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pillow. In the morning her font and his ghastly death's head at the window ancle are red with blood, but a deluge into which it was thrown. has swept away every trace of stain “ Indeed, the scene was rendered more from the dewy grass. From this pe- appalling to weak and ignorant minds, riod Mordaunt is missed, and Minna because the same stormy and eddying is as distraught as her relative Norna. winds which, on the one side of the church,
threatened to bury the ruins with sand, An enquiry for the lost youtlris set on
and had, in fact, heaped it up in huge foot; and supposing that Norna may qnantities, so as almost to hide the sidebe able to furnish some clue to the wall of it's battresses, seemed bent on mystery, even the recluse Mertoun is uncovering the graves of those who had stirred to seek her at St. Ninian's been laid to their long rest on the sonthruined church. Of which place the eastern quarter; and, after an unusually description is truly in the style of the hard galé, the coffins and sometimes the author of Warerley :
very corses, of those who had been in
terred without the usual cearments, were “ After the church of Saint Ninian's discovered, in a ghastly manner, to the had been denounced as a seat of idolatry, eyes of the living.' and desecrated of coarse, the public worship was transferred to another church; Here Mertoun finds the Reim-kenand the roof, with it's lead and it's raf: par employed on an unholy spell ; takters, having been stripped from the little ing a portion of the shected lead from rude old Gothic building, it was left in the corpse of her great progenitor, Rithe wilderness to the mercy of the ele- bolt Troil, a hero of the 15th century, ments. The fury of the uncontrouled during which she sings a striking inwinds, which bowled along an exposed cantation; and, in answer to his quesspace of shifting sands, for the soil resembled that which we have described at tions, he is mysteriously told to go to a Jarlshoff, very soon choked up nave and certain spot at Kirkwall on the fifth aisle ; and on the north-west side, which day of the Fair ; and when he "rewas chiefly exposed to the wind, hid the quires further proof to induce his obe, ontside walls more than half way upwards dience, Norna whispers a word in bis with mounds of drifted sand, over which ear, which produces an effect almost the gable-ends of the building, with the magical.- A shift of the canvass relittle belfrey, which was built above it's stores us to the Troils, and we see nave, arose in ragged and shattered naked Magnus conducting his adored daughDess of rain.
ters to visit Norna at Fitful Head; “ Yet, deserted as it was, the Kirk of to obtain the restoration of Minna's Saint Ringan's still retained some sem
health. This journey, and it's circumblance of the ancient homage formerly rendered there. The rude and ignorant which our limits forbid us to detail,
stances, are replete with incident, fishermen ofDunrossness observed a practice of which they themselves had well The singular abode of the Pythonessis nigh forgot the origin, and from which the a picture by Salvator,--and discloscs Protestant Clergy in vain endeavoured to one of the favourites of our author, an deter them.-When their boats were in ex. unseemly being, half goblin, half hu; treme peril, it was common amongst then to propose to vow an awmous, as they termed it, that is, an alms, to Saint Rin. displayed, to the alarm of Brenda, and
“ As he spoke the door opened, and gan; and when the danger was over, they the surprize of Minna herself, a squarenever failed to absolve themselves of their made dwarf, about four feet five inches vow, by coming singly and secretly to the bigh, with a head of most portentous size, old church, and putting off their shoes and and features correspondent,-namely, a stockings at the entrance of the church. huge month, a tremendous nose, with yard, walking thrice around the ruins, large black nostrils, which seemed to have observing that they did so in the course slit upwards, blubber lips of an unconof the sun. When the circuit was accom. plished for the third time, the votary with which he leered, sneered, grinned,
scionable size, and huge wall eyes, dropped his offering, usually a small and goggled on the Udaller as an old silver coin, through the mullions of a lan. acquaintance, without uttering a single ceolated window, which opened into a
word. The young women could hardly side aisle, and then retired, avoiding carefully to look behind him till he was be persuade themselves that they did not sce yond the precincts which had once been who made such a distinguished figure in
before their eyes the very demon Trolld, ballowed ground; for it was believed
Norna's legend.” that the skeleton of the saint received ide offering in his body hand, and shewed A scene of apparently magical in
cantation takes place; and the result they bring him sour whey,--no dispais that Minna is wonderfully restored; ragement to your brandy, Fowde, which which, though not understood by her is excellent.--You ask for meat, and friends, arises from an intimation that they bring you sour fish, that Satan might Mertoun is not slain, and from assur
choke upon.--You call your Labourers ances which afford hope to the discon. St. Magnus's day, or Saint Ronan's day,
together and bid them work; it proves solate girl. Norna, however, will not
or some infernal saint or other,--or else, suffer her visitors to profane her roof perhaps, they have come over the bed by eating food or remaining during with the wrong foot foremost, or they the night, and they are driven forth have seen an owl, or a rabbit has crossed to a cheerless journey homewards. them, or they have dreamed of a roasted Their adventures, in which Triptole- horse, --in short, nothing is to be done,-mus and Halcro again bear a part, are Give them a spade, and they work f48 entertaining, and forward the denoue- it it burned their fingers; but set them ment; and the lamentations of the for- to dancing, and see wiien they will tire mer are ludicrously droll :
of Hinging.' « • Master Magnus Troil,' said Tripto
Another of Yellowley's griefsis elselemus, when a second cup had given him where laughably told in the disaster spirits to tell his tale of woe, I would of bis nine Bee hives. not have yon think that it is a little thing that disturbs me. I came of that grain
«« «Thrive!' replied Triptolemus ; 'they that takes a sair wind to shake it.-I thrive like every thing else in this counhave seen many a Martinmas and many a
try, and that is the backward way.' Whitsunday in my day, wbilk are the times
" • Want of care, I suppose,' said peculiarly grevious to those of my craft,
Cleveland. and I could aye bide the bang; but I
“ • The contrary, sir, quite and clean think I am like to be dung ower a'thegi. the contrary,' replied the Factor; they ther in this damned country of your's,
died of o'er muckle care, like Lucky Gude forgie me for swearing, but evil Christie's chickens. I asked to see the communication corrupteth good manners.' skeps, and cunning and joyful did the
Now, Heaven guide us,' said the fallow look who was to liave taken care Udaller, what is the matter with the
of them,- Had there been ony body man; Why, man, if you will put your
but mysell ;' he said, 'ye plough into new land, you must look to miglit have seen the skeps, or whatever have it hank on & stone now and then you ca' them; but there wad hae been as You must set us an example of patience, mony solan-geese as flees in them, if it seeing you come here for our improve had nae been for my four quarters; for I mnent.'
watched them so closely, that I saw them “ • And the de'il was in my feet when I
a' creeping out at the little holes one did so,' said the Factor ; •'I had better sunny morning, and if I had not stopped have set myself to improve the cairn on
the leak'on the instant with a bit clay, the Clochnaban.'
de'il a bce, or flee, or whatever they are, “ • But what is it, after all,' said the would have been left in the skeps, as ye Udaller,' that has befallen you !-what ca’ them!'-In a word, Sir, he had is it that you complain of?'
clagged up the hives, as if the pair things “ “ of every thing that has chanced
had had the pestilence, and my bees to me since I landed on this island, which
were as dead as if they had been smeaked, I believe was accursed at the very crea
—and so ends my hope, generandi gloria tion,' said the agriculturist, and assign. mellis, as Virgilius hath it.'” ed as a fitting station for sornors, thieves, whores, I beg the ladies' pardon, witches,
The conclusion of certain consultabitches, and evil spirits.'
tions is, that all parties shall go to “ By my faith, a goodly catalogue,' said the fair of Kirkwall, and thither the Magnus ; and there has been the day, action is transported. There we find that if I had heard you give out the half Cleveland resolute to turn from his of it, I should haye turned improver my- evil ways, and abandon his wicked self, and have tried to mend your manners associates ; but his destiny is shaped with a dgel.' " • Bear with me,' said the Factor, troulable events. A squabble with
otherwise, by slight though uncon• Master Fowde, or Master Udaller, or whatever else they may call you, and as
Snaelsfoot, whom he discovers selling you are strong be pitiful, and consider his property, causes him to be apprethe luckless lot of any inexperienced hended; but he is rescued, and borne person who lights upon this earthly triumphantly aboard by his lawless paradise of yours. He asks for dritik, crew. The characters of these bloody
rufans are vigorously touched. They wants, and may sail, if ber commander agree with the frightened magistrates wills it, before the Halcyon frigate can Gi kirhwall to have their vessel vic- intercept her voyage. But Cleveland tudied at Siroinness, and immediately resolves to see the adored Miopa once to quit the coast. Cleveland is left more; and his Lieutenant, Bunce, hostage for the pirates, and Triptole- contrives a plot to carry both off, in tuus is to be their security, but lie the conviction that it will make all escapes as they carry him to the boat. concerned happy. This design fails, To remedy this, they seize a pinnace the boat's crew are killed or taken; entering the barbour, which happens and among the latter are Cleveland to be that in which the worthy and the Lieutenant. While this l'daller, his daughters, and Halcro, takes place on shore, the Pirate sloop are coming to the Fair. Their situa- is attacked at sea by the Halcyon tion is most precarious and painful; and captured, after an inellectual but Ilalcro, in Lieutenant Bunce, à attempt to blow up both ships. The friend of Cleveland, recognizes an prisoners are all marched into Kirkold strolling acquaintance, and through wall, and Cleveland generally comhis means is put on shore with Minna miserated. Norna and the elder Merand Brenda, to treat for an exchange toun meet at the appointed spot; an between Magnus and the Pirate. eclaircissement ensues, and it is learnt This, however, the magistrates deny; that he is the partner of her youthful and the latter, a prisoner in the ruined error; that Cleveland is the fruit of cathedral, is represented as musing their Norse union, and that Mordaunt, bitterley on his fate:
whom Norna had fancied to be her
son, and therefore so busied herself " Here walked Cleveland, musing over with his destiny, is the son of Mertoon, the events of a mis-spent life, which it or rather Vaughan, by a Spanish seemed probable might be brought to a wife; after the supposed decease of violent and shameful close, while he was
Norna, or rather, of Ulla Troil. set in the prime of youth. With these dead,' he said, looking on the pavement, In London the younger Vaughan * will I soon be numbered,--but no holy (Cleveland,) is pardoned on account man will speak a blessing,-00 friendly hand register an inscription, no proud tinguished persons in the power of
of bis humanity in saving some disdescendant sculpture armorial bearings over the grave of the pirate Cleveland.
the buccaneers,--and going abroad in Ny whitening bones will swing in the his country's service dies a glorious gibbet-irogs on some wild beach, or
death His father retires to a foreign lonely cape, that will be esteemed fatal convent, and Norna in a few years and accursed for my sake. The old dies. Brenda is happily united to mariner, as he passes the sound, will Mordaunt; and Minna enjoys a state shake his head, and tell of my name and of comparative happiness in fulfilling actions as a warning to his younger com- the purest duties of benevolence and rades.—But Minna! -Minna !-what will humanity, and in preparing for her be thy thoughts when the news reaches future Heaven, by appearing even thee:- Would to God the tidings were drowned in the deepest whirpool betwise upon Earth,“ bat a litile lower than Kirkwall and Burg-Westra, ere they
the angels." came to her ear!--and 0, would to comments. How much the Pirate
We bave left small space to add our Heaven that we had never met, since we never can meet again.'
will be liked, in comparison with his He lifted up his eyes as he spake, brethren from the same, pen, will and Minna Troi stood before him!” depend on all those varieties of taste
which have preferred Waverley to Rob She bas beroically come to bid Roy; Kenilworth to Guy Mannering; him farewell for ever, and to aid bis old Mortality to Ivanhoe, and so of all escape. Their interview is a fine one; the others. It will readily occur that bær Norna again appears mysteriously, Norna is a superior cast of Meg and releases the captive, denouncing Merrilies; Triptolemus a variety of woes upon his head if he does not thc Dominie Sampson species; Nick relinquish Minna, and fly without Schrumpfer a goblin page; Minna a delay never to return again. To relative of Flora M.Ivor; Cleveland favour this arrangement, the sloop is a sort of Geordie Robertson, and that expeditiously supplied with all she other resemblances beway tho same
kindred origin. But Magnus, and but he brings them before us, speakHalcro, and Baby, and Snaelsfoot, ing the very language of their passions, and Jack Bunce, are new and vivid their hearts, and their inmost feelings. creations. The hand of a master is Whoever has read the Novels and prominent throughout; and in beauti- Tales by the Author of Waverley,-aud ful reflections, noble landscapes, and who has not!--must bave observed, accurate delineations of character, that, in this particular, he is equalled the Pirate may well be bound up with by Fielding and Smollet alone : while, his admired precursors.
to the advantage of our more modern No expressions of our's can add author, it must be added, that his fame to it's celebrated Author, nor range has been infinitely more vaconvey an adequate idea of the gigan- ried and comprehensive; and we tic, versatile, and prolific powers of would ask any reader of the scene this matchless Delineator of Nature, where the Rovers assemble in the and of the passions that inhabit the ward-room, to elect a new Captain human breast, as these are elicited or in the room of Goffe, if such men repressed by the various education, could speak a more appropriate and habits, circumstances, conditions, and characteristic language? This same professions of men. He seems to be remark, indeed, applies with almost equally au fait in pourtraying the equal force throughout, and more splendid and chivalrous heroes of the particularly, to the admirably-susCourt of Queen Elizabeth ; and in tained characters of the pedlar Snaelscatching “the manners living, as they foot and Mrs. Barbara Yellowley. rise" on the quarter deck, and gun- Interspersed through these three voroom of a buccancer's vessel;---in lumes our friends will also find much laying open, with all the graphic truly exquisite poetry,--superior, if perfection of the dramatic art, the we do not mistake, to any specitricks and doublings, hypocrisy, fraud, nien of the kind in the former Novels and fanaticism, which blend together, and Tales by the same author. Many like the prismatic hues, in the original of the mottos, too, are, as usual, portrait of the jagger, Snaelsfoot;- evidently from the pen of the Author in painting, with unrivalled truth, himself, and we regret that he has not invention, and originality, the rather yct attempted a regular drama. In improbable, but striking figure, of the this age, when dramatic talent is piratical comedian Jack Bunce; in apparently extinct, and when Lord presenting to our imagination the Byron himself has completely failed actual impersonation of that earth- in his offerings to the 'Tragic Muse, worm, Mrs. Baby Yellowley, and her the successful achievement of such brother the Agriculturist, and ex- a work would be the more glorious, student of St. Andrew's; and in de- as it would put the cope-stone on an signing, as it were, with a pencil edifice of renown, already too splenformed from the butterfly's wing, the did to be equalled, and too stable to light, imaginative, lovely form, of be overthrown; it would raise the Minna Troil. Nor is he less familiar. glory of the mighty midstrel " above ized with the general features of all Greek, above all Roman fame!” Nature: for, wherever he lays his and prove that his high desert was in scene, he makes us specdily ac
respects unrivalled. quainted with every bay, headland, The following admirable motto, said rock, ravine, channel, roost, or voe, to be extracted from an “ Old Play," necessary to the most perfect know, but most assuredly from the pen of ledge of the incidents which he de- the Author himself, is descriptive of tails.- Who has not admired the un- Norna of the Fitful Head, and fully equalled descriptions of scenery of the bears out both our suggestion and our most opposite kinds, to be found in encomium. Waverley and Guy Mannering? And
“ See yonder woman, whom our swails who, that has followed the footsteps
revere, of this Mighty Magician, but must. And dread in secret, while they take her have recognized the individual fea
counsel tures with which his fancy had become When sweetheart shall be kind, or when acquainted in his admirable pages. cross dame shall die, This, however, is not all. He does Where lurks the thiet who stole the silver not merely describe his characters,
And how the pestilent murrain may be Many an arm the axe uprears, cared,
Doom'd to bew the wood of spears. This sage adviser's mad, stark mad, my All along the crowded ranks, friend;
Horses neigh and armour clanks; Yet, io ber madness, hath the art and Chicfs are shouting, clarions ringing: canning
Louder still the bard is singing, To bring fools' secrets from their inmost " Gather footmen, gather borsemen, bosoms,
To the field ye valiant Norsemen! And pas enquirers with the coin they gare
Halt ye not for food or slumber, her."
View not vantage, count not number; Having thought it preferable not to
Jolly reapers, forward still, interrupt the carrent of our narrative
Grow the crop on vale or hill,
Thick or scatter'd, stiff or lithe, by quoting the Poetry as it occurred,
It shall down before the scythe. we add three of the shorter specimens Forward with your sickles bright, here, to close our review.
Reap the harvest of the fight,
Onward footmen, onward horsemen, Farewell to Northmaren : by Halcro.
To the charge ye gallant Norsemen! “ Farewell to Northmaven,
Fatal chuser of tlie slaughter, Grey Hillswicke, farewell!
O'er you hovers Odin's daughter; To the calms of thy haven,
Hear the choice she spreads before ye, The storms on thy fell,
Victory and wealth and glory;
Or old Valhalla's roaring hail,
Her ever-circling mead and ale,
Where for eternity unite
The joys of wassail and of fight.
Headlong forward, foot and horsemen, Which Hacon could brave,
Charge and fight, and die like Norse When the peaks of the Skerry
men!'” Were white in the wave. There's a maid may look over
We appeal to all our readers if These wild waves in vain,
every line of this song be not inconFor the skiff of her lover,-
trovertible evidence of it's author bcHe comes not again.
ing Sir Walter Scott ?--and the same The vows thou hast broke,
of the following :On the wild currents fling them;
Serenade. On the quicksand and rock®
« Love wakes and weeps, Let the mermaiden sing them.
While Beauty sleeps!
O for Music's softest numbers !
To prompt a theme,
For Beauty's dream,
Soft as the pillow of her slunbers.
Through groves of palm
Sigh gales of balm,
Fire-fies on the air are wheeling;
While through the gloom
Comes soft perfume,
The distant beds of flowers revealing.,
O wake and live !
No dream can give
A shadow'd bliss, the real excelling;
No longer sleep, u The sun is rising dimly red,
From lattice peep, The wind is wailing low and dread;
And list the tale that Love is telling." From his cliff the eagle sallies,
T'he Pirate is now fairly before the Leaves the wolf his darksome vallies,
tribunal of the public, and to that In the mist the ravens hover, Peep the wild dogs from the cover,
we leave him, rejoicing the hearts of
the Author's friends with the assuSereaming, croaking, baying, yelling, Each in his wild accents telling,
rance, that they may expect his speedy * Soon we feast on dead and dying;
re-appearance in a new novel entitled Fair-hair'd Harold's flag is flying, Fotheringay ;-or, according to other, Many a crest in air is streaming, and perbaps more accurate intelliMany a helmet darkly gleaming, gence,-The Fortune of Nigel, Eur. Mag. Vol. 81. Jan. 1822.