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As suited' best the princely dais,
And royal canopy; And there he marshalld them their place,
First of that company.
VII... Then lords and ladies spake aside, And angry looks the error chide, That gave to guests unnamed, unknown, A place so near their prince's throne;
But Owen Erraught said,
Has been my honour'd trade. :
And 'gainst an oaken bough
In higher place than now.”—
6 I, too," the aged Ferrand said, “ Am qualified by minstrel trade
Of rank and place to tell ;-
How fierce its flashes fell,
And yet it moves mé more,
Scann'd the gay presence o’er,
The lady too-though closely tied
The mantle veil both face and eye,
Nor could her form's fair symmetry."-
Suspicious doubt and lordly scorn
And whisper'd closely what the ear
Then question'd, high and brief,
With Carrick's out-law'd Chief?
That younger stranger, fierce and high,
With look of equal scorn ;-
I warn thee he has sworn, Ere thrice three days shall come and go, His banner Scottish winds shall blow, ; ; Despite each mean or mighty foe, From England's every bill and bow,
To Allaster of Lorn.”Kindled the mountain Chieftain's ire, si But Ronald quench'd the rising fire ; 66 Brother, it better suits the time To chase the night with Ferrand's rhyme, Than wake, 'midst mirth and wine, the jars That flow from these unhappy wars.?-. “ Content,” said Lorn; and spoke apart With Ferrand, master of his art,
Then whisper'd Argentine, ici. “ The lay I named will carry. smart'. To these bold strangers' haughty heart, ;.
If right this guess of mine." ... He ceased, and it was silence all, ... : Until the Minstrel waked the halls
The Broach of Lorn. 6 Whence the Broach of burning gold, That clasps the Chieftain's mantle-fold, Wrought and chased with rare device, Studded fair with gems of price, On the varied tartans beaming, As, through night's pale rain-bow gleaming, Fainter now, now seen afar, Fitful shines the northern star ?' '
“ Gem ! ne'er wrought on highland mountains Did the fairy of the fountain,