dine, the stranger lady, pleads her ex- grimage" was sensible of composing treme weariness as an excuse for not | from two to three hundred lines of joining in the pious office, and they 'poetry" if that indeed," says he, pass on, to the great displeasure of a can be called composition, in which certain mastiff-bitch, who had never all the images rose up before him as before been known to

things, with a parallel production of the " utter yell

correspondent expressions, without any Beneath the eye of Christabel."

sensation, or consciousness of effort.”. The accumulation of ominous signs is on awaking he began to write down well described, and the mysterious lady these effusions; but being called off, and þegins to excite a most powerful interest detained above an hour, he found to his 'ere the first part closes.

great mortification on his return, that The second opens with the introduc- his visions of the night had melted into tion of Geraldine to Sir Leoline, the thin air, and left only a vague recollecfather of Christabel.

tion of their general form and tendency.

It is well known that a ruling passion But when he beard the lady's tale,

will predominate even in sleep. The Why wax'd Sir Leoline so pale,

Alderman “ eats in dreams the custards Marm’ring o'er the name again,

of the day," and the scholar, “ chewLord Roland de Vaux de Tryermain ?" ing the cud of sweet and bitter fancy,' Alas! they had been friends in youth; ruminates on an intellectual banquet. But wbispering tongues can poison truth; - Tartini, the celebrated musician, And constancy lives in realms above, dreamed that the devil took his violin And life is thoruy and youth is vain : from him, and played in strains so deAnd to be wroth with one we love

lightful that he awoke in utter despair Doth work like madness in the brain.

of rivalling so skilful a performer, he Aud thus it chanced as I divine

however wrote down what he rememWith Roland and Sir Leoline.

bered, or something like it, and the Each spake words high disdain,

piece is known by the_name of the And insult to his heart's best brother :

Devil's Concerto. But Tartini always They parted-ne'er to meet again!

declared it to be utterly unworthy of com

parison with the production of his sleepBut never either found another

ing moments. It shonld however be To free the hollow beart from paining

recollected, that in sleep the judgment is They stood aloof, the scars remaining,

the first faculty of the mind which Like cliffs, which had been rent asunder;

ceases to act, therefore, the opinion of A dreary sea now flows between,

the sleeper respecting his performance But neither heat, nor frost, nor thunder, is not to be trusted, even in his waking Shall wholly do away I ween

moments. Still if Mr. Coleridge's two The marks of that wbich once hath been. hundred lines were all of equal merit

It would be injustice to the author to with the following which he has prebreak the powerful spell in which he

served, we are ready to admit that he holds his readers, by any imperfect de- bas reason to be grieved at their loss. scription of the thraldom of Christabel

" Then all the charm to the mysterious Geraldine. Never was Is broken-all that phantom-world so fair the withering glance of an evil eye bet Vanishes, and a thousand circlets spread, ter described. The poet's mind has com And each mis-shape the other-Stay awhilo bined the wilder graces of fiction, with Poor youth! who scarcely dar'st lift up the most vigorous and speaking descriptions.

The stream will soon repew its smoothpest Kubla Khan is merely a few stanzas which owe their origin to a circumstance The visions will return! and lo he stays by no means uncommon to persons of a And soon the fragments dim of lovely forms poetical imagination. Our author fall

Come trembling back, unite, and now onco ing asleep, under the influence of an

more anodyne draught, over“ Purchas his Pil

The pool becomes a mirror."

thine eyes


“ The pains of Sleep” shews the vi So far is this, in our opinion, from vidness of the author's conceptions, being, as the author confidently asserts, mingled with that peculiarity of thought ế" the most perfect system ever preand diction which the mountain scenery sented to the public,” that without heof our lakes seems to inspire in all who sitation we pronounce it more burden court its influence. That Mr. Cole- some than Taylor's, or Mavor's, and ridge possesses strong powers of thought, incomparably less scientific than Bywith a command of original and striking rom's. It is more burdensome than images, united to those softer touches of either of the former systems, because, nature which speak at once to the among other reasons, it requires 319 heart, our readers have not now to learn. words and parts of words to be retained

in the memory; while Taylor's requires

but 57, and Mavor's 143." This alone The Ready Writer, whereby more may is decisive on the capability of being be written in forty minutes, than 'iu one

“ read distinctly at any distance of hour by any other System of Short-scientific than the latter, because among

time after it is written.”It is less band hitherto published. By the new other reasons, any individual intermemethod laid down in this book, (which diate vowel cannot be discriminated ; is more easy and legible than any other) and because, “ to render the system and without the assistance of a teacher, more comprehensive,” and being “ of any person who can but tolerably write so much service, that the student is ad. his name in common writing, may, with vised to make himself master of them,” the greatest ease and certainty, take a table of twenty “ arbitrary characters” down from the speaker's mouth, any words, while Byrom's system rests on

is given, against which are set forty sermon, speech, trial, play, &c. word by the simple and sound principle of " word, and may likewise read it distinct right alphabet once established, and ly at any distance of time after it is always kept to, and suitable directions written. Invented and perfected by for the use of it.A mere notice is J. H. LEWIS. 8vo. pp. 105. Price One sufficient of the ridiculous appearance Guinea. Coxhead, London. 1815. presented in the “ Exemplifications of

the mode of joining the short-hand We lately embraced an opportunity figures," p. 93. But we take a pleaof animadverting on the high preten- sure in confessing that Mr. L. is intitled sions of framers and publishers of sys- to full credit for some impressive sentitems of short hand; on which occasion ments conveyed in the “ İntroduction." we introduced one title of the treatise We extract as follows from p. xiji. before uș, accompanied with remarks.

The utility of Short-hand to the re(Lit. Pan. Nov. 1815, p. 242.) We say porter of debates, to the students in the one title, because the copy then used, Courts of Law, to the intelligent historian, bears the date of 1812: that which has to the private scholar, to the man of busisince come 10 hand, and is the subject ness, and to every individual whose conof the present article, bears a later date. venience may be promoted by a mode of There is unspeakable satisfaction in writing at once easy, secret and expedi

tious, has been too long acknowledged, complimenting the increasing modesty and is in itself too evident, to demand the

, of great merit; and we hint at this, be- further exposition of the Editor : but its cause the withdrawment of the words, | indiscreet uses are not less evident than its " Ne plus ultra," &c, which appeared direct application to all the purposes of in 1812, cannot otherwise be accounted life. The immediate utility of the mathe: for. There is yet, however, room

matics is less evident than their tendency for a further display of this amiable to inure the mind to habits of intense and virtue, and if the author had lowered persevering study, and to train it to a rehis pretensions a little more, we should sular and systematic method of investiga

tion. In the same manner the practice of have had to meet him on ground less short-hand may powerfully contribute to questionable than that wbich be still re- facility of conception; to accuracy of ob olves to occupy.

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servation; and to that rapidity of appro

hension and execution, which of all other Forty-second Royal Highlanders ; he, qualifications are the most necessary in the with bis corps, serves in America, and general intercourse of society. By its re- is not heard of after the action under ference to the general principles of gram. General Wolfe, on the heights of Abramar, it accustoms the mind to the minutiae ham. The Laird St. Clyde, soon after of construction, and to all the varieties of the news of his son's fate, is found etymological analysis."

drowned in a loch : his wife and one of The two pieces of versification in his daughters die. The only remaining pp. 1, 3, are in an antiquated and gene- branch of this family, Ellen St. Clyde, rally bad taste, but that in p. 101 is is deprived of her patrimony, (which, ereditable to the author's friendship. by the Scottish law, descends to “ heirs

We close this article with an extract general”) by her uncle Mons. Villejuve, from the Preface to an “ Abbreviation of an emigrant, who had followed the forWriting by Character, by Edmond tunes of“ Prince Charles,” commonly Millis, 1618.” Whether that writer's called the “ Pretender". Colin, howobservations were prophetic, as well as ever, after many escapes, returns home, historical, and of whom he prophesied, claims his patrimonial estate, and the we must leave to the decision of the in- murderers of his father are detected : telligent.

among them is Mons. Villejuive, who

commits suicide. Ellen marries a fel“ There are who have laboured to shew low-student of Colin ; who himself martheir skill, and with their Bills have be- ries Eliza Stewart, to whom he was presprinkled the posts and walls of this cittie; viously attached: and the drama closes. insomuch, that it hath grown into some contempt among those that are judicious : The merit of this work is its descripfor as the old saying is, Good wine needs notion of Scottish manners :--they are bush. And as he that is a learned Physi-drawn, not we presume, from personal cian, or skilful Chirurgion, needeth not like observation, entirely, but from suffia mountebanke, or quacksalver, set up his ciently authentic tradition and report. stall at the corner of euerie-street: so this The style will be best developed by a Art, if it be but once made manifest to the few extracts: --The first is from a deworld in print, it will (amongst the wisest sort of men) be soon approued of, or dis- scription of the marriage of the fosterliked, and then what needs there any fur brother of Colin St. Clyde. ther demonstration of it, either by Billes or

The breakfast was one of those our idle Chalenges 9"

great lexicographer and moralist would

have thought worthy of that name; and St. Clyde. A Novel. 3 vols. Price 135. except Peggy and her mother, Andrew's

sisters and his mother, the guests did hoGale and Fenner, London. 1816.

Hour to the ling fish and dried haddocks, This work had been announced while to the white puddings, the eggs, and the in the press, as “ Colin St. Clyde, a Lucky Mackinlay; and Lucky Mackirdy,

ham: the tea and the coffee were made by Novel;" and the author might as well the wife of the change-keeper at the Ferry, have kept to that title. Whoever is ac

dealt around the unadulterated whisky to quainted with “ Waverly” and “

Guy the last cup of tea. Mannering,” is, in some measure, prepared to read this “ Scottish Novel,When the company had returned from which offers more of the dialect of the church, North, than some may be disposed to The female part of the company had relish; yet no more than is pecessary to but time to arrange, or change, their wedenable the artist to exhibit his characters ding dresses, for what was more suitable conformably to his imagination, or to for ihe occasion, when Robin Glenderoy the local circumstances in which he has ampounced with his bag pipe, that dinner placed them. The tale is simple : Colin but nobody offered to sit down till the

was ready; and the barn was soon filled; St. Clyde, a promising student at Minister was seated. The parents on both the University of Edinburgh, obtains, sides insisted that the Minister should take through the friendship of the Marquis the centre seat at the head of the table. of Bute, a commission in the immortal Neither Mr. Gillies, dor Peggy's father,

would take it when Mr. Thornhill was and poverty did not shut their hearts there; and the Laird St. Clyde was not against parental affection. The sous too, entitled to that seat, when the servant of when the parting morning came, felt they the Lord was at the wedding. ..bad the hearts of children. Every mother

Robin Glenderoy began to tune his was there weeping and bemoaning the lot bag-pipe-it was the signal for dancing-of her bairn ; every father was there ; and the young lads and lasses began to pair for there was no brother or sister staid at the first couutry dance-Who was to be home. The Serjeant was the only man the bride's partner? The best man. With going, for whom tears were not shed: they whom would the bridegroom dance? With had fallen for him when' be left Dumbarthe best maid.-But where could young St. ton, fifteen years before that time. The Clyde get a partner? He will find some

march commenced: the recruits supported body, said every young lassie, to whom the in one arm their aged and weeping mother; question was put; hoping, with throbbing

a sister, or sweetheart elung to the other; breast, it might be herself.”

in some instances, the father, and his ro

maining family, walked in the rear of the There is much nature in the author's son, or by his side, or between the single description of the march of a number of files on the road. It was in this manner recruits, raised for St. Clyde, the hero they marched to Rothsay, a jourwey of of the tale; and of the temper in which four miles. The piper of the regiment was some of them enlisted.

not there; Rob. Roy got half a crown to

cheer the King's men to the boat.” “ When the company got to the Ferry, We pass over the affecting scene where all was bustle and confusion. The Ser. the recruits come up to the Manse jeant had got his complement of men; one and receive the worthy Clergyman's of the three that made it up was the offi. cious Doninie's son, who had left the weda blessing; with that before the house ding in a pet. What was the Deminie's of the father of their commander. The horror when he saw Fergus (his son) with humane and sympathizing disposition of the Serjeant's bonnet ou, presiding at the the Scottish people, and their respect pint stoup ? Fergus had freely taken the for their Chiefs are well described, on shilling : it was all his father's fault: The various occasions, especially, on that of Dominie had himself to thank for it: the funeral of the Laird St. Clyde. Not Fergus Maclean would not be called worse less was their attachment to their Relithan he was; and since his father publicly gious lostructors: and, if any inquire, declared him " an unco loon”, the sogers were the best friends he could get; they by. what means the Scottish Clergy might all say what they liked, all the wed contrived to exist, and to bring up ding people knew whom the Domioie their families, in those days, the follor bad to blame for Fergus taking on for a ing may be accepted as a partial explaTwa and Forty mon : be thought he could nation of the mystery. handle the claymore 'as well as the “ Ellen remained in her native isle, on shears; and the bayonet he would soon the bounty of a family, whose generous earn to use as easily as he took up the friendship marked the goodness of their bodkin.” It was in this strajn Fergus went hearts. Indeed this young lady was looked on, before the poor distracted father could upon both by Mr. and Mrs. "Thornbill as open his mouth. The houest Serjeant their own child ; and her amiable, and took Mr. Maclean by the land, and de- grateful heart left no room in the bosonas clared he was guiltless. Fergus came of of her good and kind hostess, to wish she himself and threatened if he did not enlist had never entered their door. Heaven him, to tell St. Clyde when he returned even blessed the good man in his outfrom the wedding. The tears trickled goings and his in-comings; in his uprisings down the old father's cheeks, and every and his downlyings; for the presents of all body there, but Fergus felt pity. Notbing things in their season which came to his would move Fergus's resolution: next day house, proved there were friends to Ellen he was sworn in with the other two; and all around. When any of the neighbours the Serjeant announced to bis recruits that killed a sheep or a heifer, that part which $t. Clyde had got his complement of men they knew the minister liked, was sure to and they should march on Friday. Friday be sent by a fine little white-headled boy Came: all the men were at the rendezvous; with his mither's respects to Mrs. Thornbut there were many there besides them. hill.' And another would come saying, The recruits“ (20 in number)" were all the My mither has been making butter, fons of poor men, but respectable people; or cheese, and she sent me oure with this,

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and to speir how Miss Ellen is.' And a { and prejudices, partly the effects of a young lad had just taken his gun in his certain shrewdness and promptitude of hand, and he hoped, as he entered the apprehension, partly derived by tradimanse, there had naebody been before tion handed down from father to son, him that morning with a bare ; the ducks were not sae guid as the muir fowl, but during many ages, introduced in the Duncan Munn killed all the grous :' - And narrative, will, we doubt not, obtain from another “had a leizure hour and just took natives of the Northern portion of our his wand in his hand gaed up the glen a island, a pardon for the anachronismos wee bittie, and forgathered wi' some fish of which the author is guilty, and which i' the burn, and the trouts were a' twae betray a writer sixty years later than his inches lang.", The lads' froin the shore, story. Enough will remain to enable them * sent me up,' said Sandy Mactaggart, wi' to recognize in events introduced, the their best respects to the miuister's lady, true spirit of the Highlanders, whose and wad she accept o' a string 'o' whittings, and twa three lobsters?' and again, • They

“ dirge was the yell of victory, and the are the first herrings my father tuke the shrieks of the flying foe.” year, and he hopes Mrs. Thornhill wad find them unco' pice.'--So also, • The bees bad nae done sae well the year as the last, and A Historical Account, interspersed my mither was frichtet the honey wad

with Biographical Anecdotes of the House na be sae guid as what Mrs. Thornhill gat j' her ain sceips ; but she wad be kind

of Sarony, $c. with a memoir of the enough to oblige my mither by accepting

Life of bis Serene Highness Leopold twa pots.'-And in hay time, Mr. Thorn

George Christian Frederic, Duke of hill, I'll send oure my sons the morn, and

Saxony, Prince of Saxe-Cobourg Saal, they will cut your field in a day; they are

field. four stout lads, and they winna work less

By Frederic Schoberl. for you than for me --Another, • 'The mi. pp. 200. price 7s. 6d. Ackermann, Lonnister's crop is ripe, lads ; go oure, James, don. 1816. and ask him if he'll let us cut it down and put it in, and syne thresh it this year

SCARCELY any thing could be more Still it ceased not our carts are going interesting to the British nation, at the to the town the morn ; gang ouré, Sandy, present moment, than the choice of a and speir gif Mr. Thornhill has ony thing consort to the future Sovereign, that coming frae the town - And before the Sovereign a female. Those who fancy, winter set in : Mr. Thorobill, it is vae that the difficulties of the times are Sunday's talk, but ye'll excuse me speiring over, because the late struggle against gif my sons are to have pleasure of carting unprincipled ambition has terminated home your coals this year—and this being happily, have small claim to the gift of overheard, another is emboldened to beg, : The minister might oblige him as weel as foresight. There remains much to be įthers, and send oure his corn to the mill done, to raise Britain to that height of afore the frost set in and there be nae water.' prosperity of which she is susceptible :

When the author shifts the scene from we mean by this, that general diffuScotland to London, he descends to ape

sion of happiness and satisfaction, the mere novellists who labour for our

which may, without arrogating too Circulating Libraries. His devices are much, be hoped for, as time affords op“ stale, fiat, and unprofitable.” The portunity. whole stock and series of lovers in dis But, in vain may time afford opporguise, '' acting Romeo and Juliet,” have tunity, if wisdom and discernment be been consigned long ago “ to the tomb not at hand to improve it. The favourof all the Capulets.” He could scarcely able moment may escape, and the loss of have filled up an interval necessary to it may reduce whatever hopeful auguries his story, with less expense of genius. have been drawn by the observant, to Returned to the North, his portraits mere words without meaning, and good of a gang of Smugglers are good ; such wishes without consequence. Neither things were: the agency of their chief are these opportunities distant; the risis useful in pursuing, and detecting, ing generation will see them either reagreater criminals than himself : the lized or rejected. When we consider local incidents, superstitions, customs, the general diffųsion of knowledge, in

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