The story of Roncesvalles tells of an agony equally hopeless and equally secure from every touch of fear.
To this came a challenging blast from the terrible horn of Roland—he of Roncesvalles.
In this region, too, lies the famous pass of Ibañeta or Roncesvalles.
But Spain too claims part of the honour of the day of Roncesvalles.
Ganelon, the knight through whose treachery the defeat of Charlemagne at Roncesvalles was brought about.
R-Roland of Roncesvalles, though he lost, yet did he win, said the peddler.
This same fight of Roncesvalles was the theme of an archaic poem, the “Song of Altobiscar,” written about 1835.
So through the sunny winter day the chivalry of England poured down through the dark pass of Roncesvalles to the plains of Spain.
Though unhorsed he still fought on, ‘rivalling the feats of Roland at Roncesvalles,’ till at last he fell pierced by wounds.
In the song of Roncesvalles, a blackthorn grows above the dead Saracens, a white flower above the dead Christians.