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THE SQUARE OF TWELVE.- Some persons retain the Another translation, omitting the second verse of this ruling passion that influenced their actions during life, highly popular song, by Mrs. Borneman, wife of the to the last moment of their existence. M. de Lagny, a Judge Advocate General of Denmark, and daughter of member of the Academy of Sciences at Paris, a great Mrs. Parsons, the authoress.; printed in Boydell's calculator, became in his last illness insensible, when Scenery of Norway, has many beautiful traits. M. Maupertius approached his bed, and in the hope of arousing him, said, “ M. de Lagny, what is the square

To Norway, valour's native sphere,

We drink with boundless pleasure; of twelve ?" He replied, “ An hundred and forty-four,"

O'er wine we dream of freedom near, and instantly expired.

In fancy grasp the treasure.
Yet shall we at some period wake,

And bonds compulsive nobly break.
NORWEGIAN SONG OF FREEDOM.

Chorus. To Norway, valour's native sphere,
Translated from the Danish of

We drink with boundless pleasure. J. NORDAHL BRUN, BISHOP OF Bergen.

One glass at friendship's shrine is due,

One to Norwegian beauty,
To Norway, mother of the brave,

Some nymph, my friend, may claim for you,

From us this welcome duty.
We crown the cup of pleasure;

Shame on the slave spurns not his chains,
Dream of our freedom come again,

And woman, wine, and song, disdains.
And grasp the vanish'd treasure ;
When once the mighty task's begun,

Chorus. To Norway, valour's native sphere,
The glorious race is swift to run,

We drink with boundless pleasure.
Chorus. To Norway, Mother of the brave,

Now, Norway, we thy mountains boast,
We crown the cup of pleasure !

Snows, rocks, and countless wonders;

While Dovre echoes to the coast,
Drink, to the children of the rocks,

And thrice 'rapt plaudits thunders:
To Norway's honest bosoms!

Yes ! three times three, the Alps around
For him alone, who breaks our chains,
Our wreath of glory blossoms;

Shall health to Norway's sons' resound.
And when did mountain youth deny,

Chorus. To Norway, valour's native sphere,
For Norway's cause to live and die ?

We drink with boundless pleasure. Chorus. Drink, to the children of the rocks, In the • Voyage dans le Nord de l'Europe, par A.

To Norway's honest bosoms! | Lamotte,' p. 336, is a version in Latin of this latter
One glass to faith and friendship flows;

translation, par le Docteur G * * * * *
One to Norwegia's daughters -
Drink each the girl his heart adores,
And shame on him who falters!

JERMYN OF RUSHBROOKE.
Shame on the wretch who welcomes chains,
And woman, wine, and song disdains.

On the fly-leaf of Ben Jonson's copy of Camdeni An-
Chorus. One glass to faith and friendship flows, nales Rerum Anglicarum et Hibernicarum, regnante
One to Norwegia's daughters ! Elizabetha, ad 1589, printed in 1615-27; in his auto-

graph, yet extant, is the following epitaph :-
Drink to Norway's hills sublime,
Rocks, spows and glens profound;

In ædibus D. Margaretæ in Lothbury
Success! her thousand echoes cry

Quid divinare magnos invides Parca ?
And thank us with the sound :

Heu
Old Dofra* mingles with our glee,

Robertus
And joins our shouts with three times three.

Jerminorum a Rushbrooke nobile germen
Chorus. To Norway, Mother of the brave,

Hic situs est
We crown the cup of pleasure !

Flos Juvenum sub ævi flore raptus
Qui virtutum utriusq. ætatis apicibus potitus

Ingenio et indole Juventutis * Dofra is an immense ridge of mountains which form

Necnon senili pietate et prudentia the boundary between the southern and the northern parts

Infra se turbum coætaneam reliquit of Norway. The name is derived from the giant Dovre. Throughout the whole extent of Doyre, there are but four

Impubis senex : houses to be found-Drivstuen, Kongsvold, Gierkin or Hier

Et quod negavit sæculo, cælo dedit. kin, and Fogstuen ; the possessors of which are exempted Sic sapere ante annos nocuit, nam maxima virtus from all taxes, and receive besides some allowance from the

Persuasit Morti ut crederet esse senem. adjacent districts, in consideration of which, they are bound

PP. P. to convey, lodge, and succour travellers.

Ben Jonson.

VicissitUDES OF A NUMISMATIST.

| terms of the contract, in rendering the Otho to his en

thusiastic friend the Lyonnese collector. VAILLANT. a distinguished numismatic writer, was ' The gold coins that Vaillant so singularly preserved, employed many years in collecting the rarest and most it is stated were of extreme beauty and rarity, were choice coins for the Royal Cabinet of Lonis the Four-long religiously revered among the gems of the French teenth. On one occasion having to go to Rome, he cabinet, and were placed in the golden vase, till stolen embarked with other Frenchmen of character and dis- by burglars from that establishment, and the whole tinction, at Marseilles, in a vessel belonging to Leghorn, melted. Many were deemed uniques, and that apprethat was captured at sea by an Algerine corsair, on the ciation appears to be sustained, by few others occurring day following that of his departure. As France was not to repair that loss. then at war with the Dey, Vaillant and his companions consoled themselves, the Algerines would soon set them

The BEARD IN THE Pulpit. on shore, at liberty, but the corsair captain excused himself by saying he was too far from the French coast, Francis the First, disgusted with the prevailing and had no more provisions than were barely sufficient practice in his day, of the Clergy retaining their beards. for his immediate return. The Algerines, therefore obtained from the Pope, a brief by which all ecclesiastics accosting them with“ bona pace Francesi," stripped throughout France were compelled to shave, or pay a Vaillant and his companions, and carried them to Algiers, large sum for the privilege of appearing with a beard. where they were treated as slaves. The applications by The bishops and richly beneficed clergy readily paid the the French consul for their liberation, were constantly

prohibitory fine, but the poorer sort, unable to comply, resisted by the Dey's insisting on their detention, by were reduced to the grievous necessity of surrendering reason of there being eight Algerines, in the king's this ornament of the chin. The license obtained by gallies, whose enlargement he could not obtain. Vaillant compliance with the terms of the papal brief, was, howafter being four months and a half a slave, was permitted

| ever, secondary to the statute regulations of the Church, to return to France, and twenty gold coins of which lie which in some instances were directly inhibitory of the had been despoiled by the corsair, were restored to him. bishop himself performing the service, unshaven; and He embarked in a small ship, bound for Marseilles, and of this fact, Duprat was in his person as a prelate, a after sailing for two days, a Sallce rover was seen ail remarkable instance, vancing towards them, the pirate by means of their oars, Duprat, son of the Chancellor of that name, had nabaffled every maneuvre made by the sailing vessel to turally a beard that excited general admiration; and avoid a rencontre, and was soon within cannon shot. shortly after his return from the Council of Trent, where Vaillant, in extreme anxiety for the twenty gold coins, he had displayed his eloquence, and distinguished himjeopardised by his recent captivity, swallowed them, self by his writings was appointed to the see of Clermont. without the slightest hesitation, but a breeze at the On Easter-Sunday he appeared at the cathedral to take moment springing up, the vessel quickly darted beyond possession, but found the doors closed. Three dignithe reach of the pirate, and was driven upon the coast of taries of the Chapter awaited him at the entrance; one Catalonia, where it fortunately escaped becoming a total held a razor ; another, a pair of scissors; and the third, wreck. The captain subscquently entangled himself a book containing the ancient statutes of that church, to among the shores and sand-banks of the Rhone, where which, with his finger, that officer pointed to the wouldhe lost his anchors, and Vaillant in a boat, with much be bishop the words barbis rasis- no beards. In vain difficulty, reached the shore. The gold coins, which did Duprat endeavour to avoid that despoilment, and

argued the sinfulness of doing any work on so solemn a him, and greatly incommoded him; he consulted two

him; he consulted two day; but inexorably determined, those who held the physicians as to the proper method of relieving himself razor and the scissors resisted his entering, and protruded of them, but singular as it may appear, they differed their weapons in such guise, that the non-inducted in opinion, and Vaillant would not adopt the prescription | bishop, to save his beard, fled in dismay, abandoned the of either. Abstaining from medicine, nature from time honour, and grief in a few days rendered him for ever to time gave him relief, and he reached Lyons when he insensible to the advantages of a prelatical position, or had recovered about half of his treasure. In that city the vain solicitude created by the unusual elegance of he hastened to a brother antiquary, one of his numismatic la beard. associates, related circumstantially his mishaps, not for- Even in old England,' where it is said common sense getting the manner of his secreting the gold coins. He finds a home, there are found highly reprehensible showed his delighted friend, those he had in possession, attempts of the clergy to wear a beard in the pulpit. and described those he hourly expected. Among these in A correspondent of the Durham Advertiser states, it the womb of time, was an Otho his friend was most de

is reported the clergyman at Cockfield has given so sirous of acquiring, and busily engaged in stipulating much offence to his parishioners by wearing his beard, with Vaillant for its purchase at a stated sum, forgot to taat tney have discontinued their attendance at church. render his friend any assistance, till Vaillant complying, was with some difficulty, enabled that day to fulfil the

Sir Thomas OVERBURY.

CLERICAL REMISSION OF BURIAL FEES. In an official book, of the time of James the First, ADMIRAL Sir George Rooke, a name resplendent on recently obtained, I find intermixed with business en- the roll of England's naval heroes, in the years of his tries, the following notes, referring to historical events :- | probation served as a captain of marines, when that force

1615. November 20. The D. of Somersett was com was originally organised. While he was quartered upon mitted to the Towre; and the same day, came Sir Geo. the Essex coast, the ague made sad havoc with his men, Moore, Knighte, to be Leiutenant of the Towre.

and many cases were fatal. The minister of the village, 1615. November 20th. Sir Jaruis Eluis, late Leiutenant harassed with the frequent calls thus caused, refused to of the Towre, was hanged vpon the Towre-hill, for the poi. bury any more of them, unless the accustomed burial zoninge of Sir Tho. Ouerburie, late prisoner in the Towre. fees were paid. Captain Rooke made no reply, but the

next who died, he ordered to be conveyed to the minis

ter's house, and the coffin placed on the table in the There are also the following verses, allusive to the

hall, and there left. This greatly added to the clergyperpetrators of this disgraceful transaction :

man's embarrassments, who in the fulness of sadness "1. C. V. R.*

in his heart, intimated to the captain in a polite message,

" that if he would cause the dead man to be taken away, Good Monser Carr, Aboute to fall.

he would never more dispute it with him, but would V. R. A. K.

readily bury him and his whole company for nothing !" As most men say, But that's not all. v. 0. 2. P.

Devil's SONATA.—My daughters, who are reading With a nullitie,

girls, have met with a cursory mention of “the Devil's That naughtie packe,

Sonata,” that I am required to explain, but have really §. X. Y. F.,

forgotten why so named. Will any of your corresponWhose shameless life

dents kindly relieve the perplexities of Hath broke yor backe.

PATERFAMILIAS.

Tartini, born at Pirano in Istria, was from boyhood From Katharine Docke theare launcht a Pincke, much disposed to the study of music, and one night Which soone did leake, but did not sincke;

dreamed that he made a compact with his Satanic MaOne while she lay at Essex shore,

jesty, who promised on all occasions to be at his service, Expecting rigʻing, yards, and store.

and during that delusive slumber all passed as he But all disasters to preuent,

wished; even his desires were promptly accelerated by Wth winde in poope she sail'd to Kent. At Rochest" she anchor cast,

the agency of his new coadjutor. At length, he fancied, Wch Canterburie did distaste;

he placed his violin in the hands of the devil, to ascerBut Winchester with Erlyes helpe,

tain his musical qualities, when to his astonishment, he Did hale asboare this Lion's whelpe.

heard him perform a solo so singularly melodious, and She was weake sided and did reele,

executed with such superior taste and precision, that it But some are set to mende her keele,

greatly surpassed all he had ever heard. So exquisite To stope her leake, and mend her porte,

was his delight upon this occasion, that it deprived him And make her fitt for any sporte.

of the power of breathing; but awaking with the intensity of the sensation, he instantly arose, and taking his

fiddle, hoped to express what he believed he had just A page, a Knighte, a Viscounte, and an Earle, heard, but in vain." His best efforts, it is true, helped Married in England with a wanton gerle.

him to produce a piece considered the most excellent of A maid, a wife, a witchard, and a . * * #*; Such foure to foure, neuer coupled before.

all his performances, and that he entitled the Devil's Sonata, but it was so greatly inferior to the phantom of his dream, that this distinguished musician stated, he

would willingly have broken his instrument, and abanDallie not, Ladie, with moone, nor sonne,

doned music altogether, had he known any other means For if the poets of our age

of obtaining a subsistence.
Bringe yor name vpon the stage,
Yof Ladeship is quite yndonne.

R. c.

TAE Third Volume of Willis's Current Notes, is now • These monogrammatic lines are to be read as words, published, price THREE SHILLINGS, in cloth boards. A thus,— I see you are,' etc.; the K., in the second line, few copies of the prior volumes remain, but an early implies Cuckold.

application for them is desirable.

No. XL.]

“Takes note of what is done
By note to give and to receive."-SHAKESPEARE.

[APRIL, 1854.

Last Hours OF QUEEN MARY THE SECOND, I PROFESSOR Wilson, the Christopher North, and Edin From Manuscript Memoranda, by one of the Householdtor of the Edinburgh Review, expired at his house in

Mary, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, was on Gloucester Place, Edinburgh, shortly after midnight, on Thursday, being the 27th day of December, 1694, about

the morning of Monday, April 3, in his sixty-ninth 7 o'clock, P.m. ill to extremity, having a little before year. taken some of the late King Charles's drops, being a

| The following letter, addressed to the Ettrick Shephigh cordial, and the last refuge of the physicians; but

mane. But herd, in 1815, but not intended for publication, will these not in the least reviving her spirits, all future

doubtless amuse many readers of Current Notes :means ceased, and a visible declension of her spirits

“Edinburgh, September. . appeared every half hour. About twelve the same “MY DEAR Horg,- I am in Edinboro', and wish to night she began to expire, and by one in the morning, be out of it. Mrs. Wilson and I walked 350 miles in or a quarter past, her breath entirely left her body. She the Highlands, between the 5th of July and the 26th of bore her sickness with all patience imaginable, and August, sojourning in divers glens from Sabbath unto never was heard once to complain, but submitted to the Sabbath, fishing, eating, and staring. I purpose apstroke of death with all composedness and serenity of pearing in Glasgow on Thursday, where I shall stay till mind, as being well assured of the happiness of her the Circuit is over. I then go to Elleray, in the chafuture state, she having some time before received the racter of a Benedictine monk, till the beginning of blessed sacrament of the Archbishop of Canterbury, November. Now pause and attend. If you will meet and eight or ten bishops communicated with her. I me at Moffat, on October 6th, I will walk or mail it with

Never was so melancholy a place as the palace of you to Elleray, and treat you there with fowls and Irish Kensington, nothing but sobs and tears in every corner whiskey. Immediately on the receipt of this, write a thereof, and much adoe they had to prevail with the letter to me, at Mr. Smith's Bookstore, Hutchison King to retire into another room whilst the Queen ex- Street, Glasgow, saying positively if you will, or will pired. So excessive was his grief and anxiety of mind, not do so. If you dont, I will lick you, and fish up that he several times expressed his wish that he might Douglas Burn before you, next time I come to Ettrick resign his breath with hers; and he was once or twice Lake. I saw a letter from you to M-- the other so near it, by swooning away, that they had much adoe day, by which you seem to be alive and well. You are to support his spirit, and were forced to let him blood. right in not making verses when you can catch trout. In a word, the King has lost the best of wives, and her Francis Jeffrey leaves Edinboro' this day for Holland subjects the most merciful, the most charitable and the and France. I presume, after destroying the king of best of queens.

the Netherlands, he intends to annex that kingdom to Mary the Second was born April 30, 1662; married France, and assume the supreme power of the United to the Prince of Orange (our present gracious King) on Countries, under the title of Geoffrey the First. You, March 4, 1678; proclaimed Queen of England, France, he will make Poet Laureate and Fishmonger, and me and Ireland, Feb. 13, 1689; and crowned on April 11th admiral of the Musqnito Fleet. following; on which day she was also proclaimed Queen “ If you have occasion soon to write to Murray, pray of Scotland. She died Dec. 28, 1694, in the thirty- | introduce something about “The City of the Plague," second year and eighth month of her age, and in the as I shall probably offer him that poem, in about a fortsixth year of her reign.

night or sooner. Of course I do not wish you to say that Quis talia fando, Temperet a lachrymis.

the poem is utterly worthless. I think that a bold

eulogy from you (if administered immediately), would An Epigram on the Queen.

be of service to me; but if you do write about it, do not Dum Regina subit constanti pectore mortem

tell him that I have any intention of offering it to him, Opprimit imodicus te Gulielme Dolor

but you may say, you hear I am going to offer it to a Famina virg. animos jam commutasse videntur London bookseller. Cor habet hic teneræ conjugis illa viri.

“We staid seven days at Mr. Iyett's, at Kinnaird, and Englished thus: The Queen so greatly dies, the King so grieves,

were most kindly received. Mr. Iyett is a great ally You'd think the Hero's dead, the Woman lives.

of yours, and is a fine creature. I killed in the High

| lands 170 dozen of trouts. One day, 19 dozen and a half, Thomas Tenison, who had been translated from Lin. another 7 dozen. I, one morning, killed 10 trouts that coln on the 6th of that month; bis predecessor Tillotson weighed nine pounds. In Loch Awe, in three days, I died on the 22nd of the preceding month, November. killed 76 pounds weight of fish, all with the fly. The

VOL. IV.

Gael were astonished. I shot two roebucks, and had about them. Methinks I feel about objects familiar to nearly caught a red-deer by the tail—I was within infancy and manhood, but when we speak of them, it is half a mile of it at farthest. The good folks in the only upon great occasions, and in situations of deep pasHighlands are not dirty. They are clean, decent, hos- sion. Ossian was probably born in a flat country! pitable, ugly people. We domiciliated with many, and | “Scott has written good lines in the Lord of the found no remains of the great plague of fleas, etc., that Isles,' but he has not done justice to the Sound of Mull, devastated the country from the time of Ossian, to the which is a glorious streight. ascension of George the Third. We were at Loch “The Northern Highlanders do not admire · WaverKatrine, Loch Lomond, Inverary, Dalmally, Loch Etive, ley,' so I presume the South Highlanders despise “Guy Glen Etive, Dalness, Appin, Ballaheelish, Fort William, Mannering.' The Westmoreland peasants think WordsMoy, Dalwhinny, Loch Eericht (you dog), Loch Tay- worth a fool. In Borrowdale, Southey is not known to noch, Glen Lyon, Taymouth, Blair-Athol, Bruar, Perth, exist. I met ten men at Hawick who did not think Elinboro'. Is not Mrs. Wilson immortalized ?

Hogg a poet, and the whole city of Glasgow think me a “I know of Cona.' It is very creditable to our ex madman. So much for the voice of the people being cellent friend, but will not sell any more than the Isle the voice of God. I left my snuff-box in your cottage.* of Palms,' or · The White Doe.'* The White Doe' Take care of it. The Anstruther bards have advertised is not in season-venison is not liked in Edinboro'. It their anniversary; I forget the day. wants flavour-a good Ettrick wether is preferable. “I wish Lieutenant Gray of the Marines had been Wordsworth has more of the poetical character than devoured by the lion he once carried on board his ship any living writer, but he is not a man of first-rate in- to the Dey of Algiers, or that he was kept a perpetual tellect, his genius oversets him. Southey's · Roderic' prisoner by the Moors in Barbary. Did you hear that is not a first-rate work; the remorse of Roderic is that | Tennant had been taken before the Session for an offence of a Christian devotee, rather than that of a dethroned against good morals? If you did not-neither did I ! monarch. His battles are ill fought. There is no Indeed it is, on many accounts, exceedingly improbable. processional march of events in the poem-no tendency

Yours truly, to one great end, like a river increasing in majesty till

John Wilson." it reaches the sea. Neither is there national character, Spanish or Moorish. No sublime imagery; no profound

HEWING BLOCKS WITI RAZORs. Observing the passion. Southey wrote it, and Southey is a man of quotation, Current Notes, p. 19, from Swift we must talent-but it is his worst poem.

look for the phrase, long anterior to the time of the “Scott's · Field of Waterloo ' I have seen. What a

Dean. In Livy, Baker's translation, book i. ch. xxxvi., poem !-such bald and nerveless language, mean ima

it is related, that on the occasion of the war with the gery, common-place sentiments, and clumsy versification!

Sabines, Tarquinius Priscus wished to add to the cavalry, It is beneath criticism. Unless the latter part of the

when Accius Nævius, a celebrated augur of the time, battle be very fine indeed, this poem will injure him.

insisted that no alteration or addition could be made “Wordsworth is dished. Southey is in purgatory;

without the sanction of the birds. Highly displeased at Scott is dying; and Byron is married. Herbert is frozen

this, and in ridicule of the art, the king, as we are told, to death in Scandinavia. Moore has lost his manliness.

said, “Come, you diviner, discover by your augury Coleridge is always in a fog. Joanna Baillie is writing

whether what I am now thinking of can be accomplished." a system of cookery. Montgomery is in a madhouse,

Having tried the matter according to the rules of auor ought to be. Campbell is sick of a constipation in

gury, the other declared it could be accomplished. the bowels. Hogg is herding sheep in Ettrick Forest;

* Well," said he, “I was thinking whether you could and Wilson has taken the plague. O wretched writers!

cut a whetstone in two with a razor? Take these, then, Unfortunate bards! What is Bobby Millar's back shop

and perform what your birds portend to be practicable." to do this winter! Alas! alas! alas! a wild doe is a

On which, as the story goes, he without any difficulty noble animal; write an address to one, and it shall be

cut the whetstone. A statue of Accius Nævius, with a inferior to one I have written, for half a barrel of red

fillet on his head, was raised in the Comitium, or place herrings! The Highlanders are not a poetical people.

of assembly, on the steps at the left side of the senateThey are too national – too proud of their history. They

house, where the transaction happened. The whetimagine that a colleyshangy between the Macgregors

stone, it is also said, was fixed in the same place, there and Campbells is a sublime event; and they overlook

to remain to posterity as a monument of this miracle. mountains four thousand feet high. If Ossian did write the poems attributed to him, or any poems like them, he

MARY P, MERRIFIELD. was a dull dog, and deserved never to taste whiskey as Dorset Gardens, Brighton, March 27. long as he lived. A man who lives for ever among mist and mountains, knows better than to be always prosing

* James Hogg, the herder of sheep in Ettrick Forest, to

whom this letter was addressed, died in this cottage, at "The White Doe of Rilstone," a poem, by Words- Altrive, on Saturday, Nov. 21, 1835. How fleeting and worth.

transitory is life.

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