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And canopied with golden pall,
Amid Cilganon's castle-ball,
Sublime, in formidable state,
And warlike splendour; Henry sate;
Prepared to stain the briny flood
Of Shannon's Like with rebel blood.

Illumining the vaulted roof,

A thousand torches flamed aloof:

From massy cups, with golden gleam,

Sparkled the red metheglin's stream;

To grace the gorgeous festival,

Along the lofty-window'd hall

The storied tapestry was hung;

With minstrelsy the rafters rung .

Of harps, that with reflected light

From the proud gallery glitter'd bright:

While gifted bards, a rival throng,

(From distant Mona, nurse of song,

From Teivi, fringed with umbrage brown,

From Elvy's vale, and Cader's crown,

From many a shaggy precipice

That shades Seme's hoarse abyss,

And many a sunless solitude

Of Radnor's inmost mountains rude,)

To crown the banquet's solemn close,?
Themes of British glory chose;
And to the strings of various chime.." , . -
Attemper'd thus the fabling rhyme;

"O'er Cornwall's cliffs the tempest roar'd.
"High the screaming sea-mew soar'd,
"On Tintaggel's * topmast tower
"Darksome fell the sleety shower;
"Round the rough castle shrilly sung'
"The whirling blast, and wildly flung
"On each tall rampart's thundering side
- "The surges of .-iie tumbling tide:

"When Arthur ranged his red-cross ranks

"On conscious Camlan's crimsoned banks:

"By Mordred's faithless guile decreed

"Beneath a Saxon spear to bleed!

"Yet in vain a payuim foe

"Arm'd with fate the mighty blow:

* Tiittagget, or Tintadgat-castle, where Ling Arthur is> said to have been born, and to have chiefly resided. Soms of its huge fragments still remain, on a rocky peninsular cape, of a prodigious declivity, towards the sea, and almost inaccessible from the land side, on the southern coasti of Cornwall.

VOL. HI. Y

"For when he fell, an elfin queen,

"All in secret, and unseen,

"O'er the fainting hero threw

"Her mantle of ambrosial blue;

"And bade her spirits bear him far,

"In Merlin's agate-axled car,

"To her green isle's eaamel'd steep,

"Far in the navel of the deep.

"O'er his wounds she sprinkled dew

"From flowers that in Arabia grew:

"On a rich enchanted betl,

"She pillow'd his majestick head,

"O'er his brow, with whispers b.*md,

"Thrice she waved an opiate wand;

"And to soft imisick's airy sound,

"Her magick curtains closed around.

"There, renew'd the vital spring,

"Again he reigns a mighty king;

'-' And many a fair and fragrant clime,

"Blooming in immortal prime,

'* By gales of Eden ever fann'd,

"Owns the monarch's high command t

"Thence to Britain shall return,

"(If right prop':etick rolls I learn)

'Borne on victory's spreading plume,

"His ancient sceptre to resume,

Once more, in old heroick pride,
His barbed courser to bestride;
His knightly table to restore,
And brave the tournaments of yore."

They ceased, when on the tuneful stage
Advanced a bard, of aspect sage;
His silver tresses, thin besprent,
To age a graceful reverence lent;
His beard, all white -is spangles frore
That clothe Plinlimmon's forests hoar,
Down to his harp descending flow'd;
With time's faint rose his features glow'd;
His eyes diffused a (often'd tire,
And thus he waked the warbling wire.

"Listen, Henry, to my reed!
"Not from fairy realms I lead
"Bright-robed tradition, to relate
"In forged colours Arthur's fate;
"Though much of old romantick lore
"On the high theme I keep in store:
"But boastful fiction should be dumb,
'. Where truth the strain might best become.,

"If thine ear may still be won

"With songs of Uther's glorious son;

"Henry, I a tale unfold,

"Never yet in rhyme enroll'd,

"Nor sung, nor harp'd in hall or bower;

"Which in my youth's full early flower

"A. minstrel, sprung of Cornish line,

"Who spoke of kings from old Locrine,

«* Taught me to chant, one vernal dawn;]

"Deep in cliff-encircled lawn,

"What time the glistering vapours fled

"From cloud enveloped Clyder's head;

"And on its sides the torrents gray

"Shone to the morning's orient ray,

"When Arthur bow'd his haughty crest,

*' No princess, veil'd in azure vest,

"Snatch'd him, by Merlin's potent spell,'

"In gl oves of golden bliss to dwell;

'-' Where crown'd with wreaths of misletoe,

"Slaughter'd kings in glory go:

"But when he fell, with winged speed,

"His champions, on a milk-white steed,

"From the battle's hurricane,

"Bore him to Joseph's towred fane,

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