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-“ Long has my arm forgot to wield
“ The sword, and raise the massy shield,"

Replied the stranger drear :
" Peace to this brown oak's hallow'd shade!
* Peace to the bones which here are laid,

* And which we both revere!


" Know'st thou not Siegmar, Herman's fire, “ That arm of steel, that soul of fire ?

“ Here is his grave.--My name • Is Flavus-at that sound the woods « With curses ring, and Weser's floods

My infamy proclaim!

" For such is vengeful Odin's will
" And doom, that traitor-curses still

“ Thick on my head shall be,
« Till from the blood of brethren slain,

My gory hands and lance again
“ I pure and spotless fee.

" Still then, when midnight hours permit “ Pale spectres Hela's realm to quit,

“ I seek this hallow'd place; " With tears bedew these crimson blots, “ And strive to wash away the spots

“ No pains can now efface !".


He ceased; when Odin's eagle came,
By Odin arm?d with blasting flame,

And seized the phantom knight:
Loud Ihrieks the spectre's pangs reveal'd,
And foon a cloud his form conceal'd

From awe-struck Hengift's sight.

" Son !” said the chief, with horror chill'd, While down his brows cold dews distili'd,

“ Now take your sword in hand, “ And swear with me, each drop of gore, " That swells your veins, well pleased to pour

“ To guard your native land !”


No. IV.




This was first published in the Third Volume of Ambrosio, or

the Monk,

A WARRIOR so bold and a virgin so bright

Conversed, as they sat on the green ;
They gazed on each other with tender delight:
Alonzo the Brave was the name of the knight,

The maid's was the Fair Imogine.

.“ And, oh !” said the youth,“ since to-morrow I go “ To fight in a far-diftant land, Your tears for my absence foon leaving to flow, “ Some other will court you, and you will bestow " On a wealthier suitor



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- Oh! hush these suspicions,” Fair Imogine said, « Offensive to love and to me! 5. For, if you be living, or if you be dead, “ I swear by the Virgin, that none in your stead

“ Shall husband of Imogine be.

" And if e'er for another my heart should decide, “ Forgetting Alonzo the Brave,

“ God grant, that, to punish my falsehood and pride “ Your ghost at the marriage may fit by my side, “ May tax me with perjury, claim me as bride, “ And bear me away to the grave


To Palestine haften'd the hero so bold;

His love she lamented him fore:
But scarce had a twelvemonth elapsed, when behold,
A Baron all cover'd with jewels and gold

Arrived at Fair Imogine's door,

His treasure, his presents, his spacious domain,

Soon made her untrue to her vows :
He dazzled her eyes; he bewilder'd her brain ;
He caught her affections fo light and so vain,

And carried her home as his spouse.

And now had the marriage been bless’d by the priest;

The revelry now was begun:
The tables they groan’d with the weight of the feast;


Nor yet had the laughter and merriment ceased,

When the bell of the castle toll'd“ one !"

Then first with amazement Fair Imogine found

That a stranger was placed by her side :
His air was terrific; he utter'd no sound;
He spoke not, he moved not, he look'd not around,

But earnestly gazed on the bride.

His viżor was closed, and gigantic his height ;

His armour was fable to view :
All pleasure and laughter were hush'd at his fight;
The dogs, as they eyed him, drew back in affright;

The lights in the chamber burnt blue !

His presence all bosoms appear’d to dismay;

The guests fat in silence and fear: At length spoke the bride, while the trembled :—“ I pray, * Sir Knight, that your helmet aside you would lay,

And deign to partake of our cheer.”

The lady is silent: the stranger complies,

His vizor he slowly unclosed :
Oh! then what a sight met Fair Imogine's eyes !
What words can express her dismay and surprise;

When a skeleton's head was exposed !


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