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many in the middle and lower sta- of admiration, how those who have tions of life should discover so much loved and respected their friends weakness on these and other occa. wbile living, could treat their resions, as to endeavour to copy after mains with such cold indifference their more wealthy neighbours and as to suffer them to become a kind aim to vie with each other in an of public spectacle, and expose them expensive and showy appearance. to the view of every vulgar beholder, They often grievously subject them- giving then up as it were, to the selves to many serious inconve. will and pleasure of a licentious niences, and in wishing to maintain disposition in all who chuse to take a rank above their means, become advantage of the occasion, to gratify more and more regardless of sup- a vain taste for idle sport and pasporting that rectitude of principle, time. a steady adherence to which, forms, How is it possible for serious minds in any situation, the truly upright to relish such entertainment within character.

their walls, or by their conduct give If those who move in the higher encouragement to the practice? But circles were at all times to show an custom reconciles the greatest conexample of moderation, it would, I tradictions. think, be one means of reducing to However, it is hoped, that some a more proper

standard the direction of the barbarous customs, for such of affairs.

they really appear to be, which, In the eye of sober reason and with a view of this subject come unjust discernment, the extravagance der observation, are beginning gra. frequently manifested at wakes, as dually to die away, and I wish they they are called, especially in the may more and more get into disre. country, assumes more the appear- pute, until they totally disappear; ance of the remains of barbarous but I fear they have still too strong times, than symptoms of an enlight- a hold on many minds to be easiened age. In what other light can ly given up. Many acknowledge be viewed the practice of previous- their impropriety, but are unwilling ly preparing the body as if for a to put in practice what they are conpublic exhibition, and ihen of num- vinced would be more consistent, bers collecting together for no other from a fear of being pointed at by purpose, than to spend the night in their neighbours, and remarked as rioting and noisy mirth, whilst in affecting singularity. Yet the pracmany instances a plentiful supply of tice of singularity, when opposed strong drink is not wanting to in- to wrong customs, and bad habits, flame the imagination, and 10 spur merits not contempt. When proon to still greater degrees of savage perly supported, it has a tendency to, Judeness, making that a season of create in the minds of others an infeasting and jollity, which should be quiry how far customs, though long marked with conduct of a very dif- established and generally acknowTerent kind? It sometimes excites Jeriged, are right to be adopted. our astonishment when we read of The length of time that any custom he conduct of some countries on has been in use, or however genehese and other occasions; what a pity rally it may have been approved, is t is that we do not more frequently no proof of its being right; nor does urn our attention to what is pass- it afford any plea why it is not bet. ng aniong ourselves !

ter that it should be broken through, To me it has often been a source notwithstanding the adherents of it




may strongly plead for its conti. valued according to the rank they are nuance, by endeavouring to bring entitled to hold in the scale of real forward proofs of antiquity.

usefulness; and so far as they have Many blindly follow the ways and contributed in forwarding the best customs in which they have been interests of man, let their value be educated, without ever once giving estimated. Numerous acts of past themselves the trouble of examining and present times

tbese whether they are right or wrong: grounds entitled to respectful rethey can give no reason why they membrance. follow such and such customs, but But a fondness for antiquity, meremerely because their fathers have ly for the sake of antiquity, and a done so, and so do they. Thus cus.

belief in its infallibility, has gone toms, no matter how corrupt, are far in obstructing the channel of free handed down from one age 10 an- and rational inquiry, and occasioned other, and rendered, in the too gene- the abuse of sober reason, and of ral estimation, venerable by their those noble powers of the mind de age, and in the eyes of their zeal signed by the great Creator to lead ous votaries, are viewed as so many on in a state of progressive sacred relics, so that for any person purity. to dare to touch them in point of the I do indeed most sincerely wish, Jeast deviation is deemed a crine of that mankind would act as becomes no small magnitude. I now speak not rational intelligent beings. only of the subject on which these

N. S. few observations are founded, but also with respect to the fond attach- To the Proprietors of the Belfast Magazin, ment so generally manifested in giving the preference to ancient RAMBLE TO MOURNE MOUNTAINS. usages and customs, how proper and FINDING that you considered the laudable soever the relinquishing Excursion to Briansford, suitable to of them may be, or how greatly the the design of your Magazine, I state of society may be benefited by send you a

paper on a similar the change.

subjeci, and writien by the same Many entertain a superstitious ve- person, which I conceive will be neration for ancient custoins, and equally acceptable to your readers. bestow a kind of veneration on what

A.Z. ever bears the name of antiquity, 10 the total rejection of every idea that

August Sd. any further step towards improve. YESTERDAY morning we all ment is necessary.

set off from Tullyquilly, 18 This disposition to follow impli- meet our friends from Mourne, in citly, and without egainination, the the mountains. We were obliged footsteps of past times, proves a to stop

while at Rathfriland, powertul obstacle in the way of fur- where our party was iher search, and keeps the mind in- ter. Proceeding we rode to the stead of advancing properly forward, foot of Spelgah, where still going back. I would not ap- began to ascend the mountain on prove of condemning ancient cus- foot. We had a rugged but pleatoms merely because they are an. sant journey of about a mile, till cient, nor of applauding new ones, we came to the bed of the river on account of their novelty. Let Bann, near which we travelled two all measures, ancient or modern, be miles more.

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most charming river; as it Anws the girls' gowns. No one however, ofer steep crags, and large masses complained of fatigue—as nothing of granite, with immense precipices could exceed the spirits of the on each side, and rocks hanging whole party. over our heads, seemingly threaten- My father remarked that there ing to hurl destruction upon was a time for all things, and at every step. When we

that now

was the time for playinto the Deer's Meadow, the ground ing the fool; and that the cleverest became very wet, as it is a spot persons of the party were those surrounded by prodigious hills on that would make the greatest fools all sides. The dilliculty which of themselves and really it could some of the ladies experienced, in not be doubted that all present did making good their way over the all in their power to contribute to moist, slippery ground (some of the good humour and hilarity of them having dirtied their stockings the whole party. After a vigorous and gowns very much,) however, effort, we gained the North-East it might, on a different occasion, summit of the mountain-and never have been regretted, at present was I so struck with admiration only added to the mirth of the and wonder. Slieve Donnard just whole party

opposite, reared his majestic head We now began to distinguish to the clouds, the proud superior

Mourne friends advancing. of the whole range. Next to him They looked like a little army at Bignian, a most beautiful mouna distance- and no wonder; as the tain, awful with steep precipices, party consisted of nine ladies, and and immense rocks hanging with twelve gentlemen, all on horse- threatening aspect over Mourne.

We, thongh nearly equal in On the other side stood Bencrum : number, did, by no means, exhibit this mountain is uncommonly pic.

formidable appearance, turesque and grand. It rises in a

on foot.—About conical form, with its summit ineleven o'clock, met at the dented with huge rocks. The Cairn, the place appointed for ren- sides are covered with a beautiful dezvous. After mutual greetings verdure; and as the valley below on the part of old friends, and in- is very deep, the height appeared troductions on the part of strangers, quite terrillic. Another high mounwe proceeded to climb Slieve-muck, tain, with that on which we stood, a very high mountain, in the middle formed a vast circle, in the middle of the whole range.

The ladies of which the valley appeared like received assistance from the gentle

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hundred acres. men; notwithstanding which, they We were surprised to find here a were occasionally obliged 10 stop, large lake, exhibiting a most beauin order to rest and regain breath. tiful sheet of water, and having The party was very

soon spread the sands on its shore of a most the whole mountain; each brilliant bue. Altogether, the scene taking the way that seemed most was calculated to fill the mind casy, in gaining the ascent. Some with tho-e exalted transports, which of the giris held by the skirts of result froin a contemplation of the the men's coats, and some by their magnificent and sublime. My heart arms--while some of the young swelled with rapture, and my mind men, in their turn, held gaily by was transported on the wings of BELFAST MAG. NO. XLI.


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devotion, toward the great author above our heads, but on all sides of my existence, whose plastic the prospect was shut out by imhand moulded this terre-trial ball. mense volames of clouds, rolling “ These are thy glorious works, parent of

beneath our feet. These clouds how. good,

ever shift with great rapiilivy -for Almighty! Thine this universal frame, after the lapse of a few minutes, Thus wond'rous fair! Thyself how the clouds that we observed below wond'rous then,

us, began to ascend, and we preUnspeakable !"

sently found ourselves involyed in We next proceeded to the southern a sort of darkness entirely new. extremiy of the mountain, and It was so thick, that we could not being among the last who arrived see those who were removed from there, we found the young men,

no greater distance than that and even the girls, throwing stones of a few yards. Those who were down a stupendous clify, into the not accustomed to the scene, levalley beneath. The sound of echo came alarmed, and fled with preand re-echo, reverberated from rock cipitation in all directions, Nor to rock, had a very fine effect. was it possible for them 10 ascerUnder vur feet lay the romantic tain which was the right waycountry of Mourne, diversified with and one young man wandered seneat white collages, and planta- veral miles from tions. As my childhood was pas- path. The cloud which had been sed there, nemory recalled to my hovering abont the summit for mind a thousand pleasures formerly some time, suddenly shot upwards enjoyed, and added an interest to into the sky, and left again the the prospect, which an unconcern

prospect clear. We now viewed ed spectator could not feel. I con- each other with great pleasure, and templated the scene with a

pe- the day being very fine, we beculiar and exquisite delight. Be- gan to descend. I and my comyond Mourne appeared the channel, panion sat down on a little grassy and had the day been clear, the hillock, to enjoy the pleasure of Isle of Man, a part of Scoiland, looking into the valley below; and Wales, Wicklow mountains, the seeing the party dispersed over the bill of Howth, and Dublin bay, whole side of the mountain; 10could have been easily seen. We thing could be more picturesque, had a fine view, however, of the than to see them skipping alongcharming bay of Carlingford, and some, as it were, hanging in the of the town, with its old turrets middle region, others farther beand fortifications. The block-bouse, low, and some still near the top; Green-castle and Green-island, were others straying here and there, also under our

eye. The We gathering wild heath, and mountern prospect

closed tain myrtle, and such other things by a range of the mountains 10- worth notice, as grew in this great ward Russtrevor ; the North, wilderness. In descending the we had

a view of the county mountain, we came to the source of Down, as far as the eye could of the river Bann. It rises a cod: reach.

siderable distance from its base, and M'e had not long contemplated this gushes in no considerable streara sublime prospect, till we suddenly from among the rocks. We folfound ourselves actually above lowed its course for several hunthe clouds. The sky was clear dred yards, and coming to a spot

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covered with a beautiful verdure, served in passing along a we dined.

It was three o'clock, falling into it, that ran beautifully and the day was extremely fine. over rocks of fine mountain jasper. We spread two table-cloths on the . We reached our horses in safety. grass, and a variety of meat, now and got home at nine o'clock. rendered more delicious by the exercise, of which we had partaken so liberally in the course of the

To the Proprietors of the Belfast Magazine. morning : then placed ourselves all around. I never

dinner THE following letter was written So truly enjoyed. A smile sat

in the year 1777, by Hugh every countenance, and

M'Aulay Boyd, a gentleman of conlaugh was at every one's service. siderable talents, whom the impuWe drank

out of tin

dence of London printers has lately porringers, and our meat pff wooden attempted to palm upon a public, trenchers. After dinner the girls equally inquisitive and credulous, began to sing with a very pleasing

as the real owner of the name of eflect; and afterwards danced

Junius, the substantial author of the green. We perceived a neigh- those letters, to which, as a caveat bouring gentleman approaching with

to vain curiosity, has been prefixed three servants; he asked leave to

the sublime and mysterious motio, join us, which being readily grant.

STAT NOMINIS UMBRA.” ed, he added much to the glee proficient in the printing trade, reand good humour of the

solved to stimulate without satisfy

party. About two hours after another gen- ing curiosity, and to keep the diftleman with four servants, joined ferent parts of bis manufactory alHe said he saw the dance

ways at work, takes up soine name, from the top of the mountain, (such as this one of Mr. Boyd), not and that we put bim in mind of generally known, but where known, what he had beard of fairies well thought of, then sets one of his dancing by moon-light. All sorts literary mechanics to the task, who, of diversions now

went forward. by the help of a few anecdotes, a Our party had increased to fifty

few letters, a few trifling coincione persons, and the utmost bap. deces, works up a theory of six piness seemed to be enjoyed by shillings value, ascertaining beyond every individual. Such recreations,

contradiction, the author of Junius; abounding with joy, innocence and

and surely he will not ascend from love, may well be envied by the the grave to smile contemptuously rich and powerful, to whose breasts at the falsehood. The majesty of peaceful and solid joys are

darkness covers him round, and ofien strangers, and who, amid the will, I believe, for ever mock the glare of wealth and honors, often spend days of weariness, and nights * It is a common practice on the Con

At six o'clock, we parted tinent to frame or forge, with ingenious with much reluctance.

verisimilitude, Letters," “ Memoirs," ration, however, was cheered by &c. and send them forth, under names of a hope that we might meet again" ascribed to Pope Ganganelli, and of late,

celebrity. Such formerly were the Letters to enjoy the company

of one

the Letters constructed for Madame Du in some such pleasing Deffand, Madame Espinasse, &c. The We once

followed Memoirs of Prince Eugene seem to issue the course of the Bann, and ub- from the same mint of mind, and it is



of care.

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