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II.
At length his lonely Cot appears in view,

Beneath the shelter of an aged tree;
Th’expectant wee things ", toddlan', stacherm through

To meet their Dad, with flightering noise and glee.
His wee bit ingle blinking bonilie,

His clean hearth-ftane, bis thrifty wifie's smile,
The lisping infant, pratding on his knee, . .

Does all his weary kiaugh i and care beguile,
And makes him quite forget his labour and his toil.

IV.
Belyver, the elder bairnss come dropping in,

At service out, among the farmers roun'!;
Some ca' the pleugh, some herd, some tentie rin

A cannie errand to a neighbour town:
Their eldelt hope, their Jenny, woman grown,

In youthful bloom, love (parkling in her e'e',
Comes home perhaps to Thew a braw Y new gown,

Or deposite her fair-won’ penny-feea,
To help her parents dear, if they in hardlip be.

V.
With joy un feign'd brothers and lifters meet,

And each for other's welfare kindly spiers".
The social hours swift wing'd unnotic'd feet;

Each tells the uncos C that he sees or hears.
The parents parcial, eye their hopeful years;

Anticipation forward points the view;
The Mother, with her needle and her sheers,

Gars auld claes look amaist as well's the new d;
The Father mixes all with admonition due. .

VI.
Their mait-r's and cheir mitress's command

The younkers all are warned to obry;

* U'ce, a diminutive, little; a fondling expression; wee-things. little ones. Toddlan, a word only applied to denote che unsteady trot of children, who are beginning to walk. fi Stacher, reel, a kind of ligger. Flightering, unsteady, unequal, joyfully,

o Wee bio ingle, little fire; a diminutive, which has no fynonym in English. p Blirking is applied to a smail light, that does not burn Iteadily, but breaks torth by interrupted flashes.

9 Kiaugh, carking; dilrefs of ininu. Belyve, by and by & Elder bairns, elder children.

Roun', round. Frequently the d at the end of a word is not sounded in the Scorcith dialect; the o is also changed into e, as in pleugh, plough; elder, older ; but: more frequently the o into a, as hame, for home; amang, among, &c. - Drive.

E'e, eye. Ý Braw, a phrafe de. noting finery, or the satisfaction finery produces. 2 Sair won, fore won ; won with labour. * Penny fee, wages; the word penny is here a diminutive, denoting that it is a small maiter.

» Enquires. Uncos, new things that are uncommon. • Makes old clothes look almost as well as new,

And

And mind their labours wi' an eydente hand,

And ne'er, tho' out of sight, to jauk' or play:
* And O! be sure to fear the Lord alway!

And mind your duty s duely, morn and night!
Left in temptation's path ye gang aftray,

Implore his counsel, and affifting might,
They never fought in vain that sought the LORD aright.”

VII.

But, hark ! a rap comes gently to the door ;

Jenny, wha kens the meaning of the same,
Tells how a neighbour lad h came o'er the moor,

To do some errands, and convoy her hame.
The wily mother sees the conscious flame

Sparkle in Jenny's e'e, and flush her cheek,
With heart-struck anxious care, enquires his name;

While Jenny, haffinsi, is afraid to speak;
Well pleas'd the mother hears, its nae wild worthless rake.

VIII.
With kindly welcome Jenny brings him ben k;

A frappan youthl; he takes the mother's eye;
' Blythe Jenny sees the visit's no ill ta’en;

The father cracks m of horses, pleoghs, and kye".
The youngster's artless heart o'erflows with joy,

But blate and laithfu'o, scarce can well behave;
The mother, with a woman's wiles, can spy

What makes the youth fae bashfu’and fae grave;
Well pleas'd to think her bairn's respected like the lave ?

IX..
O happy love! where love like this is found!

O heart-felt raptures ! bliss beyond compare !
I've paced much this weary, mortal round,

And sage EXPERIENCe bids me this declare

Eydent, constant, steady, uninterrupted diligence.
i jauk, to neglect work; to loiter when un perceived.

& Mind your duty, forget not your duty; that is, your prayers ; a very common expression in Scotland. The whole of this ftanza contains advice very strongly inculcated, with great seriousness, in the manner here done by parents in that country. The transition to the first person is beautifully poetical; but it was naturally fuggetted by what the Author must have often seen in real life.

Lad, a young man ; applied only to those in a low station. * Hafflins, hesitatingly; in some measure afraid ; tingidly.

k Ben---the inner part of the house is called ben, the outer part of it but — to bring one ben then, is to bring them from the door towards the place where the family fit.

1 Strappan youth, well-grown, well-shaped youth; promising strength. * Cracks, talks; generally means with glee, or cheerfulness. * Kye, cows. o Blate and laithfu', bashful and backward.

P Like the love, like the reft; like other people; like her neighbours.

“ If Heaven a draught of heavenly pleasure spare,

One cordial in this melancholly vale,
"Tis when a youthful, loving, modeft pair,

In other's arms breathe out the tender tale,
Beneath the milk-white thorn that scents the ev'ning gale."

XI.
But now the supper crowns their fimple board,

The health some porritch 9, chief of Scotia's food :
The soupe their only Hawkier does afford,

That 'yont the hallan s snugly chews her coodt:
The Dame brings forth, in complimental mood,

To grace the lad, her well hain'd kebbuc, fellu,
And aft he's prest, and aft he ca's it good ;

The frugal Wific garrulous, will tell,
How 'twas a towmond auld, sin’ lint was i' the bell*,

XII.
The chearfu' supper done, with serious face,

They round the ingle y form a circle wide ;
The Sire turns o'er, with patriarchal grace,
The big ha' Bible, ance his father's pride> ;

. His

9 Porrirch, a mess, made of oatmeal and water, boiled to the con. sistence of a pudding, seasoned with a little falt. This homely dish, cat with a little milk, is the common food of most of the labouring people in Scotland, both at supper and breakfast.

Harukie, a common name of a cow. Their only hawkie, is their only cow. The soupe here mentioned is that to be eat, by way of fauce, along with the porritch.

s That 'sont the ballan- beyond the hallan. Hallan is the name of a kind of fixed partition, or screen, which, without being closed by a door, separates the part of the house where the fire-place is, from another part, which is usually without light. In this dark corner, behind the hallan, the cow, in poor people's houses, is usually kept.

' Cud. Her well hain'd kebbuc, fell. --To hain, is to preserve with care for some particular occasion ; usually applied to the abstaining from some favourite kind of food, that it may be ready for any particular purpose. Kebbuc, a cheese,-fell, sharp, acrid, piquant-Her wellpreserved, piquant cheese.

* How 'r was a towmond auld when lint was ¿' the bell-how it was a twelve month old when flax was in the bloom. This way of fixing dates from the state of vegetation of different plants is common in Scotland ; ic forms the natural rural kalendar.

y Fire. i Family worship, in these seats of innocence and peace, is fill universally practised; and after supper, that worship is as naturally expected, as the bottle and glasses after dinner at the tables of the Great. If any one of a family has been able to purchase a folio, or a quarto bible, it is carefully covered with leather, and reverently prelerved from farher to son, for several generations, and is deemed à molt honourable mark of distinction. It is here called the ha'-hall

Bible,

His bonnet rev'rently is laid aside,

His lyart baffets a wearing thin and bare :
Those itrains that once did sweet in Zion glide,

He wales b a portion with judicious care,
" And let us worship God!” he says with folemn air.

XIII.
They chaunt their artless notes in simple guise ;

They tune their hearts, by far the noblett aim :
Perhaps Dundee's wid warbling measures rise,

Or plaintive Martyr's, worthy of that naine,
Or noble Elgin beets d the heav'n-ward flame,

The sweetest far of Scoria's holy lays :
Compar'd with these, Italian trills are tame;

The tickled cars no heartfelt raptures raise ;
Nae unison hae they with our CREATOR's praise.

XVI.
Then kneeling down to Heaven's ETERNAL KING,

The Saint, the Father, and the Husband prays;'
Hope springs exuluing on triumphant wing,

That thus they all Itrall meet in future days: ..
There ever bak in uncreated rays,

No more to figh, or shed the bicter tear,
Together bymning their CREATOR's praise,

In such fociety, yet still more dear;
While circling time moves round in an eternal sphere,

XVII.
Compar'd with this, how poor religion's pride,
c. In all the pomp of method and of art,
When men display to congregations wide,

Devotion's ev'ry grace-except the heart !
The Power, incens'd, the pageant will desert,

The pompous strain, the lacerdotal stole; .
But haply in some cottage far apart,

May hear, well pleas'd, the language of the foul;
And in his book of life the inmates poor inrol.

XVIII.
Then homeward all take off their sev'ral way;

The youngling cottagers retire to rest :
The parent-pair their secret homage pay,

And proffer up to Heaven their warm request,

Bible, because it cannot be carried out of the house; and was afually preserved in a particular shelf, in the common-hall, in families of distinction, who had such an apartment. Family worship is univer. sally thus performed: first, a portion of the Psalms is sung by the whole family; then the master of the family devoutly reads a chapter of the Bible; and lastly they all kneel down, and he prays extempore.

a Lyart, streaked white, with other colours. , Hafsets, temples. .b Selects.

c Names of different church tunes. Beets, furnishes fewel to, feeds, keeps alive.

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ny dear, my native foil!

That He:who stills the raven's clam'rous nest,

And decks the lily fair in flow'ry pride,
Would, in the way His Wijdom sees the best,

For them and for their little ones provide ;
But chiefly, in their hearts with grace divine preside.

XIX.
From scenes like these, old Scotia's grandeur springs,

That makes her lov'd at home, rever'd abroad :
• Princes and Lords are but the breath of Kings; --

"An honest man 's the nobleft work of God;" '.
And certes, in fair Virtue's heavenly road, .

The cottage leaves the palace far behind :
What is a lordling's pomp? A curnbrous load,

Dirguiling oft the wreach of human kind,
Studied in arts of hell, in wickedness refin'd! .

XX.
O SCOTIA! my dear, my native foil!

For whom my warinell with to heaven is sent !
Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil,

Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content!
And O! may hea en their fimple lives prevent

From luxury's contagion, weak and vile!
Then howe'er crowns and coronets be rent,

A virtuous populace may rise the wbile, And stand a wall of fire around their much lovd isle. : These stanzas are SERIOUS. But our Author seems to be most in bis own element when in the sportive, humorous strain. The poems of this cast, as hath been already hinted, so much abound with provincial phrases, and allusions to local circuma! stances, that no extract from them would be sufficiently intelli, gible to our English readers.

The modern ear will be somewhat disgusted with the measure of many of these pieces, which is faithfully copied from that which was most in fashion among the ancient Scotrith Bards; but hach been, we think with good reason, laid alide by later Poets. The versification is in general easy; and it seems to have been a matter of indifference to our Author in what' measure he wrote. But if ever he should think of offering any thing more to the Public, we are of opinion his performances would be more highly valued were they written in measures less antiquated. The few Songs, Odes, Dirges, &c. in this collection, are very poor in comparison of the other pieces. The Author's mind is not sufficiently Atored with brilliant ideas to suce ceed in that line.

In justice to the Reader, however, as well as the Author, we must observe that this collection may be compared to a heap of wheat carelessly winnowed. Some grain of a moft excellent quality is mixed with a little chaff, and half ripened corn. How many splendid volumes of poems come under our review,

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