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Part fenced by man, part by a rugged steep, A Place of
That curbs a foaming brook, a Grave-yard lies ; Burial in the
The hare's best couching-place for fearless sleep; Scotland
Which moonlit elves, far seen by credulous eyes,
Enter in dance. Of church, or sabbath ties,
No vestige now remains; yet thither

Bereft Ones, and in lowly anguish weep,
Their prayers out to the wind and naked skies.
Proud tombisnone; but rudely-sculptured knights,
By humble choice of plain old times, are seen
Level with earth, among the hillocks green :
Union not sad, when sunny daybreak smites
The spangled turf, and neighbouring thickets ring
With jubilate from the choirs of spring!

Say, ye far-travelled clouds, far-seeing hills- On the sight Among the happiest-looking homes of men

of a Manse in Scattered all Britain over, through deep glen,

the South

of Scotland
On airy upland, and by forest rills,
And o'er wide plains cheered by the lark that trills
Hissky-born warblings—does aught meet your ken
More fit to animate the Poet's

Aught that more surely by its aspect fills
Pure minds with sinless envy, than the Abode
Of the good Priest: who, faithful through all hours
To his high charge, and truly serving God,
Has yet a heart and hand for trees and flowers,
Enjoys the walks his predecessors trod,
Nor covets lineal rights in lands and towers.

-a clank

Composed The wind is now thy organist ;

in Roslin (We know not whence) ministers for a bell Chapel, dur- To mark some change of service. As the swell ing a Storm

Of music reached its height, and even when sank
The notes, in prelude, Roslin ! to a blank
Of silence, how it thrilled thy sumptuous roof,
Pillars, and arches,-not in vain time-proof,
Though Christian rites be wanting! Fromwhat bank
Came those live herbs? by what hand were they down
Where dew falls not, where rain-drops seem un-

known ?
Yet in the Temple they a friendly niche
Share with their sculptured fellows, that, green-

grown, Copy their beauty more and more, and preach, Though mute, of all things blending into one.

The THERE's not a nook within this solemn Pass
Trossachs But were an apt confessional for One

Taught by his summer spent, his autumn gone,
That Life is but a tale of morning grass
Withered at eve. From scenes of art which chase
That thought away, turn, and with watchful eyes
Feed it ’mid Nature's old felicities,
Rocks, rivers,and smooth lakes more clear than glass
Untouched, unbreathed upon. Thrice happy quest,
If from a golden perch of aspen spray
(October's workmanship to rival May)
The pensive warbler of the ruddy breast
That moral sweeten by a heaven-taught lay,
Lulling the year, with all its cares, to rest !

The pibroch’s note, discountenanced or mute ; The old The Roman kilt, degraded to a toy

order Of quaint apparel for a half-spoilt boy ;

changeth The target mouldering like ungathered fruit ; The smoking steam-boat eager in pursuit, As eagerly pursued; the umbrella spread To weather-fend the Celtic herdsman's head All speak of manners withering to the root, And of old honours, too, and passions high : Then may we ask, though pleased that thought

should range

Among the conquests of civility,
Survives imagination—to the change
Superior ? Help to virtue does she give?
If not, O Mortals, better cease to live!

“ This Land of Rainbows spanning glens whose Composed walls,

in the Glen

of Loch Rock-built, are hung with rainbow-coloured mists,

Of far-stretched Meres whose salt-flood never rests,
Of tuneful Caves and playful Waterfalls,
Of Mountains varying momently their crests
Proud be this land! whose poorest huts are halls
Where Fancy entertains becoming guests ;
While native song the heroic Past recalls.”
Thus, in the net of her own wishes caught,
The Muse exclaimed ; but Story now must hide
Her trophies, Fancy crouch; the course of pride
Has been diverted, other lessons taught,
That make the Patriot-spirit bow her head
Where the all-conquering Roman feared to tread.


Eagles DISHONOURED Rock and Ruin! that, by law (composed at Tyrannic, keep the Bird of Jove embarred Dunolly Like a lone criminal whose life is spared.

Vexed is he, and screams loud. The last I saw
Was on the wing; stooping, he struck with awe
Man, bird, and beast; then, with a consort paired,
From a bold headland, their loved aery's guard,
Flew high above Atlantic waves, to draw
Light from the fountain of the setting sun.
Such was this Prisoner once; and when his plumes
The sea-blast ruffles as the storm comes on,
Then, for a moment, he, in spirit, resumes
His rank ’mong freeborn creatures that live free,
His power, his beauty, and his majesty.

In the Sound TRADITION, be thou mute! Oblivion, throw of Mull Thy veil in mercy o'er the records, hung

Round strath and mountain, stamped by the

ancient tongue
On rock and ruin darkening as we go,
Spots where a word, ghost-like, survives to show
What crimes from hate, or desperate love, have

From honour misconceived, or fancied wrong,
What feuds, not quenched but fed by mutual woe.
Yet, though a wild vindictive Race, untamed
By civil arts and labours of the pen,
Could gentleness be scorned by those fierce Men,
Who, to spread wide the reverence they claimed
For patriarchal occupations, named
Yon towering Peaks, “Shepherds of Etive Glen?”

ENOUGH of garlands, of the Arcadian crook, Suggested And all that Greece and Italy have sung

at Tyndrum

in a Storm Of Swains reposing myrtle groves among ! Ours couch on naked rocks,—will cross a brook Swoln with chill rains, nor ever cast a look This way or that, or give it even a thought More than by smoothest pathway may be brought Into a vacant mind. Can written book Teach what they learn? Up, hardy Mountaineer! And guide the Bard, ambitious to be One Of Nature's privy council, as thou art, On cloud-sequestered heights, that see and hear To what dread Powers He delegates his part On Earth, who works in the heaven of heavens,


Well sang the Bard who called the grave, in strains A ruined Thoughtful and sad, the“parrow house." No style mansion and Of fond sepulchral flattery can beguile

buryingGrief of her sting ; nor cheat

, where he detain: place near

The sleeping dust, stern Death. How reconcile
With truth, or with each other, decked remains
Of a once warm Abode, and that new Pile,
For the departed, built with curious pains
And mausolean pomp? Yet here they stand
Together—'mid trim walks and artful bowers--
To be looked down upon by ancient hills,
That, for the living and the dead, demand
And prompt a harmony of genuine powers ;
Concord that elevates the mind, and stills.

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