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Swan't you saying we would need a head and fished, than the first Lieutespare monkey's tail for the after car. Dant gave, “ Man the jib and top-sail ronade?"
halliards---Hoist away. The yards as “ I was so, Jack," replied the guncended, and the jib ran up its stay ner, turning away; “but don't you gaily; top-gallant-sails, royals, and think a cat's one might serve the turn sky-scrapers followed ; and the Tota as well ?”
tumfog thus gradually unfolding her "Nothing better, master,” rejoinwhite bosom to the breeze, was speedia ed the half-choked mate," provided ly under way, walking, like que of you arve it out with a whacking doze our far-famed Prince's Street toasts, of broomstick."
steadily through the fleet, in all the The arrival of the pilot put an end glory of new canvass, fresh paint, men to this merry conversation, as the derate wind, and fair weather. boatswain immediately piped Al hands She was now pretty well through the ahay, who had hardly time to scamper fleet, when the Captain called out, on deck, when the first Lieutenant “Mr Fireball-where is Mr Fireball? bawled through his speaking-trumpet Hark ye, youngster, jump and tell the the command to loose sails, which made gunner I want him directly !" The the top-men spring to the rigging with midshipman ran, and the gunner in an redoubled alacrity. Our hero, in this instant stood before his commander. out-set of business, found himself in “Mr Fireball,” cried the Captain, from no small dilemma, between a willing, the top of the round-house, “ I hope ness to be useful, and an ignorance of you are all ready, for you see we are all duty; he was, therefore, with a very near the proper distance.”— All motley herd of landsmen and marines, ready, sir," answered the gunner, « I alternately the follower of the boat- have only to unship the ports and run
swain's mate and the serjeant, who, the guns out, which I can doin a trice." • bustling about the deck before them, “Take a number of hands, tben, and do put the necessary ropes in their hands. so directly,” said the Captain ; “ you
“Fore-top there--main-top there!” know the sooner it is done the better bawled the first Lieutenant. “Are since we may all expect to be busy you ready aloft ?" which being an- again by and bye.--Zounds! pilot, is swered in the affirmative, he immedi- not the wind chopping about?" "Yes, ately sung out,“Let fall! Sheet home!” sir," answered the pilot, surveying the and away scampered the deck-bands, compass; “ It has come round fully helter-skelter with the sheets, until two points just now, and begins to the blocks smacked together. “ Belay, blow fresh. In my opinion, sir, i think belay, men !" cried the officer. “Man you had better douse your courses and the capstan ! Jump cheerily, my lads. small-sails—take a pull of the fore and Look out there, forward ! Down there, main braces, and get a hand in the tierers! Are you ready below?"-"All chains." ready, sir." _Yo, ho! where the de- “ You hear what the pilot says, Mr vil has all our hands got to ? Fore- Fyke?” cried the Captain. top there! main-top there! Come " Ay, ay, sir,” answered the first down here, all of you! Master Etter, Lieutenant, raising his speaking trumcip and Master Dinafore, kick every pet, and springing forward. “Man the soul of them out of the tops-a parcel fore and main clew-garnets- let go of skulking lubbers !”—“Ay, ay, sir,” tacks and sheets-clew up!” And up cried the young gentlemen ; and the went the courses to the yards, where capstan was speedily crowded. “Look they hung like drapery, out there, forward!" again bawled the - Fore and main-tops there," cried first Lieutenant ; « Come, my lads, the first Lieutenant. “Sir!" bellowed pluck up a spirit, and off she goes- the tops. play up fifer;" and round went the “In royals and top-gallant-sails.!" capstan to a good smart step, the men which, while executing, was next fola beating excellent time on the hollow lowed with a command for the captains sounding deck with their feet, amid of the tops “ to send a hand each aft to the accumulated vociferations of offi- the chains.”—“Ay, ay, sir," answered cers of all ranks, who, with their po- both captains, leaning over the toptent commander in presence, vied with sails. each other in the notes of alternate en- “ I'm all ready now, sir," cried the couragement and ridicule. The an- gunner, advancing to the Captain. chor was no sooner run up to the cat. “Ah ! very good, Mr Fireball," re
plied the Captain, looking astern with “Helm alee!” and the boatswain's pipe his glass. “Stand by then, and be on guve its usual trill, whitch was instantthe alert, for I will give you the word ly followed by, “ Square the main-topdirectly; and hark ye, old boy, mind sail-yard—forecastle there--shift over you commence with your lee guns, and the jib, and haul aft the jib-sheet-man measure your time well—I think that the fore and main-braces-haul of all!" always the best plan, for it makes your These orders were all executed in far weather ones tell a thousand times less time than they can possibly be better.”
enumerated, and round went the TotThe gunner assenting, went forward. tumfog on another tack.
“ By the mark seven !" sung the She was running athwart the narmen in the chains.—“Steady,” cried row channel of the Swin, with her the pilot to the quarter-master. “ And broadside to the fleet, when the Capsteady it is," replied the man at the tain gave the word “Fire!” which was wheel.
instantly obeyed, and all hands were “By the deep six !" sung the leads- immediately enveloped in the smoke men again.
of the salute, which the wind as speed“ Luff, boy, luff,” cried the pilot; ily carried off to the Admiral. This ' and “ Luffit is, sir,” was the response. piece of ceremony being immediately
“ By the half-mark five !" again returned by the Admiral's ship, after sung the leadsmen.
one or two more tacks, the pilot decla“ Steady she goes, my lad-nothing red his duty at an end; and after paroff,” said the pilot, with the usual re- taking of a slight refreshment, and re
ceiving the necessary documents of the *** By the deep four !” continued the faithful discharge of his official duty, leadsmen ; and the pilot immediately he wished Captain Switchem and all cried to the Captain, “'Bout ship, if his officers a fortunate cruize, jumped you please, sir, -luff a little, my dear into his own boat, and took his leave; boy, luff a very little !”
while the Tottum fog stood steadily to While this conversation was going sea; and while also many a one on on, the most perfect silence had been board, as the shore sunk in the horizon, maintained-all hands being on the said, with a certain poet yet alivealert, and ready ir duty. T'he first
“My native land, good night !" Lieutenant, therefore,once more raising his speaking-trumpet, now sung out
THE LAMENT OF ELLA. Oh! would my love would list my voice, Spread down, fair maids, a couch for me, Thus lone and desolate;
I ne'er shall rise again ; · I hear the little birds rejoice,
Since Henry I no more shall see, And weep beside the gate.
My heart must burst in twain :I love the lofty chesnut's shade,
Oh! paths, where we so oft have stray'd, In evening's ruddy glow,
Beside the waters soft ; Beside this spot I've often stray'd
Oh! woods, whose gentle twilight shade With Henry, long ago !
Hath shelter'd us so oft ; These days are past-no more to be, Adieu ! your sweets no more I'll see, These happy eves are o'er ;
The strife shall soon be o'er ; My love is off, and o'er the sea, -
My love is off, and o'er the sea, Í ne'er shall see him more !
I ne'er shall see him more!
Oh ! father, that thy cruel scorn
Mine ardour could withstand, And cause my hero, all forlorn,
To leave his native land;
Nor fame on loftier crest,
Than throbs within his breast :
And he, whom I deplore,
I ne'er shall see him more!
Build up a little monument
Of marble cold and white,
The passer-by invite
Who pined and died for love ;
That sent her soul above:
On him whom I adore ;
Í ne'er shall see him more!
Let maidens bear me to the tomb, A week hath scarcely pass'a, since I
Was gayest of the gay,
Was red with parting day;
And gloom o'ershades my soul,
Around me fiercely roll : For life is but a blank to me,
But soon a change will come to me, And earth a flowerless shore ;
My days will soon be o'er ; My love is off, and o'er the sea,
My love is off, and o'er the sea, I ne'er shall see him more!
I ne'er shall see him more!
THE VOYAGES AND TRAVELS OF COLUMBUS SECUNDUS.
There are few people to whom the transformed all my early play-mates to commencement of a new year does not fathers and mothers. And when I bring matter either of gratulation or contemplate time to come, the interests regret. To those hastening onwards to and the value of existence rise higher; the meridian of life, the gilded prose and the awful responsibility of manpect of enjoyment to come, or fame, hood, and the account to be given of and riches, and honour to be aequired, its stewardship, is enough, were not renders every land-mark between de- man the most careless of animals, to sire and enjoyment a partial enjoy- alarm even to madness, till assured, ment of itself; while those in the dee as far as human frailty can be assured, cline of life look towards the New. of entering on eternity with the con Year, as the unwelcome precursor of viction of time well employed, and all bodily debility, or inental inactivity the duties of life discharged, as ben as a stage on the road which leads comes a being whose existence is never them to their permanent home. To to terminate; and who is placed here, the young and the prosperous, the an- in the sight of God and his fellow mornual revolution of a period, which tals, to make his election between hapbrings with it only variety of pleasure, piness and misery. is hailed with rapture; while, to the New Year's-Day in Edinburgh, and aged and unfortunate, whose hours over the greater part of Scotland, is, and minutes are registered by pain, or however, rather a day of festive mermarked by calamity, the lagging mo- riment, than of serious thought. The ments move sluggishly along to the enjoyment of the present postpones, great gulf of eternity.
if not obliterates, all views of the fuWhat a dreadfully hasty approach ture; and the congratulationsoffriends, time' makes !-how rapidly roll his and the meetings of families, at this chariot wheels ! and, at their every re- period, are the leading features of the volution, mows, with unsparing scythe, season. The festivities which comwhole crowds from the pleasures and menced at Christmas are continued, pains of existence! When I look back with little intermission, till Handselon time past, I am almost stunned at Monday, oř Auld Handsel-Monday, the idea, and am apt to doubt the closes the annual round, and the reality of the change, which has taken months and days of ordinary life again me from toys and boyish plays—from roll on another year. school, and school-companions, and
I'll hae nane o' your gray. Hogmanay, or Hogmanae, for such and arranging parties for the due cele the last day of the year is termed in bration of the commencement of the Edinburgh, and over the greater part New Year. Every visitor was, on that of Scotland, is employed in visiting, evening, treated with wine and cake,
* Hogmanay, according to Dr Jamieson, is a term of uncertain derivation ; but according to a writer in the Transactions of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, it is derived from the Scandinavians, who celebrated a festival with sacrifices and other religious rites in the month of December, hence called Hogmonat and Blothmonat, signifying the month of immolation or sacrifices. “As this festival was always celebratea in the winter Solstice, when the sun returns upon the Zodiac, it was called Iol, whence or with whisky, buns, and shortbread, ticipate them in the first welcome of or cheese and bread; and the children, beauty in the course of the day, visited their A het-pint, or caudle, was made of relations and friends, for the sake of ale, spirits, sugar, and nutmeg, or partaking in these attractive eatables. cinnamon, mixed together in approAmong the common people and pca. priate quantities, and boiled; and was santry, the following stanza was used, carried about, on the first morning of as the supplication for the accustomed the year, in the tea-kettle in which it treat
was prepared,--the visitors, besides, Rise up, gudewife, and shake your feathers,
being plentifully supplied with buns,
shortbread, bread, and cheese. It was Dinina think that we are beggars : For we are bairns come out to play ;
held unlucky to enter any person's Get up and gie's our Hogmanay.
house, on the first day of the year,
empty-handed, and every person on Among the more wealthy ranks, the streets at that time was greeted dinners and evening parties were also with a shake of the hand, the wish of the order of the day; while the work- "a gude New-year," and a proffer of ing part of the population, relieved the liet-pint, to drink to the mutual from daily toil, looked forward to the joy. Every female, at the same time, social pleasures of the evening, and was saluted, and neither rank nor the uncontrolled festivities of the age was exempted from the congratuNew-Year's morning, with the anxié latory kiss. T'he noise in the streets, ous wish and the keen appetite of those particularly the great thoroughfares, to whom superfluity in eating and was tremendous; and the glare of landrinking is not an ordinary occură terns, when the night was dark, and rence. I dare say one half of the in- the moving crowd in every direction, habitants of Edinburgh, I mean of the presented a scene of bacchanalism, middling and lower ranks, did not, on which, had not one been conscious that evening, go to bed; but prepared that it all proceeded from good-hue the het-pint, in readiness to sally out moured kindness and innocent frolic, as the clock struck twelve, to be the might have caused some alarm. I have first foot to cross the threshold of a occasionally gone out, as many other friend. The streets were crowded with young men have done, to see the fun; parties on this errand even long before and certainly, when liquor had thrown that hour; the young men particular- off all respect for authority and disly, to shew their affection to the girls tinctions of rank, it was no unpleasing whose favours they were anxious to sething for a Scotsman to see the inno. cure, often spending adreary half-hour cent peculiarities of his countrymen at the bolted door, lest a more favour- without the formality of disguise. ed, or more anxious lover, should an. I have said I was engaged to dine
was formed Youl or Yule ;” ergo, Yule and Hogmanay are the same, though the illi. terate place a week between them.
“ Trololol-lay is derived from the Icelandic, Trolldr, by which the Scandinavians denoted those evil genii who devoured unlucky mortals who went near their haunts. Thus Trol-lol-lay will signify, 'Away, ye evil genii -be ye far from our solemn meetings !!” -Trans. Soc. Ant. vol. II. part 1. p. 4.
All this is very instructive, and it would be curious to know in another dissertation, that tol-lol-de-rol, fa-la-la, derry-down, fiddle-diddle, &c. were Scandinavian and Icelandic terms, meant to drive away the Blue Devils from our social meetings, or Sanscrit and Arabic forms of exorcism. It would ill become a writer in small printed octavo to compete in point of knowledge or erudition with an author of large type quarto ; but I am convinced that any child of three or four years of age, taken at random from the streets, could have traced a connexion with Trol-lol-lay, and Tol-lol-lay, toro-loro-lay, toLlol-de-rol, and their infinite modifications, and have suggested that these odd terms were merely added to the end of rhymes by our ballad-makers and ballad-singers, to make out the measure. Grant the explanation here given by the writer in the Transactions to be correct, and I engage to prove that Tol-lol-de-rol may be translated into a loyal Icelandic address to his Majesty ; and that Derry-down and Fiddle-diddle may, in Sanscrít, or Arabic, be explained into a Pastoral Admonition from the General Assem. bly of the Church of Scotland. The writer of this learned article also denominates a four line stanza of French rhyme a couplet ; and if he means that the compressed sense of four lines of French poetry may be easily confined into two of English, I heartily agree with him.