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Oh, had but then some tight built ships, and tars, Like modern TRIGGES, and TROLLOPES, round
them cruised: How brief had been their predatory wars,
What trouble had my readers been excused!
O’er Thanet, now the scene of summer mirth,
Where, erst, the world's imperial eagle flew, Where the white steed on Saxon banners came,
The Danish raven's wing is spread ;
By. Scandanavian chieftains led,
“A local habitation and a name.” While ETHELWOLF, who shou'd have made them
run, (As gallic navies since at Nelson's fame), Gave to ATHELSTAN, as his eldest son, One half the Kingdom-and ('twas more than
shame!) Instead of watching England's weal at home,
He went on pious pilgrimage to Rome. To Rome, who having then no arms to rule us, Deputed Monks to govern and befool us.
And, well I wot, the Pope was glad to see him, Who paid Priests, Deacons, Choristers and
all, With pockets full of England's gold to fee him,
And purchase lamps for Peter and for Paul*. At home he found affairs had changed their faces;
His first son dead, and ETHELBALD, the next, Usurper of his Sire's and Brother's places,
The former's weakness furnishing pretext.
Scarce do the Son and Sire the land divide, When the King feed the Monks once more, and
died : To future reigns the people turn their hope, And ETHELwolf's regretted—by the Pope.
* One of the pious pretences under which the papal see obtained money from bigotted princes was that of selling sacred lamps to burn before figures of the apostles.
SUMMARY OF THE REIGNS OF
Began to reign conjunctly, A. D. 857. Ethelbald married his mother-in-law, Queen Judith. Died 859. Ethelbert died 866. Neither had issue; and both were buried at Sherborne, in Dorsetshire, from whence Ethelbald was aftere wards removed to Salisbury.
PRINCIPAL EVENTS. Continued scenes of trouble with the Danes.
EMINENT Persons. Swithun, bishop of Winchester. Osryck, earl of Hamptou. Lambert and Ethelhard, archbishops of Canterbury.
Emperor of the East.
Michael III. 842.
Lewis II. 855.
Kings of Scotland.
Constantinus II. 865.
ETHELBALD ETHELBALD AND ETHELBERT.
« This crown I part between you.”
Ethelwulph's grants to the Clergy were such,
Let this lesson æconomy teach, From the State to the Church he had given so
much, His Sons got but half a Crown each. But, then he'd two younger lads, critics may cry, Perhaps so, we'll talk about them by and bye.
Prince Ethelbert proved himself worthy his
I can't say as much for his Brother,
Was actually wed to his Mother-
Destroy'd Holofernes the big,
So named from the want of a wig.
lived, Or happy the period his brother survived ; He was teazed by the Danes, who in England
wou'd sway, But died’ere he'd give the marauders their way.
SUMMARY OF THE REIGN OF
Began to reign, A. D. 866. Had issue, Alfred, Oswald, and a daughter, named Thyre. Received a mortal wound in battle at Basing, and died at Wittington, 872. Buried at Wimborne, in Dorsetshire.
EMINENT PERSONS. Osbricht and Ella, Northumbrian Princes, who were killed while bravely opposing the Danes.
Emperors of the East.
Lewis II. 855.