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The pearl and the rose are the emblems of Mary,
The Maid of Glenconnel once lovely and gay, A false lover woo'd herye damsels, be wary
Now scath'd is the blossom-now dimm'd is the ray.
You have seen her, when morn brightly dawn'd on the mountain,
Trip blithely along, singing sweet to the gale,
Or wending, at eve, to her home in the vale.
With the flowers of the willow-tree blent in her tresses,
Now, woe-worn and pale, in the glen she is seen, Bewailing the cause of her rueful distresses
How fondly he vow'd,--and how false he has been.
To yon fausê stream, that near the sea,
Hides monie a shelve and plumt,
A witless knicht did come,
* This beautiful piece of Poetry was recovered from the recitation of a lady, who heard it sung by the servants in her father's family, above fifty year
+ Plum, a deep hole in the river.
The day shines clear,far in he's gane,
Whar shells are silver bricht,
And sparkling to the licht:
When as he lav’d, sounds cam sae sweet,
Frae ilka rock and tree,
The Mermaid's face to see t.
ago. It is believed, notwithstanding some modern expressions, to be very ancient. The lady mentions that it was very popular on the Carrick coast of Ayrshire. It bears a striking resemblance to a fragment written by Mr Pinkerton, and to be found in his collection, beginning thus,
Whar yon clear burn, frae down the loch,
Rins saftlie to the sea,
A squire of valour hie.dc.
There is another piece to be found in Jamieson's Collection of Popular Ballads and Songs, called the “Waterwoman" a translation from the German of Goethe, exactly similar in the story, and nearly so in description with the “ Mermaid.” We do not know at what period the “ Waterwoman” first made its appearance; but should be inclined to suppose, from internal evi. dence, that it was not imitated from “ Pinkerton's fragment,” which, among other things, wants the catastrophe.
* Brief, literally a writ, here a sentence. In the account of Gourie's Conspiracy, appended to Gall's “ Gabions,” it is used in the sense of “ irresistible spell."
+ The Mermaid's face to see. It appears that Mermaids could injure even by a look; and on this circumstance turns the ballad of“ Clerk Colvin."
Frae 'neath a rock, sune, sune she rase,
And statelie on she swam, Stopt in the midst, and beck'd and sang",
To him to stretch his hand
Gowden glist the yellow links,
That round her neck she'd twine; Her een
vas o' the skyie blue, Her lips did mock the wine.
The smile upon her bonnie cheek,
Was sweeter than the bee;
Upon the birchen tree.
Sae couthie, couthief did she look,
And meikle had she fleech'd † ; Out shot his hand, alas, alas !
Fast in the swirl q he screech'd.
* Becked and sang, becked signifies beckoned.Mermaids too, like other syrens of antiquity, were supposed to have the power of fascination by sing. ing; thus Shakespeare:
“O train me not, sweet Mermaid, with thy song, 3 To drown me in my sister's flood of tears."
Comaly of Errors. · + Couthie, Kindly. | Fleeched, Flattered.
Shot, Stretched. Swir Whirlpool.
The Mermaid leuch", her brief was gane,
And kelpie's + blast was blawing,
For deep, deep was she fawing.
Aboon the stream his wraith | was seen,
Warlocks Stirl'd lang at gloamin;
Ere lang the waves war foamin'.
THE TRUE MODEL.
My friend is the man I would copy thro’ life,
* Leuch, Laugh’d.
Wraith. The spectral appearance of a person about to die, or recently dead. Ś Warlocks tirl'd lang at gloamin'.-Warlock's, Wizard's,-To tirl, is to
this line is obscure. The meaning may perhaps be, that the Warlocks took the roofs off many houses ; an occurrence by no means Bricommon when Scotland was infested by those sons of darkness - Tirl also signifies to knock gently. 1 Course, tempestuous, rough
Still happy in his station,
Nor heads the snares,
Nor knows the cares,
Nightly singing, cheerily.
His heart is enlarg'd, tho' his fortune is scant,
He seeks no idle squabble,
To clear his way,
From day to day.
When he smiles, 'tis merrily.
How charming to find in his humble retreat,
Relaxing from his labours
With plain regale,