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tisfied, as the price of the first edition. work in some respects, more suit. · But it was absolutely necessary that the ed to the wants of the bulk of readers. business should be glossed over as much
It is easily understood ; written io a as possible ; otherwise, we had rcason
conversation style, and with a variety to fear he would not give his consent to our taking on us a risk, which he him., of familiar and agreeable illustrations. self had refused to run.
And even with regard to that degree I therefore wrote to him (nothing of asperity which pervades it, and to surely but the truth, although, I con- the contempi, sometimes rather ill fess, not the whole truth,) that the ina- founded, which he expresses for the nuscript was sold for fifty guineas, talents of his opponents, these cerwhich I remitted to him by bank, bill; tainly are not to be generally approvand I added, that we had stipulated with
ed of in philosophical composition ; the bookseller who was - to print the book, that we should be partners in the yet, as upon the bulk of readers they publication. On such trivial causes do produce a more powerful impression things of considerable moment often de. than mer. reasoning, and as the oppend; for had it not been for this inter posite party do not appear to have ab. ference of ours in this somewhat anubi
stained from them, something may be guous inanner, perhaps the “ Essay on
said in favour of their occasional use. Truth," on which all Dr Beattie's future fortunes hinged, might never have seen
Grievous complaints were made by the light.
P. 147. Mr Hume and his friends, against Dr
the severity of this work ; but it was the task of preparing his manuscript favourably received by the public in for the press.' Several friends, to general; and Lord Lyttleton, Mrs whom he shewed it, strongly advised Montague, Dr Porteous, Dr Johnhim to correct some asperities to
son, with many other literary men which he had given way, and he
of eminence, expressed their high complied with this advice to a certain approbation of it. extent, though he might probably,
Dr Beattie seems always to have with advantage, have gone somewhat found this an ungrateful study, and farther. However, all things being complains even of his health being at last arranged, in the month of May injured by it. On completing there. 1770, the « Essay on Truth” made fore the publication of his work, he its appearance.
returned with pleasure to his “ fond The time of its publication was
and first pursuit.” Some years be. favourable. The pernicious tendency fore he had began the composition
of the Minstrel. In a letter to Dr of the sceptical tenets which were then afloat, and the extensive circula. Blacklock, he gives the following action for which they were indebted to
count of its origin. the talents of some of their supporters,
“ My performance in Spenser's stanand particularly of Mr Hume, had za has not advanced a single line these produced, in all serious and religious many months. It is called the “ Minpersons, a general disposition to wel. bv a dissertation on the old minstrels
The subject was suggested come any attempt which might be
which is prefixed to a collection of bal. made to refute them. Beattie, when Jads lately published by Dodsley in compared to Reid and Campbell, was three volumes. I propose to give an indeed rather superficial, and the de. account of the birth, education, and adgree oftemperand candour with which ventures of one of those bards ; in which they carried on the controversy (and of I shall have full scope for description, which he expresses such unmerited sentiment, satire, and even a certain spedisapprobation) gave them another
cies of humour and of pathos, which, in
he opinion of my great master, are by point of superiority. Yet was his
no means inconsistent, as is evident
from his works. My hero is to be born the excellent,use he makes of it. Would
tender enthusiasm which is inspired The poor swain a quiesces in this aúvice, by the solitary contemplation of the andresolves to follow his father's employ. beauties of nature. Whenever he ment ; when, on a sudden, the country touches
upon this theme, whether in is invaded by the Danes or English bor
poetry or prose, he is always delight. derers, (I know not which) and be is
But we have great doubts stript of all his little fortune, and obliged
whether he be equally qualified to by necessity to commence minstrel.This is all that that I have as yet con
excel in heroic or narrative poetry of cested of the plan. I have written iso any kind. No rule is more important lines, but my hero is not yet born, tho' for a poet than that of " Nihil now in a fair way of being so, for his invita Minerva," and we think it parents are described and married. I fortunate that Dr Beattie should have know not whether I shall ever proceed been led to confine himself to that tone any farther; however, I am not dissatis. fied with what I have written”. P. 102.
of poetry which was best calculated Having now completed the first
for displaying his peculiar excellences,
(To be continued.)
II. Ballads and Lyrical Pieces. By
Walter Scott, Esq. 8vo. 7s. 6d. tion ; but the most Aattering praise Constable and Co. which it received was that contained in the following letter from Lord THESE ballads are collected out Lyttleton. It was addressed to Mrs of the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Montague, who had presented him Border, and Mr Lewis's Tales of
Wonder, where they first appeared.
The extraordinary, and well-merited “I read your “Minstrel' last night, with as much rapture, as poetry, in her
celebrity, which Mr Scott has acquinoblest, sweetest charms, ever raised in
red by his “Lay of the last Miostrel,” my soul. It seemed to me, that my
naturally attracted the curiosity of once most beloved minstrel, Thomson, poetical readers towards his other was come down from heaven, refined performances ; and as these were disby the converse of purer spirits than persed in the above-mentioned pubthose he lived with here, to let me hear lications, which are both of considerhim sing again the beauties of nature,
able magnitude and price, the present and the finest feelings of virtue, not
collection of them into a small volume with human, but with
angelic strains ! I beg you to express my gratitude to the is likely to be generally acceptable. paet for the pleasure he has given me.
It contains the following : Your eloquence alone can do justice to Glenfinlas, or Lord Ronald's Coronach,... my sense of his admirable genius, and The eve of Saint John,... Cadyow Castle
with a copy.
... The Grey Brother,... Thomas the Like the corpse of an outcast abandoned to
tended, Many of these pieces possess very
For, faithful in death, his mute favourite atconsiderable merit ; though we can
The much-loved remains of her master denot but consider the Lay of the last fended, Minstrelas decidedly the chef d'oeuvre And chased the hill-fox and the raven of Mr Scott; for with greater force away. of genius, it unites a degree of sim- How long didst thou think that his silence plicity. which he had not before at
When the wind waved his garment, how tained. Glenfinlas, however, is a very oft didst thou start ; fine poem; and with the translations
How many long days and long weeks didst (or paraphrases) from Burger, ap
Ere he faded before thee, the friend of pears to us the best of those formerly
thy heart; published. At the end of the volume
And, Oh! was it meet, that,... no requiem are several songs, produced for the read o'er him, musical collections of Messrs White No mother to weep, and no friend to de. and Thomson. They seem to be
plore him, written later than the Lay, and
And thou, little guardian, alone stretched
prove, before him,... we think, that in the course of com. Unhonoured the Pilgrim from life should posing that poem, Mr Scott's genius depart? had received a permanent improvement,
When a Prince to the fate of the Pea. They are marked by that character of sant has yielded, sedate and solemn tenderness in which
The tapestry waves dark round the dim.
lighted hall; he particularly excels. We shall pre- With scutcheons of silver the coffin is shieldsent our readers with Hellvellyn, which ed, is thus prefaced :
And pages stand.mute by the canopied
pall: In the spring of 1805, a young gentleman Through the courts, at deep midnight, the
of talents, and of a most amiable dispo- torches are gleaming; sition, perished by losing his way on the
In the proudly-arched chapel the banners mountain Ilellvellyn. His remains were
are beaming ; not discovered till three months after
Far adown the long aisle sacred music is wards, when they were found guarded streaming, by a faithful terrier-bitch, his constart
Lamenting a Chief of the People should aiterdant during fr quent solitary ram- fall. bles through the wilds of Cumberland
But meeter for thee, gentle lover of nature, and Westinoreland.
To lay down thy head like the meek
mountain lamb; Hellvellyn,
When wildered, he drops from some cliff - Lakes and mountains beneath me gleam- huge in stature, ed misty and wide;
And draws his last sob by the side of his All was still, save, by fits, when the eagle dam, was yelling,
And more stately thy couch by this desert And starting around me the echoes re.
lake lying, plied.
Thy obsequies sung by the grey ployer On the right, Striden-edge round the Red
flying, tarn was bending,
With one faithful friend but to witness And Catchedicam its left verge was defend. thy dying, ing,
In the arms of Hellvellyn and CatcheOne huge nameless rock in the front was dicam.
ascending, When I marked the sad spot where the This volume contains also the wanderer had died.
Dying Bard and the Maid of Toro, Dark green was that spot, mid the brown
which are both possessed of considermountain-heather, Where the Pilgrim of Nature lay stretche able merit. ed in decay,
I Cu Motivethe dark brow of the mighty
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