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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 Fyller.
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, Fastolffé 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 Fastolffe for his conduct at Patay. He suffered a more material loss in the money he expended in the service of the state. In 1455, 4 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
Of slaughtered, strode the Frank, and bade the troops
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 l'ierce on the side exposed. The unfaithful arms Yield to the strong-driven edge; the blood streams down Their battered mails. With swift eye Conrade marked The lifted buckler, and beneath impell'd His battle-axe; that instant on his helm The sword of Talbot fell, and with the blow Shivered. “ Yet yield thee Englishman!" exclaimed The generous Frank “ vain is this bloody strife : “ Me shouldst thou conquer, little would my 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