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At length his lonely cot appears in An' mind your duty, duly, morn an' view,

night! Beneath the shelter of an aged tree; Lest in temptation's path ye gang Th' expectant wee-things, todlin, sta

astray, cher thro'

Implore his counsel and assisting To meet their Dad, wi' flichterin

might: noise an' glee..

They never sought in vain, that sought His wee bit ingle, blinkin bonily,

the Lord aright!" His clean hearth-stane, his thriftie

But hark! a rap comes gently to the wifie's smile,

door; The lisping infant' prattling on his

Jenny, wha kens th' meaning o' the knee, Does a' his weary carking cares

same, beguile,

Tells how a neeber lad cam o'er the An' makes him quite forget his labour

moor, and his toil.

To do some errands, and convoy her

hame. Belyve the elder barns come drappin The wily mother sees the conscious

At 'service out, amang the farmers

Sparkle in Jenny's e'e and flush her

cheek; roun'; Some ca' the pleugh, some herd, some

With heart-struck anxious care intentie rin

quires his name, A cannie errand to a neebor town:

While Jenny bafflins is afraid to Their eldest hope, their Jenny, woman

speak; grown,

Weel pleas'd the mother hears, it's nae In youthfu' bloom, love sparkling

wild, worthless rake, in her e'e,

Wi' kindly welcome Jenny brings him Comes hame, perhaps to shew a braw

ben; new gown,

A strappan youth; he takes the Or deposite her sair-worn penny

mother's eye;. fee,

Blythe Jenny sees the visit's no ill To help her parents dear, if they in hard

ta'en; ship be.

The father cracks of horses, pleughs,

an kye. Wi' joy unfeign'd, brothers and sisters The youngster's artless heart o'erflows meet,

wi' joy, An'each for other's weelfare kindly But blate and laithfu', scarce can spiers;

weel behave; The social hours, swift-wing'd, un The mother, wi' a woman's wiles, notic'd fleet:

can spy Each tells the uncos that he sees or What makes the youth sae bashfu' hears;

an' sae grave; The parents, partial, eye their hope- Weel pleas'd to think her bairn's reful years;

spected like the lave. Anticipation forward points the view.

O happy love! where love like this is The mother, wi' her needle an' her

found! sheers,

O heart-felt raptures! bliss beyond Gars auld claes look amaist as

compare! weel's the new;

I've paced much this weary, mortal The father mixes a'wi' admonition due.


And sage 'experience bids me this Their master's an' their mistress's


“ If Heaven a draught of heav'nly The younkers a' are warned to

pleasure spare, obey;

One cordial in this melancholy vale, " An' mind their labours wi'an eydent "Tis when a youthful, loving, modest hand,

pair, . An' ne'er, tho' out o' sight, to jauk In other's arms breathe out the or play ;

tender tale, An' O! be sure to fear the Lord al. Beneath the milk-white thorn that scents way!

the ev'ning gale.



- Is there, in human form, that bears a The sweetest far of Scotia's holy heart

lays : A wretch ! a villain ! lost to love Compar'd with these, Italian trills are and truth !

tame; That can, with studied, bly, and en- The tickled ears no heart-felt rapsnaring art,

ture raise;
Betray sweet Jenny's unsuspecting Nae unison hae they with our Creator's
youth ?

Curse on his perjur'd arts ! dissem .
bling smooth!

The priest-like father reads the sacred
Are honour, virtue, conscience, all

page, exild?

How Abram was the friend of God · Is there no pity, no relenting ruth,

on high; Points to the parents fondling o'er Or, Moses bade eternal warfare wage their child ?

With Amalek's ungracious progeny; Then paints the ruin'd maid, and their Or, how the royal Bard did groaning distraction wild !


Beneath the stroke of heaven's But now the supper crowns their

avenging ire ; simple board!

Or, Job's pathetic plaint, and wailing The halesome parritch, chief o' .

cry: Scotia's food ::

Or, rapt Isaiah's wild seraphic fire; The soape their only 'Hawkie doth Or other holy seers that tune the sacred afford,

That 'yont the hallan snugly chows
her cud;

Perhaps the Christian volume is the
The dame brings forth in complimen-

theme, tal mood,

How guiltless blood for guilty man To grace the lad, her weel-hain'd

was shed ; kebbuck fell.

How He, who bore in heav'n the seAn'aft he's press'd, an' aft he ca's it

cond name, good;

Had not on earth whereon to lay The frugal wifie, garrulous, will tell,

his head : How 'twas a tawmond auld, sin' lint was How his first followers and servants i the bell.

The precepts sage they wrote to The cheerfu' supper done, wi' serious many a land;

How he, who lone in Patmos banish'd, They, round the ingle, form a circle Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand; wide;

And heard great Bablon's doom proThe sire turns o'er, wi' patriarchal

nounc'd by Heaven's command. grace, The big Ha-Bible, ance his father's Then kneeling down, to heaven's eterpride;

nal king, His bonnet rev'rently is laid aside, The saint, the father, and the husHis lyart haffets wearin thin an'

band prays : bare!

Hope “springs exulting on triumphThose strains that once did sweet in

ant wings," Zion glide,

That thus they all shall meet in He wales a portion with judicious

future days: care;

There, ever bask in uncreated rays, And “ Let us worship God!he says,. No more to sigh, or shed the bitter with solemn air.


Together hymning their Creator's They chant their artless notes in

praise, simple guise ;

In such society, yet still more dear; They tune their hearts, by far the While circling time moves round in an noblest aim :

eternal sphere.
Perhaps Dundee's wild warbling mea-
sures rise,

Compard with this, how poor Reli-
Or plaintive Martyrs, worthy of

gion's pride, the name:

In all the pomp of method and of Or noble Elgin beets the heav'nward flame,

When men display to congregations




(wide, Devotion's ev'ry grace, except the A virtuous populace may rise the heart!

while, The Pow'r, incens'd, the pageant will And stand a wall of fire around their desert,

much lov'd Isle. The pompous strain, the sacerdotal

O Thou! who pour'd the patriotic tide stole ; But haply, in some cottage far apart,

That stream'd thro' Wallace's unMay hear, well pleas'd, the lan

daunted heart; guage of the soul;

Who dar'd to, nobly, stem tyrannic And in his book of life the inmates poor



Or nobly die, the second glorious enrol.

(The patriot's God, peculiarly thou art, Then homeward all take off their

His friend, inspirer, guardian, and

reward !) sev’ral way;

O never, never, Scotia's realm desert; The youngling cottagers retire to

But still the patriot and the patriot rest: The parent-pair their secret homage In bright succession raise her ornament

And proffer up to Heaven the warm

and guard.
That He who stills the raven's clam'r-

ous nest,
And decks the lily fair in flow'ry

No, I.
Would, in the way his wisdom sees

the best,
For them and for their little ones

In this ancient and renowned seat of provide ;

arts and arms, now struggling, we hope But chiefly in their hearts with grace

successfully, against Turkish despotism, divine preside.

it was formerly common to indulge in unconfined and promiscuous love;check

ed by no human authority, the passions From scenes like these old Scotia's

ranged uncontrouled, and man became grandeur springs,

their slave. The first that restrained That makes her lov'd at home, re- this pernicious licence was Cecrops, who ver'd abroad :

having obtained the sovereignty of the Princes and lords are but the breath of Athenians, amongst many other useful kings,

institutions introduced that of marriage. 6 An honest man's the noblest Matrimony then became so honourwork of God:”

able in several of the Grecian commonAnd certes, in fair virtue's heav'nly wealths, and so much encouraged by road,

legislators, that abstaining from it, after The cottage leaves the palace far a certain period of life, was esteemed a behind :

crime, and the offender subjected to va. What is lordling's pomp? a cumbrous rious penalties. Among the Lacedæmoload,

nians, the man who remained unmarried Disguising oft the wretch of human was commanded by the magistrates, once kind,

every winter, to run round the públic Studied in arts of hell, in wickedness forum naked, singing a song, the words refin'd!

" of which aggravated his crime, and ex

posed him to ridicule. He was excludO Scotia ! my dear, my native soil! , ed from those exercises in which, acFor whom my warmest wish to cording to the Spartan custom, young heaven is sent !

virgins contended naked, and, upon a | Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil, certain solemnity was dragged by the Be blest with health, and peace, and fair sex round the altar, and, “ in fancy sweet content!

phraseology," severely punished. He And O! may Heaven their simple was also deprived of that respect and lives prevent

attention which the younger were ac. From luxury's contagion, weak and customed to pay to the elders; therevile !

fore, says Plutarch, no one found fault Then, howe'er crowns and coronets be with what was said to Dercyllidas, a rent,

great captain who had commanded ar.

mies, by a young man, upon his entering their hands concealed in the pocketthe place of public assembly: “Sir,” said holes at the sides, and their faces are the youth, retaining his seat, “ you must muffled. Sometimes they assume the not expect that honour from me, though Turkish garb. Neither prudence nor young, which cannot be returned to me modesty suffers a maiden to be seen beby a child of your's when I am old.” fore she is married. Her beauty might

To these we may add the Athenian , inflame the Turk, who can take her lelaw, whereby all that were commanders, gally by force, on a sentence of the cadi orators, or entrusted with any public or judge; and the Greek, if she exposed office, were to be married, and have her face to him, even unwillingly, would children and estates in land, which were reject her with disdain. considered as so many guarantees of The Albanian women in Athens are their good behaviour, and without which inured early to hard living, labour, and domestic engagements, it was thought the sun. Their features are injured by dangerous to confide the management penury, and their complexions by the of public affairs.

air. Their dress is course and simple ; Polygamy was not commonly tolerat- a shift reaching to the ancle, a thick ed in Greece: when Herodotus reports sash about the waist, and a short loose that Anaxandridas, the Spartan, had woollen vest. Their hair is platted in two wives, he remarks, that it was con- two divisions, and the ends fastened to trary to the custom of Sparta. The other a red silken string, which, with a tassel, Grecian cities, so far agreed with the is pendant to their heels, and frequently Lacedæmonians, only upon extraordina- laden with pieces of silver coin, of vary occasions, such as mortality amongst rious sizes, diminishing gradually to the the men, by reason of war or other ca. bottom. Their legs and feet are generlamity, when the marrying of more than ally bare, and their heads hooded, as it one wife was permitted.

were, with a long towel, which encircles The stated time of marriage was not the neck; one extremity hanging down the same in all places; the Spartans before, and the other behind. The girls were not permitted to marry until they wear a red scull-cap, plated with peraus, had arrived at their full strength, though or Turkish pennies of silver, perforated we are not informed what was the exact and ranged like the scales of fish. number of years they were confined to: The Greek will sometimes admit a yet it appears, from one of Lycurgus's traveller into his gynecæum, or the sayings, that both men and women were apartment of his women. These within limited in this particular, that the chil. doors are, as it were, uncased, and each dren might be robust and vigorous. The a contrast of the figure she made when Athenian laws are said to have ordered abroad. There the girl, like Thetis, that men should not marry under thirty- treading on a soft carpet, has her white five years of age ; but this, a good deal, and delicate feet naked, the nails tinged depended upon the disposition of every with red. Her trowsers, which in winter lawgiver. Aristotle thought thirty-seven are of red cloth, and in summer of fine a good age, Plato and Hesiod thirty. calico, or thin gauze, descend from the Some of the old Athenian laws permitted hip to the ancle, hanging loosely about women to marry at twenty-six. Aris- her limbs; the lower portion embroidertotle at eighteen, Hesiod at fifteen, &c. ed with flowers, and appearing beneath So much for ancient institutions :-pro- the shift, which has the sleeves wide ceed we now to modern ones.

open, and the seams and edges curiously The liberty of the fair sex at Athens adorned with needle-work. Her vest is is almost equally abridged by the Turks of silk, exactly fitted to the form of the and the Greeks. Their houses are se- bosom and the shape of the body, which cured with high walls, and the windows it rather covers than conceals, and is turned from the streets, and latticed, or shorter than the shift. A rich zone enboarded up, so as to preclude all inter compasses her waist, and is fastened becourse, even of the eyes.

fore by clasps of silver gilded, or of The dress of the Grecian matrons is a gold set with precious stones. The head garment of red or blue cloth, the waist dress is a skull-cap, red or green, with very short, the long petticoat falling in pearls; she bas bracelets of gold on her folds to the ground; a thin flowing veil wrists, and, like Aurora, is rosy fingered, of muslin, with a golden rim or border, the tips being stained. At her cheeks is is thrown over the head and shoulders. a lock of hair, made to curl towards the The attire of the virgins is a long red face; and down her back falls a provest, with a square cape of yellow sattin fusion of tresses, spreading over her hanging down behind. They walk with shoulders.

(To be continued. ASSASSINATION OF HENRY IV. and in the game instant the assassin, OF FRANCE.

perceiving that the point of his knife FROM FRENCH AUTHORITIES op 1610. had been stopped by a rib, he repeated

the blow with such quickness, that not The night before this unhappy day one of those who were in the coach had his majesty could take no rest, and was time to oppose, nor even to perceive it, in continual uneasiness. In the morning Henry, by raising his arm, afforded a he told those about him, that he had not fairer aim for the second blow, which, slept, and that he was very much dis. according to Péréfixe and L'Etoile, ordered. Thereupon M. de Vendôme went directly to his heart; and, acentreated his majesty to take care of cording to Rigault and the French Merhimself, and not to go out, for that cury, near the auricle of the heart; a day was fatal to him. “I see,”, an- gush of blood occasioning the almost swered the king, “ that you have con- instantaneous death of the unhappy sulted the almanack, and have heard of prince, as Mattheiu asserts, pronouncthe prediction of La Brosse, from my ing, with a faint and dying voice, these cousin the Count of Soissons: he is an words, “it is nothing.” The murderer old fool, and you, who are young, have aimed a third blow at him, which the still less wisdom.” The Duke de Ven- Duke of Epernon received in his dôme then went to the queen, who like. sleeve. wise begged the king not to go out of the Louvre that day; but he made her the same answer.

EPITAPH ON THE LADY MARY The coachman turned from the street

VILLIERS. St. Honoré into that part called Féron. FROM CAREW'S POEMS, Ed. Lon. 1640. nerie, which was then very narrow, and made more so by the little shops erected

The Lady Mary Villiers lies against the wall of the church-yard of

Under this stone ; with weeping eyes St. Innocent. A little embarrassment

nt The parents that first gave her birth, was occasioned by the meeting of two

And their sad friends, lay'd her in earth; carts, one loaded with wine, the other

If any of them, reader, were with hay, so that the coach was obliged

Known unto thee, shed a tear; to stop in a corner of the street, over

Or if thyself possess a gem, against the study of a certain notary,

As dear to thee as this to them; whose name was Poutrain. The foot.

Though a stranger to this place, men took a nearer way, that they might. Bewail in theirs thine own hard case : with less difficulty, come up with the

with the For thou, perhaps, at thy return, coach at the end of the street; so that May'st find thy darling in an urn. there were only two; which followed; and one of these went to make way for

INSTINCT AND SAGACITY OF the carriage to go on, while the other in the meantime took that opportunity to

A HORSE fasten his garter. Ravillac, who had The following anecdote, related in a followed the coach from the Louvre, French paper, proves that the instinct of perceiving that it stopped, and that there the horse is sometimes as surprising as was no person near it, advanced to that that of the dog, and that it is equally inside where he observed the king sat. telligent and susceptible of as warm an His cloak being wrapped round his left attachment to its master :-A young arm served to conceal the knife, which gentleman went on horseback from Paris he held in his hand ; and sliding between to the Fauxbourg St. Antoine to receive the shops and coach, as if he was at- some money, and on his return, wishing tempting to pass by, like others, he sup- to let his horse drink, by some accident ported one foot upon one of the spokes fell into the water and was drowned. of the wheel, and the other upon a stone, The horse immediately returned to the and drawing a knife edged on both sides, house where his master had been to regave the king a wound a little above the ceive the money, and by its neighings heart, between the third and fourth rib. and the noise of its feet, attracted the His majesty had just turned towards the attention of the people of the house, who Duke of Epernon, and was reading a were no less astonished than alarmed at letter, or, as others say, leaning towards its re-appearance without its rider. One the Marechal Lavardin, to whom he was of them mounted the horse, and allowed whispering. Henry, feeling himself it to go its own course. The animal set struck, cried out, “ I am wounded;" off at full trot in the direction of the

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