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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, Ou Flemish steeds of bone and height,

With battle-axe and spear.

Young knights and squires, a lighter train,
Practised their chargers on the plain,
By aid of leg, of hand, and rein,

Each warlike feat to show;
To pass, to wheel, the croupe to gain,
And high curvett, that not in vain
The sword-sway might descend amain

On foeman's casque below.
He saw the hardy burghers there
March armed, on foot, with faces bare,

For visor they wore none,
Nor waving plume, nor crest of knight;
But burnished were their corslets bright,
Their brigantines, and gorgets light,

Like very silver shone.
Long pikes they had for standing fight,

Two-handed swords they wore,
And many wielded mace of weight,
And bucklers bright they bore.

III.

On foot the yeoman too, but dressed
In his steel jack, a swarthy vest,

With iron quilted well ;
Each at his back, (a slender store,); ·
His forty days' provision bore,

As feudal statutes tell.
His arms were halbard, axe, or spear,
A cross-bow there, a hagbut here,

A dagger-knife, and brand.-
Sober he seemed, and sad of cheer,
As loth to leave his cottage dear,

And march to foreign strand;
Or musing, who would guide his steer,

To till the fallow land.
Yet deem not in his thoughtful eye
Did aught of dastard terror lie ;-

More dreadful far his ire,
Than theirs, who, scorning danger's name,
In eager mood to battle came,
Their valour like light straw on flame,

A fierce but fading fire.

war,

IV.
Not so the Borderer :- bred to war,
He knew the battle’s din afar,

And joyed to hear it swell.
His peaceful day was slothful ease;
Nor harp, nor pipe, his ear could please,

Like the loud slogan yell.
On active steed, with lance and blade,
The light-armed pricker plied his trade,

Let nobles fight for fame;
Let vassals follow where they lead,
Burghers, to guard their townships, bleed,

But war's the Borderers' game. Their gain, their glory, their delight, To sleep the day, maraud the night,

O'er mountain, moss, and moor;

Joyful to fight they took their way,
Scarce caring who might win the day,

Their booty was secure.
These, as Lord Marmion's train passed by,
Looked on at first with careless eye,
Nor marvelled aught, well taught to know
The form and force of English bow.

But when they saw the Lord arrayed
In splendid arms, and rich brocade,
Each Borderer to his kinsman said, -

“ Hist, Ringan! seest thou there!
Canst guess which road they'll homeward ride?
O! could we but on Border side,
By Eusedale glen, or Liddell's tide,

Beset a prize so fair!
That fangless Lion, too, their guide,
Might chance to lose his glistering hide ;
Brown Maudlin, of that doublet pied,

Could make a kirtle rare.”

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