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As to the language, it may have undergone changes, from transcribers and publishers bringing it nearer the orthograghy and diction of their own times. This, indeed, does not apply to the ryming words; there the found at least cannot be easily changed. Thus, away, occurs four times, always rhyming day, which fixes its found. I confess I should have supposed awa, nearer the dialect of the 16th century. Perhaps it may help to account for this, to suppose that in the southern parts of Scotland, where this poem may have been composed, from their intercourse with England there might be more of the English dialect amongst them, than in other parts of Scotland.
These hints are oifered with diffidence. It is not
dent's observations-this was not intended, as I wish, not to make your useful miscellany the vehicle ofcontroversy. All that is aimed at, is to shew the poffibility of this poem being composed after the battle of Flodden.
I agree with your correspondent, that in the present case it is a matter of little consequence when it was compofed. The poem poffeffes intrinsic merit, and will be admired on that account, though its author and the time of its composition should remain unknown. '
Upon perusing it, some observations occurred to me, which, if you should think them worthy a place in your
will see, under the idea of its being composed soon after the battle, which idea the author has not yet seen reafon entirely to abandon. But even on the supposition of its modern composition, they may still be applicable; because the author evidently personates one living at that time. And in this view, there is this additional to be considered; the art of the poet in removing himfelf from his own times ; entering so much into ancient
manners, as give you what we suppose a just description of their feelings on that melancholy event. I am, &c.
Luis TRANSFORTHANUS. , The observations iu our next. n
Mistress Bee, when you hum, whether profe or fofe
lyrics, Whether cynical satires, or puff’d panegyrics, Pitch nor high nor too low-fill avoid in your tones, The ill nature of wasps, and the dulness of drones.
i . ARISTAĻUS,
SEE o'er the water's far extended plain, .
So man is toss’d upon a fea of cares ; ' . i
Time hafteth on with drowsy wings, while sad;
3 . D. G."
Their numbers still increase,
With Innocence and Peace ;
Whose nights, no troubles fill; But sinoothly rolls the tide of life ... , ,! 'Mid comforts growing still.
swipe onine lo.. . Fodors into the In vain to him, Ambition strives, .
And Av'rice hoards in vain ; ;
That pleasure to obtain.
From baneful passion's sway,
But seeking drive away.
To him sweet health and competence,
Alternate toil and ease-
Where all those comforts please,
And Change but threats in vainHe views the future without dread,
Nor views the past with pain
While each around the social board
Now feels the joys we fing;
Their joyous tribute bring sa
While circling years increase - How bleft the man who, cheerful, dwells $6 With Innocence and Peace.”
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T ip To 1515 Lorin .Sir Edward,' a Story.ist.pindi !!! Padilla Sır Edward Perto whom I had the pleasure of being in, troduced at Florence, was a character much beyond that which distinguishes the generality of English travellers of fortune. His story was known to some of his countrymen who then resided in Italy ; from one of whom, who could now and then talk of fomething besides pictures and operas, , I had a particular recital of it.
He had been first abroad at an early period of life, foon after the death of his father had left him master of a very largé estate, which he had the good fortune to inherit, and, all the inclination natural to youth to enjoy. Though always fumptuous, however, and sometimes profuse, he was observed never to be ridiculous in his expences; and though he was now and then talked of as a man of pleasure and dissipation, he always left behind him more instances of beneficence than of irregularity. For that respect and efteem. in which his character, amidst all his little errors, was ge, nerally held, he was fupposed a good deal indebted to the fociety of a gentleman who had been his companion at the university, and now attended him rather as a friend than a ... tutor. This gentleman was unfortunately seized at Marseilles, with a lingering disorder, for which he was under the necel.. : fity of taking a sea.voyage, leaving Sir Edward to prcfecute: , the remaining part of his intended tour alone.
Descending into one of the vallies of Piedmont, where, notwithstanding the ruggedness of the road, Sir Edward, with a prejudice natural to his country, preferred the con., · veyance of an English hunter to thạt of an Italian mule, his horse unluckily made a false step, and fell with his rider to the ground, from which Sir Edward was lifted by his servants, with scarce any signs of life. They conveyed him ; on a litter to the nearest house, which happened to be the dwelling of a peasant, rather above the common rank, at whose door some of his neighbours were assembled at a scenes of rural merriment, when the train of Sir Edward brought up, their master in the condition I have described. The com
passion natural to his situation was excited in all; but the
He could not help expressing some furprise at the appearance of refinement in the conversation of the latter, much beyond what her situation seemed likely to coafor. Her father accounted for it. She had received her education in the house of a lady who happened to pass through the val. ley, and to take shelter in Venoni's cottage (for his house was but a better fort of cottage) the night of her birth. " When her mother died,” said he, “ the Signora, whose name at her defire we had given the child, took her home to her own houfe ; there she was taught many things, of which there is no need here ; yet she is not so proud of her learning as to wish to leave her father in his old age; and I hope foon to have her fettled near me for life.".
But Sir Edward had now an opportunity of knowing Louisa better than from the description of her father, Mufic and painting, in both of which arts she was a tolerable proficient, Sir Edward had studied with success. Louisa felt à fort of pleasure from her drawings, which they had : never given her before, when they were praised by Sir Ed... ward; and the family concerts of Venoni were very dif-,79 ferent from what they had formerly been, when once his in guest was so far recovered as to be able to join in them." The flute of Venoni excelled all the other music of the val... ley ; his daughter's lute was much beyond it; Sir Edward's .. violín was finer than either: But his conversation with Louisa.-it was that of a fuperior order of beings!-Science,