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The Norman Horse-Shoe .................
Lichfield Cathedral, at the Burial-place
of the family of Miss Seward............ ib.
Family Legend............. ............ ib.
mortified air" .................. ............. 642
an old tune............ ...............
Pitt Club of Scotland .......
Commissioners of Northern Lights.-
* Mottoes, 1-17................................ ib.
Epilogue to The Appeal.....
Inscription for the Monument of the Rev.
* Mottoes from CASTLE DANGEROUS, 1-5.... 728
SIR WALTER SCOTT, BART.
The Lay of the Last Minstrel:
A POEM, IN SIX CANTOS.
Dum relego, scripsisse pudet; quia plurima cerno,
Me quoque, qui feci, judice, digna lini.
ADVERTISEMENT TO EDITION 1833.
tory as may be supposed to carry interest along
with them. Even if I should be mistaken in thinkTHE INTRODUCTION TO THE LAY OF THE LAST MIN
ing that the secret history of what was once so STREL, written in April, 1830, was revised by the
popular, may still attract public attention and cuAuthor in the autumn of 1831, when he also made
riosity, it seems to me not without its use to record some corrections in the text of the Poem, and sey
the manner and circumstances under which the eral additions to the notes. The work is now
present, and other Poems on the same plan, atprinted from his interleaved copy.
tained for a season an extensive reputation. It is much to be regretted that the original MS.
I must resume the story of my literary labors at of this Poem has not been preserved. We are
the period at which I broke off in the Essay on the thus denied the advantage of comparing through
Imitation of Popular Poetry (see post], when I bad oat the Author's various readings, which, in the
enjoyed the first gleam of public favor, by the succase of Marmion, the Lady of the Lake, the Lord
cess of the first edition of the Minstrelsy of the of the Isles, &c., are often highly curious and in
Scottish Border. The second edition of that work, structive.-ED.
published in 1803, proved, in the language of the
trade, rather a heavy concern. The demand in INTRODUCTION TO EDITION 1830.
Scotland had been supplied by the first edition, and A POEM of nearly thirty years' standing' may be the curiosity of the English was not much awakensupposed hardly to need an Introduction, since, ed by poems in the rude garb of antiquity, accomwithout one, it has been able to keep itself afloat panied with notes referring to the obscure feuds of through the best part of a generation. Neverthe barbarous clans, of whose very names civilized hisless, as, in the edition of the Waverley Novels now tory was ignorant. It was, on the whole, one of in course of publication (1830), I have imposed on those books which are more praised than they are myself the task of saying something concerning the read.' purpose and history of each, in their turn, I am At this time I stood personally in a different podesirous that the Poems for which I first received sition from that which I occupied when I first dipt some marks of the public favor, should also be ac- my desperate pen in ink for other purposes than companied with such scraps of their literary his those of my profession. In 1796, when I first pub
lished the translations from Bürger, I was an insu- / by the general consent of his brethren, recently lated individual, with only my own wants to pro- elected to be their Dean of Faculty, or President, vide for, and having, in a great measure, my own -being the highest acknowledgment of his proinclinations alone to consult. In 1803, when the fessional talents which they had it in their power second edition of the Minstrelsy appeared, I had to offer. But this is an incident much beyond the arrived at a period of life when men, however ideas of a period of thirty years' distance, when a thoughtless, encounter duties and circumstances barrister who really possessed any turn for lighter which press consideration and plans of life upon literature, was at as much pains to conceal it, as if the most careless minds. I had been for some time it had in reality been something to be ashamed of; married—was the father of a rising family, and, and I could mention more than one instance in though fully enabled to meet the consequent de- which literature and society have suffered much mands upon me, it was my duty and desire to place loss, that jurisprudence might be enriched. myself in a situation which would enable me to Such, however, was not my case; for the reader make honorable provision against the various con- | will not wonder that my open interference with tingencies of life.
matters of light literature diminished my employIt may be readily supposed that the attempts ment in the weightier matters of the law. Nor which I had made in literature had been unfavor- did the solicitors, upon whoge choice the counsel able to my success at the bar. The goddess The takes rank in his profession, do me less than jusmis is, at Edinburgh, and I suppose everywhere tice, by regarding others among my contemporaelse, of a peculiarly jealous disposition. She will ries as fitter to discharge the duty due to their not readily consent to share her authority, and clients, than a young man who was taken up with sternly demands from her votaries, not only that running after ballads, whether Teutonic or national. real duty be carefully attended to and discharged, My profession and I, therefore, came to stand nearbut that a certain air of business shall be observed ly upon the footing which honest Slender consoled even in the midst of total idleness. It is prudent, himself on having established with Mistress Anne if not absolutely necessary, in a young barrister, Page : “ There was no great love between us at to appear completely engrossed by his profession; the beginning, and it pleased Heaven to decrease however destitute of employment he may in real- it on farther acquaintance." I became sensible that ity be, he ought to preserve, if possible, the ap- the time was come when I must either buckle mypearance of full occupation. He should, therefore, self resolutely to the “toil by day, the lamp by seem perpetually engaged among his law-papers, night," renouncing all the Delilahs of my imaginadusting them, as it were ; and, as Ovid advises tion, or bid adieu to the profession of the law, the fair,
and hold another course. “Si nullus erit pulvis, tamen excute pollum."'1
| 1 confess my own inclination revolted from the
more severe choice, which might have been deemed Perhaps such extremity of attention is more espe- by many the wiser alternative. As my transgrescially required, considering the great number of sions had been numerous, my repentance must have counsellors who are called to the bar, and how very been signalized by unusual sacrifices. I ought to small a proportion of them are finally disposed, or have mentioned, that since my fourteenth or fiffind encouragement, to follow the law as a profes- teenth year, my health, originally delicate, had sion. Hence the number of deserters is so great, become extremely robust. From infancy I had that the least lingering look behind occasions a labored under the infirmity of a severe lameness, young novice to be set down as one of the intend but, as I believe is usually the case with men of ing fugitives. Certain it is, that the Scottish The spirit who suffer under personal inconveniences of mis was at this time peculiarly jealous of any flirt this nature, I had, since the improvement of my ation with the Muses, on the part of those who had | health, in defiance of this incapacitating circumranged themselves under her banners. This was stance, distinguished myself by the endurance of probably owing to her consciousness of the superior toil on foot or horseback, having often walked thirty attractions of her rivals. Of late, however, she has miles a day, and rode upwards of a hundred without relaxed in some instances in this particular, an em resting. In this manner I made many pleasant jourinent example of which has been shown in the case neys through parts of the country then nut very acof my friend, Mr. Jeffrey, who, after long conduct- cessible, gaining more amusement and instruction ing one of the most influential literary periodicals than I have been able to acquire since I have travelof the age, with unquestionable ability, has been, led in a more commodious manner. I practised most
1 If dust be none, yet brush that none away.
elected Dean of the Faculty of Advocates. In 1830, under Earl Grey's Ministry, he was appointed Lord Advocate of Scotland, and, in 1834, a Senator of the College of Justice by the title of Lord Jeffrey.-ED.
* Mr. Jeffrey, after conducting the Edinburgh Review for twenty-seven years, withdrew from that office in 1829, on being