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Mary's Voyage from Scotland to France—The Minstrel's Farewell— Arrival at Brest-Proceeds to St. Germain-en-laye—Captives liberated at her approach— Lesly's admiration of her-Description of Night—Marriage with the Dauphin Francis-Death of the French King Henry the Second-Death of Francis–Mary's Adieu to her Mother's Tomb.
CANTO THE FIRST.
Fair breaks the Morn, and rising o'er the lea,
Then—when no object meets th' admiring eye,
But to my theme ! perchance too long delay'd, To muse on scenes where first my footsteps stray'd ; ! Nor let the poet smile, nor critic deem Such recollections can disgrace my theme:
! For in those scenes my thoughts first learnt to pore O'er the wild tales of legendary lore; First lisp'd the name at which
bosom glows, And wept o'er Mary's beauty, and her woes.
Mark ye, where rising o'er the swelling surge,
There, woo'd by pleasure such as youth beguiles,
Each moment leads them nearer to the tomb.
And she, in whose young lineaments we trace
Smile on, young Queen! smile on, securely gay,