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morning, 24th Aug. 1572, was still fresh in the minds of many as they mustered round their gallant leader on the field of Ivry. Between sixty and seventy thousand of their brethren had been slain at the insti
gation of Catharine de' Medici. 12 Ho ! maidens of Vienna ! Ho! matrons
of Lucerne! Austria, Switzerland, and Spain had each sent reinforcements to the army of the League, and the first two are represented
by leading cities in them. 13 Ho! Philip, send, for charity, thy Mexi
can pistoles. Philip II., an ardent Roman Catholic, was king of Spain during this struggle between the League and the Huguenots. The vast American continent, whose wealth had but lately been laid open, supplied him with end
less resources. 14 Antwerp, a province and city of the
Netherlands. See Note 2. 15 St Genevieve, Paris, of which St
Genevieve is the patron saint. The citizens zealously supported the League.
To drive the deer with hound and horn,
Earl Percy took his way ;
The hunting of that day.
The stout Earl of Northumberland
A vow to God did make,
Three summer days to take;
The chiefest harts in Chevy Chase
To kill and bear away.
In Scotland where he lay ;
Who sent Earl Percy present word,
He would prevent his sport. The English earl, not fearing him,
Did to the woods resort,
With fifteen hundred bowmen bold;
All chosen men of might,
To aim their shafts aright.
The gallant greyhounds swiftly ran
To chase the fallow-deer :
When daylight did appear ;
And long before high noon they had
An hundred fat bucks slain ;
To rouse the deer again,
The hounds ran swiftly through the woods
The nimble deer to take,
An echo shrill did make.
Lord Percy to the quarry : went,
To view the slaughtered deer;
This day to meet me here ;
*But if I thought he would not come,
No longer would I stay.'
Thus to the earl did say:
'Lo! yonder doth Earl Douglas comc,
His men in armour bright;
All marching in our sight;
• All men of pleasant Tividale,
Fast by the river Tweed.'
* And take your bows with speed :
* And now with me, my countrymen,
Your courage forth advance;
In Scotland or in France,
• That ever did on horseback come,
But if my hap it were,
With him to break a spear.'
Earl Douglas on his milk-white steed,
Most like a baron bold,
Whose armour shone like gold.
Shew me,' saith he, 'whose men you le
That hunt so boldly here ;
And kill my fallow-deer?'
The man that first did answer make
Was noble Percy, he
Nor shew whose men we be :
• Yet will we spend our dearest blood
Thy chiefest harts to slay.'
And thus in rage did say:
'Ere thus will I out-bravèd 5 be,
One of us two shall die !
Lord Percy ! so am I.
But trust me, Percy, pity 'twere
And great offence to kill
For they have done no ill.
Let thou and I the battle try,
And set our men aside.' • Accurst be he,' Lord Percy said,
'By whom this is denied.'
Then stept a gallant squire forth,
Witherington was his name,
"To Henry our king, for shame,
« l'hat e'er my captain fought on foot,
And I stood looking on.
And I a squire alone:
"I'll do the best that do I may,
While I have power to stand : While I have power to wield my sword,
I'll fight with heart and hand.'
Our English archers bent their bows,
Their hearts were good and true;
Full fourscore Scots they slew.
Yet bides Earl Douglas on the bent,
As chieftain stout and good,
The shock he firmly stood.
At last these two stout earls did meet,
Like captains of great might :
And made a cruel fight:
They fought until they both did sweat,
With swords of tempered steel ;
They trickling down did feel.
• Yield thee, Lord Percy,' Douglas said ;
• In faith I will thee bring
By James, our Scottish king !
* Thy ransom I will freely give,
And thus report of thee,
That ever I did see.'
No, Douglas,' quoth Earl Percy then;
Thy proffer I do scorn ;
That ever yet was born.'
With that there came an arrow keen
Out of an English bow,
A deep and deadly blow;