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Her departure from the fountain 285 Oaks, from Körner
158 Oh, no where blossoms so bright the sum-
408 Row weel, my boatie, row weel 312
See the leaves around us falling
Shepherd's invocation to spring
Sibyl, a sketch
Sketches taken from Dover castle during
246, 285, 447, 495
So stood the sibyl,stream'd her hoary hair 168
Song from the French of Florian 207
Song of the zephyrs
Song of the ocean spirits
Sunday, by W. C. Harvey
Swift's, E. L. translation of Juvenal 287
287 The sun went down in splendour 246
325 The bower it is of Indian drapery 47
119 Through,' from the German of Körner 86
247 The loud wind roar'd, the rain fell fast 118
Unpublished of Thomson
Verses on women, by sir AstonCockayne 117
48 Wae worth thy power, thou cursed leaf 46
483 When Briorn sat on the land of ice 407
From the Literary Gazette,
no one to accuse so much as bim- of this length. The law with which the self, if the critical judgment passed up- volumes abound, tho' sometimes witty on it should not be so tavourable as he and generally whimsical, is by far too wishes. He has raised the standard by prolix : and the endless definitions of which such productions are tried so Mr. Saddletree, an artisan prone to athigh, that it is not surprising that even tending the court of session, become rehe should sometimes be found to fall ally tedious. To conclude our objecshort of it. In a word, we think The tions, there are more evident symptoins Heart of Mid-Lothian, for such is the of carelessness in this composition than title of the story which occupies these we remember in any of the former; and four volumes, inferior in almost every tho' the author cannot write ill, nor what respect to the preceding works from the would fail to be entertajoing, he has same source, including the Waverley upon the whole permitted as much alloy series with that designated as Tales of to creep into these pages as we could my Landlord.
have anticipated at his hands. It
appears to us that this new publi- Notwithstanding these detects, howcation has less of the portraiture of na- ever, there are many parts of deep pational manners than the best of its pre- thos; there is great spirit and truth in cursors, while it has more of the uncom- the drawing of most of the characters; mon incidents common to the class of the fabulous portion of the story is adwritings to which it belongs. It pro- mirably connected with the history of duces an inferior effect from delineating, Captain Porteous' death, and its couseand that in a fainter manner, the charac, quences ; and the catastrophe is dreadteristics of a sect (Cameronians) neither fully just, though perbaps the moral lesso important nor so interesting as the son instilled hy the lives of Euphemia Covenanters, personified in Balfour of Deans and George Robertson, is rather Burley, old Mrs. Headrigg, and their calculated to produce evil than good. teachers and partisans. Its actors are of Novels are to us the most difficult too low an order, and the scene of a things to review in a satisfactory manner. gaol, with the adventures of its inmates Neither a dry outline of the plot, noran of thieftakers, prostitutes, rogues, rob- extract of any particular part, suffice to bers and murderers, does, we conceive, convey an adequate idea of the subject
B ATHENEUM. Vol. 4.
10 New Tales of my Landlord, by the author of Waverley, & c.
(vol. 4 in hand, and our limits do not admit of sort of adventures ; one of which going more at large into illustration. As is to persuade Jeanie Deans to swear far as we may go we now proceed to that her unhappy sister had not concealanalyze the Heart of Mid-Lothian.' ed her pregnancy from her,which would
The Heart of Mid-Lothian, then, is do away with the capital charge against the Tolbooth,or Newgate of Edinburgh, her. This perjury the religious and virand it is facetiously declared to be a sad tuous Jeanie refuses to commit, and heart, a close heart, a wicked heart and Effie is convicted and condemned to die. a poor heart, a strong heart and a high Jeanie now determines to walk to Lonheart. At the execution of one Wilson, don, and solicit her pardon of the Queen; in Sept. 1736, for robbing a custom- and through the mediation of the great house officer, some tumult arose, and Duke of Argyle, she obtains an interPorteous, captain of the town guard, view of Her Majesty, and miraculousfired among the mob, by which several ly carries her point.
In her journey, persons were killed. For this offence however, she encounters some strange he was tried, and condemned to death, obstacles. She is made captive by an but reprieved by Queen Caroline on the old gipsy of the name of Murdockson, day appointed for his doom. The pop- who, with her mad daughter, are the ulace were infuriated by this baulk on parties that disposed of Efie's child, out justice as they considered it, and at night of revenge for the seduction of the daughthe extraordinary spectacle was seen of ter by Robertson. She also encounters an organized multitude disarming the Robertson himself, who turns out to be soldiery, securing the gates, breaking the son of Mr. Staunton, a dignitary of open the prison, dragging forth the the Church, and of a very ancient famcriminal, and hanging him near the usual ily. He is now reclaimed and repentant. place for carrying into effect the sen- Having accomplished her purpose in tence of the law. No disorder of any London, Jeanie returns, marries Butler, kind accompanied this tumultuous ri- who is presented to a church by the sing, in which politics were deeply con- Duke of Argyle ; and David Deans, becerned.
ing appointed a kind of overseer at the The fiction woven upon this real in- same place, the whole family settle comcident is thus managed. In the Tol- fortably on the borders of Dumbartonbooth, at the period of Porteous' mob, shire. Effie, when released, elopes from is a girl named Effie Deans, accused of her father's house, and is secretly united child-murder, and at least of concealing to her lover, who gets her polished by a the birth of a natural child, which was few years' residence upon the continent, a capital offence by the then laws of and returns to England and to large Scotland. She is the youngest daugh- property with his wife, whose history is ter of David Deans, a cow-keeper, near contined to his own bosom, and that of Edinburgh, a rigid Dissenter of the sect her sister. They live in splendid of Cameronians. Reuben Butler, a wretchedness, while the bumbler branpoor young schoolmaster in holy orders, ches of the Deans' connection enjoy and attached to Jeanie Deans, the elder comfort and happiness. Mrs. Mursister, is forced by the mob to officiate dockson being very properly hanged at as chaplain to Capt. Porteous ; and it Carlisle, her confession affords reason
: turns out that an accomplice of Wil- to believe that Eflie's infant had not son's, who acted a conspicuous part in been murdered ; and Robertson, alias this riot in a female dress, is the seducer Sir George Staunton, with bis lady, of poor Effie, and the father of her lost visit Scotland, in order to trace him if child. To rescue her is one of his in- possible. In his search he lands at an ducements to undertake this desperate island near Butler's residence, where he exploit, but she refuses to escape when is attacked by a desperate smuggler and the doors of her dungeon are opened to his associates, and killed, it is believed, her. Robertson is obliged to fly, and by a young lad, one of the gang. This figures in half a dozen Jonathan Wild savage is his own son, who had been
sold by Murdockson to these banditti. We now proceed to make a few exHe perishes soon after, and Lady tracts. The death of an old griping Staunton is converted to Catholicism rascal, the elder laird of Dumbiedikes, and retires to a convent. Old David is well painted. He was about to disDeans is gathered to his fathers, and the tress bis tenants, Deans, and the mother Butlers live beloved and die lamented. of Butler.
Such is the general outline of this • On the very term-day, when their Novel ; but there are subordinate cha- ejectment should have taken place, racters of considerable originality, who when all their neighbours were preparfill
the canvas, and often stand on the ed to pity, and not one to assist them, foreground. Of these the chief are, the the minister of the parish, as well as a Laird of Dumbiedikes, a selfish Natural, doctor from Edinburgh, received a hasty and a suitor to Jeanie Deans, tho' his summons to attend the Laird of Dummode of courtsbip is exceedingly cu- biedikes. Both were surprised, for his rious and taciturn. Bartholine Sad- contempt for both faculties had been dletree, the law-devoted artisan, of pretty commonly his theme over an extra whom we have already spoken, and his bottle, that is to say, at least once every wife, Mrs. Glass, snuff-seller in London, day. The leech for the soul, and he and Scotch cousin to the Deans. The for the body, alighted in the court of Queen, Lady Suffolk, the Duke of Ar- the little old Manor-house, at almost the gyle and his family. Madge Wildfire, same time; and when they had gazed alias Miss Murdockson, a crazy Ophe- a moment at each other in some surlia in low life, singing snatches of old prise, both in the same breath expresssongs, and conversing with fancied ed their conviction that Dumbiedikes ghosts and goblins. Ratcliffe, a police must needs be very ill indeed, since he officer, compound of thies and traitor ; sunimoned them both to his presence together with sundry villains, such as at once. Ere the servant could usher adorn the Beggar's Opera, and a due them to bis apartment, the party was proportion of Edinburgh lawyers and augmented by a man of law, Nichil No. gossips, who are brought in more or vit, writing himself procurator before less to take a share in the business go- the Sherill-court, for in ihose days there ing forward.
were no solicitors. After perusing this epitome, we ima- was first summoned to the apartment of gine our readers will coincide with our the Laird, where, after some short opinion, that the dramatis personæ are space, the soul-curer and the body-cri• a little too far degraded in the scale of rer were invited to join him. humanity; and that some of the main • Dumbiedikes has been by this time incidents border too closely upon the transported into the best bed-room, used improbable of romance. Robertson's only upon occasions of death and marhair-breadth 'scapes and the subsequent riage, and called, from the former of elevation of Effie to be a leader of these occupations, the Dead-Room. fashion at court, the perilous travels of There was in this apartment, besides Jeanie, her incarceration in a gipsy cay- the sick person himself and Mr. Novit, ern, and her confabulation with the the son and heir of the patient, a tall Queen; and the violent finale, are all gawky silly-looking boy, of fourteen or objectionable in this point of view : fifteen, and a housekeeper, a good buxand when events so like miracles are om figure of a woman, betwixt forty resorted to in order to disentangle the and fifty, who had kept the keys and intricacies of plot, it is astonishing how managed matters at Dumbiedikes' since it diminishes the interest we take in the the lady's death. It was to these atfate of the parties implicated. We tendants that Dumbiedikes addressed don't care for Tom Thumb's dying, or himself pretty nearly in these words ; being swallowed by a cow, when we temporal and spiritual matters, the care know there is an enchanter who can of his health and his affairs, being bring him to life again, or cause the strangely jumbled, in a head which was quadruped to cast him or.
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“These are sair times wi me, gentle- plaints, assured him the medical art men and neighbours ! amaist as ill as at could not prolong bis lite many hours. the aughty-nine, when I was rabbled by the collegeaners. They mistook “ Then damn Mass Jobn and you me muckle—hey ca'd me papist, but baith!” cried the furious and untractathere was never a papist bit about me, ble patient. “ Did ye come bere for minister.—Jock, ye'll tak warning- naething but to tell me that ye caona it's a debt we main a' pay, and there help me at the pinch ? Out wi' them, stands Nichil Novit, that will tell ye Jeony-out o'the house ! and, Jock, I was never gude at paying debts in my curse, and the curse o' Cromwell my life.—Mr. Novit, ye'll no forget to gae wi'ye, if ye gie them either fee or draw the rent that's due on the Yerl's bountith, or sae muckle as a black pair band—if I pay debt to other solk, 1 o'cheverons.” think they suld pay it to memthat equals aquals.—Jock, when ye bae • The clergyman and doctor made a naething else to do, ye may be aye speedy retreat out of the apartment, sticking in a tree ; it will be growing, while' Dumbiedikes fell into one of Jock, when ye're sleeping. My father those transports of violent and profane tauld me sae forty years sin', but I ne'er language, which had procured him the fand time to mind him.--Jock, ne'er surname of Damn-me-dikes“ Bring drink brandy in the morning, it files the me the brandy bottle, Jenny, ye b-, stamach ; gin ye take a morning's he cried, with a voice in which passion draught, let it be aqua mirabilis; Jenny contended with pain. “ I can die as I there makes it wee).
have livec, without fashing ony o'them. breath is growing as scant as a broken- But there's a fearful thing hings about winded piper’s, when he has played for my heart, and an anker of brandy four-and-twenty hours at a penny wed- winna wash it away— The Deans at ding-Jenny, pit the cool aneath my Woodend! I sequestrated them in the head--but it's a' needless ! Mass John, dear years, and now they are to fit they'll could ye think o'rattling ower some bit starve—and that Beersbeba, and that short prayer, it wad do me gude may auld trooper's wife and her oe, they'll
, be, and keep some queer thoughts out starve—they'll starve !--Look out, o' my head.—Say something, man.” Jock; what night is'ı ?"
• I cannot use a prayer like a rat- • Onding o'snaw, father,' answered rhyme,' answered the honest clergymao; Jock, after having opened the window,
and if you would have your soul re- and looked out with great composure. deemed like a prey from the fowler, They'll perish in the drists,” said Laird, you must needs shew me your the expiring sinper—" they'll perish wi state of mind.'
cauld !—but I'll be het enough, gin a “ And shouldna ye ken that without tales be true.” my telling you ?" answered the patient. “ What have I been paying stipend and “This last observation was made un
parsonage and vicarage for, ever der breath, and in a tone which made sin' the aughty-nine, an' I canna get a the very attorney shudder. He tried spell of a prayer for't, the only time I his band at ghostly advice, probably ever asked for ane in my life ?-Gang for the first time in his life, and recomawa' wi your whiggery, if that's a'ye mended, as an opiate for the agonized can do ; auld Curate Kiltstoup wad conscience of the Laird, reparation of bae read half the prayer-book to me by the injuries he had done to these disthis time-Awa' w'ye !-Doctor, let's tressed families, which, he observed by see if ye can do ony thing better for me.” the way, the civil law called restitutio
in integrum. But Mammon was strugThe Doctor, who had received some gling with Remorse for retaining his information in the mean while from the place in a bosom he had so long posbouse-keeper on the state of bis com- sessed ; and he partly succeeded, as an