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11.-LOCHIEL'S WARNING.

1803. WIZARD-LOCHIEL.

WIZARD, LWhenehe Lochiedebeware of the day

When the Lowlands shall meet thee in battle array! For a field of the dead rushes red on my sight, And the clans of Culloden are scatter'd in fight. They rally, they bleed, for their kingdom and crown; Woe, woe to the riders that trample them down! Proud Cumberland prances, insulting the slain, And their hoof-beaten bosoms are trod to the plain, But hark! through the fast-flashing lightning of war, What steed to the desert flies frantic and far ? 'Tis thine, O Glenullin ! whose bride shall await, Like a love-lighted watch-fire, all night at the gate. A steed comes at morning : no rider is there; But its bridle is red with the signs of despair. Weep, Albin! to death and captivity led ! Oh weep! but thy tears cannot number the dead; For a merciless sword on Culloden shall wave, Culloden ! that reeks with the blood of the brave.

LOCHIEL. Go, preach to the coward, thou death-telling seer! Or, if gory Culloden so dreadful appear, Draw, dotard, around thy old wavering sight, This mantle, to cover the phantoms of fright.

WIZARD. Hal laugh’st thou, Lochiel, my vision to scorn ? Proud bird of the mountain, thy plume shall be torn! Say, rush'd the bold eagle exultingly forth, From his home, in the dark-rolling clouds of the north?

Lo! the death-shot of foemen outspeeding, he rode
Companionless, bearing destruction abroad;
But down let him stoop from his havoc on high!
Ah! home let him speed, -for the spoiler is nigh!
Why flames the far summit ? Why shoot to the blast
Those embers, like stars from the firmament cast ?
'Tis the fire-shower of ruin, all dreadfully driven
From his eyrie, that beacons the darkness of heaven.
Oh, crested Lochiel ! the peerless in might,
Whose banners arise on the battlements' height,
Heaven's fire is around thee, to blast and to burn;
Return to thy dwelling! all lonely return!
For the blackness of ashes shall mark where it stood,
And a wild mother scream o'er her famishing brood.

LOCHIEL.

False Wizard, avaunt! I have marshall’d my clan,
Their swords are a thousand, their bosoms are one!
They are true to the last of their blood and their breath,
And like reapers descend to the harvest of death.
Then welcome be Cumberland's steed to the shock !
Let him dash his proud foam like a wave on the rock!
But woe to his kindred, and woe to his cause,
When Albin her claymore indignantly draws;
When her bonneted chieftains to victory crowd,
Clanronald the dauntless, and Moray the proud,
All plaided and plumed in their tartan array-

WIZARD.
-Lochiel, Lochiel ! beware of the day;
For, dark and despairing, my sight I may seal,
But man cannot cover what God would reveal;
'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore,
And coming events cast their shadows before.

I tell thee, Culloden's dread echoes shall ring
With the bloodhounds that bark for thy fugitive king.
Lo! anointed by Heaven with the vials of wrath,
Behold where he flies on his desolate path !
Now in darkness and billows, he sweeps from my sight;
Rise, rise ! ye wild tempests, and cover his flight !
'Tis finished. Their thunders are hush'd on the moors;
Culloden is lost, and my country deplores.
But where is the iron-bound prisoner ? Where ?
For the red eye of battle is shut in despair.
Say, mounts he the ocean-wave, banish’d, forlorn,
Like a limb from his country cast bleeding and torn ?
Ah no! for a darker departure is near;
The war-drum is muffled, and black is the bier;
His death-bell is tolling: oh! mercy, dispel
Yon sight, that it freezes my spirit to tell !
Life flutters convulsed in his quivering limbs,
And his blood-streaming nostril in agony swims.
Accurs'd be the faggots that blaze at his feet,
Where his heart shall be thrown, ere it ceases to beat,
With the smoke of its ashes to poison the gale-

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LOCHIEL.

-Down, soothless insulter ! I trust not the tale: For never shall Albin a destiny meet, So black with dishonour, so foul with retreat. Though my perishing ranks should be strew'd in their gore, Like ocean-weeds heap'd on the surf-beaten shore, Lochiel, untainted by flight or by chains, While the kindling of life in his bosom remains, Shall victor exult, or in death be laid low, With his back to the field, and his feet to the foe ! And leaving in battle no blot on his name, Look proudly to heaven from the death-bed of fame.

IV.-THE SOLDIER'S DREAM.

UR bugles sang truce, for the night-cloud had lower'd,

And thousands had sunk on the ground overpower'd,

The weary to sleep and the wounded to die.

When reposing that night on my pallet of straw,

By the wolf-scaring faggot that guarded the slain; At the dead of the night a sweet vision I saw,

And thrice ere the morning I dreamt it again.

Methought from the battle-field's dreadful array,

Far, far I had roamed on a desolate track : 'Twas Autumn,-and sunshine arose on the way

To the home of my fathers, that welcomed me back.

I flew to the pleasant fields traversed so oft

In life's morning march, when my bosom was young; I heard my own mountain-goats bleating aloft,

And knew the sweet strain that the corn-reapers sung.

Then pledged we the wine-cup, and fondly I swore,

From my home and my weeping friends never to part; My little ones kiss'd me a thousand times o'er,

And my wife sobb'd aloud in her fulness of heart,

Stay, stay with us,-rest, thou art weary and worn!

And fain was their war-broken soldier to stay ;Put sorrow return'd with the dawning of morn,

And the voice in my dreaming ear melted away.

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V.-LORD ULLIN'S DAUGHTER.

1804. CHIEFTAIN, to the Highlands bound,

Cries, “Boatman, do not tarry ! And I'll give thee a silver pound

To row us o'er the ferry.”— “Now who be ye would cross Lochgyle,

This dark and stormy water ?” “O, I'm the chief of Ulva's isle,

And this Lord Ullin's daughter. "And fast before her father's men

Three days we've fled together; For should he find us in the glen,

My blood would stain the heather. “ His horsemen hard behind us ride;

Should they our steps discover, Then who will cheer my bonny bride

When they have slain her lover?”. Outspoke the hardy Highland wight,

“I'll go, my chief—I'm ready :It is not for your silver bright;

But for your winsome lady:
“And by my word ! the bonny bird

In danger shall not tarry ;
So though the waves are raging white,

I'll row you o'er the ferry.”-
By this the storm grew loud apace,

The water-wraith was shrieking;
And in the scowl of heaven each face

Grew dark as they were speaking.

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