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• Alas! the hapless Sire replied,

The big tear starting as he spoke, • When Oscar left my hall, or died,

This aged heart was almost broke. «Thrice has the earth revolved her course

Since Oscar's form has bless'd my sight; And Allan is


last resource, Since martial Oscar's death, or flight.' « 'Tis well,' replied the stranger, stern,

And fiercely flash'd his rolling eye ; “Thy Oscar's fate I fain would learn;

Perhaps the hero did not die. • Perchance, if those whom most he loved

Would call, thy Oscar might return; Perchance the chief has only roved ;

For him thy Beltane,* yet may burn. • Fill high the bowl the table round,

We will not claim the pledge by stealth; With wine let every cup be crown'd;

Pledge me departed Oscar's health." • With all my soul,' old Angus said,

And fill’d his goblet to the brim; Here's to my boy, alive or dead,

I ne'er shall find a son like him.' • Bravely, old man, this health has sped,

Bat why does Allan trembling stand? Come, drink remembrance of the dead,

And raise thy cup with firmer hand.' The crimson glow of Allan's face

Was turned at once to ghastly hue; The drops of death, each other chase

Adown in agonizing dew. * Beltane Tree, a Highland festival on the 1st of May, held Dear fires lighted for the occasion.

Thrice did he raise the goblet high,

And thrice his lips refused to taste; For thrice he caught the stranger's eye

On his with deadly fury placed. And is it thus a brother hails

A brother's fond remembrance here? If thus affection's strength prevails,

What might we not expect from fear?' Roused by the sneer, he raised the bowl,

('Would Oscar now could share our mirth!' Internal fear appallid his soul,

He said, and dash'd the cup to earth. • 'Tis he! I hear my murderer's voice!

Loud shrieks a darkly gleaming form; A murderer's voice!' the roof replies,

And deeply swells the bursting storm.
The tapers wink, the chieftains shrink,

The stranger 's gone,-amidst the crew
A form was seen in Tartan green,
And tall the shade terrific

His waist was bound with a broad belt round,

His plume of sable stream'd on high; But his breast was bare, with red wounds there,

And fix'd was the glare of his glassy eye. And thrice he smiled, with lis eye so wild,

On Angus, bending low the knee; And thrice he frown'd, on a chief on the ground,

Whom shivering crowds with horror see. The bolts loud roll, from pole to pole,

The thunders through the welkin ring, (storm, And the gleaming form, through the mist of the

Was borne on high by the whirlwind's wing.

Cold was the feast, the revel ceased;

Who lies upon the stony floor? Oblivion press'd old Angus' breast,

At length his life-pulse throbs once more. • Away, away, let the leech essay, To

pour the light on Allan's eyes;' His sand is done,-his race is run,

Oh! never more shall Allan rise ! But Oscar's breast is cold as clay,

His locks are lifted by the gale; And Allan's barbed arrow lay

With him in dark Glentanar's vale. And whence the dreadful stranger came,

Or who, no mortal wight can tell; But no one doubts the form of fame,

For Alva's sons knew Oscar well. Ambition nerved young Allan's hand,

Exalting demons wing'd his dart, While envy waved her burning brand,

And pour'd her venom round his heart. Swift is the shaft from Allan's bow,

Whose streaming life-blood stains his side, Dark Oscar's sable crest is low,

The dart has drunk his vital tide, And Mora's eye could Allan move,

She bade his wounded pride rebel : Alas! that eyes, which beam'd with love,

Should urge the soul to deeds of Hell.
Lo! seest thou not a lovely tomb

Which rises o'er a warrior dead ?
It glimmers through the twilight gloom;

Oh! that is Allan's nuptial bed.

Far, distant far, the noble grave

Which held his clan's great ashes stood; And o'er his corse no banners wave,

For they were stain'd with kindred blood. What minstrel gray, what hoary bard,

Shall Allan's deeds on harp-strings raise? The song is glory's chief reward,

But who can strike a murderer's praise ? Unstrung, untouch'd, the harp must stand,

No minstrel dare the theme awake; Guilt would benumb his palsied hand,

His harp in shuddering chords would break. No lyre of fame, no hallow'd verse,

Shall sound his glories high in air, A dying father's bitter curse,

A brother's death-groan echoes there.

TO THE DUKE OF D. In looking over my papers, to select a few additional Poems for this second edition, I found the following lines, which I had totally forgotten, composed in the summer of 1805; a short time previous to my departure from H - They were addressed to a young school-fellow of high rank, who had been my frequent companion in some rambles through the neighbouring country; however, he never saw the lines, and most probably never will. As, on a re-perusal, I found them not worse than some other pieces in the collection, I have now published them, for the first time, after a slight revision. D-R-T! whose early steps with mine have stray'd, Exploring every path of Ida's glade, Whom still affection taught me to defend, And made me less a tyrant than a friend; Though the harsh custom of our youthful band Bade thee obey, and gave me to command;*

* At every public school the junior boys are completely subservient to the upper forms, till they attain a seat in the higher classes. From this state of probation, very properly, no rank is exempt; but after a certain period, they command in turn those who succeed.

Thee, on whose head a few short years will shower
The gift of riches and the pride of power;
E'en now a name illustrious

thine own,
Renown'd in rank, not far beneath the throne.
Yet D-t, let not this seduce thy soul
To shun fair science, or evade control;
Though passive tutors,* fearful to dispraise.
The titled child, whose future breath may raise,
View ducal errors with indulgent eyes,
And wink at faults they tremble to chastise.

When youthful parasites, who bend the knee
To wealth, their golden idol, not to thee;
-And, even in simple boyhood's opening dawn,
Some slaves are found to flatter and to fawn ;-
When these declare, 'that pomp alone should wait
On one by birth predestined to be great;
That books were only meant for drudging fools
That gallant spirits scorn the common rules;'
Believe them not,—they point the path to shame,
And seek to blast the honours of thy name.
Turn to the few in Ida's early throng,
Whose souls disdain not to condemn the wrong ;
Or if, amidst the comrades of thy youth,
None dare to raise the sterner voice of truth,
Ask thine own heart ; 'twill bid thee, boy, forbear,
For well I know, that virtue lingers there.

Yes! I have mark'd thee many a passing day, But now new scenes invite me far

away; Yes! I have mark”d within that generous mind, A soul, if well matured, to bless mankind; Ah! though myself, by nature haughty, wild, Whom Indiscretion hail'd her favourite child;

# Allow me to disclaim any personal allusions, even the most distant; I merely mention generally, what is too often the weak. ness of preceptors.

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