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contain vast quantities of unredeemed metal, waiting Hold-I deny that! Ill-tempered, I confess, but for improved processes of separation.
not ill-natured.' So it is in all things: another contrast of past and "What, then you are Brown!' present strikes us in reading a recent letter from Mr *As sure as you are Smith!' and the two boyTwaits, Director of the Botanic Gardens, Ceylon, to acquaintances—mere acquaintances, with nothing in his entomological friend, William Spence—he says : common between them-meeting after the lapse of 'It is delightful to find that entomology is so “looking a quarter of a century, grasped each other's hands as up.” There surely cannot be a better field for studying if they had been lifelong friends. After the usual the plan of creation than it presents; and it is lament- questions and answers, that mean nothing but an able to think our ancestors were so unwise as to throw expression of interest and sympathyridicule on the study ; but better times have arrived, * Well,' said I, after all, you are not so much and if we are only blessed with peace for another changed so far as the features go: it is the pleasant quarter of a century, what a change we shall see with expression that disguised you; and then your hairrising generations !-men and things in their right why, it is positively gray ! What have you been places, and far more real enjoyment of life.'
doing to yourself?' Entomology itself does not stand apart from geolog- Doing! Look at your own hair-you are as gray ical or geographical considerations, for insects, as we as a badger.' are told, follow particular stratifications of rocks; and Meaning me? Fy, fy! Gray ? Oh fy!' we all know that different genera exist according to Well, come and dine withı me at six, and you shall the distribution of land and water.
have a history of my expression. I assure you it has The enthusiasm with which the writer of the above often puzzled myself.' letter regards the study of science, and its ameliorating I did dine with him at six. And a very nice little influence on the future, is a hopeful witness of our age, dinner we had, well-dressed, warm, and comfortable; which, most assuredly, does wrestle bravely with all with a very nice little wife at the top of the table; difficulties, whether political or physical, whether it and afterwards, a very nice bottle of old port-no be the enfranchisement of a sect, or the linking together claret, and no nonsense of any kind—to throw its of continents by electric chains. Our philosophers and genial glow over our conversation. Mrs Brown was explorers are indeed undaunted by physical difficul- not what you would call pretty. Her features were ties, as the investigations of those resolute, patient, moulded, not cut; she had a round nose, a round and daring men, Drs Barth and Livingstone, do chin, and a pair of round cheeks, and with the hue testify. Of the other noble qualities of those travellers of health spread over them, they passed very well. --Livingstone, more especially–we need not speak, as But then there was such a look about the little the public mind has been full of the subject only very woman! Such gleams of good-humour played incesrecently. We have another instance of the subjugation santly over her face! Her eyes appeared as if they of impediments in the case of Professor Piazzi Smyth, were always laughing; and her ripe lips, as if they who established upon the Peak of Teneriffe, ' amid the would let out the sound of it only for modesty. Her old trachytic lavas of the volcano, 10,710 feet above conversation was not what is called intellectual, which the sea,' a station for his telescope. It had been found is all a sham when used as the common staple of that the lower atmosphere of the earth impeded the talk : her thoughts came straight from the heart, powers of the telescope. The advantage gained by without waiting to be distilled in the brain, and her this altitude for purposes of astronomical observation, voice, while soft and kindly, was as clear as a bell. may be inferred,' says Dr Lloyd, 'from the fact, that Some men call their wives Mamma, some Meg, if the heat radiated from the moon, and so often sought they were christened Margaret, and some a pet name for in a lower region, was distinctly perceptible.' that has neither rhyme nor reason. My friend Brown
It is gratifying to learn from Sir Roderick, that all called his wife, several times, Little Nid-noddy. It the principal states of Europe are rivalling the English seemed to me a comical fancy, but he let it slip out in their efforts to increase our knowledge of the surface without feeling it, and she accepted it as something of the earth. The exertions of France, of Spain, of the that belonged to her. German powers, and of Russia in this walk, are all “Well, good-bye, Little Nid-noddy,' said he, as she detailed by hiin, and allowed their due share of praise. was leaving the room; 'let us know when you are
wearying for tea.' She held up her finger with an LITTLE NID-NODD Y.
arch smile, and complimenting us with a couple of
quick nods, vanished. The town had grown immensely since I saw it in “What an odd name, Brown,' said I, “to call that boyhood: so had I, for that matter. I found myself a very charming little wife of yours! How came you tall, stout, middle-aged (or worse) individual, instead to think of anything so nonsensical ?' of a little slim boy; and the place had waxed in
"Why, that is a part of the story I am going to tell proportion, till it now presented something quite disposition ; and now, that we are alone, let us fill our
you about what you are pleased to think my evil metropolitan in aspect. I found it necessary to see glasses, and I shall begin. Story, did I say? Well, some of the higher officials of the Post-office, on the I can't say there is any story in it: it has no incident subject of a letter of value that appeared to have -except the wedding; no characters except my own, miscarried, and the person I spoke to was a pleasant, and one I imagined ; and no dialogue, for, in point of gentlemanlike man, who entered with interest and fact, I hardly ever spoke to her till a very short time kindness into the business. On learning my name, before she became my wife.' he turned his eyes on my face, with a look that "Well, if there is no story, you can't tell it, that's gradually brightened into a smile.
all-so begin. Are you not a native of this town?' said he. **Very well. I was a sullen, ill-tempered young dog.
'Yes; but my family have ong since migrated: II can't think how this came about : perhaps my know nobody.'
grandmother' ‘Don't you know me?' and the smile turned into Never mind your grandmother. You were a horrid a laugh.
young cub, that's the long and short of it.' • Upon my word, I feel as if I ought to do so; but It is quite true; and when I was stuck up officially the fellow I am thinking of rarely smiled, and never at the wicket to give ont the letters applied for, I do laughed. He was, in fact, a sort of sullen dog-an believe I thought less of the wealth and honour of the ill-natured'
post than of the opportunities it afforded me of ladling about my disagreeable feelings to the community. I double nod, and springing away, was out of sight in took a pride in irritating or humiliating my cus- an instant. After this 'tomers, pretending to think all the while to myself Stay, I want to know whether you put the that I was the aggrieved party. When a farmer, as dreaming-piece under your pillow.' green as his own turnip-tops, canie to ask whether I Pooh, nonsense : don't interrupt me.' had letter for “one Simpson," I replied gruffly, Come, yes
no?' affecting to examine the packet-"No such name "Well, I did : fill your glass, and don't interfere as One Simpson ;” or perhaps —“Which Simpson ? with history. This sort of acquaintance, if acquaintAbraham Simpson?” and it was a favourite dodge ance it can be called, went on for a long time, till I of mine, after fencing cleverly for some time with waited with a kind of impatience for the appearance a categorist, to shut the wicket suddenly in his face, of the pleasant little face. No wonder ; I knew nobody leaving him in a state of profound mystification.' else, except in the way of business. I was not the
* Upon my word! I wish I had caught you at these fellow to make acquaintances, and reading was out tricks with me.'
of the question while at the wicket. My thoughts, One day a little girl came tripping into the vesti- therefore, acquired the habit of busying themselves bule, and after asking some question at other wickets, about her. I wondered who it was that was married, presented herself at mine. She was so short, I was coming tardily to the decision that it was her eldest obliged to stretch over my neck to see her, which I sister, and that the happy man was an old companion took as a trouble; and on hearing her inquiry, which of Australian Tom. Then as time passed on, I amused was about a colonial letter, I was just going to answer myself with criticising her looks, which always bore “Not here,” when I was struck by something peculiar traces of some changing emotion, although with the in her look. It was so gay, so familiar, so trusting, old good-humour over all. And then there came at that I thought for a moment she must surely be last a time when days, weeks, months passed away some acquaintance whose features I had forgotten. without my seeing her; and although the little face
“You must go elsewhere, little girl," said I; “it is still kept pace with me in my life's monotonous journey, not my business. This is inland."
it grew fainter and fainter, till it would probably have Why sure !- don't shut ! It's Tom's letter- vanished altogether. But just before that consumTom all the way in Australia! I knew you wouldn't mation, she turned up. She was in deep mourning. shut”-and she gave a little merry laugh. "Now, Her pace was slower, graver; her face, though as do tell me where I am to go." Well, I don't know good-humoured as ever, was pale, thoughtful, sad: she how it came about; but for some minutes after that looked older--I had never suspected till then that I was stretching my long neck through the wicket, she was growing on like other girls, with womanhood explaining to the little girl what she was to do; and itself at the end of the vista. Having posted her at length I beckoned one of the carriers, and desired letter, she came to my wicket, and turning up the him to take her to the proper place. I remember I same bright face, looked at me for a moment, till tried very hard to persuade myself that she was a her kind, coniding eyes filled with tears. troublesome little mouse, and I a very ill-used, over- “ He is dead," said she in a whisper: “I thought I worked individual; till, when I was still thinking the would let you know;" and turning round as on a matter over, I saw her on her way out threading the pivot, walked slowly away. Who was dead ?—that crowd that now began to throng the vestibule. She was a new text for my reflections. Her father? Was stopped two or three times to look towards my wicket, the poor girl now unprotected in the world ? In what but I turned away my head as if I wasn't thinking of circumstances had he died? I say, Smith, this habit such trash; till at length she caught my eye in spite of of thinking about other people does a large stroke of me, and raising herself on tiptoe-her face aglow with business in the way of humanising! I had been a merry smile of recognition, thanks, and triumph-getting less and less selfish ever since I began the she gave me a couple of quick nods-nid-nod-like a practice—that is, erer since I knew Little Nid-noddy ; postman's knock, and vanished away into the street. and to say less selfish, includes less sullen, less fretful,
'It made me smile, and I was not much accustomed less ill-tempered. My success in business was probthen to smiling. For some time after, I noticed her in ably owing to the change. People began to take the vestibule every now and then, although not near some interest in me, and prospects opened of advanceme, and never without receiving from her the same ment when vacancies should occur. Besides, the goodrecognition : at length I came to expect her; and humoured expression of the little girl was of use to when, one day, I saw the same little girl-she had been me' posting a letter-looking round and up into my wicket, "That is just what I was thinking. Anything as if she was playing at bo-peep, and with her merry else might have made you more amiable, but it would acquaintance-claiming smile, popping her double nod also have made you more lackadaisical.
When you at me, I declare to you I felt a sensation of actual thought of her, your face reflected the brightness pleasure.
of hers, and the habit gave a certain sunniness to “Well ? ” said I, “what's to do now?"
your whole being. But, my dear fellow, I wish, “There it is," she replied, placing before me a little when you were about it, you had got hold of another packet, about the fourth part of a business letter in characteristic of hers.' size, only thicker.
• What is that?' “What is this? It has no address."
Her quickness of motion. Your prosy way gives “No; they were married this morning, and that's a one the idea that years must have elapsed between the bit of the cake. It's for dreaming. You put it under time you first saw her at your wicket and her father's your pillow, you know, when you go to bed."
death.' “You odd little girl, I don't want your cake."
"And so they did : that shews I know how to relate “No!" and she opened her eyes upon me with history. At the latter period, she was not so prodigiwonder : "you don't like a dreaming-piece? But that ously young as you imagine. When I first saw her, must be a mistake ; for mamma allowed me to bring she was ten, and I twenty; and, little girl as she it, and said that all good pleasant people liked every- was, she was now not exactly a child, though with thing of the kind." What could I say to this? Was I the simplicity of one. Well, time went on as before : a good pleasant fellow? I gave a sort of sheepish her sadness gradually vanished—and then she vanished smile, and put the gift into my waistcoat pocket; too. At first, I was impatient; then fretful; then, as whereupon the delighted little girl, with a comical ideas of the uncertainty of health and life crowded look of mirth and triumph, popped off at me her little into my mind, I was sorry for poor Little Nid-noddy.
When at length she reappeared, I found that my were shaking hands like old friends before I knew sorrow had been prophetic. She was taller-sensibly what I was about, and the roses, of her cheeks had taller, and thin, and pale. She walked slowly and diffused their colour over brow and neck, and to the weakly, and shewed all the marks of having come very tips of her ears. We took a long walk together, through a critical illness. Perhaps as the poor girl discussing the history of our many years' acquaintance, walked feebly up to the wicket, the sympathy I felt and finding it as interesting and eventful as any novel was betrayed in my countenance; for she said: you ever read. And then we happened to meet on
“Don't mind it-I am so much better!” and by way the same road again, and again, and again. And then of giving me assurance of the fact, the old laughing she took me home, and introduced me to her mother smile lit up a feu de joie in her eyes.
, -that blessed old woman who had said that all good. “You have been very ill ?” said I.
and pleasant people liked dreaming-pieces !-and then “Very; and I am now going away, perhaps for a long I stayed tea--so comfortable a tea, the daughter cutting time, to try to get quite well
. I thought you would the bread and butter !--and then we had such talk, wonder at not seeing me, and so I”. I thought she such laughing, such singing; and then I came home, was going to put up her hand; then I thought she walking as if for a wager, and laughing to myself, wasn't; and before I could think anything else, or yet every now and then my eyes filling with tears! do anything at all, she was on her way out of the Not long after that, we were vestibule. I don't know how long I stared after Never mind-I know it all. Come along-make her'
haste.' "You should have been flung, neck and heels, out of Won't you have more wine? What's your hurry?' the wicket after her! Never heard of such a cub in Come along, I say I want to speak to Little all my life'
Nid-noddy!' Gently, gently: you don't fill your glass. All this was so new to me that I didn't know what I was about. She was so tall-was that little woman—that THE PHILOSOPHY OF COMMON SENSE, I was afraid of her. I had never contemplated her in the same light before, and you might as well have CONSIDERED IN A CONSERVATIVE POINT OF VIEW. expected me to take liberties with an apparition as to Although not an old man, I am quite far enough put out my hand to her. Still, I was vexed afterwards I did not do so. I assure you I called myself
several advanced in years to remember when a collection of names worse than cub; and if the affair of my promo- national proverbs formed as indispensable an adjunct tion had not been settled by, that time, I should in to a poor man's book-shelf, as the Pilgrim's Progress or all probability have missed, through sheer absence the Catechism of the Church. If the latter were effica-. of mind, the situation that led to my present one. cious in carrying comfort to his heart and leading But the affair was to be; I was removed from the his soul to God, the former taught him when to sell wicket; and after a surprisingly short service in and how to buy, and helped his understanding as to another office, I became what I am. During this time, what sort of world he had come into, and what he business occupied much of my attention; but I will not deny that I often lost
myself in a reverie on the ought fairly to expect of life. But now we have quite events (how biography would smile at the idea) of my changed all that. An ounce of clergy is, to the utter wicket-life, and in a waking dream of-of'
extinguishment of the proverb, now estimated at a Of Little Nid-noddy.'
much higher value than a pound of mother-wit; and On my honour, her name is Louisa !!
the greatest clerks are esteemed the wisest men. The Never mind : that would have closed the sentence farmer grazes his cattle by natural history; the tailor more harmoniously, but I like the other better.'
cuts his cloth by the conic sections; the dictum of "And so do I! You are a sensible, intelligent fellow, Lord Brougham, that a thorough understanding of Smith, after all. Come, there is another glass in the the chemical affinities is to be recommended to 'every decanter. I can't tell you exactly what my waking dreams were ; but you will understand that by this time one who has a pot to boil,'* is accepted of all men ; she was an intimate friend of mine in the inner life, and those homely national proverbs and sayings, those I have mentioned two or three of the incidents of quaint aphorisms of experience and humorous snatches our intercommunion-for they must take the place of of terse mother-wit, which served our simple ancestors incidents in my no-story-which set me thinking about for guidance in the ordinary concerns of life, are as her, and finally chained my thoughts to the routine; completely banished from daily use and language as if but you must observe that these were only the grand
they had never been. events that brought us into personal contact, while there was, besides, a constantly varying series of Now, science and all manner of knowledge are expression in her face which, from time to time, exceedingly good things to all to whom they are good. furnished material for the thoughts of the solitary lad. Mens hominis alitur discendo, saith the Roman proverb, Philosophy tells us'-
which, being interpreted, imports that the mind of "O, stuff! philosophy has nothing to do with it. man is nourished by learning. But it was formerly I won't stand that. What I want is, to know how I understood that different sorts of minds required you happened to meet her again, since you were now different kinds of nourishment, applicable to their removed from the wicket into private life. Artistical stratagems won't do here ; it is impossible to get up an
different callings and specific mental wants. Learnexcitement, when your reader-I mean your hearer - ing, whether in its broad or in its narrow sense, was knows all about the result, and has comfortably dined held to be a sort of nutriment, which, from the nature with you and your Little Nid-noddy. Out with it, of things, but a small portion of mankind was in a Brown, or I will go and ask herself.'
situation to make use of. Then the opinion was not “Well
, I have nothing new to tell; everything esteemed heterodox which ascribed the propagation occurred in the ordinary, hap-hazard way. One after- of habits of reflection and forethought amongst the noon I was taking a walk in a road in the environs, humbler classes of a country more to the influence and on turning a corner, ran bump upon her. I was in a waking dream, no doubt, at the time, and thought of common-sense principles, and such fragments of she was only the phantom (you should have let me philosophise a little); but however that may be, we Dissertation on the Pleasures and Advantages of Science.
pithy moralising as are generally contained in national all, not so very far out, when, after remarking in the proverbs, than to book-learning. It is different with preface to his Apothegms New and Old, that "Jullius us now. And yet, what has helped so much as the Ceasar did write a collection of apothegmes, as appears practical appreciation of this common-sense philosophy in an epistle of Cicero'-le added: 'I need gay no to raise so high the character of the Scottish people ? more for the worth of a writing of that nature. I Only look to a neighbouring country which shall be may proceed, in connection with my argument, to nameless, but where indolence and improvident mar- remark that the greatest men of all ages have not riages are the very chief causes of the people's misery, disdained to be makers or collectors of proverbs. To and where a national floating capital of oral wisdom is say nothing of Solomon, there is reason to believe that as thinly spread as any other species of riches, and tell Aristotle himself wrote and published a collection; me of what avail, as a panacea for such evils, would be and we have just seen that Julius Cæsar compiled one, the dissemination amongst such a people of knowledge which is now unfortunately lost, but which was no for which the poor man has no direct use, and which doubt executed with excellent choice and judgment. has only a technical, or remote, or pedantic reference In more recent times, and amongst European nations, to the pursuit he is engaged in, in comparison with Guicciardini, in Italy; Erasmus, in Holland; Cardinal the extensive circulation of a code of homely maxims Beatoun, David Ferguson, and Allan Ramsay, in such as these :
Scotland ; Caxton, Camden, Francis Bacon, John
Heiwood, James Kelly, Thomas Fuller, Herbert, Who weds ere he is wise will die ere he thrive.
Dyke, Howell, Ray, and numerous others in England, Ne'er seek a wife till ye hae a house and a fire burning. were all collectors and publishers of adages. Nay,
even in these last days, when the race of great men A light heart keeps nae house;
seems to have utterly perished from off the earth, have for, as another Scotch proverb says:
we not seen a Scottish artist* devoting upwards of
seven of the best years of his life to the task of comA wee house hath a muckle mouth.
piling and arranging the best versions of the proverbs and last, though not least, that quaint rhyme of and moral maxims most in use in Scotland, and an Chaucer's, which has long since passed into use as an English bookseller doing the same kindly office for English adage:
the apothegmatical wisdom of the continental nations?
Were I disposed to hint a fault in Mr Bohn's perHe that hath more smocks than shirts in a bucking,
formance, † it would be, that he has nowhere sufficiently Had need of a good forelooking.
discriminated between that kind of wisdom which, Equally pregnant and energetic are the maxims in being suited to the circumstances of a people, passes which the Scottish paræmiologists protest against current amongst them like the ready change, and the the vice of idleness. Paraphrasing, with character dry and stately, though sometimes pithy and profound istic humour and unmistakable nationality, the lofty didactics of the poet and the moralist; a fault which is didactics of the Romans-the people of antiquity who more especially observable in the Italian portion of spoke most in proverbial language-they tell us-not his volume. But I for one am too grateful to this that
gentleman for reminding us by his publication of the By doing nothing we learn to do ill,
original source of much of the common sense which the Nihil agendo malè agere discimus,
changed state of things has yet left us, to feel inclined but that
to do anything but give a cordial welcome to his new
adventure. No doubt the work will meet with greater Idle dogs worry sheep;
acceptance from the philologist than the general reader Naething is got without pains but dirt and lang nails;
-a circumstance which would of itself seem to justify
me in setting before the readers of this Journal a dish He that gapes till he be fed, will gape till he be dead.
of the wholesome common-sense aliment which it Or, giving the maxim a colloquial turn, they impress contains, before the whole is left to be forgotten like
an old song. upon us the fact, that
But even for the general reader, the
work is not wanting in abiding interest. No ScotchA begun turn's half ended, as the wife said when she man, for example, can open it without being unpleasstuck the spade in the midden;
antly impressed by the truth of an assertion which he or a reproachful one:
has doubtless often heard, and as often indignantly
denied, that only a few-probably not one per cent. You're like the lambs, you do naething but suck and of the proverbs which he has been wont to consider wag your tails;
indigenous, are, after all, of real Scottish growth.
Borrowed from, or rather transmitted through the or a rhythmical one:
French, the Italian, the Spanish, the German, and The foot on the cradle, the hand on the reel,
every modern language, a vast majority of the sayings Is the sign o' a woman that means to do weel;
which, in the mouths of our fathers, were familiar as
household words, were current proverbs at Rome in or-last resource of all-calling in the aid of the devil, the days of Cicero, however much they may have since that worthy representative of everything that is bad, been leavened with Scottish humour and nationality. they assure us that
But, as one of these transmitted maxims says:
Who companies with the wolf will learn to howl, and that,
so to the Greeks, the Jews, the Arabs, and the eastern When the deil finds a man idle, he sets him to wark.
nations, were the Romans in their turn indebted for
their apothegmatic lore, made-who shall say how far The lesson, in a word, which these and all similar back ?-when Adam himself perhaps was little more maxims would teach us, is this that the man who, than a boy. Of these transmitted maxims, one will be labouring industriously at his calling, makes himself remembered as occurring in a previous part of this well acquainted with the men and things with which he has more immediately to do, will have little Scottish proverbs.
* Andrew Henderson, author of the best collection extant of the need, even if he have the leisure left, to study the + A Polyglot of Foreign Proverbs, Comprising French, Italian, technicalities of the philosophy of the schools.
German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and Danish, toith English And now that we have seen that Bacon was, after Translations, and a General Inder. By Ilenry G. Bolin, London :
paper. Another, to which I have also incidentally sentiments which, if wisely pondered, may well tend to referred-namely,
the humbling of human pride and the checking of An ounce of mother-wit is worth a pound of clergy,
human exultation. is repeated as an English proverb in various forms, and amongst the rest occurs in this
TII E PRIVATEER CAPTAIX.
Yes, the last word audible to mortal ears uttered by Mieux vaut un poing de bonne vie que plein muy de Robert Dowling, though the chafing spirit did not clergie;
finally shuffle off its mortal coil till some time afterand in the Spanish as
wards. Father Meudon, whom the loud tones of Mas vale punado de natural que almozada de sciencia.
the privateer officer had brought into the room, perThere are not many Scotch proverbs which I should sisted in believing, or hoping in his large charity, that at once be inclined to pronounce more characteristic the indistinct mutterings of the moribund were spiritof the people than the following:
petitions to the throne of mercy-that the expiring If the auld wife had nae been in the oven hersel, she
seaman recognised repentantly, in the crucifix held never would hae thocht o' seeking her dochter there ;
before his glazing eyes, the emblem and pledge of his and yet, as we now learn, it is only a Scotclification soul's redemption from the second and eternal death; of a Spanish adage which I will not quote, but which and so believing, Father Meudon recited the prayers may be found by those who seek it in the book before and performed the ceremonies appointed by the us. Then, again, is not the Italian
Roman Catholic Church for dying penitents; that La porta di dietro è quella che guasta la casa,
of absolution included—a vain mockery I thought not unhappily hit off in
at the time, though not, it may be, deemed so, the A bonnie wife and a back-door
rebuking years have since suggested, by Him who Often make a rich man poor?
blesses pure intentions. The Spanish version of this proverb is too caustic to Men bury their dead quickly out of their sight in quote, but its essential features are preserved in the France, and Dowling was laid in the narrow house English collections in the saying:
scooped out for him in the sandy grave-ground attached Me that marries a widow and three children marries to a rude chapel near the beach, dedicated to Our four thieves;
Lady, Star of the Sea,' on the evening of the day which the Scotch, again, with their wonted liberality, he died. My respectful acquiescence in the religious have modified into
ceremonial prescribed by the priestly conscience conHe that marries a widow and twa dochters has three ciliated the regard of Father Meudon; and his round, back-doors to his house.
fat, good-humoured face shone with so benign an Of that class of foreign proverbs, again, to which a expression as we conversed together after the funeral, historical interest attaches, several specimens occur in that it struck me I could not do a wiser thing, circumMr Bohn's pages; although, partly from a wholesome fear of extending this paper to an undue length, but stanced as I was, than take him into my confidence. principally from my imperfect acquaintance with the I did so, not unreservedly the reader will readily circumstances to which they owe their importance, I believe, but sufficiently to enable him to serve me if prefer passing them by. Of similar sayings amongst he willed to do so. ourselves there is assuredly no lack-the best known The worthy man listened with surprise and growing being that which gave Archibald, Earl of Angus, his interest; and I was delighted to find that my being sobriquet of ' Bell-the-Cat;', and that in which the an Englishman increased instead of diminished his Master of Glammis addressed James VI., when a boy, sympathising friendliness. He had fled from Havre at at the Raid of RuthvenBetter bairns greet than bearded men;
the outbreak of the French revolution to England, and
retained a lively sense of the kindly hospitality he had which just supplies another reason for deploring the received there. He was pleased to add that, apart depressed condition, if not utter extinction, of proverbial from their religion and language-the last of which he learning amongst us.
Finally, there is matter enough in the proverbial had not been able to thoroughly master twenty words sayings of all nations to excite serious thought, and of-there was in his candid judgment much in the there are many of the quaint rhymes and short reflec- institutions, customs, and character of the English tions on human life and things, which have a deeply people worthy of approval and esteem. sombre and instructive meaning conveyed in language * It is fortunate for you, my young friend,' said that is sometimes almost pathetic. Remarkable above Father Meudon, helping himself to a powerful pinch most of these are the bulk of the proverbs which John from a tabatière which was seldom out of his hand, Maxwell of Southbar, in the west of Scotland, wrote down in 1586, and which William Motherwell printed that I was not honoured with your confidence in the for the first time in 1827 in the Paisley Magazine.
first instance, and I am going to tell you why. A The finest cloath is soonest eaten with moaths,
commissary of police was here about an hour since,
to ascertain the nationality, &c., of the foreign seamoralises the old man;
men reported to have been cast ashore; and being The fairest silke is soonest soyled;
informed by me that they were all citizens of the When hope and hap,
United States of America, he, under the circumstances,
accepted my assurance of that fact, which I could not, Then woe and wrack,
of course, have given bad I known what I do now. Disease and death,
This will give us time, which shall be wisely used if Are nighest
you, recognising that I am acquainted with the ground,