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175 Under the leaning willows

In the shadow of the hill.

But oft the idle fisher

Sits on the shadowy bank,
And his dreams make marvellous pictures

Where the wizard's lapstone sank.


And still, in the summer twilights,

When the river seems to run
Out from the inner glory,

Warm with the melted sun,

185 The weary mill-girl lingers

Beside the charmed stream,
And the sky and the golden water

Shape and color her dream.


the sunset gardens, 190 The rosy signals fly;

Her homestead beckons from the cloud,

And love goes sailing by!

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AMONG the earliest converts to the doctrines of Friends in Scotland was Barclay of Ury, an old and distinguished soldier, who had fought under Gustavus Adolphus in Germany. As a Quaker, he became the object of persecution and abuse at the hands of the magistrates and the populace. None bore the indignities of the mob with greater patience and nobleness of soul than this once proud gentleman and soldier. One of his friends, on an occasion of uncommon rudeness, lamented that he should be treated so harshly in his old age who had been so honored before. “I find more satis faction," said Barclay, "as well as honor, in being thus insulted for my religious principles, than when, a few years ago, it was usual for the magistrates, as I passed the city of Aberdeen, to meet me on the road and conduct me to public entertainment in their hall, and then escort me out again, to gaid


my favor.”

Up the streets of Aberdeen,
By the kirk and college green,

Rode the Laird of Ury;
Close behind him, close beside,
5 Foul of mouth and evil-eyed,

Pressed the mob in fury.

Flouted him the drunken churl,
Jeered at him the serving-girl,

Prompt to please her master;
10 And the begging carlin, late
Fed and clothed at Ury's gate,

Cursed him as he passed her.

Yet, with calm and stately mien,
Up the streets of Aberdeen

Came he slowly riding;


And, to all he saw and heard
Answering not with bitter word,

Turning not for chiding.

Came a troop with broadswords swinging, 20 Bits and bridles sharply ringing,

Loose and free and froward;
Quoth the foremost, “ Ride him down!
Push him! prick him! through the town

Drive the Quaker coward!”

25 But from out the thickening crowd
Cried a sudden voice and loud :

Barclay! Hol a Barclay!
And the old man at his side

Saw a comrade, battle tried,
30 Scarred and sunburned darkly;

Who with ready weapon bare,
Fronting to the troopers there,

Cried aloud : “God save us,
Call ye coward him who stood
35 Ankle deep in Lützen’s blood,

With the brave Gustavus?

“Nay, I do not need thy sword,
Comrade mine," said Ury's lord;
. Put it up, I


thee: 40 Passive to his holy will, Trust I in my Master still,

Even though he slay me.

35. It was at Lützen, near Leipzig, tha: Guslavus Adolphus fell in 1632. He was the hero of Schiller’s Wallenstein, which Carlyle calls "the greatest tragedy of the eighteenth cent.


“ Pledges of thy love and faith,

Proved on many a field of death,
45 Not by me are needed.”

Marvelled much that henchman bold,
That his laird, so stout of old,

Now so meekly pleaded.

" Woe's the day!” he sadly said,
50 With a slowly shaking head,

And a look of pity;
“ Ury's honest lord reviled,
Mock of knave and sport of child,

In his own good city!

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55 Speak the word, and, master mine,
As we charged on Tilly's line,

And his Walloon lancers,
Smiting through their midst we'll teach

Civil look and decent speech
60 To these boyish prancers!!

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“ Marvel not, mine ancient friend,
Like beginning, like the end:”

Quoth the Laird of Ury,
** Is the sinful servant more
65 Than his gracious Lord who bore

Bonds and stripes in Jewry?

“ Give me joy that in His name
I can bear, with patient frame,

All these vain ones offer;

56. Count de Tilly was a fierce soldier under Wallenstein who in the Thirty Years' War laid siege to Magdeburg, and after two years took it and displayed great barbarity towarc ehe inhabitants. The phrase, “like old Tilly," is still heard sometimes in New England of any piece of special ferocity.

70 While for them He suffereth long, Shall I answer wrong with wrong,

Scoffing with the scoffer?

“ Happier I, with loss of all,

Hunted, outlawed, held in thrall, 75

With few friends to greet me,
Than when reeve and squire were seen,
Riding out from Aberdeen,

With bared heads to meet me.

“ When each goodwife, o'er and o'er, 80 Blessed me as I passed her door;

And the snooded daughter, Through her casement glancing down, Smiled on him who bore renown

From red fields of slaughter.

85 “ Hard to feel the stranger's scoff,
Hard the old friend's falling off,

Hard to learn forgiving;
But the Lord His own rewards,

And His love with theirs accords, 90 Warm and fresh and living.

Through this dark and stormy night Faith beholds a feeble light

Up the blackness streaking ; Knowing God's own time is best, 95 In a patient hope I rest

For the full day-breaking!"

So the Laird of Ury said,
Turning slow his horse's head

Towards the Tolbooth prison,

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