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The boat is lowered, the boatmen row,
And to the Inchcape rock they go;
Sir Ralph bent over from the boat
And he cut the bell from the Inchcape float.

Down sunk the bell with a gurgling sound,
The bubbles rose and burst around;
Quoth Sir Ralph, 66 The next who comes to

the rock
Wont bless the abbot of Aberbrothok."

Sir Ralph the Rover sailed away;
He scoured the seas for many a day;
And now, grown rich with plundered store,
He steers his course for Scotland's shore.

So thick a haze o'erspreads the sky,
They cannot see the sun on high ;
The wind hath blown a gale all day,
At evening it hath died away.

On the deck the Rover takes his stand;
So dark it is they see no land;
Quoth Sir Ralph, — “ It will be lighter soon,
For there is the dawn of the rising moon.

6. Canst hear,” said


6 the breakers roar, For methinks we should be near the shore? “ Now where we are I cannot tell, But I wish we could hear the Inchcape bell.”

They hear no sound ; the swell is strong ; Though the wind hath fallen, they drift along ; Till the vessel strikes with a shivering shock; O Death! it is the Inchcape rock.

Sir Ralph the Rover tore his hair;
He cursed himself in his despair;
The waves rush in on every side,
The ship is sinking beneath the tide.

TO MY BIRDIE. – Mrs. Southey.

HERE 's only you an' me, Birdie! here 's only you

an' me! An' there


humdrum fowl ! Sae mute an' mopish as an owl,

Sour companie !

you sit,

Sing me a little song, Birdie ! lift up a little lay!

When folks are here, fu' fain are ye
To stun them with


The lee lang day ;

An' now we 're only twa, Birdie ! an' now we 're

only twa;
'T were sure but kind and cozie, Birdie !
To charm wi' yere wee hurdie-gurdie

Dull care awa'.

Ye ken when folks are paired, Birdie ! ye ken when

folks are paired,
Life's fair, an' foul, and freakish weather,
An' light an’ lumbring loads, thegither

Maun a' be shared ;



An' shared wil looin' hearts, Birdie! wi' looin' hearts

and free,
Fu' fashious loads may weel be borne ;
An' roughest roads to velvet turn,

Trod cheerfully.

We've all our cares and crosses, Birdie! we've a'

our cares an' crosses ;
But then to sulk an' sit so glum,
Hout! tout ! what guid o' that can come

To mend one's losses ?

Ye ’re clipt in wiry fence, Birdie ! ye 're clipt in

wiry fence,
An' aiblins I, gin I mote gang
Upo' a wish, wad be or lang

Wi' friends far hence ;

But what 's a wish, ye ken, Birdie! but what 's a

wish, ye ken,
Nae cantrip nag, like hers of Fife,
Who darnit wi' the auld weird wife,

Flood, fell, an' fen.

'T is true ye’re furnished fair, Birdie ! 't is true ye 're

furnished fair,
Wi' a braw pair of bonnie wings
Wad lift ye whar yon lav'rock sings

High up i' th' air;

But then that wire 's sae strang, Birdie! but then that

wire 's sae strang!
An' I myself, sae seemin’ free, -
Nae wings have I to waften me

Whar fain I'd gang.

An' sae we'd baith our wills, Birdie! we'd each our

wilfu’ way ;

Whar lav'rocks hover, falcons fly ;
An' snares an' pit-fa's often lie

Whar wishes stray.

An' ae thing weel I wot, Birdie! an' ae thing weel

I wot,
There 's ane abune the highest sphere
Wha cares for a' his creatures here,

Marks every lot;

Wha guards the crowned king, Birdie ! wha guards

the crowned king,
An' taketh heed for sic as me,
Sae little worth, - an' e'en for thee,

Puir witless thing!

Sae now, let's baith cheer up, Birdie ! an' sin'

we ’re only twa
Aff han- let's ilk ane do our best,
To ding that crabbit, cankered pest,

Dull care awa'!

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HAPPY insect! what can be
In happiness compared to thee?
Fed with nourishment divine,
The dewy morning's gentle wine!
Nature waits upon thee still,
And thy verdant cup doth fill ;



'T is filled wherever thou dost tread,
Nature's self 's thy Ganymede.
Thou dost drink, and dance, and sing ;,
Happier than the happiest king!
All the fields which thou dost see,
All the plants, belong to thee;
All that summer-hours produce,
Fertile made with early juice.
Man for thee does sow and plough;
Farmer he, and landlord thou !
Thou dost innocently joy,
Nor does thy luxury destroy ;
The shepherd gladly heareth thee,
More harmonious than he.
Thee country hinds with gladness hear,
Prophet of the ripened year!
Thee Phæbus loves, and does inspire ;
Phæbus is himself thy sire.
To thee, of all things upon earth,
Life is no longer than thy mirth.
Happy insect! happy thou
Dost neither age nor winter know;
But, when thou 'st drunk, and danced, and sung
Thy fill, the flowery leaves among,
Sated with thy summer feast,
Thou retir'st to endless rest.






“ Hast thou seen that lordly castle,

That castle by the sea ?
Golden and red above it

The clouds float gorgeously.

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