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Then foremost was the generous Bruce To raise his head, his helm to loose ;

“ Lord Earl, the day is thine ! My Sovereign's charge, and adverse fate, Have made our meeting all too late :

Yet this may Argentine,
As boon from ancient comrade, crave-
A Christian’s mass, a soldier's grave." -

XXXIV. Bruce press'd his dying hand—its grasp Kindly replied ; but, in his clasp,

It stiffen’d and grew cold“ And, O farewell !” the victor cried, Ve 6 Of chivalry the flower and pride,

The arm in battle bold,
The courteous mien, the noble race,
The stainless faith, the manly face ! -
Bid Ninian's convent light their shrine,
For late-wake of De Argentine.

O’er qetter knight on death-bier laid,
Torch never gleam'd nor mass was said !"-

XXXV. Nor for De Argentine alone, Through Ninian's church these torches shone, And rose the death-prayer's awful tone. That yellow lustre glimmer'd pale,

On broken plate and bloodied mail,
Rent crest and shatter'd coronet,
Of Baron, Earl, and Banneret;
And the best names that England knew,
Claim'd in the death-prayer dismal due.

Yet mourn not, Land of Fame !
Though ne'er the leopards on thy shield
Retreated from so sad a field,

Since Norman William came.
Oft may thine annals justly boast
Of battles stern by Scotland lost ;

Grudge not her victory,

When for her free-born rights she strove; Rights dear to all who freedom love,

To none so dear as thee!

XXXVI.
Turn we to Bruce, whose curious ear
Must from Fitz-Louis tidings hear;
With him, an hundred voices tell
Of prodigy and miracle,

“ For the mute Page had spoke.”66 Page !” said Fitz-Louis, “ rather say, An angel sent from realms of day,

To burst the English yoke. I saw his plume and bonnet drop, When hurrying from the mountain top;

A lovely brow, dark locks that wave, · To his bright eyes new lustre gave,

A step as light upon the green,
As if his pinions wayed unseen !"-

LORD OF

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6 Spoke he with none?"_" With none-one word

Burst when he saw the Island Lord,
Returning from the battle-field.”—
66 What answer made the Chief?"_" He kneeld,
Durst not look up, but mutter'd low,
Some mingled sounds that none might know,
And greeted him 'twixt joy and fear,
As being of superior sphere."-

XXXVII.

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Even upon Bannock’s bloody plain,
Heap'd then with thousands of the slain,
'Mid victor monarch's musings high,
Mirth laugh'd in good King Robert's eye.
6 And bore he such angelic air,
Such noble front, such waving hair ?
Hath Ronald kncel'd to him ?” he said,
“ Then must we call the church to aid
Our will be to the Abbot known,
Ere these strange news are wider blown,

To Cambuskenneth strait he passions :
And deck the church for solemn mass, ' .lof. in
To pay, for high deliverance given, 1.11.2013
A nation's thanks to gracious Heaven. * "
Let him array, besides, such state, s ing ''got?
As should on princes? nuptials wait. " ,:*
Ourself the cause, through fortune's'spite, ';'
That once broke short-that spousal rite, S. .
Ourself will grace, with early morn,
The bridal of the Maid of Lorn.

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