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Have you searched the prophets in order to apply their wisdom and truths to your walk with God? I chose a comfortable chair with a good reading light. Yet, so much was he troubled and surprised by the unexpected arrival of Richard, and affected by the general awe inspired by his ardent and unyielding character, that the demand was twice repeated, in a tone which seemed to challenge heaven and earth, ere the Archduke replied, with such firmness as he could command, ``It was I, Leopold of Austria.'' ``Then shall Leopold of Austria,'' replied Richard, ``presently see the rate at which his banner and his pretensions are held by Richard of England.'' So saying, he pulled up the standard-spear, splintered it to pieces, threw the banner itself on the ground, and placed his foot upon it. ``Thus,'' said he, ``I trample on the banner of Austria---Is there a knight among your Teutonic chivalry, dare impeach my deed?'' There was a momentary silence; but there are no braver men than the Germans. ``I,'' and ``I,'' and ``I,'' was heard from several knights of the Duke's followers; and he himself added his voice to those which accepted the King of England's defiance. ``Why do we dally thus?'' said the Earl Wallenrode, a gigantic warrior from the frontiers of Hungary: ``Brethren, and noble gentlemen, this man's foot is on the honour of your country---Let us rescue it from violation, and down with the pride of England!'' So saying, he drew his sword, and struck at the King a blow which might have proved fatal, had not the Scot intercepted and caught it upon his shield. ``I have sworn,'' said King Richard---and his voice was heard above all the tumult, which now waxed wild and loud--- ``never to strike one whose shoulder bears the cross; therefore live, Wallenrode---but live to remember Richard of England.'' As he spoke, he grasped the tall Hungarian round the waist, and, unmatched in wrestling, as in other military exercises, hurled him backwards with such violence, that the mass flew as if discharged from a military engine, not only through the ring of spectators who witnessed the extraordinary scene, but over the edge of the mount itself, down the steep side of which Wallenrode rolled headlong, until, pitching at length upon his shoulder, he dislocated the bone, and lay like one dead.
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