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Large doors, unfolding with a mournful sound
To view discover, weltering on the ground,
Three headless trunks of those whose arms maintain'd,
And in her wars immortal glory gain's :

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The lifted axe assured her ready duom,
And silent mourners sadden'd all the ruom :-
Shall I proceed, or here break off my tale,
Nor truths to stagger human faith reveal ?
She met this utmost malice of her fate

240 With Christian dignity and pious state; The beating storm's propitious rage she bless'd, And all the martyr triumph'd in her breast. Her lord and father, for a moment's spare, She strictly folded in her soft embrace !

245 Then thus she spoke, while angels heard on high, And sudden gladness smiled along the sky:

• Your over-fondness has not moved my hate ; I am well pleased you make my death so great : I joy I cannot save you, and have given

250 Two lives, much dearer than my own, to Heaven, If so the queen decrees. *—But I have cause To hope my blood will satisfy the laws; If there is mercy still, for you, in store : With me the bitterness of death is o'er ;

255 He shot his sting in that farewell embrace, And all, that is to come, is joy and peace. Then let mistaken sorrow be suppressid, Nor seem to envy my approaching rest.' Then, turning to the ministers of Fate,

260 She, smiling, says, 'My victory's complete ; And tell your queen I thank her for the blow, And grieve my gratitude I cannot show. A poor return I leave in England's crown, For everlasting pleasure and renown:

265 Her guilt alone allays this happy hour ; Her guilt,—the only vengeance in her power.'

Not Rome, untouch'd with sorrow, heard her fate. And fierce Maria pitied her too late.

* Here she emrares !heill

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