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“ If Heaven a draught of heavenly pleasure spare,
One cordial in this melancholy vale, "Tis when a youthful, loving, modest pair,
In other's arms breathe out the tender tale, Beneath the milkwhite thorn that scents the eyen
ing gale." 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 perjured arts ! dissembling smooth!
Are honour, virtue, conscience, all exiled ? Is there no pity, no relenting truth,
Points to the parents fondling o'er their child? Then paints the ruin'd maid, and their distraction
wild? But now the supper crowns their simple board,
The halesome parritch, chief 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 press'd, an' aft he ca's it guid;
The frugal wifie, garrulous, will tell How 'twas a towmond auld sin' lint was i' the bell. 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 reverently 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; [air. And “Let us worship God!” he says, with solemn They chant 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 heavenward flame,
The sweetest far of Scotia's holy lays : Compared with these, Italian trills are tame;
The tickled ears no heartfelt 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 progeny ; Or how the royal bard did groaning lie
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 Babylon's doom pronounced by
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
sphere. VOL. II.
Compared with this, how poor religion's pride,
In all the pomp of method and of art, When men display, to congregations wide,
Devotion's every grace except the heart ! The Power, incensed, the pageant will desert, The
pompous strain, the sacerdotal stole ; But haply, in some cottage far apart, (soul;
May hear, well pleased, the language of the And in his Book of Life the inmates poor enrol. Then homeward all take off their several way;
The yougling 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 clamorous nest,
And decks the lily fair in flowery 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 preside. From scenes like these old Scotia's grandeur
springs, That makes her loved at home, revered abroad : Princes and lords are but the breath of kings,
“ An honest man's the noblest work of God :" And certes, in fair Virtue's heavenly 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 refined ! Oh Scotia! my dear, my native soil !
For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent ! Long may the hardy sons of rustic toil [content!
Be bless'd with health, and peace, and sweet And oh, 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-loved isle.
Oh Thou! who pour'd the patriotic tide [heart;
That stream'd through Wallace's undaunted Who dared 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!), Oh never, never Scotia's realm desert :
But still the patriot and the patriot bard, In bright succession raise, her ornament and guard !
TO A MOUNTAIN DAISY.
Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flow'r,
Thy slender stem;
Thou bonnie gem.
Wi’ spreckled breast,
The purpling east.
Amid the storm,
Thy tender form.
O'clod or stane,
There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
In humble guise ;
And low thou lies! Such is the fate of artless maid, Sweet flow'ret of the rural shade! By love's simplicity betray'd,
And guileless trust,
Low i' the dust.
Of prudent lore,
And whelm him o'er!
To mis’ry's brink,
He, ruin'd, sink !
Full on thy bloom,
Shall be thy doom !
TO J. S****
SOME rhyme a neebor's name to lash;