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86               Music of the Waters.
2. "Too short has been the time I remained on my visit to James,1 From whom I parted yesterday, On the morning of Easter Sunday. From whom, &c."
" May God guide the helm of the oak, That sailed on the sea, Before it began to ebb, Before, &c."
" Although it had been seed-time, I would not have returned from thee; I should sit in the bow of thy boat, I should, &c."
11 When the rest would be in action, My employment would be a pastime, Drinking bumpers of wine in the cabin, Drinking, &c."
(I quite agree with him, " the employment" would be so light that the office must have been a perfect sinecure.)
"The Dew-cuoydertach, swarthy, Broad, high-shouldered, tight, With many spears and iron blades in her bosom, With, &c."
" It is not the rider of steeds That would gain the racing bet of thee, When thou spreadest thy kerch-white* sails over the
sea, When, &c."
1  The Highland chief was always addressed by his Christian name by his own clansmen.
2  Kerch-white.-The head-dress of the Highland females was called "Creid," a kerchief. Being snowy-white, the creid is often used as a simile for snowy-whiteness.

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