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A DANISH BARROW ON THE EAST
About 1000 A.D.
LIE still, old Dane, below thy heap !
A sturdy back and sturdy limb,
Whoe'er he was, I warrant him,
Browses and tinkles in the sun,
Lie still, old Danel This restful scene
Suits well thy centuries of sleep:
The soft brown roots above thee creep,
And,--vain memento of the spot, -
Lie still I-thy mother-land herself
Would know thee not again ; no more
The ravens from the northern shore Hails the bold crew to push for pelf,
Through fire and blood and slaughtered kings, 'Neath the black terror of his wings.
| Bird's-foot trefoil, a small flower whose buds are bright crimson and the flowers yellow.
Brightness. 3 The Danish standard,
And thou,—thy very name is lost !
The peasant only knows that here
Bold Alfred scooped thy flinty bier, And pray'd a foeman's prayer, and tost
His auburn beard, and said, “One more “Of England's foes guards England's shore,”
And turn'd and pass'd to other feats,
And left thee in thine iron robe,
To circle with the circling globe,
The giant warrior to a crust
So lie ; and let the children play,
And sit like flowers upon thy grave,
And crown with flowers,—that hardly have
By hurrying years urged on to rest,
Merie sungen the monks binnen Ely,
When Knut King rowed thereby ;
“And hear we these monks sing.” This verse was composed by Knut himself, and is the subject of Wordsworth's sonnet.
A PLEASANT music floats along the mere,
From monks in Ely, chanting service high,
While as Canute, the king, is rowing by. "My oarsmen” quoth the mighty king, “draw near,” That we the sweet song of the monks may hear :"
He listensmall past conquests and all schemes
Of future vanishing like empty dreams.
The royal minstrel, ere the choir is still,
Gives to that rapture an accordant rhyme.
O suffering earth, be thankful! Sternest clime,
The lake around Ely. ? Knut was called Canutus in old Latin chronicles, and thus many Histories of England call him Canute.
THE NEW FOREST.
PROUD Nimrod first the bloody chase began,
i Gen. x. 9.
? It was the taste of Queen Anne's time to write as like heathen Greeks as possible.
3 The desolation is much exaggerated ; the villages and churches were very rudely built.
But see! the man who spacious regions gave,
THE COUNCIL OF CLERMONT.
(In Auvergne, in France, where Peter the Hermit first preached the Crusade.)
1 Richard, the second son of the conqueror, was killed by a stag in the New Forest. ? Trumpet,