The Douglas





When King Robert I. died he exacted a promise from Sir James
Douglas to convey his heart to the Holy Land, where he had been on the

point of going when death arrested him. The party had reached Sluys, so far

on their way to Jerusalem, when Alonzo, King of Leon and Castile, at that

time engaged in war with the Moorish governor of Granada, Osmyn, sent to

demand the aid of Douglas; and by his oath as a knight, which forbade him

ever to turn a deaf ear to a call in aid of the Church of Christ, he was

obliged to attend to the summons. He fought with his usual heroism, till

the Moslems believed he bore a charmed life when they saw him rush into the

thickest of the fight and escape unwounded. But the Christian ranks

nevertheless began to give way; and to stem the flight the Douglas threw

the casket containing the king's heart into the _melee_, and rushed after

it, exclaiming, "Now pass onward as thou wert wont, and Douglas will follow

thee or die!" The day after the battle the body of the hero and the casket

were found by his surviving companions; and the squire of Douglas finding

it was impossible to convey it to Jerusalem, brought back the king's heart

to Scotland, and it was interred in Melrose Abbey.





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