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Had wrought unwonted sternness. From the dome
« Holy Maid I" He cried, “ they ask thy counsel. Burgundy “ Comes in the cause of England, and his troops " Scarce three leagues froin our walls, a fearful power “ Rest tented for the night."
“ Say to the Chiefs,
So saying on she past
« With a swift steed prepared : for I must hence."
Her voice was calm ; nor Conrade thro' the gloom
* A lighter kind of helmet.
of The shield was often worn thus. “ Among the Frenchmen there was a young lusty Esquire of Gascoigne, named William Marchant, who came out among the foremost into the field, well mounted, his shield about his neck, and his spear in his hand."
Barnes. This is frequently alluded to in Romance. “Then the Knight of the burning sword stept forward, and lifting up his arm as if he would strike Cynocephal on the top of his head, seized with his left hand on the shield, which he pulled to him with so much strength, that plucking it from his neck he brought him to the ground.”
Amadis de Greece.
. Her Conrade by the wall Awaited. “ May I Maiden seek unblamed “ Whither this midnight journey? may I share “ The peril ?" cried the warrior. She rejoin'd, “ This Conrade, may not be. Alone I go. “ That impulse of the soul that comes from God “ Hath summond me. Of this remain assured, “ If ought of patriot enterprize required
The shield of the middle ages must not be confounded with that of the ancients. The Knight might easily bear his small shield around his neck; but the Grecian warrior stood prote&ting his thighs and his legs, his breast also and his shoulders with the body of his broad shield. Μηρός τε κνημας τε κατω και στερνα και ωμές Ασπιδος ευρειης γαστρι καλυψαμενος.
TYPTAIOE. But the most convenient shields were used by
Ceux qu'on voit demeurer dans les iles Alandes,
“ Associate firmness, thou shouldst be the man, “ Best-last-and only friend !"
So up she sprung And left him. He beheld the warden close The gate, and listened to her courser's tramp, Till soon upon his ear the far-off sound Fell faintly, and was lost.
Swift o'er the vale
So on she past
On the earth the chieftain slept,
His mantle scarft around him; armed all,
As she spake, a voice