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most interesting productions of Britain and the surrounding sez, i

in the press. Be seen o'er the forests hovering !

Mr Southey, the indefatigable, is preparing Select Works of the British Poets, from Chaucer to Withers, uniform with Aiki's Poes

There is in the press, a fifth and sixth volume of Lord Byron's And never again shalt thou return

Works, containing English Bards, Heaven and Earth, Deformed To the music-gifted throng ;

Transformed, The Island, &c. &c., forming that portion of the And never again shall thy bosom burn

works recently purchased by Mr Murray, and rendering this the With the meteor fires of song ;

first and only complete edition, with the exception of Don Juan. Though the birds will sing, and the breezes blow,

An edition of the standard British Novelists, uniform with the And the gardens smile, and the streainlets flow.

Waverley Novels, is announced.

Among other literary novelties immediately forthcoming are :-1,

Paul Clifford, by the author of Pelhain-2. Notes on the Bedins The ungrateful sun is shining still,

and Wahabys, by the celebrated Traveller Burckhardt-. Wedded Though thy songs have left the sky,

Life in the Upper Ranks, a Novel, said to be founded on a recent

event of deep interest in high life-4. Travels through the Crimea, And the moss still blooms around the hill

Turkey, and Egypt, by the late James Webster, Esq. of the lone Where thy little young ones lie:

Temple-5. The English at Home, by the author of the Eaglish is Oh, sun to shine !-oh, moss to grow !

Italy, the English in France, &c.-5. The third and fourth values When the light hath gone from your minstr el's brow. of Mr D'Ísraeli's interesting Commentaries on the Life and Reign of

Charles I. of England—7. The Oxonians, or a New Glance at 58

ciety, by the author of the Roué-and 8. The Denounead, by the Its strength hąs left thy radiant wing,

author of Tales by the O'Hara Family, &c. And the pulse of thy heart is o'er ;

PAUL CLIFFOAD. The main design of. ** Paul Clifford," the And the songs which the fainting clouds have ard, forthcoming new work by the author of Pelham,) we understand 13 Shall now be heard no more ;

be a general satire upon the hypocrisy of society, and the raras

methods of rising in the world. The hollowress and pretensies is And thy mate will die in her grassy bed,

literature, polities, fashion, professions, and callings, are the great When she knows that her gentle lord is dead.

materid of irony and satire throughout the work.

A new and cheap edition of Sir Walter Scott's Works is abost ta

be published at Naples. Several editions have already been priaidd I gaze on thy dim and filmy eye,

in the kingdom of the two Sicilies, but this will be the most bezat That has fash'd with the light of song,

ful in its typography and embellishments. And thy breast, that gleam'd in the golden sky,

MILITARY Exquisites In India. -We observe, by the Asiaties And rested the clouds among ;

Journal, that a general order has been issued by the Commander-inAnd, gazing and musing, I cannot but sigh,

Chief, prohibiting the officers in the East India Company's teria

" the use of combs in the hair, and curls, as being feminine and is That a creature so beautiful ever should die.

minate.” An army of officers, with combs in their hair, woles

tainly not be a spectacle much to be dreaded by an enemy. But thus it is ;—the sovereign oak

Theatrical Gossip.—There is nothing new stirring in the theatrical

world in London. The season at the principal theatres is drawing Lies dead, while the broom lives on ;

towards a close.—Malibran, Lalande, and La Blache, are bare! And the owls still hoot, and the ravens croak,

good houses at the Italian Opera. — Mathews's new entertainment, of When the nightingale's song is done ;

which an account was given in our last, fills the Adelphi-HUI. And the bad and base still laugh and lie,

mel has been delighting the musical world at his concert-Yates ani While the great and good despair and die.

the Siamese Elephant are to make their debut in Dublin upon la day.-We perceive by the Belfast papers, that Miss Jarman has bei delighting the inhabitants of that town.-Mackay, Montague Stas ley, Reynoldson, and Edmunds, have been performing with Aks.

ander in Glasgow. Pritchard has been playing at Berwick-04 LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

theatre re-opens on Tuestay with Miss Clarke, a young lady of tha city, who made her debut here some time ago as a vocalist, and has been since starring it in provincial places. She will be suceeded in

a week by Miss 1. Paion and Wilson. We understand that Mr Cut RECOLLECTIONS of a Six Years' Residence in the United States

mins, of the Caledonian Theatre, has agreed to lead the orchestra at of America, by a Native of Glasgow, will be published in the course

the Theatre-Royal next winter, and a misunderstanding has, in conof this month. The work will contain, we understand, much use

sequence, taken place between him and Mr Bass.- Mr Joors, late di ful information to emi rants in general, and will give a very minute

the Theatre Royal, and the present lessee of the Perth Theatre, is account of the actual state of the cotton manufactures in America.

about to resume the management of it for the season, in consequence Numerous original anecdotes are also interspersed throughout the

of Mr Bass, the sub-lessee, being prevented by peculiar circumstation narrative, illustrating the manners and customs of the Americanis. A Popular Essay on the Creation of the Universe, and Evidences from opening it. We have not heard whether it is No Jones's it

tention to perform.-Mr Murray has not yet returned from Loutan. of the Existence of God, by Charles Doync Sillery, author of “ Vallery,” “ Eldred of Erin," &c., is in the press. The Essay will con

The report is, that he does not intend to come back alone. tain a Sketch of the Modern Astronomy and the Wonders of Crea

SATURDAY'S PERFORMANCES. tion, as displayed by the Telescope and Microscope Theories of the Stars, Planets, Comets, &c., with Illustrations of the various

The Brigand, Lo Studio, & Black eyed Swan. celestial phenomena-proving that every body in the universe is a

(Theatre closed.) world teeming with life and vegetation--that every sun, and system, and cluster, is in rapid motion through space, and that the work of creation is still going on in the heavens. The various astronomical calculations and physical discussions which are introduced in most

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. works of this description, will be excluded, with the view of rendering the Essay as popular as possible,

On a second, perusal we think it as well not to publish the e We understand that No. 1. of the Juvenile Family Library is to munication of “ Senex.”—The communication of “ Lorma" es appear in June. The subjects which this work will embrace are to have a place, if possible, next Saturdav.We hope · Clarets** yil be treated in a style adapted to that portion of the rising generation still bear with us for another week.—The patody on “ Alice Gore for which the other publications are not altogether calculated. is not "odiously bad," but it is not good enough.-We think

Sylva Britannica, complete in one volume royal 8vo, enriched Walter Scott's Lines on John Kemble's leaving the stage are to be with several additional subjects, comprising, in the whole, sixty found in the first series of the “ Poetical Alburn."_" Just seat' plates of the most celebrated specimens of the various descriptions accuses the Literary Journal of a fault it never committed. We of Forest Trees, in England and Scotlard, by Mr Strutt, is an shall take it as a particular favour if “ Justiciam" will write gras. nounced.

mar when he next addresses us. The Templars,-Tales of a Tar,-Sir Ethelbert, and other new The verses by the author of “Poetical Aspirations" shall hares novels, are in the press.

place." The Desert Spring" will appear soon -" The Wounend A new edition of Dr Ure's Dictionary of Chemistry, nearly all Cushat Dove" indicates poetical feeling, but scarcely comes up t scwritten, is in preparation.

our standard.—The “ Lines sacred to the Memory of a fronte A second volume of the British Naturalist, or Sketches of the Lap-Dog," will not suit use

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LITERARY CRITICISM,

The consequences of this want of a practical business

education are evident to every one who has had his attenThe Practice in the several Judicatories of the Church of ignorance or neglect of the forms necessary for carrying

tion called to the proceedings in our church courts. To Scotland. By Alexander Hill, D.D., Minister of Dailly. Edinburgh. Waugh and Innes, 1830.

on judicial business in a regular manner we are to attriPost 8vo. Pp. 116.

bute the melancholy fact, that of several clerical delin..

quents brought before the General Assembly, not one has Tuis is a practical and useful work, and one which been ousted from his parish. In the case of the parish of the inexcusable ignorance of forms, or inattention to them, Dalton, and others of so recent a date as to render it examong our Scottish clergy, imperiously called for. There pedient not to name them, ministers of the most debased are two duties equally incumbent upon a clergyman in and immoral character have been enabled to retain the the discharge of his important office—that of teaching, emoluments of a living, and to deprive their parishioners and that of enforcing discipline—that of rightly expound of the power of obtaining church privileges at any other ing the doctrines of religion, and that of maintaining the hands than such as it would be a mockery to seek them constitution of the church. In regard to the perform- from, solely on account of some irregularities in the comance of the former, we may challenge the world for a mencement of their proceedings. We allude to these exbody of clergymen equally competent and zealous with amples—happily of rare occurrence--because they are calour own ;-in what regards the latter, they manage mat culated to place in the strongest point of view the dangerters after a more slovenly fashion. The root of this evil ous result of formal irregularities. It is in matters where lies deep in the church ; it is to be sought in the earliest presbyteries are called upon to act in a civil capacity, and of her records ; its consequences have been most perni- where an appeal lies, not to the superior church judicatocious; and the exposition of both is a matter of sufficient ries, but to the Court of Session, that the evil consequences importance to justify our devoting a brief space to the of a lax observance of forms have been most severely felt. attempt.

The civil court is not accustomed to make allowance for The excessive zeal of our earliest reformers was more the quiet, easy manner in which its ecclesiastical subordi. intent upon rooting out what was evil in the church, than nates are in the habit of going to work. In such cases, upon preserving what was indispensable to the main the negligence of the presbytery has not only been found tenance of her integrity. They seem almost to have acted to bear hard upon the pecuniary interests of the indivi. upon the principle, that their only duty was to tear away duals concerned, but it has, to our knowledge, been on what was rotten, and that Providence would interfere to several occasions wrested to the purpose of grossly calamprevent the purer materials from falling asunder under niating the ministers of the church, -of representing them their energetic tugs. The line of conduct necessarily as oppressors, when they had, in fact, acted most leniently, emanating from such views was actively seconded by the although in forgetfulness of the important principle, that interested spirit of the barons. An impression came in in a country blessed with regular judicial establishments, a short time to prevail, that to inculcate the doctrines of mere forms necessarily grow to be of the very essence of Christianity was the whole duty of the minister, and that justice. the regular conduct of the church courts, according to How these imperfections are to be corrected, is a ques.

custom and statute, was a matter of very subordinate im- tion of considerable difficulty. There is a just suspicion * portance. The spirit infused into the adherents of the entertained on the part of the clerical members of our

Presbyterian church by the successive attempts of the go- ecclesiastical courts when any lay 'member of a legal provernment to introduce Episcopacy, added to the inve- fession speaks to a point of form. They say, truly, that teracy of this feeling. A deep, practical -conviction of their forms differ from those of the civil courts.

Our religion was all that was looked for either in the clergy- only grief is, that they do not habitually maintain their

man or in the layman--either in the ruler in Israel, or own forms in opposition to those of civilians, but exhibit ! in his disciples. It is to this circumstance that we owe rather an entire laxity and remissness. In order to bring

the omission of even the most superficial instruction in about a better state of things, it ought to be deeply im

the constitutional theory and law of the church, in a sys pressed on the minds of candidates for the clerical officeitem of education so extensive as that prescribed for the as it always was impressed upon them by one of the

clergymen of the Scottish persuasion ; and we may hence brightest ornaments of the church, who has, not long ago, account for the slovenly manner in which the business gone down to his grave, full of years and full of honour, of our ecclesiastical judicatories is almost uniformly car Sir Henry Moncrieff--that they are not only called upon ried on. In the General Assembly, we commonly find to perform the duties of preaching and visitation, but the one or two who (like Dr. Inglis, or the late Sir Henry more arduous, and not less important, ones, of acting in Moncrieff) are masters of the forms of business ; but in presbyteries, synods, and in the General Assembly, as presbyteries we seldom meet with more than one who judges and legislators. Instead of wasting so much time has even a smattering of this indispensable knowledge, in the Church History class, it would be of the highest and that one is uniformly found discharging the duties of importance that every divinity student should go through presbytery clerk—an officer who, unavowedly and with a course of ecclesiastical law. This is required in the out responsibility, arbitrarily controls and directs the Catholic church from every one who aspires to become a proceedings of the whole court,

ruling priest (and with us every ordained minister is

PRELUDE.

such); and it is also required from every candidate for

MACDUFF'S CROSS. honours in the Lutheran church. To the applicant for a license to preach the Gospel there ought to be added to Nay, smile not, Lady, when I speak of witcheraft, the trials which he has at present to undergo, a series of And say that still there lurks amongst our glens questions in ecclesiastical law and discipline. More than Some touch of strange enchantment.–Mark that fragment, one-half of the questions put to the candidate after the Placed on the summit of this mountain pass,

I mean that rough-hewn block of massive stone, Presbytery have decided that his gifts and acquirements Commanding prospect wide o'er field and fell, fit him for the office of a preacher, bear upon his acqui. And peopled village and extended moorland, escence in, and attachment to, the Presbyterian form of And The wide ocean and majestic Tay, church government;-might it not be as well to ascertain, To the far distant Grampians.-Do not deem it beforehand, whether he have any very precise or definite A loosen'd portion of the neighbouring rock, ideas of the nature of that form of church government? Detachd by storm and thunder,—'twas the pedestal The only other measure that occurs to us as likely to be on which, in ancient times, a Cross was reard, of advantage in this point of view, is a strict exclusion of And the events it did commemorate

Carved o'er with words which foil'd philologists; all unfledged barristers from the office of elder in the Were dark, remote, and undistinguishable, General Assembly. Care is taken that parochial elders As were the mystic characters it bore. shall be men of staid habits and experience ; why is not But, mark,—a wizard born on Avon's bank, the same care taken in the case of ruling elders, whose Tuned but his harp to this wild northern theme, duties are so much more arduous? It is neither for profit And, lo! the scene is hallow'd. None shall pass,

Now or in after days, beside that stone, nor for edification to see the benches of so venerable

But he shall have strange visions ;-thoughts and words, senate filled with raw inexperienced boys, who, unable

That shake, or rouse, or thrill the human heart, to get their mouths opened elsewhere, scramble in for Shall rush upon his memory when he hears the mere purpose of making a speech. An advocate can The spirit-stirring name of this rude symbol,not be appointed a sheriff until he has been five years Oblivious ages, at that simple spell, practising (or attempting to practise) at the bar; and is Shall render back their terrors with their woes, he, who is unfit to act as a subordinate civil judge, fit to Alas! and with their crimes and the proud phantoms

Shall move with step familiar to his eye, act as a supreme ecclesiastical judge ? This is rather a disproportionately long introduction Though ne'er again to list them. Siddons, thine,

And accents which, once heard, the ear forgets not, to a short notice of a small volume, but the topic inte-Thou matchless Siddons ! thrill upon our ear; rests us, and we felt particularly anxious to bring it be And on our eye thy lofty Brother's form fore our clerical readers at this season. With regard to Rises as Scotland's monarch. But, to thee, Dr Hill's book, it is brief, clear, and satisfactory. As Joanna, why to thee speak of such visions ? an institutional work, it would not be easy to improve Thine own wild wand can raise them. it. The perusal of it clearly shows, that the laxity in the Take one which scarcely is of worth enough

Yet since thou wilt an idle tale of mine, observance of forms, of which we have complained, has To give or to withhold.–Our time creeps on, not been occasioned by any defect in the structure of our Fancy grows colder as the silvery hair church. A more practical and judicious constitutional Tells the advancing winter of our life. theory we cannot imagine. Nothing is necessary for its But if it be of worth enough to please, perfection, but a little more activity and intelligence on

That worth it owes to her who set the task ; the point of their public duties in its component mem

If otherwise, the fault rests with the author. bers. Dr Hill has shown himself, in this excellent little manual, a worthy son of a worthy father. We hope ere The summit of a Rocky Pass near to Newburgh, about tro long to receive from him a detailed and comprehensive miles from the ancient Abbey of Lindores, in Fife. In system of our “ ecclesiastical polity.” His style is con the centre is MacDuff's Cross, an antique Monumení; cise and elegant ; and his sentiments in matters of dis and, at a small distance, on one side, a Chape, wità a cipline (taking the word in its most limited sense) duly Lamp burning. tempered with gentleness.

Enter, as having ascended the Pass, Ninian and W 41

HAVE, Monks of Lindores. Ninian crosses himself, and seems to recite his devotions— WaldhAvE stanus yazin

on the prospect, as if in deep contemplation. The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. 1l vols. 18mo. New Edition. Edinburgh. Cadell and Co.

Ninian. Here stands the Cross, good brother, consecrated

By the bold thane unto his patron saint 1830,

Magridius, once a brother of our house. (Unpublished.)

Canst thou not spare an are or a creed?

Or hath the steep ascent exhausted you ? In addition to the extracts we gave last week from the You trode it stoutly, though 'twas rough and toilsome. forthcoming new edition of Sir Walter Scott's Poetical

Waldhave. I have trod a rougher. Works, we now present our readers with the dramatic Searcely within our sea-girt province here,

Nin.

On the Highland hillc. sketch entitled “ Mac Duff's Cross,” which, though it was

Unless upon the Lomonds or Bennarty. published in 1823, in a volume of Miscellanies edited by

Wald. I spoke not of the literal path, good father, Mrs Joanna Baillie, is still almost as good as manuscript, But of the road of life which I have travell’d, especially in Scotland, where only a very few copies of Ere I assumed this habit; it was bounded, the volume in question were circulated. “ Mac Duff's | Hedged in, and limited by earthly prospects, Cross" is founded upon the history of the Cross and Law As ours beneath was closed by dell and thicket. of Clan MacDuff, which is given at considerable length Here we see wide and far, and the broad sky, in the “ Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border:”. The Cross While earthly objects dwindle, Brother Ninian,

With wide horizon, opens full around, was a place of refuge to any person related to the Thane

Fain would I hope that mental elevation of Fife within the ninth degree, who, having commit Could raise me equally o'er worldly thoughts, ted homicide, sought shelter at this sanctuary. The And place me nearer heaven. Cross itself was destroyed at the Reformation ; but the Nin. 'Tis good morality.-But yet forget not, block of stone which served for its pedestal is still in ex

That though we look on heaven from this high eminene, istence, near the town of Newburgh. The Dramatic

Yet doth the Prince of all the airy space, Sketch, without being entitled to any high praise, con

Arch foe of man, possess the realms between. tains several interesting passages, and, on the whole, is from the bright heaven they aim at, even because

Wald. Most true, good brother; and men may be farthe creditable even to its author :

They deem themselves secure on't.

SCENE I.

You do gaze

Vin.

Nin. (after a pause.)
Strangers are wont to do so on the prospect.
Yon is the Tay, roll'd down from Highland hills,
That rests his waves, after so rude a race,
In the fair plains of Gowrie-farther westward,
Proud Stirling rises-yonder to the east,
Dundee, the gift of God, and fair Montrose,
And still more northward lie the ancient towers

Wald. Of Edzell.
Nin.

How? know you the towers of Edzell?
Wald. I've heard of them.

Then have you heard a tale,
Which when he tells, the peasant shakes his head,
And shuns the mouldering and deserted walls.

Wald. Why, and by whom, deserted ?
Nin.

Long the tale
Enough to say that the last Lord of Edzell,
Bold Louis Lindesay, had a wife, and found-

Wald. Enough is said, indeed—since a weak woman,
Ay, and a tempting fiend, lost Paradise,
When man was innocent.
Vin.

They fell at strife,
Men say, on slight occasion: that fierce Lindesay
Did bend his sword against De Berkeley's breast,
And that the lady threw herself between :
That then De Berkeley dealt the Baron's death wound.
Enough, that from that time De Berkeley bore
A spear in foreign wars. But, it is said,
He bath return'd of late; and, therefore, brother,
The Prior hath ordain'd our vigil here,
To watch the privilege of the sanctuary,
And rights of Clan MacDuff.
Wald.

What rights are these?
Nin. Most true! you are but newly come from Rome,
And do not know our ancient usages.
know then, when fell Macbeth beneath the arm
Of the predestined knight, unborn of woman,
Three boons the victor ask'd, and thrice did Malcolm,
Stooping the sceptre by the Thane restored,
Assent to his request. And hence the rule,
That first when Scotland's King assumes the crown,
Mac Duff's descendant rings his brow with it:
And hence, when Scotland's King calls forth his host,
MacDuff's descendant leads the van in battle;
And last, in guerdon of the crown restored,
Red with the blood of the usurping tyrant,
The right was granted in succeeding time,
That if a kinsman of the Thane of Fife
Commit a slaughter on a sudden impulse,
And fly for refuge to this Cross Mac Duff,
For the Thane's sake he shall find sanctuary;
For here must the avenger’s step be staid,
And here the panting homicide find safety.

Wald. And here a brother of your order watches,
To see the custom of the place observed ?-

Min. Even so ;-such is our convent's holy right,
Since Saint Magridius,-blessed be his memory!-
Did by a vision warn the Abbot Eadmir.-
And chief we watch, when there is bickering
Among the neighbouring nobles, now most likely
From this return of Berkeley from abroad,
Having the Lindesay's blood upon his hand.

Wald. The Lindesay, then, was loved among his friends?
Min. Honour'd and fear'd he was—but little loved ;
For even his bounty bore a show of sternness.
And when his passions waked, he was a Sathan
Of wrath and injury.
Wald. How now, Sir Priest! (fiercely)-Forgive me

(recollecting himself )-I was dreaming
Of an old baron, who did bear about him
Some touch of your Lord Reynold.

Nin. Lindesay's name, my brother,
Indeed was Reynold; and methinks moreover
That, as you spoke even now, he would have spoken.
I brought him a petition from our convent :
He granted straight, but in such tone and manner,
By my good saint ! I thought myself scarce safe
Till Tay rolld broad between us. I must now
Unto the chapel-meanwhile the watch is thine;
And, at thy word, the hurrying fugitive,
Should such arrive, must here find sanctuary;
And, at thy word, the fiery-paced avenger
Must stop his bloody course-e'en as swoln Jordan
Controll'ā his waves, soon as they touch'd the feet
Of those who bore the ark.

Wald.

Is this my charge?
Nin. Even so; and I am near, should chance require me.
At midnight I relieve you on your watch,
When we may taste together some refreshment:
I have cared for it; and for a flask of wine
There is no sin, so that we drink it not
Until the midnight hour, when lauds have toll'd.
Farewell awhile, and peaceful watch be with you!:

[Exit towards the chapel.
Wald. It is not with me, and alas ! alas !
I know not where to seek it.--This monk's mind
Is with his cloister match'd, nor lacks more room.
Its petty duties, formal ritual,
Its humble pleasures and its paltry troubles,
Fill up his round of life; even as some reptiles,
They say, are moulded to the very shape,
And all the angles of the rocky crevice,
In which they live and die. But for myself,
Retired in passion to the narrow cell,
Couching my tired limbs in its recesses,
So ill-adapted am I to its limits,
That every attitude is agony.-
How now! what brings him back?

Re-enter Ninian.
Nin. Look to your watch, my brother;-horsemen come:
I heard their tread when kneeling in the chapel.
Wald. (looking to a distance.) My thoughts have rapt me

more than thy devotion,
Else bad I heard the tread of distant horses
Farther than thou couldst hear the sacring-bell;
But now in truth they come :-flight and pursuit
Are sights I've been long strange to.

Nin. See how they gallop down the opposing hill!
Yon grey steed bounding down the headlong path,
As on the level meadow; while the black,
Urged by the rider with his naked sword,
Stoops on his prey, as I have seen the falcon
Dashing upon the heron.-Thou dost frown
And clench thy hand, as if it grasp'd a weapon ?

Wald. 'Tis but for shame to see a man fly thus
While only one pursues him.-Coward, turn !
Turn thee, I say! thou art as stout as he,
And well mayst match thy single sword with his
Shame, that a man should rein

a steed like thee,
Yet fear to turn his front against a foe!
I am asbamed to look on them.

Nin. Yet look again,—they quit their horses now,
Unfit for the rough path :--the fugitive
Keeps the advantage still.—They strain towards us.

Wald. I'll not believe that ever the bold Thane.
Rear'd up his Cross to be a sanctuary
To the base coward, who shunn'd an equal combat.
How's this ?-that look that mien-mine eyes grow

dizzy!
Nin. He comes : thou art a novice on this watch :-
Brother, I'll take the word and speak to him.
Pluck down thy cowl;—know, that we spiritual champions
Have honour to maintain, and must not seem
To quail before the laity.

(Waldhave lets down his cowl, and steps back.

Enter MAURICE BERKELEY.
Nin. Who art thou, stranger ? speak thy name and pur.

Fose.
Berk. I claim the privilege of Clan Mac Duff.
My name is Maurice Berkeley, and my lineage
Allies me nearly with the Thane of Fife.

Nin. Give us to know the cause of sanctuary?
Berk.

Let him show it,
Against whose violence I claim the privilege.
Enter LINDESAY, with his sword drawn. He rushes at

BERKELEY ; Ninian interposes.
Nin. Peace, in the name of Saint Magridius!
Peace, in our Prior's name, and in the name
Of that dear symbol, which did purchase peace
And good-will towards man! I'do command thee
To sheathe thy sword, and stir no contest here,

Lin. One charm I'll try first,
To lure the craven from the enchanted circle
Which he hath harbour'd in.-Hear you, De Berkeley,
This is my brother's sword—the hand it arms
Is weapond to avenge a brother's death :-
If thou hast heart to step a furlong off,
And change three blows,- even for so short a space
As these good men may say an ave-marie,

So, Heaven be good to me! I will forgive thee

Stay but one second answer but one question.Thy deed and all its consequences.

There, Maurice Berkeley, canst thou look upon Berk. Were not my right hand fetter'd by the thought That blessed sign, and swear thou'st spoken truth? That slaying thee were but a double guilt

Berk. I swear by Heaven, In which to steep my soul, no bridegroom ever

And by the memory of that murder'd innocent, Stepp'd forth to trip a measure with his bride

Each seeming charge against her was as false More joyfully than 1, young man, would rush

As our bless'd Lady's spotless. Hear, each saint ! To meet my challenge.

Hear me, thou holy rood! hear me from heaven, Lin. He quails, and shuns to look upon my weapon, Thou martyr'd excellence !--Hear me from penal fire, Yet boasts himself a Berkeley !

(For sure not yet thy guilt is expiated!) Berk. Lindesay, and if there were no deeper cause Stero ghost of her destroyer ! For shunning thec than terror of thy weapon,

Wald. (throws back his cowl.) He hears ! he hears! Thy That rock-hewn Cross as soon should start and stir,

spell hath raised the dead. Because a shepherd-boy blew horn beneath it,

Lin. My brother! and alive! As I for brag of thine.

Wald. Alive,--but yet, my Richard, dead to thee. Nin. I charge you both, and in the name of Heaven, No tie of kindred binds me to the world; Breathe no defiance on this sacred spot,

All were renounced, when, with reviving life, Where Christian men must bear them peacefully,

Came the desire to seek the sacred cloister.
On pain of the Church thunders. Calmly tell

Alas, in vain! for to that last retreat,
Your cause of difference; and, Lord Lindesay, thou Like to a pack of bloodhounds in full chase,
Be first to speak them.

My passion and my wrongs have follow'd me,
Lin. Ask the blue welkin-ask the silver Tay,

Wrath and remorse-and, to fill up the cry,
The northern Grampians—all things know my wrongs; Thou hast brought vengeance hither.
But ask not me to tell them, while the villain,

Lin.

I but sought
Who wrought them, stands and listens with a smile. To do the act and duty of a brother.
Nin. It is said

Wald. I ceased to be so when I left the world;
Since you refer us thus to general fame-

But if he can forgive as I forgive, That Berkeley slew thy brother, the Lord Louis,

God sends me here a brother in mine enemy,
In his own hålls at Edzell-

To pray for me and with me. If thou canst,
Lin.
Ay, in his halls

De Berkeley, give thine hand..
In his own halls, good father, that's the word-

Berk. (gives his hand.) It is the will In his own halls he slew bim, while the wine

Of Heaven, made manifest in thy preservation, Pass'd on the board between! The gallant Thane, To inhibit further bloodshed; for De Berkeley, Who wreak'd Macbeth's inhospitable murder,

The votary Maurice lays the title down.
Rear'd not yon Cross to sanction deeds like these.

Go to his halls, Lord Richard, where a maiden,
Berk. Thou say’st I came a guest!- I came a victim, Kin to his blood, and daughter in affection,
A destined victim, train'd on to the doom

Heirs his broad lands; - If thou canst love her, Lindesas, His frantic jealousy prepared for me.

Woo her and be successful.
He fix'd a quarrel on me, and we fought.
Can I forget the form that came between us,
And perish'd by his sword ? 'Twas then I fought
For vengeance, until then I guarded life,

The True Plan of a Living Temple ; or, Man considered But then I sought to take it, and prevail'd.

in his proper Relation to the Ordinary Occupations and Lin. Wretch ! thou didst first dishonour to thy victim,

Pursuits of Life. By the Author of the “ Morning And then didst slay him!

and Evening Sacrifice," &c. In 3 vols. Edinburgh. Berk. There is a busy fiend tugs at my heart,

Oliver and Boyd. 1830.
But I will struggle with it !-Youthful knight,
My heart is sick of war, my hand of slaughter;

Were we to wait till we had fully read and digested this I come not to my lordships, or my land,

book, before we recommended it to our readers, we should But just to seek a spot in some cold cloister,

delay much too long to do our part to bring into notice what Which I may kneel on living, and, when dead,

we distinctly perceive is one of the most important and best Which may suffice to cover me.

executed works of a religious kind which has been produced Forgive me that I caused your brother's death; And I forgive thee the injurious terms

in our day. It is peculiarly well adapted, too, to meet the With which thou taxest me.

errors and illusions prevalent in these times, and which Lin. Take worse and blacker.-Murderer, adulterer!- must ever be more or less prevalent, when so high a sube Art thou not moved yet ?

ject as that of religion intermingles with the weaknesses Berk. Do not press me further.

and infirmities of human nature. It has struck forcibly The hunted stag, even when he seeks the thicket,

the eminent author before us, that these errors chiefy Compell’d to stand at bay, grows dangerous ! Most true thy brother perish'd by my hand,

arise from men mistaking the object of religion—from And if you term it murder-I must bear it.

fancying to themselves that it was designed to carry their Thus far my patience can; but if thou brand

thoughts into indistinct musings on a future state of exThe purity of yonder martyr'd saint,

istence, and not to be the great vivifying principle of all Whom then my sword but poorly did avenge,

their thoughts and occupations connected with the preWith one injurious word, come to the valley,

sent life. Men are willing enough, under its influence, And I will show thee how it shall be answer'd! Nin. This heat, Lord Berkeley, doth but ill accord

to consider themselves as Temples to the Deity, bat thea With thy late pious patience.

they are not Living Temples; there is commonly more Berk. Father, forgive, and let me stand excused

of meditation and abstraction, and direct spiritual comTo Heaven and thee, if patience brooks no more,

munication, in their notion of the services to be rendered I loved this lady fondly-truly loved

to God, than of a distinct view of the part now given Loved her, and was beloved, ere yet her father

them to act among his creatures; and the great object, Conferr'd her on another. While she lived,

accordingly, of this work, is to show the real sphere Each thought of her was to my soul as hallow'd As those I send to Heaven; and on her grave,

which religion occupies upon earth—as a system which Her bloody, early grave, while this poor hand

is throughout practical, and which, while it opens into Can hold a sword, shall no one cast a scorn.

prospects of existence, of which the present scene is only Lin. Follow me. Thou shalt hear me call the adulteress the foretaste, yet contines all the strenuous efforts and By her right name.- I'm glad there's yet a spur

exertions of the human mind to the theatre in which it is Can rouse thy sluggard mettle.

now called to be exercised. In accomplishing this imBerk. Make then obeisance to the blessed Cross, portant object, we know no author who has gone so deep For it shall be on earth thy last devotion.

into the actual condition of human nature, or who sees

[They are going of so distinctly what are its capacities, its defects, its obliga. Wald. (rushing forward.) Madmen, stand !

tions. In other words, we may say, that we know of

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