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but beware that you are not marked by the archers beneath – Look out once more, and tell me if they yet advance to the storm.”
With patient courage, strengthened by the interval which she had employed in mental devotion, Rebecca again took post at the lattice, sheltering herself, however, so as not to be visible from beneath.
“What dost thou see, Rebecca?” again demanded the wounded knight.
“Nothing but the cloud of arrows flying so thick as to dazzle mine eyes, and to hide the bowmen who shoot them.”
" That cannot endure,” said Ivanhoe; “if they press not right on to carry the castle by pure force of arms, the archery may avail but little against stone walls and bulwarks. Look for the Knight of the Fetterlock, fair Rebecca, and see how he bears himself; for as the leader is, so will his followers be.”
“I see him not,” said Rebecca.
“ Foul craven!” exclaimed Ivanhoé; “ does he blench from the helm when the wind blows highest?”
“ He blenches not! he blenches not!” said Rebecca. “I see him now; he leads a body of men close under the outer barrier of the barbican. — They pull down the piles and palisades; they hew down the barriers with axes. · His high black plume floats abroad over the throng, like a raven over the field of the slain. — They have made a breach in the barriers – they rush in – they are thrust back! -Frontde-Bæuf heads the defenders; I see his gigantic form above the press. They throng again to the breach, and the pass is disputed hand to hand, and man to man. God of Jacob! it is the meeting of two fierce tides - the conflict of two oceans moved adverse winds! "
She turned her head from the lattice, as if unable longer to endure a sight so terrible.
“ Look forth again, Rebecca,” said Ivanhoe, mistaking the cause of her retiring; "the archery must in some degree have ceased, since they are now fighting hand to hand. — Look again; there is now less danger."
Rebecca again looked forth, and almost immediately exclaimed,
Holy prophets of the law! Front-de-Bæuf and the Black Knight fight hand to hand on the breach, amid the roar of their followers, who watch the progress of the strife. - Heaven strike with the cause of the oppressed and of the captive!” She then uttered a loud shriek, and exclaimed, “ He is down! - he is down!”
“Who is down?” cried Ivanhoe; “for our dear Lady's sake, tell me which has fallen?”
" The Black Knight,” answered Rebecca, faintly; then instantly again shouted with joyful eagerness
- but no!- the name of the Lord of Hosts be blessed! – he is on foot again, and fights as if there were twenty men's strength in his single arm - His sword is broken he snatches an axe from a yeoman - he presses Front-deBæuf with blow on blow – The giant stoops and totters like an oak under the steel of the woodman he falls he falls !"
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“ Front-de-Bæuf?” exclaimed Ivanhoe.
“ Front-de-Bæuf!” answered the Jewess; “his men rush to the rescue, headed by the haughty Templar — their united force compels the champion to pause They drag Front-de-Bæuf within the walls."
" The assailants have won the barriers, have they not?” said Ivanhoe. " They have they have!” exclaimed Rebecca
" and they press the besieged hard upon the outer wall; some plant ladders, some swarm like bees, and endeavor to ascend upon the shoulders of each other — down go stones, beams, and trunks of trees upon their heads, and as fast as they bear the wounded to the rear, fresh men supply their places in the assault — Great God! hast thou given men thine own image, that it should be thus cruelly defaced by the hands of their brethren!”
6. Think not of that,” said Ivanhoe; “this is no time for such thoughts – Who yield ? - who push their way?”
“ The ladders are thrown down,” replied Rebecca, shuddering; “the soldiers lie grovelling under them like crushed reptiles – The besieged have the better.”
“ Saint George strike for us !” exclaimed the knight; “do the false yeomen give way?"
“No!” exclaimed Rebecca, “ they bear themselves right yeomanly – the Black Knight approaches the postern with his huge axe - the thundering blows which he deals, you may hear them above all the din and shouts of the battle — Stones and beams are hailed down on the bold champion — he regards them no more than if they were thistle-down or feathers ! ”
“By Saint John of Acre," said Ivanhoe, raising himself joyfully on his couch, "methought there was but one man in England that might do such a deed!”
“ The postern gate shakes,” continued Rebecca; “it crashes — it is splintered by his blows — they rush in – the outwork is won — 0 God! — they hurl the defenders from the battlements — they throw them into the moat O men, if ye be indeed men, spare them that can resist no longer!”
“The bridge – the bridge which communicates with the castle have they won that pass?” exclaimed Ivanhoe.
“No,” replied Rebecca, “the Templar has destroyed the plank on which they crossed — few of the defenders escaped with him into the castle - the shrieks and cries which you hear tell the fate of the others - Alas! I see it is still more difficult to look upon victory than
BYRON, MOORE, SHELLEY, KEATS, AND CAMPBELL.
LORD BYRON. 1788-1824. (Manual, pp. 396–404.) )
FROM “CHILDE HAROLD.”
And all went merry as a marriage bell;
Did ye not hear it?- No; 'twas but the wind,
And nearer, clearer, deadlier than before !
Within a windowed niche of that high hall
And roused the vengeance blood alone could quell;
He rushed into the field, and; foremost fighting, fell. i The sound of the cannon decided the Duke of Wellington to appear at the ball, where he remained till three o'clock in the morning, that he might calm, by his apparent indifference, the fears of his supporters in Brussels, and depress the hopes of the well-wishers to the French.
2 The Duke of Brunswick was killed at Quatre Bras on the 16th of June. His father received the wounds, of he afterwards died, at the battle of Jena, in 1806.
Ah! then and there was hurrying to and fro,
If ever more should meet those mutual eyes,
While thronged the citizens with terror dumb,
Whose agonies are evils of a day —
The Niobe of nations! there she stands,
Old Tiber! through a marble wilderness?
266. THE GLADIATOR.
And his drooped head sinks gradually low –
The arena swims around him — he is gone,
He heard it, but he heeded not his eyes
All this rushed with his blood Shall he expire
267. THE OCEAN.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean - roll!
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan,
His steps are not upon thy paths, - thy fields
His petty hope in some near port or bay,