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And aye hee lokit at the carylis maike,
And then at his pygmye mennis; They were no more before his faice
Than ane scrowe of cockis and hennis.
Chryste be mine shielde !" said Lord Annerdaille,
“ For als mine faithe shall shwyve, If ten such carylis were in the londe,
They wold swallowe it up alyve.”“Quhat seike you heire ?” quod the gyant caryl,
" Or qubat is your wille with mee?". “ We seike for oussen, sheipe, and kye,
And eke for ane faire lådye!"“ You shall haif their bonis then," said the caryl ;
“ You shall haif them with righte gode wille, Quhan mine gude demis and nobil sounis
Haif gnawit at them their fille.". “Lorde be myne shielde !" quod Annerdaille,
“ And saife me from skaithe and scorne ! For the lykis of that I nefer hearit,
From the daye that I wals borne.
“ Louse forthe myne hundis, thou baisse reiver !
If rackle thou woldest not bee." “ Lothe wold I bee,” the caryl replyit,
“ For outhir youre golde or fee.
" Theye will brynge downe the stott but and the steire, The welder and
the fileite hynde ; Or be dejune to myne gude demis, Quhan better they may not fynde."
Lord Annerdaille he waxed wrothe,
Such thochtis he colde not thole,
And burrye him in his holle.
“That thynge rejoysethe mee; For it will pleisse our stomackis to feiste
On thyne fatte men and thee.”
Hee bore ane polle on his sholder
Wals ten large feite and three,
Moste dreadfulle for to see.
Lord Annerdaille's men drew out
And iewe on the caryl ainaine ; But in five twynkillyngis of an ee,
Ane thirde of them lay slaine.
The reste whelit runde their steedis and fedde,
Swifte als the westlande wynde ;
Quhan lokinge them behynde:
Of frychtsome gyant brode,
And drynke their kinsmenis blode.
And aye they quaffit the reide warme tyde,
Their greide it wals so ryffe,
Though fleckeryng still with lyffe.
Lord Annerdaillis men they rode and ranne
O'er all the Border bounne,
Ane aircher of gritte
And dernit him dexterouslye,
To walke on his blodye lee.
Too baisse quhereon to thynke,
To taike his mornyog drynke.
And Johne hee lokit out ouer his denne,
And sawe the monstour lye ;
For they thochte the streime gone drye.
The caryl hee rose up lyke ane tree,
And toke his steidfaste stande,
With bent bowe in his hande.
Though moche hee hald ane mynde,
Wolde pierce his herte behynde. Our yeomanne sent ane airrowe fleite,
From bowe of the good bay-tree; But the caryl keppyt it in his teethe,
Als easily als ane flee.
Another and another flewe,
With als moche mychte and speide, But stille hee keppyt them in his teethe,
And chewit them for ane meide.
But Johne hee wals ane cunnyng manne,
Hee seyis his skille againeHee put two arrowis to his bowe,
And drewe with mychte and maine :
The caryl deftly caught the ane
Full fiercelye als it flewe ;
And clave his herte in two.
Hee gaif ane growle-hee gaif but ane,
It maide all the hillis to rore ;
And wordis spoke nefer more.
From ambosche quhair hee laye,
And herrgit it for ane preye.
Of horrour and of paine,
May nefer beholde againe !
By barde hald never beine sunge,
Be anye Chrystean tunge.
His sonnis and his wyffis three ;
And hangit them on ane tree;
For their last horryde roome ;
Now, long live Jamis, our nobil Kyng,
And Lord Annerdaille, long live hee, And long live John of Littledeane,
Quha set this countrye free.
Some saide those gyantis were brotal bestis,
And soulis they colde haif none,
And wonderit quhare they were gone.
Till Peter of Bodisbecke hee came forthe,
With prufis of the verye beste, That put ane end to the dispute,
And set the lande at reste :
For Peter wals out at eventyde,
Upon his heightis, I wotte,
Quhat other mennis colde notte.
Lyke greifous hoddye-crawis,
A-writhing in its clawis.
They flewe als they were bounne to helle,
Swyfte als the fyerie flaime,
The place fro whence theye caime;
And ouer the Nythe they fewe;
Als the worste helle they knewe.
That treade this yirde belowe,
And graunt them graice to growe ;
Come their blessit bowris withynne;
Lyke him of the Greye-Meris Linne.
LETTERS OF TIMOTHY TICKLER, ESQ. TO EMINENT LITERARY CHARACTERS.
In days when our King Tommy rang,
MY DEAR SECRETARY,
unconscious adoration,—now ecce eyes It was well remarked by one of leering like the grey goggles of the our cleverest contributors, Napoleon Ettrick Shepherd himself, mouths Buonaparte, (Heaven rest his soul!) gullering guffaws, hands performing that there is but one step from the on that exquisite instrument the Scots sublime to the ridiculous. This pas tish fiddle, and knee and elbow keepseul, after a month's deliberation, has ing time together in a concerto bebeen resolutely taken by Taylor, the tween a chuckle and a crow. This is Trimmer, and certainly the effect has not the picture of me alone, Timothy been prodigious. We all remember Tickler, but of the small body of subhow sublime was the Old Series of the scribers in general to the Dunciad. London! We all behold bow ridicu- “Look, look at the London ! my lous is the New; and accordant to the gracious! only look at the London! creed of the Corsican, reverence is turn- Twig the New Series !-Well, this ed into contempt. Instead of eyes up- beats cock-fighting!— Price three shillifted method istically towards the re- lings and sixpence !-unconscionable volution of that heavenly body, mouths extortion-oh! for a barrel of Powlwide and silent as barn-doors, hands doodies, or a demi-gallon of potheen!” clasped, and knees slightly bent in Joking apart, and to treat the New
Series seriously, devil take me if, vel with the London, why, “ wha since the day on which I was kittled, Cato did and Addison approved cansaw I ever such a Magazine as this ! not be wrong;" and at least, my Mul. With the deepest humility and con- lion, let it not be remembered on my trition do I now confess my own stu- epitaph. pidity, which at times has been more Why, what a blundering blockhead than I could well bear; but hence- this Taylor must be! You know, forth, I will pluck up my spirits, by that, not long since, he came crawling remembering the New SERIES. Sure- out, at the point of North’s rod, from ly, Mullion, my stupidity never equals the accumulation of six months' filth led this !-I ask you as a friend, whom and slime, a perfect Grub of an EdiI have ever found a friend, and, I hope, tor, and began biting away at the treated as such, both inter fam. and pointed iron, in total forgetfulness of coram pop. for the greater part of half his want of teeth. You then saw the a century, if ever I appeared to be so Grub disappear into the interior of his alarmingly near my last? Yes, Mul- palace, with all the pomposity of a lion, with you I have used no disguise. Alying beetle into his horse-dung, obYou have attended me in my stupid- viously mistaking himself for a Gadest moments, when“ none were by to Ay, and indulging in the dear delusion hear” but your worthy self; you of a sting. Now, once more, he sallies have seen me lean my forehead in forth an enormous Bummer-a mani. unidea'd despair, now on my hand, fest Drone—with posteriors out of all now on the edge of the table, while proportion to his little short flimsy glass and tumbler yielded a sympho- wings,—and - There now, Mulnious and spiritless response to the lion, did not I tell you so, down upululation of their master's grief-You on the pavement drops the Shardhave seen, Mullion, those dim, dull, born, and blunders with a groan into dozing, dawnering, dying, dead eyes the gutter. of mine, gradually shut up in their But easy-easy-let us drop all enblue wrinkled sockets-You have tymological personalities, and take anheard that most alarming of all symp- other look at the New Series. Pray, toms, the grammarless groan in may I ask, what barn-door fowl which the very verb loses his authori- scratched this ground-plan of the ty, and governs the accusative no more. Thames QUAY? But I shall suppose -You have beheld my organ of Self- my dear Mullion in his own corner Esteem, which, in size, is second only over his jug, while I read aloud the to that of a Simpson, torpid as the cau first paragraph of the leading article sality of a Poole—and wept to think, of the first number of the New Sethat things seemed in a fair train to ries. qualify me for a contributor to the Phrenological Journal-All this and “ All those who consider the appamore have you seen, and now, on
relling of the state' as a matter of some your conscience and your credit, by consequence, must hail with pleasure the your hopes of heaven, and of your growing disposition to improve the approvision-warehouse, as a christian, pearance and convenience of the country and a contributor, I ask you, with
at large, and the metropolis in particular :
Soane, Nash, and Macadam, are stoning my hand upon my heart, and a face
all the streets to death as though they beaming with the simplest sincerity, if ever, by day or night, gloom or glim- bellishment of our city it would be well
were so many St Stephens. In the emmer, you had any reason to suspect to remember that London is the metrothat I was about to commence idiot polis, not merely of England, but of the on my own account, with such a ca
whole British empire; an empire which, pital and stock on hand as any one comprising its dependencies in Asia, partner in this concern of the New
Africa, and America, as well as in Eu. SERIES? If you must answer in the rope, in point of population is exceeded affirmative, out with it at once-let by few, and, considering its wealth, knowme know the uttermost extent of my ledge, intellectual energy, commercial enimbecility-I am prepared to hear terprize, and the consequent moral and the worst-at my time of life the physical power, perhaps unequalled by shock need not be very great. I am any, ancient or modern. The capital of grateful for the past. Yet if my in- such an empire ought to possess a com. tellect be indeed pronounced on a le- mensurate character. On the contrary,