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To many a heart, against your useless So has a barber's block, but ne'er dis.' selves,
closes And go to h-, and you shall see it Its inward barrenness,- it never
speaks ; This oft I mutter'd when my passion raged, but they must prattle like an eastern And pray'd for pardon when my wrath
And prove their minds are like a lumber
garret, And they are gone-but mark me, read. er, mark,
Or like a giblet-pie,-fine simile,I say not where--because I do not for there is found, if with discernment know;
sought, Yet as a cruel and voracious shark, (At least it generally the case will be,)
Following a vessel, may receive a blow Legs of ideas, plumeless wings of It dreams not of_so, gaping for their prey,
thought ; Death pack'd them off, to cram their For they, no doubt, have been a while at mouths with clay.
And pluck'd the apples from the tree of He pack'd them off_but not till they had
knowledge. stript My father of his fair possessions all: And so did Eve, and prov'd herself a Not till my tender-hearted mother wept
fool; To leave the cottage by the oak-tree
And so do they, and prove themselves tall;
no better; Not till, like leaves by autumn-tempests
For though they struggle through the driven,
grammar-school, Her babes were toss'd to every wind of Andlearn the nameof every single letter, heaven.
Of every word, it cannot be expected
That e'er by them the sense can be deAlas, my friends! now some are in the tected. tomb,
'Tis said by somebody", that handsome And some are weeping on a foreign
hands shore ;
Are always given to peeresses and And I, upon a path of grief and gloom,
peers; Even 'mid the city's rioting and roar, 'Tis said by others, and undoubted stands, Orer the harp my tremulous fingers cast,
That well an ass is known by its long To wean my heart from brooding o'er the
cars ; past.
And Beaux, to prove their family, shoe Hail, Prince's Street! for now my mourn.
each foot ful story
Like that most stupid and most ugly Is clos'd at length-all hail, delightful
So much for Beaux,--and now a touch at Where lovely girls come forth in all their
Another very emblematic word : Like May-morn roses, each with smil. A tongue of thunder that for ever knells, ing face
An empty head to make that tongue Of fascination, each in bright attire,
well heard : To fire the Sparks that set themselves on Is this not like a steeple-bell, that tolls fire.
Husbands and lovers to the land of souls ? The Sparks! a word most strikingly ap. A Belle-I rather should have said Coplied
quette To all that class of animals call'd Beaux; Is of all creatures the most vain and During a season though they brightly glide,
selfish; In airy vapours soon their sparklings And yet, the deuce! when opportunely close;
met, Or, like a butterfly, when they are caught, Her fascination is completely elfish; They and their brilliant hues are turn'd Her eye-beam, like a fiery sun-ray shedt to nought.
From Indian skies, turns a poor fellow's Nay, I am wrong; for they have mouths
head. and noses,
And what cares she? for if he be not rich And heads, and hair, and brows, and Or titled, he may rage, and rave, and eyes, and cheeks;
In bedlam chains, till frenzy's high. Its adoration in a moment, and wrought pitch
She pass'd me like a form from fairy. Droops to despondency,--till, gone and
land. gaunt, He sinks unpitied to a timeless grave, One moment's gaze was quite enough, She will not give the hand that but could
it left save;
Her image deeply grav'd upon my
brain, Because she is incapable of love
Enshrin'd within my bosom,—it bereft To any creature, but herself, on earth; My heart-pulse of its calmness, and She is no innocent and beauteous dove,
each vein Timid and mild, that seldom ventures Felt from the fountain the impetuous forth
stream To public gaze,--but like a cat on watch, of blood, that made existence like a To catch the prey that she would fainly
Her form was tall and sylph-like, such Good Heav'n! and is this woman ?--
as rises woman, whom
Upon our visions of untroubled sleep, Thou gavest unto solitary man,
When heav'n-born Fancy on her throne When eastern Eden spread her flow'rs of
All worldly cares, all grovelling Along the banks where Gihon's waters
thoughts, that keep ran ;
The spirit bound to this degrading earth, When hearts of innocence were taught to All woes inherited by human birth.
prove The holy luxury of confiding love ?
Her raven hair was braided o'er her brow
Of lily whiteness, and her deep dark And is this woman ? No, it is not woman
eyes, In all the beauty of her pristine charms, Like stars of morning, which their radi. In innocent simplicity, that no man
ance throw Can gaze on, think on, but his bosom Along the valley, from enkindling warms
skies, With feelings kindred to devotion given Brighten'd the spring-bloom on her To pious saints when they petition cheek- the lip Heav'n.
Red as the rose that wild-bees love to sip. No, 'tis not woman !-she is sadly Her bosom heaving 'neath the tighten'd changed
press For what her Maker made her she un. Of silken garment of cerulean dye, makes ;
Prov'd to iny fancy all its tenderness, The currents of her feeling are estranged Its innocence, and all its flowers that From their own proper channels, she
In embryo state-love-blossoms to im. No sympathy,—for vanity and pride
part Have froze her heart-springs like a winter Their sweetness yet to some adoring tide.
heart. Self-worshippers! I hate you,-man and “ There is, kind Heaven !”-unto mywoman,
self I said Who in your own hearts every thought "A beauteous creature born of human have centred ;
birth, But think, oh think! that it is very com. A woman that is worthy to be made mon
The idol of my worship here on earth“ Pride goes before a fall,"-ay, think All worthy to enjoy the bliss that reigns, how ventur'd
Like cloudless sunshine, on celestial Your prototype to gain the throne of
plains. heav'n, And was to everlasting darkness driv'n.
“But I must follow her (this with a sigh)
Though it should be for ever and for While thus I mus'd, oh, Prince's Street ! ever ; along
Though like a comet through the boundThy pleasant pavement, lo, a lovely
less sky, maid,
She give to me a resting moment never : Even like a lily-flow'r the thorns among, Yes, I must follow her, or bid farewell Came gently towards me, my heart To hope and joy, to more than I can betray'd
So saying, I turn'd round upon my heel, The mountain-spring-to pleasures that And saw her still-for she was easily
Within the breast like flowers of Paradise. And I ran forward, like a carriage-wheel When ardent lovers drive to Gretna. But, ah! while thus my quarry I pursue, Green;
· A country fellow grasps me by the When heads are peeping out, amid their
“0, Master Peppermint ! pray, how To see if no pursuing friend be near.
d'ye do ?”
“O, Master Clodpoll! I've no time to Onward she went, and onward I pursued,
stand.” Through streets, and lanes, and squares, " Why, Master Peppermint, you're most perhaps a score,
uncivil.” Until, at last, she for a moment stood " Why, Master Clodpoll, you go to the Beside the railing of a splendid door ;
devil.” Then stept she lightly up, then rung the bell,
He quits me instantly—but ere he quits, And went into the house of Master Gell. The lovely vision from my sight hath “ By Jove I have her!”-in my heart I And with it too, I am afraid, the wits cried
That can be ill spared from my swim. So I rejoiced as many a poacher hath,
ming head, When through the snowy mountains Which burns, as Ætna's furious entrails waste and wide,
burn, He tracks the timorous hare's deceitful At thought of hopes that never may repath,
turn. And finds her couch'd, she that, as soon as shot,
Gone like a flower that's scatter'd by Shall lose her skin, and fill the poor man's
the gale, pot.
Gone like a shot-star from the mid
night sky, O shocking simile !_it will not do
Gone like a dew-drop that the suns ex. So I rejoiced, even like a frenzied bard
hale, When some fair image to his mental view
Gone like a wild-bee booming swiftly by, Stands half reveal'd-when he has Was she, my fair one-and my great run it hard
vexations Through all the windings of the brain I vent in song, for future generations :
until He gives it name and being with his quill. “O fair unknown ! whose radiant eye
Came like a sun-beam to my heart, “ Pray,” said I to a ragged porter, “pray, And made the feelings there that lie Has Mr Gell a pretty wife, Sir?”
To life and admiration start ; “ No.”
O could I know but who thou art, " A sister, then, as lovely as the day
The name thou among mortals bearest, Of flower-crown'd June, as spotless as The home to which thou wilt impart the snow
The light of pleasure which thou New dropp'd from heaven? or a daugh.
sharest! ter either, Of such incomparable beauties?” “ Nei. “O fair unknown ! could I behold ther."
Again the form that I adore,
Thou never, till my heart was cold, Ha! forth she come sagain-away, away Should'st vanish from my presence She glides before me like a radiant
more : dream.
I'd follow thee from shore to shore, Unearthy beautiful, or like the ray
Even like thy shadow still beside thee; Of Will-o-wisp, that to some fatal And watch thy guiltless pleasures o'er, stream
And soothe the woes that might betide Lures the bewilder'd wretch, who, like a thee. sail,
“O fair unknown ! could I but hear Founders without a friend to hear his
The music of thy melting tongue; wail.
Could I but press the lips so dear, I may not think so_loveliness like her's On which no scandal ev
On which no scandal ever hung ; Can only lead me on to happiness. Could I but claim the hand that flung To hope, that with divine emotion stirs The light and lovely 'kerchief o'er thee; The fountain of the heart, like winds And bless thee with the voice that sung that kiss
This song of him that must adore thee.
SCOTTISH MILITARY EDUCATION.
Cedant Armis Togae. If we consider that (to use the man, that not only at the commencewords of a right honourable Baro- ment, but during a very considerable net,) " the Scots have been always portion of the late long war with a martial people, high in spirit, and France, the great body of our officers fond of warlike achievement,”-that were immeasurably inferior in science their success in the cultivation of and skill to those of the enemy. science has been commensurate with Skill is, no doubt, acquired by extheir renown in arms,—and that one perience in the field, and in this reof the proud distinctions of their spect the superiority of our rivals, in country consists in the general dif- the first instance, was the result of fusion and cheapness of elementary circumstances which no previous instruction, it must appear not a lit- education could counterbalance; but tle surprising, that, amidst the num- science can only be learned in the ber and variety of our institutions schools,-and, in the present state of and seminaries of education, we the art of war, mere experience withe should have been unable, till within out science is as unavailing as mere little more than a twelvemonth past, science without experience. We had to reckon a Military School, -and no schools where military science that it should have been reserved for could be acquired. Young men an enterprising individual to supply were transformed into officers by the so obvious a defect in our system of co-operation of the army-clothier and public instruction. Most states or- the drill-serjeant, without the slightganize their general scheme of in- est previous acquaintance with the struction with reference to the pre- principles of a profession which, to dominating national characteristics. be pursued with advantage to the In Scotland, however, where the peo- individual or the public, demands an ple, few in number, and inferior to extent and variety of acquirement, the inhabitants of many countries in equal to, or perhaps greater than, one of the great elements of political those requisite for any other. To power, (wealth,) have, nevertheless, qualify them for civil employments, made themselves always respected, our youth were compelled to underoften formidable, by a courage at go a course of previous study and once daring and obstinate, no at preparation ; for the military profestempts have been made to form and sion, on which the very existence of guide into the proper channel this the country might come to depend, invaluable quality; and the military none was judged necessary. The reputation of the country, even in an army was filled with half-educated, age when war has become a science, idle, and dissipated young men, inand many of its operations problems capable of steady and continued apin transcendental geometry, has been plication,-destitute of every military coinmitted, in a great measure, to accomplishment, except the courage chance, and the irrepressible but une which they shared in common with tutored bravery of her children. the meanest soldierin the ranks, -and
It would be of little service to in- proud of their scarlet and gold uniquire to what combination of preju- forms more for the grace and favour dice and folly this strange neglect is they procured them with silly, lightto be ascribed ; the object which we headed girls, than as the badge of an have at present in view, is rather to honourable profession, distinction in point out a few of the advantages re- which was only to be attained by a sulting from a military education, happy combination of physical and even in time of peace, and the expe intellectual qualities. The consediency of introducing part of that quences inseparable from such a state peculiar system of instruction into all of things were soon felt deeply. In our great public schools.
how many instances was the uneIt is a fact known to every military qualled courage of our troops rendered unavailing, by the ignorance or for instruction ; we require a miliincapacity of their officers! and how tary school of our own, which, like frequently were the blunders of offia all our other establishments for educers accompanied by an unprofitable cation, shall be open to the whole waste of human life-by the sacri. world, and dispense freely to every fice of those gallant fellows, who, one who can afford to enter it, the when properly commanded and led benefit of scientific education in the on, were capable of achieving any profession and practice of arms. thing short of absolute impossibility! There cannot be a doubt, we think, It would be invidious to condescend that such an establishment is emi. upon specific examples ;-the recol. nently requisite and necessary in this lection of every reader who is con- country; and the circumstances of versant with the military history of our being at peace with all the world the last thirty years will supply them (the Birmans excepted) is only ano. in abundance.
ther argument in its favour. It is But it may be said, that England in peace that nations strengthen has several Academies expressly ap- themselves, and provide for the exipropriated to the purpose of military gencies of war ; it is in peace that education. True ; but must Scots whatever has been found defective in men repair to England for instruc- our military system can be corrected tion in a profession which they have and amended; it is in peace that the so often and so freely shed their greatest improvements are brought blood to adorn? There is no other forward, examined, and applied; it branch of knowledge which a Scots is in peace that every legitimate man may not acquire in his own means ought to be employed in suscountry, in as much perfection, and taining the military spirit of the to as great an extent, as in any other people, and, above all, in encouraging country; and there can surely be no the upper classes to devote their atgood reason why, if his inclination tention to a profession which is, in lead him to the army, instead of the general, congenial to their habits and law, the church, or physic, he should feelings, and in which they ought al. not have the benefit of instruction at ways to be ambitious to excel. The home. Every nation and state on the cant of pseudo-philanthropists and continent has its military schools, fanatical divines, who labour to prowhere the youth, ambitious to sig- scribe the profession of arms, will not nalize themselves in arms, are regu- surely be listened to by those who, larly and fully instructed in all the having looked into human affairs, are branches useful for their profession, convinced that war is frequently as and where they acquire the rudiments inevitable as the plague; and that, of the science, which is afterwards while neighbouring states maintain to be perfected in the field, and to fit large standing armies, and neglect no them for the command of armies. means of fostering the military spirit What we desire is, that the youth of of their people, the principle of selfScotland may have the same advan preservation imposes a similar duty tage ; that, in short, whatever pro upon us. These arguments will not, fession they may chuse to select, we presume, be weakened by refertheir own country shall afford them ence to the actual state of Europe at the means of adequate instruction. the present moment,-exhibiting a But even supposing it perfectly ex- conflict between the revolutionary pedient and proper, in a general way, and the despotic principle ; in which, for our martial youth to repair to though the latter be for the present England, it is well known that, from successful, it is impossible to foresee the constitution of the military schools how soon the apple of discord may of that country, and particularly the be thrown down, the oppressed arminterest required in order to obtain ed against their oppressors, and the admission, the benefits to be derived nations of the world once more confrom these establishments must ne vulsed with the struggle. cessarily be of very limited extent. We would only further remark It is not, therefore, among the mono- here, that, were greater care and atpolizing aristocrats of England that tention directed to the education of our youth are to be sent a-begging young men previous to their enter