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Then mutter'd, 'It is best make sure;
Guy Denzil's faith was never pure.' Hark! the loud revel wakes again,
He follow'd down the steep descent, To greet the leader of the train.
Then through the Greta's streams they Behold the group by the pale lamp,
went;

That struggles with the carthy damp. And, when they reach'd the farther By what strange features Vice hath shore,

known They stood the lonely cliff before. To single out and mark her own!

Yet some thereare, whose brows retain

Less deeplystamp'dherbrandand stain. With wonder Bertram heard within See yon pale stripling! when a boy, The flinty rock a murinur'd din; A mother's pride, a father's joy! But when Guy pulld the wilding Now, 'gainst the vault's rude walls spray,

reclined, And brambles, from its base away, An early image fills his mind : He saw, appearing to the air,

The cottage, once his sire's, he sees, A little entrance, low and square, | Embower'd upon the banks of Tees; Like opening cell of hermit lone, He view's sweet Winston's woodland Dark, winding through the living stone. scene, Here enter'd Denzil, Bertram here; And shares the dance on Gainford-green. And loud and louder on their ear, A tear is springing—but the zest As from the bowels of the earth,

! Of some wild talc, or brutal jest, Resounded shouts of boisterous mirth. Hath to loud laughter stirr'd the rest. Of old, the cavern strait and rude

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On him they call, the aptest mate In slaty rock the peasant hew'd; ; For jovial song and merry feat : And Brignal's woods, and Scargill's Fastflies his dream-with dauntlessair, wave,

As one victorious o'er Despair, E'en now, o'er many a sister cave, He bids the ruddy cup go round, Where, far within the darksome rift, Tillsense and sorrowbothare drown'd; The wedge and lever ply their thrift. And soon, in merry wassail, he, But war had silenced rural trade, The life of all their revelry, And the deserted mine was made Peals his loud song! The muse has The banquet-hall, and fortress too,

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Of Denzil and his desperate crew. Her blossoms on the wildest ground,
There Guilt his anxious revel kept; 1 Mid noxious weeds at random strew'd,
There, on his sordid pallet, slept Themselves all profitless and rude.
Guilt-born Excess, the goblet drain d With desperate merriment he sung,
Still in his slumbering grasp retain'd; | The cavern to the chorus rung;
Regret was there, his cye still cast Yet mingled with his reckless glee
With vain repining on the past;

Remorse's bitter agony.
Among the feasters waited near
Sorrow, and unrepentant Fear,
And Blasphemy, to frenzy driven,

SONG, With his own crimes reproaching O, Brignal banks are wild and fair, heaven;

And Greta woods are green, While Bertram show'd, amid the crew, And you may gather garlands there The Master-Fiend that Milton drew. Would grace a summer queen.

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And as I rode by Dalton-hall, And O! though Brignal banks be fair, Beneath the turrets high,

And Greta woods be gay, A maiden on the castle wall

Yet mickle must the maiden dare, Was singing merrily,

Would reign my Queen of May ! "O, Brignal banks are fresh and fair,

And Greta woods are green;
I'd rather rove with Edmund there, Maiden! a nameless life I lead,
Than reign our English queen.' A nameless death I'll die;

The fiend, whose lantern lights the "If, maiden, thou wouldst wend with mead,

Were better mate than I ! To leave both tower and town, And when I'm with my comrades met Thou first must guess what life leadwe, Beneath the greenwood bough,

That dwell by dale and down. What once we were we all forget, And if thou canst that riddle read, Nor think what we are now. As read full well you may,

Yet Brignal banks are fresh and fair, Then to the greenwood shalt thou And Greta woods are green, speed,

And you may gather garlands there As blithe as Queen of May.'

Would grace a summer queen.' Yet sung she, Brignal banks are fair,

And Greta woods are green; When Edmund ceased his simple song, I'd rather rove with Edmund there, Was silence on the sullen throng, Than reign our English queen. Till waked some ruder mate their glee

With note of coarser minstrelsy.
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But, far apart, in dark divan,
I read you, by your bugle-horn, Denzil and Bertram many a plan,
And by your palfrey good,

Of import foul and fierce, design'd, I read you for a ranger sworn,

While still on Bertram's grasping mind To keep the king's greenwood.' The wealth of murder'd Mortham hung; 'A ranger, lady, winds his horn, Though halfhe fear'd his daring tongue, And 'tis at peep of light;

When it should give his wishes birth, His blast is heard at merry morn, Might raise a spectre from the earth! And mine at dead of night.'

xix. Yet sung she, ‘Brignal banks are fair,

At length his wondrous tale he told : And Greta woods are gay ;

When, scornful, smiled his comrade I would I were with Edmund there,

bold; To reign his Queen of May!

For, train'd in license of a court,

Religion's self was Denzil's sport; With burnish'd brand and musketoon, Then judge in what contempt he held So gallantly you come,

The visionary tales of eld!
I read you for a bold dragoon, His awe for Bertram scarce repress'd

That lists the tuck of drum.' The unbeliever's sneering jest.
I list no more the tuck of drum, ''Twere hard,' he said,' for sage or seer

No more the trumpet hcar; To spell the subject of your fear:
But when the beetle sounds his hum, Nor do I boast the art renown'd,

My comrades take the spear, Vision and omen to expound.

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Yet, faith if I must needs afford Than venture to awake to flame
To spectre watching treasured hoard, The deadly wrath of Risingham.
As bandog keeps his master's roof, Submiss he answer'd, Mortham's
Bidding the plunderer stand aloof,

mind,
This doubt remains—thy goblin gaunt | Thou know'st, to joy was ill inclineil.
Hath chosen ill his ghostly haunt; In youth, 'tis said, a gallant free,
For why his guard on Mortham hold, A lusty reveller was he;
When Rokeby castle hath the gold But since return'd from over sea,
Thy patron won on Indian soil, A sullen and a silent mood
By stealth, by piracy, and spoil ?' Hath numb'd the current of his blood.

Hence he refused each kindly call

To Rokehy's hospitable hall, At this he pauscd, for angry shame And our stout knight, at dawn of morn Lower'd on the brow of Risingham. Who loved to hear the bugle-horn, lle blush'd to think that he should Norless, wheneve his oaksembrown'il,

To see the ruddy cup go round, Assertor of an airy dream,

Took umbrage that a friend so near And gave his wrath another theme. Refused to share his chase and cheer; • Denzil,' he says, “though lowly laid, Thus did the kindred barons jar, Wrong not the memory of the dead ; Ere they divided in the war. For, while he lived, at Mortham's look Yet, trust me, friend, Matilda fair Thy very soul, Guy Denzil, shook ! Of Mortham's wealth is destined heir.' And when he tax'd thy breach of word To yon fair Rose of Allenford, Destined to her! to yon slight maid ! I sawthee crouch like chasten'd hound, The prize my life had wellnigh paid, Whose back the huntsman's lash hath | When 'gainst Laroche, by Cayo's wave, found.

I fought my patron's wealth to save! Nor dare to call his foreign wealth Denzil, I knew him long, yet ne'er The spoil of piracy or stealth;

Knew him that joyous cavalier, He won it bravely with his brand Whom youthful friends and early fame When Spain waged warfare with our Call’d soul of gallantry and game. land.

A moody man, he sought our crew, Mark, ton—I brook no idle jeer, | Desperate and dark, whom no one Nor couple Bertram's name with fear;

knew; Mine is but half the demon's lot, And rose, as men with us must rise, For I believe, but tremble not. By scorning life and all its ties. Enough of this.-Say, why this hoard On each adventure rash he roved, Thou deem'st at Rokeby castle stored; As danger for itself he loved; Or think'st that Northam would ! On his sad brow nor mirth nor wine bestow

Could e'er one wrinkled knot untwine; His treasure with his faction's fue?' | Ill was the omen if he smiled,

| For 'twas in peril stern and wild;

But when he laugh'd, eachlucklessmate Soon quench'd was Denzil's ill-timed | Might hold our fortune desperate. mirth;

Foremost he fought in every broil, Rather he would have seen the earth Then scornful turn'd him from the Give to ten thousand spectres birth,

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Nay, often strove to bar the way Now every thought and care confess'd
Between his comrades and their prey; To his fair niece's faithful breast;
Preaching, even then, to such as we, Nor was there aught of rich and rare,
Hot with our dear-bought victory, In earth, in ocean, or in air,
Of mercy and humanity.

But it must deck Matilda's hair,
Her love still bound him unto life;

But then awoke the civil strife,
I loved him well; his fearless part, And menials bore, by his commands,
His gallant leading, won my heart. Three coffers, with their iron bands,
And after each victorious fight, From Mortham's vault, at midnight
'Twas I that wrangled for his right,

deep, Redeem'd his portion of the prey To her lone bower in Rokeby-keep, That greedier mates had torn away : Ponderous with goldand plate of pride, In field and storm thrice saved his His gift, if he in battle died.'

life, And once amid our comrades' strife. Yes, I have loved thee! well hath "Then Denzil, as I guess, lays train, proved

These iron-banded chests to gain; My toil, my danger, how I loved ! Else, wherefore should he hover here, Yet will I mourn no more thy fate, Where many a peril waits him near, Ingrate in life, in death ingrate. For all his feats of war and peace, Rise if thou canst!' he look'd around, For plunder'd boors, and harts of And sternly stamp'd upon theground

grease ? "Rise, with thy bearing proud and Since through the hamlets as he fared, high,

What hearth has Guy's marauding Even as this morn it met mine eye,

spared, And give me, if thou darest, the lie!' Or where the chase that hath not rung He paused; then, calm and passion- With Denzil's bow, at midnight freed,

strung?' Bade Denzil with his tale proceed. 'I hold my wont-my rangers go

Even now to track a milk-white doe.

By Rokeby-hall she takes her lair, ‘Bertram, to thee I need not tell, In Greta wood she harbours fair, What thou hast cause to wot so well, And when my huntsman marks her How Superstition's nets were twined

way, Around the Lord of Mortham's mind; What think'st thou, Bertram, of the But since he drove thee from his tower, prey ? A maid he found in Greta's bower, Were Rokeby's daughter in Whose speech, like David's harp, had power, sway,

We rate her ransom at her dower.' To charm his evil fiend away.

XXVI. I know not if her features moved Remembrance of the wife he loved; "'Tis well! there's vengeance in the But he would gaze upon her eye,

thought! Till his mood soften'd to a sigh. Matilda is by Wilfrid sought ; He, whom no living mortal sought And hot-brain'd Redinond, too, 'tis said, To question of his secret thought, Pays lover's homage to the maid.

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Bertramshe scorn'd-if met by chance, She turn'd from me her shuddering Now speak'st thou well: to me the glance,

same, Like a nice dame, that will not brook

If force or art shall urge the game; On what she hates and loathes to look; Indifferent, if like fox I wind, She told to Mortham she could ne'er or spring like tiger on the hind. Behold me without secret fear,

But, hark! our merry-men so gay Foreboding evil;—she may rue

Troll forth another roundelay.'
To find her prophecy fall true! i
The war has weeded Rokeby's train,

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Few followers in his halls remain;

A weary lot is thine, fair maid, If thy scheme miss, then, briefand bold,

A weary lot is thine! We are enow to storm the hold;

To pull the thorn thy brow to braid, Bear off the plunder, and the dame,

And press the rue for wine ! And leave the castle all in flame.'

A lightsome eye, a soldier's mien, XXVII.

A feather of the blue,

A doublet of the Lincoln green,·Stillart thou Valour's venturous son!

No more of me you know, Yet ponder first the risk to run:

My love: The menials of the castle, true, And stubborn to their charge, though

No more of me you know. few;

This morn is merry June, I trow, The wall to scale—the moat to cross | The rose is budding fain; The wicket-grate-theinner fosse' But she shall bloom in winter snow, -Fool! if we blench for toys like: Ere we two meet again.' these,

He turn'd his charger as he spake, On what fair guerdon can we seize? | L'pon the river shore, Our hardiest venture, to explore He gave his bridle-reins a shake, Some wretched peasant's fenceless Said, “Adieu for evermore, door,

My love! And the best prize we bcar away, And adieu for evermore.' The earnings of his sordid day.'A while thy hasty taunt forbear: In sight of road more sure and fair, "What youth is this, your hand among, Thou wouldst not choose, in blindfold The best for minstrelsy and song ? wrath,

In his wild notes seem aptly met Or wantonness, a desperate path ? | A strain of pleasure and regret.'-. List, then; for vantage or assault, • Edmund of Winston is his name; From gilded vane to dungeon-vault, The hamlet sounded with the fame Each pass of Rokeby-house I know: Of early hopes his childhood gave,There is one postern, dark and low, Now centred all in Brignal cave: That issues at a secret spot,

I watch him well-his wayward course By most neglected or forgot.

Shows oft a tincture of remorse. Now, could a spial of our train Some early love-shaft grazed his heart, On fair pretext admittance gain, And oft the scar will ache and smart. That sally-port might be unbarr'd : Yet is he useful;-of the rest, Then, vain were battlementandward!' | By fits, the darling and the jest,

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