John Brett. Portrait of Christina Rossetti. 1857.
The Bijou

The Bijou;

or Annual of Literature and the Arts

compiled by William Fraser

London: William Pickering,


pp. pp. 81-88
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Scotland: , an Ode, Written after the King's Visit to that Country
By Robert Southey, Esq. Poet Laureat
1. 1
AT length hath Scotland seen 2
The presence long desired; 3
The pomp of royalty 4
Hath gladdened once again 5
Her ancient palace, desolate how long! 6
From all parts far and near, 7
Highland and lowland, glen and fertile carse, 8
The silent mountain lake, the busy port, 9
Her populous cities and her pastoral hills, 10
In generous joy convened 11
By the free impulse of the loyal heart 12
Her sons have gathered, and beheld their King. 13

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2. 14
Land of the loyal, as in happy hour 15
Revisited, so was thy regal seat 16
In happy hour for thee 17
Forsaken, under favouring stars, when James 18
His valediction gave, 19
And great Eliza's throne 20
Received its rightful heir, 21
The Peaceful and the Just. 22

3. 23
A more auspicious union never Earth 24
From eldest days had seen, 25
Than when, their mutual wrongs forgiven, 26
And gallant enmity renounced 27
With honour, as in honour fostered long, 28
The ancient kingdoms formed 29
Their everlasting league. 30

4. 31
Slowly by time matured 32
A happier order then for Scotland rose; 33
And where inhuman force, 34
And rapine unrestrained 35
Had lorded o'er the land, 36
Peace came, and polity, 37
And quiet industry, and frugal wealth; 38
And there the household virtues fixed 39
Their sojourn undisturbed. 40

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5. 41
Such blessings for her dowry Scotland drew 42
From that benignant union; nor less large 43
The portion that she brought. 44
She brought security and strength, 45
True hearts, and strenuous hands, and noble minds. 46
Say Ocean, from the shores of Camperdown, 47
What Caledonia brought! Say thou, 48
Egypt! Let India tell! 49
And let tell Victory 50
From her Brabantine field, 51
The proudest field of fame! 52

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6. 53
Speak ye too, works of peace; 54
For ye too have a voice 55
Which shall be heard by ages! The proud bridge, 56
Through whose broad arches, worthy of their name 57
And place, his rising and his refluent tide 58
Majestic Thames, the royal river rolls! 59
And that which high in air, 60
A bending line suspended, shall o'erhang 61
Menai's straits, as if 62
By Merlin's mighty magic there sustain'd! 63
And Pont-Cyssylte, not less wonderous work; 64
Where on gigantic columns raised 65
Aloft, a dizzying height, 66
The laden barge pursues its even way, 67
While o'er his rocky channel the dark Dee 68
Hurries below, a raging stream, scarce heard! 69
And that huge mole, whose deep foundations, firm 70
As if by Nature laid, 71
Repel the assailing billows, and protect 72
The British fleet, securely riding there, 73
Though southern storms possess the sea and sky, 74
And from its depths commoved, 75
Infuriate ocean raves. 76
Ye stately monuments of Britain's power, 77
Bear record ye what Scottish minds 78
Have planned and perfected! 79
With grateful wonder shall posterity 80
See the stupendous works, and Rennie's name, 81
And Telford's shall survive, till time 82
Leave not a wreck of sublunary things.. 83

7. 84
Him too may I attest for Scotland's praise, 85
Who seized and wielded first 86
The mightiest element 87
That lies within the scope of man's control; 88
Of evil and of good, 89
Prolific spring, and dimly yet discern'd 90
The immeasurable results. 91
The mariner no longer seeks 92
Wings from the wind; creating now the power 93
Wherewith he wins his way, 94
Right on, across the ocean-flood, he steers 95
Against opposing skies; 96
And reaching now the inmost continent, 97
Up rapid streams, innavigable else, 98
Ascends with steady progress, self-propell'd. 99

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8. 100
Nor hath the sister kingdon borne 101
In science and in arms 102
Alone, her noble part; 103
There is an empire which survives 104
The wreck of thrones, the overthrow of realms, 105
The downfall, and decay, and death 106
Of nations. Such an empire in the mind 107
Of intellectual man 108
Rome yet maintains, and elder Greece; and such 109
By indefeasable right 110
Hath Britain made her own. 111
How fair a part doth Caledonia claim 112
In that fair conquest! Whereso'er 113
The British tongue may spread, 114
(A goodly tree, whose leaf 115
No winter e'er shall nip;) 116
Earthly immortals, there, her sons of fame, 117
Will have their heritage; 118
In eastern and in occidental Ind; 119
The new antarctic world, where sable swans 120
Glide upon waters, call'd by British names, 121
And plough'd by British keels; 122
In vast America, through all its length 123
And breadth, from Massachusett's populous coast 124
To western Oregan; 125
And from the southern gulph, 126
Where the great river with his turbid flood 127
Stains the green ocean, to the polar sea. 128

9. 129
There nations yet unborn shall trace 130
In Hume's perspicuous page, 131
How Britain rose, and through what storms attain'd 132
Her eminence of power. 133
In other climates, youths and maidens there 134
Shall learn from Thomson's verse in what attire 135
The various seasons, bringing in their change 136
Variety of good, 137
Revisit their beloved English ground. 138
There Beattie! in thy sweet and soothing strain 139
Shall youthful poets read 140
Their own emotions. There too, old and young, 141
Gentle and simple, by Sir Walter's tales 142
Spell-bound, shall feel 143
Imaginary hopes and fears 144
Strong as realities, 145
And waking from the dream, regret its close. 146

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10. 147
These Scotland are thy glories; and thy praise 148
Is England's, even as her power 149
And opulence of fame are thine. 150
So hath our happy union made 151
Each in the other's weal participant, 152
Enriching, strengthening, glorifying both. 153

11. 154
O House of Stuart, to thy memory still 155
For this best Senefit 156
Should British hearts in gratitude be bound! 157
A deeper tragedy 158
Than thine unhappy tale hath never fill'd 159
The historic page, nor given 160
Poet or moralist his mournful theme! 161
O House severely tried, 162
And in prosperity alone 163
Found wanting, Time hath closed 164
Thy tragic story now! 165
Errors and virtues fatally betrayed, 166
Magnanimous suffering, vice, 167
Weakness, and head-strong zeal, sincere tho'blind, 168
Wrongs, calumnies, heart-wounds, 169
Religious resignation, earthly hopes 170
Fears and affections, these have had their course, 171
And over them in peace 172
The all-engulphing stream of years hath closed. 173
But this good work endures, 174
'Stablish'd and perfected by length of days, 175
The indissoluble union stands. 176

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12. 177
Nor hath the sceptre from that line 178
Departed, though the name hath lost 179
Its regal honours. Trunk and root have failed: 180
A scion from the stock 181
Liveth and flourisheth. It is the Tree 182
Beneath whose sacred shade, 183
In majesty and peaceful power serene, 184
The Island Queen of Ocean hath her seat; 185
Whose branches far and near 186
Extend their sure protection; whose strong roots 187
Are with the isle's foundations interknit; 188
Whose stately summit when the storm careers 189
Below, abides unmoved, 190
Safe in the sunshine and the peace of Heaven! 191