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Where Orcas howls, his wolfish mountains round
By winds and inward labours torn,
And down the shouldering billows borne. And see, like gems, her laughing train,
The little isles on every side,
Where thousand elfin shapes abide,
For thee consenting heaven has each bestow'd, 85 A fair attendant on her sovereign pride:
To thee this blest divorce she owed, For thou hast made her vales thy loved, thy last
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u There is a tradition in the Isle of Man, that a mermaid becoming enamoured of a young man of extraordinary beauty took an opportunity of meeting him one day as he walked on the shore, and opened her passion to him, but was received with a coldness, occasioned by his horror and surprise at her appearance. This, however, was so misconstrued by the sea lady, that in revenge for his treatment of her, she punished the whole island, by covering it with a mist; so that all who attempted to carry on any commerce with it, either never arrived at it, but wandered up and down the sea, or were on a sudden wrecked upon its cliffs.
Then too, 'tis said, an hoary pile,
poet now unfold
Even now before his favour'd eyes,
Ye forms divine, ye laureat band,
ODE TO A LADY,
ON THE DEATH OF COLONEL ROSS, IN THE ACTION OF
Written in May 1745.
WHILE, lost to all his former mirth,
And mourns the fatal day:
The wreaths of cheerful May:
The thoughts which musing Pity pays,
Your faithful hours attend;
And points the bleeding friend.
By rapid Scheld's descending wave
Ver. 4. While sunk in grief he strives to tear
Where'er the youth is laid : That sacred spot the village hind With every sweetest turf shall bind,
And Peace protect the shade.
Blest youth, regardful of thy doom,
With shadowy trophies crown'd;
And call his heroes round.
The warlike dead of every age,
Shall leave their sainted rest;
To hail the blooming guest :
Ver. 19. E'en now regardful of his doom
Applauding Honour haunts his tomb,
With shadowy trophies crown's :
And calls her heroes round.
And bend the pensive head ;
Shall point his lonely bed.