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We had not been assembled here,
Rejoicing in a father's sway.
And even the days ourselves have known
Alike the moral truth impress, Valour and constancy alone
Can purchase peace and happiness. Then hail! memorial of the brave,
The liegeman's pride, the Border's awe; May thy grey pennon never wave
O’er sterner field than Carterhaugh!
A WIDOW'S WAIL.
One of my early songs, made so long ago that my mind retains no remembrance of the time, but I see it was published in the Forest Minstrel in 1810, and several times since, with some slight alterations. It is sung to the air of “ Gilderoy,” but never was set to music.
O thou art lovely yet, my boy,
Even in thy winding-sheet;
An' features calm an' sweet!
That we shall meet again,
An' left me here alane!
Aye we sat, and aye we sigh’d,
For there was ane my arm within ; Aye the restless stream we eyed,
And heard its soft and soothing din. The sun had sought Glen-Lyon’s glade,
Forth peer'd the e'ening's modest gem, An' every little cloud that stray'd,
Look'd gaudy in its gouden hem.
The playful breeze across the plain
Brought far the woodlark's wooer tale, An' play'd along the mellow grain
In mimic waves adown the dale. I saw the drops of dew so clear
Upon the green leaf trembling lie, But sweeter far the crystal tear
That trembled in a lovely eye,
When lovers meet, 'tis to the mind
The spring-flush o' the blooming year; But their parting leaves behind
Something to memory ever dear!
On Ettrick's fairy banks at eve,
Though music melts the breeze away, The gloamin' fall could never leave
A glow like that by Highland Tay.
I tauld ye ear', I tauld ye late,
That lassie wad trapan ye, 0; An' ilka word ye boud to say
When left alane wi' Annie, O!
Or beauty's tongue will ban ye, 0,
He'll no wake wi' Annie, O,
Sae thraward an' uncanny, O!
The night it was a simmer night,
An' oh the glen was lanely, 0 ! For just ae sternie's gowden ee Peep'd o'er the hill serenely, 0.
, 0. The twa are in the flow'ry heath,
Ayont the muir sae flowy, 0,
An' wasna that right dowie, O?