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BY TUE AUTHOR OF « WAVERLY."
"Tis said that words and signs have power
Lay of the Last Minstrei
THREE VOLUMES IN TWO.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.
T. W. White, Printer,
CHAPTER I. “He could not deny, that, looking round upon the dreary region, and see ing nothing but bleak fields, and naked trees, hills obscured by fogs, and fats covered with inundations, he did for some time suffer melancholy to prevail upon him, and wished himself again safe at home.”
Travels of Will. Marvel, Idler, No. 49. It was in the beginning of the month of November, 174, when a young English gentleman, who had just left the university of Oxford, made use of the liberty afforded him to visit some parts of the north of England ; and curiosity extended his tour into the adjacent frontier of the sister country. He had visited, upon the day that opens our history, some monastic ruins in the county of Dumfries, and spent much of the day in making drawings of them from different points ; so that, upon mounting his horse to resume his journey, the brief and gloomy twilight of the season had already commenced. His way lay through a wide track of black moss, extending for miles on each side and before him. Little eminences arose like islands on its surface, bearing here and there patches of corn, which even at this season was green, and sometimes a hut, or farm-house, shaded by a willow or two, and surrounded by large elderbushes. These insulated dwellings communicated with each other by winding passages through the moss, impassable by any but the natives them