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TUBAL CAIN.

1. OLD Tubal Cain was a man of might

In the days when earth was young;
By the fierce red light of his furnace bright

The strokes of his hammer rung ;
And he lifted high his brawny hand

On the iron glowing clear,
Till the sparks rushed out in scarlet showers,

As he fashioned the sword and spear.
And he sang—' Hurrah for my handiwork!

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Hurrah for the spear and sword!
Hurrah for the hand that shall wield them well!

For he shall be king and lord !'

2. To Tubal Cain came many a one

As he wrought by his roaring fire,
And each one prayed for a strong steel blade

As the crown of his desire;
And he made them weapons sharp and strong,

Till they shouted loud for glee,
And gave him gifts of pearl and gold,

And spoils of the forest tree.
And they sang- Hurrah for Tubal Cain,

Who hath given us strength anew!
Hurrah for the smith! hurrah for the fire !

And hurrah for the metal true!' i See Genesis iv. 22.- - Tubal Cain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron,'

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3. But a sudden change came o'er his heart

Ere the setting of the sun,
And Tubal Cain was filled with pain

For the evil he had done ;
He saw that men, with rage and hate,

Made war upon their kind,
That the land was red with the blood they shed

In their lust for carnagel blind.
And he said— Alas, that I ever made,

Or that skill of mine should plan,
The spear and the sword for men whose joy

Is to slay their fellow-man!'
4. And for many a day old Tubal Cain

Sat brooding o'er his woe;
And his hand forbore to smite the ore,

And his furnace smouldered low.
But he rose at last with a cheerful face,

And a bright courageous eye,
And bared his strong right arm for work,

While the quick flames mounted high.
And he sang— Hurrah for my handiwork!'

' And the red sparks lit the air ; *Not alone for the blade was the bright steel

made;'

And he fashioned the first ploughshare ! 5. And men, taught wisdom from the past,

In friendship joined their hands,
Hung the sword in the hall, the spear on the

wall,
And ploughed the willing lands;

Carnage, the killing of human beings in war.

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And sang—'Hurrah for Tubal Cain !

Our staunch good friend is he;
And, for the ploughshare and the plough,

To him our praise shall be.
But while oppression lifts its head,

Or a tyrant would be lord,
Tho' we may thank him for the plough,

We'll not forget the sword !'

MACKAY.

THE THIRD CRUSADE. 1190-1192.

RICHARD I. (Cæur-de-Lion).

PART I,

1. ALMOST the first step taken by King Richard in succeeding to his father's crown was to raise money for a CRUSADE or sacred war. The object of the Crusades was to wrest from the 'infidel' Mahometans the holy places in Palestine, of which men of their race have always had possession from the eleventh century to the present time. During the whole of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the Crusades were the chief outlet for the half-religious, half-adventurous spirit of chivalry in Western Europe. Some took the cross from the love of glory, some in the hope of obtaining pardon for their sins.

2. Both motives probably acted strongly on Richard I., for he was passionately fond of war and glory, and had wept bitter tears of remorse, when it was too late, over his father's corpse. He joined with Philip Augustus of France in the third Crusade, and the two kings mustered 10,000 men in Burgundy' on July 1, 1190. There they parted, and twelve months elapsed before Richard rejoined his brother Crusader before the walls of Acre on the coast of Palestine, which threw open its gates four days after his arrival. Philip now became jealous of Richard, and under pretence of ill-health, he soon returned home.

3. At the end of August, 1191, Richard led his troops from Acre into the midst of the wilderness of Mount Carmel, where their sufferings were terrible; the rocky, sandy, and uneven ground was covered with bushes full of long sharp prickles, and swarms of insects buzzed in the air, fevering the Europeans with their stings. In addition to these natural obstacles, multitudes of Arab horsemen harassed them on every side, killing every straggler who dropped behind from fatigue, and attacking them so unceasingly that it was remarked that throughout their day's track there was not one space of four feet without an arrow sticking in the ground.

4. Richard fought without ceasing. always in the foremost of the fight, and was always ready to reward the gallant deeds of his knights. A young knight who bore a white shield, in hopes of gaining some honourable bearing, so distinguished

| Burgundy, a district in the east of France.

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