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As down the steep of Snowdon's shaggy side
1. 2. On a rock, whose haughty brow Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood, Robid in the fable garb of Wo, With haggard eyes the poet stood ; (Loose his beard, and hoary hair* Stream'd like a meteor to the troubled air,t)
Ŝ Snowdon was a name given by the Saxons to that mountainous track which the Welsh themselves call Craigian-eryri: it included all the highlands of Caernarvonshire and Merionethshire, as far east as the river Conway. R. Hygden, speaking of the Castle of Conway, built by King Edward I. says, Ardortum amnis Conway ad clivum montis Erery; and Matthew of Westminster, ( ad an. 1283) Apud Aberconway ad pedes montis Snowdonia
fecit erigi castrum forte. # Gilbert de Clare, surnamed the Red, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford, son-in-law to King Edward.
Edmond de Mortimer, Lord of Wigmore. They both were Lords Marchers, whose lands lay on the borders of Wales, and probably accompanied the King in this expedition.
The image was taken from a well-known picture of Raphael, representing the Supreme being in the vifion of Ezekiel. There are two of these paintings, both believed original; one at ence, the other at Paris. + Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind.
Milton's Paradise Loft.
And with a master's hand and prophet's fire
Sighs to the torrent's awful voice beneath! «O'er thee, oh King! their hundred arms they wave,
Revenge on thee in hoarser murmurs breathe; 26 • Vocal no more, since Cambria’s fatal day, • To highborn Hoel's harp or soft Llewellyn's lay.
· Cold is Cadwallo's tongue, • That hush'd the stormy main ; • Brave Urien sleeps upon his craggy bed: • Mountains! ye mourn in vain • Modred, whose magic song • Made huge Plinlimmon bow his cloud.topp'd head. • On dreary Arvon's $ fore they lie,
35 Smear'd with gore and ghastly pale ;
far aloof th'affrighted ravens fail, • The familh'd eagle § screams and países by.
| The shores of Caernarvonshire, opposite to the ifle of Anglesey.
$ Camden and others observe, that eagles ufed annually to build their aerie among the rocks of Snow, don, which from thence (as some think) were named, by the Welsh, Craigian-eryri, or the Crags of the Eagles. At this day (I am told) the highest point of Snowdon is called The Eagle's Nest. That bird is certainly no ftranger to this island, as the Scots, and the people of Cumberland, Westmoreland, &c. can teftify : it even has built it's nest in the Peak of Der. byfaire. (See Willougbby's Orni,bol.published by Ray!
• Dear loft companions of my tuneful art,
45 • Avengers of their native land;
With me in dreadful harmony they join, • And weave * with bloody hands the tissue of thy line.'
“ Weave the warp and weave the woof, “ The winding-sheet of Edward's race;
50 “ Give ample room and verge enough « The characters of hell to trace. “ Mark the year and mark the night “ When Severn shall re-echo with affright « The shrieks of death thro' Berkley's roofs that ring, • Shrieks of an agonizing king !+
56 « She-wolf of France, t with unrelenting fangs « That tear'ft the bowels of thy mangled mate, « From thee & be born who o'er thy country hangs “ The scourge of Heav'n. What terrors round him wait!
# As dear to me as are the ruddy drops
That visit my fad heart- Shakesp. Julius Cæfar. * See the Norwegian Ode that follows. + Edward II. cruelly butchered in Berkley Castle.
Isabel of France, Edward Il's adulterous queen. $ Triumphs of Edward III. in France.
“ Amazement in his van, with Flight combin'd,
“ Mighty victor, mighty lord, * Low on his fun'ral couch he lies! “ No pitying heart, no eye, afford “ A tear to grace his obfequies ! “ Is the fable warrior * fled ? “ Thy son, is gone ; he rests among the dead. “ The swarm that in thy noontide beam were born, “ Gone to falute the rising morn:
70 “ 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,
Pegardless of the sweeping whirlwind's sway, 75 “ That hush'd in grim repose expects his ev’ning
« Fill high the sparkling bowl, ! “ The rich repast prepare ;
4 Death of that king, abandoned by his children, and even robbed in his last moments by his courtiers and mistress.
• Edward the Black Prince, dead some time before his father.
+ Magnificence of Richard II's reign. See Froiffard, and other contemporary writers.
Richard II. (as we are told by Archbishop Scroop, and the confederate Lords, in their manifesto, by
“ Reft of a crown, he yet may share the feast. “ Close by the regal chair
80 " Fell Thirst and famine scowl “ A baleful sinile upon the 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 thro’ the kindred squadrons mow their way. “ Ye Tow'rs of Julius! | London's lasting shame, “ With many a foul and midnight murder fed, « Revere his confort's & faith, his father's ** fame, “ And spare the meek usurper's tt holy head. 90 “ Above, below, the Rose of snow, * w Twin'd with her blushing foe, we fpread ;
Thomas of Walsingham, and all the older writers) was starved to death. The story of his afTaffination by Sir Piers of Exon is of much later date. $ Ruinous civil wars of York and Lancaster.
|| Henry VI. George Duke of Clarence, Edward V. 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 Cæfar.
? Margaret of Anjou, a woman of heroic spirit, who struggled hard to save her husband and her
Henry V. ++ Henry VI. very near being canonized. The line of Lancaster had no right of inheritance to the
* The white and red Roses, devices of York and Lancaster.