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Here, foaming down the shelvy rocks,
I am, although I say't mysel',
The sober laverock, warbling wild,
Would then my noble master please
This, too, a covert shall insure
To shield them from the storm; And coward maukin sleep secure,
The gowdspink, Music's gayest child, goldfinch Shall sweetly join the choir:
The blackbird strong, the lintwhite clear, linnet
Low in her grassy form. Here shall the shepherd make his seat, To weave his crown of flowers; Or find a sheltering safe retreat
From prone descending showers.
And here, by sweet endearing stealth,
The flowers shall vie in all their charms
Here haply too, at vernal dawn,
Some musing bard may stray,
Mild-chequering through the trees,
Let lofty firs, and ashes cool,
Let fragrant birks in woodbines drest
And, for the little songster's nest,
So may old Scotia's darling hope,
Spring, like their fathers, up to prop
So may, through Albion's farthest ken,
The grace be-"Athole's honest men,
WRITTEN WHILE STANDING BY THE FALL OF FYERS, NEAR LOCH NESS.
AMONG the heathy hills and ragged woods,
As high in air the bursting torrents flow,
Prone down the rock the whitening sheet de
And viewless Echo's ear, astonished, rends.
Dim seen, through rising mists and ceaseless
The hoary cavern, wide surrounding, lowers; Still through the gap the struggling river toils, And still below, the horrid caldron boils
Designed to be sung to Morag, a Highland tune, of which Burns was extremely fond. CURRIE.
Spicy forests, ever gay,
Helpless wretches sold to toil,
STREAMS that glide in Orient plains,
Glowing here on golden sands,
From tyranny's empurpled bands ;
Bent on, slaughter, blood, and spoil;
I leave the tyrant and the slave;
Wildly here, without control,
She plants the forest, pours the flood.
THE BONNY LASS OF ALBANY.
TUNE- Mary's Dream.
Journeying through the Highlands with a Jacobite companion, Burns could not but feel a little more enthusiastic than he generally did regarding the memory of the Stuarts. His visit to the natal district of those ancestors whom he believed to have followed the Cavalier standard, would give increased energy to his feelings of romantic loyalty. Connecting these considerations with the fact of Prince Charles having this very month, [Sept. 1787] declared the legitimacy of his hitherto supposed natural daughter, styled Duchess