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Postern, a Behind shut the postern,* the lights sank to rest, 5
Not a word to each other, we kept the great pace,
I turned in my saddle, and made its girths tight, Pique, a Then shortened each stirrup, and set the pique* 10 lance carried at the saddle.
Rebuckled the check-strap, chained slacker the bit, A whit, a Nor galloped less steadily Roland a whit.* point, a jot.
'Twas moonset at starting ; but while we drew near Lokeren, in Lokeren,* the cocks crew and twilight dawned clear;
: At Boom,* a great yellow star came out to see; ders. Bel
15 gium. At Düffeld,* 'twas morning as plain as could be ; Boom, Düf- And from Mechlin * church-steeple we heard the feld, Mechlin, in Antwerp.
So Joris broke silence with, “ Yet there is time !" noted for its
At Aerschot, up leaped of a sudden the sun,
And I saw my stout galloper Roland at last,
"The haze,* as some bluff river-headland its spray. Haze, mist.
And his low head and crest, just one sharp ear bent 25
For my voice, and the other pricked out on his track ; Intelligence, And one eye's black intelligence *-ever that glance quickness to O'er its white edge at me, his own master, askance ! * understand. Askance, And the thick heavy spume-flakes * which aye and sideways Spume flakes, flakes of
es, His fierce lips shook upwards in galloping on. 30 foam. Aye and By Hasselt,* Dirck groaned, and cried Joris, “Stay anon, now and then.
We'll remember at Aix”– for one heard the quick
mon name for a horse.
The broad sun above laughed a pitiless laugh ; 40 'Neath our feet broke the brittle bright stubble like
chaff; Till over by Dalhem a dome-spire sprang white, And “Gallop,” gasped Joris, "for Aix is in sight! “How they'll greet * us !”—and all in a moment his Greet, wel
Roan is ap-
bay or brown
saddle. Then I cast loose my buffcoat, each holster * let fall, Holster, the 50 Shook off both my jack-boots, let go belt and all,
case for a
horseman's Stood up in the stirrup, leaned, patted his ear, pistol. Called my Roland his pet-name, my horse without
ground, And no voice but was praising this Roland of mine, As I poured down his throat our last measure of wine, Burgesses,
Which (the burgesses * voted by common consent) the inhabit60 Was no more than his due who brought good news
ants or free
men of a from Ghent.
THE BATTLE OF THE BALTIC.*-Campbell.
Nelson was born in
1758. He entered the
navy in his twelfth When to battle fierce came forth
year. He was killed All the might of Denmark's crown,
on board the Victory, And her arms along the deep proudly shone ;
at Trafalgar, in 1805.
Prince. The Danish By each gun the lighted brand
forces were comIn a bold determined hand,
manded by their
Prince Regent, who And the Prince * of all the land
became king as FredLed them on.
erick VI. in 1801.
* The Battle of the Baltic. In 1801 a fleet was sent to break up the confederacy formed by Russia, Prussia, Sweden, and Denmark. Seventeen sail of the Danes were sunk, burnt, or taken in the roads of Copenhagen, The Baltic, a sea in the north of Europe. Its waters are shallow, and from this cause and the numerous rivers which it receives it is only slightly salt. This sea is covered with ice in winter.
Leviathan, a huge sea - monster men.
Lay their bulwarks * on the brine ; tioned in the book of Job. It is generally supposed to mean the crocodile, though the term is applied to any
he It was ten of April morn by the chime;
And the boldest held his breath
But the might of England flushed
And her van the fleeter rushed
“ Hearts of oak ?” our captains cried, when
Like the hurricane eclipse
To our cheering sent us back.
As they strike the shattered sail ;
Light the gloom !
As he hailed them o'er the wave :
So peace, instead of death, let us bring :-
To our King."
Then he gave her wounds repose ;
As Death withdrew his shades from the day:
55 Now joy, Old England, raise!
For the tidings of thy might,
Festal cities' blaze.
When news of the
victory reached EngAnd yet, amidst that joy and uproar,
land, most of the 60 Let us think of them that sleep,
large towns were
Elsinore, a town and
seaport on island of Brave hearts ! to Britain's pride
Zealand, where ships
paid toll to the King 65 Once so faithful and so true,
of Denmark, till it On the deck of fame that died,
was abolished in 1857. With the gallant, good Riou ! *
Riou, Captain Riou,
gallant and good."
RELIEVING GUARD.-Bret Harte.
in the army for each
soldier to take his waking ?”
turn in keeping “ Cold, cheerless, dark,-as may befit
guard, and the one
who has to do so is The hour before the dawn * is breaking.”
called the relief, or is
said to be relieving “No sight? no sound ?” “No; nothing save guard. The plover from the marshes calling,
Sentry, the one keep
ing guard. And in yon western sky, about
Hour before the An hour ago, a star was falling."
dawn. The hour be
fore the morning "A star? There's nothing strange in that.”
breaks is considered
to be the darkest “No, nothing ; but, above the thicket, time of the night. Somehow it seemed to me that God
Picket, soldiers placed
to guard the outposts Somewhere had just relieved a picket.”* of a camp.
TO A MOUNTAIN DAISY.—Burns.
Thou bonnie gem.
Alas! it's no thy neebor * sweet, Meet, fit.
The bonnie lark, companion meet!*
Bending thee 'mang the dewy weet *
10 When upward springing, blythe, to greet Purpling, at dawn.
The purpling * east. Cauld, cold.
Cauld * blew the bitter-biting north
Upon thy early, humble, birth ;
Amid the storm;
Thy tender form.
High sheltering woods and wa's * maun shield, 20 Bield, shelter. But thou beneath the random bield *
O'clod or stane *
Adorns the histie* stibble-field,*
Thy snawy bosom sunward spread,
In humble guise ;
And low thou lies !
THE LAST MINSTREL.— Scott.
The way was long, the wind was cold, Minstrel, one of an The Minstrel * was infirm and old ; order of men who
His withered cheek, and tresses gray, sang to the harp verses composed by Seemed to have known a better day ; themselves or others;
The harp, his sole remaining joy, a musician.
Was carried by an orphan boy.
The last of all the bards was he, Chivalry, the deeds
Who sung of Border chivalry ; done by brave men.
For, well-a-day! their date was fled,
Wished to be with them, and at rest.
He carolled,* light as lark at morn; Carolled, he sang. No longer, courted and caressed, * Chressed, treated with
High placed in hall, a welcome guest, affection.
He poured, to lord and lady gay, Unpremeditated, not prepared beforehand.
The unpremeditated * lay ;