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receipt for the money, he kept both sides, and I had never satis
Rapid and ominous as these
Hath caught it, though no human ear, With which the moonbeams tinge the Tees. Unsharpen'd by revenge and fear, There might be seen of shame the blush,
Could e'er distinguish horse's clank, There anger's dark and fiercer flush,
Until it reach'd the castle bank. While the perturbed sleeper's hand
Now nigh and plain the sound appears, Seem'd grasping dagger-knife or brand.
The warder's challenge now he hears, s Relax'd that grasp, the heavy sigh,
Then clanking chains and levers tell,' The tear in the half-opening eye,
That o'er the moat the drawbridge fell, The pallid cheek and brow, confess'd
And, in the castle court below, That grief was busy in his breast;
Voices are heard, and torches glow, Nor paused that mood-a sudden start
As marshalling the stranger's way, Impellid the life-blood from the heart :
Straight for the room where Oswald lay; Features convulsed, and mutterings dread,
The cry was,-"Tidings from the host, il Show terror reigns in sorrow's stead.
Of weight-a messenger comes post." That pang the painful slumber broke, *
Stilling the tumult of his breast,
His answer Oswald thus express'd-
"Bring food and wine, and irim the fire; He woke, and fear'd again to close
Admit the stranger, and retire."
The stranger came with heavy stride, T Or listen to the owlet's cry,
The morion's plumes his visage hide, Or the sad breeze that whistles by,
And the buff-coal, an ample fold, Or catch, by fits, the tuneless rhyme
Mantles his form's gigantic mould ?** With which the warder cheats the time,
Full slender answer deigned he And envying think, how, when the sun
To Oswald's anxious courtesy, Bids the poor soldier's watch be done,
But mark'd, hy a disdainful smile, Couch'd on his straw, and fancy-free,
He saw and scorn'd the petty wile,
When Oswald changed the torch's place,
Anxious that on the soldier's facett'
Its partial lustre might be thrown, And Oswald, starting from his bed,
To show his looks, yet hide his own. * (MS.-"Nor longer nature bears the shock,
occasionally took place among the light-armed cavalry and in That pang the slumberer awoke."
fantry, complele snits of armour being sull used among the heary + (There appears some resemblance betwixt the visions of horse Buff-conts continued to be worn by the city trained banda Oswald's sleep and the waking dream of the Giaour :
till within the memory of persons now living, so that defensive ar "He stood.--Some read was on his face
mour may in some measure, be suid to have terminated in the Soon Hatred settled in its place ;
same materials with which it began, that is, the skins of animals, Il rose not with the reddenine flush
or leather."--GROSE'S Military Antiquities. Lond. 1801, 4to. of transient Anger's hasty blush,
vol. 1. p. 323 But pale as mble o'er the tomb,
or the buff coats, which were worn over the corslets, severa! W bose ghastly whiteness aids its gloom.
are yet preserved ; and Captain Grose has given an engraving of His brow was bent, his eye was glazed ;
one which was used in the time of Charles I. by Sir Francis He raised his arm, and fiercely raised,
Rhodes, Bart, of Balbrough-Hall, Derbyshire. They were usually Aud steroly shook his hand on high,
lined with silk or linen, secured before by buttons, or by a lace; As doubting to return or fly;
and often richly decorated with gold
or silver embroidery. From Impatient of his fligbt delay'd,
the following curious account of a dispute respecting a buff coat Here loud his raven charger neigh'd
between an old roundhead captain and a justice of peace, by Down glanced that band, and grasp'd his blade ;
whom his arms were seized after the Restoration, we learn, that That sound had burst his waking dream,
the value and importance of this defensive garment were consi As slumber starts owlet's scream.
derable : "A party of horse came to my house, commanded by The spur hath lanced his courser's sides ;
Mr Peeblry; and he told me he was come for my arms, and that Away, a way, for life be rides.
I must deliver them. I asked him for his order. He told me he 'Twas but a moment that he stood,
had a better order than Oliver used to give ; and, clapping his Then sped as if by death pursued,
hand upon his sword hilt, he said, that was his order. I told him, But in that instant o'er his soul,
if he had none but that, it was not sufficient to take my am: Winters of memory seem'd to roll,
and then be pulled out his warrant, and I read it. It was signed And gather in that drop of time,
by Wentworth Armitage, a general warrant to search all persotis A life of pain, an age of crime.
they suspected, and so len the power to the soldiers at their plea: BYRON'S Works, vol. ix. p. 157. )
They come to us at Coalley Hall, about sun setting; and! (MS." Till underneath the castle bank.
caused a came to be lighted, and conveyed Peebles into the room Nigh and more nigh the sound arpears,
where my arms were. My arms were near the kitchen fire ; and The warder's challenge next he hears."
there they took away fowling-pieces, pistoli, muskets, carbines, $ I have had occasion to remark, in real life, the effect of keen
and such like, belter than 201. Then Mr. Peebles usked me for and fervent anxiety in giving acuteness to the organs of sense.
my buff coal; and I told him they had no order to take away my My gifted friend, Miss Joanna Baillie, whose dramatic works dis
apparel. He told me I was not to dispute their orders; but if ! play such intimate acquaintance with the operations of human
would not deliver it, he would carry me away prisoner, and had passion, has not omitted this remarkable circumstance :-
me out of doors. Yet he let me alone unto the next morning, that
I must wnit upon Sir Jubo, at Halifax: and, coming before him, “De Montfori. (of his guard.) "Tis Rezenvelt: I heard his well linown foot,
he threatened me, and said, if I did not send the cont, for it was
too good for me to keep. I told him it was not in his power to From the first staircase mounting step by step. Freb. How quick an ear thou bast for distant sound!
demand my appare); and he growing into a fit, called me mbel
and traitor and said if I did not send the coat with all speed, he I heard him not.
would send me where I did not like well. I told him I was no (De Mont fort looks embarrassed, and is silent." (" The natural superiority of the instrument over the employer. I gentlemen, to make me the mark for every one to shoot at
rebel, and he did not wel to call me so before theme soldiers and of bold, unhesitating, practised vice, over timid, selfish, crafty departed the room : yet, notwithstanding all the threatenings did iniquiry, is very finely painted throughout the whole of this scene, not send the coat,
But the next day he sent John Lyster, the and the dialogue that ensues. That the mind of Wyclifle. wrought son of Mr. Thomas Lyster. of shiplen Hall, for this coat, with to the ritmoal agony of suspense, has given such ucuteness to his letter, verbatim tbus - Mr. Hodson, T admire you will play the bodily organs, as to enable him to distinguish the approach of his child so with me as you have done, in writing such an inconsidehired bravo, while at a distance beyond the reach of common rate letter Let me have the buff coat sent forthwith, otherwise hearing, in grannly imagined, and admirably true to nature." you shall so hear from me us will not very well please you. I was Critical Reviewo.)
not at home when this messenger came, but I had ordered ung (MS.-" The cry was.--Heringham comes post
wife not to deliver it, but, if they would take it, let them look to With :idings of a battle lost.'
it: and he took it away; and one of Sir John's brethren wore it As one that roused himself from rest,
many years nfler. They sent Captain Butt to compound with His answer, &c.
my wife about it; but I kent word I would have my own again: T (MS. " with heavy pace,
but he advised me to take a price for it, and make no inore ado The plumed morion hid his face."]
I said, it was hard to take my arms and upparel too, I had laid ** The use of complete suits of armour was fallen into disuse out a great deal of money for them; I hoped they did not mean to during the Civil War, though they were still worn by leaders of destroyeme, by taking my gounia" ilegally from me. He said hise rank and importance.
" In the reign of King James 1," says our military antiquary, no great alterations were made in the arti had brought Sir John to a price for my coat. I would not have cle of defensive armour, except that the buff'cont, or jerkin, which taken 107 for it; he would have given about 41. ; but, wanting my
now became frequently a would of itself resist the stroke of a sword; this, however, only +7 (MS.-" That fell upon the stranger's face.")
Mis guest, the while, laid low aside
Inured to danger's direst form, The ponderous cloak of tough bull's hide,
Tornade and earthquake, flood and storm, And to the torch glanced broad and clear
Death had he seen by sudden blow, The corselet of a cuirassier;
By wasting plague, by tortures slow, Then from his brows the casque he drew,
By mine or breach, by steel or ball, And from the dank plume dash'd the dew,
Knew all his shapes, and scorn'd them all. From gloves of mail relieved his hands, *
IX. And spread them to the kindling brands,
But yet, though BERTRAM's harden'd look, And, turning to the genial board, +
Unmoved, could blood and danger brook, Without a health, or pledge, or word
Still worse than apathy had place
On his swart brow and callous face;
For evil passions, cherished long,
Had plough'd them with impressions strong
All that gives gloss to sin, all gay
Light folly, past with youth away,
But rooted stood in manhood's hour, His host beheld him gorge his cheer,
The weeds of vice without their flower. And quaff the full carouse, that lent
And yet the soil in which they grew, His brow a fiercer hardiment.
Had it been tamed when life was new, Now Oswald etood a space aside,
Had depth and vigour to bring forth** Now paced the room with hasty stride,
The hardier fruits of virtuous worth. In feverish agony to learn
Not that, e'en then, his heart had known Tidings of deep and dread concern,
The gentler feelings' kindly tone; Cursing each moment that his guest
But lavish waste had been refined Protracted o'er his ruffian feast.s
To bounty in his chasten'd mind, Yet, viewing with alarm, at last,
And lust of gold, that waste to feed, The end of that uncouth repast,
Been lost in love of glory's meed, Almost he seem'd their haste to rue,
And, frantic then no more, his pride As, at his sign, his train withdrew,
Had ta'en fair virtue for its guide.
Even now, by conscience unrestrain'd,
Clogg'd by gross vice, by slaughter stain'd,
Still knew his daring soul to soar,
And mastery o'er the mind he bore;
For meaner guilt, or heart legs hard, To justify suspicious fears.
Quail'd beneath Bertram's bold regard.tt On his dark face a scorching clime,
And this felt Oswald, while in vain And toil, had done the work of time,
He strove, by many a winding train, Roughen'd the brow, the temples bared
To lure his sullen guest to show, And sable hairs with silver shared,
Unask'd, the news he long'd to know, Yet left-what age alone could tame
While on far other subject hung The lip of pride, the eye of flame;ll.
His heart, than falter'd from his tongue.it The full-drawn lip that upward curlid,
Yet naught for that his guest did deign The eve that seem'd to scorn the world.
To note or spare his secret pain, That lip had terror never blench’d;
But still, in stern and stubborn sort, Ne'er in that eye had tear-drop quench'd
Return'd him answer dark and short, The flash severe of swarthy glow,
Or started from the theme to range That mock'd at pain, and knew not wo.
In loose digression wild and strange, (MS -" he freed his hands.")
came in their way ; and, demeaning themselves, both in the bar. 1 (MS. ** Then turn d to the replenish'd board.")
tle and after the conquest, more like demons 'han human beings, if The description of Bertram which follows, is hizhly pic they succeeded in impressing their enemies with a sort of super turerque ; and the rude air of consciolis superiority with which he stitious terror, which rendered them incapable of offering effectua. treats his employer, prepares the reader to enter into the full resistance. Froin piracy at sca, they advanced to making prespirit of his character. These, and many other little circum datory descents on the Spanish territories; in which they displayed stances, which none but a poetical mind could have conceived, the same furious and irresistible valour, the same thirst of spoil, give great relief to the stronger touches with which this excellent and the same brutal inhumanity to their captives.
The largo sketch is completed."-Critical Revieto.)
treasures which they acquired in their adventures, they dissipated (MS.-" Protracted o'er his savage feast.
by the most unbounded licentiousness in garning, women, wine, Yet with aları he saw at last,"
and debauchery of every species. When their spoils were thug ("As Roderick rises above Marmion, so Bertram ascends wasted, they entered into some new association, aod undertook above Roderick Dhu in awfulness of stuture and strength of co new adventures. For farther particulars concerning these exlonring. We have trembled at Roderick ; but we look with doubt traordinary banditti, the reader may consult Raynai, or the com and suspicion at the very shadow of Bertınm-and, as we ap mon and popular book called The History of the Bucaniera. proach bim, we shrink with terror and antipathy from
** (MS.--" Show'd depth and vigour to bring forth
The noblest fruits of virtuous worth.
Then had the lust of gold accurst ? In this eharacter, I have attempted to sketch one of those
Been lost in glory's nobler thirst, West Indian adventurers, who, during the course of the seven
And deep revenge for trivial cause, teenth century, were popularly known by the name of Bucaniers.
Been zeal for freedom and for lawy, The successes of the English in the predatory incursions upon
And, frantic then no more, his pride Spanish America, during the rein of Elizabeth, had never been
Had ta'en fair honour for its guide.") forgotten : and from that period downward, the exploits of Drake tt (MS.
-"stern regard.") and Raleigh, were imitated, upon a smaller scale indeed, but with 11 1" The mastery' obtained by such a being, as Bertram over equally desperate valour, by small bands of pirates, gathered from the timid wickedness of inferior villains, is well delineated in the all nations, but chiefly French and English. The engrossing conduct of Oswald, who, though he had not hesitated to propose policy of the Spaniards tended greatly to increase the number of to him the murder of his kinsman, is described as fearing to ask these freebooters, from whom their commerce and colonies suf bim the direct question, rohether the crime has been accomfered, in the issue, dreadful calamity. The Windward Islands, plished. We must confess, for our own parts, that we did not, which the Spaniards did not deem worthy their own occupation, till we came to the second reading of the canto, perceive the prohad been gradually settied by adventurers of the French and Eng. priety, and even the moral beauty, of this circumstance. lish nations. But Frederic of Toledo, who was despatched in now quito convinced that, in introducing it, the poet has been 15.30), with a powerful fleet, against the Dutch, had orders from the guided by an accurate perception of the intricacies of human naCourt of Madrid to destroy these colonies, whose vicinity at once fure. The scene between King John and Hubert may probably offended the pride and excited the jealous suspicion of their have been present to his mind when he composed the dialogue Spanish neighbours. This order the Spanish Admiral executed between Oswald and his terrible agent; but it will be observed, with sufficient rigour ; but the only consequence was, that the that the situations of the respective personages are materially planter, being rendered desperate by persecution, began, under different; the mysterious caution in which Sbakspeare's usurper the well-known name of Bucaniers, to comience a retaliation is made to involve the proposal of his crime, springs from motives 90 horridly savage, that the perusal makes the reader shudder. undoubtedly more obvious and immediate, but not more consist. When they carried on their depredationg at sea, they boarded, ent with truth and probability, than that with which Wycliffo without respect to disparity of number, every Spanish vessel that conceals the drift of his fessful interrogatories."-Critical Rev.).
And forced the embarrass'd host to buy,
Rich Mexico I had march'd through,
And sack'd the splendours of Peru,
Till sunk Pizarro's daring name,
And, Cortez, thine, in Bertram's fame."-1 Of Commons, Covenanı, and Laws,
"Still from the purpose wilt thou stray! And Church Reform’d-but felt rebuke
Good gentle friend, how went the day?"
And good where goblets dance the round, For sure a soldier, famed so far
Though gentle ne'er was join'd, till now, In foreign fields for feats of war,
With rugged Bertram's breast and brow.On eve of fight ne'er left the host,
But I resume. The battle's rage Until the field were won and lost."
Was like the strife which currents wage, "Here in your towers by circling Tees,
Where Orinoco, in his pride, Yon, Oswald Wycliffe, rest at ease;*
Rolls to the main no tribute tide, Why deem it strange that others come
But 'gainst broad ocean urges far To share such safe and easy home,
A rival sea of roaring war; From fields where danger, death, and toil,
While, in ten thousand eddies driven, Are the reward of civil broil ?''
The billows fling their foam to heaven, “Nay, mock not, friend! since well we know And the pale pilot seeks in vain, The near advances of the foe,
Where rolls the river, where the main. To mar our northern army's work,
Even thus upon the bloody field, Encamp'd before beleaguer'd York;
The eddying tides of conflict wheel'd** Thy horse with valiant Fairfax lay,I
Ambiguous, till that heart of flame, And must have fought-how went the day?"— Hot Rupert, on our squadrons came, XII.
Hurling against our spears a line "Wouldst hear the tale ?-On Marston heaths Of gallants, fiery as their wine; Met, front to front, the ranks of death;
Then ours, though stubborn in their zeal, Flourish'd the trumpets fierce, and now
In zeal's despite began to reel. Fired was each eye, and Aush'd each brow;
What wouldst thou more?~in tumult tost, On either side loud clamours ring,
Our leaders fell, our ranks were lost. 'God and the cause !'--'God and the king !
A thousand men who drew the sword Right Engh all, they rush'd to blows,
For both the Houses and the Word, With naught iv win and all to lose.
Preach'd forth from hamlet, grange, and down I could have laugh but lack'd the time
To curb the crosier and the crown, To see, in phrenesy sun.me,
Now, stark and stiff, lie stretch'd in gore, How the fierce zealots fous' it and bled,
And ne'er shall rail at mitre more. For king, or state, as humour led ;
Thus fared it, when I left the fight, Some for a dream of public good,
With the good Cause and Commons' right."Some for church-tippet, gown and hood, Draining their veins in death to claim
“Disastrous news!" dark Wycliffe said ; A patriot's or a martyr's name.
Assumed despondence bent his head, Led Bertram Risingham the hearts,
While troubled joy was in his eye, That counter'd there on adverse parts,
The well-feign'd sorrow to belie. -No superstitious fool had I
“Disastrous news !-when needed most, Sought El Dorados in the sky!
Told ye not that your chiefs were lost ? Chili had heard me through her states,
Complete the wolul tale, and say, And Lima oped her silver gates,
Who fell upon that fatal day; * (MS.-"Safe sit you, Oswald, and at ease.")
were slain in the battle, besides those in the chase, and 2000 pri + (M8.-" Award the meed of civil broil.”)
soners taken, many of their chief officers, twenty five pieces of 1 (M8.-" Thy horsemen on the outposts lay.")
ordnance, forty-seven colours, 10,000 arms, iwo wazons of cara: & The well known and desperate battle of Long Marston bins and pistol, 130 barrels of powder, and all their bag and bag Moor, which lerminated so unfortunately for the cause of Charles, gage."- WHITELOCKE's Memoirs, fol. p. 89. Lond. 1682 commenced under very different auspices. Prince Rupert had Lord Clarendon informs us, that the King, previous to receiving marched with an army of 20.000 men for the relief of York, then the true account of the battle, had been informed, by an express besieged by Sir Thomas Fairfax, at the head of the Parliamen from Oxford, "that Prince Rupert had not only relieved York, tary army, and the Earl of Leven, with the Scottish auxiliary but totally defeated the Scots, with many particulars to confirm forces. In this he so completely succeeded, that he compelled the it, all which was so much believed there, that they had made pubbesiegers to retreat to Marston Moor, a large open plain, about lic fires of joy for the victory.". eight miles distant from the city. Thither they were followed (MS.-" Led I but half of such bold hearts, by the Prince, who had now united to his army the garrison of
As countered there." &c.) York, probably not less than ten thousand men strong, under the TIThe Quarterly Reviewer (No. xvi.) thus states the causes of gallant Marquis (then Earl) of Newcastle. Whitelocke har re the hesitation he hud hnd in arriving at the ultimate opinion, that corded, with much impartiality, the following particulars of this Rokeby was worthy of the high praise" already quoted from the eventful day :-" The right wing of the Parliament was com commencement of his article :" We confess, then, that in the manded by Sir Thomas Fairfax, and consisted of all his horse, language and verification of this poem, we were, in the first in and three regiments of the Scots horse; the left wing was com. stance, disappointed. We do not mean to say that either is inva: manded by the Earl of Manchester and Colonel Cromwell. One riably faulty; neither is it within the power of accident that the body of their foot was commanded by Lord Fairfax, and consist. conceptions of a vigorous and highly cultivated mind, should ut ed of his foot, and two brigades of the Scots foot for reserve ; formly invest themselves in trivial expressions, or in dissonant and the main body of the rest of the foot was commanded by Ge rhymes ; but we do think that those golden lines, which sponta neral Leven.
neously fasten themselves on the memory of the reader, are more “The right wing of the Prince's army was commanded by the rare, and that instances of a culpable, and almost slovenly inalEarl of Newcastle ; the left wing by the Prince himself; and the tention to the usual rules of diction and of metre, are more fre main body by General Goring, Sir Charles Lucas, and Major Ge quent in this, than in any preceding work of Mr. Scott. In support neral Porter ;--thus were both sides drawn up into battalia. “July 3d, 1644. In this posture both armies faced each other, and
of this opinion, we adduce the followiog quotation, which occur
in stanza xii. ; and in the course of a description which is, in some about seven o'clock in the morning the fight began between them. parts, unusually splendid The Prince, with his left wing, fell on the Parliament's right wing.
Led Bertram Risingham the hearts,' routed them and pursued them a grent way ; tbe like did General Goring, Lucas, and Porter, upon the Parliament's main body. The
'And, Cortez, thine, in Bertram's fame.' three generals, giving all for lost, hanted out of the field, and many "The anthor, surely, cannot require to be told that the feebleof their soldiers fled, and threw down their arms; the King's forces ness of these jingling couplets is less offensive than their obecu; too eagerly following them, the victory, now almost achieved by rity. The first line is unintelligible, because the conditional them, was again snatched out of their hands. For Colonel Crom word, if on which the meaning depends, is neither expressed well, with the brave regiment of his countrymen, and Sir Thomas nor implied in it; and the third line is equally faulty, because the Fairlax, having rallied some of his horse, fell upon the Prince's sentence, when restored to its natural order, can only express the right wing, where the Earl of Newcastle was, and routed them ; and the rest of their companions rallying, they fell altogether upon
exact converse of the speaker's intention.' We think it neces
sary to remonstrate against these barbarous inversions, because the divided bodies of Rupert and Goring, and totally dispersed we consider the rules of grammar as the only shackles by which them, and obtained a complete victory, after three hours' fight. the Hudibrastic metre, dread, 50 liccntious, can be confused
From this battle and the pursuit, somo reckon were buried within tolerable limits."). 7000 Englishmen; all agree that above 3000 of the Prince's men ** (118. -" The doubtful tides of battle reelld")
What leaders of repute and name
Through the white breakers' wrath I bore Bought by their death a deathless fame.*
Exhausted Mortham to the shore; If such my direst foeman's doom,
And when his side an arrow found, My tears shall dew his honour'd tomb.
I suck'd the Indian's venom'd wound. No answer 1-Friend, of all our host,
These thoughts like torrents rush'd along, ** Thou know'st whom I should hate the most; To sweep away my purpose strong. Whom thou too, once, wert wont to hate,
XVII. Yet leavest me doubtful of his fate."
"Hearts are not Aint, and flints are rent; With look unmoved,—“Of friend or fog
Hearts are not steel, and steel is bent. Aught," answer'd Bertram, "wouldst thou know, When Mortham bade me as of yore, Demand in simple terms and plain,
Be near him in the battle's roar, A soldier's answer shalt thou gain;
I scarcely saw the spears laid low, For question dark, or riddle high,
I scarcely heard the trumpets blow;
Lost was the war in inward strife,
Debating Mortham's death or life.
'Twas then I thought, how, lured to come, Now blazed at once in Wycliffe's breast;
As partner of his wealth and home, And brave, from man so meanly born,
Years of piratic wandering o'er, Roased his hereditary scorn.
With him I sought our native shore. *Wretch! hast thou paid thy bloody debt?
But Mortham's lord grew far estranged PHILIP OF MORTHAM, lives he yet?
From the bold heart with whom he ranged ; False to thy patron or thine oath,
Doubts, horrors, superstitious fears, Trait'rous or perjured, one or both.
Sadden'd and dimm'd descending years ; Slave! hast thou kept thy promise plight,
The wiły priests their victim sought, To slay thy leader in the fight ?"
And damn'd each free-borntt deed and thought. Then from his seat the soldier sprung,
Then must I seek another home, And Wycliffe's hand he strongly wrung;
My license shook his sober dome; His grasp, as hard as glove of mail,
If gold he gave, in one wild day
I revelld thrice the sum away. Forced the red blood-drop from the nail"A health!'' he cried ; and, ere he quaff'd,
An idle outcast then I stray'd, Flung from him Wycliffe's hand, and laugh'd:
Unfit for tillage or for trade. -"Now, Oswald Wycliffe, speaks thy heart !
Deem'd like the steel of rusted lance, Now play'st thou well thy genuine part!
Useless and dangerous at once. Worthy, but for thy craven fear,
The women fear'd my hardy look, Like me to roam a bucanier.
At my approach the peaceful shook ; What reck'st thou of the Cause divine,
The merchant saw my glance of flame, If Mortham's wealth and lands be thine ?
And lock'd his hoards when Bertram came; What carest thou for beleaguer'd York,
Each child of coward peace kept far If this god hand have done its work ?
From the neglected son of war. Or what though Fairfax and his best
XVIII. Are reddening Marston's swarthy breast,
But civil discord gave the call, If Philip Mortham with them lie,
And made my trade the trade of all. Lending his life-blood to the dye?-+
By Mortham urged, I came again Sit, then! and as mid comrades free
His vassals to the fight to train. Carousing after victory,
What guerdon waited on my care ?11 When talcs are told of blood and fear,
I could not cant of creed or prayer; That boys and woment shrink to hear,
Sour fanatics each trust obtain'd, From point to point I frankly tells
And I, dishonour'd and disdain'd,
Gain'd but the high and happy lot,
In these poor arms to front the shot!"When purposed vengeance I forego,
All this thou know'st, thy gestures tell; Term me a wretch, nor deem me foe;
Yet hear it o'er, and mark it well. And when an insult I forgive, ll.
"Tis honour bids me now relate Then brand me as a slave, and live!
Each circumstance of Mortham's fate. Philip of Mortham is with those
XIX. Whom Bertram Risingham calls foes;
"Thoughts, from the tongue that slowly part, Or whom more sure revenge attends, I
Glance quick as lightning through the heart. If number'd with ungrateful friends.
As my spur press'd my courser's side, As was his wont, ere battle glow'd,
Philip of Mortham's cause was tried, Along the marshall'd ranks he rode,
And, ere the charging squadrons mix'd, And wore his vizor up the while.
His plea was cast, his doom was fix'd. I saw his melancholy smile,,
I waich'd him through the doubtful fray, When, full opposed in front,' he knew
That changed as March's moody day,ss
Till, like a stream that bursts its bank, ||||
'Twas then, midst tumult, smoke, and strife, We two had turn'd the battle's tide,
Where each man fought for death or life, In many a well-debated field,
'Twas then I fired my petronel, Where Bertram's breast was Philip's shield. I thought on Darien's deserts pale,
And Mortham, steed and rider, fell.
One dying look he upward cast, Where death bestrides the evening gale,
Of wrath and anguish-twas his last. How o'er my friend my cloak I threw,
Think not that there I stopp'd, to view and senceless faced the deadly dew;
What of the battle should ensue; I thought on Quariana's cliff,
But ere I clear'd that bloody press, Where, rescued from our foundering skiff,
Our northern horse ran masterless; DMS." Chose death in preference to shame.")
** (MS.-" These thoughts rush'd on, like torrent's sway, * 118.-" And heart's blood lend to aid the dye?
To sweep my stern resolve away.")
++ (MS.-" Each liberal deed."
11 (M3.-" But of my labour what the meed! $MS.-"Frank, as from mate to mate, I tell
I could not cant of church or creed."]
$(MS.-" That changed as with a whirlwinds's sway." (M3.-"Name when an insult I for gave,
On thy war horse through the ranks,
Like a strearn which burst its banks."
BYRON'S Works, vol. X. p. 275.)
VOL 1.-3 L
Monckton and Mitton told the news,*
In which his complice, fierce and free,
In smoothest terms his speech he wove,
Of endless friendship, faith, and love; Cursing the day when zeal or meed
Promised and vow'd in courteous sort, First lured their Lesley o'er the Tweed.
But Bertram broke professions short. Yet when I reach'd the banks of Swale,
"Wycliffe, be sure not here I stay, Had rumour learn'd another tale;
No, scarcely till the rising day; With his barb'd horse, fresh tidings say,
Warn’d by the legends of my youth, Stout Cromwell has redeem'd the day:
I trust noi an associate's truih. But whether false the news, or true,
Do not my native dales prolong
Of Percy Rede the tragic song,
Train'd forward to his bloody fall,
By Girsonfield, that treacherous Hall ?|| How his pride startled at the tone
ing ridden all that night with a cloak of drap de berrue about * (MS.--"Hot Rupert on the spur pursues ;
him ; belonging to this gentleman of whom I write, then in his Whole troops of fliers choaked the Ouse.")
retinue, with many other officers of good qualitie. It was neer * Monckton and Mittoo are villages near the river Ouse, and twelve the next day befor they had the certanety who was master not very distant from the field of battle. The particulars of the of the field, when at length ther artyves ane expresse, sent by Da. action were violently disputed at the time ; but the following ex vid Lesselie, to acquaint the Gneral they had obtained a most tract from the Manuscript History of the Baronial House of glorious victory, and that the Prince, with his brocken troupes, Somerville, is decisive as to the flight of the Scottish general, was fled from Yorke. This intelligence was somewhat amazing the Earl of Leven. The particulars are given by the author of the
to these gentlemen that had been eye witnesses to the disorder of history on the authority of his father, then the representative of the armie before ther retearing, and had then accompanyed the the family. This curious manuscript has been published by con General in his flight; who, being much wearyert that evening of sent of my noble friend, the present Lord Somerville.
the battell with ordering of his armie, and now quite spent with “ The order of this great battell, wherin both armies was neer his long journey in the night, had casten himselle doune upon a of ane equall number, consisting, to the best calculatione, neer to bed to rest, when this gentleman comeing quyetly into his chamthree score thousand men upon both sydes, I shall not take upon ber, be awoke, and hastily cryes out, Liertennent collonell, me to discryve ; albeit, from the draughts then taken upon the what newes - Allis safe, may it please your Excellence; the place, and information I receaved from this gentleman, who be- Parliament's amie hes obtained a great victory; and then de: ing then a volunteer, as having no command, had opportunitie Tyvers the letter. The Generall, upon the hearing of this, knocked and libertie to ryde from the one wing of the armie to the other, upon his breast, and sayes, I would to God I had dyed upon the to view all ther several squadrons of horse and battalions of fuot, place!' and then opens the letter, which, in a few lines, gave ane how formed, and in what manner drawn up, with every other cir account of the victory, and in the close pressed his speedy retume cumstance relating to the tight, and that both as to the King's at: to the ammie, which he did the next day, being accompanyei some mies and that of the Parliament's, amongst whom, untill the en mylles back by this gentleman, who then takes his leave of bim, gadgment, he went from statione to stations to observe ther and receaved at parling many expressions of kyndenesse, with order and forme ; but that the descriptione of this battell, with promises that he would never be unmyndful of his care and rethe various success on both sides at the beginning, with the loss spect towards him ; and in the end be intreats him to present his of the royal armie, and the sad effects that followed that misfor. service to all his friends and acquaintances in Scotland. Theref. tune as to his Majestie's interest, hes been so often done already tir the Generall sets forward in his joumey for the armie, as this by English authors, little to our commendatione, bow.justly I gentleman did for
, in order to his transportatione for shall not dispute, seing the truth is, ay our principall generall Scotland, where he arryved sex dayes eftir the fight of Mestoune fled that night neer fortie mylles from the place of the fight, that Muir, and gave the first inie account and descriptione of that part of the armie where he commanded being totallie routed great battell, wherin the Covenanters then gloryed so much, that but it is as true, that much of the victorie is attributed to the good they impiously boasted the Lord had now signally appeared for conduct of David Lesselie, lievetennenl.generall of our horse. his cause and people ; il being ordinary for them, dureing tbe Cromwell himself, that minione of fortune, but the rod of God's whole time of this warre, to attribute the greatnes of their suc. wrath, to punish eftirward three rebellious nations, disdained not cess to the goodnes and justice of ther cause, untill Divine Justo take orders from bim, albeit then in the same qualitie of com. tice trysted them with some crosse dispensatione, and then you mand for the Parliament, as being lieytennent general to the Earl might have heard this language from them. That it pleases the of Manchester's borse, whom, with the assistance of the Scots Lord to give his oune the heavyest end of the tree to bear, that horse, haveing routed the Prince's right wing, as he had done that the saints and the people of God must still be sufferers wlule they of the Parliament's. These two commanders of the borse upon are here away, that the malignant party was God's rod to punieb that wing, wisely restrained the great borlies of their horse from them for therinthankfullnesse, which in the end he will cast into persuing these brocken troups, but, wheelling to the left-hund, the fire;' with a thousand other expressions and scripture citafalls in upon the naked fanks of the Prince's main battallion of lions, prophanely and blasphemously uttered by them, to pallate foot, carying them doune with great violence; nether mett they ther villainie and rebellion."- Memorie of the Somerciles. with any great resistance intill they came to the Marques of New Edin 1815. castle his battallione of White Coats, who, first peppering them Cromwell, with his regiment of cuirassiers, had a principal soundly with ther shott, when they came to charge, stoutly boor share in turning the fate of the day at Marston Moor ; whirla them up with their picks that they could not enter to break them. was equally matter of triumph to the Independents, and of ctief Here the Parliament's horse of that wing receaved ther greatest and heart-burning to the Presbyterians and to the Scuttish. PrioJosse, and a stop for sometyme putt to ther hoped-for victorie ; cipal Bailie expresses his dissalisfaction as follows:-. and that only by the stout resistance of this gallant battalione, "The Independents sent up one quickly to assure that all the which consisted neer of four thousand foot, untill at length a glory of that night was theirs; and they and their M jor-General Scots regiment of dragouns, commanded by Collonell Frizeall, omwell had done it all there alone : but Captain Stuart atter with other two, was brought to open them upon some hand, ward showed the vanity and falsehood of their disgraceful rela: which at length they did, when all the ammunitione was spent. tion. God gave us that victory wonderfully. There were three Having refused quarters, every man fell in the same order and generals on each side, Lesley, Fairfax, and Manchester; Rupert, ranke wherin he had fougliten.
Newcastle, and King. Within half an hour and less, all six took Be this execution was done, the Prince returned from the them to their heels ;--this to you alone. The disadvantage of the persuite of the right wing of the Parliament's horse, which he had ground, and violence of the flower of Prince Rupert's borse, car bealten and followed too farre, to the losse of the battell, which ried all our right wing down ; only Eglinton kept ground, to his certanely, in all men's opinions, he might have careyed it' he had great loss; bis lieutenant crowner, a brave man, I fear shall die, not been too violent upon the persuite; which gave his enemies and his son Robert be mutilated of an arm. Lindsay had the upon the left hand opportunitie to disperse and cut doune his in greatest hazard of any; but the beginning of the victory was fantrie, who, haveing cleared the field of all the standing bodies from David Lesly, who before was much suspected of evil of of foot, wer now, with many
of their oune, standing signs: he, with the Scots and Crornwell's horse, having the adready to receave the charge of his allmost spent horses, if he vantage of the ground, did dissipate all before them."-BAILLIE'S should attempt it; which the Prince observcing, and seing all Letters and Journals. Edin 1783, 8vo, ii. 36. lost, he retreated to Yorke with two thousand horse. Notwith S (MS.--" Taught by the legends of my youth standing of this, ther wa that night such a consternatione in the
To trust to no associate's truth.") Parliament armies, that it's believed by most of those that wer In a poem, entitled "The Lay of the Reedwater Minstrel," there present, that if the Princo, haveing so great a body of horso Newcastle, 1809, this tale, with many others peculiar to the valinteire, had made ane ontall that night, or the ensucing morning be ley of the Reed, is commemornted :-“ 'The particulars of the tyme, he had carried the victorie out of ther hands ; for it's cer traditional story of Parcy Reed of Troughend, and the Halls of tane, by the morning's light, he hud rallyed a body of ten thou Girsonfield, the author had from a descendant of the family of sand men, wherof ther was neer three thousand gallant horse. Reed. From his account, it appears that Percival Reed Esquire, These, with the assistance of the toune and garrisoune of Yorke, a keeper of Rredsdale, was betrayed by the Halls (hence denomight have done much to have recovered the victory, for the losse minated the false hearted Ha's) to a band of moss-troopers of the of this battell in effect lost the King and his interest in the three name of Crusier, who slew him at Batinghope, near the source of kingdomes ; his Majestie never being able eftir this to make head the Reed. in the north, but lost his garrisons every day.
"The Halls were, after the murder of Parcy Reed, held in such "As for Generall Lesselie, in the beginning of this flight have. universal abhorrence and contempt by the inhabitants of Rerdsing that part of the army quite brocken, whare he had placed him dale, for their cowardly and treacherous behaviour, that they sell, by the valour of the Prioce, he imagined, and was confermed were obliged to leave the country." In another passage, we are by the opinione of others then upon the place with him, that the battell was irrecoverably lost, seeing they wer neeing upon all haunt the bunks of a brook called the Pringle. These Rodes of
informed that the ghost of the injured Borderer is supposed to hands; theirfore they humnblie intreated his excellence to reteir Troughend were a very ancient family, as may be conjectured and wait his better fortune, which, without farder advygeing, he from their deriving their simame from the river on which they did and never drew bridle unuill he came the lenth of Leads, hav had their mansion. An epitaph on one of their tombs affirms,