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Yet keep up thy heart, bold cavalier,

For a cup of sack shall fence the cold.

(20.)-CHAP. XLIV.
Nay, if she love me not, I care not for her:
Shall I look pale because the maiden blooms?
Or sigh because she smiles and smiles on others ?
Not I, by Heaven !—I hold my peace too dear,
To let it, like the plume upon her cap,
Shake at each nod that her caprice shall dictate.

Old Play.

For time will rust the brightest blade,

And years will break the strongest bow;
Was never wight so starkly made,
But time and years would overthrow ?

Chap. xix.


[“ It may be worth noting, that it was in correcting the proof-sheets of The Antiquary that Scott first took to equipping his chapters with mottoes of his own fa- (2.)—VERSES FOUND IN BOTHWELL'S brication. On one occasion he happened to ask John

POCKET-BOOK. Ballantyne, who was sitting by him, to hunt for a par

« With these letters was a lock of hair wrapped in ticular passage in Beaumont and Fletcher. John did

a copy of verses, written obviously with a feeling which as he was bid, but did not succeed in discovering the lines. “Hang it, Johnnie,' cried Scott, • I believe I atoned, in Morton's opinion, for the roughness of the I can make a motto sooner than you will find one.' poetry, and the conceits with which it abounded, acHe did so accordingly; and from that hour, when- cording to the taste of the period : ”_ ever memory failed to suggest an appropriate epi

Thy hue, dear pledge, is pure and bright, graph, he had recourse to the inexhaustible mines of

As in that well-remember'd night, old play' or old ballad, to which we owe some of

When first thy mystic braid was wove, the most exquisite verses that ever flowed from his

And first my Agnes whisper'd love. pen"-Life, vol. v., p. 145.]

Since then how often hast thou press’d
The torrid zone of this wild breast,

Whose wrath and hate have sworn to dwell From the Black Dwarf.

With the first sin which peopled hell,
A breast whose blood's a troubled ocean,

Each throb the earthquake's wild commotion ! 1816.

O, if such clime thou canst endure,

Yet keep thy hue unstain'd and pure,

What conquest o'er each erring thought
(1.)-CHAP. v.

Of that fierce realm had Agnes wrought! The bleakest rock upon the loneliest heath

I had not wander'd wild and wide, Feels, in its barrenness, some touch of spring;

With such an angel for my guide; And, in the April dew, or beam of May,

Nor heaven nor earth could then reprove me, Its moss and lichen freshen and revive;

If she had lived, and lived to love me.
And thus the heart, most sear'd to human pleasure,
Melts at the tear, joys in the smile of woman.

Not then this world's wild joys had been
Beaumont. To me one savage hunting scene,

My sole delight the headlong race,
(2.)–CHAP. XVI.

And frantic hurry of the chase;
-'Twas time and griefs

To start, pursue, and bring to bay,
That framed him thus: Time, with his fairer hand, Rush in, drag down and rend my prey,
Offering the fortunes of his former days,

Then-from the carcass turn away! The former man may make him-Bring us to him,

Mine ireful mood had sweetness tamed, And chance it as it may.

And soothed each wound which pride inflamed!
Old Play.

Yes, God and man might now approve me,
If thou hadst lived, and lived to love me.

Chap. xxiii.

From Old Mortality.



(1.)—MAJOR BELLENDEN'S SONG. AND what though winter will pinch severe

Through locks of grey and a cloak that 's old,

“Gentle reader, I did request of mine honest friend Peter Proudfoot, travelling merchant, known to many of this land for his faithful and just dealings, as well in muslins and cambrics as in small wares, to procur

me, on his next peregrinations to that vicinage, a copy of the Epitaphion alluded to. And, according to his report, which I see no ground to discredit, it runneth thus:”

Yet fear not, ladies, the naive detall
Given by the natives of that land canorous;
Italian license loves to leap the pale,

We Britons have the fear of shame before us,
And, if not wise in mirth, at least must be de-


Here lyes ane saint to prelates surly,
Being John Balfour, sometime of Burley,
Who, stirred up to vengeance take,
For Solemn League and Cov'nant's sake,
Upon the Magus-Moor, in Fife,
Did tak’ James Sharpe the apostate's life;
By Dutchman's hands was hacked and shot,
Then drowned in Clyde near this saam spot.

Chap. xliv.

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II. In the far eastern clime, no great while since, Lived Sultaun Solimaun, a mighty prince, Whose eyes, as oft as they perform’d their round, Beheld all others fix'd upon the ground; Whose ears received the same unvaried phrase, “ Sultaun ! thy vassal hears, and he obeys !” All have their tastes—this may the fancy strike Of such grave folks as pomp and grandeur like; For me,

I love the honest heart and warm Of Monarch who can amble round his farm, Or, when the toil of state no more annoys, In chimney corner seek domestic joysI love a prince will bid the bottle pass, Exchanging with his subjects glance and glass ; In fitting time, can, gayest of the gay, Keep up the jest, and mingle in the laySuch Monarchs best our free-born humours suit, But Despots must be stately, stern, and mute.

(1.)-CHAP. v. Arouse thee, youth !-it is no common call,God's Church is leaguer'd—haste to man the wall; Haste where the Red-cross banners wave on high, Signals of honour'd death or victory.

James Duff

(2.)__CHAP. XIV. My hounds may a' rin masterless,

My hawks may fly frae tree to tree, My lord may grip my vassal lands, For there again maun I never be!

Old Ballad.

(3.)CHAP. XXXIV. Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife!

To all the sensual world proclaim,
One crowded hour of glorious life
Is worth an age without a name.


III. This Solimaun, Serendib had in swayAnd where’s Serendib? may some critic say.Good lack, mine honest friend, consult the chart, Scare not my Pegasus before I start! If Rennell has it not, you'll find, mayhap, The isle laid down in Captain Sindbad's map, Famed mariner ! whose merciless narrations Drove every friend and kinsman out of patience, Till, fain to find a guest who thought them shorter. He deign'd to tell them over to a porter-3 The last edition see, by Long. and Co., Rees, Hurst, and Orme, our fathers in the Row.

The Search after Happiness ;'




IV. Serendib found, deem not my tale a fictionThis Sultaun, whether lacking contradiction(A sort of stimulant which hath its uses, To raise the spirits and reform the juices, --Sovereign specific for all sorts of cures In my wife's practice, and perhaps in yours,) The Sultaun lacking this same wholesome bitter, Or cordial smooth for prince's palate fitter Or if some Mollah had hag-rid bis dreams With Degial, Ginnistan, and such wild themes Belonging to the Mollah's subtle craft, I wot not--but the Sultaun never laugh’d, Scarce ate or drank, and took a melancholy That scorn'd all remedy-profane or holy;

I. Oh for a glance of that gay Muse's eye, That lighten'd on Bandello's laughing tale, And twinkled with a lustre shrewd and sly, When Giam Battista bade her vision bail !-3

1 First published in “The Sale Room, No. V.," February 1, 1817.

9 The hint of the following tale is taken from La Camiscia Magica, a novel of Giam Battista Casti.

3 See the Arabian Nights' Entertainments.

In his long list of melancholtes, mad,

Double assessment, forage, and free quarters · Or mazed, or dumb, bath Burton none so bad.' And fearing these as China-men the Tartars,

Or as the whisker'd vermin fear the mousers,

Each fumbled in the pocket of his trowsers.
Physicians soon arrived, sage, ware, and tried,
As e'er scrawl'd jargon in a darken'd room;

With heedful glance the Sultaun's tongue they eyed, And next came forth the reverend Convocation,
Peep'd in his bath, and God knows where beside, Bald heads, white beards, and manya turban green,

And then in solemn accent spoke their doom, Imaum and Mollah there of every station, “ His majesty is very far from well.”

Santon, Fakir, and Calendar were seen. Then each to work with his specific fell:

Their votes were various-some advised a Mosque The Hakim Ibrahim instanter brought

With fitting revenues should be erected, His unguent Mahazzim al Zerdukkaut,

With seemly gardens and with gay Kiosque, While Roompot, a practitioner more wily,

To recreate a band of priests selected; Relied on his Munaskif al fillfily.

Others opined that through the realms a dole More and yet more in deep array appear,

Be made to holy men, whose prayers might profit And some the front assail, and some the rear; The Sultaun's weal in body and in soul. Their remedies to reinforce and vary,

But their long-headed chief, the Sheik U1-Sofit, Came surgeon eke, and eke apothecary;

More closely touch'd the point:-“ Thy studious Till the tired Monarch, though of words grown chary, mood," Yet dropt, to recompense their fruitless labour, Quoth he, “O Prince ! hath thicken'd all thy blood, Some hint about a bowstring or a sabre.

And dull’d thy brain with labour beyond measure ; There lack’d, I promise you, no longer speeches Wherefore relax a space and take thy pleasure, To rid the palace of those learned leeches.

And toy with beauty, or tell o'er thy treasure ;

From all the cares of state, my Liege, enlarge thee, VI.

And leave the burden to thy faithful clergy.”
Then was the council callid-by their advice,
(They deem'd the matter ticklish all, and nice,

And sought to shift it off from their own shoulders,) These counsels sage availed not a whit,
Tartars and couriers in all speed were sent,

And so the patient (as is not uncommon
To call a sort of Eastern Parliament

Where grave physicians lose their time and wit) Of feudatory chieftains and freeholders

Resolved to take advice of an old woman; Such have the Persians at this

His mother she, a dame who once was beauteous, My gallant Malcolm calls them couroultai ;_3 And still was called so by each subject duteous. I'm not prepared to show in this slight song Now, whether Fatima was witch in earnest, That to Serendib the same forms belong

Or only made believe, I cannot sayE'en let the learn'd go search, and tell me if I'm But she profess'd to cure disease the sternest, wrong.

By dint of magic amulet or lay;

And, when all other skill in vain was shown,

She deem'd it fitting time to use her own.
The Omrahs, each with hand on scymitar,
Gave, like Sempronius, still their voice for war-

X. “ The sabre of the Sultaun in its sheath

Sympathia magica hath wonders done,” Too long has slept, nor own'd the work of death; (Thus did old Fatima bespeak her son,) Let the Tambourgi bid his signal rattle,

“ It works upon the fibres and the pores,
Bang the loud gong, and raise the shout of battle! And thus, insensibly, our health restores,
This dreary cloud that dims our sovereign’s day, And it must help us here.— Thou must endure
Shall from his kindled bosom flit away,

The ill, my son, or travel for the cure.
When the bold Lootie wheels his courser round, Search land and sea, and get, where'er you can,
And the arm'd elephant shall shake the ground. The inmost vesture of a happy man,
Each noble pants to own the glorious summons- I mean his shirt, my son; which, taken warm
And for the charges-Lo! your faithfulCommons !" | And fresh from off his back, shall chase your harm,
The Riots who attended in their places

Bid every current of your veins rejoice, (Serendib language calls a farmer Riot) And your dull heart leap light as shepherd-boy's.” Look'd ruefully in one another's faces,

Such was the counsel from his mother came; From this oration auguring much disquiet, I know not if she had some under-game,

very day,


3 See Sir John Malcolm's admirable History of Persia.

1 See Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy.

2 For these hard words see D'Herbelot, or the learned editor of the Recipes of Avicenna.

4 Nobility.


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As Doctors nave, who bid their patients roam Quite out of sorts, and could not tell what alld him, And live abroad, when sure to die at home;

Only the glory of his house had fail'd him; Or if she thought, that, somehow or anothor, Besides, some tumours on his noddle biding, Queen-Regent sounded better than Queen-Mother; Gave indication of a recent hiding. 5 But, says the Chronicle (who will go look it,) Our Prince, though Sultauns of such things are heed. That such was her advice—the Sultaun took it.


Thought it a thing indelicate and needless

To ask, if at that moment he was happy.
All are on board—the Sultaun and his train, And Monsieur, seeing that he was comme il faut, a
In gilded galley prompt to plough the main. Loud voice mustered up, for “ Vive le Roi !"
The old Rais 1 was the first who questioned, Then whisper’d, “ Ave you any news of Nappy ?"
“ Whither ?”

The Sultaun answer'd him with a cross question, They paused—“ Arabia,” thought the pensive Prince, “ Pray, can you tell me aught of one John Bull, “ Was callid The Happy many ages since

That dwells somewhere beyond your herring-pool ?" For Mokha, Rais.”--And they came safely thither. The query seem'd of difficult digestion, But not in Araby, with all her balm,

The party shrugg’d, and grinn’d, and took his snuft Not where Judea weeps beneath her palm,

And found his whole good-breeding scarce enough.
Not in rich Egypt, not in Nubian waste,
Could there the step of happiness be traced.

One Copt alone profess’d to have seen her smile, Twitching his visage into as many puckers
When Bruce his goblet fillid at infant Nile:

As damsels wont to put into their tuckers,
She bless'd the dauntless traveller as he quaff*d, (Ere liberal Fashion damn'd both lace and lawn,
But vanish'd from him with the ended draught. And bade the veil of modesty be drawn,)

Replied the Frenchman, after a brief pause,

“ Jean Bool !-I vas not know him— Yes, I vas “ Enough of turbans," said the weary King,

I vas remember dat, von year or two, “ These dolimans of ours are not the thing;

I saw him at von place call’d Vaterloo-
Try we the Giaours, these men of coat and сар,

I Ma foi! il s'est tres joliment battu,
Incline to think some of them must be happy; Dat is for Englishman,-m'entendez-vous ?
At least, they have as fair a cause as any can, But den he had wit him one damn son-gun,
They drink good wine and keep no Ramazan. Rogue I no like-dey call him Vellington.”
Then northward, ho!”—The vessel cuts the sea, Monsieur's politeness could not hide his fret,
And fair Italia lies upon her lee.-

So Solimaun took leave, and cross'd the strait
But fair Italia, she who once unfurld
Her eagle banners o'er a conquer'd world,

Long from her throne of domination tumbled, John Bull was in his very worst of moods,
Lay, by her quondam vassals, sorely humbled; Raving of sterile farms and unsold goods;
The Pope himself look'd pensive, pale, and lean, His sugar-loaves and bales about he threw
And was not half the man he once had been.

And on his counter beat the devil's tattoo.
“ While these the priest and those the noble fleeces, His wars were ended, and the victory won,
Our poor old boot,” ? they said, “is torn to pieces. But then, 'twas reckoning-day with honest John;
Its tops 3 the vengeful claws of Austria feel, And authors vouch, 'twas still this Worthy's way,
And the Great Devil is rending toe and heel.4 “ Never to grumble till he came to pay;
If happiness you seek, to tell you truly,

And then he always thinks, his temper's such, We think she dwells with one Giovanni Bulli; The work too little, and the pay too much."6 A tramontane, a heretic,--the buck,

Yet, grumbler as he is, so kind and hearty, Poffaredio ! still has all the luck;

That when his mortal foe was on the floor, By land or ocean never strikes his flag

And past the power to harm his quiet more, And then--a perfect walking money-bag.”

Poor John had wellnigh wept for Bonaparte! Off set our Prince to seek John Bull's abode, Such was the wight whom Solimaun salam'd,But first took France-it lay upon the road.

“ And who are you," John answer'd, “and be d-dp”

Monsieur Baboon, after much late commotion,
Was agitated like a settling ocean,

“ A stranger, come to see the happiest man,-
So, signior, all avouch,-in Frangistan.”_7

5 Or drubbing ; so called in the Slang Dictionary.

i Master of the vessel.
9 The well-known resemblance of Italy in the map.
a Florence, Venice, &c.

4 The Calabrias, infested by bands of assassins. One of the leaders was called Pra Diavolo, 1. 6. Brother Devil.

6 See the True Born Englishman, by Daniel Do Foe.

7 Europe.

“ Happy? my tenants breaking on my hand; Until the Sultaun strain'd his princely throttle, Unstock'd my pastures, and untill'd my land; And hollo'd.-“ Ma'am that is not what I ail. Sugar and rum a drug, and mice and moths Pray, are you happy, ma'am, in this snug glen ?"The sole consumers of my good broadcloths, “ Happy?" said Peg; “ What for d'ye want to Happy !Why, cursed war and racking tax

ken? Have left us scarcely raiment to our backs."- Besides, just think upon this by-gane year, “ In that case, signior, I may take my leave;

Grain wadna pay the yoking of the pleugh.”— I came to ask a favour-but I grieve”

“ What say you to the present ?”—“ Meal's sae “ Favour ?” said John, and eyed the Sultaun hard,

dear, “It's my belief you come to break the yard !

To mak’ their brose my bairns have scarce aneugh.”— But, stay, you look like some poor foreign sinner,- “ The devil take the shirt,” said Solimaun, Take that to buy yourself a shirt and dinner.”- “ I think my quest will end as it began.With that he chuck'd a guinea at his head ; Farewell, ma'am; nay, no ceremony, I beg”But, with due dignity, the Sultaun said,

“ Ye'll no be for the linen then ?” said Peg. “ Permit me, sir, your bounty to decline; A shirt indeed I seek, but none of thine.

Signior, I kiss your hands, so fare you well.”- Now, for the land of verdant Erin,
“ Kiss and be d-d,” quoth John,“ and go to hell!” The Sultaun's royal bark is steering,

The Emerald Isle, where honest Paddy dwells,

The cousin of John Bull, as story tells.
Next door to John there dwelt his sister Peg, For a long space had John, with words of thunder,
Once a wild lass as ever shook a leg

Hard looks, and harder knocks, kept Paddy under,
When the blithe bagpipe blew-but, soberer now, Till the poor lad, like boy that's flogg'd unduly,
She doucely span her flax and milk'd her cow. Had gotten somewhat restive and unruly.
And whereas erst she was a needy slattern,

Hard was his lot and lodging, you'll allow,
Nor now of wealth or cleanliness a pattern, A wigwam that would hardly serve a sow;
Yet once a-month ber house was partly swept, His landlord, and of middle-men two brace,
And once a-week a plenteous board she kept. Had screw'd his rent up to the starving-place;
And whereas, eke, the vixen used her claws

His garment was a top-coat, and an old one,
And teeth, of yore, on slender provocation, His meal was a potato, and a cold one;
She now was grown amenable to laws,

But still for fun or frolic, and all that,
A quiet soul as any in the nation ;

In the round world was not the match of Pat.
The sole remembrance of her warlike joys
Was in old songs she sang to please her boys.

John Bull, whom, in their years of early strife, The Sultaun saw him on a holiday,
She wont to lead a cat-and-doggish life,

Which is with Paddy still a jolly day:
Now found the woman, as he said, a neighbour, When mass is ended, and his load of sins
Who look'd to the main chance, declined no labour, Confess’d, and Mother Church hath from her
Loved a long grace, and spoke a northern jargon,

binds And was d-d close in making of a bargain.

Dealt forth a bonus of imputed merit,

Then is Pat's time for fancy, whim, and spirit!

To jest, to sing, to caper fair and free,
The Sultaun enter'd, and he made his leg,

And dance as light as leaf upon the tree. And with decorum curtsy'd sister Peg;

“ By Mahomet,” said Sultaun Solimaun,
(She loved a book, and knew a thing or two, “ That ragged fellow is our very man!
And guess'd at once with whom she had to do.) Rush in and seize him-do not do him hurt,
She bade him “ Sit into the fire," and took

But, will he nill he, let me have his shirt.”-
Her dram, her cake, her kebbuck from the nook ;
Ask'd him “about the news from Eastern parts;

And of her absent bairns, puir Highland hearts ! Shilela their plan was wellnigh after baulking,
If peace brought down the price of tea and pepper, (Much less provocation will set it a-walking,)
And if the nitmugs were grown ony cheaper ;- But the odds that foild Hercules foil'd Paddy
Were there nae speerings of our Mungo Park-

Whack; Ye'll be the gentleman that wants the sark? They seized, and they floor'd, and they stripp'd himIf ye wad buy a web o' auld wife's spinnin',

Alack ! I'll warrant ye it's a weel-wearing linen.”

Up-bubboo! Paddy had not -a shirt to his

back !!! XIX.

And the King, disappointed, with sorrow and Then up got Peg, and round the house 'gan scuttle shame, In search of goods her customer to nail,

Went back to Serendib as sad as he came.

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