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The freshening breeze of eve unfurled that banner's massy fold, The parting gleam of sunshine kissed that haughty scroll of
gold : Night sank upon the dusky beach, and on the purple sea; Such night in England ne'er had been, nor ne'er again shall be. From Eddystone to Berwick bounds, from Lynn to Milford Bay, 35 That time of slumber was as bright and busy as the day; For, swift to east, and swift to west, the ghastly war-fame
spreadHigh on St. Michael's Mount it shone--it shone on Beachy
Head : Far on the deep the Spaniards saw, along each southern shire, Cape beyond cape, in endless range, those twinkling points of fire.
40 The fisher left his skiff to rock on Tamar's glittering waves, The rugged miners poured to war from Mendip's sunless caves ; O’er Longleat's towers, o'er Cranbourne's oaks, the fiery herald
flew, He roused the shepherds of Stonehenge—the rangers of Beaulieu. Right sharp and quick the bells rang out all night from Bristol town;
45 And ere the day three hundred horse had met on Clifton Down.
35 Eddystone, a reef of rocks in the
English Channel (now famed for its
most point of England.
rock in Mount's Bay, Cornwall. Beachy Head, the highest point
on the South Coast of England, in
Sussex. 41 Tamar, a river in Devonshire,
falling into the sea just below Plymouth.
of Cranbourne Chase, near Salis-
on the Wiltshire Downs. Beaulieu, in Dorsetshire, near
Lymington. 45 Bristol, a city in the two counties
of Gloucester and Somerset; l
The sentinel on Whitehall gate look'd forth into the night,
the wild alarum clashed from all her reeling spires; From all the batteries of the Tower pealed loud the voice of fear, And all the thousand masts of Thames sent back a louder cheer: And from the furthest wards was heard the rush of hurrying feet,
55 And the broad streams of pikes and flags dash'd down each
roaring street: And broader still became the blaze, and louder still the din, As fast from every village round the horse came spurring in ; And eastward straight from wild Blackheath the warlike errand
went; Androused in many an ancient hall the gallant squires of Kent:60 Southward, from Surrey's pleasant hills flew those bright
couriers forth; High on bleak Hampstead's swarthy moor, they started for the
north; And on, and on, without a pause, untired they bounded still ; All night from tower to tower they sprang; they sprang from Till twelve fair counties saw the blaze on Malvern's lonely
hill to hill; Till the proud Peak unfurl'd the flag o'er Darwin's rocky dales ;
65 Till, like volcanoes, flared to heaven the stormy hills of Wales;
Whitehall Gate, the gate of
Whitehall Palace, in London. Richmond Hill, near London, in
Surrey. 50 The Royal City, London. The Tower, the ancient fortress
of London. Thames, the river on which
55 Wards, divisions of the City. Blackheath, at this day a suburb
of London, on the south bank of
the river, but then a moor. 62 Hampstead, a height on the
north-west of London. 65 Peak, a high hill in Derbyshire. Darwin, or Derwent, a stream
which rises in the Peak.
height; Till streamed in crimson on the wind the Wrekin's crest of light; Till broad and fierce the star came forth, on Ely's stately fane, And town and hamlet rose in arms o'er all the boundless plain ; 70 Till Belvoir's lordly terraces the sign to Lincoln sent, And Lincoln sped the message on o'er the wide vale of Trent; Till Skiddaw saw the fire that burned on Gaunt's embattled pile, And the red glare on Skiddaw roused the burghers of Carlisle.
CHARLES DICKENS.-Born, 1812; Died, 1870. Charles Dickens, the most popular novelist of this generation, was the son of an under official in the Navy Pay Department. Dickens began life as a parliamentary reporter, which his father had become, but at the age of twerty-four had made himself famous by the appearance of the first parts of “ The Pickwick Papers.” His industry, kindheartedness, and high motives in his subsequent writings, as well as their exquisite genius, found a fitting recognition by his burial in Westminster Abbey, among the great ones of our raco.
THE IVY GREEN.
That creepeth o'er ruins old!
In his cell so lone and cold.
Malvern's height, the highest of
a range of hills in Worcester and
Trent, & river which rises in Staf.
fordshire, passes Nottingham, and after flowing 180 miles, joins the
Ouse, to form the Humber. Skiddaw, a mountain in Cumber.
land, 3,022 feet high. Gaunt, &c., Lancaster Castle. 74 Carlisle, a border English town
The walls must be crumbled, the stones decayed,
To pleasure his dainty whim;
Creeping where no life is seen,
Fast he stealeth on, though he wears no wings,
And a staunch old heart has he; How closely he twineth, how tightly he clings
To his friend, the huge oak tree!
And his leaves he gently waves,
Creeping where grim death has been,
Whole ages have fled, and their works decayed,
And nations have scattered been ; But the stout old ivy shall never fade
Hrom its hale and hearty green.
Shall fatten upon the past;
Creeping on where time has been,
BOBERT BROWNING.-Born, 1812; still alive.
Robert Browning was born at Camberwell in 1812, and educated at the London University. He has written numerous dramas and poems of high merit. The following verses allude to an incident in the great war of Dutch Independence, fought against Philip II. of Spain, which ended in the triumph of the “ Seven United Provinces," in 1579.
HOW THEY BROUGHT THE GOOD NEWS
FROM GHENTI TO AIX.2
I SPRANG to the stirrup, and Joris, and he ;
i Ghent was a great commercial
city of the Low Countries in those years.
2 Aix-la-Chapelle. postern, gate. 4 pique, the bow of the saddle. 6 Lokeren, This and the other
places named are towns or villages on the road between Ghent and Aix. Some of them are hardly on the straight line, but there was no doubt a reason for any circuit taken.