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Still ardently desired. The Power all-wise
pains; And manhood has its toys; its happy dreams; Its gay anticipations, e'en as youth. Not with a sigh of mournful, vain regret, I visit these green haunts; this placid stream. But, while the scene to memory's retrospect Reflects the illusive tint which fancy throws Upon the distant past, Hope too expands Her gilded prospects; and the future smile With colours indistinct, but beautiful As the dim clouds by gleams of daybreak tinged Ere the red sunrise paints the mountain's brow; I so am framed, that no depressing gloom Has power to damp my shaping energies; But still, as when a child, my glance can dart Bright o'er the illumined future, and create Its own ideal world of hope and joy. -o-o-o
Now, we’ll faney the judge in his fullbottomed wig, Assisted by most of the quorum, Whilst counsellor Buz, and young counsellor Prig, Vehemently argued before 'em. The rusticks all gaped, and took mouthfuls of law, As they listened to Buz and his brother; Not a whisper was heard, they were brimfull of awe; Now admiring of this, then of t'other.
But Buz warmer grew as the cause onward went. His arguments seemed quite convincing; Behind stood a client, who, when he seemed spent, Took this method to keep him from wincing. Whene'er his loud voice seemed to shrink to a squeak, Five guineas he slipped 'tween his fin rS; These gave him new powers and forced him to speak Loud as Grub street's stentorian singers.
This was done many times, my story says ten And isee no cause why I should dockit; And as oft as he felt them, he at it. again, And slipt them quite sly in his pocket, Now Prig feeling no such strong reasons as these. Slackened much in his learned ha. ranguing; Whilst Buz gained the cause with comparative ease:— Thus cash, sometimes saves men from hanging ! Now Bolz felt a longing to count over his gains; For Buz was a lawyer most thrifty; And thought, for the trouble he'd given his brains, He deserved at least forty or fifty. So behold, when the court was broke up, home he hied, To his neat first floor room of a lodgIng; Like a ghost through the streets and the lanes did he glide, And escaped his acquaintance by dodg1ng. Now observe him alone, seated snug by the fire, From behind his best spectacles peep. ing; But, lo' he soon found a misfortune most dire, And he scarce could refrain from loud, weeping.
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TWO and twenty rocky islands, lying between the latitudes of 61° 15’ and 62° 21', extend 67 miles in length, from north to south, and 45 in breadth, from east to west. Ab ovium multitudine, says Arngrim Jonas, Faereyjar, seu rectius Faarey
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Danish signifies a sheep, and oe an island, Landt distrusts this derivation of the word Feroe, because he is not certain that fadr was used in the same sense by the Norwegians; and he traces it to fier, feathers, from the abundance procured from the sea fowl there, or to far or Jiaorn, far distant. The islands consist of a group of steep rocks or hills, lying so close to each other, that their bases are merely separated by a brook. Towards the sea they generally terminate in perpendicular rocks, from two to three hundred fathoms in height; those which decline more gradually, have, for the most part, two or three sloping terraces, formed by projecting rocks, and covered with grass. The Vol. v. 2 O
sides of some are formed of hillocks, lying close like the hills themselves, and appearing, especially when covered with snow, like tents. There are no valleys of any extent among them, only a few broken and craggy dales between their summits. The sides are in many places so steep, that no earth can remain on them; and from many of the heights, where mould might otherwise collect, it is swept away by the winds. In those parts which are arable, the depth of soil never exceeds four feet; frequently it is not more than eight inches. Strata of basaltick columns are found among the hills; in the isle of Suderoe they extend to a considerable height, and from the base of the hill stretch out several, fathoms into the sea, gradually lowering till they are lost beneath the water. The relationship of the Feroe islands to Staffa and the Giants Causeway is evident; but it must be left to the Neptunists and Vulcanists to settle the pedigree. Deep fissures of considerable length are met
with between the hills; caverns also are frequent in the shores, the faurite haunts of seals; some of A. extend so far, that a boat may enter a hundred fathoms; some pass through a hill, and are open at both ends; some stretch through a whole island. There are few fresh water lakes among the hills; the largest is only two miles in circumference. Torrents are of course numerous, and afford great facilities for water mills. Some falls appear only after heavy rain. If a strong wind happens to blow toward the rock, the water is dispersed like a shower; if the wind be like a hurricane, none of the water is seen to fall, the whole is driven up into the atmosphere like a thick mist, which is sometimes glorified with a rainbow. The most remarkable fall is called Fosaa, in Nordstromoe. It consists of two, one below the other, each computed at from 70 to 100 feet. Landt was assured that trouts had been seen to work their way up it. A warm spring in Osteroe, called Varmakieldi, is the Spa of the Feroe islanders. "They used to assemble there at midsummer, to use the water as a remedy, and to amuse themselves. Their faith in its medical properties has abated; but the good pastor, who employed his leisure among them in collecting information for this very interesting volume, says that they derive material benefit from the journey and the cheerfulness of the place; their inactive life, and sedentary labours, render them liable to various disorders, and the effect of change and excitement is such, that they return home greatly improved both in body and mind. It is then to be regretted that the Varmakieldi waters should go out of fashion. Some Danish physician should write a paper upon their virtues for the Copenhagen transactions. Seventeen of these islands are inhabited. They were first peopled,
according to Landt, in the ninth century, by some Norwegians, who, being discontented with their king, the famous Harold Harfager, retired here, and supported themselves, after the manner of their fathers, by piracy. It is, however, apparent, from what this author himself states, that some of these islanders are of a different race. The natives of the southern isles, he says, have round faces, are of lower stature, speak more rapidly, and are much livelier in their actions than those of the northern. These, therefore, are evidently of Finnish extraction; and it is owing to the mixture of this race that the language is not purely Norse. Magnus the good reduced these islands to obedience. Since that time they have belonged to Norway, and upon the union of the two crowns, were annexed to Denmark. During the present war, the conduct of some British privateers, who landed here and upon Iceland, excited the attention of government; and an order of council was issued, declaring that these inoffensive islanders were not to be molested in consequence of the war between Great Britain and Denmark, and that they might continue in perfect security the little traffick which they carried on with the mother country. Such is the temper with which this country makes war; while the system of its enemies is to aggravate the evils of hostility by the wanton infliction of private and individual misery. This is not the only advantage which the Feroe islands have derived from the remoteness of their situation. Too distant, too uninviting, and, above all, too unproductive te be coveted, they have never been granted by the crown to any petty tyrants, and thus have escaped those feudal oppressions which degrade the Danes, and still (though in a mitigated degree), disgrace the Scotch islands. They are, therefore, a contented and a happy people.