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BUT VERY BAD POET.
TO AN HONEST SUTER, Nor think that what I friendly write
Is penn'd wi' critic spleen or spite,
Shamre fa' the wit that can excite
A single pang! SINCE times are changed, and folk grown My wish is just to cure the bice nice,
O' madd'ning fang: 'Tak, G-y, a friend's advice,
For, wha can see without a sigh,
Year after year, a swarming fry,
Desert their parent streams, and try
To glide in air.
As fast they fa', and fa'ing, lie, Yet a'our Rhymsters firmly think,
To rise nae mair! That if line-ends but apely clink,
For you, wha, nae doubt, at the school, They're bards o' fame. When crown'd wi'
Learn'd wi' the lave ilk Latin rule, ink,
Whan rhymes provoke, wi' reason cool, Lord! how Pride kittles!
Remember aye nec trepidum But let me tell ye in a blink,
Ane, that when Youth's warm dreams are They're blind as beetles !
past, He that attempts poetic art,
Should bind ilk raging rhymster fast, Should hae a head, and eke a heart,
Firm as neat's leather to che last, A Fancy boundless, that can dart
" NE SU TOR ULTRA CREPIDAM." Frae earth to heaven;
H. M. And Passions that can warm impart What Nature's given.
THE GUARDIAN ANGEL. And yet wi' thae, (and they're right rare!)
By the Ettrick Shepherd. A Poet, trust me! man hae mair;
THE dawning was mild, and the hamlet A Judgement clear, wi' walth o' Lear,
was wild, And wit at will,
For it stood by an untrodden shore of To scan, examine, and compare
the main, Wi' critic skill.
When Duncan was rais'd from his slomber,
amaz'd, A Taste to polish and refine
By a voice at his door, that did shortly Ilk towering thought and magic line,
complain. A Mind, where nameless powers combine
Rise, To form and plan A chaste-connected bold design. That is the man!
is founded on a fact : and
there is likewise another much similar to Now, G--y, I fain wou'd ask
it, which happened at a sequestered steadHow mony's fitted for the task ?
ing in the south of Scotland, and is so weil How mony think ye’s born to bask
attested by persons yet living, that I neither In this warm sun ? - can nor wish to misbelieve it, One fine Nine-tenths are but a sounding cask evening, before sun-set, a girl of the family
Wha's liquor's rua! came running, and told them, that the finBe warn'd, then !--check this thriftless est lady that ever was seen in the world strain !
was coming straight to the house. With 'Twill wear ye, man! to skin and bane!
that, the whole family, small and great, And after a', what will ye gain?
came to the door to see this wonderful wo. Just deel be lickie !
man, and they all saw her come into a deep Mool in wi' Booksellers, and then
hollow place, not far from the door, and, at Ye're surely trickit.
that instant, the whole house fell in with a
terrible crash, gable and all; so that had it Yet if ye rhyme to please yoursel,
not been for this phenomenon, a respectaWi' a' my heart ! -'tis but a bell
ble and industrious family had been, each To tinkel, whan.ye caona mell
one, crushed to death. The lady was go In conversation; more seen. This happened at Glentress, in But print na!—for it winna sell,
the parish of Innerleithen, and county of There's the damnation! Peebles,
ture no more.
* Rise ! Duncan! I perish.”—His bosom "That the snow and the sleet had benumb'd was fired,
her weak feet, By feelings, no language nor pen can con- And, by hunger and cold, she was quite vey!
overpower'd. 'Twas a voice he had heard, and with rap
For her way she had lost, and the torrents ture admired,
she cross'd Ere fatal Culloden had forc'd him away.
Had often nigh borne her away to the He flew to the rock chat o'ershadow'd his
But the night coming on, she had laid herAnd wistfully look'd where his vision
self down, could reach;
And pray'd to her Maker, nor pray'd she He shouted; but only the echoes about
in vain. Hini answer'd, and billows that rush'd
That she once was to Morven's rough on the beach.
mountains no stranger : For the winds were at rest, but the ocean And wish'd to surprise him with news distress'do
from the throne, Still heav'd like an earthquake, and
Where an act of oblivion had freed him broke on the shore ;
from danger, The mist settled high on the mountains of And Asby's fair mountains again were Sky;
his own. And the wild howling storm ruffied Na- Then blest be the day, when, to mercy re
turning, He search'd every glen, every creek, every
So many brave men they from exile recall;
'Twill quell the revenge in our bosoms a. Although every sense was with reason
burning; at strife,
And bind Caledonia firmest of all. When the sun blinked red o'er the hills of But did you not call at this cottage so early, Argyle,
When morning's pale streamers scarce He found his Matilda! his lady! his wife.
crested the fell? Resign'd to her fate, on a little
A voice then did náme me, and waken'd
green plot, Where a cliff intercepted the wanderer's
And bade me arise, and that voice I knew way :
well. On her hosom so fair, and her fine yellow hair,
Which set me a searching, assur'd you were The frost of the morning lay crisped and
nigh me, grey.
Else in yon lone nook I had never you
found; Her bright eye was set ; but her pulse slow. Then say, my Matilda, did you not pass
ly beat : “0, Father of mercies ! look down on
I'm really impatient this mystery to my woe:
sound.” * Oh save my sweet wife! and the wbole of my life
“ There where I was found, I was never “ My heart, for the gift, shall with gra
more nigh thee : titude glow.
Where I dropt, overcome by toil, famine,
and grief, "Alas, my Matilda! what brought you a Same pitying angel, then hovering by me,
strolling, "O'er Morven's dark mountains, so rug- Then down they both bow'd, and most 80
Has taken my voice to procure me relief.” ged and high? When tempests were howling, and tor
lemnly vow'd, rents were rolling?
To their great Benefactor, his goodness Was't love for thy husband ! and here
to mind, must thou die!''
Each evening and morning unto them rea
turping; By care and attention she slowly recovers, And well they perform'd the engageAnd finds herself lock'd in ber husband's
ment we find. embrace : But, reader, if ever thou hast been a lover, They both now are cold : but the tale they
have told Thy heart will outgo me, and furnish
To many, while Gratitude's tears fell in She said, she had heard of his lonely retreat, And whenever I pass by the bonny Glenasby, And had come from the vale ere the 'I mind the adventure on Moryen's lone tempest had lower'd;
But with brisk country dances, and reels os WHEN Persia by Great Alexander was
Each lad with his sweet-heart, each lass A monarch was slain, and a kingdom undone; with her joe. Yet a feast was prepar'd to rejoice at their What heart would not swell with high doom,
transports of bliss Which bards have extoll’d'o'er humanity's At beholding a scene so delightful as this? tomb.
All, all were rejoicing, but who can declare And why should a banquet then not be How blithe Peggy look’d, when in stepp'd commended,
Andrew Kerr? With joy that began, and with happiness How Nancy's face brighten'd, tho'smiling ended ?
before, A custom prevails, and I hope will prevail When her fav'rite Tom Easton appear'dat While earth yields us barley, and barley the door? brown ale,
And how Watty Scott quite forgot all at once, To devote, when the harvest is over, a night When Martha came in, both io run and to To drinking and dancing, and mirth and dance ? delight.
But Cecy and Jock soon withdrew from Perhaps Pride would frown, Affectation the noise would sneer,
To taste in a corner some quieter joys. Were I to relate all the characters there; Next toddy and cakes in succession ge As no country's ruin occasioned this feast, round,' Of course, no proud Tyrant was there as a And whisky, that makes ev'ry heart to reguest;
bound; No dull-looking belles, and, of course, no And now when the fiddlerhaseagerlyquard, fine beaur,
Of whisky, a deep, and a heart.cheering Were there to exhibit their capers and draught, clothes;
The music redoubles, the dancers increase, But fresh country lasses, all blooming and Joy brightens, it sparkles and shines in each gay,
face. Like lilies in April, or roses in May. With frisking and prancing, and many : If no affectation appeared in each face,
spring, Yet graceful simplicity fill'd up its place; Now they set, now they cross, pow they in dress, thio' devoid of that gaudy attire, dance in a ring. Which fops only wear, and fools only admire; Thus they drove on the night, with di. They were modest, neat, handsome:-what version and glee, more need be said?
More blessed than Kings, Queens, or pride Deformity only needs ornament's aid.
ces can be. The lads were all manly, stout, active, and As no coxcombs were there, so ro wrangciean,
ling arose Without either fopp'ry, ennui, or spleen; 'Bout punctilios of honour, or pulling one's Tho' rustic their garb, they were sprightly nose ; and trim,
But all the night long, unanimity reign'd, Health grac'd ev'ry visage, strength nervd By happiness heighten'd, by 'friendship ev'ry limb.
maintain'd. Long may Caledonia behold on her plains As no gay flutt'ring toasts to this feast had Such beautiful lasses and innocent swains ! been wafted, Besides these, were matrons, and childrev, No necklace was envied, no head-dress was and wives,
laughed at. As happy as ever they were in their lives; No whisp'rings were there to detractor And hearty old carles, right merrily joking defame, Their old fashion'd puns, and carousing But where'er they were heard, love wir and smoking.
always the theme. How blithely they witness'd the young peo- No moments were wasted in yawning or ple ranting,
fretting, And talk'd of the days when they were as Like those who are daily and nightly cow wanton!
quatting: The fiddle strikes up ; hrark! the dan- But the time flew so sweet and insensibly on, cing's begun,
That the clock had struck four ere they Theroom in a moment resounds with the fun thought it was one ; No Minuets, Cotillions, or Horn-pipes, they Then each lad woo'd his lass home, and dance;
bade her good night, Those butter-Ay airs-the productions of And all went to bed, overjoy'd with delight France;
Banks of tbe Jed.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Mr Whithread objected to the clause, as Wednesday, May 18.
did Mr Windham and Mr Vansittart. Af.
ter a few words from Mr Spencer StanLOCAL MIlitia.
hope and Lord Castlereagh, it was agreed LORD Castlereagh moved the order of the to substitute for the oath such certificate
day for the House resolving itself into as might appear satisfactory to the Depua Committee on the Local Milicia bill. ty Lieutenants of counties.”
In the discussion upon the clause which Sir 7. Cor Hippesiey proposed to exdetermines the ages between which indi- empt, as well as the resident members of viduals are liable to the ballot,
either university, those who are intended Sir 7. Hall thought that the period of for holy orders at Eton, Westminster, and 18 was the fittest time for young men to other public schools ; also, professors, teachcommence military service, and that every ers, &c. in acadenies-He offered a precise year after that they became less and less motion on the subject; but fit. He was of opinion, that if the ballot Lord Castlereagh considered the exempwere confined to young men between the tion as too extensive and indefinite, and as ages 18 and 19, a sufficient number would tending to open a wide door to abuse. be found to answer the purposes required, After some observations, the amendment without carrying the ballot to nien of more was negatived withont a division. advanced years. He thought the age of Mr Windham made a variety of remarks 35 much too far advanced.
on the inequality with which the proposed Lord Castlereagh admitted, that in some scale of fines would operate. Thirty pounds councies the principle of the Hon. Baronet might be no inducement to one man to enmight answer, and produce even inore men ter, while 101. would leave no option to than were wanted for the particular dis. another. He considered it as merely caltrict, but in many others it would not at all culated to raise money, and that in an unproduce the number required, and the age constitutional way. must therefore be extended.
Mr Wynne adverted to the words in the Sir James Montgomery thought that car- same clause, that no “
poor man who has tzing the ballot so high as 35 years of age more than one child" should be exempted would be extremely oppressive to numbers from this service, though exempe from the of poor men, with large families depend- regular militia ; and proposed, in order to ing on their industry. He therefore sug- make the thing more precise and intelligested an exception in favour of men ha- gible, to leave out the words“ more than ving more than three children; and he al- one child," and substitute" less than three sa thought the hardship much greater on children." This was agreed to so that meu past 30 than before, more especially poor men with three or more children are where a poor shopkeeper, or any man set- exemps from the local militia. tled in life, of small capital, whose income does not exceed 1001. a-year, must, in
Thursday, May 19. this case, be driven to the necessity of ser
DISTILIERIES. ving, to the ruin of his business, or paying Lord Binning rose, to make his promised a fine equal to 1-5th of his income, besides motion respecting the report of the Sugar bis liability to the income tax, which was Committee; there were others more comaiready intolerable.
petent to elucidate the question ; but he Lord Castlereagh said, he had no objec- should not shrink from his duty, whatever tion to accede to this amendment, and sub- might be his ultimate success. The subsutute the age of 30 in place of 35, the ser- jece which the Committee had in view, vice to commence from the age of 18, pro. was to afford relief to the West India planvided it was agreed to extend the period ter ; but in the course of their investigation, of volunteer services to 40 years of age, they found it necessary to make a minute The proposition was agreed to, and the a- inquiry into all the circumscances which mendment made accordingly.
would encroach on the interests of the land. On the clause respecting the oath pro- holders of this country, and under all cir. posed to be taken by niedical men, respec- cụmstances, they thought the former reting the physical fitness of persons enrolled, quired an immediate relief; but they also Oct. 1808.
came to the knowledge of facts which es. the meeting of Parliament; and in the tablished the wisdom and necessity of the Committee he would propose the reduction restriction, exclusive of all consideration of the duty on sugar-wash. The situatios whatsoever of the interests of the West In- of the West India planters was extremely dia islands. They found, in the course of painful;
many of them had been reduced their investigation, that the harvest of last from affluence to want, which could not year was more than usually deficient ; and be attributed to wild speculation, but to the the consumption of the distilleries exceed- present political situation of Europe. He ed 479 000 quarters of grain ; but the pre. concluded by moving that the report de sent situation of Europe left little hope of referred to a Committee of the wbole importing the constant deficiency of con
House. sumption, amounting, on an average, to Air T. Coke said, the Noble Lord 777,000 quarters. With these conclusive must have a strange idea of the landed facts before the Committee, they appre interest, if he imagined they contended hended a scarcity; and to obviate that, for the high price of corn—(No! Ne they recommended, if found expedient, to from the Ministerial side)—then, if that put a stop to the distillation from grain, and substitute sugar for a given period;
was not the case, he was sure his Lord: but in case of an abundant harvest, suffici: ship must be very far misled in the quoent authority should be vested in the Crown tation he had given of the price of curs, to do away the restriction. He was well for within the last fortnight, it did not aware that one class of men should not be exceed 4os. in the county of Norfolk, relieved to the injury of others; but it was but if it had risen in other counties, be an urgent case, in the landholders would was convinced it was owing to the alarm not, by any means, suffer, though distillers given by the proceedings of the Comwere prohibited from using grain. To mittee of Inquiry. He was glad to find shew they were warranted in this conclu- that no grain had been imported into sion, he read the evidence of Mr Arthur this country since the month of SeptemYoung, Secretary to the Board of Agricul- ber, which was a strong proof that se ture, and Mr Cropper, of Liverpool. The latter stated, the present stock on hand did did not stand in need of foreign aid. not exceed 50,000 quarters of wheat. Many The markets had ever since been well more witnesses, who had been examined, supplied at moderate prices; but the proved that the last harvest was extremely imported grain always lay in the hands deficient in England and Scotland; and of speculators, who were constantly the when it was considered, that we were pre- instruments of enhancing the price. If vented from importing the usual supply of he was rightly informned, the situation grain, it became a measure of precaution of the planters was not so bad as bad to put a stop to its consumption in distil- been represented. At present there was leries. It has been urged, that, by adopt- a demand for sugar, and it rose ós, in the ing this measure, it would discourage the cultivation of barley: but that, he main- bundance, the public could not get it a
cwt.; but though it was in so great a. taiaed, was impossible, as long as there would be a demand for it independent of farthing cheaper than when there was a this, it has lately risen from 46s. to 50s, and scarcity. The landed interest had con the small quautity on hand would always plaints also, in being heavily taxed, se! keep up the price. In the north of Scot. not a murmur escaped theni. land, where that article was consumed in Sir John Sinclair said, that he had been bread, it was so scarce that the people ap- so pointedly alluded to by the Noble prehended a famine, and had been for Loril, that it became necessary for him months past in great want; for the truth of which he would appeal to the Hon. House. He considered the grounds sta
tu trespass on the indulgence of the Baronet opposite (Sir John Sinclair.)- ted by the Noble Lord as different from Should the House think it expedient to receive the report, and resolve itself into a
those of the report, and felt it his duty Committee to consider it, he had only two
to oppose doctrines which appeared to resolutions to submit, namely, that all kinds him so hostile to the landed interest. of grain be prohibited from being distilled He knew that there was unfortunately from the 1st of July to the 1st of October; a great scarcity in Scotland at the preand that it might
be lawsol for his Majes, sent moment, and no man regreired it "y, after the ist nf September, to discono more than he did; but he came int! inue the restriction if found expedient; if that House, not as the representative otherwise, to continue it till $days after merely of one particular district, but py