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The following ODE is founded on a Tradition current in Wales, that Edward THE FIRST, when he compleated the conqueft of that country, ordered all the Bards, that fell into his hands, to be put to death.
A PINDARIC ODE.
UIN feize thee, ruthless King!
Confufion on thy banners wait,
"Tho' fann'd by Conqueft's crimson wing, 66 They mock the air with idle state.
Mocking the air with colours idly spread.
Helm, nor* Hauberk's twisted mail,
"Nor even thy virtues, Tyrant, shall avail "To fave thy fecret foul from nightly fears,
66 From Cambria's curfe, from Cambria's tears!" • Such were the founds, that o'er the † crefted pride Of the firft Edward fcatter'd wild difinay, As down the steep of Snowdon's fhaggy fide He wound with toilfome march his long array.
* The Hauberk was a texture of fteel ringlets, or rings interwoven, forming a coat of mail, that fate clofe to the body, and adapted itfelf to every motion. The crefted adder's pride. Dryden's Indian Queen.
Snowdon was a name given by the Saxons to that mountainous tract, which the Welch themfelves call Craigian-eryri: it included all the highlands of Caernarvonshire and Merionethfhire, as far eaft as the river Conway. R. Hygden, fpeaking of the caftle of Conway built by King Edward I. fays, "Ad ortum "amnis Conway ad clivum montis Erery ;" and Matthew of Westminster, (ad ann. 1283,) Apud Aberconway lad pedes montis Snowdoniæ fecit "erigi caftrum forte."
Stout Glo'fter ftood aghaft in fpeecheless trance; To arms! cried † Mortimer, and couch'd his
On a rock, whofe haughty brow
Stream'd, like a meteor, to the troubled air)
Gilbert de Clare, furnamed the Red, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford, fon-in-law to King Edward. + Edmond de Mortimer, Lord of Wigmore.
They both were Lords-Marchers, whofe 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, reprefenting 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, ftreaming to the wind.