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But still she lock'd, howe'er distress'd,
The secret in her boding breast;
Dreading her sire, who oft forbade
Her steps should stray to distant glade.
Night came—to her accustom'd nook
Her distaff aged Jutta took,
And by the lamp's imperfect glow,
Rough Wulfstane trimm'd his shafts and

bow.
Sudden and clamorous, from the ground
Upstarted slumbering brach and hound;
Loud knocking next the lodge alarms,
And Wulfstane snatches at his arms,
When open flew the yielding door,
And that grim Warrior press’d the floor.

XIII. Appall'd a while the parents stood, Then changed their fear to angry mood, And foremost fell their words of ill On unresisting Metelill: Was she not caution'd and forbid, Forewarn'd, implored, accused and chid, And must she still to greenwood roam, To marshal such misfortune home/ "Hence, minion-to thy chamber henceThere prudence learn, and penitence.” She went-her lonely couch to steep In tears which absent lovers weep; Or if she gain'd a troubled sleep, Fierce Harold's suit was still the theme And terror of her feverish dream.

XI. "All peace be here—What! none replies ? Dismiss your fears and your surprise. 'Tis 1—that Maid hath told my tale, Or, trembler, did thy courage fail ? It recks not-it is I demand Fair Metelill in marriage band; Harold the Dauntless I, whose name Is brave men's boast and caitiff's shame." The parents sought each other's eyes, With awe, resentment, and surprise: Wulfstane, to quarrel prompt, began The stranger's size and thewes to scan; But as he scann'd, his courage sunk, And from unequal strife he shrunk, Then forth, to blight and blemish, flies The harmful curse from Jutta's eyes; Yet, fatal howsoe'er, the spell On Harold innocently fell ! And disappointment and amaze Were in the witch's wilder'd gaze.

XIV. Scarce was she gone, her dame and sire Upon each other bent their ire; “A woodsman thou, and hast a spear, And couldst thou such an insult bear ?" Sullen he said, “A man contends With men, a witch with sprites and fiends; Not to mere mortal wight belong Yon gloomy brow and frame so strong. But thou—is this thy promise fair, That

your Lord William, wealthy heir To Ulrick, Baron of Witton-le-Wear, Should Metelill to altar bear? Do all the spells thou boast'st as thine Serve but to slay some peasant's kine, His grain in autumn's storms to steep, Or thorough fog and fen to sweep, And hag-ride some poor rustic's sleep? Is such mean mischief worth the fame Of sorceress and witch's name? Fame, which with all men's wish conspires, With thy deserts and my desires, To damn thy corpse to penal fires ? Out on thee, witch ! aroint ! aroint! What now shall put thy schemes in joint ? What save this trusty arrow's point, From the dark dingle when it flies, And he who meets it gasps and dies.”

XII. But soon the wit of woman woke, And to the Warrior mild she spoke: “Her child was all too young.”—“A toy, The refuge of a maiden coy."Again, “ A powerful baron's heir Claims in her heart an interest fair."“ A trifle—whisper in his ear, That Harold is a suitor here!"Bafiled at length she sought delay: "Would not the Knight till morning stay? Late was the hour-he there might rest Till morn, their lodge's honor'd guest.” Such were her words,-her craft might

cast, Her honor'd guest should sleep his last: “No, not to-night-but soon,” he swore, "He would return, nor leave them more." The threshold then his huge stride crost, And soon he was in darkness lost,

XV. Stern she replied, “I will not wage War with thy folly or thy rage; But ere the morrow's sun be low, Wulfstane of Rookhope, thou shalt know, If I can venge me on a foe. Believe the while, that whatsoe'er I spoke, in ire, of bow and spear, It is not Harold's destiny The death of pilfer'd deer to die. But he, and thou, and yon pale moon (That shall be yet more pallid soon,

Before she sink behind the dell),
Thou, she, and Harold too, shall tell
What Jutta knows of charm or spell."
Thus muttering, to the door she bent
Her wayward steps, and forth she went,
And left alone the moody sire,
To cherish or to slake his ire.

The cloudless moon grows dark and dim,
And bristling hair and quaking limb
Proclaim the Master Demon nigh,-
Those who view his form shall die!
Lo! I stoop and veil my head;
Thou who ridest the tempest dread,
Shaking hill and rending oak-
Spare me ! spare me! Zerne bock.

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XVI. Far faster than belong'd to age Has Jutta made her pilgrimage. A priest has met her as she pass'd, And cross'd himself and stood aghast : She traced a hamlet--not a cur His throat would ope, his foot would stir ; By crouch, by trembling, and by groan, They made her hated presence known! But when she trode the sable fell, Were wilder sounds her way to tell, — For far was heard the fox's yell, The black-cock waked and faintly crew, Scream'd o'er the moss the scared curlew : Where o'er the cataract the oak Lay slant, was heard the raven's croak; The mountain-cat, which sought his prey, Glared, scream'd, and started from her way. Such music cheer'd her journey lone To the deep dell and rocking stone: There, with unhallow'd hymn of praise, She called a God of heathen days.

“ He comes not yet! Shall cold delay
Thy votaress at her need repay?
Thou—shall I call thee god or fiend
Let others on thy mood attend
With prayer and ritual—Jutta's arms
Are necromantic words and charms;
Mine is the spell, that utter'd once,
Shall wake Thy Master from his trance,
Shake his red mansion-house of pain,
And burst his seven-times-twisted chain -
So! com’st thou ere the spell is spoke !
I own thy presence, Zernebock."-

XVIII.
“Daughter of dust,” the Deep Voice said,
-Shook while it spoke the vale for dread,
Rock'd on the base that massive stone,
The Evil Deity to own,-
“ Daughter of dust! not mine the power
Thou seek'st on Harold's fatal hour.
'Twixt heaven and hell there is a strife
Waged for his soul and for his life,
And fain would we the combat win,
And snatch him in his hour of sin.
There is a star now rising red,
That threats him with an influence dread:
Woman, thine arts of malice whet,
To use the space before it set.
Involve him with the church in strife,
Push on adventurous chance his life;
Ourself will in the hour of need,
As best we may thy counsels speed."
So ceased the Voice ; for seven leagues round
Each hamlet started at the sound;
But slept again, as slowly died
Its thunders on the hill's brown side.

XVII.

xnvocation. "From thy Pomeranian throne, Hewn in rock of living stone, Where, to thy godhead faithful yet, Bend Esthonian, Finn, and Lett, And their swords in vengeance whet, That shall make thine altars wet, Wet and red for ages more With the Christians' hated gore, Hear me! Sovereign of the Rock, Hear me ! mighty Zernebock!

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"Mightiest of the mighty known,
Here thy wonders have been shown;
Hundred tribes in various tongue
Oft have here thy praises sung:
Down that stone with Runic seam'd,
Hundred victims' blood hath stream'd!
Now one woman comes alone,
And but wets it with her own,
The last, the feeblest of thy flock,-
Hear—and be present, Zernebock!

XIX. “ And is this all,” said Jutta stern, " That thou canst teach and I can learn! Hence! to the land of fog and waste, There fittest is thine influence placed, Thou powerless, sluggish Deity! But ne'er shall Briton bend the knee Again before so poor a god.” She struck the altar with her rod; Slight was the touch, as when at need A damsel stirs her tardy steed; But to the blow the stone gave place,

“Hark! he comes ! the night-blast cold Wilder sweeps along the wold;

And, starting from its balanced base,
Rollid thundering down the moonlight dell,
Re-echo'd moorland, rock, and fell;
Into the moonlight tarn it dash'd,
Their shores the sounding surges lash’d,

And there was ripple, rage, and foam ;
But on that lake, so dark and lone,
Placid and pale the moonbeam shone

As Jutta hied her home.

II.
Fair on the half-seen streams the sunbeams

danced,
Betraying it beneath the woodland bank,
And fair between the Gothic turrets glanced
Broad lights, and shadows fell on front and flank,
Where tower and buttress roše in martial rank,
And girdled in the massive donjon Keep,
And from their circuit peal'd o'er bush and bank

The matin bell with summons long and deep,
And echo answer'd still with long resounding sweef

Harold the Danntless.

CANTO THIRD,

1.
GRAY towers of Durham ! there was once a time
I view'd your battlements with such vague hope,
As brightens life in its first dawning prime;
Not that e'en then came within fancy's scope
A vision vain of mitre, throne, or cope;
Yet, gazing on the venerable hall,
Her flattering dreams would in perspective ope

Some reverend room, some prebendary's stall, —
And thus Hope me deceived as she deceiveth all.'

III.
The morning mists rose from the ground,
Each merry bird awaken'd round,

As if in revelry;
Afar the bugles' clanging sound
Calld to the chase the lagging hound;

The gale breathed soft and free,
And seem'd to linger on its way
To catch fresh odors from the spray,
And waved it in its wanton play

So light and gamesomely.
The scenes which morning beams reveal,
Its sounds to hear, its gales to feel
In all their fragrance round him steal,
It melted Harold's heart of steel,
And, hardly wotting why,
He doff'd his helmet's gloomy pride,
And hung it on a tree beside,

Laid mace and falchion by,
And on the greensward sate him down,
And from his dark habitual frown

Relax'd his rugged brow-
Whoever hath the doubtful task
From that stern Dane a boon to ask,

Were wise to ask it now.

Well yet I love thy mix'd and massive piles,
Half church of God, half castle 'gainst the Scot,
And long to roam these venerable aisles,
With records stored of deeds long since forgot;
There might I share my Surtees' happier lot,
Who leaves at will his patrimonial field
To ransack every crypt and hallow'd spot,

And from oblivion rend the spoils they yield,
Restoring priestly chant and clang of knightly

shield.

Vain is the wish-since other cares demand
Each vacant hour, and in another clime;
But still that northern harp invites my hand,
Which tells the wonder of thine earlier time;
And fain its numbers would I now command
To paint the beauties of that dawning fair,
When Harold, gazing from its lofty stand

Upon the western heights of Beaurepaire,
Saw Saxon Eadmer's towers begirt by winding

Wear.

IV.
His place beside young Gunnar took,
And mark'd his master's softening look,
And in his eye's dark mirror spied
The gloom of stormy thoughts subside,
And cautious watch'd the fittest tide

To speak a warning word.
So when the torrent's billows shrink,
The timid pilgrim on the brink
Waits long to see them wave and sink,

Ere he dare brave the ford,
And often, after doubtful pause,
His step advances or withdraws:

In this stanza occurs one of many touches by which, in | posed to have nourished such an intention-one which no one the introdactory passages of Harold the Dauntless ás of Trier- could ever have dreamt of ascribing at any period of his days main, Sir Walter Scott betrays his half-purpose of identifying to Sir Walter Scott himself. the author with his friend William Erskine. That gentleman, the son of an Episcopalian clergyman, a stanch churchman, ? Robert Surtees of Mainsforth, Esq., F. S. A., author of and a man of the gentlest habits, if he did not in early life de- "The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Dur. sign to follow the paternal profession, might easily be sup ham." 3 vols. folio, 1816-20-23.

Fearful to move the slumbering ire
Of his stern lord, thus stood the squire,

Till Harold raised his eye,
That glanced as when athwart the shroud
Of the dispersing tempest-cloud

The bursting sunbeams fly.

“What cares disturb the mighty dead !
Each honor'd rite was duly paid;
No daring hand thy helm unlaced,
Thy sword, thy shield, were near thee placed, -
Thy flinty couch no tear profaned,
Without, with hostile blood was stain'd;
Within, 'twas lined with moss and fern,-
Then rest thee, Dweller of the Cairn!

"He may rest not: from realms afar
Come voice of battle and of war,
Of conquest wrought with bloody hand
On Carmel's cliffs and Jordan's strand,
When Odin's warlike son could daunt
The turban'd race of Termagaunt.”-

V. “Arouse thee, son of Ermengarde, Offspring of prophetess and bard! Take harp, and greet this lovely prime With some high strain of Runic rhyme, Strong, deep, but powerful! Peal it

round Like that loud bell's sonorous sound, Yet wild by fits, as when the lay Of bird and bugle hail the day. Such was my grandsire Eric's sport, When dawn gleam'd on his martial court. Heymar the Scald, with harp's high sound, Summon’d the chiefs who slept around; Couch'd on the spoils of wolf and bear, They roused like lions from their lair, Then rush'd in emulation forth To enhance the glories of the North.Proud Eric, mightiest of thy race, Where is thy shadowy resting-place? In wild Valhalla hast thou quaff’d From foeman's skull metheglin draught, Or wanderest where thy cairn was piled To frown o'er oceans wide and wild ? Or have the milder Christians given Thy refuge in their peaceful heaven? Where'er thou art, to thee are known Our toils endured, our trophies won, Our wars, our wanderings, and our woes.” He ceased, and Gunnar's song arose.

VII. “Peace,” said the Knight, “the noble Scald Our warlike fathers' deeds recallid, But never strove to soothe the son With tales of what himself had done. At Odin's board the bard sits high Whose harp ne'er stoop'd to flattery; But highest he whose daring lay Hath dared unwelcome truths to say." With doubtful smile young Gunnar eyed His master's looks, and naught repliedBut well that smile his master led To construe what he left unsaid. “ Is it to me, thou timid youth, Thou fear'st to speak unwelcome truth? My soul no more thy censure grieves Than frosts rob laurels of their leaves Say on—and yet-beware the rude And wild distemper of my blood; Loth were I that mine ire should wrong The youth that bore my shield so long, And who, in service constant still, Though weak in frame, art strong in will."“Oh!" quoth the page, “even there depends My counsel—there my warning tendsOft seems as of my master's breast Some demon were the sudden guest; Then at the first misconstrued word His hand is on the mace and sword, From her firm seat his wisdom driven, His life to countless dangers given.0! would that Gunnar could suffice To be the fiend's last sacrifice, So that, when glutted with my gore, He fled and tempted thee no more !"

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VI.

Song. “ Hawk and osprey scream'd for joy O’er the beetling cliffs of Hoy, Crimson foam the beach o'erspread, The heath was dyed with darker red, When o'er Eric, Inguar's son, Dane and Northman piled the stone; Singing wild the war-song stern, Rest thee, Dweller of the Cairn!'

“Where eddying currents foam and boil
By Bersa's burgh and Græmsay's isle,
The seaman sees a martial form
Half-mingled with the mist and storm.
In anxious awe he bears away
To moor his bark in Stromna's bay,
And murmurs from the bounding stern,
* Rest thee, Dweller of the Cairn!'

VIII. Then waved his hand, and shook his head The impatient Dane, while thus he said: “Profane not, youth—it is not thine To judge the spirit of our lineThe bold Berserkar's rage divine,

2. “ Ill fares the fainting Palmer, placed 'Mid Hebron's rocks or Rana's waste,Ill when the scorching sun is high, And the expected font is dry,Worse when his guide o'er sand and heath, The barbarous Copt, has plann'd his death.

Through whose inspiring, deeds are wrought
Past human strength and human thought.
When full upon his gloomy soul
The champion feels the influence roll,
He swims the lake, he leaps the wall-
Heeds not the depth, nor plumbs the fall-
Unshielded, mail-less, on he goes
Singly against a host of foes;
Their
spears

he holds like wither'd reeds,
Their mail like maiden's silken weeds ;
One 'gainst a hundred will he strive,
Take countless wounds, and yet survive.
Then rush the eagles to his cry
Of slaughter and of victory,
And blood he quaffs like Odin's bowl,
Deep drinks his sword,—deep drinks his

3. “ Ill fares the Knight with buckler cleft, And ill when of his helm bereft,Ill when his steed to earth is flung, Or from his grasp his falchion wrung; But worse, if instant ruin token, When he lists rede by woman spoken.”—

soul;

X. “How now, fond boy ?-Canst thou think ill," Said Harold, “ of fair Metelill?" “She may be fair,” the Page replied, As through the strings he ranged,

“She may be fair ; but yet,” he cried,

And then the strain he changed,

And all that meet him in his ire
He gives to ruin, rout, and fire;
Then, like gorged lion, seeks some den,
And couches till he's man agen.-
Thou know'st the signs of look and limb,
When 'gins that rage to overbrim-
Thou know'st when I am moved, and why;
And when thou see'st me roll mine eye,
Set my teeth thus, and stamp my foot,
Regard thy safety and be mute;
But else speak boldly out whate'er
Is fitting that a knight should hear.
I love thee, youth. Thy lay has power
Upon my dark and sullen hour ;-
So Christian monks are wont to say
Demons of old were charm'd away;
Then fear not I will rashly deem
nl of thy speech whate'er the theme."

song.

1.
“She may be fair,” he sang, “ but yet

Far fairer have I seen
Than she, for all her locks of jet,

And eyes so dark and sheen.
Were I a Danish knight in arms,

As one day I may be, My heart should own no foreign charms,

A Danish maid for me.

2. “I love my fathers' northern land,

Where the dark pine-trees grow, And the bold Baltic's echoing strand

Looks o'er each grassy oe.?
I love to mark the lingering sun,

From Denmark loth to go,
And leaving on the billows bright,
To cheer the short-lived summer night,

A path of ruddy glow.

IX. As down some strait in doubt and dread The watchful pilot drops the lead, And, cautious in the midst to steer, The shoaling channel sounds with fear ; So, lest on dangerous ground he swerved, The Page his master's brow observed, Pausing at intervals to fling His hand o'er the melodious strmg, And to his moody breast apply The soothing charm of harmony, While hinted half, and half exprest, This warning song convey'd the rest.

Song.

1. u Ill fares the bark with tackle riven, And ill when on the breakers driven, Ill when the storm-sprite shrieks in air, And the scared mermaid tears her hair ; But worse when on her helm the hand Of some false traitor holds command.

3. “But most the northern maid I love,

With breast like Denmark's snow, And form as fair as Denmark's pine, Who loves with purple heath to twine

Her locks of sunny glow; And sweetly blend that shade of gold

With the cheek's rosy hue, And Faith might for her mirror hold

That eye of matchless blue.

10e-Island,

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