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go to her, confess my error, gain her for- || wished to ripen your judgment. Your giveness, and be restored to the qualifica- | own experience has done more than my tions I have forfeited.
advice could have obtained; excessive Thyma obtained, successively, to be a beauty, wit, or grandeur, only create cafirst-rate wit, to be possessed of every ac- || lumny, jealousy, and hatred. Be you complishment, and, next to the Queen, to henceforth what nature made you, and have the chief command over all her sub- rely on my unabated friendship and projects, of whom she made as many enemies. || tection." Hard as it may appear to renounce pre- Thyma returned to her lover, who eminence and authority, Thyma determin-heartily congratulated her on
her new ed to apply once more to the Fairy, who metamorphosis, and once more they were said to ber on her approach, “ Had I op- restored to happiness—Thyma only laposed your wishes, you would have thought menting the time she had lost in contriving me unkind: by yielding to your caprice, I ll to excel all others.
FRATERNAL ATTACHMENT PERPETUATED BY AN EXPEDIENT
PECULIAR TO THE GAEL.
IN La Belle Assemblée for October, Pile bighi the cairn-high as the proud 1817, page 101, we have given a Legend | brow of towering rocks-high as the farwhich records a remarkable event in the descended line of her fathers-high as the ancient story of a family* in the West High- || sound of their fame-the cairn, where a lands. We now present our fair readers || daughter of heroes, a flower of beauty, with another translation of a lyric poem, faded in the early morn of bright and warm commemorating the origin of that here- sunshine, over the path of renown. The ditary friendship with which time imme- || King of Lochlin tears his silvery locks, and morial has blended the interest of Melford, || strews them over the grave which encloses Dunstaffnage, and Duptroon. Their pri- || his dearest hope; and deep lies the source mogenitors were born of the same parents; l of his grief—for the treachery of a son the three brothers passed their lives in the destroyed Nivolda. He gave her to the most affectionate amity, and confirmed the mighty chief whose high heart loosed his decree of their father, that the two sur- bonds, and the bonds of him who forgot vivors should preside at the burial rites of all but the pride of wrath for a conquest each, in all future generations. To pre- || fairly won by the brave 'Oduin. As a vent disputes about precedence, it was un. sweeping blast he poured his thousands alterably settled, that the senior in age along the coast of Oduin, ere twelve moons should take the upper end of the table, || had seen Nivolda the spouse of a hero. and bear the head of the deceased to the He seeks to force her from the castle in
narrow house of his rest;" and that the the absence of the chief, lest the heir of other ought to have the next place, indi- his wide-stretching lands, the inheritor of cative of consanguinity, even in preference his prowess, might be born of her, and tu sons, and all other relations. This cus- escape the thraldom of Danish vengeance, tom bas invariably been observed in the A faithful vassal of Oduin discovers the three families, so far as circumstances pos- ambuscade, and reveals it to the chief. sibly admitted ; and not only the repre- || The chief repulses this false and cruel sentatives, but every member of these brother of Nivolda, and removes her to a houses, take a warm concern in each others cave, leaving her in charge to men that welfare. The tale of other years thus never failed him in the hour of danger; traces the source of a bond of friendship | but a perfidious damsel of her owo nation so sacredly inviolable throughout all the reveals the place of refuge: a large force vicissitudes of many centuries.
assails the cave-the guards shed their ge
nerous blood in vain ; they sink—they ex. * The Campbells, of Duutroon.-Editor, pire; and, with a last effort, the commander sent an arrow to the bosom of the flows from the hills, or a tree waves in the damsel whose arts destroyed Nivolda. woods." She spoke no more.-Raise high The Danes bear her away in triumph ; but the cairn-pile upon pile to the clouds; when night falls they spread the feast of and firm as the base of a thousand hills be joy—the charm of the shell weighs down the last words of Nivolda. Treachery has their eyelids : Nivolda glides away, re- met shameful defeat-Oduin has conquered traciog ber steps to the cave. Three sons | his foes; he is as a son to the mournful are born in this solitude, red with the King, but no lovely huntress shall ever stream of life from her friends. Oduin had cheer the soul of the widowed chief.come by night to inquire for his beloved ; | The light of his secret sighs lies dark and he embraces her and his babes, but death | cold beneath the heap of moss grown is in the feeble accents of Nivolda. “Let | stone, vightly watered by tears of love three sisters nourish our sons," said she; || from the eyes of a hero. « and let them be brothers while water
The following curious letter was left his means, of reading every daily paper at my house last night. It is a very ex- without its costing me one farthing. traordinary specimen of a complaisant I regularly take in, for my dear wife, the English husband ;-rather a rara avis, it fashionable Magazine called La Belle Asmust be acknowledged, in this country. semblée, which he reads aloud to her, par
ticularly that part which treats of fashion TO TIMOTHY HEARWELL, ESQ.
and dress; and by his persuasion, I am Sır,-1 should certainly be one of the continually having dresses and caps made most unthankful men in the world, were I up for her of Urling's patent lace. to complain of my lot in life, since I am My wife cannot bear stays or corsets (I really treated like a spoiled child. I am do not very well know which is the proper the husband of a very charming wife, and term) with narrow backs; she says they I am possessed of a friend ; ohl such a draw the shoulders too near together, and friend, that be is worth his weight in gold. put the arms too backward—that they
This dear friend, that he may never lose quite fettered her, and made her hands sight of my dwelling, has taken up his
purple. Immediately my dear friend went lodging exactly opposite to my house; in- | to a celebrated corset-maker in St. James'sdeed, it is his own fault that he does not street, and in one week my dear love was make one of our family at bed as well as as much at her ease, as if she had been enboard, but he objects to the bed-room I tirely without stays. The corset he orderoffered him, and seemed to fix his mind ed for her was elastic, which made the on that next my wife's dressing-room; but waist look slender without causing the hips as that is already occupied by her rich to stick out; it has not a nasty thick busk, maiden aunt, who is not so fond of my that pierces the bosom, and often bends friend as I could wish, I could not well out in front; there is no occasion for laces ask her to accommodate him in the way he of five or six yards long, and these corsets desired. However, he gives us as much of are as easy put on as off, in the space of a his company as he can, and seldom is ab- minute. sent from my table or my fireside.
My good neighbour always takes care to He purchases dolls for my little girl, || get us excellent places at the theatres and drums for my boy; he is always loaded whenever a new performer appears, or a with boxes of fruit lozenges and sweet- piece is acted that has much merit. When meats for my wife, and he brings me every we do not go to the play, he reads to us new pamphlet the momeut it issues from for an hour or two; nay, he does not stop the press; and I have the pleasure, through || till he sees I am fast asleep. Then, he is
so fearful of awaking me, that he carries nefit. In all our illnesses he is our nurse ; his politeness so far as only to converse and if the disorder seems really likely to with my wife by signs; who, out of kind have a serious turu, he has at his command ness for me, converses also in the same an old doctor or two, the very sight of ingenious language.
which will cure my wife of a fever. On my last birth-day he gave me a pair In short, I caupot express the many ad. of Morocco slippers, lined throughout with vantages that I receive from a connection fur, and very proper for a gouty man or a which was accidentally formed, and which Prime Minister; though, I thank God, II little thought would have ever turned am neither the one nor the other.
out to be so tender an attachment: our One thing I bave remarked which is minds, which had in them sometbing of very agreeable and convenient to me, and obstinacy, are new-modelled and that is, that he is as jealous of my wife pure, and our characters are exactly suit. almost as much as I am myself. He ed : briefly, there is not a day that we watches all her actions and her conversa- three (my wise, my friend, and myself) tion; he does not like any one to come bear to pass without seeing each pear her; on the contrary, he makes all other, and I am sure we do see one another those young men who haunt the fashion more than ten times a day. able parties we are sometimes obliged to May this happy union continue to pass mix in, keep aloof. He moralizes with away without a cloud! When I am obliged her in the most seductive manner, and sets to take a short journey, I am sure of leavforth the high value she ought to attach ing behind me an attentive and true friend; to virtue and delicacy of behaviour. He I go on horseback, or travel post, without makes me ready to weep when he speaks feeling the least uneasiness. If I should on these subjects; and when I have been chance not to leave money enough with listening to the honied expressions that my wife, my friend makes use of his own drop from his lips, I cannot forbear, in the for our house expences, and I can hardly heat of my entbusiasm, exclaiming aloud, prevail on him to suffer me to repay him « Ah! how happy am I in possessing so
when I return home. He wishes me to worthy a friend !"
believe, that every thing between us ought His servant, his horse, his gig, are all to be in common. He says, when he is absolutely at our command; it seems as somewhat older he means to marry, and if he only had them for our use. He make my children his heirs; and you may takes my wife and me out with him by easily judge by all I have already told you, turns, and carries us round the skirts of and to which I could add many more par. London : these airings I find very bealthy, ticulars, that it was Heaven alone that and my wife declares they are delightful. guided me in making this acquaintance. If we feel indisposed, or have any slight There are not wanting many supersti. disorder, he feels our pulse himself; and tious husbands, who fancy there is much if the stomach is affected, he prescribes danger attached to a connection of this camomile; if it is the head, camomile; if kind. These people are afraid of their it is the vapours, camomile ;-nothing but own shadow, and prefer their enemies to camomile: he has an unlimited confidence their friends. For my part, I am of a in the virtues of this plant. It thins the firmer mind; I know how to calculate my blood, and brightens the ideas---dissolves own interest; I am not going to give up the humours, and promotes transpiration; real good, to embrace imaginary dangers; he is not a medical man by profession, but I am not always going to be in a panic he bas in his library a great number of with my jealousy, and I live as happy as a medical dictionaries and dispensaries, wbich Prince between my wife and my friend. he reads over and over again for our be.
THE CORONATION CHAIR AND STONE.
The chair on which our Kings sit to y fatal stone. But its probable history is so receive the crown is principally remark. remarkable, and is carried back to a peable for its marble seat, which hath ac- riod so remote, that the aid of fiction was quired no trivial fame from the pens of old scarcely wanting to procure it reverence historians. Their legends inform us that and regard. Mr. Toland justly styles this this is the very stone on which the patri. the ancientest respected monument in the arch Jacob laid his head in the plain of world, for though some others may be more Luz; that it was brought from Ægypt aucient as to duration, yet thus superstiinto Spain by Gathelus, the supposed tiously regarded they are not. founder of the Scottish nation ;* that it The object of our inquiries may unwas thence transported into Ireland doubtedly be traced to Ireland. I It was “ amongst other princelie jewels and regal most probably one of those stones which monuments," by Simon Brech, who was the Druids or priests of the country were crowned upon it about seven hundred used to consecrate for particular, sacred, or years before the birth of Christ, and that political purposes : its place was the hill it was thence carried to Scotland by King of Tara, and upon it the Kings of Ireland Fergus, three bundred and thirty years for many ages received their authority. before the same æra. After such adven- || The Irish names of the stone were, the tures, it will not be surprising that the Fatal Stone, and the Stone of Fortune; stone should once more be removed, and these it probably obtained from a power find its way to the Abbey of West- which it was said to possess of shewing minster. I
the legitimacy of royal descent, which it Such are the legends relating to the acknowledged by an oracular sound when
a Prioce of the true line was placed on it:
under a pretender, it was silent. The Of this Gathelus, a long account may be found in Hollidshed's Historie of Scotland. He Irish have an antient prophecy || respecto is there said to be a Greek, “the sonne of Celing the stone, implying that the possesion crops, who builded the citie of Athens.” Leav- of it was necessary to the preservation of iog Greece, he resided some time in Ægypt, and the regal power. married Scota, the daughter of King Pharaoh ; but being alarmed at the denunciations of Moses,
It is remarkable that in later times this who was then in the land of Ægypt, he sailed prophecy assumed a different form :with many followers, and landed in Spain, where “ Ni fallat Fatum, Scoti quocunque locatum, he“ builded a eitie wbich he named Brigantia,” “ luveniunt lapidem, regnare tenentur ibidem." now Compostella. After much opposition from the native Spaniards, the bistorian relates, that || Or in the lowland Scotch of Wyntown is « Gatbelus hauing peace with his neighbors, sat | Cronyhil, vpon bis marble stone in Brigantia, where he gane lawes, and ministred justice vnto his people,
“ But gyf werdys falyhand be, thereby to mainleine them in wealth and qniet.
“ Quibare evyr pat stane yhe segyt se, Desse. This stone was in fashion like a seat, or chair; hauing such a fatall destinie, as the Scots
1 The Irish pretend to have records concernsay, Tollowing it, that wheresoever it should be
ing it for two thousand years, and say that it was foand, there should the Scolislmen reigne, and brought into their island by the colony of Tuathhave the sopreme governance. Hereof it came
de-Danan. The virtues of the stone were dete passe, that first in Spaine, after in Ireland, scribed in the book of Heath.–Toland, loc. cit. and iben in Scotland, the Kings which rồled
See Sir J. Ware's Antig. of Ireland, by Harris, ouer the Sotishmen received the crowne silling ii. pp. 10. 124 : also Fordan Scoti-Chron. c. 27. upon that stone, vntill the true of Robert the
11 “ The race of Scots of the true blood, if First King of Scotland.”
ibe prophecy be not false, anless they possess + In the Metrical Chronicle of Robert of Glou- the Stone of Fate, shall fail to obtain regal cester, we read how the massy pillars of Stone. power.” Dr. Borlase, and other Celtic scholars, benge were conveyed not only from Ireland to judging from the metre, say that these lines are their present site, but from tire furthest parts of not improbably of Druid original.-See Antiq. Africa to the bill of Kildar!
of Cornwall, p. 135.
“ Dare sall pe Scottis be regnand,
conquest at the shrine of the Confessor, “ And lorddys hale oure all pat land." where it is still preserved. In either way the prediction continues to By the Treaty of Northampton, in 1928, be fulfilled in that branch of the family of which was confirmed by Parliament, it was James I. which now fills the British || agreed that the stone should be returned throne.*
to Scotland ; and, for this end, writs were From Ireland the Fatal Stone was con- issued by Edward III. which, however, veyed to the settlement which the people were never executed. After its arrival in of that country had made on the north. England, Edward I. caused it to be placed western part of our island, from them in a new chair with a step, richly paintcalled Scotland. Whether we receive or ed and adorned with gilding. In the reject the tradition that it was brought wardrobe account of that King, under over by Fergus, there is no doubt that the the year 1900, are the sums which were stone was removed to Scotland at a very then laid out upon it, amounting to early period, and that it was always re- Il. 198. 7d.-a considerable expence in garded as a sacred monument by the those days. In order to illustrate the digpeople of that country. This opinion | nity of the relique, and to celebrate “ the appears to be countenanced by the late crested pride of the First Edward," a tablet ingenious Mr. King, who says it is clear was suspended near the Chair, with a enough that before the time of Kennith, || Latin inscription; but this has long since that is, before the year 894, it had been shared the fate of many other written me. placed simply and plainly as a stone of morials with which the Abbey abounded. great import and of great notoriety in The Coronation Chair is of oak, of an Argyleshire, and on account of the rever. architectural design, and ornamented on ence paid to it, was removed by Kennith. || the back and sides with rows of pointed This King having taken it from the Castle | arches, the form of which confirms the of Eunstaffnage, its antient station, placed | reported age of this venerable relique. it in the Abbey-church of Scone, in the Some remains are yet to be seen of the year, 850:† he also inclosed it in a chair || painting and gilding with which it was of wood, on which he caused to be en
once adorned. It is in height about six graven the Leonine distich which we have
feet seven inches; in depth, twenty-four already quoted. I Here all Scottish Kings inches; and the width of the seat, withinwere crowned upon it, till the year 1290, || side, is twenty-three inches. At pine when the victorious Edward l. brought | inches from the ground is a frame to supit to England, and left it as an offering of port the stone, upon the surface of which
is the seat. The block appears to be of a * This prophecy is said to have reconciled many of the Scottish nation to the nnion with
reddish sand-stone, and at each end a short this country.
iron chain is fastened in it; but these are +“ King Kenneth,” saith our historian Ho. nearly concealed by the wood work. The Jinshed, “having destroied the Pictish king
lover of antient art must regret that so dome, caused thc Marble Stone (which Simon
beautiful a fabric should be exposed to exBreke sometime brought out of Spaine into Ireland, and the first Ferguse out of Ireland into
ternal injury as well as decay; and must Albion, as before is recited) to be brought now wish, if possible, that the chair of King Edfoorth of Argile (where till that time it had beene ward might rather be restored to its original diligentlie kept) into Gourie, which region be- style of decoration, than concealed by a fore apperteined to the Piets, there to remaine
covering even of the richest material. from thencefoorth as a sacred token for th’esta. blishment of the Scotish kingdome in that coun. tric : he placed it at Scone, v pon a raised plot of “ In this Chair," saith Hector Boece, “ all ground there, bicause that the last battell which Kingis of Scotland war ay crowait quhil ye tyme he bad with ibe Picts was fought neare vnto the of Kyng Robert Bruse. In quhais tyme, besyde same place."- Hist. of Scotland (Kenneth). mony othir cruelleis done be Kyng Edward
| Mr. Pennant, in his Tour to the Hebrides Lang Shankis, the said Chiar of Merbyll was (ii. 409), has published an engraving of an an- taikin be loglismen and brocht out of Scone to tient ivory carving, found in the ruins of Don. London and put in to Westwonistar, quhare it stuffnage, represonting a King sitting in this remaines to our dayis."-Cron. af Scotland, B. i. Chair, with a book in kis hand.