Covenanters' coronal/The Wigtown Martyrs

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[Margaret Lanchlison, 63; and Margaret Wilson, 18.]

When Havoe’s hounds, in Seotland's “killing time,”
Deep stained her heather with her martyrs’ blood,
Then soeial worship was a eivil erime,
That filled the dungeon, and abashed the flood.

Two lustrous pearls enrieh Immanuel’s erown,
As these two Marg’rets* join the martyr train;
What tho’ a tyrant’s tool their bodies drown?—
Better they die than Jesus cease to reign.

That Widow cleaves to Him who proved her stay,
When the fond arm on which she trusted failed;
That Maiden, budding in life’s dewy May,
Before Oppression’s frown has never quailed.

They toss the corded Matron to the tide,
And ruthless halberts bruise her bosom faint ;—
“What see I there,” the Martyr-Maid replied,

“But Jesus wrestling in His faithful saint?

*Marguerite signifies a pearl.

What dreads the Crown from those your troopers crush,

What fears the Court from Female Age and Youth?
Will Popish hate in Bladnoch’s billows hush
The elaim of Freedom, or the voice of truth?”

She reads—“No terrors that our path beset
Shall e’er divide us from our Saviour’s love; ”
Then sings—“My faults of youth, O Lord, forget,
And guide the lowly to thy home above.”

The rush of Solway chokes the voice of praise,
That asks in triumph, “Death, where is thy sting?”
Her drooping head above the wave they raise,
And all entreat to pray— God save the King!

“God save him, if He will,” she meekly sighs;
“ I never wished my fellow-creature woe:—”
“She’s said it, Sir, she’s said it! ” Friendship cries;
“Oh, eut the eords, and let the maiden go!”

The eaptious oath resounds in Windram’s roar,
That binds the conscience to Oppression’s sway;
“No! let his child to Jesus’ bosom soar;—”
A plunge—and Bladnoch clasps her beauteous clay!

Matron and Maid, who scorned the Tyrant’s cord,
Your names in blood on hist’ry’s page shall beam;
While Scotland’s shield resists Aggression’s sword,
As Solway’s flood repels the Bladnoch’s stream,

Scotland, the foe no more a lion roars,
And slakes his savage thirst in martyrs’ blood;
But see, he scale not like the tide thy shores,
And drown the sleepers in corruption’s flood!

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.