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THE DEATH OF HOEL.
Selected from the Gododin of Aneurin *, styled the Monarch of the Bards. He flourished about the time of Taliessin, A. D. 570. See Mr. Evans's Specimens, p. 71 and 73.
HAD I but the torrent's might,
With headlong rage and wild affright
To rush, and sweep them from the world!
Too, too secure in youthful pride,
He ask'd no heaps of hoarded gold;
* Aneurin with the flowing Muse, King of Bards, brother to Gildas Albanius the historian, lived under Mynyddawg of Edinburgh, a prince of the North, whose Eurdorchogion, or warriors wearing the golden torques, three hundred and sixty-three in number, were all slain, except Aneurin and two others, in a battle with the Saxons at Cattraeth, on the eastern coast of Yorkshire. His Gododin, an heroic poem written on that event, is perhaps the oldest and noblest production of that age." ." Jones's Relics, vol. i. p. 17.
Ver. 3. Upon Deira's squadrons hurl'd] The kingdom of Deïra included the counties of Yorkshire, Durham, Lancashire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland.
Alone in nature's wealth array'd,
To Cattraeth's vale in glitt'ring row,
Flush'd with mirth and hope they burn:
HAVE ye seen the tusky boar,*
CONAN'S name, my lay, rehearse,
* Have ye seen, &c.] This and the following short fragment ought to have appeared among the Posthumous Pieces of Gray; but it was thought preferable to insert them in this place with the preceding fragment from the Gododin.
Sacred tribute of the bard, Verse, the hero's 'sole reward. As the flame's devouring force; As the whirlwind in its course; As the thunder's fiery stroke, Glancing on the shiver'd oak; Did the sword of Conan mow The crimson harvest of the foe.
Lo! where this silent marble weeps,
Sits smiling on a father's woe:
Whom what awaits, while yet he strays
SIR WILLIAM WILLIAMS.
Written at the request of Mr. Frederick Montagu, who intended to have inscribed it on a monument at Bellisle, at the siege of which, Sir W. Williams was killed, 1761.
HERE, foremost in the dangerous paths of fame, Young Williams fought for England's fair renown; His mind each Muse, each Grace adorn'd his frame, Nor envy dar'd to view him with a frown.
At Aix, his voluntary sword he drew,
There first in blood his infant honour seal'd; From fortune, pleasure, science, love, he flew, And scorn'd repose when Britain took the field.
With eyes of flame, and cool undaunted breast,