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Their drooping fancy wakes at praise,

And strives to trim the short-lived blaze.

Smiled then, well pleased, the Aged Man, And thus his tale continued ran.

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CALL it not vain—they do not err,
Who say, that, when the poet dies,
Mute Nature mourns her worshipper,
And celebrates his obsequies;
Who say, tall cliff, and cavern lone,
For the departed bard make moan ;
That mountains weep in crystal rill ;
That flowers in tears of balm distil;
Through his loved groves that breezes sigh,
And oaks, in deeper groan reply ;
And rivers teach their rushing wave
To murmur dirges round his grave.

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Not that, in sooth, o'er mortal urn

Those things inanimate can mourn;
But that the stream, the wood, the gale,
Is vocal with the plaintive wail
Of those, who, else forgotten long,
Lived in the poets' faithful song,
And with the poet's parting breath,
Whose memory feels a second death.
The maid's pale shade, who wails her lot,
That love, true love, should be forgot,
From rose and hawthorn shakes the tear
Upon the gentle minstrel's bier;
The phantom knight his glory fled,
Mourns o'er the field he heaped with dead ;
Mounts the wild blast that sweeps amain,
And shrieks along the battle-plain;
The chief, whose antique crownlet long
Still sparkled in the feudal song,
Now from the mountains misty throne,
Sees in the thanedom once his own,
His ashes undistinguished lie,
His place, his power, his memory die :
His groans the lonely caverns fill,
His tears of rage impell the rill;
All mourn the minstrel's harp unstrung,
Their name unknown, their praise unsung.

III. Scarcely the hot assault was staid,

The terms of truce were scarcely made,
When they could spy, from Branksome's towers,
The advancing march of martial powers;
Thick clouds of dust afar appeared,
And tramplingsteeds were faintly heard;
Spear-heads, above the columns dun,
Glanced momentary to the sun ;
And feudal banners fair displayed
The bands that moved to Branksome's aid.

IV. Vails not to tell each hardy clan,

From the fair Middle Marches came;
The Bloody Heart blazed in the van,
Announcing Douglas, dreaded name!
Vails not to tell what steeds did spurn,
Where the Seven Speers of Wedderburne
Their men in battle-order set ;
And Swinton laid the lance in rest,
That tamed of yore the sparkling crest
Of Clarence's Plantagenet,
Nor list's I say, what hundreds more,
From the rich Merse and Lammermore,
And Tweed's fair borders, to the war,
Beneath the crest of old Dunbar,

And Hepburn's mingled banners, come, * Down the steep mountain, glittering far, And shouting still, “a Home ! a Home !”

V. Now squire and knight, from Branksome sent, On many a courteous message went ; To every chief and lord they paidMeet thanks for prompt and powerful aid; And told them how a truce was made, And how a day of fight was ta'en *Twixt Musgrave and stout Deloraine; And how the ladye prayed them dear, That all would stay the fight to see, And deign, in love and courtesy, To taste of Branksome cheer. Nor, while they bade to feast each Scot, Were England's noble lords forgot ; Himself, the hoary Seneschal, Rode forth, in seemly terms to call Those gallant foes to Branksome Hall. Accepted Howard, than whom knight Was never dubbed, more bold in fight ; Nor, when from war and armour free, More famed for stately courtesy : But angry Dacre rather chose In his pavilion to repose.

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