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The mavis wild, wi' many a note,
Sings drowsy day to rest;
Wi' care nor thrall opprest.
Now blooms the lily by the bank,
The primrose down the brae;
And milk-white is the slae;
May rove their sweets among;
Maun lie in prison strong.
I was the queen o' bonnie France,
Where happy I hae been;
As blithe lay down at e'en;
And mony a traitor there;
And never-ending care.
But as for thee, thou false woman,*
My sister and my foe! Grim vengeance, yet, shall whet a sword
That through thy soul shall go; The weeping blood in woman's breast
Was never known to thee; Nor the balm that drops on wounds of woe
Frae woman's pitying e'e.
* Elizabeth, Queen of England, who unjustly detained her in prison.
My son !* my son! may kinder stars
Upon thy fortune shine;
That ne'er wad blink on mine!
Or turn their hearts to thee;
Remember him for me!
O, soon, to me, may summer suns
Nae mair light up the morn!
Wave o'er the yellow corn!
Let winter round me rave;
Bloom on my peaceful grave.
AVARICE. — George Herbert.
Money, thou bane of bliss, and source of woe,
Surely thou didst so little contribute
* James the First, King of England.
Then forcing- thee by fire he made thee bright;
Man calleth thee his wealth, who made thee rich,
THE TRUMPET.—Mrs. Hemans.
The trumpet's voice hath roused the land;
Light up the beacon-pyre ! —
And waved the sign of fire.
Their gorgeous folds have cast,—
A king to war went past.
The chief is arming in his hall,
The peasant by his hearth;
And rises from the earth.
Looks with a boding eye, —
Whose young hearts leap so high.
The bard hath ceased his song, and bound
The falchion to his side;
The lover quits his bride.
168 FAREWELL TO THE MUSE.
And all this haste, and change, and fear,
How will it be when kingdoms hear
FAREWELL TO THE MUSE.— Sir W. Scott.
Enchantress, farewell! who so oft has decoyed me, At the close of the evening, through woodlands to roam, Where the forester, lated, with wonder espied me Explore the wild scenes he was quitting for home. Farewell! and take with thee thy numbers wild speaking, The language alternate of rapture and woe; O, none but some lover, whose heart-strings are breaking, The pang that I feel at our parting can know!
Each joy thou couldst double, and when there came sorrow,
Or pale disappointment, to darken my way, What voice was like thine, that could sing of to-morrow
Till forgot in the strain was the grief of to-day! But when friends drop around us in life's weary waning,
The grief, queen of numbers, thou canst not assuage; Nor the gradual estrangement of those yet remaining, The languor of pain, and the chillness of age.
'T was thou that once taught me, in accents bewailing,
And a maiden hung o'er him with aid unavailing,
As vain those enchantments, O queen of wild numbers, To a bard when the reign of his fancy is o'er,
And the quick pulse of feeling in apathy slumbers; — Farewell, then, enchantress ! I meet thee no more!
TRUE RICHES.— Watts.
I Am not concerned to know
Glittering stones, and golden things,
I 've a mighty part within,