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Whate'er portends thy front of fire,
When the kye come hame, Thy streaming locks so lovely pale
When the kye come hame, Or peace to man, or judgments dire,
'Tween the gloamin' and the mirk, Stranger of heaven, I bid thee hail !
When the kye come hame. Where hast thou roamed these thousand | 'Tis not beneath the burgonet,
Nor yet beneath the crown, years?
'Tis not on couch of velvet, Why sought these polar paths again, From wilderness of glowing spheres,
Nor yet on bed of down ;
'Tis beneath the spreading birch, To fling thy vesture o'er the wain?
In the dell without a name, And when thou scal'st the Milky Way, Wi a bonnie, bonnie lassie, And vanishest from human view,
When the kye come hame. A thousand worlds shall hail thy ray
There the blackbird bigs his nest Through wilds of yon empyreal blue !
For the mate he loves to see, O! on thy rapid prow to glide !
And up upon the tapmost bough, To sail the boundless skies with thee,
Oh, a happy bird is he! And plough the twinkling stars aside,
Then he pours his melting ditty, Like foam-bells on a tranquil sea !
And love 'tis a' the theme,
And he'll woo his bonnie lassie To brush the embers from the sun,
When the kye come hame. The icicles from off the pole ;
When the bluart bears a pearl, Then far to other systems run,
And the daisy turns a pea, Where other moons and planets roll !
And the bonnie lucken gowan
Has fauldit up his e'e,
Then the laverock frae the blue lift
Draps down, and thinks nae shame
To woo his bonnie lassie And airy as thir ambient beam !
When the kye come hame. And long, long may thy silver ray Then the eye shines sae bright, Our northern arch at eve adorn ;
The haill soul to beguile, Then, wheeling to the east away,
There's love in every whisper,
And joy in every smile ;
Wi' its perils and its fame,
And miss a bonnie lassie WHEN THE KYE COME HAME.
When the kye come hame? Come all ye jolly shepherds
See yonder pawky shepherd That whistle through the glen,
That lingers on the hill I'll tell ye of a secret
His yowes are in the fauld, That courtiers dinna ken :
And his lambs are lying still ; What is the greatest bliss
Yet he downa gang to rest, That the tongue o' man can name? For his heart is in a flame 'Tis to woo a bonnie lassie
To meet his bonnie lassie When the kye come hame.
When the kye come hame. (11)
JOCK OF HAZELDEAN. Donald Caird can lilt and sing,
Blithely dance the Highland Aling ; “Why weep ye by the tide, ladye?
Drink till the gudeman be blind, Why weep ye by the tide ?
Fleech till the gudewife be kind; I'll wed ye to my youngest son,
Hoop a leglan, clout a pan, And ye sall be his bride :
Or crack a pow wi' ony man ; And ye sall be his bride, ladye,
Tell the news in brugh and glen,
Donald Caird's come again.
Donald Caird can wire a maukin, “Now let this wilfu' grief be done,
Kens the wiles o' dun-deer staukin ; And dry that cheek sae pale ;
Leisters kipper, makes a shift Young Frank is chief of Errington,
To shoot a muir-fowl i' the drift : And lord of Langley-dale ;
Water-bailiffs, rangers, keepers, His step is first in peacefu' ha',
He can wauk when they are sleepers ; His sword in battle keen
Not for bountith, or reward, But aye she loot the tears down fa',
Daur they mell wi' Donald Caird. For Jock of Hazeldean.
Donald Carid can drink a gill, “A chain of gold ye sall not lack,
Fast as hostler-wife can fill ; Nor braid to bind your hair ;
Ilka ane that sells guid liquor Nor mettled hound nor managed hawk, Kens how Donald bends a bicker : Nor palfrey fresh and fair ;
When he's fou he's stout and saucy, And you the foremost o' them a'
Keeps the kantle o' the causey ; Shall ride our forest queen
Highland chief and Lawland laird But aye she loot the tears down fa' Maun gi'e way to Donald Caird. For Jock of Hazeldean.
Steek the aumrie, lock the kist, The kirk was deck'd at morning-tide,
Else some gear will sune be mist; The tapers glimmer'd fair ;
Donald Caird finds orra things
And dame and knight are there.
Dunts o' kebbuck, taits o' woo,
Webs or duds frae hedge or yardShe's o'er the border, and awa'
Ware the wuddie, Donald Caird ! Wi' Jock o' Hazeldean.
Donald Caird's come again,
On Donald Caird the doom was stern,
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 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.
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 ;
An' a' for Meg o' Marley.
Is flyting late an' early?
An' sits down but to ferly.
Than light his torches sparely,
O' bonny Meg a' Marley.
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.
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,
If aught will invite you, or more will de
light you, 'Tis ready ; a troop of our bold High
landmen 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.
SIR WALTER SCOTT.
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. He became intimate with the teristics of his poems. We shall therefore blind poet, Dr Blacklock, who interested confine ourselves to those in which their himself in his youthful studies, besides specially Scotch aspects are most con- giving him access to his library, where spicuous, and supply a chronological he read Ossian and Spenser with much summary of his life and chief literary delight, especially the latter. His labours. His paternal lineage is trac- health becoming again doubtful, he able to the Scotts of Buccleuch, was sent to his aunt's at Kelso, where through the Harden branch of the he attended the Grammar School, and family. His father, Walter Scott, made the acquaintance, through a writer to the Signet, Edinburgh, was circulating library, of “ Percy's Anecthe eldest son of Robert Scott of Sandy- dotes,” and the writings of Tasso, knowe. His mother, Anne Rutherford, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, and was the eldest daughter of Dr John Mackenzie. Here, too, began his Rutherford, Professor of Medicine in acquaintance with the Ballantynes, who Edinburgh University.
were his school-fellows. He returned Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh, to Edinburgh in November 1783, and at the head of the College Wynd, on entered College. In 1786, he was the 15th August 1771. When eighteen apprenticed to his father for five years, months old he lost the power of his during which time he studied French, right leg, and on this account was sent Italian, and Spanish, in order to read to his grandfather's, at Sandyknowe. the poets and romancists of those lanAt four years of age, he was taken by guages. In 1787, his meeting Burns at his aunt to Bath, where he remained the house of Professor Ferguson, and a year. He was then sent to Preston- his first journey into the Highlands, pans to try the effects of sea-bathing on strongly impressed his imagination. his lameness. Here, at this early age, In 1790, he decided on preparing for he loved to attend to the curious stories the bar, and attended the law classes of his father's friend, George Constable. in the University; he also attended the Having come home to Edinburgh, he lectures of Professor Dugald Stewart, was, in 1778, sent to the High School, in whose class-room he read some where “ he was behind his class-fellows essays, which won him the esteem of in years and progress.” He was, how- that great man.
In January 1791, he made the of English descent. Scott and Miss acquaintance of Francis (afterwards Carpenter, after obtaining the sanction Lord) Jeffrey, and made an excursion to of her guardian, were married at CarNorthumberland, when he first visited | lisle, 24th December 1797. the field of Flodden.
After their mari
they lived in Scott was called to the bar, 11th July lodgings in George Street, Edinburgh ; 1792, and during the autumn vacation but in the summer of 1798, they rented made another excursion into North- a cottage at the beautiful village of umberland, and he also visited Liddes. Lasswade ; and here Scott composed dale, in search of materials for The most of those ballads in which he first Minstrelsy of the Border. He now displayed his poetic powers. commenced to study German,—works In 1799, he published Goethe's Goetz of genius in that language having been von Berlichingen, for the copyright of brought under the notice of Edinburgh which he got 25 guineas; and about the society by Henry. Mackenzie,
same time he wrote “The House of Man of Feeling.” In 1793, he went to Aspen" and several other poems. This Galloway, to investigate the case of a year, through the influence of the Duke minister whom he was employed to of Buccleuch and Lord Melville, he was defend before the General Assembly on appointed Sheriff of Selkirk, with a a charge of profanity and drunkenness. salary of £ 300 a-year. His defence of the rev. delinquent was The Minstrelsy occupied his leisure unsuccessful, and his reception by the during 1800 and 1801, and his revenerable Court was not calculated to searches brought him into intimate increase his love for his profession ; but connection with several literary coadhis jaunt to Galloway afforded the only jutors, among whom were Richard opportunity he ever had of seeing the Heber, the accomplished John Leyden, scenery of Guy Mannering. In the William Laidlaw, Joseph Ritson, the autumn of this year he first visited the antiquarian, George Ellis, and James scenery of The Lady of the Lake, and | Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, under extended his excursion into Forfarshire, whose uncouth appearance and manners where he inspected Glammis and Scott discovered a poet with originality, Dunottar Castles, and near the latter wit, and absurdity, that amused and first saw the prototype of Old Mor- delighted him. In January 1802, The tality. In October 1796, he published | Minstrelsy, in two volumes, printed by his translation of Lenore and The Wild Ballantyne at Kelso, was published by Huntsman, but their appreciation was Cadell & Davis, London. The first confined to the circle of his own friends edition consisted of 800 copies, and and acquaintances. During the autumn Scott's share of the profits was 678, vacation of 1797, he visited Cumber- In autumn, he wrote the draft land; and while staying at Gilsland, of The Lay of the Last Minstrel, which first met Charlotte Margaret Carpenter, he at first designed as a ballad for a the daughter of a French gentleman third volume of The Minstrelsy. In