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When the sky it was mirk, and the winds they were wailing,

I sate on the beach wi' the tear in my e'e,
And thought o' the bark where my Willie was sailing,

And wished that the tempest could a' blaw on me.
Now that thy gallant ship rides at her mooring,

Now that my wanderer's in safety at hame, Music to me were the wildest winds roaring,

That ere o'er Inch Keith drove the dark ocean faem. When the lights they did blaze, and the guns they did rattle,

And blithe was each heart for the great victory, In secret I wept for the dangers of battle,

And thy glory itself was scarce comfort to me.

But now shalt thou tell, while I eagerly listen,

Of each bold adventure, of every brave scar: And, trust me, I'll smile, though my e'en they may glisten;

For sweet after danger's the tale of the war.

And oh, how we doubt when there's distance 'tween lovers,

When there's naething to speak to the heart through the e'c. How often the kindest and warmest prove rovers,

And the love of the faithfullest ebbs like the sea.
Till, at times, could I help it? I pined and I pondered,

If love would change notes like the bird on the tree--
Now I'll ne'er ask if thine eyes may hae wandered,

Enough, thy leal heart has been constant to me. Welcome, from sweeping o'er sea and through channel,

Hardships and danger despising for fame, Furnishing story for glory's bright annal,

Welcome, my wanderer, to Jeanie and hame.

Enough now thy story in annals of glory

Has humbled the pride of France, Holland, and Spain; No more shalt thou grieve me, no more shalt thou leave me,

I never will part with my Willie again.

THE MAID OF NEIDPATH.

There is a tradition in Tweeddale that, when Neidpath Castle, near Peebles, was inhabited by the Earls of March, a mutual passion subsisted between a daughter of that noble family and a son of the laird of Tushielaw, in Ettricke Forest. As the alliance was thought unsuitable by her parents, the young man went abroad. During his absence the lady fell in a consumption; and at length, as the only means of saving her life, her father consented that her lover should be recalled. On the day when he was expected to pass through Peebles, on the road to Tushielaw, the young lady, though much exhausted, caused herself to be carried to the balcony of a house in Peebles, belonging to the family, that she might see him as he rode past. Her anxiety and eagerness gave such force to her organs

that she is said to have distinguished his horse's footsteps at an incredible distance. But Tushielaw, unprepared for the change in her appearance, and not expecting to see her in that place, rode on, without recognising her, or even slackening his pace. The lady was unable to support the sbock, and, after & short struggle, died in the arms of her attendants. There is an incident similar to this traditional tale in Count Hamilton's "Fleur d'Epine."

O LOVERS' eyes are sharp to see,

And lovers' ears in hearing;
And love, in life's extremity,

Can lend an hour of cheering.
Disease had been in Mary's bower,

And slow decay from mourning,
Though now she sits on Neidpath's tower,

To watch her love's returning.
All sunk and dim ber eyes so bright,

Her form decayed by pining,
Till through her wasted hand, at night,

You saw the taper shining;
By fits, a sultry hectic hue

Across her cheek was flying;
By fits, so ashy pale she grew

Her maidens thought her dying.
Yet keenest powers, to see and hear, .

Seemed in her frame residing;
Before the watch-dog pricked his ear,

She heard her lover's riding:
Ere scarce a distant form was kenned,

She knew, and waved, to greet him;
And o'er the battlement did bend,

As on the wing to meet him.
He came—he passed-a heedless gaze,

As o'er some stranger glancing,
Her welcome spoke, in faltering phrase,

Lost in his courser's prancing
The castle arch, whose hollow tone

Returns each' whisper spoken,
Could scarcely catch the feeble moan,

Which told her heart was broken.

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THE BARD'S INCANTATION.

WRITTEN UNDER THE THREAT OF INVASION, IN THE AUTUMN

OF 1801.

Published in the Edinburgh Annual Register, 1808.
The Forest of Glenmore is drear,

It is all of black pine, and the dark oak-tree;
And the midnight wind, to the mountain deer,

Is whistling the forest lullaby :

The moon looks through the drifting storm,
But the troubled lake reflects not her form,
For the waves roll whitening to the land,
And dash against the shelvy strand.

There is a voice among the trees

That mingles with the groaning oakThat mingles with the stormy breeze,

And the lake-waves dashing against the rock ;There is a voice within the wood. The voice of the Bard in fitful mood, His song was louder than the blast, As the Bard of Glenmore through the forest passed.

“Wake ye from your sleep of death,

Minstrels and Bards of other days !
For the midnight wind is on the heath,

And the midnight meteors dimly blaze:
The spectre with his bloody hand,
Is wandering through the wild woodland;
The owl and the raven are mute for dread,
And the time is meet to awake the dead !

Souls of the mighty! wake and say,

To what high strain your barps were strung,
When Lochlin ploughed her billowy way,

and on your shores her Norsemen flung?
Her Norsemen trained to spoil and blood,
Skilled to prepare the raven's food,
All by your harpings doomed to die
On bloody Largs and Loncarty.

Mute are ye all? No murmurs strange

Upon the midnight breeze sail by;
Noi through the pines with whistling change

Mimic the harp's wild harmony !
Mute are ye now?-Ye ne'er were mute,
When Murder with his bloody foot,
And Rapine with his iron hand,
Were hovering near your mountain strand.

O yet awake the strain to tell,

By every deed in song enrolled,
By every chief who fought or fell,

For Albion's weal in battle bold;
From Coilgach, first who rolled his car,
Through the deep ranks of Roman war,
To him, of veteran memory dear,
Who victor died on Aboukir.

By all their swords, by all their scars,

By all their names, a mighty spell 1 By all their wounds, by all their wars,

Arise, the mighty strain to tell;

For fiercer than fierce Hengist's strain,
More impious than the heathen Dane,
More grasping than all-grasping Rome,
Gaul's ravening legions hither come !"-
The wind is hushed, and still the lake

Strange murmurs fill my tinkling ears,
Bristles my hair, my sinews quake,

At the dread voice of other years—
When targets clasaed, and bugles rung,
And blades round warriors' heads were flung,
The foremost of the band were we,
And hymned the joys of Liberty !"-

TO A LADY.

WITH FLOWERS FROM A ROMAN WALL.

Published in the Edinburgh Anuual Register for 1808.

TAKE these flowers, which, purple waving,

On the ruined rampart grew,
Where, the sons of freedom braving,

Rome's imperial standards flew.

Warriors from the breach of danger

Pluck no longer laurels there:
They but yield the passing stranger

Wild-flower wreaths for Beauty's hair.

THE VIOLET.

Published in the Edinburgh Annual Register for 1808.

The violet in ner green-wood bower,

Where birchen boughs with hazels mingle, May boast itself the fairest flower

In glen, or copse, or forest dingle.
Though fair her gems of azure hue,

Beneath the dew-drop's weight reclining;
I've seen an eye of lovelier blue,

More sweet through watery lustre shining The summer sun that dew shall dry,

Ere yet the day be passed its morrow; Nor longer in my false love's eye

Remained the tear of parting sorrow.

HUNTING SONG.

Published in the Edinburgh Annual Register for 1808.

WAKEN lords and ladies gay,
On the mountain dawns the day,
All the jolly chase is here,
With hawk, and horse, and hunting-spear;
Hounds are in their couples yelling,
Hawks are whistling, horns are knelling,
Merrily, merrily, mingle they,
Waken lords and ladies gay."
Waken lords and ladies gay,
The mist has left the mountain grey,
Springlets in the dawn are steaming,
Diamonds on the brake are gleaming ;
And foresters have busy been,
To track the buck in thicket green;
Now we come to chant our lay,
“ Waken lords and ladies gay.

Waken lords and ladies gay,
To the green-wood haste away;
We can show you where he lies,
Fleet of foot, and tall of size;
We can show the marks he made,
When 'gainst the oak his antlers frayed ;
You shall see him brought to bay,-
“Waken lords and ladies gay."
Louder, louder chant the lay,
Waken lords and ladies gay!
Tell them youth, and mirth, and glee,
Run a course as well as we;
Time, stern huntsman! who can balk,
Stanch as hound, and fleet as hawk;
Think of this, and rise with day,
Gentle lords and ladies gay.

THE RESOLVE.

IN IMITATION OF AN OLD ENGLISH POEM.

Published in the Edinburgh Annual Register for 1808.

My wayward fate I needs must plain,

Though bootless be the theme;
I loved, and was beloved again,

Yet all was but a dream;

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