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Then homeward all take off their several way;

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

And proffer up to Heaven the warm request, That He who stills the raven's clamorous nest,

And decks the lily fair in flowery pride, Would, in the way his wisdom sees the best,

For them and for their little ones provide; But chiefly in their hearts with

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divine preside.

From scenes like these old Scotia’s grandeur springs,

That makes her loved at home, revered abroad. Princes and lords are but the breath of kings:

“ An honest man's the noblest work of God.” And certes, in fair Virtue's heavenly road,

The cottage leaves the palace far behind: What is a loruling's pomp? a cumbrous load,

Disguising oft the wretch of human kind, Studied in arts of hell, in wickedness refined !

O Scotia, my dear, my native soil,

For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent ! Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil

Be blessed with health and peace, and sweet content! And, oh, may Heaven their simple lives prevent

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

A virtuous populace may rise the while, And stand, a wall of fire, around their much-loved isle.

O Thou who poured the patriotic tide

That streamed through Wallace's undaunted heart, Who dared to nobly stem tyrannic pride,

Or nobly die, the second glorious part ! (The patriot's God peculiarly thou art,

His friend, inspirer, guardian, and reward :)
Oh! never, never, Scotia's realm desert;

But still the patriot and the patriot-bard
In bright succession raise, her ornament and guard !

TO A MOUNTAIN DAISY,

ON TURNING ONE DOWN WITH THE PLOW IN APRIL, 1786.

WEE, modest, crimson-tipped flower,
Thou's met me in an evil hour;
For I maun crush amang the stoure

Thy slender stem:
To spare thee now is past my power,

Thou bonnie gem.

Alas! it's no thy neebor sweet,
The bonnie lark, companion meet,
Bending thee 'mang the dewy wect,

Wi' speckled breast,
When upward springing, blythe, to greet

The purpling east.
Cauld blew the bitter-biting north
Upon thy early, humble birth :
Yet cheerfully thou glinted forth

Amid the storm;
Scarce reared above the parent-earth

Thy tender form.
The flaunting flowers our gardens yield,
High sheltering woods and wa’s maun shield ;
But thou, beneath the random bield

O'clod or stane,
Adorns the histie stibble-field,

Unseen, alane.
There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
Thy snawie bosom sunward spread,
Thou lifts thy unasuming head

In humble guise;
But now the share uptears thy bed,

And low thou lies !
Such is the fate of artless maid,
Sweet floweret of the rural shade,
By love's simplicity betrayed,

And guileless trust; Till she, like thee, all soiled, is laid

Low i' the dust.

Such is the fate of simple bard
On Life's rough ocean luckless starred :
Unskillful he to note the card

Of prudent lore,
Till billows rage, and gales blow hard,

And whelm him o'er.

Such fate to suffering worth is given,
Who long with wants and woes has striven,
By human pride or cunning driven

To misery's brink;
Till, wrenched of every stay but Heaven,

He, ruined, sink.
E’en thou who mourn'st the daisy's fate,
That fate is thine, - no distant date:
Stern Ruin's plowshare drives, elate,

Full on thy bloom,
Till crushed beneath the furrow's weight

Shall be thy doom!

DISTINGUISHED POETS AND DRAJATISTS.

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TO MARY IN IIEAVEN.

Thou lingering star with lessening ray,

That lov'st to greet the early morn,
Again thou usher’st in the day

My Mary from my soul was torn.
O Mary, dear departed shade!

Where is thy place of blissful rest ?
Seest thou thy lover lowly laid ?

Hear’st thou the groans that rend his breast ?
That sacred hour can I forget,

Can I forget the hallowed grove,
Where by the winding Ayr we met

To live one day of parting love?
Eternity can not efface

Those records dear of transports past :
Thy image at our last embrace !

Ah, little thought we 'twas our last !
Ayr, gurgling, kissed his pebbled shore,

O’erhung with wild woods, thickening green;
The fragrant birch and hawthorn hoar

Twined amorous round the raptured scene ;
The flowers sprang wanton to be prest;

The birds sang love on every spray ;
Till too, too soon, the glowing west

Proclaimed the speed of winged day.
Still o'er these scenes my memory wakes,

And fondly broods with miser care:
Time but the impression deeper makes,

As streams their channels deeper wear.
My Mary, dear departed shade!

Where is thy place of blissful rest?
Seest thou thy lover lowly laid ?

Hear’st thou the groans that rend his breast ?

DISTINGUISHED POETS AND DRAMATISTS.

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GEORGE CRABBE. — 1754-1832. “ The Library,” “ The Village," "The Newspaper,” “ The Parish Register," “ The Boroughi," “ Tales of the Hall.”

THOMAS MOORE. - 1779-1852. Celebrated for his “Irish Melodies,” “Lalla Rookli, · The Fudge Family in Paris,” and “ The Epicure m."

SAMUEL ROGERS. — 1763 -1855. The benevolent London banker and poet. “ The Pleasures of Vemory,' Columbus,'' “Human Life,” and “ Italy.”

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JAMES Hogg (the Ettrick Shepherd). — 1770-1835. “ The Queen's Wake,” “Madoc of the Moor,” “ l'he Pilgriins of the Sun;” other poems, and several novels.

JAMES MONTGOMERY. - 1771-1854. Greenland," 66 The Pelican Island," “ The Wanderer in Switzerland,” “ The West Indies," “ Prison Amusements," “ The World before the Flood,” and other poems. FELICIA HEMANS. -- 1793-1835. “The Forest Sanctuary,"

66 The Voice of Spring,” *** The Graves of a Household,” “ The Palm-Tree," “ The Sunbeam,” and many popular pieces; “ The Vespers of Palermo,” a tragedy.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY. 1792-1822. Queen Mab," Alastor," The Revolt of Islam,” “ Prometheus Unbound," “ The Cenci,” “ The Cloud," “ The Skylark,” and “ The Sensitive Plant,” are full of beauty of thought and expression. John Keats. - 1795-1820. “ Endymion,” Hyperion,” “ Lamia,”

," " Isabella,” and “The Eve of St. Agnes.” A young poet of high promise.

HENRY KIRKE WHITE. 1785–1806. A volume of poems.

LEIGH Hunt. — 1784 -1859. Genial and graceful poet and critic. A Story of Rimini,” " " The Palfrey,

A Legend of Florence;" essays, sketches, and memoirs. REGINALD HEBER. - 1783-1826. “Palestine;" “ Europe, or Lines

on the Present War;” liymi, “ From Greenland's Icy Mountains."

ROBERT TANNAHILL. - 1774 -1810. Some Scottish songs.

HANNAH MORE. 1745 -1833. “ The Inflexible Captive,”.. “Percy," and “ The Fatal Falsehood,” tragedies ; “ Celebs in Search of a Wife; ” and many other popular tales and prose works.

RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN. — 1751-1816. Dramatist, orator, and statesman. “ The School for Scandal;” “ The Critic,” a farce; “ Speech in Trial of Warren Hastings."

Joanna BAILLIE. – 1762-1851. Several volumes of plays, minor poems, and songs, among which are “ De Montfort” and “ Count Basil.”

MICHAEL BRUCE. — 1746-1767. “Lochleven," " An Elegy written in Spring."
Sir WILLIAM JONES. — 1746-1794. “Song of Hafiz," " Hindoo Wife.”
Join Logan. — 1748-1788. “ The Cuckoo," “ The Country in Autumn,”
Rumymede.”

ROBERT FERGUSON. - 1751-1774. “Guid Braid Claith,” “To the Tron Kirk Bell."

WILLIAM GIFFORD. — 1756 -1826. “ The Bæviad," " The Mæviad;” editor of “The Quarterly."

WILLIAM SOTHEBY. — 1757-1833. “ Orestes," “ Saul,” “ Italy;" translations from Wieland, Virgil, Homer.

WILLIAM L. Bowles. 1762-1850. Sonnets," Sorrows of Switzerland,” “Missionary of the Andes."

JAMES GRAHAME. — 1765 -1811. “ The Sabbath;” “Mary, Queen of Scots."

ROBERT BLOOMFIELD. — 1766 -1823. “ The Farmer's Boy,” “Rural Tales,” “Mayday with the Muses."

J. HOOKHAM FRERE. 1769-1846. “Most Interesting Particulars relating to King Arthur, by the Brothers Whistlecraft.”

Hon. WILLIAM R. SPENCER. — 1770-1834. “Beth Gelert," and minor poems; translator of “ Lenore."

MARY TIGHE. – 1773-1810. “ Psyche, in six cantos.”

Johx LEYDEN. - 1775-1811. “Scenes of Infancy," “ The Mermaid,” “ Ode to a Gold Chain."

JAMES and HORACE SMITH. - 1775-1839. Rejected Addresses.”

GEORGE CROLY. – 1780-1860. “ Paris in 1815," Angel of the World," “ Catiline,” “ Salathiel."

Allax CUNNING ILAN. — 1784-1842. “Scottish Songs," " Sir Marmaduke Maxwell,” “ The Maid of Elvan,” “Life of Wilkie."

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William TENNANT. - 1783-1848. “Anster Fair," " Thane of Fife," “ Dinging Down of the Cathedral."

EBENEZER ELLIOTT. -1781-1749. " Corn-law Rhymes.”

Richard BARUAM. — 1788-1845. “ Ingoldsby Legends," "My Cousin Nicholas."

Jony KEBLE. – 1790. " The Christian Year.”

CHARLES WOLFE. 1791-1823. “ B:vrial of Sir John Moore," “ Jugurt) in Prison."

ROBERT POLLOK. - 1799-1827. “ The Course of Time."

RICHARD CUMBERLAND. — 1732-1811. “ The West-Indian,” “ The Wheel of Fortune." GEORGE COLMAN. —

- 1733-1794. “ The Jealous Wife," “ The Clandestine Marriage.

THOMAS HOLCROFT. - 1745 -1809. “ The Road to Ruin,” “ The · Deserted Daughter."

GEORGE COLMAN the Younger. — 1762-1836. “ Jolin Bull,” “ Heir-at-Law," “Poor Gentleman, " " Newcastle Apothecary," " Lodgings for Single Gentlemen.” CHARLES R. MATURIN. - Died in 1824. Bertram," a tragedy;

" Womeu."

EDMUND BURKE.

1751-1797.

One of the first of English orators and statesmen, author of the celebrated “Essay on the Sublime and Beautiful,” Reflections on the Revolution in France," and other essays and orations.

CHARACTER OF JUNIUS.

WHERE, Mr. Speaker, shall we look for the origin of this relaxation of the laws and of all government ? How comes this Junius to have broken through the cobwebs of the law, and to range uncontrolled, unpunished, through the land ? The myrmidons of the court have been long, and are still, pursuing him in vain. They will not spend their time upon me or you: no! they disdain such vermin when the mighty boar of the forest, that has broken through all their toils, is before them. But what will all their efforts avail? No sooner has he wounded one than he lays down another dead at his feet. For my part, when I saw his attack upon the king, I own my blood ran cold. I thought he had ventured too far, and that there was an end of his triumphs. Not that he had not asserted many truths: yes, sir, there are in that composition many bold truths by which a wise prince might profit. But, whil" I expected from this daring flight his final ruin and fall, belold him rising still higher, and coming down souse upon both Houses of Parliament! Yes, he did make you his

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