From its top streamed a silken banner, colored like the rainbow.
Its votaries danced round it, once, at least, in every month; sometimes they called it their religion, or their altar; but always, it was the banner staff of Merry Mount.
Towards the middle of the day the bravest of their band cut their way through the Moslem ranks and gained the summit of a little hill, and there, hour after hour, they closed around the banner of the Cross, and beat back the charging squadrons of the enemy.
It was hard to people this solitude with rushing columns of cavalry, and stir its torpid pulses with the shouts of victors, the shrieks of the wounded, and the flash of banner and steel above the surging billows of war.
It had never been given me to see such deadly accuracy of aim, and it seemed as though a little figure on one of the craft dropped at the explosion of each bullet, while the banners
and upper works dissolved in spurts of flame as the irresistible projectiles of our warriors mowed through them.
Suppose I admit, for a moment, the possibility of breaking your word, and evading the treaty -- such a thing sometimes happens, but that is when some great interest is to be promoted by it, or when the treaty is found to be too troublesome -- well, you will authorize the engagement asked of you: France -- her banner
, which is the same thing -- will cross the Straits and will fight; France will be conquered."
And now, could Sir Nigel have shown the bachelles of land which the laws of rank required, he might well have cut his forked pennon into a square banner
, and taken such a following into the field as would have supported the dignity of a banneret.
"And I am acceptable," he said, "I serve beneath the banner
of the daughter of The Warlord now--and forever."
Gongs and drums, banners
and flags, are means whereby the ears and eyes of the host may be focused on one particular point.
He had caused his car to be placed there, with the tents and luggage of many of his leaders, under a small guard, so that the banners
there displayed, together with the car, led the King of the Romans to believe that the Earl himself lay there, for Simon de Montfort had but a month or so before suffered an injury to his hip, when his horse fell with him, and the royalists were not aware that he had recovered sufficiently to again mount a horse.
"The Emperor returns these Austrian banners
," said Bilibin, "friendly banners
gone astray and found on a wrong path," and his brow became smooth again.
yellow, glorious, golden, On its roof did float and flow,(This -- all this -- was in the olden Time long ago,) And every gentle air that dallied, In that sweet day, Along the ramparts plumed and pallid, A winged odour went away.
Looking back at the old town, with its one steep street climbing the white face of the chalk hill, I remembered what wonderful exotic women Thomas Hardy had found eating their hearts out behind the windows of dull country high streets, through which hung waving no banners
of romance, outwardly as unpromising of adventure as the windows of the town I had left.
The tent of the Sorceress was larger than the others, and was composed of pure white silk, with scarlet banners
flying above it.
There were bands of music too, and banners
out of number: and it was a fresh, holiday-looking concourse altogether.