Chapter 55

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       But meanwhile count Tetbold, stripped of his fideles (put to flight or overthrown and killed), swiftly sought aid in flight with a few followers. Once their horses had been spurred into quick motion, he did not even turn aside at the town of Evreux, which his followers were holding. For he deeply, deservedly, felt on that day the misfortune of a four-fold defeat at the hands of the blessed marquis Richard, namely, he observed his fideles overthrown in battle; he himself emerged mutilated and put to flight; one of his sons fell, overcome by death; the town of Chartres and its garrison tumbled down, utterly burned up by fire. But marquis Richard, most famous for goodness, returned to Rouen at nightfall, wearied by combat and by the extended pursuit of his enemies. Arising, however, at dawn, approaching the field of battle, finding six hundred and forty dead, he felt, in his compassion, severe pain at the destruction of so many; he commanded them to be interred; he caused those who were still alive to be carried gently on a bier to Rouen and healed. Beyond that, he had the thickets and the marshes searched, and found many dead and many wounded, to whom he offered indulgence with the same compassion.

                            Apostrophe

When the losses, changes and increases of the lunar cycle
Twist it, pushed backwards by the waves of the threatening ocean,
The nimble stream of the undulating river Seine meanders, with a cerulean whirlpool,
A wave moves the coursing tide of the vast deeps
And laps the florid pastures of the odiferous banks,
And gently and abundantly washes the grassy foliage,
Both hills, dressed in shady shining branches, and meadows,
And the delightful field, containing distinguished vineyards,
All shine sufficiently, due to the refreshing course of its waves.
Rouen, celebrated city, you now shine because of it,
Lavishly decorated by the slipping river's pleasant profits
(Whereby it is able to pacify itself with a reward of varied advantage),
But you gleam even more as you are fortified by the merits
And in every way equitable manners of the illustrious patrician
Richard, marquis, duke and count, marvelous and stupendous in deeds,
Especially worthy, upright and holy, compassionate, good and modest,
Who, filled with the bounty of unbeatable strength,
Protects, exalts, rules and, cherishing, guards you
And, more constant than a wall, (note 1) chases, hinders and censures your enemies.


Notes:


1. Preferring the "muro" of CC 276.


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