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The Cosmorama, in Regent-street, humbug. Never grudged a shilling so consists of a series of views, at which much in my life ; being a little vexed you look through powerfully magnify- at finding myself so completely imposing glasses. There are seven well- ed upon. You are allowed to look chosen pieces belonging to Asia and through glasses at miserable models of Africa; and on the other, seven per- places, persons, and landscapes; while taining to Europe and America. two or three pasty people sit eating
The Naturorama, in Bond-street, is, onions and oranges in a corner of the as its name indicates, a most particular room.
'rvide Captain Parry's Voyage.) I WOULD not leave home, for my father would In my hut, by my oil, cry;">
I can rest from my toil, My friends they would mourn, and my maiden Then why should I wander to Europe ? -_" Nay, would die :
| nay !” I would not leave home, thor of ice and of snow,I have joys whieb no stranger can relish or know:
My dogs they are faithful, my skins they are warm. I can gather my meal
The lips of my maiden, how sweetly they charm!
Suns will shine in the zone of Love's beautiful dress From tbe walrus and seal,
And the heart with Love's eye-stars will feelings Ah, why should I wander to Europe ? “ No, no !"
express; The beam of my slumbers, the spirit of sleep,
Ah, why should I roam Is dear in the promise that safely I keep ;
From my treasures and home ? I can traverse the isles in the gleaming of day, . My spirit would break were my answer, "Yes, yes!" And remember my friends who are voyaged away: Islington, April 14, 1824. J. R. PRIOR.
Mark Fooder hag, tbat mutters as she goes ;
A dark ey'd man will cross thy way,
Maiden-what means that boding sigh?
BENEATH yon hedge I saw them stand,
I see 'tis so-thy cbeek is pale ;
Thou hast a pure and polish'd brow,
So much the worse, for I can trace
'Tis a fair band--a fairer one
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Impassion'd thoughts-fond hopes and feelings,
Weep not-weep not-but steel thy soul
The gipsy paus'd-the maiden sigh'd,
Maiden--my skill can only see
While mutt'ring words of magic power,
BY JAMES HOGG, THE ETTRICK SHEPHERD. THERE being no adage more gen- blank. Without the shepherd's dog, t erally established, or better found- the whole of the open mountainous ed, than that the principal conversation land in Scotland would not be worth a of shepherds meeting on the hills is sixpence. It would require more either about Dogs or LASSES, I shall hands to manage a stock of sheep, make each of these important topics gather them from the hills, force them a head, or rather a snag, in my Pasto- into houses and folds, and drive them ral Calendar, whereon to hang a few to markets, than the profits of the amusing anecdotes ; the one of these whole stock were capable of maintainforming the chief support, and the oth- ing. Well may the shepherd feel an er the chief temporal delight, of the interest in his dog; he is indeed the shepherd's solitary and harmless life. fellow that earns the family's bread,
Though it may appear a singular of which he is himself content with perversion of the order of nature to the smallest morsel ; always grateful, put the dogs before the lasses, I shall and always ready to exert his utmost nevertheless begin with the former. I abilities in his master's interest. Neithink I see how North will chuckle at ther hunger, fatigue, nor the worst of this, and think to himself how this is treatment, will drive him from his side; all of the shepherd being fallen into he will follow him through fire and the back ground of life, (by which epi- water, as the saying is, and through thet he is pleased to distinguish the every hardship, without murmur or married state.) for that he had seen the repining, till he literally fall down day he would hardly have given angels dead at his foot. If one of them is the preference to lasses, not to speak obliged to change masters, it is someof a parcel of tatted towsy tykes! times long before he will acknowledge
I beg your pardon, sir, but utility the new one, or condescend to work should always take precedency of plea- for him with the same avidity as he sure. A shepherd may be a very able, did for his former lord ; but if he once trusty, and good shepherd, without a acknowledge him, he continues atsweetheart-better, perhaps, than with tached to him till death; and though one. But what is he without his dog? naturally proud and high-spirited, in A mere post, sir--a nonentity as a as far as relates to his master, these shepherd-no better than one of the qualities (or rather failings) are kept
A literary pedlar, such as yourself, Sir not a will of his own. Of such a grateChristy, and all the thousands beside ful, useful, and disinterested animal, I who deal in your small wares, will not could write volumes; and now that I believe, that a single shepherd and his bave got on my hobby, I greatly susdog will accomplish more in gathering pect that all my friends at Ambrose's a stock of sheep from a Highland farm, will hardly get me off again. than twenty shepherds could do with I once sent you an account of a noout dogs. So that you see, and it is a table dog of my own, named Sirrah, fact, that, without this docile little ani. which amused a number of your readmal, the pastoral life would be a mere ers a great deal, and put their faith in
my veracity somewhat to the test ; but about this; for, having to take away in this district, where the singular the lambs next morning, I knew I qualities of the animal were known, could not drive them a mile without so far from any of the anecdotes being my dog, if it had been to save me the disputed, every shepherd values him whole drove. self to this day on the possession of The next morning, as soon as it was facts far outstripping any of those re- day, I arose and inquired if Hector had corded by you formerly. With a few come home. No; he had not been of these I shall conclude this paper. seen. I knew not what to do; but
But, in the first place, I must give my father proposed that he would take you some account of my own renown- out the lambs and herd them, and let ed Hector,* which I promised long them get some meat to fit them for the ago. He was the son and immediate road ; and that I should ride with all successor of the faithful old Sirrah; speed to Shorthope, to see if my dog and though not nearly so valuable a had gone back there. Accordingly, we dog as his father, he was a far more went together to the fold, to turn out interesting one. He had three times the lambs, and there was poor lector more humour and whim about him; sitting trembling in the very middle of and though exceedingly docile, his the fold door, on the inside of the flake bravest acts were mostly tinctured that closed it, with his eyes still steadwith a grain of stupidity, which show. fasily fixed on the lambs. He had been ed his reasoning faculty to be laugha- so hardly set with them after it grew bly obtuse.
dark, that he durst not for his life I shall mention a striking instance leave them, although hungry, fatigued, of it. I was once at the farm of Short- and cold; for the night had turned hope, on Ettrick head, receiving some out a deluge of rain. He had never so lambs that I had bought, and was go- much as lain down, for only the small ing to take to market, with some more, spot that he sat on was dry, and there the next day. Owing to some accident- had he kept watch the whole night. al delay, I did not get final delivery Almost any other colley would have of the lambs till it was growing late; discerned that the lambs were safe and being obliged to be at my own enough in the fold, but honest Hector house that night, I was not a little dis- bad not been able to see through this. mayed lest I should scatter and lose He even refused to take my word for my lambs, if darkness overtook me. it, for he durst not quit his watch, Darkness did overtake me by the time though he heard me calling both at I got half way, and no ordinary dark- night and morning. ness for an August evening. The lambs Another peculiarity of his was, that having been weaned that day, and of he had a mortal antipathy at the famthe wild black-faced breed, became es- ily mouser, which was ingrained in ceedingly unruly, and for a good while his nature from his very puppyhood; I lost hopes of masteriog them. Hec- yet so perfectly absurd was he, that no tor managed the point, and we got impertinence on her side, and no baitthem safe home; but both he and his ing on, could ever induce him to lay master were alike sore forefoughten. his mouth on her, or injure her in the It had become su dark, that we were slightest degree. There was not a day, obliged to fold them with candles ; and, and scarcely an hour possed over, that after closing them safely up, I went the family did not get some amusehome with my father and the rest to ment with these two animals. Whensupper. When Hector's supper was ever he was within doors, his whole set down, bebold he was wanting! occupation was watching and pointing and as I knew we had him at the fold, the cat from morning to night. When which was within call of the house, she fitted from one place to another, I went out, and called and whistled on So Jid he in a moment; and then him for a good while, but he did not squatting down, he kept his point se. make his appearance. I was distressed dulously, till he was either called off, See the Mountain Bard.
or fell asleep.
He was an exceedingly poor taker in character with many of Hector's of meat, was always to press to it, and feats, and rather, I think, the most always lean ; and often he would not outre of any principle he ever acted on. taste it till we were obliged to bring As I said, his great daily occupation in the cat. The malicious looks that was pointing the cat. Now, when he he cast at her from under his eyebrows saw us kneel all down in a cirele, with on such occasions, were exceedingly our faces couched on our paws, in the ludicrous, considering his utter inca- same posture with himself, it struck pability of wronging her. Whenever his absurd head, that we were all enhe saw her, he drew near his bicker, gaged in pointing the cat. He lay on and looked angry, but still he would tenters all the time, but the acuteness not taste till she was brought to it; of his ear enabling bim, through time, and then he cocked his tail, set up his to ascertain the very moment when we birses, and began a lapping furiously, would all spring to our feet, he thought in ulter desperation. His good nature to himself, “ I shall be first after her was so immoveable, that he would for you all.” never refuse her a share of what he He inherited his dad's unfortunate got; he even lapped close to the one ear for music, not perhaps in so extraside of the dish, and left her room vagant a degree, but he ever took care but mercy as he did ply!
to exhibit it on the most untimely It will appear strange to you to hear and ill-judged occasions. Owing to a dog's reasoning faculty mentioned, some misunderstanding between the as I have done; but, I declare, I have minister of the parish and the session hardly ever seen a shepherd's dog do clerk, the precenting in church devolany thing, without perceiving his rea- ved on my father, who was the senior sons for it. I have often amused my. elder. Now, my father could have self in calculating what his motives sung several of the old church tunes were for such and such things, and I middling well, in his own family circle; generally found them very cogent ones. but it so happened, that, when mountBut Hector had a droll stupidity abouted in the desk, he never could coinhim, and took up forms and roles of mand the starting notes of any but his own, for which I could never per- one (St. Paul's), which were always in ceive any motive that was not even undue readiness at the root of bis farther out of the way than the action tongue, to the exclusion of every other itself. He had one uniform practice, semibreve in the whole range of sacred and a very bad one it was; during the melody. The minister, giving out time of family worship, and just three psalms four times in the course of every or four seconds before the conclusion day's service, consequently, the conof the prayer, he started to his feet, gregation were treated with St. Paul's, and ran barking round the apartment in the morning, at great length, twice like a crazed beast. My father was so in the course of the service, and then much amused with this, that he would once again at the close. Nothing but never suffer me to correct him for it, St. Paul's. And, it being of itself a and I scarcely ever saw the old man monotonous tune, nothing could esrise from the prayer without his endea- ceed the monotony that prevailed in vouring to suppress a smile at the ex- the primitive church of Ettrick. Out travagance of Hector. None of us ever of pure sympathy for my father alone, could find out how he knew that the I was compelled to take the precentor prayer was near done, for my father ship in hand ; and, having plenty of was not formal in his prayers ; but tunes, for a good while I came on as certes he did know,-of that we had well as could be expected, as men say nightly evidence. There never was of their wives. But, unfortunately for any thing for which I was so puzzled me, Hector found out that I attended to discover a motive as this; but, from church every Sunday, and though I accident, I did discover it, and, how- had him always closed up carefully at ever ludicrous it may appear, I am home, he rarely, failed in making his certain I was correct. It was much appearance in church, at some time of