Song of Roland
the renowned nephew of Charlemagne, slain in the pass of
Roncesvalles. At the battle of Hastings, Taillefer advanced on
horseback before the invading army, and gave the signal for onset by
singing this famous song.
Taillefer, who sung well and loud,
Came mounted on a charger proud;
Before the duke the minstrel sprang,
And the Song of Roland sang.
Brut of Wace (translated).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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