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Th' outstretching lake, embosom'd 'mong the hills,
The lawns wood-fring'd in Nature's native taste,
Poetic ardours in my bosom swell,
Lone, wand'ring by the hermit's mossy cell:
Here Poesy might wake her heav'n-taught lyre,
And injur'd Worth forget and pardon man."
INSCRIPTION FOR AN ALTAR TO
At Kerroughtry, the Seat of Mr. Heron, Author of a Life of the
THOU of an independent mind,
With soul resolv'd, with soul resign'd;
Thy own reproach alone dost fear,—
Approach this shrine, and worship here.
u These two Fragments were composed in the Autumn of 1787, when the poet was on a tour to the Highlands with Mr. W Nicol, of the High School, Edinburgh.
ON PASTORAL POETRY.
HAIL, Poesie! thou nymph reserv'd!
'Mang heaps o' clavers;"
And och! o'er aftx thy joes hae starv'd,
Say, lassie, why thy train amang
To death or marriage;
Scarce ane has tried the shepherd-sang,
In Homer's craft Jock Milton thrives;
In thy sweet sang, Barbauld, survives
But thee, Theocritus! wha matches?
I pass by hunders, nameless wretches,
In this braw age o' wit and lear,h
And rural grace;
And wi' the far-fam'd Grecian, share
A rival place?
w Idle stories. * Over often. y Thy lovers. a Little.
d 'rives Horatian_fame ;] i. e. Horace. e Dresses. g Hundreds.
Divides, or shares fame with
Yes, there is ane-a Scottish callan!'
The teeth o' time may gnaw Tamtallan,
Thou paints auld Nature to the nines,P
Nae gowden stream thro' myrtles twines,
While nightly breezes sweep the vines,
In gowany glens" thy burnies strays,
Where blackbirds join the shepherd's lays
Thy rural loves are Nature's sel';"
That charm, that can the strongest quell,
ON THE LATE
CAPTAIN GROSE'S PEREGRINATIONS Through Scotland, collecting the Antiquities of that Kingdom.
HEAR, Land o' Cakes, and brither Scots,
Frae Maidenkirk to Johnie Groat's;
If there's a hole in a' your coats,
I rede you tent it :y
m To hang the head. n A party-wall in a cottage.
o The name of a mountain.
P Exactly, to a nicety. .Rivulet.
q Golden. r Daisied dales. Clothes. u Self. w Torrents. = Short. y I advise you to be cautious.
A chield's amang you takin' notes,
And, faith, he 'll prent it.
If in your bounds ye chance to light
That's he, mark weel
And wow! he has an uncò slightb
By some auid houlet-haunted biggin',•
It's ten to ane ye 'll find him snug in
Wi' deils they say, L-d safe 's! colleaguin'
Ilk ghaists that haunts auld ha' or cham'er,h
Ye'll quake at his conjuring hammer,
It's tauld he was a sodger bred,
And ane wad rather fa'n than fled;
But now he 's quatm the spurtle blade,"
And dog-skin wallet,
And taen the-Antiquarian trade,
I think they call it.
He has a foutho o' auld nick-nackets :
2 Pursy, bloated. a An exclamation of pleasure, or wonder.
d An owl.
f Frightful, ghastly. g Each ghost.
h Old hall, or chamber.
Fortune-telling, pretending to a knowledge of future events by
m Did quit.
n A sort of nickname for a sword.
• A plenty.
9 Coats of mail, &c. See his Treatise on Ancient Armour.
Wad haud the Lothians three in tackets,"
An' parritch-pats, and auld saut-backets,
Of Eve's first fire he has a cinder;
A broom-stick o' the Witch of Endor,
The knife that nicket Abel's craigy
He'll prove you fully,
It was a faulding jocteleg,"
Ör long-kail gullie.
But wad ye see him in his glee,
(For neikle glee and fun has he,)
Then set him down, and twa or three
And port, O port! shine thou a wee,
Now, by the pow'rs o' verse and prose !
They sair misca' thee;
I'd take the rascal by the nose,
Wad say, Shame fa' thee!
Would furnish tacks enough to supply the three counties of Lothian for a twelvemonth.
w Quite readily.
The short petticoat, part of the Highlanc dress.
A large knife used for cutting kail.