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FOR THE MONUMENT OF THE Rev. GEORGE SCOTT.
To youth, to age, alike, this tablet pale Tells the brief moral of its tragic tale. Art thoua parent? Reverence this bier, The parents' fondest hopes lie buried here. Art thou a youth, prepared on life to start, With opening talents and a generous heart, Fair hopes and flattering prospects all thine own 2 Lo here their end—a monumental stone. Put let submission tame each sorrowing thought, Heaven crown'd its champion ere the fight was fought.
1.N.D OF THE MISCELLANEOUS POEMS.
conquest. Had we a difference with some petty isle, Or with our neighbours, Britons, for our landmarks, The taking in of some rebellious lord, Or making head against a slight commotion, After a day of blood, peace inight be argued: But where we grapple for the land we live on, The liberty we hold more dear than life, The gods we worship, and, next onese, our honours, And, with those, swords that know no end of battle— Those men, beside themselves, allow no neighbour, Those minds, that, where the day is, claim inherit
an Ce, And, where the sun makes ripe the fruit, their harvest, And, where they march, but measure out inore ground To add to Rome— It must not be—No 1 as they are our foes, Let's use the peace of honour—that's fair dealing; But in our hands our swords. The hardy Roman. That thinks to graft himself into my stock, Must first begin his kindred under ground, And be allied in ashes."
This War-Song was written during the apprehension of an invasion 1. The corps of volunteers to which it was addressed was raised in 1797, consisting of gentlemen, mounted and armed at their own expense. It still subsists, as the Right Troop of the Royal Mid-Lothian Light, Cavalry, commanded by the Honourable LieutenantColonel Dundas”. The noble and constitutional measure of arming freemen in defence of their own rights was nowhere more successful than in Edinburgh, which furnished a force of 3000 armed and disciplined volunteers, including a regiment of cavalry, from the city and county, and , two corps of artillery, each capable of serving twelve guns. To such a force, above all others, might, in similar circumstances, be applied the exhortation of our ancient Galgacus: ‘ Pro/zzale ifuri in aciem, et majores vestros et Posse, os cogitate." 1812.
} The song originally appeared Magazine for 1802.-LoCKHART.
2 Now Viscount Melville (1831).
in the Scots
FAREWELL TO MACKENZIE. P. 722.
The original verses are arranged to a beautiful Gaelic air, of which the chorus is adapted to the double pull upon the oars of a galley, and which is therefore distinct from the ordinary jorrams, or boat-songs. They were composed by the Family Bard o the departure of the Earl of Seaforth, who was obliged to take refuge in Spain, after an unsuccessful effort at insurrection in favour of the Stuart family, in the year 1718.
Mackrimmon, , hereditary, piper to the Laird of Macleod, is said to have composed this Lament when the Clan was about to depart upon a distant and dangerous expedition. The Minstrel was impressed with a belief, which the event verified, that he was to be slain in the approaching feud : and hence the Gaelic words, 'Cha till ini tuille; ged thillis Macleod, cha till Mackrinmon,' 'I shall never return ; although Mac. leod returns, yet Mackrimmon shall never return ''The piece is but too well known, from its being the strain with which the eini. grants from the West Highlands and Isles usually take leave of their native shore.