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ustify some little warmth of reply. a specimen before the public, the I assure this champion of the Shet- reception of which was so little faJand landholders, that my remarks vourable as to induce him not only had no object in view but the unim- to give up his intention, but to leave peachable one of improving the situa- poetry altogether, and betake himtion of the natives. Conscious of self to more solid and useful employupright intentions, I shall ments : a measure, of which we hesia be influenced by his unmeaning in. tate not to express our cordial appro. vective, timidly to abandon my state. bation. Lately, however, some persons, ments or opinions; and I would re. (whose friendship, we think, would mind him, that to declaim and to have been better withheld) persuaded vilify, is a different thing from dis- him that these poems were not deserproving or refuting.

ving of the ill reception they had ex

perienced, and that he should make Edinburgh,

another trial of the public caste.

P. N.
Feb. 7. 1806.

consequence of this advice we are
here presented with a metrical version
of Calthon and Colmal, Oina-Morul,

Darthula, Croma, and Berrathron. SCOTTISH Review. The following version of perhaps the


passage in Oșsian, may enable Some of Ossian's lesser poems

render- our readers to determine how far our ed into verse ; with a preliminary senience has been just. discourse, in answer to Mr Laing's (P. 283-4.) critical and historical dissertation Again the winds abate, their distant on the antiquity of Ossian's poems.

breath, By Archibald M‘Donald, 8vo. 78. Delusion mocks, or great Figal I hear,

In fainter murmurs, dies along the heath, Nhis preliminary discourse the au

(His voice hath long been absent from IN

thor mentions his having formerly He calls his son.—“Come,Ossian, come intended to versify all the poems of Ossian, and his having actually laid “ Thou must at length the debt of na

ture pay! " Then join those friends, whose never

dying praise “ from different parts at a high price." 56 Shall in thy songs descend to future (Arctic Zoology, vol. i, article Schet. days. land.) After experiencing the harshness and

“ Though short, ourlives were bright:

like flames that cast
severity of Thule's criticisms, I confess
that I am not displeased thus to catch

“ A temporary blaze, we shone-then this whole host of Shetland landlords in


" But though extinct, and silent are the toil. They are evidently reduced tu this dilemma: They must either

the plains

66 That echo'd once; we live still in admit that Mr Pennant, whose candour and gentleness they have so highly ex

thy strains ! tolled, is less candid and more harsh

" The harp in Selima was not idly ihan P. N. whom their champion has so

strung, violently traduced: of, They must ad

“ And long shall last the themes our mit, that they united their pens in apos.

poet sung! trophizing an author whom they never

“ They come, my son ! no more delay, read! By the former alternative, I in

but join volve them in matchless inconistency;

“ Aloft on clouds, the heroes of thy by the latter, I convict them of ignorance

line." or folly.


my ear)


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Unconquer'd king of men, I come, Just as these poems were sendirig

I coine ! The life of Ossian verges to the tomb. celebrated dissertation on the authen.

to the press, appeared Mr Laing's In Salma's liall no more his voice is hea',

ticity of Ossian, on perusing which, His sieps on Cona's hills have disap- our anthor, fired with patriotic zeal pear'd;

for his favourite bard, instantly seizAge summons to repose, the blast may ed the pen, and produced a prelimishake

nary discourse in his defence. This These hoary locks, but not from sleep discourse is both longer, and of more

awake! Night closes round.-Depart, O winds : indeed a great deal of reading, tho'

value than the poems ; it displays your breath Cannot remove the lethargy of death.

the author has not brought much of Whenenter'd once the dreary tomb's do it to bear upon the subject in ques. main,

tion. He begins with the discovery To rescue thence all human force is of alphabetic writing, and traces its vain!

progress throughout all nations. Why then this qualm, this uuavailing Happening, in the course of this dis

fear, Now that the doom allotted man draws cussion, to mention the Phenicians, near?

he gives a history of that nation, and What must befal, the bravest cannot of all their colonies. We have then shun!

an account of the different orders of The mighty chiefs of former years are poets in Europe, from the Celtic

bards down to the poets-laureat of Like them the sons of future times will the present day. At last Mr Mac

cease, And be succeeded by another race.

Donald comes to the dissertation, and As ocean rolls its billows to the shore, attempts to reply to it, but does not, The waves behiad impelling those be- on this head, bring forward any thing fore ;

very new or interesting. He makes As leaves unnumber'd, which the woods a long extract from the Literary

supply, In summer ilourish, and in autumn die; 'he question, many of whose positions,

Journal by a writer on the same side of So generations pass, at nature's call They rise successive, and successive fall. however, he endeavours to contravert, Not Ryno's beauty could elude the This we think unfortunate, for congrave,

sidering how formidable an opponent Nor car-borne Oscar's strength the hero they have found in Mr Laing, it save;

would certainly be advisable for both Fingal himself a similar fate hath found; parties to drop their private animosiFingal! the great, the matchless, the re

ties, and unite against the common nown'd, When these the fell destroyer hath not

enemy. spar'd,

The following account of the anWhy wish to shun the evil they have cient state of manners in the Highshar'd?

lands may serve as a specimen of the But though this frame must moulder style.

in the tomb, The garland genius form'd still fresh The Highland Chicfs resided mostly shall bloom.

at home. All the Clan, and even Like Korven's oak, far shooting to the strangers, found there a welcome recepskies,

tion. The dwelling, though void of That meets the winds, and all their rage grandeur, and superb decorations, was defies.

provided with a numerous band of adAmidsthile storms of time my songs herents. These passed their time in shall live

such amusements, and such exercises, And in succeeding ages raptures give, as delighted an active warlike people.


Large round stones were placed near last century, to put the Stuart line on the the gates. The robust generally tried British throne, governmenī, to prevent their skill in throwing them. Wrest- any:hing similar in future, dissolved the ling was dnother favourite pastime. bonds that bound the people to their There were declared champions of this Chiefs; and resolving to destroy all procession, who went about, and chal- marks or distinction, prohibited the nalunged all that would not own their tives wearing their ancient dress. superiority. Leaping and running were Schools for teaching English were estaother common diversions. If, to these blished, in order to introduce that lan. manly exercises, we add the fatigues of guage, and to eradicate, if possible, the hunting, it is plain they were sufficient. Gaelic. P. 82. ly inured for a military life. And in. deed froin their manners, habits, and di ardships they underwent, we may class

New Works published in Edinburgh. them along the strongest, inost active, and indefatigable men in the world.

From the barrenness of their moun- 1. tains, and severity of their climate, it is taining a history and descriphardiy necessary to observe that luxury tion of the City, with a particular was uitery unknown to them. They

account of

every remarkable object, had ro appetites of their own creation

or establishment connected with the to satisfy: Happy in their ignorance Scottish metropolis. Illustrated with of reinennents, and by nature temperate,

a Plan and upwards of thirty enthey rested contented with a mere com. petency. When their fare proved

gravings in wood. By J. Stark. coarse, it was made palatable by hunger

12mo. pp. 504 59. and custom ; and when scanty, the de- 2. Lectures on Belles Lettres and ficiency was rendered easy by parsimo- Logic ; By William Barrou D. D. ny and patience. Their food was the late Professor in the University of natural produce of a wild, rugged, and

St Andrews. 2 vols. 8vo. il. is. iil-cultivated country ; such as its hills, forests, rivers, lakes, and seas suppiied. 3. Treatise on the External Qualities Even when feasted by the chief, trunks

of Minerals. By Robert Jamieson of trees covered with moss, served for

L. L. D. &c. 8vo. 45. seats, while large portions of beeves and 4. A Letter to the Author of the deer, boiled or roasted, were placed be- Examination of Mr Stewart's fore them on rough boards, or hurdles Pamphlet, by Professor Playfair. made of twigs wove together. During

8vo. 25. the repast, the piper played, and si

5. The Edinburgh Review No 14. lence was observed. When all were satisfied, the Sligácrehin, or drink shell,

This number contains Lord Liverwent round, while the bards celebrated pool on Coins--- Knight on Taste those of their ancestors, most renowned, Poulin, Saisons de Thomson - Rosnot only for military atchievements, but coe's Leo X.-Marmontel, Memoirs for generosity aud virtue.

---Ellis and Ritson's Metrical Ro. These rude traces of ancient heroism

manceSp Forsyth's Moral Science and hospitality exist no longer. Of all the officers that formerly composed a

-Life of Dr Johnson-Dutens sur chiestain's household, the piper is the on

l'usage des Voutes-Kotzebue's Traly one who still maintains his situation, vels in Italy-Playfair's edition of The office of bard hath ceased above Smith's Wealth of Nations-Mer. half a century. Besides men of this cer's Poems-Francis's Speech on profession, many others could repeat a Maratta war-Clark's Tomb of Anumber of ancient poems. But of these, few, or none, are now to be found. Al6. The Farmer's Magazine, No 25.

lexander. 55. most a total change has taken place in tie habits and manners of the Highlanders. Ever since the attempt made 7. The Edinburgh Medical and Phyfrom that quarter, towards the middle of sical Journal, No. V. 35.

29. 6d.

8. The Encyclopædia Britannica. commendation, Maclaurin was apVol. I. to IV. 410. 61.

pointed Assistant and Successor in New Editions.

the office of Professor of Mathema

tics ; in addition to which the Ma1. The Lay of the last Minstrel. By

gistrates very liberally allowed him Walter Scott. T hird edition. 8vo.

sol. a-year during the life-time of

the then incumbent.
2. The Poetical works of Hector
Macneill. A new edition, corrected
and enlarged. 2 vols. 8vo. 145.


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"HE Highland Society, with a

Naples contain further details redue attention to the honour and lative to the unrolling of the manu. interests of their country, have re. scripts discovered at Herculaneum :solved to take under their consider. Eleven persons are at present employed ation, the best means of collecting in unrolling and copying. The manuand of preserving what yet remains scripts hitherto inspected amount to of Galic literature and music. It is

about 140, eight of which have already the more necessary to pay imme- minister Seratti, that they may be exa

been interpreted and transmitted to the diate attention to these objects, as

mined by the Academy, and ordered to there are few now living who can be printed. These manuscripts are, six read the language in which the of Epicurus, entitled, On Nature. Anomost ancient manuscripts are writ. ther is by Philodemus; the title is, on ten ; and those persons who still Anger. The eighth wants both the ti.

tle and the name of the author. It preserve in their memory remnants

treats of nature and the worship of the of Gælic literature, are rapidly gods. The next four are almost entire. dying away.

As these measures ly explained; but they have not yet must be attended with very consi- been transmitted, because Mr Hayter derable expence, a general subscrip- and the Abbe Fori, of the order of St tion has been set on foot among the Basil, jointly are to superintend their members of the society and other publication. The Albe Foti has first friends of literature, both at home

to collate the copies with the originals, and abroad; and the Society itself translate. Mr Hayter collates after him,

to supply what is necessary, and to has contributed one hundred gui. alters what he thinks proper in the sup

plements and translations, and delivers John Struthers, author of the “Poor the copy to M. Foti, to be again transMan's Sabbath," has composed cribed. The delay occasioned by Mr another


entitled “ A Visit to Hayter in his labours, is the reason the House of Mourning." This been sent either to the Academy or the

why these manuscripts have not yet self-taught poet, like the English Minister. Their titles are as follows; Bloomfield, practises the trade of a

one on logic, entitled On the Strength journeyman shoemaker in the city of Arguments drawn from Analogy ;of Glasgow.

Treatise on Vices and the contrary VirIt appears by the records of the tues ;-On Death. These three works Town Council, that the celebrated are by Philodemus. The author of the

fourth is Polistratus : On unreasonable Professor Maclanrin was introduced to them by a letter from Sir Isaac Contempt; that is of those who despise

unjustly what others commend.This Newton, which has been unfortu- manuscript is the least damaged, and nately lost. On this illustrious re

many passages of it are absolutely un



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touched. The other papyri are in great pages, the academy of arts, the schools part by Philodemus; they treat of rhe. of commerce, nor the institution for fetoric, of poetry, and morality. The male education. Those who know the publication of these manuscripts cannot state in which Russian education was at take place with all the expedition that the accession of Alexander, may judge could be wished, as the originals are to by this detail what he has done towards be engraved before they are presented enlightening his vast empire. to the public. This process requires The catalogue of the Leipsic fair has much time and money, and the want of this year contained two sheets more the latter will considerably retard the than usual. The musical publications publication. M. Rosini, bishop of Puz, have been added to it. It contains 3647 zuoli, to whom the public is indebted articles, furnished by 380 booksellers. for the fragment of Philodemus on Mu- The number of romances is 271, of sic, is the person appointed by the theatrical pieces 81, and music 95, Court of Naples to superintend the en- M. Schonberger, of Vienna, one of graving and the publication of these the first landscape painters of the age, manuscripts.

has recenrly been engaged in a tour of Mr Humboldt is safely arrived in the most picturesque parts of SwitzerBerlin, where he intends to


and land and Italy, His productions are prepare for publication the numerous principally distinguished for the happy and most important observations he had arrangement of the objects, for the efmade during his late travels in Ameri- fects of the perspective, and the beauty ca. They are expected to make ten vo- of the colouring. This able artist is as lumes in quarto.

well known in France as in Germany, According to the report of the minis. by his beautiful pieces, in the exhibition ter of public instruction, there is at pre- of 1804. These were a View of the En. sent in Russia 494 institutions for edu- virons of Baiæ, near Naples, at sun-rise; cation, directed by 1475 masters, and at- the Fall of the Rhine, near Schaffhautended by 33,434 scholars. The expence sen; and the Cascades of Tivoli, by of these establishments costs govern- moon-light: performances, in which the ment annually almost two millions of touch and the native graces of Claude le roubles. Among these are not reckon. Lorain were discoverable. ed those for the corps of cadets, or for


DR PITCAIRN's Roundel on Dr (Sir Ro


From a MS. in the Advocate's Library.

THERE is lost, there is lost,

On the Catholic coast,
A quack of the college's quorum,
Tho' his name be not shewn,
Yet the man may be known,
By his opus viginti annorum.

How can he be lost
On the Catholic coast,
Who lately but turned Catholic;
Unless it be clear
You can make him appear
Both Catholic and diabolic

Since his name is not shewn
How can he be known
One of a learn'd college's quorum,
'Mong learned to be,
What pretensions has he?
His opus speaks no such thing for him.

With each wind he hath steered,
And hath often so veered,
That at last he split on ambition.
When the whigs were in vogue,
He was th' arrantest rogue
Of that damnable tribe of sedition.


be admired
What winds he hath steered,
But not that he split on ambition;
It was still my opinion,
For him to be minion,
To be statesman was too high a station.


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