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rhOst the Spanish, like the pliant
toes that they have cv, r been, turned their heads
landward bo meet them. Wuh flaunting b mn<rs
and punted sails, btaring UiumieU and dashing
X the two tfstteriqf fleets, dipping and
Rsing on the long Channel swell, drew slowly
K-ticK -tic l'.'.v.ard had l>een lying all day in his great
the PtriHppa, a rone out Cram the Camber
■.v.n:::,- Mr the Domiag of the Spaniards.
Above the bnge sail arnica In, re the royal arms
iVw the red cross <<t England. Alonj; the bulwarks
were shown the shields of forty knights, the Sower
■•: English chivalry, and as many pennons floated
from the deck. The high ends of'the ship glittered
Kith the weapons of the men-at-arms, and the
- crammed with the archers. Prom time
■ Brash of nakers and Mare of ti unpets
■ . the royal ship, and was answered by
her treat neighbors, the Lion on wfakh the Black
Prince flew bis flag, the Christopher with the Earl
of Suffolk, the SaOe dv Roi .•; R..U-rt of Namur,
Grace Marie of Sir Thomas Holland. Far
• :.:> the White Swan l»earing the arms of
v ray, the Palmer of Deal flying the Mack
I ai Auiiley. and the Kentishman under the
Lord Beaachaaxp. The rest lay, anchored but
ready, at the mouth of QTtncbelsea Creek.
The King sat ■pon a keg in the fore part of his
••••:'.':; little John of Richmond, who was no
more than a ■chool-boy, pmh*4 npon his knee.
• i ■■ IS dad m the Mack velvet jacket whi< h
:.:s lavonte garb, and wore a ..ill brown-
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beaver hat with a white plume at the side. A rich
doak <•:' fur turned up with miniver drooped from
Ins shoulders. Behind him w.re ■ score of Ins
knights, brilliant in silks and >arsenets. some seated
on an upturned boat and some swinging their legs
from the bulwark.
[n front stood John Chandos in a party-colored
jupon, one foot raised upon the anchor-stock,
picking at the strings of his guitar and singing a song
which he ha>i learned at Marienburg when last he
helped the Teutonic knights against the heathen.
The King, his knights, and even the archers in
the waist below them, laughed at the merry lilt
and joined lustily in the chorus, while the men of
the neighboring ships leaned over the side to
hearken to the deep chant rolling over the
Bui there came a sudden interruption to the
A sharp, harsh shout came down from the
lookout stationed in the circular top at the end
of the mast. •■ I spy a sail — two sails! "he cried.
John Bunce the Kind's shipman shaded his
..iid M. : rrd at the long fog-bank
which shrouded the northern Channel.
Chandos, with his fingers over the
strings of his guitar, the King, the
knights, all gazed in the same direction,
mall dark shajvs bad burst forth,
and then after
s' >me ::in; i
said the Kmjj
i . ere d,
5] - : are greater
■ ■ painted
[ ki ■ ■
I . :■ ! ci iuld hazard
- • • re the 1
■ ' t it. J • ' ■ .
I I ■ • '. . Virgin
i ■ • t stai flashing light had
rent point I I >ud bank.
many tall ships had swooped forth
into 1 . • t rang froj
Km^i ■ . . ken up all down the line,
• fr< ■ m 1 >vi . WTinchelsea
prang up with a j " The
■ friends! I he. "1 >ress, John!
Winter! Q I Squii
Let each tend to hii «■ the
A sti • ' Tty nobles
nd littering the deck with
■ : ■ ■ ■ - ■ ■• ■ ach, ;i>
ostler be! i stooped and pulled
■ c bassinets,
•.nd the 1 .• ' until
• • . • ■ teel. When
■ rushed, there stood a
trhere 1 indies
■ and jested round Sir John's
r Bel< <-.'. in orderly silei
under their ofl md
■r allotted stations. A d
• 1 up t>> their hazard* »v |
' Bri ■ is!"< ra-'i the King.
'Gentlemen, ere you close your vizors I "pray you to
take a last rouse with me. You will l>e dry enough,
I promise you, before your lips are free once more.
To what shall we drink, John"'"
"To the men of Spain," said Chandos, his sharp
face peering like a gaunt bird through the gap in
his helmet. "May their hearts be stout and their
spirits high this day!"
"Well said. John!" cried the King, and the
knights laughed joyously as they drank. "Now,
fair sirs, let each to his post! lam warden here on
the forecastle. I><> you. John, take charge of the
afterguard. Walter. James William, FitzAlan,
Goldesborough, Reginald— you will stay with me
John, you may pick whom you will, and the others
will hide with the
archers. Now hear
straight at the cen
man. Ere yonder
sun sets we w ill
bring a red ship
back as a gift to our
ladies, or never
look upon a lady's
The art of sail
ing into a wind had
not yet been in
vented, nor was
there any fore-and
aft canvas, save for
with which a vessel
could be turned.
Hence the English
fleet had to take a long slant down Channel
' their em mies; but as the Spaniards
wind were equally anxious
to engage there was the less delay. With
Stately pomp and dignity, the two great
It chanced that one fine carrack had out
strij ped its consorts and came sweeping along, all
■ 1 gold, with a fringe of twinkling steel, a
g'Hul half-mile before the fleet. Edward looked at
her with a kindling eye, for indeed she was a noble
sight with the blue water creaming under her gilded
"This is a most worthy and debonair vessel,
Master Bunce," said he to the shipman beside him.
"1 would fain have a tilt with her. I 1 ray you to
hold us straight that we may bear her down
"1: 1 hold her straight, then one or other must
sink, and it may be both," the teaman answered.
"I doubt not That with the help of our Lady
we shall do our part," said the King. "Hold her
■ r-shipman, as I have told you."
Now the two vessels were within arrow flight,
and the bolts from the crossbowmen pattered upon
the English ship. These short thick devil's darts
/erywhere, humming like great wasps through
lir, crashing against the bulwarks, beating
the deck, ringing loudly on the armor > I the
knights. <>r with a suit muffled thud sinking to the
t in a victim.
The bowmen along either side of the Philippa
for their orders, but
now there was a sharp shout from th< ir leader, and
every string twanged . The air was full of
I arping, together with the swish ol the arrows,
keening of the bowmen and the
short deep bark of the under-officers. "Steady,
'. teady! Shoot wholly together!
paces! Ten score! Now eight'
■ wholly together!" Their gruff shouts broke
igh the high shrill cry like the deep roar
through the howl <>, the wind.
As the two great ships hurtled together the
ird turned away a few points so that the blow
would be a glancing one. None the less, i 1 was
ten A do en men in th< tops of the carrack
were balancing a huge stone with the intention of
dropping it over on the English deck. With a
. of horror they saw the mast cracking
beneath them Over it went, n!<>wlv at first, then
until .\; T h a crash it came down <>n its side.
sending them flying like stones :r« m a sling far nut
into the sea. A swathe 1 •!' crushed bodies lay
across the deck where the mast had fallen.
1: -.- the English ship had not escaped unscathed.
Her mast held, it is true, but the mighty shock not
• ■ . every man fiat upon the deck, but had