The Song of Roland/Stanza XVIII
|←Stanza XVII||The Song of Roland
, translated by Charles Kenneth Scott-Moncrieff
"My lords barons, say whom now can we send
To th' Sarrazin that Sarraguce defends?"
Answers Roland: "I might go very well."
"Certes, you'll not," says Oliver his friend,
"For your courage is fierce unto the end,
I am afraid you would misapprehend.
If the King wills it I might go there well."
Answers the King: "Be silent both on bench;
Your feet nor his, I say, shall that way wend.
Nay, by this beard, that you have seen grow blench,
The dozen peers by that would stand condemned.
Franks hold their peace; you'd seen them all silent."