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Dread the race of Zaharak!
Fear the spell of Dahomay !»
Be as strong in future trial, Where resistance is denial.
« Now for Afric's glowing sky,
XXII. Uncouth and strange the accents shrill
Rung those vaulted roofs among; Long it was ere, faint and still,
Died the far-resounding song.
I swore upon the rood,
For evil or for good.
Save famine dire and fell despair?— • Other conclusion let me try,
Since, chuse lowe'er I list, I die. Forward, lies faith and knightly fame ; Belind, are perjury and shame. In life or death I hold my word.»--With that he drew his trusty sword, Caught down a banner froin the wall, And enter'd thus the fearful hall.*
As if in ether borne astray,
The kuight pursued his steady way, Till to a lofty dome he came, That flash'd with such a brilliant flame, As if the wealth of all the world Were there in rich confusion hurl'd. For here the gold, in sandy heaps, With duller earth incorporate sleeps ; Was there in ingots piled, and there Coin'd badge of empery it bare; Yonder huge bars of silver lay, Dimm'd by the diamond's neighbouring ray, Like the pale moon in morning day; And in the midst four maidens stand, The daughters of some distant land. Their hue was of the dark-red dye, That fringes oft a thunder sky, Their hands palmetto baskets bare, And cotton fillets bound their hair; Slim was their form, their mien was shy, To earth they bent the humbled eye, Folded their arms, and suppliant kneeld, And thus their proffer:d gifts reveal'd.
XSIII. On high each waywaal maiden threw Her swarthy arm, with wild halloo! On either side a tiger sprungAgainst the leftward foe he flung The ready banner, to engage With tangling folds the brutal rage; The right-hand monster in mid air He struck so fiercely and so fair, Through gullet and through spinal bone The trenchant blade hath sheerly gone. His grisly brethren ramp'd and yelld But the slight leash their rage withheld, Whilst, 'lwixt their ranks, the dangerous road Firmly, though swift, the champion strode. Safe to the gallery's bound he drew, Safe pass'd an open portal through; And when 'gainst followers he flung The gate, judge if the echoes rung! Onward his daring course he bore, While, mix'd with dying growl and roar, Wild jubilee and loud lurra Pursued him on bis venturous way.
CHORUS. « See the treasures Merlin piled, Portion meet for Arthur's child. Bathe in Wealth's unbounded stream, Wealth that Atarice ne'er could dream !»
FIRST MAIDEN. « See these clots of virgin gold! Sever'd from the sparry mould, Nature's mystic alchemy In the mine thus bade them lie; And their orient smile can win Kings to stoop, and saints to sin.»-
XXIV. « Hurra, hurra! Our watch is done ! We hail once more the tropic sun. Pallid beams of northern day, Farewell, farewell ! Hurra, hurra!
SECOND MAIDEN. «See these pearls that long have slept; These were tears by Naiads wept For the loss of Marinel. Tritons in the silver shell Treasured them, till hard and white As the teeth of Amphitrite.»—
THIRD MAIDEN. « Does a livelier hue delight? Here are rubies blazing bright, Here the emerald's fairy green, And the topaz glows between; "Here their varied hues upite In the changeful chrysolite.»—
« Five hundred years o'er this cold glen
« Warrior! thou, whose dauntless heart Gives us from our ward to part,
« Leave these gems of poorer shine,
CHORUS. « Warrior, seize the splendid store: Would 't were all our mountains bore! We should ne'er in future story, Read, Peru, thy perish'd glory!».
XXVII. Calmly and unconcern'd the knight 'Waved aside the treasures bright: « Gentle maidens, rise, I pray! Bar not thus my destined way. Let these boasted brilliant toys Braid the hair of girls and boys! Bid your streams of gold expand O'er proud London's thirsty Jand. De Vaux of wealth saw never need, Save to purvey him arms and steed, And all the ore he deign'd to hoard Inlays his helm, and hilts his sword.» Thus gently parting from their hold, He left, unmoved, the dome of gold.
Some frolic water-run;
Was sparkling in the sun.
But full in front, a door,
Whose memory was no more.
As if the nymphs of field and flood
In gay procession came.
Seen distant down the fair arcade,
Who, late at bashful distance staid,
Now tripping from the green-wood shade,
Again stand doubtful now ?-
Be yours to tell us how.».
The form and bosom o'er,
Though no treasured gems have we,
And mark'd with well-pleased eye,
Of that'gay summer sky.
From contemplation high
Make to the breeze's sigh.
XXX. And oft in such a dreamy mood,
The half-shut eye can frame Fair apparitions in the wood,
Nor climb'd he far its steepy round
Till fresher blew the air, And next a welcome glimpse was given, That cheer'd him with the light of heaven.
Al length his toil had won A lofty hall with trophies dress d, Where, as to greet imperial guest, Four maidens stood, whose crimson Vest
Was bound with golden zope.
* It is Dared His, w Spreac
For stoic look,
And meet rebuke, Ile lack'd the heart or time; As round the band of sirens trip, He kiss'd one damsel's laughing lip; And press'd another's proffer'd hand, Spoke to them all in accents bland, But broke their magic circle through; « Kind maids,» he said, « adicu, adieu My fate, my fortune, forward lies.»— He said, and vanish d from their eyes; But, as he dared that darksome way,. Still heard behind their lovely lay:
Fair Flower of Courtesy, deparı! Go, where the feelings of the heart With the warın pulse in concord move: Go, where Virtue sanctions Love ! -->
easy step and laughing eye Her borruwd air of awe belie;
• The next a maid of Spain, Dark-eyed, dark-hair'd, sedate, yet bold; White ivory skin and tress of gold, Her shy and bashful comrade told
For daughter of Almaine.
Emblems of empery;
Of minstrel ecstasy.
And, in her hand display'd,
Of glossy laurel made.
And ruin'd vaults has gone,
Or safe retreat, seem'd none;
• Grew worse as he went on.
Nay, soothful bards have said,
With Asia's willing maid.
These foremost maidens three,
Liegedom and seignorie
But homage would he none :-
A monarch's empire own;
Than sit on despot's throne.»
As starting from a trance,
Their soul awaked at once !
« He that would her heights ascend, Many a weary step must wend; Hand and foot and knee he tries : Thus Ambition's minions rise.
« Lag not now, though rough the way,
SONG OF THE FOURTH MAIDEN. « Quake to your foundations deep, Stately tower, and banner'd keep, Bid your
vaulted echoes moan, As the dreaded step they own..
Hid Moy Fo Tre
XXXV. It ceased. Advancing on the sound, A steep ascent the wanderer found,
And then a turret stair :
« Fiends that wait ou Merlin's spell, Hear the foot-fall! mark it well! Spread your dusky wings abroad, Boune
for your homeward road.
« It is Ais, the first wlio e'er
His, who hath the snares defied
Quake to your foundations deep, Bastion huge, and turret steep! Tremble keep, and totter tower! This is Gyneth's waking lour.»-
XXXVIII. Thus while she sung, tbe venturous knight Has reach'd a bower, where milder light
Through crimson curtains fell;
Upon its western swell.
As e'er was seen with eye ;
Was limu'd in proper dye.
Between the earth and sky.
He saw King Arthur's child!
For, as she slepe, she smiled.
With gende dreams beguiled.
Lightning flashes, rolls the thunder!
Burst the castle walls asunder!
Melt the magic halls away--
Safe the princess lay!
Opening to the day;
Of the green laurel-bay.
The garland and the dame :-
Except from Love and Fame!
"Twixt.childhood and 'twixt youth, That ivory chair, that sylvan dress, The arms and ancles bare, express
Of Lyulph's tale the truth.
What these eyes shall tell. « St George ! St Mary! can it be, That they will kiudly look on mc!»
And 10 require of bard
Were ordinance too hard.
When tale or play is o'er;
The honours that they bore.
Along the mountain lone, That fairy fortress often mocks llis gaze upon the castled rocks
Of the Valley of Saint John;
The charmed portal won. "T is now a vain illusive show, That melis whene'er the sun-bcams glow,
Or the fresh breeze hath blown.
The whiles up-gazing still,
On this gigantic hill.
And 0! beside these simple knaves,
ing in John de Vaux, about the year 1665, his daughter low mauy beller born are slaves
and heiress, Mabel, married Christopher Richmond, To such coarse joys as these,
Esq. of Highhead Castle, in the county of Cumberland, Dead to the nobler sense that glows
descended from an ancient family of that name, lords When nature's grander scenes unclose!
of Corby Casue, in the same county, soon after the But Lucy, we will love them yel,
Conquest, and which they alienated about the 15th of The mountain's misty coronet,
Edward the Second, to Andrea de Barcla, Earl of Car-The green-wood and the wold;
lisle. Of this family was Sir Thomas de Raigemont And love the more, that of their maze
(miles auratus), in the reign of King Edward the First, Adventure high of other days
who appears to have greatly distinguished himself at By ancient bards is told,
the siege of Kaerlaveroc, with William Baron of LcyBringing, perchance, like my poor tale,
bourne. In an ancient heraldic poem now extant, and Some moral truth in fiction's veil!
preserved in the British Museum, describing that siege, Nor love them less, that o'er the hill
his arms are stated to be, Or, 2 Bars Gemelles Gules, and The eveniog breeze, as now, comes chill
a Chief Or, the same borne by his descendants at the My love shall wrap hier warm,
present day. The Richmonds removed to their castle And, fearless of the slippery way,
of Highlead in the reign of Henry the Eighth, when While safe she trips the heathy brae,
the then representative of the family married Margaret, Shall lang on Arthur's arm.
daughter of Sir Hugh Lowther, by the Lady Dorothy de Clifford, only child by a second marriage of Henry Lord Clifford, great grandson of John Lord Clifford, by
Elizabeth Percy, daughter of Henry (surnamed llotNOTES.
spur) by Elizabeth Mortimer; which said Elizabeth was daughter of Edward Mortimer, third Earl of Marche,
by Philippa, sole daughter and heiress of Lionel, Duke CANTO I.
The third in descent from the above-mentioned John Note 1. Introduction. Stanza viii.
Richmond became the representative of the families of Like Collins, ill-starrd name!
Vaux, of Triermain, Caterlen, and Torcrossock, by his Collins, according to Johnson, « by indulging some peculiar habits of thought, was eminently delighted marriage with Mabel de Vaux, the heiress of them.
His grandson Henry Richmond died without issue, with those flights of imagination which pass the bounds of nature, and to which the mind is reconciled only by but Margaret, who married William Gale, Esq. of
leaving five sisters.co-heiresses, four of whom married; a passive acquiescence in popular traditions. He loved fairies, genii, giants, and monsters ; he delighted to viving. She had a son, and a daughter married to
Whitehaven, was the only one who had male issue surrove through the meanders of enchantment, to gaze on the magnificence of golden palaces, to repose by the Henry Curwen of Workington, Esq., who represented waterfalls of Elysian gardens.»
the county of Cumberland for many years in Parlia
ment, and by her had a daughter married to John Note 2. Stanza i.
Christian, Esq. (now Curwen). John, son and heir of
William Gale, married Sarah, daughter and heiress of Triermain was a fief of the Barony of Gilsland, in Christopher Wilson of Bardsea-hall, in the county of Cumberland; it was possessed by a Saxon family at Lancaster, by Margaret, aunt and co-lieiress of Thomas the time of the Conquest, but, « after the death of Gil-Braddyl, Esq. of Braddyl, and Cornishead Priory, in the more, Lord of Tryermaine and Torcrossock, Hubert same county, and had issue four sons and two daughVaux gave Tryermaine and Torcrossock to his second ters :- 1st. William Wilson, died an infant; 2d. Wilson, son, Rapulplı Vaux, which Ranuiph afterwards became who upon the death of his cousin, Thomas Braddyl, heir to his elder brother Robert, the founder of Laner- without issue, succeeded to his estates and took the cost, who died without issue. Ranulph, being Lord of name of Braddyl, in pursuance of his will, by the king's all Gilsland, gave Gilmore's lands to his own younger sign manual; 3d. William, died young, and, 4th. Henry son, named Roland, and let the barony descend to his Richmond, a lieutenant-general of the army, married eldest son Robert, son of Ranulph. Ronald Irad issue Sarah, daugliter of the Rev. R. Baldwin; Margaret Alexander, and he Ranulph, after whom succeeded Ro- married Richard Greaves Townley, Esq. of Fulbourne, bert, and they were named Rolands successively, that in the county of Cambridge, and of Bellfield, in the were lords thereof, until the reign of Edward the county of Lancaster; Sarah married to George Bigland, Fourth. That house gave for arms, Vert, a bend dex- of Bigland-hall, in the same county. ter, chequey, or and gules.»—Burn's Antiquities of Wilson Braddyl, eldest sou of John Gale, and grandWestmoreland and Cumberland, vol. II, p. 482. son of Margaret Richmond, marrid Jane, daughter and This branch of Vaux, with its collateral alliances, is beiress of Matthias Gale, Esq. of Cargill-hall
, in the now represented by the family of Braddyl of Cornishead county of Cumberland, by Jane, daughter and liciress Priory, in the county palatine of Lancaster; for it ap- of the Rev. S. Bennet, D. D. ; and, as the eldest survive pears that, about the time above mentioned, the house ing male branch of the families above-mentioned, he of Triermain was united to its kindred family Vaux quarters, in addition to bis own, their paternal coats in of Caterlen, and, by marriage with the lieiress of Dela- the following order, as appears by the records in the more and Leybourne, became the representative of College of Arms. those ancient and noble families. The male linc fail ist. Argent, a fess azure, between three saltiers of
bo Baron of Triermain.