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Until, amid his sorrowing clan,
My father's death revenged shall be !"
All loose her negligent attire,
Her lover, 'gainst her father's clan,
Of noble race the Ladye came;
Of Bethune's line of Picardie:
For when, in studious mood, he paced
His form no darkening shadow m traced
i The Cranstouns are an ancient border family, whose chief seat was at Crailing, in Teviotdale. They were at this time at feud with the clan of Scott; for it appears that the lady of Buccleuch, in 1557, beset the laird of Cranstoun, seeking his life. Nevertheless, the same Cranstoun, or perhaps his son, was married to a daughter of the same lady. The Bethunes were of French origin, and derived their name from a small town in Artois. The family of Bethune, or Beatoun, in Fife, produced three learned and dignified prelates; namely, Cardinal Beaton, and two archbishops of Glasgow, all of whom flourished about the date of this romance. Of this family was descended Dame Janet Beaton, Lady Buccleuch, widow of Sir Walter Scott of Branksome. She was a woman of masculine spirit, as appeared from her riding at the head of her son's clan after her husband's murder.
1 Padua was long supposed by the Scottish peasants to be the principal school of necromancy.
in The shadow of a necromancer was supposed to be independent of the sun.
And of his skill, as bards avow,
That chafes against the scaur's red side?
What may it be, the heavy sound,
From the sound of Teviot's tide,
It was the Spirit of the Flood that spoke,
Sleepest thou, brother ?"
On my hills the moon-beams play.
n The Scottish vulgar, without having any very definite notion of their attributes, believe in the existence of an intermediate class of spirits residing in the air, or in the waters; to whose agency they ascribe floods, storms, and all such phenomena as their own philosophy can. not readily explain. They are supposed to interfere in the affairs of mortals, sometimes with a malevolent purpose, and sometimes with milder views.
• A precipitous bank of earth.
P According to Nares, a dog always kept tied up on account of his fierceness, and with a view to increase that quality in him, which it certainly would do.-Halliwell, Arch. Dict.
From Craik-cross to Skelfhill-pen,
Emerald rings on brown heath tracing,
Mourns beneath the moon's pale beam.
"Arthur's slow wain his course doth roll,
The unearthly voices ceased,
It died on the side of the hill-
The sound still floated near; For it rung in the Ladye's bower, And it rung in the Ladye's ear. She raised her stately head,
And her heart throbbed high with pride:"Your mountains shall bend, And your streams ascend,
Ere Margaret be our foeman's bride!"
The Ladye sought the lofty hall,
A fancied moss-trooper,s the boy
Even bearded knights, in arms grown old,
Were stubborn as the steel they wore.
How the brave boy, in future war,
Exalt the Crescents and the Star.t
The Ladye forgot her purpose high,
One moment gazed with a mother's eye,
A stark moss-trooping Scot was he,
This was the usual appellation of the marauders upon the Border; a profession diligently pursued by the inhabitants of both sides, and by none more actively and successfully than by Buccleuch's clan. Long after the union of the Crowns, the moss-troopers, although sunk in reputation, and no longer enjoying the pretext of national hostility, continued to pursue their calling. They are said to have been called moss-troopers, because dwelling in the mosses, and riding in troops together.
t Alluding to the armorial bearings of the Scotts and Carrs. The arms of the Kerrs, of Cessford, were, vert on a chiveron, betwixt three unicorns' heads erased, argent, three mollets sable crest, a unicorn's head erased proper. The Scotts of Buccleuch bore or on a bend azure; a star of six points between two crescents of the first.
u The lands of Deloraine are adjoining to those of Buccleuch, in Ettricke Forest. They were immemorially possessed by the Buccleuch family under the strong title of occupancy, although no charter was obtained from the crown until 1545. Like other possessions, the lands of Deloraine were occasionally granted by them to vassals, or kinsmen, for border service.
The kings and heroes of Scotland, as well as the border-riders, were sometimes obliged to study how to evade the pursuit of bloodhounds.
Steady of heart, and stout of hand,
"Sir William of Deloraine, good at need,
And, though stars be dim, the moon is bright;
Will point to the grave of the mighty dead.
"What he gives thee, see thou keep;
Into it, knight, thou must not look ;
"O swiftly can speed my dapple-grey steed,
Ere break of day," the warrior 'gan say,
'Again will I be here:
And safer by none may thy errand be done,
Wer't my neck-verse at Hairibee." y
Soon in his saddle sate he fast,
w Lost, undone.
* The beginning of the 51st psalm, Miserere mei, &c., anciently read by criminals claiming benefit of clergy.
The place of execution at Carlisle for the border marauders.
z The defences of the outer gate of a feudal castle.
a A border tower.