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Yet tho' dark Ruin's raven sway
Hath swept thy hour of pomp away,
Thy shadowy throne with gloomy pride o'erspread,
Where Tully's lips thy senates mov'd,
Where Horace tun'd the lyre he lov’d, Or Mantua's Swan, in Cæsar's happier day, Swell's with unruffled plume its pasțral lay,
Where Julius fell, and chaste Lucretia pour'd Her agonizing sout on Honour's beamy sword!
But lo! from Asia's hills afar
Descends a long continued train,
That throngs with troops the tented plain?
To fair Medina's distant strand,
Tyre's golden gates, Sabaea's balmy bloom,
Lift high the swelling strain,
So leaves the lord of beasts his lair,
Whether thy Shakespeare's thunders roll,
Or Milton drinks the gales of day.
The frowns of Danger widely spread,
And hover o'er thy fearless head :
On thee! the basest of the bad !
To drive insulted Virtue mad,
R. A. D.
My soul praise the Lord, speak good of his name,
Though hid from man's sight, God reigns on his throne,
By knowledge supreme, by wisdom divine,
And man, his last work, with reason endued,
ADDRESSED TO A LADY OF QUALITY
WITH A DRAWING OF LUNCARTY IN PERTHSHIRE, THE SCENE
OF THE WARLIKE ATCHIEVEMENTS OF HER ANCESTORS.
BY R. CARLYLE.
These classic margins of the silver Tay
* The battle of Luncarty was fought in the tenth century be. tween the Scots and Danes, soon after the latter invaded Scotland, in the reign of Kenneth the third King of Scotland. The Scots waited for the Danes after their landing, on the plains of Luncaity four miles above Perth, when a bloody battle ensued, at which the Scots were giving way on all sides. Hay, a peasant, accompanied by two of his sons, saw what was likely to be the issue of the day, and, armed with only such weapons as his occupation furnished him with, by the force of his valeur, courage, and heroic behaviour, he was not only instrumental in stemming the tide of the battle, but his prowess so animated the retiring troops of the Scots, that they rallied, repulsed, and effectually obliged the Danes to retire in great disorder to their ships, which lay at anchor at the mouth of the Tay. As soon as Kenneth heard of the gallant atchievement of the heroic peasant, be created hím Earl of Frroll, and gave him as much land as a Falcon fler over before he alighted. The flight of the bird happened to, be over the rich plain of Gowrie, commonly called the garden of Scotland.---From an origin so truly noble are descended the fami. lies of the Earls of Erroll and Kinnoul and the Marquis of Twee. Hale ; and if true benevolence, exalted dignity, and personal beauty, any way distinguish the human character, the descend. ants of so noble a progenitor prove themselves not only ennobied by the King of Scotland but by the King of Kings.
Hail land beloved! thy plains produced a man,
savage legions of a race abhorr'd.