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The Norman Horse-Shoe
of the family of Miss Seward............ ib.
Commissioners of Northern Lights.-
A POEM of nearly thirty years' standing' may be the curiosity of the English was not much awaken-
a Pablished in 4to (£1 5s.), January, 1805.
3 “ The 'Lay' is the best of all possible comments on the
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 whose 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 nullum.”ı
I 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 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 not 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 , Mr. Jeffrey, after conducting the Edinburgh Review for Scotland, and, in 1834, a Senator of the College of Justice by twenty-seven years, withdrew from that office in 1829, on being the title of Lord Jeffrey.-ED.