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And lend no ear unto my purposes : *
Hot. Nay, I will; that's flat.
But I will find him when he lies asleep,
Nay, I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak
WOR. Hear you, cousin; a word.
Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke,
And would be glad he met with some mischance, 15 I'd have him poisoned with a pot of ale.
Wor. Farewell, kinsman. I will talk to you
CXXXVIII. - THE SKELETON IN ARMOR.
LONGFELLOW. [This poem was published in 1842. The author, in an introduction, says: « The following ballad was suggested to me while riding on the sea-shore at Newport. A year or two previous a skeleton had been dug up at Fall River, clad in broken and corroded armor; and the idea occurred to me of connecting it with the Round Tower at Newport, generally known hitherto as the Old Wind Mill, though now claimed by the Danes as a work of their early ances. tors.”] . 1 “SPEAK ! Speak! thou fearful guest !
Who, with thy hollow breast
Comest to daunt me!
* Purposes, conversation, The sword and buckler were weapons worn by low fellows.
* Vikong, a Northman pirate. Skald, an ancient Scandinavian poeta
Saga, an old heroic Scandinavian tale,
And as the wind-gusts waft
The sea-foam brightly,
10 “She was a Prince's child,
I but a Viking wild,
I was discarded !
Her nest unguarded ?
11 “Scarce had I put to sea,
Bearing the maid with me, -
Among the Norsemen! -
With twenty horsemen.
12 “ Then launched they to the blast,
Bent like a reed each mast,
When the wind failed us ;
Laugh as he hailed us.
* Skaw, the extreme northern headland of Denmark,