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Strike this day as if the anvil lay beneath your
blows the while, Be they Covenanting traitors, or the brood of
false Argyle! Strike! and drive the trembling rebels back
wards o'er the stormy Forth ; Let them tell their pale Convention how they
fared within the North.
Let them tell that Highland honour is not to
be bought nor sold, That we scorn their prince's anger, as we
loathe his foreign gold. Strike ! and when the fight is over, if you look
in vain for me, Where the dead are lying thickest, search for
him that was Dundee !”
Loudly then the hills re-echoed with our
answer to his call, But a deeper echo sounded in the bosoms of
30 For the lands of wide Breadalbane, not a man
who heard him speak Would that day have left the battle. Burning
eye and flushing cheek Told the clansmen's fierce emotion, and they
harder drew their breath; For their souls were strong within them
stronger than the grasp of death. Soon we heard a challenge-trumpet sounding in the pass below,
And the distant tramp of horses, and the
voices of the foe :
Down we crouched amid the bracken, till the
Lowland ranks drew near, Panting like the hounds in summer, when
they scent the stately deer. From the dark defile emerging, next we saw
the squadrons come, Leslie's foot, and Leven's troopers marching
to the tuck of drum; Through the scattered wood of birches, o'er
the broken ground and heath, Wound the long battalion slowly, till they
gained the field beneath ;Then we bounded from our covert. Judge
how looked the Saxons then, When they saw the rugged mountains start to
life with armed men ! Like a tempest down the ridges swept the hurricane of steel;
45 Rose the slogan of Macdonald-flashed the
broadsword of Lochiel! Vainly sped the withering volley 'mongst the
foremost of our band On we poured until we met them, foot to foot
and hand to hand. Horse and man went down like drift-wood
when the floods are black at Yule, And their carcasses are whirling in the Garry's
deepest pool :
Horse and man went down before us-living
foe there tarried none On the field of Killiecrankie, when that stub
born fight was done ! And the evening star was shining on Sche
hallion's distant head, When we wiped our gory broadswords, and re
· turned to count the dead, There we found him gashed and stretched upon the cumbered plain,
55 As he told us where to seek him, in the thickest
of the slain. And a smile was on his visage, for within his
dying ear Pealed the joyful note of triumph, and the
clansmen's clamorous cheer. So, amidst the battle's thunder, shot, and
steel, and scorching flame, In the glory of his manhood passed the spirit
of the Graeme !
NOTES ON THE “BATTLE OF KILLIECRANKIE.” 1 Killiecrankie. This battle 3 Montrose, James Graham, Marquis
fought on July 27, 1689. Nearly of Montrose (1612-50), was apthe whole of General Mackay's pointed by Charles I. commander forces (the English), were de- of the forces to be raised in Scot. stroyed or taken, and his bag. land for the king's service. On gage and military stores cap- his return from the Continent in tured.
1650 in the cause of Charles II., 2 Claver'se (Claverhouse), John he was taken prisoner and exe
Graham, Viscount Dundee, a cuted at Edinburgh as a traitor, kinsman of the Marquis of Mon. ' 4 Royal Martyr, King Charles I. trose. He was raised to the peer- 5 Argyle, the Duke of Argyle. age by James II. By the Jaco. 6 Prince's Anger, William III., prince bites the followers of James of Orange. II. were called), Dundee was held 7 Garry (river), a tributary of the in the highest esteem. He fell Tay, rises in the Grampian Moun. while defending the page of Kil. tains. liecrankie against General Mac. 8 Schehallion, one of the spurs of the kay.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.
ACT I. Scene III.
[Antonio, “ The Merchant of Venice,” had become surety for his friend Bassanio in the sum of three thousand ducats borrowed from Shylock, a Jew, who, “in a merry sport,” as he termed it, lent the money on condition that, in case of failure to repay the sum at the time specified, Antonio should forfeit to Shylock a pound of flesh to be cut from his body. A bond to this effect was duly signed. Losses come upon Antonio which render him unable to pay the sum when due, on which Shylock insists upon the fulfil. ment of his bond, and the case is tried before the Duke of Venice.
Enter BASSANIO and SHYLOCK. Shy. Three thousand ducats ;? well. Bass. Ay, sir, for three months.