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There rode the brood of false Lorraine, the curses of our
And dark Mayenne ? was in the midst, a truncheon in his
And as we look'd on them, we thought of Seine's empurpled
flood, And good Coligni's 3 hoary hair, all dabbled with his blood; And we cried unto the living God, who rules the fate of war, To fight for his own holy name, and Henry of Navarre. The King is come to marshal us, in all his armour drest, And he has bound a snow-white plume upon his gallant crest. He look'd upon his people, and a tear was in his eye ; He look'd upon the traitors, and his glance was stern and
high. Right graciously he smiled on us, as rolld from wing to
wing, Down all our line, a deafening shout, “ God save our lord
the King." “ And if my standard-bearer fall
, as fall full well he may, For never saw I promise yet of such a bloody fray, Press where ye see my white plume shine, amidst the ranks
And be your oriflamme 4 to-day, the helmet of Navarre.”
verin. 5 The fiery Duke is pricking fast across Saint Andre's 6 plain, With all the hireling chivalry of Gueldres and Almayne.?
ders, the leader of the Flemish' leaders of the Protestant party. He cavalry. Flanders at this time was was barbarously murdered on Barthounder the dominion of Philip II., lomew's Eve, 1572. king of Spain. Egmont had brought 4 Oriflamme (golden flame), from the Low Countries, shortly red taffeta banner, cut into three before the battle, considerable rein- points, each adorned with a green forcements to Mayenne.
silk tassel.”. It was always displayed | Lorraine, the family of Guise. in the crisis of the battle. The second son of the Duke of Lor- 5 “ Culverin, a long slender piece of raine was the first Duke of Guise. ordnance, intended to carry a ball of He was made so by Francis I., king about sixteen pounds to a great disof France.
tance, requiring a charge of about. Mayenne, the brother of Henry, sixteen pounds of powder." the third Duke of Guise, who had 6 The name of the battle-field. been assassinated by orders of Henry 7 Guelders, Flanders : here the III.
support of the Catholic powers, espe3 Coligni was admiral of France, 'cially Spain and Austria, is meant. and one of the most famous of the Almayne, Germany.
“Now, by the lips of those you love, fair gentlemen of France,
crest. And in they burst, and on they rush'd, while, like a guiding
star, Amidst the thickest carnage blazed the helmet of Navarre. Now God be praised! the day is ours : Mayenne hath turn'd
his rein D’Aumale' hath cried for quarter the Flemish 2 Count is
slain : Their ranks are breaking, like thin clouds before a Biscay gale; The field is heap'd with bleeding steeds, and flags, and cloven
mail. And then we thought on vengeance; and, all along our van, “ Remember Saint Bartholomew !”3 was pass'd from man to
But out spake gentle Henry, “ No Frenchman is my foe;
return. Ho! Philip 5, send, for charity, thy Mexican pistoles, That Antwerp monks may sing a mass for thy poor spear
men's souls !
1 D’Aumale, the brother of May- himself in a tower, and fired upon enne and governor of Paris.
those fugitives that attempted to • Flemish Count, Count Egmont, escape across the river Seine. Hence the commander of the Flemish troops, the allusion to “ Seine's empurpled which had been sent by Philip II. of flood.” The massacre lasted for eight Spain.
days and nights. 3 St. Bartholomew. On the night 4 The sisters, wives, &c., of the of 24th August, 1572, there was a German and Swiss soldiers are here general massacre in Paris of the Pro- meant. Vienna, the capital of Austestants by the Roman Catholics. tria; Lucerne, a canton and town in The tocsin was sounded at two in the Switzerland. morning. The royalists broke into $ Philip II. of Spain, who powerthe houses of the Hugonots, and fully assisted the Roman Catholics of massacred them without distinction France. of age or sex. The same horrors 6 Pistole, a gold coin Mexico, were enacted simultaneously in seve- noted for its gold, at this time beral of the provinces. Charles, the longed "o Spain. king, armed with a gun, stationed
Ho! gallant nobles of the League, look that your arms be
bright! Ho! burghers of Saint Geneviève ', keep watch and ward to
night! For our God hath crush'd the tyrant, our God hath raised
the slave, And mock'd the counsel of the wise, and the valour of the
brave. Then glory to His holy name, from whom all glories are ; And glory to our sovereign lord, King Henry of Navarre.
langueo. emr-i-nent-ly, highly cir-cled, surrounded circus. el-o-quent, speaking in'-cense, perfume made of
ben/-i-sons, blessings sweet spices
incensum. tori-por, numbness aisles, passages in church aile. barb, a Barbary horse mal-tron, a married woman mater. se-lect/-ed, chose lin'-e-age, race
lignage. fil-bres, threads port, carriage; mien
porto. sym'-bol, sign; type
emineo. loquor. bénir. torpeo.
lectum, fibra. syn, ballo
“ Room for the leper! Room !” And as he came,
The cry pass'd on “ Room for the leper! Room!"
i Paris, St. Geneviève being the patron saint of the city. The citizens were warm partisans of the Guises.
“ Room for the leper!” And aside they stood,
'Twas now the depth
| “And the leper in whom the covering upon his upper lip, and shall plague is, his clothes shall be rent, cry, Unclean, unclean." Lev. xiii. and his head bare, and he shall put a 45.
Circled with livid purple, cover'd him.
Day was breaking
Depart! depart, O child
And to the desert wild,
Depart! and come not near
And stay thou not to hear
| " And when the hair in the shall be brought unto Aaron the plague is turned white, and the plague priest, or unto one of his sons the in sight be deeper than the skin of priests." — Lev. xiii. 2. his flesh, it is a plague of leprosy; 3 “ All the days wherein the and the priest shall pronounce him plague shall be in him he shall be unclean." Lev. xiii. 3.
defiled; he is unclean; he shall dwell 2 « When a man shall have in the alone : without the camp shall his skin of his flesh a rising, or a bright habitation be.". - Lev. xiii. 46. See spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh also Numb. v. 2. like the plague of leprosy, then he