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Out of the field be shall be led,
The name of our renowned soothsayer is liberally
used as an authority, throughout all the prophecies For God's love turn you againe,
| published by Andro Hart. Besides those expressly And give yon gutherne folk a frey!
put in his name, Gildas, another assumed personWhy should I lose the right is mine? My date s not to die this day.'”
age, is supposed to derive his knowledge from him;
for he concludes thus:Who can doubt, for a moment, that this refers to the battle of Flodden, and to the popular reports
"True Thomas me told in a troublesome time,
In a harvest inorn at Eldoun hills." poceruing the doubtful fate of James IV.? Allu
The Prophecy of Gildas. son is immediately afterwards made to the death of Georze Douglas, heir apparent of Angus, who fought
In the prophecy of Berlington, already quoted, we and leil with his sovereign :
are told, "The sternes three that day shall die,
"Marvellous Merlin, that many men of tells, That bears the harte in silver sheen."
And Thomas's sayings comes all at once." The well-known arms of the Douglas family are
While I am upon the subject of these prophecies, tbe beart and three stars. In another place, the may. I be permitted to call the attention of antibartie of Pinkie is expressly mentioned by name:
quaries to Merdwynn Wyllt, or Merlin the Wild, in
whose name, and by no means in that of Ambrose * At Pinken Cluch there shall be spilt
Merlin, the friend of Arthur, the Scottish prophecies Much gentle blood that day :
are issued? That this personage resided at DrumThere shall the bear lose the guilt, And the eagill bear it away."
melziar, and roamed, like a second Nebuchadnezzar,
the woods of Tweeddale, in remorse for the death To the end of all this allegorical and mystical of his nephew, we learn from Fordun. In the rapsody, is interpolated, in the later edition by Scotichronicon, lib. 3, cap. 31, is an account of an Andro Hart, a new edition of Berlington's verses, interview betwixt St. Kentigern and Merlin, then laore quoted, altered and manufactured, so as to in this distracted and miserable state. He is said bear reference to the accession of James VI., which to have been called Lailoken, from his mode of life. had just then taken place. The insertion is made on being commanded by the saint to give an acth a peculiar degree of awkwardness, bet wixt a count of himself, he says, that the penance which çrestbo put by the narrator, concerning the name he performs was imposed on him by a voice from and abode of the person who showed him these heaven, during a bloody contest betwixt Lidel and trupe matters, and the answer of the prophet to Carwanolow, of which battle he had been the cause. thaiqfston:
According to his own prediction, he perished at oncc * Then to the Beirne could I say,
by wood, earth, and water; for, being pursued with Where dwells thou, or in what countrie?
stones by the rustics, he fell from a rock into the 10r who shall rule the isle of Britane,
river Tweed, and was transfixed by a sharp stake, From the north to the south key? A French queene shall bear the sonne,
fixed there for the purpose of extending a fishing. Shall rule all Britaine to the gea;
net: Which of the Bruce's blood shall come,
"Sude perfossus, lapide percussus, et unda,
Harc tria Merlinum fertur inire necem.
Sicque ruit, mersusque fuit lignoque prehensus,
Et fecit vatem per terna pericula verum."
But, in a metrical history of Merlin of Caledonia, There is surely no one, who will not conclude, tions of the Welsh bards, this mode of death is
compiled by Geoffrey of Monmouth, from the tradiwub Lord Hailes, that the eight lines, enclosed in attributed to a page, whom Merlin's sister, desirous brackets are a clumsy interpolation, borrowed from to convict the prophet of falsehood, because he had Berington, with such alterations as might render betrayed her intrigues, introduced to him, under he supposed prophecy applicable to the union of three various disguises inquiring each time in what the crowns. While we are on this subject, it may be proper Merlin answered, the party should perish by a fall
manner the person should die. To the first demand refly to notice the scope of some of the other pre- from a rock; to the second, that he should die by a tetons in Hart's Collection. As the prophecy, of tree; and to the third, that he should be drowned. Bertington was intended to raise the spirits of the The youth perished, while hunting, in the mode imgation, during the regency of Albany, so those of puted by Fordun to Merlin himself. Sybilla and Eltraine refer to that of the Earl of Arran, eTwards Duke of Chatelherault, during the mi
Fordun, contrary to the French authorities, conparity of Mary, a period of similar calamity. This founds this person with the Merlin of Arthur; but s obvious from the following verses :
concludes by informing us, that many believed him
to be a different person. The grave of Merlin is * Take a thousand in calculation,
pointed out at Drummelziar, in Tweeddale, beneath And tbe longest of the lyon,
an aged thorn-tree. On the east side of the churchFour crescents under one crowne, With St. Andrew's crose thrice,
yard, the brook, called Pausayl, falls into the Tweed; Then threescore and thrise three :
and the following prophecy is said to have been Take tent to Merling truely,
current concerning their union :Then shall the ware ended be,
“When Tweod and Pausayl join at Merlin's grave,
Scotland and England shall one monarch have."
On the day of the coronation of James VI. the
Tweed accordingly overflowed, and joined the Pau
sayl at the prophet's grave.-PennyCUICK's History, The date, above hinted at, seems to be 1549, when of Tweeddale, p. 26. These circumstances would the Scottish
Regent, by means of some succours de- seem to infer a communication betwixt the southnved from France, was endeavouring to repair the west of Scotland and Wales, of a nature peculiarly consequences of the fatal battle of Pinkie. Allusion intimate; for I presume that Merlin would retain 13 made to the supply given to the “Moldwarte sense enough to choose for the scene of his wander(England) by the fained hart," (the Earl of Angus.) ings, a country having a language and manners The Regent is described by his bearing the antelope; similar to his own. large supplies are promised from France, and com Be this as it may, the memory of Merlin Sylvester, plete conquest predicted to Scotland and her allies. or the Wild, was fresh among the Scots during the Thus was the same hackneyed stratagem repeated, reign of James V. Waldhave,* under whose name whenever the interest of the rulers appeared to stand a set of prophecies was published, describes himself in need of it. The Regent was not, indeed, till after as lying upon Lomond Law; he hears a voice, this period, created Duke of Chatelherault; but which bids him stand to his defence; he looks that honour was the object of his hopes and expecta * I do not know whether the person here meant be Waldhave, tons.
an abbot of Melrose, who died in the odour of sanctity about 1160.
around, and beholds a flock of hares and foxes* pur To return from these desultory remarks, into sued over the mountain by a sayage figure, to whom which I have been led by the celebrated name of he can hardly give the name of man. At the sight Merlin, the style of all these prophecies published of Waldhave, the apparition leaves the objects of by Hart, is very much the same. The measure is his pursuit, and assaults him with a club. Wald- alliterative, and somewhat similar to that of Pierce have defends himself with his sword, throws the Plowman's Visions ; a circumstance which might savage to the earth, and refuses to let him arise till entitle us to ascribe to some of them an earlier date he swear, by the law and lead he lives upon, to than the reign of James V., did we not know that do him no harm." This done, he permits him to Sir Galloran of Galloway, and Gawaine and Goarise, and marvels at his strange appearance ; logras, two romances rendered almost unintelligible
by the extremity of affected alliteration, are perhaps "He was formed like a freike (man) all his four quarters; And then his chin and his face haired so thick,
not prior to that period. Indeed, although we may With haire growing 80 grime, fearful to see."
allow, that, during much earlier times, prophecies,
under the names of those celebrated soothsayers, He answers briefly to Waldhave's inquiry concern- have been current in Scotland, yet those published ing his name and nature, that he "drees his weird,”. i; c. does penance in that wood; and, having hinted by Hart have obviously been so often vamped and
re-vamped, to serve the political purposes of differthat questions as to his own state are offensive, he ent periods, that it may be shrewdly suspected, that, pours forth an obscure rhapsody concerning futu as in the case of Sir John Cutler's transmigrated rity, and concludes,
stockings, very little of the original materials now "Go musing upon Merlin if thou wilt :
remains. I cannot refrain from indulging my readFor I mean no more, man, at this time."
ers with the publisher's title to the last prophecy, as This is exactly similar to the meeting betwixt Mer- it contains certain curious information concerning lin and Kentigern in Fordun. These prophecies of the Queen of Sheba, who is identified with the CuMerlin seem to have been in request in the minority mæan Sibyl: “Here followeth a prophecie, pronounof James V.; for, among the amusements with ced by a noble queene and matron, called Sybilla, which Sir David Lindsay diverted that prince ing Regina Austri, that came to Solomon. Through his infancy, are,
the which she compiled four bookes, at the instance “ The prophecies of Rymer, Bede, and Merlin." of the said King Sol, and others divers : and the
Sir DAVID LINDSAY'S Epistle to the King. fourth book was directed to a noble king, called And we find, in Waldhave, at least one allusion to Baldwine, King of the broad isle of Britain ; in the the very ancient prophecy, addressed to the Countess which she maketh mention of two noble princes of Dunbar :-
and emperours, the which is called Leones. How "This is a true token that Thomas of tells,
these two shall subdue and overcome all earthlie When a ladde with a ladye shall go over the fields." princes to their diademe and crowne, and also be The original stands thus :
glorified and crowned in the heaven among saints.
The first of these two is Constantinus Magnus : * When laddes weddeth lovedies."
that was Leprosus, the son of Saint Helena, that Another prophecy of Merlin seems to have been found the croce. The second is the sixt king of the current about the time of the Regent Morton's exe name of Steward of Scotland, the which is our cution. When that nobleman was committed to most noble king.” With such editors and comthe charge of his accuser, Captain James Stewart, mentators, what wonder that the text became unnewly created Earl of Arran, to be conducted to intelligible, even beyond the usual oracular obscurity his trial at Edinburgh, Spottiswoode says, that he of prediction ? asked, "Who was Earl of Arran ? and being If there sull remain, therefore, among these preanswered that Captain James was the man, after a dictions, any verses having a claim to real antiquity, short pause, he said, 'And is it so? I know then it seems now impossible to discover them from what I may look for!' meaning, as was thought, those which are comparatively modern. Neverthethat the old prophecy of the 'Falling of the heart less, as there are to be found, in these compositions, by the mouth of Arran,' should then be fulfilled. some uncommonly wild and masculine expressions, Whether this was his mind or not, it is not known; the Editor has been induced to throw a few passages but some spared not, at the time when the Hamil, together, into the sort of ballad to which this distons were banished, in which business he was held quisition is prefixed. It would, indeed, have been too earnest, to say, that he stood in fear of that pre- no difficult matter for him, by a judicious selection, diction, and went that course only to disappoint it. to have excited, in favour of Thomas of Ercildoune, But if so it was, he did find himself now deluded ; a share of the admiration bestowed by sundry wise for he fell by the mouth of another Arran than he persons upon Mass Robert Fleming. For examimagined.”-SPOTTISWOODE, 313. The fatal words ple:alluded to seem to be these in the prophecy of Merlin :
" But then the lilye sbal he loused when they least think ;
Then clear king's blood shal quake for fear of death; “In the moothe of Arrane a selcouth shall fall,
For churls shal chop off heads of their chief beirns, Two bloodie hearts shall be taken with a false traine,
And carfe of the crowns that Christ hath appointed. And dertly dung down without any dome." * The strange occupation, in which Waldhave beholds Merlin
Ocius crgo venit subridens Guendolana, engaged, derives some illustration from a curious passage in Geot
Gestarique virum cervo miratur, et illum frey of Monmouth's life of Merlin, above quoted. The poem, af
Sic parere viro, tantum quoque posse ferarum ter narrating that the prophet had tled to the forest in a state of
Uniri numerum quas præ so solus agebat, distraction, proceeds to mention, that, looking upon the stars one
Sicut pastor oves, quas ducere suevit ad herbas. clear evening, he discored from his astrological knowledge, that
Stabat ab excelsa sponsus spectando fenestra, bis wife, Guondolen, had resolved, upon thu next morning, to take
In solio mirans equitem, risunque movebat. another husband. As he had presaged to her that this would
Ast ubi vidit eum vates, animoque quis esset happen, and had promised her a nuptial gift (cautioning her, how
Calluit, extemplo divalsit comua cervo ever, to keep the bridegroom out of his sight.) he now resolved to
Quo gestabatur, vibrataque jecit in illum, make good word. Accordingly, he collected all the stage ar
Et caput illius penitus contrivit, eumque lesser game in his neighbourhood; and, having sented himself up
Reddidit exanimem, vitamque fugavit in auras; on a brick, drove the herd before him to the capital of Cumber
Ocius inde suum, talorum verbere, cervum land, where Guendolen resided. But her lover's curiosity
Diffugiens egit, silvasque redire paravit." him to inspect too nearly this extraordinary cavalcade, Merlin's page was awakened, and he slew him with the stroke of an ant
For a perusal of this curious poem, accurately copied from a ler of the stag. The original runs thus:
M&. in the Cotton Library, nearly coeval with the author, I was
indebted to my learned friend, the late Mr. Ritson. There is an “Dixerat: et silvas et saltus circuit omnes,
excellent paraphrase of it in the curious and entertaining SpeesCervorumque greges ngmen collegit in inum,
mens of Early English Romances, published by Mr. Ellis. Et damas, capreasque simul; corvoque resedit.
+ The heart was the cognizance of Morton. Et, veniente die, compellens agmina præ se,
: [The Rev. R. Fleming, pastor of a Scotch congregation in Festinans vadit quo nubit Guendolsena,
London, published in 1701, "Discourses on the Rise and Fall of Postquam venit co, pacienter ipse coegit
Papacy, in which he expressed his belief, founded on a text in Cervos ante fores, proclamans, Guendolana,
the Apocalypse, that the French Monarchy would undergo some Guendolæna, veni, te talia munera spectant.'
remarkable humiliation about 1794.-ED.)
Thereafter, on every side, sorrow shal arise ;
And he beheld a gallant knight
Come riding down by the Eildon-tree.
He was a stalwart knight, and strong; Taking the lily for the emblem of France, can Of giant make he 'pear'd to be : there be a more plain prophecy of the murder of her He stirr'd his horse, as he were wode, monarch, the destruction of her nobility, and the Wi' gilded spurs, of faushion free. desolation of her hierarchy?
But, without looking farther into the signs of the Says---"Well met, well met, true Thomas ! times, the Editor, though the least of all the pro Some uncouth ferlies show to me."phets, cannot help thinking, that every true Briton Says-"Christ thee save, Corspatrick brave! will approve of his application of the last prophecy Thrice welcume, good Dunbar to me! quoted in the ballad.
Hart's collection of prophecies was frequently re "Light down, light down, Corspatrick brave pinted during the last century, probably to favour And I will show thee curses three, the pretensions of the unfortunate family of Stuart. Shall gar fair Scotland greet and grane, For the prophetic renown of Gildas and Bede, see And change the green to the black livery. Fordun, lib. 3. Before leaving the subject of Thomas's predic
"A storm shall roar this very hour, tions, it may be noticed, that sundry rhymes, pass
From Ross's Hills to Solway sea.”ing for his prophetic effusions, are şull current among
Ye lied, ye lied, ye warlock hoar! the vulgar. Thus, he is said to have prophesied of
For the sun shines sweet on fauld and lea.”_ the very ancient family of Haig of Bemerside, He put his hand on the Earlie's head; *Betide, betide, whate'er betide,
He show'd him a rock beside the sea,
Where a king lay stiff beneath his steed, +
And steel-dight nobles wiped their ee. merside had twelve daughters, before his lady The neist curse lights on Branxton hills: brought him a male heir. The common people By Flodden's high and heathery side, trembled for the credit of their favourite soothsayer. Shall wave a banner red as blude, The late Mr. Haig was at length born, and their And chieftains throng wi' meikle pride. belief in the prophecy confirmed beyond a shadow of doubt.
" A Scottish King shall come full keen,
Shall make him wink and warre to see.
Thus to his men he still shall sayfor the fulfilment of the words of the seer, became
For God's sake, turn ye back again, universal; and happy were they, who were nearest
And give yon southern folk a fray! ibe door of the predestined edifice. The church was in consequence deserted, and has never since had an
Why should I lose the right is mine?
My doom is not to die this day.' I opportunity of tumbling upon a full congregation. I hope, for the sake of a beautiful specimen of Saxo "Yet turn ye to the eastern hand, Gothic architecture, that the accomplishment of And wo and wonder ye sall see; this prophecy is far distant.
How forty thousand spearmen stand, Another prediction, ascribed to the Rhymer, seems Where yon rank river meets the sea. to have been founded on that sort of insight into futurity, possessed by most men of a sound and com
"There shall the lion lose the gylte, bining judgment. It runs thus :
And the libbards bear it clean away ;
At Pinkyn Clench there shall be spilt
Much gentil bluid that day."-
"Enough, enough, of curse and ban;
Some blessings show thou now to me, pect of the course of the river ; and it was easy to foresee, that when the country should become in the
Or, by the faith o' my bodie,” Corspatrick said,
Ye shall rue the day ye e'er saw me!"least degree improved, a bridge would be somewhere thrown over the stream. In fact you now see no "The first of blessings I shall thee show, less than three bridges from that elevated situation. Is by a burn, that's callid of bread;$
Corspatrick, (Comes Patrick,) Earl of March, but Where Saxon men shall tine the bow, more commonly taking his title from his castle of And find their arrows lack the head. Dunbar, acted a noted part during the wars of Edward I. in Scotland. As Thomas of Ercildoune is
“Beside that brigg, out ower that burn, sad to have delivered to him his famous prophecy
Where the water bickereth bright and sheen, of King Alexander's death, the Editor has chosen
Shall many a falling courser spurn, to introduce him into the following ballad. All the
And knights shall die in battle keen. prophetic verses are selected from Hart's publica "Beside a headless cross of stone, tion."
The libbards there shall lose the gree;
The raven shall come, the erne shall go,
And drink the Saxon bluid sae free.
The cross of stone they shall not know,
So thick the corses there shall be.".
But tell me now," said brave Dunbar, The sun blinked fair on pool and stream;
"True Thomas, tell now unto me, And Thomas lay on Huntlie bank,
What man shall rule the isle Britain, Like one awakened from a dream.
Even from the north to the southern sea ?"He heard the trampling of a steed,
A French Queen shall bear the son, He saw the flash of armour flee,
Shall rule all Britain to the sea ; • (Anexact reprint of Hart's volume, from the cony in the Li $ One of Thomas's rhymes, proserved by tradition, runs thus :brary at Abbotsford, is about to appear under the care of the
"The bum of breid leamer antiquary: Mr. David Laing, of Edinburgh. -ED. 1933.)
Shall run fow reid." King Alexander killed by a fall from his horse, near Kinghorn. 1 The uncertainty which long prevailed in Scotland, concern- Bannock-burn is the brook here meant. The Scots give the name ing the fate of James IV., is well known.
of bannock to a thick round cake of unleavened bread. Z
He of the Bruce's blood shall come,
tirely modern, would have been placed with greaca As near as in the ninth degree.
propriety among the class of Modern Ballads, kad
it not been for its immediate connexion with the first "The waters worship shall his race;
and second parts of the same story. Likewise the waves of the farthest sea; For they shall ride over ocean wide,
THOMAS THE RHYMER.
When seven years more were come and gone,
Was war through Scotland spread,
And Ruberslaw show'd high Dunyon*
His beacon blazing red.
Pitch'd palliouns took their room, mance of Sir Tristrem. Of this once admired
And crested helms, and spears a-rowe, poem only one copy, is now known to exist, which
Glanced gaily through the broom. is in the Advocates' Library. The Editor, in 1804, published a small edition of this curious work;
The Leader, rolling to the Tweed, which, if it does not revive the reputation of the Resounds the ensenzie ; bard of Ercildoune, is at least the earliest specimen
They roused the deer from Caddenhead, of Scottish poetry hitherto published. Some ac To distant Torwoodlee. S count of this romance has already been given to the world in Mr. Ellis's Specimens of Ancient Poetry, The feast was spread in Ercildoune, vol. i. p. 165, iii. p. 410; a work to which our prede
In Learmont's high and ancient hall : cessors and our posterity are alike obliged; the
And there were knights of great renown, former, for the preservation of the best selected ex
And ladies, laced in pall. amples of their poetical taste; and the latter, for a history of the English language, which will only
Nor lacked they, while they sat at dine, cease to be interesting with the existence of our
The music nor the tale, mother-tongue, and all that genius and learning Nor goblets of the blood-red wine, have recorded in it. It is sufficient here to mention, Nor mantling quaighsil of ale. that so great was the reputation of the romance of
True Thomas rose, with harp in hand, Sir Tristrem, that few were thought capable of reciting it after the manner of the
When as the feast was done: stance alluded to by Robert de Brunne, the anna
(In minstrel strife, in Fairy Land, list:
The elfin harp he won.) "I see in song, in sedgeyng tale,
Hush'd were the throng, both limb and tongue,
And harpers for envy pale;
And armed lords lean'd on their swords,
And hearken'd to the tale.
In numbers high, the witching tale
The prophet pour'd along;.
Those numbers to prolong. laining a French metrical romance of Sir Tristrem, Yet fragments of the lofty strain that the work of our Thomas the Rhymer was Float down the tide of years, known, and referred to, by the minstrels of Nor
As, buoyant on the stormy main mandy and Bretagne. Having arrived at a part of
A parted wreck appears. ** the romance where reciters were wont to differ in the mode of telling the story, the French bard ex He sung King Arthur's Table Round; pressly cites the authority of the poet of Ercildoune : The Warrior of the Lake;
How courteous Gawaine met the wound, tt
And bled for ladies' sake.
But chief, in gentle Tristrem's praise,
The notes melodious swell;
Was none excell'd in Arthur's days,
The knight of Lionelle.11
For Marke, his cowardly uncle's right,
A venom'd wound he bore;
When fierce Morholde he slew in fight,
Upon the Irish shore. Edinburgh MS., is totally different from the volu No art the poison might withstand; minous romance in prose, originally compiled on the No medicine could be found, same subject by Rusticien de Puise, and analyzed by Till lovely Isolde's lily hand M. de Tressan; but agrees in every essential par Had probed the rankling wound. ticular with the metrical performance just quoted, which is a work of much higher antiquity.
With gentle hand and soothing tongue The following attempt to commemorate the
She bore the leech's part;, Rhymer's poetical fame, and the traditional account And, while she o'er his sick-bed hung, of his marvellous return to Fairy Land, being en He paid her with his heart. • Rub.rslaw and Dunyon, are two hills near Jedburgh.
$ Torwoodlee and Caddenhead are places in Selkirkshire; both + An ancient tower near Ercildoune, belonging to a family of the property of Mr. Pringle of Torwoodlee. the name of Home. One of Thomas's prophecies is said to have 11 Qualghe-Wooden cups composed of staves hooped together. run thus :
I See introduction to this ballad
** [This stanza was quoted by the Edinburgh Reviewer, of 1804, “Vengeance ! vengeance! when and where?
as a poble contrast to the ordinary humility of the genuine ballad On the house of Coldingknow, now and ever mair!" diction.-ED.)
** See, in the Fabliaur of Monsieur le Grand, elegantly transThe spot is rendered classical by its having given name to the lated by the lare Gregory Way, Esq., the tale of the Knighi and beautiful melody called the Broom o' the Corodenknows.
the Sword. Vol.ii. p. 3.) 1 Enaenzie-War-cry, or gathering word.
1: (See Sir Tristrem, in another part of this volume.)
BY WALTER SCOTT.
O fatal was the gift, I ween!
Then forth he went; yet turn'd him oft For, doom'd in evil tide,
To view his ancient hall : The maid must be rude Cornwall's queen,
On the gray tower, in lustre soft, His cowardly uncle's bride.
The autumn moonbeams fall; Their loves, their woes, the gifted bard,
And Leader's waves, like silver sheen, In fairy tissue wove;
Danced shimmering in the ray; Where lords, and knights, and ladies bright, In deepening mass, at distance seen, In gay confusion strove.
Broad Soltra's mountains lay. The Garde Joyeuse, amid the tale,
"Farewell, my father's ancient tower! High reard its glittering head;
A long farewell,” said he : And Avalon's enchanted vale
"The scene of pleasure, pomp, or power, In all its wonders spread.
Thou never more shalt be. Brangwain was there, and Segramore,
"To Learmont's name no foot of earth And fiend-born Merlin's gramarye ;
Shall here again belong, Of that famed wizard's mighty lore,
And on thy hospitable hearth, O who could sing but he?
The hare shall leave her young. Through many a maze the winning song
Adieu! adieu!" again he cried, In changeful passion led,
All as he turn'd him rounTill bent at length the listening throng
"Farewell to Leader's silver tide! O'er Tristrem's dying bed.
Farewell to Ercildoune !" His ancient wounds their scars expand,
The hart and hind approach'd the place, With agony his heart is wrung:
As lingering yet he stood ; O where is Isolde's lilye hand,
And there, before Lord Douglas' face, And where her soothing tongue ?
With them he cross'd the flood. She comes ! she comes !-like flash of flame Lord Douglas leap'd on his berry-brown steed, Can lovers' footsteps fly;,
And spurr'd him the Leader o'er; She comes ! she comes !--she only came
But though he rode with lightning speed, To see her Tristrem die.
He never saw them more. She saw him die; her latest sigh
Some said to hill, and some to glen, Join'd in a kiss his parting breath ;
Their wond'rous course had been; The gentlest pair, thai Britain bare,
But ne'er in haunts of living men
Again was Thomas seen.
GLENFINLAS; OR, LORD RONALD'S For still they seem'd to hear.
The simple tradition, upon which the following Did many a gauntlet dry.
stanzas are founded, runs thus : While iwo HighOn Leader's stream, and Learmont's tower, land hunters were passing the night in a solitary The mists of evening close;
bothy, (a hut, built for the purpose of hunting,) and In camp, in castle, or in bower,
making merry over their venison and whisky, one Each warrior sought repose.
of them expressed a wish that they had pretty lasses Lord Douglas, in his lofty tent,
to complete their party. The words were scarcely
uttered, when two beautiful young women, habited Dream'do'er the woful tale: When footsteps light across the bent,
in green, entered the hut, dancing and singing. One
of the hunters was seduced by the siren who attachThe warrior's ears assail.
ed herself particularly to him, to leave the hut: the He starts, he wakes ;-"What, Richard, ho! other remained, and, suspicious of the fair seducers, Arise, my page, arise !
continued to play upon a trump, or Jew's harp, What venturous wight, at dead of night,
some strain, consecrated to the Virgin Mary. Day Dare step where Douglas lies!"
at length came, and the temptress vanished. SearchThen forth they rush'd: by Leader's tide,
ing in the forest, he found the bones of his unfortuA selcouth* sight they see
nate friend, who had been torn to pieces and deA hart and hind pace side by side,
voured by the fiend into whose toils he had fallen. As white as snow on Fairnalie.t
The place was from thence called the Glen of the
Glenfinlas is a tract of forest-ground, lying in the Nor scare they at the gathering crowd,
Highlands of Perthshire, not far from Callender, in Who marvel as they go.
Menteith. It was formerly a royal forest, and now
belongs to the Earl of Moray. This country, as well To Learmont's tower a message sped,
as the adjacent district of Balquidder, was, in times As fast as page might run ;
of yore, chiefly inhabited by the Macgregors. To the And Thomas started from his bed,
west of the Forest of Glenfinlas lies Loch Katrine, And soon his clothes did on.
and its romantic avenue, called the Troshachs. First he woxe pale, and then woxe red;
Benledi, Benmore, and Benvoirlich, are mountains Never a word he spake but three ;
in the same district, and at no great distance from "My sand is run; my thread is spun ;
Glenfinlas. The river Teith passes Callender and This sign regardeth me."
the Castle of Doune, and joins the Forth near SurThe elfin harp his neck around,
ling: The Pass of Lenny is immediately above In minstrel guise, he hung:
Callender, and is the principal access to the High
lands, from that town. Glenartney is a forest, near And on the wind, in doleful sound, Its dying accents rung.
Benvoirlich. The whole forms a sublime tract of
Alpine scenery. • Screouth Wondrous.
This ballad first appeared in the Tales of WonAn ancient seat upon the Tweed, in Selkirkshire. In a popular der. $ edition of the firet part of Thomas the Rhymer, the Fairy Queen ures addresses him :
Coronach is the lamentation for a deceased warrior, sung by "Gin ye wad meet wi' me again,
the aged of the clan. Gang to the bonny banks of Faimalie."
$ (The scenery of this, the author's first serious attempt in Faimilie is now one of the seats of Mr. Pringle of Clifton, M.P. poetry, reappoars in the Lady of the Lake, in Waverley, and in fose Selkirkshire 1833.]
Rob Roy. -ED.)