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Mark the year, and mark the night,
When Severn shall re-echo with affright
The shrieks of death, through Berkley's roof that ring,1
Shrieks of an agonizing king!
She-wolf of France,2 with unrelenting fangs,
From thee be born, who o'er thy country hangs
'Mighty victor, mighty lord!
No pitying heart, no eye, afford
Is the sable warrior5 fled? •
Thy son is gone. He rests among the dead.
While proudly riding o'er the azure realm
Youth on the prow, and Pleasure at the helm!
1 Edward II, murdered in Berkeley Castle.
* Isabel of France, wife of Edward II.
5 Edward III gained many victories in France.
4 Edward III, deserted on his deathbed by his children and robbed in his last moments by his courtiers and mistress, who even drew away the rings off his fingers.
5 The Black Prince.
'Fill high the sparkling bowl,
Reft of a crown, he yet may share the feast:
Fell Thirst and Famine scowl
A baleful smile upon their baffled guest.
Lance to lance, and horse to horse?
Long years of havoc urge their destined course,
Ye towers of Julius,2 London's lasting shame,
Revere his consort's faith,3 his father's fame,4
Twined with her blushing foe, we spread:
Wallows beneath the thorny shade.
'Edward, lo! to sudden fate
Half of thy heart we consecrate.8
1 The wars of York and Lancaster.
s The Tower of London, where Henry VI, George Duke of Clarence, Edward V, and Richard Duke of York, were supposed to be murdered. The oldest part of the structure is attributed to Julius Ctesar.
3 Margaret of Anjou. * Henry V.
* Henry VI, who was nearly canonized.
* The white and red roses, devices of York and Lancaster.
'Richard III was usually known by the name of the Boar, from his device of the silver boar.
"Eleanor of Castile died a few years after the conquest of Wales.
Stay, oh stay! nor thus forlorn
Leave me unblessed, unpitied, here to mourn:
In yon bright track, that fires the western skies,
They melt, they vanish from my eyes.
But oh! what solemn scenes on Snowdon's height
Descending slow their glittering skirts unroll?
Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my soul!
'Girt with many a baron bold
And gorgeous dames, and statesmen old
What strains of vocal transport round her play.
They breathe a soul to animate thy clay.
Fierce war, and faithful love,
1 It was a common belief of the Welsh nation that King Arthur was still alive in Fairyland, and would return to reign over Britain.
'Merlin and Taliessin had prophesied that the Welsh should regain their sovereignty over the island, which prophecy seemed to be accomplished in the House of Tudor.
3 Taliessin, chief of the bards, who flourished in the sixth century.
In buskined measures' move
A voice,2 as of the cherub-choir,
That lost in long futurity expire.
Raised by thy breath, has quenched the orb of day? To-morrow he repairs the golden flood,
And warms the nations with redoubled ray. Enough for me; with joy I see
The different doom our fates assign. Be thine despair, and sceptred care,
To triumph, and to die, are mine.' He spoke, and headlong from the mountain's height Deep in the roaring tide he plunged to endless night.
1 Shakespeare. 2 Milton.
3 The succession of poets, after Milton's time.
REMOTE, unfriended, melancholy, slow,