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“ Though something I might plain,” he said,
“Of cold respect to stranger guest,
Sent hither by your king's behest,
Part we in friendship from your land,
But Douglas round him drew his cloak,
Burned Marmion's swarthy cheek like fire, And shook his very frame for ire ;
And “ This to me!” he said: “ An 't were not for thy hoary beard, Such hand as Marmion's had not spared
To cleave the Douglas' head!
6. And, first, I tell thee, haughty peer,
And, Douglas, more I tell thee here,
Even in thy pitch of pride —
I tell thee thou’rt defied !
Lord Angus, thou hast lied!”
On the earl's cheek the flush of rage
The Douglas in his hall ?
“ Up drawbridge, grooms — what, warder, ho!
Let the portcullis fall!” — Lord Marmion turned well was his need And dashed the rowels in his steed; Like arrow through the archway sprung; The ponderous grate behind him rung; To pass
there was such scanty room, The bars, descending, grazed his plume.
The steed along the drawbridge flies,
Not lighter does the swallow skim
“ Horse ! horse!” the Douglas cried, “and chase!”
XXII. - SWEDISH BATTLE SONG.
Fear not, O little flock, the foe
overthrow, Dread not his
power; What though your courage sometimes faints, His seeming triumph o'er God's saints
Lasts but a little hour.
Be of good cheer, - your cause belongs
Leave it to him, our Lord.
To save us, and his word.
As true as God's own word is true,
Against us shall prevail, -
Our victory cannot fail.
Amen, Lord Jesus, grant our prayer!
Fight for us once again.
XXIII.- DOUBTING CASTLE.
1. Now I beheld in my dream that Christian and Hopeful had not journeyed far, but the river and the way for the time parted, at which they were not a little
sorry; yet they durst not go out of the way. Now the way from the river was rough, and their feet tender by reason of their travel ; so the souls of the pilgrims were much discouraged because of the way. Wherefore, still as they went on they wished for a better way. Now, a little before them, there was on the left hand of the road a meadow, and a stile to go over into it; and that meadow is called By-path meadow. Then said Christian to his fellow, “ If this meadow lieth along by our way-side, let us go over into it.” Then he went to the stile to see, and behold a path lay along by the way on the other side of the fence. “'Tis according to my wishes,” said Christian; “here is the easiest going; come, good Hopeful, and let us go over.'
2. “But how if this path should lead us out of the
“ That is not likely,” said the other. “Look, doth it not go along by the way-side ?”
So Hopeful, being persuaded by his fellow, went after him over the stile. When they were gone over, and were got into the path, they found it very easy for their feet; and withal they, looking before them, espied a man walking as they did, and his name was VainConfidence : so they called after him, and asked him whither that way led. He said, “ To the Celestial Gate.”
3. “Look,” said Christian, “ did not I tell you so ? by this you may see we are right.” So they followed, and he went before them. But, behold, the night came on, and it grew very dark; so that they that were behind lost sight of them that went before.