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To view such mockery of his art ?
For Fame is there say wbo bleeds,
All rejoicing in his decay."-BYRON-Siege of Corinth. ] ["Remove yon skull from out the scatter'd heaps.
!s that a temple where a god may dwell?
Childe Harold.) [“These reflections on an ancient field of battle afford the
All night, in this sad glen, the maid
most remarkable instance of false taste in all Mr. Scott's writings. Yet the brevity and variety of the images serve well to show, that even in his errors there are traces of a powerful genius.”JEFFREY.]
(“The snood, or riband, with which a Scottish lass braided her hair, had an emblematical signification, and applied to her maiden character. It was exchanged for the curch, toy, or coil, when she passed, by marriage, into the matron state. But if the damsel was so unfortunate as lo lose pretensions to the name of maiden. without gaining a right to that of matron, slie was neither permitted to use the snood, nor advanced 10 the graver dignity of the curch. In old Scottish songs there occur inany sly allusions to such misfortune; as in the old words to the popular tune of “Over the muir among the er."
"Down amang the broom, the broom,
Down amang the broom, my dearie,
That gard ber greet till sbe was wearie,"
Alone, among his young compeers,
[MS." Till, driven to frenzy, be believed
Tbe legend of bis birth received.")
The desert gave him visions wild,
1 In adopting the legend concerning the birth of the Founder of the Church of Kilmalie, the author has endeavoured to trace the effects which such a belief was likely to produce, in a barbarous age, on the
to whom it relaled. It seems likely that he must have become a fanatic or an impostor, or that mixture of both which forms a more frequent character than either of them, as existing separately. In truth, mad persons are freqnently more anxious to impress upon others a faith in their visions, than they are themselves confirmed in their reality; as, on the other hand, it is difficult for the most cool-headed impostor long to personate an enthusiast, without in some degree believing what he is so eager to have believed. It was a natural attribute of such a character as the supposed hermit, that he should credit the numerous superstitions with which the minds of ordinary Highlanders are almost always imbued. A few of these are slightly alluded to in this stanza. The River Demon, or River-horse, for it is that form which he commonly assumes, is the Kelpy of the Lowlands, an evil and malicious spirit, delighting to forebode and to witness calamity. He frequents most Highland lakes and rivers; and one of his most memorable exploits was performed upon the banks of Loch Vennachar, in the very district which forms the scene of our action : it consisted in the destruction of a
Swell’d with the voices of the dead;
funeral procession, with all its attendants. The "noontide bag," called in Gaelic Glas-lich, a tall, emaciated, gigantic female figure, is supposed in particular lo haunt the district of Knoidart. A goblin dressed in antique armour, and having one hand covered with blood, called, from that circumstance, Lham-dearg, or Red-hand, is a tenant of the forests of Glenmore and Rothiemurcus. Other spirits of the desert, all frightful in shape and malignant in disposition, are believed to frequent different mountains and glens of the Highlands, where any unusual appearance, produced by mist, or the strange lights that are sometimes thrown upon particular objects, never fails to present an apparition to the imagination of the solitary and melancholy mountaineer. (MS.-" The fatal Ben-Shie's dismal scream;
And seen her wrinkled form, the sign
Of woe and death to Alpine's line."] Most great families in the Highlands were supposed to have a lutelar, or rather a domestic spirit, attached to them, who took an interest in their prosperity, and intimated, by its wailings, any approaching disaster. That of Grant of Grant was called May Moullach, and appeared in the form of a girl, who had her arm covered with hair. Grant of Rothiemurcus had an attendant called Bodach-an-dun, or the Ghost of the Hill; and many other ex