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Lance to lance, and horse to horse ?
* Henry the Sixth, George Duke of Clarence, Edward the Fifth, Richard Duke of York, &c. believed to be murdered secretly in the Tower of London. The oldest part of that structure is vulgarly attributed to Julius Cæsar.
+ Margaret of Anjou, a woman of heroic spirit, who struggled hard to save her husband and her
# Henry the Fifth.
§ Henry the Sixth, very near being canonized. The line of Lancaster had no right of inheritance to the crown.
|| The white and red roses, devices of York and Lancaster.
T The silver-boar was the badge of Richard the Third ; whence he was usually known in his own time by the name of The Boar.
III. Edward, lo! to sudden fate (Weave we the woof.
The thread is spun.) Half of thy heart we consecrate. (The web is wove. The work is done.)' Stay, oh stay! nor thus forlorn Leave me unbless'd, unpitied, here to mourn: In yon bright track, that fires the western skies, They melt, they vanish from my eyes. But oh! what solemn scenes on Snowdon's height Descending slow their glittering skirts unroll ? Visions of glory, spare my aching sight ! Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my soul ! No more our long-lost Arthur f we bewail. [hail! All-hail, ye genuine kings ; Britannia's issue,
“ Girt with many a baron bold
* Eleanor of Castile died a few years after the conquest of Wales. The heroic proof she gave of her affection for her lord is well known. numents of his regret, and sorrow for the loss of her, are still to be seen at Northampton, Geddington, Waltham, and other places.
+ It was the common belief of the Welsh nation, that King Arthur was still alive in Fairy-land, and should return again to reign over Britain.
# Both Merlin and Taliessin had prophesied, that the Welsh should regain their sovereignty over this island; which seemed to be accomplished in the house of Tudor.
In the midst a form divine !
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* Taliessin, chief of the bards, flourished in the
His works are still preserved, and his memory held in high veneration among his countrymen. † Shakspeare.
| Milton. $ The succession of poets after Milton's time.
Enough for me: with joy I see
THE FATAL SISTERS. *
[From the Norse-Tongue.),
IN THE ORCADES OF THORMODUS TORFÆUS ; HAFNIR,
1697, FOLIO; AND ALSO IN BARTHOLINUS.
Vitt er oprit fyrir valfalli, &c.
Now the storm begins to lour,
(Haste, the loom of Hell prepare,) Iron-sleet of arrowy shower
Hurtles in the darken'd air.
* The Valkyriur were female divinities, servants of Odin (or Woden) in the Gothic mythology. Their name signifies choosers of the slain. They were mounted on swift horses, with drawn swords in their hands; and in the throng of battle selected such as were destined to slaughter, and conducted them to Valkalla, the hall of Odin, or paradise of the brave; where they attended the banquet, and served the departed heroes with horns of mead and ale.
Glittering lances are the loom,
Where the dusky warp we strain,
Orkney's woe, and Randver's bane.
See the griesly texture grow,
('T is of human entrails made,)
Each a gasping warrior's head.
Shoot the trembling cords along ;
Keep the tissue close and strong.
Mista, black terrific maid,
Sangrida, and Hilda, see,
'T is the woof of victory.
Ere the ruddy Sun be set,
Pikes must shiver, javelins sing,
Hauberk crash, and helmet ring.
(Weave the crimson web of war,)
Let us go, and let us fly,
Where they triumph, where they die.
As the paths of Fate we tread,
Wading through th' ensanguin'd field; Gondula, and Geira, spread
O’er the youthful king your shield.