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The warriors on the turrets high, Moving athwart the evening sky,
Seemed forms of giant height : Their armour, as it caught the rays, Flashed back again the western blaze,
In lines of dazzling light,
St George's banner, broad and gay,
Less bright, and less, was flung ;
So heavily it hung. The scouts had parted on their search,
The castle gates were barr’d; Above the gloomy portal arch, Timing his footsteps to a march,
The warder kept his guard, Low humming, as he paced along, Some ancient Border gathering song.
III. A distant trampling sound he hears; He looks abroad, and soon appears, O’er Horncliff-hill, a plump of spears,
Beneath a pennon gay;
Before the dark array.
His bugle-horn he blew ;
For well the blast he knew ;
* This word properly applies to a flight of water-fowl; but is applied, by analogy, to a body of horse.
There is a Knight of the North Country, ; Which leads a lusty plump of spears,
Battle of Flodden.
IV. « Now broach ye a pipe of Malvoisie, ; Bring pasties of the doe,
And quickly make the entrance free,
And all our trumpets blow;
Lord Marmion waits below.”— Then to the Castle's lower ward
Sped forty yeomen tall, The iron-studded gates unbarred, Raised the portcullis' ponderous guard, The lofty palisade unsparred,
And let the draw-bridge fall.
V. Along the bridge Lord Marmion rode, Proudly his red-roaņ charger trod,
His helm hung at the saddle bow;
His forehead, by his casque worn bare,
But more through toil than age ;
In camps, a leader sage. :.
VI. Well was he armed from head to heel, In mail, and plate, of Milan steel ; But his strong helm, of mighty cost, Was all with burnish'd gold emboss'd ; Amid the plumage of the crest, A falcon hovered on her nest, With wings outspread, and forward breast ; E'en such a falcon, on his shield, Soared sable in an azure field : , The golden legend bore aright, “ Who CHECKS AT ME, TO DEATH IS DIGHT.” Blue was the charger's broidered rein ; Blue ribbons decked his arching mane ; The knightly housing's ample fold Was velvet blue, and trapp'd with gold.