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They shall run to and fro in the citie: they dulged themselves in parading their bands of music, shall run upon the wall, they shall climbe up upon and actually performed « God save the King. Their the houses: they shall enter in at the windows like a minstrelsy was however deranged by the undesired acthief.
companiment of the British horse-artillery, on whose 10. « The carth shall quake before them, the hea- part in the concert they had not calculated. The survens shall tremble, the sunne and the moon shall be prise was sudden, and the rout complete ; for the artildark, and the starres shall withdraw their shining.» lery and cavalry did execution upon them for about
lo verse 20th also, which announces the retreat of four miles, pursuing at the gallop as often as they got the northern army, described in such dreadful colours, beyond the range of the guns. into a « land barren and desolate,» and the dishonour with which God afflicted them for having « magnified
Note 17. Conclusion, Stanza x. themselves to do great things,» there are particulars
Vainly thy squadrons bide Assuava's plain,
And front the flying thunders as they roar, not inapplicable to the retreat of Masséna ; Divine Pro
With frantic charge and tenfold odds, in vain ! vidence having, in all ages, attached disgrace as the na
In the severe action of Fuentes d'Honoro, upon 5th tural punishment of cruelly and presumption.
May, 1811, the grand mass of the French cavalry atNote 15. Conclusion. Stanza vii.
tacked the right of the British position, covered by two The radest sentinel, in Britain born,
guns of the horse-artillery, and two squadrons of ca
valry. After suffering considerably from the fire of Gave his poor crust to feed some wretch forlorn.
the guns, which annoyed them in every attempt al Even the unexampled gallantry of the British army formation, the enemy turned their wrath entirely toin the campaign of 1810-11, although they never wards them, distributed brandy among their troopers, fought but to conquer, will do them less honour in his- and advanced to carry the field-pieces with the despetory than their humanity, attentive to soften to the ut-ration of drunken fury. They were in no ways checked most of their power the horrors which war, in its by the heavy loss which they sustained in this daring mildest aspect, must always inflict upon the defence- attempı, but closed, and fairly mingled with the British less inhabitants of the country in which it is waged, cavalry, to whom they bore the proportion of ten to and which, on this occasion, were tenfold augmented one. Captain Ramsay (let me be permitted to name a by the barbarous cruelties of the French Soup-1 gallant countryman), who commanded the two guns, kitchens were established by subscription among the dismissed them at the gallop, and, putting himself at officers, wherever the troops were quartered for any the head of the mounted artillerymen, ordered them to length of time. The commissaries contributed the fall upon the French, sabre in hand. This very unexheads, fcet, etc. of the cattle slaughtered for the sol. pected conversion of artillerymen into dragoons contridiery; rice, vegetables, and bread, where it could be buted greatly to the defeat of the enemy, already dishad, were purchased by the officers. Fifty or sixty concerted by the reception they had met from the two starving peasants were daily fed at one of these regi- British squadrons; and the appearance of some small mental establishments, and carried home the relies to reinforcements, notwithstanding the immense disprotheir famished households. The emaciated wretches, portion of force, put them to absolute rout. A colonel who could not crawl from weakness, were speedily em or major of their cavalry, and many prisoners (almost ployed in pruning their vines. While pursuing Massena, all intoxicated), remained in our possession. Those the soldiers cvinced the same spirit of humanity; and, who consider for a moment the difference of the serin many instances, when reduced themselves to short vices, and bow much an artilleryman is necessarily and allowance, from having out-marched their supplies, naturally led to identify his own safety and utility with they shared their pittance with the starving inhabitants abiding by the tremendous implement of war, to the who had ventured back to view the ruins of their habi-exercise of which he is chietly, if not exclusively, traintations, burnt by the retreating enemy, and to bury the ed, will know how to estimate the presence of mind bodies of their relations whom they had butchered. - which commanded so hold a manæuvre, and the stcauiIs it possible to know such facts without feeling a ness and confidence with which it was executed. sort of confidence, that those who so well deserve vic
Note 18. Conclusion. Stanza x. tory are most likely to attain it?- It is not the least of
And wbat avails thee that, for CAMenon slain, Lord Wellington's military merits, that the slightest dis
Wild from his plaided ranks the yell was given. position towards maranding meets immediate punishment. Independently of all moral obligation, the army during the desperate contest in the streets of the village
The gallant Colonel Cameron was wounded mortally which is most orderly in a friendly country, has always
called Fuentes d'Honoro. He fell at the head of his proved most formidable to an armed enemy.
native Bighlanders, the 71st and 79th, who raised Note 16. Conclusion. Stanza viii.
a dreadful shriek of grief and rage. They charged, Vain-glorious fugitive!"
with irresistible fury, the finest body of French grenaThe French conducted this memorable retreat with diers ever seen, being a part of Buonaparte's selected much of the fanfarronade proper to their country, by guard. The officer who led the French, a man remarkwhich they attempt to impose upon others, and per- able for stature and symmetry, was killed on the spot. haps on themselves, a belief that they are triumphing The Frenchman who stepped out of his rank to take in the very moment of their discomfiture. On the Gothairn at Colonel Cameron, was also bayoneted, pierced March, 181, their rear-gaard was overtaken near Pega with a thousand wounds, and almost torn to pieces by by the British cavalry. Being well posted, and conceir- the furious Highlanders, who, under the command of ing themselves safe from infantry (who were indeed Colonel Cadogan, bore the enemy out of the contested many miles in the rear), and from artillery, they in- ground at the point of the bayonet. Masséna pays my
countrymen a singular compliment in his account of able manner in which these opinions have been retractthe attack and defence of this village, in which he says, ed. The success of this plan, with all its important the British lost many officers, and Scotch.
consequences, we owe to the indefatigable exertions of Note 19. Conclusion. Stanza xiv.
Note 20. Conclusion. Stanza xvii.
- a race renown'd of old,
Whose war-cry oft bas waked the battle-swell.
This stanza alludes to the various achievements of Nothing during the war of Portugal seems, to a dis- the warlike family of Grame, or Graham. They are tinct observer, more deserving of praise, than the self- said, by tradition, to have descended from the Scottish devotion of Field-Marshal Beresford, who was contented chief, ander whose command his countrymen stormed to undertake all the hazard of obloquy which might the wall built by the Emperor Severus between the have been founded upon any miscarriage in the highly friths of Forth and Clyde, the fragments of which are important experiment of training the Portuguese troops still popularly called Græme's Dyke. Sir Jolin the to an improved state of discipline. In exposing his Græme, « the hardy, wight, and wise,» is well known military reputation to the censure of imprudence from as the friend of Sir William Wallace. Alderne, Kilthe most moderate, and all manner of unutterable ca- syth, and Tibbermuir, were scenes of the victories of lumnies from the ignorant and malignant, he placed at the heroic Marquis of Montrose. The
of Killystake the dearest pledge which a military man had to crankie is famous for the action between King Wiloffer, and nothing but the deepest conviction of the liam's forces and the Highlanders in 1689, high and essential importance attached to success can
Where glad Dundee in faint huzzas expired. be supposed an adequate motive. How great the chance of miscarriage was supposed, may be estimated from It is seldom that one line can number so many hethe general opinion of officers of unquestioned talents roes, and yet more rare when it can appeal to the and experience, possessed of every opportunity of in- glory of a living descendant in support of its ancient formation; how completely the experiment has suc renown. ceeded, and how much the spirit and patriotism of our The allusions to the private history and character of ancient allies had been under-rated, is evident, not only General Graham may be illustrated by referring to the from those victories in which they have borne a distin- eloquent and affecting speech of Mr Sheridan, upon the guished share, but from the liberal and highly honour- vote of thanks to the victor of Barrossa.
The Field of Waterloo :
Though Valois braved young Edward's gentle hand,
TO HER GRACE THE DUCHESS OF WELLINGTON,
PRINCESS OF WATERLOO, ETC., ETC., ETC.
BY THE AUTHOR.
FIELD OF WATERLOO.
We yet may hear the hour
From proud Saint Michael's tower.
Thy wood, dark Soignies, holds us now,
Of tangled forest ground.
For access seeks in vain!
Nor sun, nor air, nor rain.
No opening glade dawns on our way,
Our woodland path has crossd;
And corn-fields glance between;
But when these cars were green, Placed close within destruction's scope, Full little was that rustic's hope
Their ripening to have seen!
Their architecture view;
Looks on the field below,
In easier curves can flow.
Forms an opposing screen,
The soften'd vale between
On that wide stubble-ground.
Nor fosse nor fence are found,
And where the earth seems scorch'd by tlame,
But other harvest here
With bayonet, blade, and spear.
Fell thick as ripen'd grain;
So often lost and won;
Dash'd the hot war-horse on.
From yonder trenched mound?
Her garner-house profound.
On those scorch'd fields were known !
A summons of his own.
Distinguish every tone
Down to the dying groan, And the last sob of life's decay
When breath was all but flown.
A stranger might reply,
When harvest-home was nigh.
As Teniers loved to draw;
Protracted space may last;
And cease when these are passid.
Vain hope !—that morn's o'erclouded sun Heard the wild shout of fight begun
Ere he attain'd his height,
Though now he stoops to night.
Still down the slope they drew,
For all that war could do,
On bloody Waterloo.
Three hundred cannon-mouths roar'd loud, And from their throats, with flash and cloud,
Their showers of iron threw. Beneath their fire, in full career, Rush'd on the ponderous cuirassier, The lancer couch'd his ruthless spear, And hurrying as to havoc near,
The cohorts' eagles flew. In one dark torrent broad and strong, The advancing onset roll'd along, Forth harbinger'd by fierce acclaim, That from the shroud of smoke and flame, Peal'd wildly the imperial name.
Continued thunders came!
Of rapine and of flame.
Points to his prey in vain,
He fires the fight again.
Then waked their fire at once !
Then down went helm and lance,
And to augment the fray,
Forced their resistless way.
X. « On! On!» was still his stcrn exclaim, «Confront the battery's jaws of fame!
Rush on the levell d gun! (3) My steel-clad cuirassiers, advance! Each Hulan forward with his lance, My Guard-my chosen-charge for France,
France and Napoleon !» Loud answer'd their acclaiming shout, Greeting the mandate which sent out Their bravest and their best to dare The fate their leader shunn'd to share. (4) But He, his country's sword and shield, Still in the battle-front reveald, Where danger fiercest swept the field,
Came like a beam of light, In action prompt, in sentence brief« Soldiers, stand firm !» exclaim'd the chief,
« England shall tell the fight !»(5)
XI. On came the whirlwind--like the last But fiercest sweep of tempest blastOn came the whirlwind-steal-gleams broke Like lightning through the rolling smoke.
The war was waked anew;
The British host had stood
They were their ocean's flood.O thou, whose inauspicious aim Hath wrought thy host this hour of shame, Think'st thou thy broken bands will bide The terrors of yon rushing tide ?
Or will thy chosen brook to feel
Or dost thou turn thine eye
And other standards fly?
Is Blucher yet unknown?
Jo Prussia's trumpet tone?
In one dread effort more?
That chieftain, who, of yore,
For empire enterprised-
Abhorrd—but not despised.
XIV. But if revolves thy fainter thought On safety-howsoever bought, Then turn thy fearful rein and ride, Though twice ten thousand men have died
On this eventful day, To gild the military fame, · Which thou, for life, in traffic tame
Will barter thus away. Shall future ages tell this tale Of inconsistence faint and frail: And art thou He of Lodi's bridge, Marengo's field, and Wagram's ridge! Or is thy soul like mountain-tide, That, swell'd by winter storm and shower, Rolls down in turbulence of power
A torrent fierce and wide ; 'Reft of these aids, a rill obscure, Shrinking unnoticed, mean and poor,
Whose channel shows display'd The wrecks of its impetuous course, But not one symptom of the force
By which these wrecks were made!
And, to the ruin'd peasant's eye,
Down the dread current burld-
thetr broken rear Rages the Prussian's bloody spear.
So fell a shriek was none,
The children of the Don.
Have felt the final stroke;
Such homage hath been paid
If it were freely made.
-we cannot own a foe;
That « yet imperial hope ;”
We yield thee means or scope.
No islet calls thee lord,
From which we wrench'd the sword.
Who, as thy fight they eyed,
and shame,« Oh that be had but died ! » But yet, to sum this hour of ill, Look, ere thou leavest the fatal hill,
Back on yon broken raoks-
When rivers break their banks,