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Verses lent at a Friend's House

213 IX. The Nun


The First Psalm .

X. The Firefly

A Prayer under the Pressure of violent Anguish

X Foreign Travel


The first six Verses of the ninetieth Psalm

X11. The Fountain


To a Mountain Daisy, on turning one down with the

XIII. Banditti

Plough in April, 1786. . .



XIV. An Adventure

To Ruin

XV. Naples


To Miss L-, with Beauie's Poems as a New-year's XVI. The Bag of Gold . .

Gift, January 1, 1787.

XVII. A Character.

Epistle io a Young Friend. May

XVIII. Sorrento .

On a Scotch Bard gone to the West Indies. 216 XIX. Pæstum


To a Haggis.

216 XX. Monte Cassino,


A Dedication to Gavin Hamil

217 XXI. The Harper


To a Louse. On seeing one on a Lady's Bonnet at

XXII. The Feluca


Church .

I XXIII. Genoa.


Address to Edinburgh

8. Ode to Superstition.


Epistle to J. Lapraik, an old Scottish Bard. April Verses written to be spoken by Mrs. Siddons 281

1st, 1785.

219 On



To the same. April 21st, 1785.......


To W. S***** , Ochiltree.

221 From Euripides

E istle to J. R******, enclos ne Poems


Tim O'Shanter. A Tale.

| The Sailor


To an old Oak .


The Lea-rig .

To two Sisters


To Mary

| On a Теаг

My Wife's a winsome wee thin

2:26 To a Voice that had been lost

Binnie Leslie

226 From a Greek Epigram


Highland Mary

226 To the Fragment of a Statue of


Auld Bob Morris

called the Torso .

Duncan Gray.

226 To-



297 Written in a Sick Chamber


Galla Water

227 | The Boy of Egremond


Lord Gregory

227 To a Friend on his Marriage


Mary Morison

227 The Alps at Daybreak

Wandering Willie

218 Imitation of an Italian Sonnet


2:28 | A Character. .


When wild War's de last was blawn

228 To the Youngest Daughter of Lady ****

2.2 An Epitaph on a Robin-redbreast'.

Bonnie Jean . . .''.

229 To the Gnat . .



Auld Lang Syne

2229 A Wish

Bannockburn. Robert Bruce's Address to his A 220 Written at Mid

For a' that, and at that

230 An Italian Song

Scollish Ballad ,

230 | An Inscription

Sing :

230 Written in the Highlands of Scotland, September 2,

The Birks of Abe



JA2 . .


I love my Jean

231 A Farewell

John Anderson

The Posie

231 To the Butterfly


The Banks o' Doo


Sony .

Sic à Wise ag Willie had


Wilt thou be my Dearie ?


For the sake of somebody


A red, red Rose

232 The Sabbath


233 Sabbath Walks :-

The bonnie Lad that's far awa'..

. 233

A Spring Sabbath Walk. ..


Whistle o'er the lave o't .

233 A Summer Sabbath Walk


An Autumn Sabbath Walk


A Winter Sabbath Walk



Biblical Pictures :

The First Sabbath

The Pleasures of Memory.

The Finding of Moses


Part I. . .

Jacob and Pharaoh




. . . .

Jephthah's Vow


Italy.--Part I.

Saul and David .

1. The Lake of Geneva

Elijah fed by Ravens


II. The Great St. Bernard

The Birth of Jesus announced


III. The Descent




Behold my Mother and my Brethren


IV. Jorasse

244 Bartimeus restored to Sight

V. Marguerite de Tours . .

244 Little Children brought io Jesus


VI. The Alps.

215 Jesus calms the Tempest.


VII. Como.

Jesus walks on the Sea, and calms the Storm


VIII. Bergamo

246 The Dumb cured.


IX, Italy

The Death of Jesus.

X. Coll'alto

247 The Resurrection.


XI. Venice.

218 Jesus appears to the Disciples


XII. Luigi

219 Paul accused before the Tribunal of the Areopagus 302

XIII. St. Mark's Place

230 Paul accused before the Roman Governor or Judea

XIV. The Gondola

251 Paraphrase.-Psalm ciii. 3, 4.


XV. The Brides of Venice

On Visiting Melrose, after an Absence of sixteen

XVI. Foscari . .


XVII. Arqua.

255 The Wild Duck and her Brood

XVIII. Ginevra

255 To a Redbreast that flew in al my Window

XIX. Bologna

Epitaph on a Blackbird killed by a Hawk . . 2013

XX. Florence

The Poor Man's Funeral .

9: XXI. Don Garzia .

The Thanksgiving off Cape Trafalgar . . 303

XXII. The Campagna

To my Son . .

. . 304

taly.-Part II.
I The Pilgrim .


II. An Interview



II. Rome.

262 Basil.

V. A Funeral

264 Act I.


V. National Prejudices.




- VI. The Campagna of Rome

265 - III. . . . . . . . 314

1. VIL The Roman Pontiffs



VIII. Caius Cestius




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V. .


The Martyr.

Act I. .


Sibylline Leaves.

II. .

1. Poems occasioned by Political Events, or Feel-


ings connected with them :-

frisupher Columbus

370 Ode to the departing Year.


la Griseld Baillie

379 France. An Ode


Inilan of the East.

Fears in Solitude. Written in April, 1798, dur.

Nilcon's Heir .

383 ing the Alarm of an Invasion

Ii Ellen Tree

Fire, Famine, and Slaughter. A War Eclogue

The Ghost of Fadon

Recantation, illustrated in the Story of the Mad

m ber Night's Traveller









Sirlarice. A Ballad

396 II. Love Poems:-

A to a Steam-vessel

Introduction to the Tale of the Dark Ladie 528

To Mrs. Siddons

399 Lewli, or the Circassian Love-chant..

A Volunteer Song

The Picture, or the Lover's Resolution. 530


400 The Night-scene. A Dramatic Fragment


To an unfortunate Woman, whom the Author

had known in the Days of her Innocence . 5:32


To an unfortunate Woman at the Theatre, 532

Lines composed in a Concert-room . .

TrFarmer's Boy.

The Keepsake ..

Sting . . . . . .



To a Latly. With Falconer's "

Sinirer . . . . . . 405

Home-sick Writien in Germany


40 Answer to a Child's Question


Winite . . . . . . 411 To a Young Lady. On her Recove



. .

The Visionary Hone .


Sunething childish, but very natural. Written

in Germany

Te Excursion, tieing a Portion of the Recluse.

Recollections of Love

Bus I The Wanderer

The Her Husband. A Fragment


II The Solitary

4:25 On re visiting the Sea shore, after long Absence,

NII. Dispondency


under strong inedical recommendations not to

IV. Defindency corrected .


V. The Pastor,




. 4.)

The Composition of a Kiss

TI. The Churchyard among the Mountaing 439 III V ative s. Inbank verse:

VII. The Churchyard among the Mountains,

Hymn fore Sunrise, in the tale of Chamouny

continueit. . . . . frs Lab Written in the Album at Elbingerude, in

VII The Parsenaze .

the Hartz Turs! . .

L. Discourse of the Wanderer,

O bserving a Blossom on the first of February;

ing Visit to the Lake

Te Armenian Lady's Love

The culian Harp. Composed at Clevedon, So.

I be Sunnambulist


nerse ishire

Rilins on having lert årlienis Retiremeni


Tilliebte George (itirilge of Ourry St. Mary,


Der), with some Poems . . .

A toutes Epitapl .

The Vssionary.

Inscriptora Fiuntain on a Heath


Canto I.

492 This Lime-tree Bower my Prison



Tot Gentleman. Cumused on the Night after


bis Rocation of a Puem on the Growth of an

individual Mind,


313 Tu a Friend, who had declared his Intention of


writing no more Poetry



The Nichtingale: n Conversation Pvem. Writ. 072


5419 Linn m April, 1795. . . . .


Sng of the Cid

.: 512 F A Millich!

. 513

STAN1. Written chiedy during various Journeys.

Il a Friend, iosether with an unfinished Porm 511

Part I.

1 Hour when we shall meet again, Composed

Sinnet. Written al Tynemouth, Northumber-

Wiring lilars and in Alisence . .


laurl, after a tempestuous Voyage


Lini !, Joseph Cotle . . . . 511

Soonet. At Bamborough Castle

511 11. ( And Miscllaneous Poems:-

Sanet. Tu the River Wensbeck

The Three Graves. A Fragment of a Sexton's

Sant. To the River Tweed


De ceinn. An Ole .

Sinet. On leaving a Village in Scotland ..

Geirsiana, Dutchess of Devonshire, on

S 11net. To the River Itchin, near Winton · 515 T wenty furth Stanza in her. Passage over


Joint Chard" . . .

Sinnet. At Dover Cliffs, July ?

Ode to Tranquillity


Srnit. Al Ostend, landing, July

To Young Friend, on his proposing in domesti:

Sauet. At Ostend, July 22, 1787

cate with the Author. Comjoged in 1793 .

Sonet. On the River Rhine

Linee to W.L. Ese, while he sang a song to

Sinnet. At a Convent .

Purceil's Music:

Allrs to a Young Man of Fortune, who

abandoned himself to an indolent and cause-

Signet. On a distant View of England

Tess Milancholy . . . . .

Sunnet. To the River Cherwell, Oxford

Smrt to the River Outer . . .

Part II

Sanni. Composed on a Journey honeward ;


the Author harig received Intelligence if the



Since October, 1792'

Duhofasin. September 20, 1795 . .

Sonet. Noreinler, 1792 .

517 Sinnet. To 2 Friend, who asked how I fo

Sunnet. April, 1793

518 wilen the Nurse tirst presented my lofant

Sinnet. May, 1793

Sinnet. Kelley Abbey . .

The Virgin's Cradle Hymn. Copied from the


Print if the Virgin in a Catholic Village in

Sounel. May, 1793 :




oniha nristening of a Friend's Child'..


Sonnet. On revisiting Oxford' .

Episach in an Infant

Sonnet. On the Death of the Rev. William Ben.

Melancholy. A Fragment



A Christmas Carol . . . . . 533

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Tell's Birthplace. Imitated from Stolberg. 554 The Falling Leaf
Human Life. On the Denial of Immortality . 551 The Adventure of a Star. Addressed to a Young Lady
Elegy, imitated from one of Akenside's Blank Make way for Liberty.
Verse Inscriptions

For the first Leaf of a Lady

The Visit of the Gods. Imitated from Sch

51 The first Leaf of an Album

Kubla Khan; or, a Vision in a Dream

555 Time employed, Time enjoyed

The Pains of Sleep

Young Lady from whom the Author had re-

The Rime of the Ancient Marine

ceived an elegantly wrought Watch-pocket .

Part 1. .

556 A Voyage round the World."

. . .

II. ,

. . . .


IV. .


. . .




VIL. . .

The Lay of the Last Minstrel.


Canto I. . . .

Part 1..




Youth and Age


The Devil's Th





The Garden of B

570 Marmion. A Tale of Flodden Field.

Canto I. The Castle


II. The Convent.



III. The Hostel, or Inn

IV. The Camp


The Wanderer of Switzerland.

V. The Court,

Part I. .

VI. The Battle



. . . .


574 The Lady of the Lake.

575 | Canto I. The Chase,


IL The Island .



IIT. The Gathering


IV. The Prophecy.

The Grave

V. The Combat


VI. The Guard-room

Invasion .

553 The Fire King .


. . .


The Wild Huntsmen

The Ocean. Written ai Scarborough, in the Sum The Battle of Sempach
mer of 1805

The Maid of Toro .

The Common Lot..........

586) War Song of the Royal Edinburgh Light Dragoons .

The Harp of Sorrow.

Mac Gregor's Gathering. Writien fur Albyn's An-

Pope's Willow ,

thology .

The Swiss Cowherd's So

Mackrimmon's Lament

tated from the French . .

Pibroch of Donald Dhu.




The Dial .


. .

... 557 thology

. . . .

A Mother's Love

533 The Dance of Death

The Glowworm."

535 Farewell to the Muse

The Oak Imitaied from the lialian or Metastasio ' 599 Hellvellyn

The Widow and the Fatherless

| Wandering

Human Lise.-Job xiv..

5.8) Hunting Song

The Bible . . . .

599 The Bard's Incantation. Wrillen under the Threat

The Daisy in India

539 of Invasion, in the Autumn of 1804

The Stranger and his Friend . .

| Romance of Dunois. From the French

Via Crucis, Via Lucis

590 The Troubadour.

The Ages of Man . . . .

Aspirations of Youth

an auld Spring

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WILLIAM FalcCXER was a native of Edinburgh, | Aurora was never heard of after she passed the and went to sea ai an early age in a merchant Cape, and was thought to have foundered in the vessel of Leith. He was afterwards mate of a Channel of Mozambique ; so that the poet of the ship that was wrecked in the Levant, and was one Shipwreck may be supposed to have perished by thu of only three out of her crew that were saved, a same species of calamity which he had rehearsed. catastrophe which formed the subject of his future. The subject of the Shipwreck, and the fate of poem. He was for some time in the capacity of a its author, bespeak an uncommon partiality in its servant to Campbell, the author of Lexiphanes, favour. If we pay respect to the ingenious scholar when purser of a ship. Campbell is said to have who can produce agreeable verses amidst the discovered in Falconer talents worthy of cultiva- shades of retirement, or the shelves of his library, tion, and when the latter distinguished himself as how much more interest must we take in the "shipa poet, used to boast that he had been his scholar. boy on the high and giddy mast” cherishing refined What he learned from Campbell it is not very easy visions of fancy at the hour which he may casually to ascertain. His education, as he often assured snatch from fatigue and danger. Nor did Falconer Governor Hunter, had been confined to reading, neglect the proper acquirements of seamanship in writing, and a little arithmetic, though in the course cultivating poetry, but evinced considerable knowof his life he picked up some acquaintance with ledge of his profession, both in his Marine Dictionthe French, Spanish, and Italian languages. In ary and in the nautical precepts of the Shipwreck. these his countryman was not likely to have much In that poem he may be said to have added a con. assisted him; but he might have lent him books, genial and peculiarly British subject 10 the lan. and possibly instructed him in the use of figures. guage ; at least, we had no previous poem of any Falconer published his Shipwreck, in 1762, and by length of which the characters and catastrophe the favour of the Duke of York, to whom it was de were purely naval. dicated, obtained the appointment of a midshipman The scene of the catastrophe (though he followed in the Royal George, and afterwards that of purser only the fact of his own history) was poetically in the Glory frigate. He soon afterwards married laid amidst seas and shores where the mind easily a Miss Hicks, an accomplished and beautiful wo- gathers romantic associations, and where it supman, the daughter of the surgeon of Sheerness poses the most picturesque vicissitudes of scenery yard. At the peace of 1763, he was on the point and climate. The spectacle of a majestic British of being reduced to distressed circumstances by his ship on the shores of Greece brings as strong a ship being laid up in ordinary at Chatham, when, a reminiscence to the mind, as can well be by the friendship of Commissioner Hanway, who imagined, of the changes which time has wrought ordered the cabin of the Glory to be fitted up for in transplanting the empire of arts and civilization. his residence, he enjoyed for some time a retreat Falconer's characters are few; but the calm sagafor study without expense or embarrassment. Here cious commander, and the rough obstinate Rod. he employed himself in compiling his Marine Dico mond, are well contrasted. Some part of the tionary, which appeared in 1769, and has been love-story of Palemon is rather swainish and proalwaye highly spoken of by those who are capable tracted, yet the effect of his being involved in the of estimating its merits. He embarked also in the calamity leaves a deeper sympathy in the mind politics of the day, as a poetical antagonist to for the daughter of Albert, when we conceive her Churchill, but with little advantage to his memory. at once deprived both of a father and a lover. Before the publication of his Marine Dictionary he | The incidents of the Shipwreck, like those of a had left his retreat at Chatham for a less comfort. well-wrought tragedy, gradually deepen, while able abode in the metropolis, and appears to have they yet leave a suspense of hope and fear to the struggled with considerable difficulties, in the midst imagination. In the final scene there is something of which he received proposals from the late Mr. that deeply touches our compassion in the picture Murray, the bookseller, to join him in the business of the unfortunate man who is struck blind by a which he had newly established. The canse of fash of lightning at the helm. I remember, by, his refusing this offer was, in all probability, the the way, to have met with an affecting account of appointment which he received to the pursership the identical calamity befalling the steersman of a of the Aurora, East Indiaman. In that ship he forlorn vessel in a similar moment, given in a prose embarked for India, in September, 1769, but the land veracious history of the loss of a vessel on the

coast of America. Falconer skilfully heightens This trait by showing its effect on the commiseration of Rodmond, the roughest of his characters, who guides the victim of misfortune to lay hold of the shrouds.

And, while around his sad companions crowd, He guides the unhappy victim to the shroud. Hie thee alost, my gallant friend! he cries; Thy only succour on the mast relies!” The effect of his sea phrases is to give a definite and authentic character to his descriptions; and his poem has the sensible charm of appearing a transcript of reality, and leaves an impression of truth and nature on the mind.

"A flash, quick glancing on the nerves or light,
Struck the pale helmsman with eternal night:
Rodmond, who heard a pitious groan behind,
Touch'd with coinpassion, gaz'd upon the blind;

| With living colours give my verse to glow, THE SHIPWRECK.

The sad memorial of a tale of wo?

A scene from dumb oblivion to restore,
Canto I.

To fame unknown, and new to epic lore !

Alas; neglected by the sacred Nine,

Their suppliant feels no genial ray divine ! Proposal of the subject. Invocation. Apology. Alle. | Ah! will they leave Pieria's happy shore,

gorical description of memory. Appeal to her assist: 1 To plough the tide where wintry tempests roar ? ance. The story begun. Retrospect of the former part of the voyage. The ship arrives at Candia.

Or shall a youth approach their hallow'd fane, Ancient state of that island. Present state of the Stranger to Phæbus, and the tuneful train ?adjacent isles of Greece. The season of the year. / Far from the Muses' academic grove, Character of the master and his officers. Story of 'Twas his the vast and trackless deep to rove Palemon and Anna. Evening described. Midnight. Alternate change of climates has he known, The ship weighs anchor, and departs from the haven. And felt the fierce extremes of either zone; State of the weather. Morning. Situation of the

Where polar skies congeal th' eternal snow, neighbouring shores. Operation of taking the sun'e azimuth. Description of the vessel as seen from the

Or equinoctial suns for ever glow land,

Smote by the freezing or the scorching blast,

“ A ship-boy on the high and giddy mast,"'* The scene is near the city of Candia ; and the time about four days

From regions where Peruvian billows roar, and a half.

To the bleak coast of savage Labrador. WHILE jarring interests wake the world to arms, From where Damascus, pride of Asian plains ! And fright the peaceful vale with dire alarms; Stoops her proud neck beneath tyrannic chains, While Ocean hears vindictive thunders roll, | To where the isthmus,t laved by adverse tides, Along his trembling wave, from pole to pole ; Atlantic and Pacific seas divides. Sick of the scene, where war, with ruthless hand. But, while he measured o'er the painful race, Spreads desolation o'er the bleeding land;

In Fortune's wild illimitable chase, Sick of the tumult, where the trumpet's breath Adversity, companion of his way! Bids ruin smile, and drowns the groan of death! Still o'er the victim hung with iron sway; "Tis mine, retired beneath this cavern hoar, Bade new distresses every instant grow, That stands all lonely on the sea-beat shore, Marking each change of place with change of wo Far other themes of deep distress to sing

In regions where th' Almighty's chastening hand Than ever trembled from the vocal string.

With livid pestilence afflicts the land; No pomp of battle swells th' exalted strain, Or where palo famine blasts the hopeful year, Nor gleaming arms ring dreadful on the plain : Parent of want and misery severe; But, o'er the scene while pale Remembrance weeps, Or where, all dreadful in ih' embattled line, Fate with fell triumph rides upon the deeps, The hostile ships in flaming combat join : Here hostile elements tumultuous rise,

Where the torn vessel, wind and wave assail, And lawless floods rebel against the skies ;

Till o'er her crew distress and death prevailTill hope expires, and peril and dismay

Where'er he wander'd thus vindictive Fate Wave their black ensigns on the watery way. Pursued his weary steps with lasting hate!

Immortal train, who guide the maze of song, Roused by her mandate, storms of black array To whom all science, arts, and arms belong; Winter'd the morn of life's advancing day; Who bid the trumpet of eternal fame

Relax'd the sinews of the living lyre, Exalt the warrior's and the poet's name!

And quench'd the kindling spark of vital fire.-If e'er with trembling hope I fondly stray'd

Thus while forgotten or unknown he woos, In life's fair morn beneath your hallow'd shade,

| What hope to win the coy, reluctant Muse ? To hear the sweetly-mournful lute complain, Then let not Censure, with malignant joy, And melt the heart with ecstasy of pain ;

The harvest of his humble hope destroy ! Ur listen, while th' enchanting voice of love,

His verse no laurel wreath attempts to claim, While all Elysium warbled through the grove;

Nor sculptur'd brass to tell the poet's name. O! by the hollow blast that moans around,

| 1f terms uncouth, and jarring phrases, wound That sweeps the wild harp with a plaintive sound ; | The softer sense with inharmonious sound. By the long surge that foams through yonder cave, Whose vaults remurmur to the roaring wave;

* Shakspeare.


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