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This was found to be free from any of that loose earth and rubbish which would have covered it if any portion of the great fragment had broken into pieces and fallen forward.

5. About a hundred yards from where this occurred, there stood a cottage by the side of a lane; and two hundred yards lower, on the other side of the land, was a farmhouse in which lived a labourer and his family; and, close at hand, was a new barn. The cottage was occupied by an old woman, and her son and his wife.

6. The evening was very dark and stormy, and these people observed that the brick floors of their kitchens began to heave and part, the walls seemed to open, and the roofs to crack. They all agree, however, that there was no shaking of the ground indicating an earthquake, though the wind continued to howl and roar among the woods.

7. All night long these poor people remained in the utmost alarm and confusion. It was dark and stormy outside, and it was dangerous to remain inside their houses, for they feared every moment that these would fall and bury them in the ruins. At last daylight came, and they were able to come forth and see the damage that had been done in the night.

8. They found that a deep chasm had opened under their houses, and torn them, as it were, in two, and that one end of the barn had suffered in a similar manner. A pond near the cottage had undergone a strange reverse, becoming deep at the

shallow end and shallow at the deep end. Many large oaks had been thrown down, and some had fallen into the heads of other trees near them. A gate also, with its hedge, had been thrust forward quite six feet, so as to require a new track to be made to it.

9. From the foot of the cliff where the slip occurred, the general course of the ground, which is pasture, inclines in a moderate descent for half a mile. In the first of these sloping pasture-fields the ground was rent in all directions. From here the deep clefts ran across the lane and under the buildings, and so over to a ploughed field on the other side, which was strangely torn and disordered.

10. In other places, where the ground was softer, the openings were not so many nor so large, but the turf was raised in long ridges like graves. At the bottom of the second pasture-field the soil and turf rose many feet against the trunks of some oaks that stood in the way, and here the motion seems to have stopped.

11. As far as could be made out, the length of the fragment that slipped and fell into the earth was about 250 yards. It seems almost certain that it plunged into a great gulf below, and that in so doing it disturbed and broke up the soil lying above those underground regions through which it

took its way.

Adapted from WHITE's Natural History of Selborne.

LOCHINVAR.

1. OH, young Lochinvar is come out of the west, Through all the wide Border his steed was the

best; And save his good broadsword he weapon had

none, He rode all unarm'd, and he rode all alone. So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war, There never was knight like the young Lochin

var.

2. He stayed not for brake,' and he stopp'd not for

stone, He swam the Eske river where ford there was

none; But ere he alighted at Netherby gate, The bride had consented, the gallant came late : For a laggard in love, and a dastard ? in war, Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar,

3. So boldly he enter'd the Netherby hall, Among bridesmen, and kinsmen, and brothers,

and all : Then spoke the bride's father, his hand on his

sword
(For the poor craven bridegroom said never a

word),
* Brake, a thicket, a place overgrown with brambles.
Dastard, a coward.

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'O come ye in peace here, or come ye in war, Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochin

var?'

4. 'I long woo'd your daughter, my suit you

deniedLove swells like the Solway, but ebbs like its

tide ;And now am I come, with this lost love of mine, To lead but one measure, drink one cup of wine. There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far, That would gladly be bride to the young Lochin

var.'

5. The bride kiss'd the goblet: the knight took it

up, He quaff'd off the wine, and he threw down the

cup. She look'd down to blush, and she look'd up to

sigh,
With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye.
He took her soft hand, ere her mother could

bar,
• Now tread we a measure!'? said

young

Lochinvar.

6. So stately his form, and so lovely her face,

That never a hall such a galliard? did grace;

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· Bar, prevent.
? Now tread we a measure, let us go through a dance.
3 Galliard, the name of a dance.

While her mother did fret, and her father did

fume, And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet

and plume; And the bride-maidens whisper'd, ''Twere better

by far To have match'd our fair cousin with young

Lochinvar.'

7. One touch to her hand, one word in her ear, When they reach'd the hall door, and the charger

stood near ; So light to the croupel the fair lady he swung, So light to the saddle before her he sprung! She is won ! we are gone, over bank, bush, and

scaur : They'll have fleet steeds that follow,' quoth

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young Lochinvar.

8. There was mounting 'mong Græmes of the

Netherby clan; Forsters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves, they rode

and they ran : There was racing and chasing, on Cannobie Lee, But the lost bride of Netherby ne'er did they see. So daring in love, and so dauntless in war, Have ye e'er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar?

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Croupe, the part of the horse behind the saddle, ° Scaur, a steep bank or rock.

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