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trade. But when emigration is con- tive language a refinement to whick ducted by proprietors who wish to it was before a stranger. But the stock their own estates, it must be present writer seems io have studia their evident interest, both that the ously and exclusively selected every emigrants should be safely conveyed thing that is mean, vulgar, and dia
to America, and that they gusting in the language and sentishould be furnished, when there, ments of the lowest peasantry. That with the means of subsistence, till this statement is not exaggerated they have cleared ground sufficient for must, we think, appear from the fol. their own accom inodation,
lowing specimen : Upon the whole, we are disposed to think, that emigration, in its pre.
Adam. Rise up, man-It's a sin and
shame to sleep seni state, forms no exception to the
In time o' prayers : up, ye lazy sheep! geveral rule of leaving every thing to take its natural course.
Oh, sirs! your corrupt nature:-whan
ye eat, I never see ye noddin' at your meat ;
Na faitha! but fu' aften ane, alas, II. The Falls of the Clyde, or the May sec folk sleep in time d' prayer and
grace! Fairies; a Scoitish dramatic Pasto
Waesucks! your corrupt naturel+Ka. ral, in five Acts. With three Preli- trine, thou minary Dissertations. 8vo. 55. Hast gotten a base trick o' rising now,
. THIS appears to be the produc. Frae prayer, to steer die sweens tion of a man of very consider
Deed ! I could
not able learning and genius, and who is Do less, for they were sticking to the well qualified both for instructing Set in the supper, Ann. and amusing the public ; yet we are sorry to say, that its merit does not Ann, going to the dresser,
has lick'd the milk at all correspond with what might
Is there nae mair? be expected from these qualifications. Esteeming as we do his talents, we Adam. I saw her 'at it in the time o' should be sorry to give him pain by prayer.
Bri: (ig our criticisms; yet as he has alluded,
Catherine. Could ye nae spoken then? with much complacency, to future works of which this is only the fore. Adam. I threw my bonnet at her,' runner, it becomes of the utmost im. which did miss, portance to point out without re- And cried, hiss tae cat! plague on ye! serve the rocks on which he appears
She stood a bonny wee, Dow to have split.
then ran away, That the Scottish language may
But cam' again when I began to pray:
But how can cat or dog religion mind, be employed with advantage, both
Whan till't sae little we're oursells inin dramatic and descriptive poetry, clin'd ? has been abundantly proved by the First set a good example, than I trow productions of Ramsay, Burns, and Ye'll hae a douce, and sober, horse an' Macniell. But we must observe that
cow; these writers made only a judicious But peace will reign in stabie, barn, and
Nor cat and dog will quarrel at the fire, and distinguishing use of it. They
byret selected such expressions only as were
Ane, in some degree, elegant and expres. sive; and by applying these to inter
* Felis Catus cauda elongata, fusco. esting and pleasing objects and pas. annulata.-Lyn. Syst. Nat. p. 62. Cátus. sions, have communicated to our na- -equis arborum.x-Klein. Quad P87 529
Ann. What's this amang the sweens? have some highly poetical descripno, sure it's not!
tions of Fairy Land. My father's thrown his bonnet in the
For fairy-land (say poems) is an isle, It's buried here amang the sweens, sae
an everlastin' clean, That nought o't but the tappin's to .be Peacefu' it lies, mid ever placid seas,
Or scarcely ruilled by the western Adam. Waesucks, my bonnet! Plague
breeze; be on the cat !
Where sweetly dashin water-falls are Hae, there's a wand, rax her a gowf wi'
An' bow'rs, an' groves o' everlivin' green.
P. 121. Such is the elegant dialogue, which is continued through the greater part
Our dwalling's i' the moon--a seat o'
joy, of this draina. Yet the characters of
Where cares ne'er come, an' troubles Adam and Catharine, and the scenes
ne'er annoy ; where they appear, are declared There domes arise, and gardens o' de. by the aui hor to be his own favour. light, ite; which proves clearly, if any. And scenes of bliss transport the wonproof were wanting, how completely Immortal bow'rs, unsubject to decay, unfit an author is to judge of his
Unfald their bosoms to the own productions. The preference While balmy breezes fan the happy isles, of these passages may have arisen, And waft frae every flow's its fragrant from their calling to his recollection spoils. the happiness of that period in wbich the characters were knowo and deli.
The songs of the Fairies (a diffi. neated, (for we are informed that
cult subject) are extremely well exe. some part of this pastoral was a boy. cuted, and, with a great deal of fine ish production,) but to us, on whom imagery, unite that wildness which such associations have no influence, is to be expected from their visionthe effect is far different. He states
A Fairy (alone.)
See the silver moon on high,
Glidin' through the azure sky!
Gleamin' on the roarin' floods, resemblance. But here we can apply
Beamin' on the silent woods ;
Shinin' on the mountains steep, his own rule against himself, for, as
On the sleepin' lambs an’sheep. he justly observes, “ it is not nature Fairies ! now's the time to sing, that is to be copied, it is select na- And trip it nimbly in a ring;
Trip and sing these woods among! But tho'the greater part of the po
Silence is the friend of
song, em be of this description, or little bet.
Chorus of Fairies.
Oh how happy, happy, we,
Through the grass and through the
Hurry! hurry! quick and fleet
Dance on the sand of ocean green,
Nor are his humorous songs un. And yet no marks of footing seen. pleasant.
I'm o'er young,
I'm o'er young, Farewell where we did reside,
Im o'er young to marry yet ; Rocky caves of Mouss and Clyde !
I'm o'er young --'twad be a sin,
To tak' me frae my inammy yet.
It's better in a father's house,
To live in ease, and be his pet; Nor down its fall, tho' wild it rave,
T an grane opprest wi' marriage cares, We'll sail, nor jump up to the cave ;
An' fashid wi mony a whinging get. The cave in the round rocky wa',
I'm o'er young, &c. The cave that overlooks the fa'.
Blest as I am, what need I haste, Hemton! Hamten!
In ither state to enter yet; Never more on earth we'll stampen! To lie in winter nights frae hame, Never, never mair we'll swim,
In troth I darena venture yet! On Douglas' wild and savage stream; I'm o'er young, &c. Where the chieftain's castle stood, Who warm'd it with invaders blood : The poetical part, however, constiNever, hastening down the Clyde,
tutes only about a third of this voWe'll track its passage to the tide;
lume. We have first long dissertations Down Stonebyres, at midnight hour, And passing Bothwell's massy tower,
on pastoral poetry, and long notes • To where Dumbarton's castle steep,
on these dissertations, which occupy Frowns upon the glittering deep: nearly half; and we have also
notes Never up the Leven take
of considerable length on the poem Our course to lovely Lomond's lake. itself. The abstruse and ostentatious Hemton! Hamten!
learning which these display, forms Never more on earth we'll stampen! a curious contrast with the rudeness
of the poetical part of the work.
We have no doubt of the author's Hasten : hasten! let us go
learning, but we would willingly have Wither! fairy bowers below!
rested satisfied with less, elaborate Scotia, country of my birth, Dearest, dearest land on earth!
proofs of it. Writers of every time, Scenes from which I must depart, and on every subject, ancient and For every scene now tears my heart; modern, philosophers and poets, are Scenes where pleas?d I want to dwell, all brought in to contribute their Native land ! Farewell: Farewell!
mice ; and united, form a kind of
patch - work, in which the original We were in general pleased with part serves only to fill up the interstin his songs. This, it
appears to us, is
ces. Of the defects of this stile of com. the only way in which he uses the position no one seems more sensible Scottish dialect with advantage. The
than the author himself, who declares following stanza has a good deal of that “the use of it is absolutely hos: the spirit of Burns.
"tile to simple and elegant compo"sition." We never met with
a Wi' thee in woods where ne'er a step
complete example of the Has trodden down the grass sae green, Where torrents fa’ are never heard,
Video meliora, proboque, And flowers spring never to be seen;
Deteriora sequor. Where lonely horror reigns, and ne'er
It was some time before we were Was heard' o' birds the cheerin' song;
able to discover our author's own Wi'thee I there could live my dear! Nor think the passin' hours were long. composition from amid the load of
quotations under which it is buried.
When, however, we at length suc- ted a deep sensibility, almost as excesceeded in finding out a few passages,
sive as that of Rousseau. He described they certainly appeared such as to
the emotions of his own feeling heart ; cause regret that he had not trusted and manners-of rustic life ; and conse
he painted exactly the scenery of nature more to the resources of his own
quently the charm of his writings will mind. They discover great vigour be always felt by him who has an obserand originality of thinking; and tho'ving eye, and á sympathizing mind. sometimes written in too hurried and But though Burns was a great genius, careless a manner, are often extreme. I do not think that his fancy had much ly well expressed; such is the follow- range, that he belonged to the same
class, that he was moulded, if I may say ing :
so, in the same model with a Homer, a Whenever it becomes fashionable to Virgil, a Milton, or an Ariosto. Fitted praise a old writer, it is astonishing to delineate the strong but fleeting emuwhat eulogies are lavished upon him ; tion of the hour, I know not if he even his having had common sense be- could have formed a large plan, and comes a subject of wonderand admiration. kept it steadily in his imagination, soar. Thus the old editors of the Greek tra- ing, in order to enrich it, from heaven gedians generally mark with comujas to earth, from earth to heaven.
The those passages in which it is asserted high poetical spirit does not perhaps conthat life is short, or fortune, is changeable, sist in the Sybilline fury, in the agitation astonished that Pagans should make such of an hour; it has much sensibility inprofound discoveries. The Earl of Or. deed, but its sensibility is calm and digniford in his Anecdotes, and J. Warton in fied, and subjected to the understanding. his Essay on Pope, extol Milton to the Newton is said to have declared, that his skies, and pronounce him the father of powers of discovery consisted chiefly in modern gardening, because he has not bis patience, in his strength and steadiintroduced clipt hedges, gravel walks, ness of thought, which n ver lost sight of and marble fountairs, into the Garden an object once fixed before it. Thus it of Eden! as if there was much merit in was not carried away in the current of avoiding a fault which no writer of ideas; thus the object, which at first was common sense could possibly have com- scarcely seen by the dawnings of a faint mitted. We see that Leisure is paint. light, shone more and more, till it was ed by him as taking his pleasure in trim illuminated by the glories of the perfect gardens ; but he had judgement enough day. Such too seems to have been the to avoid painting the hand of art as ap- genius of Milton ; the scene which his pearing where Nature “ wanton'd as in imagisation painted as lovely, and his her prime.". These critics night as undertanding had approved, he could well praise that most divine of bards be- keep before him, undisturbed by the cause he does not describe Adam as violence of passionate transport; and wearing a cocked hat, or instead of a when it was sketched in immortal verse, bower, living in a palace adorned with he could calmly, or at least only with paintings similar to those of Titian and dignified and pleasing emotion, create Corregio. The beginning of the next para- The following passage, introduced
a curious instance of the by the mention of Johnson's aversion manner in which the author brings to pastoral poetry, deserves also to in his quotations.
be quoted. An expression of this last painter is -To a person whose vision was imperoften quoted. I think one of 'Domini fect, who was enamoured of a town life, chino ought to be as well known. and who considered a chair in a tavern
as the throne of happiness ; to a person
whose mind was agitated by a series of The character. of Burns is drawn
violent emotions, accustomed to intelwith great animation.
lectual entertainment, to the agitation Burns had much more of the acer vis of contest, and the triumph of victory; to et spiritus. With a great deal of fire he'uni. such a person, the scenes of the country
a new one,
might have been languid and uninteres- rischal College and University of ting. The principal charm of a rural
Aberdeen, Lucluding many of his lif: is the tra quillity it represents; but
original letters. By SIR WILLIAM to a mind ike Johnson's, tranquillity was à curse. Indeed I do not know,
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Scottish Literary Intelligence. cid landscape cannot long fill the mind,
AMES HOGG, well known by but always leaves it empty and dissatis. fied.
the appellation of the Etuick
Shepherd, has a volume in the press, Lo short, we are disposed to augur
entitled the Mountain Bard; conwell of this author ; and the only sisting of Scottish and English Balblame we attach to him is, that in lado, Songs, &c. founded on facts and poetry he has descended below the legendary tales. To readers of this level of his genius, and that in prose Miscellany it cannot be necessary he has giveo us too litsle of his own to expatiate on the merits of Mr composition. Whether the brilliant Hogg, nor on those peculiar dispassages in his present performance advantages of fortune and situation will be sufficient to buoy up the rest, by which these merits are enhanwe pretend not to foretell. But ced. His compositions, we have though they should not, we advise no doubt, will be found fully equal him not to be discouraged, Pro- to several, which in England have vided he can abjure Scottish pastoral, in similar circumstances experienced and can shake off the mania of quo. the most lavish patronage. tation, we have no doubt of his pro- The Highland Society of Scotland ducing something which may deserv.
have in the press
third volume of edly raise his reputation; and we shall their Prize-essays and Transactions. be happy, at a future period, to hear To these will be prefixed an account a more unqualified testimony to his of the Principal Proceedings of be merits.
Society since 1803, drawn up by
Dr Gerard, Professor of Divinity at New works published in EDINBURGH.
Aberdeen, is preparing to publish,
in one volume 8vo. a work entitled, · AN
N Account of the Life and Institutes of Biblical Criticism ; or,
Writings of James Beattie, Heads of the Course of Lectures L. L. D. late Professor of Moral on that subject, read in the UniPhilosophy and Logic in' the Ma. versity and King's College.