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Brave hearts ! to Britain's pride
i Captain Riou, justly entitled the gallant and the good by Lord Nelson, when he wrote home his despatches.
On Linden, when the sun was low,
But Linden saw another sight,
By torch and trumpet fast array’d,
Then shook the hills with thunder riven, Then rush'd the steed to battle driven, And louder than the bolts of heaven, Far flash'd the red artillery.
But redder yet that light shall glow
'Tis morn, but scarce yon level sun
The combat deepens. On, ye brave,
Few, few, shall part where many meet !
This poem was composed in the year 1802, and printed ano nymously with “Lochiel,” being dedicated to the Rev. A. Alison. It has been described as “the only representation of a modern battle which possesses either interest or sublimity."
Washington Irving, in a “Biographical Sketch of Campbell," appended to “The Poetry and History of Wyoming, containing Campbell's 'Gertrude,'" speaks of this piece and Lochiel, as “Exquisite gems, sufficient of themselves to establish his title to the sacred name of poet;" and. Sir Walter Scott, during a visit of the same gifted individual to Abbotsford, made the following observation—"And there's that glorious little poem too of “Hohenlinden;' after he had written it he did not seem to think much of it, but considered some of it - drum and trumpet lines. I got him to recite it to me, and I believe that the delight I felt and expressed had an effect in inducing him to print it.
“ The fact is,” added he," Campbell is in a manner a buge bear to himself. The brightness of his early success is a detriment to all his further efforts. He is afraid of the shadow that his own fume casts before him.”'
O HEARD ye yon pibroch sound sad in the gale, Where a band cometh slowly with weeping and
wail? 'Tis the chief of Glenara laments for his dear; And her sire, and the people, are call'd to her bier.
Glenara came first with the mourners and shroud; Her kinsmen they follow'd, but mourn'd not aloud: Their plaids all their bosoms were folded around ; They march'd all in silence,--they look'd on the
In silence they reach'd over mountain and moor, To a heath, where the oak-tree grew lonely and
hoar: “ Now here let us place the gray stone of her cairn: Why speak ye no word !”-said Glenarą the stern.
“And tell me, I charge you! ye clan of my spouse, Why fold ye your mantles, why cloud ye your
brows?” So spake the rude chieftain :--no answer is made, But each mantle unfolding, ą dagger display’d.
“I dreamt of my lady, I dreamt of her shroud,” Cried a voice from the kinsmen, all wrathful and
loud: “And empty that shroud and that coffin did seem : Glenara! Glenara ! now read me my dream !”
O! pale grew the cheek of that chieftain, I ween, When the shroud was unclosed, and no lady was
seen ; When a voice from the kinsmen spoke louder in
scorn, 'Twas the youth who had loved the fair Ellen of
“ I dreamt of my lady, I dreamt of her grief,
In dust, low the traitor has knelt to the ground, And the desert reveald where his lady was
found; From a rock of the ocean that beauty is borneNow joy to the house of fair Ellen of Lorn!