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“ The bristled Boar † in infant gore
« Wallows beneath the thorny shade.

94 “ Now, Brothers'! bending o'er th' accursed loom, « Stamp we our vengeance deep, and ratify his doom.

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« Edward, lo! to sudden fate “ (Weave we the woof; the thread is spun) “ Half of thy heart | we consecrate; “ (The web is wove; the work is done.") • Stay, oh ftay! nor thus forlorn • Leave me unblefs'd, unpity'd, here to mourn. • In yon' bright track, that fires the western skies, • They melt, they vanish from my eyes. • But oh! what solemn scenes on Snowdon's height, • Descending Now, their glitt'ring skirts unroll! 106 • Visions of glory! spare my aching sight, • Ye unborn ages crowd not on

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foul ! • No more our long-loft Arthur S we bewail: All hail, ye genuine Kings; || Britannia's issue, hail!

+ The filver Boar was the badge of Richard III. whence he was usually known in his own time by the name of The Boar.

Eleanor of Caftile died a few years after the conquest of Wales. The heroic proof the 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, Gaddington, Waltham, and other places.

$ It was the common belief of the Welsh nation, that King Arthur was still alive in Fairyland, and should return again to reign over Britain.

6 Both Merlin and Talieffin had prophesied that

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• Girt with many a baron bold

Sublime their starry fronts they rear, • And gorgeous dames and statesmen old • In bearded majesty appear ; In the midst a form divine,

IIS • Her eye proclaims her of the Briton-line, • Her lion-port, her awe-commanding face, • Attemper’d sweet to virgin-grace. • What strings fymphonious tremble in the air ! • What strains of vocal transport round her play! • Hear from the grave, great Taliessin! † hear! • They breathe a soul to animate thy clay.

Bright Rapture calls, and, soaring as she sings, • Waves in the eye of heav'n her many.colour'd wings.

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The verse adorn again • Fierce War, and faithful Love, I the Welsh should regain their sovereignty over this ifand, which seemed to be accomplished in the house of Tudor.

Speed, relating an audience given by Queen Elizabeth to Paul Dzialinski, ambassador of Poland, says, “And thus she, lion-like rifing, daunted the “ 'malapert orator no lefs with her stately port and “ majestical deporture, than with the tartness of her “ princelie cheekes.”'

+ Taliessin, chief of the Bards, flourished in the 6th century: His works are still preserved, and his memory held in high veneration, among his coun

trymen.

Fierce wars and faithful loves shall moralize my fong.

Spencer's Poem to The Fairy. Queen,

And Truth severe, by Fairy Fiction drest. • In buskin'd measures move il • Pale Grief, and pleasing Pain, • With Horror, tyrant of the throbbing breast. 130

A voices as of the cherub-choir "Gales from blooming Eden bear, • And diftant warblings f lessen on my ear, . That loft in long futurity expire. Fond impious man! think'st thou yon' sanguine cloud,

135 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 dif'rent doom our Fates affign:

140 • Be thine despair and fceptred care ; • To triumph and to die are mine.' He spoke, and, headlong from the mountain's height, Deep in the roaring tide, he plung'd to endless night,

Shakespeare

$ Milton. {The succession of Poets after Milton's time.

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ADIERTISEMENT.

THE Author once had thoughts (in Concert with a

Friend) of giving a History of English Poetry. In the introduction to it he meant to have produced some Specimens of the Style that reigned in ancient Times among the neighbouring Nations, or those who had fubdued the greater Part of this Ifand, and were our Progenitors: the following three Imitations made a Part of them. He afterwards dropped his Design; especially after he had heard that it was already in the Hands of a Person well qualified to do it Juftice both by his Taste and his Researches into Antiquity.

ODE VII.

THE FATAL SISTERS.

FROM THE NORSE TONGUE.

To be found in the Orcades of Thermodus Torfæus, Hafniæ, 1679, Folio; and also in Bartholinus.

Vitt er orpit fyrir Valfalli, & Co

PREFACE.

IN the rith Century, Sigurd, Earl of the Orkney

Islands, went with a Fleet of Ships, and a confiderable Body of Troops, into Ireland, to the Affisance of Sigtryg with the filken Beard, who was then making War on his Father-in-Law, Brian, King of Dublin. The Earl and all his Forces were cut to Pieces, and Sigtryg was in Danger of a total Defeat ; but the Enemy had a greater Lofs by the Death of Brian, their King, who fell in the Action. On Christmasday (the Day of the Battle) a Native of Caithnefs, in Scotland, saw, at a Distance, a Number of Persons on Horseback riding full speed towards a Hill, and seeming to enter into it. Curiosity led him to follow them, till, looking through an opening in the Rock, he saw Twelve gigantic Figures, resembling Women: they were all employed about a Loom; and as they wove, they sung the following dreadful Song, which, when they had finished, they tore the Web into twelve Pieces, and each taking her Portion, galloped Six to the North, and as many to the South.

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