Nor blaze yon fires where meets the manly fight;
Beacons of infamy, they light the way,

Where cowardice and cruelty unite,
To damn with double shame their ignominious flight.
6. O triumph for the Fiends of Lust and Wrath!

Ne'er to be told, yet ne'er to be forgot,
What wanton horrors marked their wracksul path!

The peasant butchered in his ruined cot,
The hoary priest even at the altar shot,

Childhood and age given o'er to sword and flame,
Woman to infamy ;- no crime forgot,

By which inventive demons might proclaim Immortal hate to Man, and scorn of God's great name! 7. The rudest sentinel, in Britain born,

With horror paused to view the havoc done,
Gave his poor crust to feed some wretch forlorn,

Wiped his stern eye, then fiercer grasped his gun.
Nor with less zeal shall Britain's peaceful son

Exult the debt of sympathy to pay;
Riches nor poverty the tax shall shun,

Nor prince nor peer, the wealthy nor the gay, Nor the poor peasant's mite, nor bard's more worthless lay. 8. But thou. unfoughten wilt thou yield to Fate,

Minion of Fortuné, now miscalled in vain !
Can vantage-ground no confidence create,

Marcella's pass, nor Guarda's mountain-chain ?
Vain-glorious Fugitive! yet turn again!

Behold, where, named by some Prophetic Seer,
Flows Honour's Fountain, as fore-doomed the stain

From thy dishonoured name and arms to clearFallen Child of Fortune, turn, redeem her favour here! 9. Yet, ere thou turn'st, collect each distant aid :

Those chief that never heard the Lion roar!
Within whose souls lives not a trace portrayed

Of Talavera, or Mondego's shore !
Marshal each band thou hast, and summon more;

Of war's fell stratagems exhaust the whole;
Rank upon rank, squadron on squadron pour,

Legion on legion on thy foeman roll,
And weary out his arm--thou canst not quell his soul.
10. O vainly gleams with steel Agueda's shore,

Vainly thy squadrons hide Assuava's plain,
And front the flying thunders as they roar,

With frantic charge, and tenfold odds, in vain !
And what avails thee that, for Cameron slain,

Wild from his plaided ranks the yell was given
Vengeance and grief gave mountain rage the rein,

And, at the bloody spear-point headlong driven,
The Despot's giant guards fled like the rack of heaven

II. Go, baffled Boaster ! teach thy haughty mood

To plead at thine imperious master's throne !
Say, thou hast left his legions in their blood,

Deceived his hopes, and frustrated thine own;
Say, that thine utmost skill and valour shown

By British skill and valour were outvied;
Last say, thy conqueror was WELLINGTON!

And if he chafe, be his own fortune tried
God and our cause to friend, the venture we'll abide.
12. But ye, the heroes of that well-fought day,

How shall a bard, unknowing and unknown,
His meed to each victorious leader pay,

Or bind on every brow the laurels won?
Yet fain my harp would wake its boldest tone,

O’er the wide sea to hail CADOGAN brave;
And he, perchance, the minstrel note might own,

Mindful of meeting brief that Fortune gave 'Mid yon far western isles, that hear the Atlantic rave. 13. Yes! hard the task, when Britons wield the sword,

To give each Chief and every field its fame :
Hark! Albuera thunders BERESFORD,

And red Barossa shouts for dauntless GRÆME!
O for a verse of tumult and of flame,

Bold as the bursting of their cannon sound,
To bid the world re-echo to their fame!

For never, upon gory battle-ground,
With conquest's well-bought wreath were braver victors

crowned !
14. O who shall grudge him Albuera's bays,

Who brought a race regenerate to the field,
Roused them to emulate their father's praise,

Tempered their headlong rage, their courage steeled,
And raised fair Lusitania's fallen shield,

And gave new edge to Lusitania's sword,
And taught her sons forgotten arms to wield-

Shivered my harp and burst its every chord,
If it forget thy worth, victorious BERESFORD !
15. Not on that bloody field of battle won,

Though Gaul's proud legions rolled 'like mist away,
Was half his self-devoted valour shown, ---

He gaged but life on that illustrious day;
But when he toiled those squadrons to array

Who fought like Britons in the bloody game,
Sharper than Polish pike or assagay,

He braved the shafts of censure and of shame. And, dearer far than life, he pledged a soldier's fame. 16. Nor be his praise o'erpassed who strove to hide

Beneath the warrior's vest affection's wound, Whose rrish Heaven for his country's weal denie;

Danger and fate he sought, but glory found.

From clime to clime, where'er war's trumpets sound,

The wanderer went; yet, Caledonia ! still
Thine was his thought in march and tented ground;

He dreamed 'mid Alpine cliffs of Athole's hill, And heard in Ebro's roar his Lyndoch's lovely rill. 17. O hero of a race renowned of old,

Whose war-cry oft has waked the battle-swell,
Since first distinguished in the onset bold,

Wild sounding when the Roman rampart fell !
By Wallace' side it rung the Southron's knell,

Alderne, Kilsythe, and Tibber owned its fame,
Tummell's rude pass can of its terrors tell,

But ne'er from prouder field arose the name
Than when wild Ronda learned the conquering shout of

GRÆME! 18. But all too long, through seas unknown and dark,

(With Spenser's parable I close my tale,
By shoal and rock hath steered my venturous bark;

And landward now I drive before the gale :
And now the blue and distant shore I hail,

And nearer now I see the port expand,
And now I gladly furl my weary sail,

And, as the prow light touches on the strand,
I strike my red-cross flag, and bind my skiff to land.

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WALTER SCOTT. Dec. 31st, 1812.

ADVERTISEMENT TO FIRST EDITION, 1813. The scene of this poem is laid at Rokeby, near Greta Bridge, in Yorkshire, and shifts to the adjacent fortress of Barnard Castle, and to other places i that vicinity.

The time occupied by the action is a space of Five Days, three of which are supposed to elapse between the end of the Fifth and beginning of the Sixth Canto.

The date of the supposed events is immediately subsequent to the great battle of Marston Moor, 3d July, 1644. This period of public confusion has

een chosen, without any purpose of combining the Fable with the Military or Political Events of the Civil War, but only as affording a degree of probability to the Fictitious Narrative now presented to the Public.

1. The Moon is in her summer glow,

But hoarse and high the breezes blow,
And, racking o'er her face, the cloud
Varies the tincture of her shroud ;
On Barnard's towers, and Tees's stream,
She changes as a guilty dream,
When Conscience, with remorse and fear,
Goads sleeping Fancy's wild career
Her light seemed now the blush of shan.c,
Seemed now fierce anger's darker flame,

Shifting that shade, to come and go,
Like apprehension's hurried glow;
Then sorrow's livery dims the air,
And dies in darkness, like despair.
Such varied hues the warder sees
Reflected from the woodland Tees,
Then from old Baliol's tower looks forti,
Sees the clouds mustering in the north,
Hears, upon turret-roof and wall,
By fits the plashing rain-drop fall,
Lists to the breeze's boding sound,
And wraps his shaggy mantle round.

2. Those towers, which in the changesul gleam

Throw murky shadows on the stream,
Those towers of Barnard hold a guest,
The emotions of whose troubled breast
In wild and strange confusion driven,
Rival the flitting rack of heaven.
Ere sleep stern Oswald's senses tied,
Oft had he changed his weary side,
Composed his limbs and vainly sought
By effort strong to banish thought.
Sleep came at length, but with a train
Of feelings true and fancies vain,
Mingling, in wild disorder cast,
The expected future with the past.
Conscience, anticipating time,
Already rues the enacted crime,
And calls her furies forth, to shake
The sounding scourge and hissing snake;
While her poor victim's outward throes
Bear witness to his mértal woes,
And show what lesson may be read
Beside a sinner's restless bed.

3. Thus Oswald's labouring feelings trace

Strange changes in his sleeping face,
Rapid and ominous as these
With which the moonbeams tinge the Tees.
There might be seen of shame the blush,
There anger's dark and fiercer flush,
While the perturbed sleeper's hand
Seemed grasping dagger-knife, or brand.
Relaxed that grasp, the heavy sigh,
The tear in the half-opening eye,
The pallid cheek and brow, confessed
That grief was busy in his breast;
Nor paused that moud a sudden start
Impelled the life-blood from the heart:
Features convulsed, and mutterings drev...
Show terror reigns in sorrow's stead,

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