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throws two or three chuckey-stones at about himself. There is no man I him that make him hide among the would more wish to think kindly of, heather, till he comes stealing out and I do think kindly of him ; but as again, perhaps, by-and-by, and impo- for many of his coadjutors, and in partently gnaws the very granite that ticular yourself, I shall be contented gored his hurdies.
with merely subscribing myself yours, I hope my good friend, Mr Jeffrey, with disgust, James Hogg. will take in good part all I have said Altrive Luke, October 9th, 1820.
[The above letter was enclosed in the following one to us; and James has quiited himself in such a Sampson-like style, that, as polite members of Parliament say to each other, we really cannot think of weakening the effect of his powerful eloquence by any weak observations of our own. č. n.] MY DEAR SIR,-Having been detain think, and cannot see my way through ed much longer than I expected the doings of this world now-a-days. at my good-father's in Dumfries- Why don't you send me Barry Cornshire, it was not till yesterday even- wall's last volume. They tell me that ing, that, on coming home, I had is not the lad's real name after all, an opportunity of perusing the Edin- the extracts are very bonny. I think, burgh Review you were so kind however, that his first volume will as to send me some days ago. I am still bear the bell. If quite convenient, sorry you have not been able to give I would also be much obliged by a me a notion who this poor creature is sight of any of the new productions of that has been flinging his dirt upon the Cockneys--particularly Johnny me. Do you not think it is very likely Keats, who, as Aitken writes me, is to be Macvey? If you find out that it really a sweet-tempered inoffensive is he, don't publish the enclosed, but young creature, and has a real gesend me word, and I will give him, nius for poetry, only just like to be by return of the carrier, what he will ruined altogether, I suppose, by having not cast, as long as his name is not forgathered, at that early and inexpeNapier. As for the Scotsman crew, if rienced period of life, with such a set of you think it is any of them, say no- conceited reprobates. What is become thing about it, for I am of the opinion of my Highlanders ? Am I never to of Dryden, and James Ballantyne, that hear more of them? I am sure they "some creatures cannot insult a man.” might go in—at least as Bulaam. The fellow, whoever he is, is a mere What a capital thing that Horæ Scandunce. And, after all, between our dicæ is, in your last Number. Oh! selves, “ Donald Macgillavry," which these bantam cocksof Cockaigne, as they he has selected as the best specimen say Harry Brougham calls them, will of the true old Jacobite Song,” and as never forgive you. That Paddy Rourke remarkable above its fellows—“ for poem also is capital. Why don't you sly characteristic Scotch humour,” is no give us more of it? Grieve and I were other than a trifle of my own, which like to die at one bit of it. By the I put in to fill up a page-though way, he sends his best compliments not, I confess, by way of Buluam.' to Mr North, and hopes he will give
I have looked over the bundle of Re- us a sight of him before the burning views, &c. you have been so kind as to be clean over. It is true he cannot send me, but really I have found little join in that sport, but otherwise he is to interest me—so you may send them well, and in good heart; and when direct to your scientific editor in future. Christopher and he get together, there The best of the set is evidently the is no chink in their conversation for any British Critic, and the worst Baldwin's body clse just to slip in a single word. Magazine. It is indeed Balaam, and What is become of Odoherty? I nothing but Balaam. There are some don't think I see his pen in Number excellent remarks on the Abbot, how. XLII. which is a scandalous omission ever, in the Monthly Review-parti- —but, perhaps, you have taken to keepcularly that about the dialogue of ing his articles in the drawer as well as Woodcock. There can be no doubt, mine. This is what we poor contri. there is too much, by half, about the butors must just lay our account with Eyasses and their washed meat. As —but it is a sad shame on your part. for the story of the Lady in Canada, We were not home in time for the fair mentioned in Gould and Northhouse, at Thirlestane-but from all accounts it quite staggers me. Do you believe it succeeded marvellously—Your comit?' I am quite at a stand what to mission about the kipper and mutton VOL. VIII.
hams shall be carefully looked to.- one of our old afternoons in Gabriel's Give my own respects to all inquiring Road! I must certainly take the road friends, and believe me very truly, one of these days; but Clavers is the yours,
JAMES Hogg. best grew in Yarrow, and I can scarceAltrive, October 9th.
ly leave the hares neither. P. S.-Oh! how I am wearying for
DEAR CHRISTOPHER, I BELIEVE it is allowed, on all hands, pleased with my reasoning, and so I fithat Blackwood's Magazine is the nished my second bottle in tranquillity. very first publication of the kind, * There is, however, an opacity of inand this universal acquiescence in its tellect in some people, that makes merit spares me the trouble of writ- them quite blind to the light of reaing, and you the indelicacy of insert- son. A thick drop-serene has quenching, any detailed argument on the sub- ed, or a dim suffusion veiled their inject. Among its claims on public fa- tellectual orbs ; and they, perhaps, if vour, the papers on Northern Litera- they think at all, may still continue to ture, the Horæ Germanicæ, Danicæ, be sceptical. But I am happy to find &c. are pre-eminently entitled to dis- a Vir Doctissimus et Clarissimus, a tinction. The fidelity of translation, man, cui nemo facile superbius resthe beauty of poetry, the accuracy of pondeat, (to use the phrase of the criticism, that are manifest in every learned Godofredus Hermannus, conpage of these admirable papers, have cerning the most doctriniacal Seidlebeen attended with universal applause rus), so convinced of the perfect au-but as you might have some reluct. thenticity of the First Number of the ance to print my panegyrics, t were I to Horæ Scandicæ, so thoroughly satisfied go any farther with them, I shall not with its literary and rhetorical merits, express the admiration I feel for these as to quote it in a grave and learned articles in any stronger terms. work, as a poem illustrative of the
Of these northern Horæ, the most Greek tragedians—the book of Jobsingular however are the Hore Scan- the Epistle to the Colossians-and dicæ, which are of a species rather Paradise Lost. For hear a most learned differing in manner and execution gentleman, whom, from his peculiar from the others. The incredulous and liberal style of scissars-handling, I were even breathing doubts as to their humbly take to be that prince of scis. authenticity-and I heard certain mur- sars-men, E.H. Barker, editor of Thes.g murers insinuating that the name Ho- dissertating in the Classical Journal. ræ Humbuggicæ, or some such title, “ The following are instances,” (quoth would have been better fitted to the he), from Scripture, of a species of ex. first paper # of this series, -I mean, pression frequent among the Greek tragethat communicated by the Rev. Doce dians (évnçaiora Ilvei.") Eurip. Phæn.
“ A fire not blown shaù consume tor Chiel, which gave a notice of P: 613. “ Maga, Stormboýurs Trollkana Skie taken away without hand,” Job xxxiv. 20.
him," Job xx. 26. “ The mighty shall be ækia," i. e. Maga the lewd witch of * In whom also you are circumcised, with Stormboje. I never inclined my ear the circumcision made without hands," Col. to such people, being always contented ii. 11. Thus also, “ a temple made without to take whatever is given to me sine hands." So Milton grano salis, and I was very much pleas- “To blood unshed the rivers will be turned," ed to see the series revive in your last P. L. xij. 176. Miscellanea Classica, Number, sanctioned by the mighty No 5. art. LVII. Classical Journal, No names of Adam Oehlenschlægerand that xxxvj. p. 240. other gentleman. Surely this, thought
After this three quarters of a year I, is of itself sufficient warrant for the elapsed, without any more lucubraauthenticity of the First Number; if tions on this topic, but the matter the Second be authentic, as nobody can kept nestling in his head, and at last doubt, is not the First also ? I was a parallel passage to the above luckily
Our readers will find this idea of our Correspondent amply illustrated in our article entitled an Hour's Tete-a-Tete with the Public; but, we confess, we cannot see the indelicacy he alludes to.-C. N. + Not any.-C. N. # No XI, p. 570.
§ A ncat and commodious abbreviation of Stephani Thesaurus, much used by the learned editor.
occurred, which he hastened to com- pected, the words being—but I shall municate in the following words : give the entire verse, that your readers
“ In the fifth number of Miscellanea may see the context. Classica, (Class. J. No XXXVI. p. Slain the foe is 240. art. LVII,) were quoted some in- Of Maga the queenly ; stances from Scripture, of a kind of We have slain by our prowess, expression frequent in the lyrical parts And eat in our ire, of the Greek tragedians. The author A banquet uncleanly, (not unseemly) lately met with a translation of an old
Of + flesh without fire; Scandinavian song, in which the feast
We have slain, we have cat." ing on the body of a slain enemy, is
With the abatement of this trivial called evidently in the same style.
blunder, the perspicacity of the critic “ A banquet, un seemly,
is undeniable. So well chosen, so apt, Of flesh.
so similar, so authentic a parallel pasMiscel. Class. No 6. Class. Jour. XXXIX. p. 8. sage, was hardly to be found in the You may, perhaps, ask how •
whole range of literature ; and I am unseemly banquet of Hesh” is a simi
sure he would confer a high obligation lar expression to " a temple made without hands,” but hold in your translate the whole poem from the
on the reading public, were he to surprise until you hear him out. The Icelandic, giving us at the same time printers of the classical Journal *** Oh be his type, as lead to lead,
notes and illustrative passages of his Thrown at each dull misprinter's head !
own. The metrical part of the origiAn author's malison is said.")
nal might be arranged by Mr G. Burhad abominably docked and curtailed ges, who would easily reduce his verses his quotation from the venerable poem to strophe and antistrophe, by the simof Maga, which you, by looking back ple and natural process he has inflicted to Vol. II. p. 573. of the work over on Euripides, Aristophanes, and other which you so worthily preside, will unoffending Grecians--a process which perceive to be the old Scandinavian is no more than cutting the verses acsong he was quoting. But, at last, cording to a certain pattern, and then after another quarter of a year it makes thrusting out all refractory words and its appearance, in full splendour, a
sentences that will not agree, and ad. mong the errata noticed in Classical mitting others which, being his own Journal, No XL. p. 351. where he making, will of course be more docile bids us, in p. 8, three lines from bote for their creator. It is a pleasant plan, tom, read,
as it gives us plays nearly as good as " A banquet unseemly
new, which we might head with the Of flesh without firc."
title of ΒΟΥΡΤΕΣΙΟΥ ΤΡΑΓΩΔΙΑI Οr The matter, after a year's discussion, KNMSAIAI, omitting the names of the is fixed here. So you see, Mr North, antiquated Grecians. Mr Constable, that raw meat (which I subunit is the I am sure, would gladly print the meaning of “flesh without fire,”) is translation of Maga, and some genEVIDENTLY an expression in the same tleman about the Register-office might style as the spaloq fupi of Euripi- begot conscientiously to correct the press. des, or the "blood unshed” of Mil- Having thus adduced so weighty a ton. Well has it been remarked, that testimony in favour of the Horæ Scannothing is too hot or too heavy for the dicæ, No. I. I presume I have struck gatherer of parallel passages. I re- scepticism dumb. Indeed I fear that commend the next editor of Milton to any thing I could say further would give this discovery a place in his only weaken my argument. I connotes; it will be as germane to the clude, therefore, by simply, yet trimatter as nine-tenths of the annota- umphantly asking, Whether the Horæ tions of Newton, or Richardson, or Scandicæ would be brought forward Thyer, or ceterorum de genere hoc. to illustrate all at once, the Old and
You are glad, of course, to see your New Testaments, Euripides, and Milold acquaintance, Maga, in such good ton, by so grave an authority, if it were company; but I am grieved to say, it a humbug? I remain, dear Sir, yours is not quoted, in the Classical Journal, sincerely, A CONSTANT READER. with the accuracy that might be ex- London, October 2, 1820.
. Marmion, a poem, by Sir Walter Scott, Bart.
+ What this flesh was is not in my province to inquire, but I believe it is much the same as that which gives the name to Mr Lamb's unfortunate hero, in his unfortunate asce, Mr H. viz. Hogs-flesh.
AN HOUR'S TETE-A-TETE WITH THE PUBLIC.
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