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1 Aimed at. Appearance and

bearing.

3 Promised. 4 Caused.

2

1 Bend.

2 Affected.

3 Laughed.

Sae feeble hang his unbent knee,

Sure token he was fey." Swith ? on the harden'd clay he fell,

Right far was heard the thud ; But Thomas look'd not as he lay,

All weltering in his bluid.

XXXIX.
There on a lee, where stands a cross,

Set up for monument,
Thousands full fierce that summer's day

Fill'd keen war's black intent. Let Scots, while Scots, praise Hardy

knute, Let Norse the name aye dread : Ay, how he faught, oft how he spair'd,

Shall latest ages read.

XXXVI. With careless gesture, mind unmov'd,

On rode he north the plain; He seemed in throng of fiercest strife

When winner aye the same. Nor yet his heart-dame's dimpl'd cheek

Cou'd mease 3 saft love to brook, Till vengeful Ann return'd his scorn,

Then languid grew his look.

XL.

Loud and chill blew the westlin' wind,

Sair beat the heavy shower,
Mirk grew the night ere Hardyknute,

Wan near his stately tow'r.
His tower that used with torches blaze,

To shine sae far at night, Seem'd now as black as mourning weed,

Nae marvel sair he sigh'd.

XXXVII.
In thraws of death, with wallow'd 4 cheek,

All panting on the plain,
The fainting corps of warriors lay,

Ne'er to rise again ;
Ne'er to return to native land,

Nae mair, with blythesome sounds,
To boast the glories of the day,

And show their shining wounds.

XXXVIII. On Norway's coast the widow'd dame

May wash the rocks with tearsMay lang look o'er the shipless seas

Before her mate appears. Cease, Emma, cease to hope in vain,

Thy lord lies in the clay ; The valiant Scots nae reivers thole 5

To carry life away.

XLI.
There's nae light in my layde's bower,

There's nae light in my hall ;
Nae blink shines round my Fairly fair,

Nor ward stands on my wall.
What bodes it? Robert, Thomas, say!”-

Nae answer fits their dread. “Stand back, my sons, I'll be your guide;". But by they pass'd with speed.

XLII. As fast I've sped o'er Scotland's faes,"

There ceas'd his brag of weir ;
Sair sham'd to mind ought but his dame,

And maiden Fairly fair.
Black fear he felt ; but what to fear,

He wist not yet with dread ;
Sair shook his body, sair his limbs,

And all the warrior fled.

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WILLIAM HAMILTON.

A FAMOUS GREYHOUND IN THE SHIRE

OF FIFE.

I.

1665(?)—1751. AMONG the “ingenious young gen- , at upwards of eighty years of age. tlemen ” who assisted Ramsay in his Bonny Heck” was first published in compilation of the Tea-Table Miscellany, Watson's Collection, 1706. were two poets of the same name who

THE LAST DYING WORDS OF are yet often confounded. One was

BONNY HECK. William Hamilton of Bangour, author of “The Braes of Yarrow," and the other William Hamilton of Gilbertfield.

This latter poet was the son of Hamilton of Ladylands, and was born about

[This piece is strongly suggestive of 1665. In early life he was a soldier, its being a political allegory.] but retired with the rank of Lieutenant, by which title he was afterwards known. ALAS! alas ! quo' bonny Heck In 1722, he published a modernized On former days when I reflect ! version of Blind Harry's “Wallace,'

I was a dog in much respect in the heroic couplet then so fashion- For doughty deed : able from the success of Pope's transla- But now I must hing by the neck

Without remeed. tion of the “Iliad.” Hamilton's work, though a faint echo of his celebrated prototype's style, was the only version of O fy! sirs, for black burning shame, the Minstrel's lay known to Burns Ye'll bring a blunder on your name ! and most of his contemporaries. He Pray tell me wherein I'm to blame? carried on a poetical correspondence

Is't in effect, with Ramsay, which is published along Because I'm cripple, auld and lame? with that poet's works. His best

Quo' bonny Heck. known piece is “ Willie was a Wanton Wag,” which probably suggested to What great feats I have done mysell Burns the refrain “Robin was a Ranting Within clink of Kilrenny bell, Boy ;” but his most characteristic When I was souple, young and fell Scotch piece is the less known “ Last But' fear or dread : and Dying Words of Bonny Heck,” in John Ness and Paterson can tell the stanza said to have been invented

Whose hearts may bleid. by Robert Semple of Beltrees, in his famous Epitaph on Habbie Simson, They'll witness that I was the vier 2 piper of Kilbarchan. During his latter of all the dogs within the shire : years Hamilton resided at Letterick, in Lanarkshire, and here he died in 1751,

2 One who vies, match.

II.

III.

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I Without.

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