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Through patient sufferance; and doth apprehend,
THE BARD. — Gray.
The following ode is founded on a tradition current il, Wales, that Edward the First, when he completed the conquest of that country, ordered all the bards that fell into his hands to be put to death.
“RUIN seize thee, ruthless king !
To save thy secret soul from nightly fears,
On a rock whose haughty brow Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood, Robed in the sable garb of woe, With haggard eyes the poet stood (Loose his beard, and hoary hair Streamed like a meteor to the troubled air), And with a master's hand, and prophet's fire, Struck the deep sorrows of his lyre. “Hark, how each giant oak, and desert cave, Sighs to the torrent’s awful voice beneath ! O'er thee, O king, their hundred arms they wave, Revenge on thee in hoarser murmurs breathe; Vocal no more, since Cambria's fatal day, To highborn Hoel's harp, or soft Llewellyn's lay. Cold is Cadwallo's tongue, That hushed the stormy main; Brave Urien sleeps upon his craggy bed; Mountains, ye mourn in vain Modred, whose magic song Made huge Plinlimmon bow his cloud-topped head 1. On dreary Arvon's shore they lie, Smeared with gore, and ghastly pale : Far, far aloof the affrighted ravens sail : The famished eagle screams and passes by. Dear lost companions of my tuneful art, Dear as the light that visits these sad eyes,
Dear as the ruddy drops that warm my heart,
“Weave the warp, and weave the woof, The winding-sheet of Edward’s race; Give ample room, and verge enough The characters of hell to trace Mark the year, and mark the night, When Severn shall reëcho with affright The shrieks of death through Berkeley's roofs tha ring, — Shrieks of an agonizing king!! She-wolf of France,” with unrelenting fangs, That tear'st the bowels of thy mangled mate, From thee be born who o'er thy country hangs The scourge of Heaven' What terrors round him wait ! Amazement in his van, with flight combined ; And sorrow’s faded form, and solitude behind 18
“Mighty victor, mighty lord, Low on his funeral couch he lies No pitying heart, no eye afford A tear to grace his obsequies! 4
! Edward the Second, cruelly butchered in Berkeley castle. * Isabel of France, queen of Edward the Second. * Triumphs of Edward the Third in France. * Death of that king, abandoned by his children, and even robbed in his last moments by his courtiers.
3.32 THE BARD.
Is the sable warrior 1 fled? .
“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.” Heard ye the din of battle bray, Lance to lance, and horse to horse 2 Long years of havoc urge their destined course, And through the kindred squadrons mow their
Ye towers of Julius, London's lasting shame,
s: ..oward, the Black Prince, dead some time before his ather. * Magnificence of Richard the Second's reign. * Richard the Second, as we are told by all the older writers, was starved to death. * Ruinous civil wars of York and Lancaster. * 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 Caesar.
Revere his consort’s 1 faith, his father's 9 fame,
“Edward, lo l to sudden fate (Weave we the woof. The thread is spun.) Half of thy heart we consecrate 16 (The web is wove. The work is done.)” “Stay, O, stay ! nor thus forlorn Leave me unblessed, unpitied, here to mourn! In yon bright track that fires the western skies, They melt, they vanish from my eyes! But, O, what solemn scenes on Snowdon's height Descending slow their glittering skirts unroll P Visions of glory, spare my aching sight ! Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my soul | No more our long-lost Arthur we bewail.” All hail, ye genuine kings Britannia’s issue, hail 18
* Margaret of Anjou, a woman of heroic spirit, who struggled hard to save her husband and her crown. * Henry the Fifth. * Henry the Sixth, very near being canonized. The line of Lancaster had no right of inheritance to the crown. * The white and red roses, devices of York and Lancaster. * 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 ales. 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. * 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.