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Might range the starry ether for a crowa
Equal to his deserts, who, like the year,
Pours forth his bounty, like the day doth cheer,
And awes like night with mercy-lempered frown.
Ease from this noble Miser of his time
No moment steals ; pain narrows not his cares.'
Though small his kingdom as a spark or gem,
Of Alfred boasts remote Jerusalem,
And Christian India, through her wide-spread clime,
In sacred converse gifts with Alfred shares.

HIS DESCENDANTS. Can aught survive to linger in the veins Of kindred bodies-an essential power That may not vanish in one fatal hour, And wholly cast away terrestrial chains ? The race of Alfred covets glorious pains When dangers threaten, dangers ever new! Black tempests bursting, blacker still in view! But manly sovereignty its hold retains; The root sincere, the branches bold to strive With the fierce tempest, while, within the round Of their protection, gentle virtues thrive; As oft, 'mid some green plot of open ground, Wide as the oak extends its dewy gloom, The fostered hyacinths spread their purple bloom.

INFLUENCE ABUSED. Urged by Ambition, who with subtlest skill Changes her meaus, the Enthusiast as a dupe Shall soar, and as a hypocrite can stoor, And turn the instruments of good to ill, Moulding the credulous People to his will. Such DUNSTAN:- from its Benedictine coop Issues the master Mind, at whose fell swoop The chaste affections tremble to fulfil Their purposes. Beliold, pre-signified, The Might of spiritual sway! his thoughts, bis dreams, Do in the supernatural world abide : So vaunt a throng of followers, filled with pride In shows of virtue pushed to its extremes, And sorceries of talent misapplied.

DANISH CONQUESTS. Wor to the Crown that doth the Cowl obey! ? Dissension checks the arms that would restrain The incessant Rovers of the Northern Main; And widely spreads once more a Pagan sway: But Gospel-truth is potent to allay Fierceness and rage; and soon the cruel Dane Feels, through the influence of her gentle reign, His native superstitions melt away. Thus, often, when thick gloom the east o'ershrouds, The full-orbed Moon, slow-climbing, doth appear Silently to consume the heavy clouds; How no one can resolve; but every eye

But what if One, through grove or flowery mead,
Indulging thus at will the creeping feet
Of a voluptuous indolence, should meet
Thy hovering Shade, O venerable Bede!
The saint, the scholar, from a circle freed
Of toil stupendous, in a ballowed seat
Of learning, where thou heard'st the billows beat
On a wild coast, roughi monitors to feed
Perpetual industry. Sublime Recluse !
The recreant soul, that dares to shun the debt
Imposed on human kind, must first forget
Thy diligence, thy unrelaxing use
Of a long lise; and, in the hour of death,
The last dear service of thy passing breath?'


By such examples moved to unbought pains,
The people work like congregated bees; ?
Eager to build the quiet Fortresses
Where Piety, as they believe, obtains
From Heaven a general blessing; timely rains
Or needful sunshine; prosperous enterprise,
And peace, and equity.—Bold faith! yet rise
The sacred Structures for less doubtful gains.
The Sensual think with reverence of the palms
Which the chaste Votaries seek, beyond the grave;

penance be redeemable, thence alms
Flow to the Poor, and freedom to the Slave;
And, if full oft the sanctuary save
Lives black with guilt, fcrocity it calms.

Nor sedentary all: there are who roam
To scatter seeds of Life on barbarous shores;
Or quit with zealous step their knee-worn floors
To seek the general Mart of Christendom;
Whence they, like richly-laden Merchants, come
To their beloved Cells :-or shall we say
That, like the Red-cross Knight, they urge their

To lead in memorable triumpla home
Truth-their immortal Una? Babylon,
Learned and wise, hath perished utterly,
Nor leaves her Specch one word to aid the sigh
That would lament her;-Memphis, Tyre, are gone
With all their Arts, -- but classic Lore glides on
By these Religious saved for all posterity.

Berold a Pupil of the Monkish gown,
The pious Alfred, King to Justice dear;
Lord of the harp and liberating spear;
Mirror of Princes! ladigeot Renown

" Ne expired dictating the last words of a translation of St John's ' Through the whole of his life, Alfred was subject to gråeroes Gospel.

maladies. • See in Turper's History, rol. iii, p. 528, the account of tbe erec The violent measures, carried on under the influence of Danus, tion of Ramsey Monastery. Pepances were removable by ibe perfor- for streagthening the Benedictine Order, were a leading cause of mances of acts of charity and benevolence.

the second series of Danish Invasions.-See Turner.

Around her sees, while air is hushed, a clear And widening circuit of ethereal sky.


The scimitar, that yields not to the charms
Of ease, the narrow Bosphorus will disdain;
Nor long (that crossed) would Grecian hills detain
Their tents, and check the current of their arms.
Then blame not those who, by the mightiest lever
Known to the moral world, Imagination,
Upheave (so seems it) from her natural station
All Christendom :-ibey sweep along-(was never
So huge a host!)-to tear from the Unbeliever
The precious Tomb, their haven of salvation.

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A PLEASANT music Hoats along the Mere,
From Monks in Ely chanting service high,
Whilcas Canute the King is rowing by :
- My Oarsmco,» quoth the mighty King, «draw near,
* That we the sweet song of the Monks may hear!»
He listens, (all past conquests and all schemes
Of future vanishing like empty dreams)
Ileart-louched, and haply not without a tear.
The Royal Minstrel, ere the choir is still,
While bis free Barge skims the smooth flood along,
Gives to that rapture an accordant Rhyme.'
O suffering Earth! be thankful; sternest clime
And rudest age are subject to the thrill
Of heaven-descended Piety and Song.

RICHARD I. REDOUBTED king, of courage leonine, I mark thee, Richard ! urgent to equip Thy warlike person with the staff and scrip; I watch thee sailing o'er the midland brine; In conquered Cyprus see thy Bride decline Der blushing cheek, love-vows upon her lip, And see love-emblems streaming from thy ship, As thence she liolds her way to Palestine. My Song (a fearless Homager) would attend Thy thundering battle-axe as it cleaves the press Of war, but duty summons hier away To tell, how finding in the rash distress Of those enthusiast powers a constant Friend, Through giddier heights hath clomb the Papal sway.

THE NORMAN CONQUEST. The woman-hearted Confessor prepares The evanescence of the Saxon line. Hark! 't is the folling Curfew! the stars shine, But of the lights that cherish household cares And festive gladness, burns not one that dares To (winkle after that dull stroke of thine, Emblem and instrument, from Thames to Tyne, Of force that dauots, and cunning that epsnares! Yet as the terrors of the lordly bell, That quench, from but to palace, lamps and fires, Touch not the tapers of the sacred quires, Even so a thraldom studious to expel Ol laws and ancient customs to derange, Brings to Religion no injurious change.

AN INTERDICT. Realms quake by turns : proud Arbitress of Grace, The Church, by mandate shadowing forth the

power She arrogates o'er heaven's eternal door, Closes the gates of every sacred place. Straight from the sun and tainted air's embrace All sacred things are covered: cheerful morn Grows sad as night--no seemly garb is worn, Nor is a face allowed to meet a face With natural smile of greeting. Bells are dumb; Ditches are graves-funereal rites denied; And in the Church-yard he must take his Bride Who dares be wedded! Fancies thickly come Into the pensive heart ill fortified, And comfortless despairs the soul benumb.

THE COUNCIL OF CLERMONT. And shall,» the Pontiff asks, « profaneness flow From Nazareth-source of Christian Piety,

From Beitlehem, from the Mounts of Agony & And glorified Ascension? Warriors go, - With prayers and blessings we your path will sow; a Like Moses hold our hands erect, till ye «Have chased far off by righteous victory

I bese sons of Amalec, or laid them low!» & GOD WILLETH IT,» the whole assembly cry; Shout which the enraptured multitude astounds! The Council-roof and Clermoni's towers reply;«God willeth is,» from bill to liil rebounds, And in awc-stricken Countries far and nigli Through « Nature's hollow arch, the voice resounds, 2

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CRUSADES. Tur Turbancd Race are poured in thickening swarms Along the West; though driven from Aquitaine, The Crescent glitters on the towers of Spain, And soft Italia feels renewed alarms;

PAPAL ABUSES. As with the stream our voyage we pursue, The gross materials of this world present A marvellous study of wild accident; Uncoutlı proximities of old and new; And bold transfigurations, more untrue (As might be deemed) to disciplined intent Than aught the sky's fantastic element, When most fantastic, offers to the view. Saw we not llenry scourged at Becket's shrinc? Lo! John self-stripped of his insignia ;-crown, Sceptre and mantle, sword and ring, laid down At a proud Legate's feet! The spears that line Baronial Halls, the opprobrious insult feel; And angry Occan roars a vain appeal,

+ Which is still extant.

The docision of this council was believed to be instantly known in pemote parts of Europe.

Who in their private Cells have yet a care

Of public quiet; unambitious Men,
Black Demons hovering o'er his mitred head,

Counsellors for the world, of piercing ken; To Cæsar's Successor the Pontiff spake;

Whose fervent exhortations from afar « Ere I absolve thee, stoop! that on thy neck

Move Princes to their duty, peace or war; Levelled with Earth this foot of mine may tread.» And oft-times in the most forbidding den Then, lie who to the Altar had been led,

Of solitude, with love of science strong, He, whose strong arm the Orient could not check, llow patiently the yoke of thought they bear! lle, who had held the Soldan at his beck,

Uow subtly glide its finest threads along! Stooped, of all glory disinherited,

Spirits that crowd the intellectual sphere And even the common dignity of man!

With mazy boundaries, as the Astronomer
Amazement strikes the crowd;- while many turn With orb and cycle girds the starry throng.

eyes away in sorrow, others burn
With scorn, invoking a vindictive ban
From outraged Nature; but the sense of most
In abject sympathy with power is lost.

And not in vain embodied to the sight

Religion finds even in the stern Retreat

Of feudal Sway her own appropriate Seal;
Unless to Peter's Chair the vicwless wind

From the Collegiate pomps on Windsor's height, Must come and ask permission wlien to blow,

Down to the humble altar, which the knight What further empire would it have? for now

And his Retainers of the embattled liall A ghostly Domination, unconfined

Seek in domestic oratory small, As that by dreaming Bards to Love assigned,

For prayer in stillness, or the chanted rite ; Sits there in sober truth-10 raise the low,

Then chictly dear, when foes are planted round, Perplex the wise, the strong to overthrow

Who teach the intrepid guardians of the place, Through earth and heaven to bind and to unbind!

llourly exposed to death, with famine worn, Resist-the thunder quails thee!--crouch-rebuff Aud suffering under many a perilous wound, Shall be thy recompensc! from land to land

llow sad would be their durance, if forlorn The ancient thrones of Christendom are stuff

Of offices dispensing heavenly grace!
For occupation of a magic wand,
And 't is the Pope that wields is, - whether rough
Or smooth his front, our world is in his hand!


And what melodious sounds at times prevail !

And, ever and anon, how bright a gleam
Pours on the surface of the turbid Stream!

What heartfelt fragrance mingles with the gale
TO THE CLOSE OF THE TROUBLES IN THE That swells the bosom of our passing sail!

For where, but on this River's margin, blow

Those tlowers of Chivalry, to bind the brow

Of hardihood with wreaths that shall not fail ? « Here Man more purely lives,' less oft doth fall,

Fair Court of Edward! wonder of the world! More promptly rises, walks with nicer heed,

| sec a matchless blazonry unfurled More safely rests, dies happier, is freed

Of wisdom, magnanimity, and love ;
Earlier from cleansing fires, and gains withal And meekuess tempering honourable pride ;
A brighter crown.»--On yon Cistertian wall

The Lamb is couching by the Lion's side,
That confident assurance may be read;

And near the flame-eyed Eagle sits the Dove.
And, to like shelter, from the world have fled
Increasing multitudes. The potent call
Doubtless shall cheat full oft the heart's desires ;

Yet, while the rugged age on pliaot knee
Vows to rapt Fancy humble feally,

Nor can Imagination quit the shores
A geutler life spreads round the holy spires ;

Of these bright scenes without a farewell clanec Where'er they rise, the sylvan waste retires,

Given to those dream-like Issues—that Romance And aery harvests crown the fertile lea.

Of many-coloured life which Fortune pours
Round the Crusaders, till on distant shores

Their labours end ; or they return to lie,

The vow performed, in cross-legged effigy,
RECORD wc loo, with just and faithful pen,

Devoutly stretched upon their chancel floors. That many hooded Cenobites there are,

Am I deceived? Or is their requiem chauted

By voices never mule wheu lleaven uoties 1. Bonum est nos hic esse, quia bomo vivit purius, cadit raritrs, Ier inmost, softest, tenderest harmovies ; surgit velocius, incedit cantios, quiescit secarias, moritur felicius. Requiem which Earth takes up with voice undaunted, purgatur citius, pramiatur copiosius.. Bernard. saya Dr Whitaker, - is usually inscribed on some conspicuous part of when she would tell how Good, and Brave, and Wise, ibe Cistertian houses..

For their high qucrdon not in vain have panted !


Erough! for see, with dim association
The tapers burn; the odorous incense feeds
A greedy tlame; the pompous mass proceeds :
The Priest bestows the appciated consceration;
Ind, while the Host is raised, its elevation
An awe an) supernatural horror breeds,
And all the People bow their heads, like reeds
To a soft breeze, io lowly adoration.
Tuis Valdo brooked not. On the banks of Rlione
i{e taught, till persecution chased him thence,
lo adore the Invisible, and lim alone.
Nor were his Followers Joth to seek defence,
Mid woods and wilds, on Nature's craggy throne,
From rites that trample upon soul and sense.

Thus is the storm abated by the craft
Of a shrewd Counsellor, eager to protect
The Church, whose power hatli recently been checked,
Whose monstrous riches threatened. So the shaft
Of victory mounts high, and blood is quaffed
In fields that rival Cressy and Poictiers-.
Pride to be washed away by bitter tears ;
For deep as hell itself, the avenging drauglit
Of civil slaughter! Yet, while Temporal power
Is by these shocks exhausted, Spiritual truth
Maintains the else endangered gift of life ;
Proceeds from infancy to lusty youth ;
And, under cover of this woeful strife,
Gathers unblighted strength from hour to liour.


THESE who gave earliest notice, as the Lark
Springs from the ground the morn to gratulate;
Who rather rose the day to antedate,
ily striking out a solitary spark,
When all the world with midnight gloom was dark-
These larbiogers of good, wliom bitter hate
lo vain endeavoured to exterminate,
Fell Obloquy pursues with bideous burk,'
Bat they desist pot; and the sacred fire,
Rekindled thus, from dens and savage

Moves, hapded on with never-ceasing care,
Througla courts, through camps, o'er limitary tloods ;
Nor lacks this sea-girt Isle a timely share
of the new Flame, not suffered to expire.

Once more the Church is seized with sudden fear,
And at her call is Wicliffe disinbumed:
Yea his dry bones to ashes are consumed,
And flung into the brook that travels near;
Forthwith, that ancient Voice which Streams cau hcar,
Thus speaks, (that Voice which walks upon the wind,
Though seldom heard by busy human kind,)
« As thou these ashes, little Brook! wilt bear
Into the Avon, Avon to the tide
Of Severn, Severn to the narrow seas,
Into main Ocean they, this Deed accurst
An emblem yields to friends and enemics
llow she bold Teacher's Doctrine, sanctified
Psy 'Truth, shall spread throughout the world dispersed.»


And cumbrous wealth-the shame of your estate; « Want Beast in wilderness or cultured field

You on whose progress dazzling trains await The lively beauty of the Leopard shows?

of pompous horses; whom vain titles please, What Flower in meadow-ground or garden grows Who will be served by others on their knees, That to the lowering Lily doth not yield ?

Yet will yourselves to God no service pay; I let both meet only on thiy royal shield !

Pastors who neither take nor point the way Co forth, Creat King! claim what thy birth bestows; To leaven; for either lost in vanities Conquer the Gallic Lily which thy foes

Ye have no skill to teach, or if ye kuow Dare to usurp;-thou hast a sword to wield,

And speak the word--» Alas! of fearful things
And Ileaven will crown the right.»— The mitred Sire 'T is the most fearful when the People's eye
Ilus spake—and lo! a Flcet, for Gaul addrest, Abuse liath cleared from vain imaginings;
Pluches her bold course across the wondering seas; dod taught the general voice to prophesy
For, sooth 10 say, ambition, in the breast

Of Justice armed, and Pride to be laid low.
Of youthful Heroes, is no sullen fire,
But one that leaps to ineet the fanning breeze.

. The list of foul names bestowed upon those poor creatures is
long and curious; and, as is, alas! too natural, most of the oppro-

And what is Penance with her knotted thong,
borious appellations are drawn from circumstances into wbichibey Mortification with the shirt of hair,
were forced by their pers culoro, who evru consolidated their tiee Wan cheek, and knees indurated with prayer,
szerint the reproachiul urm, calling ibem Patareniane or Paturins, Vigils, and fastings rigorous as Jong,
tror pati, to suffer.

If cloistered Avarice scruple not to wrong
Dwellers with wolves she names them, for the Pine The pious, bumble, useful Secular,
Apd arred Oak are ibeir covert; as the gloom

And rob the People of his daily care,
Or bebt oft foils their toemy's design,

Scoruing that world whose blindness makes hier stroop?
Sbe calls them fidera on the Hinc bruom;
Surterers, whose frame and oupect have become

Inversion strange! that upto One who lives
Oec and be samo obroncli practios maligu.

For self, and struggles with himself alone,

The amplest share of heavenly favour gives;

The warrant bail-exulting to be free; That to a Monk allots, in the esteem

Like ships before wliose keels, full long embayed Of God and Man, place higher than to him

In polar ice, propitious winds have made
Who on the good of others builds his own!

Unlooked-for outlet to an open sea,
Their liquid world, for bold discovery,

In all her quarters temptingly displayed!
MONASTIC VOLUPTUOUSNESS. Hope guides the young; but when the old must pass

The threshold, whither shall they turn to find
Yet more,-round many a Convent's blazing fire
Unhallowed threads of revelry are spun;

The hospitality-the alms (alas !

Alms There Venus sits disguised like a Nun,

may be necded) which that House bestowed?

Can they, in faith and worship, train the mind
Wbile Bacchus, clothed in semblance of a Friar,

To keep this new and questionable road ?
Pours out his choicest beverage high and higher
Sparkling, until it cannot chuse but run
Over the bowl, whose silver lip hath won
Au instant kiss of masterful desire-

To stay the precious waste. In every brain

Ye, too, must fly before a chasing hand, Spreads the dominion of the sprightly juice,

Angels and Saints, in every hamlet mourned!
Through the wide world, to madding Fancy dear,

Ah! if the old idolatry be spurned,
Till the arched roof, with resolute abuse
Of its grave echoes, swells a choral strain,

Let not your radiant Shapes desert the Land:

Her adoration was not your demand,
Whose votive burthen is—«OUR KINGDOM 'S HERE!»

The fond heart proffered il—the servile heart;
And therefore are ye summoned to depart,

Michael, and thou St George, whose flaming brand DISSOLUTION OF THE MONASTERIES.

The Dragon quelled; and valiant Margaret Threats come which no submission may assuage;

Whose rival sword a like Opponent slew : No sacrifice avert, no power dispute ;

And rapt Cecilia, seraph-haunted Queen The tapers shall be quenched, the belfries mute, Of harmony; and weeping Magdalene, Aud, 'mid their cloirs unroofed by selfish rage,

Who in the penitential desert met
The warbling wren shall find a leafy cage;

Gales sweet as those that over Eden blew!
The gadding bramble hang her purple fruit;
And the green lizard and the gilded newl
Lead unmolested lives, and die of age.

The Owl of evening and the woodland Fox
For their abode the shrines of Waltham chuse : MOTHER! whose virgin bosom was uncrost
Proud Glastonbury can no more refuse

With the least shade of thought to sin allied;
To stoop her head before these desperate shocks Woman! above all women glorified,
She whose high pomp displaced, as story tells,

Our tainted nature's solitary boast ;
Arimathean Joseph's wattled cells.

Purer than foam on central Ocean tost;
Brighter than eastern skies at daybreak strewu

With fancied roses, than the unblemished moon

Before her wane begins on heaven's blue coast;

Thy Image falls to carth. Yet some, I ween, Toe lovely Nun (submissive but more ineek

Not unforgiven the suppliant kuce might bend, Through saintly habit, than from effort due

As to a visible Power, in which did blend To uorelenting mandates that pursue

All that was mixed and reconciled in Thee With equal wrath the steps of strong and weak)

Of mother's love with maiden purity,
Goes forth-unveiling timidly ler cheek

Of high with low, celestial with terrene !
Suffused with blushes of celestial hue,
While through the Convent gate to open view
Softly she glides, another home to seek.
Not Iris, issuing from her cloudy shrine,

An Apparition more divinely bright!

Nor utterly unworthy to endure Not more attractive to the dazzled sight

Wis the supremacy of crafty Rome; Those watery clorics, on the stormy brine

Age after age to the arch of Christendom Poured forth, while summer suns at distance sbine,

Acrial keystonc haughtily secure;
And the green vales lie hushed in sober light!

Supremacy from Ileaven transmitted pure
As many hold ; and, therefore, to the tomb

Pass, some through fire-and by the scaffold some-

Line saintly Fisher, and unbanding More. Yer some, Noviciates of the cloistral shade,

« Lightly for both the bosom's lord did sit Or chained by vows, with undissembled glee

Upon his throne ;» unsoftened, undisınayed

By aught that mingled with the tragic scene " These two lines are adopted from a MS. written about ibe year of pily or fear; and More's gay genius played 1970. which accidentally fell into my possession. The close of the with the inoffensive sword of native wit, proceding Soopet on monastic voluptuousness is taken from the same source, as is the verso, - Where Venus sits, etc.

Than the bare axe more luminous and keen.

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