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First Line: The ordeal's fatal trumpet sounded
Last Line: It was indeed her own true knight!
Subject(s): Love

THE ordeal's fatal trumpet sounded,
And sad pale ADELGITHA came,
When forth a valiant champion bounded,
And slew the slanderer of her fame.

She wept, delivered from her danger;
But when he knelt to claim her glove --
"Seek not," she cried, "oh! gallant stranger,
For hapless ADELGITHA's love.

"For he is in a foreign far land
Whose arm should now have set me free;
And I must wear the willow garland
For him that's dead, or false to me."

"Nay! say not that his faith is tainted!" --
He raised his visor -- At the sight
She fell into his arms and fainted:
It was indeed her own true knight!

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