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XXV. Oh, lovely Spain! renown'd, romantic land! Where is that standard which Pelagio bore, When Cava's traitor-sire first call the band That dyed thy mountain streams with Gothic

gore?) Where are those bloody banners which of yore Waved o’er thy sons, victorious to the gale, And drove at last the spoilers to their shore? Red gleam'd the cross, and waned the crescent

pale, While Afric's echoes thrilld with Moorish ma

tron's wail.

XXXVI.

Teems not each ditty with the glorious tale ?
Ah! such, alas! the hero's amplest fate!
When granite moulders and when records fail,
A peasant's plaint prolongs his dubious date.
Pride! bend thine eye from heaven to thine

estate, See how the Mighty shrink into a song! Can Volume, Pillar, Pile, preserve thee great? Or must thou trust Tradition's simple tongue, When Flattery sleeps with thee, and History does thee wrong?

XXXVII. Awake, ye sons of Spain! awake! advance! Lo! Chivalry, your ancient goddess, cries; But wields not, as of old, her thirsty lance, Nor shakes her crimson plumage in the skies : Now on the smoke of blazing bolts she flies, And speaks in thunder through yon engine's roar: In every peal she calls—“Awake! arise!», Say, is her voice more feeble than of yore, When her war-song was heard on Andalusia's

shore?

XXXVIII.

Hark! heard you not those hoofs of dreadful

note? Sounds not the clang of conflict on the heath?

Saw ye not whom the reeking sabre smote;
Nor saved your brethren ere they sank beneath
Tyrants and tyrants' slaves?-the fires of death,
The bale.fires flash on high :-from' rock to rock
Each volley tells that thousands cease to breathe;

Death rides upon the sulphury Siroc,
Red Battle stamps his foot, and nations feel the

shock.

XXXIX. Lo! where the Giant on the mountain stands, His blood-red tresses deep’ning in the sun, With death-shot glowing in his fiery hands, And eye that scorcheth all it glares upon; Restless it rolls, now fix'd, and now anon Flashing afar,—and at his iron feet Destruction cowers, to mark what deeds are

done; For on this morn three potent nations meet, To shed before his shrine the blood he deems

most sweet.

XL. By Heaven! it is a splendid sight to see (For one who hath no friend, no brother there) Ìheir rival scarfs of mix'd embroidery, Their various arms that glitter in the air! What gallant war-hounds rouse them from their

lair, And gnash their fangs, loud yelling for the prey ! All join the chase , but few the triumph share ;

The Grave shall bear the chiefest prize away, And Havoc scarce for joy can number their array.

XLI. Three hosts combine to offer sacrifice; Three tongues prefer strange orisons on high ; Three gaudy standards flout the pale blue skies The shouts are France, Spain, Albion, Victory! The foe, the victim, and the fond ally That fights for all, but ever fights in vain, Are met-as if at home they could not die

To feed the crow on Talavera's plain, And fertilize the field that each pretends to gain.

XLII. There shall they rot-Ambition's honour'd fools ! Yes, Honour decks the turf that wraps their clay! Vain Sophistry! in these behold the tools, The broken tools, that tyrants cast away By myriads, when they dare to pave their way With human hearts-to what?-a dream alone. Can despots compass aught that hails their sway?

Or call with truth one span of earth their own, Save that wherein at last they crumble bone by

bone?

XLIII.

Oh, Albuera! glorious field of grief!
As o'er thy plain the Pilgrim prick'd his steed,
Who could foresee thee, in a space so brief,
A scene where mingling foes should boast and

bleed!
Peace to the perish’d! may the warrior's meed
And tears of triumph their reward prolong!
Till others fall where other chieftains lead,

Thy name shall circle round the gaping throng, And shine in worthless lays, the theme of transi

ent song!

XLIV.

| Enough of Battle's minions! let them play

Their game of lives, and barter breath for fame:
Fame that will scarce reanimate their clay,
Though thousands fall to deck some single name.
In sooth 'twere sad to thwart their noble aim
Who strike, blest hirelings! for their country's

good,
And die, that living might have proved her shame;

Perish'd, perchance, in some domestic feud,
Or in narrower sphere wild Rapine's path persued.

XLV.
Full swiftly Harold wends his lonely way
Where proud Sevilla triumphs unsubdued :
Yet is she free-the spoiler's wish'd.for prey!
Soon, soon hall Conquest's fiery foot intrude,
Blackening her lovely domes with traces rude.

Saw ye not whom the reeking sabre smote; Nor saved your brethren ere they sank beneath Tyrants and tyrants' slaves?—the fires of death, The bale.fires flash on high :-from“ rock to rock Each volley tells that thousands cease to breathe;

Death rides upon the sulphury Siroc, Red Battle stamps his foot, and nations feel the

shock.

XXXIX.

Lo! where the Giant on the mountain stands,
His blood-red tresses deep'ning in the sun,
With death-shot glowing in his fiery hands,
And eye that scorcheth all it glares upon;
Restless it rolls, now fix'd, and now anon
Flashing afar,—and at his iron feet
Destruction cowers, to mark what deeds are

done; For on this morn three potent nations meet, To shed before his shrine the blood he deems

most sweet.

XL.

By Heaven! it is a splendid sight to see
(For one who hath no friend, no brother there)
Their rival scarfs of mix'd embroidery,
Their various arms that glitter in the air!
What gallant war-hounds rouse them from their

lair, And gnash their fangs, loud yelling for the prey! All join the chase, but few the triumph share ;

The Grave shall bear the chiefest prize away, And Havoc scarce for joy can number their array.

XLI.

Three hosts combine to offer sacrifice;
Three tongues prefer strange orisons on high;
Three gaudy standards flout the pale blue skies
The shouts are France, Spain, Albion, Victory!
The foe, the victim, and the fond ally
That fights for all, but ever fights in vain,
Are met-as if at home they could not die

To feed the crow on Talavera's plain,
And fertilize the field that each pretends to gain.

XLII. There shall they rot-Ambition's honour'd fools ! Yes, Honour decks the turf that wraps their clay! Vain Sophistry! in these behold the tools, The broken tools, that tyrants cast away, By myriads, when they dare to pave their way With human hearts—to what?-a dream alone. Can despots compass aught that hails their sway? Or call with truth one span of earth their own, Save that wherein at last they crumble bone by

bone?

XLIII.

Oh, Albuera! glorious field of grief!
As o'er thy plain the Pilgrim prick'd his steed,
Who could foresee thee, in a space so brief,
A scene where mingling foes should boast and

bleed!
Peace to the perish’d! may the warrior's meed
And tears of triumph their reward prolong!
Till others fall where other chieftains lead,

Thy name shall circle round the gaping throng, And shine in worthless lays, the theme of transi

ent song!

XLIV.

Enough of Battle's minions! let them play
Their

game of lives, and barter breath for fame: Fame that will scarce reanimate their clay, Though thousands fall to deck some single name. In sooth 'twere sad to thwart their noble aim Who strike, blest hirelings! for their country's

good, And die, that living might have proved her shame; Perish'à, perchance, in some domestic feud, Or in narrower sphere wild Rapine's path persued.

XLV.

Full swiftly Harold wends his lonely way,
Where proud Sevilla triumphs unsubdued :
Yet is she free-the spoiler's wish'd for prey!
Soon, soon
hall Conquest's fiery

foot intrude, Blackening her lovely domes with traces rude.

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