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« Nought hath he done for us and nought deserved.”
“ En vain, du sang des Rois, dont je suis l'oppresseur, “ Les peuples abusés m'ont cru le défenseur, “ De quinze ans de travaux j'ai perdu tout le fruit. “ Croi moi, ces préjugés de sang et de naissance “ Revivront dans les cours, y prendront sa defense.”
“ In vain have I oppressed the blood of Kings, whilst the « deluded people adored me as their friend, if yet there lives “ a hateful offspring, all the prejudice of birth and blood “ revives.”
By mutual accord, it was decreed,
* Hence his surname of Harefoot.
To narrowness of soul he added guilt,
Earl Godwin, lord of the once fertile land Where many a bark now moulders in the sand; First flourish'd in this reign, and by his aid, The selfish King his brother's right betray’d.
SUMMARY OF THE REIGN OF.
Began to reign, 1039. Reigned two years and a half. Died, without issue, 1042. Buried at Winchester.
PRINCIPAL Events. Worcester burnt for opposing the King's levies. Harold Harefoot taken from his grave and thrown into the Thames. Earl Godwin tried and acquitted of the murder of Prince Alfred. The custom of pledging each other while drinking first introduced.*,
EMINENT PERSONS. Elnothus, Archbishop of Canterbury. Godwin, Earl of Kent.
· COTEMPORARY SOVEREIGNS.
* Assassinations of (and perhaps by) the English were so common, that no man would drink until another pledged his safety in the mean time.
“ They call me a foul-feeder.”
“ There's no bottom, none
To each unprincely appetite inclined,
* None of the names of these tools of a tyrant's caprice have escaped posterity. The diggers up of Harold are known to have been—Alfric, Archbishop of York; Earl Godwin; Styr, the steward; Edric, the sewer; and Troudle, the executioncr.
J. P. ANDREWS.
Godwin, who, when Prince Edward dares to
call, To answer for young Alfred's timeless fall; With venal off’ring of a splendid barge Buys from the shameless King his crime's dis
charge. The Danegelt next provokes the subjects” ire, Whose 'plaints are answer'd but with sword and
fire ; In fine, tho'brief, from crime this reign appears In two-and-twenty lines as many years.