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II. 3.

* • Fill high the sparkling bowl,

The rich repaft prepare,
• Reft of a crown, he yet may share the feast :

Close by the regal Chair
Fel Thirst and Famine scowl
" A baleful smile upon their baffled Gueft.
Heard

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the din of + battle bray, Lance to lance, and horse to horse ? " Long years of havock urge their destin'd course,

“ And thro' the kindred squadrons mow their way.

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* Richard the Second, -(as we are told by Archbi. thop Scroop and the confederate Lords in their mawifefto, by Thomas of Walfingham, and all the older

Writers) was starved to death. The story of his affaffination by Sir Piers of Exon, is of much later date,

+ Ruinous wars of York and Lancaster,

“ Ye Tow'rs of Julius, London's lasting shame,

With many a foul and midnight murther fed, “ Revere his + Confort's faith, his Father's I fame,

“ And spare the meek || Usurper's holy head. “ Above, below, the role of snow,

“ Twin'd with her blushing foe, we spread: • The briftled 1 Boar, in infant gore,

“ Wallows beneath the thorny flade.

". Now

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

+ Margaret of Anjos, a woman of heroic Spirit, who struggled hard to save her Husband and her Crown.

I 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.

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

“ Now, Brothers, bending o'er th' accursed loom, "! Stamp we our vengeance deep, and ratify his doo'in,

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(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,

* Eleanor of Caftile died a few years after the conquest of Wales. The heroic proof she gave of her affection for her Lord is well known. The monumenis of his regret, and forrow for the loss of her, are still to be feen at Northampton, Geddington, Waltham, and other places,

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“ But, oh! what folemn scenes on Snowdon's

height Descending flow their glittring skirts unroll ? ” Visions of glory, spare my aching sight, “ Ye unborn Ages, crowd not on my

soul! " No more our long lost Arthur we bewail. “ All-hail, + ye genuine Kings, Britannia's Issue hail !

III. 2.

e Girt with many a Baron bold, “ Sublime their starry fronts they rear ;

" And gorgeous Dames, and Statelinen old « In bearded majesty, appear.

“ In

* 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 Talieffin had prophefied, 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 !

“Her eye proclaims her of the Briton-line ;
“ Her lion-port *, her awe-commanding face,

Attemper'd sweet to virgin-grace.

“ What strings symphonious tremble in the air, What strains of vocal transport round her play!

“ Hear from the grave, great Talieslin +, hear; They breathe a soul to animate thy clay.

Bright rapture calls, and foaring as she fings, Waves in the eye of Heav'n her niany-colour'd wings.

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* Speed, relating an audience given by Queen Elizabeth to Paul Dzialinski, Ambassador of Poland, says, 5 And thus she, lion-like rising, daunted the malapert Orator no less with her stately port and majeslical de

porture, than with the tartnelle of her princelie 6 checkes."

+ Taliesin, Chief of the Bards, flourished in the Vlth Century. His works are still preserved, and his memory held in high veneration among his Countrymen.

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