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And though some trifling share of praise,
To cheer my last declining days,

To me were doubly dear;
Whilst blessing your beloved name,
I'd waive at once a Poet's fame,
To prove a Prophet here.

GRANTA, A MEDLEY.

Αργυρίαις λόγχαισι μάχου και παντα Κράτησαις.

On! Could LE SAGE'S' demon's gift
Be realized at my desire,

This night my trembling form he'd lift,
To place it on St Mary's spire.

Then would, unroof'd, old Granta's halls Pedantic inmates full display; Fellows who dream on lawn, or stalls, The price of venal votes to pay. Then would I view each rival wight, Petty and P ☛n survey; Who canvass there with all their might, Against the next elective day.

Lo! candidates and voters lie,

All Jull'd in sleep, a goodly number! A race renown'd for piety,

Whose conscience won't disturb their slumber

Lord H-, indeed, may not demur,

Fellows are sage, reflecting men! They know preferment can occur,

But very seldom,-now and then. They know the Chancellor has got

Some pretty livings in disposal; Each hopes that one may be his lot,

And, therefore, smiles on his proposal.

Now, from the soporific scene

I'll turn mine eye, as night grows later,
To view, unheeded and unseen,

The studious sons of Alma Mater.
There, in apartments small and damp,

The candidate for college prizes
Sits poring by the midnight lamp-

Goes late to bed, yet early rises.
Be, surely, well deserves to gain them,

With all the honours of his college,
Who, striving hardly to obtain them,

Thus seek's unprofitable knowledge;
Who sacrifices hours of rest,

To scan, precisely, metres Attic,
Or agitates his anxious breast

In solving problems mathematic;
Who reads false quantities in Sele, 2

Or puzzles o'er the deep triangle,
Deprived of many a wholesome meal,

In barbarous Latin3 doom'd to wrangle; 'The Diable Boiteux of LE SAGE, where Asmodeus, the demon, places Don Cleofas on an elevated situation, and unroofs the houses for his inspection.

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* Sele's publication on Greek metres displays considerable talent and ingenuity, but, as might be expected in so difficult a work, is not remarkable for accuracy.

Renouncing every pleasing page

From authors of historic use;
Preferring to the letter'd sage

The square of the hypothenuse.'
Still, harmless are these occupations,

That hurt none but the hapless student,
Compared with other recreations,

Which bring together the imprudent;
Whose daring revels shock the sight,

When vice and infamy combine,
When drunkenness and dice unite,

And every sense is steep'd in wine.
Not so the methodistic crew,

Who plans of reformation lay:
In humble attitude they sue,

And for the sins of others pray.
Forgetting that their pride of spirit,

Their exultation in their trial,
Detracts most largely from the merit

Of all their boasted self-denial.
'Tis morn,-from these I turn my sight:

What scene is this which meets the eye?
A numerous crowd, array'd in white,"

Across the green in numbers fly.

Loud rings, in air, the chapel bell;

'Tis hush'd: What sounds are these I hear? The organ's soft celestial swell

Rolls deeply on the listening ear.

To this is joined the sacred song,

The royal minstrel's hallow'd strain;
Though he who hears the music long

Will never wish to hear again.
Our choir would scarcely be excused,
Even as a band of raw beginners;
All mercy, now, must be refused

To such a set of croaking sinners.
If David, when his toils were ended,

To us his psalms had ne'er descended,

'The Latin of the schools is of the CANINE SPECIES, and not very angle. intelligible.

Had heard these blockheads sing before him,

In furious mood he would have tore 'em.

The luckless Israelites, when taken

By some inhuman tyrant's order,
Were ask'd to sing, by joy forsaken,
On Babylonian river's border.

Oh! had they sung in notes like these,
Inspired by stratagem or fear,
They might have set their hearts at case—
The devil a soul had stay'd to hear.

But, if I scribble longer now,

The deuce a soul will stay to read;
My pen is blunt, my ink is low,

'T is almost time to stop indeed.
Therefore, farewell, old GRANTA's spires,
No more like Cleofas, I fly;
No more thy theme my Muse inspires,
The reader's tired, and so am I.

On a Saint day the students wear surplices in chapel.

1806.

The discovery of Pythagoras, that the square of the hypothenuse is equal to the squares of the other two sides of a right-angled tri

LACHIN Y GAIR.

LACHIN Y GAIR, or, as it is pronounced in the Erse, Lecn NA Garn, Lowers proudly pre-eminent in the Northern Highlands, near Invercauld. One of our modern tourists mentions it as the highest mountain, perhaps, in Great Britain; be this as it may, it is certainly one of the most sublime and picturesque amongst our « Caledonian Alps. Its appearance is of a dusky hue, but the summit is the seat of eternal snows. Near Lachin y Gair I spent some of the early part of my life, the recollection of which has given birth to the following Stanzas.

AWAY, ye gay landscapes, ye gardens of roses!
In let the minions of luxury rove;
you

Restore me the rocks where the snow-flake reposes,
Though still they are sacred to freedom and love:
Yet, Caledonia, beloved are thy mountains,

Round their white summits though elements war, Though cataracts foam, 'stead of smooth-flowing fountains,

I sigh for the valley of dark Loch na Garr.

Ah! there my young footsteps in infancy wander'd, My cap was the bonnet, my cloak was the plaid; On chieftains long perish'd my memory ponder'd,

As daily I strode through the pine-cover'd glade : I sought not my home till the day's dying glory

Gave place to the rays of the bright polar star; For Fancy was cheer'd by traditional story

Disclosed by the natives of dark Loch na Garr. « Shades of the dead! have I not heard your voices Rise on the night-rolling breath of the gale?» Surely the soul of the hero rejoices,

And rides on the wind o'er his own Highland vale: Round Loch na Garr, while the stormy mist gathers, Wister presides in his cold icy car; Clouds there encircle the forms of my fathers

They dwell in the tempests of dark Loch na Garr. « Ill-starr'd, though brave, did no visions foreboding Tell you that Fate had forsaken your cause?»> Ah! were you destined to die at Culloden, 3

Victory crown'd not your fall with applause: Still were you happy, in death's early slumber

You rest with your clan, in the caves of Braemar ; 4 The Pibroch resounds to the piper's loud number

Your deeds on the echoes of dark Loch na Garr. Years have roll'd on, Loch na Garr, since I left you; Years must elapse ere I tread you again; Nature of verdure and flowers has bereft you, Yet, still, are you dearer than Albion's plain. England! thy beauties are tame and domestic

To one who has roved on the mountains afar; Oh! for the crags that are wild and majestic,

The steep frowning glories of dark Loch na Garr !

This word is erroneously pronounced PLAD: the proper pronunciation (according to the Scotch) is shown by the orthography.

I allude here to my maternal ancestors, the GORDONS, many of whom fought for the unfortunate Prince Charles, better known by the name of the Pretender. This branch was nearly allied by blood, as well as attachment, to the STEWARTS. George, the second Earl of Huntley, married the Princess Annabella Stewart, daughter of James the First of Scotland; by her he left four sons: the third, Sir William Gordon, I have the honour to claim as one of my progenitors.

3 Whether any perished in the battle of Culloden I am not certain; but as many fell in the insurrection, I have used the name of the principal action, pars pro toto."

A tract of the Highlands so called; there is also a Castle o Braemar.

The Lagpipe.

TO ROMANCE.

PARENT of golden dreams, Romance! Auspicious queen of childish joys! Who lead'st along, in airy dance,

Thy votive train of girls and boys: At length, in spells no longer bound,

I break the fetters of my youth; No more I tread thy mystic round,

But leave thy realms for those of Truth. And yet, 't is hard to quit the dreams Which haunt the unsuspicious soul, Where every nymph a goddess seems,

Whose eyes through rays immortal roll; While Fancy holds her boundless reign,

And all assume a varied hue, When virgins seem no longer vain,

And even woman's smiles are true.

And must we own thee but a name,

And from thy hall of clouds descend; Nor find a sylph in every dame,

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A Pylades in every friend?
But leave, at once, thy realms of air,

To mingling bands of fairy elves : Confess that woman 's false as fair,

And friends have feelings for-themselves. With shame, I own, I've felt thy sway, Repentant, now thy reign is o'er; No more thy precepts I obey,

No more on fancied pinions soar: Fond fool! to love a sparkling eye,

And think that eye to Truth was dear, To trust a passing wanton's sigh,

And melt beneath a wanton's tear.

Romance! disgusted with deceit,

Far from thy motley court I fly, Where Affectation holds her seat,

And sickly Sensibility; Whose silly tears can never flow

For any pangs excepting thine; Who turns aside from real woe,

To steep in dew thy gaudy shrine : Now join with sable sympathy,

With cypress crown'd, arrayed in weeds, Who heaves with thee her simple sigh,

Whose breast for every bosom bleeds; And call thy sylvan female quire,

To mourn a swain for ever gone, Who once could glow with equal fire,

But bends not now before thy throne. Ye genial nymphs, whose ready tears,

On all occasions, swiftly flow; Whose bosoms heave with fancied fears,

With fancied flames and frenzy glow: Say, will you mourn my absent name,

Apostate from your gentle train?

An infant Bard, at least, may claim

From you a sympathetic strain.

It is hardly necessary to add, that Pylades was the companion of Orestes, and a partner in one of those friendships which, with those of Achilles and Patroc us, Nisus and Euryalus, Damon and Pythias, have been handed down to posterity as remarkable instances of attachments which, in all probability, never existed, beyond the imagination of the poet, the page of an historian, or modern novelist.

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Adieu! fond race, a long adieu!

The hour of fate is hovering nigh; Even now the gulf appears in view,

Where unlamented you must lie: Oblivion's blackening lake is scen

Convulsed by gales you cannot weather, Where you, and eke your gentle queen, Alas! must perish altogether.

ELEGY ON NEWSTEAD ABBEY.'

It is the voice of years that are gone! they roll before me with all their deeds. OSSIAN.

NEWSTEAD! fast-falling, once resplendent dome!

Religion's shrine ! repentant HENRY'S pride! Of warriors, monks, and dames the cloister'd tomb, Whose pensive shades around thy ruins glide: Hail to thy pile! more honour'd in thy fall,

Than modern mansions in their pillar'd state; Proudly majestic frowns thy vaulted hall,

Scowling defiance on the blast of fate.

No mail-clad serfs,3 obedient to their lord,
In grim array, the crimson cross 4 demand,
Or gay assemble round the festive board,

Their chief's retainers, an immortal band.

Else might inspiring Fancy's magic eye
Retrace their progress, through the lapse of time;
Marking each ardent youth, ordain'd to die,
A votive pilgrim, in Judea's clime.

Years roll on years-to ages, ages yield—
Abbots to abbots in a line succeed,
Religion's charter their protecting shield,

Till royal sacrilege their doom decreed.
One holy HENRY rear'd the Gothic walls,

And bade the pious inmates rest in peace; Another HENRY' the kind gift recals,

And bids devotion's hallow'd echoes cease. Vain is each threat, or supplicating prayer,

He drives them exiles from their blest abode, To roam a dreary world, in deep despair,

No friend, no home, no refuge but their God. Ilark! how the hall, resounding to the strain,

Shakes with the martial music's novel din ! The heralds of a warrior's haughty reign,

High-crested banners, wave thy walls within.

Of changing sentinels the distant hum,

The mirth of feasts, the clang of burnish'd arms, The braying trumpet, and the hoarser drum, Unite in concert with increased alarms.

An abbey once, a regal fortress now, Encircled by insulting rebel powers;

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But not from thee, dark pile! departs the Chief,
His feudal realm in other regions lay;

In thee, the wounded conscience courts relief,
Retiring from the garish blaze of day.

Yes, in thy gloomy cells and shades profound,
The monk abjured a world he ne'er could view ;
Or blood-stain'd Guilt repenting solace found,

Or Innocence from stern Oppression flew.

A monarch bade thee from that wild arise,
Where Sherwood's outlaws once were wont to prowl;
And Superstition's crimes, of various dyes,

Sought shelter in the priest's protecting cowl.

Where now the grass exhales a murky dew,
The humid pall of life-extinguish'd clay,
la sainted fame the sacred fathers grew,

Nor raised their pious voices, but to pray.
Where now the bats their wavering wings extend,
Soon as the gloaming 5 spreads her waning shade,
The choir did oft their mingling vespers blend,
Or matin orisons to Mary paid.

As one poem on this subject is printed in the beginning, the
author had originally no intertion of inserting the following: it is
sow added at the particular request of some friends.
'Henry II. founded Newstead soon after the murder of Thomas-a-
Becket.

This word is used by Walter Scott, in his poem, The Wild Huntsman, as synonymous with Vassal.

The Red Cross was the badge of the Crusaders.

* As - Gloaming,» the Scottish word for Twilight, is far more poetical, and has been recommended by many eminent literary men, particularly Dr Moore, in his Letters to Burns, I have ventured to use it on account of its harmony.

• The Priory was dedicated to the Virgin.

War's dread machines o'erhang thy threatening brow,
And dart destruction in sulphureous showers.

Ah! vain defence! the hostile traitor's siege,

Though oft repulsed, by guile o'ercomes the brave; Ilis thronging foes oppress the faithful liege,

Rebellion's reeking standards o'er him wave.

Not unavenged, the raging baron yields,

The blood of traitors smears the purple plain; Unconquer'd still his faulchion there he wields, And days of glory yet for him remain.

Still, in that hour the warrior wish'd to strew

Self-gather'd laurels on a self-sought grave;
But Charles' protecting genius hither flew,

The monarch's friend, the monarch's hope, to save.
Trembling she snatch'd him3 from the unequal strife,
In other fields the torrent to repel,
For nobler combats here reserved his life,

To lead the band where godlike FALKLAND 4 fell.
From thee, poor pile! to lawless plunder given,

While dying groans their painful requiem sound, Far different incense now ascends to heaven

Such victims wallow on the gory ground.

There, many a pale and ruthless robber's corse,
Noisome and ghast, defiles thy sacred sod;
O'er mingling man, and horse commix'd with horse,
Corruption's heap, the savage spoilers trod.

Graves, long with rank and sighing weeds o'erspread,
Ransack'd, resign perforce their mortal mould;
From ruffian fangs escape not e'en the dead,
Raked from repose, in search of buried gold.

At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Henry VIII. bestowed
Newstead Abbey on Sir John Byron.

2 Newstead sustained a considerable siege in the war between Charles I. and his Parliament.

3 Lord Byron and his brother Sir William held high commands in the royal army; the former was General in Chief in Ireland, Lieutenant of the Tower, and Governor to James Duke of York, afterwards the unhappy James II. The latter had a principal share in many actions. Vide Clarendon, Hume, etc.

4 Lucius Cary, Lord Viscount Falkland, the most accomplished man of his age, was killed at the battle of Newberry, charging in the ranks of Lord Byron's regiment of cavalry.

Ilush'd is the harp, unstrung the warlike lyre,
The minstrel's palsied hand reclines in death;
No more he strikes the quivering chords with fire,
Or sings the glories of the martial wreath.
At length, the sated murderers, gorged with prey,
Retire the clamour of the fight is o'er;
Silence again resumes her awful sway,

And sable Horror guards the massy door.
Here Desolation holds her dreary court;

What satellites declare her dismal reign! Shrieking their dirge, ill-omened birds resort To flit their vigils in the hoary fane.

Soon a new morn's restoring beams dispel
The clouds of anarchy from Britain's skies
The fierce usurper seeks his native hell,

And Nature triumphs as the tyrant dies.
With storms she welcomes his expiring groans,
Whirlwinds responsive greet his labouring breath;
Earth shudders as her cave receives his bones,
Loathing the offering of so dark a death.
The legal Ruler now resumes the helm,

He guides through gentle seas the prow of state Hope cheers with wonted smiles the peaceful realm, And heals the bleeding wounds of wearied Hate. The gloomy tenants, Newstead, of thy cells,

Howling resign their violated nest; Again the master on his tenure dwells,

Enjoy'd, from absence, with enraptured zest. Vassals within thy hospitable pale,

Loudly carousing, bless their lord's return; Culture again adorns the gladdening vale,

And matrons, once lamenting, cease to mourn. A thousand songs on tuneful echo float,

Unwonted foliage mantles o'er the trees; And, hark! the horns proclaim a mellow note, The hunter's cry hangs lengthening on the breeze. Beneath their coursers' hoofs the valleys shake:

What fears, what anxious hopes attend the chase! The dying stag seeks refuge in the lake,

Exulting shouts announce the finish'd race.

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Thy cloisters, pervious to the wintry showers-
These, these he views, and views them but to weep.
Yet are his tears no emblem of regret,

Cherish'd affection only bids them flow;
Pride, Hope, and Love forbid him to forget,
But warm his bosom with impassion'd glow.
Yet, he prefers thee to the gilded domes,

Or gewgaw grottoes of the vainly great;
Yet lingers 'mid thy damp and mossy tombs,
Nor breathes a murmur 'gainst the will of fate.
Haply thy sun emerging yet may shine,

Thee to eradiate with meridian ray;
Hours splendid as the past may still be thine,
And bless thy future as thy former day.

TO E. N. L. ESQ.

Nil ego contulerim jucundo sanas amico.

HOR. E.

DEAR L-, in this sequester'd scene,
While all around in slumber lie,
The joyous days which ours have been

Come rolling fresh on Fancy's eye:
Thus, if amidst the gathering storm,
While clouds the darken'd noon deform,
Yon heaven assumes a varied glow,
I hail the sky's celestial bow,
Which spreads the sign of future peace,
And bids the war of tempests cease.
Ah! though the present brings but pain,
I think those days may come again;
Or if, in melancholy mood,
Some lurking envious fear intrude,
To check my bosom's fondest thought,
And interrupt the golden dream;
I crush the fiend with malice fraught,

And still indulge my wonted theme. Although we ne'er again can trace,

In Granta's vale, the pedant's lore, Nor, through the groves of IDA, chase

Our raptured visions as before; Though Youth has flown on rosy pinion, And Manhood claims his stern dominion, Age will not every hope destroy, But yield some hours of sober joy. Yes, I will hope that Time's broad wing Will shed around some dews of spring; Put, if his scythe must sweep the flowers Which bloom among the fairy bowers, Where smiling Youth delights to dwell, And hearts with early rapture swell; If frowning Age, with cold control, Confines the current of the soul, Congeals the tear of Pity's eye, Or checks the sympathetic sigh, Or hears unmoved Misfortune's groan, And bids me feel for self alone; Oh! may my bosom never learn,

To sooth its wonted heedless flow,
Still, still, despise the censor stern,

But ne'er forget another's woe.
Yes, as you knew me in the days
O'er which Remembrance yet delays,

Still, may I rove untutor'd, wild, And, even in age, at heart a child.

Though now on airy visions borne,

To you my soul is still the same, Oft has it been my fate to mourn,

And all my former joys are tame, But, hence! ye hours of sable hue; Your frowns are gone, my sorrow 's o'er; By every bliss my childhood knew,

I'll think upon your shade no more. Thus, when the whirlwind's rage is past,

And caves their sullen roar enclose, We heed no more the wintry blast,

When lull'd by zephyr to repose. Full often has my infant Muse

Attuned to love her languid lyre; But now, without a theme to chuse,

The strains in stolen sighs expire; My youthful nymphs, alas! are flown; E is a wife, and C-- a mother, And Carolina sighs alone,

And Mary's given to another; And Cora's eye, which roll'd on me,

Can now no more my love recal;
In truth, dear L——, 't was time to flee,
For Cora's eye will shine on all.

And though the sun, with genial rays,
His beams alike to all displays,
And every lady's eye 's a sun,
These last should be confined to one.
The soul's meridian don't become her
Whose sun displays a general summer.
Thus faint is every former flame,
And Passion's self is now a name:
As, when the ebbing flames are low,

The aid which once improved their light, And bade them burn with fiercer glow,

Now quenches all their sparks in night; Thus has it been with passion's fires,

As many a boy and girl remembers, While all the force of love expires,

Extinguish'd with the dying embers.

But now, dear L-, 't is midnight's noon,
And clouds obscure the watery moon,
Whose beauties I shall not rehearse,
Described in every stripling's verse;
For why should I the path go o'er,
Which every bard has trod before?
Yet, ere yon silver lamp of night

Has thrice perform'd her stated round, Has thrice retraced her path of light,

And chased away the gloom profound, I trust that we, my gentle friend, Shall see her rolling orbit wend Above the dear-lov'd peaceful seat, Which once contain'd our youth's retreat; And then, with those our childhood knew, We ll mingle with the festive crew; While many a tale of former day Shall wing the laughing hours away; And all the flow of soul shall The sacred intellectual shower, Nor cease, till Luna's waning horn Scarce glimmers through the mist of Morn.

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ΤΟ ――――.

Ox! had my fate been join'd with thine,
As once this pledge appear'd a token,
These follies had not then been mine,

For then my peace had not been broken.
To thee these early faults I owe,

To thee, the wise and old reproving;
They know my sins, but do not know

'T was thine to break the bonds of loving.
For once my soul, like thine, was pure,
And all its rising fires could smother;
But now thy vows no more endure,
Bestow'd by thee upon another.
Perhaps his
I could destroy,
peace
And spoil the blisses that await him;
Yet let rival smile in joy,

my
For thy dear sake I cannot hate him.
Ah! since thy angel form is gone,

My heart no more can rest with any; But what it sought in thee alone,

Attempts, alas! to find in many. Then fare thee well, deceitful maid,

"T were vain and fruitless to regret thee; Nor hope nor memory yield their aid,

But pride may teach me to forget thee. Yet all this giddy waste of years,

This tiresome round of palling pleasures, These varied loves, these matron's fears,

These thoughtless strains to passion's measures,

If thou wert mine, had all been hush'd;

This cheek, now pale from early riot, With Passion's hectic ne'er had flush'd,

But bloom'd in calm domestic quiet. Yes, once the rural scene was sweet,

For nature seem'd to smile before thee; And once my breast abhorr'd deceit,

For then it beat but to adore thee.

But now I seek for other joys;

To think would drive my soul to madness; In thoughtless throngs and empty noise, I conquer half my bosom's sadness.

Yet even in these a thought will steal,

In spite of every vain endeavour; And fiends might pity what I feel, To know that thou art lost for ever.

STANZAS.

I WOULD I were a careless child,
Still dwelling in my Highland cave,
Or roaming through the dusky wild,

Or bounding o'er the dark blue wave. The cumbrous pomp of Saxon' pride Accords not with the free-born soul, Which loves the mountain's craggy side,

And seeks the rocks where billows roll. Fortune! take back these cultured lands, Take back this name of splendid sound! hate the touch of servile hands

I hate the slaves that cringe around:

1 Sassenagh, or Saxon, a Gaelic word signifying either Lowland or English.

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