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The clock strikes twelve !—prophetic'ly revealing
Soon must I hear its dismal thunders pealing,
Oh! for that august unexampled hour
Prepare thou me, O thou Eternal Power!
ELEGY ON THE MEMORY OF JOHN BROWN,
Of Coldstream, Newtown.
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."—Rev. xiv. 13.
(31 ULD Johnny's win awa at last,
Wi' him for ever,
By Tweed's fair river.
O mourn, Newtown, baith lang and sair!
That Death has made,
He did invade 1
For mother wit and worth, true fame
Has wi' a halo crown'd his name;
His faith and hope were free frae blame,
And richly given;
Direct frae heaven.
His gashin' jokes nae mair we'll hear—
Sa hamely spun;
Aneth the sun.
Nae mair he'll wander by Tweedside,
Wi' his bit creel,
Packed snod and weel.
Mourn, Lennel Haugh, your frien's awa;
O loudly wail!
Lament my tale.
Ye trees that skirt yon rocky brae,
Ye whin-clad heights, your dool display;
Ilk cowslip that bedecked his way
Now hang thy head; And ilka primrose tribute pay
To him that's dead.
To swell the dirge, ye warbling thrang, Changed be your notes o' praise and sang; For woe and wailing loud and lang
The hail day through, Till echo frae yon woods aiming
Respond to you.
But Time her sceptred reign shall yield,
In earth and sea
And be set free.
Then shall our honest Johnny rise,
Where joys abound,
O' a' around.
LAMENT FOR THE PREMATURE AND SUDDEN DEATH OF R. T.,
Supposed to be written while standing over his Grave in Lennel
SiJEKE now in lonely sorrow let me mourn,
However o'er life's stormy billows tossed,
TO THE MEMORY OF AN OLD FRIEND.
Written on the discovery of her Burial-Place in
01 ND oh is such her sacred spot of rest!
grows: No stone records the memory of the blessed,
Nor where her sainted ashes now repose. Obscure in life, as in the grave obscure,
Alone the vale of poverty she trod—
Her only stay and refuge was her God, Who gave her at the cross an earnest sure: Her all through it for ever was secure—
The wish supreme and purpose of her soul.
Friend of my earlier and my happier years,
Her love, her care and kindness, hopes and fears