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The fault is mine, if fault there be,'
Cried Tell, in accents wild ;
But spare, oh, spare my child!'
• I will not harm the pretty boy,'
Said Gesler, tauntingly;
• Draw tight your bow, my cunning man,
Your straightest arrow take ;
Your liberty the stake.'
A mingled noise of wrath and grief
Was heard among the crowd ;
The women wept aloud.
Full fifty paces from his child,
His cross-bow in his hand,
Tell firmly took his stand.
Sure, full enough of pain and woe
This crowded earth has been ;
So sad a sight was seen.
The noble boy stood bravely up,
His cheek unblanched with fear : "Shoot straight,' he cried ; 'thine aim is sure,
It will not fail thee here.'
• Heaven bless thee now,' the parent said ;
• Thy courage shames me quite :' Then to his ear the shaft he drew,
And watched its whizzing flight.
6 Tis done! 'tis done !-the child is safe!'
Shouted the multitude; •Man tramples on his brother man,
But God is ever good.'
For, sure enough, the arrow went
As by an angel guided;
The apple fell divided !
''Twas bravely done,' the ruler said,
My plighted word I keep; 'Twas bravely done by sire and son
Go home and feed your sheep.'
«No thanks I give thee for thy boon,'
The peasant coldly said : • To God alone my praise is due,
And duly shall be paid.
• Yet know, proud man, thy fate was near :
Had I but missed my aim,
Thy parting hour the same !
For, see ! a second shaft was here,
If harm my boy befell :
My first has sped so well.'
God helped the right, God spared the sin ;
He brings the proud to shame;
Rev. J. H. Gurney, 1 William Tell, the legendary hero of
The story of shooting the Switzerland, is represented by apple occurs in the traditions of tradition as acting a chief part in other people. Yet the stories of freeing his country from the yoke Tell's exploits have helped to of Austria. Nothing is certainly cherish Swiss patriotism just as known about his history; it is even if they had been true. doubtful if there ever was such a 2 Uri, a canton in the centre of
Oh, young Lochinvar is come out of the west !
He staid not for brake, and he stopped not for stone,
So boldly he entered the Netherby Hall,
'I long wooed your daughter, my suit you denied :
The bride kissed the goblet ; the knight took it up,
1 Border or Borderland is the name
given to those parts of England and Scotland where the two countries lie contiguous to one another. In former times this district was peopled with a race of hardy warriors whose livelihood depended chiefly on their expert
ness in plundering. 2 Solway, Solway Firth, an arm of
the Irish Sea which forms the boundary between England and
Scotland for upwards of fifty
miles. 3 To lead but one measure, to lead only
one dance. 4 Galliard, sprightly dance. 5 Charger, war-horse. 6 Croup, behind the saddle. 7 There was mounting 'mong Graemes of
the Netherby clan. The Graemes of Netherby formed one of the most powerful of Border clans in freebooting times.
O heard ye yon pibroch 1 sound sad in the gale,
Glenara came first, with the mourners and shroud ;
In silence they reached over mountain and moor,
"And tell me I charge you, ye clan of my spouse,
'I dreamed of my lady, I dreamed of her shroud,'
O pale grew the cheek of that chieftain, I ween,
'I dreamed of my lady, I dreamed of her grief,