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Walk through the Highlands.-Killin. [March, “ In rude but glad procession came

which under such circumstances would Bonnetted Sire, and coif-clad Dame, have had a singular effect, but in Avd plaided youth with jest and jeer, this hope we were disappointed. We Which snooded maiden would not hear." loitered till our patience was tired, the

The curiosity of these people ap orator still increasing in earnestness peared strongly excited by our ap and vociferation, till we again set forpearance, and possible occupation, but wards on our way. A second congrewe passed each other without much gation soon presented itself, the miconverse. Another, and another group nister holding forth from a sort of succeeded, and we were not a little sentry-box. But the sight had lost surprised at observing that though it its novelty, and we passed quickly by, was uncommonly fine, and, to com arriving at Killin at five. mon observers, likely to continue so, Next morning we made an early almost every one of these good people visit to some interesting ruins on the was furnished with an umbrella. This other side of the river. In their neighwas an appendage which one would bourhood was a most beautiful and hardly have expected to have found so extended avenue of limes, dispensing common in the Highlands, were it not around the most agreeable fragrance, pretty well known that, though living and resounding with the murmurs of in a very variable climate, the High- whole hosts of insects. It was imposlanders are still by no means without sible to contemplate this light and apprehension as to any severity of graceful arch without much pleasure. weather, and that they are very care From this spot we proceeded directly ful of themselves both in cold and wet. to the Hall of Finlarig, which is now,

The crowds whom we now encoun from the changes and chances of hu. tered were on their march to the

man life, become a place of habitation kirk at Kenmore. Proceeding onwards for rooks, a large flock of which quitted we came to a congregation in the their airy turrets at our approach. fields. This to us was a sight quite This castle, though in ruins, has still new, and strikingly patriarchal. The a noble appearance, and it is imposminister was holding forth with some sible to behold it in its fallen state animation in Gaelic, from the Gaelic with indifference. Its ruins however Bible, a verse or two of which he

are still objects of much care, perhaps read, and then proceeded to comment rather too much so, the neat gravel upon it. Of course we could not ex walks, and somewhat fantastical ornapect to be much edified, neither would ments, harmonizing but little with the it have been pleasant to have marched structure they are meant to adorn. up to the congregation in our strange On the whole, we were greatly pleased garb, if we had entertained such ex with this domain, the lofty mountains pectations. Wetherefore walked slowly overhanging which are extremely grand, behind some bushes, where we had an and afford the noblest subjects for the opportunity of observing at our leisure pencil. all that passed, without exciting their Quitting Killin, we once more got attention. The congregation, which into a country completely highland, was numerous, were seated at their bleak, dreary, and uncomfortable, and ease on the grass, and chiefly consists where, almost of course, we met with ed of females. The few men present rain. For some time we had the river, were stretched out at full length, with dismal and unadorned, on our right, out seeming to pay much attention to till we quitted the road leading to the exhortations of the preacher; yet Tyndrum, and struck off, nearly at the group was picturesque. Beneath right angles, to the left. The country the hill on which they were reclining, became still more highland, the hills rolled the broad expanse of the lake, rose to a greater height, and we were reflecting from its unruffled bosom the wrapped in still more impenetrable foliage of the trees which adorned its gloom. We at length arrived at the banks ; beyond were extensive woods celebrated pass of Glenogil, one of the and lofty mountains. The picture al- finest and most admired of the Hightogether was most impressive, and we lands, and once more we appeared waited for a considerable time in our completely shut out from the society hiding place to enjoy it, expecting that of our fellow men. Pursuing our way we might every moment be further through the same sort of country, we gratified by listening to their psalmody, arrived at Loch Earn Head, and re


Lock Katrine.-The Trosacks.--Stirling.

217 freshed, our repast being spread before different, but the country rich, cheer. us by a damsel whom I found de- ful, and picturesque. We passed by signated in the window as “ Puella- the venerable ruins of Doune Castle, rum Caledoniæ pulcherrima, munditiis together with several handsome and simplex, insigni lepore, et morum sua- pleasantly situated villas, and arrived vitate.” We then marched through at Stirling at six, the Castle and sur, another pass, extremely romantic, and rounding country strongly reminding most beautifully wooded, to Callender, us of Edinburgh. The view from the which we found crowded with visitors. hill is one of the richest and most ex

We proceeded to Loch Katrine on tensive in the kingdom. From this horseback, and seldom have I felt place we proceeded by coach ; we tramore gratified than when borne at full velled pleasantly, and with great expespeed against the wind on an aged dition. The day was fine, though but fleet hunter of M‘Nab's, the rather cold, and the views varied and high-maned, broad-breasted, proud, delightful. The eye wandered with wide-leaping, strong steed of the hill,” the greatest satisfaction over the windBright are the sides of the steed! ings of the Firth, and the villas, woods, His name is Sulin-Sifadda ! The road and corn-fields ornamenting its banks, possesses no great interest till you ar The scenery however was no longer rive almost at the neighbourhood of “ such as Nature brings together in the Trosacks. It is then indescribably her sublimest moods—sounding catawild and romantic. Passing leisurely by racts, hills which rear their scathed “ the copse-wood grey..

heads to the sky-lakes, that winding That waved and wept o'er Loch Achray,"

up the shadowy vallies, lead at every

turn to yet more romantic recesses we came to a sort of hut or inn, the rocks which catch the clouds of hea. general receptacle of all strangers. ven,”-and was consequently contemWe joined another party, and arriving plated with far less interest'than had at the lake, the rain fell in torrents; been inspired by our more northern notwithstanding, we embarked, and and more Alpine rambles. Yet we made the usual rounds, but with less did not fail to observe, amongst other satisfaction than we might have done sights, the vast volumes of smoke under brighter auspices. The lake was arising from the works at Carron, exfar from being that“ burnished sheet of hibiting, as a picturesque traveller living gold,” so beautifully described somewhat whimsically expresses it, by the Bard, who has rendered it im a set of the most infernal ideas.” mortal. Yet was it lovely in its storms. At an early hour in the day we once The view of the Trosacks from its again caught sight of the Pentlands, bosom is extremely striking for its the Castle, Arthur's seat, and all the wildness and beauty, and we ob- romantic precincts of the Scottish meserved with much delight the clouds tropolis ! Our vehicle rolling rapidly flitting along the rugged sides of Ben onwards, we soon afterwards had a Venue. We rowed twice round the full view of the gude toun” itself, celebrated “ islet in an inland sea,” as we exclaimed loudly, and not a and as many times sought shelter from little delighted, “Aye, bonnie Edinbro', the rain under the branching and we ken ye noo. dark green canopy of Ellen's oak. Yours, &c. A ŞUBSCRIBER. The rain continuing, we made for land, and ordered out our steeds. Mr. URBAN, Bristol, March 1. Mine excited greater admiration than THE sentiments I wish to commu.

He bounds from the earth as nicate to you have appeared in the if his entrails were hairs, le Cheval columns of the well known journal of volant, the Pegasus, qui a les narines Felix Farley, and it having been sugde feu! We speedily reached Callen- gested to me that they would not be der. Next day we visited the Brack- unacceptable to the venerable pages of lin Brig, which has a terrific effect, the Gentleman's Magazine, I have and the passage over the narrow plank ventured to offer these hints and rethrown across the chasm, any thing marks to all those who, with me, are but agreeable. After purchasing a deeply interested for “ that pure and true Trosack stick, we commenced apostolic religion which has been estaour march at one, finding the road in- blished among us for many generaGent. Mag. March, 1831.

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Cathedral Universities.

[March, tions.” The great progress which has elected, and all other officers, which been made by the advancement of may add dignity to these miniature learning and the arts, has given rise Universities. In prosecution of my to several new institutions for the pur- scheme, I will now make a distribuposes of education, of which a College tion of the several Episcopal sees to (as it is designated), lately opened in be attached to the two Universities. the City of Bristol, is one not sanc

OXFORD. tioned by the Episcopal authority of Winchester, Salisbury, Wells, Exethe place ; this circumstance, with ter, Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, many others, has led me to give pub. Hereford, Lichfield. licity to a scheme which I have long

CAMBRIDGE. had in view, for forming minor Uni Canterbury, London, Lincoln, Peterversities on a more orthodox and sound borough, Norwich, Rochester, Chiplan. It is an undeniable fact that, chester. in consequence of the peace which we For obvious reasons the Cathedrals have been so long enjoying, those of Oxford and Ely are not included in young men who would have taken up this list. arms in time of war, in defence of It has long been my most earnest their King and country, have been in- wish that a regular constituted Uniduced by a change in political affairs, versity, with the power of conferring to embrace the learned professions, by degrees, should be founded in the which means the Universities are over north of England, and I cannot think flowing. At this momentous crisis, is of any place so proper as York, the it not greatly to be wished that some see of a metropolitan, the splendour of pious, influential persons in Church which undertaking would be heighand State, would form the resolution tened by having that magnificent faof founding one or more Colleges in bric, York Minster, the glory of the each University? but, if it be urged Church of England, and of all other that there are already too many young

Protestant Churches, for the Chapel men congregated together, and that it of this anticipated University. The incurs a very heavy expense to families Archbishop presiding as visitor. To in bringing up their sons in these seats this province I assign its suffragan of learning, and which the plan of the Cathedrals of Durham, Carlisle, and Bristol College, and all others of the Chester. same kind, is intended to obviate, I The College at Llampeter, founded suggest that every City shall be a by the piety and zeal of the present minor University, the Lecture Rooms Bishop of Salisbury, who formerly pre(the Schools) to be in the Close or sided over the see of St. David's, enCloisters of its Cathedral, under the tirely supersedes the necessity of superintendance of the Dean and Chap- making any new arrangements for the ter, with the Bishop of the Diocese for Dioceses of North and South Wales. its visitor. Let the Cathedrals be di. Yours, &c.

Eva. vided between the Universities, subject to the statues and regulations of


Upper Southernhay, either, as the case may be; the Pro

Exeter, Feb. 12. fessors to be chosen from or by the PUBLIC affairs present strange Dignitaries and other Clergy of each turns, changes, and appearances, at Cathedral ; terms to be kept in strict different periods. About two centuaccordance to time with each Univer- ries ago, an occurrence was agitating, sity, and when the period arrives for which appears to us now much ado the young men to graduate, let them about nothing; a whole nation in an repair for that purpose alone to Ox- uproar and wrangling about a farford or Cambridge, according to which thing; and this farthing actually not their Cathedral is tributary. These one fifth the value of one of our late minor Universities are to be an exact King George the Fourth's current epitome of the greater ones, and during farthing. However, it is upon record, term time the students are to be dis that in the early part of the reign of tinguished in their habiliments by Charles the First, one William Hawks wearing square caps and gowns, and and several others were fined, placed when attending Divine service in their and exposed in the pillory in London, College Chapel (namely the Cathedral for counterfeiting this Royal token of the Diocese), they are to be habited farthing of Charles the First. in surplices. Proctors to be annually This diminutive copper coin is dis

1831.) . Royal token Farthing of Charles I.

219 tinguished as one of the least intrinsic Bri.” Reverse : full rose in the cenvalue in the series of British medallic tre, with a crown upon it; legend, history, but its currency was most “Fra. et Hi. Rex,” within two circles. rigidly and forcibly circulated through- The extreme smallness of the coin was out the realm by Royal authority. so powerful a temptation for gain, as Letters patent were granted in 1625 to induce many to counterfeit it, which to the Duchess of Richmond * and Sir so much annoyed the King and paFrancis Crane, of the exclusive right tentees, who, to render it more diffiof making these farthing tokens for cult to imitate, ordered it to be plugged 17 years, and to weigh six grains through with a small piece of brass of each, and for this privilege they were less than a quarter of an inch diameto pay the King 100 marks (138. 4d.) ter. The profits were considerable, as yearly; and the patentees, to encou one ounce of metal which cost a penny, rage the circulation, used to sell a gui- made 80 farthings, and the amount nea's worth for 12 shillings; also they circulated was not less than 100,0001. had them distributed in all the cities sterling. The Duchess and the Knight and towns of the kingdom; and all had their little tokens well executed, Mayors, Sheriffs, Bailiffs, &c. were and aimed to compensate for the deficharged to assist the patentees on ciency of metal by the goodness of the pain of his Majesty's high displea- workmanship; for the letters are well sure, and counterfeiters and offenders · shaped, and the neatness in which to be proceeded against, as transgres- they are plugged, must have made it sors of his Majesty's authority and difficult for a private mechanic to imiRoyal prerogative. "King Charles and tate. his cabinet were so anxious to check N. Briot, a celebrated French artist the counterfeiting of them, that they came to England about this time to published four successive proclama- seek employ, and was engaged by tions to prevent it, and also issued pro- King Charles. He struck his susecutions from the Star Chamber re- perior gold + and silver coin, and most peatedly. This coin, after a lapse of likely superintended the patentee's more than 200 years, is become scarce. concerns, at least assisted in the best I have a genuine and fine specimen in ones, as there were several different my possession, which I will describe, dies. SHIRLEY WOOLMER.I viz.: it is struck on good copper, about one third of an inch diameter; of N. B. is marked on many of them, and Mint mark, a crescent. Obverse : two fine specimens are extremely rare, especially sceptres crossed, with a crown on the gold angel, I suppose worth more than them in the centre; legend is within

201. at present. two circular lines, “ Carolu' D.G. Ma.

I We have to lament the loss of this much

esteemed and frequent correspondent. He * In the fourth proclamation, possessed died on the 18th of February, six days after by Henry Lord Maltravers.

the date of this letter.—Edit.

CLASSICAL LITERATURE. New Translation of the Book of Psalms, it is in the original work) the narrow

By Wm. French, D. D., and George ness of our columns renders impracSkinner, M. A.

ticable. We shall, perhaps, but dis(Concluded from p. 31.) charge our duty by presenting a few IN resuming our remarks on this specimens of improved translation, valuable publication, we would com and especially of judicious annotation. mence by observing, that it is difficult In Psalm lv., 6 and 7, we observe to do justice to its merits, by merely the sense more correctly represented presenting specimens of the execution. than in any versions we have yet seen, If we were to dissever the text from as follows:-“Oh that I had wings, the notes, and take the former only (as like a dove,—I would fly away, and I in our former article) or the latter would dwell,—Behold! I would flee only, we should in either case do in afar off ;-I would make my abode in justice to the learned translators and the desert." annotators; since their version and

Our two authorised versions rather notes must be taken conjointly, in or

follow the Sept. than the Hebrew. der to be fairly judged. And to conjoin -Some recent translators connect those, or even give the text in verses (as 0727'3. But the new translators have


[March, rightly preferred the ordinary construc The bold metaphor at Psalm Lxvi. tion, which is adopted also by the 12, is thus explained : “ Thou didst Sept. and is confirmed by a kindred subjugate us to other people, as a horse passage of Aristoph. Av. 1425 : elra is brought into subjection to its rider.” δεόμαι πτερα λαβών κύκλο περισοβεϊν We do not quite see how this applies. . τας πόλεις καλούμενος. See also an an Weshould ratherthink that the Hebrew cient orácular response, in Plutarch verb is used as kaēlatáčelv often is in Demosth. c. 19.

Æschylus, in the sense of—“to triAt verse 15 of the same Psalm, the umphantly hold dominion over, to innew translators well render, May sultingly domineer;" ex gr. Æschyl. they go down alive into the grave.' Εum. 145, νεός δε γραίας δαιμόνας καθιπThe quick, indeed, of our versions will máow. The metaphor in the next line express this, but obscurely. With re we went through fire and water,” is spect to the sense of this idiomatical rightly explained to be a proverbial expression, commentators generally expression for being brought into exinterpret it to mean “ Let a sudden treme danger. We would add that it and unexpected death overwhelm is found in Liban. Orat. Parent. in them.” But our learned annotators Julian, § 107, C., TLOTEÚOVTES dià Trubetter explain thus—" i. e. not by the pòs é deiv av åtaðeis. See the Schol. common death of all men,” referring on Soph. Antig. 364. On ver. 31, it to Numbers xvi. 29. At ver. 23, is acutely remarked, that this appears " shalt cause them to go down into to be the answer to the Psalmist's the pit of corruption,” there is an ob prayer; which is explained and illusscurity in them,which the annota trated by a citation from Is. lxv. 14. tors explain to mean" the blood-thirsty -At Ps. LxIx. 2, “I am sinking in and deceitful men just afterwards the deep mire,” the learned annotators mentioned. But it is very harsh to remark, that it was customary to setake an antecedent from what follows cure prisoners in cisterns or pits, rein the context. The pronoun, we ferring to Jerem. xxxvIII. 6. We think, refers to what preceded, at ver. would add the following passage of 22 and 21 ; verse 22 containing a pa Zachar. ix. 11, “ I have sent thy prirenthetical admonition, and therefore soners out of a horrible pit.” The use to be arranged accordingly. The of pits, or subterraneous caverns, as 07, or o, is meant to be emphatical, in prisons, was, indeed, a custom of the which case it corresponds to the Greek remotest antiquity; as has been fully oŮtos. We would therefore render, proved by Dr. Bloomfield on Thucyd. “ But those, O God, thou wilt cause 1, 134 (translation) where he comto go down into the pit of corruption.' pares the Cæadas at Lacedæmon, the

Psalm Lx. 2, is rendered, “ Thou Barathrum at Athens, and the Latomie hast shaken the land, Thou hast rent at Syracuse; and traces the custom to it asunder,-Repair the breaches there Oriental usage, referring to Zach. ix. of, for it tottereth ;" where it is re 11, and Ps. XL. 2. marked, The effects of political con Ps. LXXI. 7, is well rendered : “I am vulsions are here compared with those become a portentous sign unto many;" of an earthquake.” The expressions instead of the“ monster” of our prayer(we would observe) adopted in the book, and the “ wonder" of our bible Sept. are more forcible than those of any version. The annotators subjoin the modern version, i. e. Evvédelgas tnv yño following paraphrase : “ Many are και συνετάραξας αυτήν, ίασαι τα συντρίμ- willing to persuade themselves that ματα αυτής, ότι εσαλεύθη. We could my trials proceed directly from God's have wished that the learned transla wrath, and are intended to warn them tors had expressed the metaphor con against pursuing a like course of contained in the ίασαι τα συντρίμματα, duct.” At Ps. LXXIII. 9, there is a “ heal the sores,” of the Sept. We considerable obscurity. The have only to imagine that confusion of translators render thus : “ They place metaphor so often found in passages of their mouth in the heavens,—And their almost lyrical sublimity, such as the tongue rangeth through the earth.” present; as, for instance, in a similar -The words are well explained to passage, of unequalled grandeur, in So mean “They carry themselves loftily, phocles Ed. Tyr. 22; Tódis yap-oa- and every where assert their own suLevel-poivovoa pèy kálvệlv éykáptrous periority.” At Ps. lxxv. the second χθονός, Φθίνουσα δαγέλαις βουνόμοις, and third verses are judiciously marked τόκοισί τε άγόνοις γυναικών. .

as the words of the Almighty; and the


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