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O'er coldness and disdain ;
And flinty is her heart, can view
To battle march a lover true,
Can hear, perchance, his last adieu,
Nor own her share of pain.
Through this mixed crowd of glee and game, The King to greet Lord Marmion came,
While, reverend, all made room. An easy task it was, I trow,
King James's inanly form to know,
Although, his courtesy to show,
His broidered cap and plume.
For royal were his garb and mien,
His cloak, of crimson velvet piled,
His vest, of changeful sattin sheen,
The dazzled eye beguiled ;
His gorgeous collar hung adown, ,
The thistle brave, of old renown;
His trusty blade, Toledo right,
White were his buskins, on the heel
Was buttoned with a ruby rare :
And Marmion deemed he ne'er had seen
A prince of such a noble mien.
The Monarch's form was middle size ;
For feat of strength, or exercise,
Shaped in proportion fair ;
And hazle was his eagle eye,
And auburn of the darkest dye,
His short curled beard and hair.
Light was his footstep in the dance,
And firm his stirrup in the lists ;
And, oh! he had that merry glance,
That seldom lady's heart resists.
But, mid his mirth, 'twas often strange,
How suddenly his cheer would change, His look o'ercast and lower,
If, in a sudden turn, he felt
That bound his breast in penance-pain,
In memory of his father slain.
Even so 'twas strange how, evermore,
Soon as the passing pang was o'er,
And half he halts, half springs aside ;
O'er James's heart, the courtiers say,
To Scotland's court she came,
To be a hostage for her lord,
Had sent his lovely dame.
For the fair Queen of France
Sent him a Turquois ring, and glove,
For her to break a lance ;
And march three miles on Southron land,
And bid the banners of his band
In English breezes dance.
And thus, for France's Queen, he drest
And thus admitted English fair,
And thus, for both, he madly planned
The ruin of himself and land !
And yet, the sooth to tell,
Nor England's fair, por France's Queen,
From Margaret's eyes that fell,
The Queen sits lone in Lithgow pile,
And weeps the weary day, The war against her native soil,