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Unknown the manner of his death,
With bitter gibe and taunting jest ; Gone was his brand, both sword and sheath; Told, how he fled at Solway strife, But ever from that time, 'twas said,
And how Hob Armstrong cheer'd his wife; That Dickon wore a Cologne blade.
Then, shunning still his powerful arm,
At unawares he wrought him harm;
From trencher stole his choicest cheer,
Dash'd from his lips his can of beer; Might his foul ireachery espie,
Then, to his knee sly creeping on, Now sought the castle buttery,
With bodkin pierced him to the bone : Where many a yeoman, bold and free,
The venom'd wound, and festering joint, Reveli'd as merrily and well
Long after rued that bodkin's point. As those that sat in lordly selle.
The startled yeoman swore and spurn'd, Wait Tinlinn, there, did frankly raise
And board and flagons overturn'd. The pledge to Arthur Fire-the-Braes ;*
Riot and clamour wild began; And he, as by his breeding bound,
Back to the hall the Urchiin ran; To Howard's merry-men sent it round.
Took in a darkling nook his post, To quit them, on the English side,
And grinn'd, and mutter'd, "Lost! lost! lost!"I Red Roland Forster loudly cried, "A deep carouse to yon fair bride!"
X. At every pledge, from vat and pail,
By this, the dame, lest farther fray Foain'd forth in floods the nut-brown ale;
Should mar the concord of the day, While shout the riders every one;.
Had bid the Minstrels tune their lay Such day of mirth ne'er cheer'd their clan,
And first stept forth old Albert Græme, Since old Buccleuch the name did gain,
The Minstrel of that ancient name: When in the cleuch the buck was ta'en.t
Was none who struck the harp so well,
Within the Land Debateable;
Well friended, too, his hardy kin,
Whoever lost, were sure to win: Remember'd him of Tinlinn's yew,
They sought the beeves that made their broth, And swore, it should be dearly bought
In Scotland and in England both. That ever he the arrow drew..
In homely guise, as nature bade, First, he the yeoman did molest,
His simple song the Borderer said. * The person bearing this redoubtable nom de guerre was an now bror Or, upon a bond azure, a mullet betwixt two crescents Elet, and resided at Thorleshope, in Liddesdale. lle occurs in of the field, in addition to which, they formerly bore in the field the list of Burder ridere, in 1597.
a hunting.horn. The supporters, now two ladies, were formerly "A tradition preserved by Scott of Satchells, who published, in
a hound and buck, or, arcurding to the old terms, a hart of leash 16 A true History of the Right Honourable name of Scott, and a hart of greece. The family of Scott of Howpasley and fires the following romantic origin of that name. Two brethren, Thirlentaine long retained the bugle-horn; they also carried a native of Galloway, baving been banished from that country for bent bow and arrow in the sinister cantle, perhaps as a difference. a list of insurrection, came to Ranklebum, in Ettrick Forest, It is said the motto was, - Best riding by moonlighi, in allusion where the keeper, whose name was Brydone, received them joy. to the crescents on the shield, and perhaps to the habits of those fulls, on account of their skill in winding the horn, and in the who bore it. The motto now given is Amo, applying to the to
u myferies of the chase. Kenneth MacAlpin, then King of male supporters. Santhand, came soon after to hunt in the royal forest, and pursued 11" The appearance and dress of the company assembled in a buek from Eltriek heuch to the glen now called Buckcleuch, the chapel, and the description of the subsequent feast, in which out two miles above the junction of Rankle burn with the river the bounds and hawks are not the least important personnges of Eur k. Here the slag stood at bay; and the King and his at the drama, are again happy imitations of those authors, from tas lapts, who followed on borseback, were thrown out by the whose rich but unpolished ore Mr. Scott has wrought much of his sires of the hill and the morars. John, one of the breihren most exquisite imagery and description. A society, such as that fur Galloway, had followed the chase on tool; and now coming assembled in Branxhelin Castle, inflained with national prejudiin. **i3 dine buckboy the horns, and, being a man of great strength cer, and beated with wine, seems to have contained in itselt suf: of artivity, threw him on his back, and ran with his burden about ficient berils of spontaneous disorder; but the goblin page is well a trile up the steep hill, to a place called Craca-Cross, where introduced, as applying a torch to this mass of combustibles. Kenneth bad halted, and laid the buck at the sovereign's feet.** Quarrels, highly characteristic of Border manners, both in their
cause and the manner in which they are supported, ensue, as well * The deer being caree'd in that place,
among the londly guests, as the yeomen assembled in the buttery." At his Majesty's demand,
-Critical Riritue, 1905.)
$" John Grubame, serond son of Malice, Earl of Monteith, com
monly simamed John with the Brighi Suord, upon some disAnt Galloway John he wot;
pleasure risen against him at count, retired with many of his clan He $14. The name now after this
and kindred into the English Borders, in the reign of King Henry Sball ever be called John Scott.
the Fourth, where they seated themselves; and many of their
posterity have continued there ever since. Mr. Sandford, speak. *** The forest and the dear therein,
ing of them, says, (wbich indeed was aplicable to most of the We commit to thy hand;
Porderers on both sides.) 'They were all stark moss-troopers, and For thou shalt sure the ranger be,
arrant thieves: Both to England and Scotland outlawed ; yet If tho (y command;
sometimes connived at, because they gave intelligence forth of And for the truck thou stoutly brought
Scotland, and would raise 400 horse at any time upon a raid of To us np that sleep feuch,
the English into Scotland. A saying is recorded of a mother to Thy desation ever shall
her son, (which is now become proverbial) Ride, Rowley, hough's Be John Scott in Buckecleuch.'
i'the por: that is, the last piece of beef was in the pot, and therefore it was high time for him to go and fetch more."--In.
troduction to the History of Cumberland. "In Sentland no Bockcleneh was then,
The residence of the Græmes being chiefly in the Debateable Pecure the back in the clench wapan;
Land, so called because it was claimed by both kingdoms, their Night's mental first they apprar,
depredations extender both to England and Scotland, with impuPeca'Ik mo Annars to their arms they beur,
nity; for as both wardens accounted them the proper subjects of The crext, ipperters, and hunting born, w thesegitung from hunting came;
their own prince, neither inclined to demand reparation for their TIT, abyl style, the book dohray,
excesses from the opposite officers, which would have been an Jota gained them both into one day"
acknowledgment of his jurisdiction over them.-- See a long cor. Walt's Belienden.
respondence on this subject betwixt Lord Dacre and the English
Privy Council, in Introduction to History of Cumberland Tbe The Buccleuch arms have been altered, and now allude less Debateable Land was finally divided betwixt England and Scotpopieds to this hunting, whether real or fabulous. The family land, by commissioners appointed by both nations. I
• Proinut relates, that a knight of the household of the Comte de Foix ex unfortified, or scrèteringly inhabited, rifled them, and made this the best menns hibited a similar feat or strength. The hall tire had waxed low, and wood of thear living ileing a matter as that time no where in disgrace, but rather car
a*** 10 menn it. The knight went down to the court-yan!, where stod rying with itselling of glory. This is manifest by pe me that ilwell upon the 35 let with tagits, neize the animal and burlen, and, arrying him continent, am naat whom, soit le perforinel nobly, it is still asleemest as an
talon his stuuller, tumbled him into the chimney with his heels Ornament. The same is also provel by some of the ancient pets, who intro upamost: a bumane pleasunuy, much applauded by the Count and all the docet men griestioning of such as sail by, on all cauts alike, whether they be
theses or not in a thing neyther scorner by euch as were askel, not upbroid- Minions of the moon,” na Falstaff would have stud. The vocation puretty il nee that were desitons to kn. They also rubled one another, 'within med by urancent Benderers may be juhed on the authority of the most the main land : and much of Greece neth that of custome, as the Locrians, pored of the ancient nations For the Grecians in old time, and such bar the Acarnarins, and those of the continent in that quarter, unto this day kararı as in the continent lived neere unto the wa, or else inhabited the islands, Mereover, the fashion of wearing iron remaineth yet with the people of that
nce they legan to come ospe one to another in ships, became theeves, continent, from their old trade of theeving."--Hobbes' Thucydides, p. 4. ani u rol abroad under the conduct of their more puissant men, both to enrich Lond. Lives, agilo ierch in maintenance for the weak; and falling upon lowras | See various notes in the Minstrelsy.]
He left, for Naworth's iron towers,
Windsor's green glades, and courtly bowers,
And faithful to his patron's name, (The sun shines fair on Carlisle wall,t)
With Howard still Fitztraver came; And she would marry a Scottish knight,
Lord William's foremost favourite he. For Love will still be lord of all.
And chief of all his minstrelsy. Blithely they saw the rising sun,
XVI. When he shone fair on Carlisle wall;
FITZTRAVER.II But they were sad ere day was done,
'Twas All-soul's eve, and Surrey's heart beat high; Though Love was still the lord of all.
He heard the midnight bell with anxious start,
Which told the mystic hour, approaching nigh Her sire gave brooch and jewel fine,
When wise Cornelius promised, by his art, Where the sun shines fair on Carlisle wall; Her brother gave but a flask of wine,
To show to him the ladye of his heart,
Albeit betwixt them roar'd the ocean grim; For ire that Love was lord of all.
Yet so the sage had hight to play his part, For she had lands, both meadow and lea,
That he should see her form in life and limb, Where the sun shines fair on Carlisle wall, And mark, if still she loved, and still she thought And he swore her death, ere he would see
of him. A Scottish knight the lord of all!
Dark was the vaulted room of gramarye,
To which the wizard led the gallant Knight, (The sun shines fair on Carlisle wall,)
Save that before a mirror, huge and ligh, When dead, in her true love's arms, she fell,
A hallow'd taper shed a glimmering light For Love was still the lord of all!
On mystic implements of magic might;
On cross, and character, and talisman, He pierced her brother to the heart,
And almagest, and altar, nothing bright: Where the sun shines sair on Carlisle wall :
For fitful was the lustre, pale and wan, So perish all would true love part,
As watchlight by the bed of some departing man. That Love may still be lord of all!
XVIII. And then he took the cross divine,
But soon, within that mirror huge and high, (Where the sun shines fair on Carlisle wall,)
Was seen a self-emitted light to gleam; And died for her sake in Palestine,
And forms upon its breast the Earl 'gan spy, So Love was still the lord of all.
Cloudy and indistinct, as feverish dream; Now all ye lovers, that faithful prove,
Till, slow arranging, and defined, they seem (The sun shines fair on Carlisle wall,
To form a lordly and a lofty room, Pray for their souls who died for love,
Parı lighted by a lamp with silver beam, For Love shall still be lord of all!
Placed by a couch of Agra's silken loom,
And part by moonshine pale, and part was hid in XIII.
gloom. As ended Albert's simple lay,
XIX. Arose a bard of loftier port;
Fair all the pageant-but how passing fair For sonnet, rhyme, and roundelay,
The slender form, which lav on couch of Ind! Renown'd in haughty Henry's court: There rung thy harp, unrivall'd long,
O'er her white bosom stray'd her hazel hair,
Pale her dear cheek, as if for love she pined; Fitztraver of the silver song! The gentle Surrey loved his lyre
All in her night-robe loose she lay reclined, Who has not heard of Surrey's fame?
And, pensive, read from tablet eburnine, His was the hero's soul of fire,
Some strain that seem'd her inmost soul to find : And his the bard's immortal name,
That favour'd strain was Surrey's raptured line,
That fair and lovely form the Lady Geraldine. And his was love, exalted high By all the glow of chivalry.
Slow roll'd the clouds upon the lovely form, XIV.
And swept the goodly vision all awayThey sought, together, climes afar,
So royal envy roll'd the murky storm And oft, within some olive grove,
O'er my beloved Master's glorious day. When even came with twinkling star,
Thou jealous, ruthless tyrani! Heaven repay They sung of Surrey's absent Jove.
On thee, and on thy children's latest line, His step the Italian peasant stay'd,
The wild caprice of thy despotic sway, And deem'd, that spirits from on high,
The gory bridal bed, the plunder'd shrine, Round where soine bermit saint was laid, The murder'd Surrey's blood, the tears of Geraldine!
Were breathing heavenly melody;
Both Scots, and Southern chiefs, prolong
Applauses of Fitztraver's song;
These hated Henry's name as death,
And those still held the ancient faith.The pangs thy faithful bosom knew,
Then, from his seat, with lofty air, When Surrey, of the deathless lay,
Rose Harold, bard of brave St. Clair; Ungrateful Tudor's sentence slew ?
St. Clair, who, feasting high at Home, Regardless of the tyrant's frown,
Had with that lord to batile come. His harp call'd wrath and vengeance down.
Harold was born where restless seas * 1" It is the author's object, in these songs, to exemplify the a more polished age. He was beheaded on Tower hill in 1546; ? different styles of ballad narrative which prevailed in this island victim to the mean jealousy of Henry VIII., who could not bear to al different periods, or in differen: conditions of society. The brilliant a character near his throne. tilat (ALBERT's) is conducted upon the rude and simple mode! The song of the supposed land is founded on an incident said to of the old Border ditties, and produces its effect by the direct have happened to the Earl in his travels. Cornelius Agnpri, the and concise narrative of a tragical occurrence."-JCFENEY:) celebrated ulchemist, showed him, in a looking-glass, the lovely
• This burden is adopted, with some alteration, from an old Geraldine, to whose service he had devoted his pen and his Scottish song, beginning this :
sword "The vision represented her ag indisposed, and reclining * Shelen't her back against a thorn,
upon a couch, reading her lover's verses by the light of a waxce The shiner fuir ou l'arlsle wu'!
taper And there che la her yeams lab born,
[ First Edit.-" So sweet their harp and rolcee join.'') A the lyon shall be loni of a'."
11 The second song, that of Fitztraver, the band of the accom. : The gallant and unfortunnte Henry Howard, Earl of Surplished Surrey, has more of the richness and polish of the Itabap rey, was unquestionalis the most accomplished cavalier of his poetry, and is very beautifully written in a stanza resembling that time; and his sonets display beanies which would du lionour to l of Spenser."-JEFFREY.]
Howl round the storm-swept Orcades ;*
Had witness'd grim idolatry. Where erst St. Clairs held princely sway
And thus had Harold, in his youth, O'er isle and islet, strait and bay ;
Learn'd many a Saga's rhyme uncouth,Sull nods their palace to its fall,
Of that Sea-Snake, tremendous curl'd, Tay pride and sorrow, fair Kirkwall !--+
Whose monstrous circle girds the world ;s Tbence oft he mark'd fierce Pentland rave,
Of those dread Maids, ll whose hideous yell As if grim Odin rode her wave;
Maddens the battle's bloody swell; And watch'd, the whilst, with visage pale,
Of Chiefs, who, guided through the gloom And throbbing heart, the struggling sail ;
By the pale death-lights of the tomb, For all of wonderful and wild
Ransack'd the graves of warriors old, Had rapture for the lonely child.
Their falchions wrench'd from corpses' hold, T
Waked the deaf tomb with war's alarms,
And bade the dead arise to arms!
With war and wonder all on flame, In these rude isles might fancy cull;
To Roslin's bowers young Harold came, For thither came, in umes afar,
Where, by sweet glen and greenwood tree, Stern Lochlin's sons of roving war,
He learn'd a milder minstrelsy; The Norsemen, train'd to spoil and blood,
Yet something of the Northern spell
Mix'd with the softer numbers well.
HAROLD.** The Scald had told his wondrous tale;
O listen, listen, ladies gay! And many a Runic column high
No haughty feat of arins I tell; * The St Clairs are of Norman extraction. being descended from the forfaultrie, he grate fully divorced my forfaulted ancestor's Van de Clair, second son of Walderne Compte de St. sinter; though I cannot persuade myself that he had any misalCu, od Margaret, daughter to Richard Duke of Normandy. liance to plead against a familie in wbose veins the blood of RoIn called u his deportment, the seemly St. Clair; and set. bert Brut ran a fresh as in his own; or their title to the crowno [zia son during the reign of Malcom Cacnmore, obtained war by a daughter of David Pruce, son to Robert; and our alliance lare pants of land in Mid Lothian.-These domains were in. was by marrying a grandchild of the sume Robert Bruce, and caut by the liberality of succeeding monarchy to the descend daughter to the sister of the same David, out of the familie of an's of the family, and comprehended the barunies of Rosline, Douglass, which at that time did not much sullie the blood, more Pendand Cowland, Cardaine, and several others It is said a than my ancestor's having not long before bad the honour of mar. large adhton was obtained from Robert Bruce, on the following rying a daughter of the hing of Denmark's who was named Flo.
an: The Kioz, in following the ches upon Pentland hills, rentine, and has left in the town of Kirkwall a noble monument was alared a " white faunch deer, 'which had always esca of the grandeur of the times, the finest church ever I saw entire tum bis hounds; and he asked the nobles, who were assem. in Scotland. I then had no small reason to think, in that unhap
indhen, whether any of them had dogs, which they thought py state, on the many not inconsiderable services rendered since it le more successful. No courtier would affirm that his hounds to the royal familie, for these many years bygone, on all occasions, erte vier than those of the king, til Sir Willian St. Clair of when they stood most in need of friends, which they have thought Botine orprenomously said, he would wager bis head that his themselves very often obliged to acknowledge by letters yet ex
- Fonte dogs, Help and hold, would kill the deer before she tant and in a style more like friends than souveraigns; our atculi cross the Marcb-burn. The King instantly caught at his tachment to them, without any other thanks, having brought Esary oftet, and betted the forest of Pentland-hill against the upon us considerable losses, and among others, that of our all in
of Sir W than St. Clair. All the hounds were tied up. ex. Cromwell's time; and left in that condition without the least recere a few ratches, or slow hounds. to put up the deer; while Sir liet except what we found in our own virtue. My father was the
llan st. Clair, justing himself in the best situation for slipping only man of the Scots nation who had courage enough to protest bon prayed devoutly lo Christ, the blessed Virxin, and St. in Parliament against King William's title to the throne, which
noe The deer wng shortly after roused, and the hounds was lost, God know how and this at a time when the losses in toe!: Sir William following on a gallant steel, to cheer his the cause of the royall familie, and their usual gratitude, bad dies. The bad, however, reached the middle of the brook, upon scarce left him bread to maintain a numerous familie of eleven herb the hunter threw himself from his house in despair. At this children, who had soon atter sprung up on hin, in spite of all mul moment, hostever, Hold stopped her in the brook; and which, he had honourably persisted in his principle. I say, these Henning up, toned her back, and killed lieron Sir William's bingo considered, and after being treated as I was, and in that
The king descended from the bill, embraced Sir William, unluckie state, when objects appear to men in their true light, as bestused on him the lands of Kirkton, Logan house, Earn at the hour of death, could be blamed for making some bitter reCERE, &c. in free foretrie. Sir William, in acknowledgement of flections to mysell, and laughing at the extravagance and unac
kabrine's intercession, built the chapel of St. Katherine in countable humour of men, and the singularitie of my own case,
HO* the churchyard of which is still to be seen. The hill, (an exile for the cause of the Stuart family,) when I ought to have Eman such Robert Brice beheld thuis memorable chase is still known, that the greatest crime I, or my family, could have com
The King's Hill, and the place where Sir William hunted, mitted. was persevering, to my own destruction, in serving the Nesli the Knight's Field.--- MS History of the family of St. royal family fathfully, though obstinately, after so great a share Carb RICHAUD AUGI'STIN HAY, Canon of St. Generiere. of depression, and after they had been pleased to doom me and my
T: adrenturous huntsman married Elizabeth, daughter of familie to wiarve.--- MS. Memoirs of John, Master of St. Clair. Malice ar. Earl of Orkney and Stratheme, in whose right I The chiefs of the Vakinat, or Scandinavian pirates, assumed
Henry was, in 1379. created Earl of Orkney, by the title of Salonungr, or Sea-kings, Ships, in the inflated lan. Hann, king of Norway. His title was recognised by the Kings guage of the Scalds, are often termed the serpents of the ocean. of Scotland, and remained with his successors until it was an. $ The jormunganer, or Snake of the Ocean, whose folds sur mal to the crown, in 1171, by act of Pariiament. In exchange round the earth is one of the wildest ficuons of the Edda. It was
this earldom, the castle and domains of Ravenscraig, or very nearly caught by the god Thor, who went to fish for it with Havensbeuch, were conferred on William Saintclair, Earl of Caith a hook baited with a bull's head. In the battle betwixt the evil
demons and the divities of Odin, which is to precede the Rng. *rbe Castle of Kirkwall was built by the St. Clairs, while Earls narockr, or Twilight of the Gods, this Soake is to act a conspiof ney. It was dismantled by the Earl of Caithness about 1615, cu01s Jirt. beraz benigarrisoned against the government by Robert Stewart, !! These were the Valcyrlur, or Selectors of the Slain, despatchD'oral son to the Earl of Orkney.
ed by Odin from Valhalla, to choose those who were to die, and to 1t4 nijrs aftiorded a sad subject of contemplation to John, distribute the contest. They are well known to the English reader, Master of St. Clair, who, flying from his native country, on ac. as Gray's Fatal Sisters. cun of his share in the insurrection 1715, made some stay at I The northern warriors were usually entombed with their arms,
and their other treasureg. Thus Angrantyr, before commencing ** I had occasion to entertain myself at Kirkwall with the me the duel in which he was slain, stipulated, that if he fell, his sword lan-hole prespect of the ruins of an old castle, the seat of the old Tyrfing should be buried with him. His daughter, Hervor, aller. Farls of Orkney my ancestors; ond of a more melancholy retlec wards took it from his tomb. The dialogue which passed betwixt tion, of Boareal anil noble an estate as the Orkney and Sheiland her and Angantyr's spirit on this occasion has been often Isles being taken from one of them hy James the Third, for fault- translated. The whole history, may be found in the Hervaras. ne uber nis bruther, Alexander, Duke of Albany, hadd married a Saga Indepli, the ghosts of the northern warnors were not daughter of my family, and for protecting and defending the said wont tamely to suffer their tombs to be plundered ; and hence Alenner azuinst the king, who wish to kill him, as he had the mortal heroes had an additional temptation to attempt Une bus rongest brother, the Earl of Mar; and for which, after such aventurey : for they held nothing more worthy of their
• The ob Sy Willian S. Clair, on which he appeare pentru reci in valour than to encounter supematural beings.-BARTHOLINUS Eroar, sin a greyhound at liis feet, is still to las seen in Rushin chapel The De causis contempta a Danis mortis, lib. i. cap. 2, 9, 10, 13. puun ohores i alsays tells the try of his hunting match, with soineach ** [" The third song is intended to represent that wild style of cior. Nar's account; aa 110€ the Knight of Rolline's frigbe made him composition which prevailed among the bards of the Northern Petical, ani that in the best emergency, he shouted,
Continent, somewhat softened and adorned by the Minstrel's re. * Heln, Hlaul, in yemay,
sideuce in the South. We preferit, upon the whole, to either of Os Roslin will win his head this day."
the two furiner, and shall give it entire to our readers, who will It's complet dors him no great honor as a poet, the onclusion of the story frestura dui texecrat. Huse his foot on the dog, atve the narrator, and probably be struck with the poeticaleffect of the dramatic form inWe tinc s typos, ayira, te would never ngan prit his neck ini much a risk. to which it is thrown, and of the indirect description by whichevery Na M. Haytons mention this circumstance, I hope it is only founded on thing is most expressively told, without one word of distinct nur e os tire of us hand on the monument.
rative." - JEFT EY!
Soft is the note, and sad the lay,
There are twenty of Roslin's barons bold That mourns ihe lovely Rosabelle. *
Lie buried within that proud chapelle;
Each one the holy vault doth hold-"Moor, moor the barge, ye gallant crew And, gentle ladye, deign to stay!
But the sea holds lovely Rosabelle ! Rest thee in Castle Ravensheuch,
And each St. Clair was buried there, Nor tempt the stormy firth to-day.
With candle, with book, and with knell "The blackening wave is edged with white;
But the sea-caves rung, and the wild winds sung, tt To inchi and rock the sea-mews fly;
The dirge of lovely Rosabelle. The fishes have heard the Water-Sprite,
XXIV. Whose screams forebode that wreck is nigh. So sweet was Harold's piteous lay, it "Last night the gifted Seer did view
Scarce mark'd the guests the darken'd hall, A wet shroud swatheds round layde gay;
Though, long before the sinking day, Then stay thee, Fair, in Ravensheuch :
A wondrous shade involved them all : Why cross the gloomy firth to day ?"
It was not eddying mist or fog,
Drain'd by the sun from fen or bog; "'Tis not because Lord Lindesay's heir
Of no cclipse had sages told ; To-night at Roslin leads the ball,
And yet, as it came on apace, But that my ladye-mother there
Each one could scarce his neighbour's face, Sits lonely in her castle-hall.
Could scarce his own stretch'd hand behold. "'Tis not because the ring they ride,
A secret horror check'd the feast, And Lindesay at the ring rides well,
And chill'd the soul of every guest; But that my sire the wine will chide,
Even the high Dame stood half aghast, If 'tis not fill'd by Rosabelle."
She knew some evil on the blast;
The elvish page fell to the ground, O'er Roslin all that dreary night,
And, shuddering, mutter'd"Found! found! found !" A wondrous blaze was seen to gleam; 'Twas broader than the watch-fire's light,
XXV. And redder than the bright moon-beam.
Then sudden, through the darken'd air
A flash of lightning came;
So broad, so bright, so red the glare,
The castle seem'd on flame. 'Twas seen from Dryden's groves of oak,
Glanced every raster of the hall, And seen from cavern'd Hawthornden.'
Glanced every shield upon the wall; Seem'd all on fire that chapel proud,
Each trophied beam, each sculptured stone, Where Roslin's chiefs uncoffin'd lie,
Were instant seen, and instant gone; Each Baron, for a sable shroud,
Full through the guests' bedazzled band Sheathed in his iron panoply.
Resistless Hash'd the levin-brand, Seem'd all on fire within, around,
And fill'd the hall with smouldering smoke, Deep sacristya and altar's pale;
As on the elvish page it broke. Shone every pillar foliage-bound,
It broke, with ihunder long and loud, And glimmer'd all the dead men's mail.**
Dismay'd the brave, appall'd the proud,
From sea to sea the larum rung; Blazed battlement and pinnet high,
On Berwick wall, and at Carlisle withal, Blazed every rose-carved buttress fair
To arms the startled warders sprung. So still they blaze, when fate is nigh
When ended was the dreadful roar, The lordly line of high St. Clair.
The elvish dwarf was seen no more !SS * This was a family name in the house of St. Clair. Henry St. opening of the cave; but when they came to touch his body, it fell Clair, the second of the line, married Rosabelle, fourth daughter into dust. He was laying in his armour, with a red velvet cap on of the Earl of Strathere.
his head, on a flat stone ; nothing was spoiled except a piece of + A large and strong castle, now ruinous, situated betwixt the white furring that went round the cup, and answered to the Kirkaldy and Dysart, on a sleep crag, washed by the Frith of hinder part of the head. All his predecessors were buried after the Forth. It was conferred on Sir William St. Clair, as a slight same manner, in their armour: late Rosline, my good father, was compensation for the earldom of Orkney, by a charter of King the first that was buried in a coffin, against the sentiments of Janies III, dated in 1471, and is now the property of Sir James King James the Seventh, who was then in Scotland, and several St. Clair Erskine, (now Earl of Rosslyn,) representative of the other persons well versed in antiquity, to whom my mother would family. It was long a principal residence of the Barons of not hearken, thinking it beggarly to be buried after that manner. Roslin.
The great experises she was at in burying her husband, occasion. : Inch, Isle.
ed the sumptuary acts which were made in the following parlia$ ( First Elr. " A wet shroud roll'd."') #1 Fira! Elit. "It reddened," &c.]
**(First Edit." But the Kelpie rung and the Mermaids T[Fira Edit. " Bosh vaulted crypi."&c.)
sung"] ** The beautiful chapel of Roslin is still in tolerable perservation. :: ["I observe a great poetic climax, designed, doubtless, in It was founded in 1446, hy William St. Clair, Prince of Orkney, the two last of these songs from the first."--ANNA SEWARD.) Duke of Oldenburgh, Earl of Caithness and Stratherne. Lord St. $$ ("The Goblin Page is, in our opinion, the capital deformity Clair, Lord Naddesdale, Lord Admiral of the Scottish Seas, Lord of the poem. We have alreadly said the whole machinery is use. Chief Justice of Scotland, Lord Warden of the three Marches, less; but the magic studies of the lady, and the ritied tomb of Baron of Roslin, Pentiand, Pentland-moor, &c, Knight of the Michael Scott, give occasion to so much admirable poetry, that Cockle, and of the Garter, (as is affirmed,) High Chancellor, we can on no account consent to part with them.
The page, on Chamberlain, and Lieutenant of Scotland. This lofty person, the other hand, is a perpetual burden to the poet, and to the whose titles, says Godscroft, might weary a Spaniard, built the car readers; it is an undinnitied and improbable fiction, which excites t'e of Roslin, where he resided in princely splendour,anıl founded neither terror, ndmiration, nor astonishment, but nerdlessly debathe chapel, which is in the most rich and Horid style of Gothic ses the strain of the whole work, and excites at once our incre. architecture. Among the profuse carving on the pillars and buttredulity and contempt. He is not a 'tricksy spirit,' like Ariel, with the rose is frequently introduced, in allusion to the name, with whom the ima sination is irresistibly enamoured, nor a tiny mo. wh.ch, however, the fiowor has no connexion; the etymology be march, like Oberon, disposing of the destinies of mortals; he ra. ing Rouslinnhe, the promontory of the linn, or water fall. The ther appears to us to be an awkwani sort of a mongrel het ween chapel is said to appear on fire previous to the death of any of his Puck and Caliban, of a servile and brutal nature, and limited in descendants. This superstition, noticed by Slezer in his Then his powers to the indulgence of petty malignity, and the inthetun Irum Scotiæ, and alluded to in the text, is probably of Norwegian of despicable injuries. Besides this objection to his character, his derivation, and may have been imported by the Earls of Orkney existence has no support from any general or established super into their Lothian dominions. The tomb-fires of the north are men stition. Fairies and devils, ghosts, angels, and witches, are creationed in most of the Sagas.
tures with whom we are all familiar, and who excite in all clas The Barons of Roslin were buried in a vault beneath the chapel ses of mankind emotions with which we can easily be madi to floor. The manner of their intement is thus described by Father sympathize. But the history of Gilpin Homer was never belief Hay, in the MS. history already quoted.
ed out of the village where he is said to have made his appear "Sir William Sinclair, the father, was a leud man. He kept a ance, and has no claims upon the credulity of those who were miller's daughter, with whom it was alleged, he went to Ireland; not originally of his acquaintance. There is nothing at all intoyet I think the cause of his retreat was rather occasioned by the resting or elegant in the scenes of which he is the hero ; and in Prerbyterians, who vexed him soilly, because of his religion being reading these passages, we really could not help suste ting that Roman Catholic. His son. Sir William, died during the troubles, they did not stand in the romance when the aged minstrel reciled and was interred in the chapel of Roslin tbe very same day that it to the royal Charles and his mighty carls, but were inserted af the battle of Dunbar was fought. When my good-father was terwards to suit the taste of the cottagers among whom he begged buried, his (1. e. Sir William's) corpse seemed to be entire at the his bread on the Border. We entreat Mr. Scult to inquire into
Nor how brave sons and daughters fair
Bless'd Teviot's Flower, and Cranstoun's heir :
After such dreadful scene, 'twere vain
To make the note of mirth again.
More meet it were to mark the day
Of penitence and prayer divine,
Sought Melrose' holy shrine.
With naked foot, and sackcloth vest,
And arms enfolded on his breast,
Did every pilgrim go:
The standers-by might hear uneath,
Footstep, or voice, or high-drawn breath,
Through all the lengthen'd row:
No lordly look, nor martial stride,
Gone was their glory, sunk their pride,
Forgotten their renown;
Silent and slow, like ghosts they glide
To the high altar's hallow'd side,
And there they knelt them down;
Above the suppliant chieftains wave
The banners of departed brave;
Beneath the letter'd stones were laid
The ashes of their fathers dead;
From many a garnish'd niche around,
Stern saints and tortured inartyrs frown'd.
And slow up the dim aisle afar,
With sable cowl and scapular,
And snow-white stoles, in order due,
The holy Fathers, two and two,
In long procession came;
Taper, and host, and book they bare,
And holy banner, flourish'd fair
With the Redeemer's name.
Above the prostrate pilgrim band
The mitred Abbot streiched his hand,
And blessed them as they kneelid;
With holy cross he sign'a ihem all,
And pray'd they might be sage in hall,
And fortunate in field.
Then mass was sung, and prayers were said,
And solemn requiem for the dead;
And hells toll'd out their mighty peal,
For the departed spirit's weal ;
And ever in the office close
The hymn of intercession rose;
And far the echoing aisles prolong
The awful burthen of the song, -
Dies TRÆ, DIES ILLA,
SOLVET SÆCULUM IN FAVILLA ;
pints of the River and the Mountain; for, though they are the more they said, the more resolute he seemed, and swore that Dotte of a very high lineage, we do not know what lawful busi- he desired nothing more than that the Mautne Doog would follow Dets they could have at Branksome castle in the year 1550." him, as it had done the others : for he would try it it were dog or
devil. After having talked in a very reprobale manner for some * The ancient castle of Peel-town in the Isle of Man,'is sur
time, he snaiched up the keys, and went out of the guard-room. minded by four churches, now ruinous. Through one of these in some time after his departure, a great noise was heard, but chapels there was formerly a passage from the guard-room of the nobody had the boldness to see what occasioned it, till the advenpums. Tbie was closed, it is said, upon the following occasion : turer returning, they demanded the knowledge of him ; but as
They say that an apparition, called, in the Mankish language, loud and noisy as he had been at leaving them, he was now be-
him that went first, and by this means no man “ The Queen-regent had proposed to raise a rival noble Would be exposed singly to the danger; for I forgot to mention, to the ducal dignity; and discoursing of her purpose with Angus, that the Mauuhe Dog was always seen to come out from that he answered, 'Why not, madam ? we are happy that have such Dassage at the close of the day, and return to it again as soon as a princess, that can know and will acknowledge men's services, the moming dawned, which made them look on this place as and is willing to recompense it: but, by the might of God,' (this its peculiar residence.
was his oath when he was serious and in anger ; at other times, "One night a fellow being drunk, and by the strength of his it was by St. Bryde of Douglas,) if he be a Duke, I will be a liquor rendered more daring than ordinarily. laughed at the sim- Drake!! So she desisted from prosecuting of that purpuso."• See the Author's Lotroduction to the "Lay," p. 314.
GODSCROFT, vol. Ü. p. 131.