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As if in his soul the bold Animal smiled
To his friends of the sky, the joint-heirs of the


Yes ! fierce looks thy nature, ev’n hush'd in

reposeIn the depth of thy desert regardless of foes. Thy bold antlers call on the hunter afar With a haughty defiance to come to the war ! No outrage is war to a creature like thee ! The bugle-horn fills thy wild spirit with glee, As thou bearest thy neck on the wings of the wind, And the laggardly gaze-hound is toiling behind. In the beams of thy forehead that glitter with death, In feet that draw power from the touch of the

heath, In the wide-raging torrent that lends thee its roar,In the cliff that once trod must be trodden no

more, Thy trust—'mid the dangers that threaten thy

reign ! --But what if the stag on the mountain be slain ? On the brink of the rock-lo! he standeth at

bay, Like a victor that falls at the close of the dayWhile hunter and hound in their terror retreat From the death that is spurn'd from his furious

feet :

And his last cry of anger comes back from the

skies, As nature's fierce son in the wilderness dies. High life of a hunter! he meets on the hill The new-waken’d daylight, so bright and so still ; And feels, as the clouds of the morning unroll, The silence, the splendour, ennoble his soul.

'Tis his o'er the mountains to stalk like a ghost, Enshrouded with mist, in which nature is lost, Till he lifts up his eyes, and flood, valley, and

height, In one moment all swim in an ocean of light; While the sun, like a glorious banner unfurl'd, Seems to wave o'er a new, more magnificent world. 'Tis his-by the mouth of some cavern his seat The lightning of heaven to hold at his feet, While the thunder below him that growls from

the cloud, To him comes on echo more awfully loud. When the clear depth of noon-tide, with glittering

motion, O'erflows the lone glens- -an aërial oceanWhen the earth and the heavens, in union pro

found, Lie blended in beauty that knows not a soundAs his eyes in the sunshiny solitude close 'Neath a rock of the desert in dreaming repose, He sees, in his slumbers, such visions of old As his wild Gaelic songs to his infancy told ; O’er the mountains a thousand plumed hunters are

borne, And he starts from his dream at the blast of the

horn. Yes! child of the desert ! fit quarry were thou For the hunter that came with a crown on his

brow, By princes attended with arrow and spear, In their white-tented camp, for the warfare of deer. In splendour the tents on the green summit stood, And brightly they shone from the glade in the


And, silently built by a magical spell,
The pyramid rose in the depth of the dell.
All mute was the palace of Lochy that day,
When the king and his nobles—a gallant array-
To Gleno or Glen-Etive came forth in their pride,
And a hundred fierce stags in their solitude

died. Not lonely and single they pass'd o'er the height But thousands swept by in their hurricane-flight; And bow'd to the dust in their trampling tread Was the plumage on many a warrior's head. -“ Fall down on your faces !—the herd is at

hand !” -And onward they came like the sea o'er the


Like the snow from the mountain when loosen'd

by rain ; And rolling along with a crash to the plain ; Like a thunder-split oak-tree, that falls in one

shock With his hundred wide arms from the top of the

rock, Like the voice of the sky, when the black cloud is

near, So sudden, so loud, came the tempest of Deer. Wild mirth of the desert! fit pastime for kings ! Which still the rude Bard in his solitude sings.. Oh reign of magnificence! vanish'd for ever! Like music dried up in the bed of a river, Whose course hath been changed ! yet my soul

can survey The clear cloudless morn of that glorious day. Yes! the wide silent forest is as of yore, And the far-ebbed grandeur rolls back to the shore. I wake from my trance !-lo! the Sun is declin


And the Black-mount afar in his lustre is shining.

-One soft golden gleam ere the twilight prevail ! Then down let me sink to the cot in the dale, Where sings the fair maid to the viol so sweet, Or the floor is alive with her white twinkling feet, Down, down like a bird to the depth of the dell ! -Vanish'd Creature ! I bid thy fair image fare

well !



THERE's a bower of roses by Bendemeer's stream, And the nightingale sings round it all the day

long ; In the time of my childhood 'twas like a sweet

dream To sit in the roses and hear the bird's song. That bower and its music I never forget ;

But oft when alone in the bloom of the year, I think—is the nightingale singing there yet ? Are the roses still bright by the calm Bende.

meer ?

No; the roses are withered that hung o'er the

wave, But some blossoms were gathered while freshly

they shone ;

And a dew was distilled from their flowers that

gave All the fragrance of summer when summer was

gone. Thus memory draws from delight ere it dies

An essence that breathes of it many a year; Thus bright to my soul, as 'twas then to my eyes, Is that bower on the banks of the calm Bende.



SHE is far from the land where her young hero

sleeps, And lovers around her are sighing ; But coldly she turns from their gaze, and weeps,

For her heart in his grave is lying !

She sings the wild song of her dear native plains,

Every note which he loved awaking : Ah ! little they think who delight in her strains,

How the heart of the minstrel is breaking !

He had lived for his love, for his country he died ;

They were all that to life had entwined him ; Nor soon shall the tears of his country be dried,

Nor long will his love stay behind him!

Oh ! make her a grave where the sunbeams rest,

When they promise a glorious morrow;
They'll shine o'er her sleep, like a smile from the

From her own loved island of sorrow !

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