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Nor lovelier to the bard's enamour'd
By whispering reeds o'erhung !" when calmly led
The brooks of Vallambrosa,+ nor do flowers,
Beneath Ausonia's sky, which seldom lowers,
Thou shin'st, a mirror for the cooing dove,
All day the linnet carrols, and, from grove,
Hio viridis tenera prætexit arundine ripas
MEL. Bucolic. vii.
Thick as autumnal leaves, that strew
Down from the gloomy forests of Dalkeith,
Where majesty surrounds a ducal home,
Between fresh corn-fields, gleaming, thou dost come;
Stands Inveresk, with its proud villas fair,*
Scotland's Montpelier, for salubrious air,
Below dost murmur pleasantly, thy green
And daisied banks outspread, where frequent seen,
Anglers, that patient o'er thy mirror lean. .“ Inveresk, with its proud villas fair," is beautifully situated on a little hill, on the northern border of the Esk; orchards and gardens stretching from behind the village, which is shaped like a half moon, to the slip of meadow ground, which borders the river. From the beauty of its situation, and the healthiness of the climate, it obtained of old the title of the Montpelier of Scotland.
This hill has been identified as the situation of a Roman colony, from numerous coins and relics of antiquity, which have at various times been dug up. About thirty years ago, a Roman bath was discovered almost entire. Vid. Sir John Sinclair.
During the civil wars, Oliver Cromwell used the Church of St Michael, on this hill, as barracks for his cavalry; and threw up a mound in the churchyard, for commanding the mouth of the Esk by cannon. The mound is still entire. Not many years ago, a subterraneous magazine of gunpowder was discovered not far from the spot.
The bridge over the Esk is supposed to be of Roman construction ; but no traces of its date are extant.
Three fields of battle are within three miles of Inveresk :-Carberry to the south; Pinkie immediately beneath it; and Prestonpans to the enst.
Delightful 'tis, and soothing sweet, at eve,
When sunlight, like a dream, hath pass'd away,
O’er Pentland's far-off peaks, and shades of grey
With stately lime-trees, forming gorgeous bowers,
'Mid perfumes bland of honey-scented flowers ;
That range along the South, out-stretching far,
And thee, translucent Esk, with face of blue,
A beech tree spreads aloft its emerald boughs ;
I rest alone; the west wind's perfumed breath
Mixing and meeting oft, their twilight dance,
While o'er the crown of Arthur's Seat a glance
And all is still-Ah! what is human life?
Sought fruits and wild-flowers, loud in boyhood's strife ?
How often, resting on this verdant sod,
Have I, blue Esk, thy dimpling current viewed,
Gliding serene, amid a solitude,
Tall, lithe, and yellow, with its pointed leaves ;
There, in the shade, where prickly bramble weaves
Of speckled trout, what time the summer flies
Whilst thou unmark d art moving to the sea,
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