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No more the fare of human pride,

Vain hope, and sordid care :
I meekly vow'd to spend my life

In penitence and prayer.

The bold Sir Bertram now no more,

Impet uolls, laughty, wild , But poor and humble benedict,

Now lowly, patient, mild ;

My lands I gave to feed the poor,

And sacred altars raise ; And here a lonely Anchorite

I came to end my days.

This sweet fequefter'd vale 1 chose,

These rocks and hanging grove ; For oft beside that murmuring stream

My love was wont to rove.

My noble friend approv'd my choice ;

This blest retreat he gave : And here I carv'd her beauteous form,

And scoop'd this holy cave.

Full fifty winters, all forlorn,

My life I've lingered here ;
And daily o'er this sculptured saint

I drop the penfive tear.

And thou dear brother of

my

heart,
So faithful and so true,
The sad remembrance of thy fate
Still makes

my

bofom rue.

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Yet not unpitied pass'd my life,

Forsaken, or forgot,
The Percy and his noble Sons

Would grace my lowly cot.

Oft the great Earl from toils of ftatc,
And cumbrous pomp

of

power, Would gladly seek my little cell

To spend the tranquil hour.

But length of life is length of woe,

I liv d to mourn his fall :
I liv'd to mourn his godlike Sons,

And friends and followers all.

But thou the honours of thy race,

Lov'd youth, shalt now restore ; And raise again the Percy name

More glorious than before.

He ceas'd, and on the lovely pair

His choicest bleflings laid : While they with thanks and pitying tears

His mouroful tale repaid.

And now what present course to take

They asked the good old fire ; And guided by his fage advice

To Scotland they retire.

Mean-time their suit such favour found

At Raby's ttately hall,
Earl Neville and his princely Spouse

Now gladly pardon all.

She suppliant at her * Nephew's throne

The royal grace implor'd : To all the honours of his race The Percy was restor’d.

The youthful Earl Aill more and more

Admir'd his beauteous daine ; Nine noble Sons to him the bore,

All worthy of their name.

* King Henry V. Anno 1414, *** The account given in the foregoing ballad of young Percy, the son of Hotspur, is confirmed by the following Extract from an old Chronicle formerly belonging to Whitby Abbey.

THE END OF THE BALLAD.

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“ Henry Percy, the son of Sir Henry PERCY, « Nayne at Shrewesbury, and of ELIZABETH, the “ daughter of the Erle of Marche, after the death of “ his Father and Grauntsyre, was exiled into Scot“ land * in the time of king Henry the Fourth: but “ in the time of king Henry the Fifth, by the labour " of JOHANNE the countes of Weftmerland, (whose “ Daughter Allanor he had wedded in coming into England,) he recovered the King's grace, and the «« countye of Northumberland, so was the second Erle “ of Northumberland.

“ And of this Alianor his wife, he begate IX “ Sonnes, and III Daughters, whose names be JoHANNE,

that is buried at Whytbye : Thomas, lord Egremont: KATHARYNE GRAY of Rythyo : Sir “ RAFFE PERCY : William Percy, a Byshopp: “ RICHARD PERCY: John, that dyed WITHOUT Issue : [another John, called by Vincent † Jo

hannes Percy senior de Warkworth':] George Percy, Clerk: Henry that dyed without Issue:

-:" [besides the eldest son and successor bere omitted, because he comes in below, viz.]

" ANNE

« HENRY Percy, the third Erle of Northumberland.

Vid. Harl. MSS. No 692. (26.) in the British Museum.

* i. e. remained an Exile in Scotland during the Reign of king Henry IV. In Scotia exulavit tempore Henrici Regis quarti. Lat. MS. penes Duc. North.

+ See his Great Baronag. No. 20. in the Heralds Office.

IT

T will perhaps gratify the curious Reader to be in.

formed, that from a word or two formerly legible over one of the Chapel Doors, it is believed that the Text there inscribed was that Latin verse of the Plalmiit, which is in our Translation,

*

MY TEARS HAVE BEEN MY MEAT

DAY AND NIGHT.

It is also certain, that the memory of the first Hermit was held in such regard and veneration by the Percy Family; that they afterwards maintained a Chantry Priett, to refide in the Hermitage, and celebrate Mass in the Chapel : Whose allowance, uncommonly liberal and munificent, was continued down to the Dissolution of the Monasteries ; and then the whole Salary, together with the Hermitage and all its dependencies, reverted back to the Family, having never been endowed in mortmain. On this account we have no Record, which fixes the date of the Foundation, or gives any particular account of the first Hermit; but the following Instrument will shew the liberal Exhibition afforded to his Successors. It is the Patent granted to the last Hermit in 1532, and is copied from an ancient Ms. book of Grants, &c. of the VIth Earl of Northumberland, in Henry the VIIIths time t.

SIR GEORGE LANCASTRE PATENT OF

XX MERKS BY YERE. " HENRY Erle of Northumberland, &c. KNOWE youe that I the said Erle, in consideration of the diligent and thankfull service, that my wellbeloved Chap

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* Psal. xlii. 3. Duc. Northumb.

+ Claffed, F. T. No. 1. penes

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