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The salt sea was frozen on her breast,
The salt tears in her eyes;
On the billows fall and rise.
Such was the wreck of the Hesperus,
In the midnight and the snow;
On the reef of Norman's Woe!
I. of France.
THE GLOVE AND THE LIONS.—Leigh Hunt. Kino Fran- KING FRANCIS * was a hearty king, and loved a royal cis, Francis
And one day, as his lions strove, sat looking on the Gallant, showy, splen
The nobles filled the benches round, the ladies by Crowning,
their side, complete, Derfect. And ’mongst them Count de Lorge, with one he hoped Valour,
to make his bride : Royal beasts, And truly 'twas a gallant * thing to see that crown
ing * show, lion is called Valour* and love, and a king above, and the royal the king of
5 in a furious manner.
beasts * below.
the lions; the
Ramped * and roared the lions, with horrid laughing Ramped, jaws ;
leaped about They bit, they glared, * gave blows like beams, a wind went with their paws ;
ed fiercely. With wallowing night and stifled roar they rolled on
one another; 10 Till all the pit, with sand and mane, was in a thunderous * smother;
through the air;
here than there!”
a noise like thunder.
Very hand. some,
De Lorge's love o'erheard the king, a beauteous,* lively Beauteous,
always seemed the same :
brave can be ; He surely would do desperate* things to show his love Desperate, of me!
danger, rash. King, ladies, lovers, all look on ; the occasion is Occasion, divine,
time,chance. I'll drop my glove to prove * his love ; great glory Prove, try,
will be mine!”
She dropped her glove to prove his love ; then looked
on him and smiled ;
regained his place;
rose from where he sat:
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS.*
-H. G. Bell.
HENRY GLASSFORD BELL (1814–1874) was educated for the law, and was, at the time of his death, the Sheriff of Lanarkshire. He had very considerable literary taste, and was a frequent contributor to the Magazines.
I LOOKED far back into other years, and lo! in
lofty walls, on the island of Inchmahome (“isle of And gardens with their broad green walks, rest”), in the Lake of
where soft the footstep falls ; Menteith, Perthshire.
And o'er the antique * dial-stone the creeping 5 Antique, old-fashion
And, all around, the noon-day sun a drowsy Radiance, brightness. radiance * cast.
No sound of busy life was heard, save from the Cloister, convent. cloister * dim
(holy hymn. The tinkling of the silver bell, or the sisters' Five noble maidens, And there five noble maidens * sat beneath the Mary, Queen of Scots,
orchard trees, and four other Maries - Mary Carmichael, In that first budding spring of youth when all 10 Mary Hamilton, Mary its prospects please ; Seton, and Mary Beaton—who are known And little recked*
they, when they sang, or in history as
knelt at vesper prayers, “Queen's Maries."
That Scotland knew no prouder names- -held
none more dear than theirs ;-
Of royal blood and high descent from the Stuart line, Robert. ancient Stuart line ; the High Steward of Scotland, succeeded Calmiy her happy days flew on, uncounted in 15 to the throne on the their flight,
[tinuing light. death of David I And as they flew, they left behind a long-conHe was the first of the famous House of Stuart, and Mary was
The scene was changed. It was the court, the descended in a direct line from him.
gay court of Bourbon,
And 'neath a thousand silver lamps a thouCourtiers, nobles living at court.
sand courtiers * throng :
* Mary, Queen of Scots, was born at Linlithgow in 1542, a few days before the death of her father, James V. In 1558 she was married to Francis, the Dauphin of France, who died the next year, and Mary returned to Scotland in 1561. Her own subjects rebelled, and defeated her troops at Langside in 1568. She then fled to England, where she was executed by order of Elizabeth in 1587.
east of France.
And proudly kindles Henry's eye-well Henry, Mary's fatherpleased, I ween,* to see [chivalry :
in-law, Henry II. of
France. 20 The land assemble all its wealth of
I am sure, I
Anne de Montmor. Strong in himself and children, stands the first ency, a peer, marquis, among his
Constable peers ; And next the Guises, * who so well fame's France, was one of
the greatest generals steepest heights assailed,
of the 16th century. And walked ambition’s diamond ridge, where I've Guises, a princely bravest hearts have failed
province in the north25 And higher yet their path shall be, stronger shall wax * their might,
Shall wax, shall be-
its waning light.
Condé, was the son of unconquered sword,
Charles of Bourbon, With great Coligni * by his side : each name a Duke of Vendome. household word.
Coligni, Gepard de And there walks she of Medicis,* that proud of France.
Coligny was admiral Italian line,
[Catherine, Catherine de Medici,
wife of Henry II., 30 The mother of a race of kings—the haughty
was descended from The forms that follow in her train a glorious wealthy sunshine make
family. She had ten
children, three of A milky way of stars that grace a comet's whom mounted the
glittering wake; But fairer far than all the rest who bask * on Bask, &c., those who
with Fortune's tide,
good fortune. Effulgent * in the light of youth, is she, the
Effulgent, splendid. new-made bride! 35 The homage of a thousand hearts—the fond,
deep love of one-
charms are but begun,-
o'er her cheek,
souled joy bespeak :
through all its brilliant hours,
A bark, a ship; this
represents The scene was changed. It was a bark* that
Mary on her voyage slowly held its way,
from France to ScotAnd o'er its lee* the coast of France in the light ice, the sheltered side of evening lay;
of the ship.
throne of France.
And on its deck a Lady sat, who gazed with
and the 50
Receding, fading from Upon the fast receding * hills, that dim and
distant rise. Marvel, wonder. No marvel* that the lady wept,—there was r.o 45
land on earth
owed it not her birth ;
The land where her dead husband slept—the
land where she had known Tranquil, peaceful.
The tranquil * convent's hushed repose,
splendours of a throne:
far behind her bark;
The future, like the gathering night, was omiOminous, threaten
nous and dark ! ing.
One gaze again-one long, last gaze—“Adieu, 55
fair France, to thee!
unconscious sea !
The scene was changed. It was an eve of raw Holyrood, the resi. and surly mood,
[rood sovereigns in Edin. And in a turret-chamber high of ancient Holyburgh. This scene Sat Mary, listening to the rain, and sighing
with the winds, of Rizzio, an Italian musician, whom Mary That seemed to suit the stormy state of men's 60 promoted to the office
uncertain minds. secretary. Darnley, the Queen's The touch of care had blanched * her cheekhusband, led the con- her smile was sadder now; spirators up
, a secret The weight of royalty had pressed too heavy room, where she was on her brow; sitting at supper with And traitors * to her councils came, and rebels
to the field ; Blanched, made pale. The Stuart sceptre well she swayed, but the Traitor, one who be.
sword she could not wield. trays, a deceiver, Rebel
, one who goes She thought of all her blighted hopes—the 65 against lawful
dreams of youth's brief day, thority.
And summoned Rizzio with his lute, and bade
the minstrel play
dence of the Scottish
relates to the murder
a few of her attend. ants and Rizzio.