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THE MAID OF TORO.
O, low shone the sun on the fair lake of Toro, And weak were the whispers that wav'd the dark wood,
All as a fair maiden, bewilder'd in sorrow,
Sorely sigh'd to the breezes, and wept to the flood "O, saints! from the mansions of bliss lowly bending; Sweet Virgin! who hearest the suppliant's cry; Now grant my petition, in anguish ascending, My Henry restore, or let Eleanor die !"
All distant and faint were the sounds of the battle, With the breezes they rise, with the breezes they fail,
Till the shout, and the groan, and the conflict's dread rattle,
And the chase's wild clamour, came loading the gale.
Breathless she gaz'd on the woodlands so dreary;
"O, save thee, fair maid, for our armies are flying! O, save thee, fair maid, for thy guardian is low! Deadly cold on yon heath thy brave Henry is lying; And fast through the woodland approaches the foe."
Scarce could he falter the tidings of sorrow,
And scarce could she hear them, benumb'd with despair:
And when the sun sunk on the sweet lake of Toro, For ever he set to the Brave, and the Fair.
[In the spring of 1805, a young gentleman of talents, and of a most amiable disposition, perished by losing his way on the mountain Hellvellyn. His remains were not discovered till three months afterwards, when they were found guarded by a faithful terrierbitch, his constant attendant during frequent solitary rambles through the wilds of Cumberland and Westinoreland.]
I CLIMB'D the dark brow of the mighty Hellvellyn, Lakes and mountains beneath me gleam'd misty and wide;
All was still, save, by fits when the eagle was yelling,
And starting around me the echoes replied. On the right, Striden-edge round the Red-tarn was bending,
And Catchedicam its left verge was defending,
Dark green was that spot mid the brown mountainheather,
Where the Pilgrim of Nature lay stretch'd in decay, Like the corpse of an outcast abandon'd to weather,
Till the mountain-winds wasted the tenantless clay. Nor yet quite deserted, though lonely extended, For, faithful in death, his mute fav'rite attended, The much-lov'd remains of her master defended, And chas'd the hill-fox and the raven away.
How long didst thou think that his silence was slumber;
When the wind wav'd his garment, how oft didst thou start;
How many long days and long weeks didst thou
Ere he faded before thee, the friend of thy heart? And, Oh! was it meet, that,-no requiem read o'er him,
No mother to weep, and no friend to deplore him, And thou, little guardian, alone stretch'd before him,Unhonour'd the Pilgrim from life should depart?
When a Prince to the fate of the Peasant has yielded, The tap'stry waves dark round the dim-lighted hall; With scutcheons of silver the coffin is shielded,
And pages stand mute by the canopied pall: Through the courts, at deep midnight, the torches are
In the proudly-arch'd chapel the banners are beaming;
To lay down thy head like the meek mountain lamb; When, wilder'd, he drops from some cliff huge in
And draws his last sob by the side of his dam, And more stately thy couch by this desart lake lying, Thy obsequies sung by the grey plover flying, With one faithful friend but to witness thy dying, In the arms of Hellvellyn and Catchedicam.