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Unwilling I my lips unclose:
1 Odin was anxious about the fate by Odin's other son, Hoder. Hoder of his son Balder, who had dreamed himself was afterwards slain by Vali, he was soon to die. He was killed son of Odin and Rinda.
THE TRIUMPHS OF OWEN.
(FROM THE WELSH.)
Owen's praise demands my song,
Big with hosts of mighty name,
This the force of Eirin 4 hiding, 1 Lok is the evil being who con- 2 Roderic II. (the Great), Prince of tinues in chains till the twilight of N. Wales, reigned from 843 to 877 A.D. the gods approaches; when he shall Owen succeeded his father Griffin, break his bonds; the human race, A.D. 1120. the sun and stars shall disappear; the 3 North Wales. earth sink in the sea, and fire con- 4 Ireland. sume the skies. (See Mallet's Northern Antiquities.)
Side by side as proudly riding,
Dauntless, on his native sands,
THE DEATH OF HOEL.
(FROM THE WELSH.)4
Had I but the torrent's might,
With headlong rage and wild affright 1 Denmark.
4 This ode is taken from the Welsh 2 The red dragon was the device of of Aneurim, who was styled “the Cadwallader, which all his descend- Monarch of the Bards :" he was conants bore on their banners.
temporary with Taliessin, about 570 3 Anglesea.
Upon Deïra's squadrons hurled,
Too, too secure in youthful pride
EXAMINATION ON GRAY'S ODES,
1. Which of these odes may be considered the finest ? 2. Define Lyric poetry, 3. Who founded Eton College? 4. What does the term “ Pindaric” mean, as applied to an ode? 5. Quote some examples of personification from Ode IV. 6. Scan the first stanza of Ode V. (the Bard). 7. Who was the greatest Lyric poet of antiquity? 8. Explain the historical allusions in Ode V. 9. What is meant by the expression “ buskined measures ? ” 10. What means the term “ fasces? 11. Who was Odin, and to what mythology does he belong? 12. What is meant by “Runic?” 13. What is the general character of the “ Ode?”
1 The kingdom of Deira included 2 On the eastern coast of York. the counties of Yorkshire, Durham, shire. Lancashire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland.
O thou, the friend of man assigned,
And charm his frantic woe:
His wild unsated foe!
By Pella's bard?, a magic name,
Receive my humble rite:
And eyes of dewy light !
But wherefore need I wander wide
Deserted stream, and mute ?
Been soothed by Pity's lute.
There first the wren thy myrtles shed
To him thy cell was shown;
Thy turtles mixed their own.
Come, Pity, come; by Fancy's aid,
E'en now my thoughts, relenting maid, 1 Euripides.
close to the village where Otway was
born. 2 See note 3, p. 327.
4 An English poet; the author of
“ Venice preserved." 3 The river Arun, in Sussex, flows