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In friendless intimacy day by day,
lish distingués erect themselves into an exelusive church With grinning things must languish life away; Must go to bed at four, and rise at two,
of fashion, which; without admitting the beau monde at Then ride out in the park as others do ;
large into its inner mysteries, is to be the summit towards Or lounge at five in Bond-street, with a score
which its thousand eyes are directed—“ the glass of faOf just such stiff-starched, stay'd, poor creatures more.
shion and the mould of form." They acknowledge no To dinner then at eight, and thence away
further restraints upon their conduct than is necessary to To formal route, the club-house, or the play,
avoid outrageous scandal. Pleasure is the sole object of For which, till the fifth act, he never starts,
their lives, but a pleasure remote from vulgar annoyance, And talks aloud through all the finest parts."-Pp. 102-4. never expressing itself more forcibly than convenance ad
Our readers will now be able to form for themselves a mits of; in short, a pleasure which may be conceived to pretty correct estimate of Mr Lyte's powers. For our bear the same resemblance to the serene and tranquil enown part, we frankly confess, that his present production joyment of the Elysian fields, that a French engraving has made so favourable an impression upon us, that we does to an antique statue. The three volumes of The Exare exceedingly happy to think that our unsought-for re- clusives are devoted to pourtraying the effects of an adcommendation may be of some service to him, and shall mission within this Circean circle, upon two young and be happy to meet with him soon again, making a still amiable individuals of different sexes. bolder and more vigorous effort.
Lord Albert d'Esterne, a highly talented, ambitious,
but withal well-principled young nobleman, is seized A New Dictionary of the Gaelic Language. By the Rev. upon at his return from his travels
, by some of the lead Dr Macleod of Campsie, and the Rev. Dr Dewar of ing Exclusives, as a promising recruit for their sett Glasgow. To be completed in 15 monthly Parts, at Is: Lady. Tilney, the literary Whig, has a plot upon his polja each. No. I. Glasgow. W. R. M-Phun.
tical independence, and Lady Hamlet Vernon, a sort ei
Don Juan in petticoats, has a plot upon his heart. He The Rev. Drs Macleod and Dewar are already advan- runs little danger from the dame spirituelle ; but finds a tageously known to the public as eminent Gaelic scholars, mure skilful angler in the fascinating rouée, (begging our and we think their Dictionary, of which the first Num- reader's pardon for introducing the word to thein under ber has just been published, promises fair to extend their a new sexual denomination.) Lord Albert has been einreputation as benefactors to the Highlands. The valuable gaged from childhood to an amiable cousin; but Lady work of the Highland Society is useful principally to the Hamlet finds means, by the aid of a ci-devant favourite, to general scholar and the learned philologist, and it will of create misunderstandings between the lovers, and finalis course have a place in all public libraries; but its high to break off the match. She then attaches the victim of price places it beyond the reach of many private indivi- her intrigues more and more to herself, by a show of duals, who would otherwise be disposed to become pur- sympathy, which, in her susceptible and unregulated mind, chasers. The same objection, to a lesser extent, applies to assumes all the violence of a real passion. His fair hepes Armstrong's work ; whilst the smaller vocabularies which blasted, his love insidiously re-awakened by a new object, we have seen are so full of corruption, that they furnish in a moment of infatuation he offers her his hand. The no standard of the language, and, besides, are very meagre sacrifice is on the eve of being completed, when a blunder and incomplete. The present publication will have all the on the part of the lady shows him his danger, and he advantages of an abridgement from the Society's larger beats a timely retreat, not unwounded, however ;-hartet work, with some peculiar to itself, as being to a consider- in laiere lethalis arundo. Time at last soothes his broken able extent original. Many new words are added, and spirit: the course of affairs brings him again in contat new phrases are given, especially with regard to the with his first love, all things are satisfactorily explained. changes effected upon the word hy prepositions, prefixes, and he is made a happy man. and affixes, which are very common in Gaelic. The price Lady Georgina (the female object of these syrens' lurer of the book, when complete in 15 numbers, each contain- enters upon the scene as the new-made bride of Lord ing, we believe, about 48 octavo pages, will not exceed Glenmore; who, shortly after their marriage, becomes 15s. ; and this consideration, together with our impression secretary of state. Anxious that his young wife should of the superior manner of its execution, enables us to re- learn to play in a fitting manner that part in life which commend it with confidence to all who either are or de becomes the spouse of one so highly raised, he recommende sire to be acquainted with the language. To the Higli- to her acquaintance and imitation two of the leading Esland student, and the Highland minister, it is unneces- clusives. She is marked for the prey of a male countersary to recommend it, since we know that by them such part of Lady Hamlet. Her unconscious innocence ent á work has long been wished for, and a slight glance at bles her to tread in safety the thorny maze. The world the present will be sufficient to convince them of its value. has its sneer and its tale, but she escapes upharmed. We have not seen the prospectus, but we take it for grant- The Exclusives, after seeing their victims escape from ed that the editors intend to exclude Irish and Island their meshes, continue, with some few exceptions, their (Arran, Bute, &c.) Gaelic from their Dictionary, as we old routine. Their ultimate fates are sketched with a few do not recognise any such in the specimen before us. We hasty strokes. There is some bold and vigorous painting observe some words evidently made for the English, of passion in this book, and occasionally the delicate and which are not in use in the Highlands, but whose mean- evanescent traits of character are happily enough hit off
. ing is uniformly
expressed by a periphrase-such, we be- The only misfortune is, that we are tired of the whole lieve, is Athan-Eolas-aeromancy. We have no objec-class of works to which it belongs. We wish the writers tion to the insertion of such words, but we should like in this department would try to strike out something new. them to be distinguished in some manner from the more The haut gout of fashionable life is well enough at a time, legitimate Celtic vocables. We wish, and we mean it but we hate toujours perdrir. as no small compliment, that the learned editors may meet with all the success which, judging from the present The Lotus, or the Faery Flower of the Poets. Editspecimen, their labours deserve.
burgh. George A. Douglas 18mo. Pp. 183
This is a tasteful and pretty little rolume ; and the The Exclusives. In 3 vols. 8vo. Pp. 312, 283, and selection of modern poetry which it contains, satisfies tus 334. London. Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley. that the editor understands what good rerse is The 1830.
pieces, generally speaking, are not of the very highest Another fasliionable nore) ; -- we shall try to give our order, but, with a few exceptions, they are all more than raders an idea of the story. - 'A certain wterie of Eng- respectable
. They have the merit, too, of not being back
neyed, which shows that they have been strung together devotion, and an enthusiastic admiration of the works of by one who thinks for himself. We like the motto on nature, worthy of the favourite of the Almighty-of him the title-page, which is from one of the Basia of old Bo- who was taken from the sheepfold, to feed with divine nefonius :
knowledge Israel his people. Independently, indeed, of
that inspiration with which the son of Jesse was preter“ En! Aores tibi mitto discolores, Pallentemque rosam, et rosam rubentem.”
naturally favoured, and thereby enabled to direct the tenor of his sacred songs so as to pre-signify that Messiah
whom he himself typified, his personal history, the vaThe Athenaid ; 'or, Modern Grecians. A Poem. By rious situations of his life, and the contrasted and trying
Henry J. Bradfield. London, Marsh & Miller. 1830. occurrences that successively befell him, were all of such 8vo. Pp. 231.
a deeply impressive and arousing character, as naturally
to call forth from his devout, impassioned, and agitated This is a poem in the Beppo stanza, and meant to contain a playful account of the manners and mode of living spirit, effusions of the most diversified and affecting inte
He spent his boyhood and youth amid his faof the modern Greek. But Mr Bradfield, the unsuccess ther's folds, a situation, above all others, favourable for ful author of “ Waterloo, or the British Minstrel,” though, nourishing a poetical mind, and gratifying to the full an we daresay, a good sort of person, is rather a dull rogue. admiration of the beauties of nature; he was selected, His poem, at least, is about as heavy as uniform medio-without having the faintest anticipation of such an adcrity, and a continual failure when he attempts to be vancement, to be the Shepherd of his people, the highest witty, can make it. Let Mr Bradfield console himself honour his country or his God could bestow; he became with the belief that he is man of talent; for certainly at once the object of the fondest affection, and the most no one will ever ask him to believe that he is a poet. To bitter persecution ; curses and blessings were suddenly show him, at the same time, that we wish to do him all blended in full effusion upon his person; he experienced the good in our power, we subjoin the three best stanzas
the most rapturous triumphs, the most dispiriting defeats ; in his volume :
he was at once blessed, and most unblessed, in his family “ A friend of mine once dining with a Greek,
and servants; even his very virtue and native nobleness Just cast a coyish glance behind his chair,
of soul for once forsook him, and he was misled into a Not comprehending quite the modern freak Of placing beauty in attendance there;
most reproachful crime, the perpetration of which stung He, smiling, took the liberty to speak
his susceptible heart for ever afterwards with the sharpest Upon such servile treatment of the fair :
repentance. His state of mind, under all this variety of Sir, 'tis my habit, when at home, to be
experiences, is very luminously imaged forth in his Psalms, With ladies on a fair equality ;
written evidently under the immediate impression of such
agitating events. We hear him exulting, in his triumphal " • And, should I not intrude on your good will, You'll much oblige me by acceding to
hymn, as he ascends Mount Sion; whispering forth his This slight demanden politesse,' but still
trepidating notes, as he skulks in the cave of Engedi ; laI would not wish it if it suits not you;
menting over the treachery of those friends who had beI trust you will not take my purpose ill.
guiled his artless confidence; we overhear his pensive soAllow your daughter, sir, to join us, do;
liloquies and virtuous determinations, as he muses on his I'd crave your pardon for this liberty,
bed during the night-watches; we listen in terror to his Were I not sure, sir, that you would comply.' cries of penitential agony, to his denunciation of direful “ And so the lovely seraph sat her down,
curses against bis enemies; we sympathise with him in But not in that glad confidence of heart
his devotional raptures, when he expresses his admiration Which hath with us into a practice grown,
of the starry heavens" the work of thy fingers," and And doth an air of gaiety impart;
summons all creation, animate and inanimate, to join with Her father on her sweetness seem'd to frown,
him in his hymn of praise to the Creator. What were While she, at every echo, seem'd to start,
the particular metres* of these songs, and with what And, with the timid glance of fawn or dove,
music they were conjoined, the admirers of Hebrew poetry She sat, a young and blushing flower of love."
are, in a great measure, if not altogether, ignorant; but,
judging from the well-attested musical skill of David, and Phrenology in Edinburgh. John Anderson, jun. 1830. the perfection in the poetical art which, it is confessed,
he had attained, we must infer, that the effect of his This is a sixpenny poem in praise of Phrenology, and Psalms, when sung by the voice, according to the graces against all those who have attacked it. We thought of their proper prosody, and accompanied with the choral · Phrenology itself the dullest thing in the universe till we symphony of every princely instrument, must have been saw this sixpenny poem, which has convinced us that in the highest degree, to the ears of the congregation of there is one thing still duller-namely, the sixpenny | Israel, ravishing and overpowering. poem.
It is in vain to look to Greece and Rome, these celebrated theatres of song, for any productions, making even
an approach, in similarity, to these sacred songs of Judea. MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. The hymns, composed by the lyric and tragic poets of
Greece, in honour of their Gods, though they contain, in
many places, portions of sublime and beautiful description, THE PSALMS OF DAVID, AND THEIR DIFFERENT and are copiously besprinkled with sententious precepts POETICAL VERSIONS.
of moral instruction, are notwithstanding, in their subBy William T'ennant, Author of " Anster Fair," &c.
stantial effects, frigid and lifeless as the decorated stocks
and stones, which are the objects of their celebration. As the poetry of the Hebrews is, in an eminent de- There is wanting the animating, the inspiring principle, gree, distinguished by simplicity, pathos, and sublimity, whereby the Jewish hymns are identified, as it were, in the Psalms, or lyric productions of King David, are by their efficient and vivifying influence, with that of the i no means the least in possession of these noble attributes.
At the same time that they combine the tenderness of It would appear that the Jews (at least Josephus) considered DaJeremiah with the sublimity of Isaiah, they possess, in
vid's poetry as possessing a variety of metres, and a distinction cor
responding to the Greek Trimeters and Telrameters Aavions many places, as peculiar to themselves, a pastoral beauty, wd as us Toy Osov xos upe vous ouvetačamo, ustęOU sonidow; that verifies their origin from the shepherd king, and are animated, I should rather say inflamed, by a fervency of May yours is peatgols, Teus de Fortajestcous stov,
JOSEPHUS, lib. 7,
Omnipotent Spirit, whose universal energy supports, en- bed. One or two bad couplets, however, a few jarring livens, and shines forth throughout the majesty of his jingles, have been picked out from the old version, and pre. created works. Even the texture of their styles, the sented in glaring exhibition as specimens of the badness technical frame of their composition,* is altogether un- of the whole. It would have been much fairer to selert like; while the Hebrew diction is simple, concise even to ' many of their good conplets, and exhibit them as speci. bareness, conveying the loftiest and most comprehensive | mens of their general excellence. In the same psalm, thought in the fewest words, with hardly one epithet or (78th) where caterpillar and grasshopper are the unferallverbal adjunct, the Greek style is full, verbose, richly tunately celebrated rhymes, the ]st and 2d verses are as larded with sounding epithets, encumbered with circum- follows; and they are here quoted without being singled stances of laborious expansion and amplification. In one out in any particular preference :or two of these Psalms, indeed, are to be found a few of
Attend my people to my law, these abrupt transitions, obscure allusions, and violent ellipses, which, in a great measure, characterise all the
And to my words incline;
My mouth shall speak strange parables, Asiatic poetry;t but the predominant attribute of their
And sentences divine; style is simplicity, unadorned plainness, an utter priva
Which we ourselves have heard and learn'd, tion of adjuncts and epithets. Of this quality of the Ile
Even of our fathers old; brew lays, the great and learned author of Paradise Lost, who, of all our English poets, dead or living, bost under
And which, for our instruction,
Our fathers hare us told. stood and knew their value, being accustomed, as he was, to feed his own sublime spirit on the pastures of their Nothing can be more simple and accordant to the spirit sublimity, has introduced our Saviour himself as taking of the original. Now let us have Messrs Tait and Brady notice :
Hear, O my people; to my law “ Remove their swelling epithets, thick laid
Devout attention lend ; As varnish on a harlot's cheek, the rest
Let the instruction of my mouth Thin sown with aught of profit or delight,
Deep in your hearts descend; Will far be found unworthy to compare
• My tongue, by inspiration taught, With Sion's songs, to all true tastes excelling."
Shall parables unfold,
Dark oracles, but understood,
And own'd for truths of old. Of the Psalms of Darid, there have been compiled, in Which we from sacred registers our language, for the purpose of being used in public wor
Of ancient times have known ; ship, three poetical versions--that of Sternhold, Hopkins, And our forefathers' pious care and a few other coadjutors--the more modern one, as
To us has handed down. in the English church superseded it, composed by Tait and Brady—and that at present used by the church of Scarcely could it be rendered more wordy, nerveless
, and Scotland.
paraphrastical. Again, in the stanza just subsequent to In comparing these different versions with each other, the “caterpillar,” we have from old Sternhold and referring them to their original, it will be, without And yet with hailstones once again, hesitation, confessed by every one, who knows and feels
The Lord their cattle smote; most the strength and sublimity of the Sacred Bard, that And all their flocks and herds likewise, the ancient versions have the superiority. The names of
With thunderbolts full hot ; Sternhold and Hopkins have, in this respect, been perhaps He cast upon them in his ire too harshly dealt with by the English people ; and, from
And in his fury strong,
And trouble, them among.
Lightning and hail made flocks and herds poetasters, had not yet been framed and sanctioned ; wben
One general sacrifice ; the grammar of the language was arbitrary and fluctu
He turn'd his anger loose, and set
No time for it to cease ; ating ; when Shakspeare himself knew not the right superlative degree, and sinned not a little, he and many
And, with their plagues, bad angels sent, others, in the use of rhymes now forbidden and proscri
Their torments to increase !
Indeed, there occur in this old version so many passages * Of all the Psalms, the 119th is the most remarkable; it is, in- of particular psalms of such excellence, and even a few deed, odinu og poy, and, of all the compositions of antiquity, is to a
whole psalms of such simple, yet skilful execution, that literary man the most curious. For, besides the proverbial form of it is to be regretted that the English Church, instead of has letters. Each section
contains eight verses ; and each epse be allowing them to be supplanted altogether, good and bad, gins with a word whose first letter is that letter of the alphabet to by a new version, considered not the advantage of puri. which each section is successively appropriated. In fact, it is the fying the old, by the requisite corrections, clearing it of dinous family of Alliteratives, Anagrams, Acrostics, &c. throughout its false rhymes, and long disused words, and so combiare only three or four words in Hebrew beginning with the letter tiquity, with the graceful correctness exacted by modera the various languages. It may be remarked, moreover, that as there ning the nervous sublimity and venerable language of alVAN, the royal Lyrist feels in this letter the oppressiveness of the artificial restraint imposed upon himself, being compelled to begin every verse of that section with the copulative conjunction and, ren.
Of Tait and Brady's version, the highest commendation dering it thereby heavy and monotonous. appears to be the most Asiatic, in the tone of his mind and colour of smooth and unruffled,-its grammar faultlessly correct
is to say, that its diction is copiously eloquent, —its metre his language, and to bear the greatest resemblance to the poetry of
and its rhymes authorised, all and each of them, by mity, the dark, mysterious terror of his images, his elliptical and the Rhyming Dictionary. It, moreover
, deserves this scurity, are all Asiatic-liker the composition of the book of Job, chan additional eulogy, that in the obscurer psalms, it acts as that of any other writer. And it is remarkable that that celebrated that particular period when Europe was deluged with an army of born. "Hopkins Sived much esater, and
was the friend of Dryden.
• I find that Sternhold died fifteen years before Shakspeare ** Asiatic invaders, from whom, though he fought against and con- The best versified psalms are undoubtedly Sternhold's; though Hop quered them, he seeing to have imbibed the daring spirit of their kins seems to excel him in the facility of his rhymes. Those marked poetry,
W. W., &c. are the worst.
a sort of commentary, elucidating, by its wordy diffusion, riot, which, if not ludicrous, is at least not suitably digwhat in the older versions is left either too meagre, or al- nified. Our Scottish version has adhered to, and best extogether unintelligible. It has the same advantages, the pressed the original, which is simply, " he rode upon a same defects, with the translation of Buchanan, which, cherub," a plain, yet expressive enunciation, whose suhe that relishes Hebrew sublimity the most, will read with blimity consists in the obscurity and incomprehensible the least pleasure, and with no commendation saving of nature of the mysterious creature concerned, to accomthe command of Latin phraseology and Latin prosody pany the descent of the Almighty. there so ostentatiously exhibited. Simplicity is lost amid It would be unjust, however, to deny that the modern the exuberance of paraphrases ; sublimity is expanded English version is bappy in some of its passages, as in the out into tameness by circumstantial details, is frittered last line of verse 7th of Psalm 68thaway, and nearly extinguished, amid a load of super
'Twas so of old, when thou didst lead, fluous adjuncts and vocables. And they are the subli
In person, Lord, our armies forth; mest and finest passages that fare the worst under this ple
Strange terrors through the desert sprend, thargy; they cannot live--they are choked to death un
Convulsion shook th' astonished earth! der such an accumulation of langeage, just as the simpler features of beauty are lost amid an accumulation of float- And in the 5th verse of l'salın 112th, by the judicious ing finery. Let us take but one example of this deteriora- expansion of the thought tion, and let it be the sublime passage in the 18th psalm, Yet what his charity impairs, noticed, as is said, by Dryden :-“ And he bowed the
He saves by prudence in affairs. heavens, and came down, and darkness under his feet.
And in the beautiful lines of next verse, And he rode on a cherub and flew; yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.” Here is a lofty sentiment, so The sweet remembrance of the just simple, so denuded of useless words, that even the sub- Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust. stantive verb is scorned as redundant. Of this Buchanan But, unfortunately, there are too few such. Not only makes :
are there introduced metaphors and figures quite heathenUtque suum Dominum terræ demittat in orbem ish, and abhorrent from the pastoral simplicity of Jewry, Leniter inclinat sussim fastigia coelum ;
as, Virgin led to the altar, crown'd with nuptial garlands, Succedunt pedibus fuscæ caliginis umbræ :
Covenant with our fathers sign'd, Entail the land, Ille, vehens curru volucri, cui flammeus ales
heirs-at-law,-labyrinths, &c. ; but expressions vulgar and Lora tenens levibus ventorum adremigat alis,
undignified are not very cautiously employed, as, stupid Se circum furvo nebularum involvit amictu.
fools, hardened reprobates, remorseless wretches, &c. ; to
say nothing of the dry, sapless, hackney phrases of comMessrs Tait and Brady make :
monplace poetry, and the long, many-syllabled epitheto He left the beauteous realms of light,
foisted in, apparently to lengthen the line, as unexampled, Whilst heaven bow'd down its auful head ; undissembled, unexhausted, commissioned vengeance, truest Beneath his feet substantial night
interests, &c. * Was like a sable carpet spread.
Of our Scottish version, it is a perplexing and perhaps The chariot of the King of kings,
a perilous thing to speak : It shines out with so many Which active troops of angels drew,
beauties, and, at the same time, is blotted with so many On a strong tempest's rapid wings,
blemishes. It is, in the greater part of its Psalms, so With most amazing swiftness flew.
majestically simple, yet disfigured so largely with pseudoSternhold makes :
rhymes, double-rhymes, and no-rhymes,—so spotted with
violations of ordinary grannmar, vicious accentuations, The Lord descended from above,
and vulgar Scoticisms, that moderation of praise and disAnd bow'd the heavens high ;
praise can scarcely be preserved. The best proof of its geAnd underneath his feet he cast
neral excellence is, its still, notwithstanding these blotches The darkness of the sky;
and rags of disfigurement, retaining its place upon our Scot. On cherubs and on cherubims,
tish pulpits. Yet it cannot but fill an Episcopalian stranFull royally he rode ;
ger, nay, even a Presbyterian layman, with pity, to hear the And on the wings of the winds,
ministers of our church, the best educated men of the Came flying all abroad.
country, whose sermons are penned and uttered with taste Our Scottish version, not the worst :
and grammatical accuracy, reading to their people from a
psalter where they must of necessity, at every second page, He also bowed down the heavens,
stumble upon and founder through the most vulgar ScotiAnd thence he did descend ;
cisms, obsolete accentuation, and erroneous grammar. And thickest clouds of darkness did
But a purification, we hope, is at hand; sooner or later it Under his feet attend :
must take place; and let us be wiser than our brethren And he upon a cherub rode,
of England, let us purify, not supplant-correct, not And thereon he did fly;
displace. This is called for, now loudly called for, by the E'en on the swift wings of the wind,
improved taste of our people, the laity of Scotland; by His flight was from on high.
the highly respectable character and acknowledged literary Of these four poetical versions, it is evident that the two attainments of her clergymen ; above all, by the very digfirst are of the same verbose character ; and that the two
• Poor Sternhold's blunders have been pointed out by many a last are infinitely more in the energetic spirit of the ori- scornful finger. Let the critical reader determine whether the folginal. "The only objectionable line of Sternhold's is, on lowing passages are not somewhat ludicrous or absurd. In Psalm cherubs and on cherubims, which proves the versifier to 104, v. 10, there occurs
Yet thence in smaller parties drawn, have been ignorant of the Hebrew, and which, in fact,
The sea recovers her lost hills.
In Psalm 107, v. 11, besides the solecism of the word cherubims, is but a need.
Whilst God, from all afflicting cares, less repetition, equivalent to—on cherubs, and on cherubs,
Sets up the humble man on high ; as cherubim is but the plural of cherub. He seems to
And makes in time his namerous heirs
With his increasing socks to vie. bave considered cherubs and cherubims as different crea
And in Psalm 114, v. 4, tures, and expressed it accordingly. But Buchanan has
The fallen mountains skipt like rams,
When danger near the fold they hear; disturbed the image still more, by representing the cherub
The hills skipt after them like lambs, as a charioteer or coachman, holding the reius of the cha
Afrighted by their leader's fear.
SOCIETY OF ANTIQLARIES OF SCOTLAND.
nity itself, and admirable excellence of the original composi- footed, very readily took me on his back, addressing him. tions. But this is a theme too'pregnant to be dilated upon self to the crossing of the stream; but, to my utter asat present ; at another time it may be resumed and en- tonishment and mortification, just as he had reached the forced with some critical illustrations.
deepest part, he very quietly and deliberately stooped under Derongrove, Banks of the Derox,
and deposited his burden. “What's the meaning o' tbis, 1th December, 1829.
Jock?" said I, greatly enraged at finding myself stemming the current, up to the haunches ; " what for have ye set
me down here?"_" Oh !" said Jock, very deliberately RECOLLECTIONS OF A PARSONAGE.
making the best of his way to the bank at which he had entered, “ I'm no sae keen as I was."
Jock, for what reason I never knew distinctly, had an Jock Tait was one of those characters which lie half. antipathy to ducks. He seemed to regard their bills
, in way betwixt idiocy and wit, with too much sense to be particular, with abhorrence ; and wherever he met with designated fatuous, and too much obliquity of mental them, they were in danger of decapitation. One day I perception to be accounted compos. His mother, who found him busy at the grindstone, to which he was heldwas a widow woman, called him Jock, and by this name ing aduek's bill, very much to the duck's annoyance, which he was known, teazed, and dattered, by the children of did not fail to remonstrate loudly against Jock's proceedthe neighbourhood. His habits were in general inoffen- ings. “What gars her gabble worms, then ?" was Jord's sive, yet there sometimes peeped through a kind of brighter reply—imitating most ludicrously, at the same time, the light, as if, Brutus-like, he had all along been acting a duck's action in swallowing. part.
So much for Daft Joek. Jock was (for, alas ! he is now numbered with the wise and the foolish of the times gone by) a constant hearer of
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES OF mine, and I could see him occupying his seat upon the
EDINBURGH. kirk-yard dike every Sabbath morning, by the time that the second bell was rung.
In the church he took his seat by the door-way, on the stool upon which the collection
Monday, 14th Decembet. was made, and whilst he kept one eye inwards upon the
Sir Henry JARDINE in the Chair. pulpit
, he never failed to keep another upon the external Present,_Drs Brunton, Carson, Hibbert, Maclagan; world. As I had prohibited all dogs from the church, Jock rendered himself useful in carrying my injunctions
Thomas Allan, James Skene, Gregory, Esquirea
&c. into effect, and neither cur nor mastiff longed to encounter a second vistation of Jock’s bazel rung. The elders again James Skene, Esq. curator of the Society's Museum, and again remonstrated against Jock, as scarcely well- reported the donations made to it since last meeting. The behaved, but I had a kind of liking for the creature, and most interesting were :-A brass gun, taken in 1828
, protected him manfully in his privileges.
at the fortress of Bhurtpore, bearing the inscription,One day that I chanced to be a little, or rather not a lit- “ Jacobus Monteith, me fecit, Edinburgh, anuo Dom, tle, more animated in my peroration than usual, Jock, who 1642;” presented by the Governor-General and Courei in general, like others of the congregation, took things easy, to Captain L. Carmichael, of his Majesty's 59th regiment. began to be peculiarly arrested. At first he became rest- and gifted by him to the Society ;-thirty-two coins of less, and his eyes scemed moving on opposite tacks from the Spanish colonies and municipia, with a full descrir each other, then be placed his bands on the edges of his tive catalogue; presented by the Rer. W. J. D. Wal stool, and fairly poised his body, like Mahomet's coffin, delove, of Bracon Grange;-a collection of four gold and in the air,--then inhaling like a whale, he gradually thirty-one silver coins of Assam, with a descriptive catsswelled, like the frog in the fable, till his very cheeks logue; presented by George Swinton, Esq., Secretary ** were inflated ; at length, on hearing my concluding sen- the Bengal government ;-an ancient and very perfect tence, he lifted up his bands, perunitted his body to re. querne, presented by Chalmers Izett, Esq. ;--and a numsume its position, stretched out his arms over head, and ber of books from different donors. cinittiug his breath with the whizz of a steam-boiler, be- The Rev. Dr Brunton, secretary to the Society, nert came all at once quiescent. On another occasion, when proceeded to read an Essay by Lieut.-Colonel Miller. a young preacher, whose mother belonged to the parish, F.R.S. of London, &c., entitled, “ As Enquiry respecthad ofiiciated, I ventured, from a principle of curiosity, ing the site of the Battle of Mons Grampius.” The wto interrogate Jock at the kirk-stile on the subject. thor prefaced his investigation by an enumeration of the
Well, Jock," said I, “ what do you think o' Master grounds upon which he went in coming to the conclusie Andrew, now that ye hae heard him preach ?”
he intended to support. They were five :— The personal Jock was silent, upon which I repeated my enquiry. character of Agricola, leading us to expect decision, min" What think ye, Jock, o' the new preacher the day ?” gled with caution and kindliness, and consequence in his
“ Ou ay,” said Jock, giving a loud hem, as if studying operations ;-the narrative of Tacitus, brief and vague in the weather, “ it's a braw day, atweel, and atweel ist, i its geographical details ;--the topography of the country, trow."
as it may still be witnessed ;--the remains of Roman ere This was not enough to the point, and so I returned tions which might be supposed to indicate the route of the anew to the charge, with a “ But, Jock, listen to what invaders ;-and, lastly, the traditions of the country people
, I'm saying. Wasna yon a braw sermon we had the the least certain of all. He next adverted to the necesday, frae ye're auld friend Andrew ?".
sity, in attempting to establish the site of the battle against Jock, however, was not to be entrapped into the praise Galgacus, of keeping in view the previous operations of of one against whom he owed an old grudge---so, after Agricola. That general assumed the command in Britain looking me fully in the face, and putting his hand to his immediately after the tide of victory had been again turned hat, as if he had not noticed me previously,--" Oh," said in favour of the Romans by the exertions of l'etitius (etehe, " but she be a fine body the mother o' him !"-I got alis. The first and second years of bis government were no more information from Jock.
occupied in reducing and pacifying the Roman province One day when I was fishing, I forgathered, as they and the island of Anglesea ; an undertaking effected by alsay, with Jock on the side of the water, which; trom the tervate demonstrations of force and blandishments The direction of the wind, I was anxious to cross; but, like operations of the third summer are charrterised by * the cat similarly circumstanced, I had no wish to wet my change of system. The natives were terrified by derasfeet. Jock, why geverally perambulated the fields bare, tations of their country. This altered plan of operatiota