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LADY OF THE LAKE.
HARP of the North ! that mouldering long hast hung
On the witch-elm that shades Saint Fillan's spring, And down the fitful breeze thy numbers flung,
Till envious ivy did around thee cling, Muffling with verdant ringlet every string,
O minstrel Harp, still must thine accents sleep? Mid rustling leaves and fountains murmuring,
Still must thy sweeter sounds their silence keep, Nor bid a warrior smile, nor teach a maid to weep?
Not thus, in ancient days of Caledon,
Was thy voice mute amid the festal crowd,
I[MS." And on the fitful breeze thy numbers flung,
Till envious ivy, with her verdant ring,
When lay of hopeless love, or glory won,
Aroused the fearful, or subdued the proud. At each according pause was heard aloud?
Thine ardent symphony sublime and high ! Fair dames and crested chiefs attention bow'd;
For still the burden of thy minstrelsy Was Knighthood's dauntless deed, and Beauty's
O wake once more! how rude soe'er the hand
That ventures o'er thy magic maze to stray; O wake once more I though scarce my skill command
Some feeble echoing of thine earlier lay : Though harsh and faint, and soon to die away,
And all unworthy of thy nobler strain, Yet if one heart throb higher at its sway,
The wizard note has not been touched in vain. Then silent be no more! Enchantress, wake again!
[MS.-"At each according pause thou spokest aloud
Thine ardent sympathy.”]
But, when the sun his beacon red
· [MS.-" The blood-hound's notes of heavy bass
Resounded hoarsely up the pass.”] [Ua-var, as the name is pronounced, or more properly Vaigla mor, is a mountain to the north-east of the village of Callender in Menteith, deriving its name, which signifies the great den, or
cavern, from a sort of retreat among the rocks on the south side, said, by tradition, to have been the abode of a giant. In latter times, it was the refuge of robbers and banditti, who have been only extirpated within these forty or fifty years. Strictly speaking, this stronghold is not a cave, as the name would imply, but a sort of small enclosure, or recess, surrounded with large rocks, and open above head. It may have been originally designed as a toil for deer, who might get in from the outside, but would find it difficult to return. This opinion prevails among the old sportsmen and deer-stalkers in the neighbourhood.
1 [Benvoirlich, a mountain comprehended in the cluster of the Grampians, at the head of the valley of the Garry, a river which springs from its base. It rises to an elevation of 3330 feet above the lovel of the sea.
Faint, and more faint, its failing din
Less loud the sounds of silvan war
The noble stag was pausing now,
1 [« About a mile to the westward of the inn of Aberfoyle,