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ty, Mr. North, frae the face that Shepherd.-Ane seldom rememootshines that o' an angel's seen in bers what he reads in a maggazin. adream-doon-doon-doon-ever North.—If he does not, then one sae mony hunder thoosan' degrees seldom remembers what he reads doon, till you meet that o' the tink- anywhere else, James. True, that ler-randy, whose looks gar you ra- the wit and wisdom of one month therly incline to the ither side o' the succeeding the wit and wisdom of road—but nae ugliness. Sometimes another in endless succession, manI've kent mysell likely to fa' until a kind must often forget when and sair mistak—na, a sair fricht-bywhere, and from what source, they stumblin' a' at once on a lassie gaen have derived such infinite amusefar doon in the degrees, and wha ment and instruction. But the really did seem at first 'sicht unco amusement and instruction themfearsome ;-but then, sir, the mis- selves do not perish on that account, tak arose frae the suddenness, and but go into a million treasuries. frae considerin' the face o her by People are manifestly growing wiser its ain individual sell, and no as and better every day; and I humbly ane o' many on the mysterious confess that I think myself one of scale o' beauty. But then a man the great instruments, in the hands o'ony powers o'memory and reflec- of Providence, of the amelioration tion, and ony experience amang the of the human race. I am not dead better half o' creation, soon corrects to the voice of fame,—but believe that error ; and fin's, afore he has me that my chief, if not sole object walked hardly a mile alongside o' in writing for Maga, is the diffusion the hizzie, that she's verra weel- of knowledge, virtue, and happiness faured, and has an expression, mair all over the world. What is it to especially about the een and mouth- me if the names of my articles are North.-James ! James !

often forgotten, not by a thankless Shepherd.—The truth is, Mr. but a restless generation, too much North, that you and the likes o' agog after novelties, and too much you, that hae been cavied a' your enamored of change ? The condays in toons, like pootry, hae sel- tents of any one of my good articles dom seen ony real weather-and cannot possibly be forgotten by all ken but the twa distinctions o' wat the thousands who have told me and dry. Then, the instant it be- that they once delighted in them, gins to drap, up wi' the umbrella — some fair or bright image-some and then vanishes the sky. Why, tender or pure feeling-some high that's aften the verra best time to or solemn thought must survive, feel and understaun' the blessed and enough for me-James—if in union of earth and heaven, when hours of gay or serious memories, the beauty is indeed sae beauteous, some mirthful or melancholy emathat in the perfect joy o' the heart nation from my mind be restored to that beats within you, ye wad lauch being, even though the dreamer in an atheist's face, and hae nae knows not that it was mine,-but mair doubt o'the immortality o’the believes it to have arisen then for sowle, than o'the mountain-tap that, the first time in his own imagination. far up above the vapors, is waiting Did I choose to write books, I bein its majestic serenity for the re- lieve they would find readers. But appearance o' the Sun, seen bricht- a book is a formal concern,-and to enin' and brichtenin' himsell during read it one must shut himself up for the shower, through behind a cloud hours from society, and sit down to that every moment seems mair and what may indeed be a pleasant task, mair composed o' radiance, till it —but still it is a task,--and in the has melted quite away,--and then, most interesting volume that ever there indeed is the Sun, rejoicing was written, alas ! there are many like a giant to run a race.

yawns. But a good article, such as many of mine that shall be name

less,-may be read from beginning North.— I could cut with a blunt to end under the alternate influence knife the throat of any man who of smiles and tears ;—and what if it yawns while I am speaking to him be laid aside, and perhaps never —especially if he attempts to conmeets more the fair face that be- ceal his crime, by putting his hand dewed or illumed it? yet methinks, to his mouth ; yet, such a bundle of James, that the maiden who walks inconsistences is man, that confound along the spring-braes is the better me if I could listen for five minutes and the happier of the sights scents to the angel Raphael himself-or and sounds she enjoys there, though Gabriel either-without experiencin a month she remembers not the ing that sensation about the jaws primrose-bank, on which, cheered which precedes and produces that by the sky-lark's song, she sat and sin. The truth is, that admiration smiled to see her long disheveled soon makes me yawn—and I fear tresses reflected in the Fairy's pool. that Sir Walter, and Coleridge,

Shepherd.—That's no unbonny: and Wordsworth, and Bowles, and

North. I believe that all my others, may sometimes have felt words are not wasted, each succeed- queer at the frequent, if not incesing month, on the idle air. Some sant, opening and shutting of the simple melodies, at least, if no so- folding doors of my mouth, during lemn harmonies, are sometimes their most amusing or instructive, heard, may hap from my lyre, floating reasoning or imaginative harangues. along the lonely valleys, and the I wish I could find some way of cheerful villages, and even not un- letting them know, that so far from distinguishable amid the din of any oilence being meant, or wearitowns and cities. What if, once ness experienced by me, I was in heard, they are heard no more ? fact repaying them for the delight They may have touched a string, a they gave me, by the most sincere, chord, James, in some innocent, if not the most delicate tribute of simple, but not unthoughtful heart ; applause, which it was in my power and that string, that chord, James, to render, or rather out of my power as well thou knowest, for thou to withhold from genius and wisart one of nature's own poets,—I dom. but a proser-and an old greyhaired Shepherd.--I never in a'my born proser too-may henceforth of itself days, and I'm noo just the age o' “ warble melody,” while, if un- Sir Walter, and, had he been leevin', touched by me or you, or other o’ Bonnypratt, met a perfeckly lovers of their kind, it might have pleasant—that is a'thegither en, lain mute forever! If so, verily I chantin' man in a party—and I have had my reward.

have lang thocht there's nae sic Shepherd.-- What for do you ne- thing in existence as poors o' conyer try to write verses, sir? Ca' versation. There's Sir Walter wi? and they'll come.

his everlastin' anecdotes, nine out North.-An old poet is an old oten meanin? naethin', and the fool, James.

tenth itsell as auld as the Eildon Shepherd.—But then you see, hills, but not, like them, cleft in sir, you're sic a fule already in sae three, which would be a great remony things, that the world 'll no lief to the listener, and aiblins alloo think ae grain the waur o'you gin a nap atween-yet hoo the coofs o' you'll play the fule in that too-be a a' ages, sexes, and ranks, belabor poet, sir, and fling yourself for food your luggs with their lauchter at to the hungry critics, for they're in every clause—and baser than ony a state o' starvation, and, for slaves that ever swept the dust with want o' something to devour, will their faces from the floors of Eastsune a' dee o' hunger and thirst. ern despots, swallow his stalest sto

ries as if they were manna dropping

fresh frae the heaven o imagina North.-Sarcastic dog! tion! Yet you see the crust aften Shepherd. And one and all alike sticks in their throats—and they each with the peculiar loathsomenarrowly escape chokin’. Yet I ness belonging to the mode of adulove and venerate Sir Walter abune lation practised in his ain kintraa' ither leevin’ men except yoursell, begin slabberin' and slimin' the illussir, and for that reason try to thole trious baronet frae head to feet, till his discourse. As to his ever he is all over slaver. Hoo he maun hearin' richt ae single syllable o' scunner ! what ye may be sayin' to him, wi’ North-Perhaps not. the maist freendly intent o' enlich Shepherd. He maun. Then tenin' his weak mind, you maun each Tramp begins to ring the same never indulge ony howp o' that changes on his fool's bells about kind—for o'a' the absent men when Sir Walter's poors o' conversation, anither's speakin', that ever glow- his endless stores o' information, his ered in a body's face, without inexhaustible mines o' intellectual seemin' to ken even wha he's lookin' treasuresat, Sir Walter is the foremost—and Norih.-Stop, James-lay your gin he behaves in that gate to a man hand on your heart, and tell me o'original genius like me, you may we are quite alone, and you need

his treatment o' the not look at the screen, for there is sumphs and sumphesses that com- nobody behind it-are you not jeapose fashionable society.

lous ? North.-James-be civil.

Shepherd.-Me jealous ! and o' Shepherd.—Yet tak up ony trash Sir Walter ! As I shall answer to o travels by ony outlandish for- God at the great day of judgment, eigner through our kintra, and turn I am not ! I glory in my country to the chapter, “ Visit to Abbots- for his sake. But say-sir-unseal ford,” and be he frog-eatin' French- your lips and speak-should he, man, sneevlin'through his nose who of all men I ever kent is the

North.–Or gross guttural Ger- least o' a tyrant, be thus served by man, groaning about Goethe slaves ?

Shepherd. - Or girnin' and gri North.—No great man of any macin' Italian, wi' his music and age, James, during his mortal lifehis macaroni, fiddlin' and fumblin' time, ever so lived, by the peaceful his way aiblins into marriage wi' power of genius, in the world's eye, some deluded lassie o' condition and in the world's mind, and the wi' the best o' Scottish bluid in her world's heart, as Sir Walter Scott. veins

Shepherd.-None whatsomever.





the summit of the head in a profuA redingote of gros de Naples, sion of bows. A plaited braid is the color a bright ruby. Corsage brought from the back of the head à l'Amazone, sleeves en gigot. Å across the forehead on one side. rich silk trimming, disposed hori We have been favored with a zontally, ornaments the front of the sight of several mantles now in predress en tablier, and a twisted rou- paration. Some are intended for leau goes round the bottom near open carriages. They are comthe edge of the border. The che- posed of a new kind of cloth, of unmisette is of cambric, with a triple common softness and beauty. The frill round the throat.' The hair is most elegant are richly embroidered combed back from the forehead in round the border, in a color strongthe Chinese style, and disposed only contrasted with the mantle. They

have large collars cut in points, of rose noisette. The corsage is which fall very low before, and are cut low, particularly on the shoulterminated by a large acorn ; these ders, and drapé in front. Bêret collars are attached to a small round sleeve, partially covered with a demi pelerine, which reaches to the Mameluke sleeve of white gaze de shoulders, and is much more advan- Paris, looped at the points of the tageous to the shape than having shoulders with knots of gauze ribthe fulness of the mantle round the bon. The skirt is decorated with upper part of the bust.

A collet points à revers ; they are edged with evasé, cut in points, falls over this white silk trimming, and are each pelerine. Sometimes these points ornamented with a knot of ribbon. are bordered by a narrow gold tor- The head-dress is a white crape sade.

bêret, of a very novel shape, adorned

with a profusion of white ostrich A crape dress, over satin to cor- feathers. Necklace, ear-rings, and respond. The color is a new shade bracelets, gold and rubies.




“ Little things have their value." A Fable.-Once upon a time, a man, nished of it, he said he had done so for 30 somewhat in drink belike, raised a dread- years, and would not leave his old Humpful outcry at the corner of the market. simus for their new Sumpsimus." place, “ That the world was all turned topsy-turvy ; that the men and cattle were A new edition is promised immediately alf walking with their feet uppermost; of the little work so well known and rethat the houses and earth at large, (if they ceived under the designation of “ Philosodid not mind it,) would fall into the sky; phy in sport made science in earnest." in short, that unless prompt scans were This production, which is now generally taken, things in general were on the high known to proceed from the pen of Dr. Pa. road to the devil." As the people only ris, has been pronounced to be one

of the laughed at him, he cried the louder and most successful attempts ever made to more vehemently; nay, at last, began ob. smooth the paths of science for the inespejuring, foaming, imprecating; when a rienced steps of youth. good-natured auditor, going up, took the Mr. Hood announces his “ Comic Anorator by the haunches, and softly invert- nual" for 1831, and also a second edition ing his position set him down on his feet. of the volume for 1830, “ the public," acThe which upon perceiving, his mind was cording to his statement, “having placed staggered not a little. “Ha! deuce take lim in the best of all literary positions,it! cried he, rubbing bis eyes, so it that of having a copyright and not a copy was not the world that was hanging by its left." feet, then, but I that was standing on my An Essay on the Origin and Prospects head!”–Censor, castigator morum, Ra- of Man, by Mr. Hope, author of " Anastadical Reformer, by whatever name thou sius," is shortly to appear. art called ! have a care! especially is thou The second volume of Moore's Byron is art getting loud!

said to be nearly ready for the press. Fat Living.-The vicarage of Wyburn, New Works.-Sir' Jonah Barrington's or Wintburn, in Cumberland, is of the fol- Personal Sketches. Second Edition.lowing tempting value, viz. fifty shillings Doddridge's Memoirs and Correspondence. per annum, a new surplice, a pair of clogs, Vol. IV.-The Literary Souvenir for 1831. and feed on the common for one goose!! Edited by Alaric A. Watts. The New This favored church preferment is in a Year's Gift; or Juvenile Souvenir. Edit. wild country, inhabited by shepherds. ed by Mrs. A. A. Watts. The Winter's The service is once a fortnight. The Wreath for 1831.- The Iris; a Religioas clerk keeps a pot-house opposite the and Literary Offering. Edited by the church, and when there is no congrega. Rev. T. Dalé, M.A.-Tales of the Dead, tion, the Vicar and Moses regalo them- and other Poems. By John Heneage Jes. selves at the bar.

se.-The Poetical and Prose Works of Obstinacy.—Hakewell, in his Apology, Friederich Von Schiller.The Devil's Fi&c. tells us, “ Notwithstanding the ser- sit, a Poem, with eight spirited Engravings vice was read in Latin, yet so little was on wood, from designs by Robert Cruik. that understood, that an old priest in the shank.- Le Keepsake Francais.-The Tatime of Henry VIII. read Mumpsimus Do- lisman, by Mrs. A. Watts.--Forget-Memine for Sumpsimus. And being admo- Not-Friendsbip's Offering.–Cameo, &c.

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Earth seems no longer the selected bride

Of Heaven, but, like a Widow, weepeth there.
Across her brow the deepening shadows glide;

The wreaths have perish'd on her pallid hair.

Yet in her bosom, beautiful though bare,
A radiant hope is sown, that soon shall rise

And ripen into joy beneath the brightening skies. 35 ATHENEUM, vol. 5, 3d series.

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