Imágenes de páginas

A My lady, each night, sought the lonely light, So, by the black rood-stone,' and by holy St. John,
That burns on the wild Watchfold;

I conjure thee, my love, to be there!'-
For, from height to height, the beacons bright
Of the English foemen told.

« « Though the blood-hound be mute, and the rush

beneath my foot, “ The bittern clamour'd from the moss,

And the warder his bugle should not blow, The wind blew loud and shrill;

Yet there sleepeth a priest in the chamber to the east, Yet the craggy pathway she did cross

And my footstep he would know.'To the eiry Beacon Hill.

“O fear not the priest, who sleepeth to the east ! “ I watch'd her steps, and silent came

For to Dryburghề the way he has ta’en; Where she sat her on a stone;

And there to say mass, till three days do pass, No watchman stood by the dreary flame,

For the soul of a knight that is slayne.'It burned all alone.

“ He turn'd him around, and grimly he frowu'd; “ The second night I kept her in sight,

Then he laugh'd right scornfullyTill to the fire she came,

• He who says the mass-rite for the soul of that knight, And, by Mary's might! an Armed Knight

May as well say mass for me: Stood by the lonely flame.

"" At the lone midnight hour, when bad spirits have “ And many a word that warlike lord

power, Did speak to my lady there;

In thy chamber will I be. — But the rain fell fast, and loud blew the blast, With that he was gone, and my lady left alone, And I heard not what they were.

And no more did I see."

[blocks in formation]

1 The black-rood of Melrose was a crucifix of black mar- mains were ultimately represented by Sir Walter Scott, whose ble, and of superior sanctity.

remains now repose in the cemetery at Dryburgh.-Ed.] 2 Dryburgh Abbey is beautifully situated on the banks of 3 Eildon is a high hill, terminating in three conical sumthe Tweed. After its dissolution, it became the property of mits, immediately above the town of Melrose, where are the the Halliburtons of Newmains, and is now the seat of the admired ruins of a magnificent monastery. Eildon-tree is Right Honourable the Earl of Buchan. It belonged to the said to be the spot where Thomas the Rhymer uttered his order of Premonstratenses — The ancient Barons of New- prophecies. Sec ante, p. 573

[graphic][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small]
« AnteriorContinuar »