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And well my folly's meed he gave,
Who forfeited, to be his slave,
All here, and all beyond the grave.-
He saw young Clara's face more fair,
He knew her of broad lands the heir,
Forgot his vows, bis faith forswore,
And Constance was beloved no more. -
'Tis an old tale, and often told;

But, did my fate and wish agree,
Ne'er had been read, in story old,
Of maiden true betrayed for gold,
That loved, or was avenged, like me!

XXVIII.
“The king approved his favourite's aim;
In vain a rival barred his claim,

Whose faith with Clare's was plight,
For he attaints that rival's fame
With treason's charge—and on they came,
In mortal lists to fight.

Their oaths are said,
Their prayers are prayed,

Their lances in the rest are laid,
They meet in mortal shock;
And hark! the throng, with thundering cry,
Shout “Marmion, Marmion, to the sky !

De Wilton to the block !”'
Say ye, who preach heaven shall decide,
When in the lists two champions ride,

Say, was heaven's justice here ?
When, loyal in his love and faith,
Wilton found overthrow or death,

Beneath a traitor's spear. How false the charge, how true he fell, This guilty packet best can tell."Then drew a packet from her breast, Paused, gathered voice, and spoke the rest.

XXIX. “ Still was false Marmion's bridal stayed; To Whitby's convent fled the maid,

The hated match to shun. ‘Ho ! shifts she thus ?' King Henry cried; Sir Marmion, she shall be thy bride,

If she were swore a nun.'
One way remained the king's command
Sent Mármion to the Scottish land:
I lingered here, and rescue planned

For Clara and for me:
This caitiff monk, for gold, did swear,
He would to Whitby's shrine repair,
And, by his drugs, my rival fair

A saint in heaven should be.
But ill the dastard kept his oath,
Whose cowardice bath undone us both.

xxx. “And now my tongue the secret tells, Not that remorse my bosom swells, But to assure my soul, that none Shall ever wed with Marmion. Had fortune my last hope betrayed, This packet, to the king conveyed, Had given him to the headsman's stroke, Although my heart that instant broke. Now, men of death, work forth your will, For I can suffer, and be still; And come he slow, or come he fast, It is but Death who comes at last.

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Yet dread me, from my living tomb,
Ye vassal slaves of bloody Rome!
If Marmion's late remorse should wake,
Full soon such vengeance will he take,
That you shall wish the fiery Dane
Had rather been your guest again,
Behind, a darker hour ascends !
The altars quake, the crozier bends,
The ire of a despotic king
Rides forth upon destruction's wing;
Then shall these vaults, so strong and deep,
Burst open to the sea-winds' sweep;
Some traveller then shall find my bones,
Whitening amid disjointed stones,
And, ignorant of priests' cruelty,
Marvel such relics here should be.”-

XXXII.
Fixed was her look, and stern her air;
Back from her shoulders streamed her hair;
The locks, that wont her brow to shade,
Stared up erectly from her head;
Her figure seemed to rise more high;
Her voice, despair's wild energy
Had given a tone of prophecy.
Appalled the astonished conclave sate;
With stupid eyes, the men of fate
Gazed on the light inspired form,
And listened for the avenging storm;
The judges felt the victim's dread;
No hand was moved, no word was said,
Till thus the Abbot's doom was given,
Raising his sightless balls to heaven:
“Sister, let thy sorrows cease;
Sinful brother, part in peace !”-

From that dire dungeon, place of doom, Of execution too, and tomb,

Paced forth the judges three; Sorrow it were, and shame, to tell

The butcher-work that there befell,
When they had glided from the cell
Of sin and misery.

XXXIII.
An hundred winding steps convey
That conclave to the upper day;
But, ere they breathed the fresher air,
They heard the shriekings of despair,

And many a stifled groan:
With speed their upward way they take,
(Such speed as age and fear can make),
And crossed themselves for terror's sake,

As hurrying, tottering on:
Even in the vesper's heavenly tone,
They seemed to hear a dying groan,
And bade the passing knell to toll
For welfare of a parting soul.
Slow o'er the midnight wave it swung,
Northumbrian rocks in answer rung,
To Warkworth cell the echoes rolled,
His beads the wakeful hermit told;
The Bamborough peasant raised his head.
But slept ere half a prayer he said;
So far was heard the mighty knell,
The stag sprung up on Cheviot Fell,
Spread his broad nostril to the wind,
Listed before, aside, behind;
Then couched him down beside the hind,
And quaked among the mountain fern,
To hear that sound so dull and stern.

INTRODUCTION TO CANTO THIRD.
TO WILLIAM ERSKINE, Esq.

Ashestiel, Ettricke Forest
LIKE April morning clouds, that pass,
With varying shadow, o'er the grass,
And imitate, on field and furrow,
Life's chequered scene of joy and sorrow;
Like streamlet of the mountain north,
Now in a torrent racing forth,
Now winding slow its silver train,
And almost slumbering on the plain;
Like breezes of the Autumn day,
Whose voice inconstant dies away,
And ever swells again as fast,
When the ear deems its murmur past;
Thus various, iny romantic theme
Flits, winds, or sinks, a morning dream.

Yet pleased, our eye pursues the trace
Of Light and Shade's inconstant race;
Pleased, views the rivulet afar,
Weaving its maze irregular;
And pleased, we listen as the breeze
Heaves its wild sigh tbrough Autumn trees;
Then wild as cloud, or stream, or gale,
Flow on, flow unconfined, my tale.

Need I to thee, dear Erskine, tell, I love the license all too well, In sounds now lowly, and now strong, To raise the desultory song ? Oft, when 'mid such capricious chime, Some transient fit of lofty rhyme, To thy kind judgment seemed excuse For many an error of the muse; Oft hast thou said, “If still mis-spent, Thine hours to poetry are lent, Go, and to tame thy wandering course, Quaff from the fountain at the source; Approach those masters, o'er whose tomb Immortal laurels ever bloom : Instructive of the feebler bard, Still from the grave their voice is heard ; From them, and from the paths they showed, Choose honoured guide and practised road; Nor ramble on through brake and maze, With harpers rude of barbarous days.

" Or deem'st thou not our later time Yields topic meet for classic rhyme ? Hast thou no elegiac verse For Brunswick's venerable hearse ? What! not a line, a tear, a sigh, When valour bleeds for liberty Oh, hero of that glorious time, When, with unrivalled light sublime, Though martial Austria, and though all The might of Russia, and the Gaul, Though banded Europe stood her foes-The star of Brandenburgh arose ! Thou could'st not live to see her beam For ever quenched in Jena's stream. Lamented chief !-it was not given, To thee to change the doom of heaven, And crush that dragon in its birth, Predestined scourge of guilty earth. Lamented chief !--not thine the power, To save in that presumptuous hour, When Prussia hurried to the field, And snatched the spear, but left the shield; Valour and skill 'twas thine to try, And, tried in vain, 'twas thine to die.

Ill had it seemed thy silver hair
The last, the bitterest pang to share, .
For princedoms reft, and scutcheons riven,
And birthrights to usurpers given;
Thy land's, thy children's wrongs to feel.
And witness woes thou could'st not heal!
On thee relenting heaven bestows
For honoured life an honoured close;
And when revolves, in time's sure change,
The hour of Germany's revenge,
When, breathing fury for her sake,
Some new Arminius sball awake,
Her champion, ere he strike, shall come
To whet his sword on BRUNSWICK'S tomb.

“Or of the Red-Cross hero teach, Dauntless in dungeon as on breach : Alike to him the sea, the shore, The brand, the bridle, or the oar; Alike to him the war that calls Its votaries to the sbattered walls, Which the grim Turk, besmeared with blood, Against the Invincible made good; Or that, whose thundering voice could wake The silence of the polar lake, When stubborn Russ, and metalled Swede, On the warped wave their death-game played; Or that, where vengeance and affright Howled round the father of the fight, Who snatched on Alexandria's sand The conqueror's wreath with dying hand.

Or, if to touch such chord be thine, Restore the ancient tragic line, And emulate the notes that rung From the wild harp which silent hung, By silver Avon's holy shore, Till twice an hundred years rolled o'er ; When she, the bold Enchantress, came, With fearless hand and heart on flame! From the pale willow snatched the treasure, And swept it with a kindred measure, Till Avon's swans, while rung the grove With Montfort's bate and Basil's love, Awakening at the inspired strain, Deemed their own Shakespeare lived again.”_Thy friendship thus thy judgment wronging, With praises not to me belonging, In task more meet for mightiest powers, Would'st thou engage my thriftless hours. But say, my Erskine, hast thou weighed That secret power by all obeyed, Which warps not less the passive mind, Its source concealed or undefined;

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