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One lovely hand she stretched for aid,

And one was round her lover.

“Come back! come back!” he cried in grief,

Across this stormy water;
And I'll forgive your Highland chief,

My daughter! O my daughter!”

'Twas vain : the loud waves lashed the shore,

Return or aid preventing.
The waters wild went o'er his child,

And he was left lamenting.

LOCHIEL'S WARNING.

a-vaunť (-vawnt'), begone. Lo-chiel' (lo-keell), a Highland chiefclay'more, a large two-handed sword. tain who fought for the Pretender crested, having a crest or symbol of on the field of Culloden. rank.

peer'less, without a peer or equal. do'tard, one in his second childhood. phan'tom, a ghost, a specter. ey'ry (ālry), the nests of birds of reeks, smokes. prey.

sooth'less, truthless, false.

SEER.

Lochiel, Lochiel, beware of the day,
When the Lowlands shall meet thee in battle array ;
For a field of the dead rushes red on my sight,
And the clans of Culloden are scattered in flight:
They rally, they bleed, for their country and crown,
Woe, woe to the riders that trample them down !
Proud Cumberland prances, insulting the slain,
And their hoof-beaten bosoms are trod to the plain.

But, hark! through the fast-flashing lightning of war,
What steed to the desert flies frantic and far?
'Tis thine, O Glenullin! whose bride shall await,
Like a love-lighted watch-fire, all night at the gate.
A steed comes at morning: no rider is there;
But its bridle is red with the sign of despair!
Weep, Albin! to death and captivity led !
Oh, weep! but thy tears can not number the dead !
For a merciless sword on Culloden shall wave,
Culloden, that reeks with the blood of the brave!

LOCHIEL.

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Or,

Go preach to the coward, thou death-telling seer !

if gory Culloden so dreadful appear, Draw, dotard, around thy old wavering sight, This mantle, to cover the phantoms of fright!

SEER.

Ha! laugh'st thou, Lochiel, my vision to scorn?
Proud bird of the mountain, thy plume shall be torn!
Say, rushed the bold eagle exultingly forth,
From his home in the dark-rolling clouds of the North?
Lo! the death-shot of foemen out-speeding, he rode
Companionless, bearing destruction abroad :
But down let him stoop from his havoc on high !
Ah! home let him speed, for the spoiler is nigh.
Why flames the far summit? Why shoot to the blast
Those embers, like stars from the firmament cast ?
'Tis the fire-shower of ruin, all dreadfully driven
From his eyry, that beacons the darkness of Heaven.
Oh, crested Lochiel! the peerless in might,
Whose banners arise on the battlements' height,

Heaven's fire is around thee, to blast and to burn:
Return to thy dwelling ! all lonely return !
For the blackness of ashes shall mark where it stood,
And a wild mother scream o'er her famishing brood !

LOCHIEL. False wizard, avaunt! I have marshaled my clan, Their swords are a thousand, — their bosoms are one ! They are true to the last of their blood and their breath, And like reapers descend to the harvest of death. Then welcome be Cumberland's steed to the shock! Let him dash his proud foam like a wave on the rock! But woe to his kindred, and woe to his cause, When Albin her claymore indignantly draws ! When her bonneted chieftains to victory crowd, Clanranald the dauntless, and Moray the proud, All plaided and plumed in their tartan array, —

SEER. Lochiel ! Lochiel ! beware of the day! For, dark and despairing, my sight I may seal, But man can not cover what God would reveal. 'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore, And coming events cast their shadows before. I tell thee, Culloden's dread echoes shall ring With the blood-hounds that bark for thy fugitive king. Lo! anointed by Heaven with the vials of wrath, Behold, where he flies on his desolate path! Now in darkness and billows he sweeps from my sight; Rise! rise! ye wild tempests, and cover his flight ! 'Tis finished. Their thunders are hushed on the moors: Culloden is lost, and my country deplores.

But where is the iron-bound prisoner? where?
For the red eye of battle is shut in despair.
Say, mounts he the ocean-wave, banished, forlorn,
Like a limb from his country cast bleeding and torn ?
Ah! no; for a darker departure is near;
The war-drum is muffled, and black is the bier;
His death-bell is tolling; oh! mercy, dispel
Yon sight, that it freezes my spirit to tell !
Life flutters, convulsed, in his quivering limbs,
And his blood-streaming nostril in agony swims!
Accursed be the fagots that blaze at his feet,
Where his heart shall be thrown, ere it ceases to beat,
With the smoke of its ashes to poison the gale –

LOCHIEL.

Down, soothless insulter! I trust not the tale. For never shall Albin a destiny meet So black with dishonor, so foul with retreat. Though my perishing ranks should be strewed in their

gore Like ocean-weeds heaped on the surf-beaten shore, Lochiel, untainted by flight or by chains, While the kindling of life in his bosom remains Shall victor exult, or in death be laid low, With his back to the field, and his feet to the foe! And, leaving in battle no blot on his name, Look proudly to Heaven from the death-bed of fame!

THE LAST MAN.

en-tailed, settled firmly, bequeathed. tro'phied (tro'fid), adorned with tropag'eant (pajlant), fleeting show. phies. parted, departed.

vas'sals, servants, slaves. se-pulchral, pertaining to the grave. vis'ion (vizh'un), a sight. sear, dry.

wan, of a pale, sickly hue.

All worldly shapes shall melt in gloom,

The sun himself must die,
Before this mortal shall assume

Its immortality!
I saw a vision in my sleep,
That gave my spirit strength to sweep

Adown the gulf of time:
I saw the last of human mold
That shall Creation's death behold,

As Adam saw her prime.

The sun's eye had a sickly glare,

The earth with age was wan,
The skeletons of nations were

Around that lonely man!
Some had expired in fight, — the brands
Still rusted in their bony hands,

In plague and famine some:
Earth's cities had no sound nor tread;
And ships were drifting with the dead

To shores where all was dumb,

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