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* Written for Mr. H. Siddons, when he wished two of those in the Beacon to be altered, at the time he was preparing it for representation. That amiable and accomplished man, then Manager of the Edinburgh Theatre, died soon after, and the Drama was never produced.


1 COME rouse thee, lady fair,
2 The sun is shining brightly,
3 High through the cloudless air
4 The sea-bird roving lightly.
5 Come, from thy lattice look;
6 With many an oar in motion,
7 Boats have the creek forsook,
8 And course the azure ocean.
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9 See on the dim waves borne,
10 White distant sails are gliding;
11 Good, on so fair a morn,
12 Is every heart abiding.



1 The waves are rippling on the sand
2 The winds are still, the air is clear;
3 Then gather round, my merry band,
4 We'll hold on shore an hour of cheer.
5 The lord keeps vigil in his hall,
6 The dame in bower or turret high;
7 But meet the merriest mates of all
8 Beneath the summer's starlight sky.


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Title (in Source Edition): TWO SONGS.
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Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851. Fugitive Verses. By Joanna Baillie, author of “Dramas on the Passions,“ etc. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street. MDCCCXL., 1840, pp. 187-188.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [40.17].)

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