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BY THE REV. THOMAS PENROSE.
Fill the honey'd bev'rage high,
Fill the sculls, 'tis Odin's cry:
Heard ye not the powerful call,
Thund'ring thro' the vaulted hall ?
“ Fill the meath, and spread the board,
“ Vassals of the griesly Lord.”-
The portal hinges grate,—they come-
The din of voices rocks the dome.
In stalk the various forms, and, drest
In various armour, various vest,
With helm and morion, targe and shie' Some quivering launces couch, some biring ma All march with haughty step, all proudl
The fe $, the scull go
BY WILLIAM WHITEHEAD, ESQ.
Morning rose; the issuing sun
Saw the dreadful fight begun;
And that sun's descending ray
Clos'd the battle, clos’d the day.
Fflamdwyn pour'd his rapid bands,
Legion's four, o'er Reged's lands.
The numerous host, from side to side,
Spread destruction wild and wide,
From Argoed's summits, forest-crown'd,
To steep Arfynydd's utmost bound.
Short their triumph, short their sway,
Born and ended with the day!
Flush'd with conquest FAamdwyn said,
Boastful at his army's head,
“ Strive not to oppose the stream,
Redeem your lands, your lives redeem.
Give me pledges Fflamdwyn cried;
Never, Urien's son replied,
Owen of the mighty stroke;
Kindling, as the hero spoke,
Cenau, Coel's blooming heir,
Caught the fame and grasp'd the spear;
Shall Coel's issue pledges give
To the insulting foe, and live?
Never such be Britons' shame,
Never, till this mangled frame,
Like some vanquish'd lion, lie
Drench'd in blood, and bleeding die.
“ Day advanc'd : and ere the sun Reach'd the radiant point of noon, Urien came with fresh supplies : Rise, ye sons of Cambria, rise, Spread your banners to the foe, Spread them on the mountain's brow; Lift your lances high in air, Friends and brothers of the war; Rush like torrents down the steep, Thro' the vales in myriads sweep; Ffamdwyn never can sustain The force of our united train."
Havoc, havoc rag'd around,
Many a carcase strew'd the ground:
Ravens drank the purple flood,
Raven plumes were dyed in blood;
Frighted crowds from place to place,
Eager, hurrying, breathless, pale, Spread the news of their disgrace,
Trembling as they told the tale.
These are Taliessin's rhimes, These shall live to distant times, And the Bard's prophetic rage Animate a future age.
Child of sorrow, child of pain, Never may I smile again, If, 'till all-subduing death Close these eyes, and stop this breath, Ever I forget to raise My grateful songs to Urien's praise.
Stately the feast, and high the cheer:
Girt with many an armed peer,
And canopied with golden pall,
Amid CILGARRAN's castle hall,
Sublime in formidable state,
And warlike splendour, Henry sate ;
Prepar’d to stain the briny flood
Of Shannon's lakes with rebel blood.
Illumining the vaulted roof,
A thousand torches flam'd aloof:
From massy cups, with golden gleam
Sparkled the red metheglin's stream:
To grace the gorgeous festival,
Along the lofty-window'd hall,
The storied tapestry was hung:
With minstrelsy the rafters rung
Of harps, that with reflected light
From the proud gallery glitter'd bright:
While gifted bards, a rival throng,
(From distant Mona, nurse of song,