The Story of the Scabbard
he besieges and in due course triumphantly occupies another realm as yet unmapped.
Next day the Welshmen came, and now the trap was ready for Henry of Lancaster.
It befell just two days later, about noon, that while Richard idly talked with Branwen a party of soldiers, some fifteen in number, rode down the river's bank from the ford above. Their leader paused, then gave an order. The men drew rein. He cantered forward.
"God give you joy, fair sir," said Richard, when the cavalier was at his elbow.
The new-comer raised his visor.
"God give you eternal joy, my fair cousin," he said, "and very soon. Now send away this woman before that happens which must happen."
"You design murder?" Richard said.
"I design my own preservation," King Henry answered, "for while you live my rule is insecure."
"I am sorry," Richard said, "because in part my blood