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And thus I'll hush my heart to rest,-
Thou shalt no more be wildly blest,
DESIGNED FOR A MONUMENT IN LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL,
AMID these aisles, where once his precepts show'd
For him, for them, a Daughter bade it rise,
Still wouldst thou know why o'er the marble spread,
[Edinburgh Annual Register, 1809.]
THE RETURN TO ULSTER.
ONCE again, but how changed since my wand'rings began
I have heard the deep voice of the Lagan and Bann,
That flow'd when these echoes first mix'd with my strain?
It was then that around me, though poor and unknown,
I had heard of our bards, and my soul was on fire
Ultonia's old heroes awoke at the call,
And renew'd the wild pomp of the chase and the hall; And the standard of Fion flash'd fierce from on high; Like a burst of the sun when the tempest is nigh.2
[First published in Mr. G. Thompson's Collection of Irish Airs. 1816.]
2 In ancient Irish poetry, the standard of Fion, or Fingal, is called the Sun-burst, an epithet feebly rendered by the Sun-beam of Macpherson.
It seem'd that the harp of green Erin once more
They were days of delusion, and cannot return.
But was she, too, a phantom, the Maid who stood by,
Oh! would it had been so,- not then this
And restore me the dream of my spring-tide again."
MASSACRE OF GLENCOE,
“O TELL me, Harper, wherefore flow
Where none may list their melody?
[The following succinct account of this too celebrated event, may be sufficient for this place:
"In the beginning of the year 1692, an action of unexampled barbarity disgraced the government of King William III. in Scotland. In the August preceding, a proclamation had been issued, offering an indemnity to such insurgents as should take the oaths to the King and Queen, on or before the last day of December; and the chiefs of such tribes as had been in arms for James, soon after took advantage of the proclamation. But Macdonald of Glencoe was prevented by accident, rather than design, from tendering his submission within the limited time. In the end of December he went to Colonel Hill, who commanded the garrison in Fort William, to take the oaths of allegiance to the government; and the latter having furnished him with a letter to Sir Colin Campbell, Sheriff of the county of Argyll, directed him to repair immediately to Inverary, to make his submission in a legal manner before that magistrate. But the way to Inverary lay through almost impassable mountains, the season was extremely rigorous, and the whole country was covered with a deep snow. So eager, however, was Macdonald to take the oaths before the limited time should expire, that, though the road lay within half 1 [First published in Thomson's Select Melodies, 1814.]
Say, harp'st thou to the mists that fiy,
Or to the eagle that from high
Screams chorus to thy minstrelsy?"
a mile of his own house, he stopped not to visit his family, and, after various obstructions, arrived at Inverary. The time had elapsed, and the Sheriff hesitated to receive his submission; but Macdonald prevailed by his importunities, and even tears, in inducing that functionary to administer to him the oath of allegiance, and to certify the cause of his delay. At this time Sir John Dalrymple, afterwards Earl of Stair, being in attendance upon William as Secretary of State for Scotland, took advantage of Macdonald's neglecting to take the oath within the time prescribed, and procured from the King a warrant of military execution against that chief and his whole clan. This was done at the instigation of the Earl of Breadalbane, whose lands the Glencoe men had plundered, and whose treachery to government in negotiating with the Highland clans, Macdonald himself had exposed. The King was accordingly persuaded that Glencoe was the main obstacle to the pacification of the Highlands; and the fact of the unfortunate chief's submission having been concealed, the sanguinary orders for proceeding to military execution against his clan were in consequence obtained. The warrant was both signed and countersigned by the King's own hand, and the Secretary urged the officers who commanded in the Highlands to execute their orders with the utmost rigour. Campbell of Glenlyon, a captain in Argyll's regiment, and two subalterns, were ordered to repair to Glencoe on the first of February with a hundred and twenty men. Campbell being uncle to young Macdonald's wife, was received by the father with all manner of friendship and hospitality. The men were lodged at free quarters in the houses of his tenants, and received the kindest entertainment. Till the 13th of the month the troops lived in the utmost harmony and familiarity with the people; and on the very night of the massacre, the officers passed the evening at cards in Macdonald's house. In the night, Lieutenant Lindsay, with a party of soldiers, called in a friendly manner at his door, and was