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ings of Messrs Ballantyne's creditors, a copy of Produce of New Works by Sir Walter Scott at pre-
which has lately been in private circulation. sent in the course of publication.
Hence the sudden, and, it must be added, rather

1. Woodstock, 3 volumes, 9,500 ; L.

d. awkward avowal of the authorship on the part

shop-price 315, 6d. boards. 14,962 10 of Sir Walter. As he was well aware that the Deduct one-third, to reduce to circumstances would soon make their way through trade-price, and cover expenses the press, he determined to catch at some little

of sale

4,987 10 eclat, while yet there was time--some little credit Cost of paper and printfor disclosing that himself, which all the world

ing (same as Redwere soon to learn from others.

gauntlet)

2,225 « These are items from the accounts.

Sum to cover contin•Value of Sir Walter Scott's literary property. gencies

1,000 '1. Copyright of published works, estimated at the rate obtained from Constable and Co. for

8,212 10 similar works.'

Remains

6,750 0 St Ronan's Well

1,300l. Add value of copy-right, after first Redgauntlet

impresssion.

1,300 Crusaders

Produce of Woodstock :

8,050 4,6ool.

2. Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, 62. Eventual rights to works sold to Constable 5 vols. 8,000 copies, shop-price and Co. for which bonds to the extent of 7,8vol. 52s.6d, boards

21,000 are granted, but for reasons above stated, no va Deduct one-third, as lue can be rated in this state.?

abote

7,000 “3. Works in progress. As none of these are Ditto for paper, etc. 3,706 0 completed, no salue put on them at present be- Ditto contingencies 1,200 yond what is before stated as due to Ballantyne and Co. for printing works in progress, and on

11,906 the value of Messrs Constable and Co.'s paper on

9,094 hand; but ultimately will be very valuable. See Add value of copy-right after first Appendix as to these works.

edition. .

2,166 13 4 « In the debtor and creditor account of Constable and Co. with Ballantyne and Co., the follow- Produce of Bonaparte's Life : 11,260 13 4 ing item occurs on the credit side:-Sums ad. 3. Literary productions by Sir vanced by Constable and Co. to Sir Walter Scott, being their two-third shares of sums stipulated

Walter Scott already finished, to be paid in advance for two works of fiction

but not yet published, though not named, and not yet written, as per missives,

in the course of publication,

which may be safely stated at dated 7th and 20th March, 1823.

« These works being undelivered, it is consider « At the second meeting of creditors, held 3d ed the author has an undoubted right to retain February; . 1826, a resolution is entered, that them, and impute the sums paid to account in the printing establishment should be continued, the general balance owing to Constable and Co.

both as a source of profit, and as necessary for « In Appendix, No. II., being estimates of funds the publication of Sir W. Scott's works; who had that may accrue to Ballantyne and Co. within a requested of Mr Gibson to communicate, that he year, occur several curious particulars relative to was to use every exertion in his power on behalf Woodstock and the Life of Napoleon Bonaparte. of the creditors; and by the diligent employ

ment of his talents, and adoption of a strictly 1 « This price is that given for the subsequent editions, economical mode of life, to secure, as speedily after the first of 10,000.»

as possible, full payment to all concerned. ? « It is a condition of these bonds, that if they are not paid, the copyrights revert to the author; so that, in spite

« The cause of the delay in the publication of of the failure of the granters, it is supposed they will be the Life of Napoleon will be found in the followpaid.»

ing minute: 3 « This alludes to the Life of Napoleon.»

"The circumstances connected with the two 4 «Were the right the other way, it would be a very difficult matter to enforce it. An author of works of fic literary works, entitled Woodstock, and The tion is not to be delivered against his will; a legal process Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, having been conto force Sir Walter Scott to produce a couple of 'novels, sidered; the trustees expressed their opinion, that would be the Cæsarean operation in literature.»

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gain between Sir Walter Scott and Constable and to kindle the eloquence, to exercise the wisdom Co., the latter had no claim in law for the pro- and skill, or to stimulate the intellectual ambiceeds of either of these books; but think it de- tion of the historian. Yet, notwithstanding the sirable for all parties that they should be finish- unquestionable powers of the celebrated author ed, which should be communicated to Sir Walter; | -notwithstanding the fame which he had « set and also, that he should be requested to give his upon the cast » the magnitude of the occasion, aid to the sale of them to the best advantage. — and all the inspiring circumstances of the underMr Gibson was instructed to endeavour to con- taking, it would be vain to deny that the work, cert some arrangement with Constable and Co. upon the whole, is a failure. The book has, evifor consigning in some bank the price of the dently, been written in haste and with vegliworks, until all questions concerning them were gence; the author has given himself no time decided.

either for the well-digested arrangement of facts, « On the 26th May, 1826, a meeting was held, or profound reflexion on the great combinations when Mr Gibson reported particulars of sale of of political action. He has not, in simple lanWoodstock, 7,900 copies of which had been sold guage, studied his subject; but has put together to Hurst and Robinson, at 6,500l.: but they be- an immense mass of materials, as rapidly as they ing unable to complete the bargain, they had been accumulated under his hands, with little care in transferred to Longman and Co. on same terms. the selection, and no thought for their relative

« The money had been paid, and was deposited importance and measurement. It is, in short, a with Sir W. Forbes and Co. to wait the issue of voluminous compilation, executed indeed with the decision as to the respective claims of Con- wonderful celerity, and adorned with brilliant stable and Co. and Sir W. Scott's trustees, re- passages, but nothing worthy either of the gegarding this work. The remainder of the im- nius of Walter Scott or the true dignity of hispression had been sold to Constable and Co.'s tory. But the real cause of his failure in writtrustee at 18s. 6d. each copy, ‘at a credit of ing the history of our eventful times must not be ten months from delivery, with five per cent traced either to ignorance or incapacity. It is discount for any earlier payment,' of which the too visible that lower considerations than the trustees approved. In consequence of advice generous love of fame inspired the author. from Sir Walter Scott and Longman and Co., it Hence, only, the haste, the negligence, the prohad been thought advisable to restrict the first lixity of the composition, the want of compresedition of the Life of Napoleon to 6,000, instead sion, of reviewing, of deliberate arrangement.of 8,000 copies, as originally intended.

At the same time, we should be guilty of great « The excerpts contain a great number of items, injustice if we failed to remark the extraordinary which lay open the precise state of Sir Walter's skill displayed by Sir Walter Scott in the relaprivate affairs: a hundred years hence they may tion of military events. Not only are the shifting be a great curiosity, and their publication may alarums of the battle-field exhibited with all the then be correct; at present it would certainly be eager animation, all the picturesque and dramaindelicate and unhandsome, not only to the ad- tic energy of description, which were to be lookmirable writer himself, but also to several other ed for from the « Author of Waverley,» but the private individuals. Every thing belonging to a plans of campaign, and the movements of argreat national genius is public property, and in mies, are explained in a clear and methodical the course of a short time these excerpts will be style, which evinces a perfect acquaintance with sought for with avidity, and published with as the principles of strategy.-- Finally, of the third little hesitation as Mr Todd lately printed Milton's volume we are bound to speak in terms of unpecuniary squabbles with his mother-in-law.»

qualified commendation. It forms the most exThe last, but not the « last best work » of Sir citing and delightful fragment of heroic biograWalter Scott, is his Life of Napoleon Bona- phy with which we are acquainted.' PARTE, a production of which neither our limits, nor our inclinations, will allow us to say much. 1 It is with much regret that we feel ourselves obliged In an historical point of view it possesses few me- to notice an unpleasant epistolary discussion, which has rits, and, we are constrained to admit, is equally arisen between General Gourgaud and Sir Walter Scott, unworthy of the extraordinary character it treats in consequence of some passages in the latter's « Life of

Napoleon,» in which the general's fidelity to his late of, as of its author's splendid literary reputation. exiled master is more than called in question. To this The extent and importance of the subject were charge the general, in a long letter inserted in the Paris calculated to afford an ample scope for the dis- journals

, has given the « lie direct,» and termed the whole play of the very highest ability. A more excit- work a romance. Sir Walter has since published a spirited ing theme of narration-a fairer field of philo- the official documents, etc., on which the passages in dis

reply in the English newspapers, and produced copies of sophical contemplation, was never before given cussion were founded.

THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

SIR WALTER SCOTT.

The Lay of the Last Minstrel.

IN SIX CANTOS.

Dum relego, ecripsisse pudet, quia plurima cerno.

Me quoque, qui feci, judice, digua lini.

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE CHARLES, EARL OF DALKEITH,

This poem is Inscribed,

BY THE AUTHOR.

ADVERTISEMENT.

INTRODUCTION.

The poem now offered to the public is intended to illustrate the customs and manners which anciently prevailed on the Borders of England and Scotland. The inhabitants, living in a state partly pastoral and partly warlike, and combining habits of constant depredation with the influence of a rude spirit of chivalry, were often engaged in scenes highly susceptible of poetical ornament. As the description of scenery and manners was more the object of the author than a combined and regular narrative, the plan of the ancient metrical romance was adopted, which allows greater latitude, in this respect, than would be consistent with the dignity of a regular poem. The same model offered other facilities, as it permits an occasional alteration of measure, which, in some degree, author ises the change of rhythm in the text. The machinery also, adopted from popular belief, would have seemed puerile in a poem which did not partake of the rudeness of the old ballad or metrical romance.

For these reasons, the poem was put into the mouth of an ancient minstrel, the last of the race, who, as he is supposed to have survived the Revolution, might have caught somewhat of the refinement of modern poetry, without losing the simplicity of his original model. The date of the Tale itself is about the middle of the sixteenth century, when most of the

personages actually flourished. The time occupied by the action is three niclits and three days.

The way was long, the wind was cold,
The Minstrel was infirm and old;
His wither d cheek, and tresses gray,
Seenid to have known a better day;
The harp, his sole remaining joy,
Was carried by an orphan boy.
The last of all the bards was he,
Who sung of order chivalry.
For, well-a-day! their date was fled,
His tuneful brethren all were dead;
And he, neglected and oppress'd,
Wish'd to be with them, and at rest.
No more, on prancing palfrey borne,
He caroll'u, light as lark at morn;
No longer courted and caress'd,
High placed in lall, a welcome guest,
He pour d, 10 lord and lady gay,
The unpremeditated lay:
Old times were changed, old manners gone;
A stranger 6ld the Stuarts' throne;
The bigots of the iron time
llad call'd his harmless art a crime.
A wandering harper, scorn'd and poor,
He begg'd his bread from door to door;
And tuned, to please a peasant's ear,
The harp a king had loved to hear.

He pass'd whicre Newark's stately tower
Looks out from Yarrow's birchen bower:

1

The Minstrel gazed with wishful eye-
No humbler resting-place was nigh.
With hesitating step, at last,
The embattled portal-arch he pass'd,
Whose ponderous grate and massy bar
Had oft rolld back the tide of war,
But never closed the iron door
Against the desolate and poor.
The duchess' mark'd his weary pace,
liis timid mien, and reverend face,
And bade her page the menials tell,
That they should tend the old man well:
For she had known adversity,
Though born in such a high degree;
In pride of power, in beauty's bloom,
Had wept o'er Monmouth's bloody tomb.

But when he caught the measure wild,
The old man raised his face, and smiled;
And lighten'd up his faded eye
With all a poet's eestasy!
In varying cadence, soft or strong,
lle

swept the sounding chords along:
The present scene, the future lot,
His toils, his wanis, were all forgot:
Cold diffidence and age's frost
In the full vide of song were lost;
Each blank, in faithless memory void,
The poet's glowing thought supplied ;
And, while his harp responsive rung,
'T was thus the Latest MINSTREL sung.

THE

LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL.

CANTO 1.

When kindness had his wants supplied, And the old man was gratified, Began to rise his minstrel pride : And he began to talk anon, Of good Earl Francis, dead and gone, And of Earl Walter,3 rest him God! "A braver ne'er to battle rode; And how full many a tale he knew Of the old warriors of Buccleuch ; And, would the noble duchess deign To listen to an old man's strain, Though stiff his hand, his voice though weak, He thought, even yet, the sooth to speak, That, if she loved the harp to hear, He could make music to her ear.

I. The feast was over in Branksome tower, (1) And the Ladye had gone to her secret bower; Her bower that was guarded by word and by spell, Deadly to hear and deadly to tellJesu Maria shield us well! No living wight, save the Ladye alone, Had dared to cross the clireshold stone.

JI.

The tables were drawn, it was idlesse all;

Knight, and page, and household squire, Loiter'd through the lofty hall,

Or crowded round the ample fire. The stag-hounds, weary with the chace,

Lay stretch'd upon the rushy floor, And urged in dreams the forest race,

From Teviot-stone to Eskdale-moor.

The humble boon was soon obtain'd;
The aged Minstrel audience gain'd.
But when he reach'd the room of state,
Where she with all lier ladies sate,
Perchance he wish'd his boon denied:
For when to tune his harp he tried,
His trembling hand had lost the case
Which marks security to please ;
And scenes, long past, of joy and pain,
Came wildering o'er his aged brain-
He tried to tune his harp in vain.
The pitying duchess praised its chime,
And

gave him heart, and gave him time,
Till every string's according glce
Was blended into barmony.
And then he said, he would full fain
Ile could recal an ancient strain,
He never thought to sing again.
It was not framed for village churls,
But for high dames and mighty earls ;
He had play'd it to King Charles the Good,
When he kept court in Holyrood;
Aod much he wish'd, yet fear'd to try
The long-forgotten melody.
Amid the strings his fingers stray'd,
And an upcertaiu warbliog made,
And oft he shook his hoary head.

III.
Nine-and-twenty knights of fame

Hung their shields in Branksome-hall; (2)
Nine-and-iwenly squires of name

Brought them their steeds from bower to stall; Nine-avd-iwenty yeomen tall Waited duteous on them all : They were all knights of meille true, Kinsmen to the bold Buccleuch.

IV.
Ten of them were sheathed in steel,
With belied sword, and spur on hicel :
They quitted not their harness bright,
Neither by day, nor yet by night:

They lay down to rest

With corslet laced,
Pillow'd on buckler cold and hard ;

They carved at the meal

With gloves of steel, And they drank the red wine through the helmet

barrd.

' Anne. Duchess of Buccleuch and Moumouth, representative of the ancient lords of Buccleuch, and widow of the unfortunate James, Duke of Monmouth, who was beheaded in 1685.

* Francis Scott, Earl of Buccleuch, father to the duchess. 3 Walter, Earl of Buccleuch, grandfather to the duchess, and a celebrated warrior.

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