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I've paced much this weary, mortal round,

And sage Experience bids me this declare• If Heav'n a draught of heav'nly pleasure

spare, • One cordial in this melancholy Vale, • 'Tis when a youthful, loving, modest Pair,

« In others arms breathe out the tender

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• tale, Beneath the milk-white thorn that fcents the

ey'ning gale.

X.

Is there, in human form, that bears a heart

A Wretch! a Villain! loft to love and truth! That can, with studied, sly, ensnaring art,

Betray sweet Jenny's unsuspecting youth? Curse on his perjur'd arts! difsembling smooth! Are Honor, Virtue, Conscience, all exild?

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Is there no Pity, no relenting Ruth,
Points to the Parents fondling o'er their

Child ?
Then paints the ruin'd Maid, and their distrac-

tion wild !

XI.

But now the Supper crowns their fimple

board, The healsome Parritch, chief o' Scotia's

food : The soupe their only Hawkie does afford, That 'yont the hallan snugly chows her

cood : The Dame brings forth in complimental

mood, To grace the lad, her weel-hain'd kebþuck, fell,

An

An' aft he's prest, an' aft he ca's it guid;

The frugal Wifie, garrulous, will tell, How 'twas a towmond auld, sin' Lint was

i’ the bell.

XII.

The cheerfu' Supper done, wi' serious face,

They, round the ingle, form a circle wide; The Sire turns o'er, wi' patriarchal grace, ,

The big ha-Bible, ance his Father's pride: His bonnet rev’rently is laid aside,

His lyart haffets wearing thin an' bare ; Those strains that once did sweet in Zion

glide, He wales a portion with judicious care; And Let us worship God!' he says, with so

lemn air.

XIII.

They chant their artless notes in simple guise; They tune their hearts, by far the noblest

aim : Perhaps Dundee's wild warbling measures rise,

Or plaintive Martyrs, worthy of the name; Or noble Elgin beets the heav'n-ward flame,

The sweetest far of Scotia's holy lays : Compar'd with these, Italian trills are tame;

The tickl'd ears no heart-felt raptures raise; Nae unison hae they with our Creator's

praise.

XIV.

The priest-iike Father reads the facred page, How Abram was the Friend of God on high;

Or, Or, Moses bad eternal warfare wage

With Amalek's ungracious progeny; Or how the royal Bard did groaning lye

Beneath the stroke of Heaven's ayenging

ire;

Or, Job's pathetic plaint, and wailing cry;

Or rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic fire; Or other Holy Seers that tune the sacred lyre,

XV,

Perhaps the Christian Volume is the theme,

How guiltless blood for guilty man was

Thed;

How He, who bore in Heav'n the second

name, Had not on Earth whereon to lay his

head: How His first followers and servants sped ;

The

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