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MARMION.

CANTO FIFTH.

The Court.

MARMION.

CANTO PIFTH.

The Court.

I.
The train has left the hills of Braid;
The barrier guard have open made,
(So Lindesay bade,) the palisade,

That closed the tented ground,
Their men the warders backward drew,
And carried pikes as they rode through,
· Into its ample bound.

Fast ran the Scottish warriors there,
Upon the Southern band to stare ;

And envy with their wonder rose,
To see such well-appointed foes ;
Such length of shafts, such mighty bows,
So huge, that many simply thought,
But for a vaunt such weapons wrought ;
And little deemed their force to feel,
Through links of mail, and plates of steel,
When, rattling upon Flodden vale,
The cloth-yard arrows flew like hail.

II.

Nor less did Marmion's skilful view Glance every line and squadron through ; And much he marvelled one small land Could marshal forth such various band :

For men-at-arms were here, Heavily sheathed in mail and plate, Like iron towers for strength and weight, On Flemish steeds of bone and height,

With battle-axe and spear,

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