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Than sceptered king or laurelled conqueror knows,
A PLACE OF BURIAL IN THE SOUTH OF
SCOTLAND. Part fenced by man, part by a ragged steep That curbs a foaming brook, a graveyard lies; The hare's best couching-place for fearless sleep; Which moonlit elves, far seen by credulous eyes, Enter in dance. Of church, or Sabbath ties, No vestige now remains; yet thither creep Bereft ones, and in lowly anguish weep Their prayers out to the wind and naked skies. Proud tomb is none; but rudely-sculptured knights, By humble choice of plain old times, are seen Level with earth, among the hillocks green: Union not sad, when sunny daybreak smites The spangled turf, and neighbouring thickets ring With jubilate from the choirs of spring!
A HIGHLAND HUT. See what gay wild flowers deck this earth-built cot Whose smoke, forth-issuing whence and how it may, Shines in the greeting of the sun's first ray Like wreaths of vapour without stain or blot. The limpid mountain rill avoids it not ; And why shouldst thou? If rightly trained and bred, Humanity is humble,-finds no spot Which her heaven-guided feet refuse to tread. The walls are cracked, sunk is the flowery roof, Undressed the pathway leading to the door ;
But love, as Nature loves, the lonely poor;
COMPOSED IN ROSLIN CHAPEL DURING
The wind is now thy organist ;-a clank
THE TROSSACHS. THERE's not a nook within this solemn Pass, But were an apt confessional for one Taught by his summer spent, his autumn gone, That life is but a tale of morning grass, Withered at eve. From scenes of art that chase That thought away, turn, and with watchful eyes Feed it mid Nature's old felicities; Rocks, rivers, and smooth lakes more clear than glass Untouched, unbreathed upon. Thrice happy quest,
If from a golden perch of aspen spray
“THE PIBROCH'S NOTE." The Pibroch's note, discountenanced or mute; The Roman kilt, degraded to a toy Of quaint apparel for a half-spoilt boy; The target mouldering like ungathered fruit; The smoking steam-boat eager in pursuit, As eagerly pursued; the umbrella spread To weather-fend the Celtic herdsman's headAll speak of manners withering to the root, And some old honours, too, and passions high: Then may we ask, tho'pleased that thought should range Among the conquests of civility, Survives imagination to the change Superior ? Help to virtue does it give? If not, O Mortals, better cease to live!
IN THE GLEN OF LOCH ETIVE. This Land of Rainbows, spanning glens whose walls, Rock-built, are hung with rainbow-coloured mists, Of far-stretched meres, whose salt flood never rests, Of tuneful caves and playful waterfalls, Of mountains varying momently their crestsProud be this land! whose poorest huts are halls Where Fancy entertains becoming guests; W’hile native song the heroic past recalls. Thus, in the net of her own wishes caught,
The Muse exclaimed; but Story now must hide
IN THE SOUND OF MULL. TRADITION, be thou mute! Oblivion, throw Thy veil, in mercy, o'er the records hung Round strath and mountain, stamped by the ancient
tongue On rock and ruin darkening as we go Spods where a word, ghost-like, survives to show What crimes from hate, or desperate love have sprung; From honour misconceived, or fancied wrong, What feuds, not quenched, but fed by mutual woe: Yet, though a wild vindictive race, untamed By civil arts and labours of the pen, Could gentleness be scorned by these fierce men, Who, to spread wide the reverence that they claimed For patriarchal occupations, named Yon towering Peaks, 'Shepherds of Etive Glen.'
THE CAVE OF STAFFA.
We saw, but surely, in the motley crowd,
And by one votary who at will might stand
THANKS for the lessons of this spot-fit school
ROMAN ANTIQUITIES. How profitless the relics that we cull, Troubling the last holds of ambitious Rome, Unless they chasten fancies that presume Too high, or idle agitations lull! Of the world's flatteries if the brain be full, To have no seat for thought were better doom, Like this old helmet, or the eyeless skull Of him who gloried in its nodding plume. Heaven out of view, our wishes what are they?