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With honest pride 1 scorn each selfish end ; “An' (, be sure to fear the Lord alway!

My dearest meed, a friend's esteem and praise. An' mind your duty, duly, morn an' night! To you I sing, in simple Scottish lays,

Lest in temptation's path ye gang astray, The lowly train in life's sequestered scene ; Implore his counsel and assisting might; The native feelings strong, the guileless ways; They never sought in vain that sought the Lord

What Aiken in a cottage would have been ; aright !” Ah! though his worth unknown, far happier there, I ween.

But, hark ! a rap comes gently to the door. November chill blaws loud wi' angry sugh ;

Jenny, wha kens the meaning o' the same,

Tells how a nejbor lad cam o'er the moor, The shortening winter-day is near a close ; The miry beasts retreating frae the pleugh,

To do some errands and convoy her hame. The blackening trainso’craws to their repose;

The wily mother sees the conscious flame The toilworn cotter frae his labor goes,

Sparkle in Jenny's e'e, and flush her cheek; This night his weekly moil is at an end,

Wi' heart-struck anxious care inquires his Collects hisspades, his mattocks, and his hoes, Hoping the morn in ease and rest to spend,

While Jenny hafllins is afraid to speak ; And weary, o'er the moor, his course does hame Weel pleased the mother hears it's nae wild, worthward bend.

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Belyve the elder bairns come drapping in, O happy love! where love like this is found !

At service out amang the farmers roun' ; O heartfelt raptures ! bliss beyonil compare ! Some ca’ the pleugh, some herd, some tentie rin I've pacéd much this weary mortal round, A cannie errand to a neibor town ;

And sage experience bids me this declare : Their eldest hope, their Jenny, woman grown, If Heaven a draught of heavenly pleasure spare,

In youthfu' bloom, love sparkling in her e'e, One cordial in this melancholy vale, Comes hame, perhaps, to shew a bra' new gown, 'T is when a youthful, loving, modest pair Or deposit her sair-won penny-fee,

In other's arms breathe out the tender tale, To help her parents dear, if they in hardship be. Beneath the milk-white thorn that scents the even.

ing gale. Wï' joy unfeigned brothers and sisters meet,

An' each for other's weelfare kindly spiers : Is there, in human form, that bears a heart, The social hours, swift-winged, unnoticed fleet; A wretch, a villain, lost to love and truth,

Each tells the uncos that he sees or hears ; That can, with studied, sly, ensnaring art, The parents, partial, eye their hopeful years ; Betray sweet Jenny's unsuspecting youth?

Anticipation forward points the view. Curse on hisperjured arts ! dissembling-mooth! The mother, wi' her needle an' her shears,

Are honor, virtue, conscience, all exiled ? Gars auld claes look amaist as weel's the new; Is there no pity, no relenting ruth, The father mixes a' wi' admonition due.

Points to the parents fondling o'ertheir child, Then paints the ruined maid, and their distrace

tion wild ? Their master's an' their mistress's command,

The younkers a’ are warned to obey ; And mind their labors wi' an eydent hand, But now the supper crowns their simple board,

And ne'er, though out o'sight, to jaukor play; The halesome parritch, chief v' Scotia's food;

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The soupe their only hawkie does afford, Hope “springsexulting on triumphant wing,"

That 'yont the hallan snugly chows her cood ; That thus they all shall meet in future days; The dame brings forth, in complimental mood, There ever bask in uncreated rays,

Tograce thelad, her weel-hained kebbuck fell, No more to sigh, or shed the bitter tear, An' aft he's prest, an' aft he ca's it guid ; Together hymning their Creator's praise, The frugal wifie, garrulous, will tell,

In such society, yet still more dear; Now 't was a towmond auld, sin' lint was i' the While circling Time moves round in an eternal bell.

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XVII. The cheerfu' supper done, wi' serious face,

Compared with this, how poor Religion's pride, They, round the ingle, form a circle wide; The sire turns o'er, wi' patriarchal grace,

In all the pomp of method and of art,

When men display to congregations wide, The big ha’- Bible, ance his father's pride ; His bonnet reverently is laid aside,

Devotion's every grace, except the heart !

The Power, incensed, the pageant will desert, His lyart haffets wearing thin an' bare : Those strains that once did sweet in Zion glide,

The pompous strain, the sacerdotal stole ;

But, haply, in some cottage far apart,
He wales a portion with judicious care ;
And“ Let us worship God !” he says with solemn

May hear, well pleased, the language of the

soul; air.

And in his Book of Life the inmates poor enroll. XIII. They chant their artless notes in simple guise ;

XVIII. They tune their hearts, by farthe noblest aim:

Then homeward all take off their several way; Perhaps “Dundee's" wild-warbling measures rise,

The youngling cottagers retire to rest : Orplaintive “Martyrs," worthy of the name ;

The parent-pair their secret homage pay, Or noble “ Elgin" beets the heavenward flame,

And proffer up to heaven the warm request,

That He who stills the raven's clamorous nest, The sweetest far of Scotia's holy lays : Compared with these, Italian trills are tame ;

And decks the lily fair in flowery pride, The tickled ears no heartfelt raptures raise ;

Would, in the way his wisdom sees the best,

For them and for their little ones provide ; Nae unison hae they with our Creator's praise.

But, chiefly, in their hearts with grace divine pre

side. XIV. The priest-like father reads the sacred page,

How Abram was the friend of God on high ; From scenes like these old Scotia's grandeur Or Moses bade eternal warfare wage

springs, With Amalek's ungracious progeny,

That makes herloved at home, revered abroad; Or how the royal bard did groaning lie

Princes and lords are but the breath of kings, Beneath the stroke of Heaven's avenging ire ;

“An honest man's the noblest work of Gou!” Or Job's pathetic plaint, and wailing cry;

And certes, in fair Virtue's heavenly road, Or rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic fire ;

The cottage leaves the palace far behind : Or other holy seers that tune the sacred lyre. What is a lordling's pomp? -a cuinbrous lond,

Disguising oft the wretch of human kind,

Studied in arts of hell, in wickedness refined ! Perhaps the Christian volume is the theme,

How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed;
How He, who bore in heaven the second name, O Scotia ! my dear, my native soil !

Had not on earth whereon to lay his head : For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is How his first followers and servants sped;

sent, The precepts sage they wrote to many a land ; Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil How he, who lone in Patmos banished,

Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand,

content ! And heard great Bab'lon's doom pronounced by And, 0, may Heaven their simple lives prevent Heaven's command.

From luxury's contagion, weak and vile ! Then, howe'er crowns and coronets be rent,

A virtuous populace may rise the while, Then, kneeling down, to heaven's eternal King, And stand a wall of fire around thrir much-loved

The saint, the father, and the husband prays : isle.

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FROM ALL THAT DWELL

PSALM CXVII.

Glory to thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light;
Keep me, O, keep me, King of kings,
Beneath thy own almighty wings !
Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
The ill that I this day have done ;
That with the world, myself, and thee
1, ere I sleep, at peace may be.
Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed ;
To die, that this vile body may
Rise glorious at the judgment-day.

From all that dwell below the skies
Let the Creator's praise arise ;
Let the Redeemer's name be sung
Through every land, by every tongue.

Eternal are thy mercies, Lord,
Eternal truth attends thy word ;
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise and set no more.

ISAAC WATTS.

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Jeans idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart & gather to the eyes

on the happy Autumn fields,
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