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One died on the black-draped scaffold,

One broke on old age's wheel:

And both

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O sweet heaven, the pity!

Felt the thorns in the rim of the crown
Far more than the sweep of the ermine
Or the ease of the regal down.

Was the Stuart of Scotland plotting
For her royal sister's all?

Was it hatred in crown or in person

Drove the Tudor to work her fall?

Was there guilty marriage with Bothwell And black crime at the Kirk of Field? And what meed had the smothered passion That for Essex stood half revealed?

Dark questions! - and who shall solve them? Not one, till the great assize,

When royal secrets and motives

Shall be opened to commonest eyes;

Not even by bookworm students,

Who shall dig and cavil and grope, And keep to the ear learned promise, While they break it to the hope!

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Ah, well, there is one sad lesson
Made clear to us all, at the worst:
Of two forces made quite incarnate,

And that equally blessed and cursed.
With the English woman, all-conquering
Was Power, and its handmaid, Pride;

With the Scottish walked fierce-eyed Passion,
Calling lovers to her side;

And the paths were the paths of ruin,
Of disease and of woe, to both,
With their guerdon the sleepless pillow,
And their weapon the broken troth;

And each, when she died, might have shuddered

To know she had failed to find

A content, even poorly perfect,

As that blessing some landless hind!

Ah, well, again, they are sleeping
Divided, yet side by side;
And the lesson were far less perfect
If their sepulchres severed wide.
And well for Bess and for Marie

That the eyes, to judge them at last,
Will be free from the gloss and glamour
Blinding ours through present and past!

Henry Morford.



WORLD, what have your poets while they live

But sorrow and the finger of the scorner? And, dead, the highest honor you can give Is burial in a corner.

Not so, my poets of the popular school

Disprove that mean, yet prevalent conception.
Once in an age that may be; but the rule
Is proved by the exception.

And so, good World, the poet still remains
To all your benefices a poor foreigner;
Considered well rewarded if he gains
At last rest in a corner.

Here in Westminster's sanctuary, where

Some two-three kings usurp one half the Abbey, Whole generations of the poets share

This nook so dim and shabby.

So when we come to see Westminster's lions,
The needy vergers of the Abbey wait us;
And while we pay to see the royal scions,
We see the poets gratis.

Some in corporeal presence crowd the nook,
While others, who in body are not near it,
Are here as in the pages of a book,
Present only in spirit.

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White-bearded Chaucer's here, an honored guest,
His sword of cutting humor in its scabbard;
And, sooth, he did not find such quiet rest
In Southwark at the Tabard !

Here's Michael Drayton in his laurelled tomb,
And Shakespeare over all the host commanding;
And rare Ben Jonson, who got scanty room,
And so was buried standing.

Spenser is here from faerie land, his eyne

Filled with the glamour of some dreamy notion,

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Here's Prior, who was popular no doubt;

And Guy, with face and cowl round as a saucer; And Dryden, who, some think, should be put out Because he murdered Chaucer.

And Milton, after all his civil shocks,

Is here with look of sweet, yet strong decision, John Milton, with the soft poetic locks

And supernatural vision.

Beaumont of the firm of B. and F. is here;
And Cowley, metaphysical and lyric;
And Addison, the elegant and clear;
And Butler, all satiric.

Gray, of the famous Elegy, who found

His churchyard in the country rather lonely, Lies with the rest in this more classic ground, Although in spirit only.

And Goldsmith at the Temple leaves his bones,
Comes here with tender heart and rugged feature,
And mingles through this wilderness of stones
His milky human nature.

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And here is he that wrote the Seasons four;
And so is Johnson, who discovered Winter,"
And Garrick, too, who had poetic lore
Enough to bid him enter.

And Southey, who for bread wrote many a tome,

Of prose and verse a progeny plethoric,
And he that sung the lays of ancient Rome, –
Macaulay, the historic.

Campbell is here in body as in soul,

He for a national song eclipsed by no land; And in whose grave the patriotic Pole Sprinkled the earth of Poland.

Of other famous names we find the trace,
And think of many from their non-appearance;
Byron, for one, who was denied a place
Through priestly interference.

Now most upon their own true genius stand;
A few, perhaps, on little else than quackery;
But all in all, they are a glorious band,

From Chaucer down to Thackeray.



Robert Leighton.

YAN I forget the dismal night that gave


My soul's best part forever to the grave?

How silent did his old companions tread,

By midnight lamps, the mansions of the dead, Through breathing statues, then unheeded things, Through rows of warriors and through walks of kings!

What awe did the slow solemn knell inspire,

The pealing organ and the pausing choir,

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