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translators of the Greek tragedies have turned their chorusses, would really seem, in our present ignorance of ancient music, to be a gratuitous trouble. It is by far the most probable supposition, that the chorus was performed in a manner resembling our recitative; and, for this, lyrical regularity is quite unnecessary.--I am, &c.
T. D. P. S.-I must beg to echo Mr O'Fogarty's pathetic remonstrance on the subject of incorrect printing. In verse it is absolutely excruciating; and I have more than once yearned for an opportunity of giving your compositor a practical exposition of the
“ Cynthius aurem Vellit et admonuit
You will tell us, that there are blunders in MS, as well as in print; and I believe, after all, you have your own troubles.
@DIPUS. ACT I.
The Chorus laments the Pestilence which afflicted Thebes.
Offspring of ancient Cadmus, gen'rous race,
Sons of a yet unconquer'd race, we die ;
But e'er the patient neck had felt the knife,
Our voice of lamentation hath gone deep,
Oh! strange approach of death!
E'en than the marble sleep,
SOLILOQUY OF HERCULES.
Hercules Furens. Act III.
Ruler of light,--the ornament and pride,
O ! Sacrilege,
It recks not.
What more remains?-If to have seiz'd and brought
DEATH OF MICROSOPHUS, AND SALE OF HIS MUSEUM.
MY DEAR CHRISTOPHER,
You will, I doubt not, be surprised, supply, and replenish ; and bring me and probably not a little affected, to a pipe, and let me hear what you have learn that Microsophus, whose cha- got to say about the roup.” racter and manners, as described in a
During my loquacious host's ablate Number of your Miscellany, have sence, I employed myself in making attracted such general attention, has, reflections, natural, but trite enough, since that paper was published, paid on the shortness of life, and the unthe debt of nature. I learned this certainty of human affairs. Here was event accidentally, a few weeks ago, a friend whom I had long known, and as I was on my way to Edinburgh' by whom I had been much respected ; from the south.
a companion with whom I had often Happening, towards the dusk of the climbed the brae in search of plants evening, to arrive at the principal inn angled in the burn for trout-and, in at Saltchurch, within a short distance spite of Peter Pindar, chased the but. from which the residence of my friend, terfly-cut off in the flower of his age, the virtuoso, is situated, I, according before he could complete that museum, to my usual custom, when I want to form which had been his highcompany on the road, invited mine est ambition-without a descendant to host to take a jug of toddy with me, inherit and increase the intellectual that I might learn the news of the treasures he had heaped together, and country-side. My landlord” readily now these very treasures were to be consented, and, after discussing the brought to the hammer to pay off, usual topics of the day, the trial of perhaps, some paltry debt or mortgage, the Queen, the abundant harvest, the contracted, in all probability, to prosuccess of the Greenland fishery, and cure some favourite or uncommon are subjects of similar importance, my ticles. Although not very superstifriend Duncan remarked, in the usual tious, I could not help adverting to the Scottish mode of putting a question, strange coincidence between the pub
“ I'm thinking, sir, ye'll be gaun lication of my late friend's portrait, in roup," said to the on, the queeristye Leath, which "50 speedily followed. den ever heard tell o'-a sale of stuffed regretted my long absence in England, beasts-snakes-puddocks—and I ken- which had prevented my attending to na weel what a' forbye-naterel curo pay the last tribute to his memory, as, sities, I think they ca’em. They be doubtless, I should, on my return longed to Mr Hawkesworth, at the Ha' home, find an intiination of his death, up bye there the daft laird-MʻRoses and an invitation to the funeral. I farce, some folk ca'd him, that died determined to go over, in the mornabout aight days syne.” “ Ah ! is ing, to the auction, and purchase a few Hawkesworth dead? that is a sudden articles as mer rials of my friend. call.”
“Ye may be kent him, sir?" In the midst of my reflections and “ Kent him ? yes, intimately. Alas! resolutions, the landlord returned with poor fellow ! he was a very worthy, the elements of conversation, and a eccentric, useless character; I fear small pamphlet, which he produced he'll be missed by few people here- with much satisfaction. “ Ye'll aiblins,
O’d, he was a queer anem. sir, ha' thought me lang o' coming, yet, he was no an ill man for a' but I was seekin' a list of the gear that; but, sir, do ye think he was that's to be selt the morn. I kent I a' thegither right in the head ?” had ane i’ the house, and jaloused ye
Why, perhaps his head was not so wad like to see it--there it's." I was strong as your's or mine, Mr Duncan much pleased with this mark of at-at least, he could not drink so much tention, and eagerly seized the list, toddy--but he had as great a share of which proved to be a descriptive catacommon sense as falls to the lot of logue of the museum, and such other most country gentlemen; but, speak- articles, in the house of Microsophus, ing of toddy, I see the jug is empty as were to be disposed of. I observed, suppose, landlord, you fetch me a fresh with some surprise, to honest Duncan, Vol. VIII.
that there seemed to be no ordinary and used to colleck for the laird. I'm pieces of household furniture in the mind, ae day, as I was comin' by the catalogue, and inquired, whether he Quarryholes, I forgathered withe had heard the reason of this extraordi- deacon-o'd, he was houking awa nary sale. “ Is it for debt, think ye?” amang the rubbage, and aye picking & “ Debt? hoot na, I dinna think the up something and putting it in a pock laird was muckle in debt; he had he had wi' him. Deacon,' quo' l, eneugh to live gay weel on o' his ain, · what's that ye're seeking ?' Oh,' forbye the siller he got wi' the leddy; quo' he, neibour Duncan,
• I'm just but, I'm thinking 'twill be some whim collecking some speciments for Mr of hers.” “ How so? I always thought Hawkesworth.' Speciments,' quo' I, they lived very happily together. She “I see naething but a wheen stanes.' seemed to me a fine frank cheerful “Weel,'quo' he, 'thae stanes are unco woman.” Fegs, I dinna ken-aib- curious stanes, and will bring me lins she
may but then they had muckle siller.' nae bairns, and ye ken the auld bye “ Well, but Mr Duncan,” said I,
Maids aye wish to be interrupting him, for I saw there was wives, and wives to be mithers,' so no end to his stories, “ I mean to go they were whiles bickering about their over to this sale to-morrow, so, if you a pets, for the leddy aye keeps twa- will send me pen, ink, and paper,
I'll three messin doggies about her; now jot down a few articles from the catathe laird was na ower fond o' pet dogs logue that I wish to bid for, and now i' the house; he aye liket them best we'll drink good night.”. whan they were skinned and stuffed.
Having thus dismissed the landlord, And ane of the Aunkies tell’t me, but and lighted a second pipe, I set myself I canno believe't, that ae day, whan to study the catalogue. I found it a the laird cam hame sair wearied wi' great curiosity, well marking the whimhuntin' butterflees, and vexed at no sical character of the auctioneer, by gettin' ony, ane of the doggies cam in whom it was drawn up. It was evihis gait, and he gied the puir beastie dently calculated to excite the wonder sic an a drive wi' his foot, that it died. and rouse the expectations of the naThe leddy was neither to haud nor tives among whom it had been widely bind about it—and whan the laird, to circulated, with the view of drawing soothe her maybe, said, he'd mak a a crowd from the neighbouring towns speciment o' the brute, she was like and villages. I recognised many
of to gae clean wud, and said, she wish- myold acquaintances, but found severed the museum, and a' that was in't, al articles which had been lately adwere brunt, sae, as I was saying, I ded to the collection. I shall give you jalouse the roup will be owing to her a short specimen of Mr Clearpipes
” and her friends."
manner, by selecting a few lots from “ Why, really, I think you've ac his descriptive catalogue, of the curiocounted for it very plausibly. I should sities and rarities, natural and artifithink such an uncommon sale will cial, belonging to the museum of the demake a great bustle about Saltchurch?” ceased W. Hawkesworth, Esq. of Mago “ Ou, aye, Sir, you'd wonder what a got Hall, &c. phrasin's been made about the laird a' Har’st. 'T'was there he got the name of M‘Roseafarce, owing, they say, to
In the Anti-Room. his picture beirig drawn in ane of
Lot 32. A set of Aints from Dover cliff, the Émbro Magazins, wi' that name under it. I've no seen it, but they tions of beasts, birds, fruits, &c. all in their
exhibiting wonderfully natural representa. say it is as like the laird as ae pea is natural colours. to anither.”
" Indeed! well, but 36. A Merlin's chair, so attractive, that who is this Mr Clearpipes, that is to the person who sits down in it can scarcely act as auctioneer on this occasion ?” persuade himself to quit it. “ Ou, Deacon Clearpipes ? Do ye no
37. Another by the same artist, with a ken the deacon, Sir ? He's as queer a
musical bottom. chieľ as e'er ye saw.
I'm no sure but
38. A bath chair, on an improved conwhat he's amaist as daft about thaestruction, by which a person may easily things as the laird was himsel.' They he may have lost the use of one hand, as
move himself from place to place, thought were unco thrang. The deacon's a well as be lame in the feet. Very fit for great hand at what you ca' meenerals gouty and paralytic patients.