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He waited not for answer there,
And would not mark the maid's despair,
Nor heed the discontented look
From either squire; but spurred amain,
His way to Surrey took.
-The good Lord Marmion, by my life! Welcome to danger's hour! Short greeting serves in time of strife :
Thus have I ranged my power:
Myself will rule this central host,
Stout Stanley fronts their right,
With Brian Tunstall, stainless knight;
And succour those that need it most.
Now, gallant Marmion, well I know,
Would gladly to the vanguard go ;
Edmund, the Admiral, Tunstal there, With thee their charge will blithely share ;
There fight thine own retainers too,
Where such a shout there rose
Of “ Marmion! Marmion!” that the cry
Up Flodden mountain shrilling high,
Startled the Scottish foes.
Blount and Fitz-Eustace rested still
With Lady Clare upon the hill;
The western sun-beams now were bent.
The cry they heard, its meaning knew, Could plain their distant comrades view:
Sadly to Blount did Eustace say,
The Scottish foe has fired his tent.”.
And sudden, as he spoke,
Was wreathed in sable smoke;
Volumed and vast, and rolling far,
As down the hill they broke;
Nor martial shout, nor minstrel tone, Announced their march, their tread alone, At times one warning trumpet blown,
At times a stifled hum,
Told England, from his mountain-throne
King James did rushing come.Scarce could they hear, or see their foes, Until at weapon-point they close.
They close, in clouds of smoke and dust, With sword-sway, and with lance's thrust;
And such a yell was there,
As if men fought upon the earth,
And fiends in upper air ;
And triumph and despair.
At length the freshening western blast
Aside the shroud of battle cast;
And, first, the ridge of mingled spears
Then marked they, dashing broad and far
The broken billows of the war,
And plumed crests of chieftains brave,
Floating like foam upon the wave;
But nought distinct they see:
Wild and disorderly.
And Edmund Howard's lion bright,
Still bear them bravely in the fight;
Although against them come,
With Huntley, and with Home.