The Count Rollánd calls up Gualtier de l'Hum:

"One thousand Franks of France, our land, array,

And with them cover heights and passes, that

The Emperor may lose none of his host."

Responds Gualtier:—"This am I bound to do

For you."—Forthwith one thousand Franks of France

O'errun each height and pass.—None shall descend

Despite ill news, ere seven hundred swords

Unsheathe. That very day King Almaris

Who rules Belferne, met them with battle fierce.


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