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The Character of Love.
CHARACTER OF LOVE.
What is Love?- It is a treasure
Which no riches can impart; 'Tis a pain, and yet a pleasure,
Which can pierce the inmost heart.
'Tis the child of Fancy, various,
Nurs'd by beauty and fair fame: Still its blessings are precarious,
As the wanton god takes aim.
When two gentle hearts inspiring,
Kindred wishes warm the breast, Each the bliss alike desiring,
Panting, sighing to be blest;
Then the soul, expanding, swelling,
Paints each fancy'd prospect bright, And, on imag'd forms still dwelling,
Melts in day-dreams of delight.
Glory, honours, splendour, fading,
Lose their wonted force to charm : Softer powers the frame pervading,
Every sense to rapture warm.
But if Cupid, cruel; sportive,
Only one fond heart should wound; Then each wish must prove abortive,
Pleasure fly, and pains abound.
Hence the sigh's spontaneous heaving,
Hence the tear's incessant flow; Wishes disappointed, leaving
The sad heart to ceaseless wou
Verses after Moore-Epigram on an Epigram.
While the throbbing bosom rising,
Prompt to meet the sound of joy,
Every infant hope destroy.
Such is Love, for ever ranging,
Wheresoe'er he lights his flame;-
Fix the god's unsettled aim.
Oh breathe yet her name !—for, the joys that have fled
Till the dream of my life flit away.
Oh breathe yet her name!—The last tear that shall roll,
A kind thought of my love from decay.
EPIGRAM ON AN EPIGRAM.
The qualities all in bee that we meet,
In an Epigram never should fail;
And a sting should be felt in its tail.
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CHAPMAN'S PICTURE OF GLASGOW,
And Stranger's Guide ; with a Sketch of a Tour to Loch-Lo
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• In this volume will be found a brief view of the early history, together with accurate and descriptive accounts of the public edifices, the political and forensic constitution, the commerce and manufactures, the numerous institutions and establishments, the population, and in general the resources of Glasgow, the second city in the British Isles, Under this distribution it is offered to the Citizen as a pleasing and ins teresting Companion, and to the Stranger as a faithful and instructive Guide.'
Amid the vast variety of authentic, useful, and curious information in this work, we were at a loss what to choose to present to our readers :-and though the passage we have fixed on relate to our own profession, we trust, when they reflect on the inestiinable blessing we enjoy, resulting from the introduction of the art of printing into our native country, and from the consideration that some of
may not yet be informed of that inemorable event, they will pardon our partiality.
“ Glasgow had the honour of introducing the art of type-founding into Scotland. The manufacture was begun in the year 1743, by Mr. Alexander Wilson, Professor of Astronomy in the University of Glasgow, and his friend Mr. John Bain. The business was ably and successfully carried on, and Professor Wilson lived to enjoy the advantageous results of unwearied industry and well directed talents. This foundry became the most celebrated, as it was nearly the most extensive in Europe. This business is still continued by the Professor's decendants, under the firm of Alexander Wilson & Sons, on an extended scale, and with increased reputation. The exactness of the types, the beauty of their form, and the durability of the materials, give them a decided preference. Mr. Jackson, author of the Four Ages,' and Letters on Various Subjects, confers the following com
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mendation on the Glasgow types; “ That the types of our modern splendid books, and most of the foreign as well, are not formed upon a scale of aliquot parts ; so that the letters disagree with each other, and have, besides, an affected sharpness and precision, which nothing but the exactest proportion can excuse that Caslon's types are very perfect, but that in the Glasgow letter is united every desirable property, being by far the most beautiful of any yet invented.
Printing was invented about the middle of the fifteenth century, and the first books were printed, in 1450, at Mentz on the Rhine. It was introduced into England, in 1471, by William Caxton, who established a printing press at Westminster. The gallant James IV. a patron of all the liberal arts, encouraged the erection of one in Edinburgh, during 1507.* About the year 1530, printing was first execu. ted in Glasgow by George Anderson; and in 1661 he was succeeded by Robert Saunders & Son. Robert Urie, in 1730, greatly extended the trade, and conferred celebrity on the seat of his business by the neat
* The following privilege by the king to Walter Chapman and Andro Millar, the first Scottish printers, is a document of some importance in the literary History of Scotland ;--" James, &c. To al and sindrj our officiaris liegis and subdittis quham it efferis quhais knawledge thir our lettress sal cum, greting; Wit ye that forsamckill as our lovittis servitouris Walter Chapman and Andro Millar burgessis of our burgh of Edin. burgh, has at our instance and request, for our plesour; the honour and profit of our Realme and liegis, takin on thame to furnis and bring hame ane prent, with all stuf belangand tharto, and expert men to use the sammyne, for imprenting within our Realme of the bukis of our Lawis, actis of parliament, croniclis, mess bukis, and por tuus efter the use of our Realme, with addicions and legendis of Scottis sanctis, now ga. derit to be ekit tharto, and alutheris bukis that sal be sene necessar, and to sel the samo myne for competent pricis, be our avis and discrecioun, thair labouris and expens being considerit; And becaus we wnderstand that this cannot be perfurnist without rychtgreit cost, labour and expens, we have granted and promittit to thame that thai salt nocht be hurt nor prevented tharon be ony utheris to tak copyis of ony bukis furth of our Reahne, to gar imprent the sammyne in otheris cuntries, to be brocht and sauld agane within our Realme, to cause the said Walter and Androu tyne thair greit labour and expence; And alais It is divisit and thocht expedient be us and our consel, that in tyme cumming mess bukis, manualis, matyne bukis, and portuus bukis, efter our awm scottis use, and with legendis of Scottis sanctis, as is now gaderit and ekit be ane Revernd father in god, and our traist consalour William bischope of Abirdene and utheris, be asit generaly within al our Realme alssone as the sammyne may be imprentit and providit and that na manner of sic bukis of Salusbery use be brocht to be sauld within our Real. me in tyme cumming; and gif ony dois in the contrar, that thai sal tyne the sammyne. Quharfor we charge straitlie and commandis you al and sindrj our officiaris, liegis, an subdittis, that nane of yow take upon hand to do ony thing in contrar this our promitt, devise, ordinance, in tyme cuming, under the pane of escheting of the bukis, and pun. ishing of thair persons bringairs tharof within our Realme, in contrar this our statut with all vigour as efferis. Geven under our prive Sel at Edinburgh, the xv day of Sept219ber, and of our Regne the xxti yer."-Books of the Privy Seal, iii. 129.
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ness, beauty, and accuracy, of the works which he printed. As he had hitherto surpassed all the printers north of the Tweed, he was, in his turn, to be eclipsed by the celebrated Robert and Andrew Foulis, natives of this city who were appointed, about the year 1740, printers, to the University. These ingenious men brought to their art a classic taste, and an elegance of execution unrivalled; while the beauty and accuracy of their editions of the Greek and Roman Classics have not been excelled by the best productions of the most celebrated continental presses. For thirty years, the two brothers continued to produce a series of classics, well known to the literary world as faithful and elegant transcripts of the treasures of Greek and Roman learning.
years 1813 and 1814.
The following incident which occurred at Eskisheder gives a curious specimen of Turkish society.
“ Tired with walking, I returned to my lodgings, and just sat down to breakfast, when I was alarmed by a loud knocking at the court gate, It was immediately afterward burst open, and one of those Dervishes called Delhi, or madmen, entered the apartment, and in the most outrageous manner struck me with the shaft of a long lance which he held in his hand, at the same time abusing my people for having allowed an infidel to enter the habitation of a holy man, since (as it afterwards turned out) the house belonged to him. I was so incensed at the conduct of this intruder, that I instantly seized one of my pistols, which was lying by my side, and should have shot him on the spot, regardless of the consequences, had I not been withheld by the Tartar and those around me. The Dervish in a moment was hurled neck and heels, out at the door, and I went in person to the Aga to complain of the outrage. I found him sitting in a loft or garret, a place somewhat dangerous to approach on account of the rotten condition of the ladder that led to the only entrance. I ordered the Tartar to read the fermaun, and, representing the circumstance, desired that the Delhi might be punished. He said that he would chastise him the mo. ment I was gone; but as he was a holy man, and I an infidel, the inhabitants of the town would not at present allow him to be touched. Finding no hope of redress, I returned to my lodgings, determined to depart as soon as the heat of the day would permit me. But scarcely had I arrived, when the Delhi, accompanied by three or four of his friends, again entered the roum, and sat down at some distance from me on tlie floor, The former remained quiet, but his companion