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Shame and disbonour sit

By his grabe eber ;
Blessing shall hallow it,
Neber, 0 neber!

Therug
Eleu loro, &c. Neber, 0 neber.

XII.

T ceased, the melancholy sound ;

And silence sunk on all around.
The air was sad ; but sadder still

It fell on Marmion's ear,
And plain'd as if disgrace and ill,

And shameful death, were near.
He drew his mantle past his face,

Between it and the band,
And rested with his head a space,

Reclining on his hand.
His thoughts I scan not ; but I ween,
That, could their import have been seer
The meanest groom in all the hall,
That e'er tied courser to a stall,
Would scarce have wished to be their prey,
For Lutterward and Fontenaye.

XIII.

IGH minds, of native pride and force,

Most deeply feel thy pangs, Remorse! Fear, for their scourge, mean villains have, Thou art the torturer of the brave ! Yet fatal strength they boast to steel Their minds to bear the wounds they feel, Even while they writhe beneath the smart Of civil conflict in the heart. For soon Lord Marmion raised his head, And, smiling to Fitz-Eustace said“ Is it not strange, that, as ye sung, Seem'd in mine ear a death-peal rung, Such as in nunneries they toll For some departing sister's soul?

Say, what may this portend ? ”-
Then first the Palmer silence broke,
(The live-long day he had not spoke,)
“ The death of a dear friend." +

XIV.
ARMION, whose steady heart and eye

Ne'er changed in worst extremity ; Marmion, whose soul could scantly brook,

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Even from his King, a haughty look ;
Whose accent of command controll’d,
In camps, the boldest of the bold-
Thought, look, and utterance fail'd him

now, Falln was his glance, and flush'd his brow :

For either in the tone,
Or something in the Palmer's look,
So full upon his conscience strook,

That answer he found none.
Thus oft it haps, that when within
They shrink at sense of secret sin,

A feather daunts the brave ;
A fool's wild speech confounds the wise,
And proudest princes veil their eyes

Before their meanest slave.

XV.

ELL might he falter !-By his aid

Was Constance Beverley betray'd.
Not that he augur'd of the doom,
Which on the living closed the tomb :
But, tired to hear the desperate maid
Threaten by turns, beseech, upbraid ;

And wroth, because in wild despair,
She practised on the life of Clare ;
Its fugitive the Church he gave,
Though not a victim, but a slave;
And deem'd restraint in convent strange
Would hide her wrongs, and her revenge.
Himself, proud Henry's favourite peer,
Held Romish thunders idle fear,
Secure his pardon he might hold,
For some slight mulct of penance-gold.
Thus judging, he gave secret way,
When the stern priests surprised their prey.
His train but deem'd the favourite page
Was left behind, to spare his age ;
Or other if they deem'd, none dared
To mutter what he thought and heard
Woe to the vassal, who durst pry
Into Lord Marmion's privacy !

XVI.

IS conscience slept—he deem'd her well,

And safe secured in distant cell ;
But, waken'd by her favourite lay,
And that strange Palmer's boding say,

That fell so ominous and drear,
Full on the object of his fear,
To aid remorse's venom'd throes,
Dark tales of convent-vengeance rose ;
And Constance, late betray'd and scorn'd,
All lovely on his soul return'd;
Lovely as when, at treacherous call,
She left her convent's peaceful wall,
Crimson'd with shame, with terror mute,
Dreading alike escape, pursuit,
Till love, victorious o'er alarms,
Hid fears and blushes in his arms.

XVII.

LAS!” he thought, “how changed that

mien ! How changed these timid looks have been, Since years of guilt, and of disguise, Have steel'd her brow, and arm'd her eyes ! No more of virgin terror speaks The blood that mantles in her cheeks ; Fierce, and unfeminine, are there, Frenzy for joy, for grief despair ; And I the cause—for whom were given

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