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Ye surely have not slain him?' added the old white-bearded Ket Khodah he, suddenly fixing his frowning eye of the last Armenian village we plunupon them. God forbid !--no, by dered, throwing himself before my the head of the Prophet !-no, by the horse's feet, and beseeching me to Khan's salt !' burst forth the whole spare his grey hairs; and there was attendants in reply, greatly relieved something in the old man's look that as to the object of their Lord's ur- troubled me-my liver melted withgency, and now, on their own ac- in me like water, and strongly checkcounts, wishing for the youth's re- ing my horse, he bounded to one turn. “ Then let every one of my side, and the old man was saved. people set off this moment in search Suddenly his form altered in my of him,' said the Khan; 'nor let sight, he wore long floating garments, them return till they bring him.'- and his countenance assumed a grave And accordingly the tent was soon and noble, yet not unpleasing aspect. eleared, and every one sallied forth « The Khan has done well,' said he, to hunt for poor Gregoor.

the mercy he has shewn he shall !. "By this time the physicians, hear- find ;' and I found my heart soften in ing of the great man's unexpected that moment, and the pangs that had recovery, had all come back to offer

so long gnawed my vitals experientheir congratulations on this fortu- ced a momentary relief. But the nate event, hinting at the same time whole scene had passed away, and I at their own great merit, and the was lying in this very tent with all handsome reward they expected for my attendants sleeping around my it... May your fathers all be well couch; and I tried to awaken them, roasted, ye cousins of an ass ! cried but they would not hear me, when the Khan, whose strength and ener- the same venerable person entered, gy appeared hourly to revive. This accompanied by the Armenian youth is no dish of your cooking—I'll eat Gregoor, who held in his hand a small all you have in this matter any day basket of twigs. Chief,' said the of the Ramazaun, and never break former, addressing me, while every my fast. Away with your long beards, one around still slept profoundly, big bellies, and empty heads !-your "behold, thy heart has been touched; long yellow faces make me sick- -unworthy though thou art, thou hast

Hearken,' continued tasted the mercy of the Omnipotent, he to a few of his favourites, when the who sends by the hands of his serapartment had been cleared of intru- vant the remedy which will heal thy ders- I will tell you how it all came bodily ailments--take heed that thy about. Those wise heads thought that mind partake the cure--beware that all was overwith me --and bad enough thou turn not good to evil-a blesstruly matters were. I heard what they ing to a curse. Abandon thy evil said about the ice-worm, while they ways devote the life which has believed me to be insensible, although been granted thee, to repairing the well did I know that mortal hands evil thou hast already committed, would never bring it from the old rather than to increasing it-perseDaugh, yonder. Soon after, my head cute no more my people the Armebegun to spin round and simmer nians-set free the captives thou like a boiling pot-and wild fancies hast taken-rebuild the villages thou passed through my seething brain. hast burned, and, to the youth who Sometimes I was among ice and freely risked his life to preserve snow, sometimes in flames and fire. thine, restore what thou hast taken Then again I was upon my old war- -dismiss him and his wife with horse, careering forward at a fearful blessings and with benefits -- for rate, along with a whole troop of know that to his zeal thou owest thy fiendish-looking riders, trampling life.-Dost thou promise all this? and cutting down thousands of these I need scarcely say, friends, that I miserable Armenians, while our very gave the promise in ready and in foot-tramps set their villages on fire. earnest terms. There was a terrible hurly-burly- “ The old man then turning to the and my whirling head was like to young man, took from his basket a burst with pain from the heat of the wonderful creature-how shall I deburning houses; at last, out rushed scribe it ?-it resembled a serpent of


pure ice, its very look was chilling; got his promise to the old saint. Not and as it moved to and fro with a only did he restore to the youth his quick wavering motion, I felt its wife, and loaded them with presents, power in every vein. He stooped but he set all his Armenian captives over my bed, and taking the crea at liberty, restored the plunder tature, which lay passive in his grasp, ken, rebuilt the burnt villages, and wound it like a fillet round my head. made good their losses to the inhaThe touch was magical-in a mo- bitants; in fine, until the day of his ment all the burning heat and rest- death, Doozd Mahomed Khan beless confusion were gone, and gave came the patron and protector of the place to a thrill of delicious calm, very district and people, whom bethe more enchanting from my long fore this singular event he had bitprevious sufferings. Thou art heal- terly

persecuted. ed, and at peace,' said the aged man, “ Thus, agas, you see that there ' and the continuance of that peace is truth in what has always been told rests with thyself—the delicious cool- of the terrors of old Agri-Daugh, and ness which the touch of this pure the impossibility of reaching his sumcreature sheds over a repentant mit, when even the good Gregoor heart, will turn to fiercer tortures failed, after encountering such territhan yet thou hast experienced, if ble danger. You smile, as if you thy vows are ever broken-be vir- had still doubts ?--Ah, well, agas, tuous and be happy. With these you are not the first Frank sahebs, * words my aged physician and his who have expressed this strange incompanion vanished from my sight, credulity after they had heard this and a deep sleep, came over my very story. I even remember onesenses, until I awoke just now, re may God forgive him! who ventustored, as you all see, to health. And red to hint a doubt of the Armenian now, my friends, you will compre- youth having ever gone further than hend the cause of my solicitude for the cave of the recluse; that all the the young man's safety-God grant rest was merely a dream proceeding that no evil may have befallen him!' from an over-excited imagination,

“ Agas, the Khan's fears were soon and that the Khan's recovery from dissipated; for while he was yet his fever was more attributable to speaking, a bustle at the tent-door the cold applications of the despised announced an arrival, and the attend- physicians, than to this wonderful ants entered, bringing in Gregoor, ice-worm - La-illah-il-allah! Some who had been met on his return close people can never be convinced ! But to the camp by those who were sent come-we are late ; and behold, yonto seek him. I scarce need assure der are the walls of the castle shiyou, that the Khan, taught by his ning in the moonlight-Let us push sufferings and his dream, never for forward."





When I stood beneath the fresh green tree,
And saw around me the wide field revive
With fruits and fertile promise, and the Spring
Come forth her work of gladness to contrive,
With all her reckless birds upon the wing,
I turn'd from all she brought to all she could not bring.


« We return-we return-we return no more!”
-So comes the song to the mountain-shore,
From those that are leaving their Highland home,
For a world far over the blue sea's foam :
“ We return no more !” and through cave and dell
Mournfully wanders that wild Farewell.

“ We return_We return--we return no more !"
So breathe sad voices our spirits o'er,
Murmuring up from the depths of the heart,
W! lovely things with their light depart;
And the inborn sound hath a prophet's tone,
And we feel that a joy is for ever gone.
" We return-We return-we return no more !"
- Is it heard when the days of flowers are o'er ?
When the passionate soul of the night-bird's lay
Hath died from the summer woods away?
When the glory from sunset's robe hath pass'd,
Or the leaves are borne on the rushing blast ?

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No! it is not the rose that returns no more;
A breath of spring shall its bloom restore ;
And it is not the voice that o'erflows the bowers
With a stream of love through the starry hours;
Nor is it the crimson of sunset-hues,
Nor the frail flush'd leaves which the wild wind strews.

« We return-we return-we return no more !"
--Doth the bird sing thus from a brighter shore ?
Those wings, that follow the southern breeze,
Float they not homeward o'er vernal seas ?
Yes! from the lands of the vine and palm,
They come, with the sunshine, when waves grow calm.
“ But we-We return-we return no more !"
The heart's young dreams when their spring is o'er ;
The love it hath pour'd so freely forth,
The boundless trust in ideal worth;
The faith in affection-deep, fond, yet vain-
- These are the Lost that return not again!

* “ Ha til ha til ha til mi tulidle"We returnWe return-we return no more,—the burden of the Highland song of emigration.




On a fine summer evening, about with the other ; but his neighbour the beginning of July, on a year was sullen andretired, seldom speakwhich must have been about the lat- ing, and as seldom looking one in the ter end of the reign of Queen Anne, face. Scott had at first a confused or some years subsequent to that, recollection of having seen him, but as Adam Scott, farmer of Kildouglas, in what circumstances he could not was sitting in a small public-house remember, and he soon gave up the on North Tyne, refreshing himself idea as a false one. on brown bread and English beer, They mounted at length, and there and his hungry horse tearing up the being no path up the North Tyne grass about the kail-yard dike, he then, nor till very lately, their way was accosted by a tall ungainly fel- layover ridges and moors, and low, who entered the hut, and in the sometimes by the margin of the wild broadest Northumberland tongue, river. The tall man had been very enquired if he was bound for Scot- communicative, and frankly told land. “ What gars ye speer that, an Scott that they were going into Scotit be your will ?" said Scott, with the land to try to purchase sheep and characteristic caution of his country- cattle, where they expected to get

them for next to nothing, and that “ Because a neighbour and I are they had brought gold with them for agoing that way to-night,” said the that purpose. This led on Scott to stranger, “ and we knaw neything tell him of his own adventures in at all about the rwoad; and mwore that line. He had come to Stagshaw than that, we carry soomthing rey- bank fair, the only market then for ther ower valuable to risk the lo Scots sheep and cattle in the north sing of; and as we saw your horse of England, with a great number of rooging and reyving with the saddle sheep for sale, but finding no demand, on him, I made bould to call, think he bought up all the sheep from his ing you might direct us on this countrymen for which he could get coorsed rwoad.”

credit, and drove on to the York“ An' what will you gie me if I shire markets, where he hawked guide you safely into Scotland, an' them off in the best manner he could, set ye aince mair upon a hee road ?” and was now in fact returning to said Scott.

Scotland literally laden with money Woy, man, we'll give thee as to pay his obligations. mooch bread as thou canst eat, and After this communication, the tall as mooch beer as thou canst drink man always rode before Adam Scott, and mwore we cannot have in this and the short thick-set sullen felmoorland,” said the man.

low behind him, a position which, “ It is a fair offer,” said Adam the moment it was altered, was reScott;“ but I'll no pit ye to that ex sumed, and at which Scott began to pense, as I am gaun o'er the fells the be a little uneasy. It was still light, night at ony rate; sae, if ye'll wait though wearing late, for there is little my bijune, for my horse is plaguit night at that season, when the travelweary, and amaist jaded to death, lers came to a wild glen called Bell's then we shall ride thegither, and I Burn, a considerable way on the ken the country weel; but road ye English side of the Border. The tall will find nane.

man was still riding before, and The two men then fastened their siderably a-head, and as he was horses, and came in and joined Scott; mounting the ridge on the north side so they called for ale, drank one an of Bell's Burn, Adam Scott turned other's healths at every pull, and off all at once to the right. The hinseemed quite delighted that they dermost man drew bridle on seeing were to travel in company. The tall this, and asked Scott, “Where now? man, who came in first, was loqua


lads. This way,” was cious and outspoken, though one the reply. part of his story often did not tally The tall man then fell a swearing

This way,

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that that could never be the road to ther touch the honest man nor his Liddisdale, to which he had promised horse as long as I can hinder thee, to accompany them.

and I thinks I should be as good a “ The straight road, honest man man as thee. Let us go all by the the straight road. Follow me,” said Fair-Lone, since it is so, and mayhap Scott.

Mr Jardine will take us all in for the The tall man then rode in before night.” him and said, “Whoy, man, thou'st Whoy, Bill, thou sayest true either drunk, or gone stooped with after all,” said the tall man succumbsleep, for wilt thou tell me that the ing; “ I'm a passionate fool; but a road up by Blakehope Shiel, and man cannot help his temper. I beg down the Burnmouth rigg, is nwot Mr Scwott's pardon, for I was in the the rwoad into Liddisdale ?"

wrong. Come, then, let us go by “Ay, man!-ay, man! How comes the Fair-Lone with one consent." this ?” said Scott. “ Sae it seems ye Scott was now grieved and ashamed are nae sic strangers to the road as of his jealousy and dread of the men's ye pretendit ? Weel, weel, since ye motives, and that moment, if they ken that road sae particularly weel, had again desired him to have acgang your gates, an' take that road. companied them over the fell, he For me, I'm gaun by the Fair-Lone, would have done it; but away they an' if Willie Jardine's at hame, I'll all rode on the road towards the no gang muckle farther the night." Fair-Lone, the tall man before as

“ The devil of such a rwoad thou uşual, Adam Scott in the middle, and shalt go, friend, let me tell thee the gruff but friendly fellow behind. that,” said the tall fellow, offering to They had not rode above five milay hold of Scott's bridle. “ It is of nutes in this way, Scott being quite the greatest consequence to us to reassured of the integrity of his comget safely over the fell, and since panions, perfectly at his ease, and we have put ourselves under thuyne setting them ride and approach him care, thou shalt either go with us, or as they listed, when the hindermost do worse.”

man struck him over the crown with “ Dare not for your soul to lay a loaded whip such a tremendous your hand on my bridle, sir," said blow as would have felled an ox, yet, Scott; “ for, if you touch either my as circumstances happened to be, it horse or myself but with one of your had not much effect on the bullet fingers, I'll give you a mark to know head of Adam Scott. When the man you by." The other swore by a made the blow, his horse started terrible oath that he would touch and wheeled, and Scott, with a reaboth him and it if he would not act diness scarcely natural to our counreasonably, and seized the horse trymen, the moment that he received rudely by the bridle. Scott threw the blow, knocked down the forehimself from his horse in a moment, most rider, who fell from his horse and prepared for action, for his horse like lead. The short stout man had was stiff and unwieldy; and he durst by this time brought round his horse, not trust himself on his back between and Adam Scott and he struck each two others, both horses of mettle. other at the same moment. At this He was armed with a cudgel alone, stroke he cut Adam's cheek and and as his strength and courage were temple very sore; and Adam in reunequalled at that time, there is turn brought down his horse, which little doubt that the tall Englishman fell to the earth with a groan. A would have come down, had not the desperate combat now ensued, the other, at the moment the bridle was Englishman with his long loaded seized, rushed forward and seized whip, and the Scott with his thorn his companion by the arm“ Fool! staff. At the second or third stroke, madman !” cried he; “ What do you Adam Scott knocked off his antagomean? has not the honest man a nist's wig, and then at once knew right to go


way he pleases, and him for a highwayman, or common what business have you to stop him ? robber and murderer, whom he had Thou wert a rash idiot all the days seen at his trials both at Carlisle and of thy life, and thou wilt die one, or Jeddart. This incidentopened Scott's be hangit for thy mad pranks. Let eyes to the sort of company he had go !--for here, I swear, thou shalt nei- fållen into, and despising the rogue's

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