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PINDARIC, HORATIAN, AND OTHER
'RUIN seize thee, ruthless king!
To save thy secret soul from nightly fears,
*This ode is founded on a tradition current in Wales, that Edward the First, when he completed the conquest of that country, ordered all the Bards that fell into his hands to be put to death.
Such were the sounds that o'er the crested pride
He wound with toilsome march his long array. Stout Glo'ster stood aghast in speechless trance: 'To arms!' cried Mortimer, and couch'd his quivering lance.
On a rock, whose haughty brow
Stream'd, like a meteor, to the troubled air)
'Hark, how each giant-oak, and desert-cave
Revenge on thee in hoarser murmurs breathe ; Vocal no more, since Cambria's fatal day,
To high-born Hoel's harp, or soft Llewellyn's lay.
'Cold is Cadwallo's tongue, That hush'd the stormy main:
Brave Urien sleeps upon his craggy bed:
Mountains, ye mourn in vain
Modred, whose magic song
Made huge Plinlimmon bow his cloud-topp'd head.
On dreary Arvon's shore they lie,
Dear as the light that visits these sad eyes,
I see them sit, they linger yet,
Avengers of their native land:
With me in dreadful harmony they join,
'Weave the warp, and weave the woof, The winding-sheet of Edward's race; Give ample room and verge enough
The characters of Hell to trace.
Mark the year, and mark the night,
When Severn shall re-echo with affright
The skrieks of death, through Berkley's roof that ring,
Shrieks of an agonizing king!
She-wolf of France, with unrelenting fangs, That tear'st the bowels of thy mangled mate,
From thee be born, who o'er thy country hangs The scourge of Heaven. What Terrors round him wait!
Amazement in his van, with Flight combin'd,