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Recreations for Solitary Hours

Note XV.—Page 46

Note XV.—Page 46.

"But prudence bids me haste to sing of Lady Well."

Lady Well thus personifiied, is only the name given to a well of excellent spring water in the neighbourhood of a village called Motherwell. Being at one time introduced to one of the name of King, there, and taking a walk with him, he took me away to see his favourite well—and telling me how some ill designed persons had at one time destroyed it, making it a puddle for watering cattle, only, to the great inconvenience of the villagers—and how he stirred up the people to assert their right to it, and so got page 76it repaired by subscription. After giving this detail of Lady Well, he asked me if I would make it the subject of a verse or two. I replied I would try; so in the course of a week, I sent him the Narration of Lady Well.