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3. Your monarch !Pshaw! many a Prince has been known To barter his robes for our cowl and our gown ; But which of us e'er felt the idle desire To exchange for a crown the grey hood of a Friar?
The Friar has walk'd out, and where'er he has gone,
The land and its fatness is marked for his own ;
He can roam where he lists, he can stop where he tires,
For every man's house is the Barefooted Friar's.
He's expected at noon, and no wight, till he comes,
May profane the great chair, or the porridge of plums;
For the best of the cheer, and the seat by the fire,
Is the undenied right of the Barefooted Friar.
He's expected at night, and the pasty's made hot,
They broach the brown ale, and they fill the black pot;
And the good-wife would wish the good-man in the mire,
Ere he lack'd a soft pillow, the Barefooted Friar.
Long flourish the sandal, the cord, and the cope,
The dread of the devil and trust of the Pope !
For to gather life's roses, unscathed by the briar,
Is granted alone to the Barefooted Friar.
But present still, though now unseen! When brightly shines the prosperous
day, Be thoughts of THEE a cloudy screen
To temper the deceitful ray. And oh, when stoops on Judah's path
In shade and storm the frequent night, Be Thou, long-suffering, slow to wrath,
A burning and a shining light!
REBECCA'S HYMN. 'HEN Israel, of the Lord beloved, Out from the land of bondage came, er fathers' God before her moved, An awful guide in smoke and flame. y day, along the astonish'd lands The cloudy pillar glided slow; y night, Arabia's crimson'd sands Return’d the fiery column's glow. here rose the choral hymn of praise,
And trump and timbrel answer'd keen, nd Zion's daughters pour'd their lays, With priest's and warrior's voice be
tween. To portents now our foes amaze,
Forsaken Israel wanders lone : Jur fathers would not know Thy ways, And Thou hast left them to their own.
Our harps we left by Babel's streams,
The tyrant's jest, the Gentile's scorn; No censer round our altar beams, And mute are timbrel, harp, and
horn. But Thou hast said, The blood of goat,
The flesh of rams I will not prize ; A contrite heart, a humble thought,
Are mine accepted sacrifice.
Dust unto dust,
To this all must;
The tenant hath resign'd
The faded form
To waste and worm-
Corruption claims her kind.
Through paths unknown
Thy soul hath flown,
To seek the realms of woe,
Where fiery pain
Shall purge the stain
Of actions done below.
In that sad place,
By Mary's grace,
Brief may thy dwelling be!
Till prayers and alms,
And holy psalms,
Shall set the captive free.
MERRILY swim we, the moon shines bright,
Both current and ripple are dancing in light.
We have roused the night raven, I heard him croak,
As we plashed along beneath the oak
That flings its broad branches so far and so wide,
Their shadows are dancing in midst of the tide.
“Who wakens my nestlings?” the raven he said,
“My beak shall ere morn in his blood be red !
For a blue swollen corpse is a dainty meal,
And I'll have my share with the pike and the eel.”
Merrily swim we, the moon shines bright,
There's a golden gleam on the distant height :
There's a silver shower on the alders dank,
And the drooping willows that wave on the bank.
I see the Abbey, both turret and tower,
It is all astir for the vesper hour;
The monks for the chapel are leaving each cell,
But where's Father Philip should toll the bell ?
Good luck to your fishing, whom watch ye to-night?
A man of mean or a man of might?
Is it layman or priest that must float in your cove,
Or lover who crosses to visit his love?
Hark! heard ye the Kelpy reply as we pass'd, —
“God's blessing on the warder, he lock'd the bridge fast!
All that come to my cove are sunk,
Priest or layman, lover or monk.”
Landed—landed! the black book hath won,
Else had you seen Berwick with morning sun !
Sain ye, and save ye, and blithe mot ye be,
For seldom they land that go swimming with me.'
TO THE SUB-PRIOR.
Good evening, Sir Priest, and so late as you ride,'
With your mule so fair, and your mantle so wide;
But ride you through valley, or ride you o'er hill,
There is one that has warrant to wait on you still.;
The volume black ! I have a warrant to carry it back. What, ho! Sub-Prior, and came you but here To conjure a book from a dead woman's bier ? Sain you, and save you, be wary and wise, Ride back with the book, or you'll pay for your prize.
There's death in the track !
In the name of my master, I bid thee bear back.
That which is neither ill nor well,
That which belongs not to heaven nor to hell,
A wreath of the mist, a bubble of the stream,
'Twixt a waking thought and a sleeping dream;
A form that men spy
With the half-shut eye In the beams of the setting sun, am I, Vainly, Sir Prior, wouldst thou bar me my right! Like the star when it shoots, I can dart through the night; I can dance on the torrent, and ride on the air, And travel the world with the bonny night-mare,
At the crook of the glen,
Where bickers the burnie, I'll meet thee again.
Men of good are bold as sackless,
Men of rude are wild and reckless.
Lie thou still
In the nook of the hill,
For those be before thee that wish thee ille
March, march, Ettrick and Teviotdale,
Why the deil dinna ye march forward in order?
March, march, Eskdale and Liddesdale,
All the Blue Bonnets are bound for the Border.
Many a banner spread,
Flutters above your head,
Many a crest that is famous in story.
Mount and make ready then,
Sons of the mountain glen,
Fight for the Queen and our old Scottish glory.
Come from the hills where your hirsels are grazing,
Come from the glen of the buck and the roe;
Come to the crag where the beacon is blazing,
Come with the buckler, the lance, and the bow. :
Trumpets are sounding,
War-steeds are bounding,
Stand to your arms, and march in good order,
England shall many a day
Tell of the bloody fray,
When the Blue Bonnets came over the Border.
New sweetness they'll give her
Bewildering strain ;
But there's one who will never
Believe them again.
O were there an island,
Though ever so wild,
Where woman could smile, and
No man be beguiled-
Too tempting a snare
To poor mortals were given;
And the hope would fix there,
That should anchor in heaven.
From the Pirate.
[1821.] CLAUD HALCRO'S SONG. FAREWELL to Northmaven,
Grey Hillswicke, farewell! To the calms of thy haven,
The storms on thy fellTo each breeze that can vary
The mood of thy main, And to thee, bonny Mary !
We meet not again! Farewell the wild ferry,
Which Hacon could brave, When the peaks of the Skerry
Were white in the wave. There's a maid may look over
These wild waves in vain,For the skiff of her lover
He comes not again ! The vows thou hast broke,
On the wild currents fling them; On the quicksand and rock
Let the mermaidens sing them :
The sun is rising dimly red,
The wind is wailing low and dread;
From his cliff the eagle sallies,
Leaves the wolf his darksome valleys;
In the mist the ravens hover,
Peep the wild dogs from the cover,
Screaming, croaking, baying, yelling,
Each in his wild accents telling,
“Soon we feast on dead and dying,
Fair-hair'd Harold's flag is flying.
Many a crest on air is streaming,
Many a helmet darkly gleaming,
Many an arm the axe uprears,
Doom'd to hew the wood of spears.
All along the crowded ranks
Horses neigh and armour clanks;
Chiefs are shouting, clarions ringing,
Louder still the bard is singing,
“Gather footmen, gather horsemen,
To the field, ye valiant Norsemen !
Forward with your sickles bright,
Reap the harvest of the fight. -
Onward footmen, onward horsemen,
To the charge ye gallant Norsemen !
“Fatal Choosers of the Slaughter,
O'er you hovers Odin's daughter;
Hear the choice she spreads before ye,-
Victory, and wealth, and glory;
Or old Valhalla's roaring hail,
Her ever-circling mead and ale,
Where for eternity unite
The joys of wassail and of fight.
Headlong forward, foot and horsemen,
Charge and fight, and die like Norse-
"Halt ye not for food or slumber,
View not vantage, count not number :
Jolly reapers, forward still,
Grow the crop on vale or hill,
Thick or scatter'd, stiff or lithe,
It shall down before the scythe.
SONG OF THE ZETLAND FISHERMAN.
FAREWELL, merry maidens, to song, and to laugh,
For the brave lads of Westra are bound to the Haaf;
And we must have labour, and hunger, and pain,
Ere we dance with the maids of Dunrossness again.
For now, in our trim boats of Noroway deal,
We must dance on the waves, with the porpoise and seal;
The breeze it shall pipe, so it pipe not too high,
And the gull be our songstress whene'er she flits by.
Sing on, my brave bird, while we follow, like thee,
By bank, shoal, and quicksand, the swarms of the sea;
And when twenty-score fishes are straining our line,
Sing louder, brave bird, for their spoils shall be thine.
We'll sing while we bait, and we'll sing while we haul,
For the deeps of the Haaf have enough for us all :
There is torsk for the gentle, and skate for the carle,
And there's wealth for bold Magnus, the son of the earl.
Huzza ! my brave comrades, give way for the Haaf,
We shall sooner come back to the dance and the laugh ;
For light without mirth is a lamp without oil ;
Then, mirth and long life to the bold Magnus Troil !
LOVE wakes and weeps
While Beauty sleeps !
O for Music's softest numbers,
To prompt a theme,
For Beauty's dream,
Soft as the pillow of her slumbers !
Through groves of palm
Sigh gales of balm,
Fire-flies on the air are wheeling ;
While through the gloom
Comes soft perfume,
The distant beds of flowers revealing.