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expectation of lying in of a fifth. He mentioned, with seeming pride and satisfaction, the promising genius of his eldest son, and the flattering marks of approbation he had received from his teachers, and dwelt particularly on his hopes of that boy's future conduct and merit. His anxiety for his family seemed to hang heavy upon him, and the more perhaps from the reflection that he had not done them all the justice he was so well qualified to do. Passing from this subject, he shewed great concern about the care of his literary fame, and particularly the publication of his posthumous works. He said he was well aware that his death would occasion some noise, and that every scrap of his writing would be revived against him to the injury of his future reputation : that letters and verses written with unguarded and improper free. dom, and which he earnestly wished to have buried in oblivion, would be handed about by idle vanity or malevolence, when no dread of his resentment would restrain them, or prevent the censures of shrill-tongued malice, or the insidious sarcasms of envy, from pouring forth all their venom to blast his fame.
" He lamented that he had written many epigrams on persons against whom he entertained no enmity, and whose characters he should be sorry to wound; and many indifferent poetical pieces, which he feared would now, with all their imperfections on their head, be thrust upon the world. On this account he deeply.regretted having de--ferred to put his papers into a state of arrangement, as he was now quite incapable of the exertion."-The lady goes on to mention many other topics of a private nature on which he spoke, " The conversation,” she adds, “ was kept up with great evenness and animation on his side. I had seldom seen his mind greater or more collected. There was frequently a considerable degree of via vacity in his sallies, and they would probably have Had a greater share, had not the concern and dejection | could not disguise, damped the spirit of pleasantry he seemed not unwilling to indulge.
« We parted about sun-set on the evening of that day, (the gth of July, 1796); the next day I saw him again, and we parted to meet no more !”
" At first Burns imagined bathing in the sea had been of benefit to him: the pains in his limbs were relieved; but this was immediately followed by a new attack of fever. When brought back to his own house in Dumfries, on the 18th of July, he was no longer able to stand upright. At this time a tremor pervaded his frame; his tongue was parched, and his mind sunk into delirium, when not roused by conversation. On the second and third day the fever increased, and his strength diminished. On the fourth, the sufferings of this great but ill-fated genius were termi. nated, and a life was closed in which virtue and passion had been at perpetual variance.
" The death of Burns made a strong and general impression on all who had interested themselves in his character, and especially on the inhabitants of the town and county in which he had spent the latter years of his life. Flagrant as his follies and erfors had been, they had not deprived him of the respect and regard entertained for the extraordinary powers of his genius, and the generous qualities of his heart. The Gentlemen-Volunteers of Dumfries determined to bury their illustrious associate with military honours, and every preparation was made to render this last service solemn and impressive. The Fencible Infantry of Angusshire, and the regiment of cavalry of the Cinque Ports, at that time quartered in Dumfries, offered their assistance on this occasion; the principal inhabitants of the
town and neighbourhood determined to walk in the funeral procession; and a vast concourse of persons assembled, some of them from a considerable distance, to witness the obsequies of the Scottish bard, On the evening of the 25th of July, the remains of Burns were removed from his house to the Town Hall, and the funeral took place on the succeeding day. A party of the volunteers, selected to perform the military duty in the churchyard, stationed themselves in the front of the procession, with their arins reversed; the main body of the corps surrounded and supported the coifin, on which were placed the hat and sword of their friend and fellow-soldier; the numerous body of attendants ranged themselves in the rear; while the fencible regiments of infantry and cavalry lined the streets from the Town-Hall to the burial-ground, in the southern church-yard, a distance of more than half a mile. The whole procession moved forward to that sublime and affecting strain of music, the Dead March in Saul; and three vollies fired over his grave, marked the return of Burns to his parent earth! The spectacle was in a high degree grand and solemn, and accorded with the general sentiments of sympathy and sorrow which the occasion had called forth."
Such was the end of this great but unfortunate genius, who, had he been placed at an early period in a situation suitable to his genius and views, might have proved the ornament and blessing of his country. In the present case he holds forth an awful warning to the rising generation-he shews, that talents without temperance and prudence only glare the meteor of an hour, and then are extinguished in utter darkness! Burns wanted steadiness in reducing his knowledge to practice and resolution to resist the powerful temptations with which he was surrounded. Had he possessed these commanding virtues, his name would have gone down with an unsullied lustre to posterity.
The poet has left behind him a wife and four sons, who have been liberally assisted by subscriptions. The handsome edition of his works, in four octavo volumes, recently published, is intended to produce them some substantial advantage. May the benevolent purpose be abundantly answered!
The biography of Burns, written by Dr. Currie, and contained in the first volume, is replete with entertainment. The style is elegant, whilst the sentiments breathe the most refined and honourable sensibility. The second volume comprehends the poet's Letters, which are highly pleasing--the third comprises those Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect, which brought him so much celebrity-the fourth, and last, includes Miscellaneous Pieces, both in prose and poetry. Altogether, we may pronounce it the most interesting work that ever engaged our attention.
As the writer of this article is wholly unacquainted with the Scotch dialect, in which most of the poems of Burns are written, he cannot offer his own judgment. But he has frequently heard Scotchmen, of genius and learning, speak of them in the highest strains of applause. Indeed, the few pieces in English are exquisite, particularly Man was made to Mourn, which we mean soon to insert in our Miscellany. A plaintive tenderness and an unaffected simplicity, are the traits for which the Caledonian bard was chiefly distinguished. Peace be to his memory!
To the Editor of the Monthly Visitor.
THE following simple narrative (from the Edin.. burgh Fugitive Pieces) speaks much instruction, and may be of use to parents and youth.
A. B. C.
THE PENITENT PROSTITUTE GENTLEMAN, in the medical line, was A some time ago asked to visit a patient, and was conducted by an elderly woman up three pair of stairs, to â gloomy, shabby, sky-lighted apartment. When he entered, he perceived two young females sitting on the side of a dirty bed, without curtains. On approaching, he found one of thein nearly in the agonies of death, supported by the other, who was persuading her to take a bit of bread dipped in wine. The pale emaciated figure refused, saying, in a feeble languid voice, « that it would but prolong her misery, which, she hoped, was near at an end."-Looking at the doctor with earnestness, she said, “ You have come too late, sir, I want not your assistance.
" O, could'st thou minister to a mind diseas'd,
Here she fetched a deep sigh, and dropped upon the bed-every means of relief was afforded, but in vain ; for, in less than an hour, she expired.
In a small box, by the side of the bed, were found some papers, by which it appeared, that the unhappy young woman had had more than an ordinary education; she had changed her name, and concealed that of her parents, whom she sincerely