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SAY set on Norham's castled steep,'
And Cheviot's mountains lone :
. See Appendix, Note C. ? It is perhaps unnecessary to remind my readers, that the donjon, in its proper signification, means the strongest part of a feudal castle; a high square tower, with walls of tremendous thickness, situated in the centre of the other buildings, from which, however, it was usually detached. Here, in case of
The warriors on the turrets high,
Seem'd forms of giant height:
In lines of dazzling light.
II. Saint George's banner, broad and gay, Now faded, as the fading ray
Less bright, and less, was flung; The evening gale had scarce the power To wave it on the Donjon Tower,
So heavily it hung. The scouts had parted on their search,
The Castle gates were barr’dl; Above the gloomy portal arch, Timing his footsteps to a march,
The Warder kept his guard ; Low humming, as he paced along, Some ancient Border gathering song.
the outward defences being gained, the garrison retreated to make their last stand. The donjon contained the great hall, and principal rooms of state for solemn occasions, and also the prison of the fortress : from which last circumstance we derive the modern and restricted use of the word dungeon. Ducange (voce DuxJO, conjectures plausibly, that the name is derived from these keeps being usually built upon a hill, which in Celtic is called Dun. Borlase supposes the word came from the darkness of the apartments in these towers, which were thence figuratively called Dungeons: thus deriving the ancient word from the modern application of it.
A distant trampling sound he hears ;
Beneath a penon gay;
Before the dark array.
His buglehorn he blew;
For well the blast he knew;
Bring pasties of the doe,
| This wond properly applies to a flight of water-foul; but is applied, his analogy, to a boily of horse.
" There is a knight of the North Country,
And all our trumpets blow;
Lord Marmion waits below!"
Sped forty yeomen tall,
And let the drawbridge fall.
But more through toil than age;