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well, and I augured a glorious worthless companions to witness the night.
result of such stormy doings, I
speedily decamped from the town, ! But, Ob! vain thought, who can com to try my fortune in another quarmand his fate!'
The evening was far advanced I had deposited my precious gar, before I parted from Dick, but rements in a place of safety, as I collecting a pressing engagement, thought, in the general dressing; I was obliged reluctantly to separate room, and thither I repaired, - filled from him. His uphapoy situation, with mounting hopes' to array my however, had made a deep impresself as the melancholy Prince. With sion on me; and, as I pressed his palpitating heart I heard the buz of hand, I requested him to tell me in the audience, and on looking through what way I could best serve him. a slit in our great curtain, I saw He assumed a theatrical attitade, that the benches were literally cram and answered me from Othello. med. The tinkling of the prompter's bell called for the first music.
-I greet thy love, The King, Queen, and Courtiers, Not with vain thanks, but with accept were all dressed, and Hamlet was ance bounteous, hotly called for. I ran to the spot And on the instant will I put thee to where I had concealed my dress, it.' when, Oh! horrible sight! I bcheld my beautiful velvet cut into a thou Lend me a crown," he added, in a sand shreds. My robe, tunic, and stage whisper..." And thou shalt trunks, fell to pieces in my hands, have it, Dick," said I, “but a and my brilliant jet ornaments, and crown will do thee little service;!' black bugles, lay scattered on the and glancing significantly at his ground in beautiful disorder. All threadbare coat, I handed him a bebind the scenes was bustle and sum which accorded more with his confusion; the play had commenced necessities, and my own feelings. and no Hamlet could be found, for “I am still at my old chambers, I absolutely refused to play in any
play in any Dick," I added, “let me see thee dress but my own.
In vain did the there betimes in the morning, and manager intreat, threaten, and ca we will talk further on thy affairs. jole : I was fixed in my purpose, He wrung my hand in silence and and nothing could shake me. In we parted. short, the finale was this, the ma But, proceed we now to the last nager came forward to throw him
act of poor Diek's eventful drama. self
, as he said, on the indulgence A fortnight had elapsed from the of the audience. The gentleman day of our accidental meeting, when who was to have played Hamlet un I received a note, in an almost unin. fortunately broke his leg on his way. telligible hand, requiring my atto the theatre, and he, therefore, tendance at the sick bed of a friend, appeared before them for the pur who was most anxious to see me. pose of craving their permission to My fears but too well assured me, read the part. The thing was past that I was about to witness the final enduring; groans, hisses, and orange exit of poor Dick ; and taking a peels, assailed him from every quar- bottle of old Madeira in my pocket, ter. The part of Hamlet read! was I followed the messenger of death, there ever such a humbug ?' The a miserable old woman, “through storm raged, the benches were torn, lanes and courts, and alleys blind,' up, the lights were put out, the until we reached a wretched house, ladies screamed, and the gentlemen in the attic of which, on the bare swore. It was then, that availing boards, and wrapped in a scanty myself,” said Dick, “ of the general blanket, I discovered all that was confusion, I hastily collected the left of the once gay and captivating remnant of my wardrobe, and aware Dick Spouter. Though evidently of the penalty which I had incurred in a dying state, and unable to artiby my refusal to play, for I was culate, he seemed quite sensible of under articles at the time, I slipped my approach, for he welcomed me eut unperceived, and leaving my with a tight pressure of his moist
hand. A cup of cold tea lay at one I, “ you must give up such gloomy
old odd volume of Shakspéare. ly as ever. You shall be removed
G. L. A.
such an hour, the circumstance could I USUALLY spend a few weeks each not but assume a wild and wizard autumn at the farm steading of a appearance, and mingle with assofriend, on the north shore of the ciations of a romantic character. I River Forth, not far from Queen's hastened to the spot; and on reconFerry. I am particularly attached noitering through a window, found to the scenery in the neighbourhood, the large hall occupied by a party which I consider little inferior to of young men, dressed in the cosару I have seen on the south side tume of the Highlands, and seated of the Tweed. The narrowing of round a table of a very rude conthe river at the ferries, with the pic struction, on which stood several turesque Isle of Garvie, midway articles of food. A stout well-made over, and the high land on the was pacing the floor with north side, terminated towards the "measured step, and slow,” playsea, with the perpendicular promon ing one of the most wild and mourntory, Carlin's nose, from the top of ful airs I ever heard. It was one of which you can almost touch the top their national piobaircachol; a lamasts of the many vessels that ment for the death of a chieftain, to and fro close under its brow. The and one that is still often played at beautiful expansion of the river funerals in the Highlands. Notabove, its sides ennobled with gen withstanding the harshness of the tlemens seats and baronial resi- instrument and the monotony of the dences; and these again surround- music, the whole scene was well ed with fields in the highest state of calculated to astonish a spectator; cultivation, and the whole picture, and the glare of a large fire, which bounded by the far-off blue Ben blazed in the huge fire-place, with Lomond, conveys, perhaps, one of the light which the moon afforded, the most picturesque ideas which through the many apertures in the imagination can form of a scene in walls, served to shew by the counfairy-land.
tenances of the party, the effect upon On an almost isolated point of their feelings. " 'Twas a scene to rock, in the vicinity of my friend's which the pen of the author of house, stands Rosyth Castle, once Waverley, or the pencil of Wilkie one of the residences of the Stewart could hardly do adequate justice. family, now a very ruin. Here, When the tune was tinished, I was where royalty has often held its on the point of retreating, but the splendid court, the crows and ravens eye of the musician caught me, and hold undisputed possession. The a hint to the rest brought the whole hall which has often resounded with in a moment to the spot I was about mirth and with music, ręsounds now, to forsake. An invitation to join alas! with the scream of the sea them was warmly, pressed on their gull, or the screech of the night side, and accepted on mine without owl. But a truce with wailing : much hesitation. such is the fate of sublunary things. I found the table pretty well fur.
On the last evening of my stay, I nished with sundry of the good took my usual ramble along the sea things of this life, of which we all shore. The moon had just risen, and heartily partook; after this meal, a shed her mild lustre upon the waters punch bowl, of no mean dimensions, and surrounding objects. The pon was produced, and filled to the brim derous walls of the castle had their with famous punch. We did it jusshare in the picture, and cast a tice, and required it accordingly to thick shadow upon the tide, that be replenished oftener than once. was swelling and swelling round its Dancing commenced, and spent base: it was a lovely night. in their society the two happiest
As I approached towards the hours I have ever enjoyed. ruins, the sound of a musical in All of these young men appeared, strument burst upon my car, pro- from their manners and conversaceeding evidently from the interior. tions, to be above the lower class of In such a sequestered place, and at society; they were part of a society Eur. Mag. Dec. 1823.
which had been instituted, under the far as to dance "a reel or twa wi' patronage of a celebrated Baronet, the lads." for the express purpose of improve The enclosed is a translation, ing the ancient highland music, and which I have been favoured with all of them were more or less pipers. since, of a song which was sung in Three of them boasted of having sa the course of the evening, in the luted the King, from the point of original Gallic. the pier of Leith, on his late visit to The party took to their boat at Scotland.
the “wi' short hour ayont the twal," At my request an adjournment and the last strain of “ Over the to my friend's house took place, water to Charlie,” fell on my ear as where we spent the rest of the night I sunk into the arms of our good in the most joyous manner ; even
friend Morpheus. old aunt Kirsty unaged herself so
SONG OP “ THE GATHERING."
Oars the strains renown'd in story,
Sound our mountain melody.
Pours the bagpipes thrilling lay.
And melt not at its melody?
When cheer'd by its wild warlike cry.
LINES FOR THE NEW YEAR,
How short, in retrospect, appears
A DREAM OF THE PYRAMIDS,
BEFORE I commence the follow- parted, accompanied by my English ing seemingly improbable narra, domestic and several Arabs, whom I tive, it may not be amiss to state in had hired to assist me in
my under what manner I became possessed of taking. The morning being the it. It was in the winter of the year post pleasant for travelling, I set 178-, that I was invited to spend the out before the sun had poured its Christmas at a friend's house in meridian heat on the thirsty earth, Argyleshire, where among other and arrived at my destination in the friends of my host, I met the cele- evening, having rested during the brated Mr. the Eastern travel. heat of the day. The moon had ler. Our mornings were employed already risen, and I took a dim in the sports of the season, each view of those enormous following his own inclination till whose effect is surprisingly magni. the evening, when we all assembled ficent in the paly beam. I wanderround the blazing hearth, our con ed solitarily round their bases, while viviality heightened by our separa- thoughts crossed my mind that retion. Christmas feitivities and con newed the ghosts or embodied forms versation closed a most idly spent of ideal being, which my imaginaday, but such is the desire of man tion had so frequently created in my after novelty, that these amuse youthful days. The visions of in ments began to fade on our taste, fancy hovered darkly around me, and the winter night to pass heavily. the spirits of the mighty dead, It was upon one of these occasions though now forgotten,
seemed our host proposed resorting to the to ride on the night breeze, whose old country practise of each person feeble memories whispered to my contributing, in turn, to the amuse- soul, all is vanity. The stillness ment of the whole, by relating some of the scene was only interrupted * wonderment” or marvellous ad- by the snarling bark of the hyenas, venture that had fallen under his who lurked in the neighbouring observation.
cemetery. Sometimes their hateful Many were told, of which some forms would be seen to glance from assisted the amusement, and others behind the dark shadow of a ruined contributed to the astonishment of tomb, and as suddenly lost in obthe company. At length Mr. scurity: The antiquity of the piles spoke in the following words—but around me, the novelty of the scene, I must premise that his manner of all combined to throw a sadly pleastelling the tale materially assisted ing gloom over my mind, and I reits effect. His singularly swarthy tired to my tent with feelings which countenance, discoloured by burning I attempted to analyse in vain. suns, agreed well with the foreign “The brightness of the morning air of the American robe, which he sun dissipated the visions of the had brought from Aleppo, and night, and I rose with renewed worn as a morning gown; and at spirit to perform my undertaking: each striking part of his narrative, How different was the picture! his jet black eyes shone with a bril the things of night' had faded liancy that was remarked by the away, and in their place all around whole company, and, indeed, his seemed to rejoice. whole appearance was that of a man “The trampling of steeds, the minwho firmly believed what he was gled voices of the many in various lanrelating.
guages, announced the departure of “ It was whilst waiting for letters the caravan. The camels were refrom England prior to my departure ceiving their final burthen of water, into the interior of that I de- and they drank deep and long, as if termined to inspect the Pyramids, indued with a sense of the distance those celebrated monuments of gi- they were to proceed ere they should gantic tyranny and kingly oppres- taste again. At another watering sion, whose origin, and whose use place, a party of female Arabs, like the seem equally unfathomable. I de- shepherdesses of old, were watering