…’He loosed the blade a little and drove it back happily into the sheath, and the sword answered him low and crooningly, as – as a woman would speak to a man, her head on his shoulder.
This is from ‘Young Men at the Manor’ in ‘Puck of Pook’s Hill’.
Hugh, the Saxon comrade of Richard Dalygridge, lost his land to Richard after the Norman conquest. Now he been given the neighbouring Manor of Dallington by de Aquila. His sword is singing because he has new lands, and is a man again.