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that snood of black silk in your hair? become of their father and their moand wherefore do ye sigh while we ther-gone to the kirkyard in the question ye about him who sat on fulness of years. And they were rethat old seat of stone?". And the se- freshed with food, and had change of cond brother, who had been a soldier apparel given unto them. from his youth, and endured many * Now kilt your kirtle, Rebecca,” hardships, and braved many perils in said the elder sister, “ and run over breach and battle, threw himself the moor, and tell James Macgee and across the bench of stone, and said, his wife, and his daughter, that our ~ Alas! alas ! he who loved his sons three brethren are returned. Tell and his daughters, and guided their Edom Macgowan also, that the sons youthful footsteps, will never sit on of his ancient friend have been spared that ancient seat more." And tears to his prayers, and wish to see him came into his eyes, and he looked in their father's house. And tell Baralong the way which winded down bara Baillie,” she added in a whisper the hill side to the parish burial- not meant to be audible, “ that her ground.
old lover is come back from the wars, The two maiden sisters looked straight and hale, and weel-looking, wistfully upon them-but foreign with a tassel of gold upon his left climates, the vicissitudes of for- shoulder-unharmed by sword or tune, and the hand of time, had so bayonet, save a touch of a bullet on changed their looks, that they knew his left cheek--and I think,” said she, not their brethren. Now there lay stealing a look at her brother while beneath that bench of stone, nestled she spoke, " he looks all the more warm on a lair of soft hay and long manly for it. And now,” she added, wool, an old sheep-dog-toothless, “run, lass, and forget not as ye come and nearly footless, gray and almost through the village, that we entertain bald with age,-which was but a three beloved brethren, and that whelp of a half-year old at their de- something delicate and nice will be parture. While those words passed; wanted to improve our rude moorhe uttered something between a cry land cheer.” And the younger sisof pleasure and pain; and coming ter hastened away with a light foot slowly out from his resting place, and a lighter heart, and the elder looked wistfully on the faces of the busied herself in comforting and constrangers; he smelt them, and con- versing with her brethren.“ I have sidered them awhile, and moved his sailed to many a far land,” said the tail swifter and swifter, and then, elder brother, “ and when my indus, setting up a long and melancholy try made me rich, the wind and the howl, endeavoured to leap upon the whirlwind, the quicksand and the knees of the elder brother, who had sunken rock, made me poor ; I had seated himself on the bench. “Ah, ships and bold seamen-some have Yarrow, my lad,” said his old master, sunk, some have perished, and some “I have heard the cry of a man have come to port: but I am here mysmitten in a sea fight, the weeping self, my sister, with gold, and with a of a woman over her love, and the warm heart which is better than wailing of an orphan babe-but I gold, and the afternoon of our life Tiever heard a cry so mournful and will be calm and pleasant.” “And I," so pathetic as thine;" and he caught said the second brother, “have fought up his old companion and caressed with sword and with gun against the him. “ You are my brother-my enemies of my country in many a elder brother !" said the youngest of strange land. In battle and in camp his sisters, throwing her arms around have I ever thonght of my native his neck. “ And we also are your home-when I saw a brown hill I brothers," said the other two, thought on Cosincon--when i saw a * come from a far land to witness the fair promontory I thought on Caerdesolation of our father's house." laverock--and when I saw a little There was silence for a small space cottage in a wild place I thought on then there was weeping and embra- my father and my sisters; and now cing, and interchange of loving looks am I returned, not undistinguished, and kindly hands. Few words passed to spend my days in peace, and make till they all entered the house, and, the hearth-fire of our old house shine scating themselves, learned what had to the roof-tree in the winter event.
ings.” “ And here am I, thy younger hand. Strong is the faith of him who brother,” said the third ; « nor tales trusts in the hollow wood and the of perils by land or sea have I to tell, hempen string when the fierce tembut the humble and curious adven- pest comes on. Woe, and alas, I had tures of one who sought to find out once a son--an only son, who disobeythe superstitions, beliefs, and ways ed his father and went to sea; and and manners of man, and who returns whenever the wind sang in our chimto his native hill with an affectionate ney-top I looked sad and my wife wept beart also, and some of the precious and many a tear she shed, but we things of this life which gladden and never heard more of our poor sea-boy. comfort man.” “ And I receive you, Tell me, therefore, some of your advenmy brethren,” answered the elder tures on the waves, I pray you; and sister, “ with a heart which absence when you describe some wild and had not rendered cold :-I also have stormy region with a rough sea and my tale to tell; the history of your a wild people, I shall think I hear father's house is not uninstructive. the tongue of my own begotten son Dissensions among our rulers, and telling of the perils he had braved.” civil wars, have turned Scotland into . “ You may remember, brethren,” a fighting field since your departure; said Allan Lorburne, “ that on the and even down that green brae- morning we left our home, and the side, where the brackens grow so long, mother we were never more to see, have I seen the war horses spurred our father accompanied us to the foot to battle and their riders bathed in of the little hill where three roads gore. Famine too followed the steps separate. "My three fair sons,' he of war, and a pest came among us, and said, “it is fore-ordained that we many died—the flocks perished on the must part-that you must yourselves hill, the lover on his way to his bride, part, each to pursue his fortune in and the mother even as she gave the world—and something tells me suck to her fatherless child. Much, we shall never meet again. Our my brethren, have I to tell you-you native land is bare and sterile ; the will find the summer day too short land of the stranger is rich and fertile, for the story of our joys and our flowing with honey and waving with sorrows."
corn, and the women wear as much It was a pleasant thing, and also a gold and precious stones in their sad, to look on these reliques of their locks as would buy Glenesling glen, early friendship, summoned to wel- and all the flocks of Fardenrush. Be come the return of the three brethren, wise, therefore, and be prudent-the and seated with them at the evening stranger needs your strength-he fire. Grey hairs and wrinkled cheeks gets even richer by your understandwere there—the mirth of youth and ing—his ships waft home the gold the gravity of years, and the mingled and the spices of foreign parts-he is joy and sedateness of both. There an ocean-prince, and you would do was frequent interchange of looks well to trim your shallop and sail and scrutiny of persons; brief histo- under the protection of his banner. ries were told of the fate of old pa- Go, therefore, my sons; and when you rochial acquaintances--tragical ends, have raised a name, and gathered and sudden deaths, and slow and lin riches together, return to your native gering disorders, had made the hill and spend the remainder of your churchyard the dwelling-place of days in peace, and go quietly to the many an early friend.
“ And now, grave, and have a Scottish sod laid Allan Lorburne," said an old friend of on your bosom. And so my blessing his father's, “ listen to me - Thou art go with you. a mariner-a seafaring man--one of
"For you, my eldest-born, it is those who venture in ships and go written on your brow that you are down to see the wonders of the great to be a sojourner on the sea-an imdeep. Many perils hast thou doubt- plorer of the western wind for a less braved; for lee-shores and deep steady and a propitious breeze, and quicksands, sudden squalls and mid- an entreater of Heaven for a full sea night tempests, the wind and the and a prosperous voyage. It is a whirlwind, the thunder and the fire, life of peril; but it is also, to an adwork sore mischiefs among ships- venturous and enthusiastic mind, a those frail creations of man's wit and life of much joy :-joy to him who
loves to visit ancient and renowned visage was darkened by many a lands, and see cities signalized in West Indian sun, Come, my bomie, song and story:-joy to one who youth, and I will teach thee how to wishes to mark the ways and the win thy fortune on the waters: I characters of strange and savage na- will teach thee to steer with the tions, and who desires to drop anchor compass by day and the stars by on coasts of pearl and of gold. Mark night, and show thee the way to gain my words: thou wilt have to mingle gold among islands of sugar-cantes, on the sea with fierce and savage and frankincense, and spice. So spirits, who delight in fraud and come with me, my pretty landsman, violence in outrage and in plunder and we will sail to the shore where -with men who buy and sell human the maidens are frank and free, with flesh and blood-who tear the Babe cheeks like a China orange, and from the mother's breast, and scourge clothes which you might hide in the her with a scourgemen who fear ease of a ridding-comb. Come not Him in heaven; but, trusting to with me rather, young man,' said their winged waggons, go traversing another captain, whose cheeks still the deep, working woe to the inha- bore tokens of a maritime battle, bitants of the lonesome isle and the scorn stowage and pilotage, and unprotected coast. Restrain when brokerage, and barter, and all those thou canst these base spirits-mingle petty shifts of inferior spirits which not in their counsel, partake not in tame down a pretty lad like you ; and their deeds—they shall surely be pu- come where the cannons roar and the nished.--I have known such a life cutlasses flash in boarding our enes myself; and I ever found that the mies' ships on the sunny shore of winds and the waves, the sunken Barbary. Come, and I will teach rock and the false quicksand, the you to point the cannon and level the arrow and the sword, were ministers boarding pike, and humble those ene of vengeance for outrage and deeds mies of old Scotland, the Frenchman of blood. Go, my child, and may For- and the Spaniard.' Or rather dome tune find thee, and Honour adopt thee with me, my cannie landsman,' said for her son.'--and parting from my a third captain, and I will teach father, I took the left-hand road, which thee how to steer, and traffic, and conducted me to a fair city and finc fight-to sell silks and spice, and haven, where ships of many nations brave thy enemy with pistol and cutrode at anchor.
lass. Come and join the merry crew “I had never looked on such a of the good ship Rover, where every scene before-and though I had often man can count you out as much heard of the ocean, and of the ships Spanish gold as would buy half a which wandered upon its waves, and dozen of these heathy and rocky bills imaged to myself, as the maritime to which you look back with a sigh. tale went round, a curious structure There's mickle mirth on the deep for wafting man and his luxuries, and there's no Sunday on five-fathom fancy I found had presented me with of water. And if ye love music, and nothing so beautifiil as the vessels maidens, and red winte, we find these which floated before me. Their commodities on every shore-bah, swelling and painted sides-their merry may the maid be who lays her tall, and smooth, and tapering masts love on a sailor. While he continued --their milk-white canvas expanded speaking, a couple of his comrades to the wind, streamers of all colours half conducted and half carried one floating from topmast and prow, and into a little boat, and I soon found the song of the busy sailors, as they myself on the deck of the goodoship ascended and descended, and trim- Rover, Captain Cutawa commander. med the sails, and prepared for the “As the morn rose the tide flowed voyage-formed altogether a sight into the bay not with that slow and which threw an enchantment over almost imperceptible 'swell which my youthful mind. I stood with belongs to the ocean on the more parted lips and wide-opened eyes, southern parts of the coast--but it devouring the scene spread out in came on in long ranks of waves in maritime glory before me- and I swift and undulating succession, stood not unobserved. Come, my ruming three feet abreast, and bearbonnie youth,' said a captain, whose ing with it a multitude of pellocks,
which came shooting forward, and don't run to cold steel for a tickle on plunging and lifting their coal-black the shoulder with the boatswain's heads above the moon-light waves. tawse. Here, Dick Grogson, bring The captain gave a shrill whistle-in us a pair of cupfulls of the neat a moment the sail was spread to the Dutch article-a friendship that's not wind, the vessel moved away, and soldered with strong drink is like a the hills, and shore, and city, began castle wall cemented with sawdust. to lessen and subside as we sought By the divinity of six fathoms of our path through the waters. I stood sea-water, many's the small quarrel and gazed on the foaming furrow at I make for the sake of the reconciliathe stern-on the quivering masts tion cup.' As he concluded, he seized and the bellying sail - and then look- a large goblet of silver, brimful of ed on the moon and on the stars, and smuggled gin, and emptied it off at thought of my native hill and my a draught. Unaccustomed to the father's house, over which for many use of liquor, I stood with the scarce an evening they shone so brightly to tasted cup in my hand, and with me. A blow from a rope's end, laid strong aversion in my looks to take on with no gentle hand, startled me more.-Borthwick laughed and took from this reverie. Come, you ga- the cup from me. A true sailor, my ping and glowring land-louper,' said sackless lad,' said he, should have à squat personage, with a neck a throat sheathed with brass, that brawny and short, an eye savage and could swallow melted brimstone, and overbearing, and brandishing over a stomach fit to digest a fathom of me a piece of rope, curiously twisted five-inch cable and the left fluke of and wrought into a weapon equal to of the best bower anchor. Come, my the felling of an ox; Come, come, hearty lad, example surpasses premy handy lad-lay your soft palms cept-did you never see one swallow to a pitchy rope ; you came not here a mutchkin of Nantz, nor let the cup to muse and meditate-stir, man, stir or the liquor touch his lips? Then, -else I will order thee a sousing in behold, I drink,' and gaping as he salt water, and make thee find thy spoke, he threw the liquid into his fins among the foam at the vessel's mouth as one casts a bucket of water wake. May the admiralty seek the on a raging fire ; and such was his passage to the pole between my fifth dexterity, that neither liquor nor cup and sixth ribs, if this stripling from touched his lips. • There,' said he, the furrow and the furze-bush looks "Allan Lorburne, of Cosincon--a not as if he would strike again. Here, name as highland as heather-the Sam Splicer and Tom Spankem, noose man who can do that may beat the a rope round this chap's waist, and Dutch, beard the devil, and dread give him a drink out of the Dutch- nought that swims on salt water. I man's pickling-tub;'-and he laid his mind once, when I was but a raw rope again on my shoulders, and be- callant-not much higher than that queathed me to his two companions. half coil of cable, commanded a I could never endure insult and blows small smuggling shallop—the size of in the manner of many poor mariners, a cockle-shell or the seven corporaand I never inflicted them myself. tions' Punch Bowl. Jock Macgrub, I made a leap almost to the extre- Tam Grunson, and a handy lad or mity of the vessel, snatched up a two more, were with me. short boarding-pike, and with a calm the air hazy--the hour twelve burning brow, and lips quivering in at night, and the coast of old Kirkanger, vowed death to the first man cudbright distant a bare pistol shot. who touched me. The boatswain I sat like a sleeping gull above an (for such he was, and his name was anker of brandy, when who should Borthwick,) laid his hand on his cut- drop down upon us but black Jock lass, made a tep as if resolved to Gripeam, and the fiend's first-born, cut me down, and stood and menaced Davie Elshender, and five other uns me with a frowning brow, and eyes hallowed limbs of that foul monster, which grew dark as death. Come, the Customs.
Down they came, my determined chap,' said he, taking armed and double armed—in a wellhis hand from his cutlass' hilt-Ï going cutter with a full sail. Shall like thee all the better for this flash we fight or flee? said Tam Grunson, of native spirit-so drop thy half- looking at the flints of his pistols.pike, and make thyself useful, and Fight first, we can tlee after, sajd
I-what! shall we run from a 'ras- chafing of the waves on the rocky cally gauger while we have a keg of margin of this wild and beautiful brandy to brawl for—but first, let us isle. The sea-mew and the waterhave a mouthful each of the quicken- cormorant hailed our approach with ing spirit, which priests call conse- their unceasing clang, and presentcrated water, and matrons cooling ly we could observe among the cliffs cordial ;—and they gaped about me and caves the islanders following in a round robin. I threw a cupful their dangerous and nocturnal trade into each, and may Providence for- of fowling-for they draw daily life give the havoc we soon made among from fish and feathers. A dozen some of his most imperfect works. boats lay moored in the mouth of an I shall never describe the mischief we immense cavern, with a roof like a did - if a shot or a stab to a gauger vaulted cathedral, and side walls be a thing in itself sinful, I have some sparkling in a thousand lights which thing to answer for-and if turning a its crystals reflected from the pretty revenue cutter into a smug- fowlers' torches. Further on, amid gling brig be a matter worthy of re- the flash of torches, we saw where pentance, even let me to my knees. they had deposited their evening But why should I think injuriously of prey; all the birds of the mainland the dispensations respecting future and isles were there—some valuable rewards and punishments? There's from the richness and luxuriance of hope for all, and consolation for every their plumage-others desirable from thing to some bare thought is joy, the sustenance they afforded to the and to me this cup is comfort-So inhabitants. here's to a speedy and a profitable “ • Shall I go,' said Borthwick to lading, and then, hey! for the land of Captain Cutawa, and take the sailsugar-cane and spice, with a merry or's tithe from the fowler's gains ? heart and a snoring breeze.' And I should like to carry out a cushion setting the replenished cup to his of sea-gulls' feathers to my bonnie lips, he drained it with slow and deli- Nancie Gunn-she is a native of the berate delight.
Isle of Mull, and might like to lay “Much I mused and thought on the her head among the down of her nastep I had thus so rashly taken; and tive birds ;' and, accustomed to share the more I saw of my new comrades in the captain's command, he prothe less I felt disposed to like them. ceeded to lower down one of the boats. The vessel seemed fitted alike for *Stay, stay,' said the captain, “I war or merchandize, and the crew have a nest of fowls with far fairer appeared a band of maritime despe- feathers than these to herrie--and I radoes, long inured to the ocean, and shall not forget thy pretty Nan neiacquainted with scenes of fraud and ther. Old Donald Durk of Capel violence.. My father's parting words Courach, the first man that ever came strongly upon me,I had often- taught me to calculate a ship's course, times heard of ihe fierce piracies of or point a gun, wants a spanking West India ships on the islands and quean with blue eyes or black, and even mainland of Scotland, and how with as many other charms as men they carried away virgins and boys, may see who make choice in the and sold them to concubinage or dark-1 should like to please the old slavery. While these thoughts pass- man now,since he has laid himself up, ed, the vessel with a fair wind and a and wishes to smell salt water and full sail went sweeping along the gunpowder no more. Now I know western coast of Scotland. The there are some fine dames among lights, as we flew along, glimmered these wild islands--so let us see what thick in the distant castles and towns; fortune will find for us. With all while here and there a fisherman's my heart,' said Borthwick; 'dames! hut threw a long faint stream of by my faith, Captain, where will ye light on the green and moving waters. find handsome dames, if ye don't find At length we drew near to a small them in Arran, in Mull, or Colonsaygreen island, which, sloping down to there was Peg Maclean of the mainthe sea on the south side, towered up land, and Florence Frazer of Mulltowards the north into vast and mag- the two fairest dames that ever made nificent rocks where the eagle brought a sailor sigh: many a necklace of sirth her young. Long before we pearl and gold old Heaver Maclaver
coached, we heard the unceasing gave to homie Peg, but she married