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avoid every suspicion, in his own mind, the science, however, the former taof his having done what any person in- lent is the safest, and perhaps the formed of the circumstances, could pos

most useful. In his style he has made sibly disapprove.

no attempt at that eloquence of After a long life, Mr Millar was,

which this branch of science is pecuin May 1801, suddenly seized with liarly susceptible ; he aims only at a pleurisy, which carried him off.-- perspicuity and precision, and this His son-in-law, Mr Mylne, gives the

he has certainly attained very comfollowing account of his last mo. pletely.

Upon the whole, Mr Craig appears ments.

to have here supplied us with a very * In the midst of his family, he en. authentic and pleasing memoir of his “ countered the severe trial presented deceased friend. “ by the sufferings and prospects of a “ death-bed. That trial he nobly sus. “ tained. His last scene was altogether " worthy of the part he had uniformly Popular Ballads and Songs, from Tra“ maintained on the stage of life. Soon dition, Mauuscripts, and Scarce “ after the very unexpected attack of

Editions, with translations of simi. “ the disease which brought him to his

lar pieces from the Ancient Dagrave, he foresaw the issue, and await- ed, it with the most perfect compo

nish Language, and a few originals sure. No symptom of impatience or

by the Editor. By Robert Jamie• of alarm ever escaped him ; and no son A.M. and F.R.S. 2 vols. 8vo. “ thought gave him pain but the thought 11. ls. Constable and Co. Edin. " of being separated from his family,

burgh. Cadell & Davies and Mur“ with whom he had long enjoyed the

purest happiness, and to whose hap“ piness has life was so important."

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last, we gave a short account of After his death, another volume the origin of this publication, and the was published of his View of the circumstances which led to its appear. English Government, together with It is now presented to the some essays, in which he endeavours public in a form similar to the Minto illustrate the moral effects produ- , strelsy of the Scottish Border; and ced by the progress of civilization. though the materials were These, with his Essay on Ranks, are what exhausted, and the selection be his only avowed publications. How. not quite so happy as in that publi. ever fond of the science of metaphy- cation, yet interesting and curious sics, he does not appear to have come gleanings have still been made. It posed any thing on that subject.- forms, therefore, a valuable supple. It is therefore as a writer on the ment; and most of those students of Philosophy of History that his name ancient lore, who have possessed will go down to posterity ; and themselves of the former publication, here, in point of precision and deli- will probably be desirous of adding cate penetration, he is perhaps unri. to it this, which possesses, besides, an valled. He appears to us indeed to interest of its own from the foreign be rather deficient in comprehensive translations with which it is enrichviews. His talent consists rather ed, and which form not the least cuin linking together events not very rious part of these volumes. widely separated, than in ascertaining These Poems are divided into, 1. the great laws which regulate hu- Tragic ; 2. Humorous ; 3. Miscellaman affairs. In the present state of neous; 4. Songs.

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The first, we think, is the most heigh, Annie!" and "how, Au. interesting part of the collection.com nie! These ancient ballads are often in.

0, Annie, speak to me !"

But the louder that he cried “n. deed feeble and desultory, but they

ay

nie," occasionally exhibit strokes. of na

The louder rair'd the ser. tural pathos, rendered more affecting by its perfect simplicity. Few finer The wind grew loud, and the sea grew

rough, specimens of this can be given than

And the ship was rent in twain ; in the concluding part of Fair

, Annię And soon he saw her, fair Annie, of Lochroyan, of which the Editor

Come floating o'er the main. has given a copy, which he considers He saw his young son in her arms, as more uniform thap

any

former one. Baith toss'd aboon the tide; We shall begin our extract after An. He wrang his hands, and fast he ran, nie has been repulsed from the door And plunged in the sea sae wide. of her lover.

He catch'd her by the yellow hair,

And drew her to the strand; O, hooly hooly gaed she back,

But cald and stiff was every limb, As the day began to peep;

Before he reached the land. She set her foot on good ship board,

O first he kist her cherry cheek, And sair sair did she, wecp.

And syne he kist her chin, Tak down, tak down the mast o' And sair he kist her ruby lips; goud;

But there was nae breath within. Set ир the mast o' tree;

O he has mourn do'er fair Annie, Ill sets it a forsaken lady

Till the sun was ganging down ; To sail sae gallantlie.

Syne wi' a sich his heart it burst, “ Tak down, tak down the sails of

And his saul to heaven has flown.

silk;

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Set up the sails o'skin ;
Ill sets the outside to be gay,

Whan there's sic grief within!"
Love Gregor started frae his sleep,

And to his mother did say,
I dreamt a dream this night, mither,

That maks nay heart richt wae ;
" I dreamt that Annie of Lochroyan,

The flower o'a' her kin,
Was standin' mournin' at my door,

But nane wad let her in."
« O there was a woman stood at the

door, Wi' a bairn intill her arms; But I wadna let her within the bower,

For fear she had done you harm.”
O quickly, quickly raise he up,

And fast ran to the strand ;
And there he saw her, fair Annie,

Was sailing fra the land.
And " heigh, Annie;” and “ how,

Annie !
O, Annie, winna ye bide ?"
But ay the louder that he cried " An.

nie,
The higher rair'd the tide.

The conclusion of Sweet Willie and Fair Annie (on the same subject with Lord Thomas and Fair Elinor in the Reliques of ancient Poetry,) though it does not possess the same delicacy, is yet very

affec: ting. Whan night was come, and day was

gane,
Aud a' man boun to bed,
Sweet Willie and the nut-brown bride

In their chamber were laid.
They werena weel lyen down,

And scarcely fa'en asleep,
Whan up and stands she, fair Annie,

Just up at Willie's feet.
“Weel brook ye o’your brown brown

bride, Between ye and the wa'; And sae will I o'my winding sheet,

That suits me best ava.
" Weel brook ye o' your brown brown

bride,
Between ye and the stock ;
And sae with I o' my black black kist, i
That has neither key nor lock.

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Weel brook ye o' your brown brown That fair may wept, that fair may bride,

mourn'd; And o' your bridal bed;

That fair may mourn'd and pin'd; And sae will I o'the cald cald mools, “ When every lady looks for her love, That soon will hap my head.”

I ne'er need look for inine.” Sad Willie raise, put on his claiše,

Drew till him his liose and shoon, And he is on to Annie's bower,

We cannot help observing, that By the lei light o'the moon.

these poems do not at all give a fa. The firsten bower that he came till,

vourable view of the character of our There was right dowie wark; ancestors, being chiefly founded on Her mither and her three sisters

the most atrocious and unnatural ac. Were makin' to Annie a sark.

tions. One kills his brother, because The nexten bower that he came till,

he had

got

the better of him in wrestThere was right dowie cheir; ling; another, because his sister's Her father and her seven brethren wooer had not consulted him before Were makin' to Annie a bier.

paying his addresses, stabs her on The lasten bower that he cande till, her way to the wedding; a third, tak- . 0, heavy was his care!

ing advantage of his master's absence, The waxen lights were burning bright, kills his wife and child, and, what is And fair Annie streekit there.

still more strange, remains quietly in He's lifted up the coverlet,

the house, till the proprietor comes Where she, fair Annie, lay ;

home and hangs him. 6 Sweet was her smile, but wan her There is a copy of Fair Helen of cheek;

Kirkconnel, but much inferior to Oh, wan, and cald as clay!”

that in the Border Minstrelsy. Pale Willie grew; wae was his heart, Under this head come the Danish And sair he sigh'd wi' teen :

Ballads, which, as we already intima" Oh, Annie ! had I kent thy worth,

ted, form not the least curious part Ere it o'er late bad been !

of the volume. We are very well “ It's I will kiss your bonny cheek, And I will kiss your chin ;

pleased with our author's translations, And I will kiss your clay.cald lip;

so far at least as we can judge, withBut I'll never kiss woman again,

out knowing the original. They " And that I was in love out-done,

appear to be faithful, but without Sail ne'er be said o' me ;

that insipid fidelity, which loses all For, as ye've died for me, Annie, the spirit of the original. These. Sae will I do for thee.

ballads seem to rest more than ours " The day ye deal at Annie's burial do upon the exploits of supernatural The bread but and the wine ;

beings, particularly those which inhaBefore the morn at twall o'clock, bit the ocean. The Merman forms

They'll deal the same at mine.” a curious specimen. The tane was buried in Mary's kirk, The Waterwoman, translated from They tither in Mary's quire ;

the German of Goethé, has considerAnd out o' the tane there grew a birk,

able richness and wildness of fancy. And out o' the tither a brier,

We have another long poem from And ay they grew, and ay they drew,

the Danish, which seems much akin Untill they twa did meet; And every ane that past them by,

to our Jack the Giant killer. Two Said, “ Thae's been lovers sweet!”

brothers set out in search of their

sister, whom they had lost, and after There appears to us a great deal much wandering find her become the of nature in the following stanza re- chere amie of a monstrous giant, lating to a lady who had lost her lo. who lives on human flesh. The

giant, on coming home, and feeling

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the smell of his favourite food, wishes But she that proudly heard me praise to proceed immediately to eat them; Her rosy cheek, while mine grew but on learning their relation to

pale, his fair one, consents to spare

them

Shall ne'er see blooming, in my lays,

Her transient charms that soon must Soon after, the young lady obtains

fail. permission for her brothers to return to their father, and wishing to accom

Ne'er shall my plausive voice be rais'd, pany them, prepares a number of pre, Nor e'er by me the beauty prais’d

Another's triumph to adorn ; sents to 'send in a box; but instead

That to a rival's bed is borne. of the presents, packs up herself, and Then cease, my lyre; nor song of mine is carried on shipboard by the giant, Her honours or her name retain; who does not discover the deception She never in the verse shall shine, till she is far out at sea.

Who could the poet's suit disdain. The second part consists of 'hu. morous pieces, among which Mr J.

We add another, which pleased us has collected some of considerable still better : merit, though the humour of these old pieces is seldom well suited to O cease, in pity, cease that strain a reader of the present day. He has

Which melts my very soul to hear; also given several of his own in this That look-Oh look not thus again, style; but neither, in our opinion, do Ocease, if thou canst cease, to be

If mercy to thy heart is dear! his powers lie much that way. What most I love to hear and see! The last part consists of miscel

Such were the tones, whose echo soft laneous pieces, whose nature and me

My heart's still trembling cords rerits are so various that no general de. ecription can be given of them. We Such was the pensive smile, that oft would particularly recommend "True Thrill'd to my soul thro' every vein; Thomas and the Queen of Elfland,"

And such was she, like me that mourns, and“ Young Beichan and Susie Pie.” The blasted hope that ne'er returns ! A great part of the second volunie consists of songs, many of them by

Mr J. has given a specimen of one the Editor ; and though, as hiated

working songs,” and exe above, we do not very much admire presses an intention of hereafter enhis humorous performances, yet it larging their number. We heartily is otherwise with those which ex. applaud the design ; but we are not press tenderness, such as the follow. quite pleased with the style he has ing, particularly the second stanza;

employed. We could wish them, like

some other of his compositions, a little To powers ungracious and unkind,

more refined, and less crammed with Who altar rears, or bends' the Scotticisms.

" The Boatie rows," knee?

which he has adopted from Johnson's And why thro’ fond affection blind, Musical Museum, is an excellent mo.

Should I, once scorn'd, a lover be? del.
Then cease, my lyre, nor more resound
The charms for which I've sighed in the

ingenious author has been compel

We are sorry to understand that For, where my prayer no audience

led by the “res angusta domi," to found,

exchange his native country for the My praise shall ne'er be heard again., banks of the Dwina. Some conso

lation is however afforded by the prose My plaintive song has south'd her ear; She lov’d to hear my sorrows flow;

pect he holds out of increased opYet, tho' she could not check the tear,

portunities for cultivating his ac. She could refuse to ease my wue.

quaintance with northern literature.

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We heartily wish that he may pros

Instead of the volunteer system, our per in both his pursuits, and may author proposes to substitute a levy soon return, laden with Russian gold en masse, which should include the and Danish ballads.

whole male population. These to be commanded by the landholders and gentry ; to be trained on Sundays,

or days of leisure thro' the week ; Letters upon the Establishment of and the unmarried, between eighteen

the Volunteer Corps, and Domestic and twenty-five, to be occasionally Military Arrangements of Great called out to permanent duty with Britain. By James Ferguson, the regulars. In case of actual serEsq. Advocate, Major, 1. Baten. vice, all the men thus trained to be 2. Regt. A.V.I. Arch. Constable placed under officers of the line, and and Co. Edinburgh; and John incorporated with the regular army ; Murray, London, 3s. 1806.

for Mr F.'s great principle is, that

our force should be all of one kind, IN the present state of Britain and

and completely fitted for acting toof Europe, and the still more a.

gether. larming prospects which threaten, no subject can be of such high and pres. French and Prussian tactics seems

The following parallel between sing importance as that which relates well drawn: to the means of national defence ; and it does not seem to have been

I conceive, that very much of the yet investigated with that diligence etiquette and forms of dress, parade, which its importance and difficulty maneuvres, &c. of the system of Frerequire. The country therefore is deric the Great, served the purpose certainly much indebted to those who (just like the mummeries and manuals of devote their abilities to its discussion. false religions) to subdue and extinguish Without giving any opinion on the to place (if I may use the phrase) a mo

intellect in the subordinate ranks, and plans here brought forward, we shall nopoly of real military skill in the ge

. give such a sketch of them as our neral. It certainly thus tended to inlimits will admit.

sure subordination and steady obeFor improving the regular army dience. But was it thus that inferiors Mr F. strenuously urges the necessi. could be qualified for exercising supreme city of abolishing the sale of com.

command, when they might rise to the missions. He suspects also that of higher stations ; or that the talents and

exertions of individuals, could be most facers are too much employed at the effectually stimulated ? A monarch of desk, in the labour of returns, certi. transcendent and cultivated ability, ficates, and correspondence, and thinks thus, perhaps, made fit instruments for more military employments should be his own genius to employ; but, when found ont for them. Much, he ad. the directing principle ceased, with his mits, has been done in improving the

own life, to exist, had this system a good condition of the soldiers, but alledges Ever since the revolution of France,

foundation for permanent superiority ? that sufficient care has not been taken her system has been just the reversemme to diffuse the knowledge of these Her governments have stimulated to the provisions through the body of the utmost individual exertion, individual people.

thought, individual claims, in all ranks The militia, as it now stands, Mr of their armieș. Is insubordination the F. proposes to abolish altogether, as

consequence ? Quite otherwise. The

rival claims weigh against and keep inférior to the regular army, and at down each other to the proper level the same time tending to injure its and balanced as they are, easily yield recruiting.

to the decision of the superior. But Dec. 1806.

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