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MEMOIRS OF THE LATE ALEXANDER ADAM, L. L. D.
(RECTOR OF THE HIGH SCHOOL OF EDINBURGH, DR. ADAM, it appears, was born fair, he would despatch his meal in in 1741, the son of one of those lit- a walk to the meallows, or Hope tle farmers who then abounded in Park, which is adjoining the southScotland, but are now swallowed up ern part of the city; but, if the in the vortex of monopolists, or ra- weather was foul, he had recourse ther pluralists. His father, though to some long and lonely stairs (the poor, had the honest ambition, so old houses in Edinburgh have all creditable to Scotchmen, of giving common staircases, mostly of an unhis son a liberal education; and the conscionable height, one in particuson appeared no less ambitious of lar being fourteen stories) which he profiting by this paternal attention. would climb, eating his dinner at « Having gone through the routine of every step. By this means, all ex. the Latin language, as it was then pense for cookery was avoided, and usually taught in a parochial school, he wasted neither coals nor candle, Mr. Adam turned his steps towards for when he was chill, he used to Aberdeen, with the intention of con- run till his blood began to glow, and tending for a Bursary, an exhibition his evening studies were always proof small value." Being, however, secuted under the roof of some one unsuccessful, he proceeded to Edin- of bis companions. The youths of burgh, and here comes the econo. Scotland have hitherto been remark. mical anecdote, and which we shall able for parsimony and perseverance; give in his biographer's own words: but no man was ever more com“ His studies were continued with pletely under the influence of a virunremitting vigour, and his finances tuous emulation, than Mr. Adam. were so straitened, that in his anx- The particulars of his conduct, iety to go forward to the grand ob- which are here related, have not ject of his career, he even abridged been exaggerated in any manner, for his portion of the necessaries of life, he frequently told the same story to He entered the Logick Class, in the his pupils. At a convivial meeting vicinity of Edinburgh, 4th Nov. 1758, between Mr. Adam and Mr. Luke and about that time began to assist Fraser, another of the masters of the young Mr. Maconochie (now a lord high school, the latter, who was very of session, by the title of lord Mea- sceptical as to Mr. Adam's parsidowbank) in that capacity which is mony, took the trouble of bringing commonly styled a private teacher. together upon paper, the various For his services he received only items of his friend's expenditure, one guinea in three months; yet, as and actually found, that in six months he had no other method of raising a it did not amount to two guineas !" sixpence, he contrived to subsist Dr. Adain's merits as a scholar, : upon this sum, and in a manner that teacher, a gramniarian, and an auwill now appear incredible. He thor, were undoubtedly high; and, lodged in a small room at Restalrig, during the forty three years he held in the northeastern suburbs; and the rectorship, by his talents and for this accommodation he paid four assiduity he raised the school (es. pence per week. All his meals, ex- pociallv the higher class, which it cept dinner, uniformly consisted of was his immediate province to teach). oatmeal made into porridge, toge from a very low state to the zenith ther with small beer, of which he of prosperity; and he was enabled only allowed bimself half a bottle at for many years to live and entertain a time. When he wished to cline, he his friends in a style of excellence, purchased a penny loaf at the near- perhaps not inferiour to the learned est baker's shop, and if the day was lord, his former pupil.
And lo! advancing on the plain, EThe following beautiful ode from a cor
Appears a smiling, beauteous train, respondent, whose pen enriched a for.
With tripping footstep slightly bounding mer number of the Select Reviews, was To delighted musick sounding, sent to us many months since.--It was
And, as flushed the forms advance, unfortunately mislaid; but being now
On me they bend the favouring glance, recovered, is inserted without hesitation Pointing to enchanted ground. or delay.]
[Ed. Sel. Rev.
Foremost pleasure moves along,
And softly breathes her siren song;
While giddy Mirth, with wreath fantasODE TO PLEASURE.
Whom Bacchus taught of old, and I. 1.
played WHENCE the touch, the magick thrill,
Witli bin in his viny sbade, That through my bosom glides and glow.
And to the jocund stripling gave ing frame?
His freshest cup of Nectared wave, Quick glancing as the lightning's flame
Sports beside the Goddess wild; Scaths the proud oak or pine at Jove's
And Love, the rosy-dimpled child, high will,
With blooming cheek, and, archly smil. Waving on the frighted hill,
ing, When, hid in clouds, the awful mo..
Unsuspecting hearts beguiling, narch stands,
Leading the cherub Joy in hand, And rolls his angry thunders o'er the Peeps from behind bis mask, and waves sky,
his air-light wand ! Fading from my kindling eye, And startled at the power's commands,
II. 1. Pale care retires, amid the train
Hail ye guides on man who wait! That hid in broo‘ling night remain: For whom ye deigned to leave your native Her spell no longer now confines; A new born spirit wakes, a new-born ra. And, while the fiends of death stood by, diance shines.
Snatched half the bitter from the cup
of fate! 1. 2.
Blessing the propitious date, Ah! what queen of blissful art
Then infant hope unveiled the distant · Now breathes her fervour through my
years, glowing soul?
And held her flattering mirror to the With ruddy warmth and freely roll
view, The bounding currents from my beating Clear as morning's crystal dew, heart,
Unsullied yet by sighs or tears: Balmed at once its recent smart.
With rapture rung the heavenly choir, Light o'er my head, in visionary dream,
And, while was heard from every lyre Soft peace descends and waves her dove.
dove. The strains sublime of lasting truth, like wing
Thee, Pleasure, thee they named the While her hands, benignant fling
guardian of his youth.
Mistress of thought and gloomy Memo. Spreads wide her pictured scenes, in gay
ry's powers, ' luxuriance bright.
Pale Melancholy marks the hours
The swift decline of fleeting life that Oh! Pleasure, goddess of these plains,
Ne'er changeful turn from thy adoring Ah! can thought their force repel ?With solemn brow she woos me to her But give my hours their fond employ! seat,
She smiles, and fresher beauties clothe Where oft I met the moralizing maid;
the scene; But the di recess of shade
Entrancing musick steals upon the air: Explore shall duteous now my feet, Drooping flower's their bloom repair, When Pleasure, with seductive mein, And fling their fragrance round their Points her opening paths between,
queen. And holds the goblet o'er whose side "Tis mine, in wished forgetfulness, Flows the inspiring juice, and bids me the couch of luxury to press, quaff the tide ?
And heaven itself receives me here:
But soft! what seraph voice comes solemo II. 3.
on my ear ? O bear me to your blest retreats,
“Mistaken youth! and dost thou deen Golden wings, and gently waking
The joys you grasp are not a dream, All the myrtle-murmuring grove !
Thy cheated fancy quick pervading, And there with thee my steps shall
And, alas! as quickly fading? rove,
Soon the glittering prospect bright Distant from each mortal care;
Will vanish from thy sickened sight. There Love shall aim his honied dart, Touched by Reason's awful ire, Thrill, but never wound the heart;
Unveiled appears the specious harm; And melting maids, as yielding kind as
Guilt remains for Pleasure's charm, fair,
And sad remorse for the indulged desire. In dalliance dear, and ainorous play,
He finds in harlot-lap carest, Glancing looks of humid ray,
Innocence has left the breast. And sighing odours, as they go,
E’en beneath the flowers concealed, Shall, with the soul's delicious glow,
On which thy limbs their langour yield, Lead me to the rosy bed
Care with serpent-form remains For blissful rites their hands have
To sting the wretch with fiercer pains; spread:
And Death, o'er mad excess presiding, And ever ceaseless joys amassing,
Marks his prey, each joy deriding!” As the moments bright are passing,
The voice was lushed, or heard no more, Attentive forms shall, mocking doom,
And all was fied my sight of all that Strow with oblivious flowers iny passage
charmed before. to the tomb!
GEO. W. CLARKE.
THE BUTTERFLY'S FUNERAL.
AN IMPROMPTU. loin; Yet bleeding with my bosom torn, I called no power my weary eyes to Oh! ye, who so lately were blithsome and close,
gay Jealous of my cherished woes:
At the Butterfly's banquet carousing ! And oft when dimly glimmering in her
Your feasts and your revels of pleasures Hung midnight's silent, solitary lamp,
are fled, Wandering at her season damp,
For the soul of the banquet--the ButterI paused the torrent's roar to hear;
fly's dead! Or when the moon, in fieecy shroud, - Shrunk pale behind her fearful cloud,
II. I loved, amid the soul-aftrighting hours,
No longer the Flies and the Emmets adTo hear the rushing blast that raved
vance among the towers !
To join with their friends in the Grass
hopper's dance, III. 2.
For see his thin form o'er the favourite Realms of rich delight and joy,
bend, At length I reach secure your blest do. And the Grasshopper mourns for the loss mains.
of his friend!
APOSTROPHE, TO THE RIVER NITH. And hark to the funeral dirge of the Bee,
[By John Mayne.] . And the Beetle that follows as mournful
HAIL, gentle streain! for ever dear as he; And see where so sadly the green rushes
Thy rudest murmurs to mine ear!
Torn from thy banks, though far I rove, wave, The Mole is preparing the Butterfly's
The slave of Poverty and Love,
Without a sigh remember thee!
For there my infant years began,
And there my happiest minutes ran; forlorn,
And there, to love and friendship true, And the Gnat slowly winded his shrill
The blossoms of affection grew! little horn; And the Moth, who was grieved for the
Blythe on thy banks, thou sweetest stream loss of a sister,
That ever nursed a poet's dream ! Bent over the body, and silently kissed
Oft have I, in forbidden time, her.
(If youth could sanctify a crime!)
With hazel-rod, and fraudful fly,
Ensnared thy unsuspecting fry;
Till, chaced by lurking fishermen, 3ս, And enclosed in a case which the Silk
Away I've flown, as fleet as wind, worm bad spun;
My lagging followers far behind! By the help of the Hornet the coffin was
And, when the vain pursuit was o'er, laid
Returned successful as before! On a bier out of myrtle and jessamine made.
By Francis Hodgson. In weepers and scarfs came the Butter “Let Alexander's discontented soul flies all,
Sigh for another world's increased control! And six of their number supported the Ill-weav'd ambition has no charm for me, pall;
Nor, sordid Avarice, am I slave to thee. And the Spider came there in his mourn. ing so black,
" I only ask twelve thousand pounds a But the fire of the Glowworm soon frightened him back.
And Curwen's country house on Winder
A beauteous wife, as sensible as fair, The Grub left his nutshell to join the sad And many a friend, and not a single care.
throng, And slowly led with him the Bookworm “I am no glutton--no! I never wish along;
A sturgeon floating in a golden dish Who wept his poor neighbour's unfortu. At the Piazza satisfied to pay nate doom,
Three guineas for my dinner every day. And wrote these few lines to be placed on her tomb:
“ What though shrewd Erskine at the EPITAPH.
bar we view, At this solemn spot where the green rushes As famed as Crassus, and as wealthy too; wave,
I only ask the eloquence of Fox, Here sadly we bend o'er the Butterfly's To jump like Ireland, and like Belcher grave;
box; 'Twas here we to beauty our obsequies To act as Garrick did-or any how paid,
Unlike the heroes of the buskin now; And hallowed the ground which her ashes To range, like Garnerin, through fields of had made.
air, And here shall the daisy and violet blow; To win, like V--, England's richest And the lily discover her bosom of snow, While under the leaf, in the evenings of I only ask these blessings to enjoy, spring,
And every varied talent well employ, Sull mourning her friend shall the Grass. Thy life, Methuselah' or, if not thine, hopper sing.
. An immortality of love and wine."
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