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try is dear.
memory of that great hero and patriot Retecto. forte. A. D. MDCCCXVIII. seking ever has been, and ever must be re
pulchro. garded by his countrymen, have made sa- ROBERTI. Brussir. SCOTORUM. REGIS. cred to all to whom the name of their coun
tis. Every one has heard of the disco
Pio. civium. officio. very of Robert Bruce's remains in the In. terram. denuo. conditis. church of Dunfermline. When the
Seri. nepotes. discovery was made last year, Dr Gre
Anno. post. ipsius. obitum.
CCCCLXXXIX. gory wrote the following vigorous and
Hoc. monumentum. posuerunt. appropriate inscription, with a view to a monument which is proposed to
Magnanimo. heroi. optimo. regi.
Qui. summa. in. bello, virtute. be erected on the spot All that has
In. pace. consilio. yet been done has been the re-inter- Eversas. pene. et. desperatas. res. Scoticas. ment of the bones, a ceremony which Unus. restituit. et. confirmavit. was very lately performed with a co
Patriamque. pious effusion of patriotism and pitch. Ab. infesto. et. potentissimo, hoste. A quantity of the last article was
Diu. sæviter. oppressam. poured into the coffin, to preserve the
In. libertatem. pristinam. et gloriam.
Vindicavit. felix. few remaining royal bones in secula seculorum. All the records of King Substance of the preceding Inscription in Robert's reign, from Barbour to Lord English, for the benefit of our Lady Pa. Hailes, were buried along with him, triots. and, it cannot be denied, that they Here, amidst the ruins of the old, in were very properly pitched upon as building a new church, in the year 1818, his sepulchral companions. Newspa- the grave of ROBERT Bruce, King of pers, coins, and various other docu- Scots, of immortal memory, being acciments of the present condition of a dentally opened, and his remains, recogniscountry for which he did so much, ed by sure tokens, with pious duty, again have likewise been inurned for his Ma- committed to the earth by the people of jesty's edification. One great omis- after his death, erected this monument to
this town; a distant generation, 489 years sion, we think, was made. A com
that great hero and excellent king; who, plete set of the Scots Magazine, from with matchless valour in war, and wisdom the beginning, through all its various in peace, by his own energy and perseverseries, down to the present day, ought ing exertions, re-established the almost certainly to have been piled around ruined and hopeless state of Scotland, long him, as the proudest monument of cruelly oppressed by an inveterate and most the literary glory of his kingdom, powerful enemy; and happily avenged the and if it would not have been easy to oppression, and restored the ancient liberty have got a coffin large enough to hold and glory, of his country. it, the separate volumes, each properly secured in its pitchy coat, might have
From Robert Bruce the transition been built round the royal
sarcophagus, is easy to the Duke of Wellinga instead of mason work. We still think ton. A monument was proposed by that, in the construction of the monu- the British at Gibraltar, to commemo ment, this omission may be supplied rate the great deeds of that illustrious but without venturing any farther warrior.. Dr Gregory was applied to than this hint-we proceed to Dr for an inscription, and, we believe, Gregory's
the following very noble and compre
hensive one, which touches upon the Inscription proposed for the Monument of most important of his Grace's exploits,
KING ROBERT BRUCE, to be erected was adopted, in toto, except that part in the Church of Dunfermline.
which alludes to the beloved FerdiIf the shape of the marble slab, which is nand, -as it was feared the Spaniards to receive the inscription, shall require such might deface the monument, if his a division of it, it may easily be divided in. name were to appear upon it. This to two nearly equal parallel columns," the is a singular way of showing love and former ending with the word posuerunt, veneration, no doubt; but different the latter beginning with the word Magna- people have their own methods of donimo.
ing these things. There could be no Hic. inter. ruinas. veteris. templi, doubt of the love of Eloise for Abelard, Dum. novum. struebatur.
-yet she says,
Dear fatal name ! rest ever unrevealed, &c. These connected inscriptions require O write it not my hand, the name ap- no comment or illustration to those pears
who understand the language in which Already written,-wash it out my tears.
they are written, and the subject of The following is the inscription, the last one in particular is too delibut, as Dr Gregory has not here given cate and affecting to be rudely toucha translation for the Lady Patriots, cd. We leave them, therefore, to our and as we have not at present time readers without one word of explanato concoct one, we must submit it tion, and to the only comment worsolely to our learned readers :
thy of them,-their TEARS. Imaginem. hanc. ARTHURI. WELLESLEY. Juxta. hunc. parietem. conduntur. reliquia Wellingtoniæ Ducis.
Elizabethæ. filiæ. Gulielmi. XIII. A. D. MDCCCXIX. posuerunt. Britanni.
Domini. Forbes. Tam. civili. quam. militari. munere. Conjugis. amatæ. Joannis. Gregory. In. hac. arce. fungentes.
M. D. R. S. S. Præclaras. res. gestes. admirati. Primo. in. Collegio. Regio. Aberdonensi. Ete virtutem. bellicam.
Postea. in. Academia. Edinburgensi. Imperatoris. summi. invicti.
Medicinæ. Professoris. meritissimi. Qui. annuente. Deo. optimo. maximo. Medici. Regii. apud. Scotos. Primarii. Imperante. Georgio. Tertio.
Fæminæ. lectissimæ. Britanniarum. Rege. patre. patriæ.
Forma, ingenio. virtute. pietate. Dum. copiis. Britannicis. præerat.
Præstantis. Et. sociis. Hispanis. atque. Lusitanis. Suis quam. maxime. caræ. civibus. flebilis. Has. regiones.
Quæ annum. tunc, agens. xxxii. A. diris. Galliæ. exercitibus.
Obiit, puerpera. UI. Cal. Oct. A. D. Tum, fæde. oppressas.
MDCCLXI. In. rebus. vel. maxime. arduis. et. pene.
desperatis. Post. longam. et. duram. militiam.
Hic. quoque. loci. Et. prælia. innumera. totidemque. fere. Qua. puer. mæroris. adhuc. nescius. victorias.
Justa. persolverat. matri. carissima. Pulsis. Gallis. a. Gadibus. usque.
Jacobus Gregory, Ultra. Pyrenæos. Montes. et. Garumnam. Post. annos. LII. jam. senex. et. malofluvium.
rum, non, ignarus. Ab. immani. tandem. hoste, felix. liberavit. Astantibus. quatuor, ex, filiis. Et Ferdinandum. VII. Regem. Hispaniæ. Et, fientium, amicorum, corona. Perfido. nefas. a. suis. abreptum.
Eadem. mærens. persolvit. justa Diuque. in. tristi. custodia. asservatum. Filiæ. suæ, natu, maximæ. Janæ. Macleod. Patriæ. reddidit.
Suavissimæ, puellæ. summæ. spei. Et. populo. fideli. et. solio. avito. Patris. deliciis. niatris, animæ. dimiclio. Renatum. denique. in. Gallia. et. Belgio. Acerba. morte. raptæ, anno, ætatis. VIII. Atrocissimum. bellum. confecit.
VI. Cal. Sept. A. D. MDCCCXIII. Uno. prælio. Waterloo. Et. Europam. ab. instante, tyrannide. vindicavit.
Θνητα. τα. των. Ονητων. και. παντα. Et. immortalem. Non. sibi. soli. sed. armis. Britannicis.
παρέρχεται, ημας. Gloriam. peperit.
Ην. δε. μη, αλλ. ημεις, αυτα. De rege. et patria. et. genere. humano.
παρερχομεθα. . Optime. meritus. There are two other beautiful little inscriptions of a domestic kind, in our
In our Number for last October, we possession, which afford a fine contrast to those great and public ones
presented our readers with some little which we have already given. They
specimens of Scottish poetry, composremind us of the Odyssey after the ed by a young man, who, in an infeIliad, -of the heroes of the Trojan
rior rank of life, had been indebted war in the decline of their years, weep- of no common order. They seemed
to his own exertions for attainments ing in the recollection of their comrades and their children,
to us indicative of an elegani genius ;
but we did not publish them with a There Ajax great, Achilles there the brave, view of encouraging their author to There wise Patroclus, fill an early grave; make poetry his vocation. We have There, too, my son
received two other little pieces which
he has written since, one of them in aid, a typographical error in the one the same strain of love and tender- last published. ness,--and the other an essay in hu- Now, unadorn'd' thir locks
float morous description, which we do not An' hide the falling tear, think unsuccessful, though, no doubt, He's gane wha aften pour’d their charms sufficiently low. We shall give both
In the departed year. of them a place in our pages, but a “ Pour'd their charms" is nonsense: gain repeat, that we have no wish to the author's word was priz’d. excite this ingenious and ingenuous youth to pursue a traile which is in most cases so unprofitable, and success in which is so uncertain. It is Tunie" Ye Banks and Braes o' bonnie difficult and somewhat cruel to check
Doon." a poetical vein ; nor will it do to say How happy, happy were the hours to a young poet, that there is no harm 'Mang Crawwick's wuds o deepnan in his writing for his own amusement, but that it is idle for him to seek for When aft 'mang simmer's dewie flow'rs public applause. No person yet ever We wander’t baith sae blest at e’en. had pleasure in his own verses, with. There first thy soft young blushan' cheek out fancying them such as might be to my bosom fondly press'd, generally admired, and hence we find, What thy sweet lips refus’d to speak, that most writers of poetry end in A trembling heart o’luve confest. publishing
While o'er us flew the bluman' year, It may be enough, however, to Aye kinder our acquaintance grew; mention, that, at present, the candi- But ah! a parting hour drew near dates for this species of distinction are
We met to tak a fond adieu ! so numerous, and many of them so Then, while thy languid downcast eye eminent, that, without a very uncom
Hid in my bosom fondly lay ; mon bent of genius, it is more pru- You'd think on me when far away!
You said, and breath'd a fareweel sigh, dent not to enter into competition with them. A volume of middling How thrill'd my breast wi' tender pain or unpopular poetry lowers the repu
Frae thy last dear embrace to part; tation of the most acknowledged ta
I thocht that maybe ne'er again lents,-and there is often a great waste
You'd press me to a luvan heart: of time and ability in this seducing em
I thocht on days o' luve gane by, ployment, which might be turned to When last I met that tearful eye
On days, when parted far frae you :much more advantageous and not less My lips cou'd hardly breathe adieu ! elevated ends. The success of Scottish poetry, in particular, must, at Swect partner o'luve's happiest hours ! the best, be very limited, and confin- Companion o' my midnight dreams ! ed within but a narrow circle. Burns O think, while wand'ring 'mang the bow'rs is ar exception, -perhaps Hogg,—but Thou’rt oft recall’d wi' fond delight
That shade my native mountain streams; the very circumstance of their emi- When in my e'enin' walks I stray! nence, while it has prompted many My heart's sweet song in falling night to follow in their track, prevents in Is my dear lassie far away! general the pretensions of these from being so much as noticed. A great many volumes of Scotch poems, from writers in almost every condition and MOTHER, yestreen when it grew late, profession of humble life, have lately Ye ken ye teuk a towte, come into our hands, and we have it in And sent me to bring hame th:e cow view, on some occasion, to give a sketch Frae 'mang the millar's nowte. of their merits. There are glimpses As I gaed up the march-dyke side of poetry in almost every one of them, To seek auld doddit Bawsie, -but, it is quite evident, that none Wha meets I gaen to Kilmacolm of them are destined to live, and we But a gay bonnie lassie? are unwilling that their number I didna speer whar sho cam frae, should be increased by any one who For troth I didna like ; is capable of better things.
But I genteely says, * mam-mi, We may mention, before proceed.
I'll help ye o'er the dyke -ing to these new pocms, that we have discovered, without Mr Punctum's
* Meaning ma'am.
Sir, quo sho, # you'll be so good, I heard a route fan' the nowte,
But tint the bonnie lassie ;
And dreamt o' her an' Bawsie !
WRITTEN IN 1671 BY And catcht her, on the 'tither side,
GENTLEMAN IN HUNGARY TO HIS Just like a bunch o' thack.
SISTER IN EDINBURGH.
[We do not know the history of this letter, Some o' them hang ahint her lugs, nor is there any thing very remarkable in it, An' some abune her nose !
yet some little interesting traits of manA kaim, like our auld clockin-hen,
ners cannot but break out in all writings Nae mither, its nae whud !
of such antiquity. There is scarcely a letSat cockin up a tait ahin,
ter passing between Edinburgh and LonMaist like a maukin's fud !
don, on any given day, which an hundred
years hence would not be a kind of curio. An' than, O mither, too, her een
sity.] I very near forgot ; They mint me o' the clear battons
(Thess for Mrs Murray at Edr.) On my new duffel coat.
Epperies, 13th Dec. 1671. And now, says sho, What do I owe For such a favor's this?
DEARE SISTER,-On the 7th of Mamma, says I, a gentleman
September I receaved a letre from you, Wad ask nocht but a kiss.
dated the 22d of June, whereby I Such favors, Sir, I seldom grant
was verie glad to heare that you and Sho ca't me Sir again !
your daughters were in good health ; I kenna how it cam about,
though I did not a little wonder to I cațcht her shekal-bane.
know that neither you nor anie of my An' 0, her han' was saft an' warm,
freinds had receaved a line from me An' unco nice to handle ;
since I left Holland: whatever hath Her fingers they were white an sma,
been the cause of it I shall not heer Maist like a bawbee candle ;
enquire ; yet since theire miscarriage An' on the mid ane's tap there was
made you ignorant of the place where, A nice clear glancin' thimmil,
and life which I led, I shall beer Wad maist hae shod the t ringiet stick give you ane account of both. Know That I gat frae our Samuel.
then, that from Utrecht (from whence I gied her cheek a wee bit whisk,
those letres which Mr Wallace brought An' her bit bonnie chin;
you were dated,) I came to Colne, They war as saft's my grannie's purse
where I chanced to encountre in my Made o' the mowdie skin.
lodging with one Mr Albrecht, a genI ettelt weel her lips wad be
tleman in Saxonie, with whome I was As sweet as succor-aloe,
particularilie acquaint whilst I stayed But weel I wat the prie I gat
in that country, he, upon my ticket, Was maist as weirsh as tallow,
did advance me ane hundred dollars, Some poets say a kiss inspires
most part in gold, and withal did reThem like the Castle stream ;
commend me to two young persons
of For my part, I was rather drink
Goth, who were then at Strasburg Gude sweet milk, whey, or ream : intending for Italie next spring, in May be they might hae been mair sweet, whose companie I thought to have Had but my lips been hale,
travelled into that country; whereBut yesterday I burnt them a'
I left him there and went for Wi suppin' scaudin' kale;
Maintz by water; from whence not And then sho faught an’ warslet sae,
having occasione by water, I should I harly gat a prievin ;
have gone for Strasburg by waggon, Syne in a huff sho bangt away,
but in the way betwixt Maintz and And o'er the muir gaed scrievin. Worms, passing through a thicket
wee were set upon by the matter of I suppose our clockin-hen
fifteen or sixteen robbers, who spoiled been speckled or sprittlet.
me of my wallat and all my money, † It seems “ our Samuel " had given save to the value of nine or ten dolJock a cane.
lars which I had in my left pocket, Jock's name for Castalia.
the which they had also got if they
had not been scarred by the noise of tifie them; I stood out somewhat some horsemen who came riding that longer, yet, in the end, considering way: Thus having lost my money, the greatness of our journey, and will and, which did more trouble me, my ing by all meanes possible to save our letres, I went, nevertheless, forward to money, I yielded to theire importuniStrasburg one foot: from whence I tie; from whome, I must confess, I write for Colne to the said Mr Al- had nothing but abundance of civilibrecht to have those letres renewed; tie and kindness, my greatest penbut my little money being neare nance being the observatione of alspent, and not receav anie letres, most the halfe of Lent, yet they were after having expected them three pleased to allow me my foure-hours, whole weeks, (though I had several which made me the better dispense from him thereafter in Carinthia,) I with the want of my supper. After had not the confidence to intrude my- having passed six or eight weeks in selfe bluntlie upon those princes the cloyster with our good monks whome I had occasione several times merrilie enough, the ice being gone, to see, but leaving Strasburg I came wee came doune the Danub for Vienfor Heidleberg, where I met with two na, where again I met with two misgentlemen of the name of Fraiser, one fortunes, then verie sensible to me; of whom did easilie persuade me to the one was the missing of Mr Cugoe along with him to pouss my for- ninghame, who was called backe by tune in the Emperour's service, who the Prince's father; the other was was then like to have had great warrs the loss of my comerade, who was next spring: thus having fullie re write for by his friends to returne for solved, after so manie cross disasters, Scotland, to take possessione of ane either to make a fortune or die in the estate falne unto him by the death of preserving of it, I sent immediately his elder brother. Nevertheless, hav. letres for Holland to be sent for Scot- ing resolved to master all difficulties, land, wherein I did fullie acquaint I went to my Lord Leslie, who re-, both you and my mother with my ceaved me verie civilie, and, at my intentiones, and withal desired you, if request, sent me for Carinthia, where possible, to send me over my bore- his regiment was then lying ; but bebreff, a letre of recommendatione to fore my coming they were marched one Mr Cuninghame, whome I thought towards Croatia to crush Count Seto have found at Vienna, hy the young rim and his partie, who were raising Prince of Holstein; both which I a rebellion against the Emperour, thought might have been got by Lam- which having done, they were comborroughtoun's
's meancs. 'T'he which I manded with the armie into Hungawilled you to send for Heidleberg to rie. Thus being again disappointed, one Lieutenant-Colonel Menzies, go. I was forced to stay at Carinthia all vernour of that citie, (with whome I that som mer, from whence I did awas forced, though most unwillinglie, gaine write for Scotland, (having sent to paund that little mountre my mo letres likewise both from Regensburg ther gave me,) who was to send them and Vienna,) wherein I desired you
Having thus ordered mat to send your letres for me, together ters, and procured a little money, with my bore-brieff, (if they were not (which God knowes was but verie lits sent before,) for Venice, and to direct tle,) Mr Fraiser having got his pass, the same for one Doctour Cadenhead, wee joined our purses together, and professoure of philosophie in the univerundertook our journey for Vienna, a sitie at Padua. Thus having passed the bout the middle of December, in the whole summer without receaving so bitterest cold that ever I endured in much as a line from you, I did almost my life, which, together with the dispaire of ever hearing more from frost, was so violent, as forced us to Scotland. Since, in the beginning of stay at Regensburg, which is fourtie winter, those recruits which my lord Dutch miles from Heidleberg, and had caused leavie for his regiment in sixtie from Vienna ; where, imme- the summer were commanded to march diatelie after our arrivall wee were for Hungarie, with the which I revisited by the Scottish monks, who solved to goe along; yet, arriving did invite us to their cloyster. Mr heer in the beginning of March, and Fraiser agreeing with them in reli- hearing of two Scotsmen living heer, gione, made noe great scruple to gra I resolved to trie them, and once more