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That mimic air of martial rage,
While sword or gun thy hand was graspings ,
That smile, while watchful Pero clasping.
Danced artless, every eye delighting,
Shone from thy features, love-exciting.
That wond'rous taste, that temper even;
An angel turning earth to heaven. . . .
Nor changing scenes make me forget thee;
pp. 163–165. Among the poems are several sonnets; and considering how very sel. dom attempts in this department of verse have proved successful, those of Miss Portér are entitled to a considerable degree of praise. In point of finish, the following sonnet to Night, is not unobjectionable, but some of the individual lines are bold and forcible. • Now gleam the clouded host of stars! and now
The vestal Dian with her lamp of light
Here, while the desert moor, the water still,
This lonely heart, and holier musings mar!
Or houseless Hunger raves with anguish keen;
Heark’niog the last dread cry, tremendous stands!' In the Ode to a faithless friend,' (p. 153.) there is a very perceptible glow of feeling though it will be read to much disadvantage by those who happen to have seen Mrs. Opie's exquisite ballad, which has for its burden," Forget me not ! forget me not!” We transcribe Miss Porter's ode entire,
When day with all her train hath fled,
While thou rememberest me ?
With transport feel bright nature's power,
• At eve, when social crowds are nigh,
While thou rememberest me police
While thou rememberest me?' pp. 153, 154. Fortunately for the fair author, these extracts have left us no room to comment on the first half of her volume. Morality apart, no imputation can sound half so heavy in the ears of a writer of · Ballad Romances, as that of dulness.
Art. XV. The First Annual Report of the Society for the Support of
Gaelic Schools. With an Appendix respecting the Present State of the Highlan's and Islands of Scotland. 8vo. pp. 50. To Non-subscribers, 'price 18. Edinburgh, all the Booksellers. London, Seeley, In.
verness, Grant and Co. IN order to recommend the perusal of this report, and the pecuniary sup. I port of the institution it describes, we shail think it sufficient to present an abstract of its principal details, and a few extracts from its very interesting pages. Contemplations of this nature make us « glory in the name of Briton.” In this country at length we begin to see that admirable pre cept obeyed- Regard not every man his own interests, alone, but every man the interests also of others. *
The Highlands and Western Íslands of Scotland, comprehend a total population of nearly 400,000; the Islands alone, Dearly 100,000. It apo pears to be annually increasing, and since 1750, has almost doubled. The population is so thinly scatterett, that many islands contain from 50 to 150 acres to an individual.
The parish of Lochbroom, which appears to have scarcely any other means of instruction than the labours of its worthy clergyman, comprehends a tract of country, of the roughest and most difficult in Scotland, as extensive as the whole Synod of Ross, v'hich employs the labours of twenty-three ministers, besides innumerable schoolmasters, catechists, &c.; it has seven preaching places, separated by large arms of the sea, rapid rivers, extensive moors, and tremendous rocks; some of them twenty, some thirty miles from the parish church, and without a single place of worship capable of containing the congregation in the whole parish. .
• There are about four thousand inhabitants in this parish, of whom, perhaps, six or sever hundred of the rich and poor may be able to read the scriptures in the English language ; but, with the exception of about half a dozen strangers, the whole prefer religious instruction, and are more caa pable of improving by it, in the Gaelic. 2dly, about a score may be capable of reading a psalm, or chapter of the Bible, in Gaelic alone. 3dly, of consequence, about three thousand firecious souls in this parish alone are excluded from the word of life, excepting by the ear only. Many of these
cannot hear a sermon preached abové twice or thrice in the year; and many are not within ten miles of one who can read the scriptures in any language ! What can I say more to shew the importance of your Institution ? I will add, that the people are deeply impressed with a senseof their own deplorable state, and feel an ardent desire after improvement: that they travel ten, twelve, sometimes twenty miles by sea and land to preaching.' pp. 15, 16.
Seven parishes are particularized, containing 22,501 inhabitants, of whom 19, 367 - are incapable of reading either English or Gaelic, and many other parishes might be mentioned in a state equally destitute !
• 'The district of the isles Uist an: Barray contains a population of above 6500 Protestants, and 4500 Catholics, or 11,000 persons, scattered over a country above 80 miles long, by from 2 to 18 broad. In former times, this district was divided into six parishes, but now, in the whole of it, where there are but three parishes, there is only one parochial church! and this one church is situated in a corner of North Uist, at a distance of 12 miles from Saund, the most populous quarter of the parish! In North Uist, also, there is but one parochial school; and though a school belongidg to the Society for propagating Christian Knowledge is taught in Benbicula, an island to the southward) yet here is a district of two hundred square miles, containing at least seven thousand inhabitants, intersected by a boisterous sea, and numerous fresh water lakes, where no proper means of education are to be found, where no parochial school is taught! To con. clude this part of our Report, of the seven y-eight inhabited islands above stated, a number are at this day still totally unprovided with the means of instruction. They have no resident clergyman-no missionary on the royal bounty-no catechist-nor a school of any description whatever! The only advantage which many of them enjoy is a sermon four times in the course of a year, and others are visited only once in six months!' p.6.
The mode which some benevolent individuals have derived for relieving a condition so truly deplorable, and rendering the bounty and zeal of the British and Foreign Bible Society still more available for the communication of religious knowledge, is the institution of circulating schools ; a plan which has been for many years pursued in Wales, with eminent success. The language to be taught is the Gaelic. The books, a spelling book, psalm book, and bible; the Scriptures being without note or comment. If the inhabitants of a district cannot provide a schoolroom, the society pay the expence. The teacher resides not less than six months, nor more than eighteen; and on his removal it is expected some proper person may be found to fill his place, not excluding however the repetition of his visits, or the further aid of the Society, if necessary. Books are to be given or sold, according to circumstances. “A time is to be set apart for instructing adults. In a mountainous country, intersected by rapid rivers and arms of the sea, where children can be collected (especially in winter) only in small groups, these circulating schools seem the best, if not the only expedient.'
In answer to the only conceivable objection which can be anticipated to this admirable institution, that it teaches Gaelic only, and tends to discou. rage the acquisition of English, we insert some very striking remarks, furnished by the best authority, relative to the Welsh Schools, which are ex. actly applicable to the Gaelic.
! 1. The time necessary to teach them to read the Bible in their vernaca lar language is so short, not exceeding six months in general, that it is a great pity not to give them the key immediately which unlocks all the doors, and lays open all the divide treasures before them. Teaching them English requires two or three years time, during which long period they are concerned only about dry terms, without receiving one idea for their improvement.2. Welsh words convey ideas to their infant minds as soon as they can read them, which is not the case when they are taught to read a language they do not understand.-3.When they can read Welsh, scriptu. sal terms become intelligible and familiar to them, so as to enable them to understand the discourses delivered in that language (the language in general preached through the principality); which, of course, must prove more profitable than if they could not read at all, or read only the English language. 4. Previous instruction in their native tongue helps them to learn English 'much sooner, instead of proving in any degree an inconve. niency. This I have had repeated proofs of, and can confidently vouch for the truth of it. I took this method of instructing my own children, with the view of convincing the country of the fallacy of the general no tion which prevailed to the contrary; and I have persuaded others to fol. low my plan, which, without one exception, has proved the truth of what I conceived to be really the case." :7
The institution is at present only in its cradle; but its exertions have als ready proved it to be a Hercules. It contains within itself the talents, the benevolence, and the activity, necessary to success. To the liberality of the public it appeals for the requisite funds. A subscription of half a gui. nea constitutes a member. The Earl of Moray is President. Sir James Miles Riddell, Bart. Rev. David Johnson, D.D, Charles Stuart, M. D, Robert Scott Moncrieff, Esq. Vice Presidents. John Campbell, Esq, Tertius W. S. Treasurer. Mr. Christ. Anderson, and Mr. R. Paul, Secretaries. Mr. J. Campbell, Gaelic Secretary. , Art. XVI. Night, a Pocm. Svo. pp. 71. . Price 48. Longman and Co. THERE is no truism which it gives us more uneasiness to repeat,
than that goodness of intention is no guarantee of poetical merit. The strain of the following paragraph, for instance, is extremely como mendable ; but it is much to be regretted, 'we think, that it should be de. livered in the shape of blank veree.
"Who shall our peace disturb, if we confide
Redound to him, whose outstretched arm has oft
Art. XVII. A legal Argument on the Statute of William and Mary, Chapa
ter 18, entitled "an Act for exempting their Mujesties Potestani Subjects dissenting from the Church of England, from the Penalties of certain Laws, commonly called the Act of Toleration By a Barrister at Law, of Lincoln's Inn, 8vo. pp. 75. Price 2s. Butterworth 1812. Art. XVIII. An Enquiry into the original and modern Application of the
Statute of the 1st of William and Mary, commonly called the Toleration Act. By the Author of " Hints on Toleration." 8vo pp. 45. Price 23. Maxwell. 1812. THESE two pamphlets on the extraordinary modern construction
of the Toleration Act, which has lately been contended for, deserve the attention of the public, especially of the numerous class whose religious privileges appear at present in so niuch danger. The former, by a Barrister, is professedly a legal argument, and may be presumed tó con. tain those views of the subject, on which the decision will shorưly be made. We have not room, at present, to enter into this important quesa, tion ; but shall probably find some other occasion of discussing it at larrei
Art. XIX. Miscellaneous Exercises, consisting of selected Pieces of Prose and Poetry, written in false spelling, false grammar, and false stops, calculated to convey Amusement and Instruction to Young Minds, as well as to promote Improvement in the Orthography of our own Language. By the Rey. W. Jillard Hort. octavo. pp. 250. Longman
and Co. 1811. W E have seldom witnessed a more deplorable instance of labour lost,"
" than is exhibited in this book of exercises. How any one can sup. pose, that by dooming little boys and girls to work through two hundred and fifty pages of the most uncouth and barbaroiis jargon, it is possible for. the English language to be tor:ured into, any improvement is likely to be made in their orthography, is to us incomprehensible. Nothing in our opioion, is more calculated to spoil it. Well educated persons cari gene. rally perceive in a moment if a word looks wrong ; but there is great reason to doubt whether this power of discrimination would long survive a course of these miscellaneous exercises. That, our readers may have some notion of what Mr. H. has been at, we shall insert the exercise which he distina guishes by the title of conclushion.'
We Prayse the O Godd we acknolledges Thee two bee thee Lorde Aul thee Erth do Wurship Thou thee Fathur Evurlasting to Thoù auf Anjels cries alloud the Hevens and aul thee Pours tbeirin To thee cherru. bim and Serrafim continnually does cri Holie holy holye Lordę God dul. mity who is and was and is to cum heven ard Erth is full où thee Gloor ov thine Magesty Aul thee most highest Ranks oý intelligencies which Circles thine Throne Rejoicing Praises Thou the Author' ov there Being thee Supportur of there Existanse and stands evur reddy to Execute thine Graishius wil Aul the Vertuous and Goode ov thee Moral Wurld Prayse Thou the Lorde of Provvidense Sunn Moone and Starrs and all the Glorius hoste ov Heven Prayses Thou Ayre and the Ellements Thundur and liten: ings Hale and Rayne and Stormie Windes Prayse Thee which maik' the Clowds thine Cbarriot which ride uppon-the Wings 'ov 'thee Wurlwind