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That heart, she said, is lightly priz'u,

Which is too lightly won ;
And long shall rue that easy maid,

Who yields her love too soon.

Lord PERCY made a solemn feast

In Alnwick's princely hall;
And there came lords, and there came knights,

His chiefs and barons all.

With wassel mirth, and revelry
The castle


around : Lord Percy, callid for long and harp,

And pipes of martial found.

The Minstrels of thy noble house,

All clad in robes of blue,
With filver crescents on their arms

Attend in order due.

The great atchievements of thy race

They sung : their high command : 16 How valiant Mainfred o'er the seas

First led his northern band. *

« Brave Galfred next to Normandy

66 With venturous Rollo came; 6 And from his Norman Castles won

6. Aflum'd the Percy name.t

* See Dugdale's Baronage, pag. 269, &c.

+ In lower Normandy are three places of the name of Percy: whence the family took the surname of Dr PERCY.

They sung, how in the conqueror's fleet

" Lord William hip'd his powers, " And gain'd a fair young Saxon bride

" With all her lands and towers. *

" Then journeying to the Holy Land,

“ There bravely fought and dy'd : " But firft the silver Crescent wan,

“ Some Paynim Soldan's pride.

" They fung how Agnes, beauteous heir,

“ The queen's own brother wed “ Lord Jolceline, sprung from Charlemagne,

" In princely Brabant bred. +

* William de Percy, (fifth in descent from Galfred or Geffrey de Percy, son of Mainfred,) affilled in the conquest of England, and had given him the large pofsessions in Yorkshire, of Emma de Porte, (so the Norman writers name her,) whose father, a great Saxon lord, had been flain fighting along with Harold. This young lady, William from a principle of honour and generosity, married : for having had all her laods beftowed upon him by the conqueror," he (to use the “ words of the old Whitby Chronicle) wedded hyr that

heire to them, in discharging of his confci" ence." See Harl. MSS. 692. (26)-He died at Mountjoy near Jerusalem in the first crusade.

was very

+ Agnes de Percy, sole heiress of her house, married Josceline de Lovain, youngest son of Godfrey Barbatus, duke of Brabant, and brother of queen Adeliza, second wife of king Henry I. He took the name of Percy, and was ancestor of the earls of Northumber. land. His son lord Richard de Percy was one of the twenty-fix barons, chosen to see the Magna Charta duly observed.

6. How he the Percy name revivid,

" And how his noble line " Still foremost in their country's cause

With godlike ardour shine:”

With loud acclaims the listening crowd

Applaud the masters' song,
And deeds of arms and war became

The theme of every tongue.

Now high heroic acts they tell,

Their perils paft recall :
When, lo! a damsel young and fair

Step'd forward thro' the hall.

She Bertram courteously address'd;

And kneeling on her knee; Şir knight, the lady of thy love

Hath sent this gift to thee.

Then forth the drew a glittering helme

Well-plated many a fold, The casque was wrought of tempered steel,

The crest of burnish'd gold.

Sir knight, thy lady sends thee this,

And yields to be thy bride,
When thou haft prov'd this maiden gift

Where sharpeft blows are try'd.

Young Bertram took the thining helme

And thrice he kiss'd the fame :
Trust me, I'll prove this precious casque

With deeds of noblest fame.

Lord Percy and his baron's bold

Then fix upon a day To scour the marches, late oppressa

And Scottish wrongs repay.

The knights assembled on the hills

A thousand horse and more ; Brave Widdrington, tho' sunk in years,

The Percy-Itandard bore.

Tweed's limpid current foon they pass, And range

the borders round; Down the green slopes of Tiviotdale

Their bugle horns resound.

As when a lion in his den

Hath heard the hunters' cries, And rushes forth to meet his foes,

So did the DOUGLAS rise.

Attendant on their chief's command

A thousand warriors wait; And now the fatal hour drew on

Of cruel keen debate.

A chosen troop of Scottish youths

Advance before the rest ; Lord Percy mark'd their gallant mein,

And thus his friend address’d.

Now, Bertram, prove thy Lady's helme,

Attack yon forward band ; Dead or alive I'll rescue thee,

Or perish by their hand.


Young Bertram, bow'd with glad alent,

And spur'd his eager ftced, And calling on his Lady's name,

Rush'd forth with whirlwind speed.

As when a grove of Sapling oaka

The livid lightning reade;
So fiercely 'mid the opposing ranks

Sir Bertram's sword descends.

This way and that be drives the feel,

And keenly pierces thro';
And many a tall and comely knight

With furious force he New.

Now closing fast on every fide

They hem Sir Bertram round: But dauntless he repels their rage,

And deals forth many a wounds

The vigour of his fingle arm

Had well-nigh won the field; When ponderous fell a Scottish are,

And clove his lifted shield.

Another blow his temples took,

And reft his helme in twain
That beauteous helme hais lady's gift !

His blood bedewed the plain.

Lord Percy saw his champion fall

Amid the unequal fight
And now, iny noble friends, he faid,

Let's fave this gallant knight.

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