Ringan Gilhaize, Or, the Covenanters John Galt

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Ringan Gilhaize, Or, the Covenanters by John Galt
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There have, of course, been many men of genius who have united with great laxity and waywardness in their lives a high and perfect respect for their art- but instances of the directly contrary practice are much rarer, and among these there isMoreThere have, of course, been many men of genius who have united with great laxity and waywardness in their lives a high and perfect respect for their art- but instances of the directly contrary practice are much rarer, and among these there is probably none more prominent than that of the author of Ringan Gilhaize.

Gifted by nature with a faculty which was at once brilliant, powerful and genial, he led an industrious life, the upright and generally exemplary character of which has never for a moment been called in question. But, in the sphere of his art, it is as undeniable as unaccountable that he cared little or nothing to do his best.

The haps or whims of the moment seem, indeed, to have governed his production with an influence as of stars malign or fortunate. Furthermore, we know that the profession of authorship-that most distinguished of all professions, as, speaking in sober sadness without arrogance, we cannot but be bold to call it-that profession from which he was himself so well equipt to derive honour-was held by him in low esteem. So that, speaking of the time of his residence in Upper Canada, he thinks no shame to observe that he did then consider himself qualified to do something more useful than stringing blethers into rhyme, or writing clishmaclavers in a closet.

And again says he, to tell the truth, I have sometimes felt a little shamefaced in thinking myself so much an author, in consequence of the estimation in which I view the profession of book-making in general.



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