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Care's flown on the winds-it's clean out o' sight,

Past sorrows they seem but as dreams o the night:

I hear but kent voices-kent faces I see, And mark fond affection glint saft frae ilk ee.

Nae fleechings o' flattery-nae boastings o' pride,

While woods grow green, and burns rin clear,

Till my last drap o' blood be still, My heart sall haud nae ither love,

Quo' the lovely lass of Preston Mill.

There's comelie maids on Dee's wild banks,

And Nith's romantick vale is fu';
By lanely 'Clouden's hermit stream,
Dwalls monie a gentle dame, I trow!
O, they are lights of a bonnie kind,

As ever shone on vale or hill;
But there's a light puts them a' out,

The lovely lass of Preston Mill."

Before we pass from the consideration of the sentimental ballads, we will extract one from the pen of Miss Hamilton, which is, we think, creditable to her poetical powers:

"MY AIN FIRE-SIDE.

O, I hae seen great anes, and been in great ha's, 'Mang lords and 'mang ladies a' covered

wi' braws;

At feasts made for princes, wi' princes I've

been,

Whar the great shine o' splendour has

dazled my een.

But a sight sae delightfu' I trow I ne'er
spied,
As the bonnie blyth blink o' my ain fire-

We are afraid that in passing to the class of humorous ballads, we shall not so readily obtain the assent of our readers to those commendations which we shall be prompted reader their humour will be lost: to to bestow. To the mere English relish them, a person must, at least, have familiarized himself with the dialect of North Britain by the diligent perusal of Scottish poems: but he who has resided for any time among the peasantry, who has had

side.

side!

My ain fire-side, my ain fireside, Oh, cheering's the bling o' my ain fire- opportunities of observing their manners, noting their superstitions, and hearing their idiomatick phrases, accompanied with the expression of look and voice, he it is, who will most intensely feel and enjoy the broad but natural humour of these ballads. Some such there will doubt

Ance mair, Guid be thank it! by my ain
heartsome ingle,
Wi' the friends of my youth I cordially
mingle:

Nae form to compel me to seem wae or
glad,

I may laugh when I'm merry—and sigh

when I'm sad. Nae fausehood to dreed, and nae malice to fear,

"Tis heart speaks to heart, at ane's ain fireside,

But truth to delight me—and friendship

to cheer.

Of a' roads to happiness ever was tried, There's nane half sae sure as ane's ain fireside,

Ane's ain fire-side, ain's ain fire-side, Oh! happiness sits by ane's ain fire-side! When I draw in my stool on my cozie hearth-stane, My heart loups sac light, I scarce ken't for my ain;

My ain fire-side, my ain fire-side,
Oh! there's nought to compare to my ain
fire-side."

We must observe, however, that this modern effusion is not equal to the one which precedes it, upon the same subject, entitled, "A weary body's blythe when the sun gangs down."

less be among our readers, and therefore we will venture to extract from this division of the work. We may observe, indeed, that Mr. Cromek would have done well had he been more copious in his explanations of Scottish words and phrases; as he doubtless looks up to the English publick for some part of that praise which he has justly deserved.

We will select one which is as likely to be generally relished as any:

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'I tryed her in spunks, and in cau'drons I tryed her,

Hey! an' the rue grows bonnie wr thyme!

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An' the wale o' my brunstane wadna hae fry'd her,

An' the thyme it is withered, an' the rue is in prime.

'I stapped her in the neuk o' my den, Hey an' the rue grows bonnie wi' thyme !

But the vera damn'd ran, when the carlin gaed ben,'

An' the thyme it is withered, an'
rue is in prime.

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Scottish song:

Sae here's a gude pose* for to keep her of Souter Sawney; yet the Souter, though yoursel',

he 'crooned right lowne' before his unmaHey! an' the rue grows bonnie wi' nageable shrew, would, at times, gratu. thyme !

late himself in her absence, with a verse * She's nae fit for heaven, an' she'll ruin of a' hell,'

" FAIRLY SHOT ON HER. An' the thyme it is withered, an' the rue is in prime.

O gin I were fairly shot on her,

I

O gin I were fairly shot on her, “ This original and strongly relieved

Auld Satan wad lie neither side ror on top song was retouched by Burns. Yet there on her, is reason to believe he had not seen the

But wad cowre in his cleugh, and singwhole of the verses which constitute the fairly shot on her.' present copy, as it contains many characteristick traits, that his critical taste would When I sing at the Beuk she will lilt like have held sacred.

a starling, “ A truly ludicrous and witty vein of

• Johnnie come kiss me, my Joe and my wedded strife enlivens many fragments of

darling;' O gin the grass wad grow green on the

top on her, Souter Sawney had a wife,

I'd rin daft wi' joy were I fairly shot on Souter Sawney had a wife,

her. Souter Sawney had a wife,

Auld Clootie thous't had a han' i' the They ca’d her Meg the Randie:

getting her, She suppit the butter off Sawney's brose, Or she'd choked wi’ the broo, whilk they She suppit the butter off Sawney's brose, took for to christen her, And wadset baith his sark an' hose, The lugs o' a tinkler, wad deave for to For burning sowps o’ brandy.

listen her,

O gin I were fairly shot on her.
She rampit butt, she rambit ben,
Wi' cock broo in a frything pan;

“Did not his respect for the fair dames It dreeped down Sawney's meezled shin, of Nithsdale and Galloway restrain the

' Hech! Cuckold, did I scaud you !' editor, he could present them with many The donnort bedie croon'd right lowne, more lamentable fragments of hen-pecked Whyle tears dreeped a’ his black beard ejaculation; but this sad remnant of the down,

olden time, having now no modern parallel, « The Diel maun knuckle to yere tune, it would be deemed invidious and unchaOr hell it winna haud you!'

ritable in him (conscious of owing so

much to these ladies) to visit the sins of “ The honest carle of Kellyburn Braes,' the mothers upon their daughters of the seems to have possessed all the patience gentler generation.”

TO BE CONTINUED.

FROM THE BRITISH CRITICK.

Lettre au Comte Moira, Général de sa Majesté Britannique, Colonel du 27eme Régi

ment, Conseiller Intimet de sa Majesté, Gouverneur de la Tour de Londres, &c. &c. sur les Espagnols, et sur Cadiz, par le Baron de Geramb, Major Général au Service de sa Majesté Catholique Ferdinand VII. Magnat de Hongrie, Chambellan actuel de sa Majesté l'Empreur d' Autryche, &c. &c. Londres. 4to. pp. 72. 1810.

THIS animated address to the panegyrick on the people of Spain, earl of Moira, the patron and friend couched in language abounding with of the meritorious or distressed of that imagery and metaphor, which every nation, consitutes a continued seems requisite to sustain elegant

Pose, or hoard of money, a purseful of coin. "He has a guid pose,' is an old expression for riches. ' A pose o' gowd,' occurs in an old song, which I do not at present recollect.

| Conseiller Intime-Privy Counsellor. VOL. y.

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French; but which, if equally ap- occasion to notice, the miscondųct plied to an English prosaick com- of the various juntas of Spain, seem position, would diminish its interest, to form a prominent feature. A want and give it a character of bumbast of union, a false confidence, a laand affectation, not meant however mentable imbecility, jealousy, and in reference to the work before us. not unfrequently palpable treason,

The baron, in his usual vivid and are, one or all of them, established flowing style, feelingly laments the as incontrovertible facts. The aufall of the House of Hapsburgh, thor before us not only ascribes to broadly hinting at causes which are them several of these qualities, but now but too apparent. He might calls on them to account for trea. have mentioned the reason of the sures that ought to have been aploss of the battle of Wagram. Aus. plicable to the support of their ar. tria was completely victorious up mies, instead of being absorbed by to that fatal period of the war. the prodigality and avarice of these Buonaparte's situation, though in inefficient juntas. These considerpossession of Vienna, was extreme- ations naturally lead us to glance ly perilous; and procrastination in at the conduct of even the cortes, the then state of Europe was the and to ask how far they have fulessential object in view. The pre- filled the pubiick expectation, since venting of the passage of the Da- the period of their assembling? Has nube would completely have effect- any measure of energy or vigour ed this. Instead of that, the French emanated from their deliberations? army was quietly allowed to pass Have they organized a steady and over, and to appear the following powerful system of defence, ademorning drawn up in battle array, quate to the exigencies of the counat right angles to the left flank of try? If we deduct the British and the Austrian army, which was thus Portuguese forces, where are we to forced to change front, under every look for such armies as may be calcircumstance of disadvantage. It culated to repel the powerful opwas attacked during a difficult and pressor of Spain? It will probably complicated movement, and neces- be answered, give them time, and sarily defeated. The honour of cha- all this, and more, will be effected; racters, deemed previously great in they have nearly established the lithe cabinet and field, is deeply im- berty of the press; they will abolish plicated in the event of that mys- the Inquisition. They cannot do less, terious passage of the Danube. The as the decree against it is the only Austrians are still, in heart, at- laudable act of their most bitter tached to Britain; and therefore we enemy. earnestly wish to have the loss of Measures of military vigour and the battle of Wagram accounted decision are what are immediately for, on grounds that will bear tac- wanted, and not empty declamation tical investigation.

and idle disputations about forms The author, when he arrives at and ceremonies. The masterly geCadiz, docs ample justice to the neralship of lord Wellington has enthusiastick patriotism pervading saved Portugal, and diverted the the people of Spain, whose exalted first army of France from the concharacter and ardent spirit, strug- quest of Spain. This army has been gling against the severest priva: forced to retreat without accomtions, myriads of disciplined ene- plishing the avowed object of its mies, and cruelty, misery, and op- advance. No artful fabrications in pression in every shape, will stand the Moniteur, no control of the high in future annals. In every work continental press,

can hide from on Spanish affairs, which we have Europe the disgrace reflected on

the arms of the tyrant by the re- adequate efforts. Their first care treat of his armies. He is deeply must be to provide for the safety of sensible of the errour he has fallen the south of Portugal, by strengthinto, by invading a country without ening the garrisons and strong holds forming magazines, and without du- of the southern provinces; and by ly appreciating the strength, power, provisioning them, and principally

, and resources of his enemy. He feels Lisbon. As for Cadiz, it is in little his throne tottering under him by danger while Lisbon remains' safe. this grand failure of what he deem- The Cortes would find it conducive ed a decisive plan of campaign. His to a happy result of the tremendous efforts next spring will be commen- campaign before us, to establish surate with his danger. He is sen- light armies in the northwest and sible that his armies, reduced by northeast of Spain, to threaten the uncommon hardships and privations, rear of the French, to hang on must rest on their arms till they their flanks, and to cut off supplies. are refitted and reenforced. He will To effect these purposes it will be studiously avoid all the rash errours necessary, without delay, to call out of the campaign, which has co- the population, between 16 and 50; vered him with confusion; and will but above all to conciliate Ameriappear, early in Spring, at the head ca, which is to furnish the sinews of at least 200,000 men, and deem of war; for though that country every other object minor to that of must in time become independent, expelling the English from the Pe. its pecuniary aid at present is a prininsula. His first attempt will be to mary object of consideration. We occupy the south of Portugal. That deem it a duty to our country to secure, he will advance towards Lis- throw out these hints; leaving it to bon. The state of his affairs will im- those who may be more able, and pel him to make a daring and des- better informed, duly to appreciate perate attack on the allied lines. We their value or utility. have no fear as to the 'result, after The baron de Geramb, with a a prodigious loss on the part of the view of exemplifying the generous, enemy. It may be readily seen, that virtuous, and exalted character of the preservation of Europe, if not the Spanish nation, gives an account of the world, depends on the result of an apparition, which those who of the greatest, most important, and have faith in ghosts, will perhaps most decisive campaign, which will credit; while others, with us, will appear on the records of history. ascribe the whole to the lively imaFew will feel disposed to combat so gination of the author, impressed evident a probability, or rather so with the scenes of combined patriapparent an event. Those who can, otism and warfare in which he parunder such circumstances, oppose ticipated. It is, however, a curious the reenforcing of our armies almost tale! to any extent, must be able at least The baron, accompanied by a parto prove, that what is suggested, is ty of Spanish ladies, went on board a equally unfounded and improbable. ship of war in the harbour. Returning Let them, however, recollect, that in the dusk of the evening, the singfacts before us in a thousand in- ing of the ladies was suddenly instances, and the character of the terrupted by a voice exclaiming in enemy we have to deal with, war- French-Save me! belp! help! in rant all that is advanced. The Cortes, the name of God save me! These it is hoped, will feel a lively impres- cries became fainter and fainter, till sion of the magnitude, dangers, and they entirely died away. In vain did vast importance of the ensuing cam- they steer their course in the direcpaign, and be impelled to make tion of the voice; all their hopes of

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