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The broad sun above laughed a pitiless laugh ; 40 'Neath our feet broke the brittle bright stubble like

chaff ; 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, welRolled neck and croup * over, lay dead as a stone;

plied to 45 And there was my Roland to bear the whole weight Of the news which alone could save Aix from her fate, colour.

bay or brown With his nostrils like pits full of blood to the brim, Croup, And with circles of red for his eye-sockets' rim.

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, pistol.
Called my Roland his pet-name, my horse without
Clapped my hands, laughed and sang, any noise, bad

or good
Till at length into Aix Roland galloped and stood.
55 And all I remember is, friends flocking round,
As I sate with his head 'twixt my knees on the

ground, And no voice but was praising this Roland of mine, As I poured down his throat our last measure of wine, Burgesses,

Which (the burgesses * voted by common consent) 60 Was no more than his due who brought good news

men of a city from Ghent.

or borough,

case for a horseman's


the inhabitants or free

OF Nelson * and the North

Nelson was born in
Sing the glorious day's renown,

1758. He entered the

navy in his twelfth When to battle fierce came forth

year. He was killed All the might of Denmark's crown,

on board the Victory,

at Trafalgar, in 1805. And her arms along the deep proudly shone ;

Prince. The Danish
By each gun the lighted brand
In a bold determined hand,

manded by their

Prince Regent, who And the Prince * of all the land





ecame king as Fred. Led them on.

erick 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.

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before the time.


diamond, Here it refers to the iron guns.



Leviathan, a huge Like leviathans * afloat,
tioned in the book of Lay their bulwarks * on the brine ;
Job. It is generally While the sign of battle flew
supposed to mean the On the lofty British line :
crocodile, though the
term is applied to any

It was ten of April morn by the chime;
large marine animal. As they drifted on their path,
Bulwarks, fortifica. There was silence deep as death;

And the boldest held his breath
For a time.

But the might of England flushed
Anticipate, to enjoy To anticipate * the scene ;

And her van * the fleeter rushed
Van, the front.
O'er the deadly space between.

[each gun “ Hearts of oak!” our captains cried, when Adamantine, hard as From its adamantine * lips

Spread a death-shade round the ships,
Like the hurricane eclipse
Of the sun!
Again ! again ! again !
And the havoc did not slack,
Till a feebler cheer the Dane

To our cheering sent us back.
Boom, the noise made Their shots along the deep slowly boom ;*-
by the firing of big Then ceased and all is wail,

As they strike the shattered sail ; Conflagration, an ex- Or, in conflagration * pale,

Light the gloom !

Out spoke the victor then, Hailed them, called

As he hailed * them o'er the wave :
Yeare brothers. This “ Ye are brothers ! * ye are men !
refers to the common And we conquer but to save !
origin of the Eoglish

So peace, instead of death, let us bring :
But yield, proud foe, thy fleet,
With the crews, at England's feet,
And make submission meet

To our King."
Denmark, a low, flat Then Denmark * blessed our Chief,
country in the north

Then he of Europe. A great

her wounds repose ;

part of the western And the sounds of joy and grief
coast is embanked to Froin her people wildly rose,
keep out the sea.

As Death withdrew his shades from the day:
While the sun looked smiling bright
O’er a wide and woeful sight,
Where the fires of funeral light
Died away!




tensive fire.

to them,


and Danes.





55 Now joy, Old England, raise !
For the tidings * of thy might,

Tidings, news.
By the festal cities' blaze,

Festal cities' blaze.

When news of the While the wine-cup shines in light ;

victory reached EngAnd yet, amidst that joy and uproar,

land, most of the

large towns 60 Let us think of them that sleep,

Full many a fathom deep,
By thy wild and stormy steep,
Elsinore !

Elsinore, a town and

seaport on island of Brave hearts ! to Britain's pride

Zealand, where ships 65 Once so faithful and so true,

paid toll to the King

of Denmark, till it On the deck of fame that died,

was abolished in 1857. With the gallant, good Riou !*

Riou. Captain Riou, Soft sigh the winds of heaven o'er their grave ! styled by Nelson" che

gallant ." While the billow mournful rolls, 70 And the mermaid's song condoles, *

Condoles, sympathi. Singing glory to the souls

ses, grieves Of the brave!




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the dawn. The hour before the breaks is considered to be the darkest time

CAME the relief.*
What, sentry, * ho !

Relief. It is the rule

in the army for each How passed thenight through thy long waking ?” soldier to take turn in

? “ Cold, cheerless, dark, -as may


keeping guard, and The hour before the dawn * is breaking.” so is called the relief, 5 “No sight? no sound ?” “No; nothing save

or is said to be reliev.

ing guard. The plover from the marshes calling,

Sentry, the one keepAnd in yon western sky, about

ing guard. An hour ago, a star was falling."

before “A star? There's nothing strange in that.”

morning 10 “No, nothing; but, above the thicket, Somehow it seemed to me that God

of the night. Somewhere had just relieved a picket.”

Picket, soldiers placed

to guard the outposts
WEE, modest, crimson tippèd flower,
Thou's met me in an evil hour;
For I maun crush

* the stour

Maun, must.

Amang, among.
Thy slender stem;

Stour, dust. 5 To spare thee now is past my power,

Thou bonnie gem.
Alas! it's no thy neebor * sweet,

Neebor, neighbour.
The bonnie lark, companion meet!*

Meet, fit.
Bending thee 'mang the dewy weet *

IVeet, wet.

Wi' spreckled breast,
When upward springing, blythe, to greet
The purpling * east.

Pwrpling, at dawn.

of a camp.




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Cauld, cold.

Cauld * blew the bitter-biting north

Upon thy early, humble, birth ; Glinted, peeped out.

Yet cheerfully thou glinted * forth

Amid the storm ;
Scarce rear'd above the parent earth

Thy tender form.
Flaunting, gaudy, The flaunting * flowers our gardens yield
gay in colour.
Wa's, walls.

High sheltering woods and wa’s * maun shield, 20 Bield, shelter,

But thou beneath the random bield *
Stane, stone,

O'clod or stane *
Histie, dry.
Stibble, stubble.

Adorns the histie * stibble-field, *

Unseen, alane.
There, in thy scanty mantle clad,

25 Thy snawy bosom sunward spread, Unassuming, modest. Thou lifts thy unassuming * head

In humble guise ;
Share, ploughshare. But now the share * uptears thy bed,
And low thou lies!

30 Such is the fate of simple bard, Luckless starr'd, On life's rough ocean luckless starr'd ! * doomed or fated to be unfortunate.

Unskilful he to note the card * Note the card, &c. As

Of prudent lore,* the mariner who neg.

Till billows rage, and gales blow hard, lects to consult his

35 compass may be the

And whelm him o'er ! cause of the wreck of his vessel, so the Such fate to suffering worth is given, poet himself will be

Who long with wants and woes has striv'n, certainly ruined if he neglect to note the By human pride or cunning driv'n compass of Prudence,

To mis'ry's brink, which should guide Till, wrench'd * of every stay but Heaven,

through the storms and troubles

He, ruin'd, sink!
of this life.
Lore, learning. Ev'n thou who mourn'st the daisy's fate,
Wrench'd, deprived That fate is thine-no distant date;
Blate, proudly.

Stern ruin's ploughshare drives, elate,* 45

Full on thy bloom,
Till crush'd beneath the furrow's weight,

Shall be thy doom.






THE way was long, the wind was cold, Minstrel, one of an The Minstrel was infirm and old ; order of men who

His withered cheek, and tresses gray, sang to the harp verses composed by Seemed to have known a better day; themselves or others; a musician, a bard.

The harp, his sole * remaining joy, Sole, only.

Was carried by an orphan boy.


5 Border chivalry, the brave deeds done on the borders of Eng land and Scotland.

Palfrey, a young saddle-horse, a small horse for a lady. Carolled, sang. Caressed, treated with affection and respect.




The last of all the bards was he,
Who sung of Border chivalry ;

For, well-a-day! their date was fled, 10 His tuneful brethren all were dead;

And he, neglected and oppressed,
Wished to be with them, and at rest.
No more, on prancing palfrey * borne,

He carolled, * light as lark at morn ; 15 No longer, courted and caressed,*

High placed in hall, a welcome guest,
He poured, to lord and lady gay,
The unpremeditated * lay ;
Old times were changed, old manners gone ;
A stranger * filled the Stuart's * throne;
The bigots of the iron time
Had called his harmless art a crime.
A wandering harper, scorned and poor,

He begged his bread from door to door ; 25 And tuned to please a peasant's ear,

The harp a king had loved to hear.
He passed where Newark's stately tower *
Looks out from Yarrow's * birchen bower :

The Minstrel gazed with wistful eye30 No humbler resting-place was nigh.

With hesitating step, at last,
The embattled * portal arch he passed,
Whose ponderous grate and massy bar

Had oft rolled back the tide of war, 35 But never closed the iron door

Against the desolate and poor.
The Duchess * marked his weary pace,
His timid mien,* and reverend face,

And bade her page the menials * tell,
40 That they should tend the old man well :

For she had known adversity,*
Though born in such a high degree;
In pride of power, in beauty's bloom,

Had wept o'er Monmouth's bloody tomb ! * 45 When kindness had his wants supplied,

And the old man was gratified,
Began to rise his minstrel pride :
And he began to talk anon,*

Of good Earl Francis,* dead and gone, 50 And of Earl Walter, * rest him, God !

A braver ne'er to battle rode ;
And how full many a tale he knew,
Of the old warriors of Buccleuch :

Unpremeditated, not prepared beforehand. A stranger,

William of Orange, who became William III., King of England. Stuarts,a line of kings who reigned over Scotland from


to 1603, and over England and Scotland together, from 1603 to 1688. Newark's stately tower, now a noble ruin, situated three miles from Selkirk. Yarrow, a river in Selkirkshire, Embattled, provided with a battlement or parapet on the top of the building.


The Duchess, Anne,
the heiress of Buc-
cleuch, who had been
married to the Duke
of Monmouth, son of
Charles II.
Mien, way of con-
ducting one's self;
Menials, the servants.

Monmouth's bloody
tomb, the Duke was
beheaded for rebel-
lion against James
II., 1685.
Anon, presently.
Earl Francis, the fa-
ther of the Duchess.
Earl Walter, the
Duchess's grand-
father, a celebrated

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