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tion, which has been given only to Such was, when we first recollect afford a specimen of the kind of it, that beautiful glen; whose windscenery we allude to, and to direct ings discovered scenes, such as no the attention of the public to a kind lordly park, dressed by the art of the of beauty, which we think deserves gardener, could ever boast. It was more to be cultivated than it has the haunt of youthful genius,* and been. There are few estates of any its memory came over the “spirit of extent in the south of Scotland, in his dream," in far distant and less which more than one scene of this genial climes. But in an evil hour it description may not be found; some attracted the notice of an improving of them entirely neglected-some proprietor. Orders were given to worse than neglected, and all of them enclose and plant it. It was enclosed capable, by a little care, of being and planted accordingly: walks were converted into scenes of very consi- formed, and an ornamental cotderable beauty.

tage built, all according to rule, In the treatment of such scenes, But nature abhors all such violent we would advise strenuously against measures-all such sweeping reone error which we shall now pro- forms. She has had her revengeceed to point out. Some proprie- the glen is shut up, and the public tors, finding a glen to be bare and na- excluded. They need not regret ked, have thought that the only thing the exclusion--its beauty is utterly necessary to improve it is to plant destroyed. it up entirely with wood; the con Wherever scenes of this kind exist, sequence of which has been, to con- they should be dealt with tenderly. vert it into an impenetrable thicket, Nature may be assisted and led; and through which the rays of the sun even in her wildest haunts, she may cannot pierce; and where no view, be wooed to display some of her either of rock, wood, or water, can most magical graces; but if we try by any possibility be seen at any one to compel her by force, or to empoint. One instance of this we brace her too closely, she is sure to knew, in the case of a scene of sur- give us the slip, and the result will passing beauty, which, in our young; be disappointment. Such a glen as er days, used be our resort and we have described, ought on no our delight. It was wooded just account to be enclosed. It can only sufficiently for ornament. Its steep be kept in its proper state, by being banks were hung with birches and pastured with cattle. The scythe hazles, where giddy paths afforded and the hoe never ought to enter it. the shepherd-boys access to the nut In summer, cattle find a profusion of bushes. The haughs and gentler food in the sides and bottoms of the slopes were covered with the most glens, when the other pastures are beautiful greensward,affording a rich burnt up or exhausted. By being pasturage for the cows of the

neigh- pastured, their vegetation is preventbouring farm. Trees of lofty growth ed from degenerating into rankness, crowned several of the heights, stand- and prevents the necessity of artiing out as giants to guard the fairy ficial cutting, which would both be scenes below ; while the rivulet intolerably troublesome, and after winded, murmured, and sported in all, would not answer the purpose. all the varieties so well described by Sheep, which are the proper inhaBurns

bitants of a lawn, are not so proper

in a glen, as they tear their woolly " Whiles o'er a linn the burnie played,

coats among the rocks and bushes. As through the glen it wimpled; The objection generally made to catWhiles round a rocky scaur it strayed,

tle is, that they destroy the walks ; Whiles in a wheel it dimpled.

but if these are formed in the way Whiles glittered to the nightly rays,

we have mentioned, this objection Wi' bickering dancing dazzle ;

vanishes. The walks should be mere Wbiles cookit underneath the braes,

footpaths; and if they are constantly Below the spreading hazel, Unseen that nicht."

used as such, they will soon become so hard, that the cattle cannot injure

* Leyden,

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them. In a picturesque point of should be made to harmonize with view, we know nothing that looks it. But if we had our choice, we better than cattle browsing quietly confess we would prefer the oak as in a glen, or retiring from the heat of the predominating tree, and as more a burning sun, standing in a pool suitable to glen scenery than any under a canopy of overshading trees other. The rounder and softer leaf. -a favourite subject in the pictures age of the ash is less in character of Claude-affording one of the most with rugged banks and steep preciperfect images of refreshing repose pices, and nothing agrees with these and rural quiet.

better than the oak. The larch ought If our glen is bare of wood, it to be introduced sparingly; someought by no means to be planted up times the dark and taper cones of entirely. The proper character of a the spruce, produce a happy effect glen is variety, which it affords in a among other wood; but by far the greater degree than any other de. most picturesque of the pine tribe is scription of scenery; and our object the Scotch fir, when it can be brought should be to preserve, and, if possi to a sufficient age and stature, raising ble, improve this character, by intro its thick and broad pyramidal top ducing glades and openings, through over the heads of other trees. which the rocks and wooded parts The variety and beauty of a glen may be seen to advantage. In gener is not confined to a single season of al, the rule is, to plant the steep the year; but almost every succes. banks, and leave every level spot sive month shews it in a different open for pasture and for view. If aspect. Even in winter, it is not the banks are too steep for large- without its peculiar beauties, when sized wood, let them be planted with the trees, deprived of their leafy bazel, birch, mountain-ash, and other covering, shew, more distinctly than shrubby trees, suited to the soil and

at any other season, their infinitely situation, Introduce occasionally varied ramifications, and exhibit a hollies, hawthorns, sloes, (the foliage degree of intricacy of form that has of which exceedingly resembles the hardly attracted the attention it demyrtle, dog-roses, blackberries, and serves, as one

of the modes of natural brambles. On no account introduce beauty. laurels, or any exotic plant or shrub, This is never so striking as after a as this destroys the feeling of natural- fall of snow, or hoar-frost, when ness; and suggests the idea which every branch and twig appears like we have all along endeavoured to a piece of coral, or like the most avoid, that here we are indebted to beautiful cuttings of paper. At this the art of the gardener. If the rocks time, also, the icicles formed on the are bold and prominent, let them be rocks and sides of the overhanging seen in all their nakedness. If of a steeps, assume the most fantastic tamer description, and not remark- forms, like those of stalactites, or able in their contour, they may be the roots of enormous trees. In hung with some common creepers. spring, before the trees have assumLet an old stump here and there be ed their full foliage, the glens put on decorated with Irish ivy. In some another form of beauty. We have wild part of the glen, leave a part of seen, at this season, every bank in a the bank covered with ferns, or perfect blow with primroses and shagged with thorns, briars, and daisies; the rocks hung with geranifurze; and it may not be amiss, if in ums, blue bells, and other wild flowa marshy spot the edges of your

ers; the hawthorn covered with its brook are ornamented with queen of rich blossom, and the furze shining the nieadow, (meadow-sweet,) and as bedropped with gold. This is the that most magnificent and pictu scason of blossoms and flowers; and resque of weeds, tussilago.

in no situation can these be seen in In regard to the sort of wood such profusion as in our glens.proper for a glen, much may depend

" which not nice art upon the nature of the soil, or what in beds and curious knots; but nature is found already in possession of the boon, ground. If any old or natural wood Pours forth profuseexists, it ought by all means to be Both where the morning sun frst warmly preserved -any thing that is planted smites

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The open field, and where the unpierced We have still another change to shade

mark, during the prevalence of our Embrowns the noon-tide bowers." autumnal and wintry floods, when

In those fortunate seasons when every brook is swelled to the size of Scotlaud happens to be favoured a river, every petty rill has become with a summer--which, notwithstand- a considerable brook, and every little ing the sarcasms of our southern fall a cataract. At these times, not neighbours, does now and then occur, only is the bed of the rivulet filled -and when the brooks are evapor

from bank to bat every rock ated to a mere tbread, or reduced to and precipitous bank along the sides a succession of shallow pools, with of the glen, sends down a multitude hardly the vestige of running water, of streams, tumbling in a succession the glen presents a different scene of tiny cascades, performing with to those who will take the trouble to their tinkling treble, a pleasing acscramble along the bed of the stream, companiment to the deep roaring and explore all its wildest nooks and bass of the torrent below. Things recesses. The jutting rocks and pro are always considered great or little jecting roots of the trees and bushes by comparison; and it would be aboverhanging the banks, bared of their surd to talk in very magniloquent soil, and twisted into a thousand terms about an ordinary food in a antic shapes, exhibit an endless series little nameless stream; but there can of picturesque combinations. The be as little doubt that the appearance dark dens at this time afford delight- even of such a stream in a state of ful retreats by their refreshing shade, raging flood, rushing over the linns, rendered more gratifying by some and struggling through the rocky portion of the sunbeams struggling defiles of a narrow glen, is an intethrough the branches of the trees resting spectacle, and one which exabove, and reflected on the trembling cites some degree of that feeling surface of the water.

which is always attendant on any We need say nothing of the ap- exhibition of a power which no exerpearance of the woods in that season tion or contrivance of man is able to when vegetation is in all its glory: resist. but we cannot omit the splendid

We shall here close our lucubraeffect of those variegated colours tions for the present. We may perwhich precede the fall of the leaf, haps return to the subject at some and which are seen nowhere in such future time, if we find that our mode perfection as in the hanging banks of treating it meets with the approof a glen.

bation of our readers.

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Did you ever hear tell of Wind-whistle Lodge,

Where the blasts do howl so mournfully,
And ghosts through the broken casements dodge,

And chase each other most dismally,
And at dead o' nights though calm and still,
There only the winds are whistling shrill ?
The Owl flits by with his eyes askaunt,

For 'tis no place where he may preach,
And to shivering sinners his homilies chaunt,

He passes it by with a death-like screech;
For woe betide, if the whirling dust
A feather but touch with its withering rust.

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Full ten long months that Owl would moan,

And utter no speech nor even prayer,
And the feathers would fall from his sunk breast-bone,

And his owlet children creep round and stare ;
And his goodwife-owl make sad ado,
As he should droop-to-whit to-who-whoo.

O Wind-whistle Lodge is an awful place,

And yet it was not always 80 ;
But wore a sunny and smiling face,

Though now a ghastly look of woe.
Then listen, fair maidens, and I will tell,
How this so wondrous change befell.

O to think thereon it paineth me sore,
And tberefore would I

pause awhile;
And, maidens, my spirit to cheer the more,

One gracious look and a sunny smile ;
For needs it were the heart be light,
That would dream of visions both rare and bright.

PART II.
There was a time on this merry earth,

If merry it we still may call,
When beings of an immortal birth

Here dwelt in mansion, and park, and hall ;
And the Chronicles tell in many a page,
How that was the real golden age.
Then Justice lived with her open gate,

For open house she kept alway;
And there nor bailiff nor constable sate,

Nor prowl'd about the gardens gay:
For pleasant was her look to see,
And all came willing to her levee.
Then Wood-nymphs lived in their silvan nooks,

And Water-nymphs by every stream,
That their pearly arms from the glassy brooks

Lifted above to the yellow gleam,
Or folded them round their marble urns,
And

sang like Mermaids all by turns.

Then Dian walk'd over the saffron hills,

And Bacchus, girt with his skin of pard; And Pan, merry Pan, at the mountain rills,

Went piping away like a Savoyard. Then harmless Satyrs and playful Fauns, Went frisking it over meads and lawns.

Aurora, with fingers of rosy hue,

Went forth to paint the mountain tops, And shook from the folds of her vesture blue,

On the waking flowers the bright dewdrops ; And the Hours came after and brush'd them away, As ever they danced their own Ballet.

Then Sol, not as now in an amber mist,

But with vest of white satin and diamond brooch, Went visibly round, and his hands he kiss'd,

As he gallop'd his steeds, from his painted coach, Like a Gentleman-Tory, when chairing, sent To England's good Old Parliament.

Then Sirens sang from night till morn,

While Proteus watch'd by his sleeping flocks, And Triton sounded his wreathéd horn,

To summon the Naiads among the rocks ; And the dolphins made the blue waves curl, As they wafted the cars of mother-of-pearl. Neptune gave feasts in his coral halls,

And ranged over earth on his Hippogriff; And Nymphs of the caves came to Amphitrite's balls,

And return’d as they came in her sea-green skiff. For in earth, and in sky, and the dancing sea, There was nought but one long Jubilee.

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