Oxford Prize Poems, a Collection of English Poems. [Uncorrected]

Oxford Prize Poems, a Collection of English Poems. [Uncorrected]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ...q; There barbarous kings their sandal'd nations led, And steel-clad champions bow'd the crested head. There, when her fiery race the desert pour'd, And pale Byzantium fear'd Medina's' sword, When coward Asia shook in trembling woe, And bent appall'd before the Bactrian' bow j The Temple of the Sepulchre. P See Cotovicus, p. 179. and from him Sandys. i St. Helena, who was, according to Camden, born at Colchester. See also Howcl's Hist, of the World. The invasions of the civilized parts of Asia by the Arabian and Turkish Mahometans. From the moist regions of the western star The wandering hermit' wak'd the storm of war. Their limbs all iron, and their souls all flame, A countless host, the red-cross warriors came: E'en hoary priests the sacred combat wage, And clothe in steel the palsied arm of age; While beardless youths and tender maids ' assume The weighty morion and the glancing plume. Peter the hermit. The world has been so long accustomed to hear the Crusades considered as the height of frenzy and injustice, that to undertake their defence might be perhaps a hazardous task. We must however recollect, that, had it not been for these extraordinary exertions of generous courage, the whole of Europe would perhaps have fallen, and Christianity been buried in the ruins. It was not, as Voltaire has. falsely or weakly asserted, a conspiracy of robbers; it was not an unprovoked attack on a distant and inoffensive nation; it was a blow aimed at the heart of a most powerful and active enemy. Had not the Christian kingdoms of Asia been established as a check to the Mahometans, Italy, and the scanty remnant of Christianity in Spain, must again have fallen into their power; and France herself have needed all the heroism and good fortune of a Charles Martel...show more

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  • 9781236513014