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I learned them in the lonely glen,
3. Hogg was descended from a family of shepherds, and vui us. us he alleged (though the point was often disputed), on the 25th January (Burns's birthday), in the year 1772. When a mere child he was put out to service, acting first as a cow-herd, until capable of taking care of a flock of sheep. He had in all about half a year's schooling. When eighteen years of age, he entered the service of Mr. Laidlaw, Blackhouse. He was then an eager reader of poeti y and romances, and he subscribed to a circulating library in Peebles, the miscellaneous contents of which he perused with tb e utmost avidity.
4. He was a remarkably fine-looking young man, with a profusion of light-brown hair, which he wore coiled up under his hat or blue bonnet, the envy of all the country maidens. An
attack of illness, however, brought on by over exertion on a hot summer day, completely altered his countenance, and changed the
very form of his features. His first literary effort was in song writing, and, in 1801, he published a small volume of pioses. He was introduced to Sir Walter Scott by his master's son, Mr. William Laidlaw, and assisted in the collection of old ballads for the Border Minstrelsy. He soon imitated the style of these ancient strains with great felicity, and published another volume of songs and poems under the title of the Mountain Bard.
5. He now embarked in sheep farming, and took a journey to the island of Lewis on a speculation of this kind; but all he had saved as a shepherd, or by his publication, was lost in these attempts. He then repaired to Edinburgh, and endeavored to subsist by his pen. A collection of songs, The Forest Minstrel, was his first effort; his second was a periodical called The Spy; but it was not till the publication of the Queen's Wake, in 1813, that the Shepherd established his reputation as an author.
6. This legendary poem consists of a collection of tales and ballads, supposed to be sung to Mary, Queen of Scots, by the native bards of Scotland, assembled at a royal wake at Holyrood, in order that the fair queen might prove
" The wondrous power of Scottish song."
The design was excellent, and the execution so varied and masterly, that Hogg was at once placed among the first of our living poets. The different productions of the native minstrels are strung together by a thread of narrative so gracefully written in many parts, that the reader is surprised equally at the delicacy and the genius of the author.
7. At the conclusion of the poem, Hogg alludes to his illustrious friend Scott, and adverts with some feeling to an advice which Sir Walter had once given him, to abstain from bis worship of poetry :
" The land was charmed to list his lays;
It knew the harp of ancient days.
The border chiefs that long had been
So powerful was the magic strain.
He told me where the relic lay;
Such strains had o'er my cradle sung.
I struck upon a chord was new;
10. His love of angling and field-sports amounted to a passion, and, when he could no longer fish or hunt, he declared his belief that his death was near. In the autumn of 1835, he was attacked with a dropsical complaint; and, on the 21st November of that year, after some days of insensibility, he breathed his last as calmly, and with as little pain, as he ever fell asleep in his gray plaid on the hill-side. His death was deeply mourned in the vale of Ettrick, for all rejoiced in his fame; and, notwithstanding his personal foibles, the Shepherd was generous, kind-hearted, and charitable far beyond his means.
* Habergeon (ha berl je on), armor to cover the neck and breast
MARY STUART, Queen of Scots, was born in the palace of Linlithgow, in Dec. 1542, and was beheaded at Fotheringay Castle, in Northamptonshire, England, Feb. 8th, 1587. She was betrothed to the dauphin of France, son of Henry II., and sailed for that country Aug. 7th, 1548. She was kindly received by Henry II., and treated as a daughter. In France she received a brilliant edacation. She was married to the dauphin April 24th, 1558. Upon the death of Henry II., in 1559, Mary became Queen of France. But, in 1560, not quite seventeen months after she was made queen, her husband, Francis II., died. After his death, she resolved to return to Scotland. She embarked at Calais Aug. 14th, 1561, and arrived at Leith on the 19th of the same month. This is the LANDING OF QUEEN MARY, 80 beautifully sung in the following piece.
QUEEN MARY'S LANDING.
After a youth, by woes o'ercast,
Her comely form, and graceful mien,
In one short
year her hopes all crossed,
Light on her airy steed she
sprung, Around with golden tassels hung; No chieftain there rode half so free, Or half so light and gracefully. How sweet to see her ringlets pale Wide waving in the southland gale, Which, through the broom-wood blossoms, flew To fan her cheeks of rosy hue ! Whene'er it heaved her bosom's screen, What beauties in her form were seen ! And when her courser's mane it swung, A thousand silver bells were rung. A sight so fair, on Scottish plain, A Scot shall never see again.
When Mary turned her wondering eyes