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O! shame and horror to be said !

She was a perjured nun :
No clerk in all the land, like her, :
Traced quaint and varying character.
Perchance you may a marvel deem,

That Marmion's paramour, (For such vile thing she was,) should scheme

Her lover's nuptial hour;
But o'er him thus she hoped to gain,
As privy to his honour's stain,

Illimitable power:
For this she secretly retained

Each proof that might the plot reveal,

Instructions with his hand and seal; And thus Saint Hilda deigned,

Through sinner's perfidy impure,

Her house's glory to secure, And Clare's immortal weal.

XXIV. 'Twere long, and needless, here to tell, How to my hand these papers fell;

With me they must not stay.
Saint Hilda keep her Abbess true !
Who knows what outrage he might do,

While journeying by the way ? —
O blessed Saint, if ere again
I venturous leave thy calm domain,
To travel or by land or main,

Deep penance may I pay!
Now, saintly Palmer, mark my prayer :
I give this packet to thy care,
For thee to stop they will not dare;

And O! with cautious speed,
To Wolsey's hand the papers bring,
That he may shew them to the King ;

And, for thy well-earned meed,
Thou holy man, at Whitby's shrine
A weekly mass shall still be thine,

While priests can sing and read.

What ailst thou ?-Speak!"-For as he took
The charge, a strong emotion shook

His frame ; and, ere reply,
They heard a faint, yet shrilly tone,
Like distant clarion feebly blown,

That on the breeze did die;
And loud the Abbess shrieked in fear,
“ Saint Withold save us !—What is here!

Look at yon City Cross!
See on its battled tower appear
Phantoms, that scutcheons seem to rear,

And blazoned banners toss!"

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Dun-Edin's Cross, a pillar'd stone,
Rose on a turret octagon ;
(But now is razed that monument,

Whence royal edict rang,
And voice of Scotland's law was sent

In glorious trumpet clang.

O! be his tomb as lead to lead,
Upon its dull destroyer's head !
A minstrel's malison * is said.-)
Then on its battlements they saw
A vision, passing Nature's law,

Strange, wild, and dimly seen ;
Figures that seemed to rise and die,
Gibber and sign, advance and fly,
While nought confirmed could ear or eye

Discern of sound or mien. Yet darkly did it seem, as there Heralds and Pursuivants prepare, With trumpet sound, and blazoned fair,

A summons to proclaim; But indistinct the pageant proud, As fancy forms of midnight cloud, When flings the moon upon her shroud

A wavering tinge of fame;

* i. e, Curse.

It flits, expands, and shifts, till loud,
From midmost of the spectre crowd,

This awful summons came :

XXVI. “ Prince, prelate, potentate, and peer,

Whose names I now shall call, Scottish, or foreigner, give ear! Subjects of him who sent me here, At his tribunal to appear,

I summon one and all: I cite you by each deadly sin, That ere hath soiled your hearts within ; I cite you by each brutal lust, That ere defiled your earthly dust,

By wrath, by pride, by fear, By each o'er-mastering passion's tone, By the dark grave, and dying groan!

When forty days are past and gone, · I cite you, at your Monarch's throne,

To answer and appear."

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