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Our boat is small, and the tempest raves,
Push bravely, mates! Our guiding star
They who may tell love's wistful tale
Their bark is tacking to the gale,
Love like the silent stream is found
The deeper that it hath no sound
Submit, my heart ; thy lot is cast,
I feel its inward token;
Yet last till thou art broken.
SONG. [Version taken from an old song, Wood and married and a'.]
The bride she is winsome and bonny,
Her hair it is snooded sae sleek,
New pearlins and plenishing too;
Her mither then hastily spak,
'The lassie is glaikit2 wi' pride; ,
And draw out your thread in the sun;
'Toot, toot,' quo' her grey-headed faither,
'She's less o' a bride than a bairn,
Wi' sense and discretion to learn.
As humour inconstantly leans,
That yokes wi' a mate in her teens.
1 finery, lace. * silly. • * goods and dowry. * colt.
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A kerchief sae douce and sae neat O'er her locks that the wind used to blaw! I'm baith like to laugh and to greet When I think of her married at a'!'
Then out spak the wily bridegroom,
Weel waled were his wordies, I ween, 'I 'm rich, though my coffer be toom',
Wi' the blinks o' your bonny blue e'en.
Though thy ruffles or ribbons be few,
She turn'd, and she blush'd, and she smiled,
And she looked sae bashfully down; The pride o' her heart was beguiled,
And she played wi' the sleeves o' her gown. She twirled the tag o' her lace,
And she nipped her boddice sae blue,
1 empty. 2 hare.
[THE 'Ettrick Shepherd,' born in 1770 in Selkirkshire, where his forefathers had been sheep-farmers for generations, was 'discovered' by Sir Walter Scott very much in the same way in which Allan Cunningham was discovered by Cromek. Scott struck across him while engaged in his search for The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. The living minstrel, in this case however, was not under the necessity of passing off his own poems as relics of an older time; Scott at once recognised his talent, and gave him a helping hand. Hogg threw aside the crook for the pen, migrated to Edinburgh, and wrote for the magazines and the booksellers. He was one of the projectors of BlackwoocCs Magazine in 1817, and became famous as one of the interlocutors in the Noctes Ambrosianae, The Queen's Wake, on which his poetic reputation chiefly rests, was published in 1813. He died in 1835.]
Hogg owed his introduction to letters to the same sort of accident as Cunningham, and there was not a little similarity besides in their careers. Of both it may be said that there was as much of the elements of poetry in their lives as in their books. Hogg was a more boisterous character, with a much less firm grip of reality, and most at home in wild burlesque and the realms of unrestrained fancy. The combination of rough humour with sweetness and purity of sentiment is by no means rare; but Hogg is one of most eminent examples of it; all the more striking that both qualities were in him strongly accentuated by his demonstrative temperament. His humour often degenerates into deliberate loutishness, affected oddity; and his tenderness of fancy sometimes approaches 'childishness,' or, as the Scotch call it, 'bairnliness.' But with all his extravagances, there is a marked individuality in the Shepherd's songs and poems ; he was a singer by genuine impulse, and there was an open-air freshness in his note.
W. MlNTO. A Boy's Song.
Where the pools are bright and deep,
Where the blackbird sings the latest,
Where the mowers mow the cleanest,
Where the hazel bank is steepest,
Why the boys should drive away
But this I know, I love to play,