Hear, then, and neglect me not!
At this time, and on this spot,
The words are uttered from my heart,
my last earnest prayer ere we depart.
On good service we are going
Life to risk by sea and land,
In which course if Christ our Saviour
Do my sinful soul demand,
Hither come thou back straightway,
Hubert, if alive that day;
Return, and sound the horn, that we
May have a living house still left in thee !"
“Fear not!" quickly answered Hubert;
"As I am thy father's son,
What thou askest, noble brother,
With God's favour shall be done.
So were both right well content:
From the castle forth they went,
And at the head of their
To Palestine the brothers took their way.
Side by side they fought (the Lucies
Were a line for valour famed),
And where'er their strokes alighted,
There the Saracens were tamed.
Whence, then, could it come-the thought-
By what evil spirit brought?
Oh! can a brave man wish to take
His brother's life, for land's and castle's sake?
“Sir!” the ruffians said to Hubert,
“Deep he lies in Jordan's flood,"
Stricken by this ill assurance,
Pale and trembling Hubert stood.