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But the young plants of grace they look'd There are hills beyond Pentland, and couthie and slee, lands beyond Forth, Thinking, luck to thy bonnet, thou Bonny If there's lords in the Lowlands, there's Dundee !

Come fill up my cup, etc.

chiefs in the North;

There are wild Duniewassals three thousand times three,

With sour-featured whigs the Grass- Will cry hoigh ! for the bonnets o' Bonny

market was cramm'd

As if half the west had set tryst to be hang'd;

There was spite in each look, there was

fear in each e'e,


Come fill up my cup, etc.

"There's brass on the target of barken'd bull-hide;

As they watch'd for the bonnets o' Bonny There's steel in the scabbard that dangles Dundee !

Come fill up my cup, etc.

These cowls of Kilmarnock had spits and had spears,

And lang-hafted gullies to kill cavaliers :

But they shrunk to close-heads, and the causeway was free,

At the toss of the bonnet o' Bonny Dundee.

Come fill up my cup, etc.

He spurr'd to the foot of the proud castle rock,

And with the gay Gordon he gallantly spoke ;

"Let Mons Meg and her marrows speak twa words or three,

For the love of the bonnet o' Bonny Dundee."

Come fill up my cup, etc.

The Gordon demands of him which way he goes

"Where'er shall direct me the shade of Montrose !

Your grace in short space shall hear tid

ings of me,

Or that low lies the bonnet o' Bonny Dundee.

Come fill up my cup, etc.


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The kirk was deck'd at morning-tide,
The tapers glimmer'd fair;

The priest and bridegroom wait the bride,
And dame and knight are there.

Donald Caird can lilt and sing,
Blithely dance the Highland fling;
Drink till the gudeman be blind,
Fleech till the gudewife be kind;
Hoop a leglan, clout a pan,
Or crack a pow wi' ony man ;
Tell the news in brugh and glen,
Donald Caird's come again.

Donald Caird can wire a maukin,
Kens the wiles o' dun-deer staukin ;
Leisters kipper, makes a shift
To shoot a muir-fowl i' the drift:
Water-bailiffs, rangers, keepers,
He can wauk when they are sleepers ;
Not for bountith, or reward,
Daur they mell wi' Donald Caird.

Donald Carid can drink a gill,
Fast as hostler-wife can fill;
Ilka ane that sells guid liquor
Kens how Donald bends a bicker:
When he's fou he's stout and saucy,
Keeps the kantle o' the causey ;
Highland chief and Lawland laird
Maun gi'e way to Donald Caird.

Steek the aumrie, lock the kist,
Else some gear will sune be mist;
Donald Caird finds orra things
Where Allan Gregor fand the tings:
Dunts o' kebbuck, taits o' woo,

They sought her baith by bower and ha'; Whiles a hen and whiles a soo;

The ladye was not seen!—

She's o'er the border, and awa'

Wi' Jock o' Hazeldean.


Donald Caird's come again, Donald Caird's come again! Tell the news in brugh and glen, Donald Caird's come again!

Webs or duds frae hedge or yardWare the wuddie, Donald Caird !

On Donald Caird the doom was stern,
Craig to tether, legs to airn:
But Donald Caird, wi' mickle study,
Caught the gift to cheat the wuddie.
Rings o' airn, and bolts o' steel,
Fell like ice frae hand and heel!
Watch the sheep in fauld and glen,
Donald Caird's come again!


She's stown the Bangor" frae the clerk,
An' snool'd him wi' the shame o't;
The minister's fa'n through the text,
An' Meg gets a' the blame o't.

The ploughman ploughs without the sock;

The gadman whistles sparely ;
The shepherd pines amang his flock,
An' turns his e'en to Marley;
The tailor lad's fa'n ower the bed;

The cobbler ca's a parley ;

The weaver's neb's out through the web, An' a' for Meg o' Marley.

What's to be done, for our gudeman

Is flyting late an' early?

He rises but to curse an' ban,

An' sits down but to ferly.
But ne'er had love a brighter lowe

Than light his torches sparely

At the bright e'en an' blythesome brow O' bonny Meg a' Marley.


Come o'er the stream, Charlie, dear Charlie, brave Charlie,

Come o'er the stream, Charlie, and dine with Maclean;

And though you be weary, we'll make your heart cheery,

And welcome our Charlie and his loyal train.

We'll bring down the track deer, we'll bring down the black steer,

The lamb from the breckan, the doe from the glen ;

The salt sea we'll harry, and bring to our Charlie,

The cream from the bothy, and curd from the pen.

Come o'er the stream, Charlie, etc.

And you shall drink freely the dews of Glen-Sheerly,

That stream in the star-light when kings do not ken,

And deep be your meed of the wine that is red,

To drink to your sire, and his friend the Maclean.

Come o'er the stream, Charlie, etc.

O'er heath-bells shall trace you, the maids to embrace you,

And deck your blue bonnet with flowers of the brae;

And the loveliest Mary in all Glen M'Quarry

Shall lie in your bosom till break of the day.

Come o'er the stream Charlie, etc.

If aught will invite you, or more will delight you,

'Tis ready; a troop of our bold Highlandmen

Shall range o'er the heather with bonnet and feather,

Strong arms and broad claymores three hundred and ten.

Come o'er the stream, Charlie, etc.



SCOTT, like Burns, is in everybody's | ever, a great reader; and some volumes possession, and it is as unnecessary as it of Shakspeare's plays having come in is impossible, in a publication such as his way, he read them with great this, fully to exhibit the varied charac-avidity. teristics of his poems. We shall therefore confine ourselves to those in which their specially Scotch aspects are most conspicuous, and supply a chronological summary of his life and chief literary labours. His paternal lineage is tracable to the Scotts of Buccleuch, through the Harden branch of the family. His father, Walter Scott, writer to the Signet, Edinburgh, was the eldest son of Robert Scott of Sandyknowe. His mother, Anne Rutherford, was the eldest daughter of Dr John Rutherford, Professor of Medicine in Edinburgh University.

Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh, at the head of the College Wynd, on the 15th August 1771. When eighteen months old he lost the power of his right leg, and on this account was sent to his grandfather's, at Sandyknowe. At four years of age, he was taken by his aunt to Bath, where he remained a year. He was then sent to Prestonpans to try the effects of sea-bathing on his lameness. Here, at this early age, he loved to attend to the curious stories of his father's friend, George Constable. Having come home to Edinburgh, he was, in 1778, sent to the High School, where "he was behind his class-fellows in years and progress." He was, how

He became intimate with the blind poet, Dr Blacklock, who interested himself in his youthful studies, besides giving him access to his library, where he read Ossian and Spenser with much delight, especially the latter. His health becoming again doubtful, he was sent to his aunt's at Kelso, where he attended the Grammar School, and made the acquaintance, through a circulating library, of "Percy's Anecdotes," and the writings of Tasso, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, and Mackenzie. Here, too, began his acquaintance with the Ballantynes, who were his school-fellows. He returned to Edinburgh in November 1783, and entered College. In 1786, he was apprenticed to his father for five years, during which time he studied French, Italian, and Spanish, in order to read the poets and romancists of those languages. In 1787, his meeting Burns at the house of Professor Ferguson, and his first journey into the Highlands, strongly impressed his imagination. In 1790, he decided on preparing for the bar, and attended the law classes in the University; he also attended the lectures of Professor Dugald Stewart, in whose class-room he read some essays, which won him the esteem of that great man.

In January 1791, he made the acquaintance of Francis (afterwards Lord) Jeffrey, and made an excursion to Northumberland, when he first visited | the field of Flodden.

Scott was called to the bar, 11th July 1792, and during the autumn vacation made another excursion into Northumberland, and he also visited Liddesdale, in search of materials for The Minstrelsy of the Border. He now commenced to study German,—works of genius in that language having been brought under the notice of Edinburgh society by Henry. Mackenzie, "The Man of Feeling." In 1793, he went to Galloway, to investigate the case of a minister whom he was employed to defend before the General Assembly on a charge of profanity and drunkenness. His defence of the rev. delinquent was unsuccessful, and his reception by the venerable Court was not calculated to increase his love for his profession; but his jaunt to Galloway afforded the only opportunity he ever had of seeing the scenery of Guy Mannering. In the autumn of this year he first visited the scenery of The Lady of the Lake, and extended his excursion into Forfarshire, where he inspected Glammis and Dunottar Castles, and near the latter first saw the prototype of Old Mortality. In October 1796, he published his translation of Lenore and The Wild Huntsman, but their appreciation was confined to the circle of his own friends and acquaintances. During the autumn vacation of 1797, he visited Cumberland; and while staying at Gilsland, first met Charlotte Margaret Carpenter, the daughter of a French gentleman


of English descent. Scott and Miss Carpenter, after obtaining the sanction of her guardian, were married at Carlisle, 24th December 1797.

After their marriage, they lived in lodgings in George Street, Edinburgh; but in the summer of 1798, they rented a cottage at the beautiful village of Lasswade; and here Scott composed most of those ballads in which he first displayed his poetic powers.

In 1799, he published Goethe's Goetz von Berlichingen, for the copyright of which he got 25 guineas; and about the same time he wrote "The House of Aspen" and several other poems. This year, through the influence of the Duke of Buccleuch and Lord Melville, he was appointed Sheriff of Selkirk, with a salary of £300 a-year.

The Minstrelsy occupied his leisure during 1800 and 1801, and his researches brought him into intimate connection with several literary coadjutors, among whom were Richard Heber, the accomplished John Leyden, William Laidlaw, Joseph Ritson, the antiquarian, George Ellis, and James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, under whose uncouth appearance and manners Scott discovered a poet with originality, wit, and absurdity, that amused and delighted him. In January 1802, The Minstrelsy, in two volumes, printed by Ballantyne at Kelso, was published by Cadell & Davis, London. The first edition consisted of 800 copies, and Scott's share of the profits was £78, IOS. In autumn, he wrote the draft of The Lay of the Last Minstrel, which he at first designed as a ballad for a third volume of The Minstrelsy. In

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