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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!
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;
Till time shall cease to run;
Who fought with Wellington.
Look forth, once more, with soften d heart,
Farewell, sad Field! whose blighted face
And Blenheim's name be new;
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-
Note 7. Stanza xiii.
Or will thy chosen brook to feel
The British shock of levellid steel.
or eminence of St-Jean, which formed the British po-
sition, with redoubts and entrenchments which never
had an existence. As the narrative, which is in many
respects curious, was written by an eye-witness, he was
probably deceived by the appearance of a road and ditch
which runs along part of the hill. It may be also men-
tioned, in criticising this work, that the writer states
the Château of Hougoumont to have been carried by
the French, although it was resolutely and successfully
defended during the whole action. The enemy, indeed,
possessed themselves of the 'wood by which it is sur-
mand of Colonel Macdonnell, and afterwards of Colonel
their desperate resistance, the post which covered the
return of the Duke of Wellington's right flank.
. Balidon Hill;
Knights, squires, and steeds, shall enter on the stage.
Essay on Criticism.
TO JOANNA BAILLIE,
' These Scenes are Inscribed,
AS WELL AS OF HIS SINCERE AND FAITHFUL FRIENDSHIP..
the present opportunity to intimate, that it shall be
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,
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.