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being closely grasped by the farmer, point of etiquette, that, in passing a he was unable to thrust the weapon sentinel, you take the pipe from your home, and it only struck against his mouth. But as my friend was about ribs. With some difficulty the thieves to comply with this uniform custom, were both secured. They were tried the sentinel said, to his no small surfor the crime before the High Court of prise, “ Rauchen sie, immer fort: Justiciary in Edinburgh, -convicted, verdamt sey der Preussiche dienst" and condemned to be hanged,--but “Smoke away, sir: d-n the Prussian afterwards, to the great surprise and service.” My friend looked at him disappointment of their Berwickshire with surprise, and the marked gypsey neighbours, obtained a pardon-a piece features at once shewed who he was, of unmerited and ill-bestowed cle- and why dissatisfied with the service, mency, for which it was generally uns the duties of which he seemed to take derstood they were indebted to the pleasure in neglecting. interest of a noble northern family of “In Hungary the gypsies are very their own name. We recollect hearing numerous, and travel in great bands, a sort of ballad upon Tam's exploits, like Arabs, gaily dressed in red and and his deliverance from the gallows green, and often well armed and through the intercession of a celebrated mounted. A friend of mine met a duchess, but do not recollect any of troop of them last year in this gallant the words. Tam died only a few years guise, and was not a little astonisha! ago, at a very advanced age.

at their splendour. But their courage The following observations respect- in actual battle is always held in lov ing the continental gypsies are com esteem. I cannot refer to the book, municated by a distinguished writer, but I have somewhere read, that i who, on a former occasion, enriched pass or fort was defended by some of our Miscellany with much interesting them, during a whole night, with such and valuable information respecting bravery and skill, that the Austrians, this wild and wayward race:

who were the assailants, supposed it “ The gypsies everywhere pretend to be held by regular troops, and were to skill in fortune-telling and sorcery ; about to abandon their enterpris. but in Germany they are supposed to But when day dawned, and shewed have some particular spells for stopping the quality of the defenders, the attack the progress of conflagration. I have was immediately renewed, and the somewhere a German ballad on this place carried with great ease; as if subject, which, if I find, I will trans- the courage of the gypsies had only late for you. Seven gypsies are un- lasted till their character was made justly doomed to death; the town known.” takes fire; and the magistrates are Neither our limits nor our leisure obliged to release them, that they may allow of farther observation: nor is it arrest the flames by their incantations. of much importance. We trust w Our Scottish gypsies are more ceie- have succeeded in giving our readers brated for raising fire wilfully, than more information and livelier entire for extinguishing it. This is their tainment by the mode we have adopted, most frequent mode of vengeance when than we could have conveyed in any offended; and being a crime at once other shape on the same subject. Now easily executed and difficult of detec- thing, indeed, like regularity in the tion, the apprehension of it makes the arrangement of our materials has been country people glad to keep on fair practicable; and they have been geneterms with them.

rally given to the public very much in They are greatly averse to employ, the form and order in which we ob ment of a regular kind, but, when tained them. Such a plan, no doubt, forced to serve, make good soldiers, would require a summary at its conOn the Continent, I believe, they are clusion, to bind together the loose received into no service but that of materials, and draw general deductions Prussia, which, according to the rules from the crowd of unconnected facts of Frederic, still enrolls bon.gré mal and observations. This task, however, gré, whatever can carry a musket. we must for the present leave to our But they detest the occupation. A readers themselves : the subject is tur friend was passing a Prussian sentinel from being exhausted, but it must on his post at Paris last year. The necessarily, so far as relates to the gentlenian; as 'is asual abroad, was Edinburgh Monthly Magazine, De smoking as he walked ; and it is a now brought to a hasty close.

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DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE HIS- expert men to use the samyne,* for ini.
TORY OF SCOTTISH PRINTING. prenting within our Realme of the

bukis of our Lawis, actis of parlia-
(The following documents, relative to ment, croniclis, mess bukis, and por-
the early history of printing, in Scotland, tuns efter the use of our Realme, with
have been taken from the original records addicions and legendis of Scottis sanc-
in the Register House, and have not, so far
as we know, been previously given to the

tis, now gaderit to be ekit tharto, and public. One of them, however, (No I.)

al utheris bukis that salbe sene neceshas been already printed as a note in one ofsar, and to sel the sammyn for compethe very learned and interesting official re- tent pricis, be our avis and discreports of the present Deputy Clerk Register, cioun, thair labouris and expens being which we have accidentally met with. It is considerit; And becaus we wndera grant under the Privy Seal, dated in the stand that this cannot be perfurnist vear 1507, soon after the first introduction without rycht greit cost labour and of this invaluable art into Scotland, under the reign of King James IV.,-conferring

expens, we have granted and promittit upon Walter Chepman and Andrew Millar

8 to thame that thai sall nocht be hurt the exclusive privilege of printing Books of nor prevenit tharon be ony utheris to Law, Acts of Parliament, Chronicles, Mass- tak copyis of ony bukis furtht of our books, and other works therein specified; Realme, to ger imprent the samyne in with a penalty against any other persons utheris cuntreis, to be brocht and sauld

who should print the same in foreign coun- agane within our Realme, to cause the med try tries, for the purpose of being “ brocht and said Walter and Androu tyne thair

sauld agane within our Realme, to cause gret labour and expens. And als It on the said Walter and Androu tyne thair gret ze labour and expens."—Not long afterwards,

is divisit and thocht expedient be us as appears from the subjoined paper (No II.)

and our consall, that in tyme cuming this privilege had been invaded by certain mess bukis, manualis, matyne bukis, individuals, against whom a complaint is and portuus bukis, efter our awin made to the Lords of Council, in the name scottis use, and with legendis of Scotof Walter Chepman; and his exclusive right tis sanctis, as is now gaderit and ekit is accordingly again re-enforced by their be ane Reverend fader in god, and our decision.

traist consalour Williame bischope of The only publications known to have is.

abirdene and utheris, be usit generaly sued from the press of Millar and Chep

within al our Realme alssone as the man, are a collection of pamphlets, chiefly metrical romances and ballads, in 1508, of sammyn may be imprentit and pro

which an imperfect copy is preserved in the vidit, and that no maner of sic bukis by Advocates' Library (and of which we unders of Salusbery use be brocht to be sauld

stand a reprint is now in a state of forward within our Realme in tym cuming ; ness for publication), and the Scottish Ser- and gif ony dois in the contrar, that vice Book, including the Legends of the

thai sal tyne the sammyne; Quharfor Scottish Saints, commonly called the Bre.

we charge straitlie and commandis # viary of Aberdeen, in 1509, of which the

yow al and sindrj our officiaris, liegis, * copies are exceedingly rare.]

and subdittis, that nane of yow tak

No I.

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• The head of Blackfriars Wynd, High JAMES, &c. To al and sindrj our Street, seems to have been the place fixed officiaris liegis and subdittis quham it upon for carrying on this printing establishefferis, quhais knawlage thir our letment; for there is preserved, in the Records tres salcum, greting; Wit ye that of Privy Seal, a “ Licence to Walter Chepforsamekill as our lovittis servitourisman, burges of Edinburgh, to haif staris toWalter Chepman and Andro Millar wart the hic strete and calsay, with bak staris burgessis of our burgh of Edinburgh, and turngres in the frere wynd, or on the has, at our instance and request, for

foregait, of sic breid and lenth as he sall

think expedient for entre and asiamentis to our plesour, the honour and proffit of

his land and tenement, and to flit the pend our Realme and liegis, takin on thame of the said frere wynd for making of neid, to furnis and bring hame ane prent, full asiamentes in the samyn," &c. Feb. 5. with all stuf belangand tharto, and '1510.

apon hand to do ony thing incontrar nor sell within this Realme, ony of this our promitt, devise, and ordinance, the bukis abonewrittin of the said use in tyme cuming, under the pane of of salusbery, in tyme to cum, under escheting of the bukis, and punising the said pain, according to the suid of thair persons bringaris tharof within lettres under our souerane lordis priue our Realme, in contrar this our statut, sele direct thairuppon; And as to the with al vigour as efferis. Geven un- bukis that ar ellis brocht hame be the der our prive Sel at Edinburgh, the saidis merchandis and uther persons, xv day of September, and of our Regne that thai bring nain to the merket, the xxti yer.

nor sell nain within this Realme, bot (Registrum, Sec. Sig. iii. 129.) that thai have the samyn furth of this

Kealine, and sell thaim; And that the saidis provest, baillies, and officiaris

forsaidis, serche and seik quhar on y of No II.

the saidis manuale, bukis, mesbukis, JAN. 14, 1509.

matinbukis, and portuiss, of the said

use beis brocht haim in tyme tocun, Avent the complaint maid be Wal- or sauld of thaim that ar ellis brocht ter Chepman, that quhar he, at the hame, and eschete the samyn to our desyre of our soverane lord, furnist soverane lordis use: And als, that na and brocht hame ane prent and prente persons tak copijs of the buikis abonaris, for prenting of croniclis, missalis, writtin and donatis, and . . . . or portuuss, and utheris buikis within uther buikis that the said Walter hes this realme, and to seclude salisberyis prentit ellis for till haf thaim to uther use: And to that effeet thair wes let. Realmes to ger thaim be prentit, tres under our said soverane lordis brocht haim, or sauld, within this priue sele direct, till command and Realme In tyme tocum, under the charge oure soverane lordis liegis, that pain of escheting of the samin ; And nain of thaim suld Inbring or sell ony quha dois in the contrair, that the bukis of the said use of salusbery un, said pain be put to exeeutioun on der the pane of escheting of the samyn; thaim, And that lettres be direct her. Neuirtheless, Wilyam Frost, Francis apon, in dew forme, as said Is. Frost, William Sym, Andro Ross,

(Acta Dom. Conc. xxi. 70.) and diuers utheris, merchandis within the burgh of Edinburgh, hes brocht haim, and sellis daly, diuers bukis of (The following is the Copy of an Author's the said usesik as mess bukis, mannualis, Privilege, granted by the Lords of Coundit, portuiss, matinbukis, and diuers uther which seems worthy of preservation on acbukis, in the dissobeing of the said count of the very curious work to which it command and lettres lik as at mar lentht, Is contenit in the said com

Apud Edinburgum, vigessimo sexto die

Amid Edinburo ir plaint: The saidis Walter, William, Francis, William, and Andro, being

ffebruarij 1685. personaly present, And thair Richtis The lords of his Majestie's privy ressons and allegacions herd sene and councill, Haveing considered ane ada understand, and thairwith being Riply dress made to them by Master George avisit, The Lordis of Counsale for Sinclar, late professer of philosophie at saidis commandit and chargit the saidis the Colledge of Glasgow, And Author William Frost, Francis Frost, William of the book Intitulled Satan's Invisible Sym, and Andro Ros, personaly, that Works Discovered, &c. Doe heirby nain of thaim, in tyme to cum, bring prohibite and discharge, all persons hame, nor sell within this Realme, whatsomever, from printing, reprintony missale bukis, mannualis, por- ing, or importing into this kingdome, tuiss, or matinbukis, of the said use of any copy or copies of the said book, salusbery, under the payn of escheting dureing the space of eleven yearis afof the samyn; And that lettres be ter the date heirof, without licence of writtin in dew forme to the provest and the Author or his Order, Under the balyies of Ed; and to officeris of the pain of confiscation thereof to the said kingis Sheriffes in that pairt, to com- author, Besydes what turder punishmand and charge be oppin proclama- ment we shall think fitt to inflict upon tion, all utheris merchandis and per- the contraveeners. sons, that nain of thaim bring haim,

(Regist. Sec. Sig.)

ORIGINAL POETRY.

LINES ON THE DEATH OF A YOUNG Than that it weeps hath suffered ! Yet it LADY.

springs,

Fervent and firm in faith, to Him whose MR EDITOR,

love, The following Lines, written on occasion Brightest when clouds and darkness gather of the early death of an inhabitant of your round, city, may perhaps catch the eye of some Calls, in his own appointed time, the purifione among the many who have known and

ed admired her. If they do, and it should To Him, the only Pure,-- whose wisdom communicate any comfort to see that where

leads once she has been known she is remember. Each in his several way through this dim ed, it will afford much satisfaction to

world,THE AUTHOR. Snaps the frail thread of life at once for some,

To others sends a long and tangled train Tuen thou art gone--the sad death-bell Of many sorrows-yet to all gives light hath toll'd

To lead the spirit on through toil and tears, And in the dull grave, lovely as thou wert, To Peace, and Purity, and Heavenly Joy! The friends who lov'd have laid thee N k , June 1817.

Peace be theirs !
For they have lost indeed a gem, whose rays,
Though blest by others, shone entire for

STANZAS
them !
Yes! Peace be theirs !--that sweet and On the Custom in Switzerland, fc. of plant.
Sacred Peace,

ing Flowers on the Graves of departed Which o'er the waves of grief, like holy oil, Fricnds. Spreads, smoothing every stormy billow

(The thought taken from DELILLE's down.

L'Homme de Champs.) They best can tell, who mourn thee most, the tale

To 'scape from chill Misfortune's gloom, Of what thou wert. There, where in secret From helpless age and joyless years ; shone

To sleep where flowerets round us bloom ; The playful smile which strangers might Can such a fate deserve our tears?

admire, The voice of harmony, the eye of fire- Since in the tomb our cares, our woes, That kindling eye which none might c'er I n dark oblivion buried lie, forget

Why paint that scene of calm repose Oh! least of all, they who have seen it In figures painful to the eye ?

CLOSE! · Not such our pangs--yet we have known The wiser Greeks, with chaste design, thee too,

Pourtrayed a Nymph in airy fight; Distant, and almost as the dead, yet dear Who, hovering o'er the marble shrine, And not to be forgotten ;-we have seen Reversed a flambeau's trembling light, Thine early promise,saw thee ere the world

To die ! what is in Death to fear? Had known what flow'r was op'ning to the 'Twill decompose my lifeless frame ! sun.

A Power unseen still watches near, Alas! how soon to wither!_Well we knew, To light it with a

To light it with a purer flame. And oft have said, when thou wert borne

And when anew that flame shall burn, Back to thy native Scotia, that there dwelt Perhaps the dust that lies enshrined A soul of Beauty in that gentle form, May rise a woodbine o'er my urn, Whose light, ere long, should burst upon With verdant tendrils round it twined !

the day. Ab! little thought we that so dark a night How would the gentle bosom beat, So soon must hide its beams of brightness That sighs at Death's resistless power, from us !

A faithful friend again to meet,

Fresh blooming in a fragrant flower! - Fare thee well! Perhaps the heart that now at distance It sure would thrill the Lover's heart, 'mourns

: When kneeling on his Fair One's grave, Thy perished worth, hath keener pangs in To feel the Lily's breath impart store

The 'raptured kiss his Myra gave.

away

voice

.

Then down

The love that in my bosom glows,

Upon his bosom-and his prayer was heard; • Will live when I shall long be dead, For from some mountain cliff at length aruse And haply tinge some budding Rose The sound of running waters;—bat : That blushes o'er my grassy bed!

boumd

Was then in every heart, and what a cry O thou who hast so long been dear, Of joy, as from its parent source, clothed When I shall cease to smile on thee,

round, I know that thou wilt linger here,

In lovely green, the clear, cold rivulet With pensive soul to sigh for me.'*.! Gushed sparkling in the sun an Angel's Yes, Laura, come; and with thee bring, Could not have sweeter been. Then down

To sooth my shade, young flowerets fait; they sat , Give them around my grave to spring, And doft their helms, and bathed their And watch them with a Lover's care!! burning brows; one w

And from their heavy armour cleared, away Thy gentle hand will sweets bestow, The sharp, dry desart sand, then pitched Transcending Eden's boasted bloom;

the tents' : Rach flower with brighter tints will glow, And spread their frugal fare. No sounds When Love and Beauty seek my'tomb. .. were heardp i

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But those of mirthi ; here on the grassy turf And when the Rose-bud's virgin breath The careless warriors lay, and oft between

With fragrance fills the morning air, Rose the sweet 'song of their own habe Imagine me released from Death,

"land

, IM And all my soul reyiving there.

Even sweeter because heard in foreign alime;

For nought like music has the magie pora Inhale the dewy sweets at morn,

To bring the shades of long forgotten jers For they to thee shall transport give; Back to the weeping memory, softe er Thus Damon's Love, on odours borne, The soldier's heart, and Piety and Love Still in his Laura's breast shall live Led all their thoughts to home, then silene

sunk Upon the camp, and every warrior breathi

His evening orisons, and slept in peace PASSAGE THROUGH THE DESART,

Ere yet the sun had with his earliest beta .: A Fragment.

Purpled the east, the Christian army, rose,

Renewed in strength and hope ; deep gros THROUGH barren and deserted wastes, titude through sands

Beamed in each countenance as the leader Checkered by no soft resting spot of green; ! caine .. . Beneath a burning heaven, the Christian host Forth from their tents, beneath the mal Pursued their weary march, it was that host,

clear air, When led by noble Godfrey, took the vow. To fit their armour on; each youthful To free Jerusalern ;-the Infidels,,,

Squire Alteady on Dolyleum's field, had bowed Smiled to his master, as he clapped the Beneath their arms; God and their own

helin good swords :

Or fixt the spur, or backed the impatient Had won the day, and on the Turkish steed, a

para towers,

And told how soon he hoped to gain regia The blood-red banner of the Cross was seen And knighthood in the breach of antioches Waving in Triumph.-Onward still they Thus marched they on in joy, and the held .

at last For Antioch; but in Lycoania's sands The barren ridge of Amanus, which divades Famine and Thirst proved sterner foes than With rocky girdle the Cilician waste .: war,..

From the fair fields of Syria, all behinder And Sickness, desart-bred, had thinned the "Lay a drear desart, but before them spread, ranks

* In rich expansion, that delightful vale More than the Turkish sword ;-each weari. Through which Orontes rolled his sables

Li Wave Sought for some stream for three days of

h e burning suns, med dried the pulse of With merciless rays, had dried the pus er life.rea .

** ELVERSHÖH, A FAIRY 3 No speck was in the sky,- no little cloud That promised rain, no shadowy grove,

(From the German of Herders so no greene

r Kor the tiret eye to rest on Onward still I LAID my head on the Fairy-hill. The weary soldier march'd, and often raised With watching my eyes wete weary His mailed hand to Heaven in silent prayer, When I was aware of two Maidens tal And pointed to the blessed Cross lie borer Game tripping with smiles tiglit cheese

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