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What yet may jealous Roderick say
Nay, wave not thy disdainful head!
Bethink thee of the discord dread
That kindled when at Beltane game

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Thou ledst the dance with Malcolm Græme;


Still, though thy sire the peace renewed,
Smoulders in Roderick's breast the feud :

Beware! But hark! what sounds are these?

My dull ears catch no faltering breeze,

No weeping birch nor aspens wake,

Nor breath is dimpling in the lake;
Still is the canna's hoary beard,
Yet, by my minstrel faith, I heard
And hark again! some pipe of war
Sends the bold pibroch from afar.”


Far up the lengthened lake were spied
Four darkening specks upon the tide,
That, slow enlarging on the view,
Four manned and masted barges grew,
And, bearing downwards from Glengyle,
Steered full upon the lonely isle;
The point of Brianchoil they passed,




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Now might you see the tartans brave,

And plaids and plumage dance and wave:
Now see the bonnets sink and rise,
As his tough oar the rower plies;
See, flashing at each sturdy stroke,
The wave ascending into smoke ;


See the proud pipers on the bow,

And mark the gaudy streamers flow

From their loud chanters down, and sweep
The furrowed bosom of the deep,

As, rushing through the lake amain,
They plied the ancient Highland strain.


Ever, as on they bore, more loud
And louder rung the pibroch proud.
At first the sounds, by distance tame,
Mellowed along the waters came,
And, lingering long by cape and bay,
Wailed every harsher note away,

Then bursting bolder on the ear,

The clan's shrill Gathering they could hear,
Those thrilling sounds that call the might
Of old Clan-Alpine to the fight.

Thick beat the rapid notes, as when
The mustering hundreds shake the glen,
And hurrying at the signal dread,
The battered earth returns their tread.
Then prelude light, of livelier tone,
Expressed their merry marching on,
Ere peal of closing battle rose,

With mingled outcry, shrieks, and blows;
And mimic din of stroke and ward,
As broadsword upon target jarred;
And groaning pause, ere yet again,
Condensed, the battle yelled amain:
The rapid charge, the rallying shout,
Retreat borne headlong into rout,
And bursts of triumph, to declare
Clan-Alpine's conquest-all were there.
Nor ended thus the strain, but slow

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Sunk in a moan prolonged and low,
And changed the conquering clarion swell
For wild lament o'er those that fell.


The war-pipes ceased, but lake and hill
Were busy with their echoes still;
And, when they slept, a vocal strain
Bade their hoarse chorus wake again,
While loud a hundred clansmen raise
Their voices in their Chieftain's praise.
Each boatman, bending to his oar,
With measured sweep the burden bore,
In such wild cadence as the breeze
Makes through December's leafless trees.
The chorus first could Allan know,
"Roderick Vich Alpine, ho! iro!"
And near, and nearer as they rowed
Distinct the martial ditty flowed.



Hail to the Chief who in triumph advances!
Honored and blessed be the ever green Pine!
Long may the tree, in his banner that glances,
Flourish, the sheiter and grace of our line!
Heaven send it happy dew,

Earth iend it sap anew,

Gaily to bourgeon and broadly to grow,
While every Highland glen

Sends our shout back again,
"Roderigh Vich Alpine dhu, ho! ieroe!"

Ours is no sapling, chance-sown by the fountain,
Blooming at Beltane, in winter to fade;







When the whirlwind has stripped every leaf on the


The more shall Clan-Alpine exult in her shade.
Moored in the rifted rock,

Proof to the tempest's shock,
Firmer he roots him the ruder it blow;
Menteith and Breadalbane, then,
Echo his praise again,

66 Roderigh Vich Alpine dhu, ho! ieroe!"


Proudly our pibroch has thrilled in Glen Fruin,
And Bannochar's groans to our slogan replied;
Glen Luss and Ross-dhu, they are smoking in ruin,
And the best of Loch Lomond lie dead on her side.
Widow and Saxon maid

Long shall lament our raid,

Think of Clan-Alpine with fear and with woe:

Lennox and Leven-glen

Shake when they hear again, "Roderigh Vich Alpine dhu, ho! ieroe!"

Row, vassals, row, for the pride of the Highlands !
Stretch to your oars for the ever green Pine!

O that the rosebud that

graces yon islands

Were wreathed in a garland around him to twine!
O that some seedling gem,

Worthy such noble stem,

Honored and blessed in their shadow might grow!
Loud should Clan-Alpine then

Ring from her deepmost glen,
"Roderigh Vich Alpine dhu, ho! ieroe!"


With all her joyful female band

Had Lady Margaret sought the strand.







Loose on the breeze their tresses flew,
And high their snowy arms they threw,
As echoing back with shrill acclaim,
And chorus wild, the Chieftain's name;
While, prompt to please, with mother's art,
The darling passion of his heart,
The Dame called Ellen to the strand,
To greet her kinsman ere he land:
"Come, loiterer, come! a Douglas thou,
And shun to wreathe a victor's brow?
Reluctantly and slow, the maid
The unwelcome summoning obeyed,
And when a distant bugle rung,
In the mid-path aside she sprung:-
List, Allan-bane! From mainland cast
I hear my father's signal blast.

Be ours," she cried, "the skiff to guide,
And waft him from the mountain-side."
Then, like a sunbeam, swift and bright,
She darted to her shallop light,
And, eagerly while Roderick scanned,
For her dear form, his mother's band,

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The islet far behind her lay,

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From passion's dross refined and clear,
A tear so limpid and so meek

It would not stain an angel's cheek,
'Tis that which pious fathers shed
Upon a duteous daughter's head!
And as the Douglas to his breast


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