He was in old-time iron armor from head to heel, with a helmet on his head the shape of a nail-keg with slits in it; and he had a shield, and a sword
, and a pro- digious spear; and his horse had armor on, too, and a steel horn projecting from his forehead, and gorgeous red and green silk trappings that hung down all around him like a bedquilt, nearly to the ground.
They were bareheaded; their eyes were protected by iron goggles which projected an inch or more, the leather straps of which bound their ears flat against their heads were wound around and around with thick wrappings which a sword
could not cut through; from chin to ankle they were padded thoroughly against injury; their arms were bandaged and rebandaged, layer upon layer, until they looked like solid black logs.
He drank one drop, but still he could not lift the sword
; then he drank a second, and the sword
began to move; but only after he had drunk a third drop was he able to swing the sword
over his head.
For all that, he was much grieved at the loss of his lance, and saying so to his squire, he added, "I remember having read how a Spanish knight, Diego Perez de Vargas by name, having broken his sword
in battle, tore from an oak a ponderous bough or branch, and with it did such things that day, and pounded so many Moors, that he got the surname of Machuca, and he and his descendants from that day forth were called Vargas y Machuca.
Then with sword
and buckler girded at his side he made a goodly show.
In an instant all was confusion; a thousand drawn swords
menaced me from every quarter, and Sab Than sprang upon me with a jeweled dagger he had drawn from his nuptial ornaments.
D'Artagnan the elder girded his own sword
round his son, kissed him tenderly on both cheeks, and gave him his benediction.
Olivain, take care of our horses and give me my sword
cried he, sword
in hand, and one foot upon the window.
But we may not take up the third sword
, which is Mahomet's sword
, or like unto it; that is, to propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences; except it be in cases of overt scandal, blasphemy, or intermixture of practice against the state; much less to nourish seditions; to authorize conspiracies and rebellions; to put the sword
into the people's hands; and the like; tending to the subversion of all government, which is the ordinance of God.
If they were in the way the blacks pushed them roughly to one side, or whacked them with the flat of a sword
, and the animals slunk away as in great fear.
I call it a sword
, but really it was a sharp-edged blade with a complete hook at the far end.