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The Betrothed

The Betrothed

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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IL In Madoo's teat the clarion sounds, With rapid clangour hurried far; Each hill and dale the note rebounds, But when return the aoni of war? Thou, born of stern Necessity, I) 1111 Peace' the Talley yields to thee, And owns thy melancholy sway. M'u.-,h Pom. The feasts of the ancient British princes usually exhibited all the rude splendour and liberal indulgence of mountain hospitality, and Gwenwyn was, on the present occasion, anxious to purchase popularity by even an unusual display of profusion; for he was sensible that the alliance which he meditated might indeed be tolerated, but could not be approved, by his subjects and followers. The following incident, trifling in itself, confirmed his apprehensions. Passing one evening, when it was become nearly dark, by the open window of a guard-room, usually occupied by some few of his most celebrated soldiers, who relieved each other in watching his palace, he heard Morgan, a man distinguished for strength, courage, and ferocity, say to the companion with whom he was sitting by the watch-fire, " Gwenwyn is turned to a priest, or a woman! When was it before these last months, that a follower of his was obliged to gnaw themeat from the bone so closely, as I am now peeling the morsel which I hold in my hand ? " " Wait but a while," replied his comrade, " till the Norman match be accomplished; and so small will be the prey we shall then drive from the Saxon churls, that we may be glad to swallow, like hungry dogs, the very bones themselves." Gwenwyn heard no more of their conversation ; but this was enough to alarm his pride as a soldier, and his jealousy as a prince. He was sensible, that the people over whom he ruled were at once fickle in their disposition, impatient of long repose, and full of ha...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217379106
Publisher: General Books
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 25 mm
Width: 150 mm
ISBN-10: 0217379109
Publisher Date: 13 Aug 2009
Height: 225 mm
No of Pages: 448
Series Title: English
Weight: 653.76 gr
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