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Not sot md hes that rode sublime
Hark! hu hands the lyre explore!
t tiammamla moenla muiufi.—Lueretius.
J For the spirit of the living ereature was In the wheels. And above the fimament, that was over their heads, was the likeness of e throne, a.• the appearance of a sapphire stone.— This was the appearance of the glory of the Lord.— /.':-• tie; i. 20, 2G, 28.
4 Meant to express the stately mareh and sounding energy of Dryden's rhymes.
I Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder t—Joe.
t Words that weep and team that speak.—Cowley.
"We have had in our language no other odes of the sublime kind than that of Dryden on $L Cecilla'sday; for Cowley, who hod his merit, yet wanted judgment, style, nnd harmony, fur sucha task. Thai of Pope is not worthy of so great
man. Mr. Ma>on, indeed, of late days, has touched the true Jiords, Mid, uith a masterly hand, in some of his chorus**— above all, In the last of Caractacus;
Haik I heard ye not yon fooutep dreadt ic.
"Pindar compares himself to that bird, and his enemies to nrm th« eroak and clamour In ruin below, while it pursues u fcgnt ngardjess cftheir noise.
THE BARD.— PINDARIC.
The following Ode Is founded on a tradition current in Wales,
that Edward 1 when he completed the conquest of uuu
country, ordered all the bards that fell Into his hands to L*
put to death.
"RuiN seize thee, ruthless king!
On a rock, whose haughty brow
'Mocking the air with coloun idly spread .
Shot*!• King John.
t The hauberk was a texture of steel ringlets or rings interwoven, forming a coat of mail thas at close to the bod/, and adapted itnelf to every motion.
I The erested adder's pride.—Dryden's Indian Q.usen.
$ Snowdon was a name given by the Saxons to that mountainous tract which the Welsh themselves call Craigian-eryrl: it Included all the highlands of Caernarvonshire and Merlo Helhsh.re, as far east as lnc river Conway. R. Hygden, speakmg of the caslk' of Conway, bullt by Km" Edward L says, Ardortum amnis Convoy ad clittnn mentss Erery; itnd Matthew of Westminster, (ad wn, T2S3) Apnd Afterconteay ad pedes mantis ffnoirdon fee fecit erigi castritmfurfa.
I Gilbert de Clare, Burnamed the Red, Karl of Gloucester ai« Hertford, son-in-law to King Edward.
1 Edmund de Mortimer, Lord of Wigmore. They bmh were I/.rd Marehers, whoso lands lay on the borders of Wides, and probably aecompanied the kin? in this expedition.
"The image wns taken from a well known picture of Raphael, representing the Supreme Being in the vision of E/•kieL There are two oT thaw: paimings, both believed original. one at Florence, the other ut Ports.
ft Shone flke a meieor nreaming to the wt>ul
^jiUan't /Virortw /x»s
'Hark how each giant oak and desert cave
Sighs to the torrent's awful voice beneath l
O'er thec, oh king! their hundred arms they wave,
Revenge on thee in hoarser murmurs breathe;
Vocal no more, since Cambria's fatal day,
To high-born Hoel's harp or soft Llewellyn's lay.
"Cold is Cadwallo's tongue,
Made huge Plinlimmon how his cloud-topped head.
> Weave the warp and weave the woof,
Shrieks of an agonizing kinglll
* The shores of Caernarvonshire, opposite to the isle of An* „
fleety. ham, and all the older writers) was starved to death,
t Camden and others observe, that eacles used annually to story of hi s assassination by Sir Piersof Exon isof much tarf
Amazement in hit van, with flight combmed.
'Mighty victor, mighty lord,
'Fill high the sparkling bowl.S
The rich repast prepare;
Reft of a erown, he yet may share the feast.
Close by the regal chair
Fell thirst and famine scowl
A baleful smile upon the baffled guest.
Heard ye the din of battle bray,II
Lance to lance and horse to horse?
Long years of havoc urge their destined count,
And through the kindred squadrons mow then
Ye towers of Julius !1? London's lasting shame,
• Death of that king, abandoned by his chllrlri n nnj era robbed in his last moments by his courtiers a>id tniare-K
t Edward the Black Prince, ikad twme lime before hts hiher.
J Magnificence of Richard IL's reign. See Frois&ird, ar.t other contemporary writers*.
i Richard IL (as we are told by Arehbishop Peroop, and tfci confederate lord", in their manifesto, by Thomas
I Ruinous civil wars of York and I.ane.tslrT.
1 Henry VI., George Duke of Clarence, Edward V., Richsri Duke of York, &f. believed to be MiURlerM seerrtly in tin Tower of London. The oldest part of that structure b vul^rly attributed to Juhus Ciraar.
'' Margaret of Anjou, a woman of ht-rolr :-'pirii, who wggled hard to save her husband and her erowo.
It Ffenry V.
j; Henry VL very near brin:; canonized. The fine oftsaeasier had no right of inheritance to the eruwn.
§5 The whlle and red Roses, devices of York and Lancvcet
IB The sllver Hoar was the badge of Richard IIJ. 1 was usually known in his own lime by ths rumc of The
!Ntm, irroshen ! bending uer the aecursed loom, Stamp Wi. out vengeance uJep, acd ratify his duom.
'Edward, lo! to sudden fate
s Girt with many a baron bold
"The verse adorn again. Pieree war, and faithful \ove,1
'Eleanor of Castile died a few years after the conquest of Wales. The heroic proofs she gave of her aflection for her told ta well known. The monuments of his regret and sorrow for the loss of her are snll to be acen at Northampton, Gaddington Waltham, and otner placea
t It was the common belief of the Webh nation, that king Arthur was still alive in Fairyland, and should return again to reign over Britain.
J Both Merlin and TUienln had prophesied that the Welsh nhould regain their sovereignty over this Ulan J, which seemed to be aecomplished in the house of Tudor.
5.Speed, relating an audience given by queen Elizabeth to Paul :t/i.i II i! •l, i, ambassador of Poland, says, "And thus she, lion-like rUing, daunted the malapert orator no lees with her stately port and majeslical deporture, than with the tartness of her princelie cheekes."
ITalitssin, the chief of the bards, flourished !n the 6th century, nis works are still preserved, and his memory held in high veneration among his countrymen.
1 Fieree wars and faithful loves shall moralize my song. Spender's Poem to the /bi'ry Queen.
And truth severe, i>, il.i •- iii -' .n dren.
In buskiried measures moves
Pale grief, and pleasing p°tn,
With horrror, tyrant of the throbbing breast.
A voicet as of the cherub-choir
Gales from blooming Eden bear,
And distant warblingJ lessen on my car,
That lost in long futurity expire.
Fond impious man! think'st thou yon sanguine
Raised by thy breath, has quenched the orb of day?
height, Deep in the roaring tide, he plunged to endle
The Author once had thoughts fin concert with a friend) cf giving a history of English poetry. In the Introduction to it he meant to hare produced some specimens of the style that reigned in ancient times among the neighbouring nations, or those who had subdued the greater part of this icland, and were our progenitors: the following three imitations made a pan of them. He afterwards dropped his design; especially after he had heard that it was already in the hands of a person well qualified to do it justice both by his taste and his researehes into antiquity.
THE FATAL SISTERS.
From the Norse tongue.
To be found in the Oreades of Thermodus Torfotut, Ifafnias, l679, folio; and also in Bartholinim. Vitl er orpitfyrir Valfalli, <ft.
In the eleventh century, Sigurd, Earl of the Orkney islands, went with a fleet of ships, and a .considerable body of troops,* into I reland, to the assistance of Sigtryg with the silken Beard, who was then making war on his father-in-law, Brian, king of Dublin. The carl and all his forees were cut to pieces, and Sigtryg was in danger of a total defeat; but the enemy had a greater lots by the death of Brian, their king, who fell in the action. On Christmas-day (the day of the battle) a native of Caithness, in Scotland, saw, at a distance, a numbes of persons on horseback rising full speed towards a hill, and seeming to enter into
• Shakspeare. IM hon.
• The suecession of the poets after Milton's Um*
it . Curiosity led him to follow them, till, looking through an opening in the rock, he saw twelve gigantic figures, resembling women: they were all employed about a loom; and as they wove, they sung the following dreadful song, which, when they had finished, they tore the web into twelve pieces, and each taking her portion, galloped six to the north, and as many to the south.
Now the storm begins to lower,
Iron-sleet of arrowy shower*
Glittering lances are the loom
Where the dusky warp we strain,
Weaving many a soldier's doom,
See the grisly texture grow,
And the weights that play below
Shafts for shuttles, dipt in gore,
Sword, that once a monarch bore,
Mista, black terrific maid!
Sangrida and Hilda see,
'Tis the woof of victory.
Ere the ruddy sun be set
Blade with clattering buckler meet,
(Weave the crimson web of war)
Let us go, and let us fly,
Where they triumph, where they die.
As the paths of fate we tread,
Wading through the ensanguined field, Gondula and Gcira spread
O'er the youthful king your shield.
We the reins to slaughter give,
Spite of danger he shall live:
fVote.—The Valkyrlur With female dl vinitlt-j, terrains of Odin(orWodin) in theGothle mythology. Their name signifies choosers of the slain. They were mounted on swift hones, with drawn B words In their hands, and In the throng of bottle selected such as were destined to slaughter, and conducted them u Valkalla, Ithe hall of Odin, or paradise of the brave,) where they attended the banquet, and served the deearted heroes with horns of mead and ale.
. How qulck they wheeled, and flying, behind them shot KharI> elecl of arrowy shower.—Mtlt. Par. Btg. The noise of battle hurtled in the air.—Shak. J,t!. Cat.
They whom once the desert beach
Soon their ample sway ghall streteh
Low the dauntless earl is laid,
Fate demands a nobler head;
Long his loss shall Erin* weep,
Long her strains in sorrow steep,
Horror covers all the heath,
Sisters I weave the web of death:
Hail the task and hail the hands!
Songs of joy and triumph sing; Joy to the victorious bands,
Triumph to the younger king.
Mortal! thon that nearest the tale
Scotland through each winding vale
Sisters 1 hence with spters of speed;
Each her thundering falehion wield; Each be&tride her sable steed:
Hurry, hurry to the field.
THE DESCENT OF ODIN.
To be found in Earlholinns. decausit conlcm nendx marti- Hasniae, 16S9, Quarto.
lipreis Odtnn Alltla gautr, ic.
Up rose the king of men with speed,
t Nillhelmr, the hell of the Gothic nations, eonMsted of nl» worlds, ui which were devoted all such as died of sickness old age, or by any other means than in battle; over it prmtdsd Ilela the goddess of Deatl,.
And long pursues with fruitless yell
The father of the powerful spell.
Onward still his way he takes,
(The groaning earth beneath him shakes,)
Till full before his fearless eyes
The portals nine of hell arise.
Right against the eastern gate,
Where long of yore to sleep was laid
Proph. What call unknown, what charms
To Break the quiet of the tomb?
Od&n. A traveller, to thes unknown,
Proph. Mantling in the goblet see
Odin. Once again my call obey:
Proph. In Hoder's hand the hero's doom;
Odin. Prophetess! my spell obey;
Proph. In the caverns of the west,
Till he on Hoders corse shall smile
Odin. Yet a while my call obey:
Proph. Ha! no traveller art thou;
Odin. No boding maid of skill divine
Proph. Hie thee hence, and boast at home,
THE TRIUMPH OP OWEN:
From Mr. Evan's specimen of the Welsh poetry.
OWEN succeeded his father Griffin In the principally at North Wales, A. D. 1120: thts baulo was near forty rein •forwards.
Owen's praise demands my song,
* Lok la the evil being, who continues In chains till the (m'Iff,l of the gods approaches, when he shall break his bonds; the human race, the mars, the sun, shall disappear, the earth •Ink in the seas, and f,re consume the skies; even Odin him. >!f, and his kindred deities, shall perish. For a farther ex . danalion of this mythology, see Introductton a F Jftstotr* 1ze Dancmart, par Mans. MaUaL 1755, 4to; or rather * ranslation of it published in 1770, and entules .NWtAtrn JnUfuitits, In which some mistakes in the original an ;uJi doualy corrected, t North Wale*