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stowed his approbation ; and a little jealous, perhaps, "Reuben Butler, gudewife," said David with so at seeing his youthful acquaintance erected into the lemnity, "is a lad I wish heartily weel to, even as it dignity of a teacher and preacher, he instantly at he were mine ain son--but I doubt there will be outs lacked him upon various points of controversy, in and ins in the track of his walk. I muckle fear his order to discover whether he might not have fallen gifts will get the heels of his grace. He has ower into some of the snares, defections, and desertions muckle human wit and learning, and thinks as muckle of the time. Butler was not only a man of stanch about the form of the bicker as he does about the heal. presbyterian principles, but was also willing to avoid someness of the food-he mawn broider the marriage giving pain to his old friend by disputing upon points garinent with lace and passments, or it's no gude of little importance; and therefore he might have eneugh for him. And it's like he's something proud hoped to have come like refined gold ont of the fur-O' his human gifts and learning, whilk enables him to nace of Davie's interrogatories. But the result on dress up his doctrine in that fine airy dress. But," the inind of that strict investigator was not alto added he, at seeing the old woman's uneasiness at gether so favourable as might have been hoped and his discourse, "affliction may gie him a jągg, and anticipated. Old
Judith Butler, who had hobbled let the wind out o' him, as out o a cow that's eaten that evening as far as Woodend, in order to enjoy wet clover, and the lad may do weel, and be a burnthe congratulations of her neighbours upon Reuben's ing and a shining light; and I trust it will be yours return, and upon his high attainments, of which she to see and his to feel it, and that soon." was herself not a little proud, was somewhat morti- Widow Butler was obliged to retire, unable to make fied to find that her old friend Deans did not enter any thing more of her neighbour, whose discourse, into the subject with the warmth she expected. At though she did not comprehend it, filled her with first, indeed, he seemed rather silent than dissatisfied; undefined apprehensions on her grandson's account and it was not ull Judith had essayed the subject and greatly depressed the joy with which she had more than once that it led to the following dialogue. welcomed him on his return. And it must not be
Aweel, neibor Deans, I thought ye wad hae been concealed, in justice to Mr. Deans's discernment, that glad to see Reuben amang us again, poor fallow." Butler, in their conference, had made a greater dis
"I am glad, Mrs. Butler," was the neighbour's play of his learning than the occasion called for, or concise answer.
than was likely to be acceptable to the old man, who, "Since he has lost his grandfather and his father, accustomed to consider himself as a person pre-emipraised be Him that giveth and taketh!) I ken nae nently entitled to dictate upon theological subjects friend he has in the world that's been sae like a fa- of controversy, felt rather humbled and mortified ther to him as the sell o' ye, neibor Deans." when learned authorities were placed in array against
"God is the only father of the fatherless," said him. In fact, Butler had not escaped the tinge of Deans, touching his bonnet and looking
upwards. pedantry which naturally flowed from his education, "Give honour where it is due, gudewise, and not to and was apt, on many occasions, to make parade of an unworthy instrument."
his knowledge, when there was no need of such Aweel, that's your way o' turning it, and nae vanity. doubt ye ken best; but I hae kend ye, Davie,
send a Jeanie Deans, however, found no fault with this Corpit o' meal to Beersheba, when there wasna a bow display of learning, but, on the contrary, admired it; left in the meal-ark at Woodend; ay, and I hae perhaps on the same score that her sex are said to kend ye"
admire men of courage, on account of their own deGudewife,"
," said Davie, interrupting her, " these ficiency in that qualification. The circumstances of are but idle tales to tell me; fit for naething but to their families threw the young people constantly topuff up our inward man wi' our ain vain acts. I stude gether; their old intimacy was renewed, though upon beside blessed Alexander Peden, when I heard him a footing better adapted to their age, and it became call the death and testimony of our happy martyrs at length understood betwixt them, that their union put draps of blude and scarts of ink in respect of should be deferred no longer than until Butler should Sitting discharge of our duty; and what suld I think obtain
some steady means of support, however humof ony thing the like of me can
ble. This, however, was not a matter speedily to be "Weel, neibor Deans, ye ken best; but I maun say accomplished. Plan after plan was formed, and plan chat, I am sure you are glad to see my bairn again-- after plan failed. The good-humoured cheek of Jeanie he halt's gane now, unless he has to walk ower lost the first blush of juvenile freshness; Reuben's mony miles at a stretch; and he has a wee bit colour brow assumed the gravity of manhood, yet the means n his cheek, that glads my auld een to see it; and of obtaining a settlement seemed remote as ever. he has as decent a black coat as the minister; and". Fortunately for the lovers, their passion was of no
"I am very heartily glad he is weel and thriving," ardent or enthusiastic cast; and a sense of duty on said Mr. Deans, with a gravity that seemed intended both sides induced them to bear, with patient fortitude, to cut short the subject; but a woman who is bent the protracted interval which divided them from each upon a point is not easily pushed aside from it. other.
And," continued Mrs. Butler, "he can wag his In the meanwhile, time did not roll on without efhead in a pulpit now, neibor Deans, think but of that fecting his usual changes. The widow of Stephen --my ain
oe--and a'body maun sit still and listen to Butler, so long the prop of the family of Beersheba, him, as if he were the Paip of Rome."
was gathered to her fathers; and Rebecca, the careThe what ?-the who !--woman?” said Deans, ful spouse of our friend Davie Deans, was also sumwith a sternness far beyond his usual gravity, as soon moned from her plans
of matrimonial and domestic as these offensive words had struck upon the tympa economy. The morning after her death, Reuben num of his ear."
Butler went to offer his mite of consolation to his old "Eh, guide us!" said the poor woman; "I had friend and benefactor. He witnessed, on this occaforgot what an ill will ye had aye at the Paip, and sion, a remarkable struggle betwixt the force of nasae had my puir gudeman, Stephen Butler. Mony tural affection, and the religious stoicism, which the an afternoon he wad sit and take up his testimony sufferer thought it was incumbent upon him to mainagain the Paip, and again baptizing of bairns, and tain under each earthly dispensation, whether of weal the like."
"Woman!" reiterated Deans, “either speak about On his arrival at the cottage, Jeanie, with her eyes what ye ken something o', or be silent; I say that overflowing with tears, pointed to the little orchard, independency is a foulheresy, and anabaptismi a in which," she whispered with broken accents, damnable and deceiving error, whilk suld be rooted "my poor father has been since his misfortune.' out of the land wi' the fire of the spiritual, and the Somewhat alarmed at this account, Butler enterea sword o' the civil magistrate.'
the orchard, and advanced slowly towards his old * Weel, weel, neibor, I'll no say that ye mayna be friend, who, seated in a small rude arbour, appearea right," answered the submissive Judith. "I am sure to be sunk in the extremity of his affliction. He ye are right about the sawing and the mawing, the lifted his eyes somewhat sternly as Butler approached. shearing and the leading, and what for suld ye no be as if offended at the interruption; but as the young night about kirkwark, too ?-But concerning my oe, I man hesitated whether he ought to retreat or ad Reuben Butler"
vance, he arose, and came forward to meet him, with | house at Woodend,” the Laird stared and said no a self-possessed, and even dignified air.
thing. He made his usual visits at the usual hou "Young man,” said the sufferer, "lay it not to without remark, until the day before the term, when, heart, though the righteous perish and the
merciful observing the bustle of moving furniture already are removed, seeing, it may well be said, that they commenced, the great east-country aumrie dragged are taken away from the evils to come. Wo to me, out of its nook, and standing with its shoulder to were I to shed a tear for the wife of my bosom, when the company, like an awkward booby about to leave I might weep rivers of water for this afficted Church, the room, the Laird again stared mightily, and was cursed as it is with carnal seekers, and with the dead heard to ejaculate, "Hegh, sirs !" Even after the day of heart."
of departure was past and gone, the Laird of Dum"I am happy," said Butler, “that you can forget biedikes, at his usual hour, which was that at which your private affliction in your regard for public duty." David Deans was wont to "loose the pleugh,
"Forget, Reuben ?" said poor Deans, putting his presented himself before the closed door of the cothandkerchief to his eyes, "She's not to be forgotten tage at Woodend, and seemed as much astonished at on this side of time; but He that gives the wound finding it shut against his approach as if it was not can send the ointment. I declare there have been exactly what he had to expect. On this occasion he times during this night when my meditation has been was heard to ejaculate, "Gude guide us !" which, by so wrapt, that I knew not of my heavy loss. It has those who knew him, was considered as a very uno been with me as with the worthy John Semple, called sual mark of emotion. From that moment forward, Carspharn John, * upon a like trial, ---I have been this Dumbiedikes became an altered man, and the regunight on the banks of Ulai, plucking an apple here larity of his movements, hitherto so exemplary, was and there."
as totally disconcerted as those of a boy's watch Notwithstanding the assumed fortitude of Deans, when he has broken the main-spring. Like the inwhich he conceived to be the discharge of a great dex of the said watch, did Dumbiedikes spin round Christian duty, he had too good a heart not to suffer the whole bounds of his little property, which may deeply under this heavy loss. Woodend became alto-be likened unto the dial of the time-piece, with ungether distasteful to him; and as he had obtained wonted velocity. There was not a cottage into which both substance and experience by his management he did not enter, nor scarce a maiden on whom he of that little farm, he resolved to employ them as a did not stare. But so it was, that although there dairy-farmer, or cow-feeder, as they are called in Scot- were better farm-houses on the land than Woodend, land. The situation he chose for his new settlement and certainly much prettier girls than Jeanie Deans was at a place called St. Leonard's Crags, lying be- yet it did somehow befall that the blank in the Laird's twixt Edinburgh and the mountain called Arthur's time was not so pleasantly filled up, as it had been Seat, and adjoining to the extensive sheep pasture There was no seat accommodated him so well as still named the King's Park, from its having been the "bunker" at Woodend, and no face he loved sa formerly dedicated to the preservation of the royal much to gaze on as Jeanie Dean's. So, after spingame. Here he rented a small lonely house, about ning round and round his little orbit, and then re half a mile distant from the nearest point of the city, maining stationary for a week, it seems to have oc .but the site of which, with all the adjacent ground' curred to him, that he was not pinned down to circu is now occupied by the buildings which form the late on a pivot, like the hands of the watch, but pos south-eastern suburb. An extensive pasture-ground sessed the power of shifting his central point, and
adjoining, which Deans rented from the keeper of the extending his circle if he thought proper. To realize - Royal Park, enabled him to feed his milk-cows; and which privilege of change of place, he bought a pony the unceasing industry and activity of Jeanie, his from a Highland drover, and with its assistance and eldest daughter, was exerted in making the most of company stepped, or rather stumbled, as far as Saint their produce.
Leonard's Crags. She had now less frequent opportunities of seeing Jeanie Deans, though so much accustomed to the Reuben, who had been obliged, after various disap- Laird's staring that she was sometimes scarce conpointments, to accept the subordinate situation of as- scious of his presence, had nevertheless some occasistant in a parochial school of some eminence, at sional fears lest he should call in the organ of speech three or four miles' distance from the city. Here he to back those expressions of admiration which he bedistinguished himself, and became acquainted with stowed on her through his eyes, Should this happen, several respectable burgesses, who, on account of farewell, she thought to all chance of a union with health, or other reasons, chose that their children Butler, For her father, however stout-hearted and inshould commence their education in this little village, dependent in civil and religious principles, was not His prospects were thus gradually brightening, and without that respect for the laird of the land, so upon each visit which he paid at Saint Leonard's he deeply imprinted on the Scottish tenantry of the pe had an opportunity of gliding a hint to this purpose riod. Moreover, if he did not positively dislike Butinto Jeanie's ear. These visits were necessarily very ler, yet his fund of carnal learning was often the obrare, on account of the demands which the duties of ject of sarcasms on David's part, which were perhaps the school made upon Butler's time. Nor did he dare founded in jealousy, and which certainly indicated to make them even altogether so frequent as these no partiality for the party against whom they were - avocations would permit. Deans received him with launched. And, lastly, the match with Dumbiedikes civility indeed, and even with kindness; but Reuben, would have presented irresistible charms to one who as is usual in such cases, imagined that he read his used to complain that he felt himself apt to take purpose in his eyes, and was afraid too premature an ower grit an armfu' o' the warld." So that, upon explanation on the subject would draw down his the whole, the Laird's diurnal visits were disagreeable positive disapproval. Upon the whole, therefore, he to Jeanie from apprehension of future consequences, judged it prudent to call at Saint Leonard's just so and it served much to console her, upon removing frequently as old acquaintance and neighbourhood from the spot where slre was bred and born, that she seemned to authorize, and no oftener. There was an- had seen the last of Dumbiedikes, his laced hat, and other person who was more regular in his visits. tobacco-pipe. The poor girl no more expected he
When Davie Deans intimated to the Laird of Dum could muster courage to follow her to Saint Leonard's piedikes his purpose of "quitting wi' the land and Crags, than that any of her apple-trees or cabbages
John Semple, called Carsphamn John, because minister of the which she had left rooted in the "yard" at Woodend, singular piety and great zeal of whom Patrick Walker records the same journey. It was therefore, with much more parish in Galloway so called, was a presbyterian clergyman of would
spontaneously, and unaided, have undertaken the following passage: "That night after his wifo died, he surprise ihan pleasure that, on the sixth day after spent the whole ensuing night in prayer and meditation in his their removal to Saint Leonard's, she beheld Dumbieand lamenting his greatloss and want of rest, ha replied – dikes arrive, laced hat, tobacco-pipe, and all, and, my wife, I have been so inken up in meditating on heavenly Jeanie I-Whare's the gudeman?'' assume as nearly declare I have not, all night, had one thought of the death of with the self-same greeting of "How's a' wil
ye, sa apple here and there. Welker's Romarkable Passages of the as he could
the same position in the cottage at Saint Lite and Deals of Mr Joks Semple.
Leonard's which he had so long and so regularly oc
cupied at Woodend He was ng sooner, however, The lads of the neighbou ing suburb, who held their seated, than with an unusual exertion of his powers evening rendezvous for putting the stone, casting the of conversation, he added, "Jeanie-I say, Jeanie, hammer, playing at long bowls, and other athletic woman-here he extended his hand towards her exercises, watched the motions of Effie Deans,
and shoulder with all the fingers spread out as if to clutch contended with each other which should have the it but in so bashful and awkward a manner, that good fortune to attract her attention. Even the rigid when she whisked herself beyond its reach, the paw presbyterians of ber father's persuasion, who held remained suspended in the air with the palm open, each indulgence of the eye and sense to be a snare at like the claw of a heraldic griffin-" Jeanie," conti- least, if not a crime, were surprised into a moment's, nued the swain, in this moment of inspiration --"1 delight while gazing on a creature so exquisite, --in. say, Jeanie, it's a braw day out-by, and the roads are stantly checked by a sigh, reproaching at once their no that ill for boot-hose."
own weakness, and mourning that a creature so fair "The deil's in the daidling body," muttered Jeanie should share in the common and hereditary guilt an between her teeth; "wha wad hae thought o' his imperfection of our nature. She was currently enti daikering out this length ?" And she afterwards coti- tled the Lily of St. Leonard's, a name which she fessed that she threw a little of this ungracious
sen-deserved as much by her guileless purity of thought timent into her accent and manner for her father speech, and action, as by her uncommon loveliness being abroad, and the " body," as she irreverently of face and person. termed the landed proprietor, "looking unco gleg and Yet there were points in Effie's character, which, canty, she didna ken what he might be coming out gave rise not only to strange doubt and anxiety on wi' next."
the part of Douce David Deans, whose ideas were Her frowns, however, acted as a complete sedative, rigid, as may easily be supposed, upon the
subject of and the Laird relapsed from that day into his former youthful amusements, but even of serious apprehentaciturn habits, visiting the cow-feeder's cottage three sion to her more indulgent sister. The children of or four times every week, when the weather permit- the Scotch of the inferior classes are usually spoiled ted, with apparently no other purpose than to stare by the early indulgence of their parents; how, where at Jeanie Deans, while Douce Davie poured forth his fore, and to what degree, the lively and instruetive eloquence upon the controversies and testimonies of narrative of the amiable and accomplished authoress the day.
of Glenburnie'' * has saved me and all future scrib
blers the trouble of recording. Efhe had had a double CHAPTER X.
share of this inconsiderate and
Even the strietness of her father's principles could Her air, her manners, all who saw admired
not condemn the sports of infancy and childhood; Courteous, though coy, and gentle, though retired; The joy of youth and health her eyes display'd;
and to the good old man, his younger daughter, the And ease of heart her every look convey'd.
child of his old age, seenied a child for some years
after she attained the years of womanhood, was still Tre visits of the Laird thus again sunk into mat- called the "bit lassie" and "little Effie, and was ters of ordinary course, from which nothing was to permitted to run up and down uncontrolled, unless be expected or apprehended. If a lover could have upon the Sabbath, or at the times of family worship. gained a fair one as a snake is said to fascinate a bird, Her sister, with all the love and care of a mother, by pertinaciously gazing on her with great stupid could not be supposed to possess the same authoritagreanish eyes, which began now to be occasionally tive influence; and that which she had hitherto exaided by spectacles, unquestionably Dumbiedikes ercised became gradually limited and diminished as would have been the person to perform the feat. But Effie's advancing years entitled her, in her own cou. the art of fascination seems among the artes perdita, ceit at least, to the right of independence and free and I cannot learn that this most pertinacious of agency. With all the innocence and goodness of starers produced any effect by his attentions beyond disposition, therefore, which we have described, the an occasional yawn.
Lily of St. Leonard's possessed a little fund of selfIn the meanwhile, the object of his gaze was gra- conceit and obstinacy, and some warmth and irritadually attaining the verge of youth, and approaching bility of temper, partly natural perhaps, but certainly to what is called in females the middle age, which is much increased by the unrestrained freedom of her impolitely held to begin a few years earlier with their childhood. Her character will be best illustrated by more fragile sex than with men. Many people would a cottage evening scene. have been of opinion, that the Laird would have done The careful father was absent in his well-stocked better to have transferred his glances to an object byre, foddering those useful and patient animals on possessed of far superior charms to Jeanie's, even whose produce his living depended, and the summer when Jeanie's were in their bloom, who began now evening was beginning to close in, when Jeanie to be distinguished by all who visited the cottage at Deans began to be very anxious for the appearance St. Leonard's Crags.
of her sister, and to fear that she would not reach Effie Deans, under the tender and affectionate care home before her father returned from the labour of of her sister, had now shot up into a beautiful and the evening, when it was his custom to have "family blooming girl. Her Grecian-shaped head was pro- exercise," and when she knew that Effie's absence fusely rich in waving ringlets of brown hair, which, would give him the most serious displeasure. These confined by a blue snood of silk, and shading a laugh- apprehensions hung heavier upon her mind, because, ing Hebe countenance, seemned the picture of health, for several preceding
evenings, Effie had disappeared pleasure, and contentment. Her brown russet short about the same time, and her stay, at first so brief as gown set off a shape, which time, perhaps, might be scarce to be noticed, had been gradually protracted expected to render too robust, the frequent objection to half an hour, and an hour, and on the present octo Scottish beauty, but which, in her present early casion had considerably exceeded even this last limit age, was slender and taper, with that graceful and And now, Jeanie stood at the door, with her hand easy sweep of outline which at once indicates health before her eyes to avoid the rays of the level sun, and and beautiful proportion of parts.
looked alternately along the various tracks which led These growing charms, in all their juvenile profu- towards their dwelling, to see if she could descry the sion, had no power to shake the steadfast mind, or nymph-like form of her sister. There was a wall and divert the fixed gaze, of the constant Laird of Dum- a style which separated the royal
domain, or King's biedikes. But there was scarce another eye that Park, as it is called, from the public road; to this could behold this living picture of health and beauty, pass she frequently directed, her attention,
when she without pausing on it with pleasure. The traveller saw two persons appear there somewhat suddenly, stopped his weary horse on the eve sf altering the as if they had walked close by the side of the wall i city which was the end of his journey, to gaze at the screen themselves from observation. One of them, sylph-like form that tripped by him, with
her milk- a man, drew back hastily; the other, a female pail poised on her head, bearing herself so erect, and crossed the stile, and advanced towards her-It was stepping so light and free under her burden, that it Effe. She met her sister with that affected liveliseemed rather an ornament than an encumbrance. I * Mrs. Elizabeth Hamilton, now no more --Edicor
ness of manner, which, in her rank, and sometimes and absurd purpose, or for that of dramatic represen. in those above it
, females occasionally assume to hide tations, as one of the most flagrant proofs of defecsurprise or confusion; and she carolled as she came- tion and causes of wrath. The pronouncing of the "The elfin knight sate on the brae,
word dance by his own daughters, and at his own The broom grows bonny, the broom grows fair ; door, now drove him beyond the verge of patience. And by there came lilting a lady so gay,
"Dance!" he exclaimed. “Dance?-dance, said ye? And we daurna gang down to the broom nae mair."
I daur ye limmers that ye are, to name sic a word at " Whisht, Effie," said her sister ; "our father's my door-cl-eek! It's a dissolute profane pastime, coming out o' the byre." -The damsel stinted in her practised by the Israelites only at their base and bru. song. "Whare hae ye been sae late at e'en ?" tal worship of the Golden Calf at Bethel, and by the "It's no late, lass," answered Effie.
unhappy lass wha danced aff the head of John the "It's chappit eight on every clock o' the town, and Baptist, upon whilk chapter I will exercise this night the sun's gaun down ahint the Corstorphine hills for your further instruction, since ye need it sae Whare can ye hae been sae late ?"
doubting that she has cause to rue the "Nae gate," answered Effe.
day, lang or this time, that e'er she suld hae shook a "And wha was that parted wi' you at the stile ?" limb on sic an errand. Better for her to hae been born "Naebody," replied Effie, once more.
a cripple, and carried frae
door to door, like auld Bes"Nae gate ?--Naebody?- I wish it may be a right sie Bowie, begging bawbees, than to be a king's gate, and a right body, that keeps folk out sae late at daughter, fiddling and Ainging
the gate she did. I e'en, Effie."
hae often wondered that ony ane that ever bent a "What needs ye be aye speering then at folk ?".re- knee for the right purpose, should
ever daur to crook torted Effie, "I'm sure, if ye'll ask nae questions, a hough to fyke and fing at piper's wind and fiddler's I'll tell ye nae lees. I never ask what brings the squealing. And I bless God, (with that singular Laird of Dumbiedikes glowering here like a wull-cat, worthy, Peter Walker
the packman at Bristo-Port, (only his een's greener, and no sae gleg.) day after
* This personage, whom it would be base ingratitude in the day till we are a' like to gaunt our chafts aff." author to pass over without some notice, was by far the most Because ye ken very weel he comes to see our zealous and faithful collector
and recorder of the actions and father," said Jeanie, in answer to this pert remark.
opinions of the Cameronians. He resided, while stationary, at * And Dominie Butler-Does he come to see our chant or pedler,
which profession he seems to have exercised to
the Bristo Port of Edinburgh, but was by trade an itinerant mer." father, that's sae taen wi' his Latin words ?" said Ireland as well as Britain. He composed biographical notices Effie, delighted to find tha:, by carrying the war into of Alexander Peden, John Semple, John Welwood, and Richard the enemy's country, she could divert the threatened Cameron, all ministers of the Cameronian persuasion, to which attack upon herself, and with the petulance of youth It is from such tracts as these, written in the sense, feeling, she pursued her triumph over her prudent elder sister and spirit of the sect, and
not from the sophisticated narratives She looked at her with a sly air, in which there was of a later period, that the real character
of the persecuted class something like irony, as she chanted, in a low but times slides into the burlesque, and sometimes attains a tone of marked tone, a scrap of an old Scotch song- simple pathos, but always expressing the most daring confidence
in his own correctness of creed and sentiments, sometimes with Through the kirkyard
narrow-minded and disgusting bigotry. His turn for the marI met wi' the Laird,
vellous was that of his time and sect; but there is little roois The silly puir body he said me nae harm;
to doubt his veracity concerning whatever he quotes on his owe But just ere 'twas dark,
knowledge. His small tracts now bring a very high price, espe I met wi' the clerk".
cially the earlier and authentic editions. Here the songstress stopped, looked full at her
The tirade against dancing, pronounced by David Deans, is,
as intimated in the text, partly borrowed from Peter Walker sister, and, observing the tear gather in her eyes, He notices, as a foul reproach upon the name of Richard Cameshe suddenly flung her arms round her neck, and ron, that his memory was vituperated by pipers and fiddlers kissed them away. Jeanie, though hurt and displaying the Cameronian march-carnal vain springs, which loo pleased, was unable to resist the caresses of this unthe professors of Christianity to dance to any spring, but some taught child of nature, whose good and evil seemed what more to this. Whntever," he proceeds, " be the many fow to flow rather from impulse than from reflection. blots recorded of the saints in Scripture, none of them
is But as she returned the sisterly kiss, in token of per- practised by the wicked and profane, as the dancing at that brufect reconciliation, she could not suppress the gentle tish, base action of the calf-making: and it had been good for reproof-Effie, if ye will learn fule sangs, ye might that unhappy lass, who danced off the head of John the Baptist, make a kinder use of them."
that she had been bom a cripple, and never drawn a limb to her. And so I might, Jeanie,” continued the girl, some time thereafter was dancing upon the ice, and it broke elinging to her sister's neck; " and I wish I had never and snapt her head off her; her head danced above, and her feet learned
ane o' them-and I'wish we had never come beneath. There is ground to think and conclude, that when the here--and I wish my tongue had been blistered or 1 world'se wickedness
was great, dancing at their marriages was had vexed ye."
were let loose upon them with that overflowing flood, their "Never mind that, Effie,” replied the affectionate mirth was soon staid ; and when the Lord in holy justice rained sister ; "I caunna be muckle vexed wi' ony thing ye fire and brimstone from heaven upon that wicked people and say to me--but o dinna vex our father!" I will not-I will not," replied Effie; "and if thirty miles of length, and len of breadth, as historians say,
strings and hands went all in a flame; and the whole people in there were as mony dances the morn's night as there were all made to fry in their skins; and at the end, whoever are d'en, I winna budge an inch to gang near ane o' them. they will quickly change their
nster hen all will go in a flame,
"T have often wondered thorow my life, how any that ever "Dance ?" echoed Jeanie Deans in astonishment. knew what it was to bow a knee in earnest to pray, durst crook "9, Effie, what could take ye to a dance ?" ahough to fyke and
thing at a piper's and fiddler's springs. It is very possible, that, in the communicative mood bless the Lord that
ordered my lot so in my dancing days, that into which the Lily of St. Leonard's was now sur head, the pain of boots, thumikens, and irons, cold and hunger prised, she might have given her sister her unreserved wetness and weariness, to stop the lightness of my head, and confidence, and saved me the pain of telling a melancholy tale; but at the moment the word dance of God, John Knox, said to Queen Mary, when she gave him was uttered, it reached the ear of old David Deans, tongue-tacked ministers dumb, for his giving public faithful who had turned the corner of the house, and came warning of the danger of the church and nation, through her upon his daughters ere they were aware of his pre- greeting, and came to an outer court
, where her Lady Mariea sence. The word prelate, or even the word pope, were fyking and dancing, he said, 'o brave Indies, a brave world, could hardly have produced so appalling an effect if it would last, and heaven at the hinder end ! Put fye upon the upon David's ear; for, of all exercises, that
of dan-knave Death, that will soize upon those bodies of yours; and cing, which he termed a voluntary and regular fit of where will all your fiddling and flinging be then
?' Dancing bedistraction, he deemed most destructive of serious that all the lovers of the Lord should hinte, has caused me to thoughts, and the readiest inlet to all sort of licen- insist the more upon it, especially that foolish spring the Camo riousness; and he accounted the encouraging, and there marcher, Inc. and Death of three Famous ti’oriates, fac. even permitting, assemblies or meetings, whether by Peter Walker, 12m10, p. 39
It may be here observed, that some of the Inilder olars of Ca anong those of high or low degree, for this fantastic ! meronians made a distinction between the two sexes dancing
chat ordered my lot in my dancing days, so that fear David, -there was bed, board, and bountith-it was of my head and throat, dread of bloody rope and swin a decent situation-the lassie would be under Mrs. bullet, and trenchant swords and pain of boots and Saddletree's eye, who had an upright walk, and thumkins, cauld and hunger, wetness and weariness, lived close by the Tolbooth Kirk, in which might stopped the lightness of my head, and the wanton- still be heard the comforting doctrines of one of ness of my feet. And now, if I hear ye, quean las- those few ministers of the Kirk of Scotland who sies, sae mụckle as name dancing, or think there's had not bent the knee unto Baal, according to Dasic a thing in this warld as flinging to fiddler's
sounds vid's expression, or become accessary to the course and piper's springs, as sure as my father's spirit is of national defections --union, toleration, patronages, with the just, ye shall be no more either charge or and a bundle of prelatical Erastian oaths which had concern of mine! Gang in, then--gang in, then, hin-been imposed on the church since the Revolution, nies," he added, in a softer tone, for the tears of both and particularly in the reign of "the late woman, daughters, but especially those of Effie, began to flow (as he called Queen Anne,) the last of that unhappy very fast, "Gang in, dears, and we'll seek grace to race of Stewarts. In the good man's security con preserve us frae all manner of profane follv, whilk cerning the soundness of the theological do:arine causeth to sin, and promoteth the kingdom of dark- which his daughter was to hear, he was nothing
disness, warring with the kingdom of light."
turbed on account of the snares of a different kind, to The objurgation of David Deans, however well which a creature so beautiful, young, and wilful, meant, was unhappily timed. It created a division might be exposed in the centre of a populous and of feelings in Effie's bosom, and deterred her from corrupted city. The fact is, that he thought with so her intended confidence in her sister, “She wad much horror on all approaches to irregularities of the haud me nae better than the dirt below her feet," said nature most to be dreaded in such cases, that he Effie to herself, " were I to confess I hae danced wi' would as soon have suspected and guarded against him four times on the green down by, and ance at Effie's being induced to become guilty of the crime of Maggie Macqueen's; and she'll maybe hing it ower murder. He only regretted that she should live under my head that she'll tell my father, and then she wad the same roof with such a worldly-wise man as Bartobe mistress and mair. But I'll no gang back there line Saddletree, whom David never suspected of being again. I'm resolved I'll no gang back. I'll lay in a an ass as he was, but considered as one really enleaf of my Bible, and that's very near as if I had dowed with all the legal knowledge to which he made an aith, that I winna gang back." And she made pretension, and only liked him the worse for kept her vow for a week, during which she was unu- possessing it. The lawyers, especially those amongst sually cross and fretful, blemishes which had never them who sate as ruling elders in the General Asbefore been observed in her temper, except during a sembly of the Kirk, had been forward in promoting moment of contradiction.
the measures of patronage, of the abjuration oath, There was something in all this so mysterious as and others, which, in the opinion of David Deans, considerably to alarm the prudent and affectionate were a breaking down of the carved work of the Jeanie, the more so as she judged it unkind to her sanctuary, and an intrusion upon the liberties of the sister to mention to their father grounds of anxiety kirk. Upon the dangers of listening to the doctrines which might arise from her own imagination. Be- of a legalized formalist, such as Saddletree, David sides, her respect for the good old man did not pre- gave his daughter many lectures ; so much so, that vent'her from being aware that he was both hot: he had time to touch but slightly on the dangers of tempered and positive, and she sometimes suspected chambering, company-keeping, and promiscuous dan; that he carried his dislike to youthful amusements cing, to which, at her time of life, most people would beyond the verge that religion and
reason demanded, have thought Effe more exposed than to the risk of Jeanie had sense enough to see that a sudden and theoretical error in her religious faith. severe curb upon her sister's hitherto unrestrained Jeanie parted from her sister, with a mixed feeling freedom might be rather productive of harm than of regret, and apprehension, and hope. She could good, and that Effie, in the headstrong wilfulness of not be so confident concerning Effie's prudence as her youth, was likely to make what might be overstrained father, for she had observed her more narrowly, had in her father's precepts an excuse to herself for ne- more sympathy with her feelings, and could better glecting them altogether. In the higher classes, a estimate the temptations to which she was exposed. damsel, however giddy, is still under the dominion of On the other hand, Mrs. Saddletree was an observing. etiquette, and subject to the surveillance of mammas shrewd, notable woman, entitled to exercise over and chaperons; but the country girl, who snatches Effie the full authority of a mistress, and likely to do her moment of gayety during the intervals of labour, so strictly, yet with kindness. Her removal to Saddle is under no such guardianship or restraint,
and her tree's, it was most
probable, would also serve to break amusement becomes so much the more hazardous. off some idle acquaintances, which Jeanie suspected Jeanie saw ali this with much distress of mind, when her sister to have formed in the neighbouring suburb. a circumstance occurred which appeared calculated upon the whole, then, she viewed her departure from to relieve her anxiety.
Saint Leonard's with pleasure, and it was not until Mrs. Saddletree, with whom our readers have al- the very moment of their parting for the first time ready been made acquainted, chanced to be a distant in their lives, that she felt
the full force of sisterly relation of Douce David Deans, and as she was a sorrow. While they repeatedly kissed each other's woman orderly
in her life and conversation, and, cheeks, and wrung each other's hands, Jeanie took moreover, of good substance, a sort of acquaintance that moment of affectionate sympathy, to press upon was formally kept up between the families. Now, her sister the necessity of the utmost caution in her this careful dame, about a year and a half before our conduct while
residing in Edinburgh Effie listened, story commences, chanced to need, in the line of her without once raising her large dark eyelashes, from profession, a better sort of servant, or rather shop- which the drops fell so fast as almost to resemble a woman. "Mr. Saddletree," she said, " was never in fountain. At the conclusion she sobbed again, kissthe shop when he could get his nose within the Par-ed her sister, promised to recollect all the good coun., liament House, and it was an awkward thing for a sel she had given her, and they parted. woman-body to be standing among bundles o bark- During the first few weeks, Effie was all that her ened leather her lane, selling saddles and bridles; and kinswoman expected, and even more. But with she had cast her eyes upon her far-awa cousin Effie time there came a relaxation of that early zeal which Deans, as just the very sort of lassie she would want she manifested in Mrs, Saddletree's service. To bor: to keep her in countenance on such occasions." row once again from the poet, who so correctly and
In this proposal there was much that pleased old beautifully describes living manners, – reparately, and allowed of it as a healthy and not unlawful ex. "Something there was, -what, none presumed to say, sretae; but when men and women mingled in sport, it was then
Clouds lighuy passing on a summer's day; called promiscuous dancing, and considered as a scandalous
Whispers and hints, which went from ear to eal snormity.
and mix'd reports no judge on earth could clear" *This custom, of making a mark by folding a leaf . the par
* Bible when a soleme resolution is formed, is still hela to During this interval, Mrs. Saddletree was sometimes on in come sense, an appeal to Heaven for his ol ser sincerity. I displeased by Effie's lingering when she was sent