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ADVERTISEMENT: The following O DE is founded on a
Tradition current in Wales, that Edward THE FIRST, when he compleated the conquest of that country, ordered all the Bards, that fell into his hands, to be put to death.
UIN seize thee, ruthless King!
Confusion on thy banners wait,
"! * They mock the air with idle state.
* Mocking the air with colours idly spread.
Shakespeare's King John,
Helm, nor * Hauberk's twisted mail, “ Nor even thy virtues, Tyrant, shall avail .“ To save thy secret soul from nightly fears,
“ From Cambria's curse, from Cambria's tears !” • Such were the sounds, that o'er the t crested pride
Of the first Edward scatter'd wild disinay, As down the steep of | Snowdon's shaggy fide
He wound with toilfome march his long array.
* The Hauberk was a texture of steel ringlets, or rings interwoven, forming a coat of mail, that fate close to the body, and adapted itfélf to every motion. + The crested adder's pride.
Dryden's Indian Queen. | Snowdon was a name given by the Saxons to that mountainous tra&t, which the Welch themselves call Craigian-eryri: it included all the highlands of Caernarvonshire and Merionethshire, as far east as the rivet Conway. R. Hygden, speaking of the castle of Conway built by King Edward I. says, Ad ortum " amnis Conway ad clivum montis Erery," and Matthew of Westminster, (ad ann. 1283,)“ Apud “ Aberconway lad pedes montis Snowconiæ fecit 5 erigi caftrum forte.”
Stout * Gloster stood aghaft in speecheless tranee ; To arins ! cried + Mortimer, and couch'd his
On a rock, whose haughty brow Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood,
Rob'd in the fable garb of woe, With haggard eyes the Poet stood; (Loose his beard, and hoary hair
Stream'd, like a meteor, to the troubled air)
* Gilbert de Clare, jurnamed the Red, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford, Yon-in-law to King Edward.
+ Edmond de Mortimer, Lord of Wigmore.
They both were Lords-Marchers, whose lands lay on the borders of Wales, and probably accompanied the King in this expedition.
The image was taken from a well-known picture of Raphael
, representing the Supreme Being in the vifion of Ezekiel ; there are two of these paintings (both believed original) one at Florence, the other at Paris Shone, like a meteor, streaming to the wind.
Milton's Paradise Lofi.