Hughie Consoles Allan for the Loss of his Son, pp.15-16.

[Horace in Homespun Contents]

Non semper. . . foliis viduantur orni; 

Tu semper urges flebilibus modis 

Mysten ademptum.” – CAR. II., 9. 

IT’S winter wi’ us here amang the mountains, 

Patient they stand wi’ leaden clouds opprest; 

Silent are a’ the birds an’ singin’ fountains, 

Weary they seem, an’ auld, an’ wantin’ rest. 

The braes are white wi’ snaw instead o’ gowans; 

Sorrow an’ Care gang murnin’ doun the glen; 

The wind is soughin’ thro’ the leafless rowans 

For beauty gane that canna come agen. 

– 

But wi’ the spring auld Earth puts aff her murnins 

For a’ her bonnie bairns that dee’d last year, 

An’ smiles as prood-like o’ her braw new-born anes 

As if she neither kent regret nor fear. 

Fra the bereavit boughs the young buds peep oot 

Till a’ the wauken’d wud ‘s a wavin’ green; 

Fra the fa’en leaves below the wee flooers creep oot, 

Raxin’ themsels an’ openin’ their een. 

– 

But wi’ the comin’ spring, my gude friend Allan, 

To you comes neither pleasure nor relief; 

It winna bring ye back your auldest callan’, 

It canna keep ye company in grief. 

Sorrow like yours endures the dark December, 

Lasts an’ ootlives the lauchin’ licht o’ May; 

Nature forgets, but Man maun aye remember, 

Aye miss what’s ta’en awa’, and murn it aye. 

– 

An’ yet, my friend, this loss, this gey ill-spar’d ane, 

Lies no’ like a dead leaf, a lifeless thing; 

It’s mair like flooer-seed sawn intil a gairden 

Certain to rise a’ radiant in the spring. 

Tho’ distant far that spring, its pleasures gaither 

Sweetness proportioned to the present pain; 

Meanwhile, be to the faitherless a faither – 

In ithers’ gude ye’re sure to find your ain. 

   Note. – The Care and the Sorrow unite to form the Dolour, a tributary of the Devon. The glen referred to is a romantic ravine of the Ochils, directly under Castle Campbell. 

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