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Why do I see that generous bosom gored?
What rudeness ruffled that disordered hair?
Why, blameless shade, that mournful aspect wear?
And Heaven itself approve of Wolfe and thee.
Yes, thou art blessed above the rolling sphere;
'Tis for myself, not thee, I shed the tear.
Where shall I now such blameless friendship find,
Of breasts discordant, and of various mind,
A sudden death recalls him from below;
What boots the rising sigh in vain we weep,
We, too, like him, anon must fall asleep;
Life, and its sorrows too, shall soon be o'er,
And the heart heave with bursting sighs no more;
Death shed oblivious rest on every head,
And one dull silence reign o'er all the dead.
EARL MARISCHAL'S WELCOME
HIS NATIVE COUNTRY.
An Ode 1, attempted in the manner of Pindar.
"TWAS when the full-eared harvest bow'd
Beneath the merry reaper's hand;
When here the plenteous sheafs were strew'd,
And there the corns nod o'er the land;
When on each side the loaden'd ground,
Breathing her ripen'd scents, the jovial season crown'd;
The arrival of their lord attend;
The blythsome shepherds haste to join,
Nor orphan nor lone widow mourns;
Even hopeless lovers lose their pains;
Inserted with the initials (J. M.), in the Scots Magazine for September 1760; reprinted with the name in Blacklock's Collection, Vol. II. p. 170.
To-day their banish'd lord returns,
How he with Tyrcis, at the chace,
Hied o'er the hill and dale:
Their hoary heads with rapture glow,
While each to each repeats,
How well he knew where to bestow,
Was to oppression still a foe;
Still mixing with their praise his youthful feats.
Then from the grass Melanthus rose,
The arbitrator of the plains,
And silent all stood fixed to hear
The Tityrus of Mernia's swains;
For with the Muse's fire his bosom glow'd, from his lips the numbers flow'd.
"Now the wished-for day is come,
At length, what time the ploughman leads
old tree the roe-buck fell:
The huntsmen's jocund mingled shouts his downfall tell.
"The mem'ry of these happy days
Still in my breast must transport raise;
And the early kine rise from their dewy seat."
Stretch'd forth his hand, and thus resum'd the strain:
Our brave forefathers wore,
In Kenneth's wars, and Bruce's days,
And when the Romans fled their dreadful wrath of yore. 75
O'er every hill, o'er every dale,
All by the winding banks of Tay, Resounds the bunter's chearful peal, Their armour glittering to the day."
Big with his joys of youth the old man stood;
Dunnotyr's ruin'd towers then caught his eye; He stopp'd, and hung his head in pensive mood, And from his bosom burst the unbidden sigh. Then turning, with a warrior look,
Shaking his hoary curls, the old man spoke :
"Virtue, O Fortune! scorns thy power, Thou can'st not bind her for an hour;
Virtue shall ever shine;
And endless praise, her glorious dower,
Before them march pale Terror and Alarms.
His sword with thine, and backs thy cause; Yes, thou art doubly safe, thy cause is just.
"With dread the Turks have oft beheld