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IX. happy love! where love like this is found !

O heart-felt raptures ! bliss beyond compare! I've paced much this weary mortal round,

And sage experience bids me this declare-
If heaven a draught of heavenly pleasure

One cordial in this melancholy vale,
'Tis when a youthful, loving, modest pair,

In others' arms breathe out the tender tale, Beneath the milk-white thorn that scents the ev'n

ing gale."

X. Is there, in human form, that bears a heart

A wretch! a villain lost to love and truth! That can, with studied, sly, ensnaring art,

Betray sweet Jenny's unsuspecting youth? Curse on his perjur'd arts ! dissembling smooth!

Are honour, virtue, conscience, all exil'd ? Is there no pity, no relenting ruth, Points to the parents fondling o'er their

child? Then paints the ruin'd maid, and their distraction


XI. But now the supper crowns their simple board,

The healsome parritch, ehief o' Scotia's food : The soupe their only hawkie does afford,

That 'yont the hallan snugly chows her cood: The dame brings forth in complimental mood,

To grace the lad, her weel-hain'd kebbuck, fell, An' aft he's prest, an' aft he ca's it guid;

The frugal wifie, garrulous, will tell, How 'twas a towmund auld, sin' lint was i' the


The cheerfu' supper done, wi' serious face,

They, round the ingle, form a circle wide ;
The sire turns o’er, wi' patriarchal grace,

The big ha-Bible, ance his father's pride :

His bonnet rev'rently is laid aside,

His lyart haffets wearing thin an' bare ; Those strains that once did sweet in Zion glide,

He wales a portion with judicious care ; And “ Let us worship God !” he says, with solemn


XIII. They chaunt their artless notes in simple guise ; They tune their hearts, by far the noblest

aim : Perhaps Dundee's wild warbling measures rise,

Or plaintive Martyrs, worthy of the name; Or noble Elgin beets the heav'n-ward flame,

The sweetest far of Scotia's holy lays : Compar'd with these, Italian trills are tame;

The tickl’d ears no heart-felt raptures raise ; Nae unison hae they with our Creator's praise.

The priest-like father reads the sacred page,

How Abram was the friend of God on high ; Or Moses bade eternal warfare wage

With Amalek's ungracious progený; Or how the royal bard did groaning lye

Beneath the stroke of heaven's avenging ire; Or Job's pathetic plaint, and wailing cry;

Or rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic fire ;
Or other holy seers that tune the sacred lyre.

Perhaps the Christian volume is the theme,

How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed; How He, who bore in heaven the second name,

Had not on earth whereon to lay his head : How his first followers and servants sped,

The precepts sage they wrote to many a land : How he, who lone in Patmos banished,

Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand ; And heard great Bab’lon's doom pronounc'd by

heav'n's cominand.

XVI. Then kneeling down, to Heaven's eternal king,

The saint, the father, and the husband prays : Hope “ springs exulting on triumphant wing*,'

That thus they all shall meet in future days: There ever bask in uncreated rays,

No more to sigh, or shed the bitter tear, Together hymning their Creator's praise,

In such society, yet still more dear, While circling time moves round in an eternal


XVII. Compar'd with this, how poor Religion's pride,

In all the pomp of method, and of art, When men display to congregations wide,

Devotion's ev'ry grace, except the heart ! The pow'r, incens'd, the pageant will desert,

The pompous strain, the sacerdotal stole ; But haply, in some cottage far apart, May hear, well pleas'd, the language of the

soul; And in his book of life the inmates poor enroll.

XVIII. Then homeward all take off their sev'ral way;

The youngling cottagers retire to rest : The parent-pair their secret homage pay,

And proffer up to heaven the warm request That He, who stills the raven's clam'rous nest,

And decks the lily fair in flow'ry pride, Would, in the way his wisdom sees the best,

For them and for their little ones provide ; But, chiefly, in their hearts with grace divine prem


* Pope's Windsor Forest.

XIX. From scenes like these old Scotia's grandeur

springs, That makes her lov'd at home, rever'd abroad: Princes and lords are but the breath of kings,

“ An honest man's the noblest work of God july And certes, in fair virtue's heav'nly road,

The cottage leaves the palace far behind ; What is a lordling's pomp? a cumbrous load,

Disguising oft the wretch of human kind, Studied in arts of hell, in wickedness refin'd!

Scotia ! my dear, my native soil !
For whom my warmest wish to heaven is

-sent! Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet

content ! And, O! may heaven their simple lives prevent

From Luxury's contagion, weak and vile ! Then, howe'er crowns and coronets be rent,

A virtuous populace may rise the while, And stand a wall of fire around their much-lov'd


XXI. O Thou! who pour'd the patriotic tide That stream'd thro' Wallace's undaunted

heart; Who dar'd to nobly stem tyrannic pride,

Or nobly die the second glorious part, The patriot's God peculiarly thou art,

His friend, inspirer, guardian, and reward !) O never, never, Scotia's realm desert;

But still the patriot, and the patriot bard, In bright succession raise, her ornament and




1. When chill November's surly blast

Made fields and forests bare,
One ev’ning, as I wander'd forth

Along the banks of Ayr,
I spy'd a man, whose aged step

Seem'd weary, worn with care;
His face was furrow'd o'er with years,

And hoary was his hair.

Young stranger, whither wand'rest thou ?

Began the rev’rend sage;
Does thirst of wealth thy step constrain,

Or youthful pleasure's rage ?
Or haply, prest with cares and woes,

Too soon thou hast began
To wander forth, with me, to mourn

The miseries of man.

The sun that overhangs yon moors,

Out-spreading far and wide,
Where hundreds labour to support

A haughty lordling's pride; I've seen yon weary winter-sun

Twice forty times return; And ev'ry time has added proofs

That man was made to mourn.

O man! while in thy early years,

How prodigal of time!
Mis-spending all thy precious hours,

Thy glorious youthful prime !

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