I want a simple summary for the poem called "The Glove and the Lions" by Leigh Hunt.

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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:

The bloody foam above the bars came whisking through the air;
Said Francis then, "Faith, gentlemen, we're better here than there."

The woman that the Count de Lorge has eyes for - and she for him - sees the battle going on with the lions and considers that it would be good if the Count proved his love for her by going among the lions. Consequently she drops her glove into the lions' pit so that the count will have to go in and retrieve it to prove his love for her. He does this, and when he returns to the seats he throws the glove in her face, in anger, not loving her for making him do this. The folly of what she did is exemplified in this line from the poem:
 
"By God!" said Francis, "rightly done!" and he rose from where he sat:
"No love," quoth he, "but vanity, sets love a task like that."

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