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AND MISCELLANIES.

SAINT CLOUD.

!PARIS, 5TH SEPTEMBER, 1815.) Sort spread the southern summer night

Her veil of darksome blue;
Ten thousand stars combined to light

The terrace of Saint Cloud.
The evening breezes gently sigh'd,

Like breath of lover true,
Bewailing the deserted pride

And wreck of sweet Saint Cloud.
The drum's deep roll was heard afar,

The bugle wildly blew
Good-night to Hulan and Hussar,

That garrison Saint Cloud.
The startled Naiads from the shade

With broken urns withdrew,
And silenced was that proud cascade,

The glory of Saint Cloud.
We sate upon its steps of stone,

Nor could its silence* rue,
When waked, to music of our own,

The echoes of Saint Cloud.
Slow Seine might hear each lovely note

Fall light as summer dew,
While through the moonlesst air they float,

Prolong'd from fair Saint Cloud.
And sure a melody more sweet
His waters never knew,
Though music's self was wont to meet

With Princes at Saini Cloud.
Nor then, with more delighted ear,

The circle round her drew,
Than ours, when gather'd round to hear

Our songstresst at Saint Cloud.
Few happy hours poor mortals pass,—

Then give those hours their due,
And rank among the foremost class

Our evenings at Saint Cloud.

II.
'Tis at such a tide and hour,
Wizard, witch, and fiend, have power,
And ghastly forms through mist and shower

Gleam on the gifted ken;
And then the affrighted prophet's ear
Drinks whispers strange of fate and fear
Presaging death and ruin near

Among the sons of men ;
Apart from Albyn's war-array,
'Twas then gray Allan sleepless lay;
Gray Allan, who, for many a day,

Had follow'd stout and stern,
Where, through battle's rout and reel,
Storm of shot and hedge of steel,
Led the grandson of Lochiel,

Valiant Fassiefern.
Through steel and shot he leads no more,
Low laid 'mid friends' and foemen's gore-
But long his native lake's wild shore,
And Sunart rough, and high Ardgower,

And Morven long shall tell,
And proud Bennevis hear with awe,
How, upon bloody Quatre-Bras,
Brave Cameron heard the wild hurra
Of conquest as he fell. T

III.
'Lone on the outskirts of the host,
The weary sentinel held post,
And heard, through darkness far aloof,
The frequent clang** of courser's hoof,
Where held the cloak’d patrol their course,
And spurr'd 'gainst storm the swerving horse;
But there are sounds in Allan's ear,
Patrol nor sentinel nay hear,
And sights before his eye aghast
Invisible to them have pass'd,

When down the destined plain,
'Twixt Britain and the bands of France,
Wild as marsh-borne meteors glance,
Strange phantoms wheel'd a revel dance,

And doom'd the future slain.-
Such forms were seen, such sounds were heard,
When Scotland's James his march prepared

For Flodden's fatal plain ;++
Such, when he drew his ruthless sword,
As Choosers of the Slain, adored

The yet unchristen's Dane.
An indistinct and phantom band,
They wheel'd their ring-dance hand in hand;

With gestures wild and dread;
The Seer, who watch'd them ride the storm,
Saw through their faint and shadowy form

The lightning's flash more red;
And still their ghastly roundelay
Was of the coming battle-fray,
And of the destined dead."

IV.

THE DANCE OF DEATH.S

I.
Night and morningll were at meeting

Over Waterloo;
Cocks had sung their earliest grceting;

Faint and low they crew,
For no paly beam yet shone
On the heights of Mount Saint John;
Tempest-clouds prolong'd the sway
Of timeless darkness over day;,
Whirlwind, thunder-clap, and shower,
Mark'd it a predestin'd hour.
Broad and frequent through the night
Flash'd the sheets of levin-light;,
Muskets, glancing lightnings back,
Show'd the dreary bivouack

Where the soldier lay,
Chill and stiff, and drench'd with rain,
Wishing dawn of morn again,

Though death should come with day. * (MS. -" Absence.'')

IMS.-"Midnight.'') : [These lines were written after an evening spent at Saint Cloud with the late Lady Alvanley and her daughters, one of whom was the songstreus alluded to in the text.) [Originally published in 1915, in the Edinburgh Annual Re

SONG
Wheel the wild dance
While lightnings glance,

And thunders rattle loud,
And call the brave
To bloody grave,

To sleep without a shroud.
A (MS.-" Dawn and darkness.")
T (See pole, ante, p. 663.)
** (MS. -"ont came the clang, &c.")

+ (dee ante, Marmion, canto V., stanzas 24, 25, 28, and Note. 6 p. 417.

gister, vol. v.)

V.

Our airy feet,

And waning watch-fires glow less bright
So lighi and fleet,

And dawn is glimmering pale.
They do not bend the rye
That sinks its head when whirlwinds rave,
And swells again in eddying wave,
As each wild gust blows by;

ROMANCE OF DUNOIS.
But still the corn
At dawn of morn,

FROM THE FRENCH.
Our fatal steps that bore,
At eve lies waste,

[The original of this little Romance makes part of A trampled paste

a manuscript collection of French Songs, probably Of blackening mud and gore.

compiled by some young officer, which was found on the Field of Waterloo, so much stained with clay

and with blood, as sufficiently to indicate what had Wheel the wild dance

been the fate of its late owner. The song is popuWhile lightnings glance,

lar in France, and is rather a good specimen of the And thunders rattle loud,

style of composition to which it belongs. The And call the brave

translation is strictly literal.]+ To bloody grave, To sleep without a shroud.

It was Dunois, the young and brave, was bound for Wheel the wild dance!

Palestine, Brave sons of France,

But first he niade his orisons before St. Mary's

shrine: For you our ring makes room; Make space full wide

“And grant, immortal Queen of Heaven," was

still the Soldier's prayer, For martial pride, For banner, spear, and plume.

"That I may prove the bravest knight, and love the Approach, draw near,

fairest fair.” Proud cuirassier! Room for the men of steel!

His oath of honour on the shrine he graved it with Through crest and plate

his sword, The broadsword's weight

And follow'd to the Holy Land the banner of his Both head and heart shall feel.

Lord;

Where, faithful to his noble vow, his war-cry fill'd VI.

the air, Wheel the wild dance

"Be honoured aye the bravest knight, beloved the While lightnings glance,

fairest fair.” And thunders rattle loud, And call the brave

They owed the conquest to his arm, and then his To bloody grave,

Liege-Lord said, To sleep without a shroud.

"The heart that has for honour beat by bliss must Sons of the spear !

be repaid.You feel us near

My daughter Isabel and thou shalt be a wedded pair, In many a ghastly dream;

For thou art bravest of the brave, she fairest of the With fancy's eye

fair." Our forms you spy, And hear our fatal scream.

And then they bound the holy knot before St. Mary's With clearer sight

shrine, Ere falls the night,

That makes a paradise on earth, if hearts and hands Just when to weal or wo

combine ; Your disembodied souls take flight

And every lord and lady bright, that were in chapel On trembling wing-each startled sprite

there, Our choir of death shall know,

Cried, Honour'd be the bravest knight, beloved

the fairest fair!"
VII.
Wheel the wild dance
While lightnings glance,

And thunders rattle loud,
And call the brave

THE TROUBADOURI
To bloody grave,
To sleep without a shroud.

FROM THE SAME COLLECTION,
Burst, ye clouds, in tempest showers,

Glowing with love, on fire for fame,
Redder rain shall soon be ours-

A Troubadour that hated sorrow,
See the east grows wan

Beneath his Lady's window came,
Yield we place to sterner game,

And thus he sung his last good-morrow. Ere deadlier bolts and direr flame

"My arm it is my country's right, Shall the welkin's thunders shame;

My heart is in my true-love's bower; Elemental rage is tame

Gavly for love and fame to fight
To the wrath of man.

Befits the gallant Troubadour."
VIII.

And while he march'd with helm on head
At morn, gray Allan's mates with awe

And harpin hand, the descant rung, Heard of the vision's sights he saw,

As, faithful to his favourite maid, The legend heard him say ;

The minstrel-burden still be sung: But the Seer's gifted eye was dim,

"My arm it is my country's right, Deafen'd his ear, and stark his limb,

My heart is in iny lady's bower: Ere closed that bloody day

Resolved for love and fame to fight,
He sleeps far from his Highland heath, -

I come, a gallant Troubadour."
But often of the Dance of Death
His comrades tell the tale,

Even when the battle-roar was deep,
On picket-post, when ebbs the night,

With dauntless heart he hew'd his way, * (This ballad appeared in 1915, in Panl's Letters, and in the was written, and set to music also br Hortense Beauharnois, Edinburgh Annual Register T has since been set to music by Duchesse de St. Leo. Es app of Ilolland. 1 G. F. Grahain, E«q. in Mr. Thomson's Select Molorlies, &c.] I The orisinal of this balied also w. written and composed + The original com:nar,

by the Duchesse de St. Lu The translation has been wt10 "Partant pour la Syrie.

music by Mr. Thomson. Sve his collection of Scottish 800€. Le jeune et brave Dunuis,' &c.

1826.)

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'Mid splintering lance and falchion-sweep, | And to sounds the most dear to paternal affection, And still was heard his warrior-lay;

The shout of his people applauding his Son ; "My life it is my country's right,

By his firmness unmoved in success and disaster, My heart is in my lady's bower;

By his long reign of virtue, remember his claim ! For love to die, for fame to fight, Becomes the valiant Troubadour.''

With our tribute to Pitt join the praise of his Mas

ter, Alas! upon the bloody field

Though a tear stain the goblet that flows to his He fell beneath the foeman's glaive,

name. But still reclining on his shield, Expiring sung the exulting stave:

Yet again fill the wine-cup, and change the sad "My life it is my country's right,

measure, My heart is in my lady's bower;

The rites of our grief and our gratitude paid, For love and fame to fall in fight

To our Prince, to our Heroes, devote the bright Becomes the valiant Troubadour."

treasure, The wisdom that plann'd, and the zeal that

obey'd !

Fill WELLINGTON's cup till it beam like his glory, FROM THE FRENCH.*

Forget not our own brave DALHOUSIE and

GRÆME; It chanced that Cupid on a season,

A thousand years hence hearts shall bound at their By Fancy urged, resolved to wed,

story, But could not seitle whether Reason

And hallow the goblet that flows to their fame. Or Folly should partake his bed. What does he then ?-Upon my life,

'Twas bad example for a deityHe takes me Reason for a wife,

SONG, And Folly for his hours of gayety.

ON THE LIFTING OF THE BANNER OF THE HOUSE OF Though thus he dealt in petty treason,

BUCCLEUCH, AT A GREAT He loved them both in equal measure;

CARTERHAUGH. Fidelity was born of Reason,

From the brown crest of Newark its summons And Folly brought to bed of Pleasure.

extending, Our signal is waving in smoke and in flame: And each forester blithe, from his mountain descend

ing, SONG,

Bounds light o'er the heather to join in the game.

FOOT-BALL MATCH ON

CHORUS.

FOR THE ANNIVERSARY MEETING OF THE PITT CLUB
OF SCOTLAND.

Then up with the Banner, let forest winds fan her,

She has blazed orer Ettrick cight ages and more ; (1814.)

In sport we'll attend her, in battle defend her, 0, DREAÐ was the time, and more dreadful the With heart and with hand, like our fathers before

omen, When the brave on Marengo lay slaughter'd in When the Southern invader spread waste and disvain,

order, And beholding broad Europe bow'd down by her At the glance of her crescents he paused and foemen,

withdrew, Pitt closed in his anguish the map of her reign! For around them were marshall'd the pride of the Not the fate of broad Europe could bend his brave Border, spirit

The Flowers of the Forest, the Bands of BucTo take for his country the safety of shame;

CLEUCH. 0, then in her triumph remember his merit,

Then up with the Banner, &c. And hallow the goblet that flows to his name.

A Stripling's weak handi to our revel has borne Round the husbandman's head, while he traces the her, furrow,

No mail-gl has grasp'd her, no spearman surThe mists of the winter may mingle with rain,

round: He may plough it with labour, and sow it in sorrow, But ere a bold foeman should scathe or should scorn

And sigh while he fears he has sow'd it in vain; her,
He may die ere his children shall reap in their glad A thousand true hearts would be cold on the

ground. But the blithe harvest home shall remember his

Then up with the Banner, &c. claim; And their jubilee-shout shall be soften'd with sad- We forget each contention of civil dissension, ness,

And hail, like our brethren, Home, Douglas, and While they hallow the goblet that flows to his CAR:

And Elliot and Prixgle in pastime shall mingle,

As welcome in peace as their fathers in war. Though anxious and timeless his life was expended,

Then up with the Banner, &c.
In foils for our country preserved by his care,
Though he died ere one rayo'er the nations ascended, Then strip, lads, and to it, though sharp be the
To light the long darkness of doubt and despair; weather,
The storms he endured in our Britain's December, And if, by mischance, you should happen to fall,

The perils his wisdom foresaw and o'ercame, There are worse things in life than a tumble on hea.
In her glory's rich harvest shall Britain remember, ther,
And hallow the goblet that flows to his name. And life is itself but a game of foot-ball.

Then up with the Banner, &c.
Nor forget His gray head, who, all dark in af-
fiction,

And when it is over, we'll drink a blithe measure Is deaf to the tale of our victories won,

To each Laird and each Lady that witness'd our * IThis trifle also is from the French Collection, found at Wa.

fun, terloo --See Paul's Letters. ]

place on December 5, 1815, and was also celebrated by the Ettrick · [This song appears with music in Mr. G. Thomson's Col. Shepherd.) kection - 1826. The football match on which it was written took (The bearer of the standard way the Author's eldest son.

ness,

name.

won.

And to every blithe heart that took part in our plea

II. sure,

O, fear not the bugle, though loudly it blows, To the lads that have lost and the lads that have lt calls but the warders that guard thy repose ;,

Their bows would be bended, their blades would be Then up with the Banner, &c.

red, May the Forest still flourish, both Borough and Ere the step of a foeman draws near to thy bed.

O ho ro, i ri ri, &c.
Landward,
From the hall of the Peer to the Herd’s ingle-

III.
nook ;

0, hush thee, my babie, the time soon will come, And huzza! my brave hearts, for Buccleuch and When thy sleep shall be broken by trumpet and

his standard, For the King and the Country, the Clan and the then hush'thee, my darling, take rest while you Duke!

may, Then up with the Banner, let forest winds fan her, For strife comes with manhood, and waking with

day. She has blazed orer Ettrick eight ages and more;

O ho ro, i ri ri, &c. In sport we'll attend her, in battle defend her,

With heart and with hand, like our futhers before.

drum;

PIBROCH OF DONALD DHU. JOCK OF HAZELDEAN.

AIR-"Piobair of Donuil Dhuidh.+ AIR—" A Border Melody.

This is a very ancient pibroch belonging to Clan

Mac Donald, and supposed to refer to the expediThe first stanza of this Ballad is ancient. The tion of Donald Balloch, who, in 1431, launched from others were written for Mr. Campbell's Albyn's the Isles with a considerable force, invaded LochaAnthology.

ber, and at Inverlochy defeated and put to fight the (1516.)

Earls of Mar and Caithness, though at the head of I.

an army superior to his own. The words of the set, "Why weep ye by the tide, ladie ?

theme, or melody, to which the pipe variauons are Why weep ye by the tide ?

applied, run thus in Gaelic:I'll wed ye to my youngest son,

Piobaircachd Dhonuil Dhuidh, piobaireachd Dhonuil ; And ye sall be his bride:

Piobaireachd Dhonuil Dhurch, probaireachd Dhonuil ; And ye sall be his bride, ladie,

Piobaireachi Dhonuil Dhuidh, piobaireacht Dhonuil; Sae comely to be seen”

Piob agus brutach air taiche loverlochi,

The pipe-summons of Donald the Black, But aye she loot the tears down fa'

The pipe-summons of Donald the Black, For Jock of Hazeldean.

The war-pipe and the pennon are on the galnering place at

Inverluchy.*
II.
Now let this wilful grief be done,

PiBroch of Donuil Dhu,
And cry that cheek so pale;

Pibroch of Donuil, Young Frank is chief of Errington,

Wake thy wild voice anew, And lord of Langley-dale;

Summon Clan-Conuil. His step is first in peaceful ha',

Come away, come away, His sword in battle keen"

Hark to the summons ! But aye she loot the tears down fa'

Come in your war-array,
For Jock of Hazeldean.

Gentles and cominons.
III.

Come from deep glen, and 'A chain of gold ye sall not lack,

From mountain so rocky, Nor braid to bind your hair ;

The war-pipe and pennon Nor mettled hound, nor managed hawk,

Are at Inverlochy. Nor palfrey fresh and fair;

Come every hill-plaid, and And you, the foremost o' them a',

True heart that wears one, Shall ride our forest queen"

Come every steel blade, and But aye she loot the tears down fa'

Strong hand that bears one. For Jock of Hazeldean.

Leave untended the herd,

The flock without shelter ;
IV.

Leave the corpse uninterr'd,"
The kirk was deck'd at morning-tide,

The bride at the altar; The tapers glimmer'd fair ;

Leave the deer, leave the steer, The priest and bridegroom wait the bride,

Leave nets and barges : And dame and knight are there.

Come with your fighting gear,
They sought her baith by bower and ha';

Broadswords and targes.
The ladie was not seen!
She's o'er the Border, and awa'

Come as the winds come, when
Wi' Jock of Hazeldean.

Forests are rended;
Come as the waves come, when

Navies are stranded :

Faster come, faster come,
LULLABY OF AN INFANT CHIEF.

Faster and faster,
AIR—" Cadul gu lo."'*

Chief, vassal, page, and groom,

Tenant and master.
I.

Fast they come, fast they came; 0, Hush thee, my babie, thy sire was a knight,

See how they gather! Thy mother a lady, both lovely and bright;

Wide waves the eagle plume, The woods and the glens, from the towers which

Blended with heather. we see,

Cast your plaids, draw your blades,
They all are belonging, dear babie, to thee

Forward each man set!
O ho ro, í ri ri, cadul yu lo,

Pibroch of Donuil Dhu,
O ho ro, i ri ri, &c.

Knell for the onset ! * "Sleep on till day." These words, adapted to a melody + "The pibroch of Donald the Black." (This song was writsomewhat different from the original, are sung in my friend Mr. ten for Campbell's Albyn's Anthology, 1816. "It may also be seen Terry's drama of" Guy Mannering.' (The "Lullaby" was first set to music, in Thomson's Collection, 1830.) printed in Mr. Terry s drama : it was afterwards set to music in i Compare this with the gathering-song in the third canto of Thomson's Collection, 1922.)

the Lady of the Lake, ante.)

CHORUS.

NORA'S VOW.

Then courage, courage, courage, Grigalach! AIR-" Cha teid mis a chaoidh."

Courage, courage, courage, &c. WRITTEN FOR ALBYN'S ANTHOLOGY, (1816.]t

If they rob us of name, and pursue us with beagles, In the original Gaelic, the lady makes protesta- Give their roofs to the Aame, and their flesh to the tions that she will not go with the Red Earl's son,

Then vengeance, vengeance, vengeance, Grigauntil the swan should build in the cliff, and the eagle

lach! in the lake-until one mountain should change places with another, and so forth. It is but fair to

Vengeance, vengeance, vengeance, &c. add, that there is no authority for supposing that she While there's leaves in the forest, and foam on the altered her mind-except the vehemence of her pro

river, testation.

MacGregor, despite them, shall flourish for ever! I.

Come then, Grigalach, come then, Grigalach, Hear what Highland Nora said,

Come then, come then, come then, &c. "The Earlie's son I will not wed,

Through the depths of Loch Katrine the steed shall Should all the race of nature die,

career, And none be left but he and I.

O'er the peak of Ben-Lomond the galley shall steer, For all the gold, for all the gear,

And the rocks of Craig Roystonti like icicles melt, And all the lands both far and near,

Ere our wrongs be forgot, or our vengeance unfelt! That ever valour lost or won,

Then gather, gather, gather, Grigalach ! I would not wed the Earlie's son.

Gather, gather, gather, &c. II. "A maiden's vows," old Callum spoke, "Are lightly made, and lightly broke; The heather on the mountain's height Begins to bloom in purple light;

DONALD CAIRD'S COME AGAIN.I The frost-wind soon shall sweep away

AIR—" Malcolm Caird's come again."**
That lustre deep from glen and brae;
Yet Nora, ere its bloom be gone,
May blithely wed the Earlie's son.”—

Donald Caird's come again!
III.

Donald Caird's come again! "The swan," she said, "the lake's clear breast

Tell the news in brugh and glen. May barter for the eagle's nest;

Donald Caird's come again! The Awe's fierce stream may backward turn, Donald Caird can lilt and sing, Ben-Cruaichan fall, and crush Kilchurn;

Blithely dance the Hieland fling, Our kilted clans, when blood is high,

Drink till the gudeman be blind, Before their foes may turn and fly;

Fleech till the

gudewife be kind; But I, were all these marvels done,

Hoop a leglin, clout a pan,
Would never wed the Earlie's son."

Or crack a pow wi' ony man;
IV.

Tell the news in brugh and glen.

Donald Caird's come again.
Still in the water-lily's shade
Her wonted nest the wild-swan made;

Donald Caird's come again!
Ben-Cruaichan stands as fast as ever,

Donald Caird's come again! Still downward foams the Awe's fierce river ;

Tell the news in brugh and glen, To shun the clash of foeman's steel,

Donald Caird's come again. No Highland brogue has turn'd the heel;

Donald Caird can wire a maukin, But Nora's heart is lost and won,

Kens the wiles o' dun-deer staukin,
-She's wedded to the Earlie's son!

Leisters kipper, makes a shift
To shoot a muir-fowl in the drift;

Water-bailiffs, rangers, keepers,
MACGREGOR'S GATHERING.

He can wauk when they are sleepers ;

Not for bountith or reward
AIR-" Thain' a Grigalach."'I

Dare ye mell wi' Donald Caird.
WRITTEN FOR ALBYN'S ANTHOLOGY, (1816.)

Donald Caird's come again! These verses are adapted to a very wild, yet lively

Donald Caird's come again! gathering-tune, used by the MacGregors. The Gar the bagpipes hum amain, Severe treatment of this Clan, their outlawry, and

Donald Cairs come again. the proscription of their very name, are alluded to in Donald Caird can drink a gill the Ballad.s

Fast as hostler-wife can fill; The moon's on the lake, and the mist's on the brae, Ilka ane that sells gude liquor And the Clan has a name that is nameless by day;

Kens how Donald bends a bicker ; Then gather, gather, gather, Grigalach !

When he's fou he's slout and saucy, Gather, gather, gather, &c.

Keeps the cantle of the cawsey;

Highland chief and Lawland laird
Our signal for fight that from monarchs we drew,

Maun gie room to Donald Caird!
Must be heard but by night in our vengeful halloo!
Then halloo, Grigalach! halloo, Grigalach!

Donald Caird's come again!
Halloo, balloo, halloo, Grigalach, &c.

Donald Caird's come again!

Tell the news in brugh and glen, Glen Orchy's proud mountains, Coalchuirn and her

Donald Caird's come again. towers, Glenstrae and Glenlyon no longer are ours ;

Steek the amrie, lock the kist, We're landless, landless, landless, Grigalach !

Else some gear may well be mist;

Donald Caird finds orra things Landless, landless, landless, &c.

Where Allan Gregor fand the lings; But doom'd and devoted by vassal and lord,

Dunts of kebbuck, taits of woo, MacGregor has still both his heart and his sword ! Whiles a hen and whiles a sow, *"1 will never go with him."

other to the properly or possession of Craig Royston, a domain See also Mr. Thomson Scottish Collection, 1822. )

of rock and forests, lying on the east side of Loch Lomond, : "The MacGregor is come."

where that beautiful lake stretches into the dusky mountains For the hustory of the clan, see Introduction to Rob Roy of Glenfalloch." - Introduction to Rob Roy, vol. ii. ]

1 [Written for Albyn's Aothology, vol. ii., 1818, and set to Rob Roy MacGregor's own designation was of Inner music in Mr. Thomson's Collection, in 1922.] spaid ; but he appears to have acquired a right of some kind or ** Caird signifies Tinker.

vol. i.)

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