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for have I trembled, when, at Tancred's stroke, Its gushing blood tlie gaping cypress pour'd! It
When each live plant with mortal accents spoke's
How have I sat, when pip'd the pensive wind,
Prevailing poet! whose undoubting mind
Hence, at each sound, imagination glows! .
Hence his warw lay with softest sweetness Hows!
Where'er Home dwells, on hill, or lowly moor,
Ta him I lose your kind protection lerd,
some striking Scottish superstitions omitted by Col:
They are the production of William Erskine, Esq. Advocate, and form a Continuation of the Ad. dress, by Collins, to the Author of Douglas, exhorting him to celebrate the traditions of Scotland. They originally appeared in the Edinburgh Magazine for April, 1788.
** Thy muse may telt, how, when at evening's close,
To meet her love beirtath her twilight shade,
In merry mood the village maiden goes,
Chanting some 'carol till her swain appears, With visage, deadly pale, in pensive guise,
Reneath a wither'd fir his form he rears ! Shrieking and sad, she bends her eiric flight,
When mid dire heaths, whero fits the taper blue,
The airy funeral meets her blasted view!
Where magpies scatter notes of presage wide,
The wraith, or spectral appearance, of a persoft stortly to die, is a firm article in the creed of Sco'tish superstition Nor is it unknown in our sister kingdom. See the beautiful Lady Diana Rich:--lubrey's Miscellanies, p. 89.
Some one shall tell, while tears in torrents flow,
" Let these sad strains to lighter sounds give place
Bid thy brisk viol warble measures gay !
Once more the Brownie shews his honest face.
sprite . Thou friend, thou lover of the lowly, hail, Tell, in what realms thou sport'st thy merry night,
Trail'st the long mop, or whirl'st the mimic flair.
While the tir'd damsel in Elysium sleeps,
Or lull the dame wbile mirth his vigils keeps ?
Thou ply'dst the kindly task in years of yore?
Spread in thy nightly cell of viand's store!!
"The Brownie formed a class of beings, distinct in habit and disposition from the freakish and misa chieyous elves. He was meagre, slaggy, and wild in his appearance. Thus, Clealand, in his satire against the Highlanders, compares them to ! 1 Faunes, or brownies, if ye will, die
Or satyrs come from Atlas hill,' 'licari '. In the day time, he lurked in remote recesses of the old houses which he delighted to haunt; and, in, the night, sedulously employed himself in discharg.
" Then wake (for well thou canst) that wondrous lay,
How, while around the thoughtless matrons sleep, Soft o'er the floor the treacherous fairies creep,
And bear the smiling intant far away :
ing any laborious task which he thought might be acceptable to the family, to whose service he had devoted himself. But, although, like Milton's lubber fiend, he loves to stretch himself by the fire,* he does not drudge from the hope of recompence. On the contrary, so delicate is his attachment, that the offer of reward,' but particularly of food, infallibly occasions his disappearance for ever !
*-how the drudging goblin sweat,
L'Allegro. • When the meniáls in a Scottish family protracted their vigils around the kitchen 'fire, Brownie, wcary of being excluded from the midnight hearth, sometimes appeared at the door, 'seemed to watch their departure, and thus admonisheď tliem"Gang a' to your beds, sirs, and dinna put out the wee grieshock (embers)." 1
1 . 5" )" 's It is told of a Brownie, who haunted a border family, now extinct, that the lady having fallen un.
How starts the nurse, when for lier lovely child,
She sees at dawn a gaping idiot stare!
And save the parents fond from fell despair!
When from their hilly dens, at midnight's hour,
expectedly in labour, and the servant who was or-
a border allen