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When the broad sun sinks down on Ettrick's

western fell.

Autumn departs—from Gala’s fields' no more Come rural sounds our kindred banks to cheer; Blent with the stream, and gale that wafts it

o'er, No more the distant reaper's mirth we hear. The last blithe shout hath died upon our ear, And harvest-home hath hush'd the clanging

wain, On the waste hill no forms of life appear,

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 plea

sure still, Lovest thou through Autumn’s fading realms to

stray,
To see the heath-flower wither'd on the hill,
To listen to the wood's expiring lay,
To note the red leaf shivering on the spray,
To mark the last bright tints the mountain

stain, On the waste fields to trace the gleaner's way,

[The river Gala, famous in song, flows into the Tweed a few hundred yards below Abbotsford ; but probably the word Gala here stands for the poet's neighbour and kinsman, and much attached friend, John Scott, Esq. of Gala.]

And moralize on mortal joy and pain ?0! if such scenes thou lovest, scorn not the

minstrel strain.

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 as leaves that tremble, sear and dry, When wild November hath his bugle wound; Nor mock my toil—a lonely gleaner 1,1 Through fields time-wasted, on sad inquest

bound, Where happier bards of yore have richer harvest

found.

So shalt thou list, and haply not unmoved,
To a wild tale of Albyn's warrior day ;
In distant lands, by the rough West reproved,
Still live some relics 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 Iona's piles,
Where rest from mortal coil the Mighty of the

Isles.

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I. “ 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 echoeso answer meet, Since, met from mainland and from isle, Ross, Arran, Ilay, and Argyle, Each minstrels tributary lay Paid homage to the festal day. Dull and dishonour'd were the bard, Worthless of guerdon and regard, Deaf to the hope of minstrel fame, Or lady's smiles, his noblest aim, Who on that morn's resistless call Were silent in Artornish hall.

II. “ Wake, Maid of Lorn!” 'twas thus they sung, And yet more proud the descant rung,

'[See Apendix, Note A.] 2 [MS.--" Made mountain echoes,” &c.]

“ Wake, Maid of Lorn! high right is ours,
To charm dull sleep' from Beauty's bowers ;
Earth, Ocean, Air, have nought so shy
But owns the power of minstrelsy.
In Lettermore the timid deer
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
The summons of the minstrel train,
But, while our harps wild music make,
Edith of Lorn, awake, awake!

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
Mocks the dark lustre of thine eyes ;

[MS.

-"for right is ours

To summon sleep,” &c.] 2 The seal displays a taste for music, which could scarcely be expected from his habits and local predilections. They will long follow a boat in which any musical instrument is played, and even a tune simply whistled has attractions for them. The Dean of the Isles says of Heiskar, a small uninhabited rock, about twelve (Scottish) miles from the Isle of Uist, that an infinite slaughter of seals takes place there.

But, Edith, wake, and all we see
Of sweet and fair shall yield to thee!”-
“ She comes not yet,” gray 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,
The hope she loves, yet fears to own.”
He spoke, and on the harp-strings died
The strains of flattery and of pride;
More soft, more low, more tender fell
The lay of love he bade them tell.

IV. “Wake, Maid of Lorn! the moments fly, ·

Which yet that maiden-name allow ; Wake, Maiden, wake! the hour is nigh,

When Love shall claim a plighted vow. By Fear, thy bosom's fluttering guest,

By Hope, that soon shall fears remove, We bid thee break the bonds of rest,

And wake thee at the call of Love!

“Wake, Edith, wake! in yonder bay

Lies many a galley gaily mann'd, We hear the merry pibrochs play,

We see the streamers' silken band. What Chieftain's praise these pibrochs swell,

What crest is on these banners wove, The harp, the minstrel, dare not tell

The riddle must be read by Love."

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