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-On the fierce flames the slower impetuous falls,
below: So, by her son arraigned, with feet upshod O’er burning bars indignant Emma trod,
E'en on the day when Youth with Beauty wed, The flames surprised them in their nuptial bed; Seen at the opening sash with bosom bare, With wringing hands, and dark disheveld hair,
The blushing bride with wild disorder'd charms
THE HEROIC ATTACHMENT OF THE YOUTH IN HOL
LAND, WHO ATTENDED HIS MISTRESS IN THE PLAGUE.
FROM CANTO IV.
Thus when the Plague, upborne on Belgian air,
· When the plague raged in Holland, in 1636, a young girl. was seized with it, had three carbuncles, and was removed to a garden, where her lover, who was betrothed to her, attended her as a nurse, and slept with her as his wife. He remained uninfected, and she recovered, and was married to hiin. The story is related by Vinc. Fabricius, in the Misc. Cur. Ann. II. Obs. 188.
Its pride Fie, fie on
Each fervid sigh seem'd shorter than the last,
Her een sa
How she But pruder
O wha can
And sic O wha can
Les bold, Leander at the dusky hour
-Sylphs! while your winnowing pinions fann'd the
BORN 1735.-DIED 1803.
JAMES BEATTIE was born in the parish of Lawrence Kirk, in Kincardineshire, Scotland. His father, who rented a small farm in that parish, died when the poet was only ten years old; but the loss of a protector was happily supplied to him by his elder brother, who kept him at school till he obtained a bursary at the Marischal college, Aberdeen. At that university he took the degree of master of arts; and, at nineteen, he entered on the study of divinity, supporting himself, in the mean time, by teaching a school in the neighbouring parish. Whilst he was in this obscure situation, some pieces of verse, which he transmitted to the Scottish Magazine, gained him a little local celebrity. Mr. Garden, an eminent Scottish lawyer, afterwards Lord Gardenstone, and Lord Monboddo, encouraged him as an ingenious young man, and introduced him to the tables of the
of the ! 1753 ex.
neighbouring gentry, an honour not usually extended to a parochial schoolmaster. In 1757, he stood candidate for a mastership of the high-school of Aberdeen. He was foiled by a competitor, who surpassed him in the minutiæ of Latin grammar; but his character, as a scholar, suffered so littlė by the disappointment, that at the next vacancy he was called to the place without a trial. He had not been long at this school, when he published a volume of poems, in 1761, which it speaks much for the critical clemency of the times) were favourably received, and highly commended in the English Reviews. So little satisfied was the author himself with those early effusions, that, excepting four, which he admitted to a subsequent edition of his works, he was anxious to have them consigned to oblivion; and he destroyed every copy of the volume which he could procure. About the age of twenty-six, he obtained the chair of Moral Philosophy, in the Marischal college of Aberdeen, a promotion which he must have owed to his general reputation in literature: bụt it is singular, that the friend who first proposed to solicit the High Constable of Scotland to obtain this appointment, should have grounded the proposal on the merit of Beattie's poetry. In the volume already mentioned, there can scarcely be said to be a budding promise of
Upon his appointment to this professorship, which he held for forty years, he immediately prepared a