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IVRY.

A SONG OF THE HUGUENOTS.

Now glory to the Lord of Hoste, from whom all glories are !
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, oh pleasant land of France!
And thou. Rochelle, our own Rochelle, proud city of the waters,
Again let rapture light the eyes of all thy mourning dunghters.
As thou wert constant in our ills, be joyous in our joy,
For cold, and stiff, and still are they who wrought thy walls arnoy.
Hurrah! Hurrah! a single field haih turned the chance of war,
Hurrah ! Hurrah! for Ivry, and Henry of Navarre.
Oh! 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 spears.
There rode the brood of false Lorraine, the curses of our land;
And dark Mayenne was in the midst, a truncheon in his hand :
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 war,
To fight for His own holy name, and Henry of Navarre.
The King is come to marshal us, in all his armour drest,
And he has bound a snow-white plume upon his gallant crest.
He looked upon his people, and a tear was in his eye ;
He looked upon the traitors, and his glance was stern and high.
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.'
JIurrah! 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 André's plain,
With all the hireling chivalry of Guelders and Almayne.
Now by the lips of those ye 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 rest,
A thousand knights are pressing close behind the snow-white crest;
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 rcin.
D'Aumale hath cried for quarter. The Flemish count is slain.
Their ranks are breaking like thin clouds before a Biscay gale;
The field is heaped with bleeding steeds, and flags, and cloren mail.
And then we thought on vengeance, and, all along our ran,
* Remember St. Bartholomew,' was passed from man to man.
But out spake gentle Henry, 'No Ifrenchman is my foe :
• Down, down with every foreigner, but let your brethren go.'

woe.

Oh! was there ever such a knight, in friendship or in war,
As our Sovereign Lord, King Henry, the soldier of Navarre ?
Right well fought all the Frenchmen who fought for France to-day:
And many a lordly banner God gave them for a prey.
But we of the religion have borne us best in fight;
And the good Lord of Rosny has ta'en the cornet white.
Our own true Maximilian the cornet white hath ta'en,
The cornet white with crosses black, the flag of false Lorraine.
Up with it high; unfurl it wide; that all the host may know
How God hath humbled the proud house which wrought His church such
Then on the ground, while trumpets sound their loudest point of war,
Fling the red shreds, a footcloth meet for Henry of Navarre.
Ho! maidens of Vienna; Ho! matrons of Lucerne ;
Weep, weep, and rend your hair for those who never shall return.
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 the slave,
And mocked the counsel of the wise, and the valour of the brave.
Then glory to His holy name, from whom all glories are;
And glory to our Sorereign Lord, King Henry of Navarre.

1821.

THE ARMADA.

A FRAGMENT.

ATTEND, all ye who list to hear our noble England's praise ;
I tell of the thrice famous deeds sbe wrought in ancient days,
When that great fleet invincible against her bore in vain
The richest spoils of Mexico, the stoutest hearts of Spain.

It was about the lovely close of a warm summer day,
There came a gallant merchant-ship full sail to Plymouth Bay;
Her crew hath seen Castile's black fleet, beyond Aurigay's isle,
At earliest twilight, on the waves lie heaving many a mile.
At sunrise she escaped their van, by God's especial grace ;
And the tall Pinta, till the noon, had held her close in chase.
Forthwith a guard at every gun was placed along the wall ;
The beacon blazed upon the roof of Edgecumbe's lofty hall;
Many a light fishing-bark put out to pry along the coast,
And with loose rein and bloody spur rode inland many a post.
With his white hair unbonneted, the stout old sheriff comes;
Behind him march the halberdiers; before him sound the drums;
His yeomen round the market cross make clear an ample space ;
For there behoves him to set up the standard of Her Grace.
And haughtily the trumpets peal, and gaily dance the bells,
As slow upon the labouring wind the royal blazon swells.
Look how the Lion of the sea lifts up his ancient crown,
And underneath his deadly paw treads the gay lilies down.

So stalked he when he turned to flight, on that famed Picard field,
Bohemia’s plume, and Genoa's bow, and Cæsar's eagle shield.
So glared he when at Agincourt in wrath he turned to bay,
And crushed and torn beneath his claws the princely hunters lay.
Ho! strike the flagstaff deep, Sir Knight: ho! scatter flowers, fair maids :
Ho! gunners, firo a loud salute: ho! gallants, draw your blades :
Thou sun, shine on her joyously; ye breezes, waft her wide;
Our glorious SEMPER EADEM, the banner of our pride.

The freshening breeze of eve unfurled that banner's massy fold;
The parting gleam of sunshine kissed that haughty scroll of gold;
Night sank upon the dusky beach, and on the purple sea,
Such night in England ne'er had been, nor e'er again shall be.
From Eddystone to Berwick bounds, from Lynn to Milford Bay,
That time of slumber was as bright and busy as the day;
For swift to east and swift to west the ghastly war-flame spread,
High on St. Michael's Mount it shone: it shone on Beachy Head.
Far on the deep the Spaniard saw, along each southern shire,
Cape beyond cape, in endless range, those twinkling points of fire.
The fisher left his skiff to rock on Tamar's glittering waves :
The rugged miners poured to war from Mendip's supless caves :
O'er Longleat's towers, o'er Cranbourne's oaks, the fiery herald flew:
He roused the shepherds of Stonehenge, the rangers of Beaulieu.
Right sharp and quick the bells all night rang out from Bristol town,
And ere the day three hundred horse had met on Clifton down;
The sentinel on Whitehall gate looked forth into the night,
And saw o'erhanging Richmond Hill the streak of blood-red light.
Then bugle's note and cannon's roar the deathlike silence broke,
And with one start, and with one cry, the royal city woke.
At once on all her stately gates arose the answering fires ;
At once the wild alarum clashed from all her reeling spires;
From all the batteries of the Tower pealed loud the voice of fear;
And all the thousand masts of Thames sont back a louder cheer:
And from the furthest wards was heard the rush of hurrying feet,
And the broad streams of pikes and flags rushed down each roaring street;
And broader still became the blaze, and londer still the din,
As fast from every village round the horse came spurring in :
And eastward straight from wild Blackheath the warlike errand went,
And roused in many an ancient hall the gallant squires of Kent.
Southward from Surroy's pleasant hills flew those bright couriers forth;
High on bleak Hampstead's swarthy moor they started for the north;
And or, and on, without a pause, untired they bounded still:
All night from tower to tower they sprang; they sprang from hill to hill :
Till the proud peak unfurled the flag o'er Darwin's rocky dales,
Till like volcanoes flared to heaven the stormy hills of Wales,
Till twelve fair counties saw the blaze on Malvern's lonely height,
Till streamed in crimson on the wind the Wrekin's crest of light,
Till broad and fierce the star came forth on Ely's stately fane,
And tower and hamlet rose in arms o'er all the boundless plain;
Till Belvoir's lordly terraces the sign to Lincoln sent,
And Lincoln sped the message on o'er the wide vale of Trent;
Till Skiddaw saw the fire that burned on Gaunt's embattled pile,
And the red glare on Skiddaw roused the burghers of Carlisle.

1832.

INDEX TO ESSAYS.

tercourse with Pope, 763, 764; his concern

for Steele, 763; begins a new series of the
A658 and abbot, difference between, 236 Spectator, 764 ; appointed Secretary to the
Academy, character of its doctrines, 391 Lords Justices of the Council on the death
Adam, Robert, court architect to George III., of Queen Anne, 764 ; again appointed Chief
792

Secretary for Ireland, 765 ; his relations
Addison, Joseph, review of Miss Alkin's life with Swift and Tickell, 765, 766 ; removed

of, 731-775 ; his character, 732, 783 ; to the Board of Trade, 766 ; production of
sketch of his father's life, 733 ; his birth and his Drummer, 766 ; his Freeholder, 766 ;
early life, 733, 734; appointed to a scholar- his estrangement from Pope, 767, 768; his
ship in Magdalene College, Oxford, 734; his long courtship of the Countess Dowager of
classical attainments, 734, 735 ; his Essay on Warwick and union with her, 770; takes up
the Evidences of Christianity, 735, 771; con- his abode at Holland House, 771 ; appointed
tributes a preface to Dryden's Georgics, Secretary of State by Sunderland, 771;
737 ; his intention to take orders frustrated, failure of his health, 771, 773 ; resigns bis
738, 739; sent by the Government to the post, 771 ; receives a pension, 771 ; his
Continent, 740; bis introduction to Boileau, estrangement from Steele and other friends,
738 ; leaves Paris and proceeds to Venice, 772 ; advocates the bill for limiting the
742; his residence in Italy, 742-744 ; com- number of Peers, 772 ; refutation of a ca-
poses his Epistle to Montague (then Lord lamny upon him, 773 ; entrusts his works
Halifax), 744 ; his prospects clouded by the to Tickell, and dedicates them to Craggs,
death of William III., 744 ; becomes tutor 773 ; sends for Gay on his death-bed to ask
to a young English traveller, 744 ; writes his forgiveness, 773; his death and faneral,
his Treatise on Medals, 744; repairs to Hol. 774; Tickell's elegy on his death, 774; su-
land, 744; returns to England, 744; his cor- perb edition of his works, 774 : his monu.
dial reception and introduction into the Kit ment in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey,
Cat Club, 744; his pecuniary difficulties,

775
745; engaged by Godolphin to write a poem Addison, Dr. Lancelot, sketch of his life, 733
in honour of Marlborough's exploits, 746; Adiaphoriste, a sect of German Protestants,
is appointed to a Commissionership, 746;

223, 233
merits of his " Campaign," 746 ; criticism of Adultery, how represented by the dramatists of
his Travels in Italy, 735, 748 ; his opera of the Restoration, 606
Rosamond, 748 ; is made Under-Secretary Advancement of Learning, by Bacon, its pub-
of State, and accompanies the Earl of Hali- lication, 369
fax to Hanover, 749; his election to the Æschylus and the Greek drama, 7-12
House of Commons, 749; his failure as a Afghanistan, the monarchy of, analogous to
speaker, 749; his popularity and talents for that of England in the 16th century, 228 ;
conversation, 750, 751; bis timidity and bravery of its inhabitants, 608, 609; the
constraint among strangers, 751; his fa- English the only army in India which could
vourite associates, 751–753 ; becomes Chief compete with them, 608; their devastations
Secretary for Ireland under Wharton, 753; in India, 502
origination of the Tatler, 754, 755 ; his Agricultural and manufacturing labourers,
characteristics as a writer, 754, 756; com- comparison of their condition, 103, 104
pared with Swift and Voltaire as a master Agujari, the singer, 704
of the art of ridicule, 755, 756; his pecuniary Aikin, Miss, review of her Life of Addison,
losses, 757 ; loss of his Secretaryship, 758 ; 731-775
resignation of his Fellowship, 758; en Alx, its capture, 307
couragement and disappointment of his ad. Akenside, his Epistle to Curio, 281
vances towards a great lady, 758 ; returned Albigenses, 546, 547
to Parliament without a contest, 758; his Alexander the Great, compared with Clive,
Whig Examiner, 758; intercedes with the 541
Tories on behalf of Ambrose Phillipps and Alfieriand Cowper, comparison between them,
Steele, 758; his discontinuance of the Tat- 158
ler and commencement of the Spectator, Allahabad, 606, 607
759 ; his part in the Spectator, 759; his Allegories of Johnson and Addison, 133
commencement and discontinuance of the Allegory, dificulty of making it interesting,
Guardian, 761; his Cato, 742, 761 ; his in- 133

cause, 551

Allegro and Penseroso, 6

Astronomy, comparative estimate of by Soc.
Alphabetical writing, the greatest of human rates and by Bacon, 396

inventions, 396; comparative views of its Athenian comedies, their impnrity, 564; re
value by Plato nnd Bacon, 396, 397

printed at the two Universities, 564
America, acquisitions of the Catholic Church Athenians (the), Johnson's opinion of them,
in, 542 ; its capabilities, 542

187
American colonies, British war with them, attainder, an act of, warrantable, 209

619; act for imposing stamp duties upon Atterbury, Bishop, his reply to Bentley to
them, 802 ; their disaffection, 807 ; revival prove the genuineness of the Letters of Phg.
of the dispute with them, 817 ; progress of iaris, 461 ; reads the funeral service over
their resistance, 819

the body of Addison, 774
Anabaptists, their origin, 221

Attila, 642
Anacharsis, reputed contriver of the potter's Attributes of God, subtle speculations touch-
wheel, 390

ing them imply no high degree of intellec-
Anaverdy Khan, governor of the Carnatic, tual culture, 543, 544
504, 505

Aubrey, his charge of corruption against B
Angría, his fortress of Gheriah reduced by con,

379; Bacon's decision against him after
Clive, 611

his present, 586
Anne, Queen, her political and religions incli- Angsburg, Confession of, its adoption in Sta

nations, 259; changes in her government den, 655
in 1710, 269; relative estimation by the Augustine, St., 542
Whigs and the Tories of her reign, 260–262, Aurangzebe, his policy, 503
264; state of parties at her accession, 745, Austen, Jane, notice of, 726
746 : dismiskes the Whigs, 757 ; change in Austin, Sarah, her character as a translator,
the conduct of public affairs consequent on

541, 563
her death, 765

Austria, success of her armies in the Catholic
Antioch, Grecian eloquence at, 542
Anytus, 382

Authors, their present position, 192-125
Apostolical succession, Mr. Gladstone claims Avignon, the Papal Court transferred from
it for the Church of England, 485, 496

Rome to, 547
Aquinas, Thomas, 407
Arab fable of the Great Pyramid, 562
Arbnthnot's Satirical Works, 756

B
Archimedes, his slight estimate of his inven.
tions, 395

Baber, founder of the Mogul empire, 501
Archytas, rebuked by Plato, 395

Bacon, Lady, mother of Lord Bacon, 352
Arcot, Nabob of, bis relations with England, Bacon, Lord, review of Basil Montagu's new

505–508, 540; his claims recognised by the edition of the works of, 346–414; his mother
English, 505

distingnished as a linguist, 352 ; his early
Areopagitica, Milton's Allusion to, 27

years, 353, 354 ; his services refused by go
Argyle, Duke of, secedes from Walpole's ad. vernment, 355, 356 ; his admission At Gray's
ministration, 290

Inn, 355; his legal attainments, 355 ; sat in
Ariosto, compared with Tasso, 663

Parliament in 1593, 356; part he took in
Aristorlemos, 343

politics, 356 ; his friendship with the Earl
Aristophanes, 564

of Essex, 359-363; examination of his con-
Aristotle, his authority impaired by the Re- dnct to Essex, 362-368 ; infinence of King
formation, 893

James on his fortunes, 366 ; his servility to
Arithmetic, comparative estimate of by Plato Lord Southampton, 367 ; infuence his ta
And by Bacon, 394, 395

lente bad with the pnblic, 367; his distino
Arlington, Lord, his character, 427; his cold. tion in Parliament and in the courts of law,

Deus for the Triplo Alliance, 430 ; his im- 36i8; his literry and philnsophical works,
peachment, 438

368; his “Novum Organum,' and the ad.
Armies in the middle ages, how constitnter, miration it excited, 368 ; his work of redac.

35, 70; a powerful restraint on the regal ing and recompiling the laws of England,
power, 70; subsequent change in this re- 369; his tampering with the judges on the
spect, 71

trial of Peacham, 369-372; attaches himself
Arms, British, accesses of, against the French to Buckingham, 372 ; his appointment as
in 1768, 307–309

Lord Keeper, 873; bis share in the vices of
Army (the), control of by Charles I. or by the administration, 374; his animosity

the Parliament, 74 ; its triumph over both, towards Sir Edward Coke, 376, 377; his
77 ; danger of a standing army becoming town and country residences, 876 ; his titles
an instrument of despotism, 216

of Baron Verulam and Visconnt St. Albans,
Arne, Dr., set to music Addison's opers of 377; report against him of the Committee
Rosamond, 749

on the Courts of Justice, 379; nature of the
Arragon and Castile, their old Institutions charges, 379, 380; overwhelming evidence
favourable to pablic liberty, 240

to them, 380, 881 ; his admission of his guilt,
Art of War, Machiavelli's, 45

881 ; his sentence, 381 ; examination of Mr.
Arundel. Earl of, 388

Montagu's argnments in his defence, 381–
Asia. ('entrul, its people, 607

387 ; mode in which he spent the last year
Asiatic Society, commencement of its career of his life, 388, 389 ; chief peculiarity of his
under Warren Hasting«, 637

philosophy, 389–394 ; his views compared
A-ren blies, dellherative, 306

with those of Plato, 394-399; to what his
Association See Catholic Association

wide and durable fame is chiefly owing, 400;

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