Forth at your eyes your spirits wildly peep, And, as the sleeping soldiers in th’alarm, Your bedded hair like life in excrements Start up and stand on end.

What does the Queen know about sleeping soldiers in the alarm? Why does the Queen know what soldiers startled awake look like?
It is a curious image to use. Or rather, it is a curious image for a Queen to use. Did she go on to the battlefield with her husband? When he was out sledding the pole-axe, wearing his beaver, doing his dread war-like duties – was she there? Was she in his tent to help dress his war wounds upon return? Did she see sleeping soldiers startled awake by the surprise attack? She seems to know exactly what their hair looked like.

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