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The broad sun above laughed a pitiless laugh ; 40 'Neath our feet broke the brittle bright stubble like
chaff ; Till over by Dalhem a dome-spire sprang white, And “Gallop,” gasped Joris, "for Aix is in sight! “How they'll greet * us !”—and all in a moment his Greet, welRolled neck and croup * over, lay dead as a stone;
plied to 45 And there was my Roland to bear the whole weight Of the news which alone could save Aix from her fate, colour.
bay or brown With his nostrils like pits full of blood to the brim, Croup, And with circles of red for his eye-sockets' rim.
Then I cast loose my buffcoat, each holster* let fall, Holster, the 50 Shook off both my jack-boots, let go belt and all,
Stood up in the stirrup, leaned, patted his ear, pistol.
ground, And no voice but was praising this Roland of mine, As I poured down his throat our last measure of wine, Burgesses,
Which (the burgesses * voted by common consent) 60 Was no more than his due who brought good news
men of a city from Ghent.
case for a horseman's
the inhabitants or free
THE BATTLE OF THE BALTIC. *-Campbell.
Nelson was born in
1758. He entered the
navy in his twelfth When to battle fierce came forth
year. He was killed All the might of Denmark's crown,
on board the Victory,
at Trafalgar, in 1805. And her arms along the deep proudly shone ;
Prince. The Danish
manded by their
Prince Regent, who And the Prince * of all the land
ecame king as Fred. Led them on.
erick VI. in 1801.
* The Battle of the Baltic. In 1801 a fleet was sent to break up the confederacy formed by Russia, Prussia, Sweden, and Denmark. Seventeen sail of the Danes were sunk, burnt, or taken in the roads of Copenhagen. The Baltic, a sea in the north of Europe. Its waters are shallow, and from this cause and the numerous rivers which it receives it is only slightly salt. This sea is covered with ice in winter.
before the time.
diamond, Here it refers to the iron guns.
Leviathan, a huge Like leviathans * afloat,
It was ten of April morn by the chime;
And the boldest held his breath
But the might of England flushed
And her van * the fleeter rushed
[each gun “ Hearts of oak!” our captains cried, when Adamantine, hard as From its adamantine * lips
Spread a death-shade round the ships,
To our cheering sent us back.
As they strike the shattered sail ; Conflagration, an ex- Or, in conflagration * pale,
Light the gloom !
Out spoke the victor then, Hailed them, called
As he hailed * them o'er the wave :
So peace, instead of death, let us bring :
To our King."
Then he of Europe. A great
her wounds repose ;
As Death withdrew his shades from the day:
55 Now joy, Old England, raise !
Festal cities' blaze.
When news of the While the wine-cup shines in light ;
victory reached EngAnd yet, amidst that joy and uproar,
land, most of the
large towns 60 Let us think of them that sleep,
Elsinore, a town and
seaport on island of Brave hearts ! to Britain's pride
Zealand, where ships 65 Once so faithful and so true,
paid toll to the King
of Denmark, till it On the deck of fame that died,
was abolished in 1857. With the gallant, good Riou !*
Riou. Captain Riou, Soft sigh the winds of heaven o'er their grave ! styled by Nelson" che
gallant ." While the billow mournful rolls, 70 And the mermaid's song condoles, *
Condoles, sympathi. Singing glory to the souls
ses, grieves Of the brave!
the one who has to do
the dawn. The hour before the breaks is considered to be the darkest time
RELIEVING GUARD.-Bret Harte.
Relief. It is the rule
in the army for each How passed thenight through thy long waking ?” soldier to take turn in
? “ Cold, cheerless, dark, -as may
keeping guard, and The hour before the dawn * is breaking.” so is called the relief, 5 “No sight? no sound ?” “No; nothing save
or is said to be reliev.
ing guard. The plover from the marshes calling,
Sentry, the one keepAnd in yon western sky, about
ing guard. An hour ago, a star was falling."
before “A star? There's nothing strange in that.”
morning 10 “No, nothing; but, above the thicket, Somehow it seemed to me that God
of the night. Somewhere had just relieved a picket.”
Picket, soldiers placed
to guard the outposts
Stour, dust. 5 To spare thee now is past my power,
Thou bonnie gem.
Wi' spreckled breast,
Pwrpling, at dawn.
of a camp.
Cauld * blew the bitter-biting north
Upon thy early, humble, birth ; Glinted, peeped out.
Yet cheerfully thou glinted * forth
Amid the storm ;
Thy tender form.
High sheltering woods and wa’s * maun shield, 20 Bield, shelter,
But thou beneath the random bield *
O'clod or stane *
Adorns the histie * stibble-field, *
25 Thy snawy bosom sunward spread, Unassuming, modest. Thou lifts thy unassuming * head
In humble guise ;
30 Such is the fate of simple bard, Luckless starr'd, On life's rough ocean luckless starr'd ! * doomed or fated to be unfortunate.
Unskilful he to note the card * Note the card, &c. As
Of prudent lore,* the mariner who neg.
Till billows rage, and gales blow hard, lects to consult his
35 compass may be the
And whelm him o'er ! cause of the wreck of his vessel, so the Such fate to suffering worth is given, poet himself will be
Who long with wants and woes has striv'n, certainly ruined if he neglect to note the By human pride or cunning driv'n compass of Prudence,
To mis'ry's brink, which should guide Till, wrench'd * of every stay but Heaven,
through the storms and troubles
He, ruin'd, sink!
Stern ruin's ploughshare drives, elate,* 45
Full on thy bloom,
Shall be thy doom.
THE LAST MINSTREL.—Scott.
THE way was long, the wind was cold, Minstrel, one of an The Minstrel was infirm and old ; order of men who
His withered cheek, and tresses gray, sang to the harp verses composed by Seemed to have known a better day; themselves or others; a musician, a bard.
The harp, his sole * remaining joy, Sole, only.
Was carried by an orphan boy.
5 Border chivalry, the brave deeds done on the borders of Eng land and Scotland.
Palfrey, a young saddle-horse, a small horse for a lady. Carolled, sang. Caressed, treated with affection and respect.
The last of all the bards was he,
For, well-a-day! their date was fled, 10 His tuneful brethren all were dead;
And he, neglected and oppressed,
He carolled, * light as lark at morn ; 15 No longer, courted and caressed,*
High placed in hall, a welcome guest,
He begged his bread from door to door ; 25 And tuned to please a peasant's ear,
The harp a king had loved to hear.
The Minstrel gazed with wistful eye30 No humbler resting-place was nigh.
With hesitating step, at last,
Had oft rolled back the tide of war, 35 But never closed the iron door
Against the desolate and poor.
And bade her page the menials * tell,
For she had known adversity,*
Had wept o'er Monmouth's bloody tomb ! * 45 When kindness had his wants supplied,
And the old man was gratified,
Of good Earl Francis,* dead and gone, 50 And of Earl Walter, * rest him, God !
A braver ne'er to battle rode ;
Unpremeditated, not prepared beforehand. A stranger,
William of Orange, who became William III., King of England. Stuarts,a line of kings who reigned over Scotland from
to 1603, and over England and Scotland together, from 1603 to 1688. Newark's stately tower, now a noble ruin, situated three miles from Selkirk. Yarrow, a river in Selkirkshire, Embattled, provided with a battlement or parapet on the top of the building.
The Duchess, Anne,