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XVIII. “ So said I—and believed in sooth,” Ronald replied, “ I spoke the truth. Yet now I spy, by yonder stone, Five men, they mark us, and come on; And by their badge on bonnet borne, I guess them of the land of Lorn, Foes to my Liege.”_" So let it be ; I've faced worse odds than five to three -- But the poor page can little aid ;. Then be our battle thus array'd, If our free passage they contest; Cope thou with two, I'll match the rest.” “ Not so, my Liege--for by my life, This sword shall meet the treble strife; My strength, my skill in arms, more small, And less the loss should Ronald fall. But islesmen soon to soldiers grow, com Allan has sword as well as bow,
And were my Monarch's order given,
Nigh came the strangers, and more nigh ;-''
Goat-skins or deer-hides, o'er them cast,
Onward, still mute, they kept the track ;
« If from the sea, where lies your bark ?”_ “ Ten fathom deep in ocean dark ! Wreck'd yesternight; but we are men, Who little sense of peril ken. The shades come down the day is shut-Will you go with us to our hut?"“ Our vessel waits us in the bay; Thanks for your proffer-have good day.”“ Was that your galley, then, which rode Not far from shore when evening glow'd ?” " It was.”_" Then spare your needless pain, There will she now be sought in vain. We saw her from the mountain head, When with St George's blazon red A southern vessel bore in sight, And yours raised sail, and took to flight.”
“ Now, by the rood, unwelcome news !” Thus with Lord Ronald communed Bruce;
“ Nor rests there light enough to show If this their tale be true or no.
The men seem bred of churlish kind,
Yet rugged brows have bosoms kind;
And there, on entering, found