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All under the tree,
Thy bed may be,
Maiden! once gay pleasure knew thee,
Now thy cheeks are pale and deep,
There's rest for thee,
All under the tree,
O! who rides by night through the woodlands so wild?
* It is necessary the reader should be informed that in the legends of Danish superstition, certain mischievious spirits are supposed to preside over the different elements, and to amuse themselves with inflicting calamities of
“O wilt thou go with me, thou loveliest child ?
“O father! O father! and did you not hear
The Erle-King whisper so close in my ear ?" • Be still, my lov'd darling, my child, be at ease, It was but the wild blast, as it howl'd through the trees.'
“ O wilt thou go with me, thou loveliest boy ?
man. One of these is termed the Water-King, another the Fire King, and a third the Cloud-King. The hero of this piece is the Erle or Oak-Kinga fiend who is supposed to dwell in the recesses of the forest, and thence to issue forth upon the benightcd traveller to lure him to his destruction,
" O father! O father! and saw you not plain
“ Come with me, come with me, no longer delay,
Sore trembled the father, he spurr'd thro' the wild,
When “ Friendship, Love, and Truth” abound
Among a band of Brothers,
Each shares the bliss of others :
Sweet roses grace the thorny way,
Along this vale of sorrow :
Shall bloom again to-morrow :
On halcyon wings our moments pass,
Life's cruel cares beguiling
In gay good humour smiling :
His reverend front adorning,
Night soften'd into morning!
From these delightful fountains flow
Ambrosial rills of pleasure :
A more resplendent treasure ?
We'll form a constellation,
Shall gild his proper station :
Time, Midnight ;-Starting from a disturbed Sharaber.
Stay, glorious pageant, stay! it flies ! it fades !
Oh England ! my mother, thy zone thou entwinest,
Thy robe flows dishevell thy locks fall unbound. On liberty's lap-thy pale head thou reclinest,
And sadly, yet smilingly, points to thy wound. Come away, is thy song, come away to thy grave, In death there's a country left free for the brate.