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THE BOY OF EGREMOND.

“ SAY, what remains when Hope is fled ?"
She answered, "Endless weeping !"
For in the herdsman's

eye

she read Who in his shroud lay sleeping.

At Embsay rung the matin-bell,
The stag was roused on Barden-fell;
The mingled sounds were swelling, dying,
And down the Wharfe a hern was flying ;
When near the cabin in the wood,
In tartan clad and forest-green,
With hound in leash and hawk in hood,
The Boy of Egremond was seen.*

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 Egre. mond, 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

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Blithe was his

song, a

song But where the rock is rent in two, And the river rushes through, His voice was heard no more ! 'Twas but a step! the gulf he passed ; But that step-it was his last ! As through the mist he winged his way, (A cloud that hovers night and day,) The hound hung back, and back he drew. The Master and his merlin too. That narrow place of noise and strife Received their little all of Life!

There now the matin-bell is rung; The “ Miserere!” duly sung ; And holy men in cowl and hood Are wandering up and down the wood. But what avail they? Ruthless Lord, Thou didst not shudder when the sword Here on the young its fury spent, The helpless and the innocent.

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 Wurtaker's Hist, of Craven.

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WRITTEN IN A SICK CHAMBER.

1793.

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THERE, in that bed so closely curtained round,
Worn to a shade, and wan with slow decay,
A father sleeps! Oh hushed be every sound !
Soft may we breathe the midnight hours away!

He stirs—yet still he sleeps. May heavenly dreams
Long o'er his smooth and settled pillow rise ;
Nor fly, till morning thro' the shutter streams,
And on the hearth the glimmering rush-light dies.

*

TO

Ah! little thought she, when, with wild delight,
By many a torrent's shining track she flew,
When mountain-glens and caverns full of night
O'er her

young

mind divine enchantment threw,

That in her veins a secret horror slept,
That her light footsteps should be heard no more,
That she should die—nor watched, alas, nor wept
By thee, unconscious of the pangs she bore.

Yet round her couch indulgent Fancy drew
The kindred forms her closing eye required.
There didst thou stand—there, with the smile she knew;
She moved her lips to bless thee, and expired.

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* On the death of her sister.

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