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7. The Lady Alice sits with her maidens in her bower, The gray-haired warder watches from the castle's
topmost tower; “What news? what news, old Hubert ? "_" The
battle's lost and won : The royal troops are melting, like mists before the
sun! And a wounded man approaches-I'm blind and
Yet, sure I am, that sturdy step my master's step
must be !” 8. “I've brought thee back thy banner from as rude
and red a fray As e'er was proof of soldier's thew, or theme for
minstrel's lay! Here, Hubert, bring the silver bowl, and liquor
quantum suff., I'll make a shift to drain it yet, ere I part with boots
and buff— Though Guy, through many a gaping wound, is
breathing forth his life, And I come to thee a landless man, my fond and
faithful wife! 9. “Sweet, we will fill our money-bags, and freight a
ship for France, And mourn in merry Paris for this poor land's mis
chance : For if the worst befall me, why, better axe and rope, Than life with Lenthall for a king, and Peters for a
Alas! alas ! my gallant Guy !--curse on the crop
eared boor Who sent me, with my standard, on foot from Marston Moor!”
W. M. PRAED. Marston Moor.—Perhaps the greatest battle of the Civil
War, fought 2nd July, 1644, on Marston Moor, four miles from York.
Cavaliers.—The name given to the adherents of the king
in the Civil War. Fairfac.--The commander of the Parliamentary forces in
the North. He commanded the forces at the battle of
Marston Moor. Oliver.–Oliver Cromwell, afterwards Lord Protector of
England, the greatest Englishman of the seventeenth
century. Rupert.—Prince Rupert, nephew of Charles I., a dashing
but unfortunate cavalry officer, who commanded the
cavaliers in the Civil War. Newcastle.—The Earl of Newcastle, who commanded for
the king in the North. The German boar. —Prince Rupert. Roundhead.—The name given to those who opposed King
Charles. They were so called from having their hair
closely cropped. Belial.- Bible ternis were much in use in the times of the
Puritans. “ Sons of Belial” meant wicked persons. Quantum suff.- Part of a Latin phrase, which in full is
quantum sufficit, and means as much as is sufficient." Crop-eared boor.-A Roundhead.
THE EVENING CLOUD. [JOHN Wilson, better known as Christopher North, was born
19th May, 1785 ; was appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy
breath of eve that chanced to blow
And by the breath of mercy made to roll
He is lost to the forest,
When our need was the sorest.
From the rain-drops shall borrow,
To Duncan no morrow !
Takes the ears that are hoary,
Wails manhood in glory.
Waft the leaves that are searest,
When blighting was nearest.
difficulty Red hand in the foray,
How sound is thy slumber!
Like the foam on the river,
Thou art gone, and for ever! Scott. Coronach.-The coronach of the Highlanders was a wild
expression of lamentation, poured forth by the mourners over the body of a departed friend ; when the words of it were articulate, they expressed the praises of the deceased, and the loss the clan would sustain by his decease.
THE CATARACT OF VELINO. [GEORGE GORDON, LORD Byron, born 22nd January, 1788, early
became famous as a poet. He died at the early age of 36, in 1824. His poems are too numerous to be mentioned here. Our extract is taken from “ Childe Harold,” perhaps
the most enduring of all his works.]
Velino cleaves the wave-worn precipice;
Their Phlegethon, curls round the rocks of jet That gird the gulf around, in pitiless horror set, 2. And mounts in spray the skies, and thence again
Returns in an unceasing shower, which round,
Crushing the cliffs, which, downward worn and rent With his fierce footsteps, yield in chasms a fearful vent 3. To the broad column which rolls on, and shows
More like the fountain of an infant sea
As if to sweep down all things in its track, Charming the eye with dread,--a matchless cataract, 4. Horribly beautiful ! but on the verge,
From side to side, beneath the glittering morn,
An Iris sits, amidst the infernal surge,
Resembling, ʼmid the torture of the scene,
BYRON. Velino. A river of Italy, which rises in the west slope of
the Apennines, flows S.S.W. until it enters Rieti, where it turns N.N.W., and, dashing over a precipice of about 900 feet in height, forms the celebrated falls of Ternione of the grandest falls in Europe. Phlegethon.—Literally means flaming, and was the name
given to a river in the lower world, in whose channel
flowed flames instead of water. Iris.—The personification of the rainbow, which was
regarded as the swift messenger of the gods.
THE ISLES OF GREECE.
Where burning Sappho loved and sung;
Where Delos rose, and Phobus sprung ;-
But all, except their sun, is set ! 2. The Scian and the Teian muse,
The bero's harp, the lover's lute,
Their place of birth alone is mute
sires' - Islands of the bless'd." 3. The mountains look on Marathon,
And Marathon looks on the sea :
I dreamed—that Greece might still be free!