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from a lofty mountain of one's own me on my way; sometimes gliding and native land, there is in it some- between green banks with an almost thing so thrilling and extatic, while imperceptable motion; sometimes the eye roams over the space stretch- rattling along clear, broad and shaling to the utmost boundary of the low, showing its round smooth pehhorrizon, on which are scattered the bles; and sometimes rushing with thatched mansions of rural inno- deafening noise down its deep-worn cence; traces the winding river bed, and toiling its waters to foam burn, stealing under the lang yellow among the huge masses of rock, broom;" gladdens at the prosp overgrown with moss, which had of a thousand healthy pastures, che- been severed by some convulsion of quered o'er with flocks and herds; nature from the

e enormous cliffs that and distinctly notes its own village protruded from the sides of the valspire, embower'd cot, and well known ley :—these were high and precipitmeads; while memory hastily recalls ous, and in most places rocky, with the days of careless childhood, its here and there a shrub or stunted youthful compeers, and the romantic tree; and one might now and then notions and feelings of youthful ima- discern a few sheep, nibbling the gination ;--- while again the noble scanty grass among the craggy cliffs landscape, the stupendous barriers, above, which as one passed, looked and the vast blue concave of heaven, down with an earnest gaze, gave a with all its host of clouds, attract solitary baa, and then quietly re the wondrous gaze, the emotions of ed their eating.

Tas bob the mind acquire an elevation and The vale wound about in a sersublimity, which no other situation pentine direction; and from the vari can produce; and the soul dwells rious aspects of every turning point, and expands with the grandeur of which when at a distance it display1 its sensationsiment, that it cannot in

ed, much was given for speculation in

as to the course which it would take, words give birth to its inexpressible among the labyrinth of mountainand unutterable impressions. bases, where other dells or glens

Although in such haste to arrive opened from this :- however gain at the end of my journey, I could ed point after point, until I saw, with not forbear stopping now and then mingled sensations of pleasure and to contemplate the charming prose pain, the stepping-stones over the pect, which was not, however, re- brook, and the steep zig-zag path by markable for fertility or luxuriant which I must leave the valley. By clothing, but chiefly for its bold out, taking this path, passing through line, and natural, though rather the little hamlet at the top of the naked features. The cots of the mountain, and descending on the peasantry were, in general, scatter other side, I came to the level, whence ed at a good distance from each other; it was but a few fields length of geneach defended in some degree from tle ascent, up to my uncle's; by the rude mountain winds by a few which I should cut my journey shorttrees, which towered high above the er a few furlongs. When I arrived humble roof of faded thatch, and was at the hamlet, I enquired of a shepsurrounded with the necessary ap- herd the nearest way to the Flinty pendages of a barn and a byre. I Knowe: “ Ye maun gae back the proceeded on, and soon descended gate ye cam again,” said he; “ down the steepy hill: at the bottom was a the brae, and over the burn, and kep small clachan, or hamlet, containing the left han’; and when ye are by al pot-house, where I devoured the th' meikle stane, gae through the remaining fragments of provision, wee yett, and follow the burn till ye and set forward again with renewed get to the mill, and then ye'll be at vigour.

the bottom o' the Flinty Knowe." Crossing the narrow stone bridge “ Thank ye, friend," replied I; “ but at the extremity of the village, I I'm nae for ganging that gate sae entered a deep and romantic glen; long as I can fin' a shorter way, ye on the edge of which, at the distance ken there is a nearer way gif ye wad of four miles, was the humble mans tell. Come, now, just shew me the sion of my uncle Andrew. The be- road."


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the ground, an by the thorn an then neighbours, cousins, and the seto ye'll see, its a thacbit house amangvants, all standing in deep silence the trees, ye canna miss't.” “Thank around the bed of my dying uncler ye,” said I, and away I went; in a On entering, all eyes were turned quarter of an hour I found myself upon me; I was a stranger to most going up the field that led to the of them. There were, however, one house, and a crowd of sensations or two who remembered me I adrushed into


vanced to the bed-side, and the counMany years had elapsed since I tenance of my uncle for a moment had wandered about this very mea- brightened up at my approach, but dow in careless infancy; and the soon subsided again into a cold pretty secluded cot to which I was tranquil indifference. 4. W twitvi advancing had been my home; I

It was plain that death was rapidly looked around on the hills and dales approaching. He had been speechand could easily recognize them as less several hours, consequently we my old acquaintances. “ Ha!” said could bold no conversation. Hely 1,"ye change not your appearance; however put out his hand, which b ye grow not old in the course of grasped with an affection redoubled time; the feebleness of age cometh by the prospect of soon losing him not upon you ; ye still smile in the for ever. In my younger days il brightness of summer, and frown in had lived with him ; and he, having the lowering winter. For ages ye no children of his own, was then have reared your towering crests, remarkably fond of me. Subseand given food to the flocks and quently that affection was strength herds that have chequered your dark ened between us, and although Prosurface; ye have given a direction vidence had cast my lot in another to the murmuring brook that pro- country, yet we had kept up. ceeds from you, till it seeks, far dis- friendly and affectionate intercourse;' tant, the mighty ocean: and while some time previous to this indispogeneration after generation hath sition I had again removed to within passed away, ye have preserved un- thirty miles of his residence, which varied the features ye possessed in was the place from whence I set out ages gone-even now, as in years on this sorrowful visit. past, my eyes behold the still sun

My uncle was a man of sound shine sleeping upon your gentle judgment, keen observation, and sloping declivities, interrupted only cheerful, social disposition; joined when the light cloud of spring for to a thorough knowledge of man a moment casts over them its pass-kind-he loved a cheerful glass :ing shadow."

he was kind to his servants and deMy cogitations were suddenly in- pendants :-and, though rather of terrupted by the gate at the end of frugal and saving disposition, yet the pasture, which I opened. In he was charitable to his poor neighanother moment I was in the porch bours. In his friendships he was of the cottage. I lifted the latch rather capricious, but firm in his atand went in; the house appeared tachment to the kirk and the gojust the same as I had left it ten vernment of his country. He was years ago. The furniture was the apt to be a little passionate and hasty same, and each piece occupied the in his temper; his resentment, howsame position. The old clock stood

ever, was seldom of long duration: ticking in the corner, as it had done on the whole, he was well beloved for fourscore years; the oaken settle by those among whom he dwelt; remained behind the door, and my and might be pronounced a good uncle's antique two-armed chair by neighbour, and an excellent subject. the fire-side : but I saw no living By a long course of industry in his creature in the house besides the cat profession he had amassed a pretty

the hearth-stone, I listened good property, the knowledge of awhile, but could hear nothing - which had drawn around him a host At this I rather wondered, as of of needy relations; chiefly, however, yore the house was seldom, scarcely consisting of nephews; wha besieg ever, totally deserted. I then went ed him with flattery and professions, forward into the spence or country but whose attentions were chiefly. parlour, where I found several drawn forth by their hopes of inhe

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riting the old man's property; Then taking o'er the lawn its course, how he had willed his property was The waving grass confessed its force; not known: he was a man of pru- And every flow'ret'on the mead,"! dence, and seldom blabbed out his Bent while it passed a trembling head." private taffairs when there was no especial need of snel promulgation. station to the parlour, my uncle had

I was soon summoned from my On my arrival Iconsequently somewhat revived, and his speech found all the friends about him re

had returned. He told us death was markably attentivey and duteous in making rapid advances, and that we evident that a good deal of their might soon expect the moment of

his dissolution. He informed me affection was assumed for the occa.

where we should find his will, and sion. Shortly after my arrival, he fell into a kind of doze, and all left gave us some excellent advice on our

future conduct. the room, save an attendant or two. Peggy, the servant who had lived perform which I thought were a lit

Some things he requested us to with my uncle fourteen or fifteen tle odd :-he wished us to read his years, now insisted on my taking will in the room where he was, imsome refreshment, and accordingly mediately after he had expired. He sét meat before me. I was too much desired that he might not be laid agitated to feel any thing like plea- out, as it is commonly called, until sure in my repast, and what I ate

at least twelve hours after his deparwas more te please the faithful old domnestie, than from any inclination ture; and that his large two-armed of thiy own g accordingly, when my order and solemnity at the head of

oaken chair might be placed in all slight meal was over, I got up and the table every meal, and that it went to the window in a serious and should remain unoccupied till after reflecting i mood. The afternoon

his funeral. He also wished to be was far advanced, and the scenery interred in a very deep grave. All without was wrapped in tranquility. these requests we promised faithfully a the sunshine, cloudless, bright, and to observe; when after taking an af. stillz: 1 aukso 115 in

fectionate farewell of each, he quiSlept on the lawn and heathy bill ; etly resigned himself to his pillowAnd gently stole from leaf and flower The moisture of the morning shower.

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it no more.
Aloved the light branches of the trees,
Which, wbile they shifted to and fro,
Wared as exact their shades below;

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SEVENTEEN.-First love-virgin much-not in the humour for it heart-blushes and bashfulness-too disappointed about Caroline-Ladies young-in love for the romance of always before hand in extending it not know her own mind—no ho their hands in quadrilling-feel ranour in captivating fifty girls at ther aukward with Caroline--hope sixteen-five-and-twenty, character they leave soon_Mrs. Smith says formed-prudent, discreet-too old, to-morrow. chances going by-glad to catch at Aug. 22.-This day Mr. Mrs. and any-twenty-two, i. e. called nine- Miss Morrison joined our tableteen-blue or black

eyes indifferent, Fanny Morrison quite a Hebe. dark blue preferred-quite pale—no mouth like a rose-bud-face full of deception, rouge hard to detect some- dimples-sufficing plumpness-ratimes-blush better seen-beauty of ther trussedmall smiles and good blush chiefly in the sentiment of it humour-only laughed when the ---fine teeth and hair rarely com- dog tore her gown-motherill health bined-good ancle-no display of it

- very fractious

Fanny sweetly —not from boarding school-not assiduous-good daughter-good passionately fond of dancing—sing- wife--only child-father a coal mering great recommendation-warm chant rather objectionable hearted and affectionate, not enthu- lack of money, siastic—fond of the country—thou- Aug, 29.-Fanny improves daily sand or two highly desirable. --never liked any one so well since

Aug.7.-Tunbridge Wells, Smith's Eleanor-to call in London? NoHotel-only two pretty women at City road-no attempts at hooking table—one called Caroline, quite to

in the likeliest I've seen. my taste- light as a fairy, true sym- London, Sept. 12.-Called at Mormetry, noble creature sat next to rison's no one at home very un

e-Miss Dashwood finest bust I luckyế house rather dirty- often ever saw - beautiful hair- braids the case where there's sicknessand curls different shades—might be can't call again well without a prenatural, helped twice to fish, besides tence-purchase four orders for the poultry and pastry. Mem! mark play, it. 8s. that.

Sept. 15.-Coach to Covent-garden Aug. 10.–Miss Dashwood engag Theatre four shillings and sixpence ed to a silversmith in London-sorry sixpence too much-very silly of for it—too good for a tradesman's Fanny to say she would rather pay wife; thick ancles, though—eats im- double than dispute it—no mindmoderately.

no necessity for it-gaped at Julius Aug. 12.—Tickets to the assembly Cæsar, laughed at Blue Beard-not -Caroline and Maria and her mo- read much- progidy-versitalityther-Cary best dancer in the room no time to spare_angelicdisposition - looked lovely, afraid she had co- and temper-made me say more than loured a little-very pettish about I intended—don't think I committed the rain-don't like the sly looks myself

serious thoughts of proposshe casts at Maria, as if to say, I've ing -wish she had not miscalled caught him—think she's fond of me those words-call in City-road to-some doubts about temper. morrow-going to office.

Aug. 15.—Joked Cary about mar- Sept. 16.-Breakfast cups differriage-just as I wished, renew it ent patterns-Fanny rather insipid again-don't think she has any for- -hair in papers-neck-frill dirtytune.

half engaged to dine on Thursday Aug. 17.-Lucky escape, Caroline -Fanny to write-wonder how-sir a termagant-slapped the chamber - dear sir-dear Mr. Price-Miss maid-talk of the whole house- Morrison's compliments-Tom to won't

go to the rooms to-night, glad sup to-night-consult him. of it-go myself.

Sept. 18.That infernal letterAug. 18.- Nicish girl the first I Tom to see it too-Mr. Price, Esq.danced with, Miss Corles-exquisite confounded ignorance could not complexion -- red hair-talked too marry a Venus with a vulgar soul--

young still.

all off-say, I'm going to Wales, and witty--don't like visiting where stay uncertain. Poor Fanny! think number of daughters, downright she cried at parting---may do after snapdragons with mothers and aunts all--Mayor's spelling book --- quite - great many, pretty portionless

misses on hand at present--wonder Sept. 22.---Saved an old woman any man should prefer a widow from being run over; daughter where money is not in the case---fefainted in my arms bewitching

male youth so sweet and engaging--black eyes---Jewess---Rachel---augh wonder if I could meet with a girl -- like to meet with my wife by acci- who had never heard of Moore or dent--stage coach---play.

Byron. General observations and senti- Lime, Dorset,Oct. 2.--Like to know ments--begin to understand the fe- who that lovely creature was that male character---Woman devoid of opened her pew on Sunday--vanity a non-entity--expect flattery Miss Leeson. like food---few receive it gracefully Oct. 19.---Lucky business brought ---manners seldom entirely natural--- me down to Lime---very true,"mardifferent in the company of their riages made in heaven”---Miss Leeown sex and ours---generally affect son perfect divinity---reminds me coyness---not always assumed---never of Johnson's Fidelia, in attention could make Eleanor confess she lov- to her grandfather---manners, pered me---Middleton says his wife ne- son, mind, fortuné, disposition, temver kissed him till she was his wife per, connexions--all I could desire -gentle quiet demeanour preferable ---cannot suppose what fault she ---vivacity apt to degenerate into le has --- must have some surprised vity---better tempers on the whole she is disengaged---many deserving than we are---distinguished talents girls lost in seclusion. of any kind no advantage to a wo- London, May 12.---Married at St. man unless she makes money by George's, Southwark, to Martha Leethem--rather a wife who wrote Greek son---happiest day of my life---bridethan one who studied stock-jobbing cake flying-visitors calling-one ---When politicians always opposition hundred at house-warming-toldTom --don't think they talk, on the whole, all bachelors should be taxed doumore than men, only longer at a ble, who said they ought among other time--great art, knowing when to be luxuries --- impertinent fellow---celisilent--not aware of the extent of bacy to matrimony like barley water their influence---don't use it skilfully to rich burgundy---caudle and crying -every one desirous of being mar- --- christening and compliments ried---never an old maid at five-and- clean fire-side--gout and good dinforty from choice---never met with a ners---O! rare aunt Dorothy. woman who was at once very pretty



THINK not from me thy cause of grief to hide,

For well I know the secret of thy breast:
Love reigns triumphant there in all his pride:

Thy sighs, thy looks betray the tyrant guest.
Nor deem it strange I've read thy tender woe.

Though well conceal'd by womans modest art;
Love's pupils must their master's language know;

instructor was--my own fond heart.

Eur. Mag. Vol. 82.



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