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The thoughtless throng,
More grave than they,
THE BATTLE OF BLENHEIM.
It was a summer evening,
Old Kaspar's work was done,
Was sitting in the sun,
Roll something large and round,
In playing there had found ;
Who stood expectant by ;
And with a natural sigh,
For there's many here about;
The ploughshare turns them out!
Young Peterkin, he cries ;
With wonder-waiting eyes ;
'Who put the French to rout ;
I could not well make out; But every body said,' quoth he, "That it was a famous victory.
Yon little stream hard by ;
And he was forced to fly ;
Was wasted far and wide,
And new-born baby died ;
After the field was won ;
Lay rotting in the sun;
Great praise the Duke of Marlbro' won,
And our good Prince Eugene.' "Why 't was a very wicked thing!'
Said little Wilhelmine. 'Nay .. nay.. my little girl,' quoth he. It was a famous victory.
"And everybody praised the Duke
Who this great fight did win.” ‘But what good came of it at last ?'
Quoth little Peterkin. Why that I cannot tell,' said he, • But it was a famous victory.'
STANZAS WRITTEN IN HIS LIBRARY.
My days among the Dead are past;
Around me I behold,
The mighty minds of old ;
With them I take delight in weal,
And seek relief in woe ;
How much to them I owe,
I live in long-past years,
Partake their hopes and fears,
[Walter Scort, the son of a Writer to the Signet, was born in Edinburgh on August 15, 1771, and was educated at the High School and the College. In 1792 he became an advocate, but soon began to occupy himself seriously with literature, publishing in 1799 a translation of Goethe's Goetz von Berlichingen, and in 1802 bis Border Minstrelsy. As Sheriff of Selkirkshire he went in 1804 to live at Ashestiel on the banks of the Tweed, and there produced The Lay of the Last Minstrel, 1805; Marmion, 1808; The Lady of the Lrhe, 1810; Don Roderick, 1811; Triermain and Rokeby, 1813. At his new house at Abbotsford he wrote The Lord of the I les, 1815; and Harold the Daun·less, 1817. Before these last two were published Wov.rley appeared, and hence!orth Scott wrote no more poetry, save a few short lyrics, ending with his Farewell to the Muse, 1822. He was made a baronet in 1820, but in 1826 commercial disaster came upon him, and his last ten years were a time of struggle and overwork. He died at Abbotsford, September 21, 1836.]
Walter Scott ranks in imaginative power hardly below any writer save Homer and Shakespeare. His best works are his novels; but he holds a high place as a poet in virtue of his metrical romances and of his lyrical pieces and ballads. the first great British writer of the Romantic school, and the first who turned the thoughts and hearts of his countrymen towards the Middle Ages. The author of The Castle of Otranto and the builder of Strawberry Hill was his feeble precursor : Bishop Percy with his Reliques had lighted the way: Ellis with his Specimens of Early English Poems and Romances ministered to the same taste. In Germany the Romantic school prevailed at the same time over the Classical. There is in the poetry of Coleridge an element derived from that school; and Scott's earliest works were translations from the German ballads of Bürger and of a romantic tragedy by. Goethe, though the rill of foreign influence was soon lost in a river which flowed from a more abundant spring.