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Stranger! however great,
With lowly rev'rence bow; There's one in that poor shed
One by that paltry bed
Greater than thou.
Beneath that beggar's roof,
Lo! death doth keep his state,
Enter-no guards defend
That pavement, damp and cold,
One silent woman stands,
Lifting with meagre hands
No mingling voices sound
An infant wail alone;
A sob suppressed-again
That short deep gasp, and then
The parting groan.
Oh! change-oh, wondrous change!
Burst are the prison bars
This moment there, so low,
So agonized-and now
Beyond the stars.
Oh! change-stupendous change!
There lies the soulless clod;
The sun eternal breaks
The new immortal wakes
Wakes with his God.
THE HUGUENOT'S BATTLE-HYMN.
Now glory to the Lord of Hosts, from whom all glories
And glory to our sovereign liege, King Henry of Navarre! Now let there be the merry sound of music and of dance, Through thy corn-fields green, and sunny vines, O pleasant land of France!
And thou, Rochelle, our own Rochelle, proud city of the
Again let rapture light the eyes of all thy mourning
As thou wert constant in our ills, be joyous in our joy, For cold, and stiff, and still are they who wrought thy
Hurrah! hurrah! a single field hath turned the chance of
Hurrah! hurrah! for Ivry, and Henry of Navarre.
O! how our hearts were beating, when, at the dawn of day, We saw the army of the League drawn out in long array; With all its priest-led citizens, and all its rebel peers, And Appenzel's stout infantry, and Egmont's Flemish
There rode the brood of false Lorraine, the curses of our
And dark Mayenne was in the midst, a truncheon in his
And as we looked on them, we thought of Seine's empurpled flood,
And good Coligni's hoary hair, all dabbled with his blood;
And we cried unto the living God, who rules the fate of
To fight for his own holy name, and Henry of Navarre.
The King is come to marshal us, in all his armour dressed, And he has bound a snow-white plume upon his gallant crest.
He looked upon his people, and a tear was in his eye;
Right graciously he smiled on us, as rolled from wing to wing,
Down all our line, a deafening shout, “God save our Lord the King!"
"And if my standard-bearer fall, as fall full well he may, For never saw I promise yet of such a bloody fray,
Press where ye see my white plume shine amidst the ranks of war,
And be your oriflamme to-day the helmet of Navarre."
Hurrah! the foes are moving, hark to the mingled din Of fife and steed, and trump and drum, and roaring culverin.
The fiery Duke is pricking fast across Saint Andre's plain,
With all the hireling chivalry of Guelders and Almayne. Now by the lips of those we love, fair gentlemen of France,
Charge for the golden lilies-upon them with the lance. A thousand spurs are striking deep, a thousand spears in
A thousand knights are pressing close behind the snow
And in they burst, and on they rushed, while, like a guiding star,
Amidst the thickest carnage blazed the helmet of Navarre.
Now, God be praised, the day is ours; Mayenne hath turned his rein.
D'Aumale hath cried for quarter; the Flemish Count is slain.
Their ranks are breaking like thin clouds before a Biscay
The field is heaped with bleeding steeds, and flags, and cloven mail.
And then we thought on vengeance, and, all along our
"Remember Saint Bartholomew !" was passed from man
But out spake gentle Henry, "No Frenchman is my foe: Down, down with every foreigner, but let your brethren go."
Oh! was there ever such a knight, in friendship or in
As our Sovereign Lord King Henry, the soldier of Navarre!
Ho! maidens of Vienna: ho! matrons of Lucerne ;
Weep, weep, and rend your hair for those who never
Ho! Philip, send, for charity, thy Mexican pistoles, That Antwerp monks may sing a mass for thy poor spearmen's souls.
Ho! gallant nobles of the League, look that your arms be bright;
Ho! burghers of Saint Genevieve, keep watch and ward to-night.
For our God hath crushed the tyrant, our God hath raised
And mocked the counsel of the wise, and the valour of
Then glory to his holy name, from whom all glories are; And glory to our Sovereign Lord, King Henry of Navarre! MACAULAY.
ATTEND, all ye who list to hear our noble England's praise: I sing of the thrice famous deeds she wrought in ancient
When that great fleet, invincible, against her bore in vain, The richest spoils of Mexico, the stoutest hearts in Spain. It was about the lovely close of a warm summer's day, There came a gallant merchant-ship, full sail to Plymouth
The crew had seen Castile's black fleet, beyond Aurigny's
At earliest twilight, on the waves, lie heaving many a
At sunrise she escaped their van, by God's especial grace; And the tall Pinta, till the noon, had held her close in
Forthwith a guard, at every gun, was placed along the wall;
The beacon blazed upon the roof of Edgecombe's lofty
Many a light fishing-bark put out, to pry along the coast; And with loose rein, and bloody spur, rode inland many