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When night and morning meet ;
And stood at WILLJAM's feet.
Clad in a wintry cloud:
That held her sable throud.
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 save.
When injur'd ghosts complain ;
To haunt the faithlefs swain.
Thy pledge and broken oath :
Why did you promise love to me,
And not that promise keep? Why did you swear my eyes were bright,
Yet leave those eyes to weep?
And yet that face forsake?
Yet leave that heart to break ?
And made the scarlet pale?
Believe the flattering tale?
XII. That face, alas ! no more is fair ;
Thofe lips no longer red : Dark are my eyes, now clos'd in death,
And every charm is filed.
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 : Pale William quak'd in every
limb, And raving left his bed.
Where Margaret's body lay :
That wrap'd her breathless clay.
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 person in the neighbourhood for " 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
s 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, oldWright“ for, his wife, and particularly their crooked daughter “ Harinah, fouted 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.
66 The young
lover fickened, and took to his bed about • Shroðe-tuesday, and died the Sunday sevennight after.
« On the last day of his illness, he desired to see his mif“ tress: five was civily received by the mother, who bid " her welcome when it was too late. But her daughter 66 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,
" Yours, &c.
* 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 mountanions tract, named by the neighbouring people Stanemore ; which is always exposed to wind- and weather, desolate and solitary throughout. Camd. Brit.