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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 lose 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. “ 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 had been !

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

pleased with our author's translations, And I will kiss your chin; 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 Gidelity, 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 inha-
Before 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 consider-
And 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,
Uniill they twa did meet;

the Danish, which seems much akin 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 Fer.

giant, on coming home, and feeling

the

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tain ;

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

Shall ne'er see blooming, in my lays, spare them

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 humorous 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 o cease, 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 scription 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 Elland,"

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 volunse consists of songs, many of them by

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

working songs,” and ex. above, we do not very much admire presses an intention of hereafter en. his 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:

cmployed. 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 consoMy plaintive song has sooth'd her ear;

lation is however afforded by the prose 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 bis acShe could refuse to ease my wue. quaintance with northern literature.

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or two

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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 to. of Europe, and the still more a.

gether. larming prospects which threaten, oo

The following parallel between subject can be of such high and pres. French and Prussian tactics seems 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 drese, 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. intellect in the subordinate ranks, and

false religions) to subdue and extinguish Without giving any opinion on the

to place (if I may use the phrase) a mo. plans here brought forward, we shall nopoly of real military skill in the gegive 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

higher stations; or that the talents and missions.

He suspects also that of. exertions of individuals, could be most facers are too much employed at the effectually stimulated ? A monarch ofi 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 out 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

foundation for permanent superiority ? condition of the soldiers, but alledges Ever since the revolution of France, that sufficient care has not been taken her system has been just the reverse to diffuse the knowledge of these Her governments have stimulated to the provisions through the body of the utmost individual exertion, individual

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 rival claims weigh against and keep

consequence ? Quite otherwise. The inferior to the regular army, and at dowo 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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other consequences have followed, of be brought instantly to that issue, might incalculable importance. The whole bear down all opposition, is not unlike. soul and strength of the officers and ly. But can such an opportunity be soldiers have been devoted to the acqui. expected, in any general action, with. sition and practice of what is really use. out delays, obstacles, and sufferings, ful. Not a moment of time; not an from fatigue, and from the fire of the exertion, has been wasted upon trifles -enemy? I apprehend not. It is in such or forms. . Thus the objects of military circumstances, that the common feel. discipline and training have becoine ings of our nature, unsubdued by habit universally understood; and the quali and experience, and by a strong sense ties for real service being universally of the necessity of conquering them, known and cultivated, have been uni. would overpower us, versally acquired in the French armies. tions of war, with its privations, disasHence the astonishing celerity of oper. ters, alarms, and labours, be prolonged ation, combination of means, and ready even a few days, the husbandman and adaptation of the force employed, to all tradesman will think top naturally of circumstances and objects, which have his home and family, to which he may produced such stupendous charges fly, and enjoy immediate relief. To the and events. All these consequences feelings of the moment, unaccustomed flow naturally, nay, necessarily, from as he is to resist these, and invincible their obvious causes. If the differences as they are, until subdued by painful between the two military systems have discipline and struggles, he will sacrinot been misunderstood, we have little fice his country and the future. The room indeed to wonder, that, in one soldier of the regulars has no such month, the armies and military reputa. temptation : and he has conquered these tion of Prussia have vanished before weaknesses of our nature, which are not those of France.

vicious, unless when opposite to habits and knowledge of duty that should have

taught us to overcome them. To repel On the volunteer system the au. a sudden invasion, in this kingdom par. thor observes :

ticularly, we should be under the neces.

sity, I conceive, of relying chiefly on With regard to domestic troops, in the volunteer battalions, while our ar. every view, it would be a deception to rangements remain upon the present conceal the circumstances which will fouting. I would therefore entreat my always make them greatly inferior to countrymen to consider, in case of retreat regular soldiers, and more unfit to be on account of inferiority or adverse for. relied on as the main part, or as any tune, what the hardships must be to considerable part, much less as separate which they ought to make up their battalions or squadrons, of an army, for minds. The detail of the Prussian genea close or general engagement with an ral Blucher will inform them what these meray's army composed of veteran must be, in such circumstances, even troops. But the very same circum- on our own soil, before an enemy supestances, if I am not utterly mistaken, rior in the field. Without shoes, bread, render forces, purely domestic, still more or rest, for weeks, under the storms and inadequate for ordinary field service of cold of winter, it may be indispensible any duration, during actual hostilities, to carry on the operations of war in rethan for battle against such a fue. treat. But, would not the guidance and Twelve years of acquaintance, I should mixture of leaders and soldiers, to whom presume, will indeed impress, upon any the unvoidable evils of war were famifair mind, the most complete conviction, liar, then be invaluable among the inexthat the volunteer battalions are devo perienced? Let each man put the ted in earnest to the cause of their coun. question to himself, and he can give but try. Their disposition is as good, and, one answer to it. How, then, are gra. I doubt not, their resolution at present, titude and attachment to be truly shewn as firm, as could be wished. That they to the members of the volunteer battawould rush into danger but too eagerly, lions? What is the duty of the indiviI krmly believe ; and that their spirit dual who most admires their patriotism, and physical strength, were matters to and who, personally, is most bound to

them?

them? Assuredly it is,-to apprise them Scottish Literary Intelligence.
of all defects in the establishment; to
point out all remedies for these ;-to A New edition of Herodotus, with
shew how their zeal may be most avail. select annotations, and a Latin
able under a better arrangement, P. 95.

Index, from the edition Wesselingii

and Reizii, and under the superin.' Upon the whole, without assenting to all the Author's conclusions, par

tendance of Professor Porson of ticularly with regard to the volun

Cambridge, and Dunbar of Edin.

burgh, has been printed in this teers, (when he appears to have overlooked the decided preference of vo

town, and will be speedily published. luntary service, over dragging to the

It will correspond with Elinsly's field an unwilling multitude) we con

Thucydides. sider his work as fully entitled to

The Rev. James Hall has in the press, public attention, both from the im.

a Tour through Scotland, in two

volumes, 8vo. Mr Hall travelled by portance of the subject and the abi. lity with which it is treated. His

an unusual route; and he visited, in style has little pretensions to elo

particular, the Islands of Orkney quence (which indeed was hardly to

and Shetland.
be expected in a work of this kind)
and it is occasionally too violent and

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE, ENGLISH impetuous. But he seems to be com

and FOREIGN.
plete master of the subject, has treat-
ed it in an able and independent man-

drawn up
most honourable and patriotic zeal her Literary Life, the same, accompa-
for the interests of his country. nied by a Collection of her Letters, will

shortly be presented to the world by one of the members of her family.

The first Fasciculus of Dr Smith's New Works Published in Edinburgh. long expected Flora Græca Silthorpiana

will appear in the present month. It is CON OMMENTARIES on the Mu- already known to the public that this

nicipal and Mercantile Law of truly magnificent work is to contain one Scotland, in relation to Bankruptcy, thousand plants, collected by the late Vol. Il. Part II. 8vo. 8s.

Professor Sibthorpe in Greece, accurateActs of the General Assembly of the ly coloured after nature, with descripChurch of Scotland, convened at

tions, &c. by Dr Simith.

At the same time will appear a half Edinburgh 220 May 1806. 1s. 6d.

volume of the Prodromus Floræ Græcæ, A practical Treatise of Cantharides which work will contain descriptions,

when used internally. By John Ro- &c. without figures, of all the plants to berton, Surgeon. 8vo. 78,

be found in modern Greece, compiled Bibliotheca Sacra, or Dictionary of by Dr Smith, from the papers of Dr the Holy Scriptures, with Maps,

Sibthorpe.

Sir John Sinclair has nearly ready for &c. 2 vols. 8vo. 11. 2;.

publication, in four volumes octavo, Letters on the establishment of the his long promised Code of Health and Volunteer Corps, and Domestic Mi. Longevity ; consisting of a detail of the litary Arrangements of Great Bric circumstances which tend to promote tain. By James Ferguson, Esq. health and longevity, with rules foi Advocate. 8vo. 3s.

preserving health, Remarks on the Report of the Com

Mr Bolingbroke, of Norwich, who mittee of the House of Peers rela. after a residence of five years in that and

has recently returned from Demerara, tive to the Administration of Civil the adjoining colonies, intends to pubJustice in Scotland, Is.

lish an Account of his Voyage : inclus

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