When the heathen trumpet's clang Round beleaguered Chester rang, Veiled nun and friar gray Marched from Bangor's fair Abbaye; High their holy anthem sounds, Cestria's vale the hymn rebounds, Floating down the sylvan Dee. O miserere, Domine! On the long procession goes, Glory round their crosses glows, And the Virgin-mother mild In their peaceful banner smiled; Who could think such saintly band Doomed to feel unhallowed hand! Such was the Divine decree, O miserere, Domine! Bands that masses only sung, Hands that censers only swung, Met the northern bow and bill, Heard the war-cry wild and shrill; Woe to Brockmael's feeble hand, Woe to Olfrid's bloody brand, Woe to Saxon cruelty, O miserere, Domine! Weltering amid warriors slain, Spurned by steeds with bloody mane, Slaughtered down by heathen blade, Bangor's peaceful monks are laid; Word of parting rest unspoke, Mass unsung and bread unbroke; For their souls for charity, Sing, O miserere, Domine! Bangor! o'er the murder wail! Long thy ruins told the tale, Shattered towers and broken arch Long recalled the woful march: On thy shrine no tapers burn, Never shall thy priests return; The pilgrim sighs and sings for thee, O miserere, Domine!
About the headline (FAQ)Confirmed with Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes, ed. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1876â79; Bartleby.com, 2011. www.bartleby.com/270/1/597.html.
- by Walter Scott, Sir (1771 - 1832), "The Monks of Bangor's March" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "The Monks of Bangor's March", WoO. 155 (26 Walisische Lieder) no. 2 (1809-10). [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) (G. Pertz) , title 1: "Der Mönche Ausmarch von Bangor"
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La marche des moines de Bangor", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor] , Ferdinando Albeggiani
This text was added to the website: 2006-01-11
Line count: 40
Word count: 195