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You may imagine the sensation oc- whether he would have been able to casioned by his arrival. Bella, who find it at all. In the afternoon and was reading at the time the third evening he conducted himself after volume of « Sense and Sensibility," the same fashion, and, in short, sucactually fainted ; Mr Sanderson, who ceeded in engrossing the whole of had just got to the last page of " The Miss Bella's company. Greenock Advertiser," let the paper Mr Samuel Dempster, however, fall in very visible agitation; his though a seller of cotton-stockings wife, who was indulging with Mac- and bombazeens, was not a man to alpin in some reminiscences of Inve- be browbeat by an Argyleshire drorary, and the Black Loch," and ver, as he contemptuously termed the hill of “ Duniequaigh," lost all his too dangerous rival. He knew her wonted presence of mind, and that he would again have an opporknew neither how to look or speak. tunity of being alone with his misMr Dempster himself, though un- tress on the following morning, (for able at the time to account for this Macalpin would not have risen before odd sort of reception, was neverthe ten to save the nation ;) and he took less the most self-possessed of the his measures accordingly. The mornparty; and some degree of composure ing was a remarkably fine one, and having been restored, things went on Arabella looked lovelier than ever. for the rest of the evening as well as She was dressed, not in her lilac-cocould have been expected.
loured pelisse, but in a white robe Early on the following morning, and pea-green spencer. They walkMiss Sanderson and “her own true ed on the road towards Greenock. I love" were walking together by the cannot tell you their conversation, coast, and the former was confidential, but I know that they were met by a ly relating to the latter the ticklish noddy before they were a mile out of and uncertain situation in which she Gourock. The noddy stopped, and stood. Mr Dempster placed his white the horse's head (for a noddy has hat with a very formidable look on only one horse) was turned again one side of his head, and swore, by towards Greenock. Mr Dempster all the patron saints of Glasgow, that opened the door, and let down the not a Highlander of them all should steps. Miss Sanderson blushed, pulldeprive him of his Arabella. The ed out a white cambric handkerchief, lovers then returned to breakfast ; and cast her eyes back towards her but Macalpin, whose penetration in father's house in Gourock. “Is it affairs connected with the tender pas- of Macalpin you are thinking ?” said sion was not certainly to be much Mr Dempster. The question was de calculated on, had at length disco- cisive. Arabella entered the noddy, vered something in their conduct to and Samuel followed her. They each other which he did not by any drove to the “ Steam-boat Quay" at means like, and determining to crush Greenock, where they found the “In. in the bud the Glasgow haberdasher's verary Castle" on the very point of presumption, he threw into his tone sailing for Glasgow. and manner, when he addressed him, The hour of breakfast arrived at all that stern dignity and fierce air Gourock. The fresh-herrings were of conscious superiority which none already on the table, and the tea had knew better how to assume than been masking for nearly twenty miAlpin Macalpin. He placed his chair, nutes, but what was become of Miss too, next Miss Sanderson's, with a Sanderson and Mr Dempster? They look which seemed to say, Let any were surely ignorant of the time of one dare to occupy this seat but day, yet Mr Dempster's seals and myself:-- he walked by her side to blue riband had seemed to indicate church; he turned up the text for that he possessed a watch. There her in her own Bible; and this, let was something mysterious in their me remark, by way of parenthesis, protracted absence. The breakfast was with him a very unusual piece of passed over in silence. Little, indeed, gallantry,-indeed, had the passage was eat. Macalpin could hardly finish not happened to be in the book of his second herring. At length the Genesis, I am sorry to be obliged to wooden clock in the kitchen struck confess, that I have great doubts twelve. The distress of the party was
at its height, and some faint suspi- dread of pursuit, and a whole volley cions of the truth began to be en- of reproaches. But though they had tertained. Just then a very wore boldly and openly taken possession thy old gentleman, an upholsterer, of Mr Dempster's house in Virginia called upon Mr Sanderson, and in Street, the day passed over without the conversation (which, by-the-bye, interruption. The next came and was entirely on his side) he happen- departed in the same way, and the ed to mention, as a circumstance next, and the next. At length, on which Mr Sanderson was of course the fourth or fifth, the button-maker better acquainted with than he, that and his spouse made their appear. he had seen Miss Arabella and Mr ance. They were both in black, and Dempster sail that morning for Glas- their countenances were “ more in gow from Greenock. Here was at sorrow than in anger.” They spoke once “ confirmation strong as proofs not a word of reproach, for the good from holy writ!" The scene that people now knew that it would do followed no pen could do justice to. no good, and, besides, were very Macalpin was the chief object in the glad to see their child so respectably group. It was not so much the loss settled for life. One little circumof bis intended bride that he felt, as stance had perhaps no small influthe insult offered to his Highland ence in bringing them to this wholedignity. His face became first white, some mode of thinking ; I mean an then red, and at length blue—a pale, apoplectic fit, which removed the determined blue. He did not speak worthy Macalpín from this life, just much, but he went up to his bed, as he was stepping ashore, with his room, and brought down in his hand pistols in his hand, at the Broomiea couple of pistols, which, he said, law. . Whether this was a consumwere loaded to the muzzle. “ By mation hurried on by the effects of Got!” he added, “ they will take his his passion, it is difficult to say, but life, if they take nothing else;" and it is certain that he was buried at he finished the sentence by taking in Kilmun with all due solemnity. the meantime a huge pinch of snuff. Mr and Mrs Dempster live in the In half an hour afterwards he was greatest possible felicity; while the on his way to Glasgow, and Mr and former continues to be looked up to Mrs Sanderson accompanied him. by all the young haberdashers of
Mr and Mrs Dempster became one Glasgow, as affording the finest inflesh on the very day of their elope- stance now extant of the falseness of ment. I need not describe to my in- Shakespeare's apothegm, that telligent readers their mutual rap- " The course of true love never did run tures. The only thing which threw
smooth." a cloud over their happiness was the
H. G. B.
Farewell to the Kose.
Why fades so soon thy lovely bloom ? Is hail'd, the harbinger of day;
I would not o'er thy fate repine ; Jo life and death supremely blest
I saw the modest primrose smile, The loveliest flow'r-the richest shrine; Inhal'd the violet's odorous breath, But thus to vanish from my view, The flaunting tulip bloom'd awhile, To see thy head with age decline,
And, drooping, sunk in early death. Demands a sigh,—sweet Rose, adieu ! How sweet the birch at dewy morn,
And wall-flow'r at the twilight hour, When wafted on Favonius' wing,
And, sweeter still, the blossom'd thorn, Young Flora's footsteps first are seen, When linnets shook its spow-white And, softly smiling, genial spring
show'r! Array'd thy parent stem in green, Though every day brought graces new, The daisy on the verdant lawn
I thought of thee, the loveliest flow'r ; · Gave promise of thy glories gay, But thou art fled,-sweet Rose, adieu !
The dews of morning softly fell,
But Time has laid thy beauty low; While evening suns serenely smild, The blush from Laura's cheek has fled ! And still I saw thy bosom swell,
Like thine as sweet,-as transient too; Beheld thee Flora's favourite child : How lovely both,-how quickly shed ! At last, she wav'd her viewless wand Sweet Rose-buds both, a sad adieu !
Above thy budding form so fair, And bade thy blushing leaves expand,
But thou, although thy early bloom Her noblest pride, her fondest care ;
Was but the blossom of an hour, With thee her sole delight to dwell;
Still breath'st around a rich perfume, For thou wert sweet beyond compare; Though faded,-still a precious flow'r: But thou art fled, Sweet Rose, farewell! When but a few short months are o'er,
Thy stem shall bud and bloom again, How sweet thy fragrance floating round! Glad spring its verdure shall restore,
Thy clustering leaves how rich to see! And summer lead her laughing train With thee the sun-bright summer crown'd, To load the branch from which thou fell ; Rejoiced in Nature's jubilee !
Yet still this parting gives me pain ; Love's gentle whispers softer flow'd I grieve to say, “ Sweet Rose, farewell !"
Amidst thy breathing odours sweet,
When thou wert blushing at her feet ; Though Laura's bloom is fled like thine,
That fondly round my heart entwine ; But thou art gone,_sweet Rose, adieu ! Though fled what once could glad iny
And seem'd so lovely to the eye,
For Love and Virtue never die,
They can the stroke of Time defy,
To languish in thy lap at noon,
The wild-bee left the lily's bell, And deem'd it Nature's richest boon
Within thy silken folds to dwell : Upon thy richly blooming breast
The dews of morning loy'd to lie ;
If they could on thy bosom die,
Expiring in a gentle sigh;
Beheld thy blush by Nature giv'n,
On Laura's virgin cheek that spread ;
And though each early grace is Red,
Which time again shall ne'er restore,
The dream of life for ever o'er;
When light shall burst the dreary gloom,
Yet must I mourn thy faded bloom, And sigh to say, “ Sweet Rose, fare. . well!”
ADDITIONAL INSTANCES OF “ FATAL PRESENTIMENTS." MR EDITOR,
Not long ago, there appeared in looked or omitted, especially as they your Magazine an interesting paper are to be found in a work " which," containing a number of instances Dr Johnson says, “ the critic ought to where individuals, immediately pre read for its elegance, the philosopher vious to their death, had had revealed for its arguments, and the saint for to them presages of its near and cer- its piety;" I mean, “ Some Passages tain approach. Every body, I believe, of the Life and Death of John Earl has heard or read something of this of Rochester," by Bishop Burnet. sort; and, consequently, the author The first of these is nearly in all of that article might have multiplied respects similar to the majority of his examples to nearly any extent. the anecdotes related by your corres. But there are two cases of this pre- pondent. sentiment so very remarkable in " When he (Rochester) went to themselves, and at the same time so sea in the year 1665, there happened perfectly authentic, that I am sur- to be in the same ship with him Mr prised they should have been over. Montague, and anothier gentleman of quality; these two, the former espe- proving him for his superstition, he cially, seemed persuaded that they said, he was confident he was to die should never return into England before morning; but he being in perMr Montague said he was sure of it: fect health, it was not much minded. the other was not so positive. The He went to his chamber, and sat up Earl of Rochester and the last of late, as appeared by the burning of these entered into a formal engage- his candle, and he had been prepara ment, not without ceremonies of re- ing his notes for his sermon, but was ligion, that if either of them died, found dead in his bed the next he should appear and give the other morning! These things, he said, notice of the future state, if there made him incline to believe the soul was any. But Mr Montague would was a substance distinct from mate not enter into the bond. When the ter, and this often returned into his day came that they thought to have thoughts.” taken the Dutch fleet in the port of In the eyes of some persons, these, Bergen, Mr Montague, though he had and all similar anecdotes, will appear such a strong presage in his mind of as nothing but mere phantasmata of his approaching death, yet he gene- the brain, which, like all other virously staid all the while in the place sionary hallucinations, would have of danger. The other gentleman attracted little or no observation, signalized his courage in a most un- were it not for the accidental coinci. daunted manner, till near the end of dence between the presage, engenthe action, when he fell, on a sud- dered by a morbid affection of the den, into such a trembling, that he mind, and the event, which, to hasty could scarce stand ; and Mr Monta- and superficial thinkers, gives it some gue, going to hold him up, as they thing of the air and character of were in each other's arms, a cannon- prophecy. And, in support of this ball killed him outright, and carried view, it may be, and in fact has been away Mr Montague's belly, so that argued, that no record has been taken he died within an hour after. The of the (supposed) innumerable inEarl of Rochester told me, that these stances in which " presages of appresages they had in their minds proaching death” have been belied, made some impression on him, that because they are little calculated to there were separate beings, and that interest the imagination, or gratify THE SOUL, EITHER BY A NATURAL the love of the marvellous ; whereas, SAGACITY, OR SOME SECRET NOTICE on the other hand, every case where COMMUNICATED TO IT, HAD A SORT accident has produced the accomOP DIVINATION: but that gentle- plishment of the omen, has been caman's never appearing, was a great gerly seized hold of and retailed for snare to him, during the rest of his the gratification of superstitious and life.”
credulous anecdote-mongers; that of The second case differs in one re the vast numbers, for example, who spect from the foregoing, and from all have died in battle, there have been those adduced in the paper on Fatal exceedingly few who had any other Presentiments. I shall give it in the presentiment than that created by the Bishop's words.
natural and ineradicable principle of " He told me of another odd pre- fear, from which no human being is sage that one had of his approaching altogether exempt, when death, in a death, in the Lady Warre, his mo thousand forms, is every instant stather-in-law's house : The Chaplain ring him in the face,-still fewer who, had dreamt that such a day he abandoning the confidence which should die ; but being by all the fa every man has in his own good for mily put out of the belief of it, he tune, firmly believed they would not had almost forgot it: till the even survive a particular conflict,--and ing before, at supper, there being only a rare instance now and then, thirteen at table, according to a fond where chance has given to a diseased conceit that one of these inust soon state of the mind the colour of prodie, one of the young ladies pointed phecy, by the apparent fulfilment of to him, that he was to die. He, re- a hap-hazard prediction ; and, lastmembering his dream, fell into some ly, that the principles of human na disorder, and the Lady Warre re ture being, upon the whole, uniforın
in their operation, it must be self- which to try those anomalies and evident, that examples of this pre- exceptions, so to speak, peculiar to a tended species of divination would spiritual being, of many, if not perbe as numerous as they are found by haps the greater part, of whose proexperience to be the reverse.
perties we are still in complete ignoIt is impossible for anyone to rance. deny that there may not be a good Many of the ancient philosophers deal of truth in all this. Every cir- believed that the inind was endowed, cumstance of an extraordinary, not to a certain extent, with a power of to say supernatural kind, running prescience totally distinct from and counter to the general experience of independent of that conjectural samankind, rare in its occurrence, and gacity in regard to the future, which perhaps embellished in the relation, is derived from enlarged and comought doubtless to be received with prehensive experience of the past; extreme caution, and accredited only and Cicero, in different parts of his on the best evidence, narrowly ex. philosophical works, gives us to unamined by the rules of a strict logic. derstand that he entertained a simiBut, on the other hand, if we are to lar belief. In fact, this is a tenet reason at all, we can only reason which has been common to men in from such facts, properly authenti- all ages, embodied in their popucated, as we have come to the know. lar poetry and traditions, and disledge of; and it is a very insufficient puted only in periods of sceptical reground for wholly rejecting these finement. And if we admit-as I facts as unworthy of regard, that think we must, if we reason at all none of a contrary description have on the subject—that every action and been put upon record; in other words, every event occur in conformity to to meet testimony by hypothesis, general laws,-in other words, that For instance, it is a very unsatisfac- there is no such thing as contingency tory explanation of the point present- either in human actions or the course ly under consideration, to allege that of events, but that each must be dethere may have been innumerable termined by an adequate motive or cases of fatal presentiment not veri- . cause,—there seems nothing repugfied by the result. The question, in nant to reason, or inconsistent with all reasoning, is, not what may have what we already know of the mind, happened, but what conclusion are in admitting the possible existence we to draw from facts which no- of such a faculty, though, for wise body disputes ? Nor is there much purposes, its operation is confined in the argument drawn from the within narrow limits, and we are supposed uniformity of the general kept in salutary ignorance of the principles of human nature, and things yet to be. If there be no conthe consequent congruity of feeling tingency, every thing is necessary, among all men on certain subjects. and, what must inevitably happen, As was properly remarked in the may, for any thing we know to the former paper, the physiology of the contrary, be sometimes, and to a cermind is a subject but little known, tain extent, foreseen even by man in and probably destined to remain for his present imperfect state. It has ever involved in obscurity; but the been often remarked, that men have a phenomena of dreams and of mad presentiment of approaching disaster ness demonstrate, that there exist re- and calamity, while prosperity, even lations among our ideas, of which, when it comes suddenly, is seldom in ordinary circumstances, we are or never preceded by any presage of perfectly unconscious, and, with all its approach. This is, no doubt, a our best ingenuity, incompetent to wise provision, as it is of more imsolve or explain. It is, therefore, portance to men to receive a premost unphilosophical to pronounce a monition of coming evil than of comfact incredible because it is rare, or ing good. But we think a different unworthy of examination because it solution may be given. All the harmonizes not with the common powers and faculties of man are decourse of our experience; and it is voted primarily to his preservation, utterly absurd to erect our general and are most violently called into consciousness into a standard by action when it is endangered. Hence,