The Legend of Allandale, and Other Poems

The Legend of Allandale, and Other Poems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...calamities were near. Till spake the priest: "The very dead Would spur our flagging zeal," he said: "This mail your great forefather wore, Of old, on oppa's Paynim shore; And these rude dints and blows were won Beneath the Cross at Ascalon. The founder of your race, His children's pious vows would share; For you shall plead his potent prayer; His arm, unseen, the chance you dare Shall speed, --your foemen chase! " Their ways the sullen hearers hied, If. silenced, still dissatisfied. As falls the dark November eve Their cots th' unwilling peasants leave, Beneath the towers, the rocks below, They feed the watch-fire's ruddy glow. The men, their weapons laid around, Must seek repose upon the ground. There nigh to each his horse is tied, While arms and armour rest beside, The gathered furze their bed. On high the murmuring pine groves' swell With solemn music filled the dell, That with the night wind surged and fell AS. early twilight fled., While Allan's rippling waves prolong Their soft and plaintive evensong. And now once more, his duties o'er, Has Raymond sought the eastern tower, Where by his mother's couch of pain, They meet, --who ne'er may meet again, ---For two short hours, more sad and sweet, As faster still the moments fleet. Such hours in memory hold their place When happier seasons leave no trace. 'Midst closest strain of fear or grief Claims Nature worn a respite brief, Pale Sorrow owns a softened cheer A gladness holier for the tear, A purer tenderer atmosphere Is breathed, when, danger nigh at hand, In presence close of death we stand. Each passing smile suggests a sigh, While mute revealings of the eye Show, far beyond the reach of woe, The...
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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236934695
  • 9781236934697