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Himself beneath a tree, the storm defends,
And keeps in arms, around, his watchful friends.
The fair Aurelia by the hero's side,
An awful warrior, and a blooming bride,
Who placd in martial deeds her virgin-care,
Wields in her snowy hand the afhen spear.
A silver mail hung round her slender waist,
The corflet rises on her heaving breast.
On her white arm the brazen buckler shows,
The shining helm embrac'd her marble brows;
Her twining ringlers, flowing down behind,
Sung grateful music to the nightly wind.
Fate was unkind; just as the lovers wed,
Nor yet had tasted of the nuptial bed;
Great Sueno's trumpet call'd the youth to war,
He sigh’d, embrac’d, and left the weeping fair.
With love embolden'd, up the virgin rose,
From her soft breast the native woman throws;
And with the gallant warrior clothes the wife,
Following her Haco to the bloody ftrife.
She fought her love thro' war's destructive path,
And often turn'd from him the hand of death.
The chief, attentive, all the youth survey'd,
And in the warrior found the lovely maid.
She leans, inclining, on her martial spear,
And only for the youth employs her fear.
The valiant Scot affails the oaken wall :
The bulwark groans, the brave defenders fall.
With sounding steel the firm barrier be ply'd,
And pourd his warriors in on ev'ry side.
The godlike Haco rushing thro’ the night,
Now here, now there oppos'd th’invaders might;
To evry.corner gave divided aid,
Still, still supported by the martial maid.
Thus when the ocean, swelling o'er the strand, Invades with billowy troops the subject land; The sed'lous (wains the earthen weight oppose, And fill the fissures where the tempeft flows. So valiant Haco Aew to ev'ry side, And stemm’d with pointed steel the manly tide ;} With great effort preferv'd the narrow field, And 'twixt the fair and danger kept the shield. She, only the, employs the Hero's care ; Haco forgot, he only thinks on her.
le longs to sink with glory to the dead, But can he leave in grief the captive maid ? Her dying image hags his fancy's eyes, * shou'd he do, if fair AUKELIA dies.?
Love, mighty love, arrested all his pow'r;
He wish'd for flight who never fled before.
But as the lioness, to save her young,
Despises death, and meets the hunter-throng;
So, starting from the fable maze of care,
He faces death, and Shields the lovely fair.
The martial maid with equal love posseft
Wou'd dart 'twixt danger and her Haco's breast;
Oppofe her buckler to the lifted spear,
And turn from him the iron hand of war.
Now godlike Alrin hew'd his bloody path Thro' DANISH ranks, and mark'd his steps with
death. Th'inclofed square with desp'rate hand he shears, And reaps a bloody field of men and spears. Groans, crashing steel, and clangour of the fight, Increase the stormy chorus of the night.
The Danes, diminish'd, meet th' unequal war, Where two fall’n oaks confine an inner square: Join their broad fhields, the close-wedgd columns
And on the SCOTTISH battle turn the speari
On ev'ry side the CALEDONIANS close,
Hemming the desp’rate phalanx of the foes,
To give the final stroke to battle, croud :
While Haco thus bespoke the Danes aloud ;;
“ Ye sons of North, unfortunate, tho' brave !
Here fate has marked out our common grave ;
Has doom'd our bodies to enrich these plains:
Then die reveng'd....like warriors and like DANES!»
He spoke, and turning to the martial maid,
Embrac'd her softly, and thus, sighing, said;
“ Shall then my spouse, my love, my ouly joy,
Shall fair AUKELIA with her Haco die !
Thy death afficts me.--I in vain complain;
I'll fave AURELIA, or expire..--a DANE !"
He said, and gath’ring up his spacious Thield
Prepar'd to meet the battle in the field.
Young Alpin heard. ---- It touch'd his feeling
He stopt the war, and thus the Dane addı eft.
“ Our CALEDONIA, now reliev'd of fear,
Feels pity rising in the place of care ;
Difdains to tyrannize o'er vanquilh'd foes,
And for her steel on them her pity throws..
I now dismiss brave Haco from the field,
And own the gen'rous prefent of the shield.”
He said :.... his thanks returns the royal Dane,
Himself escorts them to the founding main.
A ship escap'd the flame, within a bay,
Where bending rocks exclude the rougher sea,
Secure from stormy winds in safety rides,
And slowly nods on the recoiling tides;
Thither they bend, and launching to the sea,
Plow with the crooked beak the wat'ry way;
Their sable journey to the North explore,
And leave their sleeping friends upon the shore -