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side of a blazing hearth fire, and pro- bread,' said the Bailie, this is a mising supper board.
hapless tumble ; I feel the smell of It was now eleven o'clock-the reign as good brandy punch as ever reeked of the old year was within an hour of aneath the nose of the town councilits close, and the din of the street had there it runs; water, saith the word, subsided, partly from the lateness of cannot be gathered from the ground, the hour, and the fall of a shower of nor brandy punch from the street, thin and powdery snow which abated saith Bailie Bumewin.' a little the darkness of the night. A peace, I pray thee,' said the clder ; loud scream, and the sound of some- Speak, Thomas Treddle, speak; thing falling, were heard at the end art thou harmed in spirit, or hurt in of the little narrow close or street, body?' • The spirit is running from which descended from the old Kirk- him,' said the son of the forge, in the gate to the residence of the elder. true spirit of citizenship: • dost thou • There's the sound of Deacon Tred- not feel its fragrance ?' * Peace, again dle's voice,' said Marion, if ever II say,' enjoined the elder ; I say unto heard it in my life ; and the cry too you, something fearful hath happened of sore affliction.' Away without unto him; he has felt an evil touch, bonnet or mantle ran the old friends or he has seen scme unholy sight; of the expected deacon ; they found such things have been rife ere now in him lying with bis face to the pave- the land ;' and he endeavoured to ment, his hands clutched like one in raise his prostrate friend from the agony, while from a shattered punch- pavement. bowl ran the rich and reeking contents. • As I live by drink, and sometimes
To be continued.
SUFFICIENT REASONS FOR WRITING NO And I believe the good folks all were right,
| For daring to assume the name of Poet; MORE POETRY,
Though at the time, I really did not know it,
And verily believ'd, 'twas only spite
Or envy made them speak-my works will show it,
I mean those works that never saw the light, Addressed to the Muse, and all concerned therein.
They're better far, than those that are in print,
And this I'll prove, or else the devil's in't No, Madam, no, I pr'ythee do keep off,
That's neither here nor there I'll rhyme no more, I'm tir'd of rhyming---noue ou earth need wonder, Why people should be subject to the bore
As rhyming very seldom shows a reason,
Of list'ning while 'tis read. There is a reason Thus 1--thy curs'd, inspiring mantle duif";
For doing all things'-this was known before ; "Tis thread-bare quite; Pd rather live on plunder, Or 1, as well as many another Bard,
But plagiarism is not held up as tri ason,
Would not have starv'd for want of due reward.
I've seen my folly—I repent it too. As I have been-My business I've mistaken; Starvation, nakedness, and scorn, and shame, For though my rhymes are tolerably good,
I will no more endure, though it were true They ne'er have fill'd my guts with beef or bacon, That suffering would immortalize my name; And one gets tir'd of vegetable food,
The present moment henceforth 1'11 pursue. No Egg or Butter e'er is seen my cake on,
'Tis said the muse will set the soul on flame; And light-food some say, aquacous makes the blood; | This may be true; but either wine or toddy Though water-gruel good is for the sick,
Has double power-it heats both soul and body. Hunger and health still something like that's thi k I've written sonnets oft to please the ladies, Bear witness for menow my 'thread-bare coat; But most of people think them wretched stuff; My lanter jawr ; sunk eyes, and haggard mien : Such paltry writing certain to degrade is, How enviable is a poet's lot!
Whether one writes to Delia's nose or snuff, And you my linen, seldom over clean;
In fact, it does not matter what the maid is, And ye my Patrons, be not unforgot;
For sudges say, that Petrarch wrote enough The Public too--all who my works have seen, Or those same kind of rhyines-don't think I'm If I have not done much while courting fame,
Blooring Though every body laid I was to blame,
At lovers wijsre fond of sonnetteering
And I have written satire-what of that ?
Where two are eve:y moment driven asunder: 'Twas without point-o every body said ;
Some clown perchance, before again you meet, 'Twas like stale benr, and that we know is fiat. With head turned round to some shop-window
wonder, I've written epitaphs upon the dead And living too. I've written-Lord knows what? Shoulders you down, and then grins at the ill-bred I've ransacked every cranny in my head
blunder; For some new thought, in vain. Gall says, a skull
And dirty porters running here and there, Bump-ed like mine proves the possessor dull.
And beggars too, and bakers, and a host
Of inconvenient objects, every where I've written Epics, Lyrics, and Addresses,
Beset the luckless lounger to his cost. Eulogies, Elegies, and once a Play,
The gentleman is altogether lost Anacreontics of a quite new species,
Among a crew so vulgar and so humbling. Heroics, Comic Songs abundantly,
And then the noise outroars the ocean coast; I studied most assiduously the Graces,
Coal carts and carriages together jumbling, Who never would the least attention pay: Would rend the devil's ears with their confounded I sought over description, hill, and dale,
rumbling. But every thing I tried was sure to fail.
Tom-Yet something may be learned from such a I've sung for Publications, periodical,
mass For Pamphlets, Newspapers--but never hire Of population, as they move along, I got-such treatment very odd I call;
To mark the various faces as they pass, No soul on earth disposed seemed to admire.
All bent on something, either right or wrong.-Beside I did attempt what a New Mode I call; To read the character that may belong And this too faild-crest-fallen I retire;
To every new expression of the features,.. And who need wonder if I be uncivil,
And, from the looks and airs of old and young, And wish the Muses dining with-the Devil. To guess their occupations, feelings, natures --
May teach some useful hints anent one's fellowFor I to dine with them no more am bent;
creatures. Twere worse than inadness, witness O! my bones, and, Dick, the ladies, man! the ladies, Dick! That seein inclined to quit their tenement; No wouder they are peeping forth, like stones All gorgeous in apparel--glad and gay... In gravel-walk; but all this to prevent,
With looks and smiles that touch one to the quick --And not to plague the world with sighs and groans,
Dick-The ladies, Tom?---the ladies at mid-day. I am deterinined to write nought but prose,
Laced, plumed, and parasold, in bright array, a Rhyming is not my forte-away, it goes.
Are so well fortified in the possession
Of pomp, and pride, and haberdashery, Postscript.--- I've written Story, and Lampoon; Adonis' self would fail to make impression! Paraphrase and Trauslation I have made;
So I resume my book and end this long degression I've written riddles that would take a moon
ТО Ј— Ү.
'Tis vain to weep-the tears of sorrow flow;
But flow, alas! in vain, o'er the seared bloom
Of opening joy, when hope is sunk in gloom,
And all is dark and dead, no more to glow MID-DAY IN THE TRONGATE. With life and beauty. Pangs of heartfelt woe
Are softened not by tears, when the last doom TOM Soliloquizing.
of death bath sealed our hope, and on the tomb
They trickle unwiped-unheeded. When low, There are, that love companionless to stroll
The blighted hopes of love are laid, and o'er In lonely paths, pursuing fancy's dreams, Our soul broods absence loneliness; nor tears, Or, when the sun is bright and warm, to loll
Nor sighs, again can to our heart restore Upon the verdant banks of limpid streams. Its wonted buoyancy---our grief but sears For me I'll follow no such idle whims,
Our hearts ;-'tis thus, alas! when now no more My fancy is to cultivate the graces ;
My Jessie's love my soul illumnes and cheers. And so I seek the town-the scene that teems
C. W. A. With gazing crowds, and haunt all modish places,
what the deuce!
REBUS.-- Answer requir dh
glorious Trongate. Strect and lane Send forth their multitudes a-promenading,
The 6th of an insect, that only can crawl; And many a maid is there-young, blooming, ripe, A 6th part of noses; a 4th part of grand :
Take the Sd of a lip, and the 4th of a hand; and fading.
When all these nam'd parts you can make in rhyme Dick-Is not this market day? I think it is;
jingle, And therefore, with your leave, I'll keep my seat: Set them all in rotation, just one after one,
Take the 6th of an Adjectire, namely of single; For, just to look upon a girlish phiz, I care not to be elbowed, thrust, and beat,
And tell me their names, and a work when all's done From side to side along a crowded street,
VARIETIES. THR LATE LORD VISCOUNT SACKVILLE. what a fool you make of yourself? What This nobleman was not more distinguished use will it be to you, as you don't know for his abilities, than for his amiable dispo- how it is to be dressed ?' sition. Of this, his domestics felt the com- SCOTCH AND [ASH OFFICERS.-As two fort, living with him rather as humble military officers of the sister countries of friends, than as menial servants. His lord- Ireland and Scotland, were passing along ship one day entering his house, in Pall Piccadilly, their attention was arrested by Mall, observed a large basket of vegetables a pretty girl at work with her needle, bestanding in the hall, and inquired of the hinder the counter of a Magazine des porter to whom they belonged, and from Modes. The Hibernian instantly proposed whence they came ? Old John imme- to go into the shop, and purchase some diately replied, “ They are our’s, my lord, trifle, by way of excuse, for obtaining a from our country-house.'-- Very well,' nearer inspection of the fair damsel. rejoined the peer. At that instant a car- · Hoot awa' man,' said the equally curious, riagestopped at the door, and Lord George, but more economical Scot, there's nae turning round, asked what coach it was, occasion to throw awa siHer ; let's gang • Qur's' said honest John. • and are the in, and ask change o'twa sixpences for 3 children in it our's too ?' said his lordship sbilling.' laughing. Most certainly, my lord,' re. Answers given to the following Conunplied John, with the utmost gravity, and
drums will oblige immediately ran to lift them out.
PAUL PUZZLE. IRISHMAN ROBBED.An Irishman hav- Why is a washerwoman like a church ing bought a sheep's head, had been to a bell? friend for a direction to dress it. As he Why are two large rivers in Scotland was returning, repeating the method, and like man and wife ? with the names of the holding his purchase under his arm, a dog rivers. snatched it, and ran away.
Why is Lemon juice like a good søying? dear joy,' said the Irishman to the dog,
• Now, my
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
We are sorry that we cannot admit W. M's lines.
Want of room alone prevented the poetry of Amicus from finding a place; he will be attended to in our next.
Best respects to J. Ogle. We will gratify the puble with a peep next number.
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mole, which, in five or six hours, drove GIBRALTAR.
the enemy from their guns in every The very
of Gibraltar revives, quarter, but more completely from the in the bosom of every Briton, the spark New Mole head. Captain Whitaker, of military ardour. It isjustly consider- with the armed boats, was ordered to ed as the brightest jewel of the British possess himself of that post; but crown, which no boon, however splen- Captains Hicks and Jumper, who did and valuable, could induce the na- lay with their ships nearest the mole, tion ingloriously to barter. The im- eager to share in every part of the portance of this fortress, which is con- glory, pushed ashore in their barges, sidered by Europe as the key to the before the other boats could come up. Mediterranean sea, does not seem to On their landing, the Spaniards sprung have been duly estimated by the Span- a mine upon them, which blew up the iards until they lost it ; not even by fortifications, killed two lieutenants and the English, who became masters of forty men, and wounded sixty. The it more through accident than design. assailants, however, kept possession of Sir George Rooke had, in the year the work, and, being joined by Captain 1704, been sent into the Mediterra- Whitaker, boldly advanced, and took nean with a strong fleet, to assist a small bastion, half way betwixt the Charles, Archduke of Austria ; but mole and the town. The Marquis was so limited by instructions, as to be de Salines, who was governor, being imable to effect any enterprise of im- again summoned, thought proper to portance. Unwilling to return to surrender ; and the British colours, for England with a powerful squadron the first time, waved over the rock of without having achieved something, Gibraltar. he called a council of war, and it was No sooner were the Spaniards acdetermined to attack Gibraltar. quainted with the loss of this impor
On the 21st of July, 1704, the tant fortress, than they made every fleet reached the bay, and 1800 effort to regain it. Foiled in several men, English and Dutch, command- attempts, they formed the extravagant ed by the Prince of Hesse d'Arm- and desperate scheme of surprising the stadt, were immediately landed on the garrison, although a British admiral isthmus. On the 23d, the ships com- was then before the town. On the menced a brisk cannonade on the new 31st of October, five hundred volun
teers took the sacrament, never to re-ed ; but being wounded also, he could turn till they had planted the Spanish not be got off before the flames had flag on the battlements of Gibraltar. reached him. The works thus deThis forlorn hope was conducted by stroyed, cost the Spaniards the enora goatherd, to the south side of the mous sumn of thirteen millions of large rock,, near the Cave guard. They piastres, equal to three millions stermounted the rock, and during the first ling. night, -lodged themselves unperceived The Spanish monarch, mortified at in St. Michael's cave. On the suc- the disgrace brought on his arms, and ceeding night they scaled Charles the the great loss that he had sustained Fifth's wall, and surprised and mas- by this sortie, publicly declared his sacred the guard at Middle Hill. By determination to have Gibraltar at all the assistance of ropes and ladders, events, cost what it would. It was they got up 'several hundreds of the now determined to make the grand party appointed to support them; but, attack by sea and land, which had been being by this operation discovered, a so long projected ; and the command strong detachment of grenadiers march- of this mighty enterprise was given to ed up from the town, and attacked the Duke de Crillon. From the arthem with such spirit, that one hun- rival of this commandant, the most dred and sixty of them were killed, or active preparations were made in conforced over the precipice ; and a structing batteries, which, however, colonel and thirty officers, with the were frequently destroyed by the garremainder, taken prisoners.
rison. The whole force of the allied * Since that period, several attacks crowns seemed to have been centrated have been made on Gibraltar, with in this spot, and such a naval and no better success; but the greatest military spectacle is scarcely to be of all was the memorable siege of equalled in the annals of war. Their 1781-2, when France and Spain naval force consisted of forty-four brought before it the most tremendous large ships of the line, three inferior force ever employed in any modern two deckers, ten battering ships, five siege. General Elliot, whose name bomb-ketches, a great number of gun has been immortalized and identified and mortar boats, and large floating with the event, was at this time gover-battery, many armed vessels, and nor of Gibraltar, with a garrison of nearly three hundred boats. The near 6000 men, The Spanish ariny, land batteries were furnished with two consisting of 14,000, was encamped hundred and forty-six pieces of cannon, within a mile and a half of the gates, mortars, and howitzers; and the comand had constructed the most exten- bined army now amounted to forty sive works. These General Elliot thousand. determined, if possible, to destroy ; On the 13th of September, the and accordingly, on the night of the grand attack was made by sea, and 27th of November, a sortie was made met by the garrison by a brisk fire of from the garrison, the enemy surprised, red-hot balls. After a few hours, the and their works set on fire, and blown admiral's ship was observed to smoke, up. All this was effected in less than and eight more of the ships took fire two hours, and with the loss of one in succession.' Several of the batterman only, who being the first to mount ing ships exploded in the course of a battery, encountered the Spanish the following day; the remaining captain of artillery, whom he wound- eight ships also blew up with terrible