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in July 1805, and on the 6th of Dec. ble, and fuses into an enamelled bead. 1806, it had become so foul as not to 3. With borate of soda it dissolves more be made to go even when two pounds readily, and fuses into a semitransluwere added to its weight. On its be- cid white globule. 4. With caustic ing taken to pieces, in all its jewelled soda it could be only partiaily fused holes the oil was very black and glu- into a white enamel. 5. The subtinous, but in the others it was quite stances of which, by an analysis, 100 fluid; and it even required great force, grains were found to be composed, and some dexterity, to draw out the are :spindle that carried the second's hand. Carbonic acid gas The clock was set a-going again next Lime
53,95 day, and continued to go well till the Oxides of manganese & iron 40 end of October 1807, when it again Water and loss
2,10 went badly, and gained very much.It was taken asunder a second time a
100 bout three weeks after this, when all the jewelled holes were extremely foul, black, and clogged ; and in separating the jewels, they were found to be SCOTTISH REVIEW. strongly adhesive, yet the oil on the pallets was very Áuid, and in a good I. The Pastoral, or Lyric Muse of state in all the brass holes.
Scotland, in three cantos, Ву Mr J. Pick, of Ipswich, has lately Hector Macneill, Esq. 4to. 7s.6d, 'analyzed a stone of the calcareous spe- Constable & Co. 1808. cies, frequently met with in that part of the country, and called by the com
name of Mr Macneill has mon people Thunder-pick, from the now for some time been a classic supposition of its falling from the clouds cal one in Scottish poetry, and has in storms of thunder and lightning - been considered not unworthy of standIt occurs in crystals weighing from 40 ing by the side of Burns. If he has to 100 grains, of a conic shape, with not the fire and enthusiasm of that a cavity at the base, extending about bard, he has more sweetness, delicacy, a fourth part down to the centre of the and simplicity. In exciting domestic crystal. Its colour varies from grey, pathos, in setting us down by the firebrown, brownish red, to almost black, side, he particularly excels. The feel. semitransparent. They are generally ings too which he excites are always discovered solitary by the husbandman of an amiable and virtuous description. when at plough, or turning up the The present poem possesses a pecuearth in any other way. When scratch- liar interest, being, as he informs us in ed with a knife, this stone has a strong his dedication, his farewell production, alliaceous or urinous smell. Its cross the last effort of his muse. fracture is fibrous, with the striæ di- We confess we have some doubts, verging nearly as from a common cen- whether, in employing himself upon tre. Its longitudinal fracture is glit- didactic poetry, Mr Macneill has al. tering, with the striæ parallel. It is together consulted the bent of his gemoderately hard, and of the specific nius. In song, in narrative, in dogravity of 2,663. Its properties, as mestic pictures, he appears to us more ascertained by examination, are as fol- completely at home. The public, low :-1. When heated upon charcoal however, from so favourite an author, before the blow.pipe, its colour disap- will no doubt receive whatever he pears, but it is infusible. 2. With pleases to bestow, with interest and phosphate of soda it is difficultly solu- gratitude.
The principle on which Mr Mac- The plan of the poem resembles neill has founded his poem, is explain- somewhat that of the minstrel. It reed in a note of considerable length, presents an aged sire, who, driven from which bears rather the character of a his home by midnight assault and conpreliminary dissertation. It appears to flagration, fled to a sequestered spot, us very judicious, and to throw consi- with an infant boy, " alone saved of derable light on the history of our na- all his store.” This boy growing up tional music and poetry. It is a re- in tranquillity, amid scenes of rural markable fact, that the same district life, is supposed to become the foun(the south of Scotland) is the theatre der of the pastoral poetry of Scotland. at once of her rudest border lays, The first canto describes his education, which celebrate only feud, rapine, and and the first efforts of his muse. He war, and also of those songs and that then exclaims, music, which are formed only to the
But had you seen the Shepherd boy expression of tender and gentle pas- When Song and Music fired his breast, sions. The hypothesis of our author Tune the loved instruments with joy appears to us exceedingly probable, That by the Muses' skilt express'à that the two species flourished at dif- The varied Passions that confess'd ferent periods ; that the pastoral songs The power of Nature's
artless sway-, were subsequent to the feudal period,
You would have sworn the ruin'd
To reason lost-wild-unconfin'd
Inspired by favouring Heaven, refinement. Yet, without greatly dif
You would have hail him as he stood fering from him in this opinion, we
Entranced in fond poetic mood, may observe, that as memorials of the
The genius of the grove; manners of the age, these effusions, And thought you hard by bank and though rude, certainly possess interest. spring
The pastoral lays are justly the fa- Responsive sweet! the wood-nymphs vourites of our author; and he suppo
sing ses, seemingly on good grounds, that
Of rural peace and love ! they are the production of persons in The Muses' markt, and raptured smiled, the very circumstances they describe, And as they claspt loved Nature's child and most commonly not above the si
Delighted to their breast, tuation of real shepherds. Both the In tears of joy they blest the morn
On which a Shepherd bard was born
The sweets, of rural leisure ;
Yet midst the charms that song bestows
Think of the child of sorrow,
Attune the lyre ! but let it sound
The melody of woc!
For melody and song assail
But weave the partial theme, where pity
Unblemish'd valour to the warrior slain;
Or, strew with flowers of praise the lo-
Unblessèd with hallowed dust, or funeral
Lured by the sounds, sad floating on the
Hail them while they kindling move! bers flow;
the blow Ever changing-ever fleeting,
Of adverse fate, they lov'd the lay that Life is but an April day,
shed Smiling--frowping--tempting--cheating! Th' embalning dew of praise on those Hail its sun-beams while they play. laid low;
For sorrow loves to hear the favourite Song and melody can lighten
dead Loads that bend the drooping soul,
Receive the look'd-for meed that cheers Gild the gloom of fate, and brighten
death's gloomy bed!
His lyre then proceeds to other
subjects. Smiles amid eternal snow **
It sung of joys- unknown to carnage
Can chill the fervent pleasure; Of charms, that soothing, gild life's fre-
Content, mild beaming round the pea.
P. 11, Sheds mellow'd lustre o'er vicissitude The second canto recounts the Soft as mild Cynthia's rays o'er upland, themes on which he employed his
lake, and wood: muse. He begins with lamenting the It sung of war;-but war unstain'd calamities which had ensued from bor. with crime! der warfare.
It súng of strife ; —but strife with glory
crown'd; Ah! what could be, who burn'd to yield of spoils—but spoils obtained by feats relief
sublime, Without the power to succour, or to Slavery o'erwhelm'd-her captured lea.' save?
ders bound; But tune the lyre to sympathy and grief, Banners, high wav'd to victory's gladAnd sing the virtues of the fall'n and
d'ning sound brave!
Triumphant swellid to liberty and pride,
As from th'insanguined field, and corse* See Icelandic and Lapland poetry.
(Changing to blood, famed Bannock. How oft, when fury lights the eye, barn? thy tide)
And dark revenge broods threat’ning Strode Scotia's patriot sons;—with free- nigh, dom by their side.
Thy angel form appears, But mournful was the strain, and wailGliding amid the dismal gloom, ing wild
To lull the storm, and soft illume The sound of Scotia's loss, and Scotia's
With sun-beams glanced thro' tears! woe!
Then spring the souls to raptures new, When lifeless strew'd, unhonour'd, and Unfelt by Murder's slaught’ring crew, defiled,
Till touch'd with pity's smart, On Flowden's field she saw her warriors Mild Mercy then resumes her tone, low,
And Friendship smiling on his throne, Her “ forest flowers" no more in vernal
Clasps Concord to his heart ! blow!
For touch the soul with soft delight Dazzling the raptured eye as bright That flows from guiltless pleasure, they shed
Swift, kindred charms with smiles invite Their radiance round, tu warm with To Love and social leisure : martial glow
Compared with strife, new pictures rise Each patriot breast; while waving o'er To strike, astonish, and entice their head
From crimes that blackening scare ! High tower'd the monarch oak in regal Till shudd'ring at each horror past, grandeur spread.
The ruffian turns to Heaven at last Yet, while in sorrow's tone the numbers With penitence and pray'r. rollid,
Nor ceas'd the band, till sprightly sweet Plaining and wild to faithless Fortune's
The Pastoral strains arose frown,
In cadence brisk, and numbers meet, Prophetic struck, the Scottish Muse
Care's murmurs to compose ; foretold
Each songster warbling, trill'd the wires Succeeding days of glory and renown, Wh a link'd in Union, laureil'd wreaths.
That rung to Pleasure's chaste desires
By streamlet, bank, and grove, should crown Her valiant sons, and minstrels of the Of gloomy Discord's hostile home
And echoing round the cheerless dome dale,
Breath'd Harmony and Love! And future bards in powerful accents drown
From southern Cheviot's war-stain'd Desponding murmurs, and lamenting
To broom fower'd Pentland's heights, And weave on Flodden-Field a Mara
and rills, mion's pictured tale.
No other tales were told ;
But milk-maids lilting at their pail, These tragic subjects, however, are And shepherdo piping in the dale, gradually · relinquished for mild and
Or wooing at the fold: pastoral themes.
Sweet were the sounds by stream and
glade Changed are the notes of cheerless woe, As pastimes echoed in the shade The strains of sorrow cease ;
While flocks and herds were roamA softer theme is heard to flow,
Peace gilds the lurid gloom,
At these more pleasing sounds, the All nature breathes perfume ! Minstrel crew blush, ashamed, and o Thou ! with olive garland crown'd,
drop the border lyre ; strife ceases, Meek shelt'rer of despair !
and harmony, love, and peace prevail. Sweet Sympathy! with robe unbound The poem closes with a ballad called
And throbbing bosom bare ! Dornock Ha', illustrative of the fatal Jan. 1809.
effects of " deadly feud and black re- As a specimen of the poem, we venge" on domestic happiness. It shall give the following account of the contains much of Mr Macneill's cha- preparations for the inroad into Engracteristic excellencies; but as our ex- land, which are in a very different tracts have already been copious, we style from the preparations of modern rather chuse to refer our readers to the warfare. volume itself.
Meanwhile, the King can letters write,
Which pricking posts apace did bear To all his lords, which had delight,
With him in England arms to wear. II. The Battle of Flodden-Field ; a Poem of the Sixteenth Century.
Then every lord and knight each where, With the various readings of the Each man made haste to mend his gear,
And barons bold in muster met; different Copies, Historical Facts,
And some their rusty pikes did whet. a Glossary, and an Appendix, con
Some made a mell of massy lead, taining Ancient Poems, and Historical Matter, relating to the same Some made a helmet for the head,
Which iron all about did bind; event. By Henry Weber, 8vo. 15s.;
And some their grisly gisarings grind. 1. p. 11. 7s. 6d. Constable and Co. Some made their battle axes bright; 1808.
Some from their bills did rub the rust;
Some made long pikes, and lances light; THE
Battle of Flodden, an event Some pike-furks for to join and thrust.
at once so memorable and fatal some did a spear for weapon wield; to Scotland and to her nobles, cannot
Some did their lusty geldings try; fail to excite an uncommon degree of Some all with gold did gild their shield; interest in Scottish readers; and, ac- Some did with divers colours dye. cordingly, the present poem, though The tillmen tough their teams could making little pretensions to poetical take, merit, has acquired a considerable And to hard harness them conflate ; share of popularity. This is likely to
This is likely to One of a share can shortly make be much increased by the connection
A sallat for to save his pate. of its subject with that recently cho- Dame Ceres did unserved remain, sen by one of the most admired poets The fertile fields did lie untilled; of the present age. This work, in- Outrageous Mars so sore did reign, deed, including the appendix, contains
That Scotland was with fury filled.
P. 16. a complete collection of all the pieces in verse, and some of the most re
The following description of King markable in prose, which relate to James setting out for the war, may athat extraordinary event. The former, muse our readers. indeed, lead strongly to the conclusion, that Mr Scott's, though not the In midst of ranks there rode the king,
Onstately steed which stourly stamp'd, first verse, is the first poetry which has a goodly sight to see him fing, been written on the subject, if we ex- And how his foamy bits he champ'd, cept, at least, the beautiful little ballad, entitled, “ The Flowers of the King James thus gorgeously gan ride,
Great pleasure to his peers to see ; Forest." We approve, however, of Thus rude this prince, puff's up with the making such a collection of pieces
pride, as may throw light on a transaction Whuse lofty heart was but too high : which is interesting, not only in a na
For he thought himself a ble enough, tional, but even in an individual point
Having so mighty a multitude, of view, from the number of distin. All Europe then for to pass through, guished names connected with it. And that no hold could bim exclude;