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Should sever from the train :
T length up that wild dale they wind,
A lodging meet for Marmion's rank.
Of the green vale of Tyne :
You hear her streams repine.
The builders' various hands ;
When deadliest hatred fired its foes,
The vengeful Douglas bands.
RICHTOUN! though now thy miry
pens the lazy steer and sheep, Thy turrets rude, and totter'd Keep, Have been the minstrel's loved resort. Oft have I traced, within thy fort,
Of mouldering shields the mystic sense,
Scutcheons of honour, or pretence, Quarter'd in old armorial sort,
Remains of rude magnificence.
Thy lordly gallery fair ;
Adorn thy ruin'd stair.
Their pointed diamond form,
Though there but houseless cattle go,
To shield them from the storm.
Where oft whilom were captives pent,
Or, from thy grass-grown battlement,
NOTHER aspect Crichtoun show'd,
As through its portal Marmion rode; But yet 'twas melancholy state Received him at the outer gate ; For none were in the Castle then, But women, boys, or aged men. With eyes scarce dried, the sorrowing dame, To welcome noble Marmion, came ; Her son, a stripling twelve years old, Proffer'd the Baron's rein to hold; For each man that could draw a sword Had march'd that morning with their lord, Earl Adam Hepburn, t- he who died On Flodden, by his sovereign's side :
Long may his Lady look in vain !
ND here two days did Marmion rest,
With every rite that honour claims, Attended as the King's own guest ;
Such the command of Royal James, Who marshalld then his land's array, Upon the Borough-moor that lay. Perchance he would not foeman's eye Upon his gathering host should pry, Till full prepared was every band To march against the English land. Here while they dwelt, did Lindesay's wit Oft cheer the Baron's moodier fit; And, in his turn, he knew to prize Lord Marmion's powerful mind, and wise,Train'd in the lore of Rome and Greece, And policies of war and peace.
T chanced, as fell the second night,
That on the battlements they walk'd, And, by the slowly fading light,
Of varying topics talk'd ;
In travelling so far ;
Against the English war :t
Sir David Lindesay's Tale.
Built for the royal dwelling,
Linlithgow is excelling;