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And one eye's black intelligence, ever that glance
By Hasselt, Dirck groaned ; and cried Joris, “ Stay spur!
So we were left galloping, Joris and I,
“ How they 'll greet us!”
and all in a moment his roan Rolled neck and croup over, lay dead as a stone ; And there was my Roland to bear the whole weight Of the news which alone could save Aix from her fate, With his nostrils like pits full of blood to the brim, And with circles of red for his eye-sockets' rim.
Then I cast loose my buff-coat, each holster let fall,
And all I remember is friends flocking round
WAS on the battle-field ; and the cold pale moon
Looked down on the dead and dying ;
Where the young and brave were lying.
With his father's sword in his red right hand,
And the hostile dead around him,
And the grave's icy sleep had bound him.
A reckless rover, ʼmid death and doom,
Passed a soldier, his plunder seeking; Careless he stepped where friend and foe
Lay alike in their life-blood reeking.
Drawn by the shine of the warrior's sword,
The soldier paused beside it ;
But the grasp of the dead defied it.
He loosed his hold, and his noble heart
Took part with the dead before him ;
As with softened brow he leaned o'er him.
“A soldier's death thou hast boldly died,
A soldier's grave won by it:
My own life's blood should dye it.
“ Thou shalt not be left for the carrion crow,
Or the wolf to batten o'er thee;
Who in life had trembled before thee.”
Then dug he a grave in the crimson earth,
Where his warrior foe was sleeping;
HOARSE wintry blasts a solemn requiem sung
To the departed day,
Upon whose bier
And Nature mourned through one wide hemisphere Silence and darkness held their cheerless sway,
Save in the haunts of riotous excess;
When lo! upon the startled ear,
Burst the bands of sleep asunder,
Hark! the faithful watchman's cry
Confirms the fearful tale.
Affrighted silence now has flown,
At the first note of this discordant din,
The gallant fireman from his slumber starts
From pavement rough, or frozen ground.
His engine's rattling wheels resound,
And soon before his eyes
Mingled with murky vapors rist,
And veil the frowning skies !
Sudden a shriek assails his heart,
A female shriek, so piercing wild,
The ponderous ladder rears :
And crackling sounds assail his ears,
And, heedless of the startling din,
See! see! he plunges in !
In breathless expectation stands,
Hailed by a burst of warm, ecstatic cheers, Bearing the child triumphant in his arms.
To rule by love than fear.
The good we might do here.
Speak gently; love doth whisper low
The vows that true hearts bind ;