bestow on thee this chaplet, Sir Knight, as the meed of valor assigned to this day's victor." Here she paused a moment, and then firmly added: " And upon brows more worthy could a wreath of chivalry never be placed!"
The knight stooped his head, and kissed the hand of the lovely sovereign by whom his valor had been rewarded; and then, sinking yet further forward, lay prostrate at her feet. There was a general consternation. Cedric, who had been struck mute by the sudden appearance of his banished son, now rushed forward, as if to separate him from Rowena. But this had been already accomplished by the marshals of the field, who, guessing the cause of Ivanhoe's swoon, had hastened to undo his armor, and found that the head of a lance had penetrated his breastplate, and inflicted a wound in his side.
PRINCE JOHN was about to give the signal for retiring from the lists, when a small billet was put into his hands. He looked narrowly at the superscription, and then opened the billet with apparent agitation, which greatly increased when he had perused the contents, which were expressed in these words:
"Take heed to yourself, for the Devil is unchained!"
The Prince turned as pale as death, looked first on the earth, and then to heaven, like a man who has received news that sentence of execution has been passed upon him. Recovering from his surprise, he took two of his knights, Waldemar Fitzurse and De Bracy, aside, and put the billet into their hands successively. "It means," he added, in a faltering voice, "that my brother Richard has obtained his freedom."
"It is time, then," said Fitzurse, "to draw our party to a
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Publication information: Book title: Ivanhoe. Contributors: Walter Scott - Author. Publisher: University Publishing Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1899. Page number: 73.
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