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Autumn departs—from Gala's fields no more
Come rural sounds our kindred banks to cheer;
No more the distant reapers' mirth we hear.
And harvest-home hath hush'd the clanging wain,
Save where, sad laggard of the autumnal train, Some age-struck wanderer gleans few ears of scatter'd grain.
Deem’st thou these sadden'd scenes have pleasure still,
Lovest thou through Autumn's fading realms to stray,
To listen to the woods' expiring lay,
To mark the last bright tints the mountain stain,
And moralize on mortal joy and pain ?- ..'
No! do not scorn, although its hoarser note
Scarce with the cushat's homely song can vie, Though faint its beauties as the tints remote
That gleam through mist in autumn's evening sky, And few aş leaves that tremble, sear and dry,
When wild November hath his bugle wound; Nor mock my toil—a lonely gleaner ly.
Through fields time-wasted, on sad inquest bound, Where happier bards of yore have richer harvest found.
So shalt thou lists and haply not unmoved,
To a wild tale of Albyn's warrior' day; . In distant lands, by, the rough West reproved,
Still live some reliques of the ancient lay. . For, when on Coolin's hills the lights decay,
With such the Seer of Skye the eve beguiles; 'Tis known amid the pathless wastes of Reay, .
In Harries known, and in lona's piles, Where rest from mortal coil the Mighty of the Isles.
1. . . “ WAKE, Maid of Lorn !" the Minstrels sung. Thy rugged halls, Artornish ! rung, And the dark seas, thy towers that lave, Heaved on the beach a softer wave, As mid the tuneful choir to keep The diapason of the Deep.'. Lulld were the winds on Inninmore, And green Loch-Alline's woodland shore, As if wild woods and waves had pleasure In listing to the lovely measure. And ne'er to symphony more sweet Gave mountain echoes answer meet, Since, met from mainland and from isle, Ross, Arran, Ilay, and Argyle, Each minstrel's tributary lay Paid homage to the festal day.
Dull and dishonour'd were the bard, '. Worthless of guerdon and regard, il :
Deaf to the hope of minstrel fame, ... · Or lady’s-smiles, his noblest aim," naria Who on that morn’s resistless call Were silent in Artornish hall. til mennes : . its viola vitive and slidy
this if II. , , - .. . innti * Wake, Maid of Lorn!" 'twas thus they sang, And yet more proud the descant rung, ... “ Wake, Maid of Lorn l high right is oursy : To charm dull sleep from Beauty's bowers ; Earth, Ocean, Air, have nought so shy? ..: But owns the power of minstrelsy. ir In Lettermore the timid deerulisema Will pause, the harp's wild chime to hear;. ! Rude Heiskar's seal through surges dark :: Will long pursue the minstrel's bark; . To list his notes, the eagle proud. . Will poise him on Ben-Cailliach's cloud;'
Then let not Maiden's ear disdain . "
III.. “O wake, while Dawn, with dewy shine, Wakes Nature's charms to vie with thine ! She bids the mottled thrush rejoice . .; To mate thy melody of voice;, ! : The dew that on the violet lies : ii : Mocks the dark lustre of thine eyes; But, Edith, wake, and all we see... in Of sweet and fair shall yield to thee!” “ She comes not yet,” grey Ferrand cried;
Brethren, let softer spell be tried, Those notes prolong'd, that soothing theme "... Which best may mix with Beauty's dream, And whisper, with their silvery tone, ning' The hope she loves, yet fears to own."