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Nor oh! forbid the twisted thorn,
That rudely binds his turf forlorn,
What though no marble-piled bust
With speaking sculpture wrought?
To build a visionary shrine,
What though refus'd each chanted rite?
To touch the shadowy shell:
Of Laura, lost in early bloom,
To sooth a lone, unhallow'd shade,
Within an ivied nook :
More radiant shot its parting ray,
„Forbear, fond bard, thy partial praise;
„The wreath of glory twine:
„Gay Fancy gives her vest to flow, „Unless truth's matron- hand the floating folds confine.
,,Just Heaven, man's fortitude to prove,
The tribes of hell-born woe:
„Life's fiercest ills, indulgent lends „Religion's golden shield to break th' embattled foe.
Her aid divine had lull'd to rest
And stay'd the rising storm:
„To gild the darken'd hemisphere, „And give the wonted bloom to nature's blasted form.
Vain man! 'tis Heaven's prerogative
„Thy tributary breath :
Await thy doom, nor impious haste
3) THE GRAVE OF KING ATTRU A.
hent. King Henry the Second having undertaken an expedition into Ireland, to suppress a rebellion raised by Roderick King of Coonaught, commonly called 0 Connor Dun, or the Brown Monarch of Ireland, was entertained, in his passage throngh Wales, with the songs of the Welsh bards. The subject of their poetry was King Arthur, whose history had been so disguised by fabulous is• ventions, that the place of his burial was in general scarcely knowa or remembered. But in one of these Welste poems sung before Henry, it was recited, that King Arthur, after the baule of CamJan, in Cornwall, was, interred at Glastonbury *) abbey, before the high altar, yet without any external mark or memorial. AfterwardsHenry visited the abbey, and commanded the spot described by the bard to be opened: when digging near 90 feet deep, they found the body, deposited under a large stone, inscribed with Arthur's
This is the ground - work of the following ode: but for the heller accommodation of the story to our present purpose, it is told with some slight variations froin the Chronicle of Glasteabury. The Castle of Cilgarran, where this discovery is supposed to have been made, now a romantic ruin, stands on a rock descending to the river Teivi, in Pembrokeshire; and was built by Roger Montgomery, who led the 'van of the Normans at Hastings.
Stately the feast, and high the cheer;
*) Das Kloster zu Glastonbury nahm zur Zeit seines Flors einen Strich von 60 Meilen ein. Jetzt ist nichts mehr übrig als ein kleiner Theil der Kirche, Trimmer von der Josephs- Kapelle, die Küche des Abts und etliche morsche Mauern.
Die Britti schen Barden, unter welchen sich die Überlieferung von dem Tode und dem Begräbnisse des grossen Königs Arthur erhalten hatte, waren in die W’allisischen Berge geflüchtet, als ir Land von den Sachsen erobert wurde. Alig geographische ! Ephemeriden. Dezember 1800.
Sublime in formidable state,
"Illumining the vaulted roof,
O'er Cornwall's cliffs the tempest roar'd,
On Tintaggel's *) topmost tower
-) Tintaggel, or Tintadged castle, where King Arthur is said to have been born, and to have chiefly resided. Some of its huge fragments still remain, on a rocky peninsular cape, . of a prodigious declivity towards the sea, and almost inaccessible from the land side, on the southern coasts of Cornwall.
,By Mordred's faithless guile decreed
Yet in vain a paynim foe
For when he fell, an elfin qucen,
And bade her spirits bear him far
On a rich enchanted bed
There, renew'd the vital spring,
And many a fair and fragrant clime,
Borne on victory's spreading plume,
His barbed courger to bestride;
They ceas'd: when on the tuneful stage
eyes diffus'd a soften'd fire,
„Liften, Henry, to my reed!
Though much of old romantic lore
Where truth the strain might best become.
yet in rhyme enroll'd,
Who spoke of kings from old Locrine,
What time the glistening vapours fled
When Arthur bow'd his haughty crest,
Snatch'd him, by Merlin's potent gpell,
> Or Glyder, a mountain in Caernarvonshire.
**) Glastonbury abbey, said to be founded by Joseph of Ari. mathea, in a spot anciently called the island or valley of Avalonia.