ground, and constructing huts for saved Mary Lawson.” On another the summer residence of the fisher- occasion, I was bunting on the Scotmen, has never been disputed by tish mountain of Criffel, and having the natural lord of those thriftless reached its summit I sat down to domains. It was on this debate- look around on the fine prospect of able ground, between the barren sea sea and land below me, and take and the cultivated field, that the ma- some refreshment. At a little distance riner fixed his abode; but it soon I saw somewhat like the figure of a appeared that he wished to extend human being, bedded in the heath, his possessions, and augment his and lying looking on the Solway from household accommodation. He con- a projecting rock, so still and mostructed a larger and more substan- tionless that he seemed dead. I tial house, with equal attention to went near: it was Miles Colvine; he durability and neatness; he fenced seemed unconscious of my approach, off the sea by a barrier of large and, looking stedfastly on the sea, stones, and scattered around his remained fixed, and muttering, as dwelling a few of the common flowers long as I continued on the mountain. which love to blossom near the sea Indeed, wherever he went he talked breeze. The smoke of his chimney, more like a man holding communion and the unremitting clank of his with his own mind, than one sharing hammer finishing the interior ac. his thoughts with others, and the commodations, were seen and heard general purport of such imperfect from afar. When all this was con- sentences as could be heard was cluded he launched his boat and that he had vowed many men should took to the sea again, and became perish for some irreparable wrong they known from the Mull of Galloway to had offered to a lady. Sometimes the foot of Annan-water.

he spoke of the lady as his wife, or I remember the first time that ever I his love, and the men he had doomed saw him was in the market-place of to destruction as the lawless crew Dumfries: his beard seemed of more of his own vessel. At other times than a year's growth, his clothes, once he addressed his seamen as spirits, rich and fine, were darned and whom he had sent to be tortured for patched, and over the whole he wrongs done in the body, and his wore a kind of boat-cloak, which, lady as an angel that still visited his fastened round his neck, descended daily dreams and his nightly visions. nigh the ground; but all this penury Through the whole the cry of recould not conceal the step and air venge, and the sense of deep injury, of other and better days. He sel- were heard and understood by all. dom looked in the face of any one; When Miles Colvine had fairly man he seemed to regard with an finished his new residence, and the eye of scorn, and even deadly ha- flowers and fruits had returned to tred; but on women he looked with field and tree, he was observed to softness and regard, and when he launch his boat: this was a common happened to meet a mother and child occurrence, but a small lair of sheephe gazed on them with something skins, a jar of water, and some dried of settled sorrow and affection. He fish, called kippered-salmon by the once made a full stop, and gazed on Scotch, looked like preparation for a a beautiful girl of four or five years long journey. The journey was bes. old, who was gathering primroses on gun, for he was seen scudding away the margin of the Nith; the child, southward, by the light of the stars, alarmed at his uncouth appearance, and no more was seen or heard of shrieked and fell in its fright into him for some time. Day after day the deep stream; the mariner made his door continued shut, his chimney but one spring from the bank into ceased to smoke, and his nets hung the river, —-saved the child, replaced unemployed. At length the revenue it in its mother's bosom, and re- cutter from Saint Bees arrived at sumed his journey, apparently un- Allanbay, to land a cargo of fine conscious that he had done aught Hollands which the officers had taken remarkable. Ever after this the from an Irish smuggler, between Carchildren of Dumfries pursued him rickfergus and the Isle of Man. They with the hue and cry, “ Eh! come had been terribly alarmed, they said, and see the wild bearded man, who on their way, by the appearance, about the third watch of the night of a vist- and wild, now hung orderly about onary boat, navigated by a bearded his neck and temples. The natural fiend, which scudded with supernatu- colour was black, but snow-white ral swiftness along the surface of the locks now predominated; his look water. This tale, with all the varie was hale, but sorrowful, and he ations which a poetical peasantry seemed about forty years of age. readily supply, found its way from The figure of the creature that accottage to hamlet, and from hamlet companied him was much too tender to hall. Old men shook their heads, and beautiful to last long in a situaand talked of the exploits of the great tion so rule and unprotected as the fiend by sea and land, and wished cottage of a fisherman. It was a fethat good might happen to Old Eng- male, richly dressed, and of a beauty land from the visit of such a circum- so exquisite, and a look so full of navigator. Others, who were wil- sweetness and grace, that the rude ling to believe that the apparition scene around was not wanted lo exwas Miles Colvine on a coasting alt her above all other maidens I voyage, seemed no less ready to con- had ever seen. She glided about the found the maritime recluse with an cottage, arranging the various arevil being, who had murdered a ticles of furniture, and passing two whole ship’s crew, sunk their ship, white hands, out-rivalling the fairest and dwelt on the coast of " cannie creations of the sculptor, over the Cumberland,” for the express pur- rude chairs and tables, and every pose of raising storms, shaking corn, moment giving a glance at the mariand making unwedded mothers of ner, like one who took delight in half the fair damsels between Sark- pleasing him, and seemed to work foot and Saint Bees. Several mis- for his sake. And he was pleased. I fortunes of the latter kind, which saw him smile, and no one had ever happened about this time, confirmed seen him smile before; he passed his this suspicion, and his departure hand over the long clustering tresses from the coast was as welcome as of the maiden ; caused her to sit rain to the farmer after a long down beside him, and looked on her drought.

face, which outgrowing the child About a fortnight after this e- had not yet grown into woman, with vent, I happened to be on a moon- a look of affection, and reverence, light excursion by water, as far and joy. as the ruined castle of Comlongan, I was pondering on what I witnessI was accompanied by an idle friend ed, and imagining an interview with or two, and, on our return, we the unhappy mariner and his beautiful allowed the receding tide to carry child, for such his companion was, as along the Cumberland coast, till when I observed the latter take out we came nearly opposite the cottage a small musical instrument from a of Miles Colvine. As we directed chest, and touching its well-ordered our boat to the shelter of a small strings with a light and a ready hand, bank, I observed a light glimmering she played several of the simple and in the mariner's house, and landing plaintive airs so common among the and approaching closer, I saw plainly peasantry of the Scottish and English the shadows of two persons, one tall coasts. After a pause she resumed and manly, the other slim and sylph- her instrument, and, to an air singulike, passing and repassing on the larly wild and melancholy, sang the wall. I soon obtained a fairer view. following ballad, which relates to I saw the mariner himself, his dress the story of her father's and mother's once rude and sordid was replaced misfortunes; but the minstrel has by one of the coarsest materials, but observed a mystery in his narrative remarkably clean, his beard was re- which excites suspicion rather than moved, and his hair, once matted gratifies curiosity.


O mariner, O mariner,

When will our gallant men
Make our cliffs and woodlands ring

With their homeward hail agen;


Full fifteen paced the stately deck,

And fifteen stood below,
And maidens waved them from the shore,

With hands more white than snow;
All underneath them flash'd the wave,

The sun laugh'd out aboon,
Will they come bounding homeward,
By the waning of yon moon?

O maid, the moon shines lovely down,

The stars all brightly burn,
And they may shine till doomsday comes,

Ere your true love return;
O'er his white forehead roll the waves,

The wind sighs lowne and low,
And the cry the sea-fowl uttereth

Is one of wail and woe;
So wail they on, I tell thee maid,

One of thy tresses dark
Is worth all the souls who perish'd
In that good and gallant bark.

O mariner, O mariner,

It's whisper'd in the hall,
And sung upon the mountain side

Among our maidens all,
That the waves which fill the measure

Of that wide and fatal flood,
Cannot cleanse the decks of thy good ship

Or wash thy hands from blood;
And sailors meet, and shake their heads,

And ere they sunder say,
God keep us from Miles Colvine,
On the wide and watery way.

And up then spoke he, Miles Colvine,

His thigh thus smiting soon,
By all that's dark aneath the deep,

By all that's bright aboon,
By all that's blessed on the earth,

Or blessed on the flood,
And by my sharp and stalwart blade

That reveld in their blood-
I could not spare them ; for there came

My loved one's spirit nigh,
With a shriek of joy at every

stroke That doom'd her foes to die.

“O mariner, O mariner,

There was a lovely dame
Went down with thee unto the deep,

And left her father's hame
His dark eyes like a thunder cloud

Did rain and lighten fast,
And, oh, his bold and martial face

All grimly grew and ghast:
I loved her, and those evil men

Wrong'd her as far we ranged ;
But were ever woman's woes or wrongs

More fearfully avenged?

The ballad had proceeded thus far, head to shriek till the shores rang, when a band of smugglers from the and pray till the saints grew deaf; coasts of Ireland and Scotland, unit- ah, my hearties, it wouldn't do. ing the reckless desperation of the What the devil holds this door?former with the craft and tact of the stand by till I show you how handlatter, attracted by the secure and somely I'll pitch it against the wall. naked coast, and perhaps by the lone- Ah, I wish you had seen me when ly house, which presented hope of I upset the house of Ranald Mulplunder with little appearance of re- lagen, in Lurgen, and made the bonsistance, landed to the number of niest blaze you ever saw in the wide seven, and leaping over the exterior world, at all—at all.” And setting wall, seized the door and shook it his shoulders to the door, he thrust violently, calling loudly for admit- with all his might, and though setance. I lay down with my two conded by his comrades, who seemed companions behind a small hedge of all alike eager for violence, the door furze, to see the issue of this visit, resisted his utmost efforts. “ Stand for at that time I imagined the mari- back, my darlings,” said the misner maintained some mysterious cor- creant, “ I'll show you a trick worth respondence with these fierce and two of this; I'll teach you how we lawless men. “ Open the door," bring out a bonnie lass from a bolted said one, in a strong Irish accent, chamber, in little Ireland ; " so say

or by the powers I'll blow your ing, he proceeded to prime a pistol, cabin·to peelings of potatoes about having previously hammered the flint your ears, my darlings.”—“ Hout, with a little steel cross, curiously Patrick, or what's your name," said chased and ornamented, which he one of his comrades, in Lowland took from his bosom. " Ah," said Scotch, " ye mauna gang that he, “may the devil cork me up in rough way to wark, we maun speak a stone bottle, and send me to seek kindly and cannilie, man, till we out the latitude of the lake of dark. get in our hand, and then we can ness, if I don't carve up that old hetake it a' our ain way, like Willie goat into relics !-Now, come on, Wilson's sow, when she ran off with my early boys—my souls of boys; the knife in her neck.” The mariner, the boy that won't do as I do deon hearing this dialogue, prepared serves to be whipped through Purhimself for resistance, like one per- gatory with the tail of Saint Patrick's fectly well acquainted with such ren- ass. Thack an' thunder! hell's to counters. With a sword in one hand, hinder us when I clap my pistol una cocked pistol in the other, and a der the thatch.” In a moment the brace in his belt, he posted himself door opened, Miles Colvine stood on behind the door, and in a low voice the threshold, a cocked-pistol in bis admonished his daughter to retire right hand, his sword gleaming in to a little chamber constructed for his left, his eyes shooting from them her accommodation. With a voice a fierce dark light, but his manner which, though quivering with emo- perfectly calm and collected. Betion, lost nothing of its native sweet- hind him came the beautiful form of ness, the young maiden answered, his daughter, with a bent pistol in Oh let me be near you?-let her hand, and shuddering from head me but be near you?”—Her low to foot at the immediate peril which and gentle voice was drowned in the seemed to beset her father. These wild exclamations of one of the maritime desperadoes started back smugglers. “ Och, my dears, let us at this sudden apparition of an armed break the door, and clap a red turf man, and even their miscreant leadto the roof, and all to give me light er, forward as he was, recoiled a to see to kiss this maiden with the pace or two. The mariner eyed him sweet voice. By the holy poker that for a moment, and said, “ Did my stirred the turf-fire beneath the first sword then do its work slovenly, and potatoe, I have not been within seven did the deep sea not devour thee, acres broad of a woman since we thou immeasurable villain? but God sailed with Miles Colvine’s lady.- has given thee back to earth, to beAnd by the bagpiper she was a come a warning how sure and how bouncer, and a pretty din she made certain just vengeance is.” And leapabout it after all, and took it into her ing on him as he spoke, I saw the

A very

pistol flash, and the gleam of the kinds which the Solway affords. A descending sword, in almost the small bed stood near the chimney, same instant. I instantly started swelled with the feathers of sea-fowl, up with my companions, and the and hillocked high with quilts and smugglers, perceiving this sudden re- mantles, from beneath which some inforcement, carried off their com- linen looked out, only rivalled in panion, groaning, and cursing, and whiteness by the snow. praying; and pushing their boat small chamber was constructed at from the shore, vanished along the the farther end, into which May misty bosom of the summer sea. Colvine disappeared for a moment to

I found Miles Colvine standing on re-adjust her dress, and, perhaps, the threshold of his house, and his add some other of those artificial atdaughter on her knees beside him. tractions which women always bring He knew me, for we had often passed in to the aid of their natural charms. each other on the beach and on the The mariner seated himself, motioned sea, and he was aware that I was a

me to a seat, over which a sheepfriend, for I had endeavoured in vain skin was thrown, while a lamp, fed to oblige him in his forlorn state plentifully with oil, and suspended with little acts of kindness. « Come from the roof, diffused light over the hither, sir,” said the mariner, “I apartment. Nor was the place dehave to thank you for aid this night." voted to brute comfort alone: several He paused for a moment, and then books, among which I observed Rosaid, in a lower tone, “I know your binson Crusoe, and Homer's Odyssey faith is not my faith, and that your in Greek, with a curious collection life is not embittered with what has of northern legendary ballads, were embittered mine. But tell me, sir, scattered about, and a shepherd's tell me, do you believe that the events pipe and a fiddle were there to bring of our life are ordained, for what hath music to assist in the dissipation of happened to night seems of a wise melancholy thought. May Colvine Being's ordering." “ Surely, sir," I now came forth from her little chamsaid, “ God knoweth all things, pre- ber, with an increase of loveliness, sent and to come, but whether he such as a rose appears when refreshpermits evil deeds to be wrought, or ed in dew. She had laid aside the ordains good ones to be done"- snood of silk and pearl which en“ Enough, enough,” said the mari- closed her hair, and the curling luxu. ner, May Colvine, my love, trim riance of her ringlets descended over thy father's shealing, and set the her shoulders, while her white temsupper-table in array, for it is or- ples, and whiter neck, were seen dained that our deliverers shall rest through the waving fleece which fell with us, and break bread at our so profusely over them. Her father board; so come in, Francis Forster.” gazed on her like one who recals the And into the mariner's cottage we lovely past in the beautiful present, walked, not unawed by the presence and his thoughts had flitted to other of a being of whose temper and cou- days and remoter climes, for after a rage we had seen such a proof. brief reverie he said, “Come, my

If the exterior of the cottage was love, the vessel is ready, the mari. rude and unskilfully built, the interior ners aboard, the sails spread to the was wonderfully commodious and wind, and we must pass the haunted neat. The floor was laid of drifted ship headland before the moon goes down." timber, and the walls were hung with The maiden meanwhile had filled nets as with tapestry, and fish-spears the supper board with such coarse and gaff-hooks of steel, sharp and fare as the cabin afforded, and adbright, were grouped like weapons for dressing her father said, “ Sir, the battle in a chieftain's hall of old. The table is prepared, your guests are fruits of the fisherman's skill were waiting, and will expect you to bless every where visible; the chimney- the fare which is set before them.” mantle, a beam of wood which ex- The mariner laid his hat aside, and tended from side to side of the cot- sitting in his place, after the manner tage, was covered with kippered sale of the Presbyterians, said Thou mon, large, and red, and savoury, who spreadest thy table on the deep and various kegs were filled with waters, and rainest down abundance salted fish of the many excellent in the desert places, make this coarse

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