In thy faint slumbers I by thee have watched, … And thou hast talked Of sallies and retires, of trenches, tents, Of palisadoes, frontiers, parapets, Of basilisks, of cannon, culverin, Of prisoners' ransom, and of soldiers slain, And all the currents of a heady flight. Thy spirit within thee has been so at war, And thus hath bestirred thee in thy sleep, That beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow Like bubbles in a late-disturbed stream….
Trimble's interpretation depends on the meaning given to the line I have italicized. Does Lady Percy refer to mental conflict and intrusive, traumatic memories? Alternatively, do these images mirror Hotspur's famous love of battle, including its bloody and frightful awfulness?