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TO THE FRAGMENT OF
A STATUE OF HERCULES,
AND dost thou still, thou mass of breathing stone,
* In the gardens of the Vatican, where it was placed by Julius II., it was long the favourite study of those great men to whom we owe the revival of the arts, Michael Angelo, Raphael, and the Caracci.
+ Once in the possession of Praxiteles, if we may believe an ancient epigram on the Gnidian Venus.
Analecta Vet. Poetarum, III, 200.
“Say, what remains when Hope is filed ?"
At Embsay rung the matin-bell,
When near the cabin in the wood,
There now the matin-bell is rung ;
* In the twelfth century William Fitz-Duncan laid waste the valleys of Craven with fire and sword; and was afterwards established there by his uncle, David, King of Scotland.
He was the last of the race; his son, commonly called the Boy of Egremond, dying before him in the manner here related; when a Priory was removed from Embsay to Bolton, that it might be as near as possible to the place where the accident happened. That place is still known by the name of the Strid: and the mother's answer, as given in the first stanza, is to this day often repeated in Wharfedale.-See WHITAKER's Hist. of Craven.
Here on the young its fury spent, ,
TREAD lightly here, for here, 'tis said,
* Inscribed on an urn in the flower-garden at Hafod.