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to herself or family. A touch, a pressure of the hands, are But, thank Heaven! with or without stays, this country the only external signs a woman can give of entertaining a can boast of many a noble maiden, particular regard for certain individuals; and to lavish this valuable power of expression upon all comers, upon theim

“ Fitted to shine in courts, or walk the shade, pudent and contemptible, is an indelicate extravagance,

With innocence and contemplation join'd." which, I hope, needs only to be exposed to be put for ever out of countenance."-P. 132,

This is de trop. An innocent-hearted girl may shake History of Scotland. By Patrick Fraser Tytler, Esq. hands freely with every body; and, for Heaven's sake, F.R.S. E. and F.A.S. Volume III. Edinburgh. when she does shake hands, let it be, as often as possible, William Tait. 1829. 8vo. Pp. 398. cordially, and, to a certain extent, con spirito. There be certain young ladies, whose hands, when they come in Mr Tytler's work increases in interest as it proceeds. contact with yours, have all the cold lifelessness of an un- It indicates in its author a power of patient and wide reheated bunch of curling-irons, and who simply permit of search, conjoined with a mind which can elevate itself their receiving a listless shake, leaving behind with you above mere details, to grasp the complicated relations which for the next half hour, the disagreeable impression that run through the individual actions of an age or nation, you might as well have shaken the handle of a pump- connecting them into one great whole. well, the pendulum of a clock, or the long queue of an old

The present volume commences with the accession, in navy-officer. Give us, on the contrary, the firm, but 1371, of the House of Stewart to the Scottish throne, in gentle and speedily-withdrawn pressure of the warm the person of Robert II., grandson, by the mother's side, of and rosy fingers, which communicates a thrill of frank the Bruce ; and carries on the history to the murder of and harmless pleasure to the whole frame, and which James I. in 1437. The period is by no means a cheering says, more expressively than words, “ I entertain that portion of our story. We can trace in it that undue power friendly and benevolent feeling towards you, which it is of the aristocracy which was the Curse of Scotland for so my nature to entertain for all my fellow-creatures." many years, in footsteps of blood. The barons obtained

In making these remarks, we cannot for a moment be no small accession of consequence when Bruce, in his understood as wishing to encourage the slightest degree of contests against England and the Pope, was forced to rest undue familiarity, either towards equals, or, much less, to- his title to the crown of Scotland almost exclusively on wards inferiors. So far from this, we hold a becoming the choice of the nobility. Their consciousness of their dignity and reserve to be one of the most important attri- own strength increased during the troubled reign of Bruce's butes of the female character ; and there is no part of the son, David II. But it reached its height when Robert whole book before us with which we more heartily agree, II., who had formerly ranked as one of themselves, was than with the sentiments contained in the following para- promoted to the throne. Robert was of too advanced an graphs :

age to repress with sufficient energy this domineering

spirit ; and his son was, from the first, of too feeble a THE IMPORTANCE OF RESERVE.

character to oppose to it any more active resistance. The “ This sentiment of order in the mind, this conviction of ambition of Albany co-operated with the lawless spirit of the beautiful harmony in a well-organized, civil society, the nobles to wrest power for a while from the hands of gives us diguity with our inferiors, without alloying it with its legitimate owner-a circumstance which only added the smallest particle of pride ; by keeping them at a due dis- fuel to a flame already burning too high. Through the tance, we merely maintain ourselves and them in the rank influence of the wayward spirit thus engendered, and the in which a higher power has placed us ; and the condescen- yet more fatal effects of his own irrascible temper, it was sion of our general manners to them, and our kindnesses in rendered impossible, even for the high talents of the first their exigencies, and generous approbation of their worth, are sufficient acknowledgments of sympathy, to show

that James, to restore lawful and efficient government to the we avow the same nature with themselves, the same origin, country, His life was the forfeit of the bold attempt. the same probation, the same end.

Yet we cannot help feeling impressed, while perusing “Our demeanour with our equals is more a matter of Mr Tytler's pages, with the savage grandeur of many of policy: To be indiscreetly familiar, to allow of liberties be- the personages whom we find acting their parts in the ing taken with your good-nature; all this is likely to happen troubled drama. Archibald the Grim is well known to with people of the same rank with ourselves, unless we hold all readers of Scottish history. But we frankly confess our mere acquaintance at a proper distance, by a certain re that this man of iron interests us little, when compared

A woman may be gay, ingenuous, perfectly amiable to her associates, and yet reserved. Avoid all sudden inti- with the two darker and more subtle spirits, Albany, the macies, all needless secret-tellings, all closeting about non- usurping uncle of James I., and Robert Graham, his sense, caballing, taking mutual liberties with each other in murderer. There is, no doubt, much that is revolting in regard to domestic arrangements; in short, beware of fami- the unfeeling policy of the former ; and we have already liarity! The kind of familiarity which is common in fami- observed, that the necessity his ambition imposed of conlies, and amongst women of the same classes in society, is ciliating the nobles, had a great share in fostering their that of an indiscriminate gossiping; an interchange of thoughts, without any effusion of the heart. Then an unce- lawless spirit; yet there were redeeming traits in the remonious way of reproaching each other for a real or sup- character of Albany. He clung with a desperate grasp posed neglect ; a coarse manner of declaring your faults; a to the devotional feelings of his age, rude as many of these habit of jangling on trifles; a habit of preferring your own were ; and when we find him on the battlements of Edinwhims or ease before that of the persons about you; an in- burgh Castle, on a bright moonlight night, holding high delicate way of breaking into each other's privacy ; in short, converse with his companions regarding the phenomena doing every thing that declares the total oblivion of all po- of the heavens and their causes, we forget the usurper in liteness and decent manners."- Pp. 163, 4.

the philosopher. So is it with Grabam, relentless though We must now bring our remarks upon this work to a his hatred was, and unpardonable the crime that it led close. As we have already said, it is one which may him to commit; still there is something in his fearless with safety and advantage be put into the hands of a young ness on all occasions, in the scrupulous anxiety with which lady. It treats of many points to which we have not ad- he always strove to reconcile bis actions to his own noverted, and even enters upon certain mysteries of female tions of law an: honour, and in his dying declaration to costume, concerning which we should scarcely deem it his executioners, that, should the tortures they inflicted lawful for any male animal to give an opinion. The chap-tempt him to blaspheme, he laid the loss of his soul to ter on the use of stays should be read with attention ; for, their charge,—there is something in all this that bends though we do not look on corsets with the same horror us to an unwilling respect. It is such a mingling of apthat some folk do, we certainly conceive them to be less parent inconsistencies, that convinces us the likeness of the conducive to health than any other part of female apparel Godhead, originally stamped upon man, is indelible, even


in his wildest aberrations. Were it not for the recurrence true genius. It by no means follows that he who rashly of this belief, the perusal of history would not only be the ventures to draw aside the awful veil from the hidden most painful, but, at the same time, the most deadening mysteries of nature, was born a Milton. exercise for the heart of man.

What we like to see well delineated in poetry, is all the Nor are the whole details of this period of so tragic a varying shades of human passion, as called into existence strain. The ample materials provided by Mr Tytler by circumstances of probable and not infrequent occurshow, that amid this seeming chaos, the work of civilisa- rence. He who attempts to write a long poem concerntion was going noiselessly but steadily on. Many facts ing a universal flood, or plague of so horrible a descriptend to prove, that industry and wealth were advancing. tion that none could escape its influence, takes up so unIt was during this period that the first attempt was made wonted a position, and must revel in conceptions so foreign to found a University in Scotland ; and it is from the to all natural associations, that there are ten chances to enactments of James I. that we date soine of the most one against bis producing a poem that will be read with important features of the Scottish constitution.

interest. And if it be not read with interest, you may After all, however, the most novel and interesting por- depend upon it there is something wrong about it,—there tion of this volume is the disquisition which Mr Tytler are many chords of the human heart that it has not has appended to it, respecting the fate of Richard II. of touched, it is cold and artificial. We recollect we obEngland. We frankly confess, that he has not succeeded jected to the “ African” by Mr Moore, that the author in convincing us that the view he has taken of the mat- took greater delight in describing the stern conflict, or ter is correct; but we should be the last to refuse to him overboiling desire for revenge, than the gentler and more the high merits of candour and patient investigation. abiding emotions of the bosom, which so beautifully reOur own opinion, however, is, that, taking the evidence lieve the severity of the others. Unless a writer have a on this question, as it is stated by Mr Tytler himself, the quick perception of these softer graces of composition, we authorities for believing the death of Richard at Ponte in general despair of bis ever rising very high in the refract are too strong to be overturned by the testimony gions of the true sublime. How exquisitely does Shakoffered of his subsequent appearance in Scotland. The speare know how to modify and alternate his style ! and frequent reports of his escape in England, we regard how easily does Byron pass from the pinnacle of grandeur merely as signs of the unsettled state of men's minds at into the very bosom of domestic quiet! We do not, of the time.

course, expect to see Mr Dugald Moore writing like either A press of matter of more immediate interest, prevents Shakspeare or Byron ; but we wish him, if possible, to us from entering fully into the discussion at present; come a little more within the sphere of human sympabut we propose taking an early opportunity of reverting thies,—we wish him to be a little less magnificent, and to it.

a little more at home. There is, no doubt, something

imposing in many of the subjects he has chosen ; but, if Scenes from the Flood; The Tenth Plague, or the First- we are not mistaken, the best part of their poetry will

not unfrequently be found in their title. Thus we bave born of Egypt smitten ; and other Poems. By Dugald Moore, author of " The African,” &c. Glasgow. Ro- « The Fossil Skeleton of the Mammoth,"_" The Dying

“ The Last Peak,"-" The Vulture of Caucasus,”— bertson and Atkinson. 1830, Pp. 213.

Patriarch,” __“ The Tenth Plague, or the first-born of When we reviewed Mr Moore's former volume, we Egypt smitten,” _“ The Sailor's last Huzza,"_" Death said as much of its merits, and as little of its faults, as on the Pale Horse, "

“ The first Star," “ The Flight possible. We saw that he possessed talents far above his of the last Spirit,". “ The Vessel of the Dead," and opportunities, and we were anxious to foster them into many others, each of which, we suspect, necessarily conmaturity. We must not pursue exactly the same course sists of the amplification of one good idea. Where other in speaking of his second production ; we must be more extraneous ideas are introduced, they are vague and unsachary of our praise, and less scrupulous in our blame. tisfactory, and though their apparent magnitude may at We consider this new volume as much upon a par with first surprise, it will be found that they want substance. its predecessor ;-we should have been glad to have per- In the “ Tenth Plague,” for example, we have the folceived a marked and evident improvement. We believe lowing passage descriptive of Death, which, to say nowe have already stated, in the first volume of the Lite- thing of its ungrammatical construction, appears to us, tary Journal, that what we principally like in Mr Moore's whatever it may do to Mr Moore, not a little bombastic: style is, that it always aims at being strong and vigorous, “ Meantime, far journeying from his realms of night, and seldom or dever degenerates into that maudling sen- Death swept the dread immensity of space, timentality which weak and commonplace minds sup-By dim and dead annihilated worlds, pose to be synonymous with poetical feeling. To this re- Old systems, which his arm of old had smote, mark, however, we have now to add, that there is consi- Whose sunless fragments, and disjointed forms, derable monotony in Mr Moore's mode of thinking, and in thunder rolld around him.--and by stars that there is a want of flexibility in his versification, Nor shake his dart above them, for they beam'd

Which he durst not o'ersbadow with his wing, wbieh gives it rather a hard and harsh tone. He is con- Pure and unspotted in the sight of God, tinually seeking for ideas more lofty and farther fetched At last alighted on earth's heavy clouds : than usual, and so far the ambition is an honourable one; Aloft the giant like a mountain stoodbut when the exertion of straining after such ideas be- A mountain of tall fame, whose sulphury crest comes apparent, they cease to afford the reader the same

Illumes a continent.” pleasure. Besides, Mr Moore seems to us rather to Mr Moore delights in these generalities and vaguecatch high ideas from the subjects he selects, than to be He is not only very great upon Death, but upon able to impart them to his subject out of his own stores. the conqueror of Death, of whom he frequently speaks in This is a very common expedient with minds somewhat some such terms as these : deficient in innate sensibility, and it is well calculated to

“ Meantime, the Eternal, sitting on his throne," &c. deceive for a time the unskilful. Martin paints the Deluge, and his black and fiery masses, heaped inch-thick Or,

Robert upon the canvass, are applauded to the echo.

" the voice

Of the Eternal echoed thus through space,” &c. Montgomery, the young man whose pretty face forms the frontispiece to his volume, writes about the “Omni- We cannot say that we altogether approve of a journeypresence of the Deity," and some critics immediately de- man-printer in Glasgow talking thus familiarly of the clare that he is among the most sublime of Britain's Most High. We seriously advise him, at least for some bards.

But such expedients as these are not the test of time to come, to be less ambitious. We doubt that he


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will ever be a poet of acute feeling or very delicate senti “The captive monarch heard the strain ment; but were his style less inflated, it would be more

In melting echoes roll, vigorous, and were it less strained, it would be more

And thoughts of early hours again, natural.

Like sunshine cross'd his soul;

His fetter'd limbs, the dungeon's cell, Though we have spoken thus sharply regarding Mr

Sank in his brain before the spellMoore's poetry, we do not, by any means, wish to con

The dream of life's young day! vey an impression that we have changed our opinion as He seized the harp with sounding thrill, to his being a man of talent. This he unquestionably is; Through woe bis sole companion still, and although the unfavourable circumstances under which

And sung that island lay. it was produced, will scarcely now-a-days serve as an excuse for a mediocre book, yet these, taken in connexion

“ That song, his spirit's burning prayer,

Rollid on its cloudy track; with the acknowledged ability which his volume dis

The vulture heard it in the air, plays, convince us that Mr Moore is entitled to a place

And scream'd its echoes back : far above the unknown herd. We have selected for Alone the captive warrior stood, quotation two of the minor poems, which we do not dis Harping in his dark solitude, like the more that they are written in a less lofty strain

While to his memory's eye than many of the others :

His own green valleys rose anew

His heathy hills, their streams of blue,

Flash'd in their beauty by.
“ King of the frozen deep!

“ The sky was calm, the clouds had met, Hast thou sought out a calmer sphere to die,

Day's last rays had gone down; And left thy old and icy birth-place, where

'Twas deep midnight, but she had set The sun ne'er woo'd the glacier on the cliffs: 1

Each bright star in her crown! Of thy dark dwelling ? Couldst thou not breathe out

The minstrel heard the notes that rang, Thy long existence of a thousand years

He knew 'twas England's King that sangWhere kindred kings might cheer thee, and the winds,

To England's shore he hied. The howling blasts that nursed thee, have lull'd

His people heard his fate ; that strain, Thy mighty heart to slumber with their songs

From Europe's mightiest, broke the

chain, of desolation? Thou 'hast wander'd long

And saved an empire's pride !"Pp. 211-12.
Through thy cold empire of eternal ice;
And thou, perchance, hast seen the frozen wreck

Against one thing we have to warn Mr Moore,—the Chain'd on the billows, and her hardy crew

over-charged praise of ignorant or injudicious friends. Glued to the lifeless deck—and thou hast dasb’d, Nothing is more fatal to a person of rising genius. It As if in mockery at thy weak foe,

engenders the most mistaken notions of one's own powers, The freezing spray into his bloodless face!

and 'is sure to establish the belief that impartial critiAnd thou hast rolld, the monarch of the deep, too,

cism is neither more nor less than most unjustifiable seProud in thy giant strength, flinging in scorn The trembling waters from thy glassy sides,

verity. Mr Moore may depend upon it that he has Dashing and diving, in thy fearful play;

much yet to do before, achieving a lasting or valuable reDown, down, amid thy chambers, inighty one,

putation. When he next comes before the public, we are Thy wrath has lash'd the ocean to a storm,

of opinion that he ought to eschew all sacred or highHurling the floating palaces of man,

flowri subjects, and rather rest the groundwork of his Like bubbles, to destruction! Ay, dread thing, poem upon some of the dignified and interesting incidents Though thou hast ruled the sea, ah ! now thou find'st

of history. He will thus be more likely to awaken the A waveless tomb for thy huge skeleton, In regions where thy sway was never known ! in

sympathies of his reader, and at the same time have abun. The deep, with his blue fioods, that cradled thees. dance of scope for the indulgence of his own peculiar The storms that bore thee on thy rolling course, vein of thought and expression. Should, at the last, have inade thy sepulchre ! Thy vast remains are not akin to earth, Trod only by the feet of pigmy man; The little things that breed and moulder there

The History of the University of Edinburgh; chiefly comAre not companions for a king like thee!,

piled from original Papers and Records, never before But the great dwellers of the mighty deep

published. With an Appendix, containing an Account The squally tempests—and the thunder's roar,

of different Institutions connected with the University. That charm'd thee in thy childhood, and the caves, By Alexander Bower, Author of the Life of Luther. Brush'd only by the wild fins like thine own,

Vol. III. Edinburgh. Waugh and Innes. 1830. Should be at last thy tomb- and all its mates,

8vo. Pp. 384. Storms, waves, and darkness-the dread visitantsTo howl the music of the hurricane

The two first volumes of Mr Bower's History of our Above thee in thy sleep."-Pp. 152, 3.

University, are known as containing a great deal of cuOur other extract is entitled

rious and useful information regarding its constitution,

its foundations, its progress, and its laws. They bring RICHARD I., SURNAMED CEUR DE LION.

the narrative, however, down only to the year 1756, so [The discovery of the captivity of Richard I. is said to that the third volume, now published, which extends have been made by a poor French minstrel, who, playing from that date to the present day, embraces the most inupon his harp near the fortress in which the captive mo- teresting period of all. Its contents consist chiefly of narch was confined, a tune which the King was fond of, biographical notices of the eminent Professors, now dewas answered by Richard from within, who,

with his harp, ceased, who not only sustained the reputation of the se played the same tune, and thus discovered the place of his minary, but ranked among the principal literary and confinement.]

scientific characters of the last age. These Memoirs con“ His conquering sword had lost its shine tain an account of twenty-nine different Professors, among His proud and eagle plume,

whom are Robertson, Black, Blair, Hope, both Gregorys, Which waved so oft o'er Palestine,

Ferguson, Dugald Stewart, Robison, Playfair, Finlayson, Droop'd in the dungeon's gloom

Brown, Dalzel, Tytler, and Christison. In preparing Barr'd from the millions of his fame, He pined—when, lo! one eve there came

his biographical notices of these celebrated individuals, Mr A bard, with tuneful hand,

Bower procured access to many original materials ; and And play'd beneath his grated tower,

“ in order that no mistakes might be committed, and that In twilight's lone departing hour,

the information which the work contained might be as A song of his far land !

authentic as possible, the different narratives were sub


mitted to the near relations of those of whom an account “ Having delivered two courses without any other emois given, when they could be discovered.”

Jument than wbat be derived from the honoraries of his Having perused this volume with care, we consider it students, his lectures excited so great interest, that upon ap

plication being made to his Majesty, he was induced to enwell entitled to public attention, and as completing, in a dow the professorship of Rhetoric, and Dr Blair received satisfactory manner, the task undertaken by Mr Bower. his commission upon the 21st of July 1762, and was forThe Memoirs of the various Professors are written in a mally admitted upon the subsequent 4th August. candid and liberal spirit ; and the style, without being “ Macpherson bad published the celebrated Poems of particularly ambitious or redolent of graces, is easy and Ossian, which have occasioned so much controversy. Dr flowing. As it is impossible for us to attempt any ab- Blair vindicated their authenticity. A host of eminent stract of the diversified materials of which the book con- critics, however, either doubted on the subject, or declared sists, we prefer selecting, as a favourable specimen of the their disbelief. He published a Critical Dissertation on

the Poems of Ossian,' and this was his first publication. anthor's talents, the following biographical sketch of the Whatever opinion may be formed of the matter in dispute, celebrated Dr Blair :

It cannot be denied that the Doctor has discovered great

critical acumen, whilst, at the same time, it affords an ex. MEMOIR OF DR HUGH BLAIR. “ The Rev. Dr Hugh Blair was for many years a dis

cellent specimen of very elegant composition.

“ In 1777, he transmitted to London the MS. of a volume tinguished ornament of the University, and certainly con- of Sermons, with the design of committing them to the tributed as much as any of his contemporaries to the literary reputation which it has attained. He was a native of press. The bookseller, after keeping it for some time, wrote Edinburgh, and born in April, 1718. His father held an Sermons had been submitted to Dr Johnson for his opinion,

a letter to him, discouraging the publication. One of these office in the excise, and, if we are not in a mistake, he was and after the unfavourable letter had been sent off, the bookat only child. After going through a regular course at the seller received a note from Jobnson, in which were the fol. High School of the city, he entered the University. Little lowing words : I have read over Dr Blair's first Sermon is mnown of his early history. Having attended the lite- with more than approbation; to say it is good, is to say too rar; classes, what was customary in those days at the con- little. The volume was then published, for which the cluson of the curriculum, he took the degree of A.M. Be- author received L.50. Its sale was uncommonly rapid and ing lesigned for the church, he enrolled his name in the extensive. His publishers generously presented him, in a Dirnity Hall

, and having
delivered the requisite discourses short time, with fifty pounds

more. These Sermons were with approbation, he was proposed to the presbytery as a of essential advantage to him in another respect. The tracandi ate for license to preach. We are not informed how gical riots in London in 1780 are well known, in consewas in 1742 he received a presentation from Mr Johnstone quence of a bill being introduced into Parliament for the of Lat risk to the church of Colessie, in the presbytery of

relief of Papists. At that hazardous period, it was thought

proper that Lord Chief Justice Mansfield should be at WindCupar and synod of Fife. Here he remained only for a sor, to advise his Majesty, as the critical situation of public short tine, being translated to be one of the ministers of affairs might require. During that time, he read to the the Canngate of Edinburgh.

Queen one of Dr Blair's Sermons, with which she was so “ Preious to the building of the North Bridge, which was much delighted. as to settle ou the author an annual penbegun in 763, and was the immediate cause of the city of sion of L.200 sterling. He afterwards published a second Edinburh being extended northwards, the Canongate might volume, for which he received L.200, and again a third, have beenralled (as it was before the Union) the court end when the booksellers at once offered 1.600 for the copyright. of the town. The most genteel and respectable families in Hardly any volumes of Sermons bave been so successful, not the city inabited it, and, of course, attended the parish only in Great Britain, but throughout Europe and Amechurch. I was here that Mr Blair might be said to make rica. his debut. le very soon attracted notice as a preacher, and “ Being now considerably advanced in years, he, with the his fame qukly spread. The correctness and elegance of concurrence of the patrons, and at his own desire, was perhis discourse from the pulpit were much admired. The mitted to retire from the exercise of his duty as Professor. magistrates o Edinburgh speedily gave him a presentation He immediately set about revising and preparing for the to Lady Yest-'s Church, and in 1758 he was removed to the collegiate targe of the High Church. A circumstance press those Lectures he has delivered in the College, for the

long period of twenty-eight years, with such' unbounded took place on his occasion, which deserves to be mentioned, applause. This he accomplished, and received for them as it showed thopinion of the public respecting the supe-L. 1500 sterling. These Lectures have been long before the riority of his tauts as a preacher. It is well known, that public, and are universally admitted to contain the most juuntil of late yea, there were only two churches in the city Licious and best digested system, respecting the different which were sine charges. These were the New Grey subjects connected with polite literature, which have ever Friars, and Lad Yester's. The common practice was, been given to the world. upon a vacancy tang place in any of the collegiate charges,

• Dr Blair's health had been on the decline for a considerthat the clergymawho had been first inducted to one of able time before his death. Though unable to appear in the the single charges, -as immediately preferred. . Now it so pulpit, and confined for months to his bedroom, he retainhappened, that the te Rev. Mr Lundie ought to have been ed his faculties to the last; and was preparing another vapromoted, if seniorit as an Edinburgh minister were to be lume of Sermons, when he died, 27th December, 1800, in regarded. The popurity and high reputation of Mr Blair, the eighty-third year of his age. This volume has been however, induced thtown-council to make a new prece- since published. dent, and passing over Lundie, they presented him. “ About the same ne the University of St Andrews features were remarkably regular, and he was particularly

“ The Doctor's appearance was much in his favour; his conferred upon him thlegree of Doctor of Divinity: He attentive to dress. He had never cultivated oratory as a prakprobably solicited this, ith the view of its being a favour-tical art, and never could be prevailed upon to be Moderator able introduction to whi he seems to have early projected, of the General Assembly, and took no share in the debates delivering a course Lectures on Rhetoric and the of that venerable court." Independently of a very strong Belles Lettres. He was pointed Professor of Rhetoric provinsial

accent, his elocution was but indifferent from a mencement of the session, accordingly began his labours. amiable and friendly dispositions, and was ever ready to

“ The reading a course o was not altogether a new idip Edinburgh. The celebra: the opportunity of submitting their works to him, in order

ectures on the Belles Lettres, encourage men of genius. His literary friends always took ted author of the Wealth offations had done so in 1748 to have the benefit of his criticisms. They relied upon his and the following years, "er the patronage of Lord candour, judgment, and taste.

In short, he held the very Kames. What was Dr Smit success, seems to have been first rank among the literary characters of the present day.” forgotten ; but Dr Blair was tronised by all persons of —P. 12-17. taste and literature in Edinbuy. He entered upon the task with very favourable ausph He was a professor in the University, and his fame as reacher was no slender

An Appendix is added, which contains a good deal of recommendation. He was genery known also as an ele important information, embracing, among other subjects, gant scholar, and as one who had d great attention to the the University Library and Museum, the Botanic Garelements of criticism, and the priples of literary com- den, the Infirmary, the Lying-in Hospital, the Public position.

Dispensary, the Royal Medical Society, the Speculative



Society, and General Reid's bequest for the endowment more would have been sold, especially as the name is atof a Professorship of Music.

tractive, and the contents interesting.

There are three little poems, all of which have already

appeared in print; but which, for their intrinsic excelA Portrait of John the Baptist ; or, an Illustration of his lence, we wish to transfer to our pages. The first is en

History and Doctrine. ' By Henry Belfrage, V.D. titled
Minister of the Gospel, Falkirk. Edinburgh. Wiliiam
Oliphant. 1830.

By Thomas Haynes Bayley.
THERE is no tendency more apparent at present, than “ The bridal is over, the guests are all gone,
a desire to publish religious memoirs founded on the The bride's only sister sits weeping alone ;
most absurd events, and filled with the most extravagant The wreath of white roses is torn from her brow,
and disgusting details. In truth, this species of religious And the heart of the bridemaid is desolate now.
hypocrisy becomes every day more and more intolerable. It
is principally exhibited, we are sorry to confess it, amongst And then led her forth with affectionate pride ;

“ With smiles and caresses she deck'd the fair bride, the female part of the community—and that, too, not ex- She knew that together no more they should dwell, clusively amongst old maiden aunts or dotard grand-dames, Yet she smiled when she kiss'd her, and whisper'd farewell. but even amongst the young, the beautiful, and what we had hitherto deemed the intelligent portion of woman- Nor send her sweet sister in sadness away:

“ She would not embitter a festival day, kind. We cannot, in fact, make a forenoon's call, with- She hears the bells ringing—she sees her departout the fear of being involved in a lengthened discus- She cannot veil longer the grief of her heart. sion on predestination, justification by faith, or some of the other Lutheran and Calvinistic points

and with- “ She thinks of each pleasure-each pain that endears ! out hearing simpering Mademoiselles whine, about what The gentle companion of happier years ; they term prevailing heresies, in the most pathetic lan-The wreath of white roses is torn from her brow, guage and most doleful imagery ever engendered by fana- And the heart of the bridemaid is desolate now.' tical cant, or sickly seritimentalism. Each little coterie, The next is some lines by Campbell : too, has its peculiar standard of theology; for while some, in the profundity of their ignorance, reprobate the dry morality of Blair, or the turgid declamation of Chalmers,

TO EDWARD LYTTON BULWER, ON THE BIRTH OF HIS CHILD. others appeal to the Memoirs of that inestimable specimen

By Thomas Campbell. of modern conversionists, Miss Isabella Campbell, as re “ My heart is with you, Bulwer, and pourtrys presenting Christianity in the most winning and attrac The blessings of your first parental days; tive light. We hate quackery in every thing, especially To clasp the pledge of purest, holiest faith, in religion ; and we cannot on any occasion tolerate an

To taste one's own and love-born infant's brath, intermeddling spirit, particularly on Christian polemics.

I know, nor would for worlds forget the blis;

I've felt that to a father's heart that kiss, The evil is sufficiently great when confined to private

As o'er its little lips you smile and cling, backbiting associations, but it becomes more dangerous Has fragrance which Arabia could not brig. when the press is made the instrument for promulgating Such are the joys, ill mock'd in ribald son, the most loathsome lucubrations.

In thought, e'en fresh'ning life our lifetive long, We may revert, ere long, to this topic; but in the mean That give our souls on earth a heaven-down bloom; time, we have much pleasure in exempting the work now

Without them, we are weeds upon a toub. before us from the general censure. It delineates the

Joy be to thee, and her whose lot with hine character of one whose elevated sanctity, indefatigable

Propitious stars saw Truth and Passio twine !

Joy be to her who, in your rising narr, zeal, and generous self-denial, are well calculated to in

Frels love's bower brighten’d by the bums of Fame! terest and improve the heart. We question whether I lack'd a father's claim to her but new Bishop Horne-a previous writer on the same subject Regard for her young years so pure :ad true, has accomplished his task with more taste and feeling

That when she at the altar stood, yar bride, than Dr Belfrage. Each divine, indeed, pursues a dif

A sire could scarce have felt more selike pride." ferent mode of illustration ; but we think that, without The third is the following little get, which none but descending to unnecessary minuteness, our author has a lady of true and delicate sensibility Juld have written : depicted the Baptist's life and doctrines with greater clearness and precision. His remarks are throughout candid and forcible; his reasoning altogether free from

By Miss Sheridt. sophistry; and his diction, without being cumbered with

“I do not love thee! no—I do na love thee ! ornament, uniformly chaste, and frequently eloquent. In

And yet, when thou art abser I am sad; short, considering the subject itself, and the ability with And envy even the bright blue «y above thee, which it is handled, this little volume well deserves pub Whose quiet stars may see tie and be glad. lic attention, which we have no doubt it will speedily receive.

I do not love thee !-yet, I now not why,

Whate'er thou dost seems sil well done, to me

And often in my solitude, I gh, The Lady's Poetical Album. Glasgow. Richard Griffin

That those I do love are ri more like thee ! and Co. 1830. 12mo. Pp. 384.

“ I do not love thee!-yephen thou art gone, This is a good selection of fugitive pieces by the judi.

I hate the sound (thouş those who speak be dear) cious Editor of the “ Literary Coronal.” Some original

Which breaks the lingeriecho of the tone

Thy voice of music lex's upon my ear. poems are also interspersed; but, generally speaking, we cannot bestow upon them very high praise. Neither “ I do not love theel_t thy speaking eyes, are we well pleased with the external appearance of the

With their deep. brilt, and most expressive blue, book. In this age of crimson binding and gilt leaves, we

Between me and the idnight heaven arise should have looked for something more tasteful than light

Oftener than any es I ever knew. yellow boards on the “ Lady's Poetical Album.” The price is four shillings and sixpence; had it been increased to

“ I know I do not ve thee !-yet, alas !

Others will scary trust my candid heart; five shillings, and the quality of the paper and boarding And oft I catch em smiling as they pass, improved, we venture to say that many hundred copies Because they s me gaziug where thou art.',


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