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A certain man a house would build ;
fix the corner-stone ;
And thus in silent waiting stood
Your house is finished, Sir, at last ;
LESSON XXXVII. Hope triumphant in death.-CAMPBELL. UNFADING Hope! when life's last embers burn, When soul to soul, and dust to dust return, Heaven to thy charge resigns the awful hour ! Oh! then thy kingdom comes, Immortal Power ! What though each spark of earth-born rapture fly The quivering lip, pale cheek, and closing eye! Bright to the soul thy seraph hands convey The morning dream of life's eternal dayThen, then, the triumph and the trance begin! And all the Phænix spirit burns within!
Oh! deep-enchanting prěl'ude to repose, The dawn of bliss, the twilight of our woes ! Yet half I hear the parting spirit sigh, It is a dread and awful thing to die! Mysterious worlds, untravelld by the sun! Where Time's far-wandering tide has never run, From your
unfathom'd shades, and viewless spheres, A warning comes, unheard by other ears.
'Tis Heaven's commanding trumpet, long and loud,
Daughter of Faith, awake, arise, illume
Soul of the just! companion of the dead !
Lines written during a thunder storm.—DMITRIEV.*
Interview between Waverley and Fergus Mac-Ivor, at Carlisle,
previous to the execution of the latter.-Scott. AFTER a sleepless night, the first dawn of morning found Waverley on the esplanade in front of the old Gothic gate of Carlisle castle. But he paced it long in every direction before the hour when, according to the rules of the garrison, the gates were opened, and the drawbridge lowered. He produced his order to the sergeant of the guard, and was admitted. The place of Fergus's confinement was a gloomy and vaulted apartment in the central part of the castle; a huge old tower, supposed to be of great antiquity, and surrounded by outworks, seemingly of Henry VIII's time, or somewhat later. The grating of the huge old-fashioned bars and bolts, withdrawn for the purpose of admitting Edward, was answered by the clash of chains, as the unfortunate chieftain, strongly and heavily fettered, shuffled along the stone floor of his prison, to fling himself into his friend's arms.
* Bowring's Specimens of Russian Poets.
My dear Edward,” he said, in a firm and even cheerful voice, “ this is truly kind. I heard of your approaching happiness with the highest pleasure; and how does Rose? and how is our old whimsical friend the Baron? Well, I am sure, from
your looks—and how will you settle precē'. dence between the three ermines passant, and the bear and boot-jack ?” -“How, O how, my dear Fergus, can you talk of such things at such a moment ?”—“Why, we have entered Carlisle with happier auspices, to be sure—on the 16th of November last, for example, when we marched in, side by side, and hoisted the white flag on these ancient towers. But I am no boy, to sit down and weep because the luck has gone against me. I knew the stake which I risked; we played the game boldly, and the forfeit shall be paid manfully
“ You are rich,” he continued, “Waverley, and you are generous; when you hear of these poor Mac-Ivors being distressed about their miserable possessions by some harsh overseer or agent of government, remember you have worn their tartan, and are an adopted son of their race. The Baron, who knows our manners, and lives near our country, will apprize you of the time and means to be their protector. Will you promise this to the last Vich Ian Vohr ?". Edward, as may well be believed, pledged his word; which afterwards he so amply redeemed, that his memory still lives in these glens by the name of the Friend of the Sons of Ivor.—“Would to God,” continued the chieftain, “I could bequeath to you my rights to the love and obedience of this primitive and brave race: or at least, as I have strive en to do, persuade poor Evan to accept of his life upon their terms; and be to you what he has been to me, the kindest -the bravest the most devoted
The tears which his own fate could not draw forth, fell fast for that of his foster-brother. “But,” said he, drying them, " that cannot be. You cannot be to them Vich lan
Vohr; and these three magic words,” said he, half smiling, " are the only Open Sesame to their feelings and sympathies; and poor Êvan must attend his foster-brother in death, as he has done through his whole life.”—“And I am sure." said Maccombich, raising himself from the floor, on which, for fear of interrupting their conversation, he had lain so still, that in the obscurity of the apartment, Edward was not aware of his presence, “I am sure Evan never desired nor deserved a better end then just to die with his chieftain."
A tap at the door now announced the arrival of the priest; and Edward retired while he administered to both prisoners the last rites of religion, in the mode which the church of Rome prescribes. In about an hour he was readmitted. Soon after, a file of soldiers entered with a blacksmith, who struck the fetters from the legs of the prisoners. '“ You see the compliment they pay to our Highland strength and courage; we have lain chained here like wild beasts, till our legs are cramped into palsy; and when they free us, they send six soldiers with loaded muskets to prevent our taking the castle by storm.”
Shortly after, the drums of the garrison beat to arms. “This is the last turn out,” said Fergus, "that I shall hear and obey. And now, my dear, dear Edward, ere we part, let us speak of Flora,
,-a subject which awakes the tenderest feeling that yet thrills within me.”—“We part not here?” said Waverley. “O yes, we do, you must come no farther. Not that I fear what is to follow for myself,” he said proudly; “nature has her tortures as well as art, and how happy should we think the man who escapes from the throes of a mortal and painful disorder in the space of a short half hour! And this matter, spin it out as they will, cannot last longer. But what a dying man can suffer firmly, may kill a living friend to look upon.
“ This same law of high treason," he continued, with astonishing firmness and composure, “is one of the blessings, Edward, with which your free country has accommodated poor old Scotland: her own jurisprudence, as I have heard, was much milder. But I suppose, one day or other, when there are no longer any wild Highlanders to benefit by its tender mercies, they will blot it from their records, as levelling them with a nation of cannibals. The mummery too, of exposing the senseless head! they have not the wit to grace mine with a paper coronet; there would be some