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end and a but end the day, as weel boy, groping in the dark, to find as the best o' them. And ye're ane my way, though a path splendidly o' our ain folk, ye ken. Ah, aye! lighted up, lay open for me. But I wat weel that's very true! As I of these things I long exceedingly said to my man, Gawin, quo' I, to converse with you, at full length whenever I see our auld minister's and full leisure. In the mean time, face, I think I see the face of a let me introduce you to other friends friend."

who are longing for some little no“ Goodwife, I ha'e but just ae tice. This is my sister, Sir; and, word to say, by way o' remark,” shake hands with the minister, and said Gawin; folk wha count afore go away, Jane-And do you know the change-keeper, ha'e often to count this young lady, Sir, with the mantle twice, and sae has the herd, wha about her, who seems to expect a counts his hogs afore Beltan.-Come word from you, acknowledging old this way, Sir; follow me, an' tak' acquaintance ?” care o' your head and the bauks.” My eyes are grown so dim now,"

Isaac followed into his rustic par said old Isaac, “ that it is with diffilour Gawin, who introduced him to culty I can distinguish young people one he little expected to see sitting from one another, unless they speak there. This was no other than his to me-Eh? But she wont look up. son, who had so long been attended Is this

young friend Miss on as a dying person, and with whom Mary Sibbet?” Isaac had so lately prayed, in the Nay, Sir, it is not she. But I most fervent devotion, as with one think, as you two approach one of whose life few hopes were enter- another, your plaids appear very tained. There he sat, with legs like nearly the same.' two poles, hands like the hands of a “ Phemy! My own child Phemy! skeleton, yet were his emaciated fea- Is it yourself? Why did you not tures lighted up with a smile of se- speak? --But you have been an alien renity and joy. Isaac was petrified. of late, and a stranger to me. Ah, He stood still on the spot, even Phemy! Phemy! I have been hearthough the young man rose up to re- ing bad news of you. But I did not ceive him. He deemed he had come believe them no, I would not bea there to see his lifeless form laid lieve them.” in the coffin, and to speak words of Euphemia for a while uttered not comfort to the survivors. He was a word, but keeping fast hold of her taken by surprise, and his heart thrill. grandfather's hand, she drew it below ed with unexpected joy.

her mantle, and crept imperceptibly “My dear young friend, do I in a degree nearer to his breast. The deed see you thus ?” said he, taking old man waited for some reply, standhim kindly and gently by the hand. ing as in the act of listening; till at “ God has been merciful to you, length, in a trembling whisper, scarce. above others of your race. I hope, ly audible, she repeated these sacred in the mercy that has saved you words—"Father, forgive me, for I from the gates of death, that you feel knew not what I did !" The exgrateful for your deliverance; for, pression had the effect desired on trust me, it behoves you to do so, in Isaac's mind. It brought to his reno ordinary degree.”

membrance that gracious petition, the “ I shall never be able to feel as I most fully fraught with mercy and ought, either to my deliverer or to forgiveness that ever was uttered on yourself,” said he. “ Till once I earth, and bowed his whole soul at heard the words of truth and serious once to follow the pattern of his great ness from your mouth, I have not Master. His eye beamed with exdared, for these many years, to think ultation in his Redeemer's goodness, my own thoughts, speak my own and he answered, “ Yes, my child, words, or perform the actions to yes. He whose words you have unwhich my soul inclined. I have worthily taken, will not refuse the been a truant from the school of petition of any of his repentant chiltruth; but have now returned, with dren, however great their enormities all humility, to my Master, for I feel may have been ; and why should that I have bech like a wayward such a creature as I am presume to

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pretend indignation and offence, at west gallery of the church. John aught further than his high example Tweedie of the Hope recited what warrants? May the Almighty forgive they called “ lang skelps o' metre,” you as I do!”

a sort of homely rhymes, that some “ May Heaven bless and reward of them pronounced to be “ far ayont you!" said the young man. “But she Burns's fit.” And the goodwife' ran is blameless-blameless as the babe bustling about; but whenever she on the knee. I alone am the guilty could get a little leisure, she gave her person, who infringed the rights of tongue free vent, without regard hospitality, and had nearly broken either to minister or dominie. “Dear, the bonds of confidence and love. But dear, Sirs, can nae ye eat away? Ye I am here to-day to make, or offer at ha'e nae the stamacks o' as mony least, what amends is in my power cats. Dear, dear, I'm sure an' the to offer her my hand in wedlock; and, flesh be nae good, it sude be good, since I seduced her from her father's for it never saw either braxy or house, that whether I live or die, she breakwind, bleer ee nor Beltan pock, may live without dishonour. But, but was the cantiest crack of the reverend Sir, all depends on your fiat. Kaim-law. Dear, dear, Johnie Without your approbation she will Tweedie, tak’ another rive o't, an' set consent to nothing; saying, that she a good example ; as I said to my had offended deeply by taking her man there, Gawin, says I, it's weel own will once, but nought should kend ye’re nae flae-bitten about the ever induce her to take it unadvised gab, and I said very true too.” ly again. It was for this purpose Many such rants did she indulge that we sent for you so expressly to- in during that afternoon, always reday, namely, that I might intreat minding her guests, " that it was a your consent to cur union. I could names-gieing-in, whilk was, o'a' ither not be removed from home, so that things, the ane neist to a wedding," we could not all meet, to know one and often hinted at their new and another's mind, in any other place. honourable alliance, scarcely even We therefore await your approbation able to keep down the way in which with carnest anxiety, as that on which it was brought about, for she once our future happiness depend.” went so far as to say,

" As I said to After some mild and impressive my goodman, Gawin, says I, for a' reprehensions, Isaac's consent was the fy-gae-to ye ha'e made, it's weel given in the most unqualified man- kend' faint heart never wan fair lady. ner, and the names were given in to Aye, weel I wat that's very true, says the old dominie's hand, with proper I; a bird in the hand is worth twa vouchers, for the publication of the on the bush. Won a' to an' fill banns. The whole party dined to- yoursels, Sirs; there's routh o' mair gether at old Gawin's. I was there where that came frae. It's no aye among the rest, and thought to enjoy the fattest foddering that mak's the the party exceedingly: but the party fu'est aumry-an' that's nae lee.” was too formal, and too much on the Miss Matilda, the minister's maidreserve before the minister. I noted en daughter, was in high dudgeon down, when I went home, all the con- about the marriage, and the connecversation, as far as I could remember tion with a shepherd's family; and it, but it is not worth copying. I see it was rumoured over all the parish that Gawin's remarks are all mea that she would never countenance her sured and pompous, and, moreover, niece any more. But the last time I delivered in a sort of bastard English, was at the Manse, the once profligate a language which I detest. He con and freethinking student was become sidered himself as now to be nearly helper to old Isaac, and was beloved connected with the Manse family, and revered by all the parish, for the and looking forward to an eldership warmth of his devotion, and soundin the church, deemed it incumbent ness of his principles. His amiable on him to talk in a most sage and in- wife Euphemia had two sons, and structive manner. The young shep- their aunt Matty was nursing them herd, and an associate of his, talked with a fondness and love beyond of dogs, Cheviot tups, and some rc

that which she bore to life itself, markably bonny lasses that sat in the which brought to my mind a line of


my favourite author, “ Naturam er. calculated to be eminently useful to pellas furcâ, tamen usque recurret.” the public. When the social glass Upon the whole, I have always con- had, by its circulation, produced hisidered the prayers of that good old larity and good humour, the faceman as having been peculiarly in- tious brother sent his snuff-box round strumental in saving a wretched vic- the table. Upon being told that it tim, not only from immediate death, was empty, “I have a supply in my but from despair of endless duration. pocket,” said he ; " send the box (To be continued.)

hither." Having shaken the contents from the portentous paper, he affected to give it a hasty glance, and tossing it across the table, exclaimed,

“Ah! Johnny man, look at that! MR EDITOR,

This is a hasty death indeed! ScarceAnnexed are a few more clerically ever saw the light! Came from anecdotes, which I have had from the press only yesterday, and in the good authorities; although, for ob- snuff-shop this morning !-Sic tranvious reasons, I have often judged it sit gloria mundi ! However, our reproper to suppress the names of the verend brother is right; you see that parties.--I am, &c.

his publication is still useful.” The

mortification of the hapless author ABOUT the middle of the last cen was such, that out of compassion, tury, the Rev. John Bisset was a before parting, the jocose brother inpopular preacher, and publisher of formed him that the whole had its sermons, in Aberdeen, which ren origin in a stroke of humour. dered him an object of dislike, if not Although a little out of place here, of envy, to some of his more indo- the writer of this begs to observe, lent brethren. On one occasion, he that the first time he ever saw Rosbad published a sermon, which ap coe's beautiful and inimitable elegy peared from the press on the day to the memory of Burns, was on a previous to a meeting of Presbytery. fragment of a newspaper which came On his way to the ecclesiastical court, from the tobacconist's shop; which a waggish member called at a tobac copy he has still in his possession, conist's, bought a pennyworth of pasted in a book of scraps. snuff, and took a private opportunity Much about the same period as of wrapping it in the title page of Mr that of Mr Bisset, the Rev. R. S. Bisset's newly-published sermon.- was minister of C-e: he used to reEvery one knows, that it is the cus late the following adventure, in which tom of the reverend brethren to dine he was engaged during his attendtogether, when the business of the ance at the University of St Andrew's. day is dispatched. After the removal It then happened, as perhaps it does of the cloth, some of the company still, that many of the students in began to talk of Mr Bisset's sermon, divinity were the children of parents complimenting him upon his inde in the lower ranks of life; and infatigable industry in publishing. stead of having money to expend in Vanity is, more or less, the besetting luxurious pleasures, their finances sin, or, to speak more gently, the were barely sufficient to supply the foible of all authors, from the youth- necessaries of life; and many of ful poetaster, whose verses appear in them were of necessity obliged to an ephemeral newspaper, to the re- live in the plainest and most frugal verend divine, whose preface tells manner. A number of them were in you that his sole motive for pub- the practice of employing a cobler in lishing is the instruction of the ig the city, in the way of his profesnorant. It would therefore be ex sion ; he was an old bachelor, à droll empting Mr Bisset from the frailties sort of humorist, and fond of good of his species, to suppose that he was living, both in eating and drinking. utterly unconscious of the dignity of In the course of their visits to the son authorship; it is even related, that of St Crispin, it had been observed, he rather overstepped the modesty that a large stock of hams hung in which should have attached to his the chimney; and more than one of cloth, affirming that his sermon was them declared that the sight made

their mouths water. At last, one rauder, in re-ascending, lost his hold, more artful than the rest, related to either with hands or feet, and he them, that he had dreamed having suddenly “ tumbling all precipitate, descended the cobler's chimney, and down dashed,” with his prey, and made prize of some excellent hams, “ rattling around, loud thundering,” of which he was just about to make lay sprawling on the cobler's floor. a meal when he awoke.

The noise made by this sudden This, as he afterwards acknow- retrograde motion awaked the man ledged, was a fiction, invented for of leather, who called out lustily who the purpose of sounding their opi- was there? Receiving no answer, and nions upon a de facto exploit. One still hearing a rustling sound, he of the party observed, that there leapt from bed, to investigate the would be no great difficulty in per- matter. Apprehensions of detection forming the feat, as the cobler's and disgrace now alarmed the intenement was only of one story, and truder; but while the cobler was himself the sole occupant of the pre- groping his way, and endeavouring mises ; and concluded by saying, that to procure a light, his visitor, by were it not for the turpitude of the rubbing his hands on the back of the action, he should think it a good chimney, had succeeded in blackenjoke. The feigned dreamer now ing his face completely; and judgstruck in, and undertook to prove ing that neither the cobler's physilogically, that so far from being cri- cal nor mental vision would be the minal, it would be a virtuous action most penetrating, calculated upon efto deprive the cobler of his hams : fecting his retreat either by strata“For,” said he,“ we have all ob- gem or effrontery. While Crispin served, that this vamper of our un was lighting his lamp, the other was derstandings is much given to tip- conning his tale; and when the pling in excess, even to beastly in- darkness was expelled, stood full uptoxication; whereby he debases the right, grinning, and turning up the man, injures his health, squanders whites of his eyes. His appearance, his hard-earned money, and neglects also, at such an hour, might have his business: now neither man nor appalled men of more courage than beast drinks, except when thirsty; the hero of the awl possessed, who, and thirst is promoted and increased holding up the lamp, and standing by the injudicious and too-frequent at a respectful distance, in a faulteruse of salted and smoked meats. ing voice said, “Who or what are Ergo, take away the cause, and the you?”—“ I come from Pandæmonieffect will cease; hence you must all um,” replied the student.-" I never be convinced, that the cobler would heard of the place—what do you be a gainer, by being deprived of a want here?” said the other.--"Safew of his superfluous hams.” Thus, tan, my master, sent me to you, with between jest and earnest, the mea a present of hams!”—“I defy the sure was proposed, and ultimately ar devil and all his works ! In the ranged, that a marauding party of name of God begone !” cried the three should make the attempt; one cobler, while his teeth chattered with to watch in front, another in the fear. His agitation was favourable rear, and the third to make his de- to the escape of the plunderer, who scent by the chimney. Mr S. was

now conceived the hope of still carone of the trio, drawn by lot, and a rying off his booty, and, in reply, night fixed for the expedition. said, “Well, shall I blow the roof off

The nocturnal depredator descend- your house ? or will you light me to ed with facility, and had succeeded the door?” Glad to get rid of this in stringing the plunder about his unwelcome visitor, the poor man neck; but

walked backwards, unbolted his door, Facilis descensus Averni,

from which the other made his egress, Sed revocare gradum superasque evadere

with all the silence and dispatch pos

sible. Next morning, the cobler disHie labor, hoc opus est,

covered the depredation which had

been committed on his property ; says the prince of Roman poets ; and but when he related the story of so it happened here ; for the ma what had taken place, embellished

ad auras,

by his terrified imagination, it ap- fence to the serious and sober inhapeared so ridiculous, that it obtained bitants. In his prayer after sermon Îittle credit, and was supposed to be in the forenoon, Mr noticed their some dream of his brain, when in- irregularity, thus, " Oh Lord, while toxicated with strong liquor. The we recommend to thy fatherly care fears of the depredators, and their and protection all ranks and condidread of discovery, therefore, soon tions of men, we, in a particular mansubsided; but when their finances ner, pray for the check-and-ticking were recruited, they collected a sum weavers of In thy wisdom and more than equivalent to the value of mercy, be pleased to send them either the hams, and contrived to send it mair sense, or less siller!” privately for the cobler's reimburse About the time when the volunteer ment.

system was introduced, a corps was There are many still alive who had raised in Mr's neighbourhood; the pleasure of being acquainted with their uniforms appeared so smart, a dissenting Scots Clergyman, equal that many considered them as the ly remarkable for his picty, guileless most genteel gala - dress; perhaps simplicity of heart, and eccentricity willing that their patriotism might of manner. To relate all the anec be as conspicuous as possible. One dotes that are told of him, and to re- Sunday, a youthful hero of this class cord all his bons mots that are still entered Mr's kirk, and although remembered, would fill half your he could have easily found a seat, Magazine. Take the following as seemed to prefer standing in the passpecimens.

sage, right in front of the minister, Living in a populous manufactu- and with much apparent complacenring town, he often beheld with re cy, often bending his looks to his gret the privations to which the la- white cassimere small-clothes. After bouring classes were exposed, from reading out the text, Mr obthe depressions of trade, or the dearth serving that the young man still kept of provisions. On an occasion of this his perpendicular position, pointed to kind, the poor had been relieved by him, and called out, “ Tak’ a seat a most abundant supply of herrings, amang the lave there, lad, an' we'll of which the fishing had been more a' look at your braw breeks when the than usually successful. One Sun- kirk skails !" day forenoon, in public prayers, Mr Being not only indifferent, but in

cxpressed himself thus, “Oh attentive to dress in his own person, Lord, we desire to offer our grateful he had a great dislike to seeing the thanks unto thee, for the seasonable silly airs that a new coat or gown relief which thou hast sent to the will sometimes inspire in a little poor of this place, from thy inex- mind; and his indignation was sure haustible store-house in the great to be raised when he saw people deep, and which every day we hear dressing beyond their station. One called upon our streets, Fine fresh Sunday afternoon, a girl who attendherrings-sax a penny, sax a penny!" ed his kirk regularly, and who was

There is a stream as well as a neap personally known to him, came in tide, in the fluctuations of trade; and with a new bonnet, of greater mag, they who have been a-ground by the nitude, and more richly ornamented one, are ready and willing to float than he thought befitting the wearer. with the other; so was the case with He soon observed it, and pausing in the weavers in Mr -'s neighbour- the middle of his sermon, saidhood: trade had become uncommonly “Look, ony o' you that's near hand brisk; high wages were paid; and, there, whether my wife be sleeping; on Saturday night, like sailors after for I canna get a glint o' her for a' a storm, those sons of toil forgot their thae fine falderals about Jenny B's former privations, amidst the joys, braw new bannet." that “ ale, or viler liquor,” is capable It happened one Sunday, either of inspiring. They had kept it up from the weather being warm, or the till a late, or rather an early hour on preacher being less animated than Sunday morning; and at the break- usual, that several of his auditors exing-up of the party, made so much hibited strong symptoms of drowsinoise on the streets, as gave great of After a pause, long enough to


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