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the notion, although I cannot speak from my own personal experience, for the soldier's mother having a friend from Ayrshire in the town, left us there, and, by her absence, obligated me to look out for another companion, to entertain me in the remainder of the voyage. But this was not a matter of such facility as might be thought, for the major number of the passengers being for Greenock, they were all taken up with counting by their watches how long time they would be of reaching the Custom-house stairs, and telling one another of the funny deeds and sayings of some of their townsfolk, who, by all accounts, are the cleverest people in the whole world, and not only the cleverest, but the drollest, having a capacity by common, and a manner, when they are inclined for sport, that is most surprising: I shall, however, have something more to say about them by and by; meanwhile let it be enough for the present, that, in the whole course of the voyage from Port-Glasgow to-Greenock, I got no satisfaction. They turned their backs to my inquiries, as if I had been nobody, little reflecting that the time would come, (as may now be seen here) when I would depict them in their true colours, and teach them, that there is truth in the proverb, which says, “It's not the cloak that makes the friar;" for I perceived, they thought me but an auld-fashioned man, little knowing that there was the means in my shop, of getting as fashionable a coat as the sprucest of these saucy sparks had on, to say nothing of the lining I could put in the pouches.
When we came to the town of Greenock, I was much surprised to see it a place of great extent and traffic, of which I had no notion ; more especially was I struck with wonder at the custom-house, that is a most stately erection, bearing a similitude to our jail, and I was grieved that I had paid my passage to Helensburgh, because it prevented me from viewing the vast of shipping and curiosities of this emporium; but as I have, through life, resigned myself at all times, and on all occasions, to the will, as it were, of the things I could not controul, I submitted, for the present, to the disappointment, resolving, at some future period, to make a voyage from the Broomielaw, on purpose to take a survey of Greenock, and to note at leisure, as it behoves a traveller to do, the manners and customs of the inhabitants, together with the religious ceremonies and antiquities of the place, after the excellent method exampled in that very entertaining book, Guthrie's Geography. Accordingly, having pacified my mind in this manner, I staid in the steam-boat with the passengers that were bound for Helensburgh, until the Greenockians, with their bag and baggage, were put on the shore, which took place at the stairs forenent the custom-house ; and here let me pause and make a remark for the benefit of persons intending to see foreign parts, to the effect, that they should both read and inquire anent the places they purpose to see, before they depart, by which they will be enabled to regulate their course in a more satisfactory manner, than if they go away in such light hearsays, as I did in my first voyage.
After landing, as I have noticed, our cargo of Greenockians, the steam was again set to work, and the vessel, with all that orderliness and activity which belongs to the enginry, moved round, and, turning her latter end to Greenock, walked over the waters straight to Helensburgh. This is not a long voyage naturally, being no more than four miles, if so much; but it is not without dangers, and we had a lively taste and type of the perils of shipwreck in crossing the bank, a great shoal that lies midway in the sea. For it happened that we were later for the tide than the Captain had thought ; so that, when we were in what the jack-tars call the mid-channel, the gallant Waterloo, that had come all the way from Glasgow like a swan before the wind, stuck fast in
the mud. Never shall I forget the dunt that dirled on my heart when she stopped, and the engines would go no farther. Fortunately, as I was told, this came to pass just at the turn of the tide, or otherwise, there is no saying what the consequences might have been ; it being certain, that if the accident had happened an hour before, we should have been obligated to wait more than two hours, instead of half an hour ; and if, in the course of that time, a tempest had arisen, it is morally certain, the vessel lying high and dry, that the waves would have beaten over her, and, in all human probability, dashed her to pieces, by which every soul on board would to a certainty have perished; for we were so far from land, both on the Greenock and the Helensburgh coast, that no help by boat or tackle could have been afforded. It was a dreadful situation, indeed, that we were in; and when I reflected on the fickleness of the winds, and the treachery of the seas, my anxieties found but a small comfort in the calm that was then in the air, and the glassy face of the sunny waters around us. However, I kept up my spirits, and waited for the flowing of the tide with as much composure as could reasonably be called for, from a man who had never been a venture at sea before, but had spent his days in a shop in the Saltmarket, as quietly as an hour-glass ebbing its sands in a cor
While we were in this state, I fell into discourse with a sailor lad, who had come home from Jamaica in the West Indies, and was going over from Greea nock to see his friends, who lived at the Rue, on the Gairloch side; and falling into discourse, we naturally conversed about what might be the consequence of our lying on the bank, and if the vessel should chance to spring a leak, and such other concerns as, from less to more, led us on to talk of ships sinking in the great ocean, or taking fire thousands of miles from any land, and all those other storms and perils among which the lot of the mariner is cast. And I was expressing to him my amazement, that ever any man who had been cast away,
af rards think of going again to sea. Ah," said he," for all that, the sailor's life is a heartsome life-If we risk limb and life, we are spared from the sneaking anxieties that make other men so shame-faced. Besides, sir, there is a pleasure in our dangers, and common suffering opens the generosity of the heart, so that, when we have little wherewith to help one another, we make up for it in kindness." I could not but wonder how this sailor lad had learnt to speak in this style of language, and he satisfied me by telling me that his father had been a dominie, and that he had received a good education, to qualify him, please God, to take the command of a vessel. I then spoke to him very particularly about what he might have seen and met with in the course of his seafaring life, and so led him on to relate, as follows, an account of a hurricane, by which the ship that he was in was lost, and every soul on board, save himself, a dog, and a black fellow, perished.
The Hurricane. “We were going up,” said he, “from been blowing a steady breeze till that Trinidad to St Kitts, in as fine weather moment. It had, however, been noas ever was seen in the heavens, and ticed the night before, that the cat was we expected to make a brisk passage; freaking about, and climbing the rigbut, in the third night after our depar- ging, with a storm in her tail, -a sign ture, about the middle of the second which is never known to fail. watch, the wind fell on a sudden dead “ Towards inorning, the air in the calm-I was on deck at the time, West Indies becomes lighter and freshevery one was surprised for it had er; but in that night, we observed, it
cam was finer the weather, for a" in the likeness of a large black New
grew close and sultry, and about sun- said was the eye of a hurricane. Every rise the heat was very heavy-Yet the other vapour changed its shape and sky was clear, not a speck of cloud to hue but that cloud-It was fixed; and, be seen,--the sea, however, was disco as Thomas said, looked at us with venloured, as at the mouth of a river. An geance. Towards the evening it began old man-of-wars-man whom we had on to alter, and gradually to spread, until board, one. Thomas Buoy, who had the whole heaven, from the south-west been in the Ramilies when the Ville to the north, was filled with the dark de Paris went down, was very uneasy and rolling omens of a thunder-storm at these signs, and said they reminded and tempest. The wind frequently him of the weather before that hurri- veered from one point to another, and
every now and then came out with a " All day the dead calm and the op- sudden puff, as if the devil had been pressive heat continued, but still over- fetching his breath. We prepared for head the heavens were bright. About the worst-took in sail, and struck the noon, however, just as we had taken topgallant mnasts. About an hour after an observation, Thomas bade me notice sunset, it began to lighten fiercely along a sort of smoky haze spreading round the horizon, but we heard no thunder. the horizon. I don't like that,' said “ This confirmed the fears of Thohe; nor did I either, although I had , mas Buoy, 'It is now gathering, no reason on my part. At sunset, this said he, these flashes are Beelzevapour had thickened in the west into bub's rockets, thrown up as signals two or three strips of black cloud — for action. Surely the old man felt some of the men thought they beto- the hand of fate upon him, for all his kened rain and thunder,' and wind apprehensions were confirmed. too,' said Thomas Buoy, as he walked « The wind, as the night darkeried, the deck thougintfully. However, the came on gusty and rougher-now it night set in as beautiful as ever. Every blew a steady breeze from the north, star in the firmament was out, beam- but in a moment there was a pause, ing like the lamp in the binnacle, but, and then a squall came roaring from for all that, the dead calm and the sul- the west, as if all the trade-winds try air lay heavy on the spirits of all that were blowing from the east since on board, and the ship was as a log on the last hurricane, had been furiously the water.
driven back. Still the hand of mercy “ About half a glass before midnight, struggled with the tempest; and it was the man at the helm saw a fire-ball at not till midnight that it came flapping the mainmast head, and in a short time forth with all its wings, in the dreadanother on the foremast. When the ful license of full liberty. watch was changed, there was one at “ As we were all snug aloft, the each mast-head. Some of the sailors captain, who was a steady seaman, had seen such lights before, without poor fellow, a better never trode on harm following, but nobody liked them. oak,-ordered the watch to be kept as
“ During the watch the men were usual, that, in case of accidents, the not so cheerful as usual, as I heard in men might come fresh to their duty, the morning, and Thomas Buoy kept but few of us turned in. The mate himself aloof, and was frequently heard sat with Thomas, listening to what he to say, ' God help us !' The mate had had suffered on board the Ramilies, that night come suddenly on deck, ter- and hearing the howls of the hurricane rified out of his sleep by a dream, in above. While he was in one of the which he thought he saw a large black wildest passages of his old stories, a Newfoundland dog come down into the sheet of lightning struck the mizen, him in his teeth-But the day-light the same moment
saw something time,
a foundland dogs such as the mate had sprang up, and the ship went at a brave seen in his dream run past them, as. rate, but Thomas Buoy remarked that it were from the hold, and escape upthe skies were streaked with flakes of on deck. The goatshair, and said the wind was not rent into splinters, and captain yet come-At noon, he pointed out to es so wounded in the head by one of the captain a small round black cloud the pieces, that I assisted to carry him in the north-west, which he solcnunly to his cot.
“We were now driving along at the away ;' but in an instant she struck mercy of the wind, which was blowing again, and the masts were thrown so strong, sweeping round the compass overboard. The third shock did her like a whirlpool, that the ocean was business; she gave, as it were, a deep flying all spindrift. In this state we groan, and, hogging up in midships, continued three hours, till, in a sud- yawned asunder by the main hatchden checking round of a squall, a sea way, her stern sinking into the water broke on board, which carried away with the poor captain in his cot, and the boats, the binnacle, two men at all the brave fellows who were at the the helm, and every thing on deck moment at the mizen chains, cutting that was not a part of the ship. She away the rigging. was almost upset by the shock; and “ I happened at the time to be on we found, when we expected that she the forecastle ; and, looking a-head, would have righted from the lurch, saw that the bowsprit reached to the the cargo had shifted, by which the rocks. I called on all to follow me; rudder was rendered useless and still and, running out at once, got safe to the hurricane was increasing.
the cliff; but in the same moment, the “ The day light began at last to wreck lurched over, and filling, went dawo, but the air was so thick, that down with all the crew, except a black we could not see across the deck; and, fellow, whom the captain had brought but that we knew from the force of as steward from Trinidad, and a little the wind, that the vessel must be go- dog that he was taking as a present to ing, and that too at a great rate, no one a lady at St Thomas's.How the dog on board could say she was in motion, had escaped I cannot tell, for he was
“ About two hours after sunrise, on the land before me; but the black we saw, on the larboard side, some- fellow was like a sea-gull, and saved thing vast and dark, through the spin- himself by swimming. drift ; at first we took it for a line of “ It seemed to me, that at the very battle ship lying too, but in a moment time when we reached the shore, the Thomas Buoy clapped his hands in gale slackened; for the air soon after despair, and cried, • The land, the became lighter, and I saw we were not. land.'
far from a sugar plantation, all the “ The words were scarcely out of mills and houses belonging to which, his mouth, when the ship struck with were scattered like shingles and spliņ such force, that all her masts were ters.”. started. The cry was then, Cut,
Just as the sailor had got to this crisis of his story, the steam-boat began to move; and in the course of a minute or two, she was paddling her way towards Helensburgh; and her motion made every body again so jocose and lively, that I could not but marvel at the depths of the mysteries of the heart of man. As we drew near to the shore, the sailor had forgotten all the earnest solemnity of his tale, and was the blithest in the boat. Fain would I have questioned him about the particulars of what ensued when he found himself in the plantation, but he was no longer in a humour to attend to me,-his heart being taken up with the thought of getting to his friends,-just like a young dog that has broken loose from a confinement; so that I was left in a kind of an unsatisfied state, with the image of the broken ship in my mind, with her riven planks and timbers, grinning like the jaws of death amidst the raging waters ;
-the which haunted me till I got a chack of dinner at the hotel, and a comfortable tumbler of excellent old double-rum toddy. But I should mention, that till the dinner was gotten ready, I had a pleasant walk along the shore, as far as the Cairn dhue, and saw on the right hand, among its verdant plantations, the lordly castle of Ardincaple, and on the left, ayont the loch, the modern man. sion which the Duke of Argyle is building there among the groves of Roseneath; with which, it's my opinion, no situation in this country side can compare, for hill and dále, and wood and water, and other comely and romantic incidents of Highland mountains, all rocky and fantastical, like a painted pics ture by some famous o'ersea limner. VOL. VIII.
There have been several poets, one track ere she flies away into ano. (Wordsworth for example) who have ther. Any one of his plots would, in deemed it advisable to publish prefa the hands of Müllner or Grillparzer, tory dissertations, in order that their have been rendered much more effecworks might be properly understood tive; for these authors, though not naand appreciated. We do not say that turally gifted with superior power, Oehlanschlaeger should have done this; have acquired the habit of patient and
-and yet it certainly is desirable that elaborate concentration, and their systhe reader should be perfectly aware of tem is highly laudable ; for imaginathe author's peculiar system, that he tion, though an active, is generally a may not condemn the poet for missing slow faculty, as every strong passion a mark at which he had never aimed. reaches by degrees its acme.
It is obvious, that whoever comes In some respects, Ingeman (though fresh from the study of Müllner and a much younger author) is even supeGrillparzer, in German, is but ill pre- rior to his countryman;
and there are pared to relish the works of their Da- four or five of his plays to which we nish contemporary. Byan elaborate and intend, before long, to direct the atornate style, founded on that of Calde- tention of our readers. But to return, ron, the masters of the modern schools the story of the tragedy now before in Germany exhibit all the arts (or us might almost be told in three words: tricks as they have been termed) of elo SIGNA, A YOUNG DANISH PRINCESS, quence, and irresistibly attract admi FALLS IN LOVE WITH HAGBARTH, A ration, even from those who do not NORWEGIAN PRINCE, WHO HAS KILLallow them unqualified praise. Not ED HER ELDER BROTHER IN SINGLE so, Oehlanschlaeger. As if by chance, COMBAT. (if
metaphor is here allowable he finds On this simple groundwork, all the the pillars of some ancient Scandina- interest depends. The work belongs to vian temple, seizes the massy frag- the numerous class of “ Helden-gements, and, by one mighty spell, com dichte," (heroic poems, or rather“ gests bines them into a great and graceful of heroes”) and the characters, howwhole ; where subsidiary ornaments, if ever wild and rude, are in strict keepnot indeed altogether neglected, are ing with the manners of the times. yet never watchfully sought for, or os-- To obviate an objection which would tentatiously displayed. Thus, he will otherwise be made to the conduct of be the favourite more of brother-poets, Signa, the poet has very skilfully than of ordinary readers; for a conge- made it appear, that her deceased bronial mind can perceive in a few simple ther Alf, had been, in truth, for twelve and careless notes, the hand of a power- months past, weary of his life, and that ful musician; and, from such notes, his antagonist, instead of deserving to endless trains of association may arise. be branded as his murderer, had in The works of this highly-gifted Dane, truth only saved his antagonist from are indeed a rich mine of inspiration the necessity of committing suicide. for others;- yet the Imagination by The drama commences with the arwhich he is led, scarcely allows her- rival of Hagbarth's Norwegian vessel self time to spread her wings in any on the shore of Denmark.
ACT I, SCENE I.
wood. Grim and ERICHSON enter with halberts.
Grin. A Norman ;-
Erich. The Herald disembarks upon the shore.
(Winds his horn.)