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The Chief and luis guest liad by this time reached in which this feudal militia displayod ineredible the house of Glennaquoich, which consisted of lan swiftness, strength, and agility; and accomplished nan Cliaistel's mansion, a high rude-looking square the purpose which their Chieftain had at heart, tower, with the addition of a lofted house, that is, by impressing on Waverley no light sense of their a building of two stories, constructed by Fergus's merit as soldiers, and of the power of him who comgrandfather when lie returned froin that memorable manded them by his nod. expedition, well remembered by the western shires, “ And what number of such gallant fellows have wader the name of the Higlılaud Host. Upon oc the happiness to call you leader?" asked Waverley. casion of this crusade against the Ayrshire Whigs “ In a good cause, and under a chieftain whom and Covenanters, the Vich lan Vohr of the time they loved, the race of Ivor lave seldom taken the had probably been as successful as his predecessor field under five hundred claymores. But you are was in harrying Northumberland, and therefore aware, Captain Waverley, that the disarming act, left to his posterity a rival edifice, as a monument passed about twenty years ago, prevents their being of his magnificence.

in the complete state of preparation as in former Around the house, which stood on an eminence times; and I keep no more of my clan under arms in the midst of a narrow Highland valley, there than may defend my own or my friends' property, appeared none of that attention to convenience, far when the country is troubled with such mien as less to ornament and decoration, which usually sur your last niglit’s landlord; and Government, which rounds a gentleman's habitation. An inclosure has removed other means of defence, must connive or two, divided by dry-stone walls, were the only at our protecting ourselves.” part of the domain that was fenced; as to the rest, “ But, with your force, you might soon destroy, the narrow slips of level ground which lay by the or put down, such gangs as that of Donald Bean side of the brook exhibited a scanty crop of barley, Lean.” liable to constant depredations from the herds of “ Yes, doubtless; and my reward would be a wild ponies and black cattle that grazed upon the summons to deliver up to General Blakeney, at adjacent hills. These ever and anon made an in- Stirling, the few broadswords they have left us:

eursion upon the arable ground, which was repelled there were little policy in that, methinks. But 1 -934? by the loud, uncouth, and dissonant shouts of half come, Captain, the sound of the pipes informs me

a dozen Highland swains, all running as if they that dinner is prepared-Let me have the honour
had been mad, and every one hallooing a half to show you into my rude mansion.".
starved dog to the rescue of the forage. At a little
distance up the glen was a small and stunted wood
of birch ; the hills were high and heathy, but with-
out any variety of surface; so that the whole view

was wild and desolate, rather than grand and soli-
tary. Yet, such as it was, no genuine descendant

A Highland Feast.
of lan nan Chaistel would have changed the do ERE Waverley entered the banqueting hall, lie
main for Stow or Blenheim.

was offered the patriarchal refreshment of a bath There was a sight, however, before the gate, for the feet, which the sultry weativer, and the mowhich perhaps would have afforded the first owner rasses he had traversed, rendered highly acceptof Blenheimn more pleasure than the finest view in able. He was not, indeed, so luxuriously attended the donain assigned to him by the gratitude of his upon this occasion as the heroic travellers in the country. This consisted of about a hundred High- 'Odyssey; the task of ablution and abstersion being landers in complete dress and arms; at sight of performed, not by a beautiful damsel, trained whom the Chieftain apologized to Waverley in a

To chafe the limb, and pour the fragrant oil, sort of negligent manner. “ He bad forgot,” he but by a smoke-dried skinny old Highland woman, said, “ that he had ordered a few of his clan out, who did not seem to think herself much honoured for the purpose of seeing that they were in a fit by the duty imposed upon her, but muttered becondition to protect the country, and prevent such tween her teeth, “ Our father's herds did not feed accidents as, he was sorry to learn, had befallen the so near together, that I should do you this service.” Baron of Bradwardine. Before they were disnuissed, A small donation, however, amply reconciled this perhaps Captain Waverley might choose to see ancient handmaiden to the supposed degradation; them go through a part of their exercise." and, as Edward proceeded to the hall

, she gave him Edward assented, and the men executed with her blossing, in the Gaelic proverb, “ May the open agility and precision some of the ordinary military hand be filled the fullest." movements. They then practised individually at a The hall, in which the feast was prepared, occumark, and showed extraordinary dexterity in the pied all the first story of Ian nan Chaistel's original management of the pistol and firelock. They took erection, and a huge oaken table extended tlırough aim, standing, sitting, leaning, or lying prostrate, its whole length. The apparatus for dinner was as they were commanded, and always with effect simple, even to rudeness, and the company numerupon the target. Next, they paired off for the ous, even to crowding. At the head of the table broadsword exercise; and, having manifested their was the Chief himself, with Edward, and two or individual skill and dexterity, united in two bodies, three Highland visitors of neighbouring clans; the and exhibited a sort of mock encounter, in which elders of his own tribe, wadsetters, and tacksmen, the charge, the rally, the flight, the pursuit, and as they were called, who occupied portions of his all the current of a heady fight, were exhibited to estate as mortgagers or lessees, sat next in rank; the sound of the great war bagpipe.

beneath them, their sons and nephews, and fosterOn a signal made by the Chief, the skirmish was brethren; then the officers of the Chief's household, ended. Matches were then made for running, wrestling, leaping, pitching the bar, and other sports,

See Note T, -- Ilighland Discipline.

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according to their order; and, lowest of all, the tain Waverley ? every thing will keep after its kind tenants who actually cultivated the ground. Even whether it be a hawk or a Highlander.” Edward beyond this long perspective, Edward miglit see made the expected answer, in a compliment upon his upon the green, to which a huge pair of folding possessing so many bold and attached followers. doors opened, a multitude of Highlanders of a yet “Why, yes,” replied the Chief, “ were I disposed, inferior description, who, nevertheless, were con like my father, to put myself in the way of getting sidered as guests, and had their share both of the one blow on the head, or two on the neck, I believe countenance of the entertainer, and of the cheer the loons would stand by me. But who thinks of lassan of the day. In the distance, and fluctuating round that in the present day, when the maxim is,— Betthis extreme verge of the banquet, was a changeful ter an old woman with a purse in her hand, than group of women, ragged boys and girls, beggars, three men with belted brands ?' Then, turning to third young and old, large greyhounds, and terriers, and the company, he proposed the “ Health of Captain pointers, and curs of low degree; all of whom took Waverley, a worthy friend of his kind neighbour some interest, more or less inmediate, in the main and ally, the Baron of Bradwardine." action of the piece.

“ He is welcome hither,” said one of the elders, This hospitality, apparently unbounded, had yet “if he come from Cosmo Comyne Bradwardine.” its line of economy. Some pains had been bestowed “ I say nay to that,” said an old man, who apin dressing the dishes of fishi

, game, &c., which were parently did not mean to pledge the toast ; " I say at the upper end of the table, and immediately un- nay to that ;- while there is a green leaf in the foder the eye of the English stranger. Lower down rest, there will be fraud in a Comyne." stood immense clumsy joints of mutton and beef, “ There is nothing but honour in the Baron of which, but for the absence of pork, abhorred in Bradwardine," answered another ancient; “ and the Highlands, resembled the rude festivity of the the guest that comes hither from liim should be banquet of Penelope's suitors. But the central dish welcome, though he came with blood on his hand, was a yearling lamb, called “ a hog in har'st,” roast- unless it were blood of the race of Ivor.” ed whole. It was set upon its legs, with a bunch The old man, whose cup remained full, replied, of parsley in its mouth, and was probably exhibited “ There has been blood enough of the race of Ivor in that form to gratify the pride of the cook, who on tlie band of Bradwardine.” piqued himself more on the plenty than the elegance “ Ah! Ballenkeiroch," replied the first, you of his master's table. The sides of this poor animal think rather of the flash of the carbine at the Mains were fiercely attacked by the clansmen, some with of Tully-Veolan, than the glance of the sword that dirks, others with the knives which were usually in fought for the cause at Preston." the same sheath with the dagger, so that it was soon And well I may," answered Ballenkeiroch; "the rendered a mangled and rueful spectacle. Lower flash of the gun cost me a fair-haired son, and the down still, the victuals seemed of yet coarser qua- giance of the sword has done but little for king lity, though sufficiently abundant. Broth, onions, James." cheese, and the fragments of the feast, regaled the The Chieftain, in two words of French, explained sons of Ivor who feasted in the open air.

to Waverley, that the Baron had shot this old man's The liquor was supplied in the same proportion, son in a fray near Tully-Veolan about seven years and under similar regulations. Excellent claret and before ; and then hastened to remove Ballenkeichampaigne were liberally distributed among the roch’s prejudice, by informing him that Waverley Chief's immediate neighbours ; whisky, plain or di- was an Englishman, unconnected by birth or alluted, and strong beer, refreshed those who sat near liance with the family of Bradwardine ; upon which the lower end. Nor did this inequality of distri- the old gentleman raised the hitherto-untasted cup, bution appear to give the least offence. Every one and courteously drank to his liealth. This ceremony present understood that his taste was to be formed being requited in kind, the Chieftain made a signal according to the rank which he held at table; and, for the pipes to cease, and said aloud, “ Where is consequently, the tacksman and their dependents the song hidden, my friends, that Mac-Murrough always professed the wine was too cold for their cannot find it?" stomachs, and called, apparently out of choice, for Mac-Murrough, the family bhairdh, an aged man, the liquor which was assigned to them from eco- immediately took the hint, and began to chant, with noiny. The bagpipers, three in number, screamed, low and rapid utterance, a profusion of Celtic verses, during the whole time of dinner, a tremendous which were received by the audience with all the war-tune; and the echoing of the vaulted roof, and applause of enthusiasm. As he advanced in his declang of the Celtic tongue, produced such a Babel clamation, his ardour seemed to increase. He had of noises, that Waverley dreaded his ears would at first spoken with his eyes fixed on the ground; never recover it. Mac-Ivor, indeed, apologized for he now cast them around as if beseeching, and thie confusion occasioned by so large a party, and anon as if commanding, attention, and his tones pleaded the necessity of his situation, on which rose into wild and impassioned notes, accompanied unlimited hospitality was imposed as a paramount with appropriate gestures. He seemed to Edward, duty: “These stout idle kinsinen of mine,” he said, who attended to him with much interest, to recité

account my estate as held in trust for their sup- many proper names, to lament the dead, to aposport; and I must find them beef and ale, while the trophise the absent, to exhort, and entreat, and anirogues will do nothing for themselves but practire mate those who were present. Waverley thought he the broadsword, or wander about the hills, shoot even discerned his own name, and was convinced ing, fishing, hunting, drivking, and making love to his conjocture was right, from the eyes of the the lasses of the strath. But what can I do, Cap- company being at that moment turned towards him

simultaneously. The ardour of the poet appeared I See Note U, -- Dislike of the Scotch to Pork.

to communicate itself to the audience. Their wild 2 See Note V, - Scottish Dinner. Table.

and sun-burnt countenances assumed a fiercer and

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more animated expression; all bent forward towards which partouk partly of the Parisian fashion, and the reciter, many sprung up and waved their arms partly of the more simple dress of the Highlands, in ecstasy, and some laid their hands on their swords. | blended together with great taste. Her hair was When the song ceased, there was a dcep pause, while not disfigured by the art of the friseur, but fell in the aroused feelings of the poet and of the hearers jetty ringlets on her neck, confined only by a cirgradually subsided into their usual channel. clet, richly set with diamonds. This peculiarity

The Chieftain, who during this scene had ap- she adopted in compliance with the Iligliland prepeared rather to watch the emotions which were judices, which could not endure that a woman's excited, than to partake their high tone of enthu- head should be covered before wedlock. siasm, filled with claret a small silver cup which Flora Mac-Ivor bore a most striking resemblance stood by him. “Give this,” he said to an attendant, to her brother Fergus; so much so, that they might "to Mac-Murrough nan Fonn (i. e. of the songs), have played Viola and Sebastian with the same and when he has drank the juice, bid him keep, for exquisite effect produced by the appearance of Mrs the sake of Vich lan Vohr, the shell of the gourd Henry Siddons and her brother, Mr William Murwhich contained it.” The gift was received by Mac- ray, in these characters. They had the same anMurtough with profound gratitude; he drank the tique and regular correctness of profile; the same wine, and, kissing the cup, shrouded it with reve dark eyes, eye-lashes, and eye-brows; the same rence in the plaid which was folded on his bosom. clearness of complexion, excepting that Fergus's He then burst forth into what Edward justly sup was embrowned by exercise, and Flora's possessed posed to be an extemporaneous effusion of thanks, the utmost feminine delicacy. But the haughty, and praises of his Chief. It was received with and somewhat stern regularity of Fergus's features, applause, but did not produce the effect of his first was beautifully softened in those of Flora. Their poem. It was obvious, however, that the clan re voices were also similar in tone, though differing in garded the generosity of their Chieftain'with high the key. That of Fergus, especially while issuing approbation. Many approved Gaelic toasts were orders to his followers during their military exerthen proposed, of some of which the Chieftain gave cise, reminded Edward of a favourite passage in the his guest the following versions :

description of Emetrius : “ To him that will not turn his back on friend

whose voice was heard around, or foe." “ To him that never forsook a com

Loud as a trumpet with a silver sound. rade.” “ To him that never bought or sold justice.” That of Flora, on the contrary, was soft and sweet, “ Hospitality to the exile, and broken bones to the an excellent thing in woman;" yet, in urging tyrant.” “ The lads with the kilts.” “ Highlanders, any favourite topic, which she often pursued with shoulder to shoulder,"—with many other pithy sen natural eloquence, it possessed as well the tones timents of the like nature.

which impress awe and conviction, as those of perEdward was particularly solicitous to know the suasive insinuation. The eager glance of the keen meaning of that song which appeared to produce black eye, which in the Chieftain seemed impatient such effect upon the passions of the company, and even of the material obstacles it encountered, had, hinted his curiosity to his host. “ As I observe,” in his sister, acquired a gentle pensiveness. His said the Chieftain, “ that you have passed the bottle looks seemed to seek glory, power, all that could during the last three rounds, I was about to pro- exalt him above others in the race of humanity; pose to you to retire to my sister's tea-table, who while those of his sister, as if she were already concan explain these things to you better than I can. scious of mental superiority, seemed to pity, rather Although I cannot stint my clan in the usual cur than envy, those who were struggling for any farrent of their festivity, yet I neither am addicted ther distinction. Her sentiments corresponded with myself to exceed in its amount, nor do I,” added the expression of her countenance. Early educabe, smiling, “ keep a Bear to devour the intellects tion had impressed upon her mind, as well as on of such as can make good use of them.”

that of the Chieftain, the most devoted attachment Edward readily assented to this proposal, and the to the exiled family of Stuart. She believed it Chieftain, saying a few words to those around him, the duty of her brother, of his clan, of every man left the table, followed by Waverley. As the door in Britain, at whatever personal hazard, to contriclosed behind them, Edward heard Vich Ian Vohr's bute to that restoration which the partisans of the health invoked with a wild and animated cheer, Chevalier de St George had not ceased to hope for. that expressed the satisfaction of the guests, and For this she was prepared to do all, to suffer all, to the depth of their devotion to his service.

sacrifice all. But her loyalty, as it exceeded her
brother’s in fanaticism, excelled it also in purity.
Accustomed to petty intrigue, and necessarily in-

volved in a thousand paltry and selfish discussions,

ambitious also by nature, his political faith was The Chieftain's Sister.

tinctured, at least, if not tainted, by the views of

interest and advancement so easily combined with The drawing-room of Flora Mac-Ivor was fur- it; and at the moment he should unsheathe his nished in the plainest and most simple manner; for claymore, it might be difficult to say whether it at Glennaquoich every other sort of expenditure would be most with the view of making James was retrenched as much as possible, for the pur- Stuart a king, or Fergus Mac-Ivor an earl. This, pose of maintaining, in its full dignity, the hospi- indeed, was a mixture of feeling which he did not tality of the Chieftain, and retaining and multiply- avow even to himself, but it existed, nevertheless, ing the number of his dependents and adherents. in a powerful degree. But there was no appearance of this parsimony in In Flora's bosom, on the contrary, the zeal of the dress of the lady herself, which was in texture loyalty burnt pure and unmixed with any selfish elegant, and even rich, and arranged in a manner feeling; she would liave as soou made religiou tlie

mask of ambitious and interested views, as have received, in donâtives from the individuals of the shrouded them under the opinions which she had clan, more seed-barley than would have sowed his been taught to think patriotism. Such instances of Highland Parnassus, the Bard's croft, as it was devotion were not uncommon among the followers called, ten times over. of the unhappy race of Stuart, of which many From situation, as well as choice, Miss Macmemorable proofs will recur to the mind of most of Ivor's society was extremely limited. Her most inmy readers. But peculiar attention on the part of timate friend had been Rose Bradwardine, to whom the Chevalier de St George and his princess to the she was much attached ; and when seen together, parents of Fergus and his sister, and to themselves they would have afforded an artist two admirable when orphans, had /riveted their faith. Fergus, subjects for the gay and the melancholy muse. Inupon the death of his parents, had been for some deed Rose was so tenderly watched by her father, time a page of honour in the train of the Chevalier's and her circle of wishes was so limited, that none lady, and, from his beauty and sprightly temper, arose but what he was willing to gratify, and scarce was uniformly treated by her with the utmost dis- any which did not come within the compass of his tinction. This was also extended to Flora, who was power. With Flora it was otherwise. While almost maintained for some time at a convent of the first a girl, she had undergone the most complete change order, at the princess's expense, and removed from of scene, from gaiety and splendour to absolute sothence into her own family, where she spent nearly litude and comparative poverty; and the ideas and two years. Both brother and sister retained the wishes which she chiefly fostered, respected great deepest and most grateful sense of her kindness. national events, and changes not to be brought

Having thus touched upon the leading principle round without both hazard and bloodshed, and of Flora's character, I may dismiss the rest more therefore not to be thought of with levity. Her slightly. She was highly accomplished, and had manner, consequently, was grave, though she reaacquired those elegant manners to be expected from dily contributed her talents to the amusement of one who, in early youth, had been the companion society, and stood very high in the opinion of the of a princess; yet she had not learned to substitute old Baron, who used to sing along with her such the gloss of politeness for the reality of feeling. French duets of Lindor and Cloris, &c. as were in When settled in the lonely regions of Glennaquoich, fashion about the end of the reign of old Louis le she found that her resources in French, English, Grand. and Italian literature, were likely to be few and in It was generally believed, though no one durst terrupted; and, in order to fill up the vacant time, have hinted it to the Baron of Bradwardine, that she bestowed a part of it upon the music and Flora's entreaties had no small share in allaying poetical traditions of the Highlanders, and began the wrath of Fergus upon occasion of their quarreally to feel the pleasure in the pursuit, which her rel. She took her brother on the assailable side, brother, whose perceptions of literary merit were by dwelling first upon the Baron's age, and then more blunt, rather affected for the sake of popula- representing the injury which the cause might susrity than actually experienced. Her resolution was tain, and the damage which must arise to his own strengthened in these researches, by the extreme character in point of prudence, so necessary to a delight which her inquiries seemed to afford those political agent, if he persisted in carrying it to to wliom she resorted for information.

extremity. Otherwise it is probable it would have Her love of her clan, an attachment which was terminated in a duel, both because the Baron had, almost hereditary in her bosom, was, like her loy- on a former occasion, slied blood of the clan, though alty, a more pure passion than that of her brother. the matter had been timely accommodated, and He was too thorough a politician, regarded his pa on account of his high reputation for address at triarchal influence too much as the means of ac his weapon, which Fergus almost condescended to complishing his own aggrandisement, that we should envy. For the same reason she had urged their term him the model of a Highland Chieftain. Flora reconciliation, which the Chieftain the more readily felt the same anxiety for cherishing and extend agreed to, as it favoured some ulterior projects of ing their patriarchal sway, but it was with the ge- his own. nerous desire of vindicating from poverty, or at To this young lady, now presiding at the female least from want and foreign oppression, those whom empire of the tea-table, Fergus introduced Captain her brother was by birth, according to the notions Waverley, whom she received with the usual forins of the time and country, entitled to govern. The of politeness.

savings of her income, for she had a small pension ? from the Princess Sobieski, were dedicated, not to

add to the comforts of the peasantry, for that was a word which they neither knew nor apparently

CHAPTER XXII. wished to know, but to relieve their absolute ne

Highland Minstrelsy. cessities, when in sickness or extreme old age. At every other period, they rather toiled to procure When the first salutations had passed, Fergus something which they might share with the Chief said to his sister, “ My dear Flora, before I return as a proof of their attachment, than expected other to the barbarous ritual of our forefathers, I must assistance from him save what was afforded by tell you that Captain Waverley is a worshipper of the rude hospitality of his castle, and the general the Celtic muse, not the less so perhaps that he division and subdivision of his estate among them. does not understand a word of her language. I Flora was so much beloved by them, that when have told him you are eminent as a translator of Mac-Murrough composed a song, in which he enu Highland poetry, and that Mac-Murroughi admires merated all the principal beauties of the district, your version of his songs upon the same principle and intimated her superiority by conclueling, that that Captain Waverley admires the original,- be" the fairest apple hung on the highest bough,” lie cause he does not comprelieud them. Will you have

the goodness to read or recite to our guest in Eng- high among his countrymen, and you must not ex

lish, the extraordinary string of names which Mac- pect me to depreciate it."? a Murrough has tacked together in Gaelic?— My life “ But the song, Miss Mac-Ivor, seemed to awa

to a moorfowl's feather, you are provided with a ken all those warriors, both young and old.” version ; for I know you are in all the bard's coun “ The song is little more than a catalogue of cils, and acquainted with his songs long before he names of the Highland clans under their distincrehearses them in the hall."

tive peculiarities, and an exhortation to them to “How can you say so, Fergus? You know how remember and to emulate the actions of their forelittle these verses can possibly interest an English fathers.” stranger, even if I could translate them as you pre “ And am I wrong in conjecturing, however extend."

traordinary the guess appears, that there was some “ Not less than they interest me, lady fair. To- allusion to me in the verses which he recited ?" day your joint composition, for I insist you had a You have a quick observation, Captain Waversliare in it, has cost me the last silver cup in the ley, which in this instance has not deceived you. castie, and I suppose will cost me something else The Gaelic language, being uncommonly vocalic, next time I hold cour

plénière, if the muse descends is well adapted for sudden and extemporaneous on Mac-Murrough; for you know our proverb,– poetry; and a bard seldom fails to augment the When the hand of the chief ceases to bestow, the effects of a premeditated song, by throwing in any breath of the bard is frozen in the utterance.- Well, stanzas which may be suggested by the circumI would it were even so: there are three things stances attending the recitation." that are useless to a modern Highlander,-a sword “ I would give my best horse to know what the which he must not draw,--a bard to sing of deeds Highland bard could find to say of such an unwor. which he dare not imitate,-and a large goat-skin thy Southron as myself." purse without a louis-d'or to put into it."

“ It shall not even cost you a lock of his mane. * Well, brother, since you betray my secrets, you -Una, Marourneen! (She spoke a few words to cannot expect me to keep yours.-- I assure you, one of the young girls in attendance, who instantly Captain Waverley, that Fergus is too proud to ex curtsied, and tripped out of the room.)--I have sent change his broadsword for a marechal's baton; that Una to learn from the bard the expressions he used, he esteems Mac-Murrough a far greater poet than and you shall command my skill as dragomån.” Homer, and would not give up his goat-skin purse Una returned in a few minutes, and repeated for all the louis-d'or which it could contain." to her mistress a few lines in Gaclic. Flora seemed

“ Well pronounced, Flora ; blow for blow, as to think for a moment, and then, slightly colourConansaid to the devil. Now do you two talk of ing, she turned to Waverley—“ It is impossible to bards and poetry, if not of purses and claymores, gratify your curiosity, Captain Waverley, without while I return to do the final honours to the sena- exposing my own presumption. If you will give me tors of the tribe of Ivor.” So saying, he left the a few moments for consideration, I will endeavour

to engraft the meaning of these lines upon a rude The conversation continued between Flora and English translation, which I have attempted, of a

Waverley ; for two well-dressed young women, part of the original. The duties of the tea-table Arc whose character seemed to hover between that of seem to be concluded, and, as the evening is de

companions and dependents, took no share in it. lightful, Una will show you the way to one of my They were both pretty girls, but served only as foils favourite haunts, and Cathleen and I will join you to the grace and beauty of their patroness. The there." discourse followed the turn which the Chieftain had Una, having received instructions in her native given it, and Waverley was equally amused and language, conducted Waverley out by a passag surprised with the account which the lady gave him different from that through which he had entered of Celtic poetry:

the apartment. At a distance he heard the hall * The recitation,” she said, " of poems, recording of the chief still resounding with the clang of bagthe feats of heroes, the complaints of lovers, and the pipes and the high applause of his guests. Having wars of contending tribes, forms the chief amuse- gained the open air by a postern door, they walked pm ment of a winter fire-side in the Highlands. Some a little way up the wild, bleak, and narrow valley of these are said to be very ancient, and if they are in which the house was situated, foilowing the ever translated into any of the languages of civi course of the stream that winded through it. In lized Europe, cannot fail to produce a deep and a spot, about a quarter of a mile from the castle, general sensation. Others are more modern, the two brooks, which formed the little river, had their composition of those family bards whom the chief- junction. The larger of the two came down the tains of more distinguished name and power retain long bare valley, which extended, apparently withas the poets and historians of their tribes. These, out any change or elevation of character, as far as of course, possess various degrees of merit; but the hills which formed its boundary permitted the much of it must evaporate in translation, or be lost eye to reach. But the other stream, which had its on those who do not sympathize with the feelings of source among the mountains on the left hand of the the poet.”

strath, seemed to issue from a very narrow and dark "And your bard, whose effusions seemed to pro- opening betwixt two large rocks. These streams duce such effect upon the company to-day,- is he were different also in character. The larger was reckoned among the favourite poets of the moun- placid, and even sullen in its course, wheeling in tain?”

deep eddies, or sleeping in dark blue pools; but the “ That is a trying question. His reputation is motions of the lesser brook were rapid and furious,


See Note W.-Conan the Jester.

2 The Highland poet almost always was an improvisa. tore. Captain Burt met one of thoni at Lovat's table.

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