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With a view of CRAIGIE-HALL BRIDGE, on the river Amon.

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Page Register of the Weather for Au. -Otaheite ; inauguration of the gust,

82
young King,

ib. High Water at Leith for Sep -Dress, Manners, Language, tember, ib. &c.

118 Description of the View, ib. - Ooroo, or Bread Fruit, The Gleaner, No. X.

83

-Birds, .
Vindication of the Editor of the -Yava,-comparative State of
Encyclopaedia Britannica from

the Ilands, a charge of Plagiarism, by Dr

Effects of Climate on the EngGleig, 86 lish Character,

124 Character of Macpherfor's Ofi. On the Lord Chamberlain's an,

89 duty in licensing Plays, 127 An Account of the Manner of - The first Night of Cato, 128

making Leaven in France, - 90 Books and Pamphlets publilhed Description of an Irish Sweating

in London in July 1799,

130 House,

9: The Denouement, a Tale, 134 Catalogue, and detailed Account

of a very valuable and curious
collection of Manuscripts, col Ode to Science,

140 lected in Hindoftan by Samuel Verses written on a Visit to A 142 Guise, Esq.

92 The Barber, a fragment of a PinAccount of the literary Life of

daric Ode, Kotzebue,

97 Some Account of Calvin Philips, Proceedings of Parliament, 144

the American Dwarf, 102 Message from his Majesty, 146 Account of Mr Mungo Park,

The Budget,

147 and his Travels, (continued,) 103

of Dr John Brown, · 105 Attempt to penetrate to the Interesting Intelligence from the Temple of Jupiter Ammon,

London Gazettes,

148 Extracts from the Mislionary Affairs in Scotland,

157 Voyage to the Southera Pa Births and Marriages,

158 cific Oçean, 117, Deaths,

159 L.

State

POETRY

ib.

MONTHLY REGISTER.

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State of the BAROMETER, in inches and decimals, High Water at Leith. and of Farenheit's THERMOMETER in the open

for SEPTEMBER 1799.

(From the Edinburgh air, taken in the morning before fun-rise, and

Almanack.) at noon; and the quantity of rain-water fallen,

Morn. Even. in inches and decimals, from Auguit ift to 30th, Days. H. M. in the vicinity of Edinburgh.

Su. 3 15

3 41 M. 2. 4 6 4 32 Weather.

T. 1799. Barom. Thermom. Rain.

3. 4 57 5 23 W. 4. 5 49

6 16 August

In. Pts.

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44 7 12 29.4

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62 0.289
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39 9 9 3 29.175 52 59 0.356 Ditto

Su. 8. 9 39

9 4 | 29.281

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M. 9. 10 37

6 5 29.1

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T. 10. 11 32 II 59 6 29.459 63 Clear

II. 7 29.751

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T. 17. 4 18

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2 25 29.751 47

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Ditto 26 29.831 46 57

Cloudy 27 29.321 50 57

Rain 28 29.251 50 56 0.055

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MOON. 29 29.591 47 62

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First Ortr. 6. 30

2 46 aftern. 29.4

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Full Moon 14. 2 18 morn.
Lait Qrtr 22. 7 ro morn.

New Moon 29. 7 54 morn.
Quantity of Rain 5.4506.

DESCRIPTION OF THE VIEW. VRAIGIEHALL, the Seat of William Hope Weir, Esq. of Craigichall, is finely fitu

ate on the bank of the river Amon,--in the parish of Dalmeny,-in the Shire of Linlithgow

Near to the situation of this House, the channel of the river is contracted, and passes a. mong rocks, aad between woody bauks. Along these, pleasant walks have been conducted. The Amon, advancing, pours, in a cataract, over the rock. Immediately below the cataract, there has been an Arch thrown across tkę ilream, which is partly concealed by underwood, partly displayed, lo as tv produce a pleasing effect, as is represented in the View. The propriecor of this noble seat, is a cadet froni the House of Hopetoun.

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THE

EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,

OR

LITERARY MISCELLANY,

FOR AUGUST, 1799.

FOR THE EDINBURGH MAGAZINE

The GLEANER, No. X.

Say, from Affection's various source
Do none but turbid waters flow?
And cannot Fancy clear their course?
For Fancy is the friend of woe.
Say, mid that grove, in love-born state,
Where yon poor ringdove mourns her niate,
Is all that meets the shepherd's ear
Iuiprov'd by anguish and despair ?
Ah! no: fair Fincy rule, the song,
She swells her chrnat, she guides her tongue;
She bids the wavering aspin spray
Quiver in cadence to her lay;
She bids the fringed oziers bow

And rustle round the lake below.
To suit the tenor of her gurgling sighs,
And soothe her throbbing breast with solemn fympathies.

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THE *HE effect of natural obje&s on nerally is, with great benevolence of

the mind, depends not more on heart, not only the wrongs, but the their characteriftic qualities, than on evils of the world, produce the most the temper and the turn of thinking painful emotions, a diseased irritabiliwith which they are surveyed We ty of the soul, that is not only un. eftimate every thing by comparing it known but inconceivable to minds of with some other, and our ftandards a harder and less susceptible texture. of comparison are always the objects Those who cannot conceive how triwith which we are best acquainted. vial incidents should produce fo great If these are such as naturally tend to emotions, those who cannot under. excite emotions of gaiety and plea- ftand how circumstances, whence they fure, the characteristic qualities of an derive neither pleasure nor pain, should opposite nature, which any object effect others with all the extravagance possesses, will have their proper ef- of sorrow, laugh at their idle griefs, fect greatly diminished, while on the and mock the querulous egotism of contrary, its gay and pleasant quali, their fenfibility. But (as Coleridge ties will not only produce their pro observes in the preface to the firlt e. per effect, but act on the mind with dition of his Poems) egotism is not an adventitious power. When ex disgufting except when it offends aquifite fenfibility is united, as it ge gainit place and time. We desire to

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know how others feel in situations better known as the author of a le. < that have excited our own sensibility; ries of beautiful sonnets, is also a po. we watch with minuie attention, not et of the plaintive class. All his per. only the emotions of their minds, but formances are characterized by an the expressions in which these affec- exquifite union of pathetic fentiment, tions are delineated the bodily form with picturesque descriptions of naand colour of the feelings of the ture. The minuteness and accuracy mind. Some modern writers of pow. of his sketches, equally free from erful talents, who have attained i qual triteness and inelegance, the pensive excellence in pathetic fimplicity, and buc tender cait of reflcclion which wild grandeur of imagination, have never degenerates into an unmanly indulged this pensive humour in a or whining tone, the dignity which querulous monotony, which has ex. always intermingles with his fadness, cited the sarcasms of their critics, who render COOMBE ELLEN one of his declared they could not sympathize molt pleasing productions. COOMBE with their childish lullabies of sorrow. Ellen is fituated among the most They ought not, however, to be rath romantic mountains of Radnorshire, Jy censured for the plaintive ftile of about five miles from Rhayd'r. The their poetry; for though the file he Poem commences in a ftrain of vivid frequently quaint and affected, this enthufiasm, which impreffes more deep. is by no means the case with their ly on the mind, the itriking and awesentiments.

inspiring effect of grand and roman. Bowles, the elegant author of the tic mountain scenery than

any

species low.descriptive poem CoomBE ELLEN, of description could have conveyed.

Call the strange fpirit that abides unfeen
In wilds, and .walles, and shaggy folitudes,
And bid his dim hand lead thee through these scenes
That burst immense around! by mountains, glens,
And folitary cataracts, that dash
Through dark ravines; and trees whose wreathed roots
O'erhang the torrent’s channell’d course; and it reams,
That far below, along the narrow vale,

Upon their rocky way wind musical. This paffage almost rivals, in deep fages a form, upon a susceptible solemnity, the fublime ode of Gray, mind." There is nothing fo like which delineates in so striking a man " the voice of a spirit, as that pause, ner the characteristic effect of the “ when the gutt is recollecting itself, Alpine scenery upon a mind dieply “and rising npon the ear in a thrill impregnated with poetical enthufi. “and plaintive noce like the swell of alm. In the same manner, the rock. an Æolian harp.” The lule of ing that sweeps its murmuring and Bowle:, in his descriptive moffy boughs, above the head of the sketches, is that of a continued mo. folitary muser, and the wind which, nody. He pauses and views objects at times, ftirs its deep filence round minutely, and pursues the different him while the shower falls on the reflections which they excite; but fighing foliage, are presented with the attentive observer of nature is the same ftrength of imagery and equally apparent with the man of taste felicity of diction which character and knowledge. The futility of the ize the descriptions of Gray, who following description is not more rethus marks the effect of the melan- markable than its picturesque beaucholy fighing of the gale which pre• ty:

even

High o'er thy head, amidst the shiver'd state,
Behold a sapling yet, the wild ash bend
Its dark red berries cluttering, as it wilh'd
In the clear liquid mirror, ere it fell,
To trace its beauties : o'er the prone cascade,
Airy, and light, and elegant, the birch
Displays its gloffy item, amidit the gloom
Of alders and jagged fern, and evermore
Waves her light penfile foliage, as she wood

The passing gale to whisper Batteries. The transition from the scathed would easily overlook, that peculiar oak, to the chain of moral reflections felicity of language which pencils which its ruin suggests, is in the pe. ohjects to the mind, diftinguishes the culiar llile of Bowles.

following picture; the effect of which That minute and graphical deli. is much enlianced by the description Deation, which brings into notice cir. of the course of a veffel through the cunftances which the careless eye South Sea.

Now through the whispering wood
We steal, and mark the old and mossy oaks.
Imbuss the mountain flope ; or the wild alh,
With rich red clutters mantling, or the birch
In lonely glens light-wavering; till behold
The rapid river shooting through the gloom
Its lucid line along; and on its fide
The bordering pastures green, where the twink'd ox
Lies dreaming, heedless of the numerous flies,
Tiat in the transitory sunshine lium
Round his broad breat ; and farther up

the cot
With blue light smoke afcending: -

Her dreary tract, (the vessel's)
Still Fancy follows, and at dead of night
Hears, with strange thunder, the huge fragments fall
Crathing from mountains of high-drifting ice,
That o'er her bows gleam fearful ; till at lait
She hails the gallant ship in fome ftill bay
Safe moor') : or of delightful Tinian
Smiling, like fairy ille amid the waste ;
Or of New Zealand, where fro:n sheltering rocke
The clear cascades gush beautiful, and high
The woodland scenery tow’rs above the inalt,
Whofe long and wavy eosign streams beneath.
Far inland, clad in snow the mountains lift
I heir spiry summits, and endear the more
The sylvan scene around ; the healing air
Breathes o'er green myrtles, and the Poe-bird fies
Amid the shade of aromatic shrubs,

Wich filver neck, and blue-burnish'd wing. Amid the most picturesque groups ly presented with ideas that are Arik. of images, overshadowed with a ten- ing and sublime. der melancholy hue, we are frequent

Ancient stream
That murmur'lt through the mountain folitudes,

The

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