The Death of Hoel

From Aneurin, Monarch of the Bards, extracted from the Gododin

1 Had I but the torrent's might,
2 With headlong rage and wild affright
3 Upon Deïra's squadrons hurled,
4 To rush and sweep them from the world!
5 Too, too secure in youthful pride,
6 By them my friend, my Hoël, died,
7 Great Cian's son: of Madoc old
8 He asked no heaps of hoarded gold;
9 Alone in nature's wealth arrayed,
10 He asked and had the lovely maid.
11 To Cattraeth's vale in glittering row
12 Twice two hundred warriors go;
13 Every warrior's manly neck
14 Chains of regal honour deck,
15 Wreathed in many a golden link:
16 From the golden cup they drink
17 Nectar, that the bees produce,
18 Or the grape's ecstatic juice.
19 Flushed with mirth and hope they burn:
20 But none from Cattraeth's vale return,
21 Save Aeron brave and Conan strong,
22 (Bursting through the bloody throng)
23 And I, the meanest of them all,
24 That live to weep and sing their fall.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Death of Hoel From Aneurin, Monarch of the Bards, extracted from the Gododin
Author: Thomas Gray
Themes: war; glories of past ages

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Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771. Thomas Gray: English poems. Web. Oxford: Thomas Gray Archive, 2002.

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