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Christmas was also preceded in Ed- and seated round the bowl, now began akhi 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 stinzi young men and boys, who, in antic haa was so fortunate as to get the ring in Impe biliments and masks (called in Edin- their spoon, was to be first married. s udle burgh fause-faces), went round the Reader, if you were ever young and we i houses in the evenings performing frag- unmarried, you must have felt what we ma ments of those legendary romances or it would have been to be assured of not va not religious moralities, which were once always living in unprofitable and unthe only dramatic representations of respected celibacy; of moving through e siz Britain. Of the former, the general the world as unserviceable to its consubject was Alexander the Great, accom- tinuance, as half a pair of scissars
, is beat panied by two other kings, and several or the single lever of a pair of souffers
, E. en knights, who " said their say,” fought which, according to the proverb
, can a he their battle, and received their reward neither clip nor cut. But I am tired fire o in the hospitalities of the season. The of description; let the parties who ensubject of the latter, I believe, was the joyed these scenes speak for theme mun well known one of the Abbot of Un- selves. reason, which the reader, curious in “ Is a' the young folk come?" said ais such matters, will find lively pictured old Mr Callimanky to his wife, as xes in the romance of the Monastery. One he entered his house, having left his 3; id
] of the masquers in this last, represent- shop in the Luckenbooths for the pure we go ed the Devil, with a formidable pair pose of enjoying the brose in the per of horns ; another personated Judas, sons of his children and their friends
: a by designated by carrying the bag ; and “ there's no muckle doing in the shoppik, som there was likewise a dialogue, fighting the day. Except three spats oʻprins, 1 and restoring the slain to life at the and a remnant o' duffle for big-coats 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'l is of a rhyme beginning thus:
gaed down.”—“ Ye're ne'er content Redd up stocks, redd up stools, wi' your selling,” answered Mrs Calote
Here comes in a pack of fools, &c. limanky; an ye were as gude at getBut the guising is now on the de- ting in, as ye are at gi'en out, we might be u 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-faced doors of the citizens for halfpence. dochters. Ye might hae been writing Another prelude to the approach of your accounts for half-an-hour langer, wisi
. 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 cleansolace of gentle stomachs, the prevail. ing currants.
“Weel, I see I'm ower ing Christmas dish among the common soon, sae I'll just gang down the length people and peasantry, being the na- o Gillespie's and hear the news tional one of fat brosé, otherwise de. they a' gather," said Mr Callimanky
. nominated Yüle brose. The large pot, - Ye had better gang ben to the in almost every family of this descrip- parlour and see what the wcans are tion, well provided with butcher meat, about,” rejoined the lady; " Mr Com (if bullocks' heads or knee bones may lumbus's auldest son's been there this be so called,) was put on the fire the good while, rampin wi' Jean and Mar. previous evening, to withdraw the nu- garet, and cuttin paper leddies to the tritive juices and aniinal oil from the young anes:--ye see I'm thrang wi' the 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 Mer
, mistress of the ceremonies dropping a Christopher wi" ye ; i'll gang nae far: 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
Mr Callimanky saying this
, imme. people assembled) provided with spoons diately proceeded to the parlour
rom her eyes,
nade hisentrée, while his eldest daugh- We had scarcely arranged ourselves er, a girl of about eighteen, was en- in becoming order after this interrupcting 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,
table to avoid being caught. He leading in Sandy with a bloody nose. ame in with so little noise, or we He had been engaged in single combat vere making so much, that his arrival with a boy in the street, who had unvas not perceived ; and Miss Calli- necessarily interrupted his sport at the nanky, passing the door at the time, shinty. This was resented by Mr Alexhe seized the old gentleman round ander in a becoming manner, and a he neck, and with a clap or two on battle“ower the bannets” was the conais head, or rather on his powdered sequence, which, on the testimony of vig, 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, ac. The surprise of the young lady, when cording to the modern phrase, was he 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, rms, 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 Hel'he old gentleman, however, was per- ritor as gude as he's gien you.” The ectly good-humoured, and conveyed house key was procured and put next 10 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 bawcable, I'll gar your father send me a bee to buy snaps, soon effaced all rejew ane.” The convenience of the old membrance of the battle. touses of Edinburgh for games of this The two Misses M'Guffie now apkind, is only known to the last gene- peared; “ three muckle buns, which cation. 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 Callimancupboards 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 supplieil 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 !”
a moment.-“Eh no, it's just a knot under the sofa ; and in a short time, oʻmeal.” Mr Callimanky, though no sorcerer,
The search commenced with greater had eight people about him, where a eagerness. “ Aunty, will ye no try't?” minute before only two were visible. said Sandy to old Miss Callimanky ;
" Ye're no married yet, ye ken.”- her open mouth; "it's a yellow thing, “Me married, my dear! trowth na; but it's no a ring-gape wider and t'i after refusing Mr M-Scrankie the wri- pu'd out till ye. The article, which ter, and Deacon Fell, besides entering proved to be a small button, was now into a correspondence wi' Dominie extracted, amidst the laughter of the Boyd, that was afterwards a minister, younger part of the company, who and mony a ane mae that I could were not sorry that Mrs Betty had name, it wadna set me to houk men failed in securing a help-mate upon 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 Callimanky, có the bairl's but jokin; Mrs Callimanky, who now got possesin "ChE 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 aulder 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.
double task of searching and eating. 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 swala spoonfuls, 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 Jean,” said her papa, as she held the stuck fast in the hollow of an old tooth. ring in triumph between her fingers
; “ 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 kis, of pain, the tears starting from her my dear,” said her mamma ; " ye de eyes as she hastened to apply a hand- serve a man, and I hope ye'll get a 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 ber fa
» low who observed the incident, “our vourite niece; and “ Jean's gaun to 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 res 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 one.
" 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. “'Deed, it's perfect nonsense, “ Can ye no get it out, Betty ? let me said Mr Callimanky, in a tone of consee where it is sticking," said Mr Cal- solation ; “ howsomever
, I've often limanky.-“ Miss Betty will haud a seen the thing happen for a' that.” good grip, I warrant ye, when it's in
Conjecture was now at work to find her power,” remarked Mrs Calliman- out who was to be the happy, ky, with a laugh; “ she'll no tyne They'll no be ill to please," the haud, gie her't wha will." Aunty pered the elder Miss M'Guffie to her Betty, at the risk of exposing her defi- sister. ciencies in mark of mouth, was glad, gain but ance, and that's aye," replied should rid her of the incumbrance
and Christopher there and our Jean was pain. “ I see it now," said her bro- make a very good match, my dear ther, as with spectacles to assist his said Mrs Callimanky to her spouse. vision he was searching the round of
“ Stand up, Jean, and measure wi
They'll ne'er rue their bar
“Div ye no think that Mr
Mr Christopher," answered her papa ; Misses M'Guffie home, and though they - they'll no make an ill match, after did not venture openly to say anything a'," 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 arrangement 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 gen
Head 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 happihis?" 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.
younger and taller, and in my appre- Time slipped away so unperceivedly, wilnension much prettier than her sister. that I was not aware it was ten o'clock, (e. However, I had by some accident put' till Mrs Callimanky, upon the striking up my hand to feel our difference in of that hour in St Giles’s, gave us the neight, 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 awayby his sister to be " little more than a ye'll just stay and tak a rizzered had* Bandbreadth,” and by Mrs Calliman- die.” I was proof, however, against the 18 azy 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.
-ompletely recovered from the spasm In the country the same day was $. - ssccasioned 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 diately called the attention of the com- dinner and dance, at which Christmas spány 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
' s 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.
REMARKS ON SHELLEY'S ADONAIS, An Elegy on the Death of John KEATS, Author of Endymion, &c. 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 app evening gales, lamented over plucked Tuscan sea.” But we must do the deve roses, and bid melodious farewells to funct Della Crusca the justice to say, 15" the “ last butterfly of the season." that they kept their private irregu The taste prevailed for a time; the larities to themselves, and sought for NT 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 with me and loud in their raptures. The reign out measure, were simple down to the of “ sympathy” was come again, - lowest degree of silliness, and " babe like 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 impu. 23 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 foolmulgated, 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 Crusa. a vigorous judgment shook off his in- One of the characteristics of those dolence, and commenced the long childish persons was, the restles in a series of his services to British litera- terest which they summoned the publiek 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 Robin, ming, and loving population. But in son's dog had a bad night's repose, this world folly is immortal; one ge- was duly announced to the world; neration of absurdity swept away, Mr Merry's accident in paring 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 ke? of cockney dalliance in the London praise-worthy promptitude. All with
. suburbs ; sometimes they visit us by in their enchanted ring was perfection
; aith fragments from Venice, and some but there the circle of light and darke times invade us by wainloads from ness was drawn, and all beyond Pisa. In point of subject and execu- delivered over to the empire of Dula tion, 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 butter- fame. cups, and rave to the “rivulets proud, and the deep blushing stars.” of the John Keats, a young man who had
The present story is thus:-A M individuals in both establishments
, we left a decent calling for the melancholy