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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 118



And repenting of their disloyalty, Returned they then to their fealty ; And the knight and lady peacefully Together with their children, three Restored to them so happily, Reigned in tranquillity, Prosperously and long. * 25. They lived and died in good intent ; Unto Heaven their souls went. "When that they dead were, Jesus Christ, Heaven's king, Give us aye his blessing, And shield us aye from care. Housing herself from the abstractionrthat had prevented her hearing the song of her page, the queen remarked, " Thy story is somewhat long, and for ourself we would have preferred that the husband had won the holy estate of martyrdom 'neath the sword of the Soldan. But thou hast rhymed it right dextrously, and we opine that the moral of thy lay accords well with the ascetic manners of the north." She extended her wand. The herald then stood forth, and sounding a few notes on a chalumeaux, cried, " Comes there no cause of Arrets d'amour, Our gracious liege and sovereign before, From lady, knight, or-troubadour ?" The flute-like call was thrice repeated, and then a low response to the challenge issued from a mimic grotto, curi-ously roofed with overhanging vines. " The minstrel of our sister Petronilla has leave to pre-sent her cause before our court," said the queen encoura-gingly, as the troop of the young princess advanced from the shadow into the clear light, and knelt at the footstool of justice. " The lady Petronilla," began the Troubadour, " arraigns before the court her recreant knight, Count Rudolph of Vermandois. Cold greeting gives he for her fair looks, scant courtesy for her warm smiles ; his ungloved hand returns not the pressure of her slight fingers, and the ban-derol she sent him flutters not from his gleaming lance." A ELEANOR. 127


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