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! This Ode was performed in the Senate-house at Cambridge, July 1, 1769, At the installation of his Grace Augustus-Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, chancellor of the University.
Meek Newton's self bends from his state sublime,
III. “ Ye brown o'er-arching groves, That Contemplation loves, Where willowy Camus lingers with delight! Oft at the blush of dawn I trod your level lawn, Oft woo'd the gleam of Cynthia silver-bright In cloisters dim, far from the haunts of Folly, With Freedom by my side, and soft-ey'd Melancholy."
• Edward the Third, who added the fleur de lys of France to the arms of England. He founded Trinity College.
Mary de Valentia, Countess of Pembroke, daughter of Guy de Chatillon, Comte de St. Paul in France : of whom tradition says, that her busband Audemar de Valentia, earl of Pembroke, was slain at a tournament on the day of his nuptials. She was the foundress of Pembroke College or Hall, under the same of Aula Mariæ de Valentia.
Elizabeth de Burg, Countess of Clare, was wife of John de Burg, son and heir of the Earl of Ulster, and daughter of Gilbert de Clare, earl of Gloucester, by Joan of Acres, daughter of Edward the First. Hence the Poet gives her the epithet of “princely.” She founded Clare Hall.
• Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry the Sixth, foundress of Queen's College. The Poet has celebrated her conjugal fidelity in the former Ode: V. epode 2d. line 13th.
w Elizabeth Widville, wife of Edward the Fourth (hence called the paler rose, as being of the house of York). She added to the foundation of Margaret of Anjou.
And either Henry there,
“ What is grandeur, what is power?
VI. Foremost, and leaning from her golden cloud, The venerable ? Marg’ret see! “Welcome, my noble son, (she cries aloud) To this, thy kindred train, and me: Pleas’d in thy lineaments we trace
A Tudor's fire, a Beaufort's grace. Thy liberal heart, thy judging eye, The flower unheeded shall descry,
* Henry the Sixth and Eighth. The former the founder of King's, the latter the greatest benefactor to Trinity College.
y Countess of Richmond and Derby; the mother of Henry the Seventh, foundress of St. John's and Christ's colleges.
The Countess was a Beaufort, and married to a Tudor: bence the application of this line to the Duke of Grafton, who claims descent from both these families.
And bid it round heav'n's altars shed
• Lord Treasurer Burleigh was chancellor of the University, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
THE FATAL SISTERS.
FROM THE NORSE TONGUE.b
Now the storm begins to lower,
.tors to laund guij el
b To be found in the Orcades of THORMODUS TORFÆUS; HAFNIÆ, 1697, folio: and also in BARTHOLINUS.
Vitt ER ORPIT PYRIR VALPALLI, &c. The design of Mr. Gray in writing this and the three following imitative odes, is given in the Memoirs of his Life. For the better understanding the first of these, the reader is to be informed that in the eleventh century, Sigurd, earl of the Orkney Islands, went with a fleet of ships and a considerable body of troops into Ireland, to the assistance of Sictryg with the silken beard, who was then making war on his father-in-law, Brian, king of Dublin : the Earl and all his forces were cut to pieces, and Sictryg was in danger of a total defeat; but the enemy had a greater loss by the death of Brian, their king, who fell in the action. On Christmas-day, (the day of the battle) a native of Caithness, in Scotland, saw at a distance a number of persons on horseback riding full speed towards a hill, and seeming to enter into it. Curiosity led him to follow them, till looking through an opening in the rocks he saw twelve gigantic figures resembling women: they were all employed about a loom; and as they wove, they sung the following dreadful song; which, when they had finished, they tore the web into twelve pieces, and (each taking her portion) galloped six to the north and as many to the south. These were the Valkyriur, female divinities, servants of Odin (or Woden) in the Gothic mythology. Their name signifies chusers of the slain. They were mounted on swift horses, with drawn swords in their hands; and in the throng of battle selected such as were destined to slaughter, and conducted them to Valkalla, the hall of Odin, or paradise of the brave; where they attended the banquet, and served the departed heroes with horns of mead and ale.