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Observations on the Writings of George Petrarch's Letter to Posterity...more...313 Buchanan
..251 The British Ready Reckoner, and UniThe Story of Shakrak and the Magician versal Cambist.........
...w317 of Constantinople ; (being a subject for Principal Bairl's Report on the Managea Melo-drama ) core
258 ment of the Poor in Scotlando.com 320 On the State of Music in Scotland........265 Note to the Editor, (enclosing a Letter Time's Magic Lantherr, NoV. Dialogue to the Author of Beppo como..........323 betuceen Lord Bacon and Shakspeare. 270 Notices of the Acted Drama in London, No VI. Johnson's Milnight Walk 274 No VI.
29 Kidd and Brande........
277 History of Dr Brewster's Kaleidoscope, Poetical Account of an Oxford Exami with Remarks on its supposed Resem. nation ....
blance to other Combinations of plain The Old Indian and Alpina............. ..282
merco........331 Notice of Zacharie Boyd's “ Last Battel of the Soule"
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC Marriage. A Novel.com
INTELLIGENCE...............338 A few Thoughts on Public Feeling .......294 The Cranicogist's Review, No II. Greek
Wonks preparing for PUBLICATION...-342
MONTHLY LIST OF NEW PUBLICAHeads
314 No III. Oliver Cromwellaneo....300 No IV. Franklin.......
No V. Voltaire.............. ib. MONTHLY REGISTER. On Dress..........
rasowasaan.......301 Jeffrey and Hazlittoon.com
-.-303 SCOTTISH CHRONICLE. warman -349 Captain Thurston's Narrative of the tak Commercial Report
356 ing of the Island of Timor, by H. M. Meteorological Report.
-360 S. Hesper, in the year 1811 ( Commu Promotions and Appointment.....cora...361 nicated by Professor Pictet of Geneva ) 306 | Births, Marriages, and Deaths..........363
PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON;
(Oliver & Boyd, Printers.]
Done into Metre by an ingenious friend.
Then should we sing “ Blackwood's himself again." Here follow
Has, with intent injurious and malicious,
That we, of public favour grown suspicious,
Our enemies are very keen to dish us,
When they perceived our Notice-page a blank.
'Gainst those that bring our parcels from far marts, For all Contributors are fond to know
Highfliers, Bluchers, Cobourgs, Mails and Flys, Whether their articles shall have admission ;
And the long coaches and the carriers' carts. And we a most particular care bestow
(To pass in silence live commodities, To satisfy the excusable ambition
On our account transported to these parts ; Of clever persons that aspire to shine,
The Glasgow Telegraph alone, we think,
Might well afford a dinner and a drink.)
From the four winds of heaven that daily reach us, Agrees by no means with our constitution ;
It keeps ourselves in thaw and dissolution. The superfluity we lend our Drapers
No wonder tho' we wander now and then, To take the measure of mankind for breeches,
When every thing around is in confusion ; --The Publisher, besides, doth filch a few
O for one deep, black thunder-gush of rain, About his roasting mutton-shanks to screw.
Is of our work and us a shining quality ;
From knowing that much good comes in reality
Among the literary commonalty,
Finds business so increas’d since we began,
For one upon a more extensive plan. If Ministers did right, we think it clear,
They'd give a jolly treat to our divan, 7 way of marking their respect official, I writers to the Fisk so beneficial.
The measure of their lean and limber purses : laba
Or vent a hasty spleen in envious curses.
We find we scribble fairish prose and verses ;
Were vanity our foible, (which it an't)
The notice of such heroes were enough
To turn the head of the most pious saint;
Back'd by a Banker) making sore complaint
About a little monthly piece of stuff!
A whole Society of such renown
Even we, tho' singular enough and single, 'Mid the gay garden rising like a queen!
How soft the virgin coronal's purple sheen.
Thro' one short stanza of our triple jingle ; Grasp not the modest garment of her green.
Qur's be the emblem! Fops and fools beware,
Admire in safety, touch us if ye dare !
Though we reject his quizzical “ Lament g"!
We think it has a very wicked air,
To such outrageous fury to give vent ;
Moreover, still the Bailies' hopes are fair,
For still the Court of Session may relent.
Of differing from them all to make no bones.
Far in the Fates' inscrutable dark womb,
Our deafening whirls and cataracts of asperity, But, 'spite of all the SCOTSMAN's boded gloom,
Any such symptoms of a dismal doom;
For resolute Mackenzie's gown and chain.
Heroic Provost !Hast thou ever been
Remember how the Pit applauded Kean,
With hand disarmed still daring Henry's blade
Such awe was our's, when, on that real scene,
Even in the front of Boyle, most bold Kincaid !
Bailies and Bailie's Wives have stomachs strong,
(Alas! that joys so heavenly e'er should cease ; To change old fashions to please any lad
That takes't into his head he is their betters,
Who do not drink green tea, or write dull letters.
When civil gentlemen come hurrying down,
They kiss the voters' spouses thro' the town,
They kiss their daughters also, and they fling,
To every boy they meet with, half-a-crown ;(Imprudent mineralogist and banker,
Hot dinners and hot suppers are the word,
And every Deacon is as drunk's a Lord.
« Farewell ! a word which hath been and must be!"
The OLD INDIAN's bunch of letters is reclaim'd; To see how the slim candidate is driven
Like other Bachelors, he used to fret, In furious circles by some strapping quean; And female follies lustily he blamed. Or, how some sighing Jenny is in heaven, But old Mysogynist Quizzes (never yet
With compliments and squeezes soft between ; Did we observe it fail) at last are tamed : To see the jigging, jolting, touzling, tumbling ; Old Tough's been fairly hooked by a shrewd aunt; Silks, flannels, chapeau-bras, blue bonnets jumbling. We wish him comfort in his marriage jaunt. XXV.
XXXII. If we had leisure, we could pen a treatise
'Tis just the season ; in a chaise and pair Upon the real vulgar style of dancing ;
By day they roll thy margin green beside, People have no idea what a treat 'tis
Of lakes most classical, Winandermere ! To be a looker-on when they are prancing, Or on thy bosom in a skiff they glide. What an enormous twinkling 'mong their feet is, With spectacle on nose they stifly stare,
With what velocity their toes are glancing, And very bitterly the boatman chide, In, out, above, below, before, behind,
If, through his blundering, they be not relanded Your eye can't follow tho' you have a mind. The very minute dinner was commanded. XXVI.
Has thewes and sinews of such brittle make, Just wedded to their mind, and, for a time,
Free 'mid some soft Elysian scene to rove, If he one glorious, boisterous, fling should take. And hear no earthly sound save the near chime He has no juice about his bones, no sap,
Of merry bells from out the village grove,-
They take no notice what they eat or drink.
But when old musty, dry, and doting sinners With horny calf and light elastic heel,
The laws of nature by a wedding shock,
They make a tour, and order famous dinners,
Soup, fish, and fricassee, at five o'clock.
Landlords and landladies are the chief winners,
We're going out of town to-morrow week, Grace, in whate'er he writeth, must appear.
To London (to see Baldwin) by the smack, We like his "
premiere fois” wondrously. “The Highlanders” lie snug ’mong our best gear.
And scarcely hope that to the Nest of Reek, «« The Jury Trial,” would, in Devilry
Before the first of August, we'll be back. Tenfold, set Satan loose, we greatly fear.
Sharp-set Contributors, the truth to speak, The Author of “ The Dentist" is most rash;
Had better Blackwood instantly attack ; If printed, 'twould secure him a squabash.
We wish to go with comfort on our trip,
And see each article e'er we take ship.
The fact is, our good friends have been so steady
This spring, that we've a huge enormous box We never read more bitter things before.
Full to the brim, completely cut and ready, But wherefore hack so cruelly each lith
Of papers fit for
sort of folks : And limb of the Review-thou Matador !
For young and old, male, female, grave, and giddy,
Abundant food our reservoir unlocks;
Bate only the correcting in the slip,
Never was easier CONDUCTORSHIP.
To Mr Wilson, author of “ The Isle
If any Wit, before in idlesse sitting,
Now write and send his papers postage free; Philemon makes a great display of bristle,
If any that before hath dully written
Now learn to write with vigour and with glee ;
If any that before we had not smitten,
For this, our Monthly Treasure, thirst and hunger,
OBSERVATIONS ON THE WRITINGS OF
word entirely in its primary sense); its professors seek and obtain popu
larity by sacrificing, after the example It is very far from being our intention of some other privileged orders, not a to enter upon any thing like a formal few of the most imposing, and therelamentation over the decay of classical fore most obnoxious, of their distinclearning in Scotland. And yet we are tions. We doubt, however, whether persuaded that, to an enlightened Ger- this method of proceeding be, upon man, Italian, or Englishman, it must the whole, either a wise or a just one. appear an almost inexplicable anomalé It may throw a deal of ready money in the constitution and appearance of into the hands of the present incumsuch a country as ours, that those au- bents; but does it not very manifestly thors whose works, in every other part tend to maim and enfeeble the reof civilized Europe, are venerated and sources of their successors ? Nay, a studied as the best fountains of philo- democratic government is the most sophy, and the only perfect models of thankless of all masters; and may pertaste, should be almost entirely over- haps repay only with contempt or exlooked among a people whose habits ile, those who have sacrificed the most, and conversation are tinged, to an in order to purchase its capricious and elsewhere unequalled degree, with the transitory favour. spirit of literature. The truth is, that The first race of authors who adopt we believe the unparalleled diffusion this mode of courting popular applause, of education among all classes of our although they may, bona fide, wish countrymen, however it may be en and endeavour to follow it to its full titled to our gratitude for having ele extent, are seldom able to do so. The vated and ennobled the spirits of our habits and prejudices of their earlier peasants and artizans, has, neverthe views and opinions cling to them, and less, been the means, in no inconsider- fetter them, in spite of all their efforts able degree, of degrading the literary to discard them. habits of those among us, whose busi- Quo semel estimbuta recens, servabit odorem, ness and ambition it is to be not only Testa diu. the subjects, but the instruments, of A certain tinge and flavour adheres, cultivation. When all men read, au- and betrays the old liquor in the midst thors soon find it to be their best poli- of all the drugs and adulterations to cy to write for all men. Those ele, which its receptacle has been exposgancies of allusion and of expression, ed. Besides, those who set the danand those labours of patient research, gerous example are sometimes not unwhose merits can be estimated by a willing that their followers should go very few only among any people, are farther than themselves; or, it may gradually dropt; and modes of excite- be, do not scruple privately to take the ment, whose stimulus is of a more advantage of old guides and steppinguniversal application, come very na stones, which they affect to consider turally to be adopted in their stead. as useless, and advise their pupils utThe tone of literature becomes every terly to despise. We strongly suspect_ day more vulgar (we do not use the that somewhat of this kind has occur