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And Famine, and the ghastly train of woes,
I hate that Andrew Jones: he'll bring
And sweep him from the village.
I said not this, because he loves
Through the day long to swear and tipple; But for the poor, dear sake of one, To whom a foul deed he has doneA friendless man, a travelling cripple.
For this poor, crawling, helpless wretch,
And could not stoop-no help was nigh.
For it had long been droughty weather; So with his staff the cripple wrought Among the dust, till he had brought
The half-pennies together.
It chanced that Andrew pass'd that way
He saw the penny on the ground.
He stoop'd and took the penny up;
Quoth Andrew, "under half a crown,
And so my friend, good day to you.”
And hence I said that Andrew's boys
And sweep him from the village.
The ballad of Cumnor Hall was first printed in Evan's Collection of Old Ballads, edit. 1784, vol. iv. with the antique spelling of queen Elizabeth's period.-In a subsequent edition of this interesting work, in 1810, the poem was modernized, and from that, the copy has been taken which is now presented to the reader:—
"And when you first to me made suit,
"Yes, now neglected and despis'd,
The rose is pale-the lily's deadBut he that once their charms so priz'd,
Is, sure, the cause those charms are fled.
"For know, when sick'ning grief doth prey, And tender love's repaid with scorn, The sweetest beauty will decay
What flow'ret can endure the storm?
"At court, I'm told is beauty's throne,
"Then Farl, why didst thou leave the beds
'Mong rural beauties I was one, Among the fields wild flow'rs are fair; Some country swain might me have won, And thought my beauty passing rare. "But, Leicester, or I much am wrong, Or 'tis not beauty lures thy vows; Rather ambition's gilded crown
Makes thee forget thy humble spouse.
"Then Leicester, why, again I plead, (The injur'd surely may repine,) Why didst thou wed a country maid, When some fair princess might be thine?
"Why didst thou praise my humble charms, And oh! then leave them to decay? Why didst thou win me to thy arms,
Then leave me to mourn the live-long day.
"The village maidens of the plain Salute me lowly as they go; Envious they mark my silken train,
Nor think a Countess can have wo.
"The simple nymphs! they little know; How far more happy's their estateTo smile for joy-than sigh for wo
To be content-than to be great.
"How far less blest am I than them!
Daily to pine and waste with care! Like the poor plant that from its stem Divided, feels the chilling air.
"Nor cruel Earl! can I enjoy
The humble charms of solitude;
The village death-bell smote my ear;
Countess, prepare-thy end is near.
"And now, while happy peasants sleep,
"My spirits flag-my hopes decay
Still that dread death-bell smites my ear; And many a boding seems to say,
Countess prepare-thy end is near."
Thus sore and sad that lady griev'd,
In Cumnor Hall so lone and drear, And many a heart-felt sigh she heav'd, And let fall many a bitter tear.
And ere the dawn of day appear'd
In Cumnor Hall so lone and drear, Full many a piercing scream was heard, And many a cry of mortal fear.
The death-bell thrice was heard to ring,
The mastiff howl'd at village door,
The oaks were shatter'd on the green; Wo was the hour-for never more
That hapless Countess e'er was seen.
And in that manor now no more
Have spirits haunted Čumnor Hall.
The village maids, with fearful glance,
Full many a traveller oft hath sigh'd,
And pensive wept the Countess' fall,
The haunted tow'rs of Cumnor Hall.
ART. XX.-Literary Intelligence.
We have been favoured with the perusal of a portion of a very interesting work, now in the press, in this city, entitled, an "Account of an Expedition from Pittsburg to the Rocky Mountains, performed in the years 1819-20, by order of the Hon. J. C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, under the command of S. H. Long, Major, United States Topographical Engineers:-from the notes of Major Long, Mr. T. Say, and other gentlemen attached to the Expedition:-compiled by Edwin James."-This work embraces a variety of Topographical information both general and particular, relative to the region traversed by the Expedition, and is accompanied by Maps, on which are delineated the routes of the Exploring party, and the most important geographical features of the country. It will be embellished also with several plates presenting landscape and other views, together with a geological Chart, exhibiting two vertical sections on the parallels of 35 and 41 degrees of North Latitude. The subjects of particular description, in addition to a brief outline of the geology of the country, are animals, plants, &c., hitherto not described. Numerous anecdotes and descriptions illustrative of the character, customs, &c., of the Savages, are introduced,-also vocabularies of several Indian languages, together with a series of meteorological and astronomical observations taken on the Expedition, The work will be comprised in two volumes octavo, of about 500 pages each.
MR. W. H. IRELAND, is preparing for the press, France for the last Seven Years, containing facts, and much valuable information hitherto unknown, with anecdotes, &c.
MR. CHARLES MILLS, author of the learned History of the Crusades, has published the first part, comprizing Italy, of Travels in various countries of Europe, at the time of the revival of Letters and Arts.