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It was about the lovely close of a warm summer's day, There came a gallant merchant ship, full sail to Ply

mouth bay ; The crew had seen Castile's black fleet, beyond Aurigny's

isle, At earliest twilight, on the waves, lie heaving many a mile. At sunrise she escaped their van, by God's especial grace; And the tall Pinta, till the noon, had held her close in

chase. Forth with a guard, at every gun, was placed along the The beacon blazed upon the roof of Edgecombe's lofty

hall; Many a light fishing bark put out, to pry along the

coast; And with loose rein, and bloody spur, rode inland many

a post.


With his white hair, unbonneted, the stout old sheriff

comes ; Behind him march the halberdiers, before him sound the

drums. The yeomen, round the market cross, make clear an

ample space, For there behoves him to set up the standard of her

grace : And haughtily the trumpets peal, and gaily dance the

bells, As slow, upon the labouring wind, the royal blazon swells. Look how the lion of the sea lifts


bis ancient crown, And underneath his deadly paw treads the gay lilies

down! So stalked he when he turned to flight, on that famed

Picard field, Bohemia's plume, and Genoa's bow, and Cæsar's eagle

shield :

So glared he when, at Agincourt, in wrath he turned to

bay, And crushed and torn, beneath his claws, the princely

hunters lay. Ho! strike the flag-staff deep, sir knight! ho ! scatter

flowers, fair maids! Ho, gunners ! fire a loud salute ! ho, gallants ! draw Thou sụn, shine on her joyously! ye breezes, waft her

wide! Our glorious semper eadem ! the banner of our pride!

your blades !

The freshening breeze of eve unfurled that banner's

massy fold

The parting gleam of sunshine kissed that haughty

scroll of gold. Night sunk upon the dusky beach, and on the purple

sea; Such night in England ne'er had been, nor e'er again

shall be. From Eddystone to Berwick bounds, from Lynn to

Milford bay, That time of slumber was as bright, as busy as the day; For swift to east, and swift to west, the warning

radiance spreadHigh on St. Michael's Mount it shone-it shone on

Beachy Head. Far o'er the deep, the Spaniard saw along each

southern shire, Cape beyond cape, in endless range, those twinkling

points of fire. The fisher left his skiff to rock on Tamer's glittering

waves, The rugged miners poured to war, from Mendip'

sunless caves :

O'er Longleat's towers, o'er Cranbourne's oaks, the fiery

herald flew He roused the shepherds of Stonehenge—the rangers

of Beaulieu. Right sharp and quick the bells rang out, all night,

from Bristol town; And, ere the day, three hundred horse had met on

Clifton Down. The sentinel on Whitehall gate looked forth into the

night, And saw o'erhanging Richmond Hill, that streak of

blood-red light. The bugle's note, and cannon's roar the deathlike

silence broke, And with one start, and with one cry, the royal city

woke; At once, on all her stately gates, arose the answering

fires; At once the wild alarum clashed from all her reeling

spires; From all the batteries of the Tower pealed loud the

voice of fear, And all the thousand masts of Thames sent back a

louder cheer: And from the farthest wards was heard the rush of

hurrying feet, And the broad streams of flags and pikes dashed down

each rousing street: And broader still became the blaze, and louder still the

din, As fast from every village round the horse came spur

ring in; And eastward straight, for wild Blackheath, the warlike

errand went; And roused, in many an ancient hall, the gallant

squires of Kent:

Southward, for Surrey's pleasant hills, flew those bright

coursers forth ; High on black Hampstead's swarthy moor, they started

for the north ; And on, and on, without a pause, untired they bounded

still ;

All night from tower to tower they sprang, all night

from hill to hill; Till the proud peak unfurled the flag o'er Derwent's

rocky dales; Till, like volcanoes, flared to heaven the stormy hills of

Wales; Till twelve fair counties saw the blaze on Malvern's

lonely height; Till streamed in crimson, on the wind, the Wrekin's

crest of light; Till, broad and fierce, the star came forth, on Ely's

stately fane, And town and hamlet rose in arms, o'er all the bound

less plain : Till Belvoir's lordly towers the sign to Lincoln sent, And Lincoln sped the message on, o'er the wide vale of

Trent; Till Skiddaw saw the fire that burnt on Gaunt's

embattled pile, And the red glare on Skiddaw roused the burghers of Carlisle.



THE curfew tolls the knell of parting day,

The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea, The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,

And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight,

And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight,

And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds :

Save that, from yonder ivy-mantled tower,

The moping owl does to the moon complain, Of such as, wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient

solitary reign.

Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade,

Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,

The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.

The breezy, call of incense-breathing morn,

The swallow twittering from the straw-built shed, The cock's shrill clarion,

or the echoing horn, No more shall rouse them from their lowly bed. For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn,

Or busy housewife ply her evening care; No children run to lisp their sire's return,

Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share.

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