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By duty led, for every vein
Was warm'd by Hymen's purest flame; With Edgar o'er the wint'ry main
She, lovely, faithful wanderer, came.
For well she thought, a friend so dear
In darkest hours might joy impart;
Her warrior, faint with toil, might cheer,
Or sooth her bleeding warrior's smart.
Though look'd for long-in chill affright, (The torrent bursting from her eye) She heard the signal for the fight
While her soul trembled in a sigh
She heard, and clasp'd him to her breast,
Yet scarce could urge th' inglorious stay; His manly heart the charm confest
Then broke the charm,-and rush'd away.
Too soon in few-but deadly words,
Some flying straggler breath'd to tell, That in the foremost strife of swords
The young, the gallant Edgar fell.
She prest to hear-she caught the tale-
At every sound her blood congeal'd;-
With terror bold-with terror pale,
She sprung to search the fatal field.
O'er the sad scene in dire amaze
She went-with courage not her ownOn many a corpse she cast her gazeAnd turn'd her ear to many a groan.
Drear anguish urged her to press
Full many a hand, as wild she mourn'd;-Of comfort glad, the drear caress
The damp, chill, dying hand return'd.
Her ghastly hope was well nigh fled
When late pale Edgar's form she found, Half-buried with the hostile dead,
And gor'd with many a grisly wound.
She knew she sunk-the night-bird scream'd, -The moon withdrew her troubled light, And left the fair,—though fall'n she seem'dTo worse than death-and deepest night.
SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE.
BORN 1723.-DIED 1780.
THE LAWYER'S FAREWELL TO HIS MUSE.
As, by some tyrant's stern command,
A wretch forsakes his native land,
In foreign climes condemn'd to roam
An endless exile from his home;
Pensive he treads the destined way,
And dreads to go; nor dares to stay;
Till on some neighbouring mountain's brow
He stops, and turns his
There, melting at the well-known view,
Drops a last tear, and bids adieu:
So I, thus doom'd from thee to part,
Gay queen of Fancy, and of Art,
Reluctant move, with doubtful mind,
Oft stop, and often look behind.
Companion of my tender age,
Serenely gay, and sweetly sage,
How blithsome were we wont to rove
By verdant hill, or shady grove,
Where fervent bees, with humming voice,
Around the honey'd oak rejoice,
And aged elms with awful bend
In long cathedral walks extend!
Lull'd by the lapse of gliding floods,
Cheer'd by the warbling of the woods,
How blest my days, my thoughts how free,
In sweet society with thee!
Then all was joyous, all was young,
And years unheeded roll'd along:
But now the pleasing dream is o'er,
These scenes must charm me now no more.
Lost to the fields, and torn from you,-
Farewell!- -a long, a last adieu.
Me wrangling courts, and stubborn law,
To smoke, and crowds, and cities draw:
There selfish faction rules the day,
And pride and avarice throng the way;
Diseases taint the murky air,
And midnight conflagrations glare;
Loose Revelry, and Riot bold
In frighted streets their orgies hold;
Or, where in silence all is drown'd,
Fell Murder walks his lonely round;
No room for peace, no room for you,
Adieu, celestial nymph, adieu!
Shakspeare no more, thy sylvan son,
Nor all the art of Addison,
Pope's heaven strung lyre, nor Waller's ease, Nor Milton's mighty self must please:
Instead of these a formal band
In furs, and coifs around me stand;
With sounds uncouth and accents dry,
That grate the soul of harmony,
Each pedant sage unlocks his store
Of mystic, dark, discordant lore;
And points with tottering hand the ways
That lead me to the thorny maze.
There, in a winding close retreat,
Is justice doom'd to fix her seat;
There, fenced by bulwarks of the law,
She keeps the wondering world in awe;
And there, from vulgar sight retired,
Like eastern queens, is more admired.
O let me pierce the secret shade
Where dwells the venerable maid!
There humbly mark, with reverent awe,
The guardian of Britannia's law;
Unfold with joy her sacred page,
The united boast of many an age;
Where mix'd, yet uniform, appears
The wisdom of a thousand years.
In that pure spring the bottom view,
Clear, deep, and regularly true;
And other doctrines thence imbibe
Than lurk within the sordid scribe;
Observe how parts with parts unite
In one harmonious rule of right;