Wallace's Invocation to Bruce
WALLACE'S INVOCATION TO BRUCE.
BY MRS HEMANS,
AUTHOR OF "THE RESTORATION OF THE WORKS OF ART TO ITALY,"
"MODERN GREECE," "TALES AND HISTORIC SCENES,"
AND OTHER POEMS.
"Great patriot hero! Ill requited chief!"
PRINTED FOR WILLIAM BLACKWOOD:
AND T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES, IN THE STRAND, LONDON.
"A Native of Edinburgh, and Member of the Highland Society of London," with a view to give popularity to the project of rearing a suitable National Monument to the Memory of Wallace, lately offered Prizes for the three best poems on the subject of—that Illustrious Patriot inviting Bruce to the Scottish Throne. The following Poem obtained the first of these prizes. It would have appeared in the same form in which it is now offered to the Public, under the direction of its proper Editor, the giver of the Prize: but his privilege has, with pride as well as pleasure, been yielded to a Lady of the Author's own Country, who solicited permission to avail herself of this opportunity of honouring and farther remunerating the genius of the Poet; and, at the same time, expressing her admiration of the theme in which she has triumphed.
It is a noble feature in the character of a generous and enlightened people, that, in England, the memory of the patriots and martyrs of Scotland has long excited an interest not exceeded in strength by that which prevails in the country which boasts their birth, their deeds, and their sufferings.