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Thy lyre. Poetry is here likened to the music of a lyre or harp. The ancient Greeks excelled in poetry.
Of the three hundred. At Thermopylæ, a famous pass in the north-east of Greece, 10,000 Persians,under Xerxes, were engaged by 300 Spartans, under Leonidas, whose followers were all slain.
And must thy lyre,* so long divine,
Though linked among a fettered race,
E'en as I sing, suffuse my face ;
Must we but blush ? Our fathers bled.
A remnant of our Spartan dead !
Ah! no ;—the voices of the dead 45 Sound like a distant torrent's fall,
And answer, “ Let one living head,
Fill high the cup of Samian wine ! *
And shed * the blood of Scio's vine !
How answers each bold bacchanal ! * 55 You have the Pyrrhic dance as yet
Where is the Pyrrhic phalanx * gone?
The nobler and the manlier one ?
You have the letters Cadmus * gave60 Think ye he meant them for a slave ?
Fill high the bowl with Samian wine !
We will not think of themes like these !
He served—but served Polycrates * 65 A tyrant; but our masters then
Were still, at least, our countrymen.
Was freedom's best and bravest friend :
That tyrant was Miltiades ! 70 Oh that the present hour would lend
Samian wine! Samos, an island on the coast of Asia Minor, opposite Ionia, famous for its wine. And shed, &c., to make wine from the juice of the grape that grows on the island of Scio. off the coast of Asia Minor. Bacchanal, a worshipper of Bacchus, one whoindulges in drink. Phalanx, a compact body of soldiers. Cadmus, the inventor of letters, and king of Thebes, which city he founded. He came to Greece B.O. 1550. Polycrates, a king of Samos.
The Chersonese, the peninsula of the Mo. rea, Greece. The inhabitants invested. Miltiades, the hero of Marathon, with the sovereign power.
Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!
But gazing on each glowing maid,
Sunium (Cape Colon-
Place me on Sunium's * marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I,
There, swan-like,* let me sing and die;
cis, Francis I. of France. Gallant, showy,splendid. Crowning,
THE GLOVE AND THE LIONS.—Leigh Hunt.
their side, complete,
And ’mongst them Count de Lorge, with one he hoped
to make his bride : Royal beasts, And truly ’twas a gallant * thing to see that crownthe lions; the ing * show, led Valour* and love, and a king above, and the royal
beasts * below.
lion is called the king of beasts.
Ramped * and roared the lions, with horrid laughing Ramped, jaws;
in a furious They bit, they glared, * gave blows like beams, a wind
manner. went with their paws;
through the air;
here than there!”
De Lorge's love o'erheard the king, a beauteous, lively
always seemed the same :
brave can be ;
fearless of danger, rash,
Occasion, opportunity, time, chance.
She dropped her glove to prove his love ; then looked
on him and smiled ;
regained his place ;
rose from where he sat: “No love," quoth he, “but vanity,* sets love a task Vanity, little
pride, idle like that !”
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS. *—H. G. Bell.
HENRY GLASSFORD BELL (1814-1874) was educated for the law, and was, at the time of his death, the Sheriff of Lanarkshire. He had very considerable literary taste, and was a frequent contributor to the Magazines.
I LOOKED far back into other years, and lo! in
lofty walls, on the island of Inchmahome (“isle of And gardens with their broad green walks, rest"), in the Lake of where soft the footstep falls ; Menteith, Perthshire. Antique, 'old-fashion. And o’er the antique * dial-stone the creeping 5 ed.
And, all around, the noon-day sun a drowsy Radiance, brightness. radiance * cast.
No sound of busy life was heard, save from the Cloister, convent. cloister * dim
· [holy hymn. The tinkling of the silver bell, or the sisters' Five noble maidens, And there five noble maidens * sat beneath the Mary, Queen of Scots,
orchard trees, and four other Maries - Mary Carmichael, In that first budding spring of youth when all 10 Mary Hamilton, Mary
its prospects please ; Seton, and Mary Beaton who are known And little recked * they, when they sang, or in history as the knelt at vesper prayers, "Queen's Maries."
That Scotland knew no prouder names-held
none more dear than theirs ;-
Of royal blood and high descent from the Stuart line, Robert,
ancient Stuart line ; * the High Steward of Scotland, succeeded Calmly her happy days flew on, uncounted in 15 to the throne on the their flight,
[tinuing light. death of David (I. He was the first of
And as they flew, they left behind a long-conthe famous House of Stuart, and Mary was
The scene was changed. It was the court, the descended in a direct line from him.
gay court of Bourbon,
. And neath a thousand silver lamps a thouCourtiers, nobles living at court.
sand courtiers * throng :
* Maru Queen of Scots, was born at Linlithgow in Tsun. A few days before the death of her father, James V. In 1558 she was married to Francis, the Dauphin of France, who died the next year, and Mary returned to Scotland in 1561. Her own subjects rebelled, and defeated her troops at Langside in 1568. She then fled to England, where she was executed by order of Elizabeth in 1587.
And proudly kindles Henry's * eye-well Henry, Mary's father. pleased, I ween,* to see [chivalry :- in-law, Henry II. of
France, 20 The land assemble all its wealth of grace and I ween, I am sure. I Grey Montmorency,* o'er whose head has know. passed a storm of years,
Anne de MontmorStrong in himself and children, stands the first ency, a peer, marquis. among his peers ;
and constable of
France, was one of And next the Guises,* who so well fame's
the greatest generals steepest heights assailed,
of the 16th century. And walked ambition's diamond ridge, where
The Guises, a princely
family of Lorraine, a bravest hearts have failed
province in the north25 And higher yet their path shall be, stronger east of France.
shall wax their might,
its waning light.
Condé, was the son of
Charles of Bourbon, With great Coligni * by his side : each name a Duke of Vendome. household word.
Coligni, Gepard de
Coligny was admiral And there walks she of Medicis,* that proud of France. * * Italian line,
Catherine de Medici,
wife of Henry II., 30 The mother of a race of kings—the haughty
was descended from The forms that follow in her train a glorious a wealthy Italian sunshine make
family. She had ten
children, three of A milky way of stars that grace a comet's
whom mounted the glittering wake;
throne of France. But fairer far than all the rest who bask * on Bask, &c., those who
were blessed with Fortune's tide,
good fortune. Effulgent * in the light of youth, is she, the Efulgent, splendid.
deep love of one-
charms are but begun,-
o'er her cheek,
souled joy bespeak:
through all its brilliant hours,
A bark, a ship; this
scene represents The scene was changed. It was a bark* that Ma
Mary on her voyage slowly held its way,
from France to ScotAnd o'er its lee* the coast of France in the light
land in 1561.
Lee, the sheltered side of evening lay;
of the ship.