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The tale of friendship scarce was told,
Ere the narrator's heart was cold —
Far may we search before we find
A heart so manly and so kind !
But not around his honour'd urn,
Shall friends alone and kindred mourn;
The thousand eyes his care had dried,
Pour at his name a bitter tide;
And frequent falls the grateful dew,
For benefits the world ne'er knew.
If mortal charity dare claim
The Almighty's attributed name,
Inscribe above his mouldering clay,
* The widow's shield, the orphan's stay."
Nor, though it wake thy sorrow, deem
My verse intrudes on this sad theme;
For sacred was the pen that wrote,
“ Thy father's friend forget thou not."
And grateful title may I plead,
For many a kindly word and deed,
To bring my tribute to his grave:-
'Tis little-but 'tis all I have.

To thee, perchance, this rambling strain Recalls our summer walks again ; When, doing nought-and, to speak true, Not anxious to find aught to do, The wild unbounded hills we ranged, While oft our talk its topic changed, And, desultory as our way, Ranged, unconfined, from grave to gay. Even when it flagg’d, as oft will chance, No effort made to break its trance,

We could right pleasantly pursue
Our sports in social silence too;
Thou gravely labouring to pourtray
The blighted oak's fantastic spray;
I spelling o'er, with much delight,
The legend of that antique knight,
Tirante by name, yclep'd the White.
At either's feet a trusty squire,
Pandour and Camp,' with eyes of fire,
Jealous, each other's motions view'd,
And scarce suppressid their ancient feud.
The laverock whistled from the cloud ;
The stream was lively, but not loud;
From the white thorn the May-flower shed
Its dewy fragrance round our head:
Not Ariel lived more merrily
Under the blossom'd bough, than we.

And blithesome nights, too, have been ours, When Winter stript the summer's bowers. Careless we heard, what now I hear, The wild blast sighing deep and drear, When fires were bright, and lamps beam'd gay, And ladies tuned the lovely lay; And he was held a laggard soul, Who shunn'd to quaff the sparkling howl. Then he, whose absence we deplore, Who breathes the gales of Devon's shore, The longer miss'd, bewail the more;

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'(Camp was a favourite dog of the Poet's, a bull-terrier of extraordinary sagacity. He is introduced in Raeburn's portrait of Sir Walter Scott, now at Dalkeith Palace.]

'[Colin Mackenzie, Esq. of Portmore.]

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And thou, and I, and dear-loved R-,
And one whose name I may not say,-
For not Mimosa's tender tree
Shrinks sooner from the touch than be,
In merry chorus well combined,
With laughter drown'd the whistling wind
Mirth was within; and care without
Might gnaw her nails to hear our shout.
Not but amid the buxom scene
Some

grave discourse might intervene
Of the good horse that bore him best,
His shoulder, hoof, and arching crest :
For, like mad Tom's, our chiefest care,
Was horse to ride, and weapon wear.
Such nights we've had; and, though the game
Of manhood be more sober tame,
And though the field-day, or the drill,
Seem less important now---yet still
Such may we hope to share again.
The sprightly thought inspires my strain !
And mark, how, like a horseman true,
Lord Marmion's march I thus renew.

[Sir William Rae, of St. Catharine's, Bart., subsequently Lord Advocate of Scotland, was a distinguished member of the volunteer corps to which Sir Walter Scott belonged; and he, the Poet, Mr. Skene, Mr. Mackenzie, and a few other friends, had formed themselves into a little semi-military club, the meetings of which were held at their family supper-tables in rotation.]

* [The gentleman whose name the Poet " might not say," will now, it is presumed, pardon its introduction. The late Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo, Bart., son of the author of the Life of Benttie, was another member of this volunteer corps and club.]

• Ser King Lear.

MARMION.

CANTO FOURTH.

THE CAMP.

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EUSTACE, I said, did blithely mark
The first notes of the merry lark.
The lark sang shrill, the cock he crew,
And loudly Marmion's bugles blew,
And with their light and lively call,
Brought groom and yeoman to the stall.
Whistling they came, and free of heart,

But soon their mood was changed;
Complaint was heard on every part,

Of something disarranged. Some clamour'd loud for armour lost; Some brawld and wrangled with the host; * By Becket's bones," cried one, " I fear, That some false Scot has stolen my spear !"Young Blount, Lord Marmion's second squire, Found his steed wet with sweat and mire; Although the rated horse-boy sware, Last night he dressd him sleek and fair. While chased the impatient squire like thunder, Old Hubert shouts, in fear and wonder, " Help, gentle Blount! help, comrades all! Bevis lies dying in his stall:

To Marmion who the plight dare tell,
Of the good steed he loves so well ?”—
Gaping for fear and ruth, they saw
The charger panting on his straw;
Till one, who would seem wisest, cried,
“ What else but evil could betide,
With that cursed Palmer for our guide ?
Better we had through mire and bush
Been lantern-led by Friar Rush.” !

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Fitz-Eustace, who the cause but guess'd,

Nor wholly understood,
His comrades' clamorous plaints suppress'd;

He knew Lord Marmion's mood.
Him, ere he issued forth, he sought,
And found deep plunged in gloomy thought,

And did his tale display
Simply, as if he knew of nought

To cause such disarray.

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Alias, “ Will o' the Wisp." This personage is a strolling demon, or esprit follet, who, once upon a time, got admittance into a monastery as a scullion, and played the monks many pranks. He was also a sort of Robin Goodfellow, and Jack o' Lanthern. It is in allusion to this mischievous demon that Mil. ton's clown speaks,

“ She was pinched, and pulled, she said,

And he by Friar's lanthern led." “ The History of Friar Rush" is of extreme rarity, and, for some time, even the existence of such a book was doubted, although it is expressly alluded to by Reginald Scot, in his “Discovery of Witchcraft.” I have perused a copy in the valuable library of my friend Mr. Heber; and I observe, from Mr. Beloe's “ Anecdotes of Literature,” that there is one in the excellent collection of the Marquis of Stafford.

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