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For them the viewless forms of air obey,
Their bidding heed tt, and at their beck repair.
And heartless, oft like moody madness stare
“ They view the lurid signs that cross the sky,
or And hear their first, faint, ruitling pennons sweep. • Or in the arched cave, where deep avd dark
" The broad, unbroken billows heave and swell, “ Io horrid musings rapt, they fit to mark
“ The labouring moon; or lift the nightly yell
“ The leer's entranced eye can well furvey,
“ And points the wretched bark its deltin'd prey.
“ O'er the dire whirlpool, that, in ocean's waste,
“ The failing breeze within its reach hath plac'd
“ Silent he broods o'er quickland, bog, or fen,
" When witched darkness shuts the eye of day,
“ Or, if the drifted Inow perplex the way,
“ And leads him found'ring on, and quite astray.”
His glimm’ring mazes cheer tl'excurhive light,
Nor truit the guidance of that faithlets light;
At those mirk * hours the wily monster lies,
And frequent round him rolls his sullen eyes,
Whom late bewilder'd in the dank, dark fen,
To that sad spot “his wayward fate thall lead t :".
Shall never look with pity's kind concern,
O'or its drown’d bank, forbidding all return.
To fome dim hill that seems uprising near,
In all its terrors ciad, shall wild appear.
++ First written, mark.
11 A leaf of the manuscript, containing the fifth fianza, and one half of the rz:h, is here loft. The chalm is fupplied by Mr. Mackenzie.
First written, fad. + A blank in the manuscript, The line filled up ty Dr. Carlyle. lia
Meantime, the wat’ry surge shall round him rise,
Pour'd sudden forth from ev'ry swelling source.
His fear-fhook limbs have lost their youthly force,
Or wander forth to meet him on his way,
His babes Mall linger at th' unclofing 1 gate.
Her travellid limbs in broken Numbers steep,
Shall visit fad, perchance, her silent sleep :
Shall fondly leem to press her shudd'ring cheek ,
And, shiv'ring cold, these piteous actions speak :
At dawn or dusk, industrious as before ;
While I lie welt'ring on the ozier'd shore,
Thy Mule may, like those feathi’ry tribes which spring
Round the moist marge of each cold Hebrid ille,
In whose small vaults a pigmy-folk is found,
And culls them, word'ring, from the hallow'd ground !
The mighty kings of three fair realms are laid t :
No laves revere theni, and no wars invade :
The vifted mounds their yawning cells unfold,
In pageant robes, and wreath'd with sheeny gold,
| First written, cottage.
Firit u riiten, Shall feem to press ber cold and shoudd'ring cbeck. # First written, praeced.
A name given in Scotland to a suppored spirit of the waters. * Ou the largest of the Flannan Ijlands (illes of the Hebrides) are the ruins of a chapel dedicated to Sl. Flannan. This is reckoned by the inhabitants of the Western Ines a place of uncommon fanctity. One of the Flannan INands is termed the Isle of Pigmies; and Martin says, there have been many small bones dug up here, resembling in miniature those of the human body.
† The island of Icna or Icolmki/l. See Martin's Description of the Western Ifiands of Scotland. That author informs us, that forty-eight kings of Scotland, sour kings of Ireland, and five of Norway, were interred in the church of St. Ouran in that isand. There were two churches and two monafteries founded there by St. Columbus about A. D. 565. Bed. Hif. Ial. l. 3. Collins has taken all his information respecting the Western Ines from Murrin; from whom he may likewise bave derived his knowledge of the popular superstitions of ihe Highlanders, with which this Ode thews so perfect an acquaintance.
On whose bleak rucks, which brave the wasting tides,
Go, just as they, their blanıeleis manners trace!
Of those whose lives are yet sincere and plain,
And all their prospect but the wintry main.
They drain the fainted spring; or, hunger-prest,
And of its eggs despoil the Solan's nett.
Suffic'd and happy with their frugal fare,
Hard is their shallow soil, and bleak, and bare,
Thy gentie mind, of fairer stores poffeft;
In muling hour, his wayward lifters found,
Before the Scot afflicted and aghaft,
Through the dark cave in gleamy pageant past.
Could once so well my answering bosom pierce ;
The native legends of thy land relearse ;
From lober truih, are still to nature true,
Th' Heroic Muse employ'd her Tasso's art!
In gushing blood the gaping cypress pour d;
And the wild blait upheav'd the vanish'd sword ||!
To hear his liarp by British FAIRFAX ftrung.
Believ'd the magic wonders which he sung !
| The character of the inhabitants of St. Kilda, as here described, agrees perfectly with the accounts given by Martin and by Macauley, of the people of that ifland. It is the most westerly of all the Hebrides, and is above 130 miles distant from the main land of Scotland.
This stanza is more incorrect in its structure than any of the foregoing. There is apparently a line wanting between this and the subíequent one, In muling bour, &c. The dcñ. cient line ought to have rhymed with scene. These four lines were originally written thus :
How have I trembled, when at Tancred's side
Like him I ftalk'd, and all his parison felt;
Hence at each sound imagination glows;
Mching is lows, pure, numerous, strong and clear,
Ye fpacious to friths and lakes which far away
Or Don's romartic Springs, at distance hail !
Your lowly glens, o'erbung with spreading broom,
Then will I dress once more the fided bow'r,
Or crop from Tivior's daie each “classic flower,"
Mieantime, ye powrs, that on the plains which bore
Toinn I lose, your kind protection lend,
HISTORICAL and BIOGRAPHICAL ANECDOTES. (From the Second Volume of Sir J. DALRYMPLE's “Memoirs of Great Britain
and Ireland," lately published.]
EARL OF STAIR. for he was fond of adorning a fine person
with graceful drels; and two French HEN all his offices and honours horns and a French cook bad refused to
were taken from hin by Sir Ro- quit his service when he retired. When the bert Walpole, for voting in parliament mellenger brought the late King's letter againlt the excifc-scheme, le retired to for him to take the command of the ar. Scoiland, and put his eitate into the hands my, he had only ten pounds in the house. of uutters, to pay bilis drawn by him in He fent expresses for the gentlemen of his his magnificeni embally út Paris, which own family, thewed the King's letter, and Administration hid refused to accept, re
defired them to find money to carry him ferving only a hundred pounds a-monih to London. They asked how much he for himflf. During this period, he was wanted, and when they should bring it; otten ten holding the plough three cr
his answer was, the more the better, four hours at a tiine. Yet on receiving " and the sooner the better.” They vilits of ceremo!ly, he could put on the brought him three thousand guineas. The grcai man and the great Ityle of living ; circumstance came to the late King's ears,
These lines were originally written thus :
Hence, we to charm, his early numbers flow,
Though, tirong, yet iwert,
Hence, with each theme ile hids tlie borom glow,
Pour's through each inmost nerve, and lull th' harmonious ear.
|| Ben jonbon undertook a journey to Succland a-foot in 1619, to visit the poet Drummind, at his feat at Hawthornden, near Edinburgh. Drummond has preserved, in bis work, some very curious heads of their converfation. 1 A blank in the manuscript-- social fupplied by Dr. Carlyle.
Buch these lines left imperfect; supplied by Dr. Carlyle. This last stanza bears more marks of lattinels of composition than any of the rest. Besides the blanks which are suppliei by Dr. Carlyle, there is apparently an entire line wanting after the seventh line of the ftauz... The deficieni line ought to have rlıymed with broom.
who expressed to his Ministers the unea During the rebellion in the year 1745, finels he felt at Lord Stair's difficulties in the clan of Glenco were quartered near money.matters. One proposed that the the house of Lord Stair. The Pretender King Thould make hiin a present of a being afraid they would remember that sum of money when he arrived. An-' the warrant for the manacre of their clan other said, Lord Stair was so high-Ipin had been ligned by the Earl's father, sent rited, that if he was offered money,
he a guard to protect the house. The clan would run back to his own country, and quitted the rebei army, and were returnthey should lose their General. A third ing home: the Pretender fent to know fuggested, that to save his delicacy, the their reaton. Their answer was, that King should give him fix commillions of they had been affronted; and when asked Cornets to dispose of, which, at that what the affront was, they said, the time, fold for a thousand pounds a-piece. “ greatest of any; for they had been The King liked ihis idea beit, and gave uspected of being capable of viliting the commissions biank to Lord Sinir, lay " the injuries of the father upon the ining, they were intended to pay for his nocent and brave son." He w s brave journey and equipage. But in going indeed ; a jure proof of which was, that from Court to his own house, he gave all he used all the influence and power lie the fix away:
poffefred, to obtain mercy for whole ithels As the following anecilote marks the againit whom he had commander one of manners or the age during the Duke of the armics which guarded England. Marlborough's wars, and the character of another fingular man, I shall hazard
WILLIAM III. it. Lord Muk Ker and Lord Stair were IN cold countries, in which the mind at play in a -house, when a stranger freezes when the body freezes, men of overlooked is sime, and difturbed parts are generally lovers of wine. King them wib qu.ftions. Lord Mark faid, William ar bis private parties drunk “ Let us chrow the dice which cf us ihal! sometimes to exceís. Perhaps the two " pio's (a cant wool of the time for following Anecdoies, which the late Mr. “ fighting) this impudent fellow.” They Stone told me he had from the Duke of threw, Lori Stair won. Lord Mark Ker Newcastle, may refer to a period, when
Al, Star, Siri', you have his mind, wated with vexation, might 4 been always more fortunate in life than recruit itself with wine.
In one of his parties with Lord Wharton, When Lord Su'r was Ambastidor at whoin he alw:ys called Thom Wharton, Paris, during the Regency, le gave or.
hef id, "Thom, I know what
wishfa; ders to his concoman to give way to no. you wish for a republic.” Lord Wharbody except the King, meaning that an ton antivered, “And not a bad thing, Sir, English Ambassador thould :ake the pass,
" neither." “ No, 114," laid the King, ever of the Regent, but without naming “ I shall disappoint you there, I will him. The Hult was seen coming down “ bring over King James's fon upon a ftreet through which the coach passed.
Lord Wharton making a very The late Colonel Young, from whom I afeccd low bow, laid, with a fncer, had the story, who was Maltor of Ilorse, “ That is as your Majelty please's." Yet rode to the window of the coach, and the King took neither the manner nor the aiked Lord Stair if he would please 10 answer amiss. give way to God Almighiy. He an. At another time, having invited the Iwered, " By all means, bui
: to none else;" Earl of Pembroke to one of his parand then stepping out of the coach, paid ties, he was told that the Earl was quar, respect to the religion of the county in rellome in his cups : He laughed, and which he was, and kneeled in a very dirty taid, he wouid dely any man to quarstreet.
rel with him, as long as he couid make Lewis XIV. was told, that Lord Stair the buttle
round. What was foretold was one of the belt bred men in Europe. however happened ; and Lord Pembroke “ I shall foon put that to the telt," laid was carried from the room and put to bed. the King; and asking Lord Stair to take When told the next morning what he had an airing with bo, as soon as the door done, he hastened to the palace, and was opened, he bade him país and go in : threw himself upon his knec. The other howed and obeyed. The King logies," said the King; "I was told said, " The world is in the right in the you had no fault in the world but one, “character it gives : another perion would « and I am glad to find it is true, for " have troubled me with ceremony,”
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