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She struck where the white and fleecy waves

Looked soft as carded wool,
But the cruel rocks, they gored her side

Like the horns of an angry bull.

Her rattling shrouds, all sheathed in ice,

With the masts went by the board ; Like a vessel of glass, she stove and sank,

Ho! ho! the breakers roared !

At daybreak, on the bleak sea-beach,

A fisherman stood aghast,
To see the form of a maiden fair,

Lashed close to a drifting mast.

The salt sea was frozen on her breast,

The salt tears in her eyes ; And he saw her hair, like the brown sea-weed,

On the billows fall and rise.

Such was the wreck of the Hesperus,

In the midnight and the snow ! Christ save us all from a death like this,

On the reef of Norman's Woe !

THE LUCK OF EDENHALL

FROM THE GERMAN OF UHLAND.

Of Edenhall, the youthful Lord
Bids sound the festal trumpet's call;
He rises at the banquet board,
And cries, 'mid the drunken revellers all,
“Now bring me the Luck of Edenhall !”

The butler hears the words with pain,
The house's oldest seneschal,
Takes slow from its silken cloth again
The drinking glass of crystal tall ;
They call it The Luck of Edenhall.

Then said the Lord; “This glass to praise,
Fill with red wine from Portugal !"
The gray-beard with trembling hand obeys;
A purple light shines over all,
It beams from the Luck of Edenhall.

Then speaks the Lord, and waves it light,
This glass of flashing crystal tall
Gave to my sires the Fountain-Sprite ;
She wrote in it; If this glass doth fall,
Farewell then, O Luck of Edenhall !

“'Twas right a goblet the Fate should be
Of the joyous race of Edenhall !
Deep draughts drink we right willingly ;
And willingly ring, with merry call,
Kling! klang ! to the Luck of Edenhall !”
First rings it deep, and full, and mild,
Like to the song of a nightingale ;
Then like the roar of a torrent wild ;
Then mutters at last like the thunder's fall,
The glorious Luck of Edenhall.

“For its keeper takes a race of might,

The fragile goblet of crystal tall ;
It has lasted longer than is right;
Kling! klang !-with a harder blow tban all
Will I try the Luck of Edenhall !”

As the goblet ringing flies apart,
Suddenly cracks the vaulted hall;
And through the rift, the wild flames start;
The guests in dust are scattered all,
With the Breaking Luck of Edenhall !

In storms the foe, with fire and sword;
He in the night had scaled the wall,
Slain by the sword lies the youthful Lord,
But holds in his hand the crystal tall,
The shattered Luck of Edenhall.

On the morrow the butler gropes alone,
The gray-beard in the desert hall,
He seeks his Lord's burnt skeleton,
He seeks in the dismal ruin's fall
The shards of the Luck of Edenhall.

". The stone wall,” saith he, “doth fall aside,
Down must the stately columns fall ;
Glass is this earth's Luck and Pride;
In atoms shall fall this earthly ball
One day like the Luck of Edenhall !"

The tradition upon which this ballad is founded, and the "shards of the Luck of Edenhall,” still exist in England. The goblet is in the possession of Sir Christopher Musgrave, Bart., of Eden Hall, Cumberland ; and is not so entirely shattered as the ballad leaves it.]

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SIR OLUF he rideth over the plain,

Full seven miles broad and seven miles wide, But never, ah never can meet with the man

A tilt with him dare ride.

He saw under the hill-side

A Knight full well equipped ;
His steed was black, his helm was barred ;

He was riding at full speed.

He wore upon his spurs

Twelve little golden birds ;
Anon he spurred his steed with a clang,

And there sat all the birds and sang.

He wore upon his mail

Twelve little golden wheels;
Anon in eddies the wild wind blew,

And round and round the wheels they flew.

He wore before his breast

A lance that was poised in rest ;
And it was sharper than diamond-stone,

It made Sir Oluf's heart to groan.

He wore upon his helm

A wreath of ruddy gold ;
And that gave him the Maidens Three,

The youngest was fair to behold.

Sir Oluf questioned the Knight eftsoon

If he were come from heaven down ; “Art thou Christ of Heaven," quoth he,

So will I yield me unto thee.”

“I am not Christ the Great,

Thou shalt not yield thee yet ; I am an Unknown Knight,

Three modest Maidens have me bedight.”

“Art thou a Knight elected,

And have three Maidens thee bedight; So shalt thou ride a tilt this day,

For all the Maidens' honor ! "

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