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While loud the harness rang,
The ready horsemen sprung;
The horsemen.galloped forth;
And east, and west, and north, To view their coming enemies, And warn their vassals, and allies.
The ready page, with hurried hand, Awaked the need-fire's* slumbering brand,
And ruddy blushed the heaven: For a sheet of flame, from the turret high, Waved, like a bloodrflag, on the sky,
All flaring and uneven. And soon a score of fires, I ween, From height, and hill, and cliff, were seen; Each with warlike tidings fraught; Each from each the signal caught; Each after each they glanced to sight, As stars arise upon the night. They gleamed on many a dusky tarn*, Haunted by the lonely earnf; On many a cairn's J gray pyramid, Where urns of mighty chiefs lie hid; Till high Dunedin the blazes saw, From Soltra and Dumpender Law; And Lothian heard the Regent's order, That all should bowne|| them for the Border. XXX.
* Tarn, a mountain lake. t Earn, a Scottish eagle, t Cairn, a pile of stones. || Bourne, make ready.
The livelong night in Branksome rang
The ceaseless sound of steel;
Sent forth the larum peal;
The noble Dame, amid the broil,
No tidings of the foe were brought,
Some said, that there were thousands ten;
Might drive them lightly back agen.
Ceased the high sound—the listening throng
* Protection-money exacted by free-booters.
Had he no friend—no daughter dear,