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To

ROBERT HENRY ALLAN, ESQ., F.S.A.,

OF BLACK WELL HALL,
CO. DUREIAM,

TEIE EARLIEST AND MOST CONSTANT PROMOTER OF THE

GENE ALOGICAL PURSUITS OF THE EDITOR,

THIS VOLUME OF

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IS INSCRIBED WITH

FEELINGS OF SINCERE ESTEEM.

T H E PATRIC I A N.

THE LANDS OF ENGLAND, AND THEIR PRO-
PRIETORS SINCE THE CONQUEST.

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He has doff'd the silk doublet the breast-plate to bear,
He has placed the steel cap o'er his long flowing hair,
From his belt to his stirrup his broadsword hangs down—
Heaven shield the brave Gallant that fights for the Crown

For the rights of fair England that broadsword he draws,
Her king is his leader, her church is his cause;
His watchword is honour, his pay is renown,
God strike with the gallant that strikes for the Crown

They may boast of their Fairfax, their Waller, and all,
The roundheaded rebels of Westminster Hall;
But tell those bold traitors of London's proud town,
That the spears of the North have encircled the Crown.

There’s Derby and Cavendish, dread of their foes;
There's Erin's high Ormond, and Scotland's Montrose !
Would you match the base Skippon and Massey and Brown,
With the Barons of England that fight for the Crown 2

THE great Civil War forms the last era of the age of Chivalry. Montrose
ard Falkland, Granville and Langdale, realize the abstract idea of the heroes
of antiquity; and, though dark may be the shades in the reckless character
of the cavalier, his romantic allegiance and his daring spirit will ever shine
brightly forth, amid the gloom of the disastrous period which tested his
loyalty and proved his valour. Certain it is that he loved his honour better
than his worldly prosperity—his faith better than his lands. In glancing at
this sad page of English history, we find much to console us, and much to
retrieve the character of the country, in the gallant bearing assumed by the
gentlemen of England, and the thorough devotedness of her high-minded
nobility. The foes of royalty may decry, with as much malignity as they
please, the cause in which the Cavaliers so nobly fought and bled ; but they
must concede to those chivalrous men the meed, at least, of loyalty the most
enthusiastic, fidelity the most disinterested, and bravery the most heroic,
In every county of England we meet with relics of the contests of
Charles's time, and can only account for the popular interest now associated
with them, by the feeling that honour and loyalty have a more enduring
wol. III. No. ix. B

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