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and the strong, O, WEEP for Moneontour ! 0, weep for the hour Who sate in the high places and sl When the children of darkness and evil had of God.
power ; When the horsemen of Valois triumphantly trod It was about the noon of a glorious On the bosoms that bled for their rights and That we saw their banners dan their God.
And the man of blood was there, 0, weep for Moncontour! 0, weep for the slain essenced hair, Who for faith and for freedom lay slaughtered in And Astley, and Sir Marmaduke, a vain !
the Rhine. O, weep for the living, who linger to bear The renegade's shame or the exile's despair ! Likc a servant of the Lord, with
his sword, One look, one last look, to the cots and the The General rode along us to form us towers,
When a murmuring sound broke ou To the rows of our vines and the beds of our
into a shout flowers ;
Among the godless horsemen upoi To the church where the bones of our fathers right.
decayed, Where we fondly had deemed that our own should And hark ! like the roar of the 1 be laid.
The cry of battle rises along their Alas ! we must leave thee, dear desolate home, For God ! for the cause ! for the Ch To the spearmen of Uri, the shavelings of Rome ,
laws! To the serpent of Florence, the sultan of Spain; For Charles, king of England, and To the pride of Anjou, and the guile of Lorraine.
Farewell to thy fountains, farewell to thy shades, The furious German comes, with hi To the song of thy youths, the dance of thy
his drums, maids;
His bravoes of Alsatia and pages of To the breath of thy gardens, the hum of thy They are bursting on our flanks bees,
pikes ! Close your ranks ! And the long waving line of the blue Pyrenees ! For Rupert never comes but to
fall. Farewell and forever! The priest and the slave May rule in the halls of the free and the brave; They are here, — they rush on, Our hearths we abandon, -- ourlands we resign,
- we are gone,
Our left is borne before them like s But, Father, we kneel to no altar but thine.
blast. O Lord, put forth thy might! O
Stand back to back, in God's nan NASEBY.
it to the last !
THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY.
O, WHEREFORE come ye forth in triumph from Stout Skippen hath a wound, — ti the north,
given ground. With your hands, and your feet, and your rai- Hark ! hark ! what means the ment all red ?
horsemen on our rear ? And wherefore doth your rout send forth a joy- Whose banner do I see, boys? 'T ous shout ?
God ! 't is he, boys ! And whence be the grapes of the wine-press that Bear up another minute ! Brave
ye tread ?
Their heads all stooping low, their O, evil was the root, and bitter was the fruit,
a row, And crimson was the juice of the vintage that Like a whirlwind on the trees, lik we trou;
BRUCE AND THE SPIDER.
For Scotland's and for freedom's right
The Bruce his part had played, In five successive fields of fight
· Been conquered and dismayed ; Once more against the English frost His band he led, and once more lost
The meed for which he fought; And now from battle, faint and worn, The homeless fugitive forlorn
A hut's lone shelter sought.
And cheerless was that resting-place
For him who claimed a throne : His canopy, devoid of grace,
The rude, rough beams alone ; The heather couch his only bed, Yet well I ween had slumber fled
From couch of eider-down ! Through darksome night till dawn of day, Absorbed in wakeful thought he lay
Of Scotland and her crown.
The sun rose brightly, and its gleam
Fell on that hapless bed, And tinged with light each shapeless beam
Which roofed the lowly shed ;
His filmy thread to fling
Taught Scotland's future king.
Six times his gossamery thread
The wary spider threw ;
For powerless or untrue
And yet unconquered still ; And soon the Bruce, with eager eye, Saw him prepare once more to try
His courage, strength, and skill.
Our cuirassiers have burst on the ranks of the
accurst, And at a shock have scattered the forest of his
Fast, fast the gallants ride, in some safe nook
to hide Their coward heads, predestined to rot on Tem
ple Bar ; All he - he turns! he flies ! shame on those
That bore to look on torture, and dare not look
Ho, comrades ! scour the plain ; and ere ye strip
the slain, First give another stab to make your search
secure ; Then shake from sleeves and pockets their broad
pieces and lockets, The tokens of the wanton, the plunder of the
Fools ! your doublets shone with gold, and your
hearts were gay and bold, When you kissed your lily hands to your le
mans to-day ; And to-morrow shall the fox from her chambers
in the rocks Lead forth her tawny cubs to howl above the
prey. Where be your tongues, that late mocked at
heaven and hell and fate ? And the fingers that once were so busy with your
blades? Your perfumed satin clothes, your catches and
your oaths ?
Your stage-plays and your sonnets, your dia
monds and your spades ?
Down ! down ! forever down, with the mitre and
the crown ! With the Belial of the court, and the Mammon
of the Pope ! There is woe in Oxford halls, there is wail in
Durham's stalls ; The Jesuit smites his bosom, the bishop rends
And she of the seven hills shall mourn her chil
dren's ills, And tremble when she thinks on the edge of
England's sword; And the kings of earth in fear shall shudder
when they hear What the hand of God hath wrought for the houses and the word !
THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY.
At Bannockburn the English lay, -
That glinted in the east.
| But hark ! through the fast-flashing lightning of
war, What steed to the desert flies frantic and far ! 'Tis thine, O Glenullin! whose bride shall await, Like a love-lighted watch-fire, all night at the gate. A steed comes at morning: no rider is there ; But its bridle is red with the sign of despair. Weep, Albin ! to death and captivity led ! 0, weep! but thy tears cannot number the dead ; For a merciless sword on Culloden shall wave, Culloden ! that reeks with the blood of the brave.
But soon the sun broke through the heath
His heralds thus addressed :
“Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled, Scots, wham Bruce has often led, Welcome to your gory bed,
Or to glorious victory!
“Now's the day, and now's the hour;
Edward ! chains and slavery!
“Wha will be a traitor knave? Wha can fill a coward's grave ? Wha sae başe as be a slave?
Traitor ! coward ! turn and flee!
" Wha for Scotland's king and law Freedom's sword will strongly draw, Freeman stand, or freeman fa',
Caledonia ! on wi' me !
“By oppression's woes and pains ! By your sons in servile chains ! We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be shall be free!
“Lay the proud usurpers low!
False Wizard, avaunt! I have marshalled my clan,
Their swords are a thousand, their bosoms are one!
They are true to the last of their blood and their WIZARD.
breath, LOCHIEL, Lochiel ! beware of the day
And like reapers descend to the harvest of death. When the Lowlands shall meet thee in battle array, Then welcome be Cumberland's steed to the shock! For a field of the dead rushes red on my sight, Let him dash his proud foam like a wave on the And the clans of Culloden are scattered in fight. rock! They rally, they bleed, for their kingdom and But woe to his kindred, and woe to his cause, crown,
When Albin her claymore indignantly draws; Woe, woe to the riders that trample them down! When her bonneted chieftains to victory crowd, Proud Cumberland prances, insulting the slain, Clanronald the dauntless, and Moray the proud, And their hoof-beaten bosoms are trod to the plain. All plaided and plumed in their tartan array
That knits me to thy rugged strand ?
SIR WALTER SCOTT.
Culloden is lost, and my country deplores,
Air, “THAIN' A GRIGALACH.”
[These verses are adapted to a very wild, yet lively, gathering Like a limb from his country cast bleeding and tune, used by the Macgregors. The severe treatment of this clan, torn ?
their outlawry, and the proscription of their very name, are alluded
to in the ballad.] Ah no! for a darker departure is near; The war-drum is muffled, and black is the bier ; The moon's on the lake, and the mist 's on the His death-bell is tolling : 0 mercy, dispel
brae, Yon sight, that it freezes my spirit to tell ! And the clan has a name that is nameless by day ; Life flutters convulsed in his quivering limbs, Then gather, gather, gather, Grigalach ! And his blood-streaming nostril in agony swims. Gather, gather, gather, etc. Accursed be the fagots that blaze at his feet, Where his heart shall be thrown ere it ceases to Our signal for fight, that from monarchs we drew, beat,
Must be heard but by night in our vengeful haloo! With the smoke of its ashes to poison the gale.
Then haloo, Grigalach ! haloo, Grigalach !
Haloo, haloo, haloo, Grigalach, etc. LOCHIEL. - Down, soothless insulter ! I trust not the tale ; Glen Orchy's proud mountains, Coalchurn and For never shall Albin a destiny meet,
her towers, So black with dishonor, so foul with retreat.
Glenstrae and Glenlyon no longer are ours : Though my perishing ranks should be strewed in We're landless, landless, landless, Grigalach !
Landless, landless, landless, etc.
But doomed and devoted by vassal and lord While the kindling of life in his bosom remains, Macgregor has still both his heart and his sword ! Shall victor exult, or in death be laid low,
Then courage, courage, courage, Grigalach ! With his back to the field, and his feet to the foe!
Courage, courage, courage, etc.
If they rob us of name, and pursue us with beagles,
Give their roofs to the flame, and their flesh to fame.
the eagles !
Vengeance, vengeance, vengeance, etc.
O CALEDONIA ! stern and wild,
While there's leaves in the forest, and foam on
the river, Macgregor, despite them, shall flourish forever!
Come then, Grigalach ! come then, Griga
SIR WALTER SCOTT.
Through the depths of Loch Katrine the steed | How, in the name of soldiership an shall career,
Should England prosper, when sud O'er the peak of Ben Lomond the galley shall steer, smooth And the rocks of Craig-Royston like icicles melt, | And tender as a girl, all essenced o Ere our wrongs be forgot or our vengeance unfelt With odors, and as profligate as she
Then gather, gather, gather, Grigalach ! Who sell their laurel for a myrtle w Gather, gather, gather, etc.
And love when they should fight,
these Presume to lay their hand upon the
Of her magnificent and awful cause ENGLAND.
Time was when it was praise and be
In every clime, and travel where we I TRAVELLED among unknown men
That we were born her children. I In lands beyond the sea ;
To fill the ambition of a private mar Nor, England ! did I know till then
That Chatham's langage was his m What love I bore to thee.
And Wolfe's great name compatrioty
Still more majestic shalt thou rise, MY COUNTRY.
More dreadful from each foreign s
As the loud blasts that tear thy skie THE TIMEPIECE."
Serve but to root thy native oak. ENGLAND, with all thy faults, I love thee still, – Rule Britannia ! etc. My country! and, while yet a nook is left Where English minds and manners may be found, Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tar Shall be constrained to love thee. Though thy All their attempts to hurl thee do clime
Will but arouse thy generous flame, Be fickle, and thy year most part deformed And work their woe — but thy rei With dripping rains, or withered by a frost,
Rule Britannia ! etc.
To thee belongs the rural reign ; With all her vines ; nor for Ausonia's groves
Thy cities shall with commerce sh Of golden fruitage and her myrtle bowers.
All thine shall be the subject niain, To shake thy senate, and from height sublime
And every shore encircle thine. Of patriot eloquence to flash down fire
Rule Britannia! etc.
The Muses, still with Freedom found Thy joys and sorrows with as true a heart
Shall to thy happy coast repair ; As any thunderer there. And I can feel
Blest Isle ! with matchless beauty cr Thy follies too ; and with a just disdain
And manly hearts to guard the fai Frown at effeminates whose very looks
Rule Britannia ! etc. Reflect dishonor on the land I love.