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of power,

Oft did the barvest to their sickle yield,

Their harrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke; How jocund did they drive their team a-field !

How bowed the woods beneath their sturdy stroke! Let not ambition mock their useful toil,

Their homely joys, and destiny obscure ; Nor grandeur hear, with a disdainful smile,

The short and simple annals of the poor. The boast of heraldry, the pomp

And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike the enevitable hour:

The paths of glory lead but to the grave. Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault,

If memory o'er their tomb no trophies raise, Where through the long-drawn aisle and fretted vault

The pealing anthem swells the notes of praise. Can storied urn and animated bust

Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath ? Can honour's voice provoke the silent dust,

Or flattery soothe the dull cold ear of death ? Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid

Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire;
Hands that the rod of empire might have swayed,

Or waked to ecstacy the living lyre:
But knowledge to their eyes her ample page,

Rich with the spoils of time did ne'er unroll,
Chill penury repressed their noble rage,

And froze the genial current of the soul.

Full many a gem, of purest ray serene,

The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear;

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,

And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

Some village Hampden, that, with dauntless breast,

The little tyrant of his fields withstood; Some mute, inglorious Milton here may rest,

Some Cromwell, guiltless of his country's blood. The applause of listening senates to command,

The threat of pain and ruin to despise, To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land,

And read their history in a nation's eyes, Their lot forbade : nor circumscribed alone

Their growing virtues, but their crimes confined ; Forbade to wade through slaughter to a throne,

And shut the gates of mercy on mankind : The struggling pangs of conscious truth to hide,

To quench the blushes of ingenuous shame, Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride

With incense kindled at the muse's flame.

Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife,

Their sober wishes never learnt to stray ; Along the cool sequestered vale of life,

They kept the noiseless tenor of their way. Yet even these bones from insult to protect,

Some frail memorial still erected nigh, With uncouth rhymes and shapeless sculptures deckt,

Implores the passing tribute of a sigh. Their name, their years, spelt by th’unlettered muse,

The place of fame and elegy supply; And many a holy text around she strews,

That teach the rustic moralist to die.

For who to dumb forgetfulness a prey

This pleasing, anxious being e'er resigned, Left the warm precincts of the cheerful clay,

Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind ? On some fond breast the parting soul relies,

Some pious drops the closing eye requires ; Even from the tomb the voice of nature cries,

Even in our ashes live their wonted fires.

For thee, who, mindful of th' unhonoured dead,

Dost in these lines their artless tale relate; If chance, by lonely contemplation led,

Some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate ; Haply some hoary-headed swain may say, 67 Oft have we seen him at the


of dawn, Brushing with hasty steps the dews away,

To meet the sun upon the upland lawn. “ There at the foot of yonder nodding beech,

That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high, His listless length at noontide would he stretch,

And pore upon the brook that babbles by. “Hard by yon wood, now smiling as in scorn,

Muttering his wayward fancies, he would rove; Now drooping woeful wan, like one forlorn,

Or crazed with care, or crossed in hopeless love. “One morn I miss'd him on th'accustomed hill,

Along the heath, and near his favourite tree; Another came; nor yet beside the rill,

Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he; “ The next, with dirges due, in sad array,

Slow through the church-way path we saw him borne; Approach, and read, (for thou canst read,) the lay,

Graved on the stone beneath yon aged thorn.'


Here rests his head, upon the lap of earth,

A youth, to fortune and to fame unknown; Fair Science frowned not on his humble birth,

And Melancholy marked him for her own.

Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere;

Heaven did a recompense as largely send : He gave to misery all he had, a tear;

He gained from heaven, 'twas all he wished, a friend.

No farther seek his merits to disclose,

Or draw his frailties from their dread abode, (There they alike in trembling hope repose,)

The bosom of his Father and his God.




“Ruin seize thee, ruthless king!
Confusion on thy banners wait!
Though fanned by Conquest's crimson wing,
They mock the air with idle state.

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Helm, nor hauberk's' twisted mail,
Nor e'en thy virtues, tyrant, shall avail
To save thy secret soul from nightly fears,
From Cambria's curse, from Cambria's tears!”
Such were the sounds that, o'er the crested pride
Of the first Edward, scattered wild dismay,
As down the steep of Snowdon's shaggy side
He wound, with toilsome march, his long array.
Stout Glo'ster stood aghast, in speechless trance :
“ To arms !” cried Mortimer,' and couched his quiver

ing lance.

On a rock, whose haughty brow
Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood,
Robed in the sable garb of woe,
With haggard eyes the poet stood;
(Loose his beard, and hoary hair
Streamed, like a meteor, to the troubled air,)
And with a master's hand, and prophet's fire,
Struck the deep sorrows of his lyre.
“Hark! how each giant oak and desert cave
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 ;
Vocal no more, since Cambria's fatal day,
To high-born Hoel's harp, or soft Llewellyn's lay.
“ Cold is Cadwallo's tongue,
That hushed the stormy main :
Brave Urien sleeps upon his craggy bed :
Mountains, ye mourn in vain

The hauberk was a texture of steel ringlets, or rings interwoven, forming a coat of mail, that sat close to the body, and adapted itself to every motion.

2 Gilbert de Clare, surnamed the Red, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford, son-inlaw to King Edward.

3 Edmond de Mortimer, Lord of Wigmoro.

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