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Christmas was also preceded in Ed- and seated round the bowl, now began skbien inburgh, and all over the country, by to partake of the half-boiling brose, on the appearance of guisards or guiserts, the

understanding that the person who use the young men and boys, who, in antic ha- was so fortunate as to get the ring in prelf w biliments and masks (called in Edin- their spoon, was to be first married. (u ile burgh fause-faces), went round the Reader, if you were ever young and 13. in houses in the evenings performing frag- unmarried, you must have felt whater maki ments of those legendary romances or it would have been to be assured of not as not p religious moralities, which were once always living in unprofitable and unthe only dramatic representations of respected celibacy; of moving through se sied Britain. Of the former, the general the world as unserviceable to its com 2 tedky subject was Alexander theGreat, accom- tinuance, as half a pair of scissars

, s head, panied by two other kings, and several or the single lever of a pair of snuffers

, e che knights, who“ said their say,” fought which, according to the proverb, can be her their battle, and received their reward neither clip nor cut. But I am tired ofre cat in the hospitalities of the season. The of description ; let the parties who en. Ter sur subject of the latter, I believe, was the joyed these scenes speak for theme and well known one of the Abbot of Un- selves. reason, which the reader, curious in Is a' the young folk come?" said 2,5

, such matters, will find lively pictured old Mr Callimanky to his wife, as ates in the romance of the Monastery. One he entered his house, having left his 2 sid

. of the masquers in this last, represent- shop in the Luckenbooths for the pure ed the Devil, with a formidable pair pose of enjoying the brose in the per un of horns ; another personated Judas, sons of his children and their friends : 36 designated by carrying the bag ; and “ there's no muckle doing in the shop there was likewise a dialogue, fighting the day. Except three spats os prins, 2:1 and restoring the slain to life at the and a remnant o'duffle for big-coats are conclusion of the piece. The opening to the Laird o Mosshag's dochters

, ! of the scene commenced by the recital haena measured an ell o'claith sin’ 1 of a rhyme beginning thus:

gaed down. --- Ye're ne'er content. Redd up stocks, redd up stools,

wi' your selling," answered Mrs Cal die Here comes in a pack of fools, &c. limanky;

an ye were as gude at get- MI But the guising is now on the de- ting in, as ye are at gi'en out, we might be cline, and the older masquers have hae been at the Citadel bathing this given place to young boys, who now year, as weel as our neighbour the carol the most common songs at the button-maker, and his yellow-facal doors of the citizens for halfpence.

dochters. Ye might hae been writing Jeeth Another prelude to the approach of your accounts for half-an-hour langer, iai, Christmas, was the appearance of flocks had ye liket ; for Sandy's playing at of geese, driven froin the south to be the shinty wi' Geordy Bogle in the massacred and eaten on this day. These, Krames, and the M'Guffies winna be however, were chiefly destined for the here till' twall, they're sae thrang akan solace of gentle stomachs, the prevail- ing currants." ing Christmas dish among the common people and peasantry, being the na- o Gillespie's and hear the news

soon, sae I'll just gang down the length tional one of fat brose, otherwise de. they a' gather,” said Mr Callimanky. nominated Yule bruse. The large pot, in almost every family of this descrip- parlour and see what the weans en tion, well provided with butcher meat, about," rejoined the lady; * MI COM

_66 Ye had better gang ben to the {if bullocks" heads or knee bones may lumbus's auldest son's been there is previous evening, to withdraw the nua garet, and cuttin paper leddies to the pritive juices and aminal oil from the young anes:ye see i'm thrang weitere said ingredients. Next day after break- Pye that I promised them-them that fast, or at dinner, the brose was made, eats, little kens the trouble aforehand." generally in a large punch-bowl, the “Od, I'm glad ye've gotten young Me gold ring among the oatmeal upon ther, he has sae muckle to say about which the oily soup was poured. The auld-farrant things that happened lang family, or party, (for on these occasions ago." there was generally a party of young people assembled) provided with spoons diately proceeded to the parlour, and

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made his entrée, while his eldest daugh- We had scarcely arranged ourselves er, a girl of about eighteen, was en- in becoming order after this interrup<cting the part of Blind Harry, and tion, before old Miss Callimanky, a

myself was perched upon the top of maiden sister of my friend, appeared, ately táble to avoid being caught. He leading in Sandy with a bloody nose.

Fame in with so little noise, or we He had been engaged in single combat 2. Vivere making so much, that his arrival with a boy in the street, who had un

e pa's not perceived ; and Miss Calli- necessarily interrupted his sport at the nanky, passing the door at the time, shinty. This was resented by Mr Alex

the seized the old gentleman round ander in a becoming manner, and a zhe neck, and with a clap or two on battle “ower the bannets” was the con

ais head, or rather on his powdered sequence, which, on the testimony of witwig, cried out, pulling the bandage Geordy Bogle, I beg to say, was no

“ Ye're hit-ye're hit thing discreditable to young Calli": -I've catched you at last !"

manky's courage, though claret, ac20. The surprise of the young lady, when cording to the modern phrase, was Te she found that she had catched her fa- drawn on both sides. “ Pit the muckle

her instead of me, Christopher, in her key down his back," said the old lady, wurms, is, to use a common expression, “ and that'll stop the bleeding. Ma

nore easily conceived than described. wee man, I hope ye gied the little HeChe old gentleman, however, was per- ritor as gude as he's gien you.” The suectly good-humoured, and conveyed house key was procured and put next

20 reproach on our conduct, further his neck; the bleeding ceased, as Miss han by saying, as I leaped from the Callimanky the elder had predicted able, “ Kit, Kit, if ye hae spoilt my and a piece of shortbread, and a bawscable, I'll gar your father send me a bee to buy snaps, soon effaced all reflew ane.” The convenience of the old membrance of the battle. "zlouses of Edinburgh for games of this The two Misses M‘Guffie now ap

kind, is only known to the last gene- peared ; “ three muckle buns, which ication. When Mr Callimanky came had to gang to the carrier's in the into the room, the only persons visible morning,” being their apology for not were Miss Callimanky and myself. appearing earlier at the fishing of the l'he numerous presses and concealed ring in the kail-brose. Mrs Calliman-cupboards included the remainder of ky having, it would seem, finished her the party, to the amount of half a do- apple-pye, ready to send to the bazen. One little fellow was laid along ker's,” now made her entrance, followunder the piano-forte ; Miss Marga- ed by a girl with the meal-can. The ret had, by the help of a chair, attain- punch-bowl was placed on the table ; ed the upper and unoccupied shelf of a sufficient quantity of oatmeal was & press ; one had stowed itself un- deposited in it; a gold ring dropped der a sofa, and another little imp among the meal; and the bowl was had rolled under the large leather- taken away to have the necessary licovered chair, which stood by the quid supplied from the muckle pat, side of the fire.

Two others had The bowl was placed on the table, and found concealment, the one behind a

all hands grasped their spoons, large tea-tray, and the other behind a care, and no burn yoursells, bairns," butter-kit, in what was denominated said Mrs Callimanky, as she endeathe store-closet.

" What's came o'a' voured to repress an eagerness which the bairns ?” said the old gentleman, might have been followed by a scalded as he looked round the apartment. mouth ; “just take time-some o' you

Dear me, are you twa playing at maun get the ring.”-“ See, aunty Blind Harry your ain sells !"_“Eh, Betty, Meg's takin twa soups for my that's my father,” said Geordy, as he ane," said Miss Callimanky:-“ Ye peeped from under the piano. — Help maun just sup faster, Jean," was the me down, papa," cried Miss Margaret, reply.-“ I've gottin't,” cried Miss as she looked from her elevation, like Susan M'Guffie, as she was blowing a an angel on the inferior world.—“Eh, hardened piece of meal between her we'll get the brose now—that's papa teeth. --The supping was suspended for frae the shop!” sung out the one from

“Eh no, it's just a knot under the sofa ; and in a short time, o'meal.”: Mr Callimanky, though no sorcerer,

The search commenced with greater had eight people about him, where a minute before only two were visible.

eagerness." Aunty, will ye no try't?” said Sandy to old Miss Callimanky ;

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emned and mony a ane mae that I could were not sorry that Mrs Betty bad name, it wadną set me to houk men failed in securing a help-mate upon at for out o’a brose-bicker at this time o' the present occasion. “How's the day.” :-" Tuts, Betty," answered Mr button gotten among the meal ?" said and get Callimanky, “ the bairni's but jokin; Mrs Callimanky, who now got possesma "Chrise tak a spoon and be like the rest. sion of the brass article. The thing There's nae saying where a blessing was unaccountable, till Sandy cried maylight. Sandy M'Scrankie's neither out-“Eh, mother, as sure as ony dead nor married yet; and mony a ane thing the button's mine, see it's come a’lder than you gangs afore the mi- aff the sleeve o' my jacket.”. nister.”—“ Aulder than me, brither! Miss Betty retired from the contest, what do ye mean? It’ill no be the and the youthful candidates again be better for either you or yours suld I gan, with unwearied application, to the change my condition.”

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. Miss Betty, however, allowed her. The large bowl was pretty well emptiself to be persuaded, and began to dig ed of its contents, and conjecture was in the mine for husbands with the at work in supposing that some of the eagerness of one who had not yet lost company, with sufficient plenitude of hope. She had not emptied many throat, might have unconsciously swalspoonfuls, before her teeth arrested lowed the landlady's ring, when Miss something of a harder texture than Callimanky was fortunate enough to oatmeal ; and in the act of chewing to secure the actual prize.

“Weel done, ascertain its quality, the said body

PE stuck fast in the hollow of an old tooth. ring in triumph between her fingers

Jean,” said her papa, as she held the Gude preserve me, what's this !" that's just as it should be the auldmumbled out Mrs Betty, in an agony

est aye first.' .“ Jeanie, gie's a kiss

, of pain, the tears starting from her my dear,” said her mamma ;“ye deeyes as she hastened to apply a hand- serve a man, and I hope ye'll get kerchief to her mouth. Our aunty's good one." 'Aunty Betty, in spite of gotten the ring,” roared out a little fel.

her defeat, also congratulated her falow who observed the incident, our vourite niece; and “ Jean's gaun aunty's gotten the ring, and she has it be married !” was sung out by the in her mouth-spit it out, aunty!"

younger branches in full Chorus, and The appearance of the old lady, and we'll a' get gloves and new frocks

, and the assertions of the boy, put a stop to sweet-things, and the piano to our further search. Wae worth your sells.” The Misses M‘Guffie

, however, ring and your brose too, they've gien were not over much pleased at the rea me a rheumatism in my chafts,” conti- sult.

“She ken’t weel where to find nued aunty Betty ; for she would have it," whispered the

" It's a' noncounted it a heresy' had any one hinted sense to think that finding a ring's to that her teeth were failing ; “ I wish gar ony body be married," said the I had your ring out o' my

mouth.” other. “ Can ye no get it out, Betty ? let me said Mr Callimanky, in a tone of comme

• 'Deed, it's perfect nonsense see where it is sticking,” said Mr Cal- solation; limanky.-“Miss Betty will haud a seen the thing happen for a that", good grip, I warrant ye, when it's in her power,remarked Mrs Calliman- out who was to be the happy

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They'll no be ill to please," whisBetty, at the risk of exposing her defi- sister. They'll ne'er rue their barhowever, to allow an examination which the other. ciencies in mark of mouth, was glad, gain but ance, and that's aye," replied pain. " I see it now,” said her bro- make a very good match, my dear?" should rid her of the incumbrance and Christopher there and our Jean wal ther, as with spectacles to assist his said Mrs Callimanky to her spouse. vision he was searching the round of

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they'll no make an ill match, after did not venture openly to say anything sa'," said he, as Miss Jean and I were to the disadvantage of my proffered arranged back to back; “ but let them spouse, they pretty broadly insinuated, please themselves.”

The young lady in a general way, that “ handless tauseemed not much displeased with the pies, wha couldna set their hands to irrangement which had been chalked a turn, but play upon pianos, and read out for her; and as we stood back to Shakespeare's novels and Smollett's back, I thought I felt her press her plays, might do very weel for a genbead gently to mine, as much as to say, tleman o’ fortune," but were not like

Christopher, what do you say to all ly to contribute much to the happithis?" Miss Jean, though a very good ness of those to whom domestic econozirl, happened to be rather dumpy for my was an object worth caring for. ny taste in female beauty; and I can- 'I returned to my dinner as invited ; not but say, if the old people had the Misses M'Guffie came to tea at hought it proper, that I should have six, and we passed a very amusing referred Miss Margaret for my prof- evening.“gieing guesses,” expounding ered partner in life, as she was both riddles, in music, singing, and dancing. róunger and taller, and in my appre- Time slipped away so unperceivedly,

nension much prettier than her sister. that I was not aware it was ten o'clock, - However, I had by some accident put' till Mrs Callimanky, upon the striking

-ip my hand to feel our difference in of that hour in St Giles's, gave us the height, which was asserted by Mr Cal- hint to depart by saying, "Now, sirs, imanky to be a scrimpit quarter," there's nane o' you to gang away ay his sister to be “ little more than a ye'll just stay and tak a rizzered had

dandbreadth,” and by Mrs Calliman- die.” I was proof, however, against the sy to be just a nail," and the young temptation ; and having deposited the ady, probably to ascertain the same M'Guffies in Baillie Fife's Close, I act, reached up her hand at the same closed the celebration of Christmas by noment. Aunty Betty, who had now going home. -completely recovered from the spasm In the country the same day was occasioned by the button, and who, it held much in the same manner, but was reported, was to leave her pose to there all work was suspended, and the Miss Jean, should she die unmarried, ceremonies began by a public breakobserved the occurrence with woman's fast, supported by lunches and drams keen eye for observation, and imme- in the forenoon, and terminated by a liately called the attention of the com- dinner and dance, at which Christmas pany to the incident, by crying aloud, ale (generally brewed for the purpose)

See, they're joining hands already! was not spared. Some traits of reliGudewife, we maun hae a glass o' your gious feeling, however, still mix with best to the health of the young cou- the observance of Christmas in the ple.” Miss Callimanký’s hand and mine country; and it is a received opinion were withdrawn in confusion ; she among the simple inhabitants, that at blushing like a rose, and my face (for twelve o'clock on Christmas eve, all the I blushed too) like a full-blossomed bees in the hives may be heard singing carnation. Cake and wine were pro- the advent of the Saviour of the world. duced ; the healths of the day went Naturalists say, that this will or will not round, with pointed allusion to the happen, as the temperature is high or projected alliance; and I was not al- low; but one almost regrets the inveslowed to depart without a promise to tigations which dissipate a superstition come up exactly at three, and tak a so amiable, as that of believing that all slice o' beef, and taste the goose and nature expresses her gratulations at an the apple-pye, which were the eatable event which is of importance to man attractions of the day. I escorted the alone.

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REMARKS ON SHELLEY'S ADONAIS, An Elegy on the Death of John KEATS, Author of Endymion, dc. BETWEEN thirty and forty years ago, are not quite qualified to speak, from the Della Crusca school was in great the peculiarity of their private habits ; force. It poured out monthly, week- but poor Mrs Robinson and her corly, and daily, the whole fulness of its respondents are foully belied, if their raptures and sorrows in verse, worthy moral habits were not to the full as of any“ person of quality.” It revel- pure as those of the Godwinian colony, led in moonlight, and sighed with that play“ the Bacchanal beside the evening gales, lamented over plucked Tuscan sea.” But we must do the deroses, and bid melodious farewells to funct Della Crusca the justice to say, the “ last butterfly of the season." that they kept their private irreguThe taste prevailed for a time; the larities to themselves, and sought for : more rational part of the public, al- no reprobate popularity, by raising the ways a minority, laughed and were banner to all the vicious of the comsilent; the million were in raptures, munity. They talked nonsense withand loud in their raptures. The reign out measure, were simple down to the of " sympathy” was come again, - lowest degree of silliness, and“ babe poetry, innocent poetry, had at length bled of green fields” enough to make found out its true language. Milton men sicken of summer, but they were and Dryden, Pope and the whole an- not daring enough to boast of impa. cestry of the English Muse, had stray- rity; there was no pestilent hatred of ed far from nature. They were a every thing generous, true, and ha formal and stiff-skirted generation, and nourable; no desperate licentiousness their fame was past and forever. The in their romance; no daring and fiend

. trumpet of the morning paper, in which like insult to feeling, moral ties, and those“ inventions rich" were first pro- Christian principle. They were fool en mulgated, found an echo in the more ish and profligate, but they did not obscure fabrications of the day, and deliver themselves, with the steady demilliners' maids and city apprentices votedness of an insensate and black pined over the mutual melancholies of ambition, to the ruin of society. Arley and Matilda. At length, the We have now to speak of Mr P. obtrusiveness of this tuneful non- B. Shelley and his poem. Here we sense grew insupportable; a man of must again advert to the Della Crusca

. a vigorous judgment shook off his in- One of the characteristics of those dolence, and commenced the long childish persons was, the restless inseries of his services to British litera- terest which they summoned the publie ture, by sweeping away, at a brush of to take in every thing belonging to his pen, the whole light-winged, hum- their own triviality. if Mrs Robinming, and loving population. But in son's dog had a bad night's repose, it this world folly is immortal; one ge- was duly announced to the world ; neration of absurdity swept

away, Mr Merry's accident in paring this another succeeds to its glories and its nails solicited a similar sympathy; the fate. The Della Crusca school has vi. falling off of Mrs R.'s patch

, at the sited us again, but with some slight last ball, or the stains on Mr M.'s fullchange of localities. Its verses now dress coat, from the dropping of a transpire at one time from the

retreats chandelier, came before the earth, with of Cockney dalliance in the London praise-worthy promptitude. All with

. suburbs ; sometimes they visit us by in their enchanted ring was perfection

; fragments from Venice, and some- but there the circle of light and darktimes invade us by wainloads from ness was drawn, and all beyond was Pisa. In point

of subject and execu- delivered over to the empire of Dultion, there is but slight difference ; both ness and Demogorgon. The New schools are “ smitten with nature, and School are here the humble imitators nature's

love," run riot in the intrigues of those original arbiters of human of anemonies, daisies, and buttere fame. cups, and rave to the “rivulets proud, and the deep blushing stars."

The present story is thus:-A M

of the John Keats, a young man who had individuals in both establishments, we left a decent calling for the melancholy

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