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And I will make thee beds of roses,
· 10 SIYON WASTELL.-Born, 1562; date of death, and incidents of life, unknown.
5 swain, lit. a servant; then, a young
man, a peasant
s kirtle, an outward skirt, or mantle. • embroider, lit., to emborder, to
ornament with needlework along the borders of anything.
The rose withers, the blossom blasteth,
M. DRAYTON.-Born, 1563 Died, 1631. Michael Drayton was born in Warwickshire, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. His greatest work was “ Poly-olbion; or a Description of England” (1613), which unites the learning of a historian, an antiquary, a naturalist, and a geographer, with the imagination of a poet. His poems were published separately.
All checkered was the sky,
Veiled heaven's most glorious eye.
· The swan was fabled to sing just before it died.
The wind had no more strength than this,
That leisurely it blew,
That closely by it grew.
Looked as they most desired
Most curiously was tyred.
Might now be heard at will ;
Else everything was still.
Such sovereignty assumes,
From Nature's rich perfumes.
THE BATTLE OF AGINCOURT.1
i embroidered, -see note 4, p. 21 orient, eastern, where the sun 3 tyred, a form of atlircd.
rises (oriens, rising, L.) 1 Agincourt is a village in the the French at least 50,000, of Province of Artois, now the de
whom not fewer than 10,000 partment of the Pas de Calais. were slain, while the remainder The battle of Agincourt was were either dispersed or made fought on October 25th, 1415, prisoners. Of the English 1,600 between the English, under were killed. Henry V., and the French, under 2 On Saturday, August 10th, 1415, the Dauphin of France. Henry Henry sailed from Southampton, had not more than 10,000 men: 3 prove, try.
• Seine. Henry landed on Tuesday,
14th August, about noon, near Harfleur, at the mouth of the Seine. “Caux" is now the name of the hills in that neighbourhood.
5 fort, castle.
prepared for war power, army. ransom. Wealthy prisoners al66 This
ways paid a heavy ransom for their liberty.
Yet, having well begun,
By fame been raised.
full rest shall be ; England ne'er mourn for me,
Nor more esteem me :-
Loss to redeem me.
“Poictiers and Cressy' tell, When most their pride did swell, Under our swords they fell :
No less our skill is Than when our grandsire grcat, Claiming the regal seat, By many a warlike feat
Lopped the French lilies."11 The Duke of York12 so dread, The eager vaward18 led;
s Poictiers, won in 1356 by Edward,
the Black Prince, eldest son of
Edward III. • Cressy, won in 1346 by Edward
III.; the Black Prince bearing
the brunt of the battle. 10 Edward Ill. was the great grand
father of Henry V., who was the grandson of the Duke of Lancaster, Edward's third son.
11 The lily was the royal symbol on
the French flag--the Fleur-deLys; like the lion on the flag of
England. 12 Brother of Henry. He was killed
in the battle. 13 paward-Panward, the leading