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THE TEST OF AFFECTION. I aRose early in the morning, and with redoubled fury, then slackened, after taking a good breakfast set until the dense cloud totally dimiout from home - I was furnished nished ; its heavy, dark colour grawith an oaken cudgel, which I deem- dually changed to a livelier hue; the ed might, towards the latter end of drops grew smaller, and fell at wider my journey, be useful:-on the end intervals; and the sun burst forth of it was slung a small matter of in all the glorious refulgence of unprovision, packed up in a handker- clouded splendour:- I then pursued chief, and then hoisted over my left my journey. It was now lighter; shoulder. A good quantity of rain and the feathered warblers were had fallen in the night; it was, how- chanting melodiously among the ever, fair when I commenced my ex- dripping leaves and branches of the pedition, and I wished it so to re trees; and, flitting from spray to main; for it was no pleasure to an spray, seemed to rejoice at the apticipate a wet day, and a journey of proach of morning. 'I now and then thirty miles on foot before me. met a solitary rustic, just issuing
The morning was still and beauti- from his cot and hastening to his ful-it was at the early hour of four labour, who interrupted my medita
- could not yet distinguish the tions no longer than while I returnsun, though I was sensible he had ed his friendly salutation. For two left his ocean-bed, from the beautiful hours I proceeded on in this manner; streaks of colouring in the eastern when thinking it time for another sky. To express the softness, mild- breakfast, my former being pretty ness, and calmness of the scenery at well digested; and my appetite bethat hour, I cannot find adequate ing sharpened by the caller air, I words; those only can conceive it turned into a pot-house hard by the who have witnessed the same. I had way side,“ keepit by Maggy Donot proceeded more than two miles naldson,” noted for selling guid auld before a few drops alarmed me with Scotch drink, a drap o’the right sort; apprehensions of a soaking shower, a house where there had been many from a heavy black cloud that was a good splore kicked up by the deslowly sailing over my head; and votees of the above liquor. On enmy fears were soon realized by a very tering, Patty, who had cleaned up thick descent that followed, on which the house, and who was now busy at I betook myself with all speed to a the kirn, left her task, and lowered thatched cottage that I saw at some the tone with which she was singing distance for shelter : its humble in a song of Burn's, to attend me; habitants were not yet risen; and though, while she placed an old threethe only shelter I could obtain was legged worm-eaten oak table by the that, which the eaves of the dark side of the settle on which I had brown thatch afforded :-partially seated myself, and furnished it with screened, I there watched the pro a foaming jug of nut-brown, I caught gress of the shower, which after the following: nately abated a little, then increased
“ But warily tent, when you come to court me,
And come na unless the back-yett be a-jee;
O whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad:
O whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad.
Auld Maggy, who sat by the ingle of a minute examination of many a with a pipe in her mouth, now ac fine scene my course of travels, I am costed me with how far cam ye this sensible, displayed. It was lowermornin, gude man?” When I had ing dark – the whole atmosphere satisfied her in this particular, she was loaded with immense watery enquired, “ Where I was gaun?” clouds---the wind was wild and And when I told her I was going to boisterous—and with short intermis-, visit old Andrew Gillespie, my un sions the rain descended in torrents; cle, who was supposed to be near so that I was soon thoroughly drenchdeath, she broke out, “ What! Aulded to the skin. I now stopped again Andrew Gillespie, that dwells at for another refreshment, as I was Flinty Knowe, amang the muirs, arrived at the last inn before ascendsure he's na ill! I should amaisting the mountains, through which I greet out baith my e’en if we were to had yet a long journey, and not one of tine bim: there is na a mair auld far- the best roads. After leaving the inn, rant fallow in the kintra than honest I began to ascend a very steep path, auld Andrew Gillespie :-I kent him which leads several miles through lang syne, and a' his kith and kin: a wild range of heathy hills, and barhe ne'er cam to the town but he ca't ren moors; and while on this part of for a cog o'my nappy, for he was a my journey, frequently those lines cantie auld earl; shame to the rogue of Burn's forcibly impressed my rethat would injure him in word or collection : deed; an'I hope the tale ye hae heard is not true, an that ye'll find him “Admiring nature in her wildest grace, hale and weel, and as cantie as ever;
These northern scenes with wcary feet but if you are gaun to Andrew Gil
I trace; lespie's the day, ye'll find it a lang O'er many a winding dale and painful step till’t; and sae far’s I can see,
steep, ye'li bae a wet day o't.” I was
Th’abodes of covey'd grouse and timid much pleased with this eulogium on
sheep." iny relative; and I could have stay The scenery before me was majes. ed with the auld Hostess much tic and sublime; not from extent of longer, very willingly; for I love prospect, but the height of the black auld Scotch songs, auld Scotch tales, hills, the depth and gloominess of and auld Scotch drink; the one of the vallies, the ruggedness, barrenwhich auld Maggy was well noted ness and desert-like silence reigning for singing, the other for telling, all around ;-the whole country was and the other for selling ;—but it rent and tossed into mountains, subwas absolutely necessary 1 should lime in barrenness; and made more proceed, which I did, after exhaust particularly impressive by a thick ing the last drops of the precious mist, or rain fog, which sat sullen exhilirating nappy, gathering up the upon the summit of every hill, and relics of my repast, and wishing my obscured with its misty mantle, much hostess a gude morning.
of the heathy declivities ;-frequentRefreshed with my rest, I now ly, however, large portions of it travelled on with great vigour, until would be detached, and driven raanother shower drove me for shelter pidly along the mountain-sides, by into a blacksmith's shed ;-after con the furious breeze, versing awhile with honest Burne The weather in a short time clearwin about the “wee dwarf Davie,” od up, and the sun broke out again or “ canny elshie of Muckelstane in his meridian splendour. Cheered Muir," who sat for his picture to the with the aspect of the sky, and the author of the Popular Novels; and pure mountain-breeze, which had lost seeing no signs of better weather, I a good deal of its chillness in the again set forward.
warm sunbeams that now burst forth, Nothing further occurred on my I quickened my pace, and soon gainjourney for some time, nor was the ed'the top of the hill: I had a grand scenery such as to tempt me to give and extensive prospect of country a description of it: one reason, how before me for many miles. There is ever, may be, I was anxious to ar certainly nothing that can so powrive at my journey's end ; and the erfully affect the mind with a kind day was not such as would permit of indescribable sensation, as a view
from a lofty mountain of one's own; me on my way; sometimés gliding and native land- there is in it some between green banks with an almost thing so thrilling and extatic, while imperceptable motion ; sometimes the eye roams over the space stretch rattling along clear, broad and shaling to the utmost boundary of the low, showing its round smooth pebhorrizon, on which are scattered the, bles; and sometimes rushing with thatched mansions of rural inno- deafening noise down its deep-worn cence; traces the winding river “ or bed, and toiling its waters to foam burn, stealing under the lang yellow among the huge masses of rock, broom ;" gladdens at the prospect overgrown with moss, which had of a thousand healthy pastures, che- been severed by some convulsion of quered o'er with flocks and herds; nature from the enormous cliffs that and distinctly notes its own village protruded from the sides of the valspire, embower'd cot, and well known ley:—these were high and precipitmeads; while memory hastily recalls ous, and in most places rocky, with the days of careless childhood, its here and there a shrub or stunted youthful compeers, and the romantic tree ; and one might now and then notions and feelings of youthful ima- discern a few sheep, nibbling the gination ;-while again the noble scanty grass among the craggy cliffs landscape, the stupendous barriers, above, which as one passed, looked and the vast blue concave of heaven, down with an earnest gaze, gave a with all its host of clouds, attract solitary baa, and then quietly resumthe wondrous gaze, the emotions of ed their eating. the mind acquire an elevation and The vale wound about in a sersublimity, which no other situation pentine direction; and from the vacan produce; and the soul dwells rious aspects of every turning point, and expands with the grandeur of which when at a distance it displayits sensations, until it again subsides ed, much was given for speculation in disappointment, that it cannot in as to the course which it would take words give birth to its inexpressible among the labyrinth of mountainand unutterable impressions. bases, where other dells or glens
Although in such haste to arrive opened from this :- I however gain. at the end of my journey, could ed point after point, until I saw, with not forbear stopping now and then mingled sensations of pleasure and to contemplate the charming pros- pain, the stepping-stones over the pect, which was not, however, re brook, and the steep zig-zag path by markable for fertility or luxuriant which I must leave the valley. By clothing, but chiefly for its bold out taking this path, passing through line, and natural, though rather the little hamlet at the top of the naked features. The cots of the mountain, and descending on the peasantry were, in general, scatter- other side, I came to the level, whence ed at a good distance from each other; it was but a few fields length of geneach defended in some degree from tle ascent, up to my, uncle's; by the rude mountain winds by a few which I should cut my journey shorttrees, which towered high above the er a few furlongs. When I arrived humble roof of faded thatch, and was at the hamlet, I enquired of a shepsurrounded with the necessary ap herd the nearest way to the Flinty pendages of a barn and a byre. 'I Knowe: “ Ye maun gae back the proceeded on, and soon descended gate ye cam again,” said he; “ down the steepy hill: at the bottom was a the brae, and over the burn, and kep small clachan, or hamlet, containing the left han’; and when ye are by a pot-house, where I devoured the th' meikle stane, gae through the reinaining fragments of provision, wee yett, and follow the burn till ye and set forward again with renewed get to the mill, and then ye'll be at vigour,
the bottom o' the Flinty Knowe.”. Crossing the narrow stone bridge “Thank ye, friend,” replied I; “ but at the extremity of the village, I I'm nae for ganging that gate sae entered a deep and romantic glen; long as I can fin' a shorter way, ye on the edge of which, at the distance ken there is a nearer way gif ye wad of four miles, was the humble man tell. Come, now, just shew me the sion of my uncle Andrew. The be- road.” “Weel," answered he,“
“ye forementioned stream accompanied may gang through the stile out o'er
the ground, an by the thorn an then neighbours, cousins, and the serye'll see, its a thachit house amang vants, all standing in deep silence the trees, ye canna miss't.” “Thank around the bed of my dying uncle. ye,” said I, and away I went; in a On entering, all eyes were turned quarter of an hour I found myself upon me; I was a stranger to most going up the field that led to the of them. There were, however, one house, and a crowd of sensations or two who remembered me adrushed into my mind.
vanced to the bed-side, and the counMany years had elapsed since I tenance of my uncle for a moment had wandered about this very mea- brightened up at my approach, but dow in careless infancy; and the soon subsided again into a cold pretty secluded cot to which I was tranquil indifference. advancing had been my home; I It was plain that death was rapidly looked around on the hills and dales approaching. He had been speechand could easily recognize them as less several hours, consequently we my old acquaintances.
“ Ha!" said could hold no conversation. He 1,“ye change not your appearance; however put out his hand, which I ye grow not old in the course of grasped with an affection redoubled time; the feebleness of age cometh by the prospect of soon losing him not upon you; ye still smile in the
In my younger days I brightness of summer, and frown in had lived with him; and he, having the lowering winter. For ages ye no children of his own, was then have reared your towering crests, remarkably fond of me. Subseand given food to the flocks and quently that affection was strengthherds
that have chequered your dark ened between us, and although Prosurface; ye have given a direction vidence had cast my lot in another to the murmuring brook that pro country, yet we had kept up a ceeds from you, till it seeks, far dis friendly and affectionate intercourse; tant, the mighty ocean: and while some time previous to this indispogeneration after generation hath sition I had again removed to within passed away, ye have preserved un. thirty miles of his residence, which varied the features ye possessed in was the place from whence I set out ages gone-even now, as in years on this sorrowful visit. past, my eyes behold the still sun My uncle was a man of sound shine sleeping upon your gentle judgment, keen observation, and sloping declivities, interrupted only cheerful, social disposition; joined when the light cloud of spring for to a thorough knowledge of mana moment casts over them its pass kind-he loved a cheerfal glass :ing shadow."
he was kind to his servants and deMy cogitations were suddenly in- pendants:-and, though rather of terrupted by the gate at the end of frugal and saving disposition, yet the pasture, which I opened. In he was charitable
to his poor neighanother moment I was in the porch bours. In his friendships he was of the cottage. I lifted the lateh rather capricious, but firm in his atand went in; the house appeared tachment to the kirk and the gojnst the same as I had left it ten vernment of his country. He was years ago. The furniture was the apt to be a little passionate and hasty same, and each piece occupied the in his temper; his resentment, howsame position. The old clock stood ever, was seldom of long duration: ticking in the corner, as it had done on the whole, he was well beloved for fourscore years; the oaken settle by those among whom he dwelt; remained behind the door, and my and might be pronounced a good uncle's antique two-armed chair by neighbour, and an excellent subject. the fire-side: but I saw no living By a long course of industry in his creature in the house besides the cat profession he had amassed a pretty on the hearth-stone, I listened good property, the knowledge of awhile, but could hear nothing: which had drawn around him a host At this I rather wondered, as of of needy relations ; chietly, however, yore the house was seldom, scarcely consisting of nephews; who besiegever, totally deserted. I then went ed him with flattery and professions forward into the spence or country but whose attentions were chiefly parlour, where I found several drawn forth by their hopes of inhe
riting the old man's property ; Then taking o'er the lawn its course, how he had willed his property was The waving grass confessed its force; not known : he was a man of pru
And every fow'ret on the mead, dence, and seldom blabbed out his. Bent while it passed a trembling head.” private affairs when there was no
I was soon summoned from my especial need of such promulgation. station to the parlour, my uncle had
On my arrival I consequently found all the friends about him re- had returned. He told us death was
somewhat revived, and his speech markably attentive, and duteous in their behaviour; though it was very
making rapid advances, and that we
might soon expect the moment of evident that a good deal of their
his dissolution. He informed me affection was assumed for the occa
where we should find his will, and sion. Shortly after my arrival, he fell into a kind of doze, and all left future conduct.
gave us some excellent advice on our the room, save an attendant or two.
Some things he requested us to Peggy, the servant who had lived
perform which I thought were a litwith my uncle fourteen or fifteen
ile odd :-he wished us to read his years, now insisted on my taking
will in the room where he was, imsome refreshment, and accordingly mediately after he had expired. He set meat before me. I was too much desired that he might not be laid agitated to feel any thing like plea- out, as it is commonly called, until sure in my repast, and what I ate
at least twelve hours after his deparwas more to please the faithful old
ture; and that his large two-armed domestic, than from
any inclination of my own ; accordingly, when my order and solemnity at the head of
oaken chair might be placed in all slight meal was over, I got up and the table every meal, and that it went to the window in a serious and should remain unoccupied till after reflecting mood. The afternoon
his funeral. He also wished to be was far advanced, and the scenery without was wrapped in tranquility, these requests we promised faithfully
interred in a very deep grave, All 4 The sunshine, cloudless, bright, and to observe; when after taking an af* still,
fectionate farewell of each, he quiSlept on the lawn and heathy hill; And gently stole from leaf and flower etly resigned himself to his pillow The moisture of the morning shower.
his breathing became more and more
faint till at last we could perceive At times the soft and zephyry breeze Moved the light branches of the trees,
it no more. Which, while they shifted to and fro, Waved as exact their shades below;
(To be continued.)
A TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF MISS E. No,
Who died in 1822, aged 17.
Here let a stranger, who well knew thy worth,
Save from devouring time thy spotless name:
His muse unlettered, and unknown to fame.
Or spread its fragrance to the blushing morn;
Ah! why from hearts that loved so early torn?
Cull from each stem fresh flow'rs of earliest bloom