“The wildered traveller sees her glide,

And hears her feeble voice with awe'Revenge,' she cries, 'on Murray's pride!

And woe for injured Bothwellhaugh!'” He ceased—and cries of rage and grief

Burst mingling from the kindred band, And half arose the kindling chief,

And half unsheathed his Arran brand. But who, o'er bush, o'er stream, and rock,

Rides headlong, with resistless speed, Whose bloody poniard's frantic stroke

Drives to the leap his jaded steed; Whose cheek is pale, whose eyeballs glare, · As one some visioned sight that saw, Whose hands are bloody, loose his hair?

'Tis he ! 'tis he ! 'tis Bothwellhaugh! From gory selle, and reeling steed,

Sprung the fierce horseman with a bound, And, reeking from the recent deed,

He dashed his carbine on the ground. Sternly he spoke—“'Tis sweet to hear

In good green-wood the bugle blown, But sweeter to Revenge's ear

To drink a tyrant's dying groan. Your slaughtered quarry proudly trod,

At dawning morn, o'er dale and down, But prouder base-born Murray rode

Through old Linlithgow's crowded town. “From the wild Border's humbled side,

In haughty triumph, marched he, While Knox relaxed his bigot pride,

And smiled, the traitorous pomp to see. “But can stern Power, with all his vaunt,

Or Pomp, with all her courtly glare, The settled heart of Vengeance daunt,

Or change the purpose of Despair? " With hackbut bent, my secret stand

Dark as the purposed deed, I chose, And marked, where, mingling in his band,

Trooped Scottish pikes and English bows. “Dark Morton, girt with many a spear,

Murder's foul minion, led the van; And clashed their broadswords in the rear

The wild Macfarlanes' plaided clan. “Glencairn and stout Parkhead were nigh,

Obsequious at their Regent's rein, And haggard Lindsay's iron eye,

That saw fair Mary weep in vain.

"''Mid pennoned spears, a steely grove,

Proud Murray's plumage Aoated high ; Scarce could his trampling charger move,

So close the minions crowded nigh. “ From the raised visor's shade, his eye,

Dark rolling, glanced the ranks along, And his steel truncheon, waved on high,

Seemed marshalling the iron throng. “But yet his saddened brow confessed

A passing shade of doubt and awe; Some fiend was whispering in his breast,

'Beware of injured Bothwellhaugh!' “The death-shot parts—the charger springs• Wild rises tumult's startling roar ! And Murray's plumy helmet rings

Rings on the ground, to rise no more. “What joy the raptured youth can feel

To hear her love the loved one tell, Or he who broaches on his steel

The wolf by whom his infant fell ! “But dearer to my injured eye,

To see in dust proud Murray roll ; And mine was ten times trebled joy

To hear him groan his felon soul. “My Margaret's spectre glided near;

With pride her bleeding victim saw ; And shrieked in his death-deafened ear,

'Remember injured Bothwellhaugh!' “Then speed thee, noble Chatlerault !

Spread to the wind thy bannered tree ! Each warrior bend his Clydesdale bow !

Murray is fallen, and Scotland free." Vaults every warrior to his steed;

Loud bugles join their wild acclaim“Murray is fallen, and Scotland freed !

Couch, Arran ! couch thy spear of flame !" But, see! the minstrel vision fails

The glimmering spears are seen no more ; The shouts of war die on the gales,

Or sink in Evan's lonely roar. For the loud bugle, pealing high,

The blackbird whistles down the vale, And sunk in ivied ruins lie

The bannered towers of Evandale. For chiefs, intent on bloody deed,

And Vengeance, shouting o'er the slain, Lo! high-born Beauty rules the steed,

Or graceful guides the silken rein.

And long may Peace and Pleasure own

The maids who list the minstrel's tale ;
Nor e'er a ruder guest be known

On the fair banks of Evandale !


A FRAGMENT. The tradition, upon which the tale is founded, regards a house upon the barony of Gilmerton, near Lasswade, in Mid-Lothian. This building, now called Gilmerton Grange, was formerly named Burndale, from the following tragic adventure :--The barony of Gilmerton belonged, of yore, to a gentleman named Heron, who had one beautiful daughter. This young lady was seduced by the abbot of Newbottle, a richly-endowed abbey, upon the banks of the South Eske, now a seat of the marquis of Lothian. Heron came to the knowledge of this circumstance, and learned, also, that the lovers carried on their guilty intercourse by the contrivance of the lady's nurse, who lived at this house of Gilmerton Grange, or Burndale. He formed a resolution of bloody vengeance, undeterred by the supposed sanctity of the clerical character, or by the stronger claims of natural affection. Choosing, therefore, a dark and windy night, when the objects of his vengeance were engaged in a stolen interview, he set fire to a stack of dried thorns and other combustibles, which he had caused to be piled against the house, and reduced to a pile of glowing ashes the dwelling, with all its inmates.

The scene with which the ballad opens was suggested by a curious passage in the life of Alexander Peden, one of the wandering and persecuted teachers of the sect of Cameronians, during the reign of Charles II. and that of his successor James II.

THE Pope he was saying the high, high mass,

All on Saint Peter's day,
With the power to him given, by the saints in heaven,

To wash men's sins away.
The Pope he was saying the blessèd mass,

And the people kneeled around,
And from each man's soul his sins did pass,

As he kissed the holy ground.
And all among the crowded throng

Was still, both limb and tongue,
While through vaulted roof, and aisles aloof,

The holy accents rung.
At the holiest word, he quivered for fear,

And faltered in the sound-
And, when he would the chalice rear,

'He dropped it on the ground.
"The breath of one, of evil deed,

Pollutes our sacred day;
He has no portion in our creed,

No part in what I say.
“A being, whom no blessed word

To ghostly peace can bring ;
A wretch, at whose approach abhorred

Recoils each holy thing.
"Up, up, unhappy ! haste, arise !

My adjuration fear I.

I charge thee not to stop my voice,

Nor longer tarry here!”
Amid them all a Pilgrim kneeled,

In gown of sackcloth gray :
Far journeying from his native field,

He first saw Rome that day.
For forty days and nights so drear,

I ween, he had not spoke,
And, save with bread and water clear,

His fast he ne'er had broke.
Amid the penitential flock,

Seemed none more bent to pray; But, when the Holy Father spoke,

He rose, and went his way.
Again unto his native land

His weary course he drew,
To Lothian's fair and fertile 'strand,

And Pentland's mountains blue.
His unblessed feet his native seat,

'Mi& Eske's fair woods, regain ; · Through woods more fair no stream more sweet

Rolls to the eastern main.
And lords to meet the Pilgrim came,

And vassals bent the knee;
For all ’mid Scotland's chiefs of fame,

Was none more famed than he.
And boldly for his country, still,

In battlé he had stood,
Aye, e'en when, on the banks of Till,

Her noblest poured their blood.
Sweet are the paths, O, passing sweet!

By Eske's fair streams that run,
O'er airy steep, through copsewood deep,

Impervious to the sun.
There the rapt poet's step may rove,

And yield the muse the day;
There Beauty, led by timid Love,

May shun the tell-tale ray;
From that fair dome, where suit is paid

By blast of bugle free,
To Auchendinny's hazel glade,

And haunted Woodhouselee.
Who knows not Melville's beechy grove,

And Roslin's rocky glen,
Dalkeith, which all the virtues love,

And classic Hawthornden?

Yet never a patn, from day to day,

The Pilgrim's footsteps range,
Save but the solitary way

To Burndale's ruined Grange.
A woeful place was that, I ween,

As sorrow could desire;
For nodding to the fall was each crumbling wall,

And the roof was scathed with fire.
It fell upon a summer's eve,

While on Carnethy's head
The last faint gleams of the sun's low beams

Had streaked the gray with red ;
And the convent bell did vespers tell,

Newbottle's oaks among,
And mingled with the solemn knell

Our Ladye's evening song :
The heavy knell, the choir's faint swell,

Came slowly down the wind,
And on the Pilgrim's ear they fell,

As his wonted path he did find.
Deep sunk in thought I ween he was,

Nor ever raised his eye,
Until he came to that dreary place,

Which did all in ruins lie.
He gazed on the walls, so scathed with fire,

With many a bitter groan-
And there was aware of a Gray Friar,

Resting him on a stone.
“Now, Christ thee save !” said the Gray Brother;

“Some pilgrim thou seem'st to be ;”. But in sore amaze did Lord Albert gaze,

Nor answer again made he. “() come ye from east, or come ye from west,

Or bring relics from over the sea; Or come ye from the shrine of Saint James the divine,

Or Saint John of Beverley?” “I come not from the shrine of Saint James the divine,

Nor bring relics from over the sea;
I bring but a curse from our father, the Pope,

Which for ever will cling to me." “Now, woeful pilgrim, say not so!

But kneel thee down by me,
And shrive thee so clean of thy deadly sin,

That absolvèd thou mayst be.
And who art thou, thou Gray Brother,

That I should shrive to thee,
When he, to whom are given the keys of earth and

Has no power to pardon me?"

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