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With that ther cam an arrowe hastely

Forthe off a mightie wene, Hit hathe strekenesi the yerle Duglas

With that, there came an arrow keene

Out of an English bow, Which struck Erle Douglas to the heart

A deepe and deadlye blow :

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In at the brest bane.

Thoroue lyvar and lengs bathes?

The sharp arrowe is ganes3
That never after in all his lyffe days,84

He spake mo85 words but ane
“Fyghte ye, my merry men, whylly 586 ye may,

For my lyff days ben gan."

The Persè leanyde on his brande,

And sawe the Duglas de;
He tooke the dede man be the bande,

And sayd, “Wo ys me for the !

To have savyde thy lyffe I wold have pertydø? with

My landes for years tbre,
For a better man of hart, nareas of hande,

Was not in all the north countre."

Off all that se a Skottishe knyght,

Was callyd Sir Hewe the Mongon-byrry, He sawe the Duglas to the deth was dyght;89

He apendydo' a spear a trusti tre :

He rodoa uppon a corsiare%3

Through a hondrith archery ;
He never styntyde, 94 nar never blane,95

Tyll he came to the good lord Persè.

He set uppone the lord Persè

A dynte,96 that was full soare; With a suar97 spear of a myghite tre

Clean throwe the body he the Persè bore.

Athe 98 tothar syde, that a man myght se,

A large cloth yard and mare :99
Towe better captayns wear not in Christiantè

Then that day slain wear ther.

* Two.

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Mr. Addison says of the thought in the last | boast at the beginning, and not only fought as stanza, that it was never touched by any other long as he could stand, but afterwards. In tho poet, and is such an one as would have shined in old ballad, his obstinate valor is described in apHomer or Virgil.” The remainder of the ballad is propriate terms : but, in the late version, the lanmostly taken up with an enumeration of the no-guage partakes so much of the ludicrous, that bles and knights slain on either side : but there Addison feared to expose it to the “little bufare two or three particulars worth notice. foons," who would not “ take its beauty"

The im petuous Witherington made good his

Old Version.

Later Version.

* For Wethanyngton my harte was wo,

That ever he slayne shulde be ;
For when both his leggis 104 wear hewynelos in to,

Yet he knyled106 and fought on his kne."'107

“For Witherington, needs must I wayle

As one in doleful dumpes ;*
For when his legs were smitten off,

He fought upon his stumpes."

The poet, obviously an Englishman, has not | the author has overshot his mark, and placed tho failed to glorify his countrymen. They go into conduct of the Scottish king in a far more atthe battle with fifteen hundred men: the Scots tractive light, than the behavior of " King Harry with two thousand. Fifty-three Englishmenthe Fourth.” We allude to the speeches of the survive the fight, and only fifty-five of the Scots. two monarchs, on receipt of the fatal tidingsBut in one point of contrast, it seems to us, that Old Version.

Later Version.

Word ys commen to Edden-burrowe,

To Jamy the Scottishe kyng,
That doughati Duglas, lyff-tenant of the Merches,

He lay slean Chyviot within.

His bands dyd he weal and wryng,

He sayd—“Alas! and woe ys me! Such another captayne Skotland within,"

He sayd “y-seth shuld never be."

Word is commyn to lovly Londone,

Till the fourth Harry our kyng,
That lord Persè, leyff-tenants of the Merchis,

He lay slayne Chyviat within.

The news was brought to Edden-borrow

Where Scotland's king did raigne,
That brave Erle Douglas suddenlye

Was with an arrow slayne.
“O, heavy newes,” king James did say,

Scotland may witness bee,
I have not any captaine more

Of such account as hee."
Lyke tydings to King Henry camo,

Within as short a space,
Thal Percy of Northumberland

Was slaine in Chevy.Chese :
“Now, God lie with him," said our king,

"Sich it will noe, better be;
I trust I have, within my realme,

Five bundred as good as bee;
Yet shall not Scotts, nor Scotland say,

But I will vengeance take ;
I'll be revenged on them all,

For brave Erle Percye's sake."

"God have merci on his soll,” sayd king Harry,

"Good lord, yf thy will it be ! I bare a bundrith captayns in Ynglande," he sayd,

" As good as ever was hee : But, Perse, and I brook my lyffe,

Tby detb well quyle shall be.”

• It is the writer, who wails “in dolesul dumpes"-. e. laments with deep grief.

VOL. XV-46

The lamentation of King James is a natural and affecting tribute to the memory of his best and bravest subject, thus suddenly cut off in the midst of his usefulness. The false and vainglorious boast of the English king, and his assumed indifference to the loss of Percy, betray far more of unfeeling arrogance, than of the kingly magnanimity which the poet intended. It is not, however, wholly out of character.

We fear that we have trespassed already too much upon the pages of the present number, to be indulged in making further extracts from the “Reliques.” Perhaps we may crave admission for them hereafter.

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A PENINSULAR ADVENTURE.

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Notes to the foregoing. * In spite~ Prevent—Raise;— Bowmen—"Coursed or THE CAPTAIN'S STORY. traversed — Grassy field or hill-side-Broad Arrows•Wild deer--'In every direction--1°Grey hounds--11Groves1"Glanced - 13They–14Early—15 Monday-16 By the time17 Hour_18Noon–1°Hundred-20A signal of the death of the deer-21 Assembled from every quarter-Slaughtered In the neighborhood of the Haymarket, LonGame; *Quartering or cutting up-24 Bows— 25 Since-don, there are several minor chess, whist

, and 26 Much—27Steed— 3* Rode before his men—"Glittered-gossip clubs, held principally at cafés, in an apart30 Red hot coa — 31 Baron--3Chase--13 Spite --Man--3511-**Thee—37Killed-.38 One--"'Die-.40 Pity-.42 Thou-.+2Earl-- ment which, for club evenings, is sacred to the 13 * Country~4 Stand apart—45 And thou and I do battle members, consisting chiefly of superannuated *Christ's curse-47See-48Neither—4'If it be my fortune- clerks, actors, and other professional medioeri50 I dare meet him, one man for one-61 SquiresName- ties, with a sprinkling of substantial, steady trades63 Sbame— 54 Know—55 Are-56 Two-57Field—58 Weapon men. wield-.-9Swords_.6° Helmets-.61 Rich coats of mail-.62Many tain Smith, an extremely communicative and an

In one of these modest gatherings, Capfolds—63 They struck—64 Stout man_65 Fall (or lie) 66 Strength—67 Struck hard—68 Sweated_69 Milan steel-ecdotical gentleman, may occasionally be met 70 See (64—71 Desirous—72 Spurted— 73 Hail—74 Fortune with, surrounded by an attentive circle of admior iucome—75 Mad— 76 Laid on heavily—77 1 promise thee ring friends, listening, with all their ears, to one here—78 Before—"' Yielded—90 One—" Stricken—82 Both of the many marvellous adventures it has been liver and lungs—83 Gone-84 Days of his life—85 More* Whilst—87 Parted with—6 Nor_9 Put to death his lot to encounter during a wandering and vaso Spanned or grasped—” Could—Rode_98 Courser- ried life. He is not a frequent visitor; his tastes * Stopped" Lingered—” Blow—Sure—98 At the inclining him to scenes of more boisterous con" More100 Saw slain—101 Bore a bent bow—102 Drew to viviality than cigars and coffee, with a seasoning the hard steel head—105Swan-feathers—10*Legs—105 Hewn of theatrical and political gossip, cap afford of 106Kneeled-107 Knee.

supply; and he accordingly uses these, to him

hum-drum assemblies, only as resting, or baltingplaces between more exciting orgies; valuable chiefly for affording him listeners, much more ea

sily amused and astonished than men of larger LINES.

life-adventure and experience. He is, however, a real captain, and I fancy something of a hero too, in the conventional use of the term, as he

seems to have very different, and, I believe, much · Away, away! Thou speakest of that which in all my truer notions of war and glory, than gentlemen earthly life I have not found and shall not find."

who shout about “bright swords," and dilato Jean Pau. with a periphrastic unction of red battle-fields."

A lithe, active man is he; and stiff as a ram-rod
I bade thee stay. Too well I know
The fault was mine, mine only ;

withal. His harsh, stubbly hair, is brushed in one I dared not think upon the past

particular direction with parade precision; and All desolate and lonely.

his high, bald forehead, when in convivial mood. glistens as brightly as his sharp, gray eyes; which

, I know not if my soul could bear In absence to regret thee,

one can see with half a one, have been wide To strive alone with its despair,

open all his life. He rose, it is understood, though Still seeking to forget thee.

he never mentions it himself-perhaps from a

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BY MRS. SARAH H. WHITMAN.

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feeling of modesty, a quality, albeit, in which, | aphorical; and, after a time, Captain Smith
like most field heroes, he is somewhat deficient- seemed to have acquired a misty notion of what
from the ranks. From his perfect knowledge of was meant. Still, it was, he said, a very bad
the Spanish tongue, (he passed his youth at Gi- way of writing a history;" which species of com-
braltar, with occasional trips to the Spanish coast position should, he emphatically observed, be all
with his father, who turned an honest penny in facts, and no mistakes.
the smuggling line,) he was frequently employed The retreat from Burgos was a masterly af-
during the Peninsular war by the British com- fair,” persisted warrior Tape; “masterly indeed-
manders in the very necessary, but extremely uncommon !"
tieklish, duty of making himself personally ac- “I dare say it was; and as you seem to admire
quainted with the state of the French camps and it so much, I wish you had been one of the
fortresses—in other words, as a spy ; an exceed-'prentices under the master, just to see how it
ingly uncomfortable office for any gentleman was done, and how agreeable and pleasant such
troubled with " nerves.” Captain Smith fre- a masterly job is to the people that do the work.
quently thanks God that he never had any, to I was one of them; and I declare to you I had
his knowledge, in his life; no more, he some- much rather have been in this café, smoking this
times says, after reading the debates—no more abominable cigar, which wont smoke”—and the
than a member of parliament.

captain threw the unsatisfactory weed into the Thus much premised, suppose we step in for a fire ; immediately, however, accepting another minute, and make his acquaintance. That is from the ready hand of the obsequious Tape. the captain with his back to the fire. The gen- That, fortunately, drew uncommonly well; the teman who has just handed him a cigar, and is spiral columns ascended with the fulness and addressing such martial queries to the old cam- freedom in which the veteran loved to luxuriate. paigner, is a neighboring haberdasher. Just be- He swallowed his demi-tasse at a gulp; and his fore we entered, he inquired, as is his nightly sharp, gray eyes twiukling with fresh lustre, wont

, if the waiter was sure the clock was quite said " It was in coming from Burgos that I got right. He is always a little nervous about the into one of the miserablest scrapes I ever expetime, as his spouse is apt to be unpleasantly lively rienced in my life ; and all owing to my tenderfor a lady of her colloquial and other prowess, if heartedness, the very worst thing for a campaign he is not at home at half-past ten precisely. He a man can carry about him.” loves peace “at home," as much as he seems to ** Tell us, captain! What was it? How was delight in war “abroad,” and is consequently it?" cried half a dozen voices. Two elderly genextremely punctual. But see, Tape is tapping tlemen, who had been playing draughts for the the captain again.

The veteran cannot fail to previous four or five hours, finding it impossible, 15 low forth presently ; at first, perhaps, a little jer- amidst so much clamor, to bestow the requisite

kingly-glug, glug, glug—but after a little coax- attention on their extremely intellectual game, ing, in the freest, easiest style imaginable. also drew near to listen, as the very best thing,

"A splendid march, Captain Smith, that of after draughts, they could do. Wellington upon Ciudad Rodrigo ?”

Captain Smith smiled graciously, seated himSloppy, Mr. Tape, sloppy; nothing but mud, self, indulged in a few prefatory whiffs, and proand snow, and slush. Winter-time; I remember ceeded. “During the many journeys I at differit well," replied Captain Smith.

ent times made through the province of Leon in Beautiful account Napier gives of it,” re-Spain, I fell in with a very worthy couple, whom joined the martial Tape. “Wellington,” he I took a great liking to. Pedro Davila was by says, “ jumped on the devoted fortress with both trade a cooper; he made all the casks and tubs

for miles round the little town near which he ** Does Napier say that ?" demanded the vet- lived; which was situated, I should tell you, a eran, knocking the consumed ashes off the end good deal out of the direct road, or rather the of his cigar on the mantelpiece. “ Does Napier nearest road—for there is nothing very direct in say that ?"

that country--from Burgos to Astorga. For my * Yes indeed he does."

part I preferred round-about ways at that time * Then Napier tells what is -" replied the to straight ones; I found them safer. Pedro had matter-of-fact captain.

“ The lightest, longest- a nice garden too, beautifully cultivated, and the legged of the Light Bobs' could'nt have done it, prettiest little black-eyed Andalusian wise-Pemuch less the duke. The duke's short in the dro was also a native of the south of Spain-a legs-sits high in the saddle, though-dong body, man's eyes ever lighted upon. Pedro, in his dumpy legs. Could no more do it than he could youth, had taken service with a Spanish granfy; did'nt try either. All a flam!”

dee, who being compelled to fly his country—a Mr. Tape explained that the jumping was met-'common, every-day thing abroad-took up his

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abode in Paris ; and there Pedro got rid of his in the army, and wbo has lived upwards of twenfine old constitutional prejudices against foreign- ty in London, is saying a great deal." ers, and obtained in exchange some modern uni- This was quite cheerfully assented to. The versal philanthropy-about the most dangerous ugliness that after such a lengthened and firstarticle to go to market with in Spain it is possi- rate experience bore off the palm, was proble to imagine. And sure I am that if Pedro nounced necessarily incomparable by the entire had known what a dreadful mess his turning phi- auditory. losopher would get me into, to say nothing of his “ He gave poor Pedro," continued the captaia, wife, he was far too good a fellow to have done "one most diabolical look, (I'll be bound the any thing of the sort.”

streaks from his eyes-he always squinted both * But what on earth, Captain Smith,” inter- sides inwards when he was in a passion—crossed rupted Tape, “could philosophy, Pedro's, or any each other within an inch of his nose.) then one's else, have to do with you ?"

rushed forward, and bawled lustily for help. The “You will hear, Tape: it was his liberal-mind

Frenchman spurred furiously into the adjoining edness and my tender-heartedness joined togeth

forest and escaped. Pedro was seized, and the er, that played the mischief with us both. An alpha and the omega of it, as the chaplain of

the old half-hundredth used to say, was, that he excellent fellow, notwithstanding," continued the captain, after a brief pause, “was Pedro Davila,

was lugged to prison, tried a few hours after

wards, and condemned to death as a traitor. It too good for a Spaniard, much; one could hardly believe it of him. I was going to say he was

was a wild time then : most places managed their

own affairs their own way, and this was masequal to an Englishman, but that, perhaps, would be pushing it too far. Many a skin of

ter Ramez and the alcalde’s way. Pedro was to

have been strangled, gavotted they call it, bet wine have we emptied together; none of the sloe stuff you get here, but the genuine juice of the

there was no apparatus handy, and nobody tbat grape itself.” The captain smacked his lips at

particularly liked the job; so, as a particular the pleasing reminiscence, and then, to reward heavenly grace to him, the alcalde said, it was them for the exercise, imbibed a portion of anoth- after his arrest."

determined he should be shot on the third day er demi-tasse, craftily qualified to his taste.

“It happened," resumed the captain, after -"At the time I speak of, it was highly dan

again refreshing himself, " that I was, on the gerous to harbor, succor or conceal any French

very day after Pedro's arrest and condemnation, man, woman or child. Death, or worse punish- returning from Burgos to General Picton's headment, was pretty sure to be the doom of any one quarters, a good way beyond Astorga ; and be offending against that law of veugeance; and it happened that one of the most ferocious of minor out of my road to visit Pedro. When I arrived

ing near, and in no very particular hurry, I turned guerilla leaders, a relentless hunter and slayer of

at the cottage, I found things, as you may sup: miserable fugitives, was Ramez, a native of the village or town near whích Pedro lived. He was been imagining for the last hour or so. Instead

pose, in a very different state from what I had seldom long absent from home ; and was, in fact, of wine, there was hysterics ; and for an omsthe real governor of the place.

lette and salad, shrieks and faintings. Marietta "Well, it chanced one unfortunate day, that a clung round my neck with tremendous energywounded French officer, who had been chased I should not have thought, if I had not experifor several days by Rainez and his fellows, crawl- enced it, that a pretty woman's embrace could ed into Pedro's cottage, and implored shelter and have been so very unpleasant-frantically besuccor. His request was, as you may anticipate, seeching me to send for the British army to libafter what I have told you of Pedro's notions of erate her Pedro. Extricating myself from her philosophy, granted; and the hunted man was grasp as speedily as possible, I began to cast successfully concealed, carefully tended, and re- about in my mind as to what could be done stored to health. The day of his departure had but I could not at all clear up my ideas

. Rearrived; he was carefully disguised, mounted on membering that I never had been able to do so Pedro's mule, and was just bidding his benefac- on a lean stomach, I suggested that we should tor good-by at the garden gate, (Marietta, fortu- first dine, and then perhaps I might hit upon nately, as it turned out , was not at home.) when something for poor Pedro's benefit

. Marietta wbo should poke up his diabolical spout from the agreed with me; and we had, considering that other side of the bedge but Ramez! The ugli- her husband and my dearest friend was to be est rascal, gentlemen,” continued Captain Smith, shot the day after the next, a very nice, eos with violent emphasis,

the most ill-favored fortable dinner indeed-very-and some capital scoundrel I ever saw in my life was Ramez : wine afterwards; and then, gentlemen

, the få and that from a man who has been twenty years ther of mischief, or the wine, or Marietta's black

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