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For pillow, underneath each head,
XXVII. Apart, and nestling in the hay Of a waste loft, Fitz-Eustace lay; Scarce, by the pale moonlight, was seen The foldings of his mantle green: Lightly he dreamt, as youth will dream, Of sport by thicket, or by stream, Of hawk or hound, of ring or glove, Or, lighter yet, of lady's love. A cautious tread his slumber broke, And, close beside him, when he woke, In moonbeam half, and half in gloom, Stood a tall form, with nodding plume;
But, ere his dagger Eustace drew,
XXVIII. _“ Fitz-Eustace! rise, I cannot rest; . Yon churl's wild legend haunts my breast, : And graver thoughts have chafed my mood; The air must cool my feverish blood; And fain would I ride forth, to see The scene of elfin chivalry. Arise, and saddle me my steed; And, gentle Eustace, take good heed Thou dost not rouse these drowsy slaves ; I would not, that the prating knaves Had cause for saying, o'er their ale, That I could credit such a tale." Then softly down the steps they slid, Eustace the stable door undid, And, darkling, Marmion's steed arrayed, While, whispering, thus the Baron said :
XXIX. “ Did'st never, good my youth, hear tell,
That on the hour when I was born, St. George, who graced my sire's chapelle, Down from his steed of marble fell,
A weary wight forlorn ? The flattering chaplains all agree, The champion left his steed to me. 1 would, the omen's truth to show, That I could meet this Elfin Foe! Blithe would I battle, for the right To ask one question at the sprite :Vain thought! for elves, if elves there be, An empty race, by fount or sea, To dashing waters dance and sing, Or round the green oak wheel their ring."-Thus speaking, he his steed bestrode, And from the hostel slowly rode.
Fitz-Eustace followed him abroad,
Till, by the lessening sound,
Lord Marmion sought the round.
Should, stirred by idle tale,
Arrayed in plate and mail.
Unfix the strongest mind;
Guide confident, though blind.
At distance, pricked to utmost speed,
Come town-ward rushing on : ;
Returned Lord Marmion.
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