ADVERTISEMENT. The following ODE is founded on a

Tradition current in Wales, that Edward THE FIRST, when he compleated the conquest of that country, ordered all the Bards, that fell into his hands, to be put to death.

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. 1. 1. . . UIN feize thee, ruthless King !

Confusion on thy banners wait, 66 Tho' fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing : 66 * They mock the air with idle state.

66 Helm

Mocking the air with colours idly spread.

Shakespeare's King Fohni


36 Helm, nor * Hauberk's twisted mail, 6 Nor even thy virtues, Tyrant, shall avail “ To save thy secret foul from nightly fears, “ From Cambria's curse, from Cambria's tears!" Such were the sounds, that o'er the + crested pride

Of the first Edward scatter'd wild dismay, As down the steep of I Snowdon's shaggy side

He wound with toilsome march his long array.


* The Hauberk was a texture of steel ringlets, or rings interwoven, forming a coat of mail, that fate close to the body, and adapted itself to every motion. + The crested adder's pride.

Dryden's Indian Queen. Snowdon was a name given by the Saxons to that mountainous tract, which the Welch themfelves call Craigian-eryri : it included all the highlands of Caernarvonshire and Merionethshire, as far east as the river Conway. R. Hygden, speaking of the castle of Conway built by King Edward I. says, “ Ad ortum amnis Conway ad clivum montis 6 Erery ;” and Matthew of Westminster, (ad ann. 1283,) Apud Aberconway ad pedes montis “ Snowdoniæ fecit erigi castrum forte.”

Stout * Glo'ster stood aghaft in speechless trance : To arms! cried + Mortimer, and couch'd his

quiv'ring lance.

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On a rock, whose haughty brow
Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood,

Rob’d in the fable garb of woe,
With haggard eyes the Poet stood ;
( Loose his beard, and hoary hair
Stream'd, like a meteor, to the troubled air)

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* Gilbert de Clare, surnamed the Red, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford, son-in-law to K. Edward.

+ Edmond de Mortimer, Lord of Wigmore.

They both were Lords-Marchers, whose lands lay on the borders of Wales, and probably accompanied the King in this expedition.

I The image was taken from a well-known pics ture of Raphaël, representing the Supreme Being in the vision of Ezekiel : there are two of these paintings (both believed original) one at Florence, the other at Paris. Shone, like a meteor, streaming to the wind.

Milton's Paradise Lost.

And with a Master's hand, and Prophet's fire, Struck the deep forrows of his lyre. “ Hark, how each giant-oak, and defert cave, 66 Sighs to the torrent's awful voice beneath! “ O'er thee, oh King! their hundred arms they

wave, " Revenge on thee in hoarser murmurs breathe; 6. Vocal no more, since Cambria's fatal day, 66 To high-born Hoel's harp, or soft Llewellyn's


I. 3. 66 Cold is Cadwallo's tongue,

“ That hush'd the stormy main : 66 Brave Urien sleeps upon his craggy bed:

" Mountains, ye mourn in vain 6 Modred, whose magic song Made huge Plinlimmon bow his cloud-top'd hcad.

66 On

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