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When night and morning meet ;
And stood at WILLIAM's feet.
When youth and years are flown :
When death has reft their crown).
That fips the filver dew;
Just opening to the view.
Consum'd her early prime :
She'dy'd before her time.
Come from her midnight grave;
Thy Love refus'd to fave.
When injur'd ghosts complain ;
To haunt the faithlefs swain.
Thy pledge and broken oath :
And give me back my
And not that promise keep?
my eyes were bright, Yet leave those eyes to weep?
yet that face forsake ?
Yet leave that heart to break ?
And made the scarlet pale?
Believe the flattering tale?
Thofe lips no longer red :
And every charm is fled.
This winding sheet I wear :
Till that last morn appear.
A long and late adieu !
Who dy'd for love of you.
The lark fung loud ; the morning smild,
With beams of rosy red :
And raving left his bed.
XVI. He hy'd him to the fatal place
Where Margaret's body lay : And stretch'd him on the green grass turf,
That wrap'd her breathless clay.
XVII. And thrice he callid on Margaret's name,
And thrice he wept full sore : Then laid his cheek to her cold
grave, And word spoke never more !
On the publication of this ballad, in the year 1760, Mr. Mallet subjoined an attestation of the truth of the facts re·lated in it, which we shall give the reader literally :
Extract of a letter from the curate of Bowes in YorkJhire, on the subject of the preceding poem, to Mr. Copperthwaite at Marrick.
" Worthy fir, " As to the affair mentioned in yours; it happened long os before my time. I have therefore been obliged to consult " my clerk, and another perfon in the neighbourhood for of the truth of that melancholy event. The history of it is
• The family-name of the young man was Wrightson;
of the young maiden Railton. They were both much of “ the same age; that is growing up to twenty. In their " birth was no difparity; but in fortune, alas! she was
r his inferior. His father, a hard old man, who had by « his toil acquired a handsome competency, expected and re
quired that his fon shoulil marry suitably. But, as amor “ vincit omnia, his heart was unalterably fixed on the
pretty young creature already named. Their courtship, " which was all by stealth, unknown to the family, con“ tinued about a year. When it was found out, old Wright"fon, his wife, and particularly their crooked daughter “ Harinah, Aouted at the maiden, and treated her with “ notable contempt : for they held it as a maxim, and a “ rustic one it is, that blood was nothing without groats.
young lover fickened, and took to his bed about • Shrode-tuesday, and died the Sunday sevennight after.
« On the last day of his illness, he desired to see his mifar tress: fise was civily received by the mother, who bid " ber welcome--when it was too late. But her daughter “ Hannah lay at his back to cut them off from all oppor“ tunity of exchanging their thoughts.
" At her return home, on hearing the bell to toll out for “ his departure, the screamed aloud that her heart was
burst, and expired fome moments after.
" The then curate of * Bowes inserted it in his register, so that they both died of love, and were buried in the same grave, March 15, 1714.
- Dear fir,
* Bowes is a small village in Yorkshire, where in former ages the earls of Richmond had a castle. It stands on the edge of that vast and mountanious tract, named by the neighbouring people Stanemore ; which is always exposed to wind and weather, defolate and folitary throughout. Camd. Brit.