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Marlborough, as he calls them, with text book, I may say, in regard to you, all their insolence, ambition, and sela with Olivia, fishness, and such coarse minds too, " A Cyprus, not a bosom, hides my poor yet I think the Buckingham was the heart." meanest. I was thinking of Pope's epitaph on the young duke, little With a small alteration, I may add, dreaming to find a comment on Ho- Christina, by the roses of the spring, race's text in a closet in the Abbey. By maidhood, honour, truth, and every. You cannot imagine what a ludicrous thing,” surprise awaited me when the guide let this untold tale of secret sor, opened one and discovered a faded row rest in your own bosom. I beg waxen image of the Buckingham pre- your pardon, I never doubted it; but posterously fine, staring full at me, to you who have taught me to despise with an air meant for majestic, with artifice, I will own, that with all the powilered hair, false brilliant ear- zeal of a new convert, I have studied rings, and buckles, long ruffles, very your Shakespeare since you went as high heels, and very short petticoats. way, and wished to show by what I In short, you never could imagine thought an apt and fine quotation, dead vanity and absurd finery in such that I taste and feel the merit of your tull preservation. Here, too, I was matchless favourite. Cowper, too, your forced to laugh, rationally, I think. own Cowper, this new found treasure The incongruity of a fantastical figure is my companion, my resource, my exciting contemptuous ridicule, when consolation in your absence, I wiil not we think how the duchess hoped to affect to say in yours only, How be admired in her waxen proxy by much I could say of Cowper, how children yet unborn, like myself and much more of her who gave me the Allan !, 'I'here is a similar exhibition power to taste him, of her who was to of her son in another closet, but there me as a fountain of all intellectual I was sorry to see the shade of the gen, pleasures. We could scarce endure tle Buckingham, thus eulogized by to think how much he was born to Pope, insulted by this paltry exhibi- suffer, if we were not taught in his tion. I will not say you are tired, be pure and sublime school, that he died cause I know you do not tire of any to enjoy far more than our limited thing that comes from Cavendish powers can enable us to conceive, and Square ; but I am very tired, and, though the last stage of his heaven. therefore, bid adieu to my dear cousin. ward progress was involved in myste
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rious darkness, what a flood of glory
must be poured forth on the free spi, ANSWER TO THE PRECEDING LET. rit when shaking off the incumbrance
of world wearied flesh, it sprung upTERS, WRITTEN FROM SKYE.
wards to its congenial place. I have Ellanreagh, March 3.
lost myself in wandering beyond the *1 My dear Christina, why should I visible bounds allotted to us while tell you, who know me better than I here, but who would not fearlessly do inyself, how deeply I have been triumphantly follow such a spirit into interested in your letters to others, its final destination, were that possiand how much delighted with those ble? I can hardly return to the prethat I account my very own,--those sent interests of this frail, and to me incommunicable pictures of your mind most feverish being, without reluctthat are reserved for me alone. To ance, after an ideal glimpse of the read the inmost recesses of the mind high destination of those who have which you have formed, (as far as the “ through faith and patience inherited less valuable materials could admit,) the promises;” but you need not be on the model of your own, is a privi, afraid of my becoming a visionary enlege you have well earned. And thusiast, because I seek refuge a little though I were inclined to shut you earlier than others, where all that are out from such inspection, your know. in earnest in believing the oracles of ledge of nature and of me would baffle truth must sooner or later resort for any atteinpt at concealment. One shelter. feeling there is, indeed, that I would There is something else you had once tain hide from woyself, and still wore more cause to fear for me, when we trom others, but to borrow from your thrce used to sit on the promontory
of Craick Eiriene, overlooking the very far below ours in poetical mind; calm summer seas, inusing by turns, (for that, not station, makes the dif and talking over our morning read- ference. You see his interest in the ings, till the sinking sun seemed to lace makers, and the poor people's retire among the heroes and bards of blankets and rugs. I do not speak of Flath Innis, awakened the remem- his dog and his bares, for that is in the brance of Miann na Bard Aosda, and province of nature, where the highest left us through the lingering twilight minds are at home. Simplicity we all repeating and singing by turns our love, and have no merit in so doing, native lays, till the moon trembled in But there is a plain and humble the small waves that rippled with the simplicity, such as distinguishes the current of Shruthntorran. These language of the New Testament from were the days of danger, for then or- that of the Old, the taste for which dinary talk and ordinary people seem- we shall lose at our peril. What ed below us. We were in a high a loss it would be to us whose fate, poetic region, from which, like Mil- whose privilege, perhaps, it is to ton's miserable angels, we descended live here, if we were to grow so fanwith pain. Can we deny our danger tastic as not to think plain discourse when we came home, with the morn- about daily useful matters worth at. ing's reading revived and invigorated in tending to,-how much displeasure our minds by the evening's conversa- would such taste occasion to others, tion, when our language seemed all mu- and how much discontent and languor sic, and our looks all tenderness to each to ourselves! I think a mind capable other, and the deep serenity above and willing to lay hold for use or was doubled in effect by its calm rem amusement on every thing that is flection in the wide mirror below ?. I presented to it, is a great blessing." am sure you must be sensible how This came forcibly to my thought little we cared on these evenings for last night. You know our kinswoinah, many people, and things that we ought Grace, who scarce knew the father and to care for, and how many things that mother she lost so early. Her educa. pleased and amused those whom we tion, mostly carried on in a fashionlove and value, were a mere distur. able English boarding school, forms bance to us in this mood of exalta- too good an excuse for her considere tion. We laughed some years since ing many things among us as obsolete at a young southron who talked of or unmeaning. Yet it would be most prosing, and considered the word as unjust to class her among mere misses, one of the new affected phrases that as we used to call those common-place make no part of our language ; I think girls that live the day over without we should have been then in danger looking backward to reflect, or forof using it as he did. Do you re- ward to consider. She has a very member who it was that said, if that good understanding, a taste for read word was once established, petulant ing not entirely superficial, and has young people would apply it to every been brought up by the kind care of thing that did not amuse them or fall our aunt and uncle, with you, to be in with the fashion of the day, and partial to our own island, as the home more particularly to the conversation of her forefathers, as well as on other of elderly people ? Those, too, from accounts. She feels, too, more than whose recorded experience so much of you could expect from one accustongood and useful is to be learnt! You ed to live with those who waste their used to observe how much your bro sensibility on elegant pictures of ficther reflected, and how seldom he was titious distress. Yet, with all this,' wrong; but that is nothing to the she is evidently bored (why do I use purpose. I meant to speak of Cow. that hated word) when our worthy per's sweet influence over me; I come and sensible relations talk of the humble and sober from reading his modes of life and circumstances, now letters, and more particularly his first changed, that existed in their early poems, when I see a mind like his days. Now I should imagine that descending to be so simply occupied, the details of a mode of life, and of and so easily pleased, to care about supplying wants and meeting exigenthe poor people at Olney, certainly cies, very different from what one had
never seen or heard of before, must The aged Bard's wish. be interesting, and, might be entere
taining. You shall judge. The pro- bowls, than was quite necessary. Yet fessor has been here on his annual visit you who see the mere dry bones to us, and has brought a very sensible of her talk, as I tell it, cannot imagine young Englishman with him, whose how much story and character were mind seems too much enlarged to blended with her details; but I am dwell on the minute differences and wrong to say so to you, for you must paltry inconveniences that his ordi- have heard them often. But you nary countrymen attach so much im- cannot understand my vexation at portance to. Mrs who you seeing the cold and careless air, the know is a person of excellent sense, evident weariness and impatience, inthough merely the growth of the deed, with which our cousin heard island, was explaining, in answer to all this, while the gentleman to whom some inquiries of hers, how China and it was addressed listened with the ato India muslin had found their way to tention both of intelligence and good so reniote a comer, where the dwel- nature. You give me full credit for lings and accommodations fell so much my dislike of dissimulation, but I short of being consistent with such think if I simulated any thing, it luxuries. To his great surprise she would be attention to what people began to speak with warm praise of say. the Dutch and Danish, whom he had There is neither good breeding nor never known any thing of but in a good nature in listening to what amugeneral and very contemptuous way, ses or delights us, or to what we can telling him of the intimacy formed in some way connect with our dear betwixt Holland and our country, by selves. But what are people educaso many of our gentlemen serving as ted and informed for, if we do not officers in the Scotch Hollanders, and learn how cheaply we can gratify by the Dutch and Danish Indian ships others in this passive way? I must inwhich always returned by the north- troduce this fine lady to our dairy, or ward course, and were far more nu- our great boat, that she may see with merous than they have been since. st what respectful attention our meanest seems it was customary for the Dutch people listen to those who say nothing and Danish East Indiamen to anchor worth hearing, merely because they or lie by on our shores, or in our are older than themselves. If Grace harbours, on their way home, when were silly or ill natured I should not the gentlemen who lived nearest used care. But the revolting selfishness to send out their boats for a supply of that is shown in this carelessness the fish, which abounds on our coast about what interestis others vexes me, in such variety, for these ships; and to and it' is a thing one does not know carry on board supplies of butter, how to mention. With her kind heart' cheese, lambs, calves, and poultry, in and good sense, how different she abundance, as presents, to such an would have been if she had been extent often as made these gifts of among us in her early days, though importance to a ship's crew who had she had gone away to be polished been long at sea. On their depar- when essentials were fixed in - her ture the Dutch or Danish captains, in mind. You remember the song that return, used to send us here presents Cyprus John* was so fond of beginof china, tea, or muslin, to their be- ning, nefactors; and this happening every “ There's nothing so easy as learning to year, when eight or nine ships touch
love, ed in the passing, carried this kindly 'Tis taught us on earth, and by all things interchange to a considerable extent;
above." besides that, in casual intercourse with the Dutch herring feet, many of the common people acquired some know
An officer who had gone a mere youth ledge of the language, as many of from the Isle of Skye, and by some strange their superiors did in the Scotch Hole accident of shipwreck thrown on the Isle of landers, as these regiments raised in Cyprus, where he remained two years in the
house of the Consul. He returned on half Seotland for the Dutch service were styled. Now, I must confess, my good where he always found a willing audience,
and going about among his relations,
pay, grand-aunt was a little prolix, and talked constantly of Cyprus and its productalked more of great broods of ducks tions, til they became familiar to his counand geese, and prodigious punch- try folks, and thus acquired this name.
Now, I am not at all sure that this is or both of you from the shady dell by so easy in the large sense in which I Sruthntorran. I would tell you to understand the term. I think, for what Torquil Ruadh saw, or pretended instance, that people do not learn it to see. No, that is not the right in that great school that teaches every word, imagined he saw. But this thing else, i. e. the world. I think it would not be tolerated even by you; must be learnt best by living in close and though I told you of it as someintimacy with upright kind hearted thing to laugh at, you would still suspeople. You see thus what is best in pect me of belief. I will not trust iheir characters, as we see the shells you. I will refer the Trotternish tattles in the bottom when the water is very to my next, as well as those of Sleate. clear, and with lesser blemishes or im- of Taliskar you will hear enough perfections, we are too familiar to be without my interference, but when I repelled by them ; through the thin return home, I will send you the small veil of habitual attachment, they ap- talk of the fold. The great talk of the pear softened, as our dark and abrupt Tigh mor will reach you through other craigs do when a graceful wreath of channels. We are amazed at what we mist hangs over their asperities. We hear from you in many instances, and know they are there, but seem not to surprised at your silence in one. How see them, and for listening, who does could you, my Christina, be so long not listen to those they love? Do not so near him, without saying one word think I am jealous of the world be- of him who was the pride and ornacause I am out of it. If I owe it a ment of our island, the object of uni. grunge, it is rather because you are in versal praise and admiration ever since it. I exactly fit my place, and should I remember? He who made so mobe bewildered and lost in a wider and derate an use of power we were dazbusier sphere. I think you will ac- zled in thinking of; who was the bequit me of any desire to appear more nefactor of so many, while adding than I am. But then I will not take splendour to the gorgeous east, and credit for the extravagant modesty of whose bounty still refreshes so many liking to appear less than I am, which poor cottages here, visiting them in I should certainly do among stran- small quiet streams, as if only to be gers. They would not take trouble seen by the All-seeing? Your very to understand me, and my pride and father wonders more than any one ,-my modesty would equally prevent you know how he says things. “The me from making any great effort to be world is turned upside down, and so understood.
many little things have grown great There are more words in this in the hurly burly, that what was letter already than I have uttered once great is overlooked. Christine for a week. I love to talk to you tells us much about the Corsican, and thus, because you (perhaps you only) has never said a word of the kineman fully understand my feelings. I would we were all so proud of for twenty fain dream of you, but all day I do years back.” Now, my own Christina, all I can to be active and useful, and forgive me that I have not in a mando not leave the family for solitary ner answered a word of your letter. reading. When others sleep I do Writing whatever comes first is such read; it is become a necessity, for a relief to me; and I am so willing to lonely thought was never so painful. defer to my next letter what weighs Then I sleep too heavily to dream; heavy, 0 very heavy, on my mind, in the morning beautiful visions hover about another correspondent. But I round me.
shall lay all open, and be entirely de“ And poets say that morning dreams are know very well that I wish to do what
cided by you what part to act. You true.”
is right ; and I know very well that But Catreene is ordered to wake me you can judge better than myself how at six, for I have taken charge of the I ought to act. Your letter about family till Una returns from a visit Westminster Abbey is come. I know to Raasay. This is good for me, but I shall be charmed with it, but must you would smile, though not con- instantly dispatch this from your most temptuously, if you knew how often I grateful and affectionate cousin, am chagrined, when Catreene's alarm
FLORA M. banishes me from Cavendish Square,