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Here stayed their talk,-for Marmion
IV. The green-sward way was smooth and good, Through Humbie’s and through Saltoun's wood; A forest glade, which, varying still, Here gave a view of dale and hill; There narrower closed, till over head A vaulted screen the branches made.. “ A pleasant path,” Fitz-Eustace said ; “ Such as where errant knights might see Adventures of high chivalry; Might meet some damsel flying fast, With hair unbound, and looks aghast; And smooth and level course were here, In her defence to break a spear. Here, too, are twilight nooks and dells ; And oft, in such, the story tells,
The damsel kind, from danger freed,
He spoke to cheer Lord Marmion's mind :
For Eustace much had pored
Of Caxton or De Worde.
Now sudden distant trumpets shrill,
Were heard to echo far;
They breathed no point of war.
Some opener ground to gain; .
A little woodland plain.
Issued a gallant train.
First came the trumpets, at whose clang
In painted tabards, proudly showing
Attendant on a King-at-arms, Whose hand the armorial truncheon held, That feudal strife had often quelled,
When wildest its alarms.
As on king's errand come ; But in the glances of his eye, · A penetrating, keen, and sly
Expression found its home;
And broke the keys of Rome.
With the proud heron-plume.
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Silk housings swept the ground,
Embroidered round and round.
First by Achaius borne,
And gallant unicorn. .
And still thy verse has charms,
Sir David Lindesay of the Mount, .: Lord Lion King-at-arms !