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MARMION.

CANTO SECOND.

Che Convent.

MARMION.

CANTO SECOND.

. The Convent.

The breeze, which swept away the smoke,

Round Norham Castle rolled;
When all the loud artillery spoke,
With lightning-flash, and thunder-stroke,

As Marmion left the Hold.
It curled not Tweed alone, that breeze;
For, far upon Northumbrian seas,

It freshly blew, and strong, .

Where, from high Whitby's cloistered pile,
Bound to Saint Cuthbert's Holy Isle,

It bore a bark along
Upon the gale she stooped her side,
And bounded o'er the swelling tide,

As she were dancing home ;
The merry seamen laughed, to see
Their gallant ship so lustily

Furrow the green sea-foam. Much joyed they in their honoured freight ; For, on the deck, in chair of state,

The Abbess of Saint Hilda placed, · With five fair nuns, the galley graced.

II.

'Twas sweet to see these holy maids, Like birds escaped to green-wood shades,

Their first flight from the cage, How timid, and how curious too,

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