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Essayed to pierce those arms that even the power
Him falling Talbot saw. On the next foe,
* This inscription was upon the sword of Talbot.-« Sum “ Talboti pro vincere inimicos suos." A sword with bad
Made good its yaunt. Amid the heaps his arm
Latin upon it, but good steel within it, says Fuller.
It was probably not uncommon to bear a motto upon the sword. Lope de Vega describes that of Aguila as bearing inlaid in gold, a verse of the psalms. It was, he says,
Mas famosa que fue de hombre cenida,
Y en ultima defensa de la vida,
Hasta la punta la canal brunida
* In the original letters published by Mr. Fenn, Fastolffte appears in a very unfavourable light. Henry Windsor writes thus of him, " hit is not unknown that cruelle and vengible
False to his former fame ; for he beheld
But Talbot now
he hath byn ever, and for the most part with aute pite and mercy. I can no more, but vade et corripe eum, for truly he cannot bryng about his matiers in this word (world), for the word is not for him. I suppose it wolnot chaunge yett be likelenes, but i beseche you sir help not to amend hym onely, but every other man yf ye kno any mo mysse disposed.”
The order of the Garter was taken from Fastoiffe for his conduct at Patay. He suffered a more material loss in the money he cxpended in the service of the state. £4083. 15. 7. were due to him for costs and charges during his services in France, " whereof the sayd Fastolff hath had nouther payement nor assignation.” So he complains.
His utmost force. Of strong and stately port The onward foeman moved, and bore on high A battle-axe, in many a field of blood ..Known by the English Chieftain. Over heaps
Of slaughtered, strode the Frank, and bade the troops Retire from the bold Earl: then Conrade spake. “ Vain is thy valour Talbot ! look around, * See where thy squadrons fly! but thou shalt lose “ No glory, by their cowardice subdued, “ Performing well thyself the soldier's part.”
". And let them fly!" the indignant Earl exclaimed,
So saying, for the war
Insidious, with quick change then drive the steel
death “ Avail thee, weak and wounded !"
“ Long enough • Talbot has lived,” replied the sullen Chief; “ His hour is come; yet shalt not thou survive “ To glory in his fall !” So, as he spake, He lifted from the ground a massy spear, And rushed again to battle.
Now more fierce