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ORIGINAL POETRY.

A LETTER TO MY COUSIN.

Yet there is joy in memory, coz,

If fancy hallows it;
And thou shin'st in my memory, coz,

Like the cross on some old minaret, Which glitters first in the morning sun,

And last in the evening light, And holy and calm ever rises up,

Like a dream in the dead of night.

'Tis thus that time flies on, sweet coz,

One month after another ;
And every month is like the past,

As a brother is to a brother. 0! very little variety, coz,

Is strew'd upon manhood's path ; Truth flings its pebble at Fancy, coz,

And she falls like Goliah of Gath.

With thee there is link'd for ever, coz,

The gladness my spring time knew, When the very mists look brighter, coz,

Than the heavens themselves now do;
Yet, though darker at length be my path, dear coz,

Still let my sand-glass run ;
From thee my heart catches a summer glow,
Like a cloud in the wake of the sun.

H. G. B.

OH! THE LITTLE WORLD WITHIN !

By Charles Doyne Sillery. Ou! the little world within us! Oh! the little world

within ! What is it, but a chaos wild of sorrow, care, and sin? I'm lost--within myself I'm lost-like water in the linnAnd the more I think, the more I sigh-Oh! the little

world within !

The skies wore the purple of summer, coz,

And the days were bright and long, And the streams ran prattling, merry things,

And the groves were alive with song, When last I heard the music, coz,

Of that golden voice of thine, Awaking feelings in my heart,

Which died, and made no sign. And now we have nothing but winter, coz,

With its wind, and mud, and sleet ; And people with noses as blue as plums,

And chilblains, and damp feet; And hazy gas-lamps glimmering, coz,

And dinners at half-past six, And hackney-coaches rattling, coz,

Through a forest of stones and bricks. And then there are evening parties, coz,

Where girls with curly hair Dance in a style that would make you smile,

If it did not make you stare ; And very polite young gentlemen,

In coats that are nicely cut, Simper a heartless compliment,

And through the apartment strut. And, of course, there are ices and negus, coz,

And tongues and chickens to boot, And jellies and creams innumerable,

And cheese-cakes and dried fruit;
And if you are very pressing, coz,

And have an engaging way,
Perchance some damsel will kindly squall

The ballad of " Alice Grey."

To-day I love most tenderly love even to perfect mad

ness, To-morrow hate all human kind, and brood in selfish

sadness; This hour I'm lost in rapture, but the next hour I begin To grow as cool and calm as Death-Oh! the little world

within !

At times I dare not strike the chords at others I'm al

song , Sometimes I deem that wrong is right--sometimes that

right is wrong ;I meditate so deeply, oft my brain begins to spin, And my very soul is sick with thought-Oh! the little

world within!

Now burning tears in torrents flow, yea, flow in perfect

rivers, Soon after, I could dash this world, with all its worthy,

to shivers : This moment, like a hare, I'm seized in pleasure's wily

gin, But the next my heart is pure and free-Oh! the little

world within !

Good Lord ! is this society, coz?

Are these the delights of life?
I wish from my heart I was buried, coz,

Or married to some old wife,
And living away on a far hill side,

With a garden, a cow, and a pig, And I only a simple cottar, coz,

With a Bible and Sunday wig.
O! better by far to have tranquil thoughts,

And wishes of narrow range,
Better to look on your own green glen,

And never to wish for change,
Than to feel the poverty of wealth,

The littleness of state,
And to turn with a smile of bitter scorn

From the nothings of which men prate.

Oh! the little world within us ! Oh! the little world

within! What is it, but a chaos wild of sorrow, care, and sin ? I'm lost within myself I'm lost-like water in the linnAnd the more I think, the more I sigh-Oh! the little

world within ! My Birth-day, 2d March, 1830.

SONG. On! blessing on her starlike een,

Wi' their glance o' love divine ! And blessing on the red, red lip,

Was press'd yestreen to mine!

Alas! there is many an hour, dear com,

When my heart grows sick and faint, And I gaze on the haggard face of life,

And view it without its paint; And deeply I feel how lonely it is

To have no one to feel with me; For they see me mingling with the rest,

And they judge but as they see.

Her braided locks, that waved sae light,

As she danced through the lofty ha', Were like the cluds on the brow o' night,

Or the wing o' the hoodie craw.

LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

Oh, mony a jimp an' gentle dame

In jewel'd pomp was there ; But she was first among them a',

In peerless beauty rare !

Her bosom is a holy shrine,

Unstain'd by mortal sin, An' spotless as the snaw-white foam

On the breast o' the siller linn.

Her voice-hae ye heard the goudspink's note

By bowery glen or brake?
Or listen'd ye e'er to the mermaid's lay,

By sea or mountain lake?

Hae ye dreamt ye heard i' the bowers o' heaven

The angels' melodie ? Or fancied ye listen’d the sang o' the spheres,

As they swung on their path on bie?

Far sweeter to me was her lay o' love

At the gloamin' hour yestreen ;
An' oh! were I king o' the warld wide,
I would mak' that maiden my queen.

W. W.

TO A PRIMROSE. FLOWER! thou art not the same to me

That thou wert long ago ;
The hue has faded from thy face,

Or from my heart the glow,-
The glow of young romantic thoughts,

When all the world was new,
And many a blossom round my path

Its sweet fresh fragrance threw; Thou art not what I thought thee then, Nor ever wilt thou be again.

We understand that James Ferguson, Esq. P.C.S. is at present busy with a work on the Law of Entail, in which he has taken many new and excellent views of the subject. Besides making his book a complete treatise of the law of entail, as it now stands, Mr Ferguson intends to add a full index of all the registered entails of Scotland. This he proposes to follow up by periodical reports of all the entails that shall be in future registered. A work of this kind will be a great Acquisition, for we have at present no index even of the already registered entails, except the very imperfect one of Shaw. The importance of publicity being given to every entail is known to all men of

business, and has been increased by the discussions respecting the necessity of a change in the entail laws.

There is in preparation a new edition, with additions, of the Life of Mary Queen of Scots, by Henry G. Bell. Upwards of six thousand copies of this work have already been sold.

Two remaining volumes of Burckhardt's Travels, which, in addi. tion to the three already published, will complete his works, are about to appear. The one will contain the result of his residence among those extraordinary people the Bedouins and Wahabys of Arabia ;-the other an account of the remarkable customs, manners, and opinions of the modern Egyptians, derived from their own proverbial sayings current at Cairo, where the author died.

Frederick von Schlegel's Philosophy of History, with an historical and critical notice of the author, and of German literature generally, by Francis Shulte, is in the press.

Partings and Meetings, a Tale, founded on fncts, is announced.

Letters on the Physical History of the Earth, addressed to Pro. fessor Blumenbach, by the the late J. A. de Luc, F.R.S. Professor of Philosophy and Geology at Gottingen, translated from the French, with a vindication of the author's clairs to original views in regard to some fundamental points in Geology, by the Rev. Henry de la Fite, M.A., is in the press.

It appears that the new President of the Royal Academy, Mr Shee, is not only a poet and a painter, but also a novelist, and one who, ale though hitherto anonymously, has taken a respectable rank among that class of writers. The production we allude to is a novel called Oldcourt; which has excited some attention for the last few months in literary circles.

Nothing but “ Memoirs," whether forged or real, will at present sell in Paris. In addition to the quantity of trash of this description lately published in that city, there has just been announced, Memoirs relating to the Emperor Napoleon, from the notes of M. Constant, his first valet de chambre (!), who was absent only for a space of eight days during sixteen years' personal attendance. M. de Bourrienne has portrayed the Emperor at the council-board and in the field ;M. Constant will introduce him in his night-gown and slippers, and will doubtless afford us an opportunity of judging whether the old adage is true, that "no one is a hero to his valet de chambre."

It is somewhat singular that the Netherlands should possess but one publication-and that one edited at uncertain periods which is devoted to the fine arts and sciences. It is called the Messager de Gand, conducted by De Bast and the members of the Society of Arts at Ghent: What is become of taste and vertu at Brussels, the capital?

ORIENTAL PAINTING.Our fair readers need not be told that this is a pleasing and elegint accomplishment, and has of late been finding much favour in their eyes. We have this week had an opportunity of examining a variety of birds, fruits, flowers, and butterflies, executed in this style by Miss Hepple, who has recently visited Edinburgh, and we are not aware that we ever saw the art carried to higher perfection than in the works of this lady. They are spoken of by an artist of some experience in the following terms :-" They are altogether unlike any thing I have seen done in this way, and I certainly had not before an idea that the art could be carried to such perfeetion : they are most beautiful.” We hope Miss Hepple will meet with the encouragement she deserves.

JAMES SHERIDAN KOWLES.-We would direct the attention of our readers to an advertisement in another page, intimating Mr Knowles's intention of speedily delivering a Course of Lectures on Dramatic Literature in this city. We feel confident they will attract that notice which the talents of the Lecturer so well entitle him to expect.

NEW MUSIC.-We have just received from Glasgow two new Songs of much merit," Ye're my ain," the words by J. S. Knowles, Esq. from the Literary Journal, arranged with symphonies and ac. companiments by J.T.May,-and" Anda, where art thou, my love ?" the words by Thomas Atkinson, adapted with symphonies and accompaniments to an Irish Melody by R. Webster. This song is to form a portion of “ The Shamrock," a collection of Irish Songs, and words to Irish Melodies, edited by Mr Weekes of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which will speedily appear.

Sir THOMAS LAWRENCE'S WILL.-Sir Thomas Lawrence states In his will, that his collection of drawings by the Old Masters are, he

It was a thing of wild delight,

To find thee on the bank,
Where all the day thy opening leaves

The golden sunlight drank,
To see thee in the sister group

That clustering grew together, And seem'd too delicate for aught

Save summer's brightest weather, Or for the gaze of Leila's eyesThou happiest primrose 'neath the skies !

I know not what it was that made

My heart to love thee so;
For, though all gentle things to me

Were dear long-long ago,
There was no bird apon the bough,

No wildflower on the lea,
No twinkling star, no running brook,

I loved so much as thee;
I watch'd thy coming every spring,
And hail'd thee as a living thing.

And yet I look upon thee now

Without one joyful thrill ;
The spirit of the past is dead,

My heart is calm and still ;
A lovelier flower than even thou art

Has faded from my sight,
And the same chill that stole her bloom

Brought unto me a blight,
'Tis fitting thou shouldst sadder seem,
Since Leila perish'd like a dream!

H, G. B.

season.

confidently believes, the finest in Europe, and worth twenty thousand menced within twelve months after the offence has been committed." pounds; but he directs them to be offered to “his most gracious It is evident that upon the passing of this bill, the dramatic writer Majesty for eighteen thousand pounds." In case of his declining to will be able to turn his labours to much better account than has hi. take them, they are to be offered to the British Museum, Mr Peel, and therto been the case. The King's Thcatre, Drury Lane, and Covent Lord Dudley, in succession; and if not purchased by either of those Garden, continue in statu quo ;-nothing new has taken place at any parties, are to be advertised in "all the capitals and principal cities of these houses. The affairs of Drury Lane are believed to be in any in Europe, for twenty thousand rounds, and afterwards sold by pub- thing but a flourishing condition ; and it is generally reported that Mr lie auction.”

Price, the present lessee, will retire at the end of the season.—Mis A FLOURISHING CONCERN.-A subscriber to a journal once remon.

Kemble's Mrs Beverly continues to attract overflowing audiences to strated with the editor on the lateness of the hour at which his paper

Covent Garden. When is this young lady to visit the provinces? was sent to him. “Sir," said the latter, "you are the only subscri

we are anxious to judge her for ourselves, apart from all the ridieuber who complains."-" Indeed !" "Yes, sir-you are the only sub

lous humbug which has hitherto attended her career.-Elliston, who scriber we have !"

has made and spent several fortunes, is now doing well at the Surrey SOCIETY FOR RELIEF OF THE DESTITUTE SICK.There is no

Theatre.--Kean has been seriously ill, but is now better; had it pot benevolent Institution in this city more entitled to public support cen for him, Drury Lane would have, ere now, been at a rery los than this. Its "Report" for the year 1829 has just been published, pass. --Miss Smithson's benefit in Dublin, a few evenings ago, was by which it appears that its expenditure has amounted to £1513, very thinly attended. She is to return immediately to Paris. Mac. Is. 11 d., whilst its receipts have only been £1156, 6s. 44d. There

ready and T. P. Cooke, are still there.-At Paris, Victor Hugo's is every reason, therefore, especially during the prevalence of the tragedy, called " Hernani," upon the Shakspearian, not the classical present distress, to call upon its friends for the exercise of an in

model, has been rapturously received.-Madame Catalani is at prs. creased liberality, else the resources of the Society will be more than sent giving concerts at Chalons.-Young took his benefit bere a exhausted.

Wednesday last. The entertainments were, "Cymbeline," " Blee CHIT-CHAT FROM LONDON.*-It is reported that Miss Landon is

Devils,” and “ Catherine and Petruchio.” The house was well atwriting a novel. This young lady is rather under the middle size ;

tended. On Thursday, a benefit was given in behalf of the usedher figure is slight, and her complexion very delicate. Though her

ployed poor. To-night, Vandenhoff appears for the last time this features are not regular, they are expressive and pleasing. She has

On Monday, we are to have Miss Fanny Ayton for three a fine brow, and quick sparkling eyes. She is fond of dancing, and

nights. She has not yet appeared in English opera in this city, and, excels in that accomplishment. The second number of Fraser's new

being a clever actress and a good singer, ought to attract; but who are Magazine is considered superior to the first. Excellent Dioramas,

the male creatures who are to sing with her ? Is Larkins one of Cosmoramas, and Panoramas, are now open, all of which are well

them? The new romantic drama, by the authoress of “ Aloyse," attended.-Tam O'Shanter and the Souter still continue to attract

will be brought out soon after the termination of Miss Ayton's ennumerous visitors. The Concerts and Oratorios have now com

gagement. Miss Jarman is to play the heroine ; and there are effc menced, at which Miss Paton and Donzelli seem to take the lead.

tive parts, we believe, for most of the other members of the company. A Masquerade was lately perpetrated in the Opera House, which,

The scene, we understand, is laid in Russia, and the incidents are though the papers say it went off with “ prodigious eclat,” was nei.

of a novel and picturesque description. There is, we think, every ther more nor less than a scene of riot and licentiousness. -Haydon

reason to believe, that, considering the decided success which at. has recently finished two large paintings, both of which he is now ex.

tended the first dramatic effort of this authoress, her second will be hibiting. The first is from a subject suggested by Plutarch, who says

still superior ; and we do not see why she should not ultimately rethat a certain Athenian, called Eucles, rushing from the battle of

deem the Edinburgh stage from the change of having no original Marathon, as soon as the victory was decided, ran, wounded and

writers of its own.--The Caledonian Theatre opened on Monday. exhausted as he was, to the city, and shouting, “ Hail! we tri

The house has been repainted, and looks neat and comfortable. The umph !" dropped instantly dead. The other is a comic piece, illus

acting, however, though the company has been strengthened, aptrating the peculiarities of “ Punch and Judy,” and their motley

pears, on the whole, mediocre enough; and the dancing indiffcredi group of spectators.-Mr Westmacott is delivering a course of Lec

But there are one or two good singers, especially a Mr Horncastke, tures on Sculpture, at the Royal Academy, which are received with

and a little fellow of the name of Edmunds, who sings " Black-eyed much satisfaction. The London University is at present in the very

Susan" belter than we ever heard it sung before. The orchestra is worst possible condition. The only classes which have at all suc

also much improved. First impressions are frequently erroneous, ceeded are the Medical, while the rest, including those for Mathema

but we confess ourselves a good deal surprised at the very strong lics, Natural Philosophy, Greek, and Latin, are almost at a stand.

terms of commendation in which this establishment is spoken of bry The general opinion is, that the funds have not been properly economized; but have been too prematurely squandered on an expensive

a respectable contemporary of Wednesday last, to the evident detri.

ment of the Theatre-Royal. We request the attention of OLD CEE. building, and in costly salaries.-A Monsieur Dupont is deliveringļa BERUS to this subject next Saturday, course of French Dramatic Readings, which are favourably received. -Mr Buchanan has recently opened a small Gallery of Paintings in

WEEKLY List oF PERFORMANCES.
Regent Street, many of which are from the celebrated collection of
Danoot at Brussels. Among other artists, the collection contains

March 6–12. works by Rubens, Teniers, Rembrandt, Titian, Wouvermans, Van

SAT. dyck, Albert Cuyp, and Richard Wilson.

The Jcalous Wife, He lies like Truth, $ The Savincibies. Things Worth KNOWING.-China was full of books before there Mon,

King Lear, of the Legend of Montrose. was a man in Europe who could either read or write. One of Ma

Tues. Othello, of Thc Wood Demon. hoinet's rules for securing happiness in the married state was this :

WED. “Wives, behave to your husbands in the same manner that your

Cymbeline, Blue Devils, & Catherine and Petruchio. husbands behave to you."-Some of the bridges of London are built, THURS. The Honey Moon, f The Youthful Queer. and some of the streets paved, with Scotch stone; there are excellent FRI. The Revenge, The Day After the Wedding, f The Dera's freestone quarries near Bath, but the expense of conveyance to Lon

Elxir, or the Shadowless Man. don by land is greater than from Scotland by sea.-The Athenians allowed no unmarried men to hold any public office.-The custom of breaking a cake over the bride's head, when she enters her hus. band's house, is borrowed from the Greeks, who, as an emblein of future plenty, poured figs and other fruits over the heads of both bride and bridegroom. The Greeks shaved their heads when they

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. wished to show respect to the memory of a great man.-A fluent We have reccived, but have not yet had time to read, the packet from speaker will pronounce 7200 words in an hour, 150 in a minute, and “A. L. M." of Aberdeen.—The same notice must do for the author two in a moment.

of " Reminiscences of School-days,” till next Saturday.-Anarticle, el Theatrical Gossip.The substance of Mr Lamb's bill for the ame which we have not availed ourselves, lies for "Proleus” at the Pub lioration of the laws regarding dramatic property is as follows :

lishers.--" W. T.” will observe the poem, a copy of which he sent “ That the author of any dramatic writing shall have the sole right us, in to-day's Journal ;-we are acquainted with the author's name, of representing it. That he shall preserve that right in any such but are not at liberty to mention it.-We cannot give a place to the production which shall be printed and published, or his assignees, for communication of “Observer," upon anonymous authority. Our 28 years, or, should the author survive that period, for the residue angry friend at Belfast will cool, we hope, by and by. of his natural life. Persons offending against these provisions to pay

Andrew the Packman,” by the Ettrick Shepherd, in our next. L. 10 for each representation, with costs of suit. An action to be com The following poems will not suit us:"Spring,"_"The Desert

Isle,”_" Lines addressed to my Heart,"--and Verses by * P. R. S."

A paragraph with this title will in future appear regularly among the “ Varieties,"

Notwithstanding the crowded state of our advertising columns, se are unavoidably obliged to postpone, till next week, the favours of several of our friends.

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LITERARY CRITICISM.

rise in that mixed spirit of jest and earnest, which is the

source of half the pleasures of cultivated minds. It is THE BANNATYNE CLUB.

peculiarly the characteristic of Britons to transact grave

affairs in a jesting manner, and to deliberate with a grave Menorials of George Bannatyne. 1845-1608. Printed brow over trifles. On the field of battle a jest is quickly at Edinburgh, 1829.

Printed for private distribution felt, and eagerly responded to, by our soldiery; in St Steamong the members of the Club exclusively.

phens, the house rings again at some sorry pun, even when Tae objects of the institution whose title we have pla- conflicting factions are lowering on each other in the utsed at the head of this article are, as expressed in the se most heat of angry excitement. While, on the other cond article of their laws, “ the printing and publication hand, the fashions of dress, the affairs of the table, the reof Works illustrative of the History, Literature, and An- gulations of our festive meetings, are canvassed with the tiquities of Scotland.” It was founded in 1823, by Sir gravity of Roman Censors. To us there is something Walter Scott. The number of members, which is limited excessively piquant in the idea of setting about our amuseto one bundred, is already full, and the list consists of ments with all the "pomp, pride, and circumstance," of state of the most distinguished names, both for rank and the most serious affairs of life ; and we are delighted when literature, in Scotland and England. On the last vacancy we see so grave a man as Sir Walter Scott, or, graver still, thai ecurred, the honour of admission was sought with Mr Thomas Thomson, anxiously canvassing which has an earnestness only to be equalled by the anxiety with the better claim to priority of publication, “ Robene and which our aristocracy move heaven and earth to obtain Makyne,” or “The Buke of the Howlat,” or “ The Palice an extrée into the Caledonian Hunt. The Bannatyne of Honour.” Club is, indeed, a sort of Secret Society, which holds forth Let us pot, however, deny for a moment that an espacaliar attractions—an assemblage of the noble and learned sential benefit is deducible from this species of intellectual of the land, affiliated for the avowed purpose of further- recreation. There are an immense number of books, ing the great object of publishing in private—if the phrase which, though interesting in the eye of the professed anbe as an Iricism. We think our readers will feel inte tiquary, simply because they are old, are valuable in the rested in any information we can give them concerning estimation of the philosophical enquirer, because of the tàis der sect, associated for a purpose rarely entertained strong light they reflect upon the character of the age in & any period of the world's history, but most rarely in which they were composed. Many of these works are GIF 0F1,—that of hiding their light under a bushel. too alien from our age's tastes and habits of thought, to

The Bannatyne Club, founded and constituted as already make it worth while to re-publish them, even were there the mentioned, derives its name from a worthy and pains-ta most distant prospect that the speculation could be otherking collector of old manuscript poems, "of whom more wise than ruinous to the undertaker. The public at large aron" The fund requisite for defraying the expense of would not so much as look at them. At the same time, Werks printed under the authority of the Club, is obtain the importance of these works to the historical student, ed by an annual contribution of five guineas from each the fact that many of them exist only in manuscript, or Thember. The works to be published are determined on that only one or two solitary printed copies have survived b a Committee, consisting of the office-bearers, and six the wreck of time, makes us naturally anxious that some zambers, two of whom go out annually by rotation. The better guarantee should be obtained for their preservation. Committee also regulates the number of copies to be print- | The peculiar taste of the Bannatyne Club, and the method tel Of these each member receives one copy, free of all it has taken for the acquisition of such rarities, appear adcharge, and the remainder are disposed of as donations to mirably calculated to ensure this object. It is, therefore, och libraries and private individuals as are approved of with no ordinary interest that we look upon the proceedby the Committee. It is further provided, that when ings of an association, which, in affording an elegant sists of such importance or magnitude are printed, as to amusement for its members' hours of relaxation, conduTender it expedient to extend their circulation beyond the ces also to the public benefit. Cab, it shall be in the discretion of the Committee to di. Nor let it be supposed that, when we speak of the transfu an extra impression to be thrown off, for sale, on a actions of the Bannatyne Club, as affording a relaxation paper differing in size and quality from the members' co to its members, we mean to represent them as the mere pics. It is also enacted, that if any member of the Club trifling of men of literary habits. Their catalogue of pubshall undertake to have printed, at his own expense, par- lications contains many valuable fragments of Scottish tralar works or tracts, relative to Scottish affairs, the History. Take, for example, their publications connected priater shall be furnished with the necessary supply of with the second half of the sixteenth century. There is, paper, made for the publications of the Club; it being un in the first place, a “ Discours particulier d'Escosse, ecrit derstood that each member shall receive one copy of every par Jacques Makgil et Jean Bellenden, 1559.” This **k or tract so printed. Lastly, there is a library at work contains an interesting account of the civil and jutached to the Club, for which there is retained a copy of dicial institutions of Scotland at that period, drawn up for trery work printed for the Club, whether out of the ge the use of Queen Mary, and her husband the Dauphin. neral fund, or at the expense of individual members. Then there is Mr Pitcairn's Criminal Trials, a work pub. From this pretty full abstract of the regulations of the lished under the auspices of the Club, which we have alCiab, the reader will easily perceive that it has had its ready noticed with approbation more than once. Next

comes

We see,

The Historie and Life of King James the Sext, afford of his poetical powers. The verses are a string of from 1566 to 1596;" and close upon that, “ Memoirs of extravagant conceits, setting forth his lady's beauties and Sir James Melville of Halhil, written by himself;" “ Les his own despair in a tone of frigid extravagance, which must Affaires du Conte de Boduel : l'an 1568 ;" and " Papers have astonished Isobel Mawchan, (his wife,) if to her they

are addressed. We are somewhat startled to hear that the relative to the marriage of King James the Sixth of Scot- lady's locks altogether resembled a bush burning in red land, with the Princess Anna of Denmark, A. D. 1589; fames, but without smoke; and scarcely less so, at finding and the form and manner of her Majesty's Coronation our Patriarch demanding for himself, as dead, an instant at Holyroodhouse, A. D. 1590.” These are documents and basty funeral, because Actæon had been slain by his relating to the history of the nation, and those who wield own fell dogs ;' since the position that George Bannatyne ed its destinies ; and in addition to these, “ The Diary of should forth with be buried, because Actæon was dead, seems Mr James Melville (minister of Kilrenny), 1556-1601,” to approach to what the learned Partridge called a non se shows us the condition and principles of those who moved Patron's head, for we find him next remonstrating with the

quitur. Actænn, we suppose, brought Adonis into our in the private ranks of life ; while another work, “ Des- boar for not slaying him, and calling as loudly for death a crittione del Regno di Scotia, di Petruccio Ubaldini, he had done for burial in the preceding stanza : (1588,)" lets us into the secret of the impression made up • O, thundering Boar, in thy most awful rage, on a foreigner by our ancestors' mode of life.

Why wilt thou not me with thy tuskis rive?" moreover, that the Club has in the press, “Memoirs of But our Members will probably themselves apprehend an the Affairs of Scotland, from 1577 to 1603; by David invasion of the thundering boar, if we proceed any farther Moysie.” Be it remembered, too, that these interesting in this subject.” and instructive documents, have been all of them effec Bannatyne's claim to our respect, and the worship of tively secured from perishing, and several of them brought his sons, does not, however, rest upon his own produeinto public circulation by what was nothing more than tions, but upon bis manuscript collection of Scottish poetry the employment of the leisure hours of a few gentlemen, —a work, to which we owe the preservation of much ra in the short space of three years. And this, moreover, is luable matter that must otherwise have perished. It car but a small portion of their labours. They have already tains upwards of eight hundred folio pages, neatly and printed thirty-eight separate works, and seven more are closely written, and is said to have occupied the trannow in the press. We are not aware that the Roxburgh scriber only three months ; " an assertion,” Sir Walter Club, which was the first institution of the kind in Great justly observes, “ which we should have scrupled to reBritain, (vide Dibdin's Bibliograph. Decameron,) and ceive upon any other authority than his own." A comwhose object was to give reprints of rare tracts, and li- plete index of its contents is appended to the Narrative, terary nuga, has yet printed any valuable book.

and portions of them continue to be printed at intervals It is time that we now turn to the “ Memorials of by the Club. Sir Walter Scott thus speaks concerning it: George Bannatyne” himself, a work which must be to

“ The labour of compiling so rich a collection was underthe members of the Club one of the most interesting they taken by the author during the time of pestilence in the have yet published. Old George, a beatified collector of year 1568, when the dread of infection compelled men to black-letter and ancient MSS., is the patron saint of the forsake their usual employments, which could not be coeClub, and, that all honour might be done him, his Life ducted without admitting the ordinary promiscuous inter. has been written by Sir Walter Scott himself, the founder period, when hundreds, finding themselves surrounded by

course between man and his fellow-men. In this dreadful and Grand Master of the Order of St Bannatyne. The danger and death, renounced all care for their safety, and book is composed in that grave sportive style, which we all thoughts save apprehensions of infection, George Ban. have ventured to set down as the characteristic of all the natyne had the courageons energy to form and execute the transactions of the Club; and shows old George to have plan of saving the literature of a whole nation; and, andisbeen well worthy of the honour which his antiquarian turbed by the universal mourning for the dead, and general

fears of the living, to devote himself to recording the trisuccessors have done him.

George Bannatyne, who is ascertained to have been umphs of human genius ;-thus, amid the wreck of all that somehow or other connected with the ancient family of Ben- which immortality is at once given to others, and obtained

was mortal, employing himself in preserving the lays by nauchtyne of Camys, in the Isle of Bute, was the seventh for the writer himself. His task, he informs us, had its diffichild of his parents, and was born on the 22d day of Fe- culties; for he complains that he had, even in bis time, to bruary, 1545. He does not seem to have entered upon contend with the disadvantage of copies, old, maimed, and active business before his twenty-seventh year. Sir Wal-mutilated, and which, long before our day, must, but for ter is shrewdly inclined to suspect that his hero acquired labour of procuring the originals of the works which be

this faithful transcriber, have perished entirely. The very a fortune by usurious practices, and labours hard to prove, transcribed must have been attended with much trouble and that, in the circumstances of the times, this infers nothing some risk, at a time when all the usual intercourse of life against his character. But surely this was a work of

was suspended; and when we can conceive that eren sa supererogation, for is it not established by a thousand le- simple a circumstance as the borrowing or lending a book of gends, that every saint worth a farthing must have been ballads was accompanied with some doubt and apprehension, a rogue at one period of his life? Be this as it may, and that probably the suspected volume was subjected to George Bannatyne died sometime between August, 1606, fumigation, and the precautions practised in quarantine. and December, 1608. Money-broker as he was, how- As, therefore, from the contents of the work in general, we

may conclude our Patron to have been both a good judge and ever, there were yet some softer points in old George's an energetic admirer of literature, we will not, perhaps be character. In illustration of this, we find the following too fanciful in deeming him a man of calm courage and unpassage in Sir Walter's narrative :

daunted perseverance, since he could achieve so heavy a la“ That which we love we usually strive to imitate; and bour at so inauspicious a period.” we are not surprised to find that George Bannatyne, the We trust that these extracts are sufficient to give some preserver of so many valuable poems, was himself acquaint- idea of the character of George Bannatyne, and to show ed with the art of poetry. Amid the various examples his peculiar claims to reverence at the hands of the memwhich he has compiled of the talents of others, he has obliged bers of an institution which we regard as one of the most the reader with two poems of his own. They are ballads,

tuned to his mistress's eyebrow ;' but even we, his child- valuable gems in the literary coronal of Edinburgh. ren, cannot claim for them a high rank amongst the pro. ductions of the Scottish muse, for the power of loving and Dialogues on Natural and Revealed Religion ; with a Preadmiring, with discrimination, the poetry of others, is very liminary Enquiry; an Appendix containing Supplefar from implying the higher faculties necessary to produce mental Discourses; and Notes and Illustrations. By it. The reader will, however, find these two specimens of

the Rev. Robert Morehead, D.D. F.A.S. E., &c. &c. our father George's amatory poetry in the Appendix; and may probably be of opinion, that our Patron showed himself Edinburgh. Oliver and Boyd. 1830. merciful in the sparing and moderate example which they Tuis is in many respects one of the most interesting

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