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Modred, whose magic song
On yonder cliffs, a grisly band,
Avengers of their native land:
“Weave the warp, and weave the woof,
The winding sheet of Edward's race : Give ample room, and verge enough,
The characters of Hell to trace.
of heaven. What terrors round him wait!
4 The shores of Carnarvonshire, opposite the Isle of Anglesey. 5 Edward the Second, cruelly butchered in Berkeley Castle. 6 Isabel of France, Edward the Second's adulterous queen, 7 Triumphs of Edward the Third in France.
Amazement in his van, with Flight combined;
Mighty Victor, mighty Lord, Low on his funeral couch he lies ; 8 No pitying heart, no eye, afford A tear to grace his obsequies. Is the sable warrioro fled ? Thy son is gone : he rests among the dead, The swarm, that in thy noontide beam were born ? Gone to salute the rising Morn. Fair laughs the Morn, and soft the Zephyr blows, While, proudly riding o'er the azure realm, In gallant trim, the gilded vessel goes ; Youth on the prow, and Pleasure at the helm ; Regardless of the sweeping whirlwind's sway, That, hushed in grim repose, expects his evening prey ! “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 Thirst and Famine scowl A baleful smile upon their baffled guest. Heard ye the din of battle bray, ," Lance to lance, and horse to horse ? Long years of havoc urge their destined course, And through the kindred squadrons mow their way. Ye towers of Julius," London's lasting shame, With many a foul and midnight murder fed,
8 Death of that king, abandoned by his children, and even robbed in his last moments by his courtiers and his mistress.
9 Edward the Black Prince, dead some time before his father. . 10 Ruinous civil wars of York and Lancaster.
1 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.
Revere his consort's" faith, his father's' fame,
“ Edward, lo! to sudden fate
12 Margaret of Anjou, a woman of heroic spirit, who struggled hard to save her husband and her crown.
13 Henry the Fifth.
14 Henry the Sixth, very near being canonised. The line of Lancaster had no right of inheritance to the crown.
15 The white and red roses, devices of York and Lancaster.
16 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.
17 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. The monuments of his regret and sorrow for the loss of her are still to be seen at Northampton, Geddington, Waltham, and other places.
No more our long-lost Arthur's we bewail-
“ Girt with many a baron bold,
“The verse adorn again
18 It was tho common bolief of the Welsh nation, that King Arthur was still alive in Fairy-land, and should return again to reign over Britain.
19 Both Merlin and Taliessiu had prophesied that the Welsh should regain their sovereignty over this island, which seemed to be accomplished in the house of Tudor.
20 Taliessin, chief of the bards, flourished in the sixth century. His works are still preserved, and his memory hell in high veneration, among his countrymen. 21 Shakspenre.
22 Milton, # The succession of poets after Milton's time.
Fond, impious man, think'st thou yon sanguine cloud,
BATTLE OF THE BALTIC.
Of Nelson and the North,
Like leviathans afloat,