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breathed his last in the fifty-sixth year of his age: his funeral was celebrated with splendid solemnity by the English, and honoured by the attendance of his rival, Edward; and his corpse was afterwards conveyed to France, and interred with those of his predecessors, in the abbey of St. Denis.” — History of France.
“In mine own land the sun shines bright,
The morning breeze blows fair ;
I must not feel that air.
Although my limbs are free:
O precious liberty!”
With many a mournful word;
Was the heart of him who heard :
Comfort and sweet' relief,
And strove to soothe his grief.
Right bravely didst thou fight;
Thou art a stainless knight.
Who winneth fame in strife :
A better thing than life.
“For a year thou shalt be free:
Thy lords to ransom thee.
And do not heed thy pain,
Thou must return again.
And pledge it solemnly,
Wilt faithful be to me.”
The king he pledged his royal faith
He pledged it gladsomely:
Of joyous heart was he.
Closely as brethren might, –
, and God be with your grace!” “Farewell, thou peerless knight!" The wind was fair, the sea was blue,
The sky without a speck, When the good ship o'er the waters flew,
With King John upon its deck. With eager hope his heart beat high
When he sprang on his own dear shore ; But sad and downcast was his eye
Ere one brief month was o'er.
When they beheld their king;
When he spoke of ransoming!
Of fortunes waxing low;
the heart of that good king, As closed the winter drear And when the rose proclaim'd the spring,
He hail'd it with a tear.
And gold he could not gain,
His freedom back again.
The warm breeze woos the scent
The year is fully spent! “Paris, farewell, thou stately town!
Farewell, my woods and plains ! Farewell, my kingdom and my crown!
And welcome, English chains!
Trim, trim the bark, and hoist the sail,
And bid my train advance,
I leave thee, thankless France.”
But his liegemen counsel gave : “ What recks it that the year
is gone? There yet is time to save. Thou standest yet on thine own good land,
Forget thy plighted word, Remain ! and to thy foe's demand
We'll answer with the sword.” But the good King John spake firm and bold;
And oh! his words should be Graven in characters of gold
On each heart's memory :
A scorn'd and banish'd thing,
In the breast of every king.”
Before a favouring air,
And not to freedom fair.
Sad he could scarcely be,
And welcomed him courteously.
With fair and royal state;
Did on his pleasure wait.
That noble king and true,
'Twas honour and joy to do. Of treaty and of ransom then
The prince and he had speech; Like friends and fellow-countrymen, Great was the love of each ;
Savoy Castle, in London.
No angry thought -- no gesture proud,
Not a hasty word they spoke,
And its bond they never broke.
They buried him royally:
That such a knight should die.
Whene'er his name was spoken, -
Lays and Ballads from English History.
Emblem of eternity,
Sail, nor keel, nor helm, nor oar,
Thine expanse from shore to shore.
Where the billows cease to roll,
Thence set out, my venturous soul!
Next on lonely Labrador,
Devastating all before.
· These my spirit soon forsakes,
Brave New England, hail to thee!
The West Indies I behold,
Trees of life, with fruits of gold !
Horror-struck I turn away,
Slavery there hath lost the day.
And a nobler race arise,
The immense Pacific 5 smiles
Haunts of violence and wiles.
Labrador, on the eastern coast of tagonia and Tierra-del-Fuego. DisN. America, a part of the Hudson's covered in 1520, by Ferdinando MaBay territory.
gellan, a Portuguese, in the service Pennsylvania, one of the divisions of Spain. of the United States. It obtained its 5 Magellan, after tossing about in name from its founder, Penn, a Quaker, the straits, on entering the comparaand sylva, a wood.
tively quiet open sea, gave it the 3 Hesperides, see note 1., page 76. name of the Pacific Ocean. • Magellan's Straits, between Pa