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Thy lyre. Poetry is here likened to the music of a lyre or harp. The ancient Greeks excelled in poetry.
of the three hundred. At Thermopylæ, a famous pass in the north-east of Greece, 10,000 Persians,under Xerxes, were engaged by 300 Spartans, under Leonidas, whose followers were all slain.
And must thy lyre,* so long divine, 30 Degenerate into hands like mine?
'Tis something, in the dearth of fame,
Though linked among a fettered race,
E'en as I sing, suffuse my face ; 35 For what is left the poet here?
For Greeks a blush-for Greece a tear.
Must we but blush ? Our fathers bled.
Earth! render back from out thy breast 40 A remnant of our Spartan dead !
Of the three hundred grant but three
Ah! no ;-the voices of the dead 45 Sound like a distant torrent's fall,
And answer, “ Let one living head,
In vain-in vain : strike other chords ; 50 Fill high the cup of Samian wine ! *
Leave battles to the Turkish hordes,
And shed * the blood of Scio's vine !
How answers each bold bacchanal ! 55 You have the Pyrrhic dance as yet
Where is the Pyrrhic phalanx *
The nobler and the manlier one ?
gave60 Think ye he meant them for a slave ?
Fill high the bowl with Samian wine !
We will not think of themes like these !
He served—but served Polycrates 65 A tyrant; but our masters then
Were still, at least, our countrymen.
Was freedom's best and bravest friend :
That tyrant was Miltiades ! 70 Oh that the present hour would lend
Samian wine! Samos, an island on the coast of Asia Minor, opposite Ionia, famous for its wine. And shed, &c., to make wine from the juice of the grape that grows on the island of Scio, off the coast of Asia Minor. Bacchanal, a worshipper of Bacchus, one who indulges in drink. Phalanx, a compact body of soldiers. Cadmus, the inventor of letters, and king of Thebes, which city he founded.
He came to Greece B.C. 1550. Polycrates, a king of Samos.
The Chersonese, the peninsula of the Morea, Greece. The inhabitants invested Miltiades, the hero of Marathon, with the sovereign power.
I. of France.
THE GLOVE AND THE LIONS.—Leigh Hunt. King Fran- KING FRANCIS * was a hearty king, and loved a royal cis, Francis
And one day, as his lions strove, sat looking on the Gallant,
court: showy, splen
The nobles filled the benches round, the ladies by Crowning,
their side, complete, perfect. And ’mongst them Count de Lorge, with one he hoped Valour,
to make his bride : Royal beasts, And truly 'twas a gallant * thing to see that crown
ing * show, lion is called Valour* and love, and a king above, and the royal the king of
beasts * below.
the lions; the
in a furious manner.
Ramped * and roared the lions, with horrid laughing Ramped, jaws;
leaped about They bit, they glared,* gave blows like beams, a wind went with their paws ;
Glared, lookWith wallowing might and stifled roar they rolled on
ed fiercely. one another. 10 Till all the pit, with sand and mane, was in a thunderous * smother;
through the air;
here than there!”
a noise like thunder.
De Lorge's love o'erheard the king, a beauteous, lively
always seemed the same :
brave can be ;
Occasion, I'll drop my glove to prove * his love ; great glory pportunity,
. will be mine!”
She dropped her glove to prove his love; then looked
on him and smiled ;
regained his place;
rose from where he sat:
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS.*-H. G. Bell.
on the island of Inch
HENRY GLASSFORD BELL (1814-1874) was educated for the law, and was, at the time of his death, the Sheriff of Lanarkshire. He had very considerable literary taste, and was a frequent contributor to the Magazines.
I LOOKED far back into other years, and lo ! in
lofty walls, mahome (“isle of And gardens with their broad green walks, rest”), in the Lake of where soft the footstep falls ; Menteith, Perthshire.
And o'er the antique * dial-stone the creeping 5 Antique, old-fashion
And, all around, the noon-day sun a drowsy Radiance, brightness. radiance * cast.
No sound of busy life was heard, save from the Cloister, convent. cloister * dim
(holy hymn. The tinkling of the silver bell, or the sisters' Five noble maidens, And there five noble maidens * sat beneath the Mary, Queen of Scots,
orchard trees, - Mary Carmichael, In that first budding spring of youth when all Mary Hamilton, Mary its prospects please; Seton, and Mary Beaton-who are known And little recked * they, when they sang, or in history as
knelt at vesper prayers, "Queen's Maries."
That Scotland knew no prouder names-held
none more dear than theirs ;-
Of royal blood and high descent from the Stuart line, Robert, ancient Stuart line ; the High Steward of Scotland, succeeded Calmly her happy days flew on, uncounted in 15 their flight,
[tinuing light. death of David II. And as they flew, they left behind a long-conHe was the first of the famous House of Stuart, and Mary was descended in a direct
The scene was changed. It was the court, the
gay court of Bourbon,
And 'neath a thousand silver lamps a thouCourtiers, nobles living at court.
sand courtiers * throng :
and four other Maries
to the throne on the
line from him.
* Mary, Queen of Scots, was born at Linlithgow in 1542, a few days before the death of her father, James V. In 1558 she was married to Francis, the Dauphin of France, who died the next year, and Mary returned to Scotland in 1561. Her own subjects rebelled, and defeated her troops at Langside in 1568. She then fled to England, where she was executed by order of Elizabeth in 1587.
was descended from
And proudly kindles Henry's eye-well Henry, Mary's fatherpleased, I ween,* to see [chivalry : in-law, Henry II. of
France. 20 The land assemble all its wealth of
I ween, I am sure, I
Grey Montmorency, passed a storm of years,
Anne de MontmorStrong in himself and children, stands the first ency, a peer, marquis, among
peers ; And next the Guises,* who so well fame's France, was one of
the greatest generals steepest heights assailed,
of the 16th century. And walked ambition’s diamond ridge, where The Guises, a princely bravest hearts have failed
province in the north25 And higher yet their path shall be, stronger east of France.
shall wax their might,
its waning light.
Condé, was the son of unconquered sword,
Charles of Bourbon, With great Coligni * by his side : each name a Duke of Vendome. household word.
Coligni, Gepard de
Coligny was admiral
[Catherine. Catherine de Medici,
wife of Henry II., 30 The mother of a race of kings-the haughty The forms that follow in her train a glorious a wealthy Italian sunshine make
family. She had ten
children, three A milky way of stars that grace a comet's whom mounted the glittering wake;
throne of France. But fairer far than all the rest who bask on Bask, &c., those who Fortune's tide,
good fortune. Effulgent * in the light of youth, is she, the
Effulgent, splendid. new-made bride! 35 The homage of a thousand hearts—the fond,
deep love of one-
charms are but begun,-
o'er her cheek,
souled joy bespeak :
through all its brilliant hours,
A bark, a ship; this The scene was changed. It was a bark* that Mary on her voyage
slowly held its way, And o'er its lee* the coast of France in the light ice, the sheltered side of evening lay;
of the ship.
from France to Scot