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fence, in his Introduction to the present Series. It is worth while examining, for a moment, the reasons he
“ The present," Tales of a Grandfather ; being Stories taken from Scot-assigns for the course he has pursued.
tish History. Humbly inscribed to Hugh Littlejohn, he says, “is not intended to be a controversial work. InEsq. In 3 vols. Third Series. Edinburgh. Cadell deed, if disputed points should be stated here as subjects & Co. 1830. 12mo.
of discussion, there is no space to argue them; and all that
could be brought forward would be the assertion of the Sir Walter Scorr has now concluded his self-imposed author's own opinion, for which he is not entitled to task of supplying the youth of this country with an ac- claim any particular deference from his readers.” The curate summary of the past events of Scottish history. accuracy of the two statements contained in this last senTaking the work as a whole, there can be no doubt that
tence we are not prepared to grant. In the first place, in a it is a beautiful specimen of simple and interesting narra- work extending to nine volumes, surely some little space tive ; and that it will long continue to hold undivided might be found, if sought, not only for the statement, but possession of the public attention, as by far the best book even for the enforcing of opinions upon “disputed points ;" upon the affairs of Scotland which can be put into the and, in the second place, Sir Walter is entitled to claim hands of the rising generation.
that a more than ordinary deference should be paid to his In the “ Prefatory Letter” to his Grandson, with simple assertions of opinion, being one who stands forein which the third series commences, Sir Walter observes, most in the world's eye, and who, in his single person,
that he has had a bloody and tragic tale to tell. “ The combines more information than could be found in mulgeneration of which I am an individual,” he says, “ and titudes. But our author proceeds in these words :which, haying now seen the second race of their successors, “Like most men of some experience in life, I entertain must soon prepare to leave the scene, have been the first undoubtedly my own opinions upon the great political Scotsmen who appear likely to quit the stage of life, with questions of the present and future times; but I have no out witnessing either foreign or domestic war within their desire to impress these upon my juvenile readers.” This country. Our fathers beheld the civil convulsion of is not exactly meeting the whole of the objection. If an 1745-6,—the race who preceded them saw the commo- anthor chooses to keep his political opinions to himself, in tions of 1715, 1718, and the war of the Revolution in so far as these are connected with the times in which he 1688-9; a third, and earlier generation, witnessed the lives, no one has any right to complain ; but many ques. two insurrections of Pentland-hill and Bothwell-bridge, tions were alluded to, both by the Westminster Reviewers and a fourth lived in the bloody times of the great civil and ourselves, concerning which Sir Walter Scott has war; a fifth had in memory the civil contests of James carefully avoided explaining his own sentiments, although the Sixth's minority; and a sixth race carries us back to they are now more to be regarded as moral problems the long period when the blessings of peace were totally than as political bones of contention. Is it, or is it not, unknown, and the state of constant hostility between the historian's duty to guard, on the one hand, the meEngland and Scotland, was only interrupted by insecure mory of the great and good of past ages from undeserand ill-kept truces of a very few years' endarance.” This ved obloquy, and on the other, to hold up the conspicubrief retrospect of the continual broils in which we have ously wicked to merited reprobation? If this question been engaged, would seem fully to justify the application be answered affirmatively, will it be maintained that a of the epithet perfervidum to the ingenium Scotorum. It mere cold statement of facts is sufficient to give a proper is pleasant, however, to think, that a period has at length moral impulse to the mind of the reader ? Let us, howarrived, when there seems little probability of the terror's ever, hear Sir Walter once more: of actual war being soon again renewed among us, and of which the future historian will have to record the intel- be understood, because a friendly and indulgent critic,” (al
“ I am more anxious that the purpose of this work should lectual, rather than the martial triumphs.
luding to the Westminster Review for April, 1829,) “whose Our readers may perhaps recollect, that in reviewing general judgment has been but too partially pronounced in the Second Series of " Tales of a Grandfather,” we took favour of the author, has in one poiut misunderstood my occasion to express a doubt whether Sir Walter Scott intentions. My friendly Aristarchus, for such I must call would not have been doing a greater service to his juvenile him, has paid me the great compliment, (which I may readers, had he more frequently and decidedly mingled little work contains no fault of commission ; that is to say, up opinions with his bare statements of fact. We thought he admits that I have not either concealed or falsified the that, by carefully avoiding such a course, he had given to truth of history in controverted points, which, in my opimany parts of his narrative an air of frigidity, and that nion, would have been, especially in a work designed for by contenting himself with requesting his readers to the use of youth, a most unpardonable crime. But he draw their own conclusions, he perhaps scarcely per- charges me with the offence of omission, in leaving out informed all that was expected froin him as a great guide ferences which he himself would have drawn from the same and instructor of youth. The Westminster Review after- facts, and which, he seems to think, are too obvious not to
be discerned, and too stubborn to be refuted. It is, on the Wards stated the same objection in still fuller terms, completely coinciding with all our own sentiments upon the contrary, my opinion, and has been, ever since I came to
years of understanding, that in many of these points his subject. The matter has appeared of sufficient moment conclusions are liable to direct challenge, and in others, to to Sir Walter Scott to elicit from him an answer and de- much modification. I must not, therefore, leave it to be
CATASTROPHE IN THE FAMILY OF HEPBURN OF XFITH.
supposed that I have deserted my banners, because I have | tleman. The Advocates are possessed of a noble library, not, at this time and place, thought it necessary to un- and a valuable collection of medals. To this learned body, furl them. But I could not introduce political discussions Elizabeth, Duchess of Gordon. (by birth, a daughter of the into any elementary work designed to inspire a love of noble house of Howard, and a keen Jacobite, ) sent the prestudy. In more mature years, the juvenile reader will have sent of a medal for their cabinet. It bore on the one side an opportunity of forming his own judgment upon the the head of the Chevalier de St George, with the motto, points of controversy which have disturbed our history." Cujus est ? (Whom does it represent ?) and on the revers,
This is ingenious, but it does not strike us as being al- the British Isles, with the legend, Reddite. (Restore them. together sound. “ Political discussions” and “ points of emblem to his brethren, a debate arose, whether or not it
The Dean of Faculty having presented this very intelligible controversy,” are surely two very separate things; yet should be received into their collection, which was carried they seem to be used by Sir Walter as convertible terms. on in very warm language, and terminated in a vote, which, In such a work as the “ Tales of a Grandfather," political by a majority of sixty-three to twelve, resolved on the aediscussions were, of course, out of the question, and it is ceptance of the medal. Two advocates were deputed to esnot the want of these that is complained of. It is the press, in the name of the learned body, their thanks to the want of a more distinct tone from beginning to end, the Duchess; and they failed not to do it in a manner express. careful avoiding of all “ controverted points," and the de- | ing pointedly their full comprehension of the import of her termination to show no leaning whatever to one party hope, that her Grace would soon have a farther opportu
Grace's compliment. They concluded, by stating their or other, wherever any doubts might be entertained as to nity to oblige the Faculty, by presenting them with a sewhich was in the right. The consequence is, that as the cond medal on the subject of a restoration. But when the author never leads us to suppose that he himself thinks proceeding became public, the Advocates seem to have been at all about the matter, the youthful reader does not alarmed for the consequences, and, at a general meeting of deem it necessary to think either; and knowledge is the Faculty (27th July, 1711,) the medal was formally retherefore put into him as machinery is put into a clock- fused, and placed in the hands of the Lord Advocate, to be
restored to the Duchess of Gordon. The retractation, hox. case, without exercising one intellectual faculty, or ex
ever, could not efface the evidence, that this learned and in citing one heartfelt emotion. This is, no doubt, better than portant public body, the commentators on the laws of Sert nothing ; but it is not enough. A Grandfather like Sir land, from whom the guardians of her jurisprudence are Walter Scott should have done more. There can be no selected, had shown such boldness as to give a public mars doubt, that had Sir Walter made it a rule to state his of adherence to the Chevalier de St George." own opinions when the occasion required it, they might Shortly after the insurrection of fifteen broke out, a la occasionally have been erroneous, but there is certainly mentable event happened in East Lothian, which Sir every reason to believe that they would have much more
Walter details in these words: frequently been correct. What does he think of Mary, Queen of Scots ?-what does he think of John Knox?-what does he think of the Covenanters? These, and in that of Mr Hepburn of Keith was devotedly attached to
“ Among other families of distinction in East Lothian, numerable other points, he has left in complete doubt. the interests of the House of Stewart, and he determined Why? because his opinions might be controverted. to exert himself to the utmost in the approaching contiici. True ; but they could only be controverted by an autho- | He had several sons, with whom, and bis servants, he had rity of equal weight, and where shall we find such in the determined to join a troop to be raised in East Lothian, ard present day? Is it not, then, much to be regretted that commanded by the Earl of Winton. This gentleman being Sir Walter has been so scrupulously cautious ? Why has much respected in the county, it was deemed of importance he not added a treble value to his facts, by drawing from to prevent his showing an example which was likely to be them inferences ?
generally followed. For this purpose, Mr Hepburn of
Humbie, and Dr Sinclair of Hermandston, resolved to lay The Third Series of the “ Tales” relates almost exclu- the Laird of Keith under arrest, and proceeded towards his sively to the two rebellions of fifteen and forty-five. The house with a party of the horse-militia, on the morning of first volume, and a part of the second, are not quite so
the 8th October, 1715, which happened to be the very matinteresting as the remainder of the work, because the ma
ing that Keith had appointed to set forth on his campaigt, terials afforded for history by those who took up arms for having made all preparations on the preceding evening. The the Chevalier de St George, are by no means so spirit when it was observed that one of the young ladies lookal
family had assembled for the last time at the breakfast-table
, stirring as those supplied by the more gallant and vigo- more sad and disconsolate, than even the departure of her rous career of Prince Charles Edward. Sir Walter, how father and brothers upon a distant and precarious expediever, has gone through the whole in that easy and flow- tion seemed to warrant at that period, when the fair sex ing style of narrative for which he is so remarkable, and were as enthusiastic in politics as the men. although he does not write with the same enthusiasm, or
“Miss Hepburn was easily induced to tell the cause of her avowed Jacobite spirit, as Chambers, (to whose Histories fears. She had dreamed she saw her youngest brother, a he pays a deserved compliment,) he may, nevertheless, be youth of great hopes, and generally esteemed, shot by a man read with almost undiminished interest, even after the stretched dead on the floor of the room in which they were
whose features were impressed on her recollection, and recent productions of the other. Any lengthened analy- now assembled. The females of the family listened and arsis of his narrative is, of course, out of the question here. gued--the men laughed, and turned the visionary into ridiWe prefer selecting one or two detached passages, which cule. The horses were saddled, and led out into the courtwill be read with interest, and which, as the work itself yard, when a mounted party was discovered advancing alung is not to be published till the 21st, have not yet made the flat ground, in front of the mansion-house, called the their appearance anywhere else.
Plain of Keith. The gate was shut; and when Dr SinAt the commencement of the eighteenth century, poli- his purpose, and was asked for his warrant, be handed in at
clair, who was most active in the matter, had announce tics ran very high in Edinburgh between the partizans of a window the commission of the Marquis of Tweeddale, Queen Anne and those of the house of Stewart. Of this Lord Lieutenant of the county. This Keith returned with the following anecdote is an amusing illustration : contempt, and announced that he would stand on bis de
fence. The party within mounted their horses, and sallied
out, determined to make their way; and Keith, dischar" The Faculty of Advocates in Scotland, that is to say, ging a pistol in the air, charged the Doctor sword in hand; the incorporated society of lawyers entitled to practise at the the militia then fired, and the youngest of the Hepburs bar, are a body even of more weight and consequence than was killed on the spot. The sister bebeld the catastrophe is attached to them in most countries from the nature of from the windows, and to the end of her life persisted that their profession. In the beginning of the 18th century, es- the homicide had the features of the person whom she sai pecially, the Faculty comprehended almost all the sons of in her dream. The corpse was carried
into the room where good family who did not embrace the army as their choice; they had so lately breakfasted, and Keith, after having paid for the sword or gown, according to the ideas of that time, this heavy tax to the demon of civil war, rode off with the were the only occupations which could be adopted by a gen- rest of his party to join the insurgents. Dr Sinclair wisza
THE FACULTY OF ADVOCATES AND THE DUCHESS OF GORDON.
censured very generally, for letting his party zeal hurry him Each of the volumes is, as formerly, embellished with into a personal encounter with so near a neighbour and fami- a frontispiece and vignette. The frontispieces are: The liar friend; he vindicated himself, by asserting that his in- Chevalier de St George, John Campbell Duke of Artertions were to save Keith from the consequences into
The subjects of the vigwhich his rash zeal for the Stewart family was about to gyle, and Cameron of Lochiel. precipitate that gentleman and his family. But Dr Sinclair
nettes are :--The execution of Lords Derwentwater and ought to have been prepared to expect, that a high-spirited
Kenmure; the death of Clan Ranald at the Battle of man, with arms in his hands, was certain to resist this violent Sheriffmuir; and a small, but spirited and interesting, mode of opening his eyes to the rashness of his conduct; and portrait of Flora Macdonald, The only other matter he who attempts to make either religious or political con- worth mentioning is, that in reading the work, we felt a verts by compulsion, must be charged with the consequences considerable want of dates. They might be multiplied of such violence as is most likely to ensue, Upon a subject of peculiar interest to the Scottish roader,
with advantage in a new edition. we meet with the following interesting passage : THE ORIGIN OF THE PORTEOUS MOB.
Elements of Practical Chemistry, comprising a series of * The origin of the Porteous Mob continued long to ex
Experiments in every department of Chemistry, with ercise the curiosity of those by whom the event was remem- directions for performing them, &c. By David Boswell bered, and from the extraordinary mixture of prudence and Reid, Experimental Assistant to Dr Hope, Conductor andacity with which the purpose of the multitude had been of the Classes of Practical Chemistry in the Edinburgh conceived and executed, as well as the impenetrable secrecy University, Lecturer on Chemistry to the Leith Me with which the enterprise was carried through, the public
chanics' Institution, &c. Edinburgh. Maclachlan and were much inclined to suspect that there had been among its actors men of rank and character, far superior to that be
Stewart. 8vo. Pp. 511. longing to the multitude who were the ostensible agents. Mr Reid is already known to the public as the author Broken and imperfect stories were told of men in the dis. of a work entitled, “ Academical Examinations on Cheguise of women, and of common artizans, whose manner be mistry,” which is a very excellent conversational introtrayed a sex and manners different from what their garb announced. Others laughed at these as unauthorized ex
duction to the principles of that science. Thomson, aggerations, and contended that no class were so likely to Murray, Henry, and Turner, have presented us with eleframe or execute the plan for the murder of the police offi- mentary works on chemistry, which have been deservedly cer, as the populace to whom his official proceedings had referred to as standard authorities, and the study of rendered him obnoxious, and that the secrecy so wonder- either of their valuable compendiums may undoubtedly fully preserved on the occasion arose out of the constancy introdace the student to the general doctrines of this imand fidelity which the Scottish people observe towards each portant and difficult science; but there can be no doubt other when engaged in a common cause. Nothing is, or probably ever will be, known with certainty on the subject; that, to obtain a competent and precise knowledge of its but it is understood, that several young men lett Scotland in
numerous facts and various and extensive applications, he apprehension of the strict scrutiny which was made into that must frequent the chemical laboratory,- he must there night's proceedings; and in your Grandfather's younger days, examine the substances which he proposes to analyse,the voice of fame pointed out individuals, whó, long absent he must there become familiarized with their properties, from that country, had returned from the East and West In- and, by experimenting himself, acquire a knowledge of dies in improved circumstances, as persons who had fled abroad those complicated theories of chemical action which are, on aceount of the Porteous Mob. One story of the origin of by mere reading, difficult to understand or recollect. We the conspiracy was stated to me with so much authority, and seemed in itself so simple and satisfactory, that although might as reasonably, indeed, expect a man to become a the degree of proof, upon investigation, fell far short of what good anatomist from reading alone, without witnessing a was necessary as full evidence, I cannot help considering it single anatomical demonstration, as that he should sucas the most probable account of the mysterious affair. Aceed in acquiring a precise knowledge of chemistry withman, who long bore an excellent character, and filled a place out witnessing and conducting its several important proof some trust as forester and carpenter to a gentleman of for
cesses and operations. Mr Reid, therefore, judiciously tune in Fife, was affirmed to have made a confession on his death-bed, that he had been not only one of the actors in the chooses as his motto the appropriate remark of Bacon hanging of Porteous, but one of the secret few by whom the
“ Nec manus nuda, nec intellectus sibi permissus, multum deed was schemed and set on foot. Twelve persons of the valet; instrumentis et auxiliis res perficitur ; quibus opus village of Path-head-o this man's narrative was said to est, non minus ad intellectum, quam ad manum." proceed-resolved that Porteous should die, to atone for the The science of chemistry has, within the few last years, lite of Wilson, with whom many of them had been connect. made rapid and signal progress; and we think we are ed by the ties of friendship and joint adventure in illicit warranted in saying, that there is perhaps not a univertrade, and for the death of those shot at the execution. This sity in Europe in which its principles are more clearly vengeful band crossed the Forth by different ferries, and met together at a solitary place near the city, where they explained, or more successfully illustrated, than in the distributed the party which were to act in the business which University of Edinburgh. Mr Reid, having devoted himthey had in hand ; and giving a beginning to the enterprise, self almost exclusively to the cultivation of this science, soon saw it undertaken by the populace of the city, whose has, by his talents and industry, well qualified himself to minds were precisely in that state of irritability which dis superintend the various chemical and pharmaceutical opeposed them to follow the example of a few desperate men. according to this account, most of the original devisers of rations which it is the object of every practical course of the scheme tied to foreign parts, the surprise of the usual chemistry to exhibit and explain. The methods of obtainauthorities having occasioned some days to pass over cre the ing the different gases, acids, alkalis, metallic substances, investigations of the affair were commenced. On making &c.,--the result of their various combinations with each enquiry of the surviving family of this old man, they were other, and their decompositions,-the analysis of animal found disposed to treat the rumoured confession as a fiction, and vegetable substances, the use of the blow-pipe and and to allege that although he was of an age which seemed tube apparatus,--and, indeed, every department of chemito support the story, and had gone abroad shortly after the cal science, is so connected with different professions, arts, Porteous Mob, yet he had never acknowledged any accession to it, but, on the contrary, maintained his innocence, when
and manufactures, that the study of chemistry is of the taxed, as he sometimes was, with having a concern'in the highest consequence to a very great number in society, affair. The report, however, though probably untrue in
whose business it is to contribute to the comforts and nemany of its circumstances, yet seems to give a very proba- cessities of daily life. Chemistry may be said to constible account of the origin of the riot in the rindictive purpose tute, in a great measure, one of the principal cornerof a few resolute men, whose example was quickly followed stones of medical science. By its aid only, are we enby the multitude, already in a state of mind to eateh fire abled to prepare the various medicinal substances t? from the slightest spark.'
combat and frequently arrest the progress of diseas. We cannot afford room at present for more extracts. its assistance only, have we it in our power to
frequently by the most delicate tests, those poisonous or of exciting additional interest in the minds of the rational deleterious substances which, whether from ignorance or part of the public by an expedient like this, we content designing wickedness, may have been administered to our ourselves with knowing that the simple fact remains the fellow-creatures; and finally, by its knowledge only, are same, that the Rev. Mr Lyte has written six Tales in we enabled to understand many of the most important verse, and that they are entitled, “ Harford,”—“ The and interesting phenomena of animal and vegetable life. Missionary,”—“ The Widow,”—“ Edward Field,"— In the manufactories, the art of dyeing, calico-printing, “ The Brothers,”—and " The Preacher." bleaching, glass-making, and the working of various kinds Mr Lyte's style is evidently founded upon that of Crabbe, of metals, are conducted purely by chemical processes. In but he has also infused into it a considerable portion of domestic life, distillation, brewing, the use of steam, and the amenity and strong good sense of Cowper. This rovarious culinary preparations, require a knowledge of the lume is a very unpretending one; but its intrinsic merits elementary principles of this science. In agriculture, it are, beyond a doubt, much greater than many of far higher explains the nature and influence of different soils, and assumption. We are not indeed acquainted with any the effects of various temperatures and external agents on compositions of this sort, since the days of Crabbe and the progress of vegetation. We believe, indeed, that there Cowper, which we prefer to the Tales now before us. is no science more interesting in itself, and none certainly Though not distinguished by the highest poetical attrimore extensively applicable to the general benefit of man- butes, they evince a sincerity of feeling, a knowledge of kind. Chemistry, on this account, has been zealously the human heart, a perception of the beauties of nature, cultivated from the earliest periods, and the most illustri- a facility of versification, and an occasional dignity and ous philosophers of Europe have, during the present cen- vigour of thought, which are well calculated to win approtury, devoted themselves zealously to its pursuit; and, in bation, if they cannot command applause. The morality dispelling the prejudices and superstitions which arrested they inculcate is, besides, of a pure and refining kind; its progress in the darker ages, have added to the amount and the religious precepts which they contain, rather etiof knowledge many of the most brilliant discoveries that courage by their liberality, than startle by their dogmahave adorned the history of the human mind. What tism. would the holy fathers of the Inquisition of the 13th The best mode of making our readers more directly apcentury think, could their disembodied spirits now take preciate their various excellencies, will be to present them a peep into the lecture room of Dr Hope, and there with several extracts. In the tale entitled “ The Vis beheld the formation of water from the union of invisible sionary,” the hero is thus described, and part of his bisgases, and substances burning with a brilliant flame even tory told : in water itself? What, indeed, would Roger Bacon him
“ Yet deem him not, untutor'd as he was, self think, could he lift his head from out the grave, and A thing of sense, a lump of clay and dross. behold steam-boats, in the face of wind and tide, breast- His heart was warm, and open as the spring, ing the stormy billows of the Atlantic?
A rich-toned lyre, that thrill'd through every string, But we apprehend sufficient has already been said to Alive to bliss, and prone to melt and more prove the importance of the study of chemistry, and it He banqueted on music; and his taste
At each appeal of friendship and of love. remains only for us now to direct the attention of our readers to the volume, which has just appeared, by Mr He look'd on nature with a painter's eye,
Was quick to all of beautiful and chaste. Reid. We have examined it with considerable attention, And caught the soul of speaking poesy. and hesitate not to pronounce it one of the very best prac- And, though possess'd ot' no outstanding trait tical guide-books to the experiments conducted in the Which burden'd nemory cannot put away, chemical laboratory that has yet been published. The No character energic, bold, detined, methods of conducting the different chemical processes Yet
, see him, hear him, and anon there stole
That haunts, and tills, and triumphs o'er the mind; are fully described, and the theories of their actions explained, in a very clear and simple manner, by the aid of And a mysterious interest gradual grew,
A spell around that rivetted the soul; diagrams. Our author informs us, that the object of his Till all about him strange observance drew, present work is “ to present the student with a systema- | And round his influence breathed, and spread a tone tic series of experiments, sufficiently broad to lay a proper O'er other minds congenial with his own. foundation for acquiring habits of practical skill in che
“ Such, and so circumstanced, it was his lot mical operations, with precise and minute directions for To dwell with those who knew and prized him not. enabling him to perform them;" and we need only add, His sphere was narrow-Fate had set him down that he has executed this task in a manner that reflects On the dull confines of a country town, the highest credit on his judgment and abilities. We re- Where he was made the idol and the dupe commend Mr Reid's “ Elements of Practical Chemistry" of creatures to whose arts he scorn'd to stoop: to those gentlemen who are engaged in the study of this Thence friends throng'd round him, and professions loud, interesting science, and doubt not that to all who take Fled from all brows before him; and he moved
And greeting smiles, attended him. The cloud any pleasure in such pursuits, it will be found an enter- In every circle courted and beloved. taining and instructive companion.
The ladies thought him sweetly sentimental
Their mothers canvass'd o'er his handsome rental; Tales in Verse, illustrative of the several Petitions of the None could esteem his face or person bad ;
And though all thought him odd, nay, some said mad, Lord's Prayer. By the Rev. H. T. Lyte. London. And then, bow tine a property he had ! Marsh and Miller. 1829. 12mo. Pp. 180.
Sure, a good spouse and jointure must await This is a much better book than its affected and ridi- The maid that might secure her such a mate. culous title would lead one to suppose. What put it into “ Thus, many a sigh was breathed ; and not in vain. the head of the Rev. Mr Lyte to write six Tales, which There was one blue-eyed girl among the train, were to illustrate the following six sentences, we cannot
Retiring, gentle, graceful, fair, and tall, very well comprehend, or how these six sentences could
Who bore the prize away from midst them all! form the basis of any tales at all :-Ist,“ Our Father What did it not in its blue archery?
Little she said; but oh, that eye !-that eye! which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;" 2d, “ Thy He shrunk before it; yet return'd to ask kingdom come;" 3d, “ Thy will be done ;" 4th, “ Give Permission in its milder light to bask; us this day our daily bread;" 5th, “ Forgive us our tres- Was heard, received,and nothing now there needs passes, as we forgive them that trespass against us ;” and, But fix the day, and draw the marriage deeds. 6th, “ Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from “ I say not how the hours from hence were spent; evil.” Leaving, therefore, to its own absurdity, the idea | I pass each sigh, and look, and blandishment,
The air-built castle, the sequester'd walk,
found in the commencement of the story called “ Edward With trembling arm-in-arm, and all the talk
A small, neat house, with lawn of velvet green;
A shrubbery skirts and screens it from the wind, For, when all else was settled, and there now
And a snug garden wooes the sun bebind. Remain'd but just the priest, and ring, and vow,
Here with his wife and rosy children twain, News came that one, on whom, as on his soul,
A man and maid, and chattels few and plain, He rested, and resign'd to him the whole
Some years ago, from distant town or shire, Of his affairs, was tied, and with him bore
Caine Mister Field, or Edward Field, Esquire The bulk of all his patron own'd before.
The neighbouring village gossips, o'er their tea,
Have not yet settled his precise degree. “ Pursuit was made-in vain-and clear away
Farmer he was not; stock nor land he kept, The perjured villain carried off his prey;
A few small fields around his house except; And home his dupe return'd, less keenly feeling
Nor yet, like neighbouring squires, he entertain'd, His loss of substance, tban the traitorous dealing
Nor drank, nor swore, nor dogs nor hunters train'd; Of one so loved. He felt that he had leant
But still be was the parson's friend and guest, Upon a faithless reed, that broke, and went
And all the poor around his bounty could attest. Into his heart. A sweet dream was dispellid;
Well ! Squire or Mister Field, (just call him which A thousand beauteous fancies all were quellid;
You please, ) inbabited this quiet niche, The world lost half her lustre ; her fair dress
Milk'd his three cows, and made his bread and beer, Was rent, and through appearl her nakedness.
On just four bundred annual pounds in clear. The tendrils of his heart, that wont to stretch
Sleek were his kine. His yard was peopled thick And twine round every object they could catch,
With turkey, guinea-fowl, and hen and chick,
All of choice kinds; and o'er his lawn there went
O'er a neat paddock gate, all free and tame,
“ His wife, good Mrs Field, Heaven bless her face !
Was one might well adorn a higher place ;
Accomplish'd, manner'd, ladylike, and fair,
Though not quite all that some fine ladies are; But calmly turu'd his back upon mankind.
She read few novels, seldom scream'd, or fainted,
Dangled no reticule, was flounced nor painted ;
And thought her hands were made for something more And follow the light clouds along the sky,
Than nursing up in kid, or running o'er
Piano keys. She could both mend and make,
Wash, and get up small linen, boil and bake;
And her made wines, her puddings and preserves,
What tongue can speak of them as each deserves ?
Her dress was simple, but you might suppose. Among the dews, and linger till the sky
The Graces helped her to put on her clothes. Grew beautiful with stars, and sounds from high
Her house too perfect neatness; yet not such Came to him through the stillacss of the night,
As makes one half afraid to step or touch : And his soul mingled with the infinite,
And all things there appear'd to go or stand, And rose from earth; and here it was that first
Rather by secret clock-work, than command; Upon his intellectual darkness burst
Then in the healing art how vast her skill! The majesty of God: amid the woods,
How deep her lore in herb, or salve, or pill! The solemn rocks, blue skies, and sounding floods,
Buchan and Reece right well she understood, He grew familiar with Him, learnt to trace
And even in Thomas dipped, and Underwood.
The ailing poor for miles around confess'd
The sovereign virtues of her medicine chest;
And lean the village doctor grew and bare, A friend of God; and, with the flowers and birds,
Since Mrs Field began to practice there."-Pp. 91-4. Breathed up a worship which no earthly words Could adequately utter, till with Him
Passing into a somewhat different strain, we do not Conversing, this poor earth grew dark and dim,
think the following lines, from the same tale, much infoAnd the large spirit bursting every bond, Rose on immortal wing, and soar'd beyond
rior to the caustic and moral satire of Cowper : The bounds of time and space, and joy'd to roam,
“ Who now would think this simple, plain, good man, And drink the glories of its native home;
Had e'er been join'd to fashion's lightest clan? And heavenly longings swell’d within his breast,
Had cbased ambition's wildest meteor down, And his beart thirsted for eternal rest.
And shared the idlest follies of the town?
Yet such had Edward Field. The earliest air "• A few more suns and moons,' he thought, and then He breathed was in a smoky London square; A long farewell to earth and earthly men ;
Where, in a dingy brick and mortar pile, A full release from guilt, and guile, and woe,
His bigh-born parents lived in handsome style, And all the spirit weeps or fears below.
Kept their state-coach, with many a liveried knave, 0! it is joy to think the day shall be
And large sad parties once a-fortnight gave ; When all chains will drop off, and we be free;
Using a world of pother and address, When every cloud shall pass from off our sky,
To make themselves and others comfortless. And every tear be wiped from every eye!
To Eton, thence to Oxford, was he whirl'd, Roll on, ye Seasons, bring that blessed time,
To make acquaintance there, and see the world. Unstain'd with grief, unspotted with a crime ;
And then, pro formâ, to the Continent 0 wheel this ruin of a world away,
The graduate dunce was with his tutor sentAnd usher in that long bright Sabbath day !'”—Pp. 41-4. To just learn how to dress, and cook, and stare,
The incidents of all the Tales are simple, yet not devoid And say of places, ' O, yes, I've been there.' of interest, and each has a marked character of its own.
“ Thence must he pass through • Fashion's’ usual paces, Passages frequently occur, as in Crabbe, of a more play- Learn the right manners, jargon, and grimaces ; ful cast ; and sometimes, as in Cowper, of a more terse Acquire the one sublime indifference and satirical kind. An instance of the former will be To all that smacks of feeling, thought, or sense.