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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 115



With a fell and bloody unicorn, The others from her arms had torn. 9. The lady wished that she might die, Or ever this sore calamity, She should have been preserved to see ; But the knight with meek humility, To Mary mother a prayer 'gan say, That his penance might soon have end-When wandering through the weary land, The Sultau's captives they were ta'en Before his face to bend. 10. I trow the Sultan had rarely seen A lady so lovely, in form or mien, Or a knight so bold and true. " Sir knight, I will give thee gold and fee, As much as thou might wish to see, If thou wilt renounce Christianity, And fight for the banners of Paynimrie, And sell thy lady bright to me ;" His form to its height he drew. 11. " Our Lady forefend that I should e'er In infidel ranks a standard bear, Or the holy cross betray ; And for weal or woe my lady fair, I wed in the face of day ; A recreant knight I be when e'er This right I shall gainsay." 12. They have putten off his scarlet mantell Within the goldis shred ; They drove him from that land of Baal, And left him as he were dead. The lady was sent to a far countrie, The bride of the Sultan she should be, When from the wars of Chrisendie In triumph he returned. 13. Asleep in the forest the good knight lay And when he awoke at dawn of day He Baw his treasure borne away, By an eagle strong in search of prey— No longer he there sojourned. To the Virgin he made a fervent prayer Invoking for aye her watchful care. Then to Palestine he turned. HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.


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