The cheerfu' supper done, wi' serious face,

They, round the ingle, form a circle wide ; The sire turns o’er, with patriarchal grace, The big ha-bible, ance his father's pride ;

hall His bonnet reverently is laid aside,

His lyart haffets wearing thin and bare ; gray temples Those strains that once did sweet in Zion glide, He wales a portion with judicious care ;

selects And 'Let us worship God !' he says, wi' solemn air. 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,

feeds 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 Abraham 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 Bab'lon's doom pronounced by Heaven's


1 The names of Scottish psalm-tunes.

Then kneeling down to Heaven's Eternal King,

The saint, the father, and the husband prays : Hope 'springs exulting on triumphant wing,'1

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. ...

Then homeward all take off their several way;

The youngling 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,

certainly 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 !

O Scotia ! my dear, my native soil !

For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent ! Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil

Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content ! 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.

1 From Pope's Windsor Forest.

0 Thou ! who poured the patriotic tide

That streamed through Wallace's undaunted heart, 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 !)
O never, never, Scotia’s realm desert :

But still the patriot, and the patriot bard,
In bright succession raise, her ornament and guard !


Ye flowery banks o' bonnie Doon,

How can ye bloom sae fair!
How can ye chant, ye little birds,

And I sae fu' o' care !

Thou 'll break my heart, thou bonnie bird,

That sings upon the bough;
Thou minds me o' the happy days

When my fause luve was true.

Thou 'll break my heart, thou bonnie bird,

That sings beside thy mate ;
For sae I sat, and sae I

And wistna o



Aft hae I roved by bonnie Doon,

To see the woodbine twine,
And ilka bird sang o' its love:

And sae did I mine.


Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose

Frae aff its thorny tree;

fause luver staw the rose, But left the thorn



SAMUEL ROGERS: 1763-1855.

Samuel Rogers, a banker in London, was the author of several poems

remarkable for classic and graceful beauty, clear and polished diction, and elaborate finish. The chief of these are The Pleasures of Memory, The Voyage of Columbus, Human Life, and Italy.


Twilight's soft dews steal o'er the village green,
With magic tints to harmonise the scene.
Stilled is the hum that through the hamlet broke,
When round the ruins of their ancient oak
The peasants flocked to hear the minstrel play,

games and carols closed the busy day.
Her wheel at rest, the matron thrills no more
With treasured tales and legendary lore.
All, all are fled; nor mirth nor music flows
To chase the dreams of innocent repose.
All, all are fled ; yet still I linger here !
What secret charms this silent spot endear?

Mark yon old mansion frowning through the trees,
Whose hollow turret woos the whistling breeze.
That casement, arched with ivy's brownest shade,
First to these eyes the light of heaven conveyed.
The mouldering gateway strews the grass-grown court,
Once the calm scene of many a simple sport;
When nature pleased, for life itself was new,
And the heart promised what the fancy drew.

See, through the fractured pediment revealed,
Where moss inlays the rudely sculptured shield,
The martin's old hereditary nest.
Long may the ruin spare its hallowed guest !
Childhood's loved group revisits every scene,
The tangled wood-walk and the tufted green !
Indulgent Memory wakes, and lo, they live!
Clothed with far softer hues than light can give.


Thou first, best friend that Heaven assigns below,
To soothe and sweeten all the cares we know;
Whose glad suggestions still each vain alarm,
When nature fades and life forgets to charm;
Thee would the Muse invoke !-to thee belong
The sage’s precept and the poet's song.
What softened views thy magic glass reveals,
When o'er the landscape Time's meek twilight steals !
As when in ocean sinks the orb of day,
Long on the wave reflected lustres play;
Thy tempered gleams of happiness resigned,
Glance on the darkened mirror of the mind.
The school's lone porch, with reverend mosses gray,
Just tells the pensive pilgrim where it lay.
Mute is the bell that rung at peep of dawn,
Quickening my truant feet across the lawn:
Unheard the shout that rent the noontide air
When the slow dial gave a pause to care.
Up springs, at every step, to claim a tear,
Some little friendship formed and cherished here ;
And not the lightest leaf, but trembling teems
With golden visions and romantic dreams.

Down by yon hazel copse, at evening, blazed
The gipsy's fagot—there we stood and gazed ;
Gazed on her sunburnt face with silent awe,
Her tattered mantle and her hood of straw;
Her moving lips, her caldron brimming o'er;
The drowsy brood that on her back she bore,
Imps in the barn with mousing owlets bred,
From rifled roost at nightly revel fed ;
Whose dark eyes flashed through locks of blackest shade,
When in the breeze the distant watch-dog bayed :
And heroes fled the sibyl's muttered call,
Whose elfin prowess scaled the orchard wall.
As o'er my palm the silver piece she drew,
And traced the line of life with searching view,
How throbbed my fluttering pulse with hopes and fears,
To learn the colour of my future years !

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