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be surprised at their being now treated were mended, would look every bit as with disrespect.. Jean repeated her de- well.” “ It does weel eneugh," returned termined purpose of not going to school Mrs MacClarıy. “ It wants nae cleanthat day; and the firmer she became in in'. It does just weel eneugh. What's opposition, the authoritative tone of the the gude o' takin' up the lass's time wi' mnother gradually weakened; till at nonsense ? she'll break the window too, length by saying, that " if she did na and the bairns hae broken eneugh o'it gang to the schul she sudna stand there," already." she acknowledged herself to be defeat. “ But if these panes were mended, ed, and the point to be given up. and the window cleaned, without and

P. 162. within," said Mrs Mason," you cannot Mrs Mason could not forbearr ma

think how much more cheerful the kit.

chen would appear." king some remonstrances, upon which

“ And how long would it bide clean Mrs MacClarty, as might be expected, if it were?” said Mrs MacClarty: “ It undertook her daughter's defence, ob- would be as ill as ever or a month, and serving

wha cou'd be at the fash o'ay cleanin' -“the poor thing had na' gotten her

at it?" questions, and did na’ like to gang, for The following homely picture may fear o'the maister's anger."

perhaps amuse our readers. " But ought she not to have got her questions, as her master enjoined, in, Grizzel from the house, “ I wish ye

“ Mistress !" hoilowed the voice of stead of idling here all the inorning?" wad come and speak to Meg. She win. said Mrs Mason. “O ay,” returned Mrs MacClarty, " she shu'd ha' gotten her

na be hinderit putting her fingers in the questions, nae doubt; but it was unco

kirn, and licking the cream.' fashous, and ye see she has na' a turn

"If I were at you," cried Mrs Macthat gait, poor woman! but in time she'll Clarty, “ I'd gar you"do weel eneugh."

P. 166.

She was as good as her word; and in

order to shew Mrs Mason the good efMrs Mason, by the bribe of half-a- fect of her advice, she ran that moment crown, prevails upon the servant Griż- into the kitchen, and gave her daughter zy to clean out her room, and then to a hearty slap upon the back. The girl attempt performing the same friendly

went a few steps further off, and deliberoffice for the kitchen.

ately applied her tongue to the back of

her hand, where part of the cream was But before the window could be ap. still visible. proached, it was found necessary to re. “Go! ye idle whippy!" said her mo. move the heap of dusty articles piled ther, "and let me see how weel ye'll up in the window sill, which served the ca' the kiro." purpose of family library, and repository is I winna kirn the day," returned of what is known by the term odds and Meg; “ I'm gain' to milk the kye.ends,

Jean may kirn; she has naething else Mrs MacClarty, who had sat down to to do." spin, did not at first seem willing to " I'm ay set to kirn," says Jean, take any notice of what was going for. whimpering. “ I never saw sic wark. ward; but on perceiving her maid be. I tell ye, I wonna kirn mair than Meg. ginning to meddle with the things in Grizzy can milk the cows hersel.' She the window, she could no longer remain does na' want her help." a neutral spectator of the scene. Stop But, girls," said Mrs Mason, “when ping her wheel, she, in a voice indica. I was a little girl like either of you, I ting the reverse of satisfaction, asked never thought of chusing my work; I what she was about? Mrs Mason took considered it my business to follow my it upon her to reply : “We are going mother's directions. Young people to make your window bright and clean ought to obey, and not to dictate." for you, cousin, said she. If you step * Hear ye that!” said Mrs MacClar. into my room, and take a look of mine, ty : “ Bui Jean will gang to the kien I you will see what a difference there is ken, like a good bairn; and she sal get in it; and this, if these broken panes a dad o' butter to ber brcad." Sept. 1808.

But

" But I wonna haet frae the hairing forming before the door of Mrs Meknife, said Jean, “ for the last I got son's new host, she remarked to an stack i' my throat !" “ Bless me!" cried Mrs Mason, in the warld will come to at last, since

old neighbour : “ Eh! I wonder what amazement, “ How does your butter come to be so full of hairs? where do naething can serve the pride o Wilthey come from?"

liam Morrison, but to hae a flower "O they are a' frae the cows,” re. ruden, whar gude Mr Brown's midturned Mrs MacClarty.“ There has denstead stood sappy for mony a day! been long a hole in the milk sythe, and he's a better man than will ever stand I have never been at the fash to get it on William Morrisan's shanks.” The mended; but as I tak ay care to sythe other, however, who had hitherto been the milk through my fingers, I wonder how sae mony hairs win in."

a most zealous stickler for the gude “Ye need na wonder at that," observed auld gaits, could not forbear replying : Grizzel, " for the house canna be soopit

“ The flowers are a hantel bonnier but the dirt flees into the kirn,"

than the midden tho', and smell a “ But do you not clean the churn be. hantel sweeter too;" which marked fore you put in the cream?" asked Mrs the decided change that had takesı Mason, more and more astonished. “ Na, na," returned Mrs MacClarty, Mason soon entirely prevailed, and

place in the village. In short, Mrs “ That wad no' be canny, yeken. Nae. body hereabouts would clean their kirn, her quondam landlady was left wholly for ony consideration. I never heard o' by herself. sic a thing i'my life.”

This volume contains also two unThe extreme indulgence of the pa- much connected either between them

derplots, if they may be so called, not rents, howeser, gives birth to some tra- selves, or with the principal plot. gical scenes. The eldest son having One consists of the previous history of set out, contrary to his father's command, to a fair, gets drunk and enlists Mrs Mason, and the other of that of as a soldier. The old man having ridicule the inordinate love of genti

a Miss Stewart, which is designed to gone to attempt his redemption, is robbed, and returns in a state of agi- for sometime past been perhaps pecu

lity and genteel company, which has tation, which throws him into a violent fever. The physician being cal- liarly prevalent in this country. Both led too late, gave little hopes, but de these sketches have merit, particularly clared that they all rested on his be the latter; neither, however possess ing kept cool

. Against this Mrs the liveliness and originality of the MacClarty loudy protested, declaring, heroine, so that upon the whole, they

scenes of which Mrs MacClarty is the " She would never see her gudeman turned out o' his ain gude warm bed break the unity of the work, without into a cauld room." The old man

materially adding to its value. died in a few days; and Mrs Mason, finding herself uncomfortable in continuing with his widow and son, de

New Works published in Edinburgh. termined to remove into another fa- ILLUSTRATIONS of Walter Scott's

Lay of the Last Minstrel; consis. Through them, and the example which ting of twelve views on the rivers they set, she found means gradually Borthwick, Ettrick, Yarrow, Tiviot to effect a general change in the vil. and Tweed. Engraved by Jame lage. Mrs MacClarty alone held out, Heath, R. A. from designs taken of and took every opportunity of throw- the spot by John C. Schetky of Ox ing discountenance upon these inno- ford.' With Anecdotes and descrip vations. On seeing a flower garden tions, 4to. 11. 11s. 6d.

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• Illustrations of Blair's Grave, in 12 tive maturity. It is the present tran. Etchings, executed by Louis Schiavo- slator's wish to supply, to the best of his mietti, from the Original Inventions of abilities, (such as they are) this desideWilliam Blake, 4to. 21. 12s. 6d. ratum in English literature. One great

The Speech of William Adam, Esq. object which the translator will keep in M. P. for Kincardineshire, in the view in his notes and illustrations, shall House of Commons, on the third rea be to accommodate Pliny's descriptions ding of the Scots Judicature bill, on of animals, plants, and minerals, to the the 24th of June 1808. 2s.

nomenclature of the Systema Nature Linnæi. This, he is duly aware, will

constitute by much the most difficult Scottish Literary Intelligence.

part of his labour, and he despairs

of executing it with full satisfaction MR

R MACNEILL intends shortly to either to the public or to himself.

publish a Poem, entitled, “ The But as in the present state of natural Pastoral, or Lyric Muse of Scotland,”. history a translator of Pliny cannot descriptive of the united influence of be excused from making the attempt, our national poetry and music, in sof- he may be permitted to hope, that he tening the passions, and civilizing the shall be able to contribute in some manners of our feudal ancestors on the degree at least towards its accomplish. Borders. As the pastoral state in ment. The translation thus enlarged that quarter has been totally overlook- must extend to six or seven volumes, ed by our early historians, and as it is in octavo; and will be published einatural to suppose that a species of ther in separate volumes successively, melody and song, so remarkable for

or when the whole shall have been fitenderness and genuine passion, must nished, as future circumstances may have produced considerable effects on

render adviseable. the mind of the inhabitants, it is ex

This city has, during the course of pected that the subject will be interest- the present summer, been entertained ing to the lovers of music and poetry with a general Exhibition of Paintings;

Dr Wm. Render is about to publish a laudable practice, which is but newly a work in English, French, and Ger

established here, and has been exman, for the purpose of a class book,

tremely creditable to the talents of to be used by those who study the

our Scottish artists. The portraits of German language, which he teaches. Watson, the humorous pieces of Carse, For the comparison of these languages and the Landscapes of Naismith, this work will possess advantages pe- were among those which drew particuculiar to itself, and in compensation

lar attention from the admirers of the for the care bestowed on the execution

art. In short, the approbation of the of the work, the author will no doubt

public was such as to give every enreceive a remuneration in the patron

couragement to the repetition of a siage of the public.

milar exhibition ; and we hope that Dr Forbes, of Edinburgh, is en

a more commodious room will then gaged on a translation of Pliny's Na- be provided for the purpose. tural History, which is to be accompanied with such notes and illustrations as may be necessary to elucidate the context, a life of the author, Literary Intelligence, ENGLISH and

FOREIGN and a preliminary dissertation on the progress

and gradualimprovement from A Blouse of Lords has been for some infancy, to its present state of compara- time in the press, and will be speedily

pubs

published. It is compiled by the Edi- printed off one page at a time, by him. tor of the “ Biographical Index to the self, at a press made by his own hands. House of Commons,” consists of a single He began the work ten years ago. volume, of a portable size, and, in addi- A bookseller of Paris has announced tion to the descent of the peers of Eng. his intention to publish a new and im. land, given in an entirely new form, portant work relative to Spain, by Alex. contains an account of the present and ander de la Borde, author of the splenlate ones, their habits, pursuits, and par- did Picturesque Travels in that coun. liamentary conduct. The sixteen Scotch, try. It will be entitled, A Descriptive and twenty-eight Irish members, are in. Guide through Spain, forming five vo. troduced in alphabetical order, as well lume's octavo, and will contain a stateas the bench of bishops, which has never ment of the different branches of indusbefore been attempted.

try, polity, and government of that kingA new biographical work, intended dom; its natural history; the characters to contain a series of portraits of the and manners of its inhabitants; and the most eminent persons now living or state of the arts, sciences, and literature, lately deceased in Great Britain and at different periods of its history. Ireland, is in a forward state of prepa. In 1806, B. Lafon, a geographer and ration. It will include the most dis- engineer at New Orleans, published a tinguished characters in the senate, the general chart of the Orleans territory, church, the navy and army, the learned comprehending also West Florida and a professions, and the various departments part of the Mississipi territory. The of literature and science; also of those explanations are in the French language, who have most zealously exerted them- and the whole is executed from the most selves in promoting the arts, agriculture, recent observations. The author states, and commerce of the country. The that a considerable portion of his male. portraits will be elegantly and accurate. rials are quite new, such, for example, ly drawn in an uniform manner, from as the courses of the Mississipi, the Alanature, or from original pictures; and bama, Mobile, Pascagoula, Tangipao the engravings will be perfect fac-simi. Mitalebani, Ticfoha, Amite, Washita les of the drawings. The work will be Yazoo, and their different ramification published periodically; and the first with the Mississipi, as also the Pearl number, containing six portraits, each Red, and Sabine rivers. This map ex accompanied by a short biographical no. bibits all the country on the gulf, from tice, will appear very soon.

Pensacola to the Sabine inclusive, which Mr W. T. Comber, of Liverpool, has computing the longitude of the forme just completed a work entitled, An En. to be 890 45', and the latter 960 32 quiry into the State of National Subsist- west from the meridian of Paris, make ence, as connected with the Progress of an extent of almost seven degrees o Wealth and Population.

longitude. It embraces the whole spac Hephæstio's Treatise on Greek Me. from the south point of the Mississipi il tres, corrected from manuscript authori. the latitude of 29° north to the paralle ties, and illustrated with copious notes, of 33°, which is considerably northwar is reprinting at the Clarendon press. of Tombigbee fort, the Yazoo mouth

Proposals have been issued for pub. and the settlement of Nachitoches, ma lishing by subscription, in six octavo king four degress of latitude. volumes, the Works of the Rev. J. New. The Rev. Dr Madison, president ton, late rector of St Mary Woollooth, William and Mary College, during tà London.

year 18.07, laid before the public h The Rev. W. Davy, of Lustleigh, map of the state of Virginia, upon whic near Moreton, Devon, has lately com- he has been many years engaged. 1 pleted a System of Divinity, and com- includes the whole dominion, from th pilation from polite writers and eminent North Carolina and Tennessee bou divines, &c. in 26 vols. 8vo. containing dary, in 36° 30', to the irregular lir 13,000 pages, of which only fourteen which separates it from Maryland, Pen copies are printed. The work was com sylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. TI piled and written out by Mr Davy longitude in this map, which is abo alone, who, though ignorant of the art four feet by six, is reckoned from th of printing, with a few worn-out types, capitol at Washington.

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Poetry

Death-SONG OF MACKENZIE.
'T's got your wont to fly, Mackenzie,

Culloden saw thy redd'ned spear,
Save thy Prince, 'tis worthy of thee,
Save him, for the foes are near.
Turn your reeking, gory bayonets,
Turn their points of death on me,
The heart's blood of a Royal Stuart
Boils, and spurns the thoughts to flee.
'Twas chis arm made London cremble,
While up England's plains we bore,
When, from behind the Highland target
Leap'd to death the blue claymore.
Preston felt your iron-hoof'd chargers,
Paw her ground with winton tread,
Barsting came our warrior torrent,
Preston groaned with loads of dead.
Hawley's helmed and sab'red legions
Spurr'd their foam-mouth'd war-horse near,
- Falkirk mark'd your bravest warriors
Steop beneath the Scottish spear.
Culloden felt our unbroke columns,
Retiring, mow her heath in rage,
Murray, traitor, meet thy glory,
Curs'd in every future age.
O'er my land, a base usurper
Shakes my sceptre from my throne,
While the band was formed to bear it,
Falls, but will not fall alone.
Spirits of my wrong'd forefathers,
Spirits of my gallant friends,
Lochiel, Boyd, and Balmarino,
Now my sword for blood descends.
Back you shrink, you circle round nie,
Traitors, yet I never fled,
Lie there, beat your bloody bosoms,
That is English freedom's bed.
Now a patriot's part l've acted,
Death swims, dizzy in my brain,
Fled thy gallant soul, Mackenzie,
As thou lay, midst heaps of slain.
Must the marble scutcheon'd column

Rise to tell a tyrant's name,
\ While the patriot-Independence,

Hides bis purpling cheeks for shame.
But thou, great heart, which bled'st for

freedom,
Need'st no stones to tell thy fame,
See the wet rose-cheek of beauty,
Minstrel swell your notes of flame.

SONG. TUNEL Sbe rose and loot' me in." THE morning star with trembling beam

Had bathed his locks in dew, And round the misty bosom'd lake

The wheeling Lapwing few. The dewy-breasted hare withdrew

Where shelc'ring brushwood grows, The morn-beam lighten'd the mountain

blue
When lovely Peggy rose.
O'er her blue eyes and temples fair

Her hair in love-locks fell,
And loosely veil'd her bosom white,

Where all the graces dwell.
Her fair robes wanton in the wind,

Her bare feet bathed in dew,
And circling round her slender waist

The balmy morn-breeze few. 'Twas but yestreen, that rose-pathed cheek

Was wet with tears on mine, 'Twas but yestreen my clasping arms

Around that neck could twine. 'Twas but yestreen, those lips divine,

Were warmed with many a kiss, 'Twas but yestreen, that congue of thine

Confest the tender bliss. Young sun-beam, shake thy wand'ring

locks,
Move lightly on my fair,
Nor wanton round ber lovely neck,

Nor kiss her bosom bare.
Yestreen this cheek was couched there,

With many a melting tale,
And many a dear embrace and prayer,

All in the Hawthorn Vale.
'Tis not the ranked gold she loves,

Nor looks which court the sky;
Nor hearts unwarm'd by nature's love,

By grandeur shuffled high.
But 'tis the merit lifted eye,

The soul's ennobled part,
For which she heaves the tender sigh,

And keeps her virgin heart.
Banks of Nith,

HIDALLAN. July, 1808.

Ti SCOTTISH SONG. Set to Music by Mr Ross of Aberdeen. THRO' Cruikston castle's lanely wa's,

Tho' wint'ry wind howls wild an' dreary, Tho'mirk the cheerless e'ening fa's, Yet I hae vow'd to meet my Mary.

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