CHORUS An honest man, my liege, one sore bestead By fortune, and so worthy our support.
a vision rare Tells me that soon again I shall behold the twain Maidens so ill bestead, By their kin buffeted.
At once this knight seemed to throw aside his apathy, when he discovered the leader of his party so hard bestead
; for, setting spurs to his horse, which was quite fresh, he came to his assistance like a thunderbolt, exclaiming, in a voice like a trumpet-call, ``Desdichado, to the rescue!'' It was high time; for, while the Disinherited Knight was pressing upon the Templar, Front-de-B uf had got nigh to him with his uplifted sword; but ere the blow could descend, the Sable Knight dealt a stroke on his head, which, glancing from the polished helmet, lighted with violence scarcely abated on the chamfron of the steed, and Front-de-B uf rolled on the ground, both horse and man equally stunned by the fury of the blow.