Puslapio vaizdai

Wow! Jenny, can there greater pleasure be,
Than see sic1 wee2 tots toolying3 at your knee;
When a' they ettle4 at, their greatest wish,
Is to be made o', and obtain a kiss.
Can there be toil in tenting,5 day and night,
The like o' them, when love makes care delight?

Jenny. But poortith,6 Peggy, is the warst of a',
Gif o'er your heads ill chance should begg'ry draw;
For little love or canty7 cheer can come
Fraes duddy9 doublets, an' a pantry toom.10
Your nowtil may die;-the spatel2 may bear away
Frae aff the howms13 your dainty rucks14 o' hay.
The thick blawn wreaths o' snaw, or plashy thows,15
May smoor16 your wethers an' may rot your ewes.
A dyvour17 buys your butter, woo',18 and cheese,
But, or the day o' payment, breaks an' flees.
Wi' glooman19 brow the laird seeks in his rent;
It's no to gie ;20 your merchant's to the bent:21
His honor maunna22 want; he poinds23 your gear:24
Syne,25 driven frae house and hold, where will
ye steer?
Dear Meg, be wise, an' live a single life;
Troth, it 's na mows26 to be a married wife.

Peggy. May sic ill luck befa' that silly she
Who has sic fears, for that was never me.
Let folk bode27 weel, an' strive to do their best;
Na mair28 's required; let Heaven mak out the rest.
I've heard my honest uncle often say,

That lads should all, for wives that 's virtuous pray;
For the most thrifty man could never get
A weel stored room, unless his wife wad let:
Wherefore, nought shall be wanting on my part,
To gather wealth to raise my shepherd's heart.
Whate'er he wins I'll guide wi' canny care,
An' win the vogue at market, tron, or fair,
For halesome, clean, cheap and sufficient ware.
A flock o' lambs, cheese, butter, an' some woo'
Shall first be sold, to pay the laird his due;
Syne a' behind 's our ain.-Thus without fear,
Wi' love and plenty, through the world we 'll steer;
An' when my Pate in bairns29 and years grows rife,
He'll bless the day he gat me for his wife.

Jenny. But what if some young giglet30 on the green,
Wi' dimpled cheeks, an' twa31 bewitching een,

1 Such. 2 Little. 3 Struggling. 4 Aim. 5 Attending. 6 Poverty. 7 Merry. 8 From. 9 Ragged. 10 Empty. 11 Cattle. 12 Inundations. 13 Plains on river sides 14 Ricks or stacks. 15 Thaws. 16 Smother. 17 Bankrupt. 18 Wool. 19 Scowling. 20 Give. 21 Open field. 22 Must not. 23 Seizes. Property. 25 Then. 26 Sheaves of corn, a proverb. 27 Predict. 28 More. 29 Children. 30 Laughing damsel. 31 Two.


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Should garl your Patie think his sober Meg,
An' her kend2 kisses hardly worth a feg ?3

Peggy. Nae mair o' that.-Dear Jenny, to be free,

There's some men constanter in love than we :

Nor is the ferly great, when nature kind
Has blest them wi' solidity of mind.

They'll reason calmly, and wi' kindness smile,-
When our short passions wads our peace beguile.
So, whensoe'er they slight their maiks at hame,
It's ten to ane the wives are maist7 to blame.
Then I'll employ wi' pleasure all my art,
To keep him cheerful and secure his heart.
At e'en, when he comes weary frae the hill,
I'll ha'e all things made ready to his will:
In winter, when he toils through wind and rain,
A blazing ingle, and a clean hearth-stane.
An' soon as he flings by his plaid and staff,
The seething pot 'll be ready to take aff;
Clean hag-a-bags I 'll spread upon his board,
An' serve him wi' the best we can afford.
Good humour and white bigonets9 shall be
Guards to my face to keep his love for me.

grow auld.13

Jenny. A dish o' married love right soon grows cauld,10
And dosens down to nane,12
as folk
Peggy. But we'll grow auld thegither, and ne'er find
The loss of youth, when love grows on the mind.
Bairns and their bairns mak, sure, a firmer tye,
Than aught in love the like of us can spy.
See yon twa elms, that grow up side by side,
Suppose them, some years gone, bridegroom an' bride;
Nearer and nearer ilka14 year they 've prest,
Till wide their spreading branches are increased,
An' in their mixture now are fully blest.
This shields the other frae the eastlin blast,
That in return defends it frae the west.
Such as stand single, (state so liked by you,)
Beneath ilk storm, frae every earth, maun bow.

Jenny. I've done.—I yield, dear lassie I maun yield ;
Your better sense has fairly won the field,
With the assistance of a little fae,15
Lies derned16 within my heart this mony a day.

1 Make.

4 Wonder.

2 Known, accustomed.

3 Fig. 5 Would. 6 Matches, wives. 7 Most. 8 Coarse table linen. 9 Linen caps or coifs. 10 Cold, 11 Dwindles. 12 None. 13 Old, 14 Each. 15 Foe. 16 Hidden.


Born 1688-Died 1744.

POPE's father was a Roman Catholic, and his son inherited the paternal religion. He was educated till the age of twelve principally under the care of Romish priests, but from that period he formed for himself a plan of study, which he appears to have pursued with diligence. From his earliest years he fixed upon poetry as his profession, and some of his pieces composed at the age of fourteen are remarkable proofs of his youthful proficiency. His pastorals, though not published till 1709, were written at the age of sixteen in 1704, from which period his life as an author, may be dated.

In 1712 he published the Rape of the Lock, the most truly poetical of all his productions, and the one on which his claim to the power of invention principally rests. In 1712, at the age of twentyfive, he commenced, and in 1720 finished his translation of the Iliad of Homer, the success of which was so great, that the produce of the subscription enabled him to purchase a residence at Twickenham, whither he removed with his father and mother. In 1728 appeared the Dunciad, a poem intended to cover his antagonists with ridicule, and distinguished for its polished versification, and for the gross and offensive nature of its imagery, together with the irritability, malignity, injustice and strength of its satire.

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In 1733 and 34 appeared the Essay on Man, as a whole perhaps in the first class of ethical poems, though its philosophy is scarcely christian, and many of its thoughts would appear exceedingly trite, were they not concealed in the point, antithesis, and beauty of the style. He died at the age of fiftysix, in the final ceremonies of the Roman Catholic religion, but apparently with neither that anxiety so suitable to the awful close of nature, nor with those calm and glorious anticipations of eternity, which rendered the dying hours of Addison the sublimest period of his existence.

Johnson's life of Pope is one of the most interesting and instructive sketches in the annals of poetical biography. While it displays his literary fame with great prominence, it exhibits his personal character under an aspect for the most part unpleasant and humiliating; though his filial piety is almost sufficient to redeem its defects. His excessive desire of applause brought along with it an unhappy degree of its concomitant passions, pride, envy, and jealousy, and engaged him in an almost uninterrupted series of vexatious literary quarrels. The mind can hardly help reflecting what a different aspect his life would have worn, had it been calmed, elevated, and dignified by the spirit of forbearance and piety.

As a poet, Pope stands the first in what has been called the second class of poetry, that which consists in the description of artificial life and manners. Invention and fancy are exhibited in the Rape of the Lock, beauty of natural description in Windsor Forest, and a tender pathos of feeling in some of his other productions. He possessed likewise, great powers of satire, and often exhibits an admirable felicity, acuteness, and delicacy of discrimination in the delineation of character. Elegance, elaborate ease, and the utmost refinement of taste characterise all his compositions; and his style and versification are polished, smooth, and harmonious, almost to a fault of monotony.

Together with the extreme smoothness and polish of his style, good sense is likewise a quality which peculiarly distinguishes his writings. He has been called, indeed, “the most sensible of poets." There is great wisdom and shrewdness of observation in many of his didactic essays, in his Moral Epistles, and generally in his remarks on the characters and manners of the gay world in which he had mingled so much.

The moral character of his poetry is often pure, but not uniformly so, and seldom elevated to the highest degree. He has embalmed in his singular beauty of style and language many false and corrupt principles, and some of his productions contain much, which no man of true piety, benevolence and purity of feeling would have ever written. He sometimes writes in what is merely a strain of refined epicureanism; and his Elegy to the memory of an unfortunate lady, which has been so long admired and so often quoted, exhibits sentiments in extenuation and even in praise of the crime of suicide, equally unworthy of the Christian and the man.


SEE! from the brake the whirring pheasant springs,
And mounts exulting on triumphant wings:
Short is his joy; he feels the fiery wound,
Flutters in blood, and panting beats the ground.
Ah! what avail his glossy, varying dyes,
His purple crest, and scarlet-circled eyes,
The vivid green his shining plumes unfold,
His painted wings, and breast that flames with gold?

Nor yet, when moist Arcturus clouds the sky,
The woods and fields their pleasing toils deny.
To plains with well-breath'd beagles we repair,
And trace the mazes of the circling hare:
(Beasts, urg'd by us, their fellow-beasts pursue,
And learn of man each other to undo.)

With slaughtering guns the' unwearied fowler roves,

When frosts have whiten'd all the naked groves,
Where doves in flocks the leafless trees o'ershade,
And lonely woodcocks haunt the watery glade.
He lifts the tube, and levels with his eye;
Straight a short thunder breaks the frozen sky:
Oft as in airy rings they skim the heath,
The clamorous lapwings feel the leaden death:
Oft as the mounting larks their notes prepare,
They fall, and leave their little lives in air.

In genial spring, beneath the quivering shade,
Where cooling vapours breathe along the mead,
The patient fisher takes his silent stand,
Intent, his angle trembling in his hand:
With looks unmov'd, he hopes the scaly breed,
And eyes the dancing cork and bending reed.
Our plenteous streams a various race supply,
The bright-ey'd perch with fins of Tyrian dye,
The silver eel, in shining volumes roll'd,
The yellow carp, in scales bedropp'd with gold,
Swift trouts, diversified with cr mson stains,
And pikes, the tyrants of the watery plains.


BUT now secure the painted vessel glides, The sun-beams trembling on the floating tides: While melting music steals upon the sky, And soften'd sounds along the waters die : Smooth flow the waves, the zephyrs gently play, Belinda smil'd and all the world was gay. All but the sylph-with careful thoughts oppressed, The' impending woe sat heavy on his breast. He summons straight his denizens of air; The lucid squadrons round the sails repair: Soft o'er the shrouds aerial whispers breathe, That seem'd but zephyrs to the train beneath. Some to the sun their insect-wings unfold, Waft on the breeze, or sink in clouds of gold; Transparent forms too fine for mortal sight, Their fluid bodies half dissolv'd in light. Loose to the wind their airy garments flew, Thin glittering textures of the filmy dew, Dipt in the richest tincture of the skies, Where light disports in ever-mingling dyes, While every beam new transient colours flings, Colours that change whene'er they wave their wings. Amid the circle, on the gilded mast,

Superior by the head, was Ariel plac'd;
His purple pinions opening to the sun,
He rais'd hiz azure wand, and thus begun;-

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