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But by thy honest turf I'll wait,

Who shall say that fortune grieves him,
Thou man of worth!

While the star of hope she leaves him?
And weep the ae best fellow's fate

Me, nae cheerfu' twinkle lights me;
E’er lay in earth.

Dark despair around benights me.
Macpherson's Farewell.

I'll ne'er blame my partial fancy,

Naething could resist my Nancy; Farewell, ye dungeons dark and strong,

But to see her was to love her ; The wretch's destinie !

Love but her, and love for ever. Macpherson's time will not be long

Had we never loved sae kindly,
On yonder gallows-tree.

Had we never loved sae blindly,
Sae rantingly, sae wantonly,

Never met-or never parted,
Sae dauntingly gaed he;

We had ne'er been broken-hearted.
He played a spring, and danced it round,
Below the gallows-tree.

Fare-thee-weel, thou first and fairest !

Fare-thee-weel, thou best and dearest !
Oh, what is death but parting breath?

Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
On many a bloody plain
I've dared his face, and in this place

Peace, enjoyment, love, and pleasure !

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever ; I scorn him yet again!

Ae fareweel, alas ! for ever! Untie these bands from off my hands,

Deep in heart-wrung tears I 'll pledge thee, And bring to me my sword ;

Warring sighs and groans I 'll wage thee ! And there's no a man in all Scotland,

But I'll brave him at a word. I've lived a life of sturt and strife ;

My Bonny Mary. I die by treacherie ;

Go fetch to me a pint o' wine, It burns my heart I must depart

And fill it in a silver tassie; And not avenged be.

That I may drink, before I go,

A service to my bonny lassie; Now farewell light--thou sunshine bright,

The boat rocks at the pier o' Leith, And all beneath the sky!

Fu' loud the wind blaws frae the Ferry; May coward shame distain his name,

The ship rides by the Berwick-law,
The wretch that dares not die !

And I maun leave my bonny Mary.
Menie.

The trumpets sound, the banners fly,
Again rejoicing Nature sees

The glittering spears are ranked ready;

The shouts o' war are heard afar,
Her robe assume its vernal hues,
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,

The battle closes thick and bloody;

But it's not the roar o' sea or shore All freshly steeped in morning dews.

Wad make me langer wish to tarry ;
In vain to me the cowslips blaw,

Nor shouts o' war that's heard afar —
In vain to me the violets spring ;

It's leaving thee, my bonny Mary.
In vain to me, in glen or shaw,
The mavis and the lintwhite sing.

Mary Morison.
The merry plough-boy cheers his team,
Wi' joy the tentie seedsman stalks ;

One of my juvenile works.' --Burns. 'Of all the productions But life to me 's a weary dream,

of Burns, the pathetic and

serious love-songs which he has left

behind him in the manner of old ballads, are perhaps those which A dream of ane that never wauks.

take the deepest and most lasting hold of the mind." Such are the

lines of Mary Morison, &c.'-HAZLITT. The wanton coot the water skims, Amang the reeds the ducklings cry,

O Mary, at thy window be, The stately swan majestic swims,

It is the wished, the trysted hour! And everything is blessed but I.

Those smiles and glances let me see,

That make the miser's treasure poor :
The shepherd steeks his faulding slap,

How blithely wad I bide the stoure,
And ower the moorland whistles shill;

A weary slave frae sun to sun,
Wi' wild, unequal, wandering step,

Could I the rich reward secure,
I meet him on the dewy hill.

The lovely Mary Morison.
And when the lark, 'tween light and dark,
Blithe waukens by the daisy's side,

Yestreen when to the trembling string
And mounts and sings on flittering wings,

The dance gaed through the lighted ha,
A woe-worn ghaist I hameward glide.

To thee my fancy took its wing,

I sat, but neither heard nor saw. Come, Winter, with thine angry howl,

Though this was fair, and that was braw, And raging bend the naked tree :

And yon the toast of a' the town,
Thy gloom will soothe my cheerless soul,

I sighed, and said amang them a',
When nature all is sad like me!

“Ye are na Mary Morison.'
Ae Fond Kiss.

O Mary, canst thou wreck his peace,

Wha for thy sake wad gladly die? *These exquisitely affecting stanzas contain the essence of a Or canst thou break that heart of his, thousand love-tales.' --SCOTT.

Whase only faut is loving thee? Ae fond kiss, and then we sever ;

If love for love thou wilt na gie, Ae fareweel, alas ! for ever!

At least be pity to me shewn; Deep in heart-wrung tears I 'll pledge thee,

A thought ungentle canna be Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.

The thought o' Mary Morison.

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And frae his harp sic strains did flow,
Bruce's Address,

Might roused the slumbering dead to hear ;

But oh! it was a tale of woe,
Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,

As ever met a Briton's ear.
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led;
Welcome to your gory bed,

He sang wi' joy the former day,
Or to victory!

He weeping wailed his latter times ;

But what he said it was nae play-
Now's the day, and now's the hour ;

I winna ventur 't in my rhymes.
See the front o battle lour;
See approach proud Edward's power-
Chains and slavery!

To Mary in Heaven.
Wha will be a traitor knave ?

Thou ling’ring star, with less'ning ray,
Wha can fill a coward's grave?

That lov'st to greet the early morn,
Wha sae base as be a slave ?

Again thou usher'st in the day
Let him turn and flee!

My Mary from my soul was torn.

O Mary! dear departed shade !
Wha for Scotland's king and law

Where is thy place of blissful rest?
Freedom's sword will strongly draw,

See'st thou thy lover lowly laid ?
Freeman stand, or freeman fa',

Hear'st thou the groans that rend his breast?
Let him follow me!

That sacred hour can I forget,
By oppression's woes and pains !

Can I forget the hallowed grove,
By your sons in servile chains!

Where by the winding Ayr we met,
We will drain our dearest veins,

To live one day of parting love !
But they shall be free!

Eternity will not efface
Lay the proud usurpers low!

Those records dear of transports past;
Tyrants fall in every foe!

Thy image at our last embrace ;
Liberty 's in every blow !

Ah! little thought we 'twas our last !
Let us do, or die !

Ayr, gurgling, kissed his pebbled shore,

"O'erhung with wild woods, thick’ning green ! A Vision.*

The fragrant birch, and hawthorn hoar,
As I stood by yon roofless tower,

Twined am'rous round the raptured scene;
Where the wa’-flower scents the dewy air,

The flow'rs sprang wanton to be prest,
Where the howlet mourns in her ivy bower,

The birds sang love on every spray-
And tells the midnight moon her care;

Till soon, too soon, the glowing west

Proclaimed the speed of winged day.
The winds were laid, the air was still,
The stars they shot alang the sky;

Still o'er these scenes my mem'ry wakes,
The fox was howling on the hill,

And fondly broods with miser care !
And the distant echoing glens reply.

Time but th' impression stronger makes,

As streams their channels deeper wear.
The stream, adown its hazelly path,

My Mary! dear departed shade
Was rushing by the ruined wa's,

Where is thy place of blissful rest ?
Hasting to join the sweeping Nith,

See'st thou thy lover lowly laid ?
Whose distant roaring swells and fa's.

Hear'st thou the groans that rend his breast ?
The cauld blue north was streaming forth
Her lights, wi' hissing eerie din ;

* Burns, in his ‘Remarks on Scottish Songs,' written for the Athort the list they start and shift,

Laird of Glenriddel, has described the above parting scene. My

Highland lassie,' he says, 'was a warm-hearted, charming young Like fortune's favours, tint as win.

creature as ever blessed a man with generous love. After a pretty

| long tract of the most ardent reciprocal attachment, we met by By heedless chance I turned mine eyes,

appointment on the second Sunday of May, in a sequestered spot And, by the moonbeam, shook to see

by the banks of Ayr, where we spent the day in taking a farewell

before she should embark for the West Highlands to arrange A stern and stalwart ghaist arise,

matters among her friends for our projected change of life. At Attired as minstrels wont to be.

the close of autumn following she crossed the sea to meet me at

Greenock, where she had scarce landed when she was seized with Had I a statue been o' stane,

a malignant fever, which hurried my dear girl to the grave in a few

days before I could even 'hear of her illness." Cromek heightens His darin' look had daunted me;

the interesting picture : 'The lovers stood on each side of a small And on his bonnet graved was plain,

purling brook; they laved their hands in its limpid stream, and The sacred posy-Libertie!'

holding a Bible between them pronounced their vows to be faithful to each other. They parted, never to meet again.' Subsequent

investigation has lessened the romance of this pure love-passage * A favourite walk of Burns, during his residence in Dumfries, in the poet's life. The 'pretty long tract of attachment, if we was one along the right bank of the river above the town, terminat- take the expression literally, must have been before Burns's acing at the ruins of Lincluden Abbey and Church, which occupy a quaintance with Jean Armour, who soon eclipsed all the other romantic situation on a piece of rising ground in the angle at the rustic heroines. When Jean and her parents so ruthlessly broke oft junction of the Cluden Water with the Nith. These ruins include the connection, Burns turned to Highland Mary; but when Mary many fine fragments of ancient decorative architecture, and are embarked for the West Highlands, Jean Armour again obtained the enshrined in a natural scene of the utmost beauty. Burns, accord ascendant, and four weeks after the parting with Mary (June ra), ing to his eldest son, often mused amidst the Lincluden ruins. we find the poet writing : Never man loved, or rather adored, a There is one position on a little mount, to the south of the church, woman more than I did her (Jean Armour); and to confess a truth, where a couple of landscapes of witching loveliness are obtained, I do still love her to distraction.' Mary is no more heard of, and set, as it were, in two of the windows of the ancient building. It is not mentioned by Burns till three years after her decease. Her was probably the Calvary of the ancient church precinct. This premature death had recalled her love and her virtues, and emthe younger Burns remembered to have been a favourite resting-balmed them for ever. The parting scene was exalted and halplace of the poet.

lowed in his imagination, and kept sacred--not, perhaps, without Such is the locality of the grand and thrilling ode, entitled A some feeling of remorse. To Dr Moore, to his Ayrshire friends, Vision, in which he hints-for more than a hint could not be and to Clarinda he spoke freely of all his early loves except that of ventured upon-his sense of the degradation of the ancient manly Mary: his vows to her seem never to have been whispered to spirit of his country under the conservative terrors of the passing any ear but her own. The rapid changes illustrate the poet's era.-CHAMBERS's Burns.

mobility,' or excessive susceptibility of immediate impressions,

Bowers, adieu! where love decoying,
RICHARD GALL.

First enthralled this heart o'mine;

There the saftest sweets enjoying, RICHARD GALL (1776-1800), whilst employed Sweets that memory ne'er shall tine! as a printer in Edinburgh, threw off some Scottish Friends so dear my bosom ever, songs that became favourites. My Only Fo and

Ye hae rendered moments dear; Dearie 0, for pleasing fancy and musical expres

But, alas ! when forced to sever, sion, is not unworthy of Tannahill. I remember,'

Then the stroke, oh, how severe ! says Allan Cunningham, when this song was ex

Friends, that parting tear reserve it, ceedingly popular : its sweetness and ease, rather

Though 'tis doubly dear to me; than its originality and vigour, might be the Could I think I did deserve it, cause of its success. The third verse contains a

How much happier would I be! very beautiful picture of early attachment-a Scenes of woe and scenes of pleasure, sunny bank, and some sweet soft school-girl, will

Scenes that former thoughts renew; appear to many a fancy when these lines are Scenes of woe and scenes of pleasure, sung:

Now a sad and last adieu !
My Only Fo and Dearie 0.

ALEXANDER WILSON.
Thy cheek is o' the rose's hue,
My only jo and dearie 0;

ALEXANDER Wilson, a distinguished naturThy neck is like the siller-dew

alist, was also a good Scottish poet. He was a Upon the banks sae briery 0;

native of Paisley, and born July 6, 1766. He was Thy teeth are o' the ivory,

brought up to the trade of a weaver, but afterOh, sweet's the twinkle o' thine ee !

wards preferred that of a pedlar, selling muslin Nae joy, nae pleasure, blinks on me,

and other wares. In 1789 he added to his other My only jo and dearie O.

commodities a prospectus of a volume of poems, The birdie sings upon the thorn

trusting, as he said, Its sang o' joy, fu cheerie 0,

If the pedlar should fail to be favoured with sale, Rejoicing in the summer morn,

Then I hope you 'll encourage the poet.
Nae care to mak it eerie 0;
But little kens the sangster sweet

He did not succeed in either character; and after Aught o' the cares I hae to meet,

publishing his poems, he returned to the loom. That gar my restless bosom beat,

În 1792 he issued anonymously his best poem, My only jo and dearie O.

Watty and Meg, which was at first attributed to Whan we were bairnies on yon brae,

Burns.* A foolish personal satire, and a not very And youth was blinking bonny 0,

wise admiration of the principles of equality disAft we wad daff the lee-lang day,

seminated at the time of the French Revolution, Our joys fu' sweet and mony O;

drove Wilson to America in the year 1794. There Aft I wad chase thee o'er the lea,

he was once more a weaver and a pedlar, and And round about the thorny tree,

afterwards a schoolmaster. A love of ornithology Or pu' the wild-flowers a' for thee,

gained upon him, and he wandered over America, My only jo and dearie 0.

collecting specimens of birds. In 1808 appeared

his first volume of American Ornithology, and he I hae a wish I canna tine,

continued collecting and publishing, traversing 'Mang a' the cares that grieve me 0; I wish thou wert for ever mine,

swamps and forests in quest of rare birds, and And never mair to leave me o:

undergoing the greatest "privations and fatigues, Then I wad daut thee night and day,

till he had committed an eighth volume to the Nor ither warldly care wad hae,

press. He sank under his severe labours on the Till life's warm stream forgot to play,

23d of August 1813, and was interred with public My only jo and dearie 0.

honours at Philadelphia. In the Ornithology of Wilson we see the fancy and descriptive powers of

the poet. The following extract is part of his Farewell to Ayrshire.

account of the bald eagle, and is extremely vivid This song of Gall's has often been printed as the composition of and striking: Burns, a copy in Burns's handwriting having been found among his papers.

The Bald Eagle. Scenes of woe and scenes of pleasure,

The celebrated cataract of Niagara is a noted place of Scenes that former thoughts renew ;

resort for the bald eagle, as well on account of the fish Scenes of woe and scenes of pleasure,

procured there, as for the numerous carcases of squirrels, Now a sad and last adieu !

deer, bears, and various other animals that, in their Bonny Doon, sae sweet at gloaming,

attempts to cross the river above the falls, have been Fare-thee-weel before I gang

dragged into the current, and precipitated down that Bonny Doon, where, early roaming,

tremendous gulf, where, among the rocks that bound the First I weaved the rustic sang!

rapids below, they furnish a rich repast for the vulture,

the raven, and the bald eagle, the subject of the present which also characterised Byron, and which Byron, less reticent, account. He has been long known to naturalists, being has defended: "Tis merely what is called mobility

* As Burns was one day sitting at his desk by the side of the A thing of temperament and not of art,

window, a well-known hawker, Andrew Bishop, went past crying : Though seeming so from its supposed facility :

Watty and Meg, a new ballad, by Robert Burns. The poet And false, though true ; for surely they 're sincerest looked out and said: That's a lee, Andrew, but I would make Who are strongly acted on by what is nearest.

your plack a bawbee if it were mine. This we heard Mrs Burns, Don Juan, c. xvi. the poet's widow, relate.

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common to both continents, and occasionally met with and, after admiring for some time the beautiful simfrom a very high northern latitude to the borders of the plicity of nature, gave her willing consent, and the little torrid zone, but chiefly in the vicinity of the sea, and fellow went off on the wings of ecstacy to execute his along the shores and cliffs of our lakes and large rivers. delightful commission. Formed by nature for braving the severest cold, feeding The similarity of this little boy's enthusiasm to my equally on the produce of the sea and of the land, pos- own struck me, and the reader will need no explanations sessing powers of flight capable of outstripping even the of mine to make the application. Should my country tempests themselves, unawed by anything but man, and, receive with the same gracious indulgence the specimens from the ethereal heights to which he soars, looking which I here humbly present her ; should she express abroad at one glance on an immeasurable expanse of a desire for me to go and bring her more, the highest forests, fields, lakes, and ocean deep below him, he appears wishes of my ambition will be gratified; for, in the indifferent to the little localities of change of seasons, language of my little friend, our whole woods are full as in a few minutes he can pass from summer to winter, of them, and I can collect hundreds more, much handfrom the lower to the higher regions of the atmosphere, somer than these. the abode of eternal cold, and from thence descend at will to the torrid or the arctic regions of the earth.

The ambition of the poet-naturalist was amply In procuring fish, he displays, in a very singular gratified. manner, the genius and energy of his character, which is fierce, contemplative, daring, and tyrannical ; attributes not exerted but on particular occasions, but when

A Village Scold. From · Watty and Meg:' put forth, overpowering all opposition. Elevated on the

l' the thrang o'stories tellin', high dead limb of some gigantic tree that commands a

Shakin' hands and jokin' queer, wide view of the neighbouring shore and ocean, he

Swith ! a chap comes on the hallanseems calmly to contemplate the motions of the various feathered tribes that pursue their busy avocations below;

"Mungo ! is our Watty here ?' the snow-white gulls slowly winnowing the air ; the Maggy's weel-kent tongue and hurry busy tringæ coursing along the sands ; trains of ducks

Darted through him like a knise : streaming over the surface; silent and watchful cranes

Up the door flew—like a fury intent and wading ; clamorous crows; and all the

În came Watty's scoldin' wife. winged multitudes that subsist by the bounty of this vast liquid magazine of nature. High over all these,

'Nasty, gude-for-naething being ! hovers one whose action instantly arrests his whole

O ye snuffy drucken sow! attention. By his wide curvature of wing, and sudden Bringin' wife and weans to ruin, suspension in air, he knows him to be the fish-hawk,

Drinkin' here wi' sic a crew! settling over some devoted victim of the deep. His eye kindles at the sight, and balancing himself with

"Rise ! ye drucken beast o' Bethel ! half-opened wings on the branch, he watches the

Drink's your night and day's desire; result. Down, rapid as an arrow from heaven, descends

Rise, this precious hour! or faith I'll the distant object of his attention, the roar of its wings

Fling your whisky i' the fire ! reaching the ear as it disappears in the deep, making the surges foam around. At this moment the eager Watty heard her tongue unhallowed, looks of the eagle are all ardour ; and, levelling his

Paid his groat wi' little din, neck for flight, he sees the fish-hawk once more emerge, Left the house, while Maggy followed, struggling with his prey, and mounting in the air with

Flytin' a' the road behin'. screams of exultation. These are the signal for our hero, who, launching into the air, instantly gives chase, Folk frae every door came lampin', and soon gains on the fish-hawk; each exerts his ut

Maggy curst them ane and a', most to mount above the other, displaying in these

Clapped wi' her hands, and stampin', rencontres the most elegant and sublime aërial evolutions.

Lost her bauchelsa i the snaw. The unencumbered eagle rapidly advances, and is just on the point of reaching his opponent, when, with a Hame, at length, she turned the gavel, sudden scream, probably of despair and honest execra

Wi' a face as white's a clout, tion, the latter drops his fish: the eagle, poising himself

Ragin' like a very devil, for a moment, as if to take a more certain aim, descends

Kickin' stools and chairs about. like a whirlwind, snatches it in his grasp ere it reaches the water, and bears his ill-gotten booty silently away to • Ye 'll sit wi' your limmers round yethe woods.

Hang you, sir, I'll be your death !

Little hauds my hands, consound you, By way of preface, to invoke the clemency of

But I cleave you to the teeth!' the reader,' Wilson relates the following exquisite trait of simplicity and nature :

Watty, wha, 'midst this oration, In one of my late visits to a friend in the country, I

Eyed her whiles, but durst na speak, found their youngest son, a fine boy of eight or nine

Sat, like patient Resignation, years of age, who usually resides in town for his educa Trembling by the ingle-cheek. tion, just returning from a ramble through the neighbouring woods and fields, where he had collected a

Sad his wee drap brose he sippetlarge and very handsome bunch of wild-flowers, of a

Maggy's tongue gaed like a bellgreat many different colours; and, presenting them to

Quietly to his bed he slippet, his mother, said :'Look, my dear mamma, what beauti

Sighin' aften to himsel : ful flowers I have found growing on our place! Why, all the woods are full of them ! red, orange, and blue,

Nane are free frae some vexation, and 'most every colour. Oh ! I can gather you a whole

Ilk ane has his ills to dree; parcel of them, much handsomer than these, all growing

But through a' the hale creation in our own woods! Shall I, mamma? Shall I go and

Is nae mortal vexed like me.' bring you more?' The good woman received the bunch of flowers with a smile of affectionate complacency;

1 Old shoes

No anither night to lodge here-
HECTOR MACNEILL.

No a friend their cause to plead !

He's ta'en on to be a sodger, HECTOR MACNEILL (1746-1818) was brought up She wi' weans to beg her bread ! to a mercantile life, but was unsuccessful in most of his business affairs. In 1789, he published a The little domestic drama is happily wound up : legendary poem, The Harp, and in 1795, his Jeanie obtains a cottage and protection from the moral tale, Scotland's Skaith, or the History o' Duchess of Buccleuch ; and Will, after losing a Will and Jean. The object of this production leg in battle, returns, ' placed on Chelsea's bounty, was to depict the evil effects of intemperance. and finds his wife and family. A happy rural pair are reduced to ruin, descend

Sometimes briskly, sometimes flaggin', ing by gradual steps till the husband is obliged Sometimes helpit, Will gat forth; to enlist as a soldier, and the wife to beg with On a cart, or in a wagon, her children through the country. The situation Hirpling aye towards the north. of the little ale-house where Will begins his unlucky potations is finely described.

Tired ae e'ening, stepping hooly,

Pondering on his thraward fate, In a howm, whose bonny burnie

In the bonny month of July,
Whimpering rowed its crystal flood,

Willie, heedless, tint his gate.
Near the road, where travellers turn aye,
Neat and beild, a cot-house stood :

Saft the southland breeze was blawing,

Sweetly sughed the green aik wood; White the wa's, wi' roof new theekit,

Loud the din o streams fast fa'ing,
Window broads just painted red ;

Strack the ear wi' thundering thud :
Lowne 'mang trees and braes it reekit,
Haflins seen and haflins hid.

Ewes and lambs on braes ran bleating;

Linties chirped on ilka tree; Up the gavel-end, thick spreadin',

Frae the west, the sun, near setting,
Crap the clasping ivy green,

Flamed on Roslin's towers sae hie.
Back ower, firs the high craigs cleadin',
Raised a' round a cosy screen.

Roslin's towers and braes sae bonny!

Craigs and water, woods and glen! Down below, a flowery meadow

Roslin's banks, unpeered by ony,
Joined the burnie's rambling line ;

Save the Muses' Hawthornden !
Here it was that Howe the widow
That same day set up her sign.

Ilka sound and charm delighting,
Brattling down the brae, and near its

Will—though hardly fit to gang

Wandered on through scenes inviting, Bottom, Will first marvelling sees * Porter, Ale, and British Spirits,'

Listening to the mavis' sang. Painted bright between twa trees.

Faint at length, the day fast closing, "Godsake, Tam! here's walth for drinking!

On a fragrant strawberry steep, Wha can this new-comer be?'

Esk's sweet stream to rest composing, Hout,' quo' Tam, there 's drouth in thinking

Wearied nature drapt asleep. Let's in, Will, and syne we 'll see.'

"Soldier, rise !--the dews o' e'ening The rustic friends have a jolly meeting, and do

Gathering, fa' wi' deadly skaith

Wounded soldier ! if complaining, not separate till "'tween twa and three' next

Sleep na here, and catch your death.' morning. A weekly club is set up at Maggy Howe's, a newspaper is procured, and poor Will, Silent stept he on, poor fellow ! the hero of the tale, becomes a pot-house poli Listening to his guide before, tician, and soon goes to ruin. His wife also takes Ower green knowe and flowery hollow, to drinking.

Till they reached the cot-house door.
Wha was ance like Willie Gairlace?

Laigh it was, yet sweet and humble ;
Wha in neebouring town or farm ?

Decked wi' honeysuckle round;
Beauty's bloom shone in his fair face,

Clear below, Esk's waters rumble,
Deadly strength was in his arm.

Deep glens murmuring back the sound.
Whan he first saw Jeanie Miller,

Melville's towers, sae white and stately,
Wha wi' Jeanie could compare ?

Dim by gloaming glint to view ;
Thousands had mair braws and siller,

Through Lasswade's dark woods keek sweetly But war ony half sae fair?

Skies sae red, and lift sae blue.
See them now !-how changed wi' drinking !

Entering now, in transport mingle
A' their youthfu' beauty gane !

Mother fond and happy wean,
Davered, doited, daized, and blinking-

Smiling round a canty ingle,
Worn to perfect skin and bane !

Bleezing on a clean hearthstane.
In the cauld month o' November

•Soldier, welcome ! come, be cheeryClaise and cash and credit out

Here ye'se rest and tak' your bed-
Cowering ower a dying ember,

Faint, wae's me! ye seem, and weary,
Wi' ilk face as white's a clout !

Pale 's your cheek, sae lately red !
Bond and bill and debts a' stoppit,

• Changed I am,' sighed Willie till her ; Ilka sheaf selt on the bent ;

'Changed, nae doubt, as changed can be ! Cattle, beds, and blankets roupit,

Yet, alas ! does Jeanie Miller
Now to pay the laird his rent.

Nought o' Willie Gairlace see?'

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