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Beneath the shelter of an aged tree;
To meet their Dad, with flightering noise and glee.
His clean hearth-ftane, bis thrifty wifie's smile,
Does all his weary kiaugh i and care beguile,
At service out, among the farmers roun'!;
A cannie errand to a neighbour town:
In youthful bloom, love (parkling in her e'e',
Or deposite her fair-won’ penny-feea,
And each for other's welfare kindly spiers".
Each tells the uncos C that he sees or hears.
Anticipation forward points the view;
Gars auld claes look amaist as well's the new d;
The younkers all are warned to obry;
* U'ce, a diminutive, little; a fondling expression; wee-things. little ones. Toddlan, a word only applied to denote che unsteady trot of children, who are beginning to walk. fi Stacher, reel, a kind of ligger. Flightering, unsteady, unequal, joyfully,
o Wee bio ingle, little fire; a diminutive, which has no fynonym in English. p Blirking is applied to a smail light, that does not burn Iteadily, but breaks torth by interrupted flashes.
9 Kiaugh, carking; dilrefs of ininu. Belyve, by and by & Elder bairns, elder children.
Roun', round. Frequently the d at the end of a word is not sounded in the Scorcith dialect; the o is also changed into e, as in pleugh, plough; elder, older ; but: more frequently the o into a, as hame, for home; amang, among, &c. - Drive.
E'e, eye. Ý Braw, a phrafe de. noting finery, or the satisfaction finery produces. 2 Sair won, fore won ; won with labour. * Penny fee, wages; the word penny is here a diminutive, denoting that it is a small maiter.
» Enquires. Uncos, new things that are uncommon. • Makes old clothes look almost as well as new,
And mind their labours wi' an eydente hand,
And ne'er, tho' out of sight, to jauk' or play:
And mind your duty s duely, morn and night!
Implore his counsel, and affifting might,
But, hark ! a rap comes gently to the door ;
Jenny, wha kens the meaning of the same,
To do some errands, and convoy her hame.
Sparkle in Jenny's e'e, and flush her cheek,
While Jenny, haffinsi, is afraid to speak;
A frappan youthl; he takes the mother's eye;
The father cracks m of horses, pleoghs, and kye".
But blate and laithfu'o, scarce can well behave;
What makes the youth fae bashfu’and fae grave;
O heart-felt raptures ! bliss beyond compare !
And sage EXPERIENCe bids me this declare
• Eydent, constant, steady, uninterrupted diligence.
& Mind your duty, forget not your duty; that is, your prayers ; a very common expression in Scotland. The whole of this ftanza contains advice very strongly inculcated, with great seriousness, in the manner here done by parents in that country. The transition to the first person is beautifully poetical; but it was naturally fuggetted by what the Author must have often seen in real life.
► Lad, a young man ; applied only to those in a low station. * Hafflins, hesitatingly; in some measure afraid ; tingidly.
k Ben---the inner part of the house is called ben, the outer part of it but — to bring one ben then, is to bring them from the door towards the place where the family fit.
1 Strappan youth, well-grown, well-shaped youth; promising strength. * Cracks, talks; generally means with glee, or cheerfulness. * Kye, cows. o Blate and laithfu', bashful and backward.
P Like the love, like the reft; like other people; like her neighbours.
“ If Heaven a draught of heavenly pleasure spare,
One cordial in this melancholly vale,
In other's arms breathe out the tender tale,
The health some porritch 9, chief of Scotia's food :
That 'yont the hallan s snugly chews her coodt:
To grace the lad, her well hain'd kebbuc, fellu,
The frugal Wific garrulous, will tell,
They round the ingle y form a circle wide ;
9 Porrirch, a mess, made of oatmeal and water, boiled to the con. sistence of a pudding, seasoned with a little falt. This homely dish, cat with a little milk, is the common food of most of the labouring people in Scotland, both at supper and breakfast.
Harukie, a common name of a cow. Their only hawkie, is their only cow. The soupe here mentioned is that to be eat, by way of fauce, along with the porritch.
s That 'sont the ballan- beyond the hallan. Hallan is the name of a kind of fixed partition, or screen, which, without being closed by a door, separates the part of the house where the fire-place is, from another part, which is usually without light. In this dark corner, behind the hallan, the cow, in poor people's houses, is usually kept.
' Cud. • Her well hain'd kebbuc, fell. --To hain, is to preserve with care for some particular occasion ; usually applied to the abstaining from some favourite kind of food, that it may be ready for any particular purpose. Kebbuc, a cheese,-fell, sharp, acrid, piquant-Her wellpreserved, piquant cheese.
* How 'r was a towmond auld when lint was ¿' the bell-how it was a twelve month old when flax was in the bloom. This way of fixing dates from the state of vegetation of different plants is common in Scotland ; ic forms the natural rural kalendar.
y Fire. i Family worship, in these seats of innocence and peace, is fill universally practised; and after supper, that worship is as naturally expected, as the bottle and glasses after dinner at the tables of the Great. If any one of a family has been able to purchase a folio, or a quarto bible, it is carefully covered with leather, and reverently prelerved from farher to son, for several generations, and is deemed à molt honourable mark of distinction. It is here called the ha'-hall
His bonnet rev'rently is laid aside,
His lyart baffets a wearing thin and bare :
He wales b a portion with judicious care,
They tune their hearts, by far the noblett aim :
Or plaintive Martyr's, worthy of that naine,
The sweetest far of Scoria's holy lays :
The tickled cars no heartfelt raptures raise ;
The Saint, the Father, and the Husband prays;'
That thus they all Itrall meet in future days: ..
No more to figh, or shed the bicter tear,
In such fociety, yet still more dear;
Devotion's ev'ry grace-except the heart !
The pompous strain, the lacerdotal stole; .
May hear, well pleas'd, the language of the foul;
The youngling cottagers retire to rest :
And proffer up to Heaven their warm request,
Bible, because it cannot be carried out of the house; and was afually preserved in a particular shelf, in the common-hall, in families of distinction, who had such an apartment. Family worship is univer. sally thus performed: first, a portion of the Psalms is sung by the whole family; then the master of the family devoutly reads a chapter of the Bible; and lastly they all kneel down, and he prays extempore.
a Lyart, streaked white, with other colours. , Hafsets, temples. .b Selects.
c Names of different church tunes. Beets, furnishes fewel to, feeds, keeps alive.
ny dear, my native foil!
That He:who stills the raven's clam'rous nest,
And decks the lily fair in flow'ry pride,
For them and for their little ones provide ;
That makes her lov'd at home, rever'd abroad :
"An honest man 's the nobleft work of God;" '.
The cottage leaves the palace far behind :
Dirguiling oft the wreach of human kind,
For whom my warinell with to heaven is sent !
Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content!
From luxury's contagion, weak and vile!
A virtuous populace may rise the wbile, And stand a wall of fire around their much lovd isle. : These stanzas are SERIOUS. But our Author seems to be most in bis own element when in the sportive, humorous strain. The poems of this cast, as hath been already hinted, so much abound with provincial phrases, and allusions to local circuma! stances, that no extract from them would be sufficiently intelli, gible to our English readers.
The modern ear will be somewhat disgusted with the measure of many of these pieces, which is faithfully copied from that which was most in fashion among the ancient Scotrith Bards; but hach been, we think with good reason, laid alide by later Poets. The versification is in general easy; and it seems to have been a matter of indifference to our Author in what' measure he wrote. But if ever he should think of offering any thing more to the Public, we are of opinion his performances would be more highly valued were they written in measures less antiquated. The few Songs, Odes, Dirges, &c. in this collection, are very poor in comparison of the other pieces. The Author's mind is not sufficiently Atored with brilliant ideas to suce ceed in that line.
In justice to the Reader, however, as well as the Author, we must observe that this collection may be compared to a heap of wheat carelessly winnowed. Some grain of a moft excellent quality is mixed with a little chaff, and half ripened corn. How many splendid volumes of poems come under our review,