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O hero of a race renown'd of old,
Whose war-cry oft has waked the battle-swell,* Since first distinguish'd in the onset bold,
Wild sounding when the Roman rampart fell! By Wallace' side it rung the Southron's knell, Alderne, Kilsythe, and Tibber own'd its fame, Tummell s rude pass can of its terrors tell,
But ne'er from prouder field arose the name, Than when wild Ronda learn'd the conquering shout of GREME!
But all too long, through seas unknown and dark,
And nearer now I see the port expand,
And now I gladly furl my weary sail,
And, as the prow light touches on the strand,
I strike my red-cross flag, and bind my skiff to land.
This stanza alludes to the various achievements of the warlike family of Græine, or Grahame. They are said, to have descended from the Scottish chief, under whose command his countrvinen stormed the wall built by the Emperor Severus Sir John the Grahame, the hardy wight and wise," is well known as the friend of Sir William Wallace, Alderne, Kilsyth, and Tibbermuir, were scenes of the victories of the heroic Marquis of Montrose The pass of Killy-crankie is famous for the action between King Wiliam's forces and the Highlanders in 1689,
"Where glad Dundee in faint huzzas expired.”
JOHN R. S. MORRITT, Esq.
THE SCENE OF WHICH IS LAID IN HIS BEAUTIFUL DEMESNE OF ROKEBY,
THE Scene of this poem is laid at Rokeby, near Greta Bridge, in Yorkshire, and shifts to the adjacent fortress of Barnard Castle, and to other places in that vicinity.
The time occupied by the action is a space of five days, three of which are supposed to elapse between the end of the Fifth and beginning of the Sixth Canto.
The date of the supposed events is immediately subsequent to the great battle of Marston Moor, 3d July, 1644. This period of public confusion has been chosen, without any purpose of combining the Fable with the Military or Political Events of the Civil War, but only as affording a degree of probability to the fictitious narrative now presented to the Public.
THE Moon is in her summer glow,
When Conscience, with remorse and fear,
The once magnificent fortress of Barnard Castle derives its name from its founder. Barnard Baliol, the ancestor of the short and unfortunate dynasty of that name, which succeeded to the Scottish throne under the patronage of Edward I. and Edward III. Baliol's Tower, fterwards mentioned in the poem, is a round sower of great size, situated at the western extremity of the building. The prospect from the top of the Tower commands a rich and magnificent view of the wooded valley of the Tees.
Those towers, which in the changeful gleam
The sounding scourge and hissing snake;
Bear witness to his mental woes,
And show what lesson may be read
Beside a sinner's restless bed.
Thus Oswald's labouring feelings trace
Rapid and ominous as these
With which the moonbeams tinge the Tees
There might be seen of shame the blush,