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And Cheviot's mountains lone :

And every minstrel sound his glee, The battled towers, the donjon keep,*

And all our trumpets blow; The loop-hole grates where captives weep,

And from the platform, spare ye not The flanking walls that rounait sweep,

To fire a noblu salvu-shot;91 In yellow lustre shone.

Lord Marmion waits below!"The warriors on the turreis high,

Then to the castle's lower ward Moung athwart the evening sky,

Sped forty yeoman tall, Seemed torms of giant height:

The iron-studded gaies unbarred, Their armour, as it caught the rays,

Raised the portcullis' ponderous guard Fiashed back again the western blaze,

The lofty palisade unsparred,
In lines of dazzling light.

And let the drawbridge fall.
II.

V.
St. George's banner, broad and gay,

Along the bridge Lord Marinion rode, Sow faded, as the fading ray

Proudly his red-roan charger trode, Less bright, and less, was Alung;

His helm hung at the saddle-bow; The evening gale had scarce the power

Well, by his visage, you might know To wave it on the donjon tower,

He was a stalworth knight, and keen, So heavily it hung.

And had in many a battle been; The scouts had parted on their search,

The scar on his brown cheek revealed** The castle gates were barred;

A token true of Bosworth field; Above the gloomy portal arch,

His eyebrow dark, and eye of fire, Timing his footsteps to a march,

Showed spirit proud, and prompt to ire. Toe warder kept his guard;

Yet lines of thought upon his cheek Low humming, as he paced along,

Did deep design and counsel speak. Some ancieni border-gathering song.

His forehead, by his casque worn bare,

His thick mustache, and curly hair,
III.

Coal-black, and grizzled here and there,
A distant trampling sound he hears ;

But more through toil than age; He looks abroad, and soon appears,

His square turned joints, and strength or limn O'er Horncliff-hill, a plumpil of spears,

Showed him no carpet knight so trim, Beneath a pennon gay:

But in close fight, a champion grim,
A borseman, darting from the crowd,

In camps, a leader sage.tt
Like lightning from a summer cloud,
Spors on his mettled courser proud,

VI.
Before the dark array.

Well was he armed from head to heel, E neath the sable palisade,

In mail, and plate of Milan steel ;#1 That closed the castle barricade,

But his strong helm, of mighty cost, His bugle horn he blew;

Was all with bumished gold embossed; The warder hasted from the wall,

Amid the plumage of the crest And warned the captain in the hall,

A falcon hovered on her nest, For well the blast he knew :

With wings outspread, and forward breast; And joyfully that knight did call,

E'en such a falcon, on his shield, To sewer, squire, and seneschal.

Soared sable in an azure field :

The golden legend bore aright,
IV.

Who checks at me, to death is dight."'$$ * Yow broach ye a pipe of Malvbisie,

Blue was the charger's broidered rein; Bring pasties of the doe,

Blue ribbons decked his arching mane; And quickly make the entrance free,

The knightly housing's ample fold And bw my heralds ready be,

Was velvet blue, and trapped with gold. we created umpire of the dispute concerning the Scottish suc ed use of the word dungeon. Ducange (voce DUNJO) conjectures Hon. It is repeatedly taken and retaken during the wars plausibly, that the nanie is derived from these keeps being usualbetween Eraland and Scotland ; and indeed scarce any happen. ly bunilt upon a hill, which in Celtic is called Dun. Borluse supen sbieh it had not a principal share. Vorham castle is situ poses the word came from the darkness of the apartments in aed on stery bank, which oferhangs the river. The repeated these towers, which were thence figuratively called dungeons ; Bcb thi casile had sustained rendered freqnent repairs thus deriving the ancient word from the modern application of it.

In 116: it was almost rebuilt by Hugh Pudsey. bishop + [In the MS. the first line has "noary keep;" the fourth "donof Dular, who added a huge herpy, or Donjon; notwithstanding jon sleep;" the seventh "Tuddy lustre." wborn Kinz Helisy 11. in 1174. took the custle from the bishop, (MS.-" Eastern sky.") 2" i contact the keeping of it to William de Neville. After SIMS.--" Erening blaze.") these it Sets tu bare been chiqily garrisoned by the king, This word properly applies to a flight of water-fowl ; but is artibda uyal fürtres Tlit Greys of Chillingham applied, by analogy, to a body of horre. semite frypantly the castrilans, or captains of the garnison:

There is a knight of the North Country, yet in the railwainituated in the patrimony of St. Cuthbert,

Which leads a lusty plump of spears"-Flodden Field. ty was in the ste of Durham till ibe Reformation. A

MA. -" A 10elcome sbot.") L?ESTi pred through various bunds. At the union of (M8. -"On his brown cheek an azure scar t*s, it was in the session of Sir Robert Carey (after.

Bose token tre of Bosworth war."'] Frus Carlif Monmouth for his oww life, and that of two of bis + "Marmion is to Deloraine what Tom Jones ia to Joseph

Ater King James's accession, Curey sold Vorham castle Andrews : the varnish of higher breeding nowhere diminishes the of org; llom carl of Dunbar, for 6:01. See his curious me prominence of the features, and the minion of a kine is a light ED: 39 Jured by Mr. Constable of Edinburgh.

and sinewy a cavalier as the Borderer--rather legs crociousAccurling to Mr Pinkertoo, there is, in the British Museum, more wicked, not less fit for the hero of a ballad, and much more Cal. R. vz 216. a runou, memoir of the Dacres on the state of so for the hero of a regular poem."-GEORGE ELLIS.) xam castle in 132. not long after the battle of Fiodden. The 11 The artists of Milan were famous in the middle ages for their

z ward, or keep, is represented as impriznable : The pro skill in armoury, as appears from the following passage, in which Fabians are threr great vals of salt cels, forty-four kine, three Fruissart gives an account of the preparations made by Henry hrebends of salter salmon, forty quarters of grain, besides many Earl of Hereford, afterwards Henry IV., and Thomas. Duke of 643, and four hundar sheeplying under the castle wall nightly: Norfolk, Earl Mareschal, for their proposed combat in the lists at tot a puncher of the arrow's wanted feathers, and a good nerch Coventry. "These two lords made ample provision of all things lemaker of arrow) was required."- History of Scotland, vol. necessary for the combat: and the Earl of Derby sent off messen. 201. wote.

gers to Lombardy, to have armour from Sir Galeas, Duke of Mi. The ruins of the castle are at present considerable, as well as Jan. "The duke complied with joy, and gave the knight, called 14**reque. The consist of a large bhattered tower, with many Sir Francis, who had brought the message, the choice of all his Faults and frarments of other edifices enclosed within an out. armour, for the Earl of Derby. When he had welected what be want wall of great circuit.

wished for in plated and mail ammour, the lord of Milan, out of * It is perhaps unnecesary to remind my readers, that the don. his abundant love for the Earl, ordered four of the best armourers jon, in its proper signification, means the strongest part of a feu in Milan to accompany the knight to England, that the Earl of dal castle a high square tower, with walls of tremendous thick Derby might be more completely armed."--Jolmes' Froissari, pas ainated in the centre of the other buildings, from which. vol is. p. 597

3er. It was usically detached. Here, in case of the outward SS The crest and motto of Mammion are borrowed from the fol

ces being rained, the warrison retreated to ipake their lost lowing story. Sir David de Lindsay, first Earl of Crawford, was, Bear The dopjot contained the great hall, and principal rooms among other gentlemen of quality, attended, during a visit 10 ftate fut kolemn occasions, and also ihe prison of the fortress; London, in 1990, by Sir William Dalzell, who was, according to from which last circumstance we derive the modern and restrict. my authority, Bouer, not only excelling in wisdom, but also of a

VII.

IX. Behind him rode two gallant squires,

'Tis meet that I should tell you now, Of noble name, and knightly sires;

How fairly armed, and ordered how, They burned the gilded spurs to claim;

The soldiers of the guard, For well could each a war-horse tame,

With musket, pike, and morion, Could draw the bow, the sword could sway, To welcome noble Marmion, And lightly bear the ring away;

Stood in the castle-yard ; Nor less with courteous precepts stored,

Minstrels and trumpeters were there, Could dance in hall, and carve at board,

The gunner held his linstock yare, And frame love-ditties passing rare,

For welcome-shot prepared And sing them to a lady fair.

Entered the train, and such a clang, t

As then through all his turrets rang,
VIII.

Old Norham never heard.
Four men-at-arıns came at their backs,
With halbert, bill, and battle-axe :

X.
They bore Lord Marmion's lance so strong, *

The guards their morrice-pikes advanced, And led his sumpter-mules along,

The trumpets flourished brave, And ambling palfrey, when at need

The cannon from the ramparts glanced, Him listed ease his battle-steed.

And thundering welcome gave. The last and trustieth of the four,

A blithe salute, in martial sort, On high his forky pennon bore ;

The minstrels well might sound, Like swallow's tail, in shape and hue,

For, as Lord Marmion crossed the court, Fluttered the streamer glossy blue,

He scattered angels round. Where, blazoned sable, as before,

"Welcome to Norham, Marmion, The towering falcon seemed to soar.

Stout heart, and open hand! Last, twenty yeomen, two and two,

Well dost thou brook thy gallant roan, In hosen black, and jerkins blue,

Thou Hower of English land !" With falcons broidered on each breast,

XI. Attended on their lord's behest.

Two pursuivants, whom tabards deck, Each, chosen for an archer good,

With silver scutcheon round their neck, Knew hunting-craft by lake or wood;

Stood on the steps of stone, Each one a six foot bow could bend,

By which you reach the donjon gate, And far a cloth-yard shaft could send ;

And there, with herald pomp and state, Each held a boar-spear tough and strong

They hailed Lord Marmion :I And at their belts their quivers rung.

They hailed him Lord of Fontenaye, Their dusty palfreys, and array,

Of Lutterward and Scrivelbaye, Showed they had marched a weary way.

Of Tamworth tower and town ;S lively wit. Chancing to be at the court, he there saw Sir Piers Cour extinct in the person of Philip de Marmion, who died in moth tenay, an English Knight, famous for skill in tilting, and for the Ellward I., without issue male. He was succeeded in bis castle beauty of his person, parading the palace, arrayed in a new of Tarnworth by Alexander de Freville, who married Mazera his mantle, bearing for device an enbroidered falcon, with this grand-daughter Buldwin de Freville, Alexander's descendant, rhyme,

in the reign of Richard I., by the supposed tenure of his castle of "I bear a falcon, fa rest of fight,

Tamworth, claimed the iftice of royal champion, and to do the
Who so pinchen at her, his death is dight
In sraith."

service appertaining; namely on the day of coronation, to ride The Scottish knight being a wag, appeared next day in a dress

completely armed, upon a barbed borse, into Westminster ball,

and ihere to challenge the combut against any who would gainexactly similar to that of Courtenay, but bearing a magpje in stead of the falcon, with a motto ingeniously contrived to rhyme

say the king's title. But this oilie was adjudged to Sir John Ds

moke, to whom the manor of Scrivelby liad descended by anoto the vaunting inscription of Sir Piers.

ther of the co-heiressed of Robert de Marmion; and it remains "I bx a pie picking nt a piece,

in that famil, whose representative is hereditary champion of Whoso picks at her, I shall pick at his nese,

England at the present day. The family and possessions of FreIo Caith."

ville have merged in the Earls of Ferrars : I have Nut, therefore, This affront could only be expiated by a just with sharp lan. ces. In the course, Dalzell left his helmet unlaced, so that it

created a new family, but only revived the titles of an old voe in gave way at the touch of his antagonist's lance, and he thus

an imaginary personage avoided the shock of the encounter. This happened twice : - in

It was one of the Marmion family who, in the reign of Edward the third encounter, the handsome Courienay lost two of his

11., performed that cbivalrous feat before the very castle of Nor front teeth. As the Englishran complained bitterly of Dalzell's

hom, which Bishop Perey has woven into his beautiful ballad, fraud in not fastening his helmet, the Scottishman agreed to run

" The Hermit of Warkworth." The story is thers told by Le

land: six courses more, each champion making in the hands of the king two hundred pounds, to be forfeited. if, on enterinz the lists,

"The Scottes came yn to the marches of England, and de any un qual advantage should be detected. This being asried

stroyed the castles of Werk and Herbotel, and overran much of to, the wily Scot deinanded that Sir Piers, in addition to the loss

Northumberland marches. of his teeth, should consent to th: extinction of one of his eyes,

" At this tyme Thomas Gray and his friends defended Norham

from the Scottes, he himself having lost an eye in the tight of Otterburn. A: Cour tenay demurred to this equalization of optical powers, Dalzell de

"Il were a wonderful processe to derlare, what mischiefs cam manded the forterit ; which, atter much altercation, the king ap.

hy hungre and asseger, by the space of yi yeres in Northumber pointed to be paid to him, saying, be surpassed the Englishman

land; for the Scottes became so proude after they had got Berboth in wit and valour. This must aprear to the reader a singu

wick, that they nothing esteemed the Englishmen. lar specimen of the humour of that time. I suspect th Jockey

** About this tyme there was a great reste made yn LinconClub would have given a different decision from Henry IV.

shir, to which came many gentlemen and ladies; and amonge * (MS.-" One bore Lord Marmion s lance so strong,

them one lady brought a beanlme for a man of' were, with a very T100 led his sumpter-mules along,

riche creste of gold, to William Mormion, kniebt, with a letter The third his palfrey, when at need."]

of commandment of her lady, ihiut he should go into the daun † (MS. "And when he enter'd, such a clans,

getest place in England, and that to let the heaulme be seeno As through the echoing turrets rang.

and known az famous. So be went to Norham: whither within 1 (" The most picturesque of all poets, Homer, is frequently

4 days of cumming cam Philip Maubray, guardian of Berwicke, minute, to the utmost degree, in the description of the dresses

having yn luis bande 40 mun of armes, the very flour of men of the and accoutrements of his personages. These particulars, often

Scottish marches. inconsiderable in themselves, have the eff.ct of giving truth and

* Thomas Gray, capitayne of Norham, seynge this, brought his identity to the picture, anil assist the mind in realizing the scenes,

garison afore the barriers of the castle behind whom cam Wil

. in a degree which no general description could sigurst; nor could

liam, richly

rayed, as al glittering in gold, and wearing the we so completely enter the Castle with Lord Mirmion, were any

heaulme, his lady's present. circumstances of the description omitted."- British Critic.) hither to fame your helmet : mount apon yor horse, and rede

* Then said Thomas Gray to Marmion, 'Sir knight, ye be cum $ Lord Marmion, the principal character of the presen: romance, is entirely a fictitious personage. In carlier times, indeed, the ta

like a valiant man to yor foes even bere at hand, and I forsake mily of Marmion, lords of Fontenay, in Normandy, was highly

Godd if I rescue not thy body deade or alyve, or I mysell will dye distinguished Robert de Marmion, lord of Fontenay, a distin

for it' guished follower of the conqueror, obtained a grant of the castle

* Whereupon he took his cursere, and rode among the throng and town of Tamworth, and also of the manor of Scrivelby, in

of canemyes; the which layed vore stripes on hym, and pulled Lincolnshire. One, or both of these noble possessions was held

hym at the last out of his andel to the grounde by the honourable service of being the royal champion, as the an

*** Then Thomas Gray, with al the hole garison, lette prick, in cestors of Marmion had formerly been to the dukes of Normandy.

among the Scottes, and so wondid them and their horses, that But after the castle and domesne of Tamworth had passed

they were overthrowan; and Marmion. core beten, was horsid through four successive barons from Robert, the family became

azayn, and, with Gray, porsewed the Scoltes yn chase. There were taken 50 horse of price and the women

of Norham brought • Prepared † Armour

# Noso. them to the foote men to follow the chase."

And he, their courtesy to requite,

Seldom hath passed a week, but giust
Gave them a chain of twelve marks weight,

Or feat of arms befell :
All as he lighted down.

The Scots can rein a mettled steed, "Now, largesse, largesse,* Lord Marmion,

And love to couch a spear;-
Knight of the crest of gold !

St. George! a stirring life they lead,
A blazoned shield, in battle won,

That have such neighbours near.
Ne'er guarded heart so bold."

Then stay with us a little space,
XII.

Our northern wars to learn;
They marshalled him to the castle-hall,

I pray you for your lady's grace,"

Lord Marmion's brow grew stern.
Where the guests stood all aside,
And loudly flourished the trumpet-call,

XV.
And the heralds loudly cried,

The captain marked his altered look, -"Room, lordings, room for Lord Marmion,

And gave a squire the sign ;
With the crest and helm of gold !

A mighty wassail bowl he took,
Full well we know the trophies won

And crown'd it high with wine.
In the lists at Cottiswold:

Now pledge me here, Lord Marmion:
There vainly Ralph de Wilton stove

But first, I pray thee fair, 1! 'Gainst Marmion's force to stand;

Where hast thou left that page of thine,
To him he lost his lady-love,

That used to serve thy cup of wine,
And to the king his land.

Whose beauty was so rare?
Ourselves beheld the listed field,

When last in Raby towers we met,
A sight both sad and fair ;

The boy I closely eyed,
We saw Lord Marnion pierce his shield, t

And often marked his cheeks were wet
And saw his saddle bare;

With tears he fain would hide:
We saw the victor win the crest

His was no rugged horse-boy's hand,
He wears with worthy pride ;.

To burnish shield, or sharpen brand, IT
And on the gibbet tree, reversed,

Or saddle battle-steed;
His foeman's scutcheon tied.

But meeter seemed for lady fair,
Place, nobles, for the Falcon-knight!

To fan her cheek, or curl her hair,
Room, room, ye gentles gay,

Or through embroidery, rich and rare,
For him who conquered in the right,

The slender silk to lead :
Marmion of Fontenaye !"-

His skin was fair, his ringlets gold,
XIII.

His bosom-when he sighed,
Then stepped to meet that noble lord,

The russet doublet's rugged fold
Sir Hugh the Heron bold,

Could scarce repel its pride!
Baron of Twisell, and of Ford,

Say, hast thou given that lovely youth
And captain of the Hold. I

To serve in lady's bower ?
He led Lord Marmion to the deas,

Or was the gentle page, in sooth,
Raised o'er the pavement high,

A gentle paramour ?"
And placed him in the upper place

XVI.
They feasted full and high :

Lord Marmion ill could brook such jest ;**
The whiles a northern harper rude

He rolled his kindling eye,
Chanted a rhyme of deadly feud,

With pain his rising wrath suppressed, ,
"How the fierce Thirwalls, and Ridleys all, Yet made a calm reply:
Stout "Villi mondsuick,

" That boy thou thought'st so goodly fair,
And Hard-riding Dick,

He might not brook the northern air.
And Hughie of Haudon, and Will oʻthe Wall, More of his fate if thou would'st learn,
Hare set on Sir

Albany Featherstonhough, I left him sick in Lindisfarn :tt
And taken his life at the Deadman's shaw."'S Enough of him ; but, Heron say,
Scantly Lord Marinion's ear could brook

Why dost thy lovely lady gay
The harper's barbarous lay;

Disdain to grace the hall to-day?
Yet much he praised the pains he took,

Or has that dame, so fair and sage,
And well those pains did pay:

Gone on some pious pilgrimage ?"-
For lady's suit, and minstrel's strain,

He spoke in covert scorn, for fame
By knight should ne'er be heard in vain.

Whispered light tales of Heron's dame.11
XIV.

XVII.
· Now, good Lord Marmion," Heron says, Unmarked, at least unrecked, the taunt,
Of your fair courtesy,

Careless the knight replied, SS
I pray you bide some little space

"No bird, whose feathers gayly flaunt, In this poor tower with me.

Delights in cage to bide:
Here may you keep your arms from rust,

Norham is grim, and grated close,
May breathe your war-horse well;

Hemmed in by battlement and fosse, * This was the cry with which heralds and pursuivants were over, the said William Heron was, at the time supposed, a pri woot to acknowledge the bounty received from the knights. soner in Scotland, being surrendered by Henry Vill., on account Steward of Lorn distinguishes a ballad, in which he satirizes the of his share in the slaughter of Sir Robert Ker of Cessford. His Bartowniess of James V., and his courtiers, by the ironical burden- wife, represented in the text as residing at the court of Scotland, Lerger, lorees, ler go, hay.

was, in fact, living in her own castle at Ford. -- See Sir RICHARD Leries of this new-yeir day.

HERON'S curious Gencalogy of the Heron family.
First krym of the Kme, my chief,

$ The rest of this old ballad, given as a note in the former edi. Qabulk cune als quiet as it thiet,

tions of Marmion, may be found in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish And in my hand schillingia tway,

Border.
To put bia ler to the preif, †
For lerges of this new-yeir day."

11(MS. -" And let me pray thee fair.''). The heralde, like the minstrels, were a race allowed to have

1 (M8.-" To rub a shield, or sharp a brand.")

** (MS.-"Lord Marmion ill such jest could brook, e elaimes upon the liberality of the knights, of whose feats

He roll'd his kindling eye; they kept a record, and proclaimed them aloud, as in the text,

Fix'd on the Knight his dark haught look, upon suitable occasions.

And answer' stem and high At Berwick, Norham, and other border fortresses of impor

* That page thou did'st so closely eye, lance, purelvants usually resided, whose inviolable character

So fair of hand and skin, kaudered them the only persons that could, with perfect assuranco of safety, be sent on necessary embassies into Scotland. This is

Is come. I ween, of lineage high, alleled to in tanza XXI

And of thy lady's kin. * (Ma._" Cleave his shield.")

That youth, so like a paramour.

Who wept for shame and pride, Were accuracy of any consequence in a fictitious narrative.

Was erst, in Wilton's lordly bower, this castellan's name ought to have been William ; for William

Sir Ralph de Wilton's bride.'") Heun of Ford was husband to the famous Lady Ford, whose sy.

++ (See Note, canto ii. stanza 1:) PR charms ore said to have cost our James IV. so dear. More

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And many a darksome tower;

The only men that safe can ride And better loves my lady bright

Mine errands on the Scottish side: To sit in liberty and light,

And though a bishop built this fort, In fair Queen Margaret's bower.

Few holy brethren here resort; We hold our greyhound in our hand,

Even our good chaplain, as I ween, Our falcon on our glove ;

Since your last siege, we have not seen: But where shall we find leash or band,

The mass he might not sing or say, For dame that loves to rove?

Upon one stinted meal a day;,
Let the wild falcon soar her swing,

So, safe he sat in Durham aisle,
She'll stoop when she has tired her wing."—* And prayed for our success the while.
XVIII.

Our Norham vicar, wo betide, "Nay, if with royal James's bride,

Is all too well in case to ride. The lovely Lady Heron bide,

The priest of Shoreswood, s-he could rein Behold me here a messenger,

The wildest war-horse in your train; Your tender greetings prompt to bear;

But then, no spearman in the hall For, to the Scottish court addressed,

Will sooner swear, or stab, or brawl. I journey at your king's behest,

Friar John of Tillmouth were the man: And pray you, of your grace, provide

A blithesome brother at the can, For me, and mine, a trusty guide.

A welcome guest in hall and bower, I have not ridden in Scotland since

He knows each castle, town, and tower, James backed the cause of that mock prince,

In which the wine and ale are good, Warbeck, that Flemish counterfeit,

'Twixt Newcastle and Holy-Rood. Who on ihe gibhet paid the cheat.

But that good man, as ill befalls, Then did I march with Surrey's power,

Hath seldom left our castle walls,
What time we razed old Ayton tower,"—+

Since, on the vigil of St. Bede,
XIX.

In evil hour, he crossed the Tweed,
For such like need, my lord, I trow,

To teach dame Alison her creed. Norham can find you guides enow;

Old Bughtrig found him with his wife; For here be some have pricked as far,

And John, an enemy to strife, On Scottish ground, as to Dunbar;

Sans frock and hood, fed for his life. Have drunk the monks of St. Bothan's ale,

The jealous churl hath deeply swore, And driven the beeves of Lauderdale ;

That, if again he venture o'er, Harried the wives of Greenlaw's goods,

He shall shrieve penitent no more. And given them light to set their hoods."

Little he loves such risks, I know

Yet, in your guard, perchance, will go.”-
XX.
Now, in good sooth,” Lord Marmion cried,

XXII.
" Were I in warlike-wise to ride,
A better guard I would not lack,

Young Selby, at the fair hall-board,

Carved to his uncle and that lord,
Than your stout forayers at my back :
But, as in form of peace I go,

And reverently took up the word.
A friendly messenger, to know,

" Kind uncle, wo were we each one, Why, through all Scotland, near and far,

If harm should hap to brother John Their king is mustering troops for war,

He is a man of mirthful speech, The sight of plundering border spears

Can many a game and gambol teach;

Full well at tables can he play,
Might justify suspicious fears,

And sweep at bowls the stake away.
And deadly feud, or thirst of spoil,
Break out in some unseemly broil :

None can a lustier carol bawl,

The needfullest among us all,
A herald were my fitting guide ;
Or friar, sworn in peace to bide;

When time hangs heavy in the hall,
Or pardoner, or travelling priest,

And snow comes thick at Christmas tide, Or strolling pilgrim, at the least."

And we can neither hunt, nor ride

A foray on the Scottish side.
XXI.

The vowed revenge of Bughtrig rude,
The captain mused a little space,

May end in worse than loss of hood. And passed his hand across his face.

Let Friar John, in safety, still “ Fain would I find the guide you want,

In chimney-corner snore his fill, But ill may spare a pursuivant,

Roast issing crabs, or flagons swill:

* (MS.-"She'll stoop again when tired her wing.")

of May, 1570, (and the said Sir Richard was threescore and foar + The story of Perkin Warbeck, or Richard, Duke of York, is teen years of age, and grown blind.) in time of peace; when nane well known. In 1496, he was received honourably in Scotland; of that country lippened (expected) such a thing."-"The and James IV., after conferring upon him in marriage his own Blind Baron's Comfort" consists in a string of puns on the word relation, the lady Catharine Gordon, made war on England in Blythe, the name of the lands thus despoiled. Like John behalf of his pretensions. To retaliate an invasion of England, Liitlewit, he had “a

conceit left him in his misery,-a miserable Surrey advanced into Berwickshire at the head of considerable conceit. forces, but retreated after taking the inconsiderable fortress of The last line of the text contains a phraso, by which the borAyton. Ford, in his Dramatic Chronicle of Perkin Warbeck, derers jocularly intimated the burning a house. When the Marmakes the most of this inroad :

wells, in 1685, burned the castle of Lochwood, they said they did " SURREY “Are all our braving enemies shrunk back,

so to give the lady Johnstone " light to set her hood." Nor was

the phrase inapplicable ; for, in a letter, to which I have mislaid Hid in the logges of their distemper'd climate, Not daring to behold our colours wave

the reference,

the Earl of Northumberland writes to the king and In spight of this infected ayre? Can they

council, that he dressed himself, at midnight, at Warkworth, by Looke on the strength of Candrestine defact;

the blaze of the neighbouring villages, burned by the Scottish maThe glorie of Heydonhall devasted; that

rauders. Of Edington cast downe; the pile of Fulden

This churchman seems to have been a-kin to Welsh the vicar Orethrowne : And this, the strongest of their forta,

of St. Thomas of Exeter, a leader among the Cornish insurgents Old Ayton Castle, yeelded and demolished,

in 1549. “This man," says Hollinshed, had many good things And yet not peepe abroad? The Scots are bold,

in him. He was of no great stature, but well set, and mightilie Hardie in battayle, but it seems the cause They undertake consideral, appearea

compact: he was a very good wrestler ; shot well, both in the Unjoynted in the frame on't.

long bow, and also in the cross-bow, he handled his hand-gun 1 The garrisons of the English castles of Wark, Norham, and

and peece very well; he was a very good woodman, and a hardie, Berwick, were, as may be easily supposed, very troublesome beard for the washing. He was a companion in any exercise of

and such a one as would not give his head for the polling, or his neighbours to Scotland. Sir Richard Maitland of Ledington wrote a poem, called “The Blind Baron's Comfort ;" when his

activitie, and of a courteous and gentle behaviour. He descendbarony of Blythe, in Lauderdale, was harried by Rowland Fos.

ed of a good honest parentage, being borne at Penevenn, in Corn ter, the English captain of Wark, with his company, to the num

wall; and yet, in this rebellion, an arch-captain, and a principal ber of 300 men. They spoiled the poetical knight of 5000 sheep.

doer."-Vol. iv. p. 958, 4to. edition. This model of clerical ta200 nolt, 30 horses and mares ; the whole furniture of his house

lents had the misfortune to be hanged upon the stooplo of his owa of Blythe, worth 109 pounds Scots, (81.: 6: 8,) and every thing

church. elso that was portable. This spoil was committed the 16th day

[The reader nseds bardly to be remindorl of Iranhoe.)

389 Last night, to Norham there came one

Some lying legend, at the leasty

, Will better guide Lord Marmion."

They bring to cheer the way. " Nephew," quoth Heron, "by my fay,

XXVI. Well hast thou spoke ; say forth thy say."

" Ah! noble sir," XXIII.

And finger on his lip he laid,

young Selby said, "Here is a holy Palmer come,

This man knows much, perchance e'en more From Salem first, and last from Rome;

Than he could learn by holy lore. One, that hath kissed the blessed tomb,

Still to himself he's muttering, And visited each holy shrine,

And shrinks, as at some unseen thing. In Araby and Palestine;

Last night we listened at his cell; On hills of Armenie hath been,

Strange sounds we heard, and, sooth to tell, Where Noah's ark may yet be seen;

He murmured on till morn, howe'er By that Red Sea, too, hath he trod,

No living mortal could be near. Which parted at the prophet's rod;

Sometimes I thought I heard it plain, In Sipai's wilderness he saw

As other voices spoke again. The Mount, where Israel heard the law,

I cannot tell-I like it notMa thunder-dint, and flashing levin,

Friar John hath told us it is wrote, And shadows, mists, and darkness, given.

No conscience clear, and void of wrong, He shows Saint James's cockle shell,

Can rest awake, and pray so long. Or tair Montserrat, too, can tell;

Himself still sleeps before his beads And of that Groi where Olives nod,*

Have marked ten aves, and two creeds.”—1 Where, darling of each heart and eye,

XXVII. From all the youth of Sicily,

-"Let pass," quoth Marmion ; " by my fay, Saint Rosaliet retired to God.I

This man shall guide me on my way,
XXIV.

Although the great arch fiend and he * To stout Saint George of Norwich merry,

Had sworn themselves of company. Saint Thomas, too, of Canterbury,

So please you, gentle youth, to call

This Palmer** to the cas le hall." Cuthbert of Durham, and Saint Bede,

The summoned Palmer ( ime in place; For his sins' pardon hath he prayed.

His sable cowl o'erhung us tace; He knows the passes of the North,

In his black mantle was he clad, Andeks far shrines beyond the Forth;

With Peter's keys, in cloth of red Litle he eats, and long will wake,

On his broad shoulders wrought; And drinks but of the stream or lake.

The scallop shell his cap did deck ; This were a guide o'er moor and dale;

The crucifix around his neck But, when our John hath quaffed his ale,

Was from Loretto brought; As little as the wind that blows,

His sandals were with travel tore, And warms itself against his nose, s

Staff, budget, bottle, scrip, he wore ;
Kens he, or cares, which way he goes."-||

The faded palm-branch in his hand,
XXV.

Showed pilgrim from the Holy Land.tt * Gramercy !" quoth Lord Marmion,

XXVIII. * Ful loth were I, that Friar John,

When as the Palmer came in hall, That venerable man, for me,

Nor lord, nor knight, was there more tall, Were placed in fear or jeopardy.

Or had a statelier step withal, If this same Palmer will me lead

Or looked more high and keen; From hence to Holy-Rood,

For no saluting did he wait, Lke nis good saint, I'll pay his meed,

But strode across the hall of state, Instead of cockle-shell, or bead,

And fronted Marmion where he sat, #1 With angels fair and good.

As he his peer had been. I love such holy ramblers; still

But his gaunt frame was worn with toi!, They know to charm a weary hill,

His cheek was sunk, alas the while! With song, romance, or lay:

And when he struggled at a smile, Some jovial tale, or glee, or jest,

His eye looked haggard wild: (WS-" And of the Olives' shaded cell.”]

fends in the same sort, nor can we easily conceive, how any one + M-" Retired to Gol St. Rosalie."

could venture, in a serious poem, to speak of cante Rosalia was of Palermo, and born of a very noble fa

the will thint blows, ay and, when very young, abhorred so much the vanities of

And warms itself against his nose. the world, and avoided the converse of mankind, resolving to de

Jeffrey title herself wholly to God Almighty, that she, by divine inspi. | Friar John understood the soporific virtue of his beads and breme, forsook bet father's house, and never was more heard of, viary, as well as his namesake in Rabelais. "But Gargantua te ber body was found in that cleft of a rock, on that almost in- could not sleep by any means, on which side soever be tumed artestbe mountain, where now the chapel is built; and they himselt. Whereupon the monk said to him, I never sleep soundarm, she was carried up there by the hands of angels; for that ly but when I am at sermon or prayers. Let us therefore begin, place w 2 bol formerly so accessible (as now it is) in the days of you and I, the seven penitential psalms, to try whether you shall the saini ; and even now it is a very bad, and steepy, and break not quickly fail asleep. The conceit pleased Gargantua very Der way. In this frightful place, this holy woman lived a great well; and, beginning the first of these psitlms, as soon as they Dany jean, feeling only on what she found growing on that bar. came to beati quorum, they fell asleep, both the one and the Templain, and creeping into a narrow and dreadful cleft in a wel, which was always dropping wet, and was her place of re ** A palmer, opposed to a pilgrim, was one who made it bis tant, as well as prayer; having worn out even the rock with sole business to visit ditlerent holy shrines; travelling incessantly,

ki, in a certain place, which is now opened on purpose to and subsisting hy charity : whereas thopilgrim retired to his usual show it to those who come here. This chapel is very richly home and occupations, when he had paid his devotions at the used; and on the spot where the saint's dead body was dis particular spot which was the object of his pilgrimue. The Otted, which is just beneath the hole in the rock, which is palmer seems to have been tho Quastionarii of the ancient gehad on purpose, as I said, there is a very fine statue of mar Scottish cinons 1242 and 1996. There is, in the Dannatyne: MS to, reiesenting her in a lying posture, railed in all about with a burlesque account of two such persons, entitled "Smmy and Iseina and brass work, and the altar, on which they say mass, his Brother."

Their accoutremenis are thus ludicrously described balt just over it"-Voyase lo Sicily and Malta, by Mr. John (I discard the ancient apelling) Drydes. (on to the poct.) P. 17.

"Syne shpa! them ip, to loup on leas, M.-" And with metheglin warm'd his nose,

Two tabans of the tartan;
As little as, "&c.)

They countert puught what their clouts were

When gew'd them on. in certain. 1 (This poema has faults of too great magnitude to be passed

Sync clampit up St. Peter's keys, without notice. There is a debasing lowness and vulgarity in

Made of an old red gurtane; bet pasages, which we think must be offensive to every reader

St. Jain%s'e chells, on t'other side, shews of delicacy, and which are not, for the most part, redeemed by

As retty as a partone any bizar of picturesque effect. The venison pasties, we think,

Toc, of this description; and this commemoration of Sir Hugh

On Symmye and his brother."
Hacia troopers, who
Have drunk the monks of St. Bothan's ale,' &c.

ble." -Jthe most presentment of the mysterious Palmer is laudaThe long account of Friar John, though not without merit, of 1: (MS.-" And near Lord Murmion took his seat.")

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