He was in old-time iron armor from head to heel, with a helmet on his head the shape of a nail-keg with slits in it; and he had a shield
, and a sword, and a pro- digious spear; and his horse had armor on, too, and a steel horn projecting from his forehead, and gorgeous red and green silk trappings that hung down all around him like a bedquilt, nearly to the ground.
He struck at me with his stick, but I caught the blow upon my little shield
, and hit back.
Thus they Breathing united force with fixed thought Mov'd on in silence to soft Pipes that charm'd Thir painful steps o're the burnt soyle; and now Advanc't in view they stand, a horrid Front Of dreadful length and dazling Arms, in guise Of Warriers old with order'd Spear and Shield
, Awaiting what command thir mighty Chief Had to impose: He through the armed Files Darts his experienc't eye, and soon traverse The whole Battalion views, thir order due, Thir visages and stature as of Gods, Thir number last he summs.
With the eyes of an immense concourse of spectators fixed upon them, the five knights advanced up the platform upon which the tents of the challengers stood, and there separating themselves, each touched slightly, and with the reverse of his lance, the shield
of the antagonist to whom he wished to oppose himself.
Look, there is no giant, nor knight, nor cats, nor arms, nor shields
quartered or whole, nor vair azure or bedevilled.
Let us then show fight; draw your swords, and hold up the tables to shield
you from his arrows.
Alexandrus aimed first, and struck the round shield
of the son of Atreus, but the spear did not pierce it, for the shield
turned its point.
One knife was fixed in the ox-tail girdle, and the other two at the back of the round shield
Close behind him were two more--fifty yards perhaps--but the distance gave me time to snatch up the dead guardsman's shield
, for the close call his hatchet had just given me had borne in upon me the urgent need I had for one.
was held by tight loops to his left arm, while in his right hand he grasped his heavy knife.
He was a short man of great breadth of shoulder, with vizor closed, and no blazonry upon his simple white surcoat or plain black shield
57-480) is nominally Heracles and Cycnus, but the greater part is taken up with an inferior description of the shield
of Heracles, in imitation of the Homeric shield
of Achilles ("Iliad" xviii.