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Like objects on a stormy tide,
Seen eddying by the moonlight dim,
Imperfectly to sink and swim.
What 'vail'd it, that the fair domain,
Its battled mansion, hill, and plain,
On which the sun so brightly shone,
Envied so long, was now his own ?"
The lowest dungeon, in that hour,
Of Brackenbury's dismal tower,”
Had been his choice, could such a doom
Have open'd Mortham's bloody tomb!
Forced, too, to turn unwilling ear
To each surmise of hope or fear,
Murmur'd among the rustics round,
Who gather'd at the 'larum sound;
He dared not turn his head away,
E'en to look up to heaven to pray,
Or call on hell, in bitter mood,
For one sharp death-shot from the wood !

Unwilling takes his proffer'd aid, .
While conscious passion plainly speaks
In downcast look and blushing cheeks.
Whene'er he sings, will she glide nigh,
And all her soul is in her eye;
Yet doubts she still to tender free
The wonted words of courtesy.
These are strong signs !-yet wherefore sigh,
And wipe, effeminate, thine eye!
Thine shall she be, if thou attend
The counsels of thy sire and friend.

XXIX. At length, o'erpast that dreadful space, Back straggling came the scatter'd chase; Jaded and weary, horse and man, Return’d the troopers, one by one. Wilfrid, the last, arrived to say, All trace was lost of Bertram's way, Though Redmond still, up Brignal wood, The hopeless quest in vain pursued. O, fatal doom of human race! What tyrant passions passions chase! Remorse from Oswald's brow is gone, Avarice and pride resume their throne;" The pang of instant terror by, They dictate us their slave's reply

XXXI. “Scarce wert thou gone, when peep of lights Brought genuine news of Marston's fight. Brave Cromwell turn'd the doubtful tide, And conquest bless'd the rightful side; Three thousand cavaliers lie dead, Rupert and that bold Marquis fled ; Nobles and knights, so proud of late, Must fine for freedom and estate. Of these, committed to my charge, Is Rokeby, prisoner at large; Redmond, his page, arrived to say He reaches Barnard's towers to-day. Right heavy shall his ransom be, Unless that maid compound with thee !" Go to her now-be bold of cheer, While her soul floats 'twixt hope and fear; It is the very change of tide, When best the female heart is triedPride, prejudice, and modesty, Are in the current swept to sea;' And the bold swain, who plies his oar, May lightly row his bark to shore.”



xxx. “Ay-let him range like hasty hound ! And if the grim wolf's lair be found, Small is my care how goes the game With Redmond, or with Risingham.Nay, answer not, thou simple boy! Thy fair Matilda, all so coy To thee, is of another mood To that bold youth of Erin's blood. Thy ditties will she freely praise, And pay thy pains with courtly phrase; In a rough path will oft commandAccept at least—thy friendly hand; His she avoids, or, urged and pray'd,

The hunting tribes of air and earth
Respect the brethren of their birth ;*
Nature, who loves the claim of kind,
Less cruel chase to each assign'd.
The falcon, poised on soaring wing,

Now nurses more ambitious schemes." 6 MS.-"This Redmond brought, at peep of light,

The news of Marston's happy fight." 6 See Appendix, Note Y. 7 MS." In the warm ebb are swept to sea." ne meaner

tribes of earth and air,

1 " The contrast of the beautiful morning, and the prospect of the rich domain of Mortham, which Oswald was come to seize, with the dark remorse and misery of his mind, is powerfully represented : (Non domus et fundus !"' &c. &c.)Monthly Revier.

2 See Appendix, Note X.
9" Though Redmond still, as unsubdued."
4 The MS. adds :-

“Of Mortham's treasure now he dreams,

10 In the wild chase their kindred spare.' The second couplet in erpolated.

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Watches the wild-duck by the spring;
The slow-hound wakes the fox's lair ;
The greyhound presses on the hare;
The eagle pounces on the lamb;
The wolf devours the fleecy dam:
Even tiger fell, and sullen bear,
Their likeness and their lineage spare,
Man, only, mars kind Nature's plan,
And turns the fierce pursuit on man;
Plying war's desultory trade,
Incursion, flight, and ambuscade,'
Since Nimrod, Cush's mighty son,
At first the bloody game begun.

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The Indian, prowling for his prey, Who hears the settlers track his way, And knows in distant forest far. Camp his red brethren of the war; He, when each double and disguise To baffle the pursuit he tries, Low crouching now his head to hide, Where swampy streams through rushes glide, Now covering with the wither'd leaves The foot-prints that the dew receives : He, skill'd in every silvan guile, Knows not, nor tries, such various wile, As Risingham, when on the wind Arose the loud pursuit behind. In Redesdale his youth had heard Each art her wily dalesmen dared, When Rooken-edge, and Redswair high, To bugle rung and blood-hound's cry,“ Announcing Jedwood-axe and spear, And Lid'sdale riders in the rear; And well his venturous life had proved The lessons that his childhood loved.

'Twas then, in hour of utmost need,
He proved his courage, art, and speed.
Now slow he stalk'd with stealthy pace,
Now started forth in rapid race,
Oft doubling back in mazy train,
To blind the trace the dews retain:
Now clombe the rocks projecting high,
To baffle the pursuer's eye;
Now sought the stream, whose brawling sound
The echo of his footsteps drown'd.
But if the forest verge he nears,
There trample steeds, and glimmer spears;
If deeper down the copse he drew,
He heard the rangers' loud halloo,
Beating each cover while they came,
As if to start the silvan game.
'Twas then-like tiger close beset
At every pass with toil and net,
'Counter'd, where'er he turns his glare,
By clashing arms and torches' flare,
Who meditates, with furious bound,
To burst on hunter, horse, and hound,
'Twas then that Bertram's soul arose,
Prompting to rush upon his foes:
But as that crouching tiger, cow'd
By brandish'd steel and shouting crowd,
Retreats beneath the jungle's shroud,
Bertram suspends his purpose stern,
And couches in the brake and fern,
Hiding his face, lest foemen spy
The sparkle of his swarthy eye.”

III. Oft had he shown, in climes afar, Each attribute of roving war ; The sharpen'd ear, the piercing eye, The quick resolve in danger nigh; The speed, that in the flight or chase, Outstripp'd the Charib's rapid race ; The steady brain, the sinewy limb, To leap, to climb to dive, to swim ; The iron frame, inured to bear Each dire inclemency of air. Nor less confirm'd to undergo Fatigue's faint chill, and famine's throe.

Then Bertram might the bearing trace
Of the bold youth who led the chase ;
Who paused to list for every sound,
Climb every height to look around,
Then rushing on with naked sword,
Each dingle's bosky depths explored.
'Twas Redmond-by the azure eye;
'Twas Redmond-by the locks that fly

1 MS." Invasion, flight, and ambuscade." * MS." Where the slow waves through rushes glide." : Bee Appendix, Note Z. * See Appendix, Note 2 A.

MS.-"Where traces in the dew remain." • MS." And oft his soul within him rose,

Prompting to rush upon his foes,

And oft, like tiger toil-beset,

That in each pass finds foe and net," &c. 7 In the MS. the stanza concludes thus:

“Suspending yet his purpose stern,

He couch'd him in the brake and fern:
Hiding his face, lest foemen spy

The sparkle of his swarthy eye.” 8 See Appendix, Note 2 B.

Thus, circled in his coil, the snake,
When roving hunters beat the brake,
Watches with red and glistening eye,
Prepared, if heedless step draw nigh,
With forked tongue and venom'd fang
Instant to dart the deadly pang;
But if the intruders turn aside,
Away his coils unfolded glide,
And through the deep savannah wind,
Some undisturb'd retreat to find.

Disorder'd from his glowing cheek;
Mien, face, and form, young Redmond speak.
A form more active, light, and strong,
Ne'er shot the ranks of war along;
The modest, yet the manly mien,
Might grace the court of maiden queen;
A face more fair you well might find,"
For Redmond's knew the sun and wind,
Nor boasted, from their tinge when free,
The charm of regularity;
But every feature had the power
To aid the expression of the hour :
Whether gay wit, and humor sly,
Danced laughing in his light-blue eye;
Or bended brow, and glance of fire,
And kindling cheek, spoke Erin's ire;
Or soft and sadden'd glances show
Her ready sympathy with woe;
Or in that wayward mood of mind,
When various feelings are combined,
When joy and sorrow mingle near,
And hope's bright wings are check'd by fear;
And rising doubts keep transport down,
And anger lends a short-lived frown;
In that strange mood which maids approve
Even when they dare not call it love;
With every change his features play'd,
As aspens show the light and shade.

VII. But Bertram, as he backward drew, And heard the loud pursuit renew, And Redmond's hollo on the wind, Oft mutter'd in his savage mind" Redmond O'Neale! were thou and I Alone this day's event to try, With not a second here to see, But the gray cliff and oaken tree, That voice of thine, that shouts so loud, Should ne'er repeat its summons proud! No! nor e'er try its melting power Again in maiden's summer bower." Eluded, now behind him die, Faint and more faint, each hostile cry; He stands in Scargill wood alone, Nor hears he now a harsher tone Than the hoarse cushat's plaintive cry, Or Greta's sound that murmurs by; And on the dale, so lone and wild, The summer sun in quiet smiled.

VI. Well Risingham young Redmond knew; And much he marvellid that the crew, Roused to revenge bold Mortham dead, Were by that Mortham's foeman led; For never felt his soul the woe, That wails a generous foeman low, Far less that sense of justice strong, That wreaks a generous foeman's wrong. But small his leisure now to pause; Redmond is first, whate'er the cause :S And twice that Redmond came so near Where Bertram couch'd like hunted deer, The very boughs his steps displace Rustled against the ruffian's face, Who, desperate, twice prepared to start, And plunge his dagger in his heart! But Redmond turn'd a different way, And the bent boughs resumed their sway, And Bertram held it wise, unseen, Deeper to plunge in coppice green.

VIII. He listen'd long with anxious heart, Ear bent to hear, and foot to start, And, while his stretch'd attention glows, Refused his weary frame repose. 'Twas silence all—he laid him down, Where purple heath profusely strown, And throatwort, with its azure bells And moss and thyme his cushion swell. There, spent with toil, he listless eyed The course of Greta's playful tide; Beneath, her banks now eddying dun, Now brightly gleaming to the sun, As, dancing over rock and stone, In yellow light her currents shone, Matching in hue the favorite gem Of Albin's mountain-diadem.

i These sir couplets were often quoted by the late Lord | MS.—"The chase he heads, whate'er the cause." Kinnedder as giving, in his opinion, an excellent portrait of MS

hand limbs to start, the author himself.- ED.

And, while his stretch'd attention glows,

Scarce felt his weary frame repose." 2 In the MS. this image comes after the line " to aid the expression of the hour," and the couplet stands :

5 The Campanula Latifolia, grand throatwort, or Canter

bury bells, grows in profusion upon the beautiful banks of the “ And like a flexile aspen play'd

river Greta, where it divides the manors of Brignall and Scar Alternately in light and shade."

gill, about three miles above Greta Bridge.

He turn'd his weary eyes away,
To where the bank opposing showd
Its huge, square cliffs through shaggy wood.
One, prominent above the rest,
Rear'd to the sun its pale gray breast;
Around its broken summit grew
The hazel rude, and sable yew;
A thousand varied lichens dyed
Its waste and weather-beaten side,
And round its rugged basis lay,
By time or thunder rent away,
Fragments, that, from its frontlet torn,
Were mantled now by verdant thorn.
Such was the scene's wild majesty,
That fill'd stern Bertram’s gazing eye.”

X. Oft, mingled with the direful theme, Came Mortham’s form—Was it a dream? Or had he seen, in vision true, That very Mortham whom he slew ? Or had in living flesh appear’d The only man on earth he fear'd To try the mystic cause intent, His eyes, that on the cliff were bent, 'Counter'd at once a dazzling glance, Like sunbeam flash'd from sword or lance. At once he started as for fight, But not a foeman was in sight;" He heard the cushat's murmur hoarse, He heard the river's sounding course; The solitary woodlands lay, As slumbering in the summer ray. He gazed, like lion roused, around, Then sunk again upon the ground. 'Twas but, he thought, some fitful beam, Glanced sudden from the sparkling stream; Then plunged him from his gloomy train Of ill-connected thoughts again, Until a voice behind him cried, “ Bertram! well met on Greta side."

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IX. In sullen mood he lay reclined, Revolving, in his stormy mind, The felon deed, the fruitless guilt, His patron's blood by treason spilt ; A crime, it seem'd, so dire and dread, That it had power to wake the dead, Then, pondering on his life betray'd By Oswald's art to Redmond's blade, In treacherous purpose to withhold, So seem'd it, Mortham's promised gold, A deep and full revenge he vow'd On Redmond, forward, fierce, and proud; Revenge on Wilfrid-on his sire Redoubled vengeance, swift and dire !If in such mood (as legends say, And well believed that simple day), The Enemy of Man has power To profit by the evil hour, Here stood a wretch, prepared to change His soul's redemption for revenge !" But though his vows, with such a fire Of earnest and intense desire For vengeance dark and fell, were made, As well might reach hell's lowest shade, No dee per clouds the grove embrown'd, No nether thunders shook the ground;The demon knew his vassal's heart, And spared temptation's needless art.

Instant his sword was in his hand,
As instant sunk the ready brand;
Yet, dubious still, opposed he stood
To him that issued from the wood:
“Guy Denzil !-is it thou ?” he said;
“Do we two meet in Scargill shade! -
Stand back a space !-thy purpose show,
Whether thou comest as friend or foe.
Report hath said, that Denzil's name
From Rokeby's band was razed with shame.”—
“A shame I owe that hot O'Neale,
Who told his knight, in peevish zeal,
Of my marauding on the clowns
Of Calverley and Bradford downs.
I reck not. In a war to strive,
Where, save the leaders, none can thrive,
Suits ill my mood; and better game
Awaits us both, if thou’rt the same
Unscrupulous, bold Risingham,'

1 MS.-

of the scene in The Robbers, in which something of a similar With many a rocky fragment rade,

contrast is exhibited between the beauties of external nature Its old gray cliffs and shaggy wood."

and the agitations of human passion. It is in such pictures · The MS. adds :

that Mr. Scott delights and excels." -- Monthly Review. One

is surprised that the reviewer did not quote Milton rather “ Yet as he gazed, he fail'd to find

than Schiller: According image touch his mind." , MS.-" Then thought he on his life betray'd."

_" The fiend * See Appendix, Note 2 C.

Saw undelighted all delight."-ED. MS.--"For deep and dark revenge were made,

7 MS.-"Look'd round-no foeman was in sight." As well might wake hell's lowest shade." " Bertram is now alone : the landscape around is truly ! See Appendix, Note 2 D. grand, partially illuminated by the sun ; and we are reminded | MS.-“Unscrupulous, gallant Risingham.'

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XII. “Then list.-Not far there lurk a crew Of trusty comrades, stanch and true, Glean'd from both factions Roundheads, freed From cant of sermon and of creed; And Cavaliers, whose souls, like mine, Spurn at the bonds of discipline. Wiser, we judge, by dale and wold, A warfare of our own to hold, Than breathe our last on battle-down, For cloak or surplice, mace or crown. Our schemes are laid, our purpose set, A chief and leader lack we yet.Thou art a wanderer, it is said; For Mortham's death, thy steps waylaid," Thy head at price—so say our spies, Who range the valley in disguise. Join then with us :-though wild debate And wrangling rend our infant state, Each to an equal loth to bow, Will yield to chief renown'd as thou.”—

XIV. With wonder Bertram heard within The flinty rock a murmur'd din; But when Guy pull'd the wilding spray, And brambles, from its base away," He saw, appearing to the air, A little entrance, low and square, Like opening cell of hermit lone, Dark, winding through the living stone. Here enter'd Denzil, Bertram here; And loud and louder on their ear, As from the bowels of the earth, Resounded shouts of boisterous mirth. Of old, the cavern strait and rude, In slaty rock the peasant hew'd; And Brignall's woods, and Scargill's, wave, E'en now, o'er many a sister cave, Where, far within the darksome rift, The wedge and lever ply their thrift. But war had silenced rural trade, And the deserted mine was made The banquet-ball and fortress too, Of Denzil and his desperate crew.-There Guilt his anxious revel kept; There, on his sordid pallet, slept Guilt-born Excess, the goblet drain'd Still in his slumbering grasp retain'd; Regret was there, his eye still cast With vain repining on the past; Among the feasters waited near Sorrow, and unrepentant Fear, And Blasphemy, to phrensy driven, With his own crimes reproaching heaven; While Bertram show'd, amid the crew, The Master-Fiend that Milton drew.

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XIII. * Even now," thought Bertram, passion-stirr'd, “I calld on hell, and hell has heard !? What lack I, vengeance to command, But of stanch comrades such a band ? This Denzil, vow'd to every evil Might read a lesson to the devil. Well, be it so! each knave and fool Shall serve as my revenge's tool.”— Aloud, “I take thy proffer, Guy, But tell me where thy comrades lie ?"“Not far from hence," Guy Denzil said; “ Descend, and cross the river's bed, Where rises yonder cliff so gray.”— “Do thou," said Bertram, “lead the way."

Then mutter'd, “It is best make sure;
Guy Denzil's faith was never pure."
He follow'd down the steep descent,
Then through the Greta's streams they went;
And, when they reach'd the farther shore,
They stood the lonely cliff before.

Hark! the loud revel wakes again,
To greet the leader of the train.
Behold the group by the pale lamp,
That struggles with the earthy damp.
By what strange features Vice hath known,
To single out and mark her own!
Yet some there are, whose brows retain
Less deeply stamp'd her brand and stain.
See yon pale stripling! when a boy,
A mother's pride, a father's joy!
Now, 'gainst the vault's rude walls reclined,

1 MS.-" Thy head at price, thy steps way laid."

acters of the drama, had not one of its subordinate personages 2..... "but half wish'd

been touched with a force of imagination, which renders it To see the devil, and he's here already."-OTWAY worthy even of prominent regard and attention. The poet has 3 MS.-" What lack I, my revenge to quench,

just presented us with the picture of a gang of banditti, on But such a band of comrades stanch ?"

which he has bestowed some of the most gloomy coloring of 4 MS.--"But when Guy Denzil pull'd the spray,

his powerful pencil. In the midst of this horrible group, is And brambles, from its roots away,

distinguished the exquisitely natural and interesting portrait He saw, forth issuing to the air."

which follows:See Appendix, Note 2 E.

See yon pale stripling !' &c." 0" We should here have concluded our remarks on the char!

Critical Revier.

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