Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WELSH LUCY, OR THE DUKE OF MONMOUTH'S MOTHER, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER



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WELSH LUCY, OR THE DUKE OF MONMOUTH'S MOTHER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Poor lucy walters! Who remembers thee?
Last Line: To view each morn, the headsman's world below.
Subject(s): Mothers; Scott, James. Duke Of Monmouth (1649-85); Walters, Lucy (1630-1658)


Poor Lucy Walters! who remembers thee?
Thy name is lost, though on thy native hill
Perchance they know it, yea, and see thee still;
But, in the outer world, how few there be
To speak of Monmouth's mother! To thy door
The tempter came, and thy young heart beguil'd;
Then came the birth of that half-royal child,
Who, when his feeble battle-shout was o'er,
Crept into lone Shag's Heath from lost Sedgemoor;
Then fell his kinsman's axe, whose triple blow
Thy spirit still hears! sore penance for that tryst
Of shame, which brought thy motherhood of woe;
Or sighs, at breaking of the mountain-mist,
To view each morn, the headsman's world below.





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