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The connaisseurs (oafs !) differ : some de- “ And what is that?”_" What is it?clare
GRACE!" That Cleopatra's style-the ebony
That bas the power to give it, and, en. Of the full eye and of the flowing hair
dear it. Alone form beauty it is fit to see ; Others protest that they can only bear But, oh! of Nature's lovely masterpiece, Tresses of gold, and skin of ivory.
The face of Woman, let such tongues be
dumb! Some praise the full-turned make, the Let such vain eyes be blinded, so they cease stately height,
Thus to blaspbeme the sweetest gifts The Queen-like bearing: “Beauty needs no less."
To Earth from Heaven !-Say 'tis the line Many would term the lady quite a fright,
of Greece Coarse, vulgar, masculine, a giantess ! With fair-haired brow, or darker charms They will not deign to look save at a slight, of Rome,A petite, fairy, form. “ This only?" “Yes!"
What boots it,-so the eloquent eyes can
speak And such as these say no one else can A soul of beauty, whose fine powers im
trace Beauty of form !-it moves your gall to High mind and tender feeling? Oh! 'tis weak hear it!
The shape of features, gifted with the art It is not size or smallness can replace Of breathing blessings such as these,-to That which alone creates it, or comes
seek! near it!
• Beauty this is !-of Nature of the Heart!
A SHORT STORY.
Brevity is very good,
The diffusion of information among formed the chiaro scuro-the grouping all classes of the community, through of light and shade which have given the medium of liberal opinions and to the productions mouch of their charm cheap books, fraught as it must be and effect. For all purposes of strength, with incalculable advantages to indi- and greatness, and wealth, and the enviduals and to the community, is yet joyment of what it can give, we grant not without its drawbacks. True, it that the change is incalculably the will effectually break the chains by better; but still it is human nature to which the majority of mankind have doat upon the recollection of that been bound to the altars of ignorance which was reality when lise was young. and error,-it will render up to its Amid the enjoyments of the British proper exercise of thinking an im- metropolis you cannot make the Engmense volume of intellect which has lish peasant, however successful be too long been smothered under the may have been, forget the little ivied dull masses of credulity and prejudice, cottage in which he was born ; green -and by making the minds of the as is the Savannah of the West, Erin majority work as well as their hands, will rise greener in vision o'er the it will blend with every art its appro- blue waste of the sea, to the Irish expriate science, and thus enable each ile the moment that he sits down to individual to add to the productive reflect; and gorgeous as is the state, value of the nation, by improving that and glowing as is the landscape in oriabout which he is more immediately ental climes, the suminer shealing in occupied. But still there are some the glen will be dearer in reflection to draw backs: it will obliterate many of the Scot; the blue-bell and the purthose characteristic distinctions which ple heather will out-lustre all the bave hitherto belonged to districts and flowers of the east ; and bright as is classes, and which, to those who love the sun upon the Ghauts, it will not to paint human nature, have often come up to the little beam which danced through the thunder-cloud upon doned their duties, and are as useless the snow-dappled top " obraw Cairn as if annalists were to inscribe the Gorm.”
· events of the time upon a racing river For the sake of those who feel these or a dashing cascade, or as if limpers things, and for a higher purpose-that should go about to pencil the wind of preserving a full and faithful record and the whirlwind with the effigies of of the human race—there lies an onus illustrious men. on every one who can give even one But, besides those necessities, authenticated trait of the opinions and there is an example, and an encourmanners that are vanishing, to render aging example : the truth with which it up, and let it go upon the record. Sir Walter Scott has delineated such . Besides the necessity of this, from a variety of Scottish characters does the evanescence of the matter to be far more than redeem all the witchpreserved—the certainty that if not craft and diablerie to which he has taken now, it will be gone ere another obviously too great a leaning, and all age has rolled away, there is a neces- the local prejudices, from which he sity in that literature of the time which could be purified only in the crucible professes to be a delineation of human of Timne ;-and the lovers of genius character. Formerly the dramatists will thank heaven that he has been and the novelists of England ransack- so purified, and will enter upon the ed every clime and every class for eternity of his fame without the stain their characters, and if the artist was of illiberality a Shakspeare or a Smollet, the pic- One of Sir Walter's truest and ture was truth in all its variety; and, most touching delineations is that of from the haughty bearing of the Ro- the fisherman and his family, in the man senator to the uncouth flirtation - Antiquary ;” and rude though be of the American squaw, the fictionist the lines of the hardy reaper of the in story was a sterling matter-of-fact deep, his courage in the hour of peril, man in every particular. But the and his grief in that of privations, case is altered sadly, we should rather are haply stronger than if he sat on say miserably. The drama is puns a throne. and patch-work; and the novelists are The fishers on the east coast of mere court butterflies. Scandal and Scotland, of whom Scott's delineaintrigue, vamped up with occasional tion is almost the only memorial at all scraps of maudlin morality, more piti- true or readable, have long been a able and even more pernicious than singular and a separate people, though the coarseness of the elder giants, and they are now so fast blending with imaginary and distorted characters, their neighbors, that probably before drawn, not from real persons, for these twenty years have elapsed, not a veshave never been seen, or, if seen, ne- tige of them will be found,—at least ver spoken with, but from names hunt- not a vestige of that character which ed up in the Red Book. These, these thirty years ago was comparatively form the literature of England for the pure and perfect. Their principal nineteenth century-light indeed in localities are at Buckhaven, in Fife ; value, and in meaning, but in all else at Auchmithie, on the east coast of as ponderous, and nearly as poisonous, Angus (where Scott's hero lived); as barytes. Such things are called at John's Haven, on the coast of fashionable, and it must be confessed Mearns ; and at Buckie, on the shores that they have some of the grand ele- of the Moray Firth. There are numments of fashion-they come one bers of them at other places, and knows not whence, they go one knows wherever they are found, their habits not where ; they vanish rapidly, and are nearly the same; but at the places they leave not a trace behind. Thus mentioned they remained longer withthe wonted preservers of the peculiari- out admixture. In the choice of ties of human character have aban- their situations they are somewhat singular; for, though they have not being too far aft, and George was been able to construct their dwellings found fault with for steering the cow absolutely in the sea, they have con- (which he had in a halter) by a bawtrived to have them where the land is ser from the bow instead of the tiller. the least accessible. Buckhaven lies The cow was grazing along the slope, on a narrow beach, with a steep bank and John came to the lower side to behind, the summit of which is not reconnoitre. The uneven surface thirty yards from the sea; and it used caused the cow's hoofs to separate to be a very extraordinary occurrence considerably. John observed it, and if one of the men extended his land- exclaimed, “Egoa, man! baith ye're ward peregrinations to the top of the sdarboard sgulls are sbrung; gi’en ye bank. Daring and persevering in dinna vish them, theyll be in ribbins their fishery, (which was generally up to the thows avore a porpesse coud what is called the white fishery,) and swallow a witing !” sober in their habits, they were come Auchmithie, in a little hollow, like paratively rich, and a beggar was ne- a shell scooped out of the gigantic and ver known to issue from one of their cavern-intersected cliffs between Arvillages for the purpose of soliciting broath and the Red Head, is much alms. Their ignorance of all matters more wild and inaccessible; and relating to the land, as well as of all though the people be not just so sethe ordinary forms of polish and cluded, in consequence of the near politeness, even as known to the vicinity of Arbroath, their manners land peasantry of Scotland, was used to be even more singular; and striking ; but they had a politeness of there was much more glee in them their own, and they had a morality than in the inhabitants of the softer which would have been valuable any- shore of Fife. Lord Ethie (Northwhere--and rare in some very polish- esk) is the great man of the neighbored societies. As characteristic of hood—the ultimate umpire in all their ignorance of rural affairs one alarming cases, and especially that fact may be mentioned : John Tam- most fearful one when any wag hapson, of Buckhaven, after a three score pens to insinuate a hare, or any part and ten years' life upon the waters, thereof, into one of the fishingboats. (for he was sea-worthy at ten, and On these occasions there is no safety had remained on board till bis eightieth or success for the boat, if his lordship year,) having earned an ample inde- does not cast out the imp with his own pendence for a fisherman, left his boat band. and his bravery to his sons and grand- - The traditional, but well-authentisons, and became one of the gentle- cated, anecdotes of the Auchmithie men of the village. Like many oth- fishers are innumerable ; and some are ers, John Tamson resolved to com- told of John Swankie and his spouse mence his gentleman-craft by foreign --the veritable Saunders and Maggie travel ; and for this purpose, after two Mucklebackit of Sir Walter. John days spent in deliberating and prepar- was a man of substance, or a “ Vaing, he arrived at the summit of the ther o' the toon,” according to the bank, where he stood in as intense an heraldry of the village. One of his ecstatic wonder as Bruce did by the sons being a little delicate, John refountains of the Nile ; and all the solved to breed him to a less laborious strange creatures of Africa did not af. profession than that of the sea. As ford to that traveller more novelty and education was, even in John's view of delight than a cow, which George the matter, necessary for that purWilkie was tending by the hedgeside, pose, he went to the schoolmaster to afforded John Tamson. The head, settle the terms; and he addressed the four oars, the rudder, were all him in these words : « Zer sguelsurveyed and all criticised. The maestr, my zon Dam is an aitecky quarter oars were quarrelled with for laddie, an' 'as nae staetur for 'is meat; zo I'm genna zend 'im ta nable, but the enemy was formidable, yuar sguel 'till 'e gan rite a letter ta and if they ventured to stop he used ma Loard Ethie, an' 'dite it tun.” to employ both horns and hoofs in • Margaret Swankie's expectations cannonading them with turf from the of her son's progress were higher than opposite bank of the ditch.. Thus those even of the majority of the fond- (under the name of “'Igham's 'awest mothers. The boy had been at kit ox,”') he became the general subschool a week, and returned to the ject of terror ; and the young children domestic roof on the Saturday even- were stilled, the elder ones kept from ing; the friends and neighbors were mischief, and the whole place, in collected; the Aberdeen penny Alma- short, held in awe, little inferior to nac, which called itself “the Prog- that of a military despotism, by the nostication,” but was called “the « sound and fury" of the white-faced Derrification” by the fishers, who bull,—for of actual mischief done by consulted it as the oracle of the moon, him, up to this period of his history, the tides, and the weather, was pro- not a syllable is recorded. duced ; and the learned youth was Even Janet Tyrie, who was alike called upon to expound the book of renowned for her strength and her fate. Not one word could he explain, valor, and who was in these respects nor could he name a character in the the very Thalestris of Ferryden fishblack-letter title. Upon which his women, quailed and lowered her high mother exclaimed, with a mixture of spirit at the name, and yet more at all the passions peculiar to her class: the sight and the sound of “ 'Igham's “ Gae 'wa wi' you ! you binna the 'awkit ox.” Many were her inward zense o' a zick vluke, to be a 'ail uke maledictions as she trudged along the at the sguel, an canna read a chapter fence with her well-filled creel (baso the Derrification to your vather's ket) of fish, or when she returned in zupper !" But though Margaret was ballast,-for the fish-women there are thus high in her expectation of the accustomed to so ponderous a load on lore of her son, her own stock was their crupper, that rather than return rather scanty.
with the creel empty, they put a great At the village of Ferryden, on the stone into it, “ to steady their quarsouth side of the Esk, opposite Mon- ters," as theniselves say. Often did trose, there is a colony of these fish- she wish that the butcher would ers : and the women are in the habit “mak' multon o' the vilthy brute, of daily carrying the fish to Montrose an'zell 'im vor vish an' sauce to the for sale. The first mile of the road bairns' porritch ;" but still the formilies along the bank of the river, and dable ox kept the field; and as the then it returns by a long wooden season grew bot his wrath became bridge to Montrose. The first part more alarming than ever. of the road is on the top of a sunk E ven Sunday was no sabbath-day fence, within which there is an ex- to Janet Tyrie and her associates; tensive field belonging to the farm of for on that day the warlike demonHigham. Some years ago that field strations of the ox were doubled and was under grass; and among the cat- doubled again ;-they had to pass two tle there was a large white-faced, or sides of the field in going to their paas the Scotch call it, hawkit bull, of rish kirk (Craig), and as they went formidable appearance, and far from there twice, they had their double the inost gentle disposition. As the serenade four times over. One Sunfish-women marched along the top of day Janet was a little bebind her the fence outside, this bull used to companions, and in passing along the march along the bottom, on the in, fence she kept blessing herself that and serenade them all the way by in- «'Igham's 'awkit ox" was not there, cessanthellowing (locally termed as no sight or sound of him was percreuning.) The fence was iinpreg- ceived. Soon, however, was her joy
changed for sorrow deeper than ever; tions of her parish-minister. Her for, upon turning the corner of the resolution was soon taken: she had fence, the enemy stood before her in often served the ininisters of Montrose the middle of the road, bellowing and with fish, and why should not they pawing in high chafe, and not above for once serve her with sermons ? forty yards distant! Janet lost not a No reason appeared to the contrary, moment in deliberation, but sped on and off she went. As some time had for the bridge of Montrose, with the been lost, she found, on arriving in bull in full pursuit. But fear for once the town, that the stream of kirkward made two feet better than four, and people set but in one direction ; into Janet entered the toll-gate on the that stream she threw herself, and bridge in time for its being closed did not stop till she had sat down on against the enemy. But that enemy the step below the altar in the Engkept his post, and return to Craig or lish Chapel. It is the custom there to Ferryden there was none.
to chant the versicles; the organ beWhat did Janet Tyrie do ? a reli-' gan to breathe,-up sprang Janet : gious woman-she could not remain a “ Goad keep me : gin there biona whole Sunday from the kirk; but 'Igham's 'awkit ox comin' agen, creun there was more than a lion in the way -creunin!” and with that she vanish-she could not profit by the instruc- ed from the chapel.
“ Come, let us stray Where Chance or Fancy leads our roving walk.”
SUPERSTITIONS OF THE SWISS PEA- psalter at random by means of a pin ; SANTRY.
pour melted lead or the white of an THERE is, perhaps,' no canton of egg into water; pull a piece of Switzerland where superstition has wood from the fire ; walk about the cast deeper roots than in that of the village green, or even the churchGrisons. Like the peasantry of Ger- yard ; and, froin the peculiar appearmany, they scrupulously consult the ances they observe, foretel all they signs of the almanac before they un- wish to know. A woman must be exdertake anything of importance ; such cessively ugly to renounce the hope of as sowing, planting, reaping, cutting being ultimately relieved from that of trees, bleeding, cupping, vaccinat- state of single blessedness which seems ing, &c. But the most important so irksome to these simple people ; season for them to dive into futurity and a quarter of a century of annual is Christmas Eve, and they employ an disappointment does not cool their endless variety of devices to obtain conjugal ardor, and make them rethis interesting result. This is espe- nounce these fooleries. cially the case with such damsels as The surest and best omen, howebave passed the ominous limit of their ver, is to see their future suitor in a twenty-fifth birth-day, without having dream. To effect this, the expectant, met with a husband, and who are now without uttering a word, fetches salt, naturally anxious to ascertain wbether, flour, and water, from three different and in what manner, this supreme fe- houses, and at midnight makes from licity is to fall to their lot during the these ingredients a small cake, which ensuing year. For this purpose they she eats before going to bed. This put heaps of salt or bran in places cake being very highly salted, and the which are inaccessible to light; they heated imagination of the person renhawl up the chimney; throw their slip- dering the blood feverish, it is natural per backwards; draw caris; open their that she should feel thirsty the next