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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 ;
And an unspåting and remorseless crew,

By. Scandanavian chieftains led,
Demand in Kent to share, with British birth,

“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

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.

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* 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

SUMMARY OF THE REIGNS OF
ETHELBALD AND ETHELBERT.

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.

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EMINENT Persons. Swithun, bishop of Winchester. Osryck, earl of Hamptou. Lambert and Ethelhard, archbishops of Canterbury.

COTEMPORARY SOVEREIGNS.

Popes.
Benedict III. A. D. 855. Nicholas I. 858.

Emperor of the East.

Michael III. 842.
Emperor of the West and King of France.

Lewis II. 855.

Kings of Scotland.
Kennethus II. 839. Donaldus V. 859.

Constantinus II. 865.

ETHELBALD ETHELBALD AND ETHELBERT.

« This crown I part between you.”

SHAKESPEARE.

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

birth,

I can't say as much for his Brother,
Who being the veriest monster on earth,

Was actually wed to his Mother-
In law,—Lady Judith,—not she who so called

Destroy'd Holofernes the big,
But daughter to Emperor Charley, the bald,

So named from the want of a wig.
We can't say that ETHELBALD's reign was long

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

SUMMARY OF THE REIGN OF

ETHERED.

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.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS.
Danish hostilities; and a great plague in England.

EMINENT PERSONS. Osbricht and Ella, Northumbrian Princes, who were killed while bravely opposing the Danes.

COTEMPORARY SOVEREIGNS.

Pope.
Nicholas I. A. D. 858.

Emperors of the East.
Michael III. 842. Basilius I. 867.
Emperor of the West and King of France.

Lewis II. 855.
King of Scotland.
Constantinus II. 855.

ETHERED,

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