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THE DOWNFALL OF POLAND.
THE DOWNFALL OF POLAND.
He said, and on the rampart-heights arrayed
In vain, alas ! in vain, ye gallant few !
The sun went down, nor ceased the carnage there,
O righteous Heaven ! ere Freedom found a grave,
arm, O Vengeance ! where thy rod,
Then bade the deep in wild commotion flow,
Departed spirits of the mighty dead ! Ye that at Marathon and Leuctra 10 bled ! Friends of the world ! restore your swords to man, Fight in his sacred cause, and lead the van ! Yet for Sarmatia's tears of blood atone, And make her arm puissant 11 as your own! Oh ! once again to Freedom's cause return The patriot TELL—the BRUCE OF BANNOCKBURN ! 12
1 Warsaw's last champion. When the and ransacked it, massacred its in
infatuated nobility of Poland in- habitants, and reduced it to ashes. voked the aid of Russia, a Lithu- 8 That crushed proud Ammon. See anian named Kosciusko gathered Judges xi. I, and 1 Sam. xi. 1. round him a few patriots, chiefly 9 The host of blood-stained Pharaoh. See ill-armed peasants, and kept at
Exod. xiv, 27. bay for some time a force of 10 Marathon and Leuctra, two cele100,000 Russians. This hero was brated battles of ancient history. at length wounded and taken At Marathon, a village of Greece, prisoner, and with him fell the
about 22 miles from Athens, Polish nation.
Persians were totally 2 Korrid, here as in Latin, bristling routed by 10,000 Athenians under (that is, with spears).
Miltiades.-At Leuctra, a small 3 Banners, ranks.
town in Boeotia, Epaminondas, at 4 Tocsin, a signal or alarm bell.
the head of the Thebans, defeated 3 Sarmatia fell. Sarmatia is a term the Spartans under Cleombrotus. applied to Poland.
11 Puissant, powerful. 6 Carbed her high career. Her history 12 The patriot Tell—the Bruce of Bannockas a nation came to an end.
burn.--William Tell, see note 1, 7 Pragae (Praga)—to be distinguished page 85.-Robert Bruce, by the
from Prague, capital of Bohemia memorable victory at Bannock-stands on the Vistula opposite burn; (24th June 1314), rescued Warsaw. The Polish refugees fled Scotland from becoming a mere thither when the Russians took province and dependency of its their capital in 1794. Suwarrow, more powerful southern neighthe victorious general, stormed bour.
BATTLE OF FLODDEN.
BATTLE OF FLODDEN1_DEATH OF JAMES IV.
As they left the dark’ning heath,
That fought around their King.
Unbroken was the ring;
The instant that he fell.
As fearlessly and well ;
And from the charge they drew,
Sweep back to ocean blue.
Dissolves in silent dew.
While many a broken band,
To gain the Scottish land ;
To tell red Flodden's dismal tale,
Of Flodden's fatal field,
And broken was her shield !
Nor cherish hope in vain,
May yet return again.
And fell on Flodden plain :
Beseemed the monarch slain.
1 The battle of Flodden was fought
September 9, 1513. James IV. of Scotland commanded his own army in person, and the English were under the leadership of the
Earl of Surrey. 2 Shafts, arrows. 8 Horse, cavalry. 4 Billmen, men who fought with bills,
a kind of halberd or battle-axe, formerly used by foot-soldiers.
5 Skilful Surrey, the Earl of Surrey.
It was long a belief among the