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BY MR JOHN TAIT.
“ When Winter comes, the sweetest flow'ret drops ;:
" And oaks themselves must bend before the
While thus I spake, a voice assaild my ear: 'Twas sad ;-'twas slow; it filld my mind
with dread ! “Forbear," it cried - thy moral lays forbear:
“ Or change the strain, for FERGUSSON is dead !
** Have we not seen him sporting on these plains?
“ Have we not heard him strike the Muse's lyre? • Have we not felt the magic of his strains,
Which often glow'd with Fancy's warmest fire ?
“Have we not hop'd these strains would long bez
heard ? “ Have we not told how oft they touch'd the
BY MR JOHN TAIT.
" And has not Scotia said, her youthful BARD
Might spread her fame ev'n to the distant pole
“ But vain, alas ! are all the hopes we rais'd; « Death strikes the blow-they sink-their
reign is o'er; “ And these sweet songs, which we so oft have
“prais'd" These mirthful strains shall now be heard
# This, this proclaims how vain are all the joys
" Which we so ardently wish to attain ; « Since ruthless Fate so oft, so soon destroys
“The high-born hopes even of the Muses' train."
I heard no more. The cock, with clarion shrill,
Loudly proclaim'd th' approach of morning nearThe yoice was gone but yet I heard it still
For every note was echo'd back by fear.
“ Perhaps," I cried, ere yonder rising sun
“ Shall sink his glories in the western wave; “ Perhaps ere then my race too may be run,
« And I myself laid in the silent grave.
« Oft then, O mortals ! oft this dreadful truth
“Should be proclaim'd-forfate is in the sound « That Genius, Learning, Health, and vigorou
- Youth, May, in one day, in Death's cold chains be
TO VOLUME SECOND.
NOTE 1, P. 21. Dr Wilkie had a farm near St. Andrews, on which he made great improvements.
NOTE 2, P. 123.
NOTE 3, P. 130.
NOTE 4, and 5. P. 143.
NOTE 6, p. 144. The Poet alludes to a gentleman in Dunferme line, who sent him a challenge, being highly offended at the concluding reflection in the “ Exe pedition to Fife.
NOTE 7, P. 146.
NOTE 9, P. 146.
NOTE 9, P. 152.
The late Sexton,
NOTE 10, P. 159. This Poem was written about the time a bill was in agitation for vesting the whole funds of Hospitals, and other charities throughout the Kingdom, in Government stock, at three per Cent.
NOTE 11, and 12, P. 184. 185. Pandemonium and the Cape were two social Clubs
NOTE 13, P. 193.
NOTE 14, p. 194. An allusion to the state of the North Bridge after its fall.
NOTE 15, P. 202.