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"That tears the bowels of thy mangled Mate, From thee be born, who o'er thy country hangs What terrors round him

"The fcourge of Heaven.

"wait!

"Amazement in his van, with Flight combin'd; "And Sorrow's faded form, and Solitude behind.

II. 2.

"Mighty Victor, mighty Lord,

"Low on his funeral couch he lies! "No pitying heart, no eye, afford

"A tear to grace his obfequies.

"Is the fablet Warrior fled ?

"Thy fon is gone. He refts among the Dead.

"The Swarm, that in the noon-tide beam were born?

“Gone to falute the rifing Morn.

"Fair laughs the Morn, and foft the Zephyr blows, "While proudly riding o'er the azure realm "In gallant trim the gilded veffel goes;

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"Youth on the prow, and Pleafure at the helm; Regardlefs of the fweeping Whirlwind's fway, "That, hufh'd in grim repofe, expects his evening-prey.

Triumphs of Edward the Third in France.

+ Death of that King, abandoned by his children, and even robbed in his last moments by his courtiers and his miftrefs.

Edward the Black Prince, dead fome time before his father.

Magnificence of Richard the Second's reign. See Froiffard, and other contemporary writers. '

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II. 3.

"Fill high the sparkling bowl,

"The rich repast prepare:

"Reft of a crown, he yet may share the feast:

"Close by the regal chair

"Fell Thirft and Famine fcowl

"A baleful smile upon their baffled guest. "Heard ye the din of † battle bray,

"Lance to lance, and horse to horse!

"Long years of havock urge their destin'd course, "And through the kindred squadrons mow their way. "Ye towers of Julius †, London's lasting shame, "With many a foul and midnight murther fed, "Revere his Confort's faith, his.Father's fame, "And spare the meek ¶ Ufurper's holy head.

Richard the Second (as we are told by archbishop Scroop and the confederate Lords in their manifefto, by Thomas of Walfingham, and all, the older writers) was ftarved to death. The ftory of his affaffination by Sir Piers of Exon, is of much later date.

Ruinous civil wars of York and Lancaster.

Henry the Sixth, George Duke of Clarence, Edward the Fifth, Richard Duke of York, &c. believed to be murdered fecretly in the Tower of London. The okdeft part of that structure is vulgarly attributed to Julius Cæfar.

Margaret of Anjou, a woman of heroic fpirit, who struggled hard to fave her husband and her crown. Henry the Fifth.

Henry the Sixth very near being canonized. The line of Lancaster had no right of inheritance to the

crown,

. Above

"Above, below, the rofe of fnow,

Twin'd with her blufhing foe we spread: "The bristled + boar in infant-gore

"Wallows beneath the thorny fhade.

"Now, Brothers, bending o'er th' accurfed loom, "Stamp we our vengeance deep, and ratify his doom.

III. I..

"Edward, lo! to fudden fate

"(Weave we the woof. The thread is fpun).
"Half of thy heart we confecrate.
"(The web is wove. The work is done.)"
Stay, oh ftay! nor thus forlorn

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Leave me unblefs'd, unpitied, here to mourn:
In yon bright track, that fires the western skies,

They melt, they vanish from my eyes.

But oh what folemn fcenes on Snowdon's height Defcending flow their glittering fkirts unroll? Vifions of glory, fpare my aching fight,

Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my foul!

The white and red rofes, devices of York and Lancaster.

The filver-boar was the badge of Richard the Third; whence he was ufually known in his own time. by the name of The Boar.

Eleanor of Caftile died a few years after the conqueft of Wales. The heroic proof the gave of her affection for her Lord is well known. The monuments of his regret, and forrow for the lofs of her, are ftill to be feen at Northampton, Geddington, Waltham,, and other places.

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No more our long-loft* Arthur we bewail.
All-hail, † ye genuine Kings; Britannia's iffue, hail!

III. 2.

Girt with many a Baron bold
Sublime their ftarry fronts they rear;
And gorgeous Dames and Statefinen old,
In bearded majesty, appear.

In the midft a Form divine!

• Her eye proclaims her of the Briton-line;
Her lion-port ‡, her awe-commanding face,
Attemper'd fwect to virgin-grace.

What ftrings fymphonious tremble in the air,
What strains of vocal transport round her play;
Hear from the grave, great Talieffin ||, hear;

They breathe a foul to animate thy clay,

*It was the common belief of the Welsh nation, that King Arthur was ftill alive in Fairy-land, and hould return again to reign over Britain.

+ Both Merlin and Talieffin had prophefied, that the Welsh fhould regain their fovereignty over this island; which feemed to be accomplished in the Houfe of Tudor.

Speed, relating an audience given by Queen Elizaboth to Paul Dzialinski, ambaffador of Poland, fays, And thus fhe, lion-like rifing, daunted the malapert orator no leis with her ftately port and majestical de( porture, than with the tartneffe of her princelie chekes. Talieffin, Chief of the Bards, flourished in the fixth century. His works are ftill preferved, and his memory held in high veneration among his countrymen.

• Bright

Bright rapture calls, and foaring, as the fings,
Waves in the eye of heaven her many-colour'd wings..

III. 3.

The verfe adorn again

Fierce War, and faithful Love,

And Truth fevere, by fairy Fiction dreft.

In bufkin'd measures move

Pale Grief, and pleafing Pain,

With Horror, Tyrant of the throbbing breast.

A Voice, as of the Cherub-choir,

Gales from blooming Eden bear;

And diftant warblings leffen on my car,

That loft in long futurity expire.

Fond impious Man, think'ft thou, yon fanguine cloud,.
Rais'd by thy breath, has quench'd the Orb of day ? -
To-morrow he repairs the golden flood,

And warms the nations with redoubled ray.
Enough for me: With joy I fee

The different doom our Fates affign.

Be thine Defpair, and feepter'd Care;

-To triumph, and to die, are mine."

He fpoke, and headlong from the mountain's height
Deep in the roaring tide he plung'd to endless night.

Fierce wars and faithful loves fhall moralize my fong,
SPENSER'S Proëme to the Fairy Queen.
Milton.

+ Shakespeare.

The fucceffion of poets after Milton's time.

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