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We really cannot think of inserting such verses as the following:
THE CHAMPION'S FAREWELL.
Otium cum Dignitate.
Farewell for some time to my tin pantaloons ;
Good luck to broad cloth for a score or two moons !
This avoirdupois weight of glory must fall ;
Take my head in a saucepan to Westminster-hall.
'Tis a mercy this grand show-of-fight day is up,
To back through the dishes, with ine and my cup.
And the gauntlet resign for “ neat gentleman's doe :"
My horse's own tail 'twixt Duke, Marquis, and Co.
For I'll ship man and horse, and “ show off,”—not on shore ;
They feather'd my scull — but I'll feather my oar.
And give him some beans, since I now am at peace ;
And he'll let you out Marmions at sovereigns a-piece.
And clapp'd his old sober-sidles into the street :
Pay thc charge of the charger, and bring a receipt. N. of Margate, says he means to send us “ A Marine Subject.” We hope it will be a Mermaid.
“ Summer Holidays” are very pretty, and might be relished by those who are young enough to enjoy them in reality--but the world is not so young as it was.
Philogenes' “ Verses to the Matchless Orinda,” are defective in the title, as our legal adviser informs us ; Mrs. Katherine Phillips was once married. We thought we saw some other flaws not less fatal to his pretensions.
The article on His written with too much asperity. If piquant means personal, we decline the other Communications offered by Aliquis.
Henry has some good stuff in him, but it is as much as our place is worth to oblige him. “ Sweet Quarter of the Year” tickled our kidneys. We suspect H. L. is a relation of his ; the same answer will apply to both.
On Modes of Sepulture, by M. should have been addressed (like a funeral society's hand bill) “ To those who wish to be buried.”
Many other Signatures are waiting for answers, but, to be brief, they must guess at the reasons of our refusal.
But I am haunted by a fearful shape-
Old Play. The whole course of Annan-wa- and wild plum, remains of mili. ter, in Dumfries-shire, is beautiful; tary or feudal greatness, dismantled from where it arises among the up- keeps or peels, and repeated vesa land pastures, in the vicinity of the tiges of broad Roman roads and sources of the Clyde and the Tweed, ample camps, with many of those and winding its way by old church- massive and squat structures, vaultyard, decayed castle, Roman en- ed, and secured with double iron campment, and battle-field-through doors, for the protection of catfine natural groves, and well-culti- tle, in former times, from reavers vated grouncis, finally unites its wa and forayers. The river itself has ters with the sea of Solway, after - attractions of its own: its inconsiconferring its name on the pretty derable waters are pure; and the little borough of Annan. The in- pebbles may be numbered in the terior of the district, it is true, pre- deepest pools, save when the stream sents a singular mixture of desolate is augmented by rains ; and for the nature and rich cultivation ; but the net, the liester, and the fly-hook, it immediate banks of the river itself produces abundance of salmon, grilare of a varied and romantic charac- ses, herlings, and trouts. The peater. At every turn we take, we santry are as varied in their characcome to nooks of secluded and fairy ter as the district they inhabit. Abeauty-groves of fine ancient trees, griculture and pasturage claim an coeval with the ruined towers they equal share in the pursuits of almost embosom--clumps of the most beau- every individual ; and they are distiful holly, skirted with rones, or tinguished from the people of many irregular rows of hazel, wild cherry, other lowland districts by superior Vol. IV.
strength, agility, and courage: the straight stems of the trees, escaped free mountain air, gentle labour, and into the free air through the upper variety of pursuits, give a health boughs of the grove. Between the and activity which fit them for mar tower and the river lay many webs tial exercises ; and they have, per- of fine linen, bleaching on the grass; haps, more of a military air about while from the ruin itself came the them, than the inhabitants of any uninterrupted merriment of some of the neighbouring vales. Many country maidens—a singular medley strange, romantic, and martial sto- of open laughter, fragments of song, ries, linger among them; and those and taunts about courtship, and who have the good fortune to be sarcasms on the lack of lovers. admitted to their friendship, or their “ Lads !” said a shrill voice, “I fireside, may have their condescen- never saw such soulless coofs-ane sion richly 'repaid by curious oral would think we had ne'er a tooth in communications, in which history, our head, or a pair o lips for the true and fabulous, and poetry, and kissing." “ Kissing, indeed!” said superstition, are strangely blended to another; “Ane would think our gether. The tale of the spirit which lips were made for nought save for many generations has haunted supping curds or croudy, and that the castle of Spedlans, will have its we were suspected of witchcraftnarrative of ordinary horror accom- here we have been daidling in this panied by fairy legends, and tradi- den of woe and dool from blessed tions more romantic in their origin, sun-rise, and deil a creature with and more deeply steeped in the dews hair on its lip has mistaken its road, of superstition.
and come near us. I think ancient One fine September morning, for spunk and glee be dead and gone the combined purpose of angling, ga- from merry Annan-water.”—“ Ah, thering nuts, and exploring the strong- my bonnie lasses,” interrupted an holds of the ancient heroes of Annan- old woman, half choked with a dale-- the Hallidays, the Jardines, church-yard cough, “I mind weel the Carlyles, the Bells, and the Irv- in the blessed year fifteen we had a ings, I proceeded up the river bank, bonnie bleaching in this very place and employed my fish-rod with a - there was Jeany Bell, and Kate success which drove me in despair Bell, her cousin, who had a misto nut-gathering. It was past mid- fortune at forty, and was made an day when I arrived at a fine bold honest woman at fifty-eight; and sweep of the stream, where the there was Bell Irving and me,-lads! shade of the bordering groves was we had the choice of the parish; ye invitingly cool, and the green-sward might have heard the caressing o’ fresh, soft, and untrodden. The our lips as far as the Wyliehole ; sun was, to use the expression of a and what would ye think--Pate IrScottish poet" wading 'mang the ving, now a douce man and a godly, mist,” or as a fastidious Englishman was the wantonest of all. Ah, my
struggling amid driz- bonnie kimmers, that was a night. zly rain,” which abated the heat of This description of departed joys the luminary, and rendered the grass- seemed to infuse its spirit into the blade cool and moist. A large oak- younger branches of the establishtree or two, set down in the random ment; for while I pondered how I beauty of nature, adorned the nar- might introduce myself to these warow holm, or bordering of green- ter-nymphs with discretion and husward, between the wood and the mility, I observed a young rosy water; while at the extremity of the face, ornamented with a profusion walk, where the stream was limited of glistering nut-brown locks, proby projecting rocks, stood the re- jected past the porch, and recon- mains of one of those square peels, noitring me very stedfastly. A foreor towers of refuge, already alluded head with dark eyes and raven hair to. The building was roofless; and instantly assisted in the scrutiny ; and the walls had been lessened in their presently the head of the ancient height by violence; while from its dame herself appeared, obtruded beinterior ascended a thin blue smoke, yond them both -- like Care looking which, curling away among thé out between Mirth and Joy in a mo
dem allegory. A Tartan night-cap failed to mend it with Dick Bell. endeavoured in vain to restrain her o' the Cowfloshan.” The secret hismatted and withered hair, which the tory of the old woman's unhappy comb had not for a long while sought loves was interrupted by the appearto shed, or the scissars to abridge; ance of a very handsome girl, who, her cheeks were channeled; and a bearing refreshments for her mepair of spectacles perched on a nose nials, glided through the grove, with something of the colour and shape a foot so light and white--a look so of a lobster's claw, assisted her in sweet-a high white forehead, shaded drawing conclusions from the ap- with locks clustering over the tempearance of a stranger. I heard ples--and with eyes so large, so bright, the tittering and whispering of the and blue, that she seemed a personimaidens; but the voice of the old fication of the shepherd maidens of woman aspired to something more Scottish song. Two fine moorland elevated than a whisper, and mingled dogs accompanied her: they sat as counsel and scolding in equal quan- she sat, stood as she stood, and tities. “A fisher, indeed!” respond- moved as she moved. She withdrew ed the sybil to the queries of one from her companions, and approachof her greener companions" and ed where I stood, with a look at what's he come to fish? -a snow once so sweet and demure, that, white web from the bottom of our trespasser as I imagined myself to cauldron-Aye, aye, cause he has ae be, I was emboldened to abide a handsome leg, and something of a rebuke, which I hoped would come merry ee -- mind ye, I say na twa- softened from such sweet lips. ye christen his calling honest.- He's a Though apparently examining the long black fallow with a tinker look, progress of her linen towards perfect and I'll warrant there's no his mar whiteness, and approaching me rarow from Longtown to Lochmaben, ther by a sidelong than a direct for robbing hen-roosts; and yet I step, I observed, by a quick glance shouldna wonder, Mysie Dinwoodie, of her eye, that I was included in if ye held tryst with that strange lad her calculations. I was saved the for a whole night, with no witness confusion which a bashful person save the blessed moon.” “ Hout feels in addressing a stranger, by a now, Prudence Caird,” said the fair- voice from the river-bank, which, haired girl, “ye are thinking on the ascending from a small knoll of green mistake ye made with Pate John- willows, sang with singular wildness stone, of Dargavel-and how ye some snatches of an old ballad.
The ear may scarce listen its flowing ;
The golden harvest glowing ;
The sword of the warrior flashing ;
The barbed war steeds dashing :
When the song ceased, I observed and I could not help imagining, that two hands shedding apart the thick my companion felt a particular inwillows, while an eye glanced for a terest in the minstrel's story. The moment through the aperture on the time and the place contributed to young maiden and me. A song of the charm of the sweet voice and the a gentler nature instantly followed- rustic poetry.
BONNIE MARY HALLIDAY.
Turn again, I call you ;
Sorrow will befal you:
Is wailing sore, and calling ;
Come, my bonnie lady ;
My steed is saddled ready ;
My faith shall never faulter;
The towers of merry Preston
So busk thee, love, and hasten;
Through Tinwald and green Mouswal ;
Turn again, I tell you:
What maidens may excel you:
And Corrie many a fair one,
When the citter's sounding,
Amang the blythe lads bounding :
The winter moon shall warm us,
To cheer us and to charm us. During the song, I walked uncon- filled with withered flowers, and sciously down to the river-bank, and black-cock and peacock feathers, lay stood on a small promontory which at ber side; and its removal allowed projected into the stream; it was a fine fleece of hazel-coloured hair to bordered with willows and wild- fall down on all sides, till it curled on flowers, and the summit, nibbled by the grass. She wore a boddice of some pet sheep, was as smooth as the green tarnished silk; her lower garsoftest velvet. Here I obtained a full ments were kilted in the thrifty view of this singular songstress. She fashion of the country maidens of was seated among the willows, on the Caledonia ; and round her neck and indented bank, with her bare feet in arms she wore-as much, it is true, the stream: a slouched straw hat, for a charm, as an ornament-seve