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When dazzle thus his diamond sparks, and obscure men are coming forward, and for a dangerous thing. It is well for us to
acting on the age, when science is antici- know truly as much as we can. Physical
pated, and discoveries of vast importance truth, we may all learn ; and the arts themIf late I've staid, forgive the crime,
made, and by individuals whose fame and selves, however arbitrary in their rules, For reckless roll the hours, And noiseless falls the foot of time
history are without record. All this is felt and however exact they must be to be perIn love's and beauty's bowers.
where it should and must be felt. The fect, may be equally learned. They leave, Some of the author's best things are philosopher, so called, feels it, and the pub- indeed, but little for the imagination. We among his imitations ; but we have no doubt bic feel it. One is called on for his ex- must learn much of what has been always that he could have written as well without planations, and for new applications of the known, and feel that
men deemed ordinary be a
imitatiig; and we earnestly advise him to discovery; the other, to know something of are far before us. Still, what we do learn make the attempt. The two following Scotch what is giving character to the age, and is truth; we have a sure possession in somethus promotes it by its patronage.
thing real; and if it be but one thing, we Soegs are very pretty, especially if we con
Science, too, has taken a new direction. feel in our labour for that, the mind has, for sider that a Yankee wrote them.
It has become practical and useful. It is once at least, been distinctly and positively
useful to its possessor as well as to others. directed to some of its appropriate uses.
some of the most important kinds of labour applied to nothing else. All truth is relatAn' I maun stap the weary pleugh, have been investigated by the scholars of ed, and all knowledge has its application. Syne hame I'll gae to Nannie, O.
the sciences, their causes discovered, and A man who knows something listens with On re brae, owre linn, when Nannie ca's, danger averted. But what is peculiar, and an interest to those who know more. PoI leap wi' heart so bonnie, 0;
to which we shall more particularly advert, etry, novels, plays, sermons, orations, esI dinna fear the roaring fa's,
is the voluntary admission of the public of says, get much of their imagery and illus. My thoughts are a' of Nannie, 0.
all ranks, ages, and sexes, to the practical tration from the arts and the sciences; and Nae simmer smile on flowery braes study of the sciences which have most at- if we would read or hear wisely, we must Is half sae sweet an' cannie, 0; tracted the age.
know something of their language, and As that aboon thy bosom plays,
This has long been the course of things something of their principles. There is My dear, my lovely Nannie, 0.
in Europe, at least in England. The pre- less excuse now than there ever was, for Gie me but that I'll ask nae mair, sent Sir H. Davy, Sir J. E. Smith, and the total ignorance respecting these subjects; Gin days and night's be cannie, 0);
Astronomer Royal, gave courses of lectures we must know something about them, for O baith! I'll hae nae warly care,
to the most brilliant and polite, as well as the means of knowledge are ample, and of But live and love for Nannie, 0.
the best intormed classes of the community. easy use. It has become fashionable too, Let ilka coof gang far awa
The “ Institution” was thronged by both to make use of the mind in this way; and For siller a' sae bonnie, 0;
sexes, and of the highest ranks. The best however trifling the motive in its ordinary On me can portooth never fa'
compliment, the truest respect was thus operation, we here feel a respect for it; we Sae rich wi' love and Nannie, 0.
paid to an honourable use of the mind, and feel for it somewhat as we do for habit TO A BUTTERFLY.
ibe expression of both has something re- when it keeps men from vice; for our imAwa!-awa!-insensate thing,
tributive in it. The honor returns on those pulses are not always towards virtue, or Frae morn tull night apo' the wing,
who pay it. Wha's life is but a simmer's day,
learning. An' wasted a' in sports and play.
There is one feature in this mode of in- There is another view which the subject
struction which deserves particular notice. admits, and which we cannot pass unnoticSae mony a lassie gie's her time
It is the value it derives from those who ed. It has been particularly striking in To dress, to folly, or to crime,
give it. When such men as were just Dr Bigelow's lectures this season. The Content to die, to show her power named become our teachers, we feel a pre- study of the arts and the same is true of Like ither insects o the hour.
fect confidence in their instructions. They the sciences—is full of instruction concernThe Notes are entertaining, and the Pre- have been long known, and known by what ing the progress of the mind. The infancy face is honest and fearless, without being they have done. It is because they are of the arts was the infancy of man. He impudent. It affords, indeed, a very pleas- prominent men in their times, that they originally had few wants, and the means for ani contrast to those with which the lite. have been selected to fill high and respon- satisfying these were many and near. His rary aspirants of this day usually think it sible offices. They have been followed in wants have at length taken the start of the fitting to introduce themselves ;-and which all their labours by other minds, jealous for means, and from the moment when they it is difficult to read, without seeing, in themselves, or for their science; and ar- were just balanced, he has been reaching one's mind's eye, an awkward vulgar booby dently bent on discerning error or impos- forward for practicable good to the remote entering parlour where twenty people ture. The public feels safe when they are and the uncertain, and his mind has gone on may look at him all at once, and striving favoured with the results of such labours, before him. It is a beautiful feature in the in vain to bide his consternation by an and if they are wise in their purposes in lectures just named—this history of our extra swagger.
listening to them, their own minds are en- race as it has been recorded in the arts; larged, and what seemed useful amusement and though it must have been at once nobecomes valuable learning.
ticed by all who have heard them, we could MISCELLANY.
We feel a deep interest in the success of not but thus express the pleasure it has attempts which have been made in our own given us. Man is the most interesting thing city and country for promoting the same presented to us in the vast universe ; and
objects. We feel obliged to the men who what faithfully illustrates him, must be One of the characteristics of these times leave the academy for a time, and come to studied and listened to with the deepest inis the liberality of letters. Learning is no the private lecture room, with their raised terest. longer an exclusive privilege, and learned means of instruction, their apparatus of all We would, in passing, acknowledge our men have ceased to be a distinct class. kinds, brought from abroad at a vast indi. obligations to Dr Bigelow for the useful Learning has become united to art-a nat- vidual expense, and removed at great risk. gratification bis lectures are yielding us; ural alliance. Men were once kept under We feel so too, because we are in some sort but this might get its worst name by some by the pressure of circumstances, and fine mitted in this way into the republic of let of our readers, and the lecturer wants peiminds were lost to the mass, because prc- ters; and who has ever heard of it without ther flattery nor compliment.
We are scription divided the directiou and uses of feeling some desire of citizenship? It is deeply obliged that professional and acathe intellect. But we live when unlettered I not true that a little learning is an useless I demic leisure is occupied for our instruc
THE REPUBLIC OF LETTERS.
tion and gratification. It is honorable to , vested with an imperishable form. This , ed. We pursued to Charlestown Common, the community, that elaborate learning is will not be, unless auch information is not and then retired to Cambridge. When ever brought within its reach. It is unneonly welcomed but sought. For ourselves,
the army collected at Cambridge, Colonel cessary to say how honoured they are who
Prescott with his regiment of minute men, we shall be most ready to aid in this im- and John Robinson, his Lieutenant Colonel, so bring it. Our attendance on these lectures has portant work, by all the scanty means
were prompt at being at their post. On the convinced us of the importance of seriously within our power: we shall always gladly 16th of June, Colonel Prescott and Colonel setting about the erection of a public Lec- find room for communications, which help, Bridge were ordered upon Breed's Hill to ture room. It is something more and worse in any way or measure, to illustrate the heave up a breast-work; they laboured all than pity, that here, where we bave men more important events of our past history, Reinforcements were ordered, but not one
night, and were left to fight the British. disposed to labour for us, and to procure for us splendid collections of all kinds, to aid in- or the characters of those who were emni- company went in order. Many went to struction, we have no suitable place for their nent among our fathers. In the present Bunker's Hill; some went from there as accommodation, or our own. We feel this instance we have no doubt that our readers volunteers, part of which belonged to Gen. the more, when we see so much done, so will join with us in the thanks which we eral Starks' regiment. Among the volunmuch taste exbibited, and so much money proffer to the Rev. Mr Thaxter.
teers was the ever-to-be-lamented General spent on other edifices. We build temples
Warren. When he was introduced to to preserve our wealth and its records, but
Colonel Prescott, the Colonel said, “Gen
Edgartown, November 30, 1924. leave almost houseless a far better treasury: Sir,
eral Warren, I have not the pleasure of a We cannot but hope that something will Your friend J. A. J_showed me personal acquaintance with you, but fron be"soon done in this regard ; and we hardly your last paper, in which some observations your known character, I shall fight with know a case in wbich a small individual ex. were made respecting the neglect of suita- cheerfulness under
you.” General Warren penditure will procure so much general ac- ble respect to Colonel Prescott. He is not replied, “ Colonel Prescott, I have not come commodation. There are cases in which the only one that is neglected. I make no to take command, but to learn to fight under monuments to one age must remain for the objection to the monument on Breed's Hill, you.” This I had from Colonel Robinson, spirit of after times to rear. The times of but I think it a great neglect that so little and believe as much as if I had heard with heroes are these. But honor to learning notice is taken of Concord Bridge, and the my ears; a braver and more upright man and to learned men, can be paid at all times, men who first faced the British troops.
I never knew. Such men as Prescott and and by any community which values them. Much is said of Lexington-the British Robinson, ought not to be forgotten by In the present instance personal conven- met with no opposition there; I was an
those who write the history of the comience and interest come in aid of the cause, eye witness to the following facts.
The mencement and prosecution of our glorious and they have not always made their de- people of Westford and Acton, some few
revolution. The vile slanders cast upon mands in vain.
of Concord, were the first who faced the old General Putnam are totally without British at Concord bridge. The British foundation. He did all that man could do had placed about ninety men as a guard at to reinforce Prescott on Breed's Hill. A
the North Bridge; we had then no certain braver man nerer lived. At that time our An article in a late number of this Ga- information that any had been killed at army was little better than a mob, withor zette, in which we remarked, in passing, Lexington; we saw the British making de discipline, and under little command, 61 struction in the town of Concord; it was
General Washington came and Gates, an! upon the mistake in the popular estimate of Col. Prescott's services on Breed's Hill, Colonel Robinson, of Westford, together ments were ordered on perilous duty at
proposed to advance to the bridge; on this gave to it some regularity. Whole reg has obtained for us a new correspondent; with Major Buttrick, took the lead; strict once, and the loss of men was from a small whose communication we give below, with orders were given 'not to fire, unless the circle. The Breed's Hill loss fell upon the no other alteration than the suppression of British fired first; when they advanced county of Middlesex, about one half of the a few sentences relative to matters where-fired one gun, a second, a third, and then nine killed and forty-five wounded. This
about half way on the causeway the British loss was in Prescott's regiment, viz. fortyin our readers would not be interested. It the whole body; they killed Colonel Davis, evil was remedied by Washington and is quite time that the people of this land of Acton, and a Mr Hosmer.
Gates, and in '76 victory delivered Boston, should feel and should distinctly manifest then fred over one another's heads, being
A decent monument at Concord an earnest and anxious curiosity respect. in a long column, two and two : they killed Bridge, where the first spark was struck,
two and wounded eleven. ing all the occurrences of that revolution to
and quite as glorious as Breed's Hill, conwhich they owe every thing. When a na- of the British army, had his
cheeks so bad- no more honour to Robinson and Buttrick
Hawkstone, said to be the greatest beauty sidering the circumstances, would be doing tion fights for existence, it sends forth its ly wounded that it disfigured him much, of
than they richly deserve. I best to the battle ; and the men who urged which he bitterly complained. On this, the obscurity on this island, and never thought, that contest were worthy of the cause which British Aed, and assembled on the bill
, the myself of importance enough, and capable of brought them to the field. A peaceful yeo- north side of Concord, and dressed their doing justice to a historical account of the manry stood with unaccustomed arms to de- wounded, and then began their retreat. As transactions of the memorable 19th of Apri fend their own fields, and men came forth comes out from Bedford they were pursued; they descended the hill near the road that 1775, or of the 17th of June. Many anecdote
of those days, that would do honour to individ from the regular occupations of society and Colonel Bridge, with a few men from Bed- uals, it is most probable will be forgotten. all the walks of busy life ; and from these ford and Chelmsford, came up, and killed The following is one. The Rev. Edwar! materials was formed, almost at once, an
We pursued them and killed Brooks, who lived at Medford, got intelliarmed array which fearlessly met and con- some; when they got to Lexington, they gence of a small party going with relief to quered and captured men, whose only trade they must have soon surrendered, had not Brooks mustered a few men, waçlaid them
were so close pursued and fatigued, that meet the British; they had a wagon-load ; Mr was war, and their only home a camp. Lord Percy met them with a large rein- near West Cambridge meetinghouse, and There must exist somewhere, at this day, forcement and two field-pieces. They fired shot the horses, and wounded the lieutenant exact knowledge of all the occurrences of them, but the balls went high over our
who commanded them, took several pris that remarkable period, and now that this heads. But no cannon ever did more exe
oners before the British came up, and re
tired. knowledge is passing away with the few cution, such stories of their effects had been spread by the tories through our troops, that
I a who possess it, let it be gathered and in- from this time more went back than pursu.
am, sir, with respect, yours.
LETTER FROM AN OLD SOLDIER.
LETTERS FROM A TRAVELLER.
work will show precisely,—what is not now to use the elegant simile of Mrs Dolly DutMR RUSSELL'S GRAMMAR OF COMPOSITION.
easy to learn, -how far, and in what way ton, “ like a squirrel's cage hung out of a In our fourteenth number we reviewed composition is connected with grammar, three pair of stairs window.” My walk for this work, and we spoke of it with undue logic, and rhetoric. It should certainly be some hours was enchanting. Life has few severity. Two very candid letters from the made a distinct study; but the best possible pleasures to equal the feelings of a pedesauthor have convinced us of our error; and way of illustrating the idenijiy of this branch irian traveller through a new and romantic we hasten to make this acknowledgment, not of education, must be by clearly defining country in a fine autumn morning. The only because our duty to our readers requires the relations between it and the colateral independence of circumstances, the carethis, but from an especial unwillingness to and auxiliary studies.
lessness of what may happen, and readiness do Mr Russell injustice, and give him good It is due to Mr Russell to state, that his to be pleased with any thing or every thing cause to regard us as at variance with him. rules of orthograghy, which we strongly “ 'i the air or the earth,” constitute, togethHis Latin Grammar delighted us; it seem- reprobated, are sanctioned by high author- er, a state of mind as delightful as it is uned to supply what we considered a great ities; but neither these authorities, nor the common in this sublunary pilgrimage. About want; it applied the principle of analysis reasons they give, satisfy us at all. We two miles from Dumbarton is Leven-water, to the study of language. We believe that can give Mr Russell credit for one excel. celebrated in song, and near it the village the time has come when this principle is to lent and uncommon trait,-to wit,- -an ab- of Renton, and the monument to the membe applied to all modes and departments of horrence of book-making; indeed, his brev- ory of Dr Smollett. A little further is instruction; and that the use of this “No-lity sometimes makes him obscure. No mas- Balloch Castle and the southern part of vum Organum” will advance the best in- ter should undertake to teach composition Loch Lomond. Here I was overtaken by terests of education, and vastly increase the who could not, if occasion required, explain a carter, whose name I afterwards discovgood resulting from it, and characterize every part of this work; but it is a fault, ered to be Mc Millan, a tenant of the Duke most bonourably the age which is wise that the important parts of it require so of Argyle, and as he was well acquainted enough to avail itself of it
. This good work much explanation. The book should have with the country, and pursuing the same is begun, and we may hope that it will be been larger, or else more strictly elemen- road with myself, I was glad to walk on prosecuted zealously. It has engaged the tary; as it is, however, it may answer one with him. We soon came to a toll-house, attention of some of the finest intellects in of two purposes ;-to him who has studied which was also an ale or whiskey house ; this part of our country; and there are rhetoric, it may recall the practical and and as the weather had by this time become those whose professional business it is to useful parts of what he has learned; or may very threatening and stormy, I felt it in. teach, who will bring in aid of this ob- serve to introduce to these studies one who cumbent on me to invite my fellow travelject the strenuous efforts of no common tal has yet to become acquainted with them. ler to refresh himself with a gill of whisents. It is pleasant to find gentlemen who
key, which he despatched undiluted, obare engaged in the work of instruction at a
serving, after he had bolted it, that it was distance, holding the same views, aiming at
not quite the right thing, which might be the same object, and pursuing it with de
obtained a short distance further, as well
No. III. cided ability; and it is desirable that there
as a more commodious shelter from the apshould exist between them that harmony
Edinburgh, September 27. proaching rain. I was not disposed to which naturally grows out of identity of MY DEAR FRIENDS,
leave the situation, as I doubted whether I opinion and purpose.
On Monday last I bid adieu to Glas- should find a better; but he was so urgent The writer of the article upon the Gram- gow, and having equipped myself with an that I complied with his request to accommar of Composition was disappointed at old sea-coat, of which the longitude was di-pany bim. After we had left the house, finding the work decidedly inferior to the minished by the assistance of a penknife, a my companion gave me to understand that Latin Grammar in its strict application of small knapsack, and leather spatterdashes, it was a custom-house, and insinuated that analysis, and this disappointment influenced with an umbrella in my hand, set off on my his cart contained a few bandanna handkerhis opinion of the real merits of the book. travels. My first object was Dumbarton, chiefs, and other articles which would not The answer to this charge Mr Russell shall whither I proceeded in a steam-boat, down admit of close investigation in such an esgive. In his letter he says, with respect the Clyde, which is here a narrow river, tablishment. We soon arrived at a thatchto “ the charge that my book does not pre- winding smoothly and gracefully through ed hut, into which I followed him, for the sent the subject in an analytic form, I would cultivated fields, adorned, at short intervals, rain now began to descend in torrents. beg of you once more to consider the rear with country seats, and now and then a The interior of this place beggared all deson I have given. The three ingredients church or castle. The weather, at first, scription, which, therefore, I shall not atof composition, are Subject, Thought, and showed some disposition to be fair, but be tempt. The owner was rather shy of me, Language. The first of these is as wide as fore we arrived, which we did about six P. though Mc Millan introduced me as an old the universe; the second embraces intel- M., it rained violently. At Dumbarton I friend of his. He then caused him to prolectual philosophy and logic; or, in other stopped for the night, and sent a letter of duce a large bottle of whiskey, or, as he callwords, the powers, as they have been call- introduction, which I had received from ed it, tea, which he assured me, with a ed, of the mind, and their right exercise : Miss B-, to her brother, a Surgeon in this wink, was genuine. To cut the matter the third includes every thing connected place. He immediately called on me, and short, I soon found that I had got into a den with rhetoric and grammar. Now, a fair invited me to breakfast with him the fol- of Highland smugglers, and that my good analysis leaves no gap in that to which it is lowing morning and visit the Castle. But friend, the worthy John Mc Millan, was far applied: it must be carried throughout. To the morning was so beautifully fair, that I from being the least among them. As the treat composition analytically in a school- could not bring myself to spend three or whiskey, of which he swallowed an immodebook, is impossible. The heads merely of four hours of it waiting for breakfast ; so, rate quantity, did its good office, he began an analysis of the branches of science that having "snatched a short repast,” called to insinuate that he thought my pocket was are involved in composition, would occupy on the Doctor, left my excuses, and sur- the most valuable part of my coat, wanted more space than all the pages of the Gram- veyed the exterior of the old frowning cas- much to sell me a poney, and the like " bald mar.”
tle to my satisfaction, “I cocked up my and disjointed chat.” At first, all this was We should beg leave to amend this sen- bonnet and marched amain” towards the rather amusing, but, at length, I began to tence by substituting difficult” for “ impos- north. The rock of Dumbarton stands up feel a little uneasiness; for the day was sible ;" which last is a bad word, and should like a sugar loaf on the banks of the Clyde, passing away, and I did not approve the nobe used as seldom as possible.“ Practice bearing some slight resemblance in its tion of proceeding very far on a lonely makes perfect;” and we yet hope to tell our shape and situation, to Ascutney, near Highland road with Mr Mac, who showed readers that Mr Russell has published a strict Windsor, on the Connecticut; and the cas- no disposition to part company, but pressed analysis of the art of composition. Such a | tle is built on the top of it, “ perched up,” | me to ride with him to Tarbet, at the head of the lake. He grew more and more in this particular. Loch Lomond is a pond meal. The good body was very averse to communicative, and related some of his ad- when compared with Champlain, and even any kind of remuneration, but at length ventures with excise officers, which would Ascutney, I believe, is more lofty than the accepted a trifle, though she assured me I have been, perhaps, more entertaining in Ben. I reached Tarbet about six o'clock, should have been heartily welcome. Two another place, than they were just then. having achieved something more than twen- miles farther brought me to the northern At length the train of his associations led ly miles for my first day's journey ; yet it part of Loch Ard, and the pass in which to Rob Roy and Scott's novel; and he seemed to me that I had hardly walked Capt. Thornton was defeated by Helen Mc roundly declared that his own life and ad- ten, so trifling was the fatigue, and so Gregor. You will perceive that I speak of Ventures were much more worthy to be agreeably had the time, for the most part, these matters, and persons, as having really made into a novel than those of Rob, and been employed.
existed, and, indeed, it is not easy to think proposed to me to prepare such a work, for About seven o'clock on Wednesday morn- of them differently; for, so true to nature which he promised to send me materials to ing, I turned my face towards the eastward. are the novelist's descriptions of what you Edinburgh, where he understood me to be The first step was the passage of the Loch, do see, that they give an air of reality to going. The rain at length ceased, and I which I effected in a small boat; but, al- the fictitious parts of the narrative. Loch intimated to this future rival of Rob Roy, though it was provided with two stout row. Ard is a beautiful lake, about three miles that I proposed to proceed on my journey. ers, yet being of clumsy form, and the in length. It contracts towards the south, He accordingly departed to prepare his wind strongly against us, we were unable to and gives rise to the river Forth; and here cart, with a view of accompanying me, but reach the other side before nine. Here is the place where Rob slipped from his his horse had strayed away into a distant was set on shore near the foot of Ben Lo-horse and escaped from his guard. About part of a field, or park, as they are here mond, and began to scramble up a craggy a mile from the southern end of Loch Ard termed. Mac ran hastily after him, call- path into the Mc Gregor's country. Trav- is the little inn of Aberfoyle, in which the ing to me to “wait, while he caught the ellers usually ascend the Ben, but I did not Baillie and his companions met of yore beastie.” I thought proper, however, to choose to afford either the time or labour, such a rough reception. There was now, wish the cottager-who, by the way, was for the chance of the prospect, which it was however, no willow wand across the door, a most sinister looking fellow-a good morn- ten to one I should not see, as the floating nor any thing else to prevent my doing ing, and telling him that Mr Mac Millan clouds were numerous, and often entirely that justice to the landlady's vivers, which might overtake me, if he chose, with his enveloped his head. I preferred enjoying was to be expected from a New Engvehicle, I marched off, trusting that it the circuitous mountain path on the north land pedestrian under the influence of would take him some time to catch his of him, which I took accordingly, and found Highland air. From Aberfoyle my road powney, and a good deal more to catch me, it very pleasant. The morning was fine, lay north-easterly, towards the Trosachs. after he had done so.
though rather windy, and my walk was These were distant something more than I passed nothing very rem ble till I through a half road, and half footpath, made five miles, and I had already walked sixteen reached Luss Inn, which is nine or ten chiefly by the course of winter torrents. It from Loch Lomond. Moreover, it was miles further, except the seat of the Col- was, of course, often wet and boggy, but four o'clock, with every appearance of a quhouns and the Burn of Bannochar. I ar- much of it was quite dry. Every thing storm, nor was there any house on the rived here about three o'clock, and after around was wild, uncultivated, and solitary, road. After some hesitation, however, I dinner proceeded on my walk. The sky, covered with rocks, ferns, and heath ; but set forward. The landlady directed me to which had continued to lower since the the ferns were just changing their colour to keep the path till I came to a “sclate quasmorning, now again became perfectly clear. shades of yellow and brown, and, with the pur- ry," where I should find a road paved with The Loch, at Luss, is about three miles in ple bell-heather, and other species of heath, (something which I could not understand), width; but this diminishes very fast as you gave a variegated appearance to the land- but," said she, "you munna keep that, proceed northward, very soon becoming less scape, which was by no means unpleasing. but haud straught on.” With this directhan two. It is impossible to conceive a more About two or three miles from Loch tion I adventured up among the hills again, romantic and beautiful walk than that be- Lomond is a small Loch, called Arklet. over crags, and through gullies, in a very tween Luss and Tarbet. The road lies on Here the road, or path, I should call it, di- wild, dark, and threatening afternoon. At the western side of the Loch, following the vided, and I had my choice, either to go the end of about two miles I reached what various curves and indentations of the shore, east to Loch Katrine, and down the lake to I supposed must be the “sclate quarry." and winding along between the water on the the Trosachs, or south-east to the Clachan Here the road was divided into two, one one hand, and lofty mountains on the other. of Aberfoyle. I preferred the latter, since going to the right, and the other to the On the opposite side, the hills of Rob Roy's it was uncertain whether I should find a left, while “straught on” was a bog, flowcountry seemed to rise almost perpendicu- boat at the head of Loch Katrine. So I moss, or some such thing. The points of larly from the edge of the lake, while their followed the path towards the Clachan, wind the compass, in the lurid state of the sky, figures were reflected from its still surface ing among the hills, and now and then pass. and in the midst of these hills, were not io below ;-far above them all the lofty Ben ing a single thatched hovel; these, however, be distinguished by any manner of means Lomond reared his brown and heathy sum- were very rare, and my walk was, on the short of a magnetic needle. In this dilemmit, gilded with the rays of the evening whole, as solitary as one could wish. The ma I did as most people do in like cases, sun, while every thing else around me was next lake I passed was Loch Ghon ;-this that is to say, took the wrong road. I in shadow, and so solitary and still, that I is not much larger than many ponds within soon perceived before me a Highlander could almost imagine I heard the echo of a dozen miles of Boston, but much inore with his poney, and a two-wheeled vehicle, my own footsteps. I think there was not beautiful than any that I now recollect. On y clept, in this country, a gig, scrambling a single house, -certainly not more than the banks of this lake, about ten miles along up one rugged declivity, and down one,-for the whole distance, which is eight from Loch Lomond, and pleasantly situated another. This establishment being none miles; nor did I see a living thing, except a in a small green vale, or opening between of the most expeditious, I overtook it withyoung woman who passed me just after the hills, I perceived a Highland cottage, out much difficulty, and learned from the I left Luss, a few black-nosed Highland into which I crept,-for one could not driver that I must return and take the sheep, and a lively little dog who joined me easily walk in,--to ask for some water. other road. Arriving again at the fork, I early in the afternoon, and capered along The tenant, an old woman, was quite hos held a council with myself, whether to enbefore me to Tarbet. I may, once for all, ob- pitable, and gave me a pint bowl full of counter a certain glen which the Gael had serve here, that however beautiful and ro- excellent milk, which I drank with little described in the usual lucid manner, or to mantic the scenery of the Highlands may ceremony. She set before me certain arti- retrace my footsteps, and take up my quarbe, a New Englander will not be so much cles which she called “ scones,” and which ters for the night at the inn. In this emerstruck with its sublimity, for there are many we should call flap-jacks, with some new gency, fortune took upon herself to end the parts of our own country that excel them butter and cheese, of which I made a hearty debate in a manner very decisive, and, as
it proved in the sequel, most advantageous- Thy fleeces bathed in sunlight, wbile below Full and unveiled the moon's broad disk emerges. ly for me. It began to storm and rain with l'hy shadow o'er the vale moves slow : On Tivoli, and where the fairy hues
Where, 'midst their labour, pause the reaper train Of autumn glow upon Abruzzi's woods, such fury, that it would have been madness
As cool it comes along the grain.
The silver light is spreading. Far above, to proceed farther, so I turned, and wended
Beautiful cloud! I would I were with thee Encompassed with their thin, cold atmosphere, back to Aberfoyle.
In thy calm way o'er land and sea :
The Apennines uplift their snowy brows, I found at the little inn two intelligent and To rest on thy unrolling skirts, and look Glowing with colder beauty, where unheard agreeable English gentlemen, who informed On Earth as on an open book ;
The eagle screams in the fathomless ether,
On streams that tie her realms with silver bands, and stays his wearied wing. Here let us pause! me that they had attempted the day before
And the long ways that seam her lands; The spirit of these solitudes--the soul to ascend Loch Lomond in the steam-boat,
And hear her humıning cities, and the sound That dwells within these steep and difficult placesbut had been forced by the storm to stop at Of waves that chafe their rocky bound. Speaks a mysterious language to mine own, Luss, and there procured guides to conduct Aye-I would sail upon thy air-borne car And brings unutterable musings. Earth them to Loch Katrine; that they had this To blooming regions distant far,
Sleeps in the shades of nightfall, and the sea To where the sun of Andalusia shines
Spreads like a thin blue haze beneath my feet, morning climbed Ben Lomond with great
On his own olive groves and vines,
Whilst the gray columns and the mouldering tombs labour, which was all they got for their
Or the soft lights of Italy's bright sky
Of the Imperial City, hidden deep pains, as Ben absolutely refused to take off
In smiles upon her ruins lie.
Beneath the mantle of their shadows, rest. his night-cap during the time they remained But I would woo the winds to let us rest My spirit looks on earth!-A heavenly voice there, in other words, it was so cloudy that O'er Greece long fettered and opprest, Comes silently—“Dreamer, is earth thy dwelling?
Whose sons at length have heard the call that Lo! nursed within that fair and fruitful bosom the prospect beyond their noses was incon
Which has sustained thy being, and within siderable. On learning that I was an
From the old battle-fields and tombs,
The colder breast of Ocean, lie the germs American and alone, they expressed some
And risen, and drawn the sword, and, on the foe, Of thine own dissolution !- E'en the air, admiration at my venturing thus about in Have dealt the swift and desperate blow, That fans the clear blue sky and gives thee a strange country—and such a country- And the Othman power is cloven, and the stroke strength, without guide or companion; and as our
Has touched its chains, and they are broke. Up from the sullen lake of mouldering reeds,
Aye, we would linger till the sunset there And the wide waste of forest, where the osier road the following day was to be the same
Should come, to purple all the air,
Thrives in the damp and motionless atmosphere, for some distance, politely invited me to
And thou reflect, upon the sacred ground, Shall bring the dire and wasting pestilence join their party, which was, of course, The ruddy radiance streaming round.
And blight thy cheek. Dream thou of higher agreed to; and co-operation immediately
things ;commenced by an unanimous demand for
Bright meteor! for the summer noontide made! This world is not thy home !"—And yet my eye
Rests upon earth again! How beautiful, the whiskey, hot water, and sugar, with The sun, that fills with light each glistening fold, Where wild Velino beaves its sullen waves which appliances, and the help of a good Shall set, and leave thee dark and cold : Down the bigh cliff of gray and shapeless granite,fire, we proposed to make a night of it. The blast shall rend thy skirts, or thou may'st Hung on the curling mist, the moonlight bow The comforts of our situation were, at the
Arches the perilous river.-A soft light
In the dark heaven when storms come down, same time, ephanced by comparison; the
Silvers the Albanian mountains, and the haze
And weep in rain, till man's inquiring eye That rests upon their summits, mellows down wind without, by fits, “ blew as 'twad blawn
Miss thee, forever, from the sky. B. The austerer features of their beauty. Faint its last;" the rain pattered against the win
And dim-discovered glow the Sabine hills, dows, and the storm roared and howled
And listening to the sea's monotonous shell,
ITALIAN SCENERY. round the little building, like the voice of
High on the cliffs of Terracina stands some demon of the winds, enraged at finding Night rests in beauty on Mont Alto. The castle of the royal Goth* in ruins. me cozily reinforcing the radical moisture, Beneath its shade the beauteous Arno sleeps
But night is in her wanc :-day's early flush instead of foundering in a flow-moss, or be- 10 Vallombrosa's bosom, and dark trees
Glows like a hectic on her fading cheek, wildered in some abominable « beal or cor. Bend with a calm and quiet shadow down
Wasting its beauty. And the opening dawn rie;" a consummation reasonably to have Still in the west, a melancholy smile Upon the beauty of that silent river.
With cheerful lustre lights the royal city,
Where with its proud tiara of dark towers, been expected from my original project of Mantles the lips of day, and twilight pale
It sleeps upon its own romantic bay. extending my day's march to Alpine. There Moves like a spectre in the dusky sky;
H. W.L. was no lack of conversation among us, for, While eve's sweet star on the fast-fading year not to mention the inspiring influence of Smiles calmly :-Music
steals at intervals
* Theodoric. Across the water, with a tremulous swell, John Barleycorn, a Yankee in the High- From out the upland dingle of tall firs, lands was a lion extraordinary to my com- And a faint fooi-fall sounds, where dim and dark
TO AN INDIAN SKELETON, BURIED AFTER panions, while, on my part, I had been long Hangs the gray willow from the river's brink,
THE MANNER OF HIS TRIBE.* enough alone to be glad to find any one O'er-shadowing its current. Slowly there who spoke a christian language, to whom The lover's gondola drops down the stream, Son of the woods! thy cradle was thy grave.
The air of heaven fanned thy infancy ;-
Or in its eddy sighs the rippling wave.
The atmosphere thy dwelling, the green leaves mouths were opened, as the man in the years,
Of a vast oak, gazing at all around, play says, for the agreeable things that In motionless beauty stands the giant oak, The sun, the moon, the calm and stormy heaven, popped out, and the pleasant liquor that Whilst those, that saw its green and flourishing Thy lullaby the hoarse wind and thunder, went in. But the merriest night, as well as
There thine eye grew keen, and thy fierce spirit Are the longest lane, must have an ending, and whose secret springs the star-light pale discloses,
gone and are forgotten. Soft the fount, Learned its wild trade of war. The night-dew fell
On thy young limbs, as on thy neighbour leaves ; after we had settled the state of the United Gushes in hollow music, and beyond
Not chilling, but refreshing them and thee. States, the British empire, and the world The broader river sweeps its silent way,
And when the morning sun upon thee shone, in general, to our satisfaction, we parted, Mingling a silver current with that sea,
The sparkling dews made thee a living crystal. at what hour this letter saith not, and re.
Whose waters have no tides, coming nor going. Time saw thee next in thy proportions fuli, tired to beds stuffed with heather, to dream, The halcyon flits, -and where the wearied storm
On noiseless wing along that fair blue sea Roaming the woods, thy earliest, latest home. as unshackled association might direct, of Left a loud moaning, all is peace again.
Son of the woods ! thy cradle was thy grave. the adventures of Baillie Jarvie or the mis
Thou wert the chieftain of thy tribe ; thy foot hap of Tam O'Shanter's mare.
A calm is on the deep! The winds that came Outsped the elk ; and thy dark, piercing eye O'er the dark sea-surge with a tremulous breath- Followed the eagle towards the sun ; thy bow
And mourned on the dark cliff where weeds grew The Indians, it is said, hang their infants in POETRY. rank,
rude baskets on the branches of trees, for repose And to the Autumnal death-dirge the deep sea and security, in their absence, while hunting or
Heayed its long billows,-with a cheerless song
It is said the tribes on the Columbia bury their Beautiful clond! with folds so soft and fair, Like a way-faring mourner. Silently
dead in coffins of bark, secured by thongs of skin, Swimming in the pure quiet air!
Up from the calm sea's dim and distant verge, and hung in the branches of high irees.
I could say