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want is now very ingeniously supplied. “ My object," says the author, “ is to instruct those who know how to
La Colombe et Le Ver Luisant ; deur Contes traduits de read and write, but who are unacquainted with gramınar.
L'Allemand. Suivis Des Enfans dans le Bois, Ballade I propose, strange as it may appear, to show such per
traduite de L'Anglais. A l'usage des Jeunes éleves de sons how they may compose sentences, of which they
M. Schönberg. Aberdeen. 1029. 12mo, pp. 58. may not at least be ashamed, and how they may express meaning intelligibly, without exciting a laugh at their
This is a very nice little school-book, and very prettily
executed. expense." This object Mr Brenan has attained in a sim
The stories from the German are interesting,
and well translated. ple and agreeable manner, and we therefore confidently
The poetical French version of
“ The Babes in the Wood” is also simple and pretty. recommend his book to those whose early education has been neglected, and who are now afraid to enter upon all the difficulties of grammar.
We shall ourselves present copies of it to several mechanics and others in whose pro
THE DRAMA. gress we take an interest. We think it right, however, to mention, that we hold different opinions from Mr
We conceive nothing to be more tiresome than to make Brenan regarding the usefulness of the semi-comma, the remarks upon an actor or actress, which, with some slight importance of the dash, and the proper application, in modifications, have been made at least fifty thousand times several instances, of will and shall.
before. The sum of all that can be said of Miss Paton, (the name by which Lady William Lennox is known on the stage) is, that for the last seven or eight years, she has
been the best female vocalist on the English boards, that Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John she is very much liked in Edinburgh, that she draws
Shipp, late a Lieutenant in his Majesty's 87th Regiment. crowded houses, that she is encored in most of her songs, Written by Himself. 3 vols. Second Edition. Lon- and that the manager has very wisely extended her endon. Hurst, Chance, and Co. 1830.
gagement for another week. No doubt a few people may We noticed the first edition of this work at some length, perhaps ask—that miserable few who have never had an and with the praise which it deserved. An impression
opportunity of hearing her—what is her precise style of of 1000 copies has been since sold, and a second edition singing? This is a question more easily asked than an
swered. It is impossible to explain very distinctly the called for We are not surprised at this, for it is an in
We may remark, teresting and well-written book.
peculiarities of any voice whatever.
Some additions have been made, and, in particular, “ Hints to Young Subal- Paton's voice certainly is, that it is an exquisite soprano,
however, generally, that whilst the leading feature of Miss teros,” to which, and to the observations on the pernicious it possesses, at the same time, so much compass and flexieffects of corporal punishment in the British army, we would especially direct attention.
bility, that it appears to be no less at home both in contralto and mezza voce passages.
Her style is full of polish, and is remarkable for lady-like delicacy, grace, and
sweetness of execution, more perhaps than for grandeur Letters on the Herring Fishing in the Moray Frith. By or originality of conception. It has been generally re
the Author of " Poems written in the leisure hours of marked, that Miss Paton did not sing so well on the first a Journeyman Mason.” Inverness. 1829. Pp. 50. night of her appearance here as she has done since, and
this has been erroneously attributed to ill health. We In the note accompanying the copy of these letters, know the real cause to have been simply her agitation on with which we have been favoured, the author says ;- again coming before an Edinburgh audience, after an ab“ Allow me to present you with the enclosed pamphlet sence of five years.
So much did she feel this, that she on the Herring Fishing. With several faults, his dis- could scarcely get through at all with her first song, covery of which encourages the author to hope that he “ Una voce poco fa," a song in which she has so often may one day write more correctly, it has the merit of elicited thunders of applause. It is to us a delightful containing some information, which, perhaps, lay beyond thing to perceive so much unaffected modesty and simple the reach of the mere literary man, and some remarks natural feeling in one who has been so long accustomed on character, which could only be made in a peculiar and to all the honours which the stage can confer, and who unusual point of observation. The circumstance of its has shone, and still shines no less conspicuously in the being the first work on the Herring Fishing which has higher walks of private lite. We shall not follow Miss been written by one practically acquainted with the art Paton through all her songs; there is something more or of catching herrings, may give it a kind of claim to half less delightful in every one of them, and we hope that a page of your interesting Journal.” To this just appre- when she leaves us, no long interval will elapse before she ciation of the merits of the pamphlet we have only to again visits her native city. add, that were herring fishing more of a literary subject, If it is meant that Mr Larkin is to sustain all the first we could very easily show that these letters contain a male parts in opera, we beg to state that the arrangement great deal of excellent sense, and much practical informa- does not please us. When Thorne was here, it was the tion, The style, too, is remarkably vigorous and chaste. general opinion that he was not quite good enough for the
line he undertook. Now Larkin is much inferior to
Thorne. His style is more vulgar, and his notes are much Recueil de Phrases utiles aux Etrangers Voyageant en
more harsh. His voice has perhaps more compass than Angleterre. Nouvelle Edition, corrigée et augmentée. Hart's, but in the lower tones it is not nearly so rich and A Londres. Chez Samuel Leigh. 1830. 12mo.
mellow. As a second singer, we should not object to Lar
kin, for he is on the whole better than Collier, but to Pp. 193.
have him palmed upon us as a first singer is particularly This is a useful work, both for Frenchmen and those annoying. Thorne's place is still to be filled up, and as we who are studying French. It is a work, too, which is not have a good deal of opera in our Theatre, the sooner the a mere servile imitation of former Recueils, but is care- manager looks about him the better. We should like fully adapted to the present state of society and amuse- also to know exactly what Hart can do? Why should he ments in England. « Les Editeurs ont tâché de se mettre not be put into a part some night where he may have an à la place du voyageur lui-même à son arrivée; ils se opportunity of exerting all his powers. sont pénétrés des ses besoins, de ses idées, et de ses dé.
Old Cerberus. sirs." What more could a foreigner wish ?
And they who still remain will be
As stiff and cold as lead."
With heavy purse, but heavier heart,
I slowly travella home;
Of high St Giles's dome,
Old thoughts began to come!
“ And shall I find thee still the same,
Though friends be changed or lost, Auld Reekie! whom my soul beld dear
On Coromandel's coast ?
Like me been tempest-tost !”
By the Ettrick Shepherd. Row on, row on, thou cauldrife wave
Weel may you fume, and growl, and grumbleWeel may you to the tempest rave,
And down your briny mountains tumble ; For mony a heart thou hast made cauld
Of firmest friend and fondest lover, Who lie in thy dark bosom pallid,
The garish green wave rolling over. Upon thy waste of waters wide,
Though ray'd in a' the dyes o' heaven, I never turn my looks aside,
But my poor heart wi' grief is riven ; For then on ane that loe'd me weel
My heart will evermair be turning ; An' oh ! 'tis grievous aye to feel
That there is nought for me but mourning. For whether he's alive or dead,
In distant lands for maiden sighing, A captive into slavery led,
Or in thy beds of amber lying, I cannot tell—I only know
I loved him dearly, and forewarn'd him; I gave him thee in pain and woe,
And thou hast never more return'd him.
Alas! my native town was changed ;
I scarcely knew the place,
The melancholy grace
Unalter'd on its face!
Perchance 'twas fairer than before,
Yet not so dear to me; Why had they stolen my childhood's haunts
When I was o'er the sea ? Why was there nought but stone and lime
Where green fields used to be ?
The High-street all cut down,
The old “ Nor' Loch" was gone ;
A street within the town!
Still thou row'st on with sullen roar
A broken heart to thee is nothing ; Thou only lov'st to lash the shore,
And jabber out thy thunder, frothing. Thy still small voice send to this creek,
The wavy field of waters over ; Oh! Spirit of the Ocean, speak! And tell me where thou hold'st my love !
Even Arthur's Seat look'd different now,
For they had pruned the Crags, And all the fine irregular rocks,
That, like the horns on stags, Once jutted out, had gone to fill
The civic money-bags.
EDINBURGH REVISITED. I was a lad, a chubby lad,
A curly-pated lad,
To all the friends I had,
Half merry and half sad.
We cross'd the Line, and round the Cape
We held our stormy way;
Burn'd 'neath a tropic day,
Cast anchor off Bombay.
The grass grew green in George's Square,
The Meadows were deserted; The house where Walter Scott was born
Look'd old and broken-hearted; The order of all things to me
Seem'd grievously inverted.
For many a year in Indian land
I broild and toil'd full sore; But finding I was getting rich,
My lot I quietly bore, Still looking forward to the time
I should return once more.
At last it came, though not until
The bloom of youth was flown, And till, when looking at my face,
It hardly seem'd my own; My eye was dim, my brow was bald,
My cheek was whity-brown.
As for my friends, there scarce was one,
A lonely man am I;
Of busy life Aow by,
A tear-drop dims my eye.
A curly-pated lad,
For all Allahabad;
That makes the bosom glad.
« There's not a man in Edinburgh,"
Thus to myself I said, « Will know me now, for more than half
Of my old friends are dead,
H. G. B.
• Part of the Calton-hill burying-ground was removed in 1815 19 make way for the Waterloo Bridge.
The Lives of the Italian Poets, by the Reverend Henry Stebbing, STANZAS TO A POET.
M.A. are preparing for publication. 0! What a weary longing fills me now,
PHILOLOGY. A teacher of the Italian language at Paris has anTo meet once more the heaven of thy bright face!
nounced a grammar, in which he proposes facilitating the acquisition To gaze, though but a moment, on that brow,
of his native language by deducing its idiome from peculiarities in Where Genius holds her queenly dwelling-place;
the national constitution and character. We should think this plan
more likely to confuse than illuminate a beginner.--The Philologists Methinks, as shadows with the morn depart,
at Benn have just published a new number of their edition of the So light might dawn upon my darken'd heart.
Byzantine Historians--the second volume of the works of Syncellius
and Nicephoras. There are still three volumes in the press, which The wavy tresses of thy radiant hair
they propose publishing before the end of the year. Constantinus How oft they flash upon my busy dream !
Porphyrogenitus, vol. ii.-Nicephorus Gregoras, vol. ii.-and frag
ments of a number of writers, the bulk of whose works have perishe Now brightly—wildly floating to the air,
ed. This last volume will contain some fragments lately brought to Now sailing, tangled down some moonlit stream;
light by the research of Pofessor Mai. Ah! round those locks, is not a halo shed,
New Music.-A very beautiful Persian air has just been publishEach worth a world, that deck a Poet's head !
ed by Miss Stark, with symphonies and accompaniments, both for the piano-forte and guitar, together with words written expressly for the
air by Charles Doyne Sillery, Esq. The melody is full of tenderness and But, oh! more glorious still-more bright by far
beauty, and the guitar accompaniment, in particular, reflects the highThan all that beams on earth, or gems the heaven
est credit upon Miss Stark's musical taste. The words also are simple Blue as the dome where shines the evening star
and pleasing, and well adapted to the music, Now flashing fire—now soft as light of even
ALLAN CUNNINGHAM.-" It is reported," says the Atlas of this Can I not read in thy soul-radiant eye
week, “ that Mr Allan Cunningham has purchased one of the news. Thy spirit's might-man's immortality!
papers in the south of Scotland, and proposes to take upon himself
the Editorship of the paper.” This report is erroneous in so far, that 'Tis night_and musing by my lattice lone,
the copyright of the Dumfries Journal-the paper alluded to sold
for £200 more than Mr Cunningham offered. I watch the silent solemn hours away ;
CHIT-CHAT FROM GLAscow.-The gay season has commenced While swift as streams my wild'ring thoughts gush on, here. A great deal of dancing is going on under the superintendence
And burning tears flow fast and wild as they ;- of those "masters of the bow," Cunningham and Lyon. An excelAh! restless Memory, in thy spectre train,
lent new set of quadrilles, by M‘Fadyen, a young and promising I weep lost joys, and live the past again!
composer, has been published. The Ballet Company have been
whisking it every night lo rather empty benches. Braham is to be And where art thou at this hush'd holy hour?-
here in January, to give two concerts on his own account. The Fine Gazing, perchance, upon the cold sad moon,
Arts are flourishing among us. The Exhibition is about to close, Now lost in clouds that break in thund'ring show'r,
after a great many purchases have been effected. Swan's Views on
the River Clyde are going on well; and he is about to issue proposals Now blazing forth in all her splendour's noon;
for illustrating, in a similar style, the Lakes of Scotland. He is also Where art thou, poet-spirit! wild and free?
engaged just now in engraving an excellent likeness of our old friend O! fain my soul would commune now with thee !
Weekes, and a beautiful view of our new Exchange.--Mr Brown has
also ready another volume of his Palaces, and has put into the engraPerchance thou wanderest on the mountain cliff
ver's hands finished drawings of all the rest of these remains of Scots Alone with God beneath th' eternal sky,
land's regal pride.—Mr Mayne has issued his programme, which, While far in ocean's waste, a lonely skiff
from its modesty, as well as from Mr M.'s genius, wbo is to recite his Rocks to the night-wind's mournful melody ;
own compositions, will surely collect an audience, in spite of the And lightning fancies through thy soul are hurl'd,
hackneyed nature of recitations. -No new works have been published
here since the clever volume-"Life on board a Man-of-War," which To break forth soon in glory o'er the world!
is the production of a lad, a veritable seaman, who is now a stereo
type printer. His name is M.Pherson. Mr Whytlaw, the very Hark! the wild music of the midnight air;
tasteful Editor of the Casquet, looked over his manuscript, but made Hark! autumn's leaves sweep rustling o'er the lea, very few alterations.-A new Periodical, called The Thistle, has been Night is the time to prove the heart in prayer,
started. It is an odd melange of Literature, Police Reports, and And now shall rise my orisons for thee!
Dramatic Criticism.-The Author of the Lament of the Wandering His spirit whom the seas and skies obey,
Jew has in the press—Exodus, or the Curse of Egypt, a Scripture Rides on the storm : to Him for thee I pray.
Sketch, and other Poems.-Mr Dugald Moore, another Glasgow GERTRUDE.
poet, announces the Tenth Plague, or Egypt's First-born Smitten. The only other thing I have to tell you is, that I know, on the best authority, the sale of the LITERAKY JOURNAL here not only sus
tains itself, but increases. LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
WILKIE'S LATEST WORK.--A London contemporary informs us,
that Wilkie has nearly completed his historical painting on the naWe observe that a History of Maritime Discovery, in two vo- tional subject of the visit of George IV. to the Palace of Holyrood. lumes, is to form an early portion of Dr Lardner's Cabinet Cyelo It contains several portraits of exquisite truth and finish ; among pædia.
others, those of the Dukes of Argyle and Hamilton, in the Highland Lieutenant-Colonel Vans Kennedy, of the Bombay Military esta
garb. The grouping is excellent, the conception spirited and cha. blishment, has in the press, Researches into the Nature and Affinity racteristic, and appears intended to embody the cordial greeting con. of ancient and Hindoo Mythology.
tained in the ballad"Carle, now the King's come !" written at the Times of Trial, being a brief Narrative of the Progress of the Re- time by Sir Walter Scott, who himself figures in one of the most proformation, and of the Sufferings of the Reformers, by Mary Anne
minent groups of the picture. Kelty, author of the Favourite of Nature, is in the press.
New DIORAMA.-Daguerre is preparing a new subject, which, if Professor Dunbar of Edinburgh, and Mr E. H. Barker of Thet
we may trust the reports we hear from Paris, is likely to prove his ford, are preparing for publication, in the course of the winter, an
masterpiece. It is intended to represent the commencement of the edition of Schrevelius' Greek Lexicon, of which the basis will be the
deluge. The subject strikes us as a happy one; only we fear that second edition, published at Boston, United States, in the present motion is indispensable in the representation of a scene where the year, by John Pickering, Esq. who has translated the Latin, and en
human interest preponderates to such a degree. The Parisian jourriched the work with additions from various lexicographical and cri.
nals tell us " qu'il fera frissoner les plus braves." tical sources. They intend to make many alterations in the work,
Rev. DAVID Dickson. There is a portrait of this reverend to supply numerous deficiences, to add examples and authorities from the Greek Classics, to accommodate it as far as possible to the gentleman in the Evangelical Magazine for November ; but the likepresent state of Greek Literature, and to render it useful, not merely
ness is not the most faithful in the world, and we esteem it a lucky to the Tyro, but to those also who are studying the higher authors.
chance that his name happens to be engraved underneath the pore They intend likewise to add an English and Greek Lexicon, in which trait, otherwise his friends would have some difficulty in recognising a number of Phrases will be introduced for the benefit of those who
him. It is somewhat curious that the names of the painter and en. Write Greck Exercises and Themes.
graver for this magazine should be Wildman and Blood !
· THE ANNUALS. - In the last number of that excellent family peri
and abuse. Without meaning to criticise your criticism, I shall just odiral, The Spirit and Manners of the Age, conducted by Mr S. C. observe, that Wilkie's opinion of the manner in which Graves has perHall, the editor of the “ Amulet," there is some curious information
formed his part in the plate of “The Spanish Princess," differs so respecting “ The Annuals." It seems that the enormous sum of widely from yours, that he has, in consequence of the talent there L.90,000 is actually put in circulation by the publication of these displayed by that artist, engaged him to work exclusively for himsell. books. Westley, the bookbinder in Friars Commons, has no less -I wish I could satisfy your enquiries respecting the Howitts of Notthan 250 men at work; and it is calculated that 2000 people are kept tingham. All I know of them, excepting from their published con. in einployment for two or three months by the Annuals alone. tributions in the Annuals, is, that William is the husband of Mary,
EDITORIAL WARFARE.—The Editors of two of the Edinburgh and brother of Richard. They belong to the Society of Friends, and newspapers have gone to loggerheads; and rather a curious duel has are, I believe, engaged in trade. You are at perfect liberty to make been fought, of which we suspect the parties concerned have not yet
what use you please of this communication, or of any part of it, and heard the last, for the London and provincial Editors are apt to wax
if printed, to affix or not the name of, Sir, yours, most obediently, rather waggish upon these occasions. For our own part, we prefer
F. SHOBERLE pursuing the even tenor of our way, without meddling with these bold [The remarks to which the above letter refers, occur in No. 51 of and bloody deeds.
the LITERARY JOURNAL. They were dictated by no feeling but a THE LITERATURE OF THE LATE FLOODS.-Sir Thomas Dick de ire to do justice to all parties, and with the same feeling we insert Lauder, a literary baronet of the north countrie, is busily engaged Mr Shoberl's letter precisely as we have received it. For Mrs Hall, in recording the devastations of the autumnal floods in that district, however, we beg to say, that we believe her to be a lady who would, measuring and calculating the extent of the individual losses, and upon no occasion whatever, exercise any “prerogative of scolding." chronicling all the anecdotes and traits of character to which they
As to the manner in which Wilkie's painting of the “ Spanish Priagave rise. As the interest attaching to such narratives is in some de
cess" is engraved, we are inclined to think that the impression se
saw was not one of the best, and that Graves is entitled to more gree evanescent, Sir Thomas should remember the advice of Macbeth, " "Twere best 'twere well done, and done quickly." We re
praise than we were at first disposed to allow him, though we are still gret to learn that Mr Fraser of Relig, Inverness-shire, the accomplish.
of opinion that the work might have been better executed.- Ed. Lila
Jour.) ed traveller, and able author of the “Kuzzilbash," has lost above £500 by these disastrous floods.
Theatrical Gossip.-At Drury Lane, a new comic piece called
“ Snakes in the Grass," has been successfully produced. It is writMUSICAL NOTATION.—The Greeks and Romans expressed the
ten by Mr Buckstone, an actor. - Nothing very new has been going notes in music by letters of the alphabet, which they placed above
on at Covent Garden.- Matthews and Yates have produced another the text; and their duration was indicated by the length of the syl
clever tritle at the Adelphi, called “ The Bold Dragoun,"—Some lables above which they were written. Guido Aretinus, a Benedic
discussion has taken place in the London papers, Ist, concerning the tine Monk of a cloister in the district of Ferrara, invented the sys
proper pronunciation of the word Rome, which Young still calls tem of linear notation, and the practice of singing the notes with the
Room, in opposition to what is now the established use and sout; syllables ut, re, mi, &c., about the year 1028. The idea of marking and 2d, as to the proper speiling and pronunciation of the word the different duration of the notes by the form of the points employ- Shakspeare, which his own autograp , preserved in Doctor's Com. ed, originated with John de Murs, a Parisian doctor, who flourished mons, proves should be spelt as we have now written it, and which, during the first half of the 14th century. Guido arranged a gamut in good society, is now invariably pronounced as if there were an e of twenty-two diatonic notes, which he composed of seven hexa- after the k-notwithstanding the attempt which has been recently chords. He chose for the syllables on which his scholars were to ex- made at Covent Garden by Charles Kemble and others to pronounce ercise the gamut-ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, the initial syllables of the it Sharpeare, perhaps the original way, but altered by modero usage. first six lines of a hymn to St John, which was then in frequent use. -Dowton, probably the purest and most natural comedian living, This new system of notation was shortly after introduced at Bre- is about to perform at the Coburg Theatre.- Kean, junior, and Miss men, by Bishop Herman, to whom it was communicated by the in- F. H. Kelly are going to play at Amsterdam.-Morton's comedy of ventor.
“ The Dramatist,” has been translated into Spanish, and has had a
run of fifty nights at Madrid. We are informed that Macready will LETTER PROM THE EDITOR OF ACKERMANN'S JUVENILE FORGET appear here as soon as Miss Paton leaves us.
Miss Paton is to be in Glasgow for three nights.-A new piece, called " The Robüer's
Bride," has this week been transferred with success to our boarda To the Editor of the Edinburgh Literary Journal.
from London, Miss Jarman plays the heroine. London, Nov. 6, 1829.
WEEKLY List of PERFORMANCES. SIR,-The number of your Journal for October 31st, has just been put into my hands. I there find, in your review of Ackermann's
Nov. 7.--Nov, 13. Juvenile Forget-Me-Not, some remarks which seem to demand an
Barber of Seville, $ William Thompson. explanation from me as editor of that work ; and indeed, were it not Mon Guy Mannering, & Do. given, you might have some ground to “ suppose that silence im. TUES. Bride of Lammermoor, Do., f The Robber's Wife plies culpability." I hope, however, to convince you that your con
WED. Love in a Village, 4 Do. clusions are not less erroneous than the premises on which they are THURS. Lord of the Manor, * Do. founded. - I take it for granted that you will not dispute my friend FRI The Merchant of Venice, & The Robber's Wife. Ackermann's right to the title Forget-Me-Not. You must be aware, too, of the success of the work to which he gave that title before any publication resembling our present Annuals existed. Speculating
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. upon this success, a bookseller thought it to usurp this title in the
CONTRIBUTIONS pour in upon us so thickly that it is difficult for Juvenile Forget-Me-Not, not only without Ackermann's consent, but us even to read them ail, much less to give them all a place. Com without giving the slightest intimation of his intention. The conse
munications from many of our most esteemed Correspondents are quence was, that many purchased that work under the impression at this moment in types, which, for some weeks back, we have in that it was Ackermann's publication; and some, still more uninform- vain endeavoured to find room for. During the present influx of ed on such matters, bought it instead of his original Forget-Me-Not. new works, we are obliged to limit the space we allot to miscellane He, naturally enough, selt himself aggrieved, and intimated as much ous literature. The articles, however, both in prose and verse, by to Mr Hall, who, on his own behalf, and that of Mrs H., merely dis- the Ettrick Shepherd, William Tennant, Esq., Dr Gillespie, and claimed any participation in the choice of the title. Ackermann at
Dr Memes, shall appear at our very earliest convenience. length determined to apply the only remedy in his power, and to give “ Scenes from the Portfolio of a Traveller,"_" Letters from Into the world a work with his own title, and stamped with his own
dia,”—“ The Legend of the Riral Giants,” and “ Anecdotes," lie name, to prevent the possibility of its being mistaken for the other.
over for early insertion. We shall not be able to find room for the A ridiculous threat of proceedings in Chancery was thrown out to
“ Rambles among the Hebrides."_" Caledonia Aonia," and the com deter him from his purpose, and, as that had no effect, his conduct is now publicly proclaimed to be neither “ fair nor honourable,'
munication from Mrs Grant, Duthil, are under consideration. -"Exand, indeed, to be “ unjustifiable." For my part, I conceived it to
tracts from my unpublished Life," lie for the author at our Publish
er's.-A Notice of the “* Ant” in our next.-We shall attend to the be such as to need no apology; and I can assure you, that had there
subject mentioned by our friend in Dundee, and will write to him. appeared to me, in this interference, any thing in the least degree
The Verses to “ Ailsa Craig" and " To Alison,” shall have a place. " harassing and injurious," or "unfair and dishonourable," you
-The Lines by " Bernard," and by “ P." of Glasgow, will not suit should not have seen my name coupled with it. At any rate, with us. We advise " J. S.” and “ Z. z." of Glasgow, to give up rhyming, the lady's prerogative of scolding, I shall not interfere ; and whether
The materials for a very interesting notice of some unpublished the public impeachment of my friend proceeds from Mrs Hall or her
remains of Robert Burns have so much increased upon our hands, publishers, it only furnishes one more proof of the truth of the remark, that when a person has done you an injury, however patiently next Saturday. The unpublished verses of the poet Finlay shall also
that we find it necessary to postpone our article concerning them till you may endure it, you must expect it to be followed up by slander be given in our next.
less to enquire ; that they were many, his songs prove, for
in those days he wrote no love-songs on imaginary heroines. UNPUBLISHED REMAINS OF ROBERT BURNS- Mary Morison—Behind yon hills where Stinchar flows-On LOCKHART'S THIRD EDITION OF HIS LIFE-AC. Cessnock bank there lives a lass belong to this period; and COUNT OF A LATELY-DISCOVERED PORTRAIT, there are three or four inspired by Mary Campbell—the obWITH LETTERS CONCERNING IT.
ject of by far the deepest passion that Burns ever knew, and We have always considered Mr Lockhart's Life of which he has accordingly immortalized in the noblest of his Barns as a book of great interest, and of well-deserved elegiacs. In introducing to Mr Thomson's notice the songpopularity. Whether it is all we could wish, it is need
“Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary,
And leave auld Scotia's shore ? less now to enquire. It is certainly the work of a man
Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary, of genius,-of a clear and correct thinker,—of an acute
Across the Atlantic's roar ?" judge of character,of a talented, and, what is better, of Burns says, ' In my early years, when I was thinking of an honest writer. There is no clap-trap about the volume,—no affectation,—no attempt at fine feeling and going to the West Indies, 1 took this farewell of a dear
girl;' and afterwards, in a note onoverstrained sentiment. Justice is done to Burns, be
“Ye banks, and braes, and streams around cause he is treated, not as an object of stupid worship, but
The Castle o' Montgomerie ; as a human being, whom it was impossible not to admire Green be your woods, and fair your flowers, and love in spite of all his faults. Due allowance is made
Your waters never drumlie; for the circumstances in which he was placed, and the There summer first unfaulds her robes, impassioned temperament which was inherent in him ;
And there they langest tarry, whilst the causes which drew from him at times strains
For there I took the last farewell
O’ my sweet Highland Mary,' “Like sweet bells jangled out of tune and harsh,”
he adds, After a pretty long trial of the most ardent reare delicately touched on and sufficiently explained.
ciprocal affection, we met by appointment on the second With so much in its favour, we do not wonder that Sunday of May, in a sequestered spot by the banks of Ayr, Mr Lockhart's book is about to arrive at a third edition. where we spent a day in taking a farewell before she should We have been favoured with a sight of his manuscript embark for the West Highlands, to arrange matters among corrections and additions to this new impression. They her friends for our projected change of life. At the close of are numerous and valuable, and have evidently been made the autumn following, she crossed the sea to meet me at
Greenock, where she had scarce landed when she was seized with much care, and at considerable cost of time and la
with a malignant fever, which hurried my dear girl to her bour. Their most interesting feature, of course, consists grave in a few days, before I could even hear of her illness; in the new and hitherto unpublished relics of Burns and Mr Cromek, speaking of the same day of parting which he has been able to add, a considerable portion of love,' gives, though without mentioning his authority, some which we shall now transfer to our pages. Before doing farther particulars which no one would willingly believe to 80, however, we are happy to have it in our power to be apocryphal. • This adieu,' says that zealous enquirer supply Mr Lockhart with an unpublished poem by Burns, into the details of Burns's story, was performed with all which has escaped his research, and which, we think, will those simple and striking ceremonials, which rustic senti
ment has devised to prolong tender emotions, and to impose form an interesting addition to his work when it arrives
The lovers stood on each side of a small purling at a fourth edition. At page 209 of the third edition, brook-they laved their hands in the limpid stream-and, Mr Lockhart quotes from the Edinburgh Literary Jour- holding a Bible between them, pronounced their vows to nal (vol. I. p. 82) an anecdote of Burns, which, though be faithful to each other. They parted-never to meet given anonymously, we may now mention is from the aguin.' It is proper to add, that Mr Cromek's story, which able pen of our contributor, Dr Gillespie. The verses
even Allan Cunningham was disposed to receive with suswe are about to subjoin are not less valuable.
picion, has recently been confirmed very strongly by the acA fortnight
cidental discovery of a Bible, presented by Burns to Mary ago, we gave one stanza of an unpublished poem concern- Campbell, in the possession of her still surviving sister at ing Highland Mary, which came into our possession Ardrossan. Upon the boards of the first volume is inscrithrough the kindness of an intelligent correspondent in bed, in Burns's hand writing,— And ye shall not swear by the West country, and the authenticity of which we clearly my name falsely, I am the Lord.-Levit. chap. xix. v. 12. established by the facts we then mentioned. We have On the second volume,- Thou shalt not forswear thyself, since received, through Mr Lewis Smith of Aberdeen, a
but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths.--St Matth. complete copy of this poem, which it appears has been in chap. v. 33. And, on a blank leaf of either, Robert the possession of a gentleman of that town for some years.
Burns, Mossgiel,' with his mason mark.”
“ That noblest of all his ballads, To Mary in Heaven, The stanza we formerly printed is the third, and differs was, it is on all hands admitted, composed by Burns in Sep from the version already published only in one word, or tember 1789, on the anniversary of the day ou which he rather in one letter of a word, which we shall mark. Be- beard of the death of his early love, Mary Campbell. But fore presenting the lines, we shall first quote Mr Lock- Mr Cromek has thought fit to dress up the story with cirharts account of the poet's connexion with Highland cumstances which did not occur. Mrs Burns, the only Mary, which will serve to illustrate them, and form an
person who could appeal to personal recollection on this ocappropriate introduction :
casion, and whose recollections of all circumstances con
nected with the history of her husband's poems are repre“How many lesser romances of this order were evolved sented as being remarkably distinct and vivid, gives what and completed during his residence at Mossgiel, it is need- may at first appear a more prosaic edition of the history.