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Is the sable warrior 1 fled?
Thy son is gone. He rests among the dead.
The swarm, that in the noontide beam were borne,
Fair laughs the morn, and soft the zephyr blows,
Youth on the prow, and Pleasure at the helm ; 2
"Fill high the sparkling bowl,
The rich repast prepare;
Reft of a crown, he yet may share the feast.
Close by the regal chair
Fell thirst and famine scowl
A baleful smile upon their baffled guest.3
Lance to lance, and horse to horse?
Long years of havoc urge their destined course, And through the kindred squadrons mow their way.
Ye towers of Julius, London's lasting shame,
1 Edward, the Black Prince, dead some time before his father.
2 Magnificence of Richard the Second's reign.
3 Richard the Second, as we are told by all the older writers, was starved to death.
4 Ruinous civil wars of York and Lancaster.
5 Henry the Sixth, George, Duke of Clarence, Edward the Fifth, Richard, Duke of York, &c., believed to be murdered secretly in the Tower of London. The oldest part of that structure is attributed to Julius Cæsar.
Revere his consort's 1 faith, his father's 2 fame,
Wallows beneath the thorny shade.
Now, brothers, bending o'er the accursed loom, Stamp we our vengeance deep, and ratify his doom!
"Edward, lo! to sudden fate
(Weave we the woof. The thread is spun.) Half of thy heart we consecrate ! 6
(The web is wove. The work is done.)" Stay, O, stay! nor thus forlorn
Leave me unblessed, unpitied, here to mourn!
1 Margaret of Anjou, a woman of heroic spirit, who struggled hard to save her husband and her crown.
2 Henry the Fifth.
3 Henry the Sixth, very near being canonized. The line of Lancaster had no right of inheritance to the crown.
4 The white and red roses, devices of York and Lancaster, 5 The silver boar was the badge of Richard the Third; whence he was usually known in his own time by the name of the Boar.
Eleanor of Castile died a few years after the conquest of Wales.
7 It was the common belief of the Welsh nation that king Arthur was still alive in Fairy-land, and would return again to reign over Britain.
8 Both Medin and Taliessin had prophesied that the Welsh should regain the sovereignty of this island; which seemed to be accomplished in the House of Tudor.
"Girt with many a baron bold,
Her eye proclaims her of the Briton line;
"The verse adorn again,
Fierce war, and faithful love,
And truth severe, by fairy fiction dressed.
Pale grief, and pleasing pain,
Gales from blooming Eden bear;
And distant warblings 5 lessen on my ear,
Fond, impious man, think'st thou yon sanguine cloud, Raised by thy breath, has quenched the orb of day? To-morrow he repairs the golden flood,
And warms the nations with redoubled ray.
1 Queen Elizabeth.
Taliessin, chief of the bards, flourished in the sixth century. His works are still preserved, and his memory held in high veneration among his countrymen.
* The succession of poets after Milton's time.
Enough for me with joy I see
SLEEP. Miss Barrett.
Of all the thoughts of God that are
What would we give to our beloved?
What do we give to our beloved?
"Sleep soft, beloved! we sometimes say,
Sad dreams, that through the eyelids creep.
O earth, so full of dreary noises!
His dews drop mutely on the hill,
Yea, men may wonder, while they scan
For me, my heart, that erst did
And friends! - dear friends!—when it shall