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Song.
"She may be fair," he sang, “but yet

Far fairer have I seen
Than she, for all her locks of jet,

And eyes so dark and sheen.
Were I a Danish knight in arms,

As one day I may be,
My heart should own no foreign charms,-

A Danish maid for me.

“I love my fathers' northern land,

Where the dark pine-trees grow,
And the bold Baltic's echoing strand

Looks o'er each grassy oe.
I love to mark the lingering sun,

From Denmark loth to go,
And leaving on the billows bright,
To cheer the short-lived summer night,

A path of ruddy glow.

BALLADS

AND

· MISCELLANEOUS PIECES.

THE EVE OF ST. JOHN.

SMAYLHO'ME, or Smallholm Tower, the scene of the following ballad, Is situated on the northern boundary of Roxburghshire, among a cluster of wild rocks, called Sandiknow Crags, the property of Hugb Scott, Esq. of Harden (now Lord Polwarth). The tower is a high square building, surrounded by an outer wall, now ruinous. The circuit of the outer court, being defended on three sides by & precipice and morass, is accessible only from the west, by a steep and rocky path. The apartments, as is usual in a Border keep or fortress, are placed one above another, and communicate by a narrow stair; on the roof are two bartizans, or platforms, for defence or pleasure. The inner door of the tower is wood, the outer an iron gate; the distance between them being nino feet, the thickness, namely, of the wall. From the elevated situation of Smaylho'mo Tower, it is seen many miles in every direction. Among the crags by which it is surrounded, one, more eminent, is called the Watch fold, and is said to have been the station of a beacon in the times of war with England. Without the tower-court is a ruined chapel. Brotherstone is a heath, in the neighbourhood of Smaylho'ms Tower.

The Baron of Smaylho'me rose with day,

He spurr'd his courser on,
Without stop or stay, down the rocky way,

That leads to Brotherstone.

He went not with the bold Buccleuch,

His banner broad to rear;
He went not 'gainst the English yew

To lift the Scottish spear.

Yet his plate-jack® was braced, and his helmet was laced,

And his vaunt-brace of proof he wore;
At his saddle-gerthe was a good steel sperthe,

Full ten pound weight and more.

The Baron return'd in three days' space,

And his looks were sad and sour;
And weary was his courser's pace,

As he reach'd his rocky tower.
He came not from where Ancram Moor1

Ran red with English blood;
Where the Douglas true, and the bold Buccleuct.

'Gainst keen Lord Evers stood.

Yet was his helmet hack'd and hew'd,

His acton pierced and tore,
His axe and his dagger with blood imbrued,

But it was not English gore.
He lighted at the Chapellage,

He held him close and still;
And he whistled thrice for his little foot page,

His name was English Will.
"Come thou hither, my little foot-page,

Come hither to my knee;
Though thou art young, and tender of age,

I think thou art true to me.

Come, tell me all that thou hast seen,

And look thou tell me true!
Since I from Smaylho'me tower have been,

What did thy lady do?"

“ My lady, each night, sought the lonely light,

That burns on the wild Watchfold;
For, from height to height, the beacons bright

Of the English foemen told.
"The bittern clamour'd from the moss,

The wind blew loud and shrill;
Yet the craggy pathway she did cross

To the eiry Beacon Hill.

« The plate-jack is coat-armour; the vaunt-brace, or wam-brace, armour for the body; the sperthe, a battle-axe.

See Note 1 of the " NOTES TO THE EVE OF ST JOHN" in the Appendix, The figures of reference throughout the poem relate to further Notes in the Appendix.

" I watch'd her steps, and silent came

Where she sat her on a stone;-
No watchman stood by the dreary flame,

It burned all alone.
“The second night I kept her in sight,

Till to the fire she came,
And, by Mary's might! an Armed Knight

Stood by the lonely flame.

“ And many a word that warlike lord

Did speak to my lady there;
But the rain fell fast, and loud blew the blast,

And I heard not what they were.

The third night there the sky was fair,

And the mountain-blast was still,
As again I watch'd the secret pair,

On the lonesome Beacon Hill,

“And I heard her name the midnight hour,

And name this holy eve;
And say, 'Come this night to thy lady's bower ;

Ask no bold Baron's leave.
6. He lifts his spear with the bold Buccleuch ;

His lady is all alone;
The door she'll undo, to her knight so true,

On the eve of good St John.'
"I cannot come; I must not come;

I dare not come to thee;
On the eve of St John I must wander alone;

In thy bower I may not be.'-
"Now, out on thee, faint-hearted knight!

Thou shouldst not say me nay;
For the eve is sweet, and when lovers meet,

Is worth the whole summer's day.
. And I'll chain the blood-hound, and the warder shall not

sound,
And rushes shall be strew'd on the stair;
30, by the black rood-stone,a and by holy St John,

I conjure thee, my love, to be there!' –
". Though the blood-hound be mute, and the rush beneath my

foot,
And the warder his bugle should not blow,
Yet there sleepeth a priest in the chamber to the east,

And my footstep he would know.'

o The black-rood of Melrose was a crucifix of black marble, and of super rios sanctity.

"O fear not the priest who sleepeth to the east I

For to Dryburgh the way he has ta'en;
And there to say mass, till three days do pass,

For the soul of a knight that is slayne." -
“ He turn'd him around, and grimly he frown'd;

Then he langh'd right scornfully-
He who says the mass-rite for the soul of that knight,

May as well say mass for me: " • At the lone midnight hour, when bad spirits have power,

In thy chamber will I be. -
With that he was gone, and my lady left alone,

And no more did I see."

Then changed, I trow, was that bold Baron's brow,

From the dark to the blood-red high: “Now, tell me the mien of the knight thou bast seen,

For, by Mary, he shall die!"
“ His arms shone full bright, in the beacon's red light;

His plume it was scarlet and blue;
On his shield was a hound, in a silver leash bound,

And his crest was a branch of the yew."" Thou liest, thou liest, thou little foot-page,

Loud dost thou lie to me!
For that knight is cold, and low laid in the mould,

All under the Eildon Tree." _a

" Yet hear but my word, my noble lord !

For I heard her name his name;
And that lady bright, she called the knight

Sir Richard of Coldinghame.”—

The bold Baron's brow then changed, I trow,

From high blood-red to pale « The grave is deep and dark, and the corpse is still and

stark ;
So I may not trust thy tale.
" Where fair Tweed flows round boly Melrose,

And Eildon slopes to the plain,
Full three nights ago, by some secret foe,

That gay gallant was slain.

* The varying light deceived thy sigbe,

And the wild winds drown'd the name; for the Dryburgh bells ring, and the white monks do sing,

For Sir Richard of Coldinghame !"

a Eildon is a high hill, terminating in three conical summits, immediately above the town of Melrose, where are the admired ruins of a magnificent monastery. Elldon Tree is said to be the spot where Thomas the Rhyme uttered his prophecies.

He pass'd the court-gate, and he oped the tower gate,

And he mounted the narrow stair,
To the bartizan-seat, where, with naids that on her wait,

He found his lady fair.
That lady sat in mournful mood;

Look'd over hill and vale ;
Over Tweed's fair flood, and Mertoun's wood,

And all down Teviotdale.

“ Now hail, now hail, thou lady bright!"

“Now hail, thou Baron true!) What news, what news, from Ancram fight?

What news from the bold Buccleuch 1"“ The Ancram Moor is red with gore,

For many a southron fell;
And Buccleuch has charged us, evermore,

To watch our beacons well."

The lady blush'd red, but nothing she said;

Nor added the Baron a word:
Then she stepp'd down the stair to her chamber fair.

And so did her moody lord.
In sleep the lady mourn'd, and the Baruu toss'd and

turn'd, And oft to himself he said, “ The worms around him creep, and his bloody grave is

deep ....
It cannot give up the dead I"-

It was near the ringing of matin-bell,

The night was wellnigh done,
When a heavy sleep on that Baron fell,

On the ove of good St John.
The lady look'd through the chamber fair,

By the light of a dying flame;
And she was aware of a knight stood there-

Sir Richard of Coldinghame! Alas! away, away!" she cried,

« For the holy Virgin's sake!" “ Lady, I know who sleeps by thy side;

But, lady, he will not awake.
“ By Eildon Tree, for long nights three,

'In bloody grave have I lain ;
The mass and the death-prayer are said for me,

But, lady, they are said in vain.
“By the Baron's brand, near Tweed's fair strand,

Most foully slain, I fell ;

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