Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

Beam ever thus, as beauteously,

Undimmed—save by those gems of feeling—
Those soft, luxurious drops which flow,
In pity, for another's woe!

But vain the thought!—It may not be!—

Could prayers avert misfortune's blight,
Or hearts, from sinful passion free,

Here hope for unalloy'd delight,
Then, those who guard thine opening bloom
Had never known one hour of gloom.
No.—If the chastening stroke of Fate

On guilty heads alone descended,
Sure they would ne'er have felt its weight

In whose pure bosoms, sweetly blended,
Life's dearest social virtues move,
In one bright endless chain of love I

Then since upon this eatth, joy's beams

Are fading—frail, and few in number And melt—like the light-woven dreams

That steal upon the mourner's slumber,— Sweet one! I'll wish thee strength to bear The ills that heaven may bid thee share! And when thine infancy hath fled,

And Time with woman's zone hath bound thee
If, in the path thou'rt doom'd to tread,

The thorns of sorrow Inrk, ai;d wound thee,
Be thine that exquisite relief
Which blossoms 'mid the springs of grief!

And like the many-tinted Bow,

Which smiles the show'ry clouds away,
May Hope—Grief's Iris here below—
Attend and soothe thee on thy way,
Till full of years—tby cures at rest—-
Thou seek'st the mansions of the bless'd !—

Young Sister of a mortal Nine,

Farewell!—Perchance a long farewell
Though woes unnumber'd yet be mine,—

Woes, Hope may vainly strive to quell,—
I'll half unteach my soul to pine,
So there be bliss for thee and Thine!

Alaric A. Watts,*

* « In most of the iournals," says Mr Wjhs, "daily, weekly, and monthly, for July, 181*, there verses (addressed to the eighth of nine sisters) were ascribed, with very flattering eulogium, to the pen of no less distinguished a poet than Lord Byron; although they had been published a month before, with the author's name, in the Edinburgh Magazine. Their extended circulation (for which they were, of course, entirely indebted to this circumstance) affords a striking proof of the omnipotence of a name! The trifle, which with my undignified patronymic might have slumbered unmolested in the pages of a Scottish Magazine until doomsday aided by its factitious appendage, was forthwith ushered into life, light, and popularity. Well may we say with a slight variation of Pope's couplet: Ascribe but to a Lord the hippy linm, How the wll bii'titeni—lmw thi i*n-e rtCuci !**

[graphic][ocr errors]
[ocr errors][graphic]

BOTHWELL CASTLE, ON THE CLYDE.

Eveat ruined edifice in the land has its visitors—but very few persons among those whom one finds about such places have brought a single historical association in their heads, that might not suit as well elsewhere. They all know perhaps the general fact, that for many ages the now bare and cold and empty hall was tapestried from floor to ceiling, and hung round with arms that glittered in the blaze of a well fagoted hearth—that there were lords and ladies that wine and wassail was the order of the day and night—that there were warders above and captives below—a spanning drawbridge, and a down-right portcullis. To know this, or something like it, is to have stock sufficient for luxurious meditation. Antiquaries are for the most part sad bores. With them it is all microscopic work. They are like the Spanish philosopher, who, when he had completed the careful analysis of a celebrated poem, was under the necessity of reading every verse overagain, to ascertain what subject he had been examining. Whoever has a heart to feel and a fancy to supply it, will find himself very much at home with any ruin whatever, though they have never been introduced to each other by Captain Grose—and with none more so than with Bothwell Castle. There it stands, magnificent in decay—and still as of old "breathing a spirit o'er the solitude." It has been stated by implication, that historical facts do little to interest us in scenes, whose romantic presence can conjure up a nobler history for themselves in the soul that has "any music"—Apropos of poetry and music When the heart is warmed with bright fancies, it cannot choose but turn away from cold cautious narrative—but give it music and poetry suited to its mood, and play on for ever. How enviable is he who sang that sweet strain of Roslin 1

•• 'Twas in that season of the year," &c. And he who sang of Stanley with its snow-mantled turrets, under the "braes of Gleniffer"—And he, the nameless bard, whose spirit breathes around the precincts of Bothwell Castle. These poets are the true historians of the scenes which they celebrate. What other men tell us may leave the memory or lie dormant within it. Their language can never be forgotten. The song associated with Bothwell Castle is one of our oldest and most pathetic Towards the end of the sixteenth century it had become familiar and delightful to Scottish ears, as the following romantic incident of that period will show.

A certain Scotsman while travelling through Palestine, either for

[graphic]
« AnteriorContinuar »