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Ellen is not in princely bower,
She's not in Moray's splendid train : Their mistress dear, at midnight hour,
Her weeping maidens seek in vain. Her pillow swells not deep with down,
For her no balms their sweets exhale : Her limbs are on the pale turf thrown,
Press'd by her lovely cheek as pale. On that fair cheek, that flowing hair,
That broom its yellow leaf hath shed, And the chill mountain's early air
Blows wildly o'er her beauteous head. As the soft star of orient day,
When clouds involve his rosy light, Darts through the glooin a transient ray,
And leaves the world once more to night; Returning life illumes her eye,
And slow its languid orb unfoldsWhat are those bloody arrows nigh?
Sure bloody arrows she beholds ! What was the form so ghastly pale,
That low beneath the poplar lay ? Twas some poor youth--- Ah Nithisdale !''
She said, and silent sunk away.
The morn is on the mountains spread,
The woodlark trills his liquid strain Can morn's sweet music raise the dead ?
Give the set eye its soul again?
A shepherd of that gentler mind,
Which nature not profusely yields, Seeks in these lonely shades to find
Some wanderer from his little fields.
Aghast he stands--and simple fear
O'er all his paly visage glides “ Ah me! what means this misery here ?
6 What fate this lady fair betides ?” He bears her to his friendly home,
When life, he finds, has but retired : With haste he frames the lover's tomb, For his is quite, is quite expired!
XIII. “ hide me in thy humble bower,"
Returning late to life, she said ; 66 I'll bind thy crook with many a flower ;
6 With many a rosy wreath thy head. • Good shepherd, haste to yonder grove,
“ And if my love asleep is laid, 66 Oh! wake him not; but softly move
“ Some pillow to that gentle head. 6 Sure thou wilt know him, shepherd swain,
66 Thou know'st the sun rise o’er the sea 6 But, oh! no lamb in all thy train
66 Was e'er so mild, so mild as he. 66 His head is on the wood-moss laid;
“ I did not wake his slumber deep 6 Sweet sings the redbreast o'er the shade”
66 Why, gentle lady, would you weep P”. As flowers that fade in burning day,
At evening find the dew-drop dear,
But fiercer feel the noontide ray,
When soften’d by the nightly tear ; Returning in the flowing tear,
This lovely flower, more sweet than they, Found her fair soul, and wandering near,
The stranger, Reason, cross'd her way.
Was but more dreadful grief to know !
A softer shade of sorrow falls, But Ellen can no more return,
No more return to Moray's halls. Beneath the low and lonely shade,
The slow consuming hour she'll weep, Till nature seeks her last-left aid,
In the sad, sombrous arms of sleep, “ These jewels, all unmeet for me,
6. Shalt thou,” she said, “ good shepherd, take : ** These gems will purchase gold for thee,
66 And these be thine for Ellen's sake.
66 So fail thou not, at eve and morn,
66 The rosemary's pale bough to bring66 Thou know'st where I was found forlorn
66 Where thou hast heard the redbreast sing. “ Heedful I'll tend thy flocks the while,
" Or aid thy shepherdess's care, :: For I will share her humble toil,
" And I her friendly roof will share,”
In luxury of lonely pain-
To Moray's halls is borne again.
That wears Love's sunny eye of joy Is Nithisdale reviving here?
Or is it but a shepherd's boy? By Carron's side a shepherd's boy,
He binds his vale-flowers with the reed; He wears Love's sunny eye of joy,
And birth he little seems to heed.
XVI. But ah! no more his infant sleep
Closes beneath a mother's smile, Who only when it closed would weep,
And yield to tender woe the while. No more,
with fond attention dear, She seeks th’ unspoken wish to find ; No more shall she, with pleasure's tear,
See the soul waxing into mind.
Is she the friend of stern Control ?
Or fetters she the free-born soul ? Where, worst of tyrants ! is thy claim
In chains thy children's breasts to bind ? Gavest thou the Promethean flame? The incommunicable mind!
Thy offspring are great Nature's-free,
And of her fair dominion heirs ; Each privilege she gives to thee;
Know, that each privilege is theirs.
They have thy feature, wear thine eye,
Perhaps some feelings of thy heart, And wilt thou their loved hearts deny To act their fair, their proper part ?
XVIII. The lord of Lothian's fertile vale,
IIl-fated Ellen, claims thy hand : Thou know'st not that thy Nithisdale
Was low laid by his ruffian-band. And Moray, with unfather'd eyes
Fix'd on fair Lothian's fertile dale, Attends his human sacrifice,
Without the Grecian painter's veil. O married love! thy bard shall own,
Where two congenial souls unite, Thy golden chain's inlaid with down,
Thy lamp’s with heaven's own splendor bright. But if no radiant star of love,
O Hymen! smile on thy fair rite,
Borne many a year unmark'd with speed
Who bound his vale-flowers with the reed ?