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 POEMS AND LYRICS

BY

ROBERT NICOLL

WITH

A MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR

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"Finds tongues in trees—books in the running brooks—
 Sermons in stones—and good in everything."—As You Like It.

 

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TO MRS. JOHNSTONE,

AUTHORESS OF "ELIZABETH DE BRUCE," ETC.,

THIS VOLUME IS

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED BY THE AUTHOR.

NOTE.
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It was originally intended that an entirely new Life of ROBERT NICOLL should have been written for this Edition, and a distinguished writer had promised to undertake that work; but it was found, after considerable inquiry, that no fresh material for that purpose was in existence, whilst nothing could be in better taste than the Life and Criticism which formerly appeared.


CONTENTS.
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THE POEMS MARKED THUS * IN THE TABLE OF CONTENTS ARE ALL
POSTHUMOUS PIECES.

 

 

PAGE

Criticism of the Life and Writings of Robert Nicoll.

XI

Sketch of the Life of Robert Nicoll

XXI

 

PART FIRST.

POEMS, ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS,
 AND OF THE CONDITION AND FEELINGS, OF THE
SCOTTISH PEASANTRY.

 

The Ha' Bible

1.

The Toun where I was born

3.

Youth's Dream

5.

Ordé Braes

6.

*The Place that I love best

8.

The folk o' Ochtergaen

10.

The Spinning-wheel

11.

*Our Auld Hearthstane

12.

*We'll a' go pu' the heather

15.

My Hame

16.

*My Grandfather

18.

*Our Auld Gudeman

20.

*Janet Dunbar

21.

Janet Macbean

22.

Minister Tam

23.

The Dominie

25.

*The Smith

27.

*Auld Donald

28.

*Bonnie Bessie Lee

29.

Fiddler Johnny

30.

*The Provost

31.

*The Bailie

33.

*The Hopes of Age

34.

*Home Thoughts

35.

The Battle Word

36.

 

PART SECOND.

SONGS, CHIEFLY SCOTTISH.

Thae lips o' yours are cherries twa;
    But floutin' words they speak;
An ahint the door o' cauld disdain
    My heart I canna' steek.
Your bonnie e'en an' your jeerin' words
    Are ever grievin' me;
Ye cuttie quean! it's an awfu' thing
    That ye winna let me be.

                               From.....Ye Winna Let Me Be

 

The Muir o' Gorse and Broom

37.

The Beloved One

38.

*The Making o' the Hay

39.

*Menie

40.

*Down by the Wood

41.

My Auld Gudewife

42.

The Courtin' Time

43.

The Bonnie Hieland Hills

44.

The Thistle

45.

The Heather of Scotland

46.

The Bagpipes

48.

Fading Away

49.

Regrets

49.

The Hieland Plaid

50.

What shall I do

52.

The Wooing

53.

The Lament of Benedict the Married Man

55.

There's never an end o' her Flytin' an' Din

56.

A Maiden's Meditations

57.

My Minnie mauna ken

59.

*Kate Carnegie

61.

The Maid I daurna name

62.

*The Packman

63.

The Bonnie Rowan Bush

64.

The Auld Beggar Man

65.

Ye winna let me be

66.

The Banks of Tay

67.

The Lass o' Turrit Ha'

69.

Mary Hamilton

70.

Janet

72.

The False One

73.

Summer Wooing

75.

The Prisoner's Song

77.

We are Brethren a'

79.

Steadfastness

80.

The Honest and True

81.

The World's fn' o' Skaith and Toil

82.

*The Shepherdess

82.

*Be still, be still, thou Beating Heart!

83.

To the Lady of my Heart

84.

A Castle in the Air

85.

The Lasses

86.

 

PART THIRD.

POEMS, CHIEFLY IN THE SCOTTISH DIALECT, ILLUSTRATIVE OF
 THE FEELINGS OF THE INTELLIGENT AND RELIGIOUS AMONG THE
WORKING- CLASSES  OF SCOTLAND.

THE braw folk crush the poor folk down,
    An' blood an' tears are rinnin' het;
An' meikle ill and meikle wae,
    We a' upon the earth have met.
An' Falsehood aft comes boldly forth,
    And on the throne of Truth doth sit;
But true hearts a'—gae work awa'—
    We'll mak' the Warld better yet!

                      From....We'll mak the Warld better yet

 

Stanzas on the Birthday of Burns

89.

*We are Lowly

90.

We'll mak' the Warld better yet

91.

The Hero

93.

*Our King

94.

The Puir Folk

96.

The Bursting of the Chain

98.

We are Free

99.

*Endurance

101.

Bacchanalian

102.

The Poor Man's Death-bed

103.

The Cairn

105.

Dare not Scorn

106.

The People's Anthem

107.

The Questioner: a Chant

108.

 

PART FOURTH.

POEMS, SERIOUS AND PATHETIC.

THE milk-white blossoms of the thorn
    Are waving o'er the pool,
Moved by the wind that breathes along
    So sweetly and so cool.
The hawthorn clusters bloom above,
    The primrose hides below,
And on the lonely passer by
    A modest glance doth throw!

                                   From.... The Primrose

 

*Thoughts of Heaven

109.

Arouse Thee, Soul !

111.

 Visions

113.

*The Herd Lassie

114.

I am Blind

115.

Wild Flowers

118.

*The Anemone

119.

Time's Changes

120.

The Forsaken

124.

A Thought

126.

The Thought Spirit

127.

*Forest Musings

128.

The Sick Child's Dream

130.

The Mother

133.

The Bereaved

134.

The Parting

135.

The Grave of Burns

137.

*The Village Church

138.

A Dirge

139.

My Auld Gudewife

140.

God is Everywhere

142.

My Only Sister

144.

A Day among the Mountains

146.

The Widow's Child

149.

The Mountain Orphan

151.

The Mother's Monody

153.

*My Lily

155.

*The Primrose

157.

*The Nameless Rivulet

158.

*The Bramble

161.

*Alice

162.

The Dying Maiden

165.

*A Woodland Walk

168.

 

PART FIFTH.

MISCELLANEOUS POEMS.

I would be laid among the wildest flowers,
    I would be laid where happy hearts can come:—
The worthless clay I heed not; but in hours
    Of gushing noontide joy, it may be some
Will dwell upon my name; and I will be
A happy spirit there, affection's look to see.

                                                                          From..... Death

 

*Thomas Clarkson

173.

Thoughts and Fancies: Milton: a Sonnet

175.

………………….........……Despondency: a Sonnet

175.

*The Morning Star

176.

The Exile's Song

178.

The Death-Song of Hofer

179.

The Swiss Mother to her Son

180.

The German Ballad-Singer

182.

*The Mother's Memories of her Infant Child

184.

A Romaunt

185.

*The Mossy Stane

186.

The Wanderer

188.

The Ruined Manor-House

190.

*The Saxon Chapel

192.

Madness

194.

*Life's Pilgrimage

195.

*Song for a Summer Evening

198.

*It's nae Fun, that!

199.

*Sonnet to Mr. J. R. F.

200.

*The Linnet

201.

*Death

202.

 



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