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A ROMANCE of the tIMES OF WILLIAM THE
It is a received point among poets, that where history gives you a good heroic
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"Yes, it is him! and by my halidome,
A Gaul's Discovery.
ON the succeeding morning a messenger arrived at Sarum, to intimate to the lord De Lacy that his colleague, De Garennes, had received an especial order from the king his master, to delay the execution of Northumberland but for the space of three days from the arrival of the messenger at Winton. Joyfully did the veteran De Garennes receive the intelligence, as he
replied, that the eagle were better smitten by a death-arrow, than caged so closely as to have his feathers worn away by the wires which enclosed him: and when he had hospitably looked to the refreshment of his new guest, he summoned a swordsman to the hall, and bade him ride with all speed to Sarum, to command the attendance of the lord De Lacy-" And if his host, the knight of Rossenville, will wend hither," he continued, "I will do him honour, for he will doubtless be well pleasured to see the death of a rebel.”
The soldier having received his mission, withdrew; when turning to the newlyarrived noble, the lord De Garennes asked
"And I pray you, my lord, De Carteny, how fares the court?"
"Indifferent well," replied the guest, as he sat in an attitude of mingled weariness and importance, "indifferent well, my lord De Garennes; for there are many in William's train, who now think that they will scarce gain more by their late services, than the value of this goblet, the
which, be it said with all courtesy, is but of a base metal, and all unmeet to press the nether lip of a noble."
"The goblet is a good goblet," said the rough warrior," and meseems it is well fitted to a prison banquet; for myself, I look rather to the size than the metal, and am content with the deep draught it holds."
The lord Auffray De Carteny again yielded to the excitement of hunger, and did honour to the hastily-prepared repast which was spread before him; then pausing an instant from his employment, he turned towards a serving-man, and shouted-" Sir knave, my goblet lacks replenishing!" and added, addressing his host, "How say you, De Garennes? will you empty a wine-cup to the health of the royal bridegroom of the fairest daughter of our liege lord-the princess Agatha? I would fain," he continued, again glancing at the goblet," have drained the draught from a meeter vessel for such a pledge;