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Which never fails to moulder or disjoint
The strongest fabric, e'en of stone and lime
Mark our proud antique fane 1, so bold, sublime!
Edina! 'tis thy boast, and now thy care,
To rectify the ills from age and clime.
Too wise to touch the form of what's so fair,
And when thoud'st know the votive choice, elect,
By public voice declar'd, in open day
Let it be given-abjur'd each covert act2;
Which could but breed corruption, fraud and fray,
1 St Giles's Church in Edinburgh. It is now undergoing a thorough repair, and with much good taste. The original Gothic style is preserved in all its purity and beauty. The exact period when this noble building was constructed is not known. It was created into a collegiate church in 1466 by James III.
2 The bad consequences which would certainly ensue, on adopting the ballot in England, in cases of general election, are so evident, that it is wonderful it should for a moment be thought of. Indeed we know few things, which, in our opinion, could sooner tend to demoralise the noblest race in the world, the British community. Promises would ere long be
No there's a Head, on Britain's weal intent,
An honour'd head, and wise, though taunted Grey; Too well aware what genders discontent,
To compromise one upright sentiment.
So loudly cheer'd by her still loyal sons,
Let us, then, live in union spite of them
Who swear the Sister Island loves us not.
given but to be broken; bribes taken for what was never to be performed, and all these mischiefs occur which duplicity too surely engenders. Those who argue from the fact, that no unhappy results follow from ballot being resorted to at clubs, do not perceive how different are the cases. There want of respectability of character is, or ought to be, the only cause of rejection. Hence the most serious effects would frequently be produced by viva voce voting. Now, in a member of Parliament, besides personal worth, talent, discretion, address, and public spirit, are sought after; so that the vote against may be given openly and avowedly, without any moral defect in the individual refused being implied.
Assur'd that what's been quaintly styl'd a whim,
Was not inspir'd by saint or seraphim.
Has 'tother lovely sister mourn'd th' embrace
If Scotia mourns at all, she mourns the blows
The Tartan'd Queen now joyous feels, and knows,
Must have home concord—nothing else will do.
And concord she enjoys, and well deserves.
Her sons all brave, her daughters good and fair.
No! but a tear for all. Late, when despair
Found he a home, a refuge at command ?
Within thy palace walls, thy courteous care,
Again would Raymond lift his voice to thee,
Thou hapless wanderer in this vale of woe! Spite all thy years of anguish, can it be
That heart still beats-that bosom still doth glow
At which fell horror aim'd her deadliest blow ?
So young, yet so unhappy!-ere the spring
Of thy sad life had flown-behold the snow
Of winter on the daughter of a King!
Oh! that from memory I could take the sting!
A father prison-doom'd, soon doom'd to die
By an infuriate mob; a mother too,
A beauteous mother! rent with agony,
Torn from thy arms by a most brutal crew;
Not left to fall by sorrow's shafts which flew-
The very self-same blood-stain'd glave which slew,
Who liv'd a saint, and died the good, the brave!
Yes! still the heart doth beat, the bosom glows
With her two lovely Scions ?-May they thrive.
Tho' adverse winds may rise, and blow they will,
Let us be grateful, and devoutly bear
Yet mindful of the storm; 'twas our's to still,
When Europe cower'd beneath the sword and snare