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day, and who reside amidst those ignorance and barbarism, left the very scenes of which the Poems,
Scots so destitute of historic facts, even according to their ingenious, that they were reduced to the nebut not alwaysingenuoustranslations cessity of sending John Ferdun to are discriptive-We now believe, Ireland for their history, from and assert them to be translated whence he took the entire first part from the fragments of the Irish of his book. For Ireland, owing barcis or Senachies whose surviving to its being colonized from Phæniworks were almost equally diffused | cia and consequently early introthrough the Highlands as through duction of letters there, was at that this country. Mr. Macpherson period esteemed the most enlightcombined them in such forms as ened country in Europe : and inhis judgment (too classically cor
deed Mr. Macpherson himself a. pect in this instance) most approv
vers, that the Irish, for ages anteed ; retaining the old names and
cedent to the conquest, posseseda events, and altering the dates of competent share of that kind of his originals as well as their mat- | learni: wbieh prevailed in Euter and forms, in order to give rope ; and from their superiority them a higher antiquity than they over the Scots, found no difficulty really possess ; suppressing many
in imposing on the ignorant Highproofs which they contain of their land Senachies, and established Irish origin, and studiously avoid that historic system which afiering a!Imension of St. Patrick wards, for want cf any other, was whose nature frequently occurs in' aniversally received. ile original Poems, only occasion
Now if historic fact and tradition ally allucling to him under the character of a Culdee; conscious
did not attest the Poems of Ossian that any mention of the Saint would
to the Irish, probability would es.
tablish it. For if the Scotch were introduce a suspicion that these Poems were not the true composi- obliged to Ireland, according to tions of Ossian, but those of Pilças,
Mr. Macpherson's own account, who, in an afer day, committed to not orly for their history, but their verse the traditional details of one
tradition), so remote a one as Os
sian must have come from the qually renowned in song and
Iris'i ; for Scotland, as Dr. John
so: asseits, when he called on Mr. And yet Mr. Macpherson con Macpherson to show him his orifesses that the ancient languageginais, had not an Erse manuscript 22nd trai'ional listory of the Scot two hundred years old. And Sir ish natio.. became confined to the George McKenzie, though himself patives of the Highlands, who fali a Scotchmais, declares, “hat he ing from si? eral concurent cir.! had in his possession an Irish man Culbistances, i to the last clericc or u.cript written by Cairbre L:.
çachair, monarch of Ireland, who to conversation, such irresistible flourished before St. Patrick's mis charms in agreeable company ; sion."
something that by a secret sympa
thy, an internal force, a pleasing Throughout the whole of Mr.
kind of violence, seems to link us Macpherson's translation, the cha
to each other, and makes us deracters, names, allusions, incidents light in a mutual communication and scenery, are all Irisli. And, of thoughis, and reciprocal ex. in fact, our Irish spurious ballads, change of sentiments. as Mr. Macpherson calls them,
Besides, it is not probable that are the originals out of which he
faculties so eminent as ours were has spun the materials for his
given us to be concealed like scversion of Ossian.
pulchral lamps intended only to Dr. Johnson, who strenuously enlighten urns, and spread their opposed the idea of Ossian being useless rays round their small cirthe work of a Scotch bard of the
cumference's. Doubtless they were third century, asserts that the designed for greater, much nobler "Erse never was a written lan purposes; their splendour was to guage, and that there is not in the
be more extensive like the sun, world a written Érse manuscript a
to be every where conspicuous. hundred years old.” He adds, They were to be the objects of The Welch and Irish are culti
esteem, to attract respect and vevated tongues, and two hundred | neration, by which their influence years back insulted their English might become more prevalent, & neighbours for the instability of they thereby be rendered capable their orthography."--Even the
of becoming benefits more widely ancient Irish letter was unknown
diffused. in the Highlands in 1890, for an
It was certainly not intended Irish version of the Bible being
that those who possess exalted ungiven there by Mr. Kirk, was derstandings should live only to printed in the Roman character.
themselves, and shine in private, Wild Irish Girl.
but that they should be guides to those of less elevated sense, anci
that the ignorant and novices in For the Lady's Miscellany.
knowledge should receive instruc. ON SOLITUDE.
tion from them. Such as lad
learned only thc elements, the first HAD not society been that for rudiments of virtuc were to be enwhich we were designed by ic.fin. abled to make a greater progress ite wisdom, there would not have by the precepts and examples of been so strong a bias in our incli those who had made it their long nations, such pleasures angexed Il and constant practice, and who by.
e l What can afford a higher, a
continual conflicts had acquired the without being indebted for any mastery of their passions, the en part of our satisfaction to those fri. tire government of themselves. volous diversions to which the The rich were made so, that they generality of mankind are obliged might reward mcrit, and supply to have recourse. the necessities of the indigent and unfortunate : the great were made
more masculine pleasure, a purer, powcrsul, that they might become
a more transporting delight, than public blessings, defenders of the
to retire into ourselves, and there distressed, protectors of the innoçent, and revengers of the injured. attentively inspect the various op
erations, of our minds, compare From what has been said, it
our ideas, consult our reason, and seems evident that we were not
view all the qualities of our faculcreated wholly for ourselves, but
ties, the inimitable work of divine designed to be serviceable to each
wisdom, and the participations of other ; to do good to all within the
inconceivable power which are discircle of our acquaintance, and in
coverable in our wills and acts ! some whay or other render ourselres useful to those we converse Without us there is nothing but with; for which reason solitude what will be a fit subject for our ought never to be our choice, an
contemplation, and afford a constant active life including in it much and delectable entertainment. If preater perfection. But if it be
we look our bodies, their our fortune to live reuired, to be, complicated composition, the adas it were, shut up in a corner of
mirable symmetry and exact prothe world, & denied the pleasures || portion of their parts, the intelliof conversation, I mean thosc de.
gence which appears in the face, lights which naturally result from
the vivacity which sparkles in the zational and instructive discourse,
eye, together with that prompiness we ought to endeavour to become and energy waich accompanics good coir.pany to ourselves, ought every motion, will afford ample to consider, that, if we husband
mat:cr for micditation.
If we ex our lime well, improve our abili. tend our view to the animal and ties, lay in a rich stock of know. vegetative kingdoms, make a ledge, and, by our diligence and strict scrutiny into the individuals industry, make a happy progress of cach respective kind, consider in the necessary as well as the their forms, their properties, their pleasant parts of learning, we shall 150s, and their peculiar virtues; be always agrceably employed and and if to these we add the totally perfectly easy withoilt calling in inanimle part of the creation, and foreign aids ; we shall lyc cheerful observe nature as she there luxalone, and eme taining toourselves. uriantly exhibits her skill in 'num
berless productions, we shall find tenseness of mind, brings a lanabundant matter on which to em. guor on our spirits, we may have ploy our thoughts. But if we still recourse to books. In them (if widen our prosdect, and look be judiciously chosen) we shall be yond the narrow confines of this sure to meet with rational amuseglobe, we shall be pleasingly coni ment, something that will instruct founded with a siupenduous variety as well as please ; will make our of objects ; we shall be lost in a hours glide easily along, and yet delightful maze, and stray from prevent their being lost. one wonder to another, always find
• Dear to the Gods ambrosia prov'd, ing something new, something As dear are books, where they're belov’d; great, something admirable, and They're still the mind's delicious creat. every way worthy of that infinite, Its bealthful most substantial meat ; i hat incomprehensible wisdom 10 The soul's ennobling sprigüily wine, which the universe owes its ori.
Like nectar sweet, and as divine :
Castalian springs did ne'er produce gin.
A richer, more spirituous juice. Thus may we delightfully as
When by't inspir'd we fearless rise, well as advantageously employ
And like ibe giants, brave the skies ;
Pellion on Ossa boldly lay, ourselves in our studies, in our
From thence both earth and sea survey; gardens, and in the silent lonely
On them the huge Olympus throw, Tetirem.ent of a shady grove. Then to the tow'ring summit gn,
Thence take a view of worlds on high, By day the verdant fields, From orb to orb with ple:sure flyi the towering hills, the winding ri Still upward soar, until the mind vers, the murmuring brooks, the Effects does in their causes find, bleating flocks, the lowing herds,
And them pursue till they unite the melodious birds, the beauteous
In the bless'd source of truth ard light.' insects, the minute reptiles, to
Bụt none can be.thus happy in gether with the vast expanse of solitule unless they have an inheaven, and that glorious fountain
ward purity of mind, their desires of light which adorns it, and im- contracted, and their passions alprints a pleasing lustre, imparts a
solutely under the goverment of delightful diversity of colours to
their reason. Learning without every thing on which it shines,will vir:ue will not, cannot, bestow fesuggest fresh hints : at night ten
licity. Where there is an internal thousand sublime objects will en disturbance, a tumult of thought, tertain us ; unnumbered orbs of a consciousness of guilt, and an light roll over our heads, and
anxiousness of soul, there can be - keep our thoughts agrecably em
no easy reflections, no satisfying ployed.
pleasures. No, there must be in. If at any time we find that too nocence, calmness, and a true unstrict an attention, 100 great an in-liderstanding of the va'ue of things,
before the mind can find an enjoy amusement to him perfectly new ment and complacency in itself. which he beheld with delight. To render a retired life truly a But a few weeks since this young greeable, there must be piely as Gentleman about 23 years old, well as human knowledge, incor and his two sisters, were entirely rupt morals, as well as an insight strangers to the blessing of sight into nature; a disregard of all of them having been born blind wealth, at least no eager solicitude but they are now so far recovered for it ; being weaned from the that they have already learned work, from its vanity, its applause, their letters. They were operaits censure, from all the means it ted on by Mr. Adams, the celehas of enticing or disturbing, all brated Oculist, from Exeter, who that it can give or take away ; for we most anxiously wish will be a without an absolute independence gain induced to visit this country, on all things here we cannot pro where, by this unrivalled skill and perly be said to enjoy ourselves, his liumanity to the poor', lie lies and unless we do so we cannot be done so much good. Indeed we happy alone.
M. T. hope some public mark of respect
will be shewn him previous to his
return, to induce him to do so. VARIETY
We have been informed that Capt.
Pringle's family is nearly connecORIGINAL AND SELECTED
ted to our celebrated countryman,
Dr. Babingdon, professor of ChemFor the Lady's Miscellany.
istry at Gay's Hospital in London.
In consequence of reading the From the Glasgow Courier. above article, a Gentleman of this, Theatre Royal.-Last night pre- City wrote to Captain Pringle sented the most crowded house wishing to know if the facts therewe have witnesse 1 during the af- in stated were correct ; upon reter season, being for the benfit of ceipt of which Captain Pringle poMr. Mathews. The admirable litely sent the following answer : performance of that Gentleman manifested how highly deserving
Caledon, September 9, 1811. he was of this mark of the public
SIR-I have this day the honor favour; but to us the chief attrac of your letter of the 4th inst. and I tion of the evening consisted in feel great pleasure in assuring you perceiving in one of the boxes that Mr. Adams has most comyoung Mr. Pringle (son of Cap. | pletely succeeded in my three chil. tain Pringle, of Caledon, in the dren, as well as many others in county of Tyrone, neplew to the this country. He is at present in lule general P.ingle) sharing in an | Dublin, but, whether he will re