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rienced its effects, as those two amiable swains breathe sentiments purely descriptive of the passion.

The different songs are incomparably fine.

Ac. V. Sir William justly observes, that superstition springs from

« Silly notions which crowd the clouded mind, That is through want of education blind.”

Glacid admonishes the young girls in a manner worthy the attention of the fair sex in general*“ Daft, lassie, ye ken nought of thc affair, Ane young and good, and gentle's un' so rare. A rakc's a graceless spark, that thinks no shame To do what such as us thinks sin to nameThey'll tempt young things like you, with oudith,

flush'd, Sync mak ye a' their jest, when ye're debauch'd; Beware then, I say, and never gie Encouragement or bourd wi' sec as he.”

Poor Peggy thinks too highly of Patie's moral cha. racter, than even to harbour an opinion inimical to his goodness. While we are in love with her unsus. pecting innocence, we feel poignantly for her agiiation of mind. Distressed innocence will always arouse such feelings in the thinking part of mankind. Nature is, in this respect, unerring.

The unsuspected discovery is no less pleasing than well imagined :-Sir William is, at first sight of Peggy, led to conceive in her he sees the daughter of his sister, whom he supposed

" Death had soon deprived of swcetest breath."

The discovery unfolds i:self in joyful shades, and still our eye is fixed on Patie and Peggy, for who like lovers seei. Love and parental affcction are sublime principles. We are even disposed with Peggy to cxclaims

" My wishes are complete—my joys arise,
Whilst I'm half dizzy with the blest surprise
And am I then a match for my ain lad,
That for me so much gen'rous kindness had ? .
Long may Sir William bless the happy plains,
Happy, while heaven grant he on them remains."

Again the pastoral poet shows that love, genuine love, spurns interested motives. Wealth is as nought when put in competition with this all-powerful passion.

A sympathetic glow of joy bursts from honest Symon and Glaced, with a sincerity that must vot remain unnoticed. To crown all, Patie interests himself in behalf of his trusty friend Roger, and gets Glacid's consent to his receiving Jenny's fair hand. Thus terminates this charming drama, and our best wishes o‘ershade the actors. • Sir William's moral admonition is a concise lesson on cthics, and certainly founded on the strictest truth

« Be ever virtuous, soon or late you'll find
Reward and satisfaction to your mind;
The maze of lise sometimes looks dark and wild,
And oft when hopes are highest we're beguil'd;
Oft when we stand on brinks of dark despair,
Some happy turn with joy dispels our care."

Having faithfully culled from the pastoral comedy a few of its bcauties, we can affirm, with safety, that it is the finest production of the kind any where to be met with; the various songs are pleasing and expres. sive, deserving the highest praise, and transcending imitation.


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BULL DOG, TS a breed peculiar to England, and less frequently I to be met with even there, since the barbarous custom of bull-baiting has declined; he is cruel and fierce, often biting before he barks, and is easily distinguished by his short nose, and by the under jaw being longer than the upper. Buffon calls him Le Dogue.

" The original stock of dogs,” says Mr. Pen. pant, " in the old world is, with great reason, supposed to be the schakal, or jackal; that from their tamed offspring, casually cros-ed with the wolf, the fox, and even the hyæna, have arisen the numberless forms and sizes of the canine race. Before him, Buffon, with much ingenuity, had traced out a genealogical table of all the known dogs, deducing all the other varieties from the shepherd's dog, varjously affected by climate, and other casual circumstances. This variety in Britain is small and weak; but in France, and among the mountains of the Alps, large and strong, and is sometimes called the wolf dog.

SHEPHERD'S DOG. The characters of this variety are, that they are sharp-nosed, erect and sharp-eared ; very hairy, especially about the neck, and liave their tails turned up or curled ; they are naturally the most sensible: they become, without discipline, almost instantly, the guardians of the flocks: they keep them within bounds, reduce the stragglers to their proper limits, and defend them from the attacks of the foxes and wolves. In temperate climates, they are very numerous, though greater attention has been paid to the rearing of more beautiful kinds, than to the preservation of this race, which has no recommendation but its utility, and for that rea. son has been abandoned to the care of the sheep farmers. Notwithstanding their inelegance, and melancholy aspect, they are superior, in instinct, to all others : they are of a decided character, independent of education, though, no doubt, that improves them: guided solely by their natural powers, they apply themselves, as it were spontaneously to the keeping of flocks; an employment which they execute with amazing fidelity, vigilance, and assiduity : their talents at the same time astonish and give repose to their masters, while other dogs require the most laborious instruction to train them to the purposes for which they are des. tined. · The first subordinate variety of the shepherd's dog is,


. DOG, Of Buffon. Linnæus describes it as having longer hair on its head, erect ears, and its tail very much curled. The second,

THE SIBERIAN DOG, A variety of the former, very common in Russia, The other varieties in the inland parts of the Russian empire and Siberia, are chiefly from the shep. herd's dog; and there is a high-limbed taperbodied kind, the common dog of the Calmuc and independent Tartars, excellent for the chace, and all other uses.

THE DANISH DOG. This is the largest of dogs, and is of stronger make than the greyhound. Buffon mentions his having seen only one of these ; that when sitting, was about five feet high. Such perhaps were the dogs of Epirus, mentioned by Aristotle, and those of Albania, the modern Schirwan, or East Georgia, so beautifully described by Pliny, of which the fol. lowing is a translation :

While Alexander the Great was on his march to India, the king of Albania sent him one (viz. a dog) of unusual bigness as a present. Delighted with his appearance, he ordered bears, then wild boars, and last of all, deer, to be turned out loose before him. The dog, through contempt of such game, lay still without seeming to take the least notice of them. That high spirited prince, provoked at such indolence in a creature of such size, ordered him to be put to death. Fame carried the news to the king. Therefore sending him a second, he added this message, that he should not wish to try him on small beasts, but on a lion or an ele. phant; that he had only two; that if this were

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