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The broad sun above laughed a pitiless laugh;
40 'Neath our feet broke the brittle bright stubble like
Till over by Dalhem a dome-spire sprang white,
And "Gallop," gasped Joris, "for Aix is in sight!
"How they'll greet us!"-and all in a moment his Greet, wel
Rolled neck and croup* over, lay dead as a stone; 45 And there was my Roland to bear the whole weight Of the news which alone could save Aix from her fate, With his nostrils like pits full of blood to the brim, And with circles of red for his eye-sockets' rim.
Roan is applied to a
Then I cast loose my buffcoat, each holster * let fall, Holster, the 50 Shook off both my jack-boots, let go belt and all,
Stood up in the stirrup, leaned, patted his ear,
Clapped my hands, laughed and sang, any noise, bad
Till at length into Aix Roland galloped and stood.
55 And all I remember is, friends flocking round,
case for a horseman's
And no voice but was praising this Roland of mine,
60 Was no more than his due who brought good news
the inhabitants or freemen of a city or borough.
THE BATTLE OF THE BALTIC.*-Campbell.
Sing the glorious day's renown,
When to battle fierce came forth
All the might of Denmark's crown,
And her arms along the deep proudly shone ;
By each gun the lighted brand
In a bold determined hand,
And the Prince* of all the land
Nelson was born in
1758. He entered the navy in his twelfth year. He was killed on board the Victory, at Trafalgar, in 1805. Prince. The Danish forces were commanded by their Prince Regent, who became king as Frederick VI. in 1801.
* The Battle of the Baltic. In 1801 a fleet was sent to break up the confederacy formed by Russia, Prussia, Sweden, and Denmark. Seventeen sail of the Danes were sunk, burnt, or taken in the roads of Copenhagen. The Baltic, a sea in the north of Europe. Its waters are shallow, and from this cause and the numerous rivers which it receives it is only slightly salt. This sea is covered with ice in winter.
O'er the deadly space between.
"Hearts of oak!" our captains cried, when
Adamantine, hard as From its adamantine * lips
diamond. Here it
refers to the iron guns.
Boom, the noise made
by the firing of big
Spread a death-shade round the ships,
Of the sun!
Again! again! again!
And the havoc did not slack,
Till a feebler cheer the Dane
Their shots along the deep slowly boom ;*-
As they strike the shattered sail;
Conflagration, an ex- Or, in conflagration * pale,
Hailed them, called to them.
Ye are brothers. This
Light the gloom!
Out spoke the victor then,
As he hailed them o'er the wave:
refers to the common And we conquer but to save!
origin of the English and Danes.
Denmark, a low, flat
country in the north of Europe. A great part of the western coast is embanked to
keep out the sea.
So instead of death, let us bring :-
Then Denmark * blessed our Chief,
As Death withdrew his shades from the day: 50
O'er a wide and woeful sight,
Where the fires of funeral light
Brave hearts! to Britain's pride
Festal cities' blaze. When news of the victory reached England, most of the large towns were illuminated.
Elsinore, a town and seaport on island of Zealand, where ships paid toll to the King of Denmark, till it was abolished in 1857. Riou. Captain Riou, gallant and good."
Soft sigh the winds of heaven o'er their grave! styled by Nelson "the
While the billow mournful rolls, 70 And the mermaid's song condoles,* Singing glory to the souls
Of the brave!
Condoles, sympathi. ses, grieves with others.
RELIEVING GUARD.-Bret Harte.
CAME the relief.* 66
What, sentry, ho!
Relief. It is the rule in the army for each
How passed the night through thy long waking?" soldier to take turn in "Cold, cheerless, dark,—as may befit
The hour before the dawn is breaking."
"No sight? no sound?" "No; nothing save The plover from the marshes calling,
And in yon western sky, about
An hour ago, a star was falling."
"A star? There's nothing strange in that." “No, nothing; but, above the thicket, Somehow it seemed to me that God
keeping guard, and the one who has to do so is called the relief, or is said to be reliev ing guard.
Sentry, the one keeping guard.
Hour before the dawn. The hour before the morning breaks is considered to be the darkest time of the night.
Picket, soldiers placed to guard the outposts of a camp.
TO A MOUNTAIN DAISY.—Burns.
WEE, modest, crimson tippèd flower,
When upward springing, blythe, to greet
Purpling, at dawn.
Cauld* blew the bitter-biting north
Scarce rear'd above the parent earth
The flaunting* flowers our gardens yield
High sheltering woods and wa's* maun shield, 20
him through the
Till, wrench'd* of every stay but Heaven,
storms and troubles of this life.
Minstrel, one of an order of men who sang to the harp verses composed by themselves or others; a musician, a bard. Sole, only.
Till crush'd beneath the furrow's weight,
THE LAST MINSTREL.-Scott.
THE way was long, the wind was cold,
The last of all the bards was he,
Old times were changed, old manners gone;
Had called his harmless art a crime.
He passed where Newark's stately tower*
The embattled* portal arch he passed,
The Duchess* marked his weary pace,
Began to rise his minstrel pride:
Of good Earl Francis,* dead and gone,
The Duchess, Anne, the heiress of Buccleuch, who had been married to the Duke of Monmouth, son of Charles II.
Mien, way of conducting one's self; appearance.
Menials, the servants.