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"His mother demands that your Prince you protect
"From white-rose assailants who thirst for his blood!
"With feelings electric, amazed and subdued,
"With rev'rence the ruffian to earth bent his knee;
"And he, who late threaten'd in accents so rude, "Entreated permission her champion to be.
"And safely he led them thro' thicket and brake,
"To the hut of a peasant whose heart like his own,
"Form'd faithfully loyal, for loyalty's sake, "Adhered to a Prince tho'bereft of his throne.
Thus aided, the Queen cross the sea to her friends*
In short period after, found means to depart;
And tho' haply too poor to make royal amends,
Her guides met reward, for—they each had a heart.
* The outlaw and his friend conducted the royal wanderers to Bamborough Castle, whence they shortly sailedforSluys.—This story is from the authority of
Henry Henry, from overcaution, Scotland leaves,
England he seeks in unpropitious hour:
Where, prisoner made, that want of faith hegrieves,
Which gives him mournful lodging in the Tower.*
Edward most wisely to detach From Margaret the Gallic court's protection, The famous Earl of Warwick, with dispatch, Sends to King Louis to propose a match,
Between the Princess Bona and himself. But by a sudden turn of new affection,
That prudent plan was laid upon the shelf; And, ere Lord Warwick could have well arrived, The King was by an English subject wived. For it fell out one day, That Widow GREvf
* "Sir James Harrington discovered the forlorn monarch while dining at Waddington Hall, Lancashire, and brought him to Town with his legs tied to the stirrups; for this service Edward gave the knight many manors, which Henry VII. took away from him."
Iiabington—Stow—Nuoa Antique, &c.
t "This beautiful widow was the daughter of Jacqueline, Duchess of Bedford, by her second husband, Lord Widville, and had been married to Sir John Grey, of Groby. She told Edward when he addiessed her, that " though too humble to be his wife,
the Having a suit about her children's lands:
So played her part,
The Monarch's heart,
Now against Edward's folly wagg'd each tongue;
Was well-bred, witty, beautiful and young.
But Kings, 'tis quite as hard as it is true,
Are born lowed—with love they've nought to do.
Warwick and Louts fool'd in such a fashion,
Flew in a passion;
Warwick espous'd King Henry's cause, and thus
Louis' best men,
When at her post,)
And never halted
she was too high to become his concubine." There are doubts whether Warwick's defection was not less on account of this marriage, than from an unprincipled attempt of Edward's to seduce the daughter or niece of (Warwick) his benefactor."
Till French and English, pied a terre, were ready
To shout "Vive Henry," and "Down with Neddy."
(A brief parenthesis permit, to say, Warwick had been the luckiest of his day, Let him of what he would be undertaker; And in those revolutionary ups and downs, He so did settle and unsettle crowns,
They, not unaptly, styled him " the Kingmaker.")
Ev'n Edward's brother, Clarence, joins the Earl,
And York's Archbishop, Oxford, Somerset, In Henry's name their banners proud unfurl;
And Montague, who late in anger met The Queen at Hexham, now her cause espouses.
While Englishmen, by so long feud opprest,
And wishing very much to be at rest, With reason cry "A plague of both your houses!" Near Banbury King Edward gets a beating,
Taken by Warwick, they with care convey His Majesty to Yorkshire; whence, defeating
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His keeper's vigilance, he finds the way To join his friends at Stamford.—Victory* Changes again her side; with Warwick fly Clarence and Co. to France, supplies and aid She amply lends, and such dispatch is made That Edward yields in turn,deposed,o'erthrown, Arid Warwick sets on Henry's head the crown.
A little year, scarce more, a King was he,
E're ecce it'rum, Edward o'er the sea
Brings men and means, at Ravenspur he lands,
And modestly his dukedom but demands;
'Till fickle CLARENCEf from poor Hal secedes,
Again in civil strife old England bleeds,
'Till Barnet's bloody field closed Warwick's power
And life/j;—while Edward re-ascends the throne;
The changeling court again his sceptre own, And Henry, fortune's fool, beholds the tower.
* Field Pieces are first mentioned as used at this battle:— "The King sparkled the enemy with Lis ordnance, slew many of the commons, and thereby gained the victory." Lfland.
t J.p.andrews says, "No scenes in Pantomime could be shifted more nimbly than those of this year."
* The Marquis of Montague fell in striving to rescue his brother Warwick. The Duke of Exeter, who had been the