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With treach'rous gleam he lures the fated wight,
“ And leads him Hound'ring on, and quite asusay!
His glimm'ring mazes cheer th' excurlive light,
Nur trust the guidance of that faithless lights
At those mirk * hours the wilý monster lies,
And frequent round him rolls his sullen eyes,
Whom late bewilder'd in the dank, dark fen,
To that fad spot "his wayward fate fall lead † ;**
Shall never look with pity's kind concern,
O'er its drown'd bank, forbidding all return
To some dim hill that seems uprising neary,
In all its terrors clad, shalt wild appear.
Pour'd sudden forth from ev'ry swelling source.
His fear-lhcok limbs have lost their youthly force,
Or wander forth to meet him on his way;
His babes shall linger at th' unclosing gate 16
Her travell'd limbs in broken Numbers iłcep,
Shall vilit fad, perchance, her filent fleep :
Shall fondly seem to press her ihudd'ring cheeks,
And, shiv'ring cold, these piteous accents speak i
At dawn or dulk, industrious as before ;
* First written, fad.
A blank in the manuscript. The line filled up by Dr Carlyle.
First written, Shall seem to press her cold and Muddring.cbecke
While I lie welt'ring on the ozier'd fhore,
Unbounded is thy ranges with varied ftile
Thy mufe may, like those feath'ry tribes which spring
Round the moist marge of each cold Hebrid ifle,
In whose small vaults a pigmy-folk is found,
And culls them, wond'ring, from the hallow'd ground I
The mighty kings of three fair realms are laid I :
No llaves revere them, and no wars invade :
The rifted mounds their yawning cells unfold,
In pageant robes, and wreath'd with sheeny gold,
On whose bleak rocks, which brave the walking tidess
Go, just, as they, their blameless manners trace !
Of those whose lives are yet fincere and plain,
And all their profpe&ts but the wintry main.
They drain the fainted spring, or, hunger-prest,
And of its eggs despoil the Solan's nest.
Suffic'd and happy with that frugal fare
Hard * A name given in Scotland to a supposed fpirit of the waters.
† On the largest of the Flannan islands (inės of the Hebrides) are the ruins of : chapel dedicated to St Flannari. This is reckoned by the inhabitants of the Welle ern Illies a place of uncommon sanctity. One of the Flannan illanels is termed the He of Pigmies ; and Martin fays, there have been matiy fmall boties dug up heren refembling in miniature those of the human body.
| The ifiand of Iona or Icolmkill. See Martin's Defcription of the Western Inands of Scotland. That author informs us, that forty-eight kings of Scotland, four kings of Ireland, and five of Norway, were interred in the Church of St Ouran in that island. There were two churches and two monasteries founded there by St Columbus about A. D. 565. Bed. Hift. Eccl. l, 3. Collins has taken all his information respecting the Western Illes from Martin; from whom he may likewise have derived his lenowledge of the popular fuperftitions of the Highlanders, with which this ode Mhows so perfect an acquaintance.
|| The character of the inhabitants of St Kilda, as here described, agrees perfectly with the accounts given by Martin and by Macaulay, of the people of that ifland It is the moft westerly of a!! the Ilebrides, and is above 130
miles diftart from that main land of Scotland.
Hard is their shallow soil, and bleak and bare ;
Thy gentle mind, of fairer stores postest;
But fill'd in elder time th' historic page.
In muling hour, his wayward filters found,
Before the Scot afflicted and aghaft,
Through the dark cave in gleamy pageant paft.
Could once fo well my answ'ring bosom pierce ;
The native legends of thy land rehearse ;
From sober truth, are still to nature true,
Th' heroic muse employed her Taffo's art !
Its gushing blood the gaping cypress pour'd;
And the wild blast upheav'd the vanilh'd sword f !
To hear his harp, by British Fairfax strung.
Believ'd the magic wonders which he fung!
Melting it flows, pure, num'rous, strong and clear,
XIII. This stanza is more incorrect in its structure than any of the foregoing. There is apparently a fine wanting between this and the subsequent one, In musing bourg &c." The deficient line ought to have rhymed with scene. † These four lines were originally written thus :
“ How have I trembled, when, at Tancred's fide,
“ Like him I Nalk'd, and all his passions felt;
“ Bark'd in each plant a talking fpirit dwelt :** | These lines were originally written thus ;
“ Hence, sure to charın, his early numbers flow,
6. Though strong, yet sweet
“ Hence, with each theme, he bids the bosom glow,
Ye “ spacious *" friths and lakes which, far away,
Or Don's romantic fprings, at distance, hail !
Your lowly glens, o’erhung with spreading broom,
Then will I dress once more the faded bow'r,
Or crop from Tiviot's dale each clashc flower,"
The cordial youth, on Lothian's plains attend,
To him I lose, your kind protection lend,
Historical and Biographical Anecdotes Hl. Account of the Funeral of William the vided the proper persons (pollinares Conqueror.
Es vefpiliones) and hired a carriage to HOUGH the Conqueror had no convey it to the river, and thence quite
-grave or monument in England, to Caen. Tbere the abbot and cons the circumstances that attended his vent, attended by crouds of clergy and death are remarkable. He had no lairy, came out to meet it. But as they Sooner breathed his laft at the Abbey were proceeding to pay the proper hoof St Gervase, on a hill out of Rouen pours, they were alarmed by a sudden to the West, than all his domestics fire which broke out in a house, and not only forsook him, but plundered destroyed great part of the city. The his apartments fo completely, that bis distracted pcople want to give the necorpse was left naked, and he would ceffary allilance, and left the monks, have wanted a grave; had it not been with a few bishops and abbots, to go for the more grateful clergy and the on with the fervice ; which being fiz Archbishop of Rouen, who ordered nished, and the furcophagus laid in the the body to be conveyed to Caen, and ground, the body Atill lying on the qne Herliun, a gentleman of the place, bier, Gilbert, bishop of Erreux, pro(pagenfis eques) from pure goodness nounced a long panegyric on the des of heart (naturali bonitute) took upon ceafed ; and, in conclusion, called on himself the care of the funcral, pro- the audience to pray for his foul. On
a suda A blank in the manuscript. The word spacious supplied by Dr Carlyle. † Ben Johnfon undertook a journey to Scotland a-foot in 1619, to visit the poet Drummond, at his seat of Hawthornden, near Edinburgh. Drummond has prefere ved, in his works, some very curious heads of their conversation. # A blank in the manuscript Social supplied by Dr Carlyle.
Both these lines left imperfect; fupplied by Dr Carlyle. This last stanza bears more marks of hafiness of composition than any of the teft
. Besides the blanks which are supplied by Dr Carlyle, there is apparently an entire line wanting after the seventh line of the stanza. The deficient line ought to have rhymcd with troom.
9 Mr Gough's Sepulchral Monuments, Ecr lately publified.
a fudden starts up from the croud tion. The abbot caused a painting to Ascelin Fitz-Arthar, and demands a bc taken of it in wood jult as it apa compensation for the ground; heilood peared. But in 1562, the Hugonotsa on, which he said William had forci- not content with destroying this paints bly taken from bis father to found his ing, demolished the tombs of the Cove abbey on it; and in God's name for. queror and his wife, with their effigies dids the burying him on his property, in relief to the life, and broke in pies or covering him with his turt. The ces with their daggers the ConquerBishops and nobles having fatisfied them or's biere, made of pierrede volderit, and felves about the truth of his demand, supported on three little white pilasters. were obligd to pay him immediately They expceted to have met with some fixty shillings for the grave, and pro- treasure, but found only His bones, mise an equivalent for the rest of the still joined together, and covered withi ground, which they afterwards garé red taffery. Those of the arms and bim. They then proceeded to the in- legs were thought longer than thofa terment: but, in laying the body in of the talleft men of the present ages the farcophagus, it was found to have One of theic facrilegious wretches; been made so small, by the ignorance named Francis de Gray de Bourg of the mason, that they were forced P'Abbe, gave them to Dom Michael to press the corpse with such violence, de Comalle, religious and bailiff of the that the fat belly burit, and diffused an abbey, who kept them in his chamber; intolerable stench, which all the smoak till Admiral Coligny and his reiftres of the cenfers and other spices could ruined and destroyed every thing there Hot overcome. The priests were glad to hurry over the fervice, and make Anecdotes of Edward 117. the best of their way home in no small THIS great Prince, who wiped out fright.
the stain of his premature accehon to William Rufus ere&ted to his fa- the crown of England by the unirátů: ther's memory a cofth monament, ex. tal intrigues of his mother, with equal écuted by the goldsmith Otho, to whom glory supported the king of Scots itt he caused to be delivered a great quan- his throne, on which his grandfathiet tity of gold, silver, and precious stones; had placed him, and his oitni claim to and the following epitaph, composed the crown of France, and after he had by Thomas archbishop of York, was in two bloody battles exhausted the put on it in gold letters
blood of its beft fubje&ts, disment.bored. Qui rexit rigidos Northmanos, atque that kingdom of some of its bcft prós Britanos
vinces. The first forty years of his Audacter vicit, fortiter obtinuit,
feigo were truly glorious. The des Ec Cenomanenfes virtúte coercuit enfes cline of his life was distreffed by the
Imperiique fui legibus applicuit ; Rex inagnus parva jacet hic GULIELMUS loss of his confort and his gallant face in urna :
Edward Prince of Wales, and the am Sufficit & magno parva domus domino. bition of his fourth fon John of Gaunts Ter fepten gradibus fe volverat atque and finking into dotage, his affection
Virginis in gremio Phæbus, & hic obiit. fixt on unworthy objects, he closed i Virginis in gremio Phæbus, & hic obiit. life of sixty-four years, and a reign of In 1522, Peter de Marigny, bishop fifty-fix (the longest of any of our fó. of Caltries, and abbot of St Stephen vereigns since Henry III.) ar Shené, át Caen, at the folicitation of a great June 21. 1377. His body was brought cardinal, an archbifhop, and an Italian by four of his sons and others of the bishop, desirous to see the remains of nobility, through the city of London, the Conqueror, opened his tomb, and with his face uncovered, and buried found the body ia the originat Grua. by his wife in Westminfter abbeyo