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A roar from countless drums, horns, and atabals answered from the
He is attended as if he were a prince, with drums and atabals, and servants on horse and foot, and brings with him letters of credence from Saladin. ''
On the day after the return of Cortes to Mexico, before the hour of dawn I was awakened from my uneasy slumbers by the whistling cries of thousands of warriors and the sound of atabals and drums.
Moorish _atabals_ gave signal for the fray, and the two hosts surged forward to meet in fierce assault.
But suddenly they heard a great stir in the grove beyond them; they started in terror as a clash of barbaric music, of cymbals and of atabals, sounded on their ears, and, in an instant, they found themselves surrounded by a swarm of swarthy Saracens.
But no sooner did the sun appear than the Crusaders raised their war-cry, and the Turks sounded their trumpets and atabals, -- a mutual challenge to renew the sanguinary conflict.
He is attended as if he were a prince, with drums and atabals, and servants on horse and foot, and brings with him letters of credence from Saladin.”