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And Woden's Croft did title gain
From the stern Father of the Slain;
But to the Monarch of the Mace,
That held in fight the foremost place,
To Odin's son, and Sifia's spouse,
Near Stratforth high they paid their vows,
Remember'd Thor's victorious fame,
And gave the dell the Thunderer's name.

Then gray Philosophy stood nigh,
Though bent by age, in spirit high:
There rose the scar-seam'd veteran's spear,
There Grecian Beauty bent to hear,
While Childhood at her foot was placed,
Or clung delighted to her waist.

IL Yet Scald or Kemper err’d, I ween, Who gave that soft and quiet scene, With all its varied light and shade, And every little sunny glade, And the blithe brook that strolls along Its pebbled bed with summer song, To the grim God of blood and scar, The grisly King of Northern War. 0, better were its banks assign'd To spirits of a gentler kind ! For where the thicket-groups recede, And the rath primrose decks the mead, The velvet grass seems carpet meet For the light fairies' lively feet. Yon tufted knoll, with daisies strown, Might make proud Oberon a throne, While hidden in the thicket nigh, Puck should brood o'er his frolic sly; And where profuse the wood-vetch clings Round ash and elm, in verdant rings, Its pale and azure-pencilld flower Should canopy Titania's bower.

IV. “And rest we here,” Matilda said, And sat her in the varying shade. “Chance-met, we well may steal an hour, To friendship due, from fortune's power. Thou, Wilfred, ever kind, must lend Thy counsel to thy sister-friend; And, Redmond, thou, at my behest, No farther urge thy desperate 'quest. For to my care a charge is left, Dangerous to one of aid bereft; Wellnigh an orphan, and alone, Captive her sire, her house o'erthrown.” Wilfrid, with wonted kindness graced, Beside her on the turf she placed; Then paused, with downcast look and eye, Nor bade young Redmond seat him nigh. Her conscious diffidence he saw, Drew backward, as in modest awe, And sat a little space removed, Unmark'd to gaze on her he loved.

V.

III. Here rise no cliffs the vale to shade; But, skirting every sunny glade, In fair variety of green The woodland lends its silvan screen, Hoary, yet haughty, frowns the oak, Its boughs by weight of ages broke; And towers erect, in sable spire, The pine-tree scathed by lightning-fire; The drooping ash and birch, between, Hang their fair tresses o'er the green, And all beneath, at random grow Each coppice dwarf of varied show, Or, round the stems profusely twined, Fling summer odors on the wind. Such varied group Urbino's hand Round Him of Tarsus nobly plann'd, What time he bade proud Athens own On Mars's Mount the God Unknown!

Wreathed in its dark-brown rings, her hair
Half hid Matilda's forehead fair,
Half hid and half reveal'd to view
Her full dark eye of hazel hue.
The rose, with faint and feeble streak,
So slightly tinged the maiden's cheek,
That you had said her hue was pale ;-
But if she faced the summer gale,
Or spoke, or sung, or quicker moved,
Or heard the praise of those she loved,
Or when of interest was express'do
Aught that waked feeling in her breast,
The mantling blood in ready play
Rivall’d the blush of rising day.
There was a soft and pensive grace,
A cast of thought upon her face,
That suited well the forehead high,
The eyelash dark, and downcast eye;
The mild expression spoke a mind
In duty firm, composed, resign'd;
'Tis that which Roman art has given,
To mark their maiden Queen of Heaven.

1 MS.-" The early primrose decks the mead,

And the short velvet grass seems meet

For the light fairies' frolic feet." 2 MS.—"That you had said her cheek was pale ;

But if she faced the morning gale,

Or longer spoke, or quicker moved." 3 MS.—“Or aught of interest was express'd

That waked a feeling in her breast,
The mantling blood, I like morning beam,

? in ready play."

Safe and unransom'd sent them home,
Loaded with many a gift, to prove
A generous foe's respect and love.

In hours of sport, that mood gave way?
To Fancy's light and frolic play;
And when the dance, or tale, or song,
In harmless mirth sped time along,
Full oft her doating sire would call
His Maud the merriest of them all.
But days of war and civil crime,
Allow'd but ill such festal time,
And her soft pensiveness of brow
Had deepen'd into sadness now.
In Marston field her father ta'en,
Her friends dispersed, brave Mortham slain,
While every ill her soul foretold,
From Oswald's thirst of power and gold,
And boding thoughts that she must part
With a soft vision of her heart,--?
All lower'd around the lovely maid,
To darken her dejection's shade.

VII. Years speed away. On Rokeby's head Some touch of early snow was shed; Calm he enjoy'd, by Greta's wave, The peace which James the Peaceful gave, While Mortham, far beyond the main, Waged his fierce wars on Indian Spain.It chanced upon a wintry night, That whiten'd Stanmore's stormy height, The chase was o'er, the stag was killid, In Rokeby-hall the cups were fillid, And by the huge stone chimney sate The Knight in hospitable state. Moonless the sky, the hour was late, When a loud summons shook the gate, And sore for entrance and for aid A voice of foreign accent pray'd. The porter answer'd to the call, And instant rush'd into the hall A Man, whose aspect and attire Startled the circle by the fire.

VI.
Who has not heard-while Erin yet
Strove 'gainst the Saxon's iron bit-
Who has not heard how brave O'Neale
In English blood imbrued his steel,
Against St. George's cross blazed high
The banners of his Tanistry,
To fiery Essex gave the foil,
And reign'd a prince on Ulster's soil ?
But chief arose his victor pride,
When that brave Marshal fought and died,"
And Avon-Duff to ocean bore
His billows red with Saxon gore.
'Twas first in that disastrous fight,
Rokeby and Mortham proved their might."
There had they fallen 'mongst the rest,
But pity touch'd a chieftain's breast;
The Tanist he to great O'Neale ;o
He check'd his followers' bloody zeal,
To quarter took the kinsmen bold,
And bore them to his mountain-hold,
Gave them each silvan joy to know,
Slieve-Donard's cliffs and woods could show,"
Shared with them Erin's festal cheer,
Show'd them the chase of wolf and deer,
And, when a fitting time was come,
1 MS.-" In fitting hours the mood gave way

To Fancy's light and frolic play,
When the blithe dance, or tale, or song,
In harmless mirth sped time along,
When oft her doting sire would call

His Maudlin merriest of them all." 2 MS.-" With a soft vision of her heart,

That stole its seat, ere yet she knew

The guard to early passion due.” : See Appendix, Note 2 0.

4 Ibid. Note 2 P. MS.—“And, by the deep resounding More,

The English veterans heap'd the shore.
It was in that disastrous fight
That Rokeby proved his youthful
Rokeby and Mortham proved their } might.”

VIII. His plaited hair in elf-locks spread 10 Around his bare and matted head; On leg and thigh, close stretch'd and trim, His vesture show'd the sinewy limb; In saffron dyed, a linen vest Was frequent folded round his breast; A mantle long and loose he wore, Shaggy with ice, and stain'd with gore. He clasp'd a burden to his heart, And, resting on a knotted dart, The snow from hair and beard he shook, And round him gazed with wilder'd look. Then

up

the hall, with staggering pace, He hasten'd by the blaze to place, Half lifeless from the bitter air, His load, a Boy of beauty rare. To Rokeby, next, he louted low, Then stood erect his tale to show,"1

8 MS.

6 MS.-"A kinsman near to great O'Neale." See Appendix, Note 2 Q. 7 MS.-—"Gave them each varied joy to know, The words of Ophalie could show."

"stormy night, When early snow clad Stanmore's beight." 9 MS." And instant into Rokeby-hall

A stranger rush'd, whose wild attire

Startled," &c. 10 See Appendix, Note 2 R. 11 MS.-"Shaggy with snow, and stain'd with gore.

His features as his dress were wild,
And in his arms he bore a child.

With wild majestic port and tone,
Like envoy of some barbarous throne.?
“Sir Richard, Lord of Rokeby, hear!
Turlough O'Neale salutes thee dear;
He graces thee, and to thy care
Young Redmond gives, his grandson fair.
He bids thee breed him as thy son,
For Turlough’s days of joy are done;
And other lords have seized his land,
And faint and feeble is his hand;
And all the glory of Tyrone
Is like a morning vapor flown.
To bind the duty on thy soul,
He bids thee think on Erin's bowl!
If any wrong the young O'Neale,
He bids thee think of Erin's steel.
To Mortham first this charge was due,
But, in his absence, honors you.-
Now is my master's message by,
And Ferraught will contented die.”

IX. His look grew fix’d, his cheek grew pale, He sunk when he had told his tale; For, hid beneath his mantle wide, A mortal wound was in his side. Vain was all aid-in terror wild, And sorrow, scream'd the orphan Child. Poor Ferraught raised his wistful eyes, And faintly strove to soothe his cries; All reckless of his dying pain, He blest and blest him-o'er again! And kiss'd the little hands outspread, And kiss'd and cross'd the infant head, And, in his native tongue and phrase, Pray'd to each saint to watch his days; Then all his strength together drew, The charge to Rokeby to renew. When half was falter'd from his breast, And half by dying signs express’d, « Bless the O'Neale !” he faintly said, And thus the faithful spirit fled.

The brand of Lenaugh More the Red,
That hung beside the gray wolf's head.-
'Twas from his broken phrase descried,
His foster-father was his guide,
Who, in his charge, from Ulster bore
Letters and gifts a goodly store;
But ruffians met them in the wood,
Ferraught in battle boldly stood,
Till wounded and o'erpower'd at length,
And stripp'd of all, his failing strength
Just bore him here--and then the child
Renew'd again his moaning wild."

XI.
The tear down childhood's cheek that flows,
Is like the dewdrop on the rose ;
When next the summer breeze comes by,
And waves the bush, the flower is dry.
Won by their care, the orphan Child
Soon on his new protector smiled,
With dimpled cheek and eye so fair,
Through his thick curls of flaxen hair,
But blithest laugh’d that cheek and eye
When Rokeby's little Maid was nigh;
'Twas his, with elder brother's pride,
Matilda's tottering steps to guide ;o
His native lays in Irish tongue,
To soothe her infant ear he sung,
And primrose twined with daisy fair,
To form a chaplet for her hair.
By lawn, by grove, by brooklet's strand,
The children still were hand in hand,
And good Sir Richard smiling eyed
The early knot so kindly tied.

XII.
But summer months bring wilding shoot
From bud to bloom, from bloom to fruit;
And years draw on our human span,
From child to boy, from boy to man;
And soon in Rokeby's woods is seen
A gallant boy in hunter's green.
He loves to wake the felon boar,
In his dark haunt on Greta's shore,
And loves, against the deer so dun,
To draw the shaft, or lift the gun:
Yet more he loves, in autumn prime,
The hazel's spreading boughs to climb,
And down its cluster'd stores to hail,
Where young Matilda holds her veil.

X. 'Twas long ere soothing might prevail Upon the Child to end the tale ; And then he said, that from his home His grandsire had been forced to roam, Which had not been if Redmond's hand Had but had strength to draw the brand,

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With staggering and unequal pace,
He hasten'd by the blaze to place,
Half lifeless from the bitter air,
His load, a Boy of beauty rare.
To Rokeby, then, with solemn air,

He turn'd his errand to declare."
1 This couplet is not in the MS.
2 See Appendix, Note 2 S.

3 MS.—“ To bind the charge upon thy soul,

Remember Erin's social bowl." * See Appendix, Note 2 T.

3 Here follows in the MS. a stanza of sixteen lines, which the author subsequently dispersed through stanzas xv. and

post. 6 MS." Three years more old, 'twas Redmond's pride,

Matilda's tottering steps to guide."

svi.,

And she, whose veil receives the shower,
Is alter'd too, and knows her power ;
Assumes a monitress's pride,
Her Redmond's dangerous sports to chide ;
Yet listens still to hear him tell
How the grim wild-boar” fought and fell,
How at his fall the bugle rung,
Till rock and greenwood answer flung;
Then blesses her, that man can find
A pastime of such savage kind !

Now must Matilda stray apart,
To school her disobedient heart;
And Redmond now alone must rue
The love he never can subdue.
But factions rose, and Rokeby sware,
No rebel's son should wed his heir ;
And Redmond, nurtured while a child
In many a bard's traditions wild,
Now sought the lonely wood or stream,
To cherish there a happier dream,
Of maiden won by sword or lance,
As in the regions of romance ;
And count the heroes of his line,
Great Nial of the Pledges Nine,"
Shane-Dymasø wild, and Geraldine,"
And Connan-more, who vow'd his race
For ever to the fight and chase,
And cursed him, of his lineage born,
Should sheathe the sword to reap the corn,
Or leave the mountain and the wold,
To shroud himself in castled hold.
From such examples hope he drew,
And brighten'd as the trumpet blew.

XIII. But Redmond knew to weave his tale So well with praise of wood and dale, And knew so well each point to trace, Gives living interest to the chase, And knew so well o'er all to throw His spirit's wild romantic glow, That, while she blamed, and while she feard, She loved each venturous tale she heard. Oft, too, when drifted snow and rain To bower and hall their steps restrain, Together they explored the page Of glowing bard or gifted sage; Oft, placed the evening fire beside, The minstrel art alternate tried, While gladsome harp and lively lay Bade winter-night flit fast away: Thus, from their childhood, blending still Their sport, their study, and their skill, An union of the soul they prove, But must not think that it was love. But though they dared not, envious Fame Soon dared to give that union name; And when so often, side by side, From year to year the pair she eyed, She sometimes blamed the good old Knight, As dull of ear and dim of sight, Sometimes his purpose would declare, That young O'Ncale should wed his heir.

XIV. The suit of Wilfrid rent disguise And bandage from the lovers' eyes ;'Twas plain that Oswald, for his son, Had Rokeby's favor wellnigh won. Now must they meet with change of cheer, With mutual looks of shame and fear;

XV. If brides were won by heart and blade, Redmond had both his cause to aid, And all beside of nurture rare That might beseem a baron's heir. Turlough O'Neale, in Erin's strife, On Rokeby's Lord bestow'd his life, And well did Rokeby's generous Knight Young Redmond for the deed requite. Nor was his liberal care and cost Upon the gallant stripling lost: Seek the North-Riding broad and wide, Like Redmond none could steed bestride; From Tynemouth search to Cumberland, Like Redmond none could wield a brand; And then, of humor kind and free, And bearing him to each degree With frank and fearless courtesy, There never youth was form'd to steal Upon the heart like brave O'Neale.

XVI. Sir Richard loved him as his son; And when the days of peace were done,

1 MS.-" And she on whom these treasures shower." * MS.“Grim sanglier.” 3 MS." Then bless'd himself that man can find

A pastime of such cruel kind.”
• MS." From their hearts and eyes."
5 MS." And Redmond, too, apart must rue,

The love he never can subdue;
Then came the war, and Rokeby said,
No rebel's son should wed his maid."

heroes • MS.-“Thought on the

founders

of his line,

Great Nial of the Pledges Nine,
Shane-Dymas wild, and Connan-Mar,
Who vow'd his race to wounds and war,
And cursed all, of his lineage born,
Who sheathed the sword to reap the corn,
Or left the green-wood and the wold,
To shroud himself in house or hold.”

7 See Appendix, Note 2 U.

& Ibid. Note 2 V.

9 Ibid. Note 2 W.

On the dark visions of their soul, And bade their mournful musing fly, Like mist before the zephyr's sigh.

And to the gales of war he gave
The banner of his sires to wave,
Redmond, distinguish'd by his care,
He chose that honor'd flag to bear,"
And named his page, the next degree,
In that old time, to chivalry.”
In five pitch'd fields he well maintain'd
The honor'd place his worth obtain'd,
And high was Redmond's youthful name
Blazed in the roll of martial fame.
Had fortune smiled on Marston fight,
The eve had seen him dubb'd a knight;
Twice, 'mid the battle's doubtful strife,
Of Rokeby's Lord he saved the life,
But when he saw him prisoner made,
He kiss'd and then resign'd his blade,
And yielded him an easy prey
To those who led the Knight away ;
Resolved Matilda's sire should prove
In prison, as in fight, his love.

XVIII. “ I need not to my friends recall, How Mortham shunn'd my father's hall; A man of silence and of woe, Yet ever anxious to bestow On my poor self whate'er could prove A kinsman's confidence and love. My feeble aid could sometimes chase The clouds of sorrow for a space ; But oftener, fix'd beyond my power, I mark'd his deep despondence lower. One dismal cause, by all unguess'd, His fearful confidence confess'd; And twice it was my hap to see Examples of that agony, Which for a season can o'erstrain And wreck the structure of the brain. He had the awful power to know The approaching mental overthrow, And while his mind had courage yet To struggle with the dreadful fit, The victim writhed against its throes, Like wretch beneath a murderer's blows. This malady, I well could mark, Sprung from some direful cause and dark; But still he kept its source conceald, Till arming for the civil field; Then in my charge he bade me hold A treasure huge of gems and gold, With this disjointed dismal scroll, That tells the secret of his soul, In such wild words as oft betray A mind by anguish forced astray.”—

XVII. When lovers meet in adverse hour, "Tis like a sun-glimpse through a shower, A watery ray, an instant seen The darkly closing clouds between. As Redmond on the turf reclined, The past and present fill'd his mind :* “It was not thus,” Affection said, “I dream'd of my return, dear maid ! Not thus, when from thy trembling hand, I took the banner and the brand, When round me, as the bugles blew, Their blades three hundred warriors drew, And, while the standard I unrollid, Clash'd their bright arms, with clamor bold. Where is that banner now?—its pride Lies 'whelm'd in Ouse's sullen tide! Where now those warriors !--in their gore, They cumber Marston's dismal moor! And what avails a useless brand, Held by a captive's shackled hand, That only would his life retain, To aid thy sire to bear his chain!" Thus Redmond to himself apart; Nor lighter was his rival's heart; For Wilfrid, while his generous soul Disdain'd to profit by control, By many a sign could mark too plain, Save with such aid, his hopes were vain. But now Matilda's accents stole

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1 Appendix, Note 2 X. 2 Ibid. Note 2 Y. 3 MS." His valor saved old Rokeby's life,

But when he saw him prisoner made,

He kiss'd and then flung down his blade." 4 After this line the MS. has :

" His ruin'd hopes, impending woes

Till in his eye the tear-drop rose."

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