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Were a delight; and if the freshening sea
Made them a terror-'twas a pleasing fear,
For I was as it were a child of thee,

And trusted to thy billows far and near,

1 And laid my hand upon thy mane-as I do here.


My task is done, my song hath ceased, my theme
Has died into an echo; it is fit

The spell should break of this protracted dream.
The torch shall be extinguished which hath lit
My midnight lamp-and what is writ, is writ;
Would it were worthier! but I am not now
That which I have been 2-and my visions flit
Less palpably before me-and the glow

Which in my spirit dwelt is fluttering, faint, and low.


Farewell! a word that must be, and hath been-
A sound which makes us linger;-yet-farewell!
Ye! who have traced the Pilgrim to the scene
Which is his last, if in your memories dwell
A thought which once was his, if on ye swell
A single recollection, not in vain


He wore his sandal-shoon, and scallop-shell;
Farewell! with him alone may rest the pain,
If such there were-with you, the moral of his strain.

1 For Byron's love of the Ocean, see D. J.' ii. 105—
'He could, perhaps, have passed the Hellespont,
As once (a feat on which ourselves we prided)
Leander, Mr. Ekenhead, and I did.'

2 That which I have been.] However frequently Byron reverts to this fact, the world will see no declension of power from the time that he published the first canto of Childe Harold' in 1812.

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3 Not in vain, &c.] The sandal-shoon, antiquated plural of shoe; and scallop-shell, the shell which pilgrims or palmers wore in their hats as signs of their journey over the sea.


Agen. Anglo-Saxon ongean, ongen, agein.

Aisle. Lat. ala; Fr. aile, a wing; the wing of a church.

Alp. Gaelic for mountain; Albyn, Albion, alps.

Anlace, or anlas. A knife or dagger in Chaucer; elsewhere, a


Ared, aread, rede. Frequent in Chaucer-advise.

Beadsman. Anglo-Saxon biddian, to pray, or beg; the bidder of beads or prayers, alismen.

Blent. An archaic strong form for blended.

Brand. A sword, from its gleaming, fiery appearance.

Caïque. A light Spanish war-vessel.

Caloyer. Greek monk; modern Greek, xaλoyépos, from κaλòs and γέρων.

Camise. Eccles. Latin, camisia; Ital. camicia; Fr. chemise, a shirt.

Cupote. A hooded cloak.

Centinel. Fr. sentinelle, probably from sentina, meaning the guardian of the sewer. The Spanish is centinela. Compare Scott's 'Lady of the Lake,' 1. xiv. :

'To centinel enchanted land.'

Churl, ceorl. One of the lowest class of freemen, in Anglo-Saxon; rusticus, or agrestis, in Latin; rude. Condole. For condole 'with.' Conynge. Can, ken, to know. Couch. Collocare, to depress.

The Biblical cunning,' artifice.
French coucher.

Croupe. Same root as crupper, manége de cheval.

Delhi. Turkish horse-soldier.

Duenna. Spanish equivalent to 'domina,' donna, an attendant. Ee, eyen. Eyes.

Eld. Now obsolete, though root of elder. From Anglo-Saxon aeld. Old age, days of


Fandango. A Spanish dance.

Fardel. French fardeau; Old English, frequent in Wiclif's Bible; burden.

Feere. Anglo-Saxon gefera, fare, comes, companion.

Freeres. Fratres, fra, frère, friars, brothers-chiefly of the mendicant orders.

Fytte. Song. Anglo-Saxon fittian, to sing; canto.

Gewgaw. Whim-wham, trifle.

Glaive. Scimitar, bill-hook. Glaif, Welsh for ‘bill '—common in Scott. A French word.

Hight. Past part. of Anglo-Saxon hatan, to call.
Houries. Nymphs in the Mahommedan Heaven.

Howitzer. Germ. Haubitzer; Span. obus; Fr. obus, fieldpiece.
Kibes. Chap, gap, gape; cracked skin, chilblains.

Kind. Kin, family relation; root of king; hence generosus, its

genuine meaning.

Kyrtle. Same root as curtus, short dress.

Lauwine. German Lawine, avalanche.

Leman. Lief, lieben, lifman, like wif-man, woman.

Losel. Loose, lose, wasteful, nepos.

Matadore. Span. from Latin mactator, originally 'killer,' the waver of the flag in the Spanish bull-fight.

Moe. Common expression in Chaucer, more.

Mote. Must, might, may.

Ne. Old English and French negative, derived from the latter. Ogle. Oculus, œil; Monkish Latin oculare, to glance.

Palikar. Greek soldier, properly boy.

Pibroch. From Gaelic piob, pipe, music.

Quaint. Probably from cognitus, cleverly devised.

Rebeck. Stringed instrument, fiddle (rt. fid), often in Milton.
Roundelay. Rondelet, song. See the word rondelet in French.
Santon. Dervish.

Selictar. Sword-bearer.

Shell. Testudo, lyre, made of the tortoise-shell.
Smug. Danish smuk, spruce, clean.

Uncouth. Unknown, rude, like Latin agrestis.

Wassaillers. From Anglo-Saxon expression in drinking pledges

-Waes hael, Be well; revellers.

Whilome. Erewhile. Contains the adverbial suffix of 'seldom,' aliquando. Both whilome and seldom are A.-S. ablatives.

Wight. Anglo-Saxon wiht, creature, man.

Withouten. Without, with paragogic n.

Wittol. Anglo-Saxon witan, to know; a man who knows his wife's shame. Marino Faliero '—

'A courteous wittol,

Patient, ay proud, it may be, of dishonour.'

Yclad. The y is the Old English prefix for the past participle. Cf. yclept.








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