"But an' you had seen," said a trooper, who was the mouthpiece of his comrades "an' you had seen the raptrils run when King Edward himself led the charge! Marry, it was like a cat in a rabbit burrow! Easy to see, I trow, that Earl Warwick was not amongst them! His men, at least, fight like devils!"

"My lord, in the North, as thou knowest, we recognize men by their forms, not faces, as in truth we ought, seeing that it is the sinews and bulk, not the lips and nose, that make a man a useful friend or dangerous foe." Montagu smiled at this soldierly simplicity. "And heard you the name the raptrils shouted?" "Robin, my lord. They cried out 'Robin, as if it had been a 'Montagu I or a 'Warwick."

"But an' you had seen," said a trooper, who was the mouthpiece of his comrades "an' you had seen the raptrils run when King Edward himself led the charge! Marry, it was like a cat in a rabbit burrow! Easy to see, I trow, that Earl Warwick was not amongst them! His men, at least, fight like devils!"

"Well, thou hast seen enough of the Lancastrian raptrils to make thee true to the Yorkists. I would I could say as much for the king himself, who is already crowding the court with that venomous faction, in honour of Dame Elizabeth Gray, born Mistress Woodville, and now Queen of England. Ha, my proud Isabel, thou wouldst have better filled the throne that thy father built!"

"Well, thou hast seen enough of the Lancastrian raptrils to make thee true to the Yorkists. I would I could say as much for the king himself, who is already crowding the court with that venomous faction, in honour of Dame Elizabeth Gray, born Mistress Woodville, and now Queen of England. Ha, my proud Isabel, thou wouldst have better filled the throne that thy father built!"

"My lord, in the North, as thou knowest, we recognize men by their forms, not faces, as in truth we ought, seeing that it is the sinews and bulk, not the lips and nose, that make a man a useful friend or dangerous foe." Montagu smiled at this soldierly simplicity. "And heard you the name the raptrils shouted?" "Robin, my lord. They cried out 'Robin, as if it had been a 'Montagu I or a 'Warwick."