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episodes, must be set down to Tchudi's account, or to the taste of his age.
The military antiquary will derive some amusement from the minute particulars which the martial poet has recorded. The mode in which the Austrian men-atarms received the charge of the Swiss, was by forming a phalanx, which they defended with their long lances The gallant Winkelreid, who sacrificed his own life by rushing among the spears, clasping in his arms as many as he could grasp, and thus opening a gap in those iron battalions, is celebrated in Swiss history. When fairly mingled together, the unwieldy length of their weapons, and cumbrous weight of their defensive armour, rendered the Austrian men-at-arms a very unequal match for the light-armed mountaineers. The victories obtained by the Swiss over the German chivalry, hitherto deemed as formidable on foot as on horseback, led to important changes in the art of war. The poet describes the Austrian knights and squires as cutting the peaks from their boots cre they could act upon foot, in allusion to an inconvenient piece of foppery, often mentioned in the middle ages. Leopold III., Archduke of Austria, called "The handsome man-atarms," was slain in the battle of Sempach, with the flower of his chivalry.
THE BATTLE OF SEMPACH.'
'Twas when among our linden-trees
Then look'd we down to Willisow,
The Austrian nobles made their vow,
With clarion loud, and banner proud,
In martial pomp and fair array,
"Now list, ye lowland nobles all-
'This translation first appeared in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine for February 1818.-ED.
ye, shrive ye of
A skirmish in Helvetian hills
"But where now shall we find a priest
"Right heavily upon your head
'Twas on a Monday morning then,
The pith and core of manhood stern,
It was the Lord of Hare-castle,
"O Harc-castle,' thou heart of hare!"
'All the Swiss clergy who were able to bear arms fought in this patriotic war.
In the original, Haasenstein, or Hare-stone.
"Shalt see then how the game will fare,"
There was lacing then of helmets bright,
The peaks they hew'd from their boot-points
And thus they to each other said,
The gallant Swiss Confederates there
And he display'd his rainbow fair
Then heart and pulse throbb'd more and more
And down the good Confed'rates bore
The Austrian Lion' 'gan to growl,
And ball, and shaft, and crossbow bolt,
'This seems to allude to the preposterous fashion, during the middle ages, of wearing boots with the points or peaks turned upwards, and so long, that in some cases they were fastened to the knees of the wearer with small chains. When they alighted to fight upon foot, it would seem that the Austrian gentlemen found it necessary to cut off these peaks, that they might move with the necessary activity.
"A pun on the Archduke's name, Leopold.
Lance, pike, and halbert, mingled there,
The game was nothing sweet ; The boughs of many a stately tree Lay shiver'd at their feet.
The Austrian men-at-arms stood fast,
"I have a virtuous wife at home,
I leave them to my country's care,-
"These nobles lay their spears right thick, And keep full firm array,
Yet shall my charge their order break,
He rush'd against the Austrian band,
And with his body, breast, and hand,
Four lances splinter'd on his crest,
Still on the serried files he press'd-
This patriot's self-devoted deed
First tamed the Lion's mood, And the four forest cantons freed From thraldom by his blood.