Questions about the work "Idylls of the King" (1859–1885) by Alfred Tennyson, a cycle of twelve poems telling the legend of King Arthur. Questions about this work should be tagged with [alfred-tennyson].
From Idylls of the King: The Passing of Arthur by Alfred Tennyson:
To him replied the bold Sir Bedivere:
'It is not meet, Sir King, to leave thee thus,
Aidless, alone, and smitten through the helm—
I am finding the following lines from Tennyson's Idylls of the King quite perplexing:
A thousand pips eat up your sparrow-hawk!
Tits, wrens, and all wing'd nothings peck him dead!
Ye think the rustic ...