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Why flames the far summit? Why shoot to the blast
4 Lochiel. False wizard, avaunt! I have marshalled my clan;Their swords are a thousand, their bosoms are one!
Base! rise! ye wild tempests, and cover his flight J
* A'.luding to the perilous adventures and final escape of Charles, after die battle of Culloden.
'T is finished. Their thunders are hushed on the moors, Culloden is lost, and my country deplores. But where is the iron-bound prisoner? Where? For the red eye of battle is shut in despair. Say, mounts he the ocean-wave, banished, forlorn, Like a limb from his country cast bleeding and torn?Ah, no! for a darker departure is near;The war-drum is muffled, and black is the bier;His death-bell is tolling; O, mercy, dispel Yon sight, that it freezes my spirit to tell if- «Life flutters convulsed in his quivering limbs, And his blood-streaming nostril in agony swims. Accursed be the fagots that blaze at his feet, Where his heart shall be thrown ere it ceases to beat, With the smoke of its ashes to poison the gale — 6 Lochiel. Down, soothless insulter! I trust not the tale. Though my perishing ranks should be strewed in their gore, Like ocean-weeds heaped on the surf-beaten shore, Lochiel, untainted by flight or by chains, While the kindling of life in his bosom remains, Shall victor exult, or in death be laid low, With his back to the field, and his feet to the foe!And, leaving in battle no blot on his name, Look proudly to heaven from the death-bed of fame.
XCIL— THE EXECUTION OF MONTROSE.
[william Edmondstoune Aytoun was born in the county of Fife, in Scotland. In 1813, and died August 4, 1865. He was called to the Scotch bar in 1840, and in 1845 was elected to the professorship of rhetoric and belles-lettres m the University of Edinburgh, which he held till his death. He was a prominent contributor to "Blackwood's Magazine." The following extract is from the " Lays of the Scotch Cavaliers," a collection -* xirKin^ ballads illustrating the history of f*otland.
James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, was executed in Edinburgh, May 21, 1650, for an attempt to overthrow the power of the commonwealth, and restore Charles II. The ballad is a narrative of the event, supposed to be related by an aged Highlander, who had followed Montrose throughout his campaigns, to his grandson, Evan Cameron. Lochaber is a district of Scotland in the southwestern part of the county of Inverness. Dundee is a seaport town in the county of Forfar. Inverlochy was a castle in Inverness-shire. Montrose was betrayed by a man named MacLeod of Assynt. Dunedin is the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Warristoun was Archibald Johnston of Warristoun, an inveterate enemy of Montrose.]
Come hither, Evan Cameron! Come, stand beside my knee:
I hear the river roaring down towards the wintry sea;
There's shouting on the mountain-side, there's war within the blast,
Old faces look upon me, old forms go trooping past;
I hear the pibroch wailing amidst the din of fight,
And my dim soirit wakes again upon the verge of night.
'T was I that led the Highland host through wild Lochaber's snows,
A traitor sold him to his foes ; — O deed of deathless shame!
They brought him to the Watergate, hard bound with hempen span,
But when he came, though pale and wan, he looked so great and high,
And then a m lurnful shudder through all the people crept,
Had I been there with sword in hand, and fifty Camerons by,
It might not be. They placed him next within the solemn hall.
Now by my faith as belted knight, and by the name I bear,
And by the bright Saint Andrew's cross that waves above us there"
Yea, by a greater, mightier oath, and oh, that such should be ! —
By that dark stream of royal blood that lies 'twixt you and me, —
I have not sought in battle-field a wreath of such renown,
Nor hoped I, on my dying day, to win a martyr's crown I
The morning dawned full darkly, the rain came flashing down,
Ah God l that ghastly gibbet! how dismal't is to see
He is coming! he is coming! — Like a bridegroom from his room
There was color in his visage, though the cheeks of all were wan,
A beam of light fell o'er him, like a glory round the shriven,
XCIIL—EXECUTION OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS.
[john Lingard was born in Winchester, England, February 5,1771, and died July 13- 1851. He was a clergyman of the Roman Catholic faith. The chief literary labor of his life was his '* History of England," from the earliest period down to the revolution of 16&8; the latest edition of which is in ten volumes, octavo. This work has taken a high and permanent rank in the historical literature of his country. The style is simple, correct, and manly, withput being remarkable for beauty or eloquence. The chief value of the work consists in its thorough and patient research into the original sources of English history. How far it is impartial, when treating upon controverted points, is a question which neither Catholics nor Protestants are exactly in a position to answer. Dr. Lingard was a sincere and conscientious Catholic; his temperament was calm and judicial; and if he betrays any bias in favor of his own faith, it is, perhaps, no more than that unconscious bias which always attends genuine conviction. His " History," at all events, should be carefully read by every one who is not content with the cheap task of deciding before he hears both sides.
Dr. Lingard also wrote "The History and Antiquities of the Anglo-Saxon Church," and some manuals of religious teaching.
Mary of Scotland, after the total defeat of her party at the battle of Langside, In 1508, fled to England, and threw herself upon the protection of Elizabeth, queen of England, by whom, however, she was kept a prisoner for nineteen years. She was then tried by a commission, for engaging in a conspiracy against the life of Elizabeth, and condemned to death. She was beheaded February 8,1587, at Fotheringay Castle, in Northamptonshire; and the following is a description of her execution.]
In the midst of the great hall of the castle had been raised a scaffold, covered with black serge and surrounded with a low railing. About seven, the doors were thrown open; the gentlemen of the county entered with their at