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How to thine aged sire? Armed proof Istand,
To fate : come what will come—the wide earth bears
No heart of kindred blood to mourn my fall.
Doug. The heart of Douglas beats not with thy blood;
But never will I trust in mercy more,
In justice, truth, or Heaven, if it forsake thee.
Per. Douglas, thy friendship is my choicest treasure;—
Has been a radiant star on my dark way;
And never did I doubt thy zeal to serve me.
Lend, now, a patient ear.—While with my doom
Alone I strive, no dread or doubt distracts me.
No precious fate with mine involved, my heart
Is fearless, firm my step. Exposing thee,
The adamantine buckler falls, and leaves me,
Naked and trembling, to a double death.
Doug. Thou lov'st me not.
Per. Let Heaven be witness there !—
The thought of bringing down thy father's hairs
With sorrow to the grave, would weigh like guilt,
Palsy my soul, and cripple all my powers.
Doug. So!—have I wandered o'er the hills for this?
Per. I would not wound thee, Douglas, well thou know'st;
But thus to hazard on a desperate cast
Thy golden fortunes—
Doug. Cursed be the blood within me,
Plagues and the grave o’ertake me, if I leave thee;
Though gulfs yawned under thee, and roaring seas
Threatened to whelm thee.
Per. For thy father’s sake—
Doug. Peace! I’d not go if staying here would strew
His hoar hairs in the tomb—not stir, by Heaven!
Must I toss counters? sum the odds of life,
When honor points the way?—When was the blood
Of Douglas precious in a noble cause 2
Per. Nay, hear me, hear me, Douglas—
Doug. Talk to me
Of dangers? Death and shame! Is not my race
As high, as ancient, and as proud as thine :
Per. I’ve done.
Doug. By Heaven, it grieves me, Harry Percy,
Preaching such craven arguments to me.
Now tell me how thou stand'st; thy cause how prospered.
What has been done? What projects are afoot?
Acquaint me quickly.
Per. Gently; lest some busy ear
Be near us. Little have I yet to tell thee.
Thinking my rival’s coat would best conceal me,
I won his favor by a tale scarce feigned.
Doug. A keeper of his chase thy garb bespeaks.
Per. Chief huntsman. Thus disguised, I day by day
Traverse my native hills, viewing the strength
And features of the land; its holds of safety;
And searching patriot spirits out. For, still,
Though kings and gaudy courts remember not,
Still, in the cottage and the peasant’s heart,
The memory of my fathers lives. When there,
The old, the good old day is cited, tears
Roll down their reverend peards, and genuine love
Glows in their praises of my sires.
Doug. I lon
To press the sons, and tell them what a lord
Lives yet to rule them.
Per. When first I mixed among them, oft I struck,
Unwittingly, a spark of this same fire.
Encouraged thus, I sought its latent seeds,
Seized opportunities to draw the chase
Into the bosom of the hills, and spent
Nights in their hospitable, happy cots.
There, to high strains, the minstrel harp I tuned,
Chanting the glories of the ancient day,
When their brave fathers, scorning to be slaves,
Rushed with their chieftain to the battle field,
Trod his bold footsteps in the ranks of death,
And shared his triumphs in the festal hall.
Doug. That lulled them, as the north wind does the sea:
Per. From man to man, from house to house, like fire,
The kindling impulse flew ; till every hind,
Scarce conscious why, handles his targe and bow;
Still talks of change; starts if the banished name
#. chance he hears; and supplicates his saint,
The true-born offspring may his banner rear
With speed upon the hills.
Doug. What lack we ? Spread
The warlike ensign. On the border side,
Two hundred veteran spears await your summons.
Per. What say'st thou?
Doug. Sinews of the house ;
Ready to tread in every track of Douglas.
By stealth I drew them in from distant points,
And hid amidst a wood in Chevy-Chace.
Per. O, Douglas! Douglas ! even such a friend, For death or life, was thy great sire to mine. Doug. Straight, let us turn our trumpets to the hills; Declare aloud thy name and wrongs; in swarms Call down the warlike tenantry, and teach Aspiring Neville fatal is the day The Percy and the Douglas lead in arms. Per. If he were all—Remember haughty Henry, The nephew of his wife, whose word could speed A veteran army to his kinsman’s aid. Doug. Come one, come all; leave us to welcome them. [Exit Douglas. + + * * + * Per. Too long, too long a huntsman, Arthur comes, §o. of disguise, this night, to execute His father's testament, whose blood lies spilt; Whose murmurs from the tomb are in his ears; Whose injuries are treasured in a scroll Steeped in a mother's and an orphan's tears. O'er that cursed record has my spirit groaned, Since dawning reason, in unuttered anguish. When others danced, struck the glad wire, or caught The thrilling murmurs of loved lips, I’ve roamed Where the hill-foxes howl, and eagles cry, Brooding o'er wrongs that haunted ine for vengeance. Ay!—I have been an outcast from my cradle; Poor, and in exile, while an alien called My birth-right home. Halls founded by my sires Have blazed and rudely rung with stranger triumphs; Their honorable name cowards have stained ; Their laurels trampled on; their bones profan d. Hence have I labored; watched while others slept; Known not the spring of life, nor ever plucked One vernal blossom in the day of youth.The harvest of my toils this night I reap; For death, this night, or better life awaits me.
WHY shouldst thou weep? No cause hast thou
For one desponding sigh;
No care has marked that polished brow.
Nor dimmed thy radiant eye.
Why shouldst thou weep? Around thee glows
The purple light of youth,
And all thy looks the calm disclose
Of innocence and truth.
Nay, weep not while thy sun shines bright,
And cloudless is thy day,
While past and present joys unite
To cheer thee on thy way;
While fond companions round thee move,
To youth and nature true, -
And friends, whose looks of anxious love
Thy every step pursue.
Nay, weep not now: reserve thy tears
For that approaching hour,
When o'er the scenes of other years
The clouds of time shall lower;
When thou, alas! no more canst see,
But in the realms above,
The friends who ever looked on thee
When some, thy fond companions now,
And constant to thy side,
View thee with anger-darkening brow,
Or cold, repulsive pride;
Or some, the faithful of that band,
Bless thee with faltering breath,
While from their lips thy trembling hand
Wipes the chill dews of death.
Nay, weep not now : reserve thy tears
For that approaching day,
When, through the gradual lapse of years,
All joys have stol’n away;
When Memory a wavering light
Sheds dimly o'er the past,
And Hope no longer veils from sight
The horrors of the last.
Nay, weep not then: let but the ray
Of heavenly peace be thine,
Glorious shall be thy summer's day,
Unclouded its decline.
Then Memory's light, though dim, shall show
How pure thy former years,
While Hope her holiest ray shall throw
On realms beyond the spheres.
O, witH what glory comes and goes the year!— The buds of spring—those ..f. Of sunny skies and cloudless times—enjoy Life's newness, and earth's garniture spread out; And when the silver habit of the clouds Comes down upon the autumn sun, and, with A sober gladness, the old year takes up His bright inheritance of golden fruits, A pomp and pageant fill the splendid scene.
There is a beautiful spirit breathing now Its mellow richness on the clustered trees, And, from a beaker full of richest dyes, Pouring new glory on the autumn woods, And dipping in warm light the pillared clouds Morn, on the mountain, like a summer bird, Lifts up her purple wing; and in the vales The gentle wind—a sweet and passionate wooer— Kisses the blushing leaf, and stirs up life Within the solemn woods of ash deep-crimsoned, And silver beach, and maple yellow-leaved,— Where Autumn, like a faint old man, sits down By the way-side a-weary. Through the trees The golden robin moves; the purple finch, That on wild cherry and red cedar seeds,A winter bird, comes with its plantive whistle, And pecks by the witch-hazel; whilst aloud, From cottage roofs, the warbling blue-bird sings; And merrily, with oft-repeated stroke, Sounds from the *N* the busy flail.