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Of penitence and prayer divine,
Did every pilgrim go;
Through all the lengthened row:
Forgotten their renown;
And there they kneeled them down;
In long procession came;
With the Redeemer's name.
And blessed them as they kneeled ;
And fortunate in field.
And solemn requiem for the dead; & Hardly.
h A narrow piece of cloth worn by monks over the rest of their dress, reaching almost to the feet.-Halliwell,
And bells tolled out their mighty peal,
DIES IRÆ, DIES ILLA,
SOLVET SÆCLUM IN FAVILLA ; While the pealing organ rung;
Were it meet with sacred strain To close my lay, so light and vain, Thus the holy Fathers sung:
Hymn for the Dead. That day of wrath, that dreadful day, When heaven and earth shall pass away, What power shall be the sinner's stay! How shall he meet that dreadful day, When, shrivelling like a parched scroll, The flaming heavens together roll; When louder yet, and yet more dread, Swells the high trump that wakes the dead ! O! on that day, that wrathful day, When man to judyment wakes from clay, Be Thou the trembling sinner's stay, Though heaven and earth shall pass away!
HUSHED is the harp—the Minstrel gone.
And flourished, broad, Blackandro's oak,
TALE OF FLODDEN FIELD.
IN SIX CANTOS.
Alas! that Scottish Maid should sing
The combat where her lover fell!
The triumph of our foes to tell !-LEYDEN.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
HENRY, LORD MONTAGU,
&c. &c. &c.
THIS ROMANCE IS INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR.
ADVERTISEMENT TO THE FIRST EDITION, 1808. It is hardly to be expected, that an Author, whom the Public has honoured with some degree of applause, should not be again a trespasser on their kindness. Yet the Author of MARMION must be supposed to feel some anxiety concerning its success, since he is sensible that he hazards, by this second intrusion, any reputation which his first Poem may have procured him. The present Story turns upon the private adventures of a fictitious character; but is called a Tale of Flodden Field, because the hero's fate is connected with that memorable defeat, and the causes which led to it. The design of the Author was, if possible, to apprize his Readers, at the outset, of the date of his Story, and to prepare them for the manners of the Age in which it is said. Any Historical narrative, far more an attempt at Epic composition, exceeded his plan of a Romantic Tale; yet he may be permitted to hope, from the popularity
of TẠE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL, that an attempt to paint the manners of the feudal times, upon a broader scale, and in the course of a more interesting story, will not be unacceptable to the Public.
The Poem opens about the commencement of August, and concludes with the defeat of Flodden, 9th September, 1513.