And then he took the cross divine

(Where the sun shines fair on Carlisle wall), And died for her sake in Palestine,

So Love was still the lord of all.

Now all ye lovers, that faithful prove

(The sun shines fair on Carlisle wall), Pray for their souls who died for love, For Love shall still be lord of all !

As ended Albert's simple lay,

Arose a bard of loftier port;
For sonnet, rhyme, and roundelay,

Renowned in haughty Henry's court:
There rung thy harp, unrivalled long,
Fitztraver of the silver song!
The gentle Surrey loved his lyre-

Who has not heard of Surrey's fame?
His was the hero's soul of fire,

And his the bard's immortal name,
And his was love, exalted high
By all the glow of chivalry.

They sought, together, climes afar,

And oft, within some olive grove,
When evening came with twinkling star,

They sung of Surrey's absent love. His step the Italian peasant staid,

And deemed, that spirits from on high, Round where some hermit saint was laid,

Were breathing heavenly melody; So sweet did harp and voice combine, To praise the name of Geraldine.

XV. Fitztraver! ( what tongue may say

The pangs thy faithful bosom knew,
When Surrey, of the deathless lay,

Ungrateful Tudor's sentence slew ?
Regardless of the tyrant's frown,
His harp called wrath and vengeance down.
He left, for Naworth's iron towers,
Windsor's green glades, and courtly bowers,
And, faithful to his patron's name,
With Howard still Fitztraver came;
Lord William's foremost favourite he,
And chief of all his minstrelsy.


Fitztraver. 'Twas All-souls' eve, and Surrey's heart beat higli;

He heard the midnight bell with anxious start.

Which told the mystic hour, approaching uign,

When wise Cornelius promised, by his art, To show to him the ladye of his heart,

Albeit betwixt them roared the ocean grim; Yet so the sage had hight to play his part,

That he should see her form in life and limb, And mark, if still she loved, and still she thought of him.


Dark was the vaulted room of gramarye,

To which the wizard led the gallant Knight, Save that before a mirror, huge and high,

A hallowed taper shed a glimmering light On mystic implements of magic might;

On cross, and character, and talisman,
And almagest, and altar, nothing bright';

For fitful was the lustre, pale and wan,
As watch-light by the bed of some departing man.

But soon, within that mirror huge and high,

Was seen a self-emitted light to gleam;
And forms upon its breast the earl 'gan spy,

Cloudy and indistinct, as feverish dream;
Till, slow arranging, and defined, they seem

To form a lordly and a lofty room,
Part lighted by a lamp with silver beam,

Placed by a couch of Agra's silken loom,
And part by moonshine pale, and part was hid in gloom.

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The slender form, which lay on couch of Ind! O'er her white bosom strayed her hazel hair,

Pale her dear cheek, as if for love she pined;
All in her night-robe loose she lay reclined,

And, pensive, read from tablet eburnine
Some strain, that seemed her inmost soul to find :-

That favoured strain was Surrey's raptured line,
That fair and lovely form, the Lady Geraldine.

xx. Slow rolled the clouds upon the lovely form,

And swept the goodly vision all away So royal en vy rolled the murky storm

O'er my beloved Master's glorious day. Thou jealous, ruthless tyrant ! Heaven repay

On thee, and on thy children's latest line,
The wild caprice of thy despotic sway,

The gory bridal bed, the plundered shrine,
The murdered Surrey's blood, the tears of Geraldine !

Both Scots, and Southern chiefs, prolong
Applauses of Fitztraver's song:

These hated Henry's name as death,
And those still held the ancient faith.--
Then, from his seat, with lofty air,
Rose Harold, bard of brave St. Clair;
St Clair, who, feasting high at Home,
Had with that lord to battle come.
Harold was born where restless seas
Howl ronnd the storm-swept Orcades:
Where erst St. Clairs held princely sway
O'er isle and islet, strait and bay;
Still nods their palace to its fall,
Thy pride and sorrow, fair Kirkwall!--
Thence oft he marked fierce Pentland rave,
As if grim Odin rode ber wave;
And watched, the whilst, with visage pale,
And throbbing heart, the struggling sail ;
For all of wonderful and wild
Had rapture for the lonely child.

And much of wild and wonderful
In these rude isles might fancy cull;
For thither came, in times afar,
Stern Lochlin's sons of roving war,
The Norsemen, trained to spoil and blood,
Skilled to prepare the raven's food,
Kings of the inain their leaders brave,
Their barks the dragons of the wave.
And there, in many a stormy vale,
The Scald had told his wondrous tale ;
And many a Runic column high
Had witnessed grim idolatry.
And thus had Harold, in his youth,
Learned many a Saga's rhyme uncouth, --
Of that Sea-Spake, tremendous curled,
Whose monstrous circle girds the world ;
Of those dread Maids, whose hideous yeli
Maddens the battle's bloody swell;
Of Chiefs, who, guided through the gloom
By the pale death-lights of the tomb,
Ransacked the graves of warriors old,
Their falchions wrenched from corpses' hold,
Waked the deaf tomb with war's alarms,
And bade the dead arise to arms!
With war and wonder all on flame,
To Roslin's bowers young Harold came,
Where, by sweet glen and greenwood tree,
He learned a milder minstrelsy;
Yet something of the Northern spell
Mixed with the softer numbers well.


Harold. o listen, listen, ladies gay! No haughty feat of arms I tell ;

Soft is the note, and sad the lay,

That mourns the lovely Rosabelle.

"Moor, moor the barge, ye gallant crew!

And, gentle ladye, deign to stay! Rest thee in Castle Ravensheuch,

Nor tempt the stormy firth to-day. “ The blackening wave is edged with white ;

To inch* and rock the sea-mews fly; The fishers have heard the Water Sprite,

Whose screams forebode that wreck is nigh.

“ Last night the gifted Seer did view

A wet shroud swathed round ladye gay; Then stay thee, Fair, in Ravensheuch :

Why cross the gloomy firth to-day ?"

'Tis not because Lord Lindesay's heir

To-night at Roslin leads the ball, But that my ladye-mother there

Sits lonely in her castle-hall. “'Tis not because the ring they ride,

And Lindesay at the ring rides well, But that my sire the wine will chide,

If ’tis not filled by Rosabelle."

O'er Roslin all that dreary night

A wondrous blaze was seen to gleam ; 'Twas broader than the watch-fire light,

And redder than the bright moon-beam.

It glared on Roslin's castled rock,

It ruddied all the copse-wood glen ; 'Twas seen from Dryden's groves of oak,

And seen from caverned Hawthornden.

Seemed all on fire that chapel proud,

Where Roslin's chiefs uncoffined lie; Each Baron, for a sable shroud,

Sheathed in his iron panoply. Seemed all on fire within, around,

Deep sacristy and altar's pale ; Shone every pillar foliage-bound,

And glimmered all the dead men's mail. Blazed battlement and pinnet high,

Blazed every rose-carved buttress fairSo still they blaze, when fate is nigh

The lordly line of high St. Clair.

* Inch, Isle

There are twenty of Roslin's barons bold

Lie buried within that proud chapelle; Each one the holy vault doth hold

But the sea holds lovely Rosabelle ! And each St. Clair was buried there,

With candle, with book, and with knell ; But the sea-caves rung, and the wild winds bung, The dirge of lovely Rosabelle.

xxiv. So sweet was Harold's piteous lay,

Scarce marked the guests the darkened ball, Though, long before the sinking day,

A wondrous shade involved them all :
It was not eddying mist or fog,
Drained by the sun from fen or bog;

Of no eclipse had sages told;
And yet, as it came on apace,
Each one could scarce his neighbour's face,

Could scarce his own stretched hand behold.
A secret horror checked the feast,
And chilled the soul of every guest;
Even the high Dame stood half aghast,
She knew some evil on the blast;
The elvish Page fell to the ground,
And, shuddering, muttered, “ Found I found I
found !”

Then sudden, through the darkened air

A flash of lightning came
So broad, so bright, so red the glare,

The castle seemed on flame.
Glanced every rafter of the hall,
Glanced every shield upon the wall ;
Each trophied beam, each sculptured stone,
Were instant seen, and instant gone ;
Full through the guests' bedazzled band
Resistless flashed the levin brand,
And filled the hall with smouldering smoke,
As on the elvish Page it broke.

It broke, with thunder long and loud,
Dismayed the brave, appalled the proud,

From sea to sea the larum rung;
On Berwick wall, and at Carlisle withal,

To arms the startled:warders sprung.
When ended was the dreadful roar,
The elvish Dwarf was seen no more!

Some beard a voice in Branksome Hall,
Some saw a sight, not seen by all ;
That dreadful voice was heard by some,
Cry, with loud summons, “GYLBIN, COME !"

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