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FUGITIVE POETRY.

GASK's TOWER ; OR, THE HEADLESS SPECTRE.
ROMANTIC TALE, FROM HENRY THE SCOTTISH MINSTREL."

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Trust right wele that all this be sooth iydeed
Supposing it be no poing of the creed.-The WALLACE, BOOK V.

Sharp and hut was the pursuit,

Blood-hounds of the keenest scent, Trac'd the flying heroes' route,

Track'd the very path they went. . But if blood be spilt, they say,

It will mar their scent so keen; Blood was spht by chance that day,

And the truth was fully seen.

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Fawdon came from Erin's land,

Dark and savage was the wight, Join'd the heroes' little band,

And escap'd with thein in flight.

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DARK the storm begins to lour,

Now the shades of night fall fast, Furious o'er the barren moor,

Sweeps the rising tempest's blast. Hark! the thunder rolls along,

See, that light’ning's vivid blaze, Gleams upon an armed throng ;

Helm and nodding plume displays. Who is he, that martial knight,

Leader of this little band, Cas'd in panoply so bright,

Arm’d with spear, and shield, and brand ? Know ye not that hero's name,

Lives it not in minstrel's lay? Wallace bold, of deathless fame,

Never will his praise decay. Ask you why these warriors brave

All the dangers of the night? Though the tempest round them rave,

Onward why they urge their fight? But that forky flash so blue,

Which yon nitrons clouds swift pour, Has disclosed to their view

Gask's lone ruin'd mould'ring tower, Now they reach the postern gate,

Cross in haste the fosse profound, Every breast with joy elate,

That a shelter they have found.
Listen, listen to my rede;

I to you can truly tell,
Why they fly with cantious speed,

How pursued thro' glen and dell.
Wallace boldly did oppose,

With his brave and gallant few, On this day a host of foes,

Britain's fierce usurping crew. 'Twas on Black-ernes rugged side,

Where the martial bands engag'd, Freemen's spears in blood were dy'd,

Wild the swell of conflict rag'd. Many a South'ron bit the plain,

Scottish brands and spears were keen; Many a gallant Scot was slain,

And 'scap'd the slaughter but sixteen,

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At the postern gate they hear,

Loud a bugle blast resound; It was hollow, shrill, and drear,

And it seem'd no earthly sound. High amazement seiz'd the band,

Should their foes have trac'd them there; Every warrior drew his brand,

Bent one common fate to share.

Two were straight dispatched to see

What could mean this summons bold; Whether friend or foeman he,

Who had trac'd them to this hold,

Those within impatient burn'd,

Long the dread result to know; But their comrades ne'er return'd; Still the horn was heard to blow,

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* Tale. No.64.-Vol. X.

Terror reigns in fullest pow'r,

Hark! the horn grows louder still ! Seems to shake the very tower,

With its tones so deep and shrill. Mixed with the tempest's swell,

Strange unearthly voices drear, And a deep mouth'd blood-lound's yell,

Howling round they seem to hear : Two by two the warriors went,

Till the chief was left alone; None return'd that there were sent,

What their fate was, never known. Then the horn more loudly blew,

Wallace summons all his might; To the postern down he flew

What an object blasts his sight! Fawdon's headless ghost was there!

Horror froze the warrior's blood, Rose erect his bristling hair,

Like a statue fix'd he stood. In the spectre's band was seen,

Bleeding still, his gbastly head; Wallace ne'er before I ween,

Felt his soul so fill'd with dread. Ready to dispute the pass,

Deeply frown’d its head so grim, Threatening its action was,

Shook the chief in every limb. Each mortal foe he durst assail,

Liv'd not one bis soul could quell; What does mortal might avail,

'Gainst the grizzly sprites from hell? Soon recov'ring from his fright,

Back he fled with furions haste To the tower ;--the vengeful sprite

Fast the flying hero chac'd.
Up the winding stairs he few,

Leading to the watch-tower high ;
Still the spectre did pursue,
But a window m his

eye. Iron bars the outlet guard,

Nerv'd with terrors at the fay, Shook them furiously and hard,

Eat by rust, they soon gave way. Fearless thenee himself he cast ;

Close beneath the watch-tower's wall, Flow'd a river, deep and fast,

Broke the hero's lofty fall.
Fear the knight with speed supplied,

Terrors strong his mind assail,
Fast he floated down the tide,

'Till his strength began to fail. As be stopp'd to breathe awhile,

Now a landing place was near; Back to Gask's lone ruin'd pile,

Thence he threw a glance with fear, Sudden horror thrill'd his soul,

Scarce he thought himself secure, Flames their spiry columns roll,

Round that dread terrific tower.

Fiercer than the beacon's blaze,

Which in time of war burns bright, Far around it shot its rays,

Gleaming horribly thro' night. On the battlements he saw

(More than mortal was its size) The dread spectre of his foe,

Bursting on his wond'ring eyes. In the vengeful spirit's hand,

Bright a burning beam did glare, Round he whirld the flaming brand,

Sparks hiss'd dreadful thro' the air. Think what rapture and delight,

Thrill thro’all the warrior's frame, That he had escap'd the sprite,

And yon tower enwrap't in flame! Oh! could he have 'scap'd as well

British Edward's deadly hate, As this denizen of hell ;

But his doom was fix'd by fate. Dragg'd from his dear native land,

By a ruthless despot's pow'r, Doom'd to die on foreign strand,

Fate push'd on the hero's hour. Scotia's children at his name,

Feel within their bosoms burn Bright the patriotic flame;

Still bedew with tears his urn. Marble and recording brass, t

May prove faithless to the tale, Which to them committed was;

When both time and rust assail. But immortal is his praise,

A fame;-which time cannot deform; That will bloom in future days, Unsubdu'd by every storm.

J. PERCY.

+ On Thursday the 22d of September, being the anniversary of the victory obtained by the brave Sir William Wallace, at Stirling Bridge, in the year 1297, the Earl of Buchan dedicated the colossal statue of the hero, formerly an. nounced to the public as being in progress, in the following very laconic and impressive man

ner:

“ In the name of my brave and worthy country, I dedicate this monument as sacred to the memory of Wallace : “ The peerless Knight of Ellerslie,

“Who war'd on Ayr's romantic shore « The beamy torch of liberty !

“ And roaming round from sea to sea, “ From glade obscure, or gloomy rock,

“ His bold compatriots called to free " The realm from 'Edward's iron yoke."

The situation of this monumental statue is truly striking, and commands a lovely view. When the work is quite finished, it will have a fine effect. The simple and sublime inscription from Thomson's Autumn, is to be

« Great Patriot Hero!--[ll-requited Chief."

ON A LAWYER. A plaintiff thus explained his cause To counsel learned in the laws :" My bond-ınajd lately ran away, " And in her flight was met by A, “ Who, knowing sbe belong'd to me, “ Espous'd her to his servant B. “ The issue of this marriage, pray ? · “ Do they belong to me, or A ?" The lawyer, true to his vocation, Gave sign of deepest cogitation, Look'd at a score of books, or near, Then bemm’d, and said, “Your case is clear. “ Those children, so begot by B “ Upon your handmaid must, you'see, “ Be your's, or A's.-Now this I say: “ They can't be your's, if they to A “ Belony-it follows then, of course, " That if they are not his, they're your's, “ Therefore-by my advice-in short, “ You'll take the opinion of the court.”

For all the pride that wealth bestows,
The pleasure that from children flows
Whate'er we court in regal state
That make men covet to be great;
Whatever sweet we hope to find

In love's delightful snare,
Whatever good by heaven assign'd,

Whatever pause from care,
All flourish at thy smile divine;
The spring of loveliness is thine,
And every joy that warms our hearts
With thee approaches and departs.

ON A DAUGHTER WHO DIED YOUNG.
Sweet maid, thy parents fondly thought

To strew thy bride-bed, not thy bier;
But thou hast left a being fraught

With wiles and toils and anxious fear.
For us remains a journey drear,

For thee a blest eternal prime,
Uniting in thy short career,

Youth's blossom, with the fruit of time.

ADDRESS TO HEALTH.
HEALTH, brightest visitant from heaven,

Grant me with thee to rest!
For the short time by nature given,

Be thou my constant guest!

G.

FASHION S

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DECEMBER, 1814.

EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION.

No. 1.–POLONAISE Full Dress.

distinction, who is partial to feathers. This This tasteful and novel dress, for which cap, called the Polonaise, is made with a we are obliged to the elegant invention of || full puffing of blond lace, confined with Mrs. Bell, is composed of rose-colour French beads, in various folds; it is also made gauze, and the body, as our readers will either in plain or spangled white lace, crape, perceive by the Plate, is calculated to dis delicate white kerseymere, or for matronly 1 play to the greatest advantage the shape of ladies in white satin : the form of this headthe wearer ; nothing can possibly exhibit dres is perfectly novel and elegantly becoma fine neck and bosom more strikingly ing; its graceful effect is much heightened than the front of this dress. The white || by the feathers with which it is ornamentsatin band which goes round the waist | ed; there is not, perhaps, any appendage fastens in a tasteful bow behind; the trim to full dress which, in the hands of an ming of the bottom is exquisitely fancied, elegant and tasteful belle, may be rendered and the whole dress may be pronounced so becoming as feathers; the late lovely the most striking, tasteful, and elegant that and unfortunate Marie Antoinette was parwe have ever seen. The beautiful cap | ticularly fond of them, and when she led which accompanies this dress, was invented the fashions of Europe they were in high by Mrs. Bell expressly for a lady of high ”reputation. It must, however, be confessed,

that every thing depends upon the manner winter, and the danger of leaving warm of placing them; and when worn in the places, without a proper covering. The hair, the bad taste of a femme de chambre trimming which ornaments the wrap is the often spoils their effect; but this cannot || newly invented Britannia trimming, far happen where, as in the instance before us, more elegant than far, and the best substi: they are worn in a cap. Feathers also tute for fur hitherto discovered. It has, we heighten the splendour of full dress con-understand, cost Mrs. Bell much trouble siderably, and they are also well calculated and expence, to briug it to its present to give a degree of dignity to the figure of a perfection; it is intended not only for trinslight and youthful belle. Necklace, brace- || ings, but also for hats, bonnets, &e. a pur. lets, and earrings of diamonds. Small crape | pose for which it is most admirably adaptfan exquisitely embroidered in silver; and ed. One of the chief recommendations of white kid slippers and gloves complete this this trimming, is its novelty, nothing of the elegant dress.

kind having ever been introduced before;

and, perhaps, no article which has ever No. 2.-Opera, Theatre, Evening Par- been brought before the public, is so well TIES, AND CARRIAGE WRAP.

calculated to answer the purposes for White lace frock over a white satin slip, fur, its merits are obvious, while from the

which it is intended. As a substitute for made to fit the shape in front, and laced

up on each side of the bosom, with white silk lightness of its texture it is considerably cord; full back, drawn only in three places,

more elegant than fur; for muffs and tipthat is at the bottom of the waist, at the pets, it is far superior to swansdown; top, and between the shoulders; double

and our fair fashionables consider it so quilling of blond, edged with white penny | elegant in hats and bonnets, that they order ribband round the bosom, and a double scarcely any thing else. row of the same round the bottom of the

The above dresses were invented by Mrs. dress

. Over this is thrown the new wrap- | Bell, Inventress of the Ladies Chapeau Bras ing cloak, manufactured from the wool of and of whom only they can be had, at her the female lama; unlike most other inven. Magazin des Modes, No. 26, Charlottetions of a similar nature, it is both elegant

street, Bedford-square. and useful: a fine figure appears in it to considerable advantage. With respect to the cloth, we never saw any thing so ex

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS quisitely beautiful; its delicate softness, its transcendant fineness; and, what is, perhaps, a superior recommendation, the

FASHION AND DRESS. warmth which it communicates to the frame, renders it an indispensable append The early meeting of Parliament, has age to the out-door costume of ladies of made the town unusually full for the sea. fashion; and we congratulate Mrs. Bell son, and the annals of fashion, for the enupon an invention which will contribute suing winter, promises to be more than so much to the comfort of the fair sex. commonly brilliant. This wrap will effectually secure ladies In the promenade costume, our fair pefrom the effects of colds, which are gene- i destrians seem to vie with each other in rally created by ladies leaving the opera, the richness rather than in the variety of the theatre, evening parties, or their car their attire. Pelisses are still in the highest riage, without a proper covering; it is made estimation, but we have no variety to no. so that it may be woru over the most ele- | tice in their form, which is simply that degant dress, without the least deranging it; scribed in our last Number; the materials and thrown off the dress momentarily. of which they are composed,

To render the wrap more useful, the La- cloth, kerseymere, velvet, or satin ; dark dies' Chapeau Bras forms the hood : thus colours seem more in favour than they have the most effectual means are conceived for yet been for the last two or three winters ; the prevention of colds, incidental to the dark green, bright purple, ruby, and

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browri, are generally worn; but black with straps, which are edged with amber satin stamped with a rich black velvet, satin ; to each button, which we should obupon a new principle, lined with rose serve, is of amber silk, a small light tassel colour sarsnet, has just been introduced by || depends; there is rather more than half a Mrs. Bell, and made for a lady of the first quarter distance between the straps ; the rank and fashion. This pelisse is certainly a

bottom of the dress is trimmed with amnovelty, and the most elegant pelisse made ber satin, which is put on in a manner the this season. Ermine, swansdown, sable, most tasteful, but which we cannot easily and seal-skin, are the usual trimmings; the describe; it is a kind of puckering, intertwo former are most in request, seal-skinsected with a newly invented gymp, it is has, we think, declined since our last Num- / laid on about half a quarter in breadth, ber, and sable is worn only partially. and is edged at each side with a floss silk However, we think all the trimmings will trimming, about an inch in breadth. The be superseded by the trimming which is body is made quite high in the throat, at invented by Mrs. Bell. Pelisses are seldom the back of the neck, and comes down at worn unaccompanied by a shawl or scarf, each side, so as to shew a richly worked and the value of these tasteful appendages || shirt in front, a triple row of lace goes to the walking costume is frequently very round the neck. Long sleeve, made full great. India shawls are, of course, in the || dowu the middle of the arms, and ornahighest estimation, but those of Spain are, mented with amber silk buttons The cloak in our opinion, equally beautiful ; the rich- || is about a yard in length, and is very noness of their texture, the superb borders | vel in its form, it is about half a yard long with which they are ornamented, and their | in front, and quite straight, but the ends being, in some degree, novel, render them are rounded very much, and it is formed to favourites. We must not forget to observe, || draw in behind; it is formed behind to the that our own imitations of India shawls, || shape of a full back, and a rich lacing of have attained a perfection which we could || amber silk cord at each side, has a very hardly have expected; and, in some in- striking effect, small round cape, and high stances, the imitation has been so good, || collar, trimmed to correspond with the that it must be a connoissieur who could dress. Wellington hat, composed of interdetect the difference. They are much || mingled amber satin and brown cloth, and

ornamented according to the taste of the The beautiful cloth, for the introduction wearer, with a low plume of either brown of which we are indebted to Mrs. Bell, or amber feathers. The tout ensemble of and of whom alone it may be had, will, it is this dress is striking and elegant. probable, be adopted by belles of taste, in the Seal skin hats and bonnets continue to walking costume, as much as it is now worn be worn, but velvet or satin French hats for wrapping cloaks. Its novelty and ele- are,beyond doubt, higher in estimation; the gance, as well as the uncommon beauty of its || D'Angouleme bonnet, however, which is texture, would render it a most superior ar- l just introduced, promises to rival them; ticle for pelisses; and if worn for cloaks, the crown is shaped like a French hat, and lined with white sarsnet, and trimmed the front, which is cut out on one side, is with silk mole-skin, or Britannia trim- quite slouched on the other ; a ribband to ming, it would be, we are certain, un correspond, and a bunch of winter flowers, commonly attractive: speaking of cloaks, are the ornaments of this bonnet, which at we must not forget to observe, that they present is very much the ton. Mrs. Bell, are in high estimation for the promenade, whose correct and elegant taste enables her but they are generally worn with a cloth to new-model the Parisian fashions in the or velvet dress, to correspond; the dress and most becoming manner, has, we undermantle, which we are about to describe, is stand, produced an improved D'Angouvery pretty

leme bonnet, in her beautiful newly-inventHigh dress of superfine pale browned Britannia trimming; we have no doubt cloth, made tight to the shape, and very that it will be found attractive; the mateshort in the waist; it buttons up the front rial itself is, in fact, the most beautiful and

worn.

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