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Lanncelot, .for no threats.' - No!' said she; .and ye laced his helme, and ungirded his sword, and laid him tal leave that sword, Queene Guenever should ye never downe to sleepe upon his shield before the crosse. e Then were I foole and I would leave this sword,'1 « And so he fell on sleepe, and halfe waking and ! ud Sir Launcelot. “Now, gentle knight,' said the da- halfe sleeping, hec saw come by him two palfreys, boch Insch I require thee to kisse me once. “Nay,' said faire and white, the which beare a litter, therein lying Sant Lagncelot, that God forbid!" "Well, sir,' said she, a sicke knight. And when he was nigh the crosse, he

thom haddest kissed me, thy life dayes had been there abode still. All this Sir Launcelot saw and bedinge ; but now, alas!' said she, I have lost all my la- held, for hee slept not verily, and hee heard him say, bear, for I ordained this chappell for thy sake, and for ‘Oh sweete Lord, when shall this sorrow leave me, and & Gawaine: and once I had Sir Gawaine within it; when shall the holy vessell come by me, where through rad at that time he fought with that knight which thare | I shall be blessed, for I have endured thus long for little Leth dead in yonder chappell, Sir Gilbert the bastard, trespasse.' And thus a great while complained the and at that time hee smote off Sir Gilbert the bastard's knight, and allwaies Sir Launcelot heard it. With that, left band. And so, Sir Launcelot, now I tell thee, that Sir Launcelot saw the candlesticke, with the fire capers, I have loved thee this seaven yeare; but there may no come before the crosse; but he could see no body that vomaan have thy love but Queen Gucnever; but sithen brought it. Also, there came a table of silver, and the I may not rejoice to have thy body alive, I had kept no holy vessell of the Sancgreall, the which Sir Launcelot more joy in this world but to have had thy dead body; had seen before that time in King Petchour's house. and I would have balmed it and served, and so have | And therewithall the sicke knight set him upright, and hope it my life daies, and daily I should have clipped held up both bis hands, and said, “Faire sweete Lord, tur, and kissed thee, in the despite of Queene Guene- which is here within the holy vessell, take heede to mee, er 'Yee say well,' said Sir Launcelot; Jesus pre- that I may bee hole of this great malady. And therewire me from your subtill craft!' And therewith he with upon his hands, and upon his knees, he went so kiek buis horse, and departed from her. »

nigh, that he touched the holy vessell, and kissed it:

And anon he was hole, and then he said, 'Lord God. Note 2. Introduction.

I thank thee, for I am healed of this malady.' So when * sinful man, and unconfessid,

the holy vessell had been there a great while, it went He took the Sangreal's boly quest,

into the chappell againe with the candlesticke and the And, slambering, saw the vision high,

light, so that Sir Launcelot wist not where it became, He might not view with waking eye.

for he was overtaken with sinne, that hee had no power i ne day, when Arthur was holding a high feast with to arise against the holy vessell, wherefore afterward be haights of the Round Table, the Sangreal, or vessel many men said of him shame. But he tooke repent

to which the last passover was eaten, a precious re- ance afterward. Then the sicke knight dressed him k, which had long remained concealed from human upright, and kissed the crosse. Then anop his squire PE, because of the sins of the land, suddenly appeared brought him his armes, and asked his lord how he did. him and all his chivalry. The consequence of this. Certainly,' said hee, 'I thanke God, right heartily, for

sa vas, that all the knights took on them a solemn through the holy vessell I am healed : But I have right *** to seek the Sangreal. Bui, alas! it could only be great mervaile of this sleeping knight which hath had maled to a knight at once accomplished in earthly neither grace nor power to awake during the time that ruralry, and pure and guiltless of evil conversation. this holy vessell hath becne here present.' 'I dare it , 41 Sic lancelot's noble accomplishments were there right well say,' said the squire, that this same knight , fore rendered rain by his guilty intrigue with Queen is defouled with some manner of deadly sinne, whereof

beter, or Gapore ; and in this holy quest he encoun he has never confessed.' By my faith,' said the knight, tused only such disgraceful disasters, as that which fol. / whatsoever he be, he is unhappie; for, as I deeme, he

is of the fellowship of the Round Table, the which is • But Sir Launcelot rode overthwart and endlong in entered into the quest of the Sancgreall.' 'Sir,' said the #sld forest, and held no path, but as wild adventure squire, here I have brought you all your armes, save Wd him; and at the last, he came unto a stone crosse, your helme and your sword; and therefore, by mine

barba departed two wayes, in wast land ; and by the assent, now may ye take this knight's helme and his trmt, was a stone that was of marble; but it was so sword, and so he did. And when he was cleane armed, Carne, that Sir Launcelot might not well know what it lie took Sir Launcelot's horse, for be was better than his

a. Then Sir Launcelot looked by him, and saw an owne, and so they departed from the crosse. vad chappell, and there he wend to have found people. « Then anon Sir Launcelot awakcd, and set himselfe And so Sir Launcelot tied his horse to a tree, and there upright, and he thought him what hee had there seene, site put off his shield, and hung it upon a tree, and then and whether it were dreames or not; right so he heard live went onto the chappell door, and found it wasted a voice that said, Sir Launcelot, more harde than is and broken. And within he found a faire altar, full the stone, and more bitter than is the wood, and more

bly arrayed with cloth of silk, and there stood a faire naked and bare than is the liefe of the fig-tree, therecandlesticke, which beare six creat candles, and the fore go thou from hence, and withdraw thee from this Madlesticke was of silver. And when Sir Launcelot holy place; and when Sir Launcelot heard this, hee was w this light, bee had a great will for to enter into the passing heavy, and wit not what to doe. And so he Chappell, but he could find no place where he might departed sore weeping, and cursed the time that he was taler. Then was he passing heavie and dismaicd. Then borne ; for then he deemed never to have had more De retarned, and came againe to his horse, and tooke off worship; for the words went unto his heart, till that he wis saddle and his bridle, and let him pasture, and un- koew whicrefore that hee was so called. >>

Note 3. Introduction.

Lothly he was to look on than,

And liker a devil than a man.
And Dryden, in immortal strain,
Had raised the Table Round again,

His staff was a young oak,
But that a ribald king and court

Hard and heavy was his stroke.
Bade him toil on to make them sport;

Specimens of Metrical Romances, rol. 11,
Demanded for their niggard pay,

I am happy to say, that the memory of Sir Be
Fit for their souls, a looser lay,
Licentious satire, song, and play.

still fragrant in his town of Southampton; the ga Dryden's melancholy account of his projected Epic knight-errant, and his gigantic associate.

which is centinelled by the effigies of that dou Poem, blasted by the selfish and sordid parsimony of bis patrons, is contained in an « Essay on Satire,» ad

Note 5. Stanza i. dressed to the Earl of Dorset, and prefixed to the Trans

Day set on Norham's castled steep. lation of Juvenal. After mentioning a plan of supply

And Tweod's fair river, broad and deep, etc. ing machinery from the guardian angels of kingdoms,

The ruinous castle of Norham (anciently called mentioned in the book of Daniel, he adds:

bandford), is situated on the southern bank a « Thus, my lord, I have, as briefly as I could, given

Tweed, about six miles above Berwick, and where your lordship, and by you the world, a rude draft of

fit of river is still the boundary between England and what I have been long labouring in my imagination, and

land. The extent of its ruins, as well as its histo what I had intended to have put in practice (though

importance, 'shows it to have been a place of mag far unable for the attempt of such a poem), and to have

cence, as well as strength. Edward I. resided left the stage, to which my genius never much inclined

| when he was created umpire of the dispute concer mc, for a work which would have taken up my life in

the Scottish succession. It was repeatedly takeu the performance of it. This, too, I had intended chiefly

retaken during the wars between England and Scoth for the honour of my native country, to which a poet

| and, indeed, scarce any happened, in which it had is particularly obliged. Of two subjects, both relating a principal share. Norham Castle is situated to it, I was doubtful whether I should chuse that of I steep bank, which overhangs the river. The rope King Arthur conquering the Saxons, which, being far- sieges which the castle had sustained rendered freg ther distant in time, gives the greater scope to my in-repairs necessary. In 1764 it was almost rebuil vention; or that of Edward the Black Prince, in subduing

Hugh Pudsey, Bishop of Durham, who added at Spain, and restoring it to the lawful prince, though a keep, or donjon; notwithstanding which, King Heor great tyrant, Don Pedro the Cruel; which, for the com- in 1174, took the castle from the Bishop, and comte pass of time, including only the expedition of one year, the keeping of it to William de Neville. After this for the greatness of the action, and its answerable event. riod it seems to leave been chiefly garrisoned by for the magnanimity of the English hero, opposed to

king, and considered as a royal fortress. The Grey the ingratitude of the person whom he restored, and for

Chillinghame Castle were frequently the castellans the many beautiful episodes which I had interwoven | captains of the garrison : yet, as the castle was situ with the principal design, together with the characters in the patrimony of St Cuthbert, the property va of the chiefest English persons (wherein, after Virgil the see of Durham till the Reformation. After thal and Spenser, I would have taken occasion to represent riod it passed through various hands. At the unio! my living friends and patrons of the noblest families, the crowns, it was in the possession of Sir Robert and also shadowed the events of future ages in the suc- | (afterwards Earl of Monmouth), for his own life, cession of our imperial line), with these helps, and that of two of his sons. After King James's access those of the machines which I have mentioned, I might Carey sold Norham Castle to George Home, kan perhaps have done as well as some of my predecessors. Dunbar, for 6oool. See his curious Memoirs, pubis or at least chalked out a way for others to amend my by Mr Constable of Edinburgh. errors in a like design; but being encouraged only with. According to Mr Pinkerton, there is, in the hill fair words by King Charles II., my little salary ill paid. Museum, Cal. B. vi. 216, a curious memoir of the and no prospect of a future subsistence, I was then dis- cres on the state of Norham Castle in 1522, not a couraged in the beginning of my attempt; and now after the battle of Flodden. The inner ward, or ke age has overtaken me, and want, a more insufferable is represented as impregnable : « The provisions evil, through the change of the times, has wholly dis three great vats of salt eels, forty-four kine, three tid abled me.»

heads of salted salmon, forty quarters of grain, besi Note 4. Introduction.

many cows, and four hundred sheep lying under

castle-wall nightly; but a number of the arrows wani or Ascapart, and Bovis bold.

feathers, and a good fletcher (i. e, maker of arrot The « History of Bevis of Hampton» is abridged by was required.»--History of Scotland, v my friend Mr George Ellis, with that liveliness which Note. extracts amusement even out of the most rude and! The ruins of the castle are at present conside unpromising of our old tales of chivalry. Ascapart, a well as picturesque. They ronsist of a large most important personage in the romance, is thus de- tower, with many vaults and fragments of othe scribed in an extract:

inclosed within an outward wall of great circuit. This geaunt was mighty and strong,

Note 6. Stanza i.
And full thirty foot was long.

- tha donjon keep.
lle was I ristled like a sow;
A foot be hai between each brow;

It is perhaps unnecessary to remind my readers llis lips were creat, and hung aside;

the donjon, in its proper signification, means llis eyen were bollow; bis mouth was wide.

strongest part of a feudal castle; a high square 1084 with walls of tremendous thickness, situated in the cen- ! This affront could only be expiated by a joust with te of the other buildings, from which, however, it was sharp lances. In the course, Dalzell left leis helmet unsmally detached. Here, in case of the outward de- laced, so that it gave way at the touch of his antagonist's faces being gained, the garrison retreated to make lance, and he thus avoided the shock of the encounter. ser last stand. The donjon contained the great hall, This happened twice :- In the third encounter, the

principal rooms of state for solemn occasions, and handsome Courtenay lost two of bis front teeth. As to the prison of the fortress; from which last circum- the Englishman complained bitterly of Dalzell's fraud

er ve derive the modern and restricted use of the in not fastening his helmet, the Scottishman agreed to pari dungeon. Ducange (voce DUNJO) conjectures run six courses more, each champion staking in the basibly, that the name is derived from these keeps hand of the king two hundred pounds, to be forfeited lang sually built upon a hill, which in Celtic is called if, on entering the lists, any unequal advantage should

2. Borlase supposes the word came from the dark be detected. This being agreed to, the wily Scot deness of the apartments in these towers, which were manded, that Sir Piers, in addition to the loss of his thente figuratively called Dungeons; thus deriving the teeth, should consent to the extinction of one of his Minest Ford from the modern application of it. eyes, he himself having lost an eye in the fight of Ot

terburn. As Courtenay demurred to this equalization of Note 7. Stanza vi.

optical powers, Dalzell demanded the forfeit; which, Well was he arm'd from head to heel,

after much altercation, the king appointed to be paid Is mail and plate, of Milan steel.

to him, saying, he surpassed the English both in wit The artists of Milan were famous in the middle ages

and valour. This must appear to the reader a singular for their skill in armoury, as appears from the follow

specimen of the humour of that time. I suspect the seg passage, in which Froissart gives an account of the

de Jockey Club would have given a different decision from Berations made by llenry. Earl of Hereford, after

Henry IV. wards Beory IV., and Thomas, Duke of Norfolk, Earl

Note 9. Stanza xi. Sereschal, for their proposed combat in the lists of

They bail'd Lord Marmion. Creaty. a These two lords made ample provision of

They hail'd him Lord of Fontenaye, Athugs necessary for the combat; and the Earl of

Of Lutterward, and Scrivelbaye, Sherby seat off messengers to Lombardy, to have armour

Of Tamworth tower and town, ham Sir Galeas, Duke of Milan. The duke complied Lord Marmion, the principal character of the prewith joy, and gave the knight, called Sir Francis, who sent romance, is entirely a fictitious personage. In Ind brought the message, the choice of all his armour, earlier times, indeed, the family of Marmion, lords of br the Earl of Derby. When he had selected what Fontenay in Normandy, was highly distinguished. Rokmabed for in plated and mail armour, the Lord of bert de Marmion, Lord of Fontenay, a distinguished Bean, out of his abundant love for the earl, ordered follower of the Conqueror, obtained a grant of the casber of the best armourers ia Milan to accompany the tle and town of Tamworth, and also of the manor of kaught to England, that the Earl of Derby might be Scrivelby, in Lincolnshire. One, or both, of these noBore completely armed.»--Jounes Froissart, vol. IV, ble possessions was held by the honourable service of

being the royal champion, as the ancestors of Marmion

had formerly been to the Dukes of Normandy. But afNote 8. Stauza vi.

ter the castle and demesne of Tamworth had passed The golden legend bore aricht,

through four successive barons from Robert, the faWE CHECKS AT NE, TO DEATH IS DIGIT.

mily became extinct in the person of Philip de Marmion, The crest and motto of Marmion are borrowed from

who died in 20th Edward I. without issue male. He te following story. Sir David de Lindsay, first Earl of

was succeeded in his castle of Tamworth by Alexander Crawford, was, among other gentlemen of quality, at

| de Freville, who married Mazera, his grand-daughter. leaded during a visit to London, in 1390, by Sir Wil

Baldwin de Freville, Alexander's descendant, in the kan Dalzell, who was, according to my authority,

reign of Richard 1., by the supposed tenure of his casSover, not only excelling in wisdom, but also of a lively

tle of Tamworth, claimed the office of royal champion, L Chancing to be at tbe court, he there saw Sir

and to do the service appertaining; namely, on the day ham Courtenay, an English knight, famous for skill

of coronation, to ride completely armed, upon a barbed tä tulting, and for the beauty of his person, parading the

horse, into Westininster Hall, and there to challenge the palace, arrayed in a new mantie, bearing for device an

combat against any who would cainsay the king's title. cabroidered falcon, with this rhyme,

But this office was adjudged to Sir John Dymocke, to I heare a faloon, fairest of flight,

whom the manor of Scrivelby had descended by anWho so pinches at her, his death is dight!

other of the co-heiresses of Robert de Marmion; and it In graith.

remains in that family, whose representative is Herci The Scottish knight, being a wag, appeared next day ditary Champion of England at the present day. The w a dress exactly similar to that of Courtenay, but family and possessions of Freville have merged in livering a magpie instead of the falcon, with a motto the Earls of Ferrars : I have not, therefore, created a | grdiously contrived to rhyme to the vaunting inscrip | new family, but only revived the titles of an old one in sea of Sir Piers :

an imaginary personage. I bear a pie picking at a piece,

It was one of the Marmion family who, in the reign Who so picks at her, I shall pick at his nese,

of Edward II., performed that chivalrous feat before the In faith.

very castle of Norham, which Bishop Percy has woven

into bis beautiful Pallad, « The Hermit of Warkworth. Prepared • Armour.

The story is thus told by Leland.

* Yose.

« The Scottes came yn to the marches of England, embassies into Scotland. This is alluded to in Stanza and destroyed the castle of Werk and Herbotel, and XXI. p. 64. overran much of Northumberland marches.

Note u. Stanza xiii. « At this tyme Thomas Gray and his friends defended

Sir Hugb the Heron bold, Norham from the Scottes.

Baron of Twisel, and of Ford, « It were a wonderful processe to declare, what mis

And Captain of the Hold. chefes cam by hungre and asseges, by the space of xi Were accuracy of any consequence in a fictitious naryeres in Northumberland; for the Scottes became so rative, this castellan's name ought to have been Wiproude after they had got Berwick, that they nothing liam ; for William Heron of Ford was busband to the esteemed the Englishmen.

famous Lady Ford, whose syren charms are said to have « About this tyme there was a great feste made yn cost our James IV. so dear. Moreover, the said WilLincolnshir, to which came many gentlemen and ladies; liam Heron was, at the time supposed, a prisoner in and amonge them one lady brought a heaulme for a Scotland, being surrendered by Henry VIII, on account man of were, with a very rich creste of gold, to William of his share in the slaughter of Sir Robert Ker of CessMarmion, knight, with a letter of commandment of her ford. His wife, represented in the text as residing at lady, that he should go into the daungerest place in the court of Scotland, was, in fact, living in her own England, and ther to let the heaulme be seene and castle at Ford.-See Sir RICHARD HERON'S curious Geknown as famous. So he went to Norham; whither nealogy of the Heron Family. within 4 days of cumming cam Philip Maubray, guardian of 'Berwicke, having yn his bande 40 men of

Note 12. Stanza xii.

The whilos a northern harper rude armes, the very flour of men of the Scottish marches.

Chaunted a rhyme of deadly foud, « Thomas Gray, capitayne of Norham, seyoge this,

How the fierce Thirlwalls, and Ridleys all.. etc. brought his garison afore the barriers of the castle, be- This old Northumbrian ballad was taken down froin hind whom cam William, richly arrayed, as al glitter- the recitation of a woman eighty years of age, mother ing in gold, and wearing the heaulme, his ladys of one of the miners in Alston-moor, by an agent for present.

the lead mines there, who communicated it to my friend « Then said Thomas Gray to Marmion, 'Sir knight, yel and correspondent, R. Surtces, Esquire, of Mainsfort. be cum hither to fame your helmet: mount upon yowr

She had not, she said, heard it for many years; but horse, and ryde like a valiant man to yowr foes even when she was a girl, it used to be sung at merry-makhere at hand, and I forsake God if I rescue not thy bodyings, « till the roof rung again, To preserve this cudeade or alyve, or I inyself will dye for it.

rious, though rude rhyme, it is here inserted. The « Whereupon he took his cursere, and rode among ludicrous turn given to the slaughter marks that wild the throng of ennemyes; the which layed sore stripes and disorderly state of society, in which a murder was on hym, and pulled hym at the last out of his sadel to

not merely a casual circumstance, but, in some cases. the grounde.

an exceedingly good jest. The structure of the ballad « Then Thomas Gray with al the hole garrison, letter

lette resembles the « Fray of Support, t» having the same ir prick yn among the Scoties, and so wondid them and

regular stanza and wild chorus. their horses, that they were overthrown; and Marinion, sore beten, was horsid agayn, and, with Gray, persewed the Scottes yn chase. There were taken 50 horse of Hoot awa', lads, boot awa',

Ha' ye heard how the Ridleys, and Thirlwalls, and a , price: and the women of Norham brought them to the

Ha' set upon Albany' Featherstonbaugh, foote men to follow the chase.»

And taken his life at the Deadman's-haugh?

There was Willimoteswick,
Note 10. Stanza xi.

And Hardriding Dick,
-largesse, largesse:

And Hughie of Hawden, and will of the Wa. This was the cry with which heralds and pursuivants

I canno' tell a', I canno' tell a', were wont to acknowledge the bounty received from And mony a mair that the de'il may knaw. the knights. Stewart of Lorn distinguishes a ballad,

II. in which he satirizes the narrowness of James W. and The auld man went down, but Nicol, his son, his courtiers, by the ironical burden

Ran away afore the fight was begua;

And he run, and he run,
Lerges, lerges, lerges, hay,

And afore they were done,
Lerges of this new year day.

There was mody a Featherston gat sic a stun,
First lerges, of the king, my chief,

As nover was soon since the world begun.
Who came as quiet as a thief,
And in my band slid-sbillings twae!!

III.
To pat his largeness to the prief,

I canno' tell a', I canno' tall a',
For larges of this new year day.

Some cat a skelp, and some gat a claw;

But tbey card the Featherstons haud their jaw,The heralds, like the minstrels, were a race allowed

Nicol, and Alick, and a'. to have great claims upon the liberality of the knights, Some gat a hurt and some gat nane; of whose feats they kept a record, and proclaimed them Some bad barness, and some gat staan." aloud, as in the text, upon suitable occasions.

At Berwick, Norham, and other Border fortresses of Seo Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, vol. I, p. aso. importance, pursuivants usually resided, whose inviola- Pronounced Awbory. ble character rendered them the only persons that could Skelp signifies slap, or rather is tbe same word which was cro

vinally spelled Schlap. with perfect assurance of safety, be sent on necessary . Hold their jaw, á valgar expression still is use.

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Note 13. Stanza xviii.
Ane gat a twist o' the craig:1

James back'd the cause of that mock prince,
Ape gat a dancb'o' the wame;"

Warbeck, that Flemish counterfeit,
Symy How gat lamed of a leg.

Who on the gibbet paid the cheat.
And sybe ran wallowing hamo.

Then did I march with Surrey's power,

What time we razed old Ayton tower. Most, hest, the auld map 's slain outright!

The story of Perkin Warbeck, or Richard, Duke of Lay him now wi' his face down :-he's a sorrowful sight. York, is well known. In 1496, he was received honourlaset, thoe dobot,

ably in Scotland ; and James IV., after conferring upon 1 '11 lay my best bonnet, Thon gets a new gude-man afore it be night.

him in marriage his own relation, the Lady Catherine

Gordon, made war on England in behalf of his prelenVI.

sions. To retaliate an invasion of England, Surrey adBost away, lads, boot away. Wa's be bangid if we stay.

vanced into Berwickshire at the head of considerable Tak' up the dead man, and lay him ahint the bigging : forces, but retreated after taking the inconsiderable lhere's the Bailey o Haltwhistle,

Fortress of Ayton. Ford, in his Dramatic Chronicle of 5 bis great bull's pizzle,

Perkin Warbeck, makes the most of this inroad : That sapd up the broo', and syne — in the picgin.?

SCRREY. Are all our braving enemies shrunk back, la explanation of this ancient ditty, Mr Surtees las Hid in the fogges of their distemper'd climate, furioed me with the following local memorandum:-1

Not daring to behold our colours wave

In spight of this infected ayre? Can they Mansteswick, the chief seat of the ancient family of

Looke on the strength of Cundrestine defacit ; Bay, is situated two miles above the confluence of

The glorie of lleydonball devasted ; that u Allow and Tyne. It was a house of strength, as ap

of Edington cast downe; the pile of Fulden fears from one oblong tower, still in tolerable prescr

Overthrowne: And this, tbe strongest of their forts,

Old Ayton Castle, yeelded and demolished, w It has been long in possession of the Blacket

And yet not peape abroad! thu Spots are bold, danilaIlardriding Dick is not an epithet referring 10 Hardio in battagle, but it seems the cause barsemanship, but means Richard Ridley of Hardriding, 9

They undertake considered, appeares de seat of another family of that naine, which, in the

Unjoynted in the frame on 't. tes of Charles I. was sold on account of expenses in

Note 14. Stanza xix. erred by the loyalty of the proprietor, the immediate

For here be some have prick'd as far, stor of Sir Matthew Ridley. Will of the Wa' seems

On Scottish ground, as to Dunbar; be William Ridley of Waltown, so called from its

Have drunk the monks of St Bothan's alo.

And driven the beeves of Lauderdale; mation on the great Roman Wall. Thirlwall Castic,

Harried the wives of Greenlaw's goods, munce the clan of Thirlwalls derived their name, is si

And given them light to set their hoods. kated oa the small river of Tippel, near the western

The garrisons of the English castles of Wark, Norwandary of Northumberland. It is near the wall, and

ham, and Berwick, were, as may be easily supposed, | takes its name from the rampart having been thirled,

very troublesome neighbours to Scotland. Sir Richard je e. pierced, or breached, in its vicinity. Featherstone

Maitland of Ledington wrote a poem, called « The Castle lies south of the Tyne, towards Alston-moor.

| Blind Baron's Comfort ;» when his barony of Blythe, in Abany Featherstophaugh, the chief of that ancient fa

Lauderdale, was harried by Rowland Foster, the Enganak, made a figure in the reign of Edward VI. A

lish captain of Wark, with his company, to the numfeud did certainly exist between the Ridleys and Fea

| ber of 300 men. They spoiled the poetical knight of terstones, productive of such consequences as the bal

5000 sheep, 200 nolt, 30 horses and mares; the whole land narrates. 24 Oct. 22do Henrici &vi. Inquisitio

furniture of his house of Blythe, worth 100 pounds cept. apud Hautwhistle, sup, visum corpus Alexandri |

'Scots (1. 8: 6:8), and every thing else that was port. featherston, Gen. apud Grensilhaugh, felonice inter

able. « This spoil was committed the 16th day of Mayfechi, 22 Oct. per Nicolaum Ridley de Unthanke, Gen.

1570, (and the said Sir Richard was threescore and Augen Ridle, Nicolaun Ridle, et alios ejusdem nominis.

:| fourteen years of age, and grown blind,) in time of die were the Featherstones without their revenge; for, øeace : when nane of that country lippened (expected) to Henrici Svi, we have-Utlagatio Nicolai Feather

such a thing.»-« The Blind Baron's Comfort» consists un, æe Thome Nyxson, etc., etc., pro homicidio Will

in a string of puns on the word Blythe, the name of ble de Morale.

the lands thus despoiled. Like John Littlewit, he had

« a conceit left him in his misery,-a miserable conceit, Tech Punch. Belly. • Bellowing.

1 The last line of the text contains a phrase, by which Sil, stue. The Border Bard calls her so, because she was woop- the Borderers jocularly intimated the burning a house

for her dain hasband; a loss which he seems to think might be was repaired.

When the Maxwells, in 1685, burned the castle of Loch: The Bailiff of Haltwhistle seems to have arrived when the fray

wood, they said they did so to give the Lady Johnstone *mer. This supporter of social order is treated with characteristic light to set her hood.» Nor was the phrase inappli horanca by the mous-lrooping poet.

cable; for, in a letter, to which I have mislaid the re An ires pot with two ears.

ference, the Earl of Northumberland writes to thic kini Tillideswick was, in prior editions, confounded with Ridley and council, that he dressed himself, at midnight, a Ball, situated to miles lower, on the same side of the Tyne, the Wack worth. by the blaze of the neighbouring villages Asediary seat of William C. Lowes, Esq.

burned by the Scottish marauders. ley, the bisbop and martyr, was, according to some authoe bors at Hardridips, where a chair was preserved, called the

Note 15. Stanza xxi. chair. Others, and particularly his biographer and name

The priest of Shoreswood. L: Dr Gwester Ridley, ansiga thu honour of the martyr's birth to

This churchunan seems to have been a-kin to Wels

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