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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.

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To drive the deer with hound and horn,

Earl Percy took his way ;
The child may rue 2 that is unborn

The hunting of that day.

The stout Earl of Northumberland

A vow to God did make,
His pleasure in the Scottish woods

Three summer days to take;

The chiefest harts in Chevy Chase

To kill and bear away.
This tidings to Earl Douglas came,

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,
Who knew full well, in time of neel,

To aim their shafts aright.

The gallant greyhounds swiftly ran

To chase the fallow-deer :
On Monday they began to hunt,

When daylight did appear ;

And long before high noon they had

An hundred fat bucks slain ;
Then having dined, the drivers went

To rouse the deer again,

The hounds ran swiftly through the woods

The nimble deer to take,
That with their cries the hills and dales

An echo shrill did make.

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CHEVY CHASE.

Lord Percy to the quarry : went,

To view the slaughtered deer;
Quoth he : 'Earl Douglas promised

This day to meet me here ;

*But if I thought he would not come,

No longer would I stay.'
With that a brave young gentleman

Thus to the earl did say:

'Lo! yonder doth Earl Douglas comc,

His men in armour bright;
Full twenty hundred Scottish spears

All marching in our sight;

• All men of pleasant Tividale,

Fast by the river Tweed.'
'O cease your sport,' Earl Percy said,

* And take your bows with speed :

* And now with me, my countrymen,

Your courage forth advance;
For there was never champion yet,

In Scotland or in France,

• That ever did on horseback come,

But if my hap it were,
I durst encounter man for man,

With him to break a spear.'

Earl Douglas on his milk-white steed,

Most like a baron bold,
Rode foremost of his company,

Whose armour shone like gold.

Shew me,' saith he, 'whose men you le

That hunt so boldly here ;
That, without my consent, do chase

And kill my fallow-deer?'

The man that first did answer make

Was noble Percy, he
Who said: “We list 4 not to declare,

Nor shew whose men we be :

• Yet will we spend our dearest blood

Thy chiefest harts to slay.'
Then Douglas swore a solemn oath,

And thus in rage did say:

'Ere thus will I out-bravèd 5 be,

One of us two shall die !
I know thee well; an earl thou art;

Lord Percy ! so am I.

But trust me, Percy, pity 'twere

And great offence to kill
Any of these our harmless men,

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,
Who said: 'I would not have it told

"To Henry our king, for shame,

« l'hat e'er my captain fought on foot,

And I stood looking on.
You be two earls,' said Witherington,

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.'

138

CHEVY CHASE.

Our English archers bent their bows,

Their hearts were good and true;
At the first flight of arrows sent,

Full fourscore Scots they slew.

Yet bides Earl Douglas on the bent,

As chieftain stout and good,
As valiant captain all unmoved

The shock he firmly stood.

At last these two stout earls did meet,

Like captains of great might :
Like lions wild, they laid on loud,

And made a cruel fight:

They fought until they both did sweat,

With swords of tempered steel ;
Until the blood, like drops of rain,

They trickling down did feel.

• Yield thee, Lord Percy,' Douglas said ;

• In faith I will thee bring
Where thou shalt high advanced be

By James, our Scottish king !

* Thy ransom I will freely give,

And thus report of thee,
Thou art the most courageous knight

That ever I did see.'

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No, Douglas,' quoth Earl Percy then;

Thy proffer I do scorn ;
I will not yield to any Scot

That ever yet was born.'

With that there came an arrow keen

Out of an English bow,
Which struck Earl Douglas to the heart,

A deep and deadly blow;

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