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a little way, till, seating himself on to play and the aged never choose it the ground, retaining still
the tether in for a resting-place; but pointing it out, hand, he said, “ Now, bonnie lady, as they pass, to the young, tell them feast thy fill on this good greensward the story of its desolation. Sae ye see, it is halesome and holy, compared to Sir, having nae good will to such a spot the sward at the doomed cottage of auld of earth myself, I like little to see a Gibbie Gyrape—leavethattosmugglers' stranger sitting in such an unblessed nags : Willie O'Brandyburn and Roar- place; and I would as good as advise ing Jock O'Kemstane will ca’the haunt- ye to come owre with me to the cowslip ed ha' a hained bit—they are godless knoll-there are reasons mony that an fearnoughts." I looked at the person honest man should nae sit there." I of the peasant; he was a stout hale old arose at once, and seating myself beside man, with a weather-beaten face, fur- the peasant on the cowslip knoll, desired rowed something by time, and, per- to know something of the history of the haps, by sorrow. Though summer spot from which he had just warned was at its warmest, he wore a broad The Caledonian looked on me chequered mantle, fastened at the bosom with an air of embarrassment:-“Iam with a skewer of steel,-a broad bon- just thinking,” said he, “ that as ye are
net, from beneath the circumference an Englishman, I should nae acquaint " of which straggled a few thin locks, ás ye with such a story. Ye'll make it,
white as driven snow, shining like am- I'm doubting, a matter of reproach and ber, and softer than the finest fax,-vaunt, when ye gae hame, how Willie while his legs were warmly cased in Borlan o' Caerlaverock told ye a tale of blue-ribbed boot hose. Having . laid Scottish iniquity, that cowed all the his charge to the grass, he looked lei- stories in southron book or history.” surely around him, and espying me- This unexpected obstacle was soon rea stranger, and dressed above the man- moved. My sage and considerate ner of the peasantry, he acknowledged friend," said, “ I have the blood in Dy presence by touching his bonnet; my bosom will keep me from revealing and, as if willing to communicate such a tale to the scoffer and scorner. something of importance, he stuck the I am something of a Caerlaverock man tether stake in the ground, and came -the grandson of Marion Stobie of to the old garden fence. Wishing to
Dookdub." The peasant seized my know the peasant's reasons for avoiding hand—Marion Stobie ! bonnie Marion the ruins, 1 thus addressed him : Stobie o' Dookdub—whom I wooed sae " This is a pretty spot, my aged friend, sair, and loved sae lang !-Man I love and the herbage looks so fresh and abun- ye for her sake, and well was it for her dant, that I would advise thee to bring braw English bridegroom, that William thy charge hither; and while she con- Borlan-frailand faded now—but strong tinued to browze, I would gladly listen and in manhood then, was a thousand to the history of thy white locks, for miles from Caerlaverock, rolling on the they seem to have been bleached in salt sea, when she was brided :-ye many tempests."
Aye, aye,” said have the glance of her ee, I could the peasant, shaking his white head ken't yet amang ten thousand, gray as with a grave smile, they have braved my head is, I shall tell the grandson stmdry tempests between sixteen and of bonnie Marion Stobie ony tale he sixty; but touching this pasture, Sir, I likes to ask for ; and the story of the know nobody who would like their Ghost and the Gowd Casket shall be cows to crop it—the aged cattle shun foremost." the place—the bushes bloom, but bear “ You may imagine, then," said the no fruit—the birds never build in the old Caerlaverock peasant, rising at once branches--the children never come near with the commencement of his story from his native dialect into very pas- panse of Solway was visible from side sable English—" you may imagine to side from St. Bees to Barnhourie. these ruined walls raised again in their A very heavy rain, mingled with hail, beauty—whitened, and covered with a succeeded ; and a wind accompanied coating of green broom ; that garden, it, so fierce, and so high, that the now desolate, filled with herbs in their white foam of the sea was showered as season, and with flowers, hemmed round thick as snow on the summit of Caerwith a fence of cherry and plum-trees; laverock castle. Through this perilous and the whole possessed by a young sea, and amid this darkness and temfisherman, who won a fair subsistence pest, a bark was observed coming swiftly for his wife and children, from the down the middle of the sea-her sails waters of the Solway sea : you may rent—and her decks crowded with peoimagine it, too, as far from the present ple. The carry, as it is called, of the time as fifty years. There are only two tempest was direct from St. Bees to persons living now, who remember Caerlaverock; and experienced swains when the Bonne-Homme-Richard, the could see that the bark would be driven first ship ever Richard Faulder com- full on the fatal shoals of the Scottish manded, was wrecked on the Pellock side—but the lightning was so fierce sand-one of these persons now ad- that few dared venture to look on the dresses you—the other is the fisherman approaching vessel, or take measures who once owned that cottage-whose for endeavouring to preserve the lives of name ought neyer to be mentioned, and the unfortunate mariners. My father whose life seems lengthened as a warn- stood on the threshold of his door, and ing to the earth, how fierce God's judg- beheld all that passed in the bosom of ments are. Life changes—all breathing the sea. The bark approached fastthings have their time and their season; her canvas rent to threads, her masts but the Solway flows in the same beauty nearly levelled with the deck, and the Criffel rises in the same majesty- sea foaming over her so deep, and so the light of morning comes, and the strong, as to threaten to sweep the refull moon arises now, as they did then mains of her crew from the little refuge -but this moralizing matters little. It the broken masts and splintered beams was about the middle of harvest-I re- still afforded them. She now seemed member the day well—it had been sul- within half a mile from the shore, when try and suffocating, accompanied by a strong flash of lightning, that appearrushings of wind,-sudden convulsions ed to hang over the bark for a moment, of the water, and cloudings of the sun ; shewed the figure of a lady, richly I heard my father sigh, and say, 'dool dressed, clinging to a youth who was -dool to them found on the deep sea pressing her to his bosom. My father to-night-there will happen strong exclaimed, “ Saddle me my black horse storm and fearful tempest.' The day and saddle me my grey, and bring them closed, and the moon came over Skid- down to the Deadman's bank-anc daw : all was perfectly clear and still — swift in action as he was in resolve, he frequent dashings and whirling agita- hastened to the shore, his servants fol tions of the sea were soon heard min- lowing with his horses. The shore o gling with the hasty clang of the water- Solway presented then, as it does now fowls' wings, as they forsook the waves, the same varying line of coast-andth and sought shelter among the hollows house of my father stood in the boson of the rocks. The storm was nigh. of a little bay, nearly a mile fron The sky darkened down at once-clap where we sit. The remains of an ol. after clap of thunder followed, and forest interposed between the bay lightning flashed so vividly, and so fre- Deadman's bank, and the bay at ou
that if it were their doom to be wreck
FIRST FISHERMAN, ed, it might be in the bay of douce
"O lady, lady, weep not, nor wail,
Though the sea runs howe as Dalswinton vale, William Borlan, rather than that of Then Hashes bigh as Bamhourie brave, Gilbert Gyrape, the proprietor of that
And yawns for thee, like the yearning grase
Though 'twixt thee and the ravening food ruined cottage. But human wishes are There is but my arm, and this splintering wood,
The fell quicksand, or the famislied brine, vanities, wished either by sea or land. Cao ne'er barm a face so fair as thine. I have heard my father say he could
вотн. . never forget the cries of the mariners, “O lady, lady, be bold and brave, as the bark smote on the Pellock-bank,
Spread thy wide breast to the fearful wave
And cling to me, with that wbite right hand, and the flood rushed through the chasms And I'll set thee safe on the good dry land."
A lightning flash on the shallop strook, made by the concussion but he would
The Solway roar'd, and Caerlaverock shook, far less forget the agony of a lady-the
From the sinking ship there were shriekings cast,
That were heard above the tempest's blast.loveliest that could be looked upon, and the calm and affectionate courage of The young fishermen having conthe young man who supported her, and cluded their song, my companion proendeavoured to save her from destruc
ceeded. “ The lightning still flashed tion. Richard Faulder, the only man
vivid and fast, and the storm raged with who survived, has often sat at my fire unabated sury; for between the ship and side, and sung me a very rude, but a the shore, the sea broke in frightful very moving ballad, which he made on undulation, and leaped on the greenthis accomplished and unhappy pair :
sward several fathoms deep abreast. My and the old mariner assured me he had father mounted on one horse, and holdonly added rhymes, and a descriptive ing another in his hand, stood prepared line or two, to the language in which to give all the aid that a brave man Sir William Musgrave endeavoured to could, to the unhappy mariners; but soothe and support his wife."
neither horse nor man could endure the It seemed a thing truly singular, that
onset of that tremendous surge. The at this very moment two young fisher- bark bore for a time the fury of the men, who sat on the margin of the element, but a strong eastern wind came sea below us, watching their halve- suddenly upon her, and, crushing her nets, should sing, and with much between the wave and the freestone sweetness, the very song the old man
bank, drove her from the entrance of had described. They warbled verse my father's little bay towards the dwelland verse alternately ; and rock and bay ing of Gibbie Gyrape, and the thick seemed to retain, and then release the forest intervening, she was out of sight sound. Nothing is so sweet as a song
in a moment. My father saw, for the by the sea-side on a tranquil evening.
last time, the lady and her husband
looking shoreward from the side of the Sir William Musgrave.
vessel, as she drifted along; and as he FIRST FISHERMAN.
galloped round the head of the forest, "O lady, lady, why do you weep!
he heard for the last time the outcry of Though the wind be loosed ou the raging deep. Though the beaven be mirker, than mirk may be,
some, and the wail and intercession of And our frail bark ships a fearful sea,
others. When he came before the Yet thou art safe-18 on that sweet night
fisherman's house, a fearful sight preWhen our bridal candles gleamed far and bright.”. There came a sbriek, and there came a sound, sented itself; the ship dashed to atoms, And the Solway roared, and the ship spun round.
covered the shore with its wreck, and SECOND FISHERMAN.
with the bodies of the mariners; not a "O lady, lady, why do you cry? Thougb the waves be flashing top-mast bigli,
living soul escaped, save Richard FaulThough our fail bark yields to the dashing bride, der, whom the fiend who guides the And beaven and earth shew no saving sigo, There is one who comes in the time of need, spectre-shallop of Solway had rendered And curbs the waves as we curb a steed" The lightning came with the whirlwind blast,
proof to perils on the decp. The fishAnd cleaved the prow, and smote down the mast. erman himself came suddenly from his
cottage, all dripping and drenched, and from being the needy proprietor of a my father addressed him. “Oh Gil- halve-net, and the tenant at will of a bert, Gilbert, what a fearful sight is rude cottage, he became, by purchase, this; has heaven blessed thee with lord of a handsome inheritance ; promaking thee the means of saving a hu- ceeded to build a bonny mansion, and man soul ?'— Nor soul nor body have called it Gyrape-ha'; and became a I saved,' said the fisherman doggedly : leading man in a flock of a purer kind • I have done my best ; the storm proved of Presbyterians ; and a precept and too stark, and the lightning too fierce example to the community. for me; their boat alone came near “ Though the portioner of Gyrapewith a lady and a casket of gold; but ha' prospered wonderously, his claims she was swallowed up with the surge.' to parochial distinction, and the conMy father confessed afterwards, that he tinuance of his fortune, were treated was touched with the tone in which
with scorn by many, and with doubt these words were delivered, and made by all: though nothing open or direct answer, . If thou hast done thy best to was said ; looks more cutting at times save souls to-night, a bright reward will than the keenest speech, and actions, be thine ; if thou hast been fonder for still more expressive, shewed that the gain than for working the mariners' re- hearts of honest men were alienated; demption, thou hast much to answer the cause was left to his own interprefor." As he uttered these words, an tation. The peasant scrupled to become immense wave rolled landward as far his servant ; sailors hesitated to receive as the place where they stood; it almost his grain on board, lest perils should left its foam on their faces, and sud- find them on the deep ; the beggar denly receding, deposited at their feet ceased to solicit an awmous ; the dra the dead body of the lady. As my fa- ver, and horse couper, an unscrupling ther lifted her in his arms, he observed generation, found out a more distant that the jewels which had adorned her mode of concluding baryains than by hair, at that time worn long, had been shaking his hand; his daughters, handforcibly rent away : the diamonds and some and blue-eyed, were neither gold that enclosed her neck, and orna- wooed nor married; no maiden would mented the bosom of her rich satin hold tryste with his sons; though maidress, had been torn off; the rings re- dens were then as little loth as they are moved from her fingers; and on her now; and the aged peasant, as he passneck, lately so bily-white and pure, ed his new mansion, would shake his there appeared the marks of hands- head and say · The voice of spilt blood not laid there in love and gentleness, will be lifted up against thee; and a but with a fierce and deadly grasp. The spirit shall come up from the waters lady was buried with the body of her will make the corner-stone of thy hahusband, side by side, in Caerlaverock bitation tremble and quake. It happenburial-ground. My father never openly ed, during the summer which succeeded accused Gilbert the fisherman of having this unfortunate shipwreck, that I acmurdered the lady for her riches as she companied my father to the Solway, to , as
, wide, and stiff satin robes; but from by his side and watched the coming of that hour till the hour of his death, my the waters.
The shore was glittering father never broke bread with him; in star-light as far as the eye could never shook him or his by the hand ; reach. Gilbert, the fisherman, had nor spoke with ein in wrath or in that morning removed from his cottage love. The fisherman from that time to his new mansion; the former was, too waxed rich and prosperous ; and therefore, untenanted; and the latter
from its vantage ground on the crest of and bristle into life. I looked, but the hill, threw down to us the sound of observed nothing, save a long line of mirth, and music, and dancing; a re- thin and quivering light, dancing along velry common in Scotland, on taking the surface of the sea : it ascended the possession of a new house. As we lay bank, on which it seemed to linger for quietly looking on the swelling sea, and a moment, and then entering the fishobserving the water-fowl swimming and erman's cottage, made roof and rafter ducking in the encreasing waters, the gleam with a sudden illumination. • I'll sound of the merriment became more tell thee what, Gibbie Gyrape,' said my audible. My father listened to the mirth father, I wouldna be the owner of thy -looked to the sea— looked to the de- heart, and the proprietor of thy right serted cottage, and then to the new hand, for all the treasures in earth and mansion, and said, My son, I have a ocean.' A loud and piercing scream counsel to give thee, treasure it in thy from the cottage made us thrill with heart, and practise it in thy life—the fear, and in a moment the figures of daughters of him of Gyrape-ha' are three human beings rushed into the fair, and have an eye that would wile open air, and run towards us with a away the wits of the wisest—their father swiftness which supernatural dread alone has wealth–I say nought of the way could inspire. We instantly knew them he came by it—they will have golden to be three noted smugglers, who inportions doubtless. But I would rather fested the country; and rallying when lay thy head aneath the gowans in Ca- they found my father maintain his ground erlaverock kirk-yard, and son have I they thus mingled their fears and the none beside thee, than see thee lay it secrets of their trade—for terror fairly on the bridal pillow with the begotten overpowered their habitual caution. I of that man, though she had Nithsdale vow by the night tide, and the crooked for her dowry. Let not my words be timber,' said Willie Weethause, ' I as seed sown on the ocean. I may not never beheld sic a light as yon since our now tell thee why this warning is given. distillation pipe took fire, and made a Before that fatal shipwreck, I would burnt, instead of a drink-offering of have said Prudence Gyrape, in her our spirits. I'll uphold it comes for kirtle, was a better bride than some nae good-a warning may be-sae ye who have golden dowers. I have long may gang on, Wattie Bouseaway, wi' thought some one would see a sight; yere wickedness—as for me, I'se gae and often, while holding my halve-net hame and repent. Saulless bodie !! in the midnight tide, have I looked for said his companion, whose natural harsomething to appear-for where blood dihood was considerably supported by is shed there doth the spirit hạunt for
his communion with the brandy cup. a time, and give warning to man. May • Saulless bodie, for a staff o' fire and a I be strengthened to endure the sight!? maiden's shadow would ye forswear the I answered not, being accustomed to gallant trade. Saul to gude! but auld regard my father's counsel as a matter Miller Morison shall turn yere thraffle not to be debated as a solemn com- into a drain-pipe to wyse the waste wamand; we heard something like the ter from his mill, if ye turn back now, rustling of wings on the water-accom- and help us nae through with as strong panied by a slight curling motion of an importation as ever cheered the throat the tide. God haud his right hand and cheeped on the crapin. Confound about us !' said my father, breathing the fizzenless bodie ! he glowers as if thick with emotion and awe, and look- this fine starlight were something frae ing on the sea with a gaze so intense the warst side of the world, and thae, that his eyes seemed to dilate, and the staring e'en o' his are busy shaping hair of his forehead to project forward, heaven's sweetest and balmiest air into