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Is there a Power that can sustain and cheer
Ah! where is Palafox? Nor tongue nor pen
In due observance of an ancient rite,
FEELINGS OF A NOBLE BISCAYAN AT ONE OF THESE FUNERALS.
YET, yet Biscayans, we must meet our Foes
white rose Becomes not one whose Father is a Slave : Oh! bear the Infant covered to his Grave! These venerable mountains now enclose A People sunk in apathy and fear. If this endure, farewell, for us, all good! The awful light of heavenly Innocence Will fail to illuminate the Infant's bier ; And guilt and shame, from which is no defence, Descend on all that issues from our blood.
THE OAK OF GUERNICA.
The ancient oak of Guernica, says Laborde in his account of
Biscay, is a most venerable natural monument. Ferdinand and Isabella, in the year 1476, after hearing mass in the Church of Santa Maria de la Antigua, repaired to this tree, under which they swore to the Biscayans to maintain their fueros (privileges). What other interest belongs to it in the minds of this People will appear from the following
SUPPOSED ADDRESS OF THE SAME.
OAK of Guernica! Tree of holier
power Than that which in Dodona did enshrine (So faith too fondly deemed) a voice divine Heard from the depths of its aërial bower, How canst thou flourish at this blighting hour? What hope, what joy can sunshine bring to thee, Or the soft breezes from the Atlantic sea, The dews of morn, or April's tender shower ?
Stroke merciful and welcome would that be Which should extend thy branches on the ground, If never more within their shady round Those lofty-minded Lawgivers shall meet, Peasant and Lord, in their appointed seat, Guardians of Biscay's ancient liberty,