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has written a good deal of smooth verse, and a few occasional stanzas possessing spirit and elegance. He was a most assiduous student, a prodigy indeed of “ varying lore," and was particularly distinguished in oriental literature. In 1783 Jones was appointed a judge in Bengal, and in 1794 died at his post, of the dreadful disease of India-inflammation of the liver, which in his case was unusually rapid in its progress.
A PERSIAN SONG OF HAFIZ.
Sweet maid, if thou would'st charm my sight,
Boy, let yon liquid ruby flow,
O! when these fair perfidious maids,
In vain with love our bosoms glow :
Beauty has such resistless power,
But ah! sweet maid, my counsel hear
What cruel answer have I heard !
Go boldly forth, my simple lay,
BORN 1731-DIED 1795.
This amiable and clever man was in orders, and was long
head-master of the Merchant Taylors' School.
TO MRS BISHOP,
ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF HER WEDDING-DAY, WHICH WAS
ALSO HER BIRTH-DAY, WITH A RING.
“ THEE, Mary, with this ring I wed"-
With that first ring I married youth,
If she, by merit since disclosed,
Here then to-day, (with faith as sure,
And why ?—They show me every hour, Honour's high thought, Affection's power, Discretion's deed, sound Judgment's sentence, And teach me all things—but repentance.
BORN 1758-DIED 1796.
The leading circumstances of the life of Burns are so fami
liarly known to every class of readers, that it seems superfluous to go over them, unless in a manner very different from what can be attempted in this limited publication. His own eloquent and energetic letters, whenever his genuine feelings guided his pen, afford the truest insight into his manly, and, in many points, noble character as a man and a man of genius. His single letter to Dr Moore is one of the most precious morsels of autobiography that the world possesses. Yet there is pleasure in enumerating the important circumstances of the life of Burns, however cursorily, for they are all such as do hon
our to his character. Robert Burns was the eldest son of William Burness or
Burns, and Agnes Brown, a couple in almost the lowest class of rural life in what was at that time a poor country. They were one of those excellent and virtuous pairs to whom Scotland owes her high moral and religious character among the nations of Europe. The father was a person of uncommon worth and intelligence, but not one
of those whose portion is of this world. (a) The school-education of Robert Burns was scanty and pre
carious, though his father made great exertions to educate all the family. At an age when boys more prosperously situated are dividing their time between learning and amusement, Burns was exerting himself above his strength to assist his father and his father's family—at the age of a boy doing a man's work-ill-fed, and probably not very well clothed; and, worse than all, feeling, with all the torturing sensibility of genius, the miseries arising to himself and those he loved from great poverty and unavoidable misfortune. The pity that is felt for his misfortunes in after-life may be alloyed by blame of his con.
(a) None of the biographers of Burns mention his mother, save as an excellent wife and mother in her rank of life. I have heard a gentleman-himself a poet and a man of feeling and genius—who had opportunities of seeing this venerable matron in her latter years, say, that the mother was the poetical ancestor of Burns. This old lady certainly possessed something of her son's magical power of eloquence. In describing to my informant the localities of their residence near Alloway Kirk, the birth.place of the poet, she talked naturally of their hearing on dark nights “the sea roaring on the shore, and the sealghs yowling," in language more bold and figurative than ever cottage matron used before,-EDITOR.