The poem entitled "The Glove and the Lions" by Leigh Hunt concerns a King (King Francis) in his kingdom, watching the royal sport of lions fighting. Others are in the audience as well watching the spectacle carrying out below. Spectators include nobles including the Count de Lorge. The Count has his eyes on a fair lady.
As the poem continues, the lions are engaging in a vicious battle with one another. This battle involves bloodshed and aggressive fighting between the lions. King Francis understands the viciousness of the battle and knows that it is good that everyone is safe in their seats above the sand pit where the animals are battling. The poet Leigh Hunt conveys all of this in this line: