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A crowd, that from the castle came,
Had miss’d their lovely ward ; And seizing me to prison bare,
And deep in dungeon barr’d,
It chanced that on that very morn
Their chief was prisoner ta'en : Lord PERCY had us foon exchang d,
And strove to sooth my pain.
And soon those honoured dear remains
To England were convey’d:
With holy rites were laid.
For me I loath'd my wretched life,
And long to end it thought ; Till time, and books, and holy men
Had better counsels taught,
They rais's my heart to that pure source,
Whence heavenly comfort Hows : They taught me to defpife the world,
And calmıly bears its woes.
the i. e, sword.
No more the Nave of human pride,
Vain hope, and sordid care : I meekly vow'd to spend my life
In penitence and prayer.
The bold Sir Bertram now no more,
Impetuous, haughty, wild ; But poor and humble benedict,
Now lowly, patient, mild
My landI gave to feed the poor,
I came to end my days.
This sweet fequefter'd vale, 1 chose,
These rocks and hanging grove; For oft beside that murmuring stream My love was woot to rove..
My noble friend approv'd my choice ; ;
This bleft retreat he gave : , And here I carv'd her beauteous form,
And scoop'd this holy cave.
Full Gifty winters, all forlorn,
My life I've lingered here ;
I drop the pensive tear.
And thou dear brother of my heart,
So faithful and so true,
Yet not unpitied pass’d my life,
Forsaken, or forgot,
grace my lowly cot.
Oft the great Farl from toils of state,
power, Would gladly seek my little cell
To spend the tranquil hour,
But length of life is length of woe,
I liv'd to mourn his fall :
And friends and followers all.
But thou the honours of thy race,
Lov'd youth, shalt now restore ; And raise again the Percy name
More glorious than before.
He ceas'd, and on the lovely pair
His choicest blessings laid : While they with thanks and pitying tears
His mournful tale repaid.
And now what present course to take
They asked the good old fire; And guided by his fage advice
To Scotland they retire.
Mean-time their fuit fuch favour found
At Raby's stately hall,
Now gladly pardon all.
She suppliant at her * Nephew's throne
The royal grace implor'd: To all the honours of his race
The PERCY was restor'd.
The youthful Earl ftill more and more
Admir'd his beauteous dame ; Nixe noble Sons to him she bore,
All worthy of their name.
* King Henry V. Anno 1414,
The account given in the foregoing ballad of young PERCY, the son of HOTSPUR, is confirmed by the following Extract from an old Chronicle formerly belonging to Whitby Abbey.
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6 HENRY PERCY, the son of Sir HENRY PERCY, « Nayne at Shrewesbury, and of ELIZABETH, the “ daughter of the Erle of Marche, after the death of “ his Father and Grauntsyre, was exiled into Scot“ land * in the time of king Henry the Fourth : but “ in the time of king Henry the Fifth, by the labour “ of JOHANNE the countes of Westmerland, (whose “ Daughter ALLANOR he had wedded in coming into “ England,) he recovered the King's grace, and the " countye of Northumberland, so was the second Erle s of Northumberland.
" And of this Alianor his wife, he begate IX " Sonnes, and III Daughters, whose names be Jo
HANNE, that is buried at Whytbye : THOMAS, lord “ Egremont: KATHARYNE Gray of Rythyn : Sir
: " RÁFFE Percy : WILLIAM PERCY, a Byshopp : " RICHARD PERCY : John, that dyed WITHOUT “ Issue : [another John, called by Vincent + Jo
hannes Percy senior de Warkworth':] GEORGE “ Percy, Clerk : Henry that dyed WITHOUT ISSUE : C ANNE
-:" [besides the eldest son and successor here omitted, because he comes in below, viz.]
« HENRY PERCY, the third Erle of Northumberland.
Vid. Harl. MSS. No 692. (26.) in the British Museum.
i. e. remained an Exile in Scotland during the Reign of king Fienry IV. In Scotia exulavit tempore Henrici Regis quarti. Lat. MS. penes Duc. North.
. . + See his Great Baronag. No. 20. in the Heralds Office.