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Ah! why still relentless does death aim the O thither turn thy straying feet,
At twilight's pleasing, sober hour,
Within this hermit bower.
Here all a source of stillness proves,
No noises rude the calm infest,
Will lull thy fretted mind to rest :
No porter here, in haughty state,
With surly tone bids thee depart,
But open stands the humble gate,
As is its owner's heart !
Romantic grot! as thee I view,
I see, by fancy's pict'ring eyes, ray,
With friendship's mark, guile to disguise... Illumin'd his genius, and marked him her
Then the fell monsters of the wood, While youth smild serene on the morn of Subdued by love's delightful reign, his days
With harmless jaws unknown to blood
'Mid lambkins cropt the plain! His bosom enraptured beat high at her name;
O age of bless! when man was fed Her star shone before him, with truth. On what his fields and flocks supplied, beaming blaze,
And with a home, like to this shade,
Men was to brother then no slave,
War was to him unknown; from whence mind,
It poets name of Golden gave,
Primeval innocence !
Sweet spot! may no intruder rude But the heart that each grace and each Thy shell-embellished walls deform; virtue refined,
And may the genius of the wood Now slumbers and moulders in silent de Turn from thy harm the wasting storm; cay.
But near thee be the fairies seen Forgotten, unheeded, the pleasures of lore, To dance around that ivy'd tree, Forgotten the joys his dear home can im Footing so light the primrosed green, part ;
To sweetest minstrelsy. The once lovely names, he remembers no When high the moon floats in the sky, more,
And shines on Esk's stream gliding near,
Retired from mortal's prying eye,
And with them all this threshold strew,
Or twist them into shape which shows The voice of a mother, the tear of her love, Thy honour'd name* Buccleugh. But lo! hope descends with soul-cheering Banks of Ésk.
J. S. ray, To gild the dread horrors that brood on the
On seeing a Starnal, a species of Sea-gull, And shows our dear youth, in the regions rarely to be met with here, but found in
great numbers in the Hebrides, flying up Where truth, love, and mercy, eternally Annan water, bloom.
By John JOHNSTON, the unlettered Bard Wm-f-d, 2
7. B. of Currie Water, in Annandale. 26th June 1809. S
HITHER, Wanderer, dost thou roam
From thy native western home? LINES,
How could'st thou leave those happy isles Written on visiting the Duchess of Buc
Where peace unruffled ever smiles ? cleugh's Grotto, Dalkeith Park's.
Cleave the wide expanse of air,
And dangers elemental dare,
The present Duchess, who raised this Thine owo thoughts all thy company!
Brave the angry ocean's roar
Its nae your wit, its nae your lear, To seek this distant, dang’rous shore! Tho'ye cud on Pegassus gallop, Poor bird! thou fondly dream'st of joys That's mething, gin' your breeks be aul', Of every bliss thy heart can prize,
An' hingin' in a tatterwallop. Here thy welcome ilıght inviting,
O the waefu' want, &c. And thy raptur’d herit delighting. Ye'll nae get hrose, nor bread, nor cheese, Hence beams thine eye unwonted fire, Nor social drap to weet your wizzen, Hence heaves thy breast with new desire, Nought cares the polish'd man o' wealth, Wheeling round thy airy measure,
Tho' wizzen wame and a' gae gizzen. In all the luxury of pleasure.
Whan lucky stars gi'e leave to sit Thou knewest not, simple bird! the snare Roun' comfort's cozy cutchack beekin', That lurks in pleasure's tempting glare ; To set your vera creepie stool, Thy heedless eye o'erlooks the danger ; Baith rich an' puir will aft be seekin'. That waics to whelm the wand'ring stran- Whan beffe wi' care and fell mishap, ger.
An' puirtith hauds a bodie gauntin', Mark yon straggler on the heath
There's unco few will speer your ail,
Because the penny siller's wantin'.
An' now a days there's nae sic thing
As lovin' hearts o' nature's lythin', O speed thee from this fatal shore,
There'll nae a body leuk your way,
Gif that the siller binna kythin'.
What is't, think ye, links hauns an' hearts,
Its neither beauty, wit, nor carriage; " () could I fly, I'd fly with thee," O'er mountain wild and stormy sea,
For frae the cottage to the ha' And gladly every danger brave,
Its siller ay 'at mak's the marriage. Where sinks the day star in the wave.
I've been in love outowr the lugs,
As monie ither chiel asore me,
Yet cause my mailen was but sma'
The sawcy fizzle did abhor me. And plenty, smiling, spreavis her store ;
Hale beuks I've writ baith verse an' prose,
An' monie a' roosin dedication, Where generous friendship warmly glows, And pity's melting tear o'erflows : But nae ane owned the puir báugh chiel', Where lovely woman, beauty's queen,
An' now there's nought but grim starvaBreathes sweetest blisss on every scene.'
tion. Where manly freedom crowns each brow Wow! monie a rhymin' hungry chiel' That scorns to tyrant's rage to bow,
Has spun his brains into a ditry, And independance throned on high An' a' to please some worthless thing With lion heart and eagle eye.
Whase iron heart ne'er knew to pity.
My vera nose as sharp's a fillar,
Caul' death will soon tak' me awa',
Ohon! Ohon: the want o siller! THE WAEFU' WANT O'SILLER.
WILLIE WAEFU.' Tune.Roy's Wife.
SONG. COME, ragged brethren o' the Nine,
Join ilka honest purseless callan', HAVE ye e'er seen the primrose bloom, The waes o' duddie soublets sing,
So lovely fair, by bank and brae ?
The milky blossom of the slae ?
Fousheit in aulhairmoully garret, Blight the bud blooming bonnilie ?
Tear the sweet blossom of the tree?
So bloom'd the fairest, loveliest form, o the waefu' want
That earth or ocean e'er could bear!
O why was Celia ever born?--
Or why was Celia half so fair! Gin your pouch be scant o siller, For on the morn of life and love, Its war nor a' the waes o' life,
Death's ruthless tempest roar'd around, Whilk sair benum á boddie's noddle;
And tore the lilac from the grove, That worth, nor wit, withouten pelf,
And strew'd its beauties on the ground! hould nae be countit worth a boddle. Glasgow
Proceedings of Parliament.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
R. H. But that the House is necessitated Friday, March 10.
to submit to his Majesty, that, under all
the circumstances of the case, from the unCHARGES AGAINST THE DUKE OF York. becoming and unhappy connexion into
which his R. H. had fallen, and from the THE House resumed its investigation of direct wound which would be given to the
the evidence against the Duke of York. public morals and religion of the kingdom,
Mr Bankes observed the importance of it is impossible that his R. H. should conthe investigation, the unwillingness with tinue any longer in the command of the which he entered into it, and the probable army." mischiefs to which it must give rise. The Mr Yorke opposed the plan proposed by amendment of the Chancellor of the Ex- Mr Bankes, as tending to render the subchequer embraces only two points of the "ject still more confused and perplexed than charge, namely, personal corruption and He observed, that Mrs Clarke had criminal connivance. Mr Bathurst proper: been a paramour of Mr Ogilvie, an army ly adverted to a third, namely, undue in- agent, before she went under the protecfluence. There was still a fourth, to which tion of the Duke of York! chere she must he begged leave to call the attention of the have learned all the mystery of army inHouse, namely, the offence against public trigue. She had stated, that her dabbling morals, in the scandalous and unbecoming in commissions had not commenced till six connexion acknowledged by his Royal months after her establishment in GloucesHighness. He then made seme observa- ter Place, and was the consequence of the tions upon the evidence. Miss Taylor, he inadequateness of his funds to support her. thought, deserved credit; the mysterio1fs But the first proposal of Colonel French note in Captain Sanden's possession he con- was dated 1st February 1804, only a month sidered as genuine, and, together with Ge- after that establishment commenced; a neral Clavering's letter, proved that an un- proof that her assertion was false. If the restrained communication on military mat- charges against the Duke were made out, ters existed between the Duke of York and it would not be sufficient to deprive him of Mrs Clarke ; and this was what he consi- the command of the army. They ought dered as undue influence. He then con- undoubtedly to vote his exclusion from the cluded as follows:- Upon the whole, succession. But as he considered him as therefore, Sir, I most fully acquit his Roy- innocent, he did not think that necessary. al Highness of any personal corruption ; but He concluded by opposing the motion. I cannot acquit him of something which at Mr Leach could neither concur with least approaches to a criminal connivance. the original address, nor with the amend. Under this impression, Sir, I shall move ment. He then went into an elaborate disthat an address be presented to his Majes- cussion to prove the inadmissibility of the iy, humbly representing to him, that the witnesses against the Duke of York, espeHouse, having duly examined all the char- cially Mrs Clarke and Miss Taylor. ges produced before them, and the evidence Lord Folkstone, in a speech of considere in support of them, consider it as their able length and energy, expressed his induty to state to his Majesty, that the cor- tention of supporting Mr Wardle's motion. rupt practices alleged had existed; but that He commented on the treatment Mr Wara this House has the satisfaction to state, that dle had at first received from the supporthere does not appear any proof that his ters of the Duke, supported the credibility Royal Highness the Commander in Chief of the evidence, and pointed out various was guilty either of personal corruption, or inconsistencies in the examination of Col. of a direct criminal connivance: 'That fur- Gordon and Mr Adam. thermore, in the execution of their duty, in Mr Adam vindicated his evidence, and examining the evidence, the House have showed that it contained no contradiccions had the satisfaction to discover the excel nor inconsistencies. He had begun his publent condition of the army under the com- lic career before Lord Folkstone was born, mand of his Royal Highness, and felt it represented a respectable county, and theretheir duty to express their full and entire fore was'apxious to set himself right with approbation of its present and actual state, the House and the country. If any inconand to impute that flourishing state to his sistency could be made out in his evidence, August 1809,
he should be willing to expiate it by any,
upon the speecbes of the Chancellor of the punishment whatever. He animadverted Exchequer and the Attorney General, and upon some observations cast upon his son showed bow little they had succeeded in in the newspapers, and pointed out their their endeavours to destroy the credibility falsehood. He thought the House should of Mrs Clarke. The conduct of Mrs Clarke, first come to a resolution upon the inno- was to him a conclusive proof that she spoke cence or guilt of his Royal Highness. truth; she would not have dared to tell
Mr Smith said, he was convinced that them that Donovan would deny a fact, as the severest vote they could pass would be he in fact did till it was forced from him. the most acceptable to the country; point. Several cases had been passed over, because ed out the importance of the characters of they were not military, as that of Dr O'Princes; the stability of the throne at the Meara, which he considered as peculiarly commencement of the French Revolution, bad. The stopping of Major Turner's rehe ascribed to the excellent character of the signation, at the request of Mrs Sutherland, King; and regretted that, one or two steps was injurious and unjust. How had the lower down, the virtue was not in propor. Duke himself behaved to Mrs Clarke ? Af. tion to the rank.- The House adjourued at ter living with her in excessive fondness, half-past four till Monday.
he could consign her, without any cause, Monday, March 13.
to infamy and disgrace. Who, that had a
heart, would have left the woman that had The House proceeded with the adjourn. lived under his protection in debt? Against ed debate on the evidence respecting the the testimony of this wonfan, they had the Duke of York's conduct, when the Secre- honour of a Prince: His royal word had tary at War opposed the address proposed also been given for an annuity to her, to by Mr Bankes. He was convinced that a pay her debts, and then he could resist the great majority of the House considered payment, and say there was no bond, no Mrs Clarke's evidence as of no value. If legal demand for it; there was honour for it could be received, there could be no you. The case of Kennet was one of cor. doubt about the guilt of the Duke of York. ruption. A bankrupt of an infamous chaHe then went into an examination of the racter was recommended to a situation upevidence, to show that Mrs Clarke's testi- der Government, because he was raising a inony ought not to be credited. She was loan for the Duke of York. The Chancel. ignorant of the routine of the Duke's office, lor of the Exchequer had said, that this was which could not have been the case, if the an age the least corrupt of any in the his. communications on these subjects with the tory of the country. He forgot that men Duke of York had been free. She knew now blinked, and took pecuniary rewards, not the time when the appointments were under the name of office, emolument, and to appear, and in :he case of Tonyn made in many other ways. The burden of the her application a week after the promotion taxes, like a two-edged sword, reduced men had taken place.
to poverty, and exposed them to be sedu. Sir Francis Burdett rose to perform a ced by bribery. When Gentlemen acquit. duty which might well be called painful, ted the Duke of York of corruption, be. but which it still behoved him to fulfil. cause he took no money, they did not conThe attempts to do away the evidence of sider that corruption had nothing to do Mrs Clarke had been vain; the long-con with money, but was to be found in the tinued examinations and cross-examinations bad moral motive for action ; undue influof the Attorney General and the other ence swaying the mind from honour and lawyers had brought us nothing to obviate justice. The Duke of York and Mrs her consistency. She was called a supe. Clarke were always in straits, always grasprior genius; but no ingenuity could have ing at momentary pecuniary relief, somekept her free from inconsistencies, had pot times together. It was strange to think her story been true. The very contradic- that any of the Royal Family should be retions of Mrs Clarke were proofs that she duced to such straits. The case was very had entered into no conspiracy, and that strong; any one of the charges was suffici. het testimoniy had not been rehearsed be. ent. They had evidence such as no jury fore-hand. Ôn the one hand, Miss Tay. could refuse. This was the greatest quesJor's unimpeachable evidence had been ex. tion that had been before the House of cepted against ; on the other, it was affirm. Commons since that of the seclusion of a ed her testimony meant nothing. These Duke of York from the succession. The objections destroyed each other. If her justice of England was at stake. The quesevidence had been planned before hand, tion to be decermined was, whether it exsurely, she would have brought forward isted or not.
He then finished an apima. something which would have made against ted and long speech by declaring, that unthe Duke. He commented with severity der every impression, he could have no he
sitation in voting for the dismissal of the the Duke, (which he considered as a very
unfortunate and improper one (he had deThe Master of the Rolls observed, that precated the House coming to any decision. he had bitherto refrained from speaking, It was painful for him to give his opinion, because he wished to hear the opinion of but he could not say that there was no other Members before he delivered his ground for charges against the Duke, or
Two principles were involved in that he disbelieved all the evidence. He
to a decision on the subject; 2d, credibility of Mrs Clarke, and proved that
on the subject of military promo, raise suspicions, and for that reason he
She had related her own transactions with
Had the Duke been guilty, he ne-