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O'er either door a sacred Text

Invites to godly fear;
And in a little scutcheon hung

The cross, and crown, and spear.

Up to the Altar's ample breadth

Two eafy iteps afcend ;
And near a glimmering folemn light

Two well-wrought Windows lend.

Beside the altar rose a Tomb

All in the living itone ;
On which a young and beauteous Maid

In goodly sculpture thone.

A kneeling Angel fairly carv'd

Lean'd hovering o'er her breast; A weeping warrior at her feet ;

And near to thiese her Creft. *

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The cliff, the vault, but chief the tomb,

Attract the wondering pair : Eager they ask, what hapless dame

Lies sculptured here fo fair?

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The Hermit figh'd, the Hermit wept,

For sorrow scarce could speak :
At length he wip d the trickling tears

That all bedew'd his cheek :

Alas! my children, human life

Is but a vale of woc;
And very mournful is the tale,

Vi hich ye so fain would know.

* This is Bull's Head, the crest of the Widdrington family. All the Figures, &c. here described, are Aill visible; only somewhat effaced with length of time.

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1 HE HERMIT's T A L E. Young lord, thy grandfire had a friend

In days of youthful fame ;
Yon distant hills were his domains ;

Sir BERTRAM was his name.

Where'er the noble Percy fought

His friend was at his fide ;
And many a kirmish with the Scots

Their early valour try'd.

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Young Bertram lov'd a beauteous maid,

As fair as fair might be ?
The dew-drop on the lily's cheek,

Was not so fair as she.

Fair WIDDRINGTON the maiden's name,

Yon towers her dwelling place? Her fire an old Northumbrian chief,

Devoted to thy race.

Many a lord, and many a knight

To this fair damsel came?
But Bertram was her only choice ;

For him she felt a flame.

Lord Percy pleaded for his friend,

Her father foon consents ;
None but the beauteous maid herself,

His wishes now prevents.

But she with ftudied fond delays

Defers the blissful hour ; And loves to try

his constancy, And prove

her maiden power.

* Widdrington Castle, is about five miles south of Waikworth.

That heart, she said, is lightly priz'd,

Which is too lightly won ;
And long shall rue that easy maid,

Who yields her love too soon.

Lord Percy made a solemn feast

lo Alnwick’s princely hall ; And there came lords, and there came knights,

His chiefs and barons all.

With wafrel mirth, and revelry

The castle rung around :
Lord Percy, callid for fong and harp,

And pipes of martial found.

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The great atchievements of thy race

They sung : their high command : “ How valiant Mainfred o'er the seas

« First led his northern band. *

“ Brave Galfred next to Normandy

6. With venturous Rollo came; " And from his Norman Cattles won

" Affum'd the Percy name.t

* See Dugdale's Baronage, pag. 269, &c.

+ In lower Normandy are three places of the name of Percy: whence the family took the surname of De Percy,

“ They sung, how in the conqueror's feet

" Lord William hip’d his powers, " And gain d a fair young Saxon bride

" With all her lands and towers.

“ Then journeying to the Holy Land,

There bravely fought and dy'd : 6. But firft the silver Crescent wan,

" Some Paynim Soldan's pride.

They sung how Agnes, beauteous heir,

“ The queen's own brother wed " Lord Josceline, sprung from Charlemagne,

In princely Brabant bred. t

William de Percy, (fifth in descent from Galfred, or Geffrey de Percy, son of Mainfred,) affifted in the conquest of England, and had given him the large possessions in Yorkshire, of Emma de Porte, (so the Norman writers name her,) whose father, a great Saxon lord, had been slain fighting along with Harold. This young lady, William from a principle of honour and generosity, married : for having had all her lands beftowed

upon him by the conqueror, “ he (to use the “ words of the old Whitby Chronicle) wedded hyr that “ was very heire to them, in discharging of his conscience."

See Harl. MSS. 692. (26)-He died at Mountjoy near Jerusalem in the firft crusade.

+ Agnes de Percy, sole heiress of her house, married Joceline de Lovain, youngeft son of Godfrey Barbatus, duke of Brabant, and brother of queen. Adeliza, second wife of king Henry I.

He took the name of Percy, and was ancestor of the earls of Northumber. land. His son lord Richard de Percy was one of the twenty-fix barons, chosen to see the Magna Charta duly observed.

6 How he the Percy name revivid,

"1 And how his noble line " Still foremost in their country's cause

With godlike ardour shine.”

With loud acclaims the listening crowd

Applaud the masters' song,
And deeds of arms and war became

The theme of every tongue.

Now high heroic acts they tell,

Their perils paft recall :
When, lo! a damsel young and fair

Step'd forward thro' the hall.

She Bertram courteously address'd ;

And kneeling on her knee ; Sir knight, the lady of thy love

Hath sent this gift to thee.

Then forth The drew a glittering helme

Well-plated many a fold, The casque was wrought of tempered steel,

The crest of burnith'd gold.

Sir knight, thy lady sends thee this,

And yields to be thy bride,
When thou hast prov'd this maiden gift

Where sharpeft blows are try'd.

Young Bertram took the shining helme

And thrice he kiss'd the fame :
Trust me, I'll prove this precious casque

With deeds of noblest fame.

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