Cold on Canadian hills or Mindens plain, Perhaps that parent mourned her soldier slain; Bent oer her babe, her eye dissolved in dew, The big drops mingling with the milk he drew Gave the sad presage of his future years, The child of misery, baptized in tears.1
The Country Justice. Part i.
Note 1. This allusion to the dead soldier and his widow on the field of battle was made the subject of a print by Bunbury, under which were engraved the pathetic lines of Langhorne. Sir Walter Scott has mentioned that the only time he saw Burns this picture was in the room. Burns shed tears over it; and Scott, then a lad of fifteen, was the only person present who could tell him where the lines were to be found.Lockhart: Life of Scott, vol. i. chap. iv. [back]