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I climb's the dark brow of the mighty Hellvellyn,

Lakes and mountains beneath me gleam'd misty and wide ; All was still, save by fits when the eagle was yelling,

And starting around me the echoes replied. On the right, Striden-edge round the Red-tarn was bending, And Catchedicam its left verge was defending, One huge nameless rock in the front was ascending,

When I mark’d the sad spot where the wanderer had died. Dark green was the spot mid the brown meadow heather,

Where the pilgrim of nature lay stretch'd in decay,
Like the corpse of an outcast abandon’d to weather,

Till the mountain-winds wasted the tenantless clay.
Nor yet quite deserted, though lonely extended,
For, faithful in death, his mute favourite attended,
The much-loved remains of her master defended,

And chased the hill-fox and the raven away.
How long didst thou think that his silence was slumber?

When the wind waved his garment, how oft didst thou start? How many long days and long weeks didst thou number,

Ere he faded before thee, the friend of thy heart?
And, oh! was it meet, that—no requiem read o'er him,
No mother to weep, and no friend to deplore him,
And thou, little guardian, alone stretch'd before him-

Unhonour'd the pilgrim from life should depart?
When a prince to the fate of the peasant has yielded,

The tapestry waves dark round the dim-lighted hall ; With scutcheons of silver the coffin is shielded,

And pages stand mute by the canopied pall : Through the courts, at deep midnight, the torches are gleaming, In the proudly-arched chapel the banners are beaming, Far adown the long aisle sacred music is streaming,

Lamenting a chief of the people should fall. But meeter for thee, gentle lover of nature,

To lay down thy head like the meek mountain lamb ;
When, wilder’d, he drops from some cliff huge in stature,

And draws his last sob by the side of his dam.
And more stately thy couch by this desert lake lying,
Thy obsequies sung by the grey plover flying,
With one faithful friend but to witness thy dying,

In the arms of Hellvellyn and Catchedicam.

“ Why weep ye by the tide, ladie ?

Why weep ye by the tide ?
I'll wed ye to my youngest son,

And ye sall be his bride :
And ye sall be his bride, ladie,

Sae comely to be seen,'
But aye she loot the tears down fa'

For Jock of Hazeldean.

“ Now let this wilful grief be done,

And dry that cheek so pale ;
Young Frank is chief of Errington,

And lord of Langley-dale ;
His step is first in peaceful ha',

His sword in battle keen,”—
But aye she loot the tears down fa'

For Jock of Hazeldean.

A chain o' gold ye sall not lack,

Nor braid to bind your hair ;
Nor mettled hound, nor managed hawk,

Nor palfrey fresh and fair :
And you, the foremost o' them a',

Sall ride our forest queen,”—
But aye she loot the tears down fa'

For Jock of Hazeldean.

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.
They sought her both by bower and ha,'

The ladie was not seen!
She's o'er the Border, and awa'

Wi’ Jock of Hazeldean.

NORA'S VOW. Hear what Highland Nora said, “ The earlie's son I will not wed,

Should all the race of nature die,

For all the gold, for all the gear,
And all the lands both far and near,
That ever valour lost or won,
I would not wed the earlie's son."

“ A maiden's vows," old Callum spoke,
Are lightly made, and lightly broke ;

The heather on the mountain's height
Begins to bloom in purple light:
The frost-wind soon shall sweep away
That lustre deep from glen and brae ;
Yet Nora, ere its bloom be gone,
May blithely wed the earlie's son.”

“ The swan,” she said, “ the lake's clear breast
May barter for the eagle's nest ;
The Awe's fierce stream may backward turn,
Ben-Cruaichan fall, and crush Kilchurn,
Our kilted clans, when blood is high,
Before their foes may turn and fly;
But I, were all these marvels done,
Would never wed the earlie's son."

Still in the water-lily's shade
Her wonted nest the wild swan made ;
Ben-Cruaichan stands as fast as ever,
Still downward foams the Awe's fierce river:
To shun the clash of foeman's steel,
No Highland brogue has turn’d the heel ;
But Nora's heart is lost and won,-
She's wedded to the earlie's son !

WILLIAM SOTHEBY, the eldest son of Colonel Sotheby, of the Guards, was born in London, on the 9th of November, 1757. He was educated at Harrow; and at the age of seventeen purchased a commission in the 10th Dragoons:-his taste for literature was cultivated with great assiduity while in " country quarters" with his regiment. In 1780. he quitted the army, and purchased Beirs Mount, near Southampton,-a place which had been celebrated as the residence of the Earl of Peterborough, and by the frequent visits of Pope, to whom allusion is made by Mr. Sotheby in one of the most graceful of his Sonnets :

& Inderneath the gloom
Of yon old oak a skilled magician sung:
Ort at his call these sunny glades among,
Thy guardian sylphs, Belinda, sportive play'd ;
And Eloisa sigh'd in yon sequestered shade."

Here Mr. Sotheby lived for several years, devoting his time to the more diligent study of the Classics, to the translation of many of the minor Greek and Latin Poets, and to the production of original compositions. His desire for literary society and distinction, however, induced him, in 1791, to fix his permanent residence in the Metropolis. He was soon elected a fellow of the Royal and Antiquarian Societies; and in 1798, published a translation of the Oberon of Wieland. This was one of the earliest attempts to in. troduce the English reader to the poetry of Germany: its reception encouraged Mr. Sotheby to proceed in the path he had chosen : he subsequently translated the Georgics, and, at a very advanced period of life, the Iliad and the Odyssey. His poetical works are numerous: they afford proofs of an elegant taste and a matured judgment; and if they failed in obtaining extensive popularity, happily for the writer he was placed under circumstances which rendered the approbation of a circle of accomplished friends a sufficient recompense for his labours. In 1816, he visited Italy ; and wrote a series of Poerns, which, a few years afterwards, he published under the general title “ Italy." Mr. Sotheby died in London, on the 30th of December, 1833. Few men have been more warmly esteemed in private life; and, although we should unduly estimate the character of his mind if we described it as of a very high order, his writings afford abundant proofs of an elegant and refined taste, and a true relish for all that is g and excellent in literature. He presents a remarkable instance of industry and energy in old age. He had passed his seventieth year before he commenced his translation of Homer, which he lived to complete. To this extraordinary undertaking, it is not our province to refer; but we feel assured that all who are acquainted with the poem, * Italy," will consider us justified in classing him among the better and more enduring of the Poets of Great Britain. Of a long list of poetical productions, this, however, is the only one to which especial reference may be made. He was seldom happy in his choice of subjects; and wrote, as we have intimated, only because composition afforded an agreeable employment. He appears to have been but little anxious for extended fame; and of course had no desire to render his labour profitable. While in London, he was usually surrounded by those whose tastes were similar to his own; and, it is said, that the less prosperous professors of literature and science found in him a generous and sympathizing friend. He was, we believe-and unhappily the character is as rare as it is admirable-a patron to whom we can trace but few acts of patronage ; one of those who

“ Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame."

The plan of his poem necessarily led him among all the grander and more beautiful objects of Nature, in the classic land through which he travelled. He describes them in a manner at once graceful and graphic; and it would be difficult to find any writer

arly and distinctly brings them before the reader. It is, however, in allusions to the ancient histories of the Italian cities that he most excels. At times, he rises into absolute sublimity: there are passages in his poem that would not lose by comparison with the most vigorous and energetic compositions in the language. He was a scholar, and “a ripe and good one;" occasionally, the hue academic is over his page, but he never renders it repulsive. It will not be easy now-a-days, to obtain readers for his volume; but we venture to assert, that those who may be induced to

WHERE stood Salvator, when with all his storms
Around him winter rav’d,
When being, none save man, the tempest brav'd ?
When on her mountain crest
The eagle sank to rest,
Nor dar'd spread out her pennons to the blast :
Nor, till the whirlwind passed,
The famish'd wolf around the sheep-cote prowl'd?
Where stood Salvator, when the forest howl’d,
And the rock-rooted pine in all its length
Crash'd, prostrating its strength ?

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