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First tell me, father, said the youth,
(Nor blame mine eager tongue) What town is here? What lands are these ?
And to what lord belong?
Alas! my son, the Hermit said,
Why do I live to say,
Is banish'd far away?
Ten winters aow have shed their fnows
On this my lowly hall,
Our youthful lord did call)
Against Fourth Henry BOLINGBROKE
Led up his northern powers, And ftoutly fighting lost his life
Near proud Salopia's to
One son he left, a lovely boy,
His country's hope and heir; And oh! to save him from his foes
It was his grandfire's care.
In Scotland safe he plac'd the child
Beyond the reach of strife,
At Bramham lost his life.
And now the Percy name, so long
Our northern pride and boast, Lies hid, alas! beneath a cloud ;
Their honors reft and loft.
No chieftain of that noble house
Now leads our youth to arms :
rąvage all our farms.
Their halls and castles, once so fair,
Now moulder in decay;
Nor far from hence where
full stream Runs winding down the lea, Fair WARKWORTH lifts her lofty towers,
And overlooks the sea.
Those towers, alas ! now stand forlorn,
With noisome weeds o'erspread, Where feafted lords and courtly dames,
And where the poor were fed.
Meantime far off mid Scottish hills,
The Percy lives unknown :
And may not claim his own.
O might I with these aged eyes,
But live to see him here, Then should my soul depart in bliss !-
He said, and dropt a tear.
And is the PERCY still so lov'd,
Of all his friends and thee?
For I thy guest am He.
To wipe the tears he shed;
Pour'd blesings on his head :
Thy country's hope and care : But who may this young lady be, That is so wonderous fair.
Now, father, listen to my tale,
And thou shalt know the truth: And let thy fage advice direct,
My unexperienc'd youth.
In Scotland I've been nobly bred
Beneath the Regent's hand , In feats of arms, and every lorc.
To fit me for command.
With fond impatience long I burn'd
My native land to see :
To yield that boon to me.
and down in hunter's garb I wander'd as in chace, Till in the noble NEVILLE's house +
I gain'd a hunter's place.
Sometime with him I liv'd unknown,
Till I'd the hap so rare,
That baron’s daughter fair.
Now, Percy, said the blushing maid,
The truth I mult reveal;
Their noble deeds conceal.
* Robert Stuart, Duke of Albany. See the conti. puator of Fordon's Scoti-Chronicon, cap. 18, cap.
† Ralph Neville, firrt Earl of Westmoreland, who chiefly refided at his two Caitles of Brancepeth, and Ruby, both in the Bishoprick of Durham.
It happened on a fummer's day,
Led by the fragrant breeze,
Among the green-wood trees.
Sudden a band of rugged Scots,
That near in ambush lay,
There seiz'd me for their prey.
My thricks had all been spent in vain,
But heaven, that saw my grief, Brought this brave youth within my call,
who flew to my relief.
With nothing but his hunting spear,
And dagger in his hand,
And caus'd them soon to ftand.
He fought, till more affiftance came ;
The Scots were overthrown ; Thus freed me, captive, from their bands,
To make me more his own.
O happy day! the youth replied:
Bleft were the wounds 1 bare ! From that fond hour she deign'd to smile,
And listen to my prayer.
And when she knew my name and birth,
She vowed to be my bride ;
Siter of havghty BOLINGBROLE*
Our house's ancient foe,
Could ne'er such favour shew.
Despairing then to gain confent;
At length to fly with me
To Scotland bound are we.
This evening, as the night drew on,
Fearing we were pursued,
And gain'd this lonely wood.
Then lighting from our weary fteeds,
To fhun the pelting shower,
And reach'd this friendly bower.
Now rest ye both, the Hermit faid;
A while your cares foregoe :
We'll pass the night below.t
* Foan, countess of Westmoreland, mother of the young Lady, was daughter of John of Gaunt, and halffifter of king Henry IV.
† Adjoining to the cliff, which contains the Chapel of the Hermitage, are the remains of a small building, in which the Hermit dwelt. This consisted of one lower Apartment, with a little Bed-chamber over it, and is now in ruins: whereas the Chapel, cut in the solid rock, is still very intire and perfect.
THE END OF THE FIRST Part.