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8. They sought him east, they sought him west,
They sought him all the forest thorough ;
They only heard the roar of Yarrow !
9. No longer from thy window look
Thou hast no son, thou tender mother!
Alas! thou hast no more a brother !
10. No longer seek him east or west,
No longer search the forest thorough,
He lies a lifeless corpse in Yarrow !
11. The tears shall never leave my cheek,
No other youth shall be my marrow;
And there with thee I'll sleep in Yarrow !
12. The tear did never leave her cheek,
No other youth became her marrow;
Yarrow.—The most classic stream in Scotland. Rises
in the south-west of Selkirkshire, and forms a small lake called the Loch of the Lowes, which communicates with the larger Lake of St. Mary's. The Yarrow joins the Ettrick a little above Selkirk, and the united streams fall into the Tweed. The stream is famous in Border story, and meets us in many of the old ballads, and in the writings of Scott and Hogg: Logan's ballad is a very good illustration of the kind of tales associated with the Yarrow. Wordsworth has two exquisite little poems on this stream entitled respectively, “Yarrow Unvisited," written in 1803, and " Yarrow Visited," written in 1814.
THE BLIND CHILD.
(ROBERT BLOOMFIELD, born 3rd December, 1766, author of
“Farmer's Boy,” published in 1800, and “Rural Tales,”
of voice to childhood dear,
he takes a noisy part,
Along the homeward path then feels his way,
BLOOMFIELD. Lifting his brow, &c.-An allusion to the singular habit
observed in all blind persons of keeping the head very erect, as if searching for the light.
LODGINGS FOR SINGLE GENTLEMEN. [GEORGE Colman, an able and successful dramatic author, was
born 21st October, 1762. His besi-known works are “Broad Grins,” “Poor Gentleman,” and “John Bull.”
He died 26th October, 1836.] 1. Who has e'er been in London, that overgrown
place, Has seen “Lodgings to Let” stare him full in the
Some are good, and let dearly; while some,
'tis well known, Are so dear, and so bad, they are best let alone. 2. Will Waddle, whose temper was studious and
lonely, Hired lodgings that took single gentlemen only; But Will was so fat, he appeared like a ton,
Or like two single gentlemen rolled into one.
But all the night long he felt fevered and heated;
sheep He was not by any means heavy to sleep. 4. Next night 'twas the same; and the next, and
the next; He. perspired like an ox; he was nervous and
Week passed after week, till, by weekly succession,
His weakly condition was past all expression. 5. In six months his acquaintance began much to
doubt him ; For his skin, “like a lady's loose gown,” hung
about him ; He sent for a doctor, and cried like a ninny : “I have lost many pounds — make me well
there's a guinea. 6. The doctor looked wise : “A slow fever,” he said :
Prescribed sudorifics and going to bed. “Sudorifics in bed," exclaimed Will, "are humbugs! I've enough of them there without paying for
drugs !” 7. Will kicked out the doctor; but when ill indeed,
E'en dismissing the doctor don't always succeed;
I'm the fat single gentleman six months ago ? 8. “Look’e, landlord, I think,"argued Will with a grin,
“That with honest intentions you first took me in: But from the first night—and to say it I'm boldI've been so hanged hot, that I'm sure I caught
cold.” 9. Quoth the landlord : “ Till now I had ne'er a dis
pute; I've let lodgings ten years; I'm a baker to boot; In airing your sheets, sir, my wife is no sloven;
And your bed is immediately over my oven.” 10. “ The oven!” says Will. Says the host : “Why
this passion ?" In that excellent bed died three people of fashion. Why so crusty, good sir ?” “ Zounds !” cries Will,
in a taking, "Who wouldn't be crusty with half-a-year's baking?" 11. Will paid for his rooms; cried the host, with a
half a year.” “Friend, we can't well agree; yet no quarrel,”
THE LAND O' THE LEAL.
[CAROLINE OLIPHANT, BARONESS NAIRN, belonged to the family
of the Oliphants of Gask, in Perthshire. She was born on
Like snaw-wreaths in thaw, John;
To the land o' the leal.
I the land o' the leal.
2. Our bonny bairn's there, John;
She was baith gude and fair, John;
To the land oʻthe leal.
In the land o' the leal.
3. Sae dear's that joy was bought, John,
Sae free the battle fought, John,
To the land o' the leal.