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258 SIR HUGH LE BLOND.
The day came on that was to do
That dreadful tragedy; Sir Hugh le Blond was not come up as
To fight for our ladye.
" Put on the fire," the monster said :
" It is twelve on the bell." " 'Tis scarcely ten, now," said the King;
" I heard the clock mysell."— 100
Before the hour the Queen is brought,
The burning to proceed ; In a black velvet chair she's set,
A token for the dead.
She saw the flames ascending high, 10s
The tears blinded her ee: " Where is the worthy knight," she said,
" Who is to fight for me ? "—
Then up and spak the King himsell,
" My dearest, have no doubt, »o
For yonder comes the man himsell, As bold as e'er set out."—
They then advanced to fight the duel With swords of temper'd steel,
Till down the blood of Rodingham us
Came running to his heel.