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The Scarlet Gown
being verses by a St. Andrews Man

written by "Murray, R. F. (Robert Fuller), 1863-1894"
...p; Victim of a cruel mind, One is parted from her mate    And within a cage confined, Swiftly will the swallow die,    Pining for her lover’s bower, And her lover watching nigh    Dies beside her in an hour. p. 20AFTER MANY DAYS The mist hangs round the College tower,    The ghostly street Is silent at this midnight hour,    Save for my feet. With none to see, with none to hear,    Downward I go To where, beside the rugged pier,    The sea sings low. It sings a tune well loved and known    In days gone by, When often here, and not alone,    I watched the sky. p. 21That was a barren time at best,    Its fruits were few; But fruits and flowers had keener zest    And fresher hue. Life has not since been wholly vain,    And now I bear Of wisdom plucked from joy and pain    Some slender share. But, howsoever rich the store,    I’d lay it down, To feel upon my back once more    The old red gown. p. 22HORACE’S PHILOSOPHY What the end the gods have destined unto thee and unto me, Ask not: ’tis forbidden knowledge.  Be content, Leuconoe. Let alone the fortune-tellers.  How much better to endure Whatsoever shall betide us—even though we be not sure Whether Jove grants other winters, whether this our last shall be That upon the rocks opposing dashes now the Tuscan sea. Be thou wise, and strain thy wines, and mindful of life’s brevity Stint thy hopes.  The envious moments, even while we speak, have flown; Trusting nothing to the future, seize the day that is our own. p. 23ADVENTURE OF A POET As I was walking down the street    A week ago, Near Henderson’s I chanced to meet    A man I know. His name is Alexander Bell,    His home, Dundee; I do not know him quite so well    As he knows me. He gave my hand a hearty shake,    Dis...

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