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The rest their way through thickets break,
And soon await him by the lake,
It was a fair and gallant sight,
To view them from the neighbouring height,
By the low-levellid sunbeam's light!
For strength and stature, from the clan
Each warrior was a chosen man,
As even afar might well be seen,

By their proud step and martial mien. I am now, not only to eat the flesh from the bone, but even to tear off the inner skin, or filament?” The hint was quite sufficient, and MacLean next morning, to relieve his followers from such dire necessity, undertook an inroad on the mainland, the ravage of which altogether effaced the memory his former expeditions for the like purpose.

Our officer of Engineers, so often quoted, has given us a distinct list of the domestic officers who, independent of Luichttach, or gardes de corps, belonged to the establishment of a Highland Chief. These are, l. The Henchman. See these notes, p. 108. 2. The Bard. See p. 67. 3 Bladier, or spokesman. 4. Gillismore, or sword-bearer, alluded to in the text. 5. Gillie-casflue, who carried the chief, if on foot, over the fords. 6. Gillie-comstraine, who leads the chief's horse. 7. Gillie-Trushanarinsh, the baggage man. 8. The piper. 9. The piper's gillie or attendant, who carries the bagpipe. Although this appeared, naturally enough, very ridiculous to an English officer, who considered the master of such a retinue as no more than an English gentleman of L.500 a-year, yet in the circumstances of the chief, whose strength and importance consisted in the number and attachment of his followers, it was of the last consequence, in point of policy, to have in his gift subordinate offices, which called immediately round his person those who were most devoted to him, and, being of value in their estimation, were also the means of rewarding them.

i Letters from Scotland, vol. II. p. &

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Their feathers dance, their tartans float,
Their targets gleam, as by the boat
A wild and warlike group they stand,
That well became such mountain-strand.

XXVIII. Their Chief, with step reluctant, still Was lingering on the craggy hill, Hard by where turn'd apart the road To Douglas's obscure abode. It was but with that dawning morn, That Roderick Dhu had proudly sworn To drown his love in war's wild roar,' Nor think of Ellen Douglas more ; But he who stems a stream with sand, And fetters flame with flaxen band, Has yet a harder task to proveBy firm resolve to conquer love ! Eve finds the Chief, like restless ghost. Still hovering near his treasure lost; For though his haughty heart deny A parting meeting to his eye, Still fondly strains his anxious ear, The accents of her voice to hear, And inly did he curse the breeze That waked to sound the rustling trees. But hark ! what mingles in the strain ? It is the harp of Allan-Bane, 1 [MS," To drown his grief in war's wild roar,

Nor think of love and Ellen more."]

That wakes its measures slow and high,
Attuned to sacred minstrelsy.
What melting voice attends the strings?
'Tis Ellen, or an angel, sings.


Hymn to the Virgin.
Ave Maria ! maiden mild !

Listen to a maiden's prayer!
Thou canst hear though from the wild,

Thou canst save amid despair.
Safe may we sleep beneath thy care,

Though banish’d, outcast, and reviled-
Maiden ! hear a maiden's prayer;
Mother, hear a suppliant child!

Ave Maria /

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Ave Maria! undefiled!

The flinty couch we now must share Shall seem with down of eider piled,

If thy protection hover there. The murky cavern's heavy airo

Shall breathe of balm if thou hast smiled ; Then, Maiden ! hear a maiden's prayer, Mother, list a suppliant child !

Ave Maria !

? [MS.-“The flinty couch my sire must share."]
? (MS.-" The murky grotto's noxious air.”]

Ave Maria ! stainless styled !

Foul demons of the earth and air, From this their wonted haunt exiled,

Shall flee before thy presence fair. We bow us to our lot of care,

Beneath thy guidance reconciled; Hear for a maid a maiden's payer, And for a father hear a child !

Ave Maria !

Died on the harp the closing hymu-
Unmoved in attitude and limb,
As list’ning still, Clan-Alpine's lord
Stood leaning on his heavy sword,
Until the page, with humble sign,
Twice pointed to the sun's decline.
Then while his plaid he round him cast,
“ It is the last time—'tis the last,"
He muttered thrice,—“ the last time e'er
That angel-voice shall Roderick hear!"
It was a goading thought-his stride
Hied hastier down the mountain-side ;
Sullen he flung him in the boat,
And instant 'cross the lake it shot.
They landed in that silvery bay,
And eastward held their hasty way,
Till, with the latest beams of light,
The band arrived on Lanrick height,

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Where muster'd, in the vale below,
Clan-Alpine's men in martial show.

XXXI. A various scene the clansmen made, Some sate, some stood, some slowly stray'd; But most with mantles folded round, Were couch'd to rest upon the ground, Scarce to be known by curious eye, From the deep heather where they lie, So well was match'd the tartan screen With heath-bell dark and brackens green; Unless where, here and there, a blade, Or lance's point, a glimmer made, Like glow-worm twinkling through the shade. But when, advancing through the gloom, They saw the Chieftain's eagle plume, Their shout of welcome, shrill and wide, Shook the steep mountain's steady side. Thrice it arose, and lake and fell Three times return'd the martial yell; It died upon Bochastle's plain, And silence claimed her evening reign.

(MS.—“Where broad extending far below,

Moster'd Clan-Alpine's martial show,"]

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