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That risk'd 'gainst each adventurous spear
Clearing war's terrors from his eye.
As to a weak and timid boy Might speak, that elder brother's care And elder brother's love were there.
. XVII. “ Fear not,” he said, “ young Amadine!” Then whisperid, “ Still that name be thine. Fate plays her wonted fantasy, Kind Amadine, with thee and me, And sends thee here in doubtful hour. But soon we are beyond her power; For on this chosen battle-plain, Victor or vanquish’d, I remain. Do thou to yonder hill repair ; The followers of our host are there, And all who may not weapons bear.Fitz-Louis, have him in thy care.
Joyful we meet, if all go well ;
XVIII. “What train of dust, with trumpet-sound And glimmering spears, is wheeling round Our leftward flank?”1—the Monarch cried, To Moray's Earl who rode beside. “ Lo! round thy station pass the foes ! Randolph, thy wreath has lost a rose." The Earl his visor closed, and said, “ My wreath shall bloom, or life shall fade. Follow, my household !"— And they go Like lightning on the advancing foe. “ My Liege," said noble Douglas then, “ Earl Randolph has but one to ten: Let me go forth his band to aid !"- Stir not. The error he hath made, Let him amend it as he may; I will not weaken mine array.”
'[See Appendix, Note Y.]
Then loudly rose the conflict-cry,
Demayet smiled beneath her ray;
Her winding river lay. Ah, gentle planet ! other sight Shall greet thee, next returning night, Of broken arms and banners tore, And marshes dark with human gore, And piles of slaughter'd men and horse, And Forth that floats the frequent corse,
And many a wounded wretch to plain
Is it the bittern's early hum?
With the deep murmur of the drum.
? There is an old tradition, that the well-known Scottish tune of “ Hey, tutti taitti,” was Bruce's march at the battle of Bannockburn. The late Mr. Ritson, no granter of propositions, doubts whether the Scots had any martial music, quotes Froissart's account of each soldier in the host bearing a little horn, on which, at the onset, they would make such a horrible noise, as if all the devils of hell had been among them. He observes, that
And started from the ground;
The dread battalia frown'd.
these horns are the only music mentioned by Barbour, and concludes, that it must remain a moot point whether Bruce's army were cheered by the sound even of a solitary bagpipe.--Historical Essay prefixed to Rilson's Scottish Songs. It may be observed in passing, that the Scottish of this period certainly observed some musical cadence, even in winding their horns, since Bruce was at once recognised by his followers from his mode of blowing. See note X. on canto iv. But the tradition, true or false, has been the means of securing to Scotland one of the finest lyrics in the language, the celebrated war-song of Burns,“ Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled.”
? Upon the 24th of June, the English army advanced to the attack. The narrowness of the Scottish front, and the nature of the ground, did not permit them to have the full advantage of their numbers, nor is it very easy to find out what was their pro posed order of battle. The vanguard, however, appeared a distinct body, consisting of archers and spearmen on foot, and commanded, as already said, by the Earls of Gloucester and Hereford. Barbour, in one place, mentions that they formed nine BATTLES, or divisions; but from the following passage, it appears that there was no room or space for them to extend themselves, so that, except the vanguard, the whole army appeared to form one solid and compact body:
“The English men, on either party,