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But Oscar's breast is cold as clay,..
His locks are lifted by the gale ; And Allan's barbed arrow lay,
With him in dark Glentanar's vale.
And whence the dreadful stranger came,
Or who, no mortal wight can tell; But no one doubts the form of flame,
For Alya's sons knew Oscar well.
Ambition nerv'd young Allan's hand,
Exulting demons, wing'd his dart, While Envy wav'd her burping brand,
And pour'd her venom round his heart.
Swift is the shaft from Allan's bow :
Whose streaming life-blood stains his side ? Dark Oscar's sable crest is low,
The dart bas drunk bis vital tide.
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And Mora's eye could Allan move,
She bade his wounded pride rebel : Alas! that eyes, which beam'd with love,
Should urge the soul to deeds of Hell.
Which rises o'er a warrior dead?
Which held his clar's great ashes, stood; And o'er his corse no banners wave, i
For they were stain’d with kindred blood.
What miastrel grey, what hoary bard,
Shall Allan's deeds on harp-strings raise ? The song is glory's chief reward,':'
But who can strike a' murd'rer's praise ?.
Unstrung, untouch'd, the harp must stand,
No minstrel dare the theme awake; Guilt would benumb his palsied hand,
His harp in shuddering chords would break.
No lyre of fame, no hallow'd verse,
Shall sound his glories high in air, A dying father's bitter curse,
A brother's death-groan echoes there. ;
TO THE DUKE OF D. D-R-T! whose early steps with mine have stray'd, Exploring every path of Ida's glade, Whom, still, affection taught me to defend, And made me less a tyrant than a friend; Tho' the harsh custom of our youthful band, Bade thee obey, and gave me to command Thee, on whose head a few short years will shower The gift of riches, and the pride of power; Even now a name illustrious is thine own, Renown'd in rank, not far beneath the throne. Yet, D-r-, let not this seduce thy soul, To shun fair science, or evade controul; · Tho' passive tutors, (1) fearful to dispraise The titled child, whose future breath may raise, View ducal errors with indulgent eyes, And wink at faults they tremble to chastise.
When youthful parasites, who bend the knee
(1) Allow me to disclaim any personal allusions, even the most distant; I merely mention, generally, what is too often the weakness of preceptors.
Or, if amidst the comrades of thy youth,
Yes! I have mark'd thee many a passing day,
A glorious and a long career pursue,
(1) « Thomas S-k lle, Lord B--k-st, created Earl of « D- by James the First, was one of the earliest and « brightest ornaments to the poetry of his country, and u the first who produced a regular drama. »
ANDERSON's British Poets. (2) Charles S-k-le, Earl of D--, esteemed the most , accomplished man of his day, was alike distinguished in the voluptuous court of Charles II, and the gloomy one of William III. He behaved with great gallantry in the sea-fight with the Dutch, in 1665, on the day previous to which he composed his celebrated song. His character has been drawn in the highest colours by Dryden, Pope, Prior, and Congreve. Vide Anderson's British Poets.