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to present his copies to his patroness in person. He was within a year of eighty when he undertook this journey of about sixty miles on horseback, accompanied by his grandson and future biographer. His reception was creditable to the Duchess, and the old man found his way home safely, and much gratified with his expedition.

In his 82d year he translated from Latin into blank verse of excellent quality, the Poemata Sacra of Andrew Ramsay, to which he added a preface, which shows his prose style to be much inferior to his verse. This was his last work, for on May 29, 1784, as Burns says, he joined "the sons of the morning," and was buried beside his wife in the old burying-ground of Lochlee. An Aberdeen granite slab, erected by subscription among his admirers, marks his last resting-place.

The defects in the plot of "Helenore will be seen from the annexed prose story of it; and the specimens given are selected to represent its characteristic beauties.

The latest and best edition of Ross's published works, with life, and an account of his unpublished manuscripts, preserved in the Advocates' Library, is edited by Dr Longmuir, Edinburgh, 1865.


Nory and Lindy, as the hero and heroine of Ross's pastoral are familiarly known in the Mearns, are the children of two neighbouring cottars in the poetically named valley of Flaviana. They grow up from childhood as companions, and juvenile attachment in


sensibly ripens into mutual love. Their parents are pleased, and look upon their union in due time as a matter of


The expected time is now not far distant, when one of those events, not unusual in love affairs, intervenes to change the current of their destinies. A band of Highland plunderers, called Sevitians, make one of their predatory raids upon the glen, and sweep off almost all the live stock belonging to the peasantry. While defending their flocks and herds, Nory's father, Colin, and Lindy her lover, are made captives. Nory, fired by filial attachment, and the still stronger passion of love, follows in their track, but night coming on, she loses her way among the hills. Next morning she is discovered asleep by Olimund, the young Laird of BonnyHa, who is so fascinated with her beauty, that he remains by her till she awakes. He then kindly takes her home, and places her under the charge of his maiden aunt.

Meanwhile, Lindy and Colin have made their escape from their captors, by the assistance of Bydby, who has fallen in love with Lindy, and effected their release on condition of his marrying her. The three start for Flaviana together, but Lindy, to get quit of Bydby whom he has no thought of marrying, sends her back for his coat, which he left behind him, promising to wait her return. Bydby returns to find her lover fled, but she determines to follow. Passing Bonny-Ha, she falls in with Nory, who ascertaining her destination, determines to accompany her. On their way she learns about

Lindy's promise to Bydby, and resolves to treat him as his double breach of faith deserved. On their arrival at Flaviana, Bydby stoutly insists upon the fulfilment of Lindy's promise, and Nory treats him with indifference. While matters are in this plight, the young Laird of Bonny-Ha makes his appearance, and the case is submitted

to his arbitration. He decides in favour of Bydby's claim, and Lindy seeing how matters stood consents to take her. Helenore then becomes the Lady of Bonny-Ha, and it turns out that she is no vulgar beauty after all, but of gentle blood, her mother, who was stolen by the gipsies in childhood, being a near relative of the Laird.


Now Flaviana was the country's name, That aye that bonny water-side did claim, Frae yellow sands that trindled down the


Wi' goats and sheep aboon, and ky below,
The bonny braes a' in a swarm did go.
Nae propertythese honest shepherds pled,'
All kept alike, and all in common fed.
But ah! misfortune! while they fear'd no

On ilka side they took it in wi' care,
And in the ca' 3 nor cow nor ewe did spare.
The sakeless shepherds stroove wi' might

A crowd of Kettrin 2 did their forest fill;

an' main

To turn the dreary chase, but all in vain ; They had nae maughts 5 for sic a toilsome task,

For barefaced robbery had put aff the mask.

Amo' the herds, that play'd a maughty


Young Lindy kyth'd himsell wi' hand and heart;

But mair than master maws7 the field, and


It fared wi' him, poor man, that hapless day.

Three fellows bauld, and like to lions strang,

The fouks were wealthy, store' was a' their Were a' his wrack,8 and wrought him a'


Wi' this, but little cunzie, 2 did they trock;3 Frae 'mang the beasts his honour got his fa',4

And got but little siller, or nane ava.
The water feckly 5 on a level sled,
Wi' little din, but couthy what it made.
On ilka side the trees grew thick and strang,
And wi' the birds they a' were in a sang :
On ev'ry side, a full bow-shot and mair,
The green was even, gowany, and fair;
With easy sklent,7 on ev'ry hand the braes,
To right well up, wi' scattered busses 8
raise :

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The howlet shriek'd, and that was worst of a';

For ilka time the on-beast' gae the yell,
In spite of grief, it gae her heart a knell.
At length, what wi' the fright, and what
wi' grief,

And soupit spirits, hopeless of relief,
Sleep bit and bit crap in upon her wae,
And a' was quiet for an hour or sae;
But yet her heart was aye upo' the flought;3
Sleeping and waking, Lindy filled her

Sair was she catcht, for ilka now and then
She'd start, and fumper, 4 then lie o'er again.
At last her dolour gets the upper hand.
She starts to foot, but has nae maughts 5
to stand:

Nae meiths' she kend, ilk hillock-head was new,

And a' thing unco' 2 that was in her view.
Nor was it fairly, 3 for she had na been
So far a fieldward, or sick glens had seen;
For ne'er afore, by lang twa miles and mair,
Had errands led her thro' the glens to fare.
On ilka hand the hills were stay4 and steep,
And sud she tak them, she behoved to


Baith wit and will in her together strave, And she's in swither5 how she shall behave. The fear o' Lindy wad na let her turn, The frightful craigs and mountains gar'd her mourn.

And now for faut and mister she was spent, As water weak, and dweble 7 like a bent.

Hallach'd and damish'd,6 and scarce at Yet try't she maun, her heart it wad na sair


Her limbs they faickèd? under her and fell. When she had thought a wee, the dowie | knell

To think but Lindy to look hameward


Up through the cleughs,9 where bink 1o on bink was set,

Strak till her heart, for Lindy, sharp and Scrambling wi' hands and feet, she taks


'Tis yet pit-mark, the yerd9 a' black about, And the night-fowl began again to shout; Thro' ilka limb and lith the terror thirl'd, At ev'ry time the dowie monster skirl'd. At last the kindly sky began to clear, The birds to chirm, 10 and daylight to appear:

This laid her eery" thoughts, but yet the pain

For her dear Lindy, ever did remain. When light did sair12 her tosee round about. Where she might be, she now began to doubt.

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That she grew tabetless and swarft' there- That glanced and shined in ilka pool and with,


And for a while shot out baith hand and A hail hauf-mile she had at least to gang,


As she had been with an elf-arrow shot. At last the dwaum yeed2 frae her bit an' bit, And she begins to draw her limbs and sit; And by the help of a convenient stane, To which she did her weary body lean, She wins to foot, and swavering, makes to gang,3

And spies a spot of averens 4 ere lang. Right yap 5 she yoked to the ready feast, And lay and ate a full half-hour at least. The feckless meltet did her head o'erset, 'Cause nature frae't did little sust'nance get.

Sick, sick she grows; syne, after that a

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Through birns, and pikes, and scrabs,

and heather lang?

Yet, put and row,1 wi' mony a weary twine, She wins at last to where the pools did shine.

Alang the burn, that buskèd was wi' trees, A bonny easie beaten road she sees. Upon the busses birdies sweetly sung, Till a' the cloughs about wi' musick rung: They seem'd to do their best to ease the fair,

But she for that was o'er far gane in care. Yet with the pleasant roddie3 she was ta'en, And down the burn she taks the road

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Held aff the sunbeams frae a bonny how: 1 Here she resolves to rest, and may be die,

And lean'd her head unto the kindly tree. Her hand she had upon her haffat 2 laid, And fain, fain was she of the coolriff shade. Short while she in this calour 3 posture lay. When welcome sleep beguiled her o' her


To catch the lover, or to beet1 the flame. Plain was her gown, the hue was o' the ewe,2

And growing scrimp, as she was i' the grow. 'Tis true, her head had been made up fu' sleek

The day before, and well prin'd on her keek:3

But a' her braws 4 were out o' order now;

Three hours that bliss to her was leng- Her hair in taits 5 hung down upon her

then'd out,

When, by odd chance, a hunter came


A gallant youth, and, oh, so finely clad. In his right hand a bow unbent he had : A bonny page behind, hard at his heel, Carried a sheaf of arrows shod with steel, And knapsack clean compactly made and feat,

Slung o'er his head, well lined with gentle meat.


To her left shoulder, too, her keek was


Her gartens tint, her shoon a' skelt 7 and


And yet she makes a conquest as she lies, Nor had a glance been shot yet frae her


Some fright he judged the beauty might have got,

Or met with something hapless in her lot, As this young squire on haste is stending And thought that she ev'n by hersell 8


Wi' a side look he sees a woman lie; Jumps in the gate; but whan he saw her


Sae sweet, sae angel-like, and fu' of grace; He durst na budge, nor speak, nor gang


But stood stane-still, like picture on the wa':
His fill o' looking he could never get,
On sic afore his een he never set,

might be,

And if awaken'd fiercelins, aff might flee : For she afttimes was starting through her sleep,

And fumpering, as gin she made to weep, Still he looks on; at length hersell she raised.

And round about with consternation


Upon the squire as soon's she set her eyes, Though bluddert 5 now with strypes of Up till her foot she bangs with great sur

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