Графични страници
PDF файл
ePub

Such thronesasblood doth raise blood throw He must have presumed on the eth downe,

King possessing a voracious swallow, No guard so sure as loue vnto a crowne." when he afterwards declared his con: Notwithstanding its animation and viction that he was " in heart as

poetical merit, the following is in a upright as David, wise as Solomon, strain of hyperbole, which, at the pre- and godlie as Josias.” The Sovereign sent day, would hardly be tolerated.

was here also deluged with Latin and “ The wanton wood-nymphs of the verdant Greek poems, by Thomas Hopæus,

spring, I Blew, golden, purple flowres, shall to thee Henricus Charteris, Patricius Nisbe bring,

tus, Jacobus Sandilandius, Patricius Pomona's fruits the paniskes, Thetis gyrles,

Sandæus, Thomas Synserfius, David Thy Thulys amber, with the ocean pearles, Primrosius, Thomas Nicolsonus, Alex. The Tritons, heards-men of the glassie field, ander Peirsonus, Nicolaus Udward, Shall give thee what farre-distant shores Andreas Fuorius, Jacobus Reid, Jos can yeeld,

hannes Rayus, Jacobus Fairlie, and The Serean fleeces, Erythrean gemmes, fifty others, all learned men in their Vaste Platas silver, gold of Peru streames, day; but (alas ! how are the mighty Antarticke parrots, Æthiopian plumes, fallen,), all now forgotten and unSabean odours, myrrhe, and sweet perfumes: known! The university presented a And I myselfe, wrapt in a watchet gowne, pithy Latin oration-at the palace of Of reedes and lillies on mine head a crowne Falkland, a long Latin poem was re Shall incense to thee burne, greene altars cited and compositions, in Latin and

raise, And yearly sing due pæans to thy praise.” English, were produced at Kinnaird, The same poem may be found in the particularly by Joannes Leochæus,

and

Alexander Craig of Rose-craig. The folio edition of the Collected Works of Drummond, published at Edinburgh able speech, and two Latin poems

town-clerk of Dondie also made a notin 1711, p. 35. On the King's entering Edinburgh were, at same time, there presented.

At " the Palace of Dalkeith," the by the West Port, on 16th May, the

" Philomela Dalkeithensis' welcomed city deputed “ Mr Johne Hay, their him in eight Latin poems; and when clerk deputie,” to make an oration in their

“his Majestie's happie nativitie was and on their behalf. Masname, ter Johne proved himself no mere man

celebrate on the xix of Junii, in the ofstraw, and one whose diffidence would delivered to him in Hebrew by Andrew

Castle of Edinburgh," a speech was not overcome him on the day of trial, Kerr, a boy of nine years of age. We as may be guessed at from the follow- had always imagined Mr Odoherty, as ing passage in his speech—,

having been the most wonderful in* This is that happie day of our newbirth, ever to be retained in fresh memorie, stance of precocity that ever lived, but

we doubt that he has here found a with consideration of the goodnesse of th’Almightie God, considered with acknowledge tough rival. As the Ensign is Scottish ment of the same, acknowledged with admi. by the mother's side, we doubt not ration, admired with love, and loved with that, with proper care, he may trace joy; wherein our eyes beheld the greatest back Andrew to have been a lineal bumaine felicitie our harts could wish,which ancestor of his own, more especially as is to feide vpon the royall countenance of talents are often hereditary in families. our true Phenix, the bright starre of our At Stirling, the King was welcomed northerne firmament, the ornament of our in an elaborate speech by

( Master age, wherein wee are refreshed, yea revived Robert Murray, commissar there," with the heat and bright beames of our who, towards the conclusion of his adsun, (the powerful adamant of our wealth) dress, has the following words by whose removing from our hemispheere, we were darkned, deepe sorrow and feare " This towne, though shee may

iustlie possessing our hearts, (without envying of waunt of her naturall beautie and impregyour M. happiness and felicitie,) our places nable situation, the one occasioned by the of solace ever giving a newe heat to the fever laberynths of the delightsome Forth, with of the languishing remembrance of our hap- the deliciousnes of her valayes, and the pinesse : The verie hilles and groves, accus heards of deare in her park; the other by tomed of before to be refreshed with the the statlie rock on which shee is raised; dewe of your M. presence, not putting on though shee may esteme herself famous by their wounted apparell ; but with pale worthy founders, reedifiers, and the enlarlookes representing their miserie for the de- gers of her manie priviledges, Agricola, parture of their Royal King.”

who in the dayes of Galdus fortified her,

meo.

[ocr errors]

Amen."

Kenneth the Secund, who heere encamped cus Andersonus, and wheedles the and raised the Picts, Malcolme the Secund, King for a subsidy with most courtier- 15 Alexander the First, William the Lyon; like dexterity. We cannot resist a part: yet doeth shee esteme this her onlie glorie of the complaintand worthiest praise, that shee was the place “ Maxime Řex, nostri solatia maxima lucof your M. education, that these sacred

tus, brows, which now beare the weightie dia

O toties casus commiserate meos. demes of three invincible nations, were em

Maximus ille ego sum Pons, et modò maxipalled with their first heere : And that this

mus amnis day the only man of kings, and the worthi.

Se pronum in gremio volvit, agitque est king of men, on whom the eye of heaven glaunceth, deignes (a just reward of all Ipse per undenos jacui minùs vtilis annos : these cares and toyles which followed your

Nunc lacer in mediis semirefectus aquis. cradle) to visit her. Now her burgesses, as

Solus eras, animo qui me miseratus amico, they have ever bein to your M. ancestors

Contuleras census Regia dona tui.” obedient and loyall, they here protest

and Nor the remedy appositely alluded to depose to offer wp their fortunes, and sacri. fice their lives in maintenance and defence by the honest bridge, in the concluding

linesof your sacred person and royall dignitie, and that they shall ever continue thus to

“ Me tibi, me patriæ, simul et mihi redde, your worthie progenie ; but long long may

meisque; you live. And let ws still importune the

Vt merear titulis justa trophæa meis. Almightie

Subsidii expectantissimus

Pons Perthanus." “ That your happy dayes may

not be done, Till the great comming of his Sonne,

The indefatigable Johannes StewAnd that your wealth, your joyes, and peace, May as your raigne and yeares increase.

artus, not content with the dazzling

display of his oratory, pours out a long This was surely enough for one day, poetical dialogue between Scotia and but the good people of Stirling thought Genius; and, after Alexander and Henotherwise; and some thousands of hex- ricus Adamides,and Adamus Anderameter verses were thrust into the sonus have sung till they are tired, the King's hand.

Musæ Perthnenses are winded up by Perth, otherways called Sainct- Eynowplaçixòv, auctore Georgio Stirkeo, Johnes-towne, was determined not to who, to give him his due, fairly puts

either be beat, and they deputed “ Johne to shame all ideas of relationship, Stewart, marchant burgesse” of the with stirks or stots, which his name said burgh, to give his Majesty a spe

might suggest. cimen of their loyalty, and their ora

As might have been expected, “The tory: After enumerating all the bene- City of Sainct Androes” was not defifits bestowed by royal favour on Perth, cient in the demonstrations of their he concludes in the following delect- loyalty and learning. Maister Harie able strain

Danskin, schoolmaister thereof “ held “ Wee, your maiesties ever-loyall subé forth in a Latin oration, whose prolixjects, the citizens of Perth, as heretofore wee ity must have wholly excused his Mahave bein alwayes readie to serve your high- jesty, if he took a nap towards the nes to the last gasp, being earnest with God middle of it, and whose pedantic and for your owne long, and your seed's everlast- fulsome panegyric would have made ing reigne over ws in peace ; so now pray. any countenance, short of one framed ing Almightie God, that your majestie may of solid brass, to blush scarlet. We shyne in the firmament of these kingdomes can almost conceive with what ineffalike Josua’s sunne in Gibeon, there to dow- ble delight, and self-gratulation, the ble the

naturall dyett of man's abode vpon pedagogue signed himself “ Henricus earth, with the citizens of Jerusalem, who Danskenius, Civitatis Andreannæ ora; gaue a shoute to the heaven for joy of King David his returne home unto the citie after tor, et Juventutis ibidem, moderator.' his long absence,wee bid your Majestie most This exhibition of oratory was surely hartlie welcome home againe to your an- enough for one day, but the wisdon cient kingdome and cradle, Scotland, and of the University thought otherwise to this the hart thereof, your Maiesties Pe. and, as his Majesty was hastening niel Perth.”

from his seat of suffering to the grea Then follows the Perth poetry. Ama- church, (whether seeking sanctuar: ryllis expostulates and exults with his or not, we are uninformed,) he wa Majesty, in two eclogues of the long- met at the very porch, with anothe est. The very bridge gets a tongue for torrent of Latin eloquence, by D the occasion, in the person of Henri. Bruce, rector of the University, who

[ocr errors]

MET

on concluding, presented as many La His Majesty having arrived at the

tin and Greek verses, good, bad, and city, which was then called Glasgow, rar indifferent, as would suffice to fill a and now the West Country, Mr Wil

decent twelve shillings octavo. Even liam Hay of Barro, delivered a most this was not enough; they could not luminous oration, which, however, the

think of the King's departure, while a sight of such a splendid cavalcade very 15 single vestige of doubt could possibly nearly made him fall through, as he El remain in his mind, as to their won- fairly confesses.

derful acquirements. They accordoliz ingly held “Theses Theologicæ de Seing euerie thing heere about mee

Potestate Principis,” with great parade magnificent, high, and glorious, I am beof logic and learning; and, (not to let

come like one tutched with a Torpedo, or

seen of a Woulfe; and my words, as affraythe King escape without a compliment,) we are informed, that when ed, ar loath to come out of my mouth ; but

it shall be no dishonour to mee to succombe se any difficulty, worthy of regal solu- in that for the which few or none can be pretention occurred, that is to say, when the sufficientlie able.”

Principal and Professors were fairly baffled, his Majesty interfered, and so But he afterwards cheers up, and

successfully,“ ut omnes (qui et plu- proceeds in the following strain, which * rimi et dictissimi interfuerant) audi- we boldly stake against the finest things

tores in summam rapuerit admira- ever uttered by Counsellor Phillips :-relate tionem.” mies Philosophical problems, on a sub “0, day ! worthie to bee marked with the - la sequent day, were also propounded, with them which that enamoured Queen of

most orient and brightest pearls of Inde, or so no doubt, to the great illumination of Nile did macerat to her valorous as vnfor

his Majesty, who departed for Stirling, tunat lover ! O, day, more glorious (becaus e where he was met by the whole posse without blood) then that in which, at the od of Professors from Edinburgh, Adam- command of that imperious captain, the 3 son, Fairlie, Sands, Young, Reid, sune stayed his course, and forgot the other des King, &c. who spouted their philoso- hemisphere ! Thou hast brought vs againe

phical theses by the hour. The King, our prince, by three diadems more glorious when at supper the same night, is said than hee was in that last day, when with to have produced the following jeu d' bleeding harts and weeping eyes wee left

esprit in compliment to them, which him. Those who never looked on our hota'sics he got from them, and certainly blood Thou, 0 day! as benigne planets, is fully as good as any dusty metaphy-rizon but as fatall comets, nor ever did vi.

sit vs but heavie with armes, and thirstie of far more ingenious :

friends, and compatriots, bringest vnto vs.' As Adam was the first of men, whence all beginning tak,

When he concludes, forward steps So Adamson was president, and first man Master Robertus Bodius, in the name in this Act.

of the University, and delivers a gloThe Theses Fairlie did defend, which thogh rious Latin speech, copiously interthey lies contein,

spersed with Greek quotations, and Yet

were fair lies, and he the same right concluding with the words, " Amen. fairlie did maintein.

Amen. Vivat Rex Jacobus in æterThe feild first entred Master Sands, and

there he made me see, That not all Sands are barren Sands, but ficient in their turn, but thundered

The Glasgow scholars were not dethat some fertile bee. Then Master Young most subtilie the forth Latin poems, signed Robertus Theses did impugne,

Blarus, and Greek congratulations, And kythed old in Aristotle, althogh his ending with David Dicksonus. Dame bee Young.

Paisley would appear to have been a To him succeeded Master Reid, who, thogh city, noted for its extensive litera

ture even at this remote era of our hisNeids neither for his disput blush, nor of tory; and, what is still more remarkhis speach think shame.

able, their knowledge appears to have Last entred Master King the lists, and dis

come to them by intuition; a great pute like a King, How Reason, reigning as a Queene, shuld proof of which is exhibited in the von anger vnder-bring.

lume before us, wherein is a clever orTo their deserved praise have I thus ation, delivered in the Earl of Aberplayd upon their names,

corn's great hall, “by a prettie boy, And wiss their colledge hence be called, Williame Semple,” which commences

the Colledge of KING JAMES.” with the following noble similie :

hir

[ocr errors]

num.”

HE

reid be his name,

“A graver orator, Sir, would better be- Hart-rooted rancor, envy borne in hell, come so great an action, as to welcome our Did long in long antipathie detaine, great and most gratious soveraine; and a To either's ruine, as they both can tell, bashfull silence were a boye's best elo Uniting them, thou hast enlarged thy quence. But seeing wee read, that in the

throne, salutations of that Romane Cæsar, a sillie And maid devyded Albion all bee one." pye, amongst the rest, cried, Ave Cæsar, to: Pardon mee, Sir, your M. owne old

At Sanquhar, and Drumlanrig, his parret, to put furth a few words, as witnes Majesty was also greeted in Latin ses of the fervent affections of your most poems; and, returning by Dumfries faithfull subjects in these parts, who all by to his English dominions, Mr James my tongue, as birds of one cage, crye with Halyday, in the name of the town, mee, Ave Cæsar, Welcome most gratious scattered the flowers of rhetoric on the Kinge.

King's head, with a most lavish hand. When Master Williame had made To the “Muses Welcome to King an end of speaking, another good thou- James, on his return to Scotland,” are sand hexameters were produced in the appended the “ Planctus, et Vota Mushape of a Carmen Panegyricum. sarum in Augustissimi Monarchæ Ja

At Hamilton, Sir William Mure, cobi, Magnæ Britanniæ, Franciæ, et younger of Rowallan, presented a copy Hiberniæ Regis, &c. Recessu è Scotia of English verses, which, in despite of in Angliam, Augusti 4, Anno 1617, their quaintness and classical affecta- Ως ευκόλως πιπίεσιν αι λαμπραι τυχαι! tion, (which, it would appear, were Ed burgi, Excudebat Andreas Hart, characteristic of the times,) possess no Anno 1618,” It is a collection of Lamean degree of poetical merit. We tin poems, equally honourable to the quote the following stanzas as a speci- loyal feelings, and to the erudition of

our ancestors, but of which our limits “ Great JAMES, whose hand a thre-fold preclude us from exhibiting any spescepter swayes,

cimen. By heavens exalted to so high a place, But we must make an end. What Both crown’d with gold and never-fading we have said and quoted is sufficient bayes,

to convince our cotemporaries, both Who keps three kingdoms in so still a

here and in Dublin, that it may peace ; Whose love, cair, wisdome, grace, and difficult to imitate the expressions of high deserts,

the loyalty of King James's time, as it Have maid thee monarch of thy subjects' was at the Coronation of George IV., harts.

to find patterns for the dresses of that “ Thogh thou by armes great empyrs age. may'st surprise,

When his Majesty visits Scotland, Mak Europe thrall, and over Asia reigne, we shall be quite content if the memoYet at thy feet, despysed, Bellona lyes : rials which will probably be compiled No crownes thou craves which bloody con. of the event, convey to posterity spe

queis stain. While others aim at greatness boght with the taste, and learning, not only of the

cimens, as honourable, of the genius blood, Not to bee great thou stryves, bot to bee universities, but of the merchants, anı good.

other civil citizens, as the curious ano “ Whome snakie hatred, soul-conceiva amusing volume to which we have re disdaine,

ferred.

men:

be as

REMARKS ON BISHOP CORBET'S POEMS.

We are really the only samples of wit agenary decay. 'Tis a foul aspersion extant, since poor Sheridan departed, We have grown old -and Canning's Hyppocrene's grown

" In jokes, not years, somewhat drowthy ; but mighty as

Piercing the depths of fun.” our powers may be, we cannot profess to keep the world laughing for If we be wrinkled, 'tis not from ag ever without some assistance. Our but risibility. There are two der teeth have lost their original whiteness. trenches (almost) cut in our visa; from being too much exposed from “from mouth to either ear,"all throug over-grinning; though some will have one simple gentleman--the King of t) this to be the due consequences of sex- Cockneys; and the other inhabitan

the

of that smoky land have all left their you, when we do give you, or any set marks in our features. We can stand of you, a box on the ear, to think noit no longer, for they grow more ridi. thing of it. Suppose us over our third

culous, and we more witty every day. bottle at Oman’s, acting the editor over lize Therefore, we intend, for the future, his mahogany, argufying for the bare

laughing by proxy; and if the gen- life, (the more the nonsense, the greatumane tle reader know of a wide-mouthed, er the spunk, as the Adjutant says,) d ed shrewd, idle fellow of an acquaintance, -and putting forth our gouty foot foreop he let him be shipped instantaneously in most to shew our magnanimity. 5. W the Cityof Edinburgh Steam-Boat, un We are at this moment deeply eni at der cover, to Christopher North, Esq. gaged in a dispute, (we have in full em He shall be grinner-general of Auld perfection that female faculty of wriLa Reekie, and fugleman to the whole ting and speaking at the same time) me ni world. For when Christopher or his about the superior intellectuality of the erbe deputy laughs, who shall be grave ? profession. Our opponent waxes anle But seriously, the world is growing gry, (a general trick of our opponents) mara very dull

. There is not a joke stirring. and has flung at our head Burke's pica Frus Even the two giant wits of the sister ture of Grenville, and his eulogium on szer isle, Norbury and O'Doherty, have be- bar-education. 6 Bar that !” exclaim Anni come chap-foundered. The Ensign has we. This was too much ;—the super

lost all his powers, since he forswore excellent pun upset hini, like a Condrai whisky, and grew good. And his bro- greve rocket; and so pleased are we tico: ther-wit has been taken with what the with the victory, and the instrument mbi i sages of Stephen's Green denominate of it, that we intend shipping a cargo 2003 the teasy weasy. The Irish bar has so of our worst and most spareable puns post much changed for the worse, that on board the next whaler, that we may

Charles Philipps himself has betaken vie with Sir William, and “ leap mast

his youth and eloquence to Westmin- high” at contributing to the slaughter md. ster, and English jurors have been late of the monsters of the deep. is ly so bepreached out of bullisin by But independent of this ruse, we had ará him, as to give upwards of sixpence da- the best of the argument. We main

mages for a broken head. To be sure, tained, that with respect to the subject raw the Templars plead very justly in de matter of study, the professions could

fence of their dullness, that they laugh not be compared. As to heresies, what Hele too much over Blackwood, and have so contemptible as Whiggism? With Sicid not leisure for original wit. They may many more sage proofs and vinous rea

mean this as a compliment, but we soning, till we came to issue upon wit

don't take it as such. We reckon up- and humour, and the tendency of the thic on such ascendancy as a matter of different modes of life to produce it.

course, and entreat our worthy young The advocate for the pre-eminence of

friends, in return, not to be cast down medical wit overpowered us at first he s by the excellence of what they can ne with a large catalogue of names we had Biri ver come in competition with ; and never heard of-wicked wags of decay- warn them, what a reproach it is to be ed magazines and provincial towns,

grave with such ridiculous personages cocked up before 'em, as Lawyer Scar

66 Now breaking a jest, and now setting a lett

, and Attorney Brougham. Physic is no better than law, and has He was marvellously obstreperous-we grown as stupid as an inauguration es- heard him out

and turned him out; say. From the top to the bottom of then fell to ourselves, tooth and nail the profession-from Sir Henry Hal- surplice against long robe. We came ford, down to Gale Jones and Dr at last to something like a compromise, Drumgoole, it is stale, flat, unprof allowing supereminence to the law in No; not always unprofitable. But for stray jests and Joe Millerisms, while, the church to acquiesce in the general in supporting a continuous and original torpor—the profession of Sterne and vein of humour, we maintained the Swift—it is a bad sign ;“ there's some- superiour vis comica of divinity, and thing rotten in the state of Denmark.' clinched our proof by an overwhelm

You know us, my worthy public, for ing lot of names, for any of which we e fellow of open arms. We love you all, were not much indebted to the present as in duty bound, by the laws of reci- age. Our divines, however learned, procal affection ; and therefore beg of sage, and exemplary they may be, are Vol. X.

M

bone.”

« ПредишнаНапред »