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Highland Mary.1

Tune-"Katherine Ogie."

YE banks and braes and streams arounà
The castle o' Montgomery !

Green be your woods, and fair your flowers,
Your waters never drumlie :
There Simmer first unfald her robes,

And there the langest tarry;
For there I took the last Farewell
O' my sweet Highland Mary.

How sweetly bloom'd the gay, green birk,
How rich the hawthorn's blossom,
As underneath their fragrant shade,
I clasp'd her to my bosom !
The golden Hours on angel wings,
Flew o'er me and my Dearie;
For dear to me, as light and life,
Was my sweet Highland Mary.

Wi' mony a vow, and lock'd embrace,
Our parting was fu' tender;
And, pledging aft to meet again,

We tore oursels asunder;

But oh! fell Death's untimely frost,

That nipt my Flower sae early!

Now green's the sod, and cauld's the clay

That wraps my Highland Mary!

⚫ struggle.

1 Remarkable for the old-fashioned use of assonance in place of rhyme.

O pale, pale now, those rosy lips,
I aft hae kiss'd sae fondly!

And clos'd for aye, the sparkling glance
That dwalt on me sae kindly!
And mouldering now in silent dust,
That heart that lo'ed me dearly!
But still within my bosom's core
Shall live my Highland Mary.

The Rights of Woman.1

An Occasional Address

Spoken by Miss Fontenelle on her benefit night,
November 26, 1792.

WHILE Europe's eye is fix'd on mighty things,
The fate of empires and the fall of kings;
While quacks of State must each produce his plan,
And even children lisp the Rights of Man;
Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention,
The Rights of Woman merit some attention.

First, in the sexes' intermix'd connection,
One sacred Right of Woman is protection.-
The tender flower that lifts its head, elate,
Helpless, must fall before the blasts of fate,
Sunk on the earth, defac'd its lovely form,
Unless your shelter ward th' impending storm.

Our second Right-but needless here is caution,
To keep that right inviolate's the fashion;
Each man of sense has it so full before him,
He'd die before he'd wrong it-'tis decorum.-
There was, indeed, in far less polish'd days,
A time, when rough rude man had naughty ways
Would swagger, swear, get drunk, kick up a riot,
Nay even thus invade a lady's quiet.

1 The title contains all the information desirable.


Now, thank our stars! these Gothic times are fled;
Now, well-bred men-and you are all well-bred-
Most justly think (and we are much the gainers)
Such conduct neither spirit, wit, nor manners.

For Right the third, our last, our best, our dearest,
That right to fluttering female hearts the nearest ;
Which even the Rights of Kings, in low prostration,
Most humbly own-'tis dear, dear admiration!
In that blest sphere alone we live and move;
There taste that life of life-immortal love.
Smiles, glances, sighs, tears, fits, flirtations, airs;
'Gainst such an host what flinty savage dares,
When awful Beauty joins with all her charms-
Who is so rash as rise in rebel arms?

But truce with kings, and truce with constitutions,
With bloody armaments and revolutions;
Let Majesty your first attention summon,

Epigram on seeing Miss Fontenelle in
a Favourite Character.1

SWEET naïveté of feature,
Simple, wild, enchanting elf,
Not to thee, but thanks to Nature,
Thou art acting but thyself.

Wert thou awkward, stiff, affected,
Spurning Nature, torturing art;

Loves and Graces all rejected,

Then indeed thou'd'st act a part.

The inspiration is indicated by the title. Miss Fontenelle played "Little Pickle."

Extempore on some Commemorations

of Thomson.1

Dost thou not rise, indignant shade,
And smile wi' spurning scorn,
When they wha wad hae starved thy life,
Thy senseless turf adorn?

Helpless, alane, thou clamb the brae,
Wi' meikle honest toil,

And claught th' unfading garland there-
Thy sair-worn, rightful spoil.

And wear it there! and call aloud
This axiom undoubted-

Would thou hae Nobles' patronage?
First learn to live without it!

To whom hae much, more shall be given,
Is every Great man's faith;
But he, the helpless, needful wretch,
Shall lose the mite he hath.

Auld Rob Morris.2

THERE'S Auld Rob Morris that wons in yon glen,
He's the King o' gude fellows, and wale o' auld men;
He has gowd in his coffers, he has owsen and kine,
And ae bonie lass, his dautie and mine.

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She's fresh as the morning, the fairest in May;
She's sweet as the ev'ning amang the new hay;
As blythe and as artless as the lambs on the lea,
And dear to my heart as the light to my e'e.

But oh! she's an Heiress, auld Robin's a laird,
And my daddie has nought but a cot-house and yard;
A wooer like me maunna hope to come speed,
The wounds I must hide that will soon be my dead.

The day comes to me, but delight brings me nane;
The night comes to me, but my rest it is gane;
I wander my lane like a night-troubled ghaist,
And I sigh as my heart it wad burst in my breast.

O had she but been of a lower degree,

I then might hae hop'd she wad smil'd upon me!
O how past descriving had then been my bliss,
As now my distraction nae words can express.

Duncan Gray.1

DUNCAN GRAY cam' here to woo,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't,

On blythe Yule-night when we were fou,
Ha, ha, the wooing o't,

Maggie coost her head fu' heigh,
Look'd asklent and unco skeigh,'
Gart poor Duncan stand abeigh";
Ha, ha, the wooing o't.

Duncan fleech'dd and Duncan pray'd;

Ha, ha, the wooing o't,

Meg was deaf as Ailsa craig,

Ha, ha, the wooing o't:

⚫ tossed.

baskance and very distant.

⚫ aloof.

d flattered.

• in the Firth of Clyde.

"On the basis and to the tune of a rude old song," but essentially original.

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