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XVIII. Yet, c'en in yon sequester'd spot, . May worthier conquest be thy lot .

Than yet thy life has known; Conquest, unbought by blood or harm, That needs not foreign aid nor arm,

A triumph all thine own. Sach waits thee when thou shalt control Those passions wild, that stubborn soul,

That marr'd thy prosperous scene :Hear this-from no unmoved heart, Which sighs, comparing what THOU ART

With what thou MIGIT'ST HAVE BEEN!

Thou saw'st in seas of gore expire Redoubted Picton's soul of fireSaw'st in the mingled carpage lie All that of PÒNSONBY could dieDE LANCY change Love's bridal-wreath For laurels from the hand of DeathSaw'st gallant MILLER's failing eye Suill bent where Albion's banners fly, And CAMERON, in the shock of steel, Die like the offspring of Lochiel; And generous Gordon, 'mid the strife, Fall while he watch'd his leader's life.Ah! though her guardian angel's shield Fenced Britain's hero through the field, Fate not the less her power made known Through his friends' hearts to pierce his own!

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XIX. Thou, too, whose deeds of fame renewd Bankrupt a nation's gratitude, To thine own noble heart must owe More than the meed she can bestow. For not a people's just acclaim, Not the full hail of Europe's fame, Thy prince's smiles, thy state's decree, The ducal rank, the garter'd knee, Not these such pure delight afford, As that, when, hanging up thy sword, Well mayst thou think, « This honest steel Was ever drawn for public weal; And, such was rightful Heaven's decrce, Ne'er sheathed unless with victory!»

Forgive, brave dead, the imperfect lay;
Who may your names, your number, say,
What high-strung harp, what lofty line,
To each the dear-earn'd praise assign,
From high-born chiefs of martial fame
To the poor soldier's lowlier name?
Lightly ye rose that dawning day,
From your cold couch of swamp and clay,
To fill, before the sun was low,
The bed that morning cannot know.-
Oft may the tear the green sod steep,
And sacred be the heroes' sleep,

Till time shall cease to run;
And ne'er beside their noble grave
May Briton pass, and fail to crave
• A blessing on the fallen brave,

Who fought with Wellington.

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Look forth, once more, with soften d heart,
Ere from the field of fame we part;
Triumph and Sorrow border near,
And Joy oft melts into a tear.
Alas! what links of love that morn
Has War's rude hand asunder torn!
For ne'er was field so sterely fought,
And ne'er was conquest dearer bought.
Here piled in common slaughter sleep
Those whom affection long shall weep;
Here rests the sire, that ne'er shall strain
His orphans to his heart again;
The son, whom, on his native shore,
The parent's voice shall bless no more;
The bridegroom, who has hardly press d
llis blushing consort to his breast;
The husband, whom through many a year
Long love and mutual faith endear.
Thou canst not name one tender tie
But bere dissolved its relics lie!
0, when thou seest some mourner's veil
Shroud her thin form and visage pale,
Or mark'st the matron's bursting tears
Scream when the stricken drum she hears;
Or seest how manlier grief, suppress'd,
Is labouring in a father's breast,--
With no enquiry vain pursue
The cause, but think on Waterloo !

Farewell, sad Field! whose blighted face
Wears desolation's withering trace;
Long shall my memory retain
Thy shatter'd huts and trampled grain,
With every mark of martial wrong,
That scathe thy towers, fair Hougoumont!
Yet though thy garden's green arcade
The marksman's fatal post was made,
Though on thy shatter'd beeches fell
The blended rage of shot and shell,
Though from thy blackend portals torn,
Their fall thy blighted fruit-trees mourn,
Has not such havoc bought a name
Immortal in the rolls of fame?
Yes-Agincourt may be forgot,
And Cressy be an unknown spot,

And Blenheim's name be new;
But still in story and in song,
For many an age remember'd long,
Shall live the towers of Hougoumont,

And field of Waterloo.

XXI. Period of honour as of woes, What bright careers 't was thine to close ! Markd on thy roll of blood what names To Britain's memory, and to Fame's, Laid there their last immortal claims!

CONCLUSION. STERN tide of human Time! that know'st pot rest,

But, sweeping from the cradle to the tomb, Bear'st ever downward on thy dusky breast

Successive generations to their doom;

While thy capacious stream has equal room

grain as he can cut at one sweep with a short seth, For tre gay bark where pleasure's streamers sport, which he holds in his right hand. They carry on bio And for the prison-ship of guilt and gloom,

double process with great spirit and dexterity. The fisher-skiff, and barge that bears a court,

Note 2. Stanza ix. Still wafting onward all 10 one dark silent port.

Pale Brussels! then what thonghts were thiee. . Stern tide of time! through what mysterious change It was affirmed by the prisoners of war, that

Of hope and fear have our frail barks been driven? Daparte had promised his army, in case of victory. For ne'er, before, vicissitude so strange

twenty-four hours' plunder of the city of Brussels. Was to one race of Adam's offspring given.

Note 3. Stanza . And sure such varied change of sea and heaven,

• Confront the battery's jaws of Name! Such unexpected bursts of joy and woe,

Rush on the levella gun!» Such fearful strife as that where we have striven,

The characteristic obstinacy of Napoleon vas prin Succeeding ages ne'er again shall know,

more fully displayed than in what we may be permite Until the awful term when thou shalt cease to flow.

to hope will prove the last of his fields. He would

to no advice, and allow of no obstacles. An eyes Well hast thou stood, my country!- the brave fight

ness has given the following account of his demens Hast well maintain'd through good report and ill;

towards the end of the action:In thy just cause and in thy native might,

«It was near , seven o'clock; Bonaparte, who, And in Heaven's grace aud justice constant still.

then, had remained upon the ridge of the hill whence Whether the banded prowess, strength, and skill

could best behold what passed, contemplated, Of half the world against thee, stood array'd,

stern countenance, the scene of this horrible sota Or when, with better views and freer will,

The more that obstacles seemed to multiply, the Beside thee Europe's noblest drew the blade,

his obstinacy seemed to increase. He became in. Each emulous in arms the Ocean Qucen to aid.

nant at these unforeseen difficulties; and, far irs

fearing to push to extremities an army wbose conc Well thou art now repaid--though slowly rose,

in him was boundless, he ceased not to pour desz And struggled long with mists thy blaze of fame,

fresh troops, and to give orders to march forward While like the dawn that in the orient glows

charge with the bayonet-to carry by storm. Her On the broad wave its earlier lustre came;

repeatedly informed, from different points, that the Then eastern Egypt saw the growing flame,

went against him, and that the troops seemed to ! And Maida's myrtles gleam'd beneath its ray,

disordered; to which he only replied, — En avant's Where first the soldier, stung with generous shame,

avant." Rivall’d the heroes of the watery way,

« One general sent to inform the emperor tlaat And wash'd in foemen's gore unjust reproach away.

was in a position which he could not maintain, bero.

it was commanded by a battery, and requested to Now. Island Empress, wave thy crest on high,

at the same time, in what way he should proteri. And bid the banner of thy patron flow,

division from the murderous fire of the English Gallant Saint George, the flower of chivalry!

lery. “Let him storm the battery,' replied Bonapam For thou hast faced, like him, a dragon foc,

and turned his back on the aide-de-camp s bo bra And rescued innocence from overthrow,

the message.»--- Relation de la bataille du Mont. And trampled down, like him, tyrannic might,

Jean, par un Témoin Oculaire: Paris, 1815, Oct And to the gazing world mayst proudly show

p. 51. The chosen emblem of thy sainted knight,

Note 4. Stanza 1. Who quella devouring pride, and vindicated right.

The fate their leader shunn d to share. Yet 'mid the confidence of just renown,

It has been reported that Donaparte charged Renown dear-bought, but dearest thus acquired, head of his guards at the last period of this der Write, Britain, write the moral lesson down;

conflict. This, however, is not accurate. Bi "T is not alone the heart with valour fired,

down, indeed, to a hollow part of the high-road 3 The discipline so dreaded and admired,

to Charleroi, within less than a quarter of a ten In many a field of bloody conquest known;

the farm of La Haye Sainte, one of the points -Such may by fame be lured--by gold be hired fiercely disputed. llere he barangued the sun's *T is constancy in the good cause alone,

informed them that his preceding operations lur. Best justifies the meed thy valiant sons have won. stroyed the British infantry and cavalry, and that i

had only to support the fire of the artillery, whbl were to attack with the bayonet.-This exhorus

received with shouts of Vive l'Empereur, word * NOTES.

heard over all our line, and led to an idea that. leon was charging in person. But the guards Sport,

on by Ney ; nor did Bonaparte approach bran Note 1. Stanza ii.

scene of action than the spot already mentional, sa The peasant, at his labour blithe,

ihe rising banks on each side rendered srcare from Plies the hook'd staft apd shortea'd seyibe.

such balls as did not come in a straight line. Ik The reaper in Flanders carries in his left hand a stick nessed the earlier part of the battle from piant with an iron look, with which he collects as much more remote, particularly from an observatowy

had been placed there by the king of the Netherlands, cavalry mingling with those of the enemy, to « a thou-
some weeks before, for the purpose of surveying the sand tinkers at work mending pots and kettles.»
country. It is not meant to infer from these particu-

Note 7. Stanza xiii.
lars that Napoleon showed, on that memorable occa-

Or will thy chosen brook to feel
sion, the least deficiency in personal courage; ön the

The British shock of levellid steel.
contrary, he evinced the greatest composure and pre- ! No persuasion or authority could prevail upon the
sence of mind during the whole action. But it is no French troops to stand the shock of the bayonet. The
less true that report has erred in ascribing to him any imperial guards, in particular, hardly stood still till the
desperate efforts of valour for recovery of the battle ; British were within thirty yards of them, although the
and it is remarkable, that during the whole carnage, French author, already quoted, has put into their mouths
none of his suite were either killed or wounded, whereas the magnanimous sentiment, « the guards never yield-
scarcely one of the Duke of Wellington's personal at they die.». The same author has covered the plateau,
tendants escaped unhurt.

or eminence of St-Jean, which formed the British po-
Note 5. Stanza x. .

sition, with redoubts and entrenchments which never

had an existence. As the narrative, which is in many
« England shall tell the fight!,

respects curious, was written by an eye-witness, he was
In riding up to a regiment which was hard pressed,

probably deceived by the appearance of a road and ditch
the duke called to the men, «Soldiers, we must never

which runs along part of the hill. It may be also men-
be beat, - what will they say in England ?» It is need-

tioned, in criticising this work, that the writer states
less to say how this appeal was answered.

the Château of Hougoumont to have been carried by
· Note 6. Stanza xii.

the French, although it was resolutely and successfully
As plies the smith his clanging trade,

defended during the whole action. The enemy, indeed,
Against the cairass rangilie blade.

possessed themselves of the 'wood by which it is sur-
A private soldier of the 95th regiment compared the rounded, and at length set fire to the house itself ; but
sound which took place immediately upon the British the British (a detachment of the guards, under the com-

mand of Colonel Macdonnell, and afterwards of Colonel
The mistakes concerning this observatory have been mutual. Home) made good the garden, and thus preserved, by
The English supposed it was erected for the use of Bonaparte; and

their desperate resistance, the post which covered the
French writer affirms it was constructed by the Duke of Wel-
lington.

return of the Duke of Wellington's right flank.

. Balidon Hill;
: A DRAMATIC SKETCH FROM SCOTTISH HISTORY.

Knights, squires, and steeds, shall enter on the stage.

Essay on Criticism.

TO JOANNA BAILLIE,
AT WHOSE INSTANCE THE TASK WAS UNDERTAKEN, . .

' These Scenes are Inscribed,
AS A SLIGHT TESTIMONY OF THE AUTHOR'S RIGH RESPECT FOR HER TALENTS,

AS WELL AS OF HIS SINCERE AND FAITHFUL FRIENDSHIP..

ADVERTISEMENT.

the present opportunity to intimate, that it shall be
solely at the peril of those who make such an experi-

meot.
THOUGE the public seldom takes much interest in such The subject is to be found in Scottish history; but
communications (nor is there any reason why they not to overload so slight a publication with antiqua-
should), the author takes the liberty of stating, that rian research, or quotations from obscure chronicles,
these scenes were commenced with the purpose of con may be sufficiently illustrated by the following passage
tributing to a miscellany projected by a much esteemed from PINKERTON's History of Scotland, vol. I, p.71.
friend. But instead of being confined to a scene or « The Governor (anno 1402) dispatched a consider-
two as intended, the work gradually swelled to the size able force under Murdac, his eldest son; the Earls of
of an independent publication. It is designed to illus- Angus and Moray also joined Douglas, who entered
trate military antiquities, and the manners of chivalry. England with an army of ten thousand men, carrying
The Drama (if it can be termed one) is in no particular terror and devastation to the walls of Newcastle.
either designed or calculated for the stage; so that in «llenry IV. was now engaged in the Welch war
case any attempt shall be made to produce it in action against Owen Glendour; but the Earl of Northumber-
(as has happened in similar cases), the author takes land, and his son, the Hotspur Percy, with the Earl of

March, collected a numerous array and awaited the re- reason, for who would again venture to introduce upea turn of the Scots, impeded with spoil, near Milfield, in the scene the celebrated Hotspur, who commanded the the north part of Northumberland. Douglas had reach- English at the former battle? There are, however, se cd Wooler, in his return, and, perceiving the enemy, veral coincidences which may reconcile even the severer seized a strong post between the two armies, called antiquary to the substitution of Halidon Hill for lo Homildon-hill. In this method he rivalled his prede- mildon. A Scottish army was defeated by the English cessor at the battle of Otterburn, but not with like on both occasions, and under nearly the same cireuzsuccess. The English advanced to the assault, and stances of address on the part of the victors, and mis llenry Percy was about to lead them up the hill, when management on that of the vanquished, for the English March caught his bridle, and advised him to advance long-bow decided the day in both cases. In both cass. no farther, but to pour the dreadful shower of English also, a Gordon was left on the field of battle; todo arrows into the enemy. This advice was followed with Halidon, as at Homildon, the Scots were commanded the usual fortune; for in all ages the bow was the Eng- by an ill-fated representative of the great house of lish weapon of victory, and though the Scots, and per- Douglas. He of llomildon was surnamed Tine-man, haps the French, were superior in the use of the spear, i.e. Lose-man, from his repeated defeats and miscaryet this weapon was useless after the distant bow had riages, and with all the personal valour of his race, decided the combat. Robert the Great, sensible of this seems to have enjoyed so small a portion of their saat the battle of Bannockburn, ordered a prepared de-gacity, as to be unable to learn military experience tachment of cavalry to rush among the English archers from reiterated calatnity. I am far, however, from at the commencement, totally to disperse them, and intimating, that the traits of imbecility and envy, alstop the deadly effusion. But Douglas now used no tributed to the Regent in the following sketch, are te such precaution, and the consequence was, that his be historically ascribed either to the elder Douglas of people, drawn up on the face of the hill, presented one Malidon Hill, or to him called Tine-man, who seeing to general mark to the enemy, none of whose arrows de- lave enjoyed the respect of his countrymes, notwith, scended in vain. The Scots fell without fight, and standing that, like the celebrated Anne de Montmaunrevenged, till a spirited knight, Swinton, exclaimed rency, he was either defeated, or wounded, or mate aloud, 'O my brave countrymen! what fascination has prisoner in every battle which he fought. The Regent seized you to-day, that you stand like deer to be shot, of the sketch is a character purely imaginary. instead of indulging your ancient courage, and meeting. The tradition of the Swinton family, which still ser your enemies band to hand? Let those who will descend vives in a lineal descent, and to which the author bas with me, that we may gain victory, or life, or fall like the honour to be related, avers, that the Swinton who men.' This being heard by Adam Gordon, between fell at Homildon, in the manner narrated in the prewhom and Swinton there existed an ancient deadly ceding extract, had slain Gordon's father, which seems feud, attended with the mutual s'aughter of many fol- sufficient ground for adopting that cireurfistance inia lowers, he instantly fell on his knees before Swinton, the following Dramatic Sketch, though it is rendered begged his pardon, and desired to be dubbed a knight improbable by other authorities. by him whom he must now regard as the wisest and. If any reader will take the trouble of looking the boldest of that. order in Britaip. The ceremony Froissart, Fordun, or other historians of the period.. performed, Swinton and Gordon descended the frill, will find, that the character of the Lord of Swiata. accompanied only by one hundred men; and a despe- for strength, courage, and conduct, is by no means rate valour led the whole body to death. Had a simi- aggerated. lar spirit been shown by the Scottish army, it is probable that the event of the day would have been dif

DRAMATIS PERSONA. ferent. Douglas, who was certainly deficient in the most important qualities of a general, seeing his army begin to disperse, at length attempted to descend the

SCOTTISH. hill; but the English archers, retiring a little, sent a THE REGENT OF SCOTLAND. flight of arrows so sharp and strong, that no armour

GORDON, could withstand; and the Scottish leader himself, whose

SWINTON, panoply was of remarkable temper, fell under five

LENNOX, wounds, though not mortal. The English men-of-arms, SUTHERLAND,

", knights, or squires, did not strike one blow, but re

Scottish Chiefs and Nobles

Ross, mained spectators of the rout, which was now com MAXWELL, pletc. Great numbers of Scots were slain, and near

JOHNSTONE, five hundred perished in the river Tweed upon their

LINDESAY. flight. Among the illustrious were Douglas, whose ADAM DE VIPont, a Knight Templar. chief wound deprived him of an eye; Murdac, son of The PRIOR OP Maison-Dieu. Albany; the Earls of Moray and Angus; and about four

REYNALD, Swinton's Squire. gentlemen of eminent rank and power. The chief Hob HATTELY, a Border Moss-Trooper. slain were, Swinton, Gordon, Livingston of Calender,

Heralds.
Ramsay of Dalhousie, Walter Sinclair, Roger Gordon,

ENGLISH.
Walter Scott, and others. Such was the issue of the King EDWARD III.
unfortunate battle of Homildon.»
It may be proper to observe, that the scene of action

PERCY,

English and Norman Mebles. has, in the following pages, been transferred from Ho RIBAUMONT mildon to Halidon Hill. For this there was an obvious THE ABBOT OF WALTIANSTOW.

CUANDOS,

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