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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 :
With surly tone bids chee 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 disguiseIllumin'd his genius, and marked him her
Then the fell monsters of the wood, While youth smild serene on the morn of With harmless jaws unknown to blood
Subdued by love's delightful reign, his days
'Mid lambkins cropt the plain! His bosom enraptured beat high at her
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,
Man was co 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 harna the wasting storm ; cay.
But near thee be the fairies seen
To sweetest minstrelsy.
When high the moon floats in the sky, more,
And shines on Esk's stream gliding near,
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 Esk.
7. 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 of day,
great numbers in the Hebrides, flying up Where truth, love, and mercy, eternally Annan water, bloom.
By John JOHNSTON, the unlettered Bard -d, 2
7. B. of Currie Water, in Annandale.
WHITHER, 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 sniles ? cleugh's Grotto, Dalkeith Park's.
Cleave the wide expanse of air,
And dangers elemental dare,
The present Duchess, who raised this Thine own thoughts all thy company!
26th June 180.se
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 ciream'st of joys That's mething, gin' your breeks be aul', Of every bliss thy heart can prize,
An' hingin' in a tatter wallop. Here thy welcome ilight inviting,
O the waefu' want, &c. And thy raptur'd heart útlighting. Ye'll nae get brose, nor bread, nor cheese, Hence beans 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 waits 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 of nature's lythin, O speed chee 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, “ O could I fly, I'd fly with thee,”
Its neither beauty, wit, nor carriage ; 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, spreads her store ;
Hale beuks I've writ baith verse an' prose, Where generous friendship warmly glows,
An' monie a' roosin dedication, 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,
his brains into a ditry, And independance throned on high An'a' to please some worthless thing With lion heart and cagle eye.
Whase iron heart ne'er knew to pity.
My vera nose as sharp's a fillar,
Cauldeath will soon tak' me awa',
Ohon! Ohon: the want o siller! THE WARFU' 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 siae?
Foushtit in aul'hairmoully garret, Blight the bad blooming bonnilie?
Tear the sweet blossom of the tree?
So bloom'd the fairest, loveliest form,
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 a boddie's noddle,
And tore the lilac from the grove, That worth, nor wit, withouten pelf,
And strew'd its beauties on the ground! should nae be countit worth a boddle. Glasgow.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
R. H. But that the House is necessitated
to submit to his Majesty, that, under all Friday, March 10.
the circumstances of the case, from the unCHARGES AGAINST THE DUKE or 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! there 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 some 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 mysterious 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 Folestone, in a speech of consider, in support of them, consider it as their able length and energy, expressed his induty to state to his Majesty, chat the cor- tention of supporting Mr Wardle's motion. rupt practices alleged had existed; but that He commented on the treatment Mr Warthis 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 exainination 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 aoxious 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 evidences August 1809,
he should be willing to expiate it by any
upon the speeches 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 rheir 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 adjouried at ter living with her in excessive fondness, half-past four till Monday.
he could consign her, without any cause,
to infamy and disgrace.. Who; that had a Monday, March 13.
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 wonian, 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 cordoubt about the guilt of the Duke of York. ruption. A bankrupt of an infamous cha.. He then went into an examination of the racter was recommended to a situation unevidence, 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. ignoranc 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 mer 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 Birdett 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 influ. of 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 testimony had not been rehearsed be- ent. They had evidence such as no jury fore-hand. On the one hand, Miss Tay: could refuse. This was the greatest queslor'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 determined was, whether it exsurely, she would have brought forward isted or not. He then finished an anima. 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 Duke of York from the army.
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 own. Two principles were involved in that he disbelieved all the evidence. He the question; Ist, Whether they should then went into a long examination of the come to a decision on the subject; 2d, credibility of Mrs Clarke, and proved that What that decision should be. Mr Bankes' notwithstanding the circunstances in her amendment, he thought, would involve the situation, and the points alleged against House in an ambiguous decision. He a- her, her evidence was entitled to credit. greed with Sir Francis Burdett in his ideas There were two things so irresistibly strong of corruption. If it could be proved that in the evidence, as to render it impossible the Duke of York had connived at the re- for him to say that there was no ground ceipt of money by Mrs Clarke, or any one of charge against the Duke. The first else, the charge of corruption would be was the testimony of Miss Taylor respecbrought home to him. It was a question ting the conversation between the Duke to be decided entirely by the credibility of and Mrs Clarke about Col. French's levy, evidence. It was impossible for the House the second was the note in the Duke's writto decide upon the character and interests, ing about Major Tonyn's promotion. He he would not say of the Duke of York, but concluded by pointing out the necessity of of the meanest man in the land, by the addressing his Majesty to remove the Duke evidence they had heard at the bar, be of York from his office, cause it was not given upon oath. The Mr H. Smith did not think the evidence Hon. Member then entered into a long sufficient to induce the House to inflict cenand acute examination of the evidence, sure or punishment on the Duke of York. which ic is unnecessary to particularize, af. The Solicitor General thought it his ter the numerous speeches upon the sub- duty to state to the House the reasons that ject already given. Mrs Clarke's evidence had determined his opinion. The House required to be received with considerable ought first, he conceived, to come to a recaution, as she had a purpose to serve, and solution concerning the guilt or innocence was the declared enemy of the Duke. It of the Duke, before any address was vowas not sufficiently confirmed by other ted. He stated his reasons why Mrs testimony to justify the House in proceed- Clarke and Miss Taylor ought not to be ing on it. Her applications, it appeared, believed, and showed that the conduct of had often been unsuccessful, and she ap- the Duke of York to her could not have peared to have been in a miserable state of been adopted, unless he had confided in his ignorance with respect to military promo
innocence. tions. It must be admitted, that the Duke Mr Wyndham did not consider the evi. of York was culpable to a certain degree, dence as sufficient to convict the Duke of in not stedfastly prohibiting her to tak York, though it certainly was sufficient to or apply on the subject of military promo. raise suspicions, and for that reason he cions. 'The House had only undoubted would'vote (though very unwillingly) for proofs that application had been made by Mr Bankes's amendment. her in two cases, that of O'Meara and Lord Castlereagh admitted that Mrs Clavering. The first was not military, and Clarke had spoken a great deal of truth. the other had failed.
She had related her own transactions with Sir Samuel Romilly saw the subject un- accuracy, and had no motive to falsify; der consideration in a different point of but her charge of the connivance of the view from every person of the profession Duks of York he would not believe, beto which he belonged who had hitherto cause it was unsupported almost by others, spoken on it. It was impossible for him, and because she was actuated by resenta after considering the subject in all its bear
Had the Duke been guilty, he neings, co agree to the amendment of the ver would have dismissed her unconditionChancellor of the Exchequer. He thought ally, and far less braved her threats. They the original address ought to be yoted. It ought not to vote the Duke guilty, but, had been said that the House ought to if they thought him so, put him
his come to a decision on the charges against trial. the Duke of York. But no written char- Lord Milton had not formed his opinion ges had been brought forward. Mr War. from the gentlemen of legal habits, far less dle had stated facts in his opening speech, from Mr Burton, which went to say, that and a Committee had been appointed to when any contradiction appeared, the whole inquire into these facts. In the letter of evidence should be swept away. He had