Minnow or gentle, worm or fly,-
It seemed not such to the Abbot's eye ;
Gaily it glittered with jewel and gem,
And its shape was the shape of a diadem.
It was fastened a gleaming hook about
By a chain within and a chain without ;
The Fisherman gave it a kick and a spin,
And the water fizzed as it tumbled in !


From the bowels of the earth
Strange and varied sounds had birth :
Now the battle's bursting peal,
Neigh of steed, and clang of steel ;
Now an old man's hollow groan
Echoed from the dungeon stone ;
Now the weak and wailing cry
Of a stripling's agony !-
Cold by this was the midnight air ;

But the Abbot's blood ran colder,
When he saw a gasping Knight lie there,
With a gash beneath his clotted hair,

And a hump upon his shoulder.
And the loyal churchman strove in vain

To mutter a Pater Noster;
For he who writhed in mortal pain
Was camped that night on Bosworth plain-

The cruel Duke of Gloster !

There was turning of keys, and creaking of locks,
As he took forth a bait from his iron box.
It was a haunch of princely size,
Filling with fragrance earth and skies.
The corpulent Abbot knew full well
The swelling form, and the steaming smell :
Never a monk that wore a hood
Could better have guessed the very wooa
Where the noble hart had stood at bay,
Weary and wounded, at close of day.


Sounded then the noisy glee
Of a revelling company, -
Sprightly story, wicked jest,
Rated servant, greeted guest,

Flow of wine and flight of cork,
Stroke of knife and thrust of tork :
But, where'er the board was spread,
Grace, I ween, was never said !-
Pulling and tugging the Fisherman sat ;

And the Priest was ready to vomit,
When he hauled out a gentleman, fine and fat,
With a belly as big as a brimming vat,

And a nose as red as a comet.
'A capital stew,' the Fisherman said,

· With cinnamon and sherry!' And the Abbot turned away his head, For his brother was lying before him dead

The Mayor of St. Edmund's Bury ! There was turning of keys, and creaking of locks, As he took forth a bait from his iron box. It was a bundle of beautiful things,A peacock's tail, and a butterfly's wings, A scarlet slipper, an auburn curl, A mantle of silk, and a bracelet of pearl, And a packet of letters, from whose sweet fold Such a stream of delicate odours rolled, That the Abbot fell on his face, and fainted, And deemed his spirit was half-way sainted. Sounds seemed dropping from the skies, Stifled whispers, smothered sighs, And the breath of vernal gales, And the voice of nightingales : But the nightingales were mute, Envious, when an unseen lute Shaped the music of its chords Into passion's thrilling words : 'Smile, Lady, smile ! I will not set Upon my brow the coronet, Till thou wilt gather roses white To wear around its gems of light. Smile, Lady, smile !- I will not see Rivers and Hastings bend the knee Till those bewitching lips of thine Will bid me rise in bliss from mine. Smile, Lady, smile !—for who would win A loveless throne through guilt and sin ?

Or who would reign o'er vale and hill,
If woman's heart were rebel still ?'

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One jerk, and there a lady lay,

A lady wondrous fair ;
But the rose of her lip had faded away,
And her cheek was as white and as cold as clay,

And torn was her raven hair.
Ah, ha !' said the Fisher, in merry guise,

“Her gallant was hooked before ;'
And the Abbot heaved some piteous sighs,
For oft he had blessed those deep-blue eyes,

The eyes of Mistress Shore ! There was turning of keys, and creaking of locks, As he took forth a bait from his iron box. Many the cunning sportsman tried, Many he flung with a frown aside; A minstrels harp, and a miser's chest, A hermit's cowl, and a baron's crest, Jewels of lustre, robes of price, Tomes of heresy, loaded dice, And golden cups of the brightest wine That ever was pressed from the Burgundy vine. There was a perfume of sulphur and nitre, As he came at last to a bishop's mitre !

From top to toe the Abbot shook,
As the Fisherman armed his golden hook,
And awfully were his features wrought
By some dark dream or wakened thought.
Look how the fearful felon gazes
On the scaffold his country's vengeance raises,
When the lips are cracked and the jaws are dry
With the thirst which only in death shall die :
Mark the mariner's frenzied frown
As the swirling wherry settles down,
When peril has numbed the sense and will,
Though the hand and the foot may struggle still :
Wilder far was the Abbot's glance,
Deeper far was the Abbot's trance :
Fixed as a monument, still as air,
He bent no knee, and he breathed no prayer

But he signed -- he knew not why or how,--
The sign of the Cross on his clammy brow.
There was turning of keys, and creaking of locks,
As he stalked away with his iron box.

O ho ! O ho!

The cock doth crow;
It is time for the Fisher to rise and go.
Fair luck to the Abbot, fair luck to the shrine !
He hath gnawed in twain my choicest line ;
Let him swim to the north, let him swim to the south,
The Abbot will carry my hook in his mouth!'
The Abbot had preached for many years

With as clear articulation
As ever was heard in the House of Peers

Against Emancipation ;
His words had made battalions quake,

Had roused the zeal of martyrs,
Had kept the Court an hour awake,

And the King himself three-quarters : But ever since that hour, 'tis said,

He stammered and he stuttered,
As if an axe went through his head

With every word he uttered.
He stuttered o'er blessing, he stuttered o'er ban,

He stuttered drunk or dry ;
And none but he and the Fisherman
Could tell the reason why?




When the British warrior-queen,

Bleeding from the Roman rods,
Sought, with an indignant mien,

Counsel of her country's gods,
Sage beneath a spreading oak

Sat the Druid, hoary chief,
Ev'ry burning word he spoke,

Full of rage and full of grief.

"Princess! If our aged eyes

Weep upon thy matchless wrongs, 'Tis because resentment ties

All the terrors of our tongues. 6 "Rome shall perish-- write that word

In the blood that she has spilt; Perish, hopeless and abhorrd,

Deep in ruin as in guilt. 'Rome, for empire far renown'd,

Tramples on a thousand states; Soon her pride shall kiss the ground

Hark! the Gaul is at her gates. • Other Romans shall arise,

Heedless of a soldier's name ; Sounds, not arms, shall win the prize,

Harmony the path to fame. • Then the progeny that springs

From the forests of our land, Arm’d with thunder, clad with wings,

Shall a wider world command. * Regions Cæsar never knew

Thy posterity shall sway,
Where his eagles never flew,

None invincible as they.'
Such the bard's prophetic words,

Pregnant with celestial fire,
Bending as he swept the chords

Of his sweet but awful lyre. She, with all a monarch's pride,

Felt them in her bosom glow, Rush'd to battle, fought, and died ;

Dying, hurld them at the foe. Ruffians, pitiless as proud,

Heav'n awards the vengeance due ; Empire is on us bestow'd, Shame and ruin wait for you.


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