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“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."
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 stiff and

stark
So I may not trust thy tale.
“Where fair Tweed flows round holy 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 sight, .

And the wild winds drowned the name ;
For the Dryburgh bells ring, and the white monks do sing,

For Sir Richard of Coldinghame!”.
He passed the court-gate, and he oped the tower grate,

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

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

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

And all down Teviotdale.
“Now hail, now hail, thou lady bright i"

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

What news from the bold Buccleuch ?” “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 blushed red, but nothing she said ;

Nor added the Baron a word :
Then she stepped down the stair to her chamber fair,

And so did her inoody lord.
In sleep the lady mourned, and the Baron tossed and turned,

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

deep ... It cannot give up the dead !"

It was near the ringing of matin-bell,

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

On the eve of good St John.
The lady looked 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;
And my restless sprite on the beacon's height

For a space is doomed to dwell.
“At our trysting-place, for a certain space

I must wander to and fro;
But I had not had power to come to thy bower,

Hadst thou not conjured me so.'
Love mastered fear-her brow she crossed;

“How, Richard, hast thou sped ? And art thou saved, or art thou lost?"

The Vision shook his head !
" Who spilleth life shall forfeit life,

So bid thy lord believe :
That lawless love is guilt above,

This awful sign receive.”
He laid his left palm on an oaken beam;

His right upon her hand :
The lady shrunk, and fainting sunk,

For it scorched like a fiery brand.
The sable score, of fingers four,

Remains on that board impressed ;
And for evermore that lady wore

A covering on her wrist.
There is a Nun in Dryburgh bower,

Ne'er looks upon the sun :
There is a Monk in Melrose tower,

He speaketh word to none.
That Nun, who ne'er beholds the day,

That Monk, who speaks to none-
That Nun was Smaylho'me's Lady gay,

That Monk the bold Baron.

CADYOW CASTLE. ADDRESSED TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LADY ANNE HAMILTON. The ruins of Cadyow, or Cadzow Castle, the ancient baronial residence of the family of Hamilton, are situated upon the precipitous banks of the river Evan. about two miles above its junction with the Clyde. The situation of the ruins, embosomed in wood, darkened by ivy and creeping shrubs, and overhanging the brawling torrent, is romantic in the highest degree. In the immediate vicinity of Cadyow is a grove of immense oaks, the remains of the Caledonian Forest, which anciently extended through the south of Scotland, from the Eastern to the Atlantic Ocean. Some of these trees measure twenty-five feet, and upwards, in circumference ; and the state of decay, in which they now appear, shows that they may have witnessed the rites of the Druids. The whole scenery is included in the magnificent and extensive park of the Duke of Hamilton. In this forest was long preserved the breed of the Scottish wild cattle, until their ferocity led to their extirpation, about forty years ago. Their appearance was beautiful, being milk-white, with black muzzles, horns, and hoofs. The bulls are described by ancient authors as having white manes; but those of latter days had lost that peculiarity, perhaps by intermixture with the tame breed.

In detailing the death of the regent Murray, which is made the subject of the following ballad, it would be injustice to my reader to use other words than those of Dr Robertson, whose account of that memorable event forms a beautiful piece of historical painting.

“Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh was the person who committed this barbarous action. He had been condemned to death soon after the battle of Langside, as we have already related, and owed his life to the regent's clemency. But part of his estate had been bestowed upon one of the regent's favourites, who seized his house, and turned out his wife naked, in a cold night, into the open fields, where, before next morning, she became furiously mad. This injury made a deeper impression on him than the benefit he had received, and from that moment he vowed to be revenged of the regent. Party rage strengthened and inflamed his private resentment. His kinsmen, the Hamiltons, applauded the enterprise. The maxims of that age justified the most desperate course he could take to obtain vengeance. He followed the regent for sonic time, and watched for an opportunity to strike the blow. He resolved, at last, to wait till his enemy should arrive at Linlithgow, through which he was to pass, in his way from Stirling to Edinburgh. He took his stand in a wooden gallery, which had a window towards the street; spread a feather-bed on the floor, to hinder the noise of his feet from being heard; hung up a black cloth behind him, that his shadow might not be observed from without; and, after all this preparation, calmly expected the regent's approach, who had lodged, during the night, in a house not far distant. Some indistinct information of the danger which threatened him, had been conveyed to the regent, and he paid so much regard to it, that he resolved to return by the same gate through which he had entered, and to fetch a compass round the town. But, as the crowd about the gate was great, and he himself unacquainted with fear, he proceeded directly along the street; and the throng of people obliging him to move very slowly, gave the assassin time to take so true an aim, that he shot him, with a single bullet, chrough the lower part of his belly, and killed the horse of a gentleman, who rode on his other side. His followers instantly endeavoured to break into the house whence the blow had come ; but they found the door strongly barricaded, and, before it could be forced open, Hamilton had mounted a fleet horse, which stood ready for him at a back passage, and was got far beyond their reach. The regent died the same night of his wound.”-History of Scotland, book v.

The Regent died on the 23d of January 1569. Immediately after the murder Bothwellhaugh rode to Hamilton, where he was received in triumph.

WHEN princely Hamilton's abode

Ennobled Cadyow's Gothic towers,
The song went round, the goblet flowed.

And revel sped the laughing hours.
Then, thrilling to the harp's gay sound,
So sweetly rung each vaulted wall,

And echoed light the dancer's bound,

As mirth and music cheered the hall. But Cadyow's towers, in ruins laid,

And vaults, by ivy mantled o'er, Thrill to the music of the shade,

Or echo Evan's hoarser roar. Yet still, of Cadyow's faded fame,

You bid me tell a minstrel tale,
And tune my harp, of Border frame,

On the wild banks of Evandale.
For thou, from scenes of courtly pride,

From pleasure's lighter scenes, canst turn, To draw oblivion's pall aside,

And mark the long-forgotten urn. Then, noble maid! at thy command,

Again the crumbled halls shall rise ; Lo! as on Evan's banks we stand,

The past returns the present flies. Where with the rock's wood-covered side

Were blended late the ruins green, Rise turrets in fantastic pride,

And feudal banners flaunt between : Where the rude torrent's brawling course

Was shagged with thorn and tangling sloe, The ashler buttress braves its force,

And ramparts frown in battled row. 'Tis night--the shade of keep and spire

Obscurely dance on Evan's stream, And on the wave the warder's fire

Is chequering the moonlight beam. Fades slow their light; the east is gray;

The weary warder leaves his tower; Steeds snort ; uncoupled stag-hounds bay,

And merry hunters quit the bower. The drawbridge falls—they hurry out

Clatters each plank and swinging chain, As, dashing o'er, the jovial rout

Urge the shy steed, and slack the rein, First of his troop, the chief rode on;

His shouting merry-men throng behind ; The steed of princely Hamilton

Was fleeter than the mountain wind. From the thick copse the roebucks bound,

The startled red-deer scuds the plain, For the hoarse bugle's warrior sound

Has roused their mountain haunts again.

Through the huge oaks of Evandale,

Whose limbs a thousand years have worn, What sullen roar comes down the gale,

And drowns the hunter's pealing horn? Mightiest of all the beasts of chase

That roam in woody Caledon, Crashing the forest in his race,

The Mountain Bull comes thundering on.
Fierce, on the hunters' quivered band,

He rolls his eyes of swarthy glow,
Spurns, with black hoof and horn, the sand,

And tosses high his mane of snow.
Aimed well, the chieftain's lance has flown ;

Struggling in blood the savage lies;
His roar is sunk in hollow groan-

Sound, merry huntsmen ! sound the pryse! 'Tis noon-against the knotted oak

The hunters rest the idle spear;
Curls through the trees the slender smoke,

Where yeomen dight the woodland cheer.
Proudly the chieftain marked his clan,

On greenwood lap all careless thrown, Yet missed his eye ihe boldest man

That bore the name of Hamilton. “Why fills not Bothwellhaugh his place, i Still wont our weal and woe to share ? Why comes he not our sport to grace ?

Why shares he not our hunter's fare?” Stern Claud replied, with darkening face,

(Gray Pasley's haughty lord was he) At merry feast, or buxom chase,

No more the warrior shalt thou see. “Few suns have set, since Woodhouselee

Saw Bothwellhaugh's bright goblets foam, When to his hearths, in social glee,

The war-worn soldier turned him home. “There, wan from her maternal throes,

His Margaret, beautiful and mild, Sate in her bower, a pallid rose,

And peaceful nursed her new-born child. O change accursed ! past are those days ;

False Murray's ruthless spoilers came, And, for the hearth's domestic blaze,

Ascends destruction's volumed flame. 66 What sheeted phantom wanders wild

Where mountain Eske through woodland flows, Her arms enfold a shadowy child

Oh, is it she, the pallid rose ?

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