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Whose long progression leads to The surge and tempest, lighted by her Deity.
ray, Can mortal strength presume to soar And to a happier land wafts merrily on high!
away ! Can mortal sight, so oft bedimm'd with tears,
“And even where Nature loads the Such glory bear !—for lo, the shadows teeming plain fly
With the full pomp of vegetable store, From Nature's face; confusion dis- Her bounty, unimproved, is deadly appears,
bane : And order charms the eye, and harmony Dark woods and rankling wilds, from the ears!
shore to shore,
Stretch their enormous gloom ; which “In the deep windings of the grove, to explore
Even fancy trembles in her sprightliest The hag obscene and grisly phantom mood ; dwell ;
For there each eyeball gleams with Nor in the fall of mountain stream, or
lust of gore,
Nestles each murderous and each Of winds, is heard the angry spirit's monstrous brood, yell ;
Plague lurks in every shade, and steams No wizard mutters the tremendous
from every flood. spell, Nor sinks convulsive in prophetic "'Twas from Philosophy man learn'd swoon;
to tame Nor bids the noise of drums and The soil, by plenty to intemperance fed. trumpets swell,
Lo, from the echoing axe and thunderTo ease of fancied pangs the labouring ing flame, moon,
Poison and plague, and yelling rage Or chase the shade that blots the blazing are fled! orb of noon.
The waters bursting from their slimy
bed, “Many a long lingering year, in lonely Bring health and melody to every vale; isle,
And, from the breezy main and mounStunn'd with the eternal turbulence of
tain's head, waves,
Ceres and Flora, to the sunny dale, Lo, with dim eyes, that never learn'd | To fan their glowing charms, invite the to smile,
fluttering gale. And trembling hands, the famish'd native craves
“What dire necessities on every hand Of Heaven his wretched fare ; shivering Our art, our strength, our fortitude rein caves,
quire ! Or scorch'd on rocks, he pines from Of foes intestine what a numerous band day to day ;
Against this little throb of life conBut Science gives the word ; and lo, spire ! he braves
Yet Science can elude their fatal ire
A while, and turn aside Death's level From situation, temper, soil, and clime dart,
Explored, a nation's various powers Soothe the sharp pang, allay the can bind, fever's fire,
And various orders, in one form subAnd brace the nerves once more, and
lime cheer the heart,
Of polity, that, 'midst the wrecks of And yet a few soft nights and balmy days time, impart.
Secure shall lift its head on high, nor
fear "Nor less to regulate man's moral Th'assault of foreign or domestic crime, frame
While public faith and public love Science exerts her all-composing sway. sincere, Flutters thy breast with fear, or pants And industry and law, maintain their sway for fanie,
severe." Or pines, to indolence and spleen a prey,
(POETRY: ITS INFLUENCE AND DELIGHT.] Or avarice, a fiend more fierce than
But she, who set on fire his infant heart,
And all his dreams, and all his wanderFlee to the shade of Academus' grove,
ings shared Where cares molest not, discord melts
And bless'd, the Muse, and her celestial away
art, In harmony, and the pure passions
Still claim th' enthusiast's fond and prove
first regard. How sweet the words of Truth, breathed
From Nature's beauties, variously comfrom the lips of Love.
And variously combined, he learns to “ What cannot Art and Industry per
Those forms of bright perfection, When Science plans the progress of
which the bard, their toil?
While boundless hopes and boundless They smile at penury, disease, and
views inflame, storm;
Enamour'd consecrates to never-dying And oceans from their mighty mounds
fame. recoil. When tyrants scourge, or demagogues
O late, with cumbersome, though pompembroil
ous show, A land, or when the rabble's headlong
Edwin would oft his flowery rhyme derage
face, Order transforms to anarchy and spoil, Through ardour to adorn; but Nature Deep-versed in man the philosophic
To his experienced eye a modest grace sage Prepares with lenient hand their frenzy to
Presents, where ornament the second assuage.
Holds, to intrinsic worth and just de"' 'Tis he alone, whose comprehensive sign mind,
Subservient still. Simplicity apace
Tempers his rage ; he owns her charm He sleeps in dust, and all the Muses divine,
mourn, And clears th' ambiguous phrase, and lops He, whom each virtue fired, each grace th' unwieldy line.
Friend, teacher, pattern, darling of Fain would I sing (much yet unsung mankind! remains)
He sleeps in dust. Ah, how shall I What sweet delirium o'er his bosom
My theme? To heart-consuming grief When the great shepherd of the Man
resigned, tuan plains
Here on his recent grave I fix my view, His deep majestic melody 'gan roll :
And pour my bitter tears. Ye flowery Fain would I sing what transport
lays, adieu ! storm'd his soul, How the red current throbb'd his veins Art thou, my Gregory, for ever fled ? along,
And am I left to unavailing woe? When, like Pelides, bold beyond con- When fortune's storms assail this weary trol,
head, Without art graceful, without effort Where cares long since have shed strong,
untimely snow, Homer raised high to Heaven the loud, Ah, now for comfort whither shall I go? th' impetuous song.
No more thy soothing voice my anguish
cheers : And how his lyre, though rude her Thy placid eyes with smiles no longer first essays,
glow, Now skill'd to soothe, to triumph, to My hopes to cherish, and allay my complain,
fears. Warbling at will through each har- | 'Tis meet that I should mourn: flow forth monious maze,
afresh, my tears ! Was taught to modulate the artful
strain, I fain would sing :-But ah! I strive in
TO MR ALEXANDER ROSS. vain. Sighs from a breaking heart my voice O Ross, thou wale' of hearty cocks, confound.
Sae crouse and canty? with thy jokes ! With trembling step, to join yon weep Thy hamely auld-warld 3 muse provokes ing train,
Me for awhile I haste, where gleams funereal glare To ape our guid plain country folks around,
In verse and style. And, mix'd with shrieks of woe, the knells of death resound.
Sure never carle was half sae gabby, 4
E'er since the winsome days of Habby.5 Adieu, ye lays, that Fancy's flowers adorn,
4 Garrulous. The soft amusement of the vacant ? Brisk and cheery. 5 The Piper of Kil. mind !
Oh, mayst thou ne'er gang clung' or Yet we right couthily might settle shabby,
On this side Forth. Nor miss thy snaker ! 2 The devil pay' them with a pettle, 2 Or I'll call Fortune nasty drabby,
That slight the North. And say, Pox take her!
Our country leed 3 is far frae barren, Oh, may the roupe ne'er roust thy weason ! 3 'Tis even right pithy and auldfarren ;4 May thrist thy thrapple never gizzen !4 Oursels are neiper-like, 5 I warran, But bottled ale, in mony a dizen,
For sense and smergh;6 Aye lade thy gantry ! In kittle times, when faes are yarring, And fouth o' vivres, 5 a' in season,
We're no thought ergh.7 Plenish thy pantry!
Oh, bonny are our green-sward hows, Lang may thy stevin 6 fill with glee Where through the birks the burny rows, 8 The glens and mountains of Lochlee, And the bee bums, and the ox lows, Which were right gowsty? but for thee,
And saft winds rusle, Whase sangs enamour And shepherd-lads on sunny knows, Ilk lass, and teach wi' melody
Blaw the blythe fusle ! 9 The rocks to yamour. 8
'Tis true, we Norlans manna fa', Ye shak your head ; but, o' my fegs,9 To eat sae nice, or gang sae bra', 10 Ye've set auld Scota 1° on her legs, As they that come from far-awa'; Lang had she lien, wi' beffs and flegs "I
Yet sma's our skaith ; Bumbazed 12 and dizzie; We've peace (and that's well worth it a') Her fiddle wanted strings and pegs,
And meat and claith. Wae's me, puir hizzie !
Our fine new-fangle sparks, I grant ye, . Since Allan's '3 death, naebody cared
Gie puir auld Scotland mony a taunty ; For anes to speer how Scota fared ; They're grown sae ugertfu'll and vaunty, Nor plack 14 nor thristled turner 15 wared,
And capernoited, 12 To quench her drouth ; | They guide her like a canker'd 13 aunty, For, frae the cottar to the laird,
That's deaf and doited. We a' rin South.
Sae comes of ignorance, I trow, The Southland chiels indeed hae mettle, 'Tis this that crooks their ill-fa'r'd mou', 14 And brawly 16 at a sang can ettle ; 17 With jokes sae coarse, they gar fouk spew
For downright skonner;
For Scotland wants na sons enew
To do her honour.
12 Bamboozled. 3 Windpipe, throat.
13 Allan Ramsay. 4 Thy throat never 14 An old Scotch coin,
8 The streamlet rolls. parch.
value of a penny. 2 A stick for freeing the 9 Whistle. 5 Plenty of provisions. 15 Coins circulated by plough of earth.
10 Dress so fine. 6 Voice. the Earl of Stirling, 3 Tongue.
1 Squeamish. 7 Dreary. value about 2d. 4 Old fashioned.
12 Conceited. 8 Re-echo.
5 Neighbourlike. 13 Irritable. 9 Faith. 17 Attempt.
6 Nouse, brains. 14 Look with disdain. 10 Ross's Muse.
7 Backward from fear. (9)
I here might gie a skreed of names, The saucy chiels—I think they ca' them Dawties of Heliconian dames ::
Critics—the muckle sorrow claw them, The foremost place Gavin Douglas claims, (For mense' nor manners ne'er could awe That pawky priest ;
them And wha can match the first King James
Frae their presumption), For sang or jest? They need not try thy jokes to fathom,
They want rumgumption.” Montgomery grave, and Ramsay gay, But ilka Mearns an' Angus bairn Dunbar, Scot, Hawthornden, and mae Thy tales and sangs by heart shall learn, Than I can tell ; for o'my fae
And chiels shall come frae yont the CairnI maun brak aff:
a-mouth, right vousty, 3 'Twould take a live-lang summer day If Ross will be so kind as share in To name the half.
Their pint at Drousty.
ALEXANDER GEDDES was the son of he entered the Scots College at Paris, a small farmer in the parish of Rutheven, where, in addition to Latin, Greek, and in Banffshire, where he was born in Hebrew, he learned French, Spanish, 1737. His parents
Roman German, and Dutch, besides divinity Catholics. Geddes received his early and Biblical criticism. His early love education at a village school, and the of the Bible seemed to increase with his first book for which he showed a special ability to igate and compare it in partiality was the ordinary English the original languages; and the idea of Bible, the historical portions of which a new translation of it appears to have he is said to have committed to memory occupied his thoughts before his training by the time he had reached his eleventh was completed. year.
In 1764, he returned to Scotland, About this time the Laird, or pro- and was appointed as a priest in the disprietor of Arradowl, the estate to which trict round Dundee ; but on the invita
; his father's farm belonged, generously tion of the Earl of Traquair, he, in 1765, admitted young Geddes to share the became private chaplain in the Earl's instructions of a tutor which he kept for family, where he had every facility for the education of his family, and after continuing his studies. An unforeseen, wards got him into a free seminary for though not unnatural cause, however, the training of young Roman Catholics rendered his quitting the pleasant banks for the Church. At the age twenty-one
* Self-respect. 1 Pets of the Muses.