Mine, sap, and bomb, thy shattered ruins knew,

Each art of war's extremity had room, Twice from thy half-sacked streets the foe withdrew,

And when at length stern Fate decreed thy doom, They won not Zaragoza, but her children's bloody tomh.

Yet raise thy head, sad City! Though in chains,

Enthralled thou canst not be! Arise and claim Reverence from every heart where Freedom reigns,

For what thou worshippest !-thy sainted Dame, She of the column, honoured be her name,

By all, whate'er their creed, who honour love! And like the sacred relics of the flame,

That gave some martyr to the blessed above,
To every loyal heart may thy sad embers prove !

Nor thine alone such wreck. Gerona fair!

Faithful to death thy heroes should be sung,
Manning the towers while o'er their heads the air

Swart as the smoke from raging furnace hung; Now thicker darkening where the mine was sprung,

Now briefly lightened by the cannon's ilare, Now arched with fire-sparks as the bomb was ilung,

And reddening now with conflagration's glare,
While by the fatal light the foes for storm prepare.

While all around was danger, strife, and fear,

While the earth shook, and darkened was the sky, And wide Destruction stunned the listening ear,

Appalled the heart, and stupified the eye, Afar was heard that thrice-repeated cry,

In which old Albion's heart and tongue unite, Whene'er her soul is up and pulse beats high,

Whether it hail the wine-cup or the fight,
And bid each arm be strong, or bid each heart be lights

Don Roderick turned him as the shout grew loud-

A varied scene the changeful vision showed,
For where the Ocean mingled with the cloud,

A gallant navy stemmed the billows broad. From mast and stern St. George's symbol flowed,

Blent with the silver cross to Scotland dear; Mottling the sea their landward barges rowed,

And dashed the sun on bayonet, brand, and spear, And the wild beach returned the seaman's jovial cheer.

It was a dread, yet spirit-stirring sight!

The billows foamed beneath a thousand oars,
Fast as they land the red-cross ranks unite,

Legions on legions brightening all the shores.

Then banners rise, and cannon-signal roars,

Then peals the warlike thunder of the drum, Thrills the loud fife, the trumpet-flourish pours,

And patriot hopes awake, and doubts are dumb,
For, bold in Freedom's cause, the bands of Ocean come!

A various host they came-whose ranks display

Each mode in which the warrior meets the fight,
The deep battalion locks its firm array,

And meditates his aim the marksman light; Far glance the lines of sabres flashing bright,

Where mounted squadrons shake the echoing mead, Lacks not artillery breathing flame and night,

Nor the fleet ordnance whirled by rapid steed,
That rivals lightning's flash in ruin and in speed,

A various host-from kindred realms they came,

Brethren in arms, but rivals in renown-
For yon fair bands shall merry England claim,

And with their deeds of valour deck her crown.
Hers their hold port, and hers their martial frown,

And hers their scorn of death in freedom's cause, Their eyes of azure, and their locks of brown,

And the blunt speech that bursts without a pause, And freeborn thoughts, which league the Soldier with the


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And oh! loved warriors of the Minstrel's land !

Yonder your bonnets nod, your tartans wave; The rugged form may mark the mountain band,

And harsher features, and a mien more grave; But ne'er in battle-field throbbed heart so brave

As that which beats beneath the Scottish plaid, And when the pibroch bids the battle rave,

And level for the charge your arms are laid,
Where lives the desperate foe, that for such onset stayed !

Lark ! from yon stately ranks what laughter rings,

Mingling wild mirth with war's stern minstrelsy, His jest while each blithe comrade round him filings,

And moves to death with military glee:
Boast, Erin, boast them! tameless, frank, and free,

In kindness warm, and fierce in danger known,
Rough Nature's children, humorous as she:

And He, yon Chieftain-strike the proudest tone Of thy bold harp, green Isle !-the HERO is thine own.

Now on the scene Vimeira should be shown,

On Talavera's fight should Roderick gaze,
And bear Corunna wail ber battle won,

And see Busaco's crest with lightning blaze :--

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But shall fond fable mix with heroes' praise ?

Hath Piction's stage for Truth's long triumphs room)
And dare her wild-towers mingle with the bays,

That claim a long eternity to bloom
Around the warrior's crest, and o'er the warrior's tomb !

Or may I give adventurous Fancy scope,

And stretch a bold hand to the awful veil
That hides futurity from anxious hope,

Bidding beyond it scenes of glory bail, And painting Europe rousing at the tale

Of Spain's invaders from her confines hurled, While kindling Nations buckle on their mail,

And Faine, with clarion blast and wings unfurled,
To Freedom and revenge awakes an injured World.

O vain, though anxious, is the glance I cast,

Since Fate has marked futurity her own :-
Yet Fate resigns to Worth the glorious past,

The deeds recorded and the laurels won. Then, though the Vault of Destiny be gone,

King, Prelate, all the phantasms of my brain, Melted away like mist-wreaths in the sun,

Yet grant for faith, for valour, and for Spain, One note of pride and fire, a Patriot's parting strain,


“Who shall command Estrella's mountain-tide

Back to the source, when tempest chafea, to bie ? Who, when Gascogne's vexed gulf is raging wide,

Shall hush it as a nurse her infant's cry? His magic power let such vain boaster try,

And when the torrent shall his voice obey,
And Biscay's whirlwinds list his lullaby,

Let him stand forth and bar mine eagles' way,
And they shall heed his voice, and at his bidding stay.

Else, ne'er to stoop, till high on Lisbon's towers,

They close their wings the symbol of our yoke,
And their own sea bath whelmed yon red-cross Powers!”-

Thus, on the summit of Alverca's rock,
To Marshal, Duke, and Peer, Gaul's leader spoke.

While downward on the land his legions press,
Before them it was rich with vine and flock,

And smiled like Eden in her summer dress; Behind their wasteful march, a reeking wilderness.

III. And shall the boastful Chief maintain his word, _Though Heaven hath heard the wailings of the land, Though Lusitania whet her vengeful sword,

Though Britons arm, and WELLINGTON command !
No! grim Busaco's iron ridge shall stand

An adamantine barrier to his force!
And from its base shall wheel his shattered band,

As from the unshaken rock the torrent hoarse
Bears off its broken waves, and seeks a devious course.

Yet not because Alcoba's mountain-bawk

Hath on his best and bravest made her food,
In numbers confident, yon Chief shall balk

His Lord's imperial thirst for spoil and blood : For full in view the promised conquest stood,

And Lisbon's matrons, from their walls, might sum The myriads that had half the world subdued,

And hear the distant thunders of the drum,
That bids the band of France to storm and havoc come.


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Four moons have heard these thunders idly rolled,

Have seen these wistful myriads eye their prey,
As famished wolves survey a guarded fold-

But in the middle path, a lion lay!
At length they move-but not to battle-fray,

Nor blaze yon fires where meets the manly fight;
Beacons of infamy, they light the way,

Where cowardice and cruelty unite,
To dam with double shame their ignominious flight.

O triumph for the fiends of Lust and Wrath !

Ne'er to be told, yet ne'er to be forgot,
What wanton horrors marked their wrackful path !

The peasant butchered in bis ruined cot,
The hoary priest even at the altar shot,

Childhood and age given o'er to sword and flame, Woman to infamy ;-no crime forgot,

By which inventive demons might proclaim
Immortal hate to Man, and scorn of God's great name !

The rudest sentinel, in Britain born,

With horror paused to view the havoc done,
Gave his poor crust to feed some wretch folorn,

Wiped his stern eye, then fiercer grasped his gun. Nor with less zeal shall Britain's peaceful son

Exult the debt of sympathy to pay ; Riches nor poverty the tax shall shun,

Nor prince nor peer, the wealthy nor the gay, Nor the poor peasant's mite, nor bard's more worthless lay.

But thou-unfoughten wilt thou yield to Fate,

Minion of Fortune, now miscalled in vain !
Can vantage-ground no confidence create,

Marcella's pass, nor Guarda's mountain-chain? Vain-glorious fugitive ! yet turn again !

Behold, where, named by some Prophetic Seer, Flows Honour's Fountain, as fore-doomed the stain

From thy dishonoured name and arms to clearFallen Child of Fortune, turn, redeem her favour here !

Yet, ere thou turn'st, collect each distant aid :

Those chief that never heard the Lion roar !
Within whose souls lives not a trace portrayed,

Of Talavera, or Mondego's shore ! Marshall each band thou hast, and summon more:

Of war's fell stratagems exhaust the whole ; Rank upon rank, squadron on squadron pour,

Legion on legion on thy foeman roll, And weary out his arm-thou canst not quell his soul.

O vainly gleams with steel Agueda's shore,

Vainly thy squadrons hide Assuava's plain, And front the flying thunders as they roar,

With frantic charge, and tenfold odds, in vain ! And what avails thee that, for CAMERON slain,

Wild from his plaided ranks the yell was given-Vengeance and grief gave mountain rage the rein,

And, at the bloody spear-point headlong driven, The Despot's giant guards filed like the rack of heaven.

Go, baffled Boaster! teach thy haughty mood

Ío plead at thine imperious master's throne !
Say, thou hast left his legions in their blood,

Deceived his hopes, and frustrated thine own; Say, that thine utmost skill and valour shown

By British skill and valour were outvied ; Last say, thy conqueror was WELLINGTON !

And if he chafe, be his own fortune tried-God and our cause to friend, the venture we'll abide.

But ye, the heroes of that well-fought day,

How shall a bard, unknowing and unknown,
His meed to each victorious leader pay,

Or bind on every brow the laurels won ?
Yet fain my harp would wake its boldest tone, -

O'er the wide sea to hail CADOGAN brave;
And he, perchance, the minstrel note might own.

Mindful of meeting brief that Fortune gave 'Mid yon far western isles, that hear the Atlantic rave.

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