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By narrow draw-bridge, outworks strong,
To the main court they pass.
And towers of various form,
The gathering ocean storm.
Or why the tidings say,
With every varying day?
And, first, they heard King James had won
Etall, and Wark, and Ford; and then,
That Norham's castle strong was ta’en.
But whispered news there came,
With Heron's wily dame.-
Go seek them there, and see:
And not a history.--
Which frowns o'er Millfield Plain;
And marched into Northumberland,
And camp at Wooler ta’en. Marmion, like charger in the stall, That hears without the trumpet call,
Began to chafe, and swear :“ A sorry thing to hide
head In castle, like a fearful maid,
When such a field is near ! Needs must I see this battle-day: Death to my fame, if such a fray Were fought, and Marmion away!
The Douglas, too, I wot not why,
Hath 'bated of his courtesy : No longer in his halls I'll stay.”Then bade his band, they should array For march against the dawning day.
END OF CANTO FIFTH.