a good splore kicked up by the deslowly sailing over my head; and votees of the above liquor. On enmy fears were soon realized by a very tering, Patty, who had cleaned up thick descent that followed, on which the house, and who was now busy at I betook myself with all speed to a the kirn, left her task, and lowered thatched cottage that I saw at some the tone with which she was singing distance for shelter : its humble in- a song of Burn's, to attend me habitants were not yet risen; and though, while she placed an old threethe only shelter I could obtain was legged worm-eaten oak table by the that, which the eaves of the dark side of the settle on which I had brown thatch afforded :-partially seated myself, and furnished it with screened, I there watched the pro- a foaming jug of nut-brown, I caught gress of the shower, which alter the following:
y29v916 nately abated a little, then increased
U DONE 911ilidbe
“But warily tent, when you come to court me,
O whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad:
O whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad.
Aula Maggy, who sat by the ingle of a minute examination of many a with a pipe in her month, now ac- fine scene my course of travels, I am costed me with “ how far cam ye this sensible, displayed. It was lower: mornin, gade man ?" When I had ing dark the whole atmosphere satisfied her in this particular, she was loaded with immense watery enquired, “ Where I was gaun?" clouds--the wind was wild and And when I told her I was going to boisterous and with short intermist. visit old Andrew Gillespie, my un.
sions the rain descended in torrents, cle, who was supposed to be near so that I was soon thoroughly drenchdeath, she broke out, “What! Aulded to the skin. I now stopped again! Andrew Gillespie, that dwells at for another refreshment, as I was Flinty Knowe, amang the muirs, arrived at the last inn' before asbendsure he's 'na ill! I should amaisting the mountains, through which I greet out baith my e’en if we were to had yet a long journey, and not one of tine him: there is na a mair auld far- the best roads. After leaving the inn, rant fallow in the kintra than honest I began to ascend a very steep path, auld Andrew Gillespie:- I kent him which leads several miles through lang syne, and a' his kith and kin: a wild range of heathy hills, and bar. he ne'er cam'to the town but he ca't ren moors ; and while on this part of for a cog o’my nappy, for he was a my journey, frequently those lines: cantie auld ear); shame to the rogue of Burn's forcibly impressed my rethat would' injure him in word or collection : deed; an’I hope the tale ye hae heard is not true, an that ye'll find him " Admiring nature in her wildest grace hale and weel, and as cantie as ever;
These portbern scenes with weary feet but if you are gaun to Andrew Gil
I trace; lespie's the day, ye'll find it a lang O'er many a winding dale and painful step till?t'; and sae fár's I can see,
steep, ye'll hae'a wet day o't." I was
Th’abodes of covey'd grouse and timid much pleased with this eulogium on
70 my relative; and I could have stay- The scenery before me was majesed with the auld 'Hostess much tic and sublime; not from extent of longer, very willingly; for I love prospect, but the height of the black auld Scotch songs, auld Scotch tales, hills, the depth and gloominesssof and auld Scotch drink; the one of the vallies, the ruggedness, harrenwhich auld Maggy was well noted ness and desert-like silence reigning for singing, the other for telling all around ;-- the whole country was and the other for selling ;- but it rent and tossed into 'mountains, subwas absolutely necessary 1 should lime in barrennéss} and made more proceed, which I did, after exhaust particularly impressive by a thick ing the last drops of the precious mist, or rain fog, which satsallen exhilirating nappy, gathering up the upon the summit of every hill, and relics of my repast, and wishing my obscured with its misty mantle, mneh hostess á gude morning.
of the heathy declivities ;_frequent Refreshed with my rest, I now ly, however, large portions of it travelled on with great vigour, until would be detached, and driven ral another shower drove me for shelter pidly along the mountain-sides, aby into a blacksmith's shed ;-after con- the furious breeze, 1 s ! 4 sh versing awhile with honest Burne- The weather in a short time clearwin about the " wee dwarf Davie," ed
and the sun broke ont agair on
canny elshie of Muckelstane in his meridian splendour. Cheered Muir," who sat for his picture to the with the aspect of the sky, and the author of the Popular Novels; and pure mountain-breeze, which had lost seeing no signs of better weather, I a good deal of its chillness in the again set forward.
warm sunbeams that now burst forth, Nothing further occurred on'my I quickened my pace, and soon gàinjourney for some time, nor was the ed the top of the hill: I had a grand scenery such as to tempt me to give and extensive prospect of country a description of it: one reason, how- before me for many milos. There is ever, may be, l' was anxious to 'ar
certainly nothing that can so pow. rive at my journey's end; and the erfully affect the mind with a kind day was not such as would permit of indescribable sensation, as a view