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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!

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" 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 !".

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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.

No. IV.

ALONZO THE BRAVE AND FAIR IMOGINE.

ORIGINAL.

M. G. LEWIS.

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

your

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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

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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;

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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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