Excerpt from The Cary Poem: Virtute Excerptae
Thus spoke a haughty Spanish don, The valiant knight from Aragon On Smithfield's meadows he had fought Against all comers, and had not Received one wound, nor had one fall His skill had served to vanquish all Who met him on the to... urney-field 'he forced them, every one, to yield. All England's bravest knights had failed Not one against his might prevailed. The wondering people, as they saw The strongest fall, exclaimed with awe, This is not mortal man, we see Some demon in man's shape is he Or else he has some magic charm That gives puissance to his arm. Against such arts 'tis vain to fight Who can withstand a demon's might?
The English knights were filled with shame At this foul blot upon their fame But none were left who did not fear To brave the haughty Spaniard's spear.
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