I saw young Harry with his beaver on, His cuisses on his thighs, gallantly armed, Rise from the ground like feathered Mercury, And vaulted with such ease into his seat As if an angel dropped down from the clouds To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus, And witch the world with noble horsemanship.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Vernon, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 104-10.
Prince Hal, ready to fight against the rebels; "beaver" means helmet; "cuisses" means thigh armor; Mercury was the messenger of the gods, who had winged heels; "wind" means wheel round; "Pegasus" means mythical flying horse.