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IF many a noble monument is gone,
TO THE LARK.
O THOU sweet lark, that in the heaven so high
I watch the soaring with no mean delight;
That lags, how far below that lofty flight, Still silently receive thy melody.
I Viz. the Cathedral, Baptistery, Campanile or Leaning Tower, and the Campo Santo or ancient burial place; the walls of which are decorated with frescoes of the 14th and 15th centuries.
O thou sweet lark, that I had wings like thee!
Not for the joy it were in yon blue light
Upward to plunge, and from my heavenly height Gaze on the creeping multitude below,
But that I soon would wing my eager flight To that lov'd home where Fancy even now Hath fled, and Hope looks onward through a tear, Counting the weary hours that keep her here.
ALONE upon the leaping billows, lo!
And where are they, who from the breezy deck
The wizard glare their upturn'd faces gleam
WHEN coward Asia shook in trembling woe,
· The civilised parts of Asia were at this time overrun by the Seljukian Turks, who had established themselves in Khorasan, (the ancient Bactria,) whence they extended their dominion over the Caliphat, from the Caspian Sea to Arabia Felix, made themselves masters of Bagdad (1055), and in 1065, took Jerusalem and expelled the Saracens from Palestine.
• Peter the Hermit. Council of Clermont, 1095.
• Tabaria, a corruption of Tiberias, is the name used for the Sea of Galilee in the old romances.
The blood-red banners floating o'er their van, All madly blithe the mingled myriads ran: Impatient Death beheld his destin'd food, And hov'ring vultures snuff'd the scent of blood.
Not such the numbers, nor the host so dread, By northern Brennor Scythian Timur' led, Nor such the heart-inspiring zeal that bore United Greece to Phrygia's reedy shore ! There Gaul's proud knights with boastful mien
advance, Form the long line ?, and shake the cornel 3 lance; Here, link'd with Thrace, in close battalions stand Ausonia's * sons, a soft inglorious band; There the stern Norman joins the Austrian train, And the dark tribes of late-reviving 5 Spain ; Here in black files, advancing firm and slow, Victorious Albion twangs the deadly bow : Albion, - still prompt the captive's
wrong to aid, And wield in freedom's cause the freeman's generous blade!
| Brennus and Tamerlane.
Theline (combat a la haye) according to Sir Walter Raleigh, was characteristic of French tactics; as the column (herse) was of the English. At Creçy, the English were drawn up thirty deep.
3 Cornus sanguinea, the dogwood or cornel tree, the wood of which was used for lances.
5 There were no Spaniards in the first Crusade, the kings of Castile and Aragon being engaged in a perpetual crusade at home arainst the infidels in Spain.
TWILIGHT IN ITALY.
The moon is up, and yet it is not night -
While, on the other hand, meek Dian's crest Floats through the azure air- an island of the blest!
A single star is at her hand, and reigns
The odorous purple4 of a new-born rose,
Fill’d with the face of heaven, which, from afar
1 The most eastern province of Italy, forming that part of the Lombardo-Venetian territory called “ Delegazione di Udine.” Udina is the capital.
That chain of the Alps which extends from the sources of the Rhine to the valley of the Adige. Its length is about eighty miles, and the Splugen is one of its passes.
: A river that, after passing by Bassano and Padua, falls into the Adriatic near Venice.
* “ The setting sun produced the richest variety of tints ; among them was a lovely violet glow, rarely, if ever, seen in England." — Dallaway's Travels.