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CXXIV

ODE WRITTEN IN MDCCXLVI

How sleep the Brave who sink to rest
By all their Country's wishes blest !
When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallow'd mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
By fairy hands their knell is rung,
By forms unseen their dirge is sung :
There Honour comes, a pilgrim gray,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay,
And Freedom shall awhile repair
To dwell a weeping hermit there!

W. Collins

CXXV

LAMENT FOR CULLODEN

The lovely lass o' Inverness,
Nae joy nor pleasure can she see ;
For e'en and morn she cries, Alas !
And aye the saut tear blin's her ee :
Drumossie moor-Drumossie day-
A waefu' day it was to me!
For there I lost my father dear,
My father dear, and brethren three.
Their winding-sheet the bluidy clay,
Their graves are growing green to see :
And by them lies the dearest lad
That ever blest a woman's ee !
Now wae to thee, thou cruel lord,
A bluidy man I trow thou be;
For mony a heart thou hast made sair
That ne'er did wrong to thine or thee.

R. Burns

CXXVI

LAMENT FOR FLODDEN

I've heard them lilting at our ewe-milking,

Lasses a' lilting before dawn o' day; But now they are inoaning on ilka green loaning

The Flowers of the Forest are a' wede away.
At bughts, in the morning, nae blythe lads are scorning,

Lasses are lonely and dowie and wae;
Nae daffin', nae gabbin', but sighing and sabbing,

Ilk ane lifts her leglin and hies her away.
In har’st, at the shearing, nae youths now are jeering,

Bandsters are lyart, and runkled, and gray ; At fair or at preaching, nae wooing, nae fleeching

The Flowers of the Forest are a' wede away. At e'en, in the gloaming, nae younkers are roaming

'Bout stacks wi' the lasses at bogle to play ; But ilk ane sits drearie, lamenting

her dearieThe Flowers of the Forest are weded away. Dool and wae for the order, sent our lads to the Border!

The English, for ance, by guile wan the day ; The Flowers of the Forest, that fought aye the foremost,

The prime of our land, are cauld in the clay, We'll hear nae mair lilting at the ewe-milking ;

Women and bairns are heartless and wae ; Sighing and moaning on ilka green loaningThe Flowers of the Forest are a' wede away.

7. Elliott

CXXVII

THE BRAES OF YARROW

Thy braes were bonny, Yarrow stream,
When first on them I met my lover ;
Thy braes how dreary, Yarrow stream,
When now thy waves his body cover!

For ever now, O Yarrow stream!
Thou art to me a stream of sorrow;
For never on thy banks shall I
Behold my Love, the flower of Yarrow.
He promised me a milk-white steed
To bear me to his father's bowers;
He promised me a little page
To squire me to his father's towers ;
He promised me a wedding-ring, —
The wedding-day was fix'd to-morrow ;-
Now he is wedded to his grave,
Alas, his watery grave, in Yarrow !
Sweet were his words when last we met ;
My passion I as freely told him ;
Clasp'd in his arms, Í little thought
That I should never more behold him !
Scarce was he gone, I saw his ghost ;
It vanish'd with a shriek of sorrow;
Thrice did the water-wraith ascend,
And gave a doleful groan thro' Yarrow.
His mother from the window look'd
With all the longing of a mother ;
His little sister weeping walk'd
The green-wood path to meet her brother ;
They sought him east, they sought him west,
They sought him all the forest thorough ;
They only saw the cloud of night,
They only heard the roar of Yarrow.
No longer from thy window look-
Thou hast no son, thou tender mother.!
No longer walk, thou lovely maid ;
Alas, thou hast no more a brother!
No longer seek him east or west
And search no more the forest thorough ;
For, wandering in the night so dark,
He fell a lifeless corpse in Yarrow.
The tear shall never leave my cheek,
No other youth shall be my marrow-

I'll seek thy body in the stream,
And then with thee I'll sleep in Yarrow.
-The tear did never leave her cheek,
No other youth became her marrow ;
She found his body in the stream,
And now with him she sleeps in Yarrow.

7. Logan

CXXVIII

WILLY DROWNED IN YARROW

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Down in yon garden sweet and gay

Where bonnie grows the lily, I heard a fair maid sighing say

My wish be wi' sweet Willie ! • Willie's rare, and Willie's fair,

And Willie's wondrous bonny ;
And Willie hecht to marry me

Gin e'er he married ony.
O gentle wind, that bloweth south,

From where my Love repaireth,
Convey a kiss fraé his dear mouth

And tell me how he fareth ! "O tell sweet Willie to come doun

And hear the mavis singing, And see the birds on ilka bush

And leaves around them hinging. • The lav'rock there, wi' her white breast

And gentle throat sae narrow ; There's sport eneuch for gentlemen On Leader haughs and

Yarrow. "O Leader haughs are wide and braid

And Yarrow haughs are bonny; There Willie hecht to marry me

If e'er he married ony.

• But Willie's gone, whom I thought on,

And does not hear me weeping ; Draws many a tear frae true love's e'e

When other maids are sleeping. · Yestreen I made my bed fu' braid,

The night I'll mak’ it narrow, For a' the live-lang winter night I lie twined o' my marrow:

came ye by yon water-side ? Pou'd you the rose or lily? Or came you by yon meadow green,

Or saw you my sweet Willie ?'
She sought him up, she sought him down,

She sought him braid and narrow;
Syne, in the cleaving of a craig,
She found him drown'd in Yarrow !

Anon.

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CXXIX

LOSS OF THE ROYAL GEORGE

Toll for the Brave !
The brave that are no more!
All sunk beneath the wave
Fast by their native shore !
Eight hundred of the brave
Whose courage well was tried,
Had made the vessel heel
And laid her on her side.

A land-breeze shook the shrouds
And she was overset ;
Down went the Royal George,
With all her crew complete.
Toll for the brave !
Brave Kempenfelt is gone;
His last sea-fight is fought,
His work of glory done.

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