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Omicron.Fervid sublimity, and a the bays of ballad-romance had then dithyrambie abandonment to the im- taken root at Sir Walter Scott's door, petus of his genius, characterize this and would not budge an inch in faaspirant to your patronage. A great vour of him, who avers that he first evil has, however, already resulted introduced them to the soil. Omicron's from your procrastination. Had the poem, we fear, can no longer expect poem had an early insertion, the revi, the factitious support of being a novelval, or rather re-modelling of the Eng. ty in an original style ; but to prove lish hexameter, would have been as to you that the invention was anticisigned to him, rather than to the Lau, pated by him, allow us to quote the reate or the author of the Hymn. But opening; for in a case of this kind, Omicron's case is too like that of Cole- every added day renders it more diffiridge, whose Cristabel came out fifteen cult to do him justice. years too late for his reputation, since

“ Ready am I to ascend hence the loftiest heaven of invention : Ready, aye ready; but what are the means I employ to arrive there? For my shoe-scraper I use the notable Teneriffe Pico ; Clouds are steps which I mount to get up to the door I am seeking, And the blue firmament's breadth is this very door to be entered. (10.) First, though I rap to give notice, a thunderbolt being my knocker, Lest on Apollo I pop, undressed in his slippers and night-gown ;Double's the rap which results from the discipline brisk of my fingers, Which you, and others who grovel, imagine the rattling of thunder," &c. “ Letters between Herbert Lud, ciprocal Misapprehension, by Martha low and Camilla Conway," by Laura Ann Sellon." Nevertheless we think

The simple dictates of unsophisti, it would fall in with the taste of your cated sentiment. (11.)

more studious poetico-metaplıysical " Impenetrability; or the Effects of readers, Misapprehended Reciprocity;" signed These pieces are what we somewhat Crux.-Not entirely new in its lead. confidently submit to your better judging plan; for, as “ The Pleasures of ment, not mentioning such as we have Hope" sprang from “ The Pleasures of suppressed, and seldom having noticed Memory;" so was the hint for this more than a single one of our respecsubtly didactic poem given by one styled tive productions, now awaiting your “Individuality, or the Causes of 'Re- fiat to be printed. (12.)

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his stool; and if some part (not his hoad) came with a very smart impact against the ground, it would be a due recompence for making us read such wooden, brainless stuff.

(10.) Omicron beats M. Garnerin, who entrusted himself to a parachute, which swung him backwards and forwards till his brains were addled, and then banged him against the stones, to see what sort of osteology he was possessed of. We received the hymn a week, two days, and some hours before little o's six-footed lines crept in. We must be just.

(11.) We hasten to persuade Mr H. L. with all the earnestness for his good which we can show, to apply instanter for the situation advertised last week of Junior Usher to the lowest form at Mr M.'s academy, Leith ; apprehending from the old motto “ docendo disco," that it comes within the scope of the possibles, that he may, by teaching scholars not yet imbued with any great quantity of erudition, (being mostly quinquennarians, or at most sexennarians,) himself learn to spell ; and as to Miss Camilla, she talks of cookery being a vulgar science, she hallucinates. - the wisest course she can pursue is to put herself for a month or two under the flowery-fisted dominion of the house-keeper of her friend Mr Thirdcourse, in the capacity of kitchen-maid, (if indeed so much capacity be hers ;) but, N. B. she must, meanwhile, be called Molly, Betty, Sally, or the like, as a nom-de-guerre or rather de-cuisine, for Camilla at the frying-pan, or working away with the flour-dredger, hath some incongruity to the ear. Should she listen to this ad. vice, she will return to a sounder way of judging on the subject. Shall Mrs Rundel have written in vain ? Smoke-jacks and cradle spits, forbid !

(12.) In fine, we give no encouragement to our Contributors to question our tact and judgment. Write away merry men all, but Fame hath deputed us role umpire,-indisputable, and till now undisputed.

C. N.

EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

No. LV.

SEPTEMBER, 1821.

Vol. X.

Contents.

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The New Forest Pauper..commencemaranna 123 | On Coplestone's Inquiry into the Doc. Prospective Letter concerning Poetry 125 trines of Necessity and PredestinaNotices of old English Comedies. No. tion. Letter I...w anawa.com 192

I. Eastward Hoe.. . casserrean 127 Martin, the Carder, a West-Meathian Adventure in the North-west Terri.

Tale consommaso wowowowo 199 tory animosom as 137 Familiar Epistles to Christopher North, Sclavonic Traditional Poetry ancora 145 from an Old Friend with a New Zaboy, Slawoy, and Ludeck. A

Face. Letter II. On Anastasius,
Sclavonian Tale...

149 by Lord Byron..... .eraman 200 Expedition against the Pirates of the The Voyages and Travels of Colum

Gulf of Persia. 1819-20... ... 151 bus Secundus. Chap. XI. and XII. 206 Timbuctoo and Mungo Park .com 158 Dr Scott's Return from Paris !!! 214 A Short Vocabulary of the Tim Expostulation with Mr Barker. 216 bucton Language.....common

Familiar Epistles to Christopher
Letter from Bill Truck, inclosing"The North, from an Old Friend with a

Man-of-war's-man." Chap. I... 161 New Face. Letter III. On the Per-
The Steam-Boat. No. VII. Lon-

sonalities of the Whigs and the Out don Adventures occaecam

cry against Magamrocamaracoroas 217 Tale XI. The Effigies ..commons The late Queen.......

222 Tale XII. The Broken Heart 170 The King's Visit to Ireland moromance 224 On Feldberg's Denmark muna 172 Epigram from the Danish of Thaarupanand

WORKS PREPARING for PUBLICA-
Ballad, by Professor Molbech.com 178
Why are Poets indifferent Critics ? - 180
Gracious Rain resimamanasan manco 186 | MONTHLY LIST OF NEW PUBLI.
A Mother's Dirge over her Child m. 187 CATION Scompanion
Morsels of Melody. Part II. o. 188
No. VII. The Pillow of the

MONTHLY REGISTER.
Tent m arina

ib.
No. VIII. Come, Mary, to me! 189 | Commercial Report.monmanananananana 232
No. IX. To Betsy commencero ib. Appointments, Promotions, &c. mam 536
No. X. The Evening Invitation 190 Births, Marriages, and Deaths mancom 238
No. XI. Absence was common ib.
No. XII. The Wanderer's Adieu 191 |

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EDINBURGH:

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD, NO. 17, PRINCE'S STREET, EDINBURGH ;

AND T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES, STRAND, LONDON;

To whom Communications (post paid) may be addressed.

SOLD ALSO BY ALL THE BOOKSELLERS OF THE UNITED KINGDON.

JAMES BALLANTYNE & CO. PRINTERS, EDINBURGH.

- BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,

No. LIII, & No. LIV.

For August, 1821.

CONTENTS or No. LIII.-(Being the last No. of Vol. IX.) . Į. Horæ Germanicæ. No. XII. The Pilgrimage, a Drama, by the Baron la Motte Fouqué.-II. Ode on the Olden Time.--III, Morsels of Melody.IV. Lamb's Translation of Catullus.-V. The Florida Pirate.-VÌ. On the Probable Influence of Moral and Religious Instruction on the Character and Situation of Seamen. No. II.–VII. Inch Keith Beacon.-VIII. The Invocation.-IX. The Landscape.-X. The Wanderer of Connaught.—XI. Elegy on a Country maiden.—XII. The Sons of Mooslim.—XIII. Sir Thomas Browne's Letter to a Friend.-XIV. The Plague of Darkness, a Dramatic Scene from the Exodus.-XV. The Last Plague.-XVI. On Psalm-Singing in our Churches, with some Observations upon the Proposed “ Additional Psalmody.-XVII. The Forgers.—XVIII. Works preparing for Publication.-XIX. Monthly List of New Publications.-XX. Monthly Register,

&c.

CONTENTS or No. LIV.-(Being the first No. of Vol. X.) I. Epistle Preliminary.-II. The Steam-Boat. No. VI. (Voyage Third.) Tale

10. A Jeanie Deans in Love. Part Second. The Preparations. Part Third. the Coronation.—III. Account of a Coronation-Dinner at Edinburgh.-IV. The Voyages and Travels of Columbus Secundus. Chapters 7, 8, 9, and 10. -V. Familiar Epistles to Christopher North, from an Old Friend with a New Face. Letter I. On Hogg's Memoirs.-VI. The Modern British Drama. No. I. The Fatal Unction; a Coronation Tragedy. By Lælius *** ****, M. D.-VII. “Fifæana.” No. I.–VIII. Characters of Living Authors, by Themselves. No. I.-IX. Essays on Cranioscopy, Craniology, Phrenology, &c. By Sir Toby Tickletoby, Bart. Chapters 1, 2, and 3.— X. The Muses Welcome to the High and Mightie Prince James, &c.—XI. Remark on Bishop Corbet's Poems.—XII. Ode on the King's Landing in Ireland.—XIII. A Welcome to his Majesty George IV. on his Arrival in Ireland.-XIV. Excellent New Song, Composed and Sung by James Scott, Esq. M. D. 19th July.—XV. Extempore Effusion, Sung with great Effect by Morgan O'Doherty, Esq. 19th July.--XVI. Sylvanus Urban and Christopher North-XVII. Continuation of Don Juan.-XVIII. An Expostulatory Round Robin from Fourteen Contributors.—XIX, The Finish.

*** By publishing this extra Number, the Eleventh Volume will commence

at the regular period in January.

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A Lyrical Ballad. THE Justice, in his elbow.chair,

Though age so gently press'd him, he Sat, while a Parish Overseer,

By accident was not uncross'd ; At much expence of breath and action, It was the rougher foe to him, And eke in high dissatisfaction,

And robb'd him of a precious limb, Address'd his worship's ear.

His left-side arm was lost. His tale in brief (though brevity

Thus maim'd, yet he, you still would say, He studied not) was that a Pauper, From no inglorious stock was bred ; Who of the parish claimed support, He bore an air of hardihood, Pray'd for this bounty in a sort

Of freedom breathed from the wild wood, Most monstrous and improper.

Where his prime life was led. The needy wretch had strongly begg'd With open front he stood_a picture Some pittance to his share might fall ; And though his frock gave you to trace, With which, to manage as he may,

By the loose dangling sleeve, his loss, Nor drone his scrap of life away

It did not mar his port; he was W'ithin the work-house wall.

A model still of rustic grace.

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'Twas his to watch the antler'd herd, “And when it nigh'd to Christmas-tide, Which peering pass'd in mute alarm, I cut the holly's glorious bough, But as he got into an oak,

To deck our parish-church withal ; A branch decay'd beneath him broke, And some I carried to the hall, And thence he lost his arm.

With merry misletoe.

« Well, Arthur,” said the Magistrate, “ Such were my shifts, poor helps they were “What in thy favour can'st aver ? For eking out those means of mine: There must, forsooth, be weighty cause But now my wits are at an end, To reckon thee, 'gainst parish laws, And I shall thankfully depend An out-door pensioner ?”.

On what your worship may assign." « An' please your honour," quoth old Ar. Spake the Overseer :-“ His worship will thur,

Give us an order to receive you “ I know nought of their rules about it; Into the House."-A spot of ire But this I will make bold to say,

Glow'd on the veteran's cheek like fire : I'd scorn to take the parish pay,

Said he, “My presence would but grieve Could I earn bread without it.

you. “ Born in the woods, up from a boy “ I've lived among the ranging deer, I've been a roving forester,

Till leaves and greensward, air and light, And fairly earn'd, till latterly,

I almost need as much as they : My food, and fire, and livery,

And where my blithe companions stray, By keeping the King's deer.

Those haunts I cannot quit. Three years are gone since this befel ;" “Your house to me would be a prison ; And here he touch'd his empty sleeve. For I've in open forest spent “ And though no longer fit to be

My threescore years, without controul ; A forest-groom, yet zealously

No-give the smallest weekly dole, By my own work I strove to live. And I'll be gratefully content." " The ranger gave a bounty, when “ It cannot be," quoth the Overseer. ' From service I was forced to go,

The Justice nodded in assent, And with it I two years was fed ; And said with mildness,—" That retreat, Since which this hand has got me bread, From what you apprehend of it, And that with hard ado.

Will prove far different."

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