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singular poem hy Dunbar, seemingly addressed to nobility, who did not sympathise in the king's respect James IV. on one of these occasions of monastic se- for the fine arts, were extremely incensed at the honours clusion. It is a most daring and profane parody on conferred on those persons, particularly on Cochrane, the services of the church of Rome, entitled,

a mason, who had been created Earl of Mar. And Dunbar's Dirge to the King,

seizing the opportunity, when, in 1482, the king had Byding ower lang in Striviling.

convoked the whole array of the country to march We that are here, in heaven's glory,

against the English, they held a midnight counsel in To you that are in purgatory,

the church of Lauder, for the purpose of forcibly Commend us on our hearty wise ;

removing these minions from the king's person. When I mean we folks in Paradise,

all had agreed on the propriety of the measure, Lord In Edinburgh, with all merriness, you in Stirling, with distress,

Gray told the assembly the apologue of the Mice, who Where neither pleasure nor delight is,

had formed the resolution, that it would be highly For pity this epistle wryuis, etc.

advantageous to their community to tie a bell round the See the whole in SIBBALD's Collection, vol. I, p. 234.

cat's neck, that they might hear her approach at a

distance; but which public measure unfortunately Note 11. Stanza x.

miscarried, from no mouse being willing to underSir Hugh the Heron's wife held sway.

take the task of fastening the hell. « I understand the It has been already noticed, that King James's ac- moral,» said Angus, « and, that what we propose may quaintance with Lady Heron of Ford did not commence not lack execution, I will bell the cat. The rest of until he marched into England. Our bistorians impule the strange scene is thus told by Pitscottie :to the king's infatuated passion the delays which led to By this was advised and spoken by thir lords athe fatal defcat of Flodden. The author of « The foresaid, Cochran, the Earl of Mar, came from the Genealogy of the Heron Family» endeavours, with king to the council (which counsel was holden in the laudable anxiety, to clear the Lady Ford from this kirk of Lauder for the time), who was well accomscandal : that she came and went, however, between panied with a band of men of war, to the number of the armies of James and Surrey, is certain. See Pin ihree hundred light axes, all clad in white livery, and KERTON's History, and the authorities he refers to, vol. black bends thereon, that they might be known for II, p. 99. Heron of Ford had been, in 1511, in some Cochran Earl of Mar's men. Himself was clad in a sort accessary to the slaughter of Sir Robert Ker of riding-pie of black velvet, with a great chain of gold Cessford, Warden of the Middle Marches. It was com- | about his neck, to the value of five hundred crowns, mitted by his brother the bastard, Lilburn, and Starked, and four blowing horns, with both the ends of gold three Borderers. Lilburn, and Heron of Ford, were and silk, sct with a precious stone, called a berryl, delivered up by Henry to James, and were imprisoned hanging in the midst. This Cochran had his hcumont in the fortress of Fastcastle, where the former died. born before him, overgilt with gold; and so were all Part of the pretence of Lady Ford's negotiations with the rest of his horns, and all his pallions were of fine James was the liberty of her husband.

canvas of silk, and the cords thereof fine twined silk, Note 12. Sianza x.

and the chains upon his pallions were double overgilt

with gold.
For the fair Queen of France
Sent him a Turquois ring, and glove,

« This Cochran was so proud in his conceit, that he And charged him, as her knight and love,

counted no lords to be marrows to him ; therefore he For her to break a lance..

rushed rudely at the kirk-door. The council enquired « Also the Queen of France wrote a love-letter to the who it was that perturbed them at that time. Sir King of Scotland, calling him her love, showing him Robert Douglas, laird of Lochleven, was keeper of the that she had suffered much rebuke in France for the kirk-door at that time, who enquired who that was defending of bis honour. She believed surely that he that knocked so rudely? And Cochran answered, 'This would recompense her again with some of his kingly is I, the Earl of Mar.' The which news pleased well the support in her necessity: that is to say, that he would lords, because they were ready boun to cause take him, raise her an army, and come three foot of ground on as is afore rehearsed. Then the Earl of Angus past English ground, for her sake. To that effect she sent hastily to the door, and with him Sir Robert Douglas bim a ring off her finger, with fourteen thousand of Lochleven, there to receive in the Earl of Mar, and French crowns to pay his expenses.» Pitscottie, so many of his complices who were there, as they p. 110.-A Turquois ring ;--probably this fatal gift is, thought good. And the Earl of Angus met with the with James's sword and dagger, preserved in the College Earl of Mar, as he came in at the door, and pulled the of Heralds, London.

golden chain from his craig, and said to him a tow' Note 13. Stanza xiv.

would set him better. Sir Robert Douglas syne pulled

the blowing horn from him in like manner, and said, Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus, a man remarkable Cochran asked, "My lords, is it mows, 2 or earnest ?'

* He had been the hunter of mischief over long. This for strength of body and mind, acquired the popular They answered, and said, "It is good earnest, and so name of Bell-the-Cat, upon the following remarkable

thou shalt find : for thou and thy complices have abused occasion : James the Third, of whom Pitscottie com

our prince this long time; of whom thou shall have plains, that be delighted more in music, and « policies

no more credence, but shall have thy reward according of building,» than in hunting, hawking, and other to thy good service, as thou hast deserved in times noble exercises, was so ill-advised, as to make favour- by past ; right so the rest of thy followers.' ites of his architects, and musicians, whom the same diistorian irreverently terms masons and fiddlers. Wis

-Archibald Bell-the-Cat.

I Rope.

: Jest.

Let it remaine ever BOTILE TIME AND HOWR

« Notwithstanding, the lords held them quiet till they failure of his negotiation, for matching the infant Mary caused certain armed men to pass into the king's pal- with Edward VI. He says, that though this place was lion, and two or three wise men to pass with them, poorly furnished, it was of such strength as might warand yive the king fair pleasant words, till they laid rant him against the malice of his enemies, and that hands on all the king's servants, and took them and he now thought himself out of danger." hanged them before his eyes over the bridge of Lawder. There is a military tradition, that the old Scottish Incontinent they brought forth Cochran, and his hands March was meant to express the words. bound with a tow, who desired them to take one of his

Ding down Tantallon, own pallion tows and bind his hands, for lie thought

Mak a brig to the Bass. shame to have his hands bound with such a tow of Tantallon was at length «dung dowo» and ruined hemp, like a thief. The lords answered, he was a by the Covenanters ; its lord, the Marquis of Douglas, traitor, he deserved no better; and, for despight, they being a favourer of the royal cause. Tlie castle and took a hair tether, ' and hanged him over the bridge barony were sold in the beginning of the eighteenth of Lawder, above the rest of his complices.»—Pitscot-century to President Dalrymple of North Berwick, by TIE, P. 78, folio edit.

the then Marquis of Douglas.
Note 14. Stanza xiv.

Note 16. Stanza xy.
Against the war had Angus stood,

--their molto on his blade.
And chafed his royal lord.

A

very ancient sword in possession of Lord Douglas Angus was an old man when the war against England bears, among a great deal of flourishing, two hands was resolved upon. He carnestly spoke against that pointing to a heart which is placed betwixt them, and measure from its commencement; and, on the eve of the date 1329, being the year in which Bruce charged the battle of Flodden, remonstrated so freely on the the Good Lord Douglas to carry his heart to the Holy impolicy of fighting, that the king said to him with Land. The following lines (the first couplet of which scorn and indignation, « if he was afraid, he might go

quoted by Godscroft as a popular saying in his time) home.» The earl burst into tears at this insupportable are inscribed around the emblem : insult, and retired accordingly, leaving his sons, George,

So mony guid as of ye Douglas henge, master of Angus, and Sir William of Glenbervie, to

Of ane surname was ne'er in Scotland seine. command his followers. They were both slain in the

I will ye charge, efter yat I depart, battle, with two hundred gentlemen of the name of

To holy grawe, and there bury my hart; Douglas. The aged earl, broken-hearted at the calamities of his house and country, retired into a religious

To ye last day I sie my Saviour. house, where he died about a year after the field of

I do protest in tyme of al my ringe,
Flodden.

Ye lyk subject had never ony keing.
Note 15. Stanza xv.

This curious and valuable relique was nearly lost during
Then rest you in Tantallon Hold.

the civil war of 1745-6, being carried away from DouThe ruins of Tantallon Castle occupy a high rock glas Castle by some of those in arms for Prince Charles. projecting into the German ocean, about two miles east But great interest having been made by the Duke of of North Berwick. The building is not seen till a close Douglas among the chief partisans of Stuart, it was at approach, as there is rising ground betwixt it and the length restored. It resembles a Highland claymore, of land. The circuit is of large extent, fenced upon three the usual size, is of an excellent temper, and admirably sides by the precipice wliich overhangs the sea, and on poized. the fourth by a double ditch and very strong outworks.

Note Stanza xxi. Tantallon was a principal castle of the Douglas family, and when the Earl of Angus was banished, in 1527, it continued to hold out against James V. The king went

The name of this German general is preserved by that in person against it, and, for its reduction, borrowed of the field of battle, wlich is called, after him, Swartfrom the castle of Dunbar, then belonging to the Duke moor. There were songs about him long current in of Albany, two great cannons, whose names, as Pitscot-England. -See Dissertation prefixed to Ritson's Ancient tie informs us with laudable minuteness, were « Thrawn-Songs, 1792, page lxi. mouth'd Mow and her Marrow ;» also, « two great bot

Note 18. Stanza xxi. cards, and two moyan, two double falcons, and four

Percbance some form was unobserved : quarter falcons ;» for the safe guiding and re-delivery

Perchance in prayer, or faith, he swerved. of which, three lords were laid in pawn at Dunbar. Yet, It was carly necessary for those who felt themselves notwithstanding all this apparatus, James was forced obliged to believe in the divine judgment being cnunto raise the siege, and only afterwards obtained posciated in the trial by duel, to find salvos for the strange session of Tantallon by treaty with the governor, Si. and obviously precarious chances of the combat. Vameon Panango. When the Earl of Angus returned from rious curious evasive shifts, used by those who took banishment, upon the death of James, he again ob

an unrighteous quarrel, were supposed sufficient to contained possession of Tantallon, and it actually afforded vert it into a just one. Thus, in the romance of « Amys refuge to an English ambassador, under circumstances and Amelion,» the one brother-in-arms, fighting for the similar to those described in the text. This was no other, disguised in his armour, swears that he did not other than the celebrated Sir Ralph Sadler, who resided commit the crime of which the Steward, luis antagonist, there for some time under Angus's protection, after the

The very curious State Papers of this able negotiator have been Intely published by Mr Clifford, with some Notes by the author of Marinion.

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truly though maliciously, accused him whom he repre-g and Plotcock, so far from implying any thing fabulous, sented. Brantome tells a story of an Italian, who en was a synonyme of the grand enemy of mankind. tered the lists upon an unjust quarrel, but, to make his Yet all their warnings, and uncouth tidings, nor no cause good, fled from his enemy at the first onset. good counsel, might stop the king, at this present, from « Turn, coward !» exclaimed his antagonist. « Thou his vain purpose, and wicked enterprise, but hasted liest,» said the Italian, « coward am I none; and in this bim fast to Edinburgh, and there to make his proviquarrel will I light to the death, but my first cause of sions and furnishing, in having forth of his army combat was unjust, and I abandon it.» « Je vous laisse against the day appointed, that they should meet in à penser, » adds Brantome, «s'il n'y a pas de l'abus la.» the Burrow

muir of Edinburgh: that is to say, seven Elsewhere, he says, very sensibly, upon the confidence cannons that he had forth of the castle of Edinburgh, which those who had a righteous cause entertained of which were called the Seven Sisters, casten by Robert victory; « Un autre abus y avoit-il, que ceux qui Borthwick, the master-gunner, with other small artilavoient un juste subjet de querelle, et qu'on les faisoit lery, bullet, powder, and all manner of order, as the jurer avant entrer au camp, pensoient estre aussitost master-gunner could devise. vainqueurs, voire s'en assuroient-t-ils du tout, mesme « In this mean time, when they were taking forth que leurs confesseurs, parrains, et confidants leurs en their artillery, and the king being in the Abbey for the respondoient tout-a-fait, comme si Dieu leur en eust time, there was a cry heard at the Market-cross of Edindonné une patente ; et ne regarılant point à d'autres burgh, at the hour of midnight, proclaiming as it had fautes passées, et que Dieu en garde la punition à ce been a summons, which was named and called by the соир

pour plus grande, despiteuse, et exemplaire.» proclaimer thereof, The Summons of Plotcock; which -Discours sur les Duels.

desired all men to compear, both Earl, and Lord, and Note 19. Stanza xxv.

Baron, and all honest gentlemen within the town Dun-Edin's Cross. The Cross of Edinburgh was an ancient and curious every man specified by his own name), to compcar,

within the space of forty days, before his master, structure. The lower part was an octagonal tower, six- where it should happen him to appoint, and be for the teen feet in diameter, and about fifteen feet high. At time, under the pain of disobedience. But whether cach angle there was a pillar, and between them an

this summons was proclaimed by vain persons, nightarch, of the Grecian shape. Above these was a pro.walkers, or drunken men, for their pastime, or if it jecting battlement, with a turret at each corner, and

was a spirit, I cannot tell truly; but it was shown to medallions, of rude but curious workmanship, between me, that an indweller of the town, Mr Richard Lawthem. Above these rose the proper Cross, a column of

son, being evil-disposed, ganging in his gallery-stair one stone, upwards of twenty feet highi, surmounterl foreanent the cross, hearing this voice proclaiming this with a unicorn. This pillar is preserved at the House

summons, thought marvel what it should be, cried on of Drum, near Edinburgh. The magistrates of Edin- his servant to bring him his purse; and when he had burylı

, in 1756, with consent of the Lords of Session, brought him it, lie took out a crown, and cast over the (proh pudor!) destroyed this curious monument, under stair, saying, l'appeal from that summons, judgment, à wanton pretext that it encumbered the street ; while, and sentence thereof, and takes me all whole in the on the one hand, they left an ugly mass, called the mercy of God, in Christ Jesus his son. Verily the auLuckenbooths, and, on the other, an awkward, long, thor of this, that caused me write the manner of the and low guard-house, which were fifty times more en

summons, was a landed gentleman, who was at that cumbrance than the venerable and inoffensive Cross.

time twenty years of age, and was in the town the From the tower of the Cross, so long as it remained, time of the said summons; and thereafter, when the the heralds published the acts of parliament; and its hield was stricken, he swore to me, there was no man site, marked by radii, diverging from a slone centre, in that escaped that was called in this summons, but that the High Street, is still the place where proclamations

one man alone which made his protestation, and arare made.

pealed from the said summons: but all the lave were Note 20. Stanza xxv.

perished in the field with the king.» This awful summons came. This supernatural citation is mentioned by all our

Note 21. Stanza xxix. Scottish historians. It was probably, like the appari

Fiz-Eustace bade thom pause a while tion at Linlithgow, an attempt, by those averse to the

Before a venerable pile. war, to impose upon the superstitious temper of James The convent alluded to is a foundation of Cistertian IV. The following account from Pitscottic is charac- nuns, near North Berwick, of which there are still teristically minute, and furnishes, besides, some curious some remains. It was founded by Duncan, Earl of particulars of the equipment of the army of James Fife, in 1216. IV. I need only add to it, that Plotcock, or Plutock,

Note 22. Stanza xxxi. is no other than Pluto. The christians of the middle

That one of his own ancestry ages by no means disbelieved in the existence of the

Drove the monks forth of Coventry. heathen deities : they only considered them as devils ;'

This relates to the catastrophe of a real Robert de See, on this curious subject, the Essay on Fairies, in the « Bor- Marmion, in the reign of King Stephen, whom William der Minstrelsy," vol. II, under the fourih bead; also Jackson on

of Newbury describes with some attributes of my ficI'nbelief, p. 175. Chaucer calls Pluto the King of Faerie ;- and Dunbar names bim Pluto, that elrich incubus. If he was not

titious hero: « Homo bellicosus, ferocia, et astutia, actually the devil, be musi be considered as the prince of the fere nullo suo tempore impar.» This baron, having Living classical superstitions, is that of the Germans, concerning expelled the monks from the church of Coventry, was tbcllill of Venus, into which she attempts to entico all gallant

not long of experiencing the divine judgment, as ile kuiglets, and detains them in a sort of Fool's Paradise.

same monks no doubt termed his disaster. Having

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waged a feudal war with the Earl of Chester, Marmion's head, his hat full of broaches, with a collar of ginger horse fell, as he charged in the van of his troop, against bread; his torch-bearer carrying a march-pain, with a a body of the Earl's followers: the rider's thigh being bottle of wine on cither arm. broken by the fall, his head was cut off by a common «Mumming, in a masquing pied suit, with a visor; foot-soldier, erc he could receive any succour. The Juis torch-bearer carrying the box, and ringing it. whole story is told by William of Newbury.

« Wassal, like a neat sempster and songster; her page bearing a brown bowl, drest with ribbands, and

rosemary, before her. CANTO VI.

Offering, in a short gown, with a porter's staff in his hand; a wyth borne before liim, and a bason, by his torch-bearer.

Baby Cocke, drest like a boy, in a fine long coat, Note 1. Introduction.

biggio, bib, muckender, and a little dagger; his uslier - the savage Dane

bearing a great cake, with a bean and a pease.» At lol more deep the mead did drain. The lol of the heathen Danes (a word still applied to

Note 3. Introduction. Christmas in Scotland)was solemnized with

great festivity.

Who lists may in their mummlng see

Traces of ancient mystery. The humour of the Danes at table displayed itself in pelting each other with bones; and Torfæus tells a long It seems certain, that the Mummers of England, who and curious story, in the history of Brolfe Kraka, of (in Northumberland at least) used to go about in disone llottus, an inmate of the court of Denmark, who vuise to the neighbouring houses, bearing the then usewas so generally assailed with these missiles, that be less ploughshare; and the Guisards of Scotland, not constructed, out of the bones with which he was over yet in total disuse, present, in some indistinct degree, whelmed, a very respectable entrenchment, against those a shadow of the old mysterics, which were the origin who continued the raillery. The dances of the north of the Englislı drama. in Scotland (me ipso teste), we ern warriors round the great fires of pine-trees are com were wont, during my boyhood, to take the characters memorated by Olaus Magnus, who says, they danced of the apostles, at least of Peter, Paul, and Judas Iscawith such fury, holding each other by the lands, that, riot; the first liad the keys, the second carried a sword, if the grasp of any failed, he was pitched into the fire and the last the bac, in which the dole of our neighwith the velocity of a sling. The sufferer, on such bours' plum-cake was deposited. One played a Chamoccasions, was instantly plucked out, and obliged to pion, and recited some traditional rhymes; another quaff off a certain measure of ale, as a penalty for spoiling the king's fire.»

Alexander, king of Macedon,
Note 2. Introduction.

Wbo conquer'd all the world bat Scotland alone;

When he came to Scotland his courage grew cold,
On Christmas eve the mass was sung.

To sec a little nation so courageous and bold. In Roman Catholic countries, mass is never said at These, and many such verscs, were repcated, but by night, excepting on Christmas eve. Each of the frolics, with which that holiday used to be celebrated, might I believe, a Saint George. In all, there was a confused

rote, and unconnectedly. There was also occasionally, admit of a long and curious note; but I shall content myself with the following description of Christmas, and resemblance of the ancient mysteries, in which the his attributes, as personified in one of Ben Jonson's characters of Scripture, the Nine Worthics, and other Masques for the Court.

popular personages, were usually exhibited. It werc « Enter Christmas, with two or three of the Guard. I lished from the MS. in the Museum, with the annota

much to be wished, that the Chester Mysteries were publle is altired in round hose, long stockings, a close doublet, a high-crowned hat, with a broach, a long thin tions which a diligent investigator of popular antiquibeard, a truncheon, little ruffs, while shoes, his scarfs ties might still supply. The late acute and valuable and garters tied across, and his drum beaten before antiquary, Mr Ritson, showed me several memoranda him.

towards such a task, which are probably now dispersed « The names of his children, with their attires.

or lost. See, however, his Remarks on Shakspeare, «Miss-Rule, in a velvet cap, with a sprig, a short cloak, peared, this subject has received much elucidation from

1783, p. 38.-Since the quarto edition of Marmion apgreat yellow ruff, like a reveller; his torch-bearer bear

the learned and extensive labours of Mr Douce. ing a rope, a cheese, and a basket. « Caroll, a long tawny coat, with a red cap, and a

Note 4. Introduction. flute at his girdle; his torch-bearer carrying a song-book

Where my great grandsire came of old, open.

With amber beard, and flaxen bair. « Minced-pie, like a fine cook's wife, drest neat, her

Mr Scott of Harden, my kind and affectionate friend, man carrying a pie, dish, and spoons.

and distant relation, has the original of a poctical inGamboll, like a tumbler, with a hoop and bells; vitation, addressed from his grandfather to my relative, his torch-bearer armed with cole-staff, and blinding from which a few lines in the text are imitated. They cloth.

are dated, as the epistle in the text, from Mertoun-house, « Post and Pair, with a pair-royal of aces in his hat, the seat of the Harden family. his garment all done over with pairs and purs;

lis squire carrying a box, cards, and counters.

• With amber beard, and Maxen bair,

And reverend apostolic air, « New-year's-gift, in a blue coat, serving-man like,

Free of ansiety and care, with an orange, and a sprig of rosemary gilt on liis

Come bither, Christmas-day, and dine;

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Starting, he bent an eager ear,

How should the sonnds return again? His bounds lay wearied from the chase,

And all at home his hunter train. Then sndden anger flash'd his eye,

And deep revenge he vow'd to take, On that bold man who dared to force

His red deer from the forest brake. Unhappy chief ! would nought avail,

No signs impress thy heart with fear, Thy lady's dark mysterious droam,

Thy warning from the houry seer? Three ravens pave the note of death,

As through mid air they wing'd their way; Then o'er his head, in rapid Right,

They croak,--they scent their destined prey. Ill-omen d bird! as legends say,

Who hast the wond'rous power to know, While health fills high the throbbing veins,

The fated hour when blood must flow.

We'll mlı sobrioty with wine,
And easy mirth with thoughts divine.
We Christians think it holiday,
On it no sin to feast or play:
Others, in spite, may fast and pray.
No superstition in the use
Qur ancestors made of a goose ;
Why may not we, as well as thoy,
Be innecently blitbe that day,
On goose or pye, on wine or ale,
And soorn enthusiastic zeal ?
Pray come, and welcome, or plague rott

Your friend and landlord, William Scott..
Mr Walter Scott, Lessudder.

The venerable old gentleman, to whom the lines are addressed, was the younger brother of William Scott of Raeburn. Being the cadet of a cadet of the Harden family, he had very little to lose ; yet he contrived to lose the small property he had, by engaging in the civil wars and intrigues of the house of Stuart. His veneration for the exiled family was so great, that he swore he would not shave his beard till they were restored : a mark of attachment, which, I suppose, had been common during Cromwell's usurpation; for, in Cowley's « Cutter of Coleman Street,» one drunken cavalier upbraids another, that, when he was not able to afford to pay a barber, he affected to « wear a beard for the king.» I sincerely hope this was not absolutely the original reason of my ancestor's beard ; which, as appears from a portrait in the possession of Sir Henry Hay Macdougal, Bart., and another painted for the famous Dr Pitcairn,' was a beard of a most dignified and venerable appearance.

Note 5. Introduction.

-the Spirit's Blasted Tree. I am permitted to illustrate this passage, by inserting « Ceubren yr Ellyll, or the Spirits Blasted Tree,» a legendary tale, by the Reverend George Warrington:

The event on which this tale is founded, is preserved by tradition in the family of the Vaughans of Henwyrt: nor is it entirely lost, even among the common people, who still point out this oak to the passenger. The enmity between the two Welch chieftains, Howel Sele, and Owen Glyndwr, was extreme, and marked by vile treachery in the one, and ferocious cruelty in the other. The story is somewhat changed and softened, as more favourable to the characters of the two chiefs, and as better answering the purpose of poetry, by admitting the passion of pity, and a greater degree of sentiment in the description. Some trace of Howel Sele's mansion was to be seen a few years ago, and may perhaps be still visible, in the park of Nannau, now belonging to Sir Robert Vaughan, Baronet, in the wild and romantic tracts of Merionethshire. The abbey mentioned passes under two names, Vener and Cymmer. The former is retained, as more generally used.»

Blinded by rage, alone he passid,

Nor sought bis ready vassals' aid ; But what bis fato lay long unknown,

For many an anxious year delay'd. A peasant mark'd his angry eye,

He saw him reach the lake's dark bourne, He saw him near a blasted oak,

But never from that bour return.
Three days pass'd o'er, no tidings camo :-

Where should the chief his steps delay ?
With wild alarm the servants ran,

Yet knew not where to point their way. His vassals ranged the mountain's height,

The covert close, the wide-spread plain; But all in vain their eager search,

They ne'er must see their lord again. Yet Fancy, in a thousand shapes,

Bore to his home the chief once more: Some saw him on high Moel's top,

Some saw him on the winding shoro. With wonder franght, the tale went round,

Amazement chain'd the bearer's tongue; Each peasant felt his own sad loss,

Yei fondly o'er the story hung.
Oft by the moon's pale shadowy light,

His aged nurse, and steward gray,
Would lean to catch the storied sounds,

Or mark the fitting spirit stray. Pale lights op Cader's rocks were seen,

And midnight voices heard to moan; 'Twas even said the blastod oak,

Convulsive, heared a hollow groan: And, to this day, the peasant still,

With cautious fear avoids the ground; In each wild branch a spectre sees,

And trembles at each rising sound. Ten annual suns had held their course,

In summer's smile, or winter's storm ; The lady sbed the widow'd tear,

As oft she traced his manly form. Yet still 10 hope her heart wonld cling,

As o'er the mind illusions play, Of travel fond, perhaps her lord

To distant lands had steer'd his way. 'Twas now November's cheerless hour,

Which drenching rains and clouds de face; Dreary bleak Robell's tract aj pear'd,

And dull and dank each valley's space. Lond o'er the wier the boarso flood fell,

And dash'd the foamy spray on high; The west wind bent the forest tops,

And angry frown'd the ovening sky.

THE SPIRIT'S BLASTED TREE.

Centren yr Ellyll. Throngh Nannau's Chaso as Howel pass'd,

A chief esteem d both brave and kind, Far distaut borne, the stag-bound's cry

Came murmuring on the hollow wind.

• The old gentleman was an intimate of this celebrated genius. By the favour of the late Earl of Kelly, descended on the maternal side from Dr Pitcairn, my father became possessed of the portrait in question.

* The history of their feud may be found in Pennant's Tour in Wales.

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