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4. Ah! then and there was hurrying to and fro,

And gathering tears, and tremblings of distress, And cheeks all pale, which but an hour ago

Blushed at the praise of their own loveliness ;

And there were sudden partings, such as press The life from out young hearts, and choking sighs

Which ne'er might be repeated : who could guess If ever more should meet those mutual

eyes, Since upon night so sweet such awful morn could rise ?

5. And there was mounting in hot haste: the steed,

The mustering squadron, and the clattering car, Went pouring forward with impetuous speed,

And swiftly forming in the ranks of war;

And the deep thunder, peal on peal, afar, And near the beat of the alarming drum, Roused


the soldier, ere the morning star; While thronged the citizens, with terror dumb, Or whispered with white lips, “ The foel they comel they

come !"

6. And wild and high the “ Cameron's gathering” rose !

The war-note of Lochiel, which Albin's hills
Have heard, and heard, too, have her Saxon foes:-

How in the noon of night that pibroch thrills,

Savage and shrill! But with the breath which fills Their mountain-pipe, so fill the mountaineers

With the fierce native daring which instils The stirring memory of a thousand years ; And Evan’s, Donald's fame rings in each clansman's ears !

7. And Ardennes waves above them her green leaves,

Dewy with nature's tear-drops, as they pass,
Grieving – if aught inanimate e'er grieves —

Over the unreturning brave, — alas !
Ere evening to be trodden like the grass,

Which now beneath them, but above shall grow

In its next verdure, when the fiery mass Of living valor, rolling on the foe, And burning with high hope, shall moulder cold and low.

the day,

8. Last noon beheld them full of .lusty life;

Last eve, in Beauty's circle proudly gay:
The midnight brought the signal sound of strife;

The morn, the marshalling in arms,

Battle's magnificently-stern array !
The thunder-clouds close o'er it, which when rent,

The earth is covered thick with other clay,
Which her own clay shall cover heaped and pent,
Rider and horse — friend, foe – in one red burial blent!


Reflections at Midnight.-DR. YOUNG.


The bell strikes One. We take no note of time
But from its loss. To give it, then, a tongue,
Is wise in man. As if an angel spoke,
I feel the solemn sound. If heard aright,
It is the knell of my departed hours :
Where are they? With the years beyond the flood.
It is the signal that demands despatch:
How much is to be done! My hopes and fears
Start up alarmed, and o'er life's narrow verge
Look down — on what? A fathomless abyss !
A dread eternity! how surely mine !
And can eternity belong to me,
Poor pensioner on the bounties of an hour ?

How poor, how rich, how abject, how august,

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How complicate, how wonderful, is man!
How passing wonder He who made him such!
Who centred in our make such strange extremes,
From different natures marvellously mixed,
Connection exquisite of distant worlds !
Distinguished link in being's endless chain !
Midway from nothing to the Deity!
A beam ethereal, sullied and absorpt !
Though sullied and dishonored, still divine !
Dim miniature of greatness absolute !
An heir of glory! a frail child of dust!
Helpless immortal ! insect infinite!
A worm! a god! - I tremble at myself,
And in myself am lost! at home a stranger,
Thought wanders up and down, surprised, aghast,
And wondering at her own. How reason reels !
Oh! what a miracle to man is man!
Triumphantly distressed ! what joy, what dread!
Alternately transported and alarmed !
What can preserve my life, or what destroy ?
An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave;
Legions of angels can't confine me there.

'Tis past conjecture; all things rise in proof:
While o'er my limbs sleep's soft dominion spread,
What though my soul fantastic measures trod
O’er fairy fields, or mourned along the gloom
Of pathless woods, or down the craggy steep
Hurled headlong, swam with pain the mantled pool,
Or scaled the cliff, or danced on hollow winds,
With antic shapes, wild natives of the brain ?
Her ceaseless flight, though devious, speaks her nature
Of subtler essence than the trodden clod;
Active, aërial, towering, unconfined,
Unfettered with her gross companion's fall.
Even silent night proclaims my soul immortal ;






Even silent night proclaims eternal day!
For human weal Heaven husbands all events :
Dull sleep instructs, nor sport vain dreams in vain.

Why, then, their loss deplore, that are not lost ?
Why wanders wretched thought their tombs around
In infidel distress ? Are angels there?
Slumbers, raked up in dust, ethereal fire ?

They live! they greatly live a life on earth
Unkindled, unconceived, and from an eye
Of tenderness let heavenly pity fall
On me, more justly numbered with the dead.
This is the desert, this the solitude:
How populous, how vital is the grave !
This is Creation's melancholy vault,
The vale funereal, the sad cypress gloom;
The land of apparitions, empty shades !
All, all on earth is shadow, all beyond
Is substance; the reverse is Folly's creed.
How solid all, where change shall be no more!




The Graves of the Patriots.PERCIVAL.

Here rest the great and good — here they repose
After their generous toil. A sacred band,
They take their sleep together, while the year
Comes with its early flowers to deck their graves,
And gathers them again, as winter frowns.
Theirs is no vulgar sepulchre : green sods
Are all their monument, and yet it tells
A nobler history than pillared piles,
Or the eternal pyramids. They need



No statue nor inscription to reveal

10 Their greatness. It is round them; and the joy With which their children tread the hallowed ground That holds their venerated bones, the peace That smiles on all they fought for, and the wealth That clothes the land they rescued, — these, though mute, As feeling ever is when deepest, — these

16 Are monuments more lasting than the fanes Reared to the kings and demigods of old.

Touch not the ancient elms, that bend their shade Over their lowly graves; beneath their boughs

20 There is a solemn darkness, even at noon, Suited to such as visit at the shrine Of serious liberty. No factious voice Called them into the field of generous fame, But the pure, consecrated love of home.

25 No deeper feeling sways us, when it wakes In all its greatness. It has told itself To the astonished gaze of awe-struck kings, At Marathon, at Bannockburn, and here, Where first our patriots sent the invader back,

30 Broken and cowed. Let these green elms be all To tell us where they fought, and where they lie. Their feelings were all nature, and they need No art to make them known. They live in us, While we are like them, simple, hardy, bold,

35 Worshipping nothing but our own pure hearts, And the one universal Lord. They need No column, pointing to the heaven they sought, To tell us of their home. The heart itself, Left to its own free purpose, hastens there,

40 And there alone reposes. Let these elms Bend their protecting shadow o'er their graves, And build with their green roof the only fane, Where we may gather on the hallowed day,

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