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And still they rowed amidst the roar
Of waters fast prevailing :
His wrath was changed to wailing.
For sore dismayed, through storm and shale
His child he did discover :
And one was round her lover.
'Come back ! come back !' he cried in grief,
• Across this stormy water ;
My daughter ! oh, my daughter !'
'Twas vain : the loud waves lashed the shore,
Return or aid preventing-
the spirit of
1 Ulva's Isle is a small island lying
between Mull and Staffa. Wight, a strong active man. A.S.
wiht, a creature.
HEL V ELL Y N.
Lakes and mountains beneath me gleamed misty and wide; All was still, save by fits, when the eagle was yelling,
And starting around me the echoes replied. On the right, Striden-edge round the Red-tarn was bending, And Catchedicam its left verge was defending, One huge nameless rock in the front was ascending,
When I marked the sad spot where the wanderer had died. Dark green was that spot ’mid the brown mountain heather,
Where the Pilgrim of Nature 2 lay stretched in decay,
Till the mountain-winds wasted the tenantless clay.
And chased the hill-fox and the raven away.
How long didst thou think that his silence was slumber? When the wind waved his garment, how oft didst thou
Ere he faded before thee, the friend of thy heart ?
Unhonoured the Pilgrim from life should depart?
When a Prince to the fate of the peasant has yielded,
The tapestry waves dark round the dim-lighted hall ; With scutcheons 4 of silver the coffin is shielded,
And pages stand mute by the canopied pall : Through the courts, as at midnight, the torches are gleaming; In the proudly-arched chapel the banners are beaming ; Far adown the long aisle sacred music is streaming,
Lamenting a chief of the people should fall.
But meeter for thee, gentle lover of nature,
To lay down thy head like the meek mountain lamb, When, wildered, he drops from some cliff huge in stature,
And draws his last sob by the side of his dam.
KILLED AT THE FORD.
1 Helvellya, a high mountain on the
borders of Cumberland and Westmoreland, 3117 feet above sea
level. 2 The Pilgrim of Nature was a young
gentleman who, in the spring of 1805, lost his way among the mountains mentioned in the first
stanza. His remains were found three months after, faithfully
guarded by his terrier. 3 Requiem, funeral service. 4 Scutcheons or escutcheons, shields on
which the coat-of-arms of a family is represented
KILLED AT THE FORD.
He is dead, the beautiful youth,
Only last night, as we rode along,
Sudden and swift a whistling ball
We lifted him on his saddle again,
Two white roses upon his cheeks,
Longfellow. 1 Picket-guard, a small company of of an army to act as an outpost
men detached from the main body or guard.
You haste away so soon ;
Will go with you along.
We have as short a spring ;
Ne'er to be found again.
Alas ! it's no thy neebour sweet,
Wi' speckled breast,
The purpling east.3
Cauld blew the bitter-biting north
Amid the storm,
Thy tender form.