LESSON 88 THE GLOVE AND THE LIONS
King Francis was a hearty king, and loved a royal sport,
and one day, as his lions fought, sat looking on the court;
The nobles filled the benches round, the ladies by their side,
and amongst them sat the Count de Lorge, with one for whom he sighed;
And truly it was a gallant thing to see that crowning show,
Valor and love, and a king above, and the royal beasts below.
Ramped and roared the lions, with horrid laughing jaws;
They bit, they glared, gave blows like beams, a wind went with their paws;
With wallowing might and stifled roar, they rolled on one another;
Till all the pit, with sand and mane, was in a thunderous smother;
The bloody foam above the bars came whizzing through the air;
Said Francis, then, "Faith, gentlemen, we're better here than there."