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And Abies made an ambushment-and with the morning light,
The townsmen stood upon the walls, and called “to arms, to arms,"
The Child encountered Galayn, and o'erthrew both man and horse, The Duke's leg brake—the Child's lance snapped—so bitter was
the force ; He seized his sword, and none could stand his blows so fierce and
strong, Till sore beset, he could not move amid the crushing throng.
Then through the throng Agrayes pressed, and his hard need relieved, And Perion succoured with his knights, whom Daganel received ; And the armies mingled on the plain, like the blendings of the tide, And the Child shewed forth such chivalry, that none durst him abide.
Then Daganel, who saw his host all scattered and astound,
So the Norman and the Irish knights began to yield and fly,
The Galllic knights gave backward then when King Abies appeared, For he was the best knight of all, whom most of all they feared, And the battle had been quickly lost and the town gates had been
passed, But forth Agrayes, and the Child, and King Perion pressed in haste.
“Sirs," said the Child, “bestir yourselves, your honour to maintain, For Galayn and proud Daganel are numbered with the slain”Outspoke a knight to Abies then, “Sire, in the front he fights, 6. That maiden knight on the milk-white steed—'tis he who slew
King Abies spurred him up in wrath, and to the Child he said, " The men I loved of all the world through thee are lying dead;
Bring on thy men-for this day's work thou dearly shalt abide." “Nay--ye are many-we are few and spent," the Child replied.
“Our lives perchance ye may destroy - no honour can ye take, “But if thou'lt shew thy hardiness for thy dead companions' sake, “ Choose out a band of whom thou wilt, and I will do the same, “And let us meet in equal fight for safety and for fame."
“ Let it be so," said Abies then ; “how many wilt thou have ?"
“Nay, not to-day," the King replied, “thou'rt weary, and must
rest “ The sun hath set the light wanes fast-thy wounds must needs
be dressed : “ Let me not slay a worn-out foe-to-morrow we will fight" Till then I wish thee health and strength, the more to prove my
Into the town King Perion rode, and Agrayes, and the Child,
Then the Queen herself took off his arms, and dressed his wounds
So he robed him for the hall, and joined the song, and feasting
MY FIRST LETTER.
February 1st, 1843. My dear Mamma,
1 dare say you think from my first letter that I am very unbappy here, but I really begin to like Eton very much, and I have spent all my money. I have bought you a very pretty walking stick with Dr. Hawtrey's head on it, and a little dog. But I must tell you all about that, because, I have lost it again. You must know there is a wall here, and some men that the boys call cads, who are very kind to us, and stand by it all day waiting for us to come out of school, by the masters' orders I think, at least the one I bought the dog of told me that they were asked to stand outside on purpose. Well it was a very pretty one, and he told me that he would only charge me one pound for it, because he knew papa when he was at Eton, though another boy had offered bim two pounds and all his old hats for a long time, that very morning. Well, I was just going to carry it to my room, when A-, who messes with me, and eats my butter, told me I mustn't, because dogs were not allowed, so the cad offered to take care of it for me for five shillings a-week, and said I might go and see it at his house any day after twelve; but when I went there yesterday, be said it bad run away in the night--but I didn't care much, for it was a very oudacious dog, as the man called it, and bit me lots of times; he offered me another one to-day, which is very like mine, and answered to the same name when I called it, but this one was white before and brown bebind, while mine was wisy-warsy as the man made me observe. There is another man here who knew my name very well indeed, and if he did not tell me all about the house, and the lodges, and the horses, and every thing! Besides, he sold me papa's autograph for two and sixpence, which I will send him. He sells what they call sock, and what's more doesn't charge anything for it this half. Sock mcans prog, but when you sock a boy anything, he eats it, and you pay for it. They say that word about a great many things. I was asked by A- to sock him a verse the other day, and I had to sock him a construe of his lesson too. B
You know Harry B-, who is a sixth form, and knows papa-well, I went to him as you told me, as he was standing among some other big boys, and said, “ How do you do, Harry, and how is your mamma?” They all laughed, and he looked very black indeed, but I couldn't tell why, but suppose it was because he did not recognise me, so I said, “ I am Tommy Green, and I am come to bo socked the liberties, please." That's what they told me to ask him for-instead of shaking my hand, or anything, he looked very proud, and said, “Well, you're a very pretty fellow, now!" So I said, “ Yes;" because of course I thought he meant it, and sisters sometimes tell me I am, but he laughed in my face, so I ran away as hard as I could, and I shall not go near him again, I can tell you, for all the liberties in the world; besides, none of the sixth form make you shirk them now, so it is all the same, at least A-says so. Sisters told me it was the best plan to imitate what the other boys did, but will you tell them that I find it quite a mistake; for there's rather a pretty boy, who is a fifth form, and they call him Clara. He gave me his book the other day to take to his room, and then he said, “you know my name ?" so I said, “ Clara," but he box'd my ears.
I have to lay my master's things every day ; there are three other fags, but they tell me that he likes his breakfast so much better when I lay them, that he told them always to leave it to me. There is going to be a new boat for Eton to beat Westminster in ; so we have all had to pay five shillings to the Captain of the boats for it, but we shan't be allowed to pull in it ourselves-only seven of the Captain's friends, which A— says is a great chouse. I must now finish, so believe me,
Your affectionate Son,
Give my love to papa and sisters. I am middle fourth, and get on pretty well in school. A-says that my allowance is not enough.