Bethink you, silk bonnet never kept out steel blade.
Well said Wamba, that silken bonnet keeps out no steel blade.
He had on his head a conical steel
casque that only came down to his ears, and for visor had only a narrow steel
bar that extended down to his upper lip and protected his nose; and all the rest of him, from neck to heel, was flexible chain mail, trousers and all.
By his side lay a steel
cap, which he had laid off for the sake of the coolness to his crown.
For defence each man wore a coat of interlaced leathern thongs, strengthened at the shoulder, elbow, and upper arm with slips of steel
. Greaves and knee-pieces were also of leather backed by steel
, and their gauntlets and shoes were of iron plates, craftily jointed, So, with jingle of arms and clatter of hoofs, they rode across the Bridge of Avon, while the burghers shouted lustily for the flag of the five roses and its gallant guard.
Girt to his side was the steel
hilt of an old sword without blade or scabbard; and some particoloured ends of ribands and poor glass toys completed the ornamental portion of his attire.
A single glance showed him the truth, or at least a part of it--the steel
projection that communicated the movement of the pointer upon the dial to the heart of the mechanism beneath had been severed.
Is it not soft as water, strong as steel
? And then the roses!
WREATHED in myrtle, my sword I'll conceal Like those champions devoted and brave, When they plunged in the tyrant their steel
, And to Athens deliverance gave.
No, that is probably not true; one thinks he would not look if he knew what was coming, but the interest and the excitement are so powerful that they would doubtless conquer all other feelings; and so, under the fierce exhilaration of the clashing steel
, he would yield and look after all.
He heard the Highland battle-cry and the clash of steel
, for fighting came near his home, and his own people joined the standard of the Pretender.
Before men could so much as think, he had seized the axe Groan-Maker, and with a blow of the steel
he held had severed the thong of leather which bound it to the wrist of Jikiza, and sprung back, holding the great axe aloft, and casting down his own weapon upon the ground.