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Myriads shall wish that their probation here
How sweet the first sound of the cuckoo's note!
Or bush, near which we stood, when on the ear
See! there the stranger flies, close to the ground,
Significant comprising all!
Whatever to affection is most dear,
Wife, children, father, mother, brother, friend!
COMFORT IN AFFLICTION.
WHEN gathering clouds around I view,
If aught should tempt my soul to stray
If wounded love my bosom swell,
When vexing thoughts within me rise,
When sorrowing o'er some stone I bend,
Thou, Saviour, mark'st the tears I shed,
And O, when I have safely past
INSCRIPTION IN AN ARBOUR.
YOUTH, who haply wander'st by,
But if the thrush with warble clear,
If thine eye delight to rove
If thou seek no richer smell
Than such as scents the cowslip bell;
Or the gadding woodbine wreath ;
Youth, within this simple bower,
The Maker for his works to praise.
MASSACRE OF GLENCOE.'
"OH! tell me, harper, wherefore flow
Where none may list their melody?
Screams chorus to thy minstrelsy?"
The circumstances of the shocking and treacherous massacre of Glencoe, are these: Many of the Highland chieftains refused to submit to William's government, among whom was Macdonald of Glencoe. William proclaimed an indemnity to all who should take the oaths of allegiance by a certain day, denouncing military execution against those who should fail to do so after the end of December. Intimidated by this proclamation, Macdonald resolved to submit, and repaired on the last day of the month to Fort William, and tendered his oath to the governor of the fortress, who refused to administer it, not being a civil magistrate, and
"No, not to these, for these have rest;
Abode of lone security.
But those for whom I pour the lay,
"Their flag was furl'd, and mute their drum,
His blithest notes the piper plied,
To tend her kindly housewifery.
Macdonald set out for Inverary; but from the ground being covered with snow and the roads almost impassable, he arrived one day after the prescribed time. In consideration of his disappointment, the sheriff administered the oath, and Macdonald returned home in full assurance of safety. The king, however, in ignorance of Macdonald's submission, signed a warrant to put the whole inhabitants of the valley of Glencoe to the sword. Captain Campbell of Glenlyon marched into Glencoe with a party of soldiers, and on his declaring he came as a friend, was received with hospitality by Macdonald. After passing fifteen days in the greatest cordiality, this party of ruffians suddenly attacked their unsuspecting host and his unoffending people, and put them to death, killing even children who clung to their knees for mercy. Macdonald himself was shot in the arms of his wife, who died next day in a state of distraction. All the houses were burnt, the cattle and effects taken away, and the helpless women and children left without covering, food, or shelter, in the midst of snow, six miles from any inhabited dwelling. Most of them perished from cold and hunger, before they could receive assistance. This shocking massacre excited general horror and indignation, and although the king disclaimed any part in it, yet, as he never punished the perpetrators, it remains an indelible stain on his character.