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Might range the starry ether for a crowa
HIS DESCENDANTS. Can aught survive to linger in the veins Of kindred bodies-an essential power That may not vanish in one fatal hour, And wholly cast away terrestrial chains ? The race of Alfred covets glorious pains When dangers threaten, dangers ever new! Black tempests bursting, blacker still in view! But manly sovereignty its hold retains; The root sincere, the branches bold to strive With the fierce tempest, while, within the round Of their protection, gentle virtues thrive; As oft, 'mid some green plot of open ground, Wide as the oak extends its dewy gloom, The fostered hyacinths spread their purple bloom.
INFLUENCE ABUSED. Urged by Ambition, who with subtlest skill Changes her meaus, the Enthusiast as a dupe Shall soar, and as a hypocrite can stoor, And turn the instruments of good to ill, Moulding the credulous People to his will. Such DUNSTAN:- from its Benedictine coop Issues the master Mind, at whose fell swoop The chaste affections tremble to fulfil Their purposes. Beliold, pre-signified, The Might of spiritual sway! his thoughts, bis dreams, Do in the supernatural world abide : So vaunt a throng of followers, filled with pride In shows of virtue pushed to its extremes, And sorceries of talent misapplied.
DANISH CONQUESTS. Wor to the Crown that doth the Cowl obey! ? Dissension checks the arms that would restrain The incessant Rovers of the Northern Main; And widely spreads once more a Pagan sway: But Gospel-truth is potent to allay Fierceness and rage; and soon the cruel Dane Feels, through the influence of her gentle reign, His native superstitions melt away. Thus, often, when thick gloom the east o'ershrouds, The full-orbed Moon, slow-climbing, doth appear Silently to consume the heavy clouds; How no one can resolve; but every eye
SAXON MONASTERIES, AND LIGHTS AND
SHADES OF THE RELIGION.
penance be redeemable, thence alms
MISSIONS AND TRAVELS.
" Ne expired dictating the last words of a translation of St John's ' Through the whole of his life, Alfred was subject to gråeroes Gospel.
maladies. • See in Turper's History, rol. iii, p. 528, the account of tbe erec The violent measures, carried on under the influence of Danus, tion of Ramsey Monastery. Pepances were removable by ibe perfor- for streagthening the Benedictine Order, were a leading cause of mances of acts of charity and benevolence.
the second series of Danish Invasions.-See Turner.
Around her sees, while air is hushed, a clear And widening circuit of ethereal sky.
The scimitar, that yields not to the charms
A PLEASANT music Hoats along the Mere,
RICHARD I. REDOUBTED king, of courage leonine, I mark thee, Richard ! urgent to equip Thy warlike person with the staff and scrip; I watch thee sailing o'er the midland brine; In conquered Cyprus see thy Bride decline Der blushing cheek, love-vows upon her lip, And see love-emblems streaming from thy ship, As thence she liolds her way to Palestine. My Song (a fearless Homager) would attend Thy thundering battle-axe as it cleaves the press Of war, but duty summons hier away To tell, how finding in the rash distress Of those enthusiast powers a constant Friend, Through giddier heights hath clomb the Papal sway.
THE NORMAN CONQUEST. The woman-hearted Confessor prepares The evanescence of the Saxon line. Hark! 't is the folling Curfew! the stars shine, But of the lights that cherish household cares And festive gladness, burns not one that dares To (winkle after that dull stroke of thine, Emblem and instrument, from Thames to Tyne, Of force that dauots, and cunning that epsnares! Yet as the terrors of the lordly bell, That quench, from but to palace, lamps and fires, Touch not the tapers of the sacred quires, Even so a thraldom studious to expel Ol laws and ancient customs to derange, Brings to Religion no injurious change.
AN INTERDICT. Realms quake by turns : proud Arbitress of Grace, The Church, by mandate shadowing forth the
power She arrogates o'er heaven's eternal door, Closes the gates of every sacred place. Straight from the sun and tainted air's embrace All sacred things are covered: cheerful morn Grows sad as night--no seemly garb is worn, Nor is a face allowed to meet a face With natural smile of greeting. Bells are dumb; Ditches are graves-funereal rites denied; And in the Church-yard he must take his Bride Who dares be wedded! Fancies thickly come Into the pensive heart ill fortified, And comfortless despairs the soul benumb.
THE COUNCIL OF CLERMONT. And shall,» the Pontiff asks, « profaneness flow From Nazareth-source of Christian Piety,
From Beitlehem, from the Mounts of Agony & And glorified Ascension? Warriors go, - With prayers and blessings we your path will sow; a Like Moses hold our hands erect, till ye «Have chased far off by righteous victory
I bese sons of Amalec, or laid them low!» & GOD WILLETH IT,» the whole assembly cry; Shout which the enraptured multitude astounds! The Council-roof and Clermoni's towers reply;«God willeth is,» from bill to liil rebounds, And in awc-stricken Countries far and nigli Through « Nature's hollow arch, the voice resounds, 2
CRUSADES. Tur Turbancd Race are poured in thickening swarms Along the West; though driven from Aquitaine, The Crescent glitters on the towers of Spain, And soft Italia feels renewed alarms;
PAPAL ABUSES. As with the stream our voyage we pursue, The gross materials of this world present A marvellous study of wild accident; Uncoutlı proximities of old and new; And bold transfigurations, more untrue (As might be deemed) to disciplined intent Than aught the sky's fantastic element, When most fantastic, offers to the view. Saw we not llenry scourged at Becket's shrinc? Lo! John self-stripped of his insignia ;-crown, Sceptre and mantle, sword and ring, laid down At a proud Legate's feet! The spears that line Baronial Halls, the opprobrious insult feel; And angry Occan roars a vain appeal,
+ Which is still extant.
The docision of this council was believed to be instantly known in pemote parts of Europe.
Who in their private Cells have yet a care
Of public quiet; unambitious Men,
Counsellors for the world, of piercing ken; To Cæsar's Successor the Pontiff spake;
Whose fervent exhortations from afar « Ere I absolve thee, stoop! that on thy neck
Move Princes to their duty, peace or war; Levelled with Earth this foot of mine may tread.» And oft-times in the most forbidding den Then, lie who to the Altar had been led,
Of solitude, with love of science strong, He, whose strong arm the Orient could not check, llow patiently the yoke of thought they bear! lle, who had held the Soldan at his beck,
Uow subtly glide its finest threads along! Stooped, of all glory disinherited,
Spirits that crowd the intellectual sphere And even the common dignity of man!
With mazy boundaries, as the Astronomer
eyes away in sorrow, others burn
Religion finds even in the stern Retreat
Of feudal Sway her own appropriate Seal;
From the Collegiate pomps on Windsor's height, Must come and ask permission wlien to blow,
Down to the humble altar, which the knight What further empire would it have? for now
And his Retainers of the embattled liall A ghostly Domination, unconfined
Seek in domestic oratory small, As that by dreaming Bards to Love assigned,
For prayer in stillness, or the chanted rite ; Sits there in sober truth-10 raise the low,
Then chictly dear, when foes are planted round, Perplex the wise, the strong to overthrow
Who teach the intrepid guardians of the place, Through earth and heaven to bind and to unbind!
llourly exposed to death, with famine worn, Resist-the thunder quails thee!--crouch-rebuff Aud suffering under many a perilous wound, Shall be thy recompensc! from land to land
llow sad would be their durance, if forlorn The ancient thrones of Christendom are stuff
Of offices dispensing heavenly grace!
And what melodious sounds at times prevail !
And, ever and anon, how bright a gleam
What heartfelt fragrance mingles with the gale
For where, but on this River's margin, blow
Those tlowers of Chivalry, to bind the brow
Of hardihood with wreaths that shall not fail ? « Here Man more purely lives,' less oft doth fall,
Fair Court of Edward! wonder of the world! More promptly rises, walks with nicer heed,
| sec a matchless blazonry unfurled More safely rests, dies happier, is freed
Of wisdom, magnanimity, and love ;
The Lamb is couching by the Lion's side,
And near the flame-eyed Eagle sits the Dove.
Nor can Imagination quit the shores
Of these bright scenes without a farewell clanec Where'er they rise, the sylvan waste retires,
Given to those dream-like Issues—that Romance And aery harvests crown the fertile lea.
Of many-coloured life which Fortune pours
Their labours end ; or they return to lie,
The vow performed, in cross-legged effigy,
Devoutly stretched upon their chancel floors. That many hooded Cenobites there are,
Am I deceived? Or is their requiem chauted
By voices never mule wheu lleaven uoties 1. Bonum est nos hic esse, quia bomo vivit purius, cadit raritrs, Ier inmost, softest, tenderest harmovies ; surgit velocius, incedit cantios, quiescit secarias, moritur felicius. Requiem which Earth takes up with voice undaunted, purgatur citius, pramiatur copiosius.. Bernard. saya Dr Whitaker, - is usually inscribed on some conspicuous part of when she would tell how Good, and Brave, and Wise, ibe Cistertian houses..
For their high qucrdon not in vain have panted !
Erough! for see, with dim association
WARS OF YONK AND LANCASTER.
THESE who gave earliest notice, as the Lark
CORRUPTIONS OF THE HIGHER CLERGY. ARCHBISHOP CHICHELY TO HENRY V. « Wok to you, Prelates! rioting in ease
And cumbrous wealth-the shame of your estate; « Want Beast in wilderness or cultured field
You on whose progress dazzling trains await The lively beauty of the Leopard shows?
of pompous horses; whom vain titles please, What Flower in meadow-ground or garden grows Who will be served by others on their knees, That to the lowering Lily doth not yield ?
Yet will yourselves to God no service pay; I let both meet only on thiy royal shield !
Pastors who neither take nor point the way Co forth, Creat King! claim what thy birth bestows; To leaven; for either lost in vanities Conquer the Gallic Lily which thy foes
Ye have no skill to teach, or if ye kuow Dare to usurp;-thou hast a sword to wield,
And speak the word--» Alas! of fearful things
Of Justice armed, and Pride to be laid low.
ABUSE OF MONASTIC POWER.
And what is Penance with her knotted thong,
If cloistered Avarice scruple not to wrong
And rob the People of his daily care,
Scoruing that world whose blindness makes hier stroop?
Inversion strange! that upto One who lives
For self, and struggles with himself alone,
The amplest share of heavenly favour gives;
The warrant bail-exulting to be free; That to a Monk allots, in the esteem
Like ships before wliose keels, full long embayed Of God and Man, place higher than to him
In polar ice, propitious winds have made
Unlooked-for outlet to an open sea,
In all her quarters temptingly displayed!
The threshold, whither shall they turn to find
The hospitality-the alms (alas !
Alms There Venus sits disguised like a Nun,
may be necded) which that House bestowed?
Can they, in faith and worship, train the mind
To keep this new and questionable road ?
Ye, too, must fly before a chasing hand, Spreads the dominion of the sprightly juice,
Angels and Saints, in every hamlet mourned!
Ah! if the old idolatry be spurned,
Let not your radiant Shapes desert the Land:
Her adoration was not your demand,
The fond heart proffered il—the servile heart;
Michael, and thou St George, whose flaming brand DISSOLUTION OF THE MONASTERIES.
The Dragon quelled; and valiant Margaret Threats come which no submission may assuage;
Whose rival sword a like Opponent slew : No sacrifice avert, no power dispute ;
And rapt Cecilia, seraph-haunted Queen The tapers shall be quenched, the belfries mute, Of harmony; and weeping Magdalene, Aud, 'mid their cloirs unroofed by selfish rage,
Who in the penitential desert met
Gales sweet as those that over Eden blew!
With the least shade of thought to sin allied;
Our tainted nature's solitary boast ;
Purer than foam on central Ocean tost;
With fancied roses, than the unblemished moon
Before her wane begins on heaven's blue coast;
Thy Image falls to carth. Yet some, I ween, Toe lovely Nun (submissive but more ineek
Not unforgiven the suppliant kuce might bend, Through saintly habit, than from effort due
As to a visible Power, in which did blend To uorelenting mandates that pursue
All that was mixed and reconciled in Thee With equal wrath the steps of strong and weak)
Of mother's love with maiden purity,
Of high with low, celestial with terrene !
Nor utterly unworthy to endure Not more attractive to the dazzled sight
Wis the supremacy of crafty Rome; Those watery clorics, on the stormy brine
Age after age to the arch of Christendom Poured forth, while summer suns at distance sbine,
Acrial keystonc haughtily secure;
Supremacy from Ileaven transmitted pure
Pass, some through fire-and by the scaffold some-
Line saintly Fisher, and unbanding More. Yer some, Noviciates of the cloistral shade,
« Lightly for both the bosom's lord did sit Or chained by vows, with undissembled glee
Upon his throne ;» unsoftened, undisınayed
By aught that mingled with the tragic scene " These two lines are adopted from a MS. written about ibe year of pily or fear; and More's gay genius played 1970. which accidentally fell into my possession. The close of the with the inoffensive sword of native wit, proceding Soopet on monastic voluptuousness is taken from the same source, as is the verso, - Where Venus sits, etc.
Than the bare axe more luminous and keen.