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DUCHESS OF WELLINGTON
PRINCESS OF WATERLOO,
&c. &c. &c.
THE FOLLOWING VERSES
ARE MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED
FIELD OF WATERLOO.
We yet may hear the hour
From proud St. Michael's tower; Thy wood, dark Soignies, holds us now,' Where the tall beeches' glossy bough
For many a league around,
Of tangled forest ground.
For access seeks in vain;
Nor sun, nor air, nor rain.
'[“ The wood of Soignies is supposed to be a remnant of the forest of Ardennes, famous in Boiardo's Orlando, and immortal in Shakspeare's ‘As you Like it.' It is also celebrated in Tacitus as being the spot of successful defence by the Germans against the Roman encroachments." -- BYRON.) tt
No opening glade dawns on our way,
Our woodland path has cross'd;
Until in distance lost.
And corn-fields, glance between;
'[“Southward from Brussels lies the field of blood,
Some three hours' journey for a well-girt man;
Would reach it as the second hour began.
With thickets varied and with sunny glade ;
One gloomy, thick, impenetrable shade
Have left on either hand an open space
Stands Waterloo ; a little lowly place
SOUTHEY's Pilgrimage to Waterloo.] * The reaper in Flanders carries in his left hand a stick with an iron hook, with which he collects as much grain as he can one sweep with a short scythe, which he holds in his right hand. They carry on this double process with great spirit and dexterity. But when these ears were green, Placed close within destruction's scope, Full little was that rustic's hope
Their ripening to have seen!
Their architecture view;
Looks on the fields below,
In easier curves can flow.
"[" What time the second Carlos ruled in Spain,
Last of the Austrian line by fate decreed,
Praying the patron saints to bless with seed
SOUTHEY. To the original chapel of the Marquis of Castanaza has now been added a building of considerable extent, the whole interior of which is filled with monumental inscriptions for the heroes who fell in the battle.]
Brief space from thence, the ground again
Forms an opposing screen,
The soften'd vale between
On that wide stubble-ground ;'
Nor fosse nor fence are found,
A stranger might reply,
When harvest-home was nigh.?
* [“ As a plain, Waterloo seems marked out for the scene of some great action, though this may be mere imagination. I have viewed with attention those of Platea, Troy, Mantinea, Leuctra, Chæronea, and Marathon; and the field around Mont St. Jean and Hougomont appears to want little but a better cause, and that indefinable but impressive haló which the lapse of ages throws around a consecrated spot, to vie in interest with any or all of these, except, perhaps, the last mentioned.”— BYRON.]
[“ Is the spot mark'd with no colossal bust,