At the latter, however, lay General Webb, who commanded the armies
of the king in the northern provinces, with a body of more than five thousand men.
Then the dead were counted, prisoners exchanged, the terms of the next disagreement agreed upon, and the day for the necessary battle appointed; after which the armies
fell into line and marched away, and Tom turned homeward alone.
Iris and white lilies rose out of the grass in sheaves, and the green alcoves filled themselves with amazing armies
of the blue and white flower lances of tall delphiniums or columbines or campanulas.
Leader of those Armies
bright, Which but th' Omnipotent none could have foyld, If once they hear that voyce, their liveliest pledge Of hope in fears and dangers, heard so oft In worst extreams, and on the perilous edge Of battel when it rag'd, in all assaults Their surest signal, they will soon resume New courage and revive, though now they lye Groveling and prostrate on yon Lake of Fire, As we erewhile, astounded and amaz'd, No wonder, fall'n such a pernicious highth.
I was curious to know how this prince, to whose dominions there is no access from any other country, came to think of armies
, or to teach his people the practice of military discipline.
Then they sing long, long songs with odd native quavers at the end of them, and the day seems longer than most people's whole lives, and perhaps they make a mud castle with mud figures of men and horses and buffaloes, and put reeds into the men's hands, and pretend that they are kings and the figures are their armies
, or that they are gods to be worshiped.
He was made captain of the Sultan's armies
, and won several battles for him, but remained modest and courteous as before, and lived thus in peace and content for several years.
The old King did not need to urge his daughter to marry the slayer of the Dragon; he found her already willing to bestow her hand upon this hero, who had done all alone what whole armies
had tried in vain to do.