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O blest are the Hearers, and proud be the Hand Of the pleasure it spreads through so thankful a
I am glad for him, blind as he is ! — all the while If they speak 'tis to praise, and they praise with a
That tall Man, a Giant in bulk and in height,
There's a Cripple who leans on his Crutch; like a
Tower That long has leaned forward, leans hour after
hour! A Mother, whose Spirit in fetters is bound, While she dandles the babe in her arms to the sound.
Now, Coaches and Chariots ! roar on like a stream; Here are twenty souls happy as Souls in a dream : They are deaf to your murmurs - they care not
Nor what ye are flying, nor what ye pursue !
While my Fellow-traveller and I were walking by the side of
Loch Ketterine, one fine evening after sun-set, in our road to a Hut where in the course of our Tour we had been hospitably entertained some weeks before, we met, in one of the loneliest parts of that solitary region, two well-dressed Women, one of whom said to us, by way of greeting, “ What you are stepping westward.”
“ What you are stepping westward?” " Yea.”
'Twould be a wildish destiny,
The dewy ground was dark and cold;
And stepping westward seemed to be
The voice was soft, and she who spake
sound of courtesy :
was felt; and while my eye Was fixed upon the glowing sky, The echo of the voice enwrought A human sweetness with the thought Of travelling through the world that lay Before me in my endless way.
THE NARROW GLEN.
In this still place, remote from men,
Does then the Bard sleep here indeed ? Or is it but a groundless creed? What matters it ? — I blame them not Whose Fancy in this lonely Spot Was moved ; and in this way expressed Their notion of its perfect rest. A Convent, even a hermit's Cell Would break the silence of this Dell : It is not quiet, is not ease ; But something deeper far than these : The separation that is here Is of the grave; and of austere And happy feelings of the dead : And, therefore, was it rightly said That Ossian, last of all his race! Lies buried in this lonely place,