Author Anonymous - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight</font></u></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin:0; '> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin:0; '> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin:0; '> <b> <span style="font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><a href="http://www.poetryintranslation.com/"><font size="4">HOME</font></a><font size="4">                                                                           </font> <a target="_top" href="http://www.poetryintranslation.com/klineasgawain.htm"> <font size="4">DOWNLOAD</font></a></span></b><font size="4"> </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin:0; '> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin:0; '> <font size="4">Translated by A. S. Kline © 2007 All Rights Reserved</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin:0; '> <font size="4">This work may be freely reproduced, stored, and transmitted, electronically or otherwise, for any non-commercial purpose.</font></p> <p align="center" style="margin: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin:0; '><b><u> <font size="4">Contents</font></u></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin:0; '> </p> <p class=MsoToc1 align="center" style="margin: 0"><span class=MsoHyperlink><a href="#_Toc178583488"><b><font size="4">Part I</font></b><font size="4"><span style='color:windowtext; display:none;text-decoration:none;'>. </span><span style='color:windowtext;display:none;text-decoration:none;'>4</span></font></a></span><font size="4"></span></font></p> <p class=MsoToc1 align="center" style="margin: 0"><span class=MsoHyperlink><a href="#_Toc178583489"><b><font size="4">Part II</font></b><font size="4"><span style='color:windowtext;display:none;text-decoration: none;'>. </span><span style='color:windowtext;display:none;text-decoration:none;'>25</span></font></a></span><font size="4"></span></font></p> <p class=MsoToc1 align="center" style="margin: 0"><span class=MsoHyperlink><a href="#_Toc178583490"><b><font size="4">Part III</font></b><font size="4"><span style='color:windowtext;display:none;text-decoration: none;'>. </span><span style='color:windowtext;display:none;text-decoration:none;'>50</span></font></a></span><font size="4"></span></font></p> <p class=MsoToc1 align="center" style="margin: 0"><span class=MsoHyperlink><a href="#_Toc178583491"><b><font size="4">Part IV</font></b><font size="4"><span style='color:windowtext;display:none;text-decoration: none;'>.. </span><span style='color:windowtext;display:none;text-decoration:none;'>84</span></font></a></span><font size="4"></span></font></p> <p class=MsoToc1 align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <h1 style="text-align: left; margin-left: 1in; margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                         </font> <a name="_Toc178583488"><b><u> <font size="5">Part I</font></u></b></a></h1> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              1</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">Soon as the siege and assault had ceased at <st1:City><st1:place>Troy</st1:place></st1:City>,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the burg broken and burnt to brands and ashes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the traitor who trammels of treason there wrought</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">was tried for his treachery, the foulest on earth.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">It was Aeneas the noble and his high kin</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">who then subdued provinces, lords they became,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">well-nigh of all the wealth in the Western Isles:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">forth rich <st1:City><st1:place>Romulus</st1:place></st1:City> to <st1:City><st1:place>Rome</st1:place></st1:City> rapidly came,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with great business that burg he builds up first,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and names it with his name, as now it has;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=SpellE><font size="4">Ticius</font></span><font size="4"> to <st1:State><st1:place>Tuscany</st1:place></st1:State>, and townships begins;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=SpellE><font size="4">Langobard</font></span><font size="4"> in <st1:place>Lombardy</st1:place> lifts up homes;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and fared over the French flood Felix Brutus</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">on many banks all broad <st1:country-region><st1:place>Britain</st1:place></st1:country-region> he settles </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">then,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">where war and wreck and wonder</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">betimes have worked within,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and oft both bliss and blunder</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">have held sway swiftly since. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              2</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And when this <st1:country-region><st1:place>Britain</st1:place></st1:country-region> was built by this baron rich,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">bold men were bred therein, of battle beloved,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in many a troubled time turmoil that wrought.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">More flames on this fold have fallen here oft</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">than any other I know of, since that same time.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But of all that here built, of <st1:country-region><st1:place>Britain</st1:place></st1:country-region> the kings,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">ever was Arthur highest, as I have heard tell.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And so of earnest adventure I aim to show,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that astonishes sight as some men do hold it,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">an outstanding action of Arthur’s wonders.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">If you will list to this lay but a little while,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I’ll tell it straight, as I in town heard it, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">with tongue;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          as it was said and spoken</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          in story staunch and strong,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          with linked letters loaded,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          as in this land so long.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              3</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">This king lay at Camelot nigh on Christmas</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with many lovely lords, of leaders the best,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">reckoning of the Round Table all the rich brethren,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with right ripe revel and reckless mirth.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">There <span class=SpellE>tourneyed</span> tykes by times full many,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">jousted full jollily these gentle knights, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then carried to court, their carols to make. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For there the feast was alike full fifteen days,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with all the meat and mirth men could devise:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">such clamour and glee glorious to hear,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">dear din in the daylight, dancing of nights;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">all was happiness high in halls and chambers</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with lords and ladies, as liked them all best.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">With all that’s well in the world were they together,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the knights best known under the Christ Himself,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and the loveliest ladies that ever life honoured,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he the comeliest king that the court rules.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For all were fair folk and in their first age </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">still,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the happiest under heaven,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          king noblest in his will;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          that it were hard to reckon</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          so hardy a host on hill. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              4</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">While New Year was so young it was new come in,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that day double on the dais was the dole served,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for the king was come with knights into the hall,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and chanting in the chapel had chimed to an end. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Loud cry was there cast of clerics and others,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Noel nurtured anew, and named full oft;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and see the rich run forth to render presents,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=SpellE><font size="4">yelled</font></span><font size="4"> their gifts on high, yield them to hand,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">argued busily about those same gifts.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Ladies laughed out loud, though they had lost,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">while he that won was not wrath, that you’ll know.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">All this mirth they made at the meal time.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">When they had washed well they went to be seated,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the best of the barons above, as it seemed best;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with Guinevere, full gaily, gracing their midst,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">dressed on the dais there, adorned all about –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">splendid silk by her sides, and sheer above</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of true <st1:City><st1:place>Toulouse</st1:place></st1:City>, of Tartar tapestries plenty,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that were embroidered, bright with the best gems</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that might be price-proved with pennies </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">any a day.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the comeliest to descry</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          glanced there with eyen grey;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          a seemlier ever to the sight,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          sooth might no man say. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              5</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But Arthur would not eat till all were served,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he was so joyous a youth, and somewhat boyish:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he liked his life lively, he loved the less</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">either to long lie idle or to long sit,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so busied him his young blood and his brain wild.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And also another matter moved him so,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that he had nobly named he would never eat</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">on such dear days, before he had been advised,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of some adventurous thing, an unknown tale,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of some mighty marvel, that he might believe,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of ancestors, arms, or other adventures;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">or else till someone beseeched for some sure knight</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to join with him in jousting, in jeopardy to lay,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">lay down life for life, allow each to the other,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as fortune might favour them, a fair advantage.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">This was the king’s custom when he in court was,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">at each fine feast among his many friends </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">in hall.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Therefore with fearless face</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          he stands straight and tall;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          full lively at that New Year</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          much mirth he makes with all.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              6</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Thus there stands straight and tall the king himself,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">talking at the high table of trifles full courtly.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">There good Gawain was graced by Guinevere beside,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and <span class=SpellE>Agravain</span> <i>a la <span class=SpellE>dure</span> main</i> on the other side sits,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">both the king’s sister-sons and full sure knights;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Bishop Baldwin above, he begins the table,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and <span class=SpellE>Ywain</span>, <span class=SpellE>Urien’s</span> son, ate alongside him.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">These sat high on the dais and deftly served,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and many another sat sure at the side-tables. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then the first course came with crack of trumpets,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with many a banner full bright that thereby hung;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">new noise of kettledrums and noble pipes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">wild warbles and wide wakened echoes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that many a heart full high heaved at their notes.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Dainties drawn in therewith of full dear meats,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">foods of the freshest, and in such files of dishes</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">they find no room to place them people before</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and to set the silver that holds such servings </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">on cloth.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Each his load as he liked himself,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          there ladled and nothing loath;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Every two had dishes twelve,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          good beer and bright wine both.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              7</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now will I of their service say you no more,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for each man may well know no want was there</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">another noise full new neared with speed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that would give the lord leave to take meat.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For scarce was the noise not a while ceased,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and the first course in the court duly served,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">there hales in at the hall door a dreadful man,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the most in the world’s mould of measure high,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">from the nape to the waist so swart and so thick,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and his loins and his limbs so long and so great</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">half giant on earth I think now that he was;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but the most of man anyway I mean him to be,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and that the finest in his greatness that might ride,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for of back and breast though his body was strong,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">both his belly and waist were worthily small,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and his features all followed his form made </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and clean. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Wonder at his hue men displayed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          set in his semblance seen;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          he fared as a giant were made,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and over all deepest green. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              8</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And all garbed in green this giant and his gear:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a straight coat full tight that stuck to his sides,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a magnificent mantle above, masked within</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with pelts pared pertly, the garment agleam</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with blithe ermine full bright, and his hood both,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that was left from his locks and laid on his shoulders;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">neat, well-hauled hose of that same green</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that clung to his calves and sharp spurs under</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of bright gold, on silk stockings rich-barred,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and no shoes under sole where the same rides.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And all his vesture verily was bright verdure,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">both the bars of his belt and other bright stones,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that were richly rayed in his bright array</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">about himself and his saddle, on silk work,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">it were tortuous to tell of these trifles the half,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">embroidered above with birds and butterflies,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with gay gaudy of green, the gold ever inmost.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The pendants of his harness, the proud crupper,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his bridle and all the metal enamelled was then;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the stirrups he stood on stained with the same,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and his saddle bows after, and saddle skirts,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">ever glimmered and glinted all with green stones.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The horse he rode on was also of that hue, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">certain:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          A green horse great and thick,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          a steed full strong to restrain,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          in broidered bridle quick –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to the giant he brought gain.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              9</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Well garbed was this giant geared in green,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and the hair of his head like his horse’s mane.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Fair fanned-out flax enfolds his shoulders;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">A beard big as a bush over his breast hangs,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that with the haul of hair that from his head reaches</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">was clipped all round about above his elbows,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that half his hands <span class=SpellE>thereunder</span> were hid in the wise</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of a king’s broad cape that’s clasped at his neck.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The mane of that mighty horse was much alike,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">well crisped and combed, with knots full many</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">plaited in thread of gold about the fair green,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">here a thread of the hair, and there of gold.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The tail and his forelock twinned, of a suit,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and bound both with a band of a bright green,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">dressed with precious stones, as its length lasted;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then twined with a thong, a tight knot aloft,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">where many bells bright of burnished gold ring.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Such a man on a mount, such a giant that rides,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">was never before that time in hall in sight of human </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">eye.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He looked as lightning bright,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          said all that him descried;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          it seemed that no man might</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          his mighty blows survive.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              10</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And yet he had no helm nor hauberk, neither,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">nor protection, nor no plate pertinent to arms,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">nor no shaft, nor no shield, to strike and smite,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but in his one hand he held a holly branch,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that is greatest in green when groves are bare,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and an axe in his other, one huge, monstrous,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a perilous spar to expound in speech, who might.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The head of an ell-rod its large length had,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the spike all of green steel and of gold hewn,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the blade bright burnished with a broad edge</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as well shaped to sheer as are sharp razors.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The shaft of a strong staff the stern man gripped,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that was wound with iron to the wand’s end,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all engraved with green in gracious workings;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a cord lapped it about, that linked at the head,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and so around the handle looped full oft,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with tried tassels thereto attached enough</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">on buttons of the bright green broidered full rich.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">This stranger rides in and the hall enters,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">driving to the high dais, danger un-fearing.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Hailed he never a one, but high he overlooked.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The first word that he spoke: ‘Where is,’ he said,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘the governor of this throng? Gladly I would</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">see that soul in sight and with himself speak </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">reason.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          On knights he cast his eyes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          And rolled them up and down.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He stopped and studied ay</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          who was of most renown.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              11</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">There was a looking at length the man to behold,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for each man marvelled what it might mean</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for a rider and his horse to own such a hue</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as grew green as the grass and greener it seemed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">than green enamel on gold glowing the brighter.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">All studied that steed, and stalked him near,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with all the wonder of the world at what he might do.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for marvels had they seen but such never before;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and so of phantom and <span class=SpellE>fairie</span> the folk there it deemed.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Therefore to answer was many a knight afraid,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all stunned at his shout and sat stock-still</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in a sudden silence through the rich hall;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as all had slipped into sleep so ceased their noise</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    and cry.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          I think it not all in fear,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          but some from courtesy;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to let him all should revere </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          speak to him firstly.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              12</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then Arthur before the high dais that adventure beholds,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and, gracious, him reverenced, a-feared was he never,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and said: ‘Sir, welcome indeed to this place,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the head of this house, I, Arthur am named.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Alight swiftly adown and rest, I thee pray,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and what thy will is we shall wait after.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Nay, so help me,’ quoth the man, ‘He that on high sits:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to wait any while in this way, it was not my errand.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But as the light of thee, lord, is lifted so high,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and thy burg and thy barons the best, men hold,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">strongest under steel gear on steeds to ride,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the wisest and worthiest of the world’s kind,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">proof to play against in other pure sports,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and here is shown courtesy, as I have heard said,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so then I wandered hither, indeed, at this time.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">You may be sure by this branch that I bear here</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that I pass by in peace and no plight seek.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For were I found here, fierce, and in fighting wise,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I had a hauberk at home and a helm both,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a shield and a sharp spear, shining bright,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and other weapons to wield, I well will, too;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but as I wish no war, I wear the softer.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But if you be as bold as all <span class=SpellE>bairns</span> tell,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">you will grant me goodly the gift that I ask</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    by right.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Arthur answered there,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and said: ‘Sir courteous knight,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          if you crave battle bare,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          here fails you not the fight.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              13</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Nay, follow I no fight, in faith I thee tell.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">About on these benches are but beardless children;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if I were clasped in armour on a high steed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">here is no man to match me, his might so weak.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">From thee I crave in this court a Christmas gift,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for it is Yule and New Year, and here many young men.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">If any so hardy in this house holds himself,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">is so bold of blood, hot-brained in his head,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that dare staunchly strike a stroke for another,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I shall give him as gift this weapon so rich,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">this blade, that is heavy enough to handle as he likes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and I will bear the first blow, as bare as I sit.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">If any friend be so fell as to fare as I say,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Leap lightly to me; latch on to this weapon –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I quit claim for ever, he keeps it, his own. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And I will stand his stroke straight, on this floor,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if you will grant me the gift to give him another,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    again;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and yet give him respite</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          a twelvemonth and a day.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Now hurry, let’s see aright</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          dare any herein aught say.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              14</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">If he had stunned them at first, stiller were then</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">all the host in the hall, the high and the low.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The man on his mount he turned in his saddle,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and roundly his red eyes he rolled about,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">bent his bristling brows, burning green,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">waving his beard about waiting who would rise.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">When none would come to his call he coughed full high,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and cleared his throat full richly, ready to speak:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘What, is this Arthur’s house,’ quoth the horseman then,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘that all the rumour runs of, through realms so many?</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Where now your superiority and your conquests,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">your grinding down and your anger, your great words?</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now is the revel and the renown of the Round Table</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">overthrown with the word of a wanderer’s speech,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for all duck down in dread without dint of a blow!’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">With this he laughed so loud that the lord grieved;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the blood shot for shame into his fair face</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    and there,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          he waxed as wrath as wind;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          so did all that there were.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The king, so keen by kind,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          then stood that strong man near.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              15</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And said: ‘Horseman, by heaven you ask as a fool,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and as a folly you fain, to find it me behoves.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I know no guest that’s aghast at your great words.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Give me now your weapon, upon God’s name,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and I shall bear you the boon you’d be having.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">lightly he leaped to him and caught at his hand;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then fiercely the other fellow on foot alighted.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now has Arthur his axe, and the helm grips,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and strongly stirs it about, to strike with a thought.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The man before him drew himself to full height,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">higher than any in the house by a head and more.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">With stern face where he stood he stroked his beard,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and with fixed countenance tugged at his coat,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">no more moved or dismayed by mighty blows</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">than if any man to the bench had brought him a drink</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    of wine.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Gawain, that sat by the queen,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to the king he did incline:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘I beseech in plain speech</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          that this mêlée be mine’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              16</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Would you, worthiest lord,’ quoth Gawain to the king,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘bid me bow from this bench and stand by you there,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that I without villainy might void this table,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and if my liege lady liked it not ill,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I would come counsel you before your court rich.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For I think it not seemly, as it is true known, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that such an asking is heaved so high in your hall,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that you yourself are tempted, to take it to yourself,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">while so many bold men about you on benches sit,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that under heaven, I hope, are none higher of will,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">nor better of body on fields where battle is raised.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I am the weakest, I know, and of wit feeblest.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">least worth the loss of my life, who’d learn the truth.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Only inasmuch as you are my uncle, am I praised:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">No bounty but your blood in my body I know.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And since this thing is folly and naught to you falls,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and I have asked it of you first, grant it to me;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and if my cry be not comely, let this court be free </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">of blame.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Nobles whispered around,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and after counselled the same,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to free the king and crown,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and give Gawain the game.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              17</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then commanded the king the knight for to rise,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he readily up-rose and prepared him fair,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">knelt down before the king, and caught the weapon;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he lightly left it him, and lifted up his hand</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and gave him God’s blessing, and gladly him bade</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that his heart and his hand should hardy be, both.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Take care, cousin,’ quoth the king, ‘how you set on,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and if you read him aright, readily I <span class=SpellE>trow</span>,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that you shall abide the blow he shall bring after.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Gawain goes to the giant, with weapon in hand,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and boldly abides him, never bothered the less.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then to Sir Gawain says the knight in the green:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Re-affirm we our oaths before we go further.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">First I entreat you, man, how are you named,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that tell me truly, then, so trust it I may.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘In God’s faith,’ quoth the good knight, ‘Gawain am I,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that bear you this buffet, whatever befalls after,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and at this time twelvemonth take from thee another</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with what weapon you wilt, and no help from any</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    alive.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The other replies again:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘Sir Gawain, may I so thrive,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          if I am not wondrous fain</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          for you this blow to drive.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              18</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘By God,’ quoth the green knight, ‘Sir Gawain, I like</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">That I’ll face first from your fist what I found here.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And you have readily rehearsed, with reason full true,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">clearly all the covenant that I the king asked,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">save that you shall secure me, say, by your troth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that you shall seek me yourself, where so you think</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I may be found upon field, and fetch you such wages</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as you deal me today before this dear company.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Where should I seek,’ quoth Gawain, ‘where is your place?</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I know nothing of where you walk, by Him that wrought me,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">nor do I know you, knight, your court or your name.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But teach me truly the track, tell me how you are named,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and I shall wind all my wit to win me thither;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and that I swear you in truth, and by my sure honour.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘That is enough this New Year, it needs no more,’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">quoth the giant in the green to courteous Gawain:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘if I shall tell you truly, when you have tapped me</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and you me smoothly have smitten, I swiftly you teach, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of my house and my home and my own name.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then may you find how I fare, and hold to your word;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and if I spend no speech, then it speeds you the better,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for you may linger in your land and seek no further –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    but oh!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Take now your grim steel to thee,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and see how you fell oaks.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘Gladly, sir, indeed,’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          quoth Gawain; his axe he strokes.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              19</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The green knight on his ground graciously stands:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with a little lean of the head, flesh he uncovers;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his long lovely locks he laid over his crown,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and let the naked neck to the stroke show.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Gawain gripped his axe and glanced it on high,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his left foot on the field before him he set,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">letting it down lightly light on the naked,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that the sharp of the steel sundered the bones,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and sank through the soft flesh, sliced it in two,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that the blade of the bright steel bit in the ground.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The fair head from the frame fell to the earth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that folk flailed it with their feet, where it forth rolled;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the blood burst from the body, the bright on the green.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Yet nevertheless neither falters nor falls the fellow,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but stoutly he started forth on strong shanks,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and roughly he reached out, where the ranks stood,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">latched onto his lovely head, and lifted it so;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then strode to his steed, the bridle he catches,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">steps into stirrup and strides him aloft,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and his head by the hair in his hand holds.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and as steady and staunch him in his saddle sat</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as if no mishap had him ailed, though headless now</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    instead.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He twined his trunk about,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          that ugly body that bled;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          many of him had doubt,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ere ever his speech was said.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              20</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For the head in his hand he holds up even,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">towards the dearest on dais addresses the face;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and it lifted its eyelids, and looked full wide,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and made this much with its mouth, as you may now hear;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Look, Gawain, be you geared to go as you promised,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and look out loyally till you me, lord, find,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as you swore oath in this hall, these knights hearing.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">To the green chapel you go, I charge you, to find</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">such a dint as you dealt – deserved you have –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to be readily yielded on New Year’s morn.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The knight of the green chapel, men know me as, many;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">therefore to find me, if you fain it, you’ll fail never.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Come then, or be called recreant it behoves you.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">With a rough rasping the reins he twists,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">hurled out the hall door, his head in his hand,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that the fire of the flint flew from fleet hooves.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to what land he came no man there knew,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">no more than they knew where he had come from</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    what then?</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The king and Gawain there</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          at that green man laugh and grin;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          yet broadcast it was abroad</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          as a marvel among those men.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              21</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Though Arthur the high king at heart had wonder,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he let no semblance be seen, but said aloud</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to the comely queen, with courteous speech:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Dear dame, today dismay you never;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">well become us these crafts at Christmas,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">larking at interludes, to laugh and to sing</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">among the courtly carols of lords and ladies.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Nevertheless my meat I may now me address,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for I have seen my marvel, I may not deny.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He glanced at Sir Gawain and graciously said:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Now sir, hang up your axe that has hewn enough.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And it adorned the dais, hung on display,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">where all men might marvel and on it look,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and by true title thereof to tell the wonder.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then they went to the board these two together,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the king and the godly knight, and keen men them served</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of all dainties double, as dearest might fall,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with all manner of meat and minstrelsy both.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Full well they whiled that day till it worked its end</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    on land</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Now think well, Sir Gawain,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          lest by peril unmanned,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          this adventure to sustain,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          you have taken in hand.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <b><u><span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span></u></b> </p> <h1 style="text-align: left; margin-left: 1in; margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                         </font> <a name="_Toc178583489"><b><u> <font size="5">Part II</font></u></b></a></h1> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              22</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">This gift of adventure has Arthur thus on the first</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">of the young year, for he yearned exploits to hear.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">Though words were wanting when they went to sit,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">now are they stoked with stern work, fullness to hand.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">Gawain was glad to begin those games in hall,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">yet if the end be heavy, have you no wonder;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">though men be merry in mind when they have strong ale,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">a year turns full turn, and yields never a like;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">the form of its finish foretold full seldom.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">For this Yuletide passed by, and the year after,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and each season slips by pursuing another:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">after Christmas comes crabbed Lenten time,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">that forces on flesh fish and food more simple.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">But then the weather of the world with winter it fights,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">cold shrinks down, clouds are uplifted,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">shining sheds the rain in showers full warm,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">falls upon fair flats, flowers there showing.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">Both ground and groves green is their dress,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">birds begin to build and brightly sing they</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">the solace of the soft summer ensuing after</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                    on bank;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          and blossoms bloom to blow</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          by hedges rich and rank,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          while noble notes do flow</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          in woodland free and frank.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              23</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">After, in season of summer with the soft winds,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when Zephyrus sighs himself on seeds and herbs;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">well-away is the <span class=SpellE>wort</span> that waxes out there,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when the dunking dew drops from the leaves,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">biding a blissful blush of the bright sun.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But then hies Harvest and hardens it soon,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">warns it before the winter to wax full ripe;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then drives with drought the dust for to rise,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">from the face of the field to fly full high;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">wild wind from the welkin wrestles the sun,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the leaves lance then from linden, light on the ground,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all grey is the grass, that green was ere;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then all ripens and rots, that rose up at first.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And thus wears the year into yesterdays many,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and winter walks again, as the world’s way is,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    I gauge,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          till Michaelmas moon</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          threatens a wintry age.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Then thinks Gawain full soon,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          of his wearisome voyage.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              24</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Yet till All-Hallows with Arthur he lingers,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he made a feast on that day for the knight’s sake,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with much revel and rich of the Round Table.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Knights full courteous and comely ladies,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">all for love of that lad in longing they were;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but nevertheless they named nothing but mirth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">many joyless for that gentle soul jokes made there.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For, after meat, with mourning he makes to his uncle,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and speaks his departure, and openly says:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Now, liege lord of my life, I ask you leave.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">You know the cost in this case, care I no more</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to tell you the trial thereof, naught but a trifle;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but I am bound to bear it, be gone, and tomorrow,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to seek the giant in the green, as God will me guide.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then the best of the burg were brought together,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=SpellE><font size="4">Ywain</font></span><font size="4"> and Eric and others full many,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Sir <span class=SpellE>Dodinal</span> le <span class=SpellE>Sauvage</span>, the Duke of Clarence,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Lancelot and Lionel and <span class=SpellE>Lucan</span> the Good,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Sir <span class=SpellE>Bors</span> and Sir <span class=SpellE>Bedivere</span>, big men both,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and many other men, with <span class=SpellE>Mador</span> de la Porte.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">All this courtly company came the king near,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for to counsel the knight, with care in their hearts.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">There was much dark dolefulness deep in the hall,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that so worthy as Gawain should wend on that errand,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to endure a dreadful dint, and no more with sword</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    wander.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The knight made yet good cheer,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and said: ‘Why should I falter?</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Such destinies foul or fair</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          what can men do but suffer?’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              25</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He dwelt there all that day, and dressed on the morn,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">asks early for his arms, and all were they brought.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">First a crimson carpet, cast over the floor,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and much was the gilded gear that gleamed thereon.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The strong man steps there, and handles the steel,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">dressed in a doublet of silk of <st1:place><span class=SpellE>Turkestan</span></st1:place>,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then a well-crafted cape, clasped at the top,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that with a white ermine was trimmed within. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then set they the plate shoes on his strong feet,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his legs lapped in steel with lovely greaves,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with knee-pieces pinned thereto, polished full clean,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">about his knees fastened with knots of gold;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then the cuisses, that cunningly enclosed</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his thick-thewed thighs, attached with thongs;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then the hauberk linked with bright steel rings</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">over rich wear, wrapped round the warrior;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and well-burnished bracelets over both arms,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">elbow-pieces good and gay, and gloves of plate,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all the goodly gear that should bring him gain</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    that tide;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          with rich coat armour,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          his gold spurs set with pride,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          girt with a blade full sure</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          with silk sword-belt at his side.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              26</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">When he was hasped in armour, his harness was rich;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the least laces or loops gleamed with gold.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">So harnessed as he was he hears the Mass,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">offered and honoured at the high altar,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then he comes to the king and his companions,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">takes his courteous leave of lords and ladies;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and they him kiss and convey, commend him to Christ.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">By then <span class=SpellE>Gringolet</span> was game, girt with a saddle</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that gleamed full gaily with many gold fringes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">everywhere nailed full new, for that noted day;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the bridle barred about, with bright gold bound;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the apparel of the breast-guard and proud skirts,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">crupper, caparison, in accord with the saddle-bows;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all was arrayed with rich red gold nails,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that all glittered and glinted as gleam of the sun.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then hefts he the helm, and hastily it kisses,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that was strongly stapled and stuffed within.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">It was high on his head, clasped behind,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with a light covering over the face-guard,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">embroidered and bound with the best gems</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">on broad silken border, and birds on the seams,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">such as parrots painted preening between,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">turtle-doves, true-love knots, so thick entailed</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as many burdened with it had been seven winters</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    in town.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The circlet of greater price</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          that embellished his crown,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          of diamonds all devised</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          that were both bright and brown.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              27</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then they showed him the shield that was of shining gules,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with the pentangle painted there in pure gold hues.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He brandishes it by the baldric, casts it about his neck,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that suited the wearer seemly and fair.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And why the pentangle applies to that prince noble,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I intend to tell, though I tarry more than I should.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">It is a sign Solomon settled on some while back,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in token of truth, by the title that it has,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for it is a figure that has five points,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and each line overlaps and locks with another,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and everywhere it is endless, and English call it</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">over all the land, as I here, the Endless Knot. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For so it accords with this knight and his bright arms,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">forever faithful in five ways, and five times so, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Gawain was for good known, and, as purified gold,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">void of every villainy, with virtues adorned</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    all, so.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          And thus the pentangle new</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          he bore on shield and coat,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          as title of trust most true</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and gentlest knight of note.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              28</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">First he was found faultless in his five senses,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then failed never the knight in his five fingers,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all his trust in the field was in the five wounds</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that Christ caught on the cross, as the creed tells.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And wheresoever this man in mêlée was stood, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his first thought was that, over all other things,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">all his force in fight he found in the five joys</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that holy Heaven’s Queen had of her child;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for this cause the knight fittingly had</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">on the inner half of his shield her image painted,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that when he beheld her his boldness never failed.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The fifth five that I find the knight used</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">was Free-handedness and Friendship above all things;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his Continence and Courtesy corrupted were never,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and Piety, that surpasses all points – these pure five</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">were firmer founded in his form than another.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now all these five-folds, forsooth, were fused in this knight,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and each one joined to another that none end had,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and fixed upon five points that failed never,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">never confused on one side, nor sundered neither,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">without end at any angle anywhere, I find,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">wherever its guise begins or glides to an end.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Therefore on his shining shield shaped was the knot</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">royally with red gold upon red gules,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">thus is the pure pentangle called by the people </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">of lore.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Now geared was Gawain gay,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          lifted his lance right there,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and gave them all good day –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          as he thought, for evermore.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              29</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He struck the steed with the spurs, and sprang on his way</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so strongly the stone-fire sparked out thereafter.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">All that saw the seemly sight sighed in their hearts,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and said softly the same thing all to each other,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in care of that comely knight: ‘By Christ, ‘tis pity,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that you, lord, shall be lost, who art of life noble!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">To find his fellow in field, in faith, is not easy.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Warily to have wrought would wiser have been,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to have dealt yon dear man a dukedom of worth.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">A loyal leader of this land’s lances in him well seems,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and so had better have been than brought to naught,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">beheaded by an elvish man, out of arrogant pride.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Who knew any king ever such counsel to take</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as knights in altercations in Christmas games?’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Well was the water warm much wept from eyen,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when that seemly sire spurred from the court</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    that day.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He made no delay,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          but swiftly went his way;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Many a wild path he strayed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          so the books do say.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              30</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now rides this knight through the realm of <span class=SpellE>Logres</span>,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Sir Gawain, in God’s name, yet no game it thought.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Oft friendless alone he lay long a-nights,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">where he found no fare that he liked before him.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He had no friend but his steed by furze and down,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and no one but God to speak with on the way,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">till that he neared full nigh to northern <st1:country-region><st1:place>Wales</st1:place></st1:country-region>.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">All the Isle of Anglesey on the left hand he held,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and fared over the fords by the forelands,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">over at Holyhead, till he reached the bank</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in the wilderness of Wirral – few thereabouts</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that either God or other with good heart loved.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And ever he asked as he fared, of fellows he met,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if they had heard any word of a knight in green,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">on any ground thereabout, of the green chapel;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all met him with nay, that never in their lives</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">saw they ever a sign of such a one, hued </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">in green.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The knight took pathways strange</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          by many a bank un-green;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          his cheerfulness would change,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ere might that chapel be seen.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              31</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Many cliffs he over-clambered in countries strange,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">far flying from his friends forsaken he rides.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">at every twist of the water where the way passed</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he found a foe before him, or freakish it were,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and so foul and fell he was beholden to fight.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">So many marvels by mountain there the man finds,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">it would be tortuous to tell a tenth of the tale.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Sometimes with dragons he wars, and wolves also,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">sometimes with wild woodsmen haunting the crags,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with bulls and bears both, and boar other times,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and giants that chased after him on the high fells.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">had he not been doughty, enduring, and Duty served,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">doubtless he had been dropped and left for dead,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for war worried him not so much but winter was worse,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when the cold clear water from the clouds shed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and froze ere it fall might to the fallow earth.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Near slain by the sleet he slept in his steel</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">more nights than enough in the naked rocks,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">where clattering from the crest the cold burn runs,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and hung high over his head in hard icicles.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Thus in peril and pain, and plights full hard</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">covers the country this knight till Christmas Eve</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    alone.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The knight that eventide</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to Mary made his moan,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to show him where to ride,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and guide him to some home.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              32</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">By a mount in the morn merrily he rides</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">into a forest full deep, wonderfully wide,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">high hills on either hand, and woodlands under</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of hoar oaks full huge a hundred together.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The hazel and the hawthorn were tangled and twined,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with rough ragged moss ravelled everywhere,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with many birds un-blithe upon bare twigs,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that piteously they piped for pinch of the cold.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The gallant on <span class=SpellE>Gringolet</span> glides them under</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">through many a marsh and mire, a man alone,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">full of care lest to his cost he never should</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">see the service of that Sire, that on that self night,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of a bright maid was born, our burden to quell.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And therefore sighing he said; ‘I beseech thee, Lord,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and Mary, that is mildest mother so dear,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of some harbour where highly I might hear Mass,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and thy Matins tomorrow, meekly I ask,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and thereto promptly I pray my <span class=SpellE>Pater</span> and Ave</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    and Creed.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He rode as he prayed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          And cried for his misdeeds;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He crossed himself always,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          And said: ‘Christ’s Cross me speed!’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              3</font>3</p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now he had signed himself times but three,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when he was aware in the wood of a wall in a moat,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">above a level, on high land locked under boughs</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of many broad set boles about by the ditches:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a castle the comeliest that ever knight owned,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">perched on a plain, a park all about,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with a pointed palisade, planted full thick,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">encircling many trees in more than two miles.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The hold on the one side the knight assessed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as it shimmered and shone through the shining oaks.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then humbly has off with his helm, highly he thanks</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Jesus and Saint Julian, that gentle are both,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that courtesy had him shown, and his cry hearkened.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Now hospitality,’ he said, ‘I beseech you grant!’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then goads he on <span class=SpellE>Gringolet</span>, with his gilded heels,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he by chance there has chosen the chief way,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that brought the man bravely to the bridge’s end</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    in haste.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The drawbridge was upraised,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the gates were firm and fast,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the walls were well arrayed –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          it trembled at no wind’s blast.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              34</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The knight stuck to his steed, that hugged the bank,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of the deep double ditch driven round the place.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The wall washed in the water wonderfully deep,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then a full huge height it haled up aloft,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of hard hewn stone to the entablature,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">embedded under the battlements in best style;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and there were turrets full tall towering between,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with many lovely loopholes clean interlocked:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a better barbican that knight never beheld.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And innermost he beheld a hall full high,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">towers trim between, crenellated full thick,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">fair finials that fused, and fancifully long,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with carven copes, cunningly worked.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Chalk white chimneys he descried enough,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">on tower rooftops that gleamed full white.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">So many painted pinnacles powdered there</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">among castle crenellations, clustered so thick,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that pared out of paper purely it seemed.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the fair knight on the horse it fine enough thought,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if he might contrive to come the cloister within,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to harbour in that hostel while Holy Day lasted,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    all content.  </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He called and soon there came</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          a porter pure pleasant.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          From the wall his errand he craved,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and hailed the knight errant. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              35</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Good sir,’ quoth Gawain, ‘will you do my errand</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to the high lord of this house, harbour to crave?’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Yes, by Saint Peter,’ quoth the porter, ‘for I believe</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">That you’ll be welcome to dwell as long as you like.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then the welcomer on the wall went down swiftly,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and folk freely him with, to welcome the knight.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">They let down the great drawbridge and dignified</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">knelt down on their knees upon the cold earth</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to welcome this knight as they thought the worthiest way.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">They yielded him the broad gate, opened wide,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he them raised rightly and rode over the bridge.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Several then seized his saddle, while he alighted, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then strong men enough stabled his steed. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Knights and their squires came down then</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for to bring this bold man blithely to hall,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">When he lifted his helmet, they hastened forward</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to heft it from his hand, the guest to serve;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his blade and his blazon both they took.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then hailed he full handily the host each one,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and many proud men pressed close, that prince to honour.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">All clasped in his noble armour to hall they him brought,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">where a fair fire on a hearth fiercely flamed.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then the lord of that land left his chamber</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for to meet with manners the man on the floor.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He said: ‘You are welcome to dwell as you like.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">What is here, is all your own, to have at your will</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    and wield you.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘<span class=SpellE><i>Graunt</i></span><i> <span class=SpellE>merci</span></i>,’ quoth Gawain,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘May Christ reward it you.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          As friends that meet again</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Each clasped the other true.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              36</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Gawain gazed on the gallant that goodly him greet,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and thought him a brave baron that the burg owned,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a huge man in truth, and mature in his years;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">broad, bright was his beard and all beaver-hued,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">stern, striding strongly on stalwart shanks,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">face fell as the fire, and free of his speech;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and well he seemed to suit, as the knight thought,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the leading a lordship, along of lords full good.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The chief him led to a chamber, expressly commands</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a lord be delivered to him, him humbly to serve;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and there were brave for his bidding a band of men,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that brought him to a bright bower, the bedding was noble,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of curtains of clear silk with clean gold hems,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and coverlets full curious with comely panels,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of bright ermine above embroidered sides,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">curtains running on cords, red gold rings,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">tapestries tied to the wall, of <st1:City><st1:place>Toulouse</st1:place></st1:City>, <st1:place><span class=SpellE>Turkestan</span></st1:place>,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and underfoot, on the floor, that followed suit.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">There he was disrobed, with speeches of mirth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the burden of his mail and his bright clothes.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Rich robes full readily retainers brought him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to check and to change and choose of the best.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Soon as he held one, and hastened therein,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that sat on him seemly, with spreading skirts,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">verdant in his visage Spring verily seemed</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to well nigh everyone, in all its hues,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">glowing and lovely, all his limbs under,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that a comelier knight never Christ made,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    they thought.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          However he came here,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          it seemed that he ought</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to be prince without peer</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          on fields where fell men fought. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              37</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">A chair before the chimney, where charcoal burned,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">graciously set for Gawain, was gracefully adorned,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">coverings on quilted cushions, cunningly crafted both.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And then a mighty mantle was on that man cast</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of a brown silk, embroidered full rich,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and fair furred within with pelts of the best –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the finest ermine on earth – his hood of the same.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And he sat on that settle seemly and rich,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and chafed himself closely, and then his cheer mended.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Straightway a table on trestles was set up full fair,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">clad with a clean cloth that clear white showed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the salt-cellars, napkins and silvered spoons.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The knight washed at his will, and went to his meat.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Servants him served seemly enough</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with several soups, seasoned of the best,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">double bowlfuls, as fitting, and all kinds of fish,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">some baked in bread, some browned on the coals,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">some seethed, some in stews savoured with spices,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and sauces ever so subtle that the knight liked. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">While he called it a feast full freely and oft</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">most politely, at which all spurred him on politely</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    again:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘This penance now you take,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          after it shall amend.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          That man much mirth did make,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          for the wine to his head did tend.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              38</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then they sparred and parried in precious style</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with private points put to the prince himself,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so he conceded courteously of that court he came,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">where noble Arthur is headman himself alone,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that is the right royal king of the Round Table;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and that it is Gawain himself that in that house sits,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">come there at Christmas, as chance has him driven.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">When the lord learned what prince that he there had,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">loud laughed he thereat, so delightful he thought it,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all the men in that manse made it a joy</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to appear in his presence promptly that time,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">who all prize and prowess and purest ways</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">appends to his person, and praised is ever;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">above all men upon earth his honour is most.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Each man full softly said to his neighbour:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Now shall we see show of seemliest manners</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and the faultless phrases of noble speaking.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">What superior speech is, unasked we shall learn,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">since we have found this fine master of breeding.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">God has given us of his goodly grace forsooth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that such a guest as Gawain grants us to have,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when barons blithe at His birth shall sit</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    and sing.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The meaning of manners here</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          this knight now shall us bring.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          I hope whoever may hear</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Shall learn of love-making.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              39</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">When the dinner was done and the diners risen,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">it was nigh on the night that the time was near.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Chaplains to the chapel took their course,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">ringing all men, richly, as they rightly should,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to the holy evensong of that high eventide.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lord goes thereto and the lady as well;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">into a comely enclosure quietly she enters.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Gawain gaily goes forth and thither goes soon;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the lord grasps him by the gown and leads him to sit,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">acknowledges him with grace, calls him by name,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and said he was the most welcome man in the world;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he thanked him thoroughly, they clasped each other,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and sat with sober seeming the service through.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then liked the lady to look on the knight;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and came from the close with many fine women.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">She was the fairest in feature, in flesh and complexion,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and in compass and colour and ways, of all others,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and fairer than Guinevere, as the knight thought.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He strode through the chancel to squire the dame.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Another lady her led by the left hand,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">who was older than her, and aged it seemed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and highly honoured with her men about her.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Not alike though to look on those ladies were,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for if the one was fresh, the other was withered:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">rich red in this one distinguished her,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">rough wrinkled cheeks on that other, in rolls.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Kerchiefs on this one, with many clear pearls,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">her breast and her bright throat bare displayed</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">shone sweeter than snow that’s shed on the hills;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that other swathed with a wimple wound at the throat,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">clothed to her swarthy chin with chalk-white veils,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">her forehead folded in silk, enveloped everywhere,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">ringed and trellised with trefoils about,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that naught was bare of the lady but the black brows,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the two eyen and nose, the naked lips,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and those were sorry to see, and somewhat bleary –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a great lady on earth a man might her call,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    by God!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Her body was short and thick,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          her buttocks big and broad;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Much sweeter a sweet to lick</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the one at her side for sure. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              40</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">When Gawain gazed on that gracious-looking girl,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with leave asked of the lord he went to meet them.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The elder he hails, bowing to her full low;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the lovely-looking he laps a little in his arms,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he kisses her courteously and nobly he speaks.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">They crave his acquaintance, and he quickly asks</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to be their sworn servant, if they themselves wished.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">They take him between them, and talking they lead him</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to a chamber, to the chimney, and firstly they ask for</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">spices, which men unstintingly hastened to bring,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and the winning wine with them, every time.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lord laughing aloft leaps full oft,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">minding that mirth be made and many a time,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">nobly lifted his hood, and on a spear hung it,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and wished him to win the worth and honour thereof</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">who most mirth might move at that Christmastide.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘And I shall swear, by my faith, to strive with the best</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">before I lose the hood, with the help of my friends.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Thus with laughing words the lord makes all merry,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for to gladden Sir Gawain with games in the hall</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    that night.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Till, when it was time,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the lord demanded light.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Gawain his way did find</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          To bed as best he might.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              41</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">On the morn, when each man minds that time</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the dear Lord for our destiny to die was born,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">joy waxes in each house in the world for His sake.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">So did it there on that day with dainties many:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">both when major and minor meals were eaten</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">deft men on the dais served of the best.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The old ancient wife highest she sits;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the lord, so I believe, politely beside her.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Gawain and the sweet lady together they sat</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in the midst, as the masses came together;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then throughout the hall, as seemed right,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">each man in his degree was graciously served.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">There was meat, there was mirth, there was much joy,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that it would be a trouble for me to tell all,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and however perchance I pined to make my point.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But yet I know Gawain and the sweet lady</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">such comfort of their company caught together</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">through their dear dalliance of courtly words,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with clean courteous chat, closed from filth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">their play surpassed every princely game with which it</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    compares.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Kettledrums and trumpets,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          much piping there of airs;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Each man minded his,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and those two minded theirs.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              42</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Much mirth was there driven that day and another,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and a third as thickly thronged came in thereafter;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The joy of <st1:City><st1:place>St John’s</st1:place></st1:City> Day was gentle to hear,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and was the last of the larking, the lords thought.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">There were guests set to go on the grey morn,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so they stayed wonderfully waking and wine drank,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">dancing the day in with noble carols.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">At the last, when it was time, they took their leave,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">each one to wend on his way into strange parts.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Gawain gave them good day, the good man grasps him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and leads him to his own chamber, the chimney beside,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and there he grips him tight, heartily thanks him</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for the fine favour that he had shown him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so to honour his house on that Christmastide,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and embellish his burg with his bright cheer.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Indeed, sir, while I live, I am the better</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for Gawain being my guest at God’s own feast.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘<span class=SpellE>Graunt</span> <span class=SpellE>merci</span>, sir,’ quoth Gawain, ‘in good faith it’s yours,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">all the honour is your own – the High King requite you!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And I am here, at your will, to work your behest,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as I am beholden to do, in high things and low,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    by right.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The lord was at great pains</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          To keep longer the knight;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          To him answers Gawain</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          That by no means he might. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              43</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then the lord aimed full fair at him, asking</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">what daring deed had him driven at that dear time</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so keenly from the king’s court to stray all alone,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">before the holy holiday was haled out of town.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Forsooth, sir,’ quoth the knight, ‘you say but the truth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a high errand and a hasty had me from those halls,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for I am summoned myself to seek for a place,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with no thought in the world where to go find it.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I would not dare fail find it by New Year’s morning</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for all the land in <span class=SpellE>Logres</span>, so me our Lord help!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">So, sir, this request I make of you here,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that you tell me true if ever you tale heard</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of the green chapel, on what ground it stands,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and of the knight that keeps it, the colour of green.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">There was established by statute a pact us between</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">both to meet at that mark, if I should live;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and of that same New Year but little is wanting,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and I would look on that lord, if God would let me,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">more gladly, by God’s Son, than any goods gain.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">So, indeed, by your leave, it behoves me to go.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now to work this business I’ve barely three days,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and it’s fitter I fall dead than fail of my errand.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then, laughing, quoth the lord: ‘Now stay, it behoves you,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for I’ll teach you the trysting place ere the term’s end.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The green chapel upon ground grieve for no more;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but you shall be in your bed, sir, at your ease,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">while day unfolds, and go forth on the first of the year,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and come to that mark at mid-morn, to act as you wish</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    and when.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Dwell until New Year’s Day,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and rise and ride on then.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          You shall be shown the way;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          it is not two miles hence.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              44</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then was Gawain full glad, and gleefully he laughed:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Now I thank you thoroughly beyond all things;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">now achieved is my goal, I shall at your will</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">dwell here, and do what else you deem fit.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then the lord seized him and set him beside,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and the ladies had fetched, to please him the better.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">There was seemly solace by themselves still.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lord lofted for love notes so merry,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as one that wanted his wits, nor knew what he did.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then he cried to the knight, calling aloud:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘You have deemed to do the deed that I bid.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Will you hold to this promise here and now?’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Yes, sire, indeed,’ said the knight and true,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘While I bide in your burg, I’m at your behest.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘As you have travelled,’ quoth the lord, ‘from afar,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and since then waked with me, you are not well served</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">neither of sustenance nor of sleep, surely I know.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">You shall linger in your room and lie there at ease</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">tomorrow till Mass, and then to meat wend</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when you will, with my wife, that with you shall sit</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and comfort you with company, till I come to court:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    time spend,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          And I shall early rise;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          a-hunting will I wend.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Gawain thinks it wise,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          as is fitting to him bends.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              45</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘And further,’ quoth the lord, ‘a bargain we’ll make:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">whatsoever I win in the wood is worthily yours;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and whatever here you achieve, exchange me for it.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Sweet sir, swap we so – swear it in truth –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">whether, lord, that way lies worse or better.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘By God,’ quoth Gawain the good, ‘I grant it you,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and that you lust for to play, like it methinks.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Who’ll bring us a beverage, this bargain to make?’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so said the lord of that land. They laughed each one,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">they drank and dallied and dealt in trifles,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">these lords and ladies, as long as they liked;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then with Frankish faring, full of fair words,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">they stopped and stood and softly spoke,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">kissing full comely and taking their leave.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">By many lively servants with flaming torches,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">each brave man was brought to his bed at last</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    full soft.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          To bed yet ere they sped,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          repeating the contract oft;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the old lord of that spread</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          could keep a game aloft.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <b><u><span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span></u></b> </p> <h1 style="text-align: left; margin-left: 1in; margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                         </font> <font size="5"> <a name="_Toc178583490"><b><u>Part III</u></b></a></font><font size="4"></span><br>  </font></h1> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              46</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">Full early before the day the folk were risen;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">Guests who would go their grooms they called on,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and they busied them briskly the beasts to saddle,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">tightening their tackle, trussing their baggage.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">The richest ready themselves to ride all arrayed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">leaping up lightly, latched onto their bridles,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">each rode out by the way that he most liked.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">The beloved lord of the land was not the last</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">arrayed for the riding, with ranks full many;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">ate a sop hastily, when he had heard Mass,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">with horns to the hunting field he hastens away.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">By the time that daylight gleamed upon earth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">he with his knights on high horses were.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">Then the cunning hunters coupled their hounds,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">unclosed the kennel door and called them out,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">blew briskly on their bugles three bare notes;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">braches bayed therefore, and bold noise made,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and men chastised and turned those that chasing went,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">a hundred of hunters, as I have heard tell,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                    of the best.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          To station, keepers strode,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          huntsmen leashes off-cast;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          great rumpus in that wood</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          there rose with their good blasts.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              47</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">At the first call of the quest quaked the wild;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">deer drove for the dales, darting for dread,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">hied to the high ground, but swiftly they were</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">stayed by the beaters, with their stout cries.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">They let the harts with high branched heads have way,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">the brave bucks also with their broad antlers;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">for the noble lord had bidden that in close season</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">no man there should meddle with those male deer.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">The hinds were held back with a ‘Hey’ and a ‘Ware!’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">The does driven with great din to the deep coves.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">There might men see, as they loosed, the slanting of arrows;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">at each winding of the wood whistled a flight,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">that bit into brown flanks, with broad blade-heads.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">What screaming and bleeding, by banks they lay dying,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and ever the hounds in a rush hard on them followed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">hunters with high horn-calls hastened them after,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">with such a crack and cry as cliffs were bursting.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">What wild beasts so escaped the men shooting</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">were all dragged down and rent by the new reserves,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when hunted from high ground, and harried to water.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lads were so skilled at the lower stations,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and the greyhounds so great, that gripped so quickly</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and dragged them down, as swift I swear,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    as sight. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          In bliss without alloy</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          the lord does spur or alight,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          and passes that day with joy</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          and so to the dark night.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              48</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">Thus larks the lord by linden-wood eaves,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">while Gawain the good man gaily abed lies,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">lurks till the daylight gleams on the walls,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">under canopy full clear, curtained about.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">And as in slumber he lay, softly he heard</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">a little sound at his door, and it slid open;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and he heaves up his head out of the clothes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">a corner of the curtain he caught up a little,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and watches warily to make out what it might be.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">It was the lady, the loveliest to behold,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">that drew the door after her full silent and still,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and bent her way to the bed; and the knight ashamed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">laid him down again lightly and feigned to sleep.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And she stepped silently and stole to his bed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">caught up the curtain and crept within,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and sat her full softly on the bedside</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and lingered there long, to look when he wakened.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lord lay low, lurked a full long while,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">compassing in his conscience what this case might </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">mean or amount to, marvelling in thought.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But yet he said to himself: ‘More seemly it were</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to descry with speech, in a space, what she wishes.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then he wakened and wriggled and to her he turned,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and lifted his eyelids and let on he was startled,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and signed himself with his hand, as with prayer, to be</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    safer.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          With chin and cheek full sweet,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          both white and red together,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          full graciously did she greet,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          lips light with laughter.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              49</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Good morning, Sir Gawain,’ said that sweet lady,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘You are a sleeper unsafe, that one may slip hither.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now are you taken in a trice, lest a truce we shape,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I shall bind you in your bed, that you may trust.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">All laughing the lady made her light jests.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Good morrow, sweet,’ quoth Gawain the blithe,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘I shall work your will, and that I well like,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for I yield me swiftly and sue for grace;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and that is the best, to my mind, since behoves I must.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And thus he jested again with much blithe laughter.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘But would you, lovely lady, but grant me leave</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and release your prisoner and pray him to rise,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I would bound from this bed and dress me better,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I should discover more comfort in speaking with you.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Nay, forsooth, beau sire,’ said that sweet,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘You shall not rise from your bed. I charge you better:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I shall wrap you up here on this other side,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then chat with my knight whom I have caught;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for I know well, indeed, Sir Gawain you are,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that all the world worships, wherever you ride.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Your honour, your courtesy, is nobly praised</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">among lords, among ladies, all who life bear.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And now you are here, indeed, and we on our own;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">my lord and his lords are far off faring,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">other knights are abed, and my ladies also,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the door drawn and shut with a strong hasp.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And since I have in this house him who all like,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I shall work my time well, while it lasts,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    with a tale.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Your are welcome to my body,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Your pleasure to take all;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          I must by necessity</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          your servant be, and shall.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              50</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘In good faith,’ quoth Gawain, ‘a gain’s that me thinks,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">though I be not now him of whom you are speaking;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to reach to such reverence as you rehearse here,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I am all ways unworthy, I know well myself.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">By God, I’d be glad though if you thought it fit</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in speech or service that I might set myself</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to the pleasing of your worth – that were a pure joy.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘In good faith, Sir Gawain,’ quoth the sweet lady,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘The worth and the prowess that pleases all others,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if I slighted or thought light of it, that were little grace;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but there are ladies enough that would far rather </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">have you, dear man, to hold, as I have you here,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to dally dearly in your delightful words,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">comfort themselves and ease their cares,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">than make much of the treasure and gold they have.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But as I love that same Lord that the heavens rules,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I have wholly in my hand what all desire</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    through grace.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          She made him thus sweet cheer,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          who was so fair of face;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the knight with speeches clear</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          answered her every case.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              51</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Madam,’ quoth the merry man, ‘Mary give you grace,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for I have found, in good faith, your friendship is noble.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Others gain full much of other folks praise for their deeds,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but the deference they deal me is undeserved in my case.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">It is honour to you that naught but good you perceive.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘By Mary,’ quoth the lady, ‘methinks it otherwise;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for were I worth all the wonder of women alive,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all the wealth of the world were in my hand,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and I should bargain to win myself a brave lord,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with the qualities that I know of you, knight, here,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of beauty and debonair and blithe seeming,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that I hearkened to ere now and have here found true,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then should no errant on earth before you be chosen.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Indeed, lady,’ quoth the knight, ‘you have done much better;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but I am proud of the value you place on me,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and, solemnly your servant, my sovereign I hold you,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and your knight I become, and Christ reward you!’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Thus they mulled many matters till mid-morn passed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and ever the lady let fall that she loved him much;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">yet the knight held to his guard, and acted full fair.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Though I were loveliest lady,’ so her mind had it,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘the less is there love in his load’ – for his fate he sought</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    that one,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the stroke that should him cleave,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and it must needs be done.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The lady then sought to leave,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          he granting her that boon. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              52</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then she gave him good day, with a laughing glance,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and stunned him as she stood there, with cutting words:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘May He who speeds each speech reward you this sport!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But that you should be Gawain, it baffles the mind.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Wherefore?’ quoth the knight, and urgently asked,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">fearful lest he had failed in forms of politeness.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But the lady blessed him and spoke as follows:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘One gracious as Gawain is rightly held to be,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with courtesy contained so clear in himself,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">could not lightly have lingered so long with a lady,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but he had craved a kiss out of courtesy,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with some trifling touch at some tale’s end.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then quoth Gawain: ‘Indeed, let it be as you like;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I shall kiss at your command, as befits a knight,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and further, lest I displease you, so plead no more.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">She comes nearer at that, and catches him in her arms,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">leans lovingly down, and the lord kisses.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">They graciously commend to Christ one another;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and she goes out at the door with not a word more;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And he readies himself to rise and hurries anon,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">calls to his chamberlain, chooses his clothes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">going forth, when he is ready, blithely to </font> <st1:State><st1:place><font size="4">Mass.</font></st1:place></st1:State></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And then he went to the noble meal that awaited,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and made merry all day till the moonrise,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    at games.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Was never knight fairer sung</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          between two such noble dames,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the elder and the young;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          much joy had they of the same.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              53</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And ever the lord of the land intent on his games,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">hunted, in holts and heath, for barren hinds,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Such a sum he there slew by the set of sun,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of does and other deer, it were deemed a wonder.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then fiercely they flocked in, folk at the last,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and quickly of the quenched deer a heap they made.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The noblest sped there with servants enough,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">gathered the quarry greatest in flesh that were there,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and had them deftly undone as custom demands.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Some that were there searched them in assay,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and two fingers of fat they found on the feeblest.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then they slit the slot, and seized the first stomach,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">shaved it with sharp knives, and knotted the sheared.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then lopped off the four limbs and rent off the hide,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">next broke they the belly, the bowels out-taking,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">deftly, lest they undid and destroyed the knot. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">They gripped the gullet, and swiftly severed</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the weasand from the windpipe and whipped out the guts.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then sheared out the shoulders with their sharp knives,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">hauled them through a little hole, left the sides whole.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then they slit up the breast and broke it in twain.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And again at the gullet one then began</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">rending all readily right to the fork,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">voiding the entrails, and verily thereafter</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">all the membranes by the ribs readily loosened.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">So too they cleared to the backbone, rightly,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">even down to the haunch that hangs from the same,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and heaved it all up whole and hewed it off there.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and that they properly call the <i>numbles</i>, I deem,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    by kind.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          At the fork then of the thighs</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          they loose the lappets behind;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to hew it in two they hie,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          by the backbone it to unbind.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              54</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Both the head and the neck they hewed off then,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and after sundered the sides swift from the chine,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and the ravens’ fee they cast into a grove.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then they skewered each thick flank by the ribs,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and hung each up by the hocks of the haunches,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">every fellow taking his fee as it fell to him.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">On a skin of the fair beast fed they their hounds</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with the liver and lights, and the stomach lining,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and bread bathed in blood blent there among.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Boldly they blew the kill their hounds a-baying;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then rode home with the flesh tightly packed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">stalwartly sounding out many stout notes.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">As the daylight was done, the company came</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to the comely castle, where our knight bides</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    all still,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          in bliss by bright fire set.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The lord is come from the hill;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          when Gawain with him is met,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          there they but joy as they will. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              55</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then the lord commanded all be summoned to the hall,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">both the ladies, aloft, to descend with their maids.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Before all the folk on the floor, he bid men</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">verily his venison to bring there before him;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all gaily in courtesy Gawain he called,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and tells over the tally of full fat beasts,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">shows him the fine flesh shorn from the ribs.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘How does this sport please you? Have I won praise?</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Have I won thanks, thoroughly served by my craft?’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Yes, indeed,’ quoth the other, ‘here spoils are fairest</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of all I have seen this seven-year in season of winter.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘And I give all this to you, Gawain,’ quoth the man then,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘for according to covenant you may call it your own.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘That is so,’ quoth the knight, ‘I say you the same:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">what I have worthily won this house within,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">shall with as good a will be worthily yours.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And he clasps his fair neck his arms within, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and kisses him in as comely a way as he can:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Take you there my prize, I received no more;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I would grant it all, though it were greater.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘That is good,’ quoth the lord, ‘many thanks therefore.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">This may be the better gift, if you would tell me</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">where you won this same prize by your own wits.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘That was not pledged,’ quoth he, ‘ask me no more;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for you have taken what’s due, none other to you </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">I owe.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          They laughed and made blithe</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          with words worth praise, and so</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to supper then side by side,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          with dainties in plenty go.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              56</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And then by the chimney in chamber sitting,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">servants brought to them choice wines oft,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and in their banter they agreed in that morn</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to fulfil the same bond they had made before:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">what chance might betide, their prize to exchange,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">each new thing they named, at night when they met.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">They made accord of this covenant before all the court;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and beverage was brought forth in banter at this time.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then they lovingly took their leave at the last,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">each man at his leaving going brisk to his bed.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">When the cock had crowed and cackled but thrice,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the lord leapt from his bed, the liegemen each one,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so that meat and a Mass were swiftly delivered,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the company off to the wood, ere daylight sprang,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    to the chase.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0" align="left"><font size="4">          Proudly with huntsmen and horns</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          through wilds they passed apace,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          uncoupled among the thorns,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">          the hounds ran headlong race. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              57</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Soon they called for a search by the marsh-side,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the huntsman urged on the first hounds up,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">wild cries he uttered with wondrous noise.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The hounds that heard him hastened there swiftly,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and fell as fast to the trail, forty at once.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then such a baying and clamour of gathered hounds</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">rose that the rocks rang out all about.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Huntsmen harried them with horn and by mouth;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then all in a pack they swung together</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">between a pool in that place and a cruel crag.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">On a knoll by a cliff, at the marsh side,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">where the rough rock had ruggedly fallen,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">they sped to the finding, the huntsmen after.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">They surrounded the crag and the knoll both,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">while they made sure they had well within</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the beast that was bayed at, there, by their bloodhounds.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then they beat at the bushes and bade him rise up,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he savagely swung athwart the huntsmen –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a most splendid boar it was, rushed out there,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">solitary through age, long split from the herd,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but he was still mighty, the greatest of boars,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">full grim when he grunted. Then grieved many</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for three hounds at first thrust he felled to the earth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and sped him forth at great speed all unscathed.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The hunt hallooed ‘Hi!’ full loud, and cried ‘Hey! Hey!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and horns to mouths, hastily recalled them.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Many were the merry cries of men and of hounds</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that brisk chased the boar, with barking and clamour,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    to quell,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Full oft he bides at bay</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and downs the dogs pell-mell;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          he harries the hounds, and they</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          full piteously yowl and yell. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              58</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Shaping to shoot him some shoved through then,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">hurling their arrows at him, hitting him often;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but their points were parried by bristling flanks,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and their barbs would not bite there in his brow,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">though the smooth shaft were shattered in pieces,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the head skipped away wherever it hit.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but when by dint of dire strokes they damaged him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then, maddened by baiting, he rushes the men,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">hurts them full heavily as forth he hies,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and many were awed at that and drew backwards.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But the lord on a lithe horse lunges after him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as knight bold in the battle his bugle he blows,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">rallied the hounds as he rode through rank thicket,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">pursuing this wild swine till the sun had set.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The day with these same deeds they passed in this wise,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">while our courteous knight lay in his bed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Gawain gladly at home, in gear full rich</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    of hue.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The lady did not forget,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to come to greet him too;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          full early she him beset</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to seek a change of mood.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              59</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">She came to the curtain and peeped at the knight.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Sir Gawain welcomed her courteously first,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and she answered him again eager her words,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">sits herself soft by his side, and sweetly she laughs,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and with a loving look she led with these words:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Sir, if you be Gawain, it’s a wonder methinks,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">why one so well disposed always to good,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">knows not how to manage his manners in company,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and if any teach you to know them, you cast them from mind.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">You have swiftly forgot what but yesterday I taught</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with all the truest tokens of talk that I could.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘What is that?’ quoth the knight, ‘Indeed I know not.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">If it be truth that you breathe, the blame is mine own.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Yet I taught you of kissing.’ quoth the fair dame,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘where countenance is fair, quick make your claim;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that becomes every knight that courtesy uses.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Unsay,’ quoth that brave man, ‘my dear, that speech,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for that I dare not do, lest I were denied;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if I were spurned, I’d be wrong, indeed, to have proffered.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘By my faith,’ quoth the lady, ‘you cannot be spurned;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">you are strong enough to constrain by strength, if you like,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if any were so villainous as to deny you.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Yes, by God,’ quoth Gawain, ‘true is your speech,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but threats do never thrive in the land where I live,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">nor any gift that is given without a good will. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I am at your command, to kiss when you like;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">you may lip when you will, and leave when you wish</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    in a space.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The lady bends her adown</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and sweetly she kisses his face;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          much speech they there expound</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          of love, its grief and grace.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              60</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘I would know of you, knight,’ that lady then said,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘if you are not angered by this, what is the reason</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that so young and lively a one as you at this time,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so courteous, so knightly, as widely you’re known</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">(and from all chivalry to choose, the chief things praised</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">are the laws of loyal love, and the lore of arms; </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for in telling those tales of the truest of knights,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">all the title and text of their works is taken</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">from how lords hazard their lives for loyal love,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">endured for that duty’s sake dreadful trials,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and after with valour avenged, and void their cares,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">brought bliss to the bower by bounties their own)</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and you, the knight, the noblest child of your age,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">your high fame and honour told everywhere,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">why I have sat by yourself here separately twice,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">yet heard I never that your head held even a word</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that ever belonged to love, the less nor the more. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And you, that are so courteous and coy of your vows,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">ought, to a young thing, to yearn to show</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and teach some tokens of true love’s craft</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">What! Are you ignorant, who garner all praise,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">or else do you deem me too dull to heed your dalliance?</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    For shame!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          I come hither single and sit</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to learn of you some game;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          do teach me of your wit,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          while my lord is away.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              61</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘In good faith,’ quoth Gawain, ‘may God reward you!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Great is the gladness, and pleasure to me,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that so worthy as you should wind her way hither,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">at pains with so poor a man as to sport with your knight</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with any show of favour – it sets me at ease.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But to take on the travail myself of expounding true love,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and touch on the themes of the texts and tales of arms</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to you who, I know well, wield more skill</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in that art, by half, than a hundred of such</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as I am or ever shall be, on this earth where I live –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that were a manifold folly, my dear, by my troth.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I would your wishes work if ever I might,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as I am highly beholden, and evermore will</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">be servant to yourself, so save me God!’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Thus that lady framed her questions and tempted him oft,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for to win him to woe, whatever else she thought of;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but he defended himself so fairly no fault it seemed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">no evil on either hand, nor did they know aught </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    but bliss.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          They laughed and larked full long;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          at the last she did him kiss,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          farewell was on her tongue,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and went her way, with this. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              62</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then bestirs him the knight and rises for Mass,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then the dinner was done and duly served.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The knight with the ladies larked all day,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but the lord of the land gallops full oft,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">hunts the ill-fated swine, that surges by banks</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and bites the best of his hounds’ backs asunder</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">biding at bay, till bowmen bettered him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">made him head for the open, for all he could do,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so fast flew the arrows where those folk gathered.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But yet at times the bravest he made to start,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">till at the last so weary he was he could not run,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but, with best haste he might, to a hole he wins</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in the bank, by a rock where runs the burn.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He got the bank at his back, began to scrape,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the froth foamed from his mouth foul at the corners,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he whet his white tusks. It was irksome then</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to the all the beaters so bold that by him stood</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to harass him from afar, but nigh him no man</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    dared go.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He had hurt so many before</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          that all were then full loath</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to be torn by his tusks once more,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          that was fierce and frenzied both.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              63</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Till the lord came himself, urged on his horse,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">saw the boar bide at bay, his men beside.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He alights lively adown, leaves his courser,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">brings out a bright blade and boldly strides forth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">fast through the ford, where the fell foe bides.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The wild beast was wary of one with a weapon in hand,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his bristles rose high, so fiercely he snorts</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that folk feared for the lord, lest worst him befell.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The swine straight away set on the man,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that the baron and boar were both in a heap,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in the white water. The worst had the creature,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For the man marked him well, as they first met,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">set the sharp point firm in its chest-hollow,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">hit him up to the hilt, so the heart burst asunder,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he yielded him snarling, downstream was swept </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">outright.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          A hundred hounds him rent,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          that bravely could him bite;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          beaters brought him to bank</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and the dogs to death, in fight.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              64</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">There was blowing the kill on many brave horns,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">hallooing on high as loud as men might;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Hounds bayed at the beast, as bid by their masters,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">who of that hard chase were the chief huntsmen.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then a man who was wisest in woodcraft</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with loving care to undo the beast begins:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">first he hews off his head and sets it on high,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then rends him roughly along the ridge of his back,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">brings out the bowels, and broils them on coals,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with bread blent therewith his hounds rewards.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then he breaks out the brawn in broad bright slabs,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and has out the entrails, as is seemly and right;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">attaches the two halves wholly together,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then on a strong stake stoutly them hangs.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now with this same swine they set off for home;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the boar’s head was borne before the baron himself,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">who felled him down by the ford through force of his hand</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    so strong.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Till he saw Sir Gawain</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          in the hall it seemed full long;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          he calls, and he comes again</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          for the dues that to him belong.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              65</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lord, full loud he cried, laughed merrily</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when he saw Sir Gawain; and with joy he speaks.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The good ladies were summoned, the household gathered;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he shows him the boar’s sides, and shapes him the tale</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of the largeness and length, the malignity also,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of the war on the wild swine in woods where he fled.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">So the other knight full nobly commended his deeds,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and praised it, the great merit that he had proved;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for such brawn from a beast, the brave knight said,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">nor such flanks on a swine he’d not seen before.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then they handled the huge head, the knight gave praise,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and showed horror at it, for the lord to hear.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Now Gawain,’ quoth the good man, ‘this game is your own,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">by a firm and fast promise, as in faith you know.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘That is true,’ quoth the knight, ‘and as surely true</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">is that all I got I shall give you again, by my troth.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He clasped the lord at the neck and gently kissed him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and after that of the same he again served him there.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Now are we even quit,’ quoth the knight, ‘this eventide,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of all the covenants made here, since I came hither,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    by law.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The lord said: ‘By Saint Giles,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          you are the best that I know;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          you’ll be rich in a while,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          if your trade continues so.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              66</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then they set up tables on trestles aloft,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">casting cloths on them. Clear light then</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">wakened the walls, waxen torches</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">servants set, and served food all about.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Much gladness and glee gushed out therein</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">round the fire on the floor, and in fulsome wise</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">at the supper and after, many noble songs,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">such as Christmas carols and dances new,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with all manner of mirth that man may tell of,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and ever our courteous knight the lady beside.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Such sweetness to that man she showed all seemly,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with secret stolen glances, that stalwart knight to please,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that all wondering was the man, and wrath with himself;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but he could not out of breeding spurn her advances,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but dealt with her daintily, howsoever the deed might</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    be cast.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          When they had dallied in hall</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          as long as their will might last,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to chamber the lord him called,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and to the hearth they passed. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              67</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And there they drank and debated and decided anew</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to act on the same terms on New Year’s Eve;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but the knight craved leave to go forth on the morn,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for it was nearing the time when he must go.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lord persuaded him not to, pressed him to linger,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and said: ‘As I am true, I pledge you my troth</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">you shall gain the Green Chapel, and render your dues,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">sir, by New Year’s light, long before prime. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And so go lie in your room and take your ease,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and I shall hunt in the holt and hold to the covenant,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">exchanging what has chanced, when I spur hither;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for I have tested you twice, and faithful I find you.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now:  “third time pays all,” think on that tomorrow;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Make we merry while we may, and mind only joy,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for a man may find sorrow whenever he likes.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">This was graciously granted and Gawain lingered;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Blithely they brought him drink, and bed-wards they went</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    with light.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Sir Gawain lies down and sleeps</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          full still and soft all night;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the lord who to woodcraft keeps,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          rises early and bright.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              68</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">After Mass a morsel he and his men took;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">merry was the morning, his mount he summoned.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">All the men that a-horse were followed him after,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">ready set on their steeds before the hall gates.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Fairest of fair was the field, for the frost clung.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">In red ruddiness on wrack rises the sun,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and, full clear, casts the clouds from the welkin.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Huntsmen unleashed the hounds by a holt side;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">rocks in woods rang out with the cry of the horns.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">some hounds fell to the track where the fox lurked,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">oft traversing the trail by dint of their wiles.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">A little one cried scent, the huntsman to him called;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his fellows fell to, panting full thick,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">running forth in a rabble on the right track.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And fox frisked before them; they found him soon,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and when they had him in sight pursued him fast,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">marking him clearly with wrathful noise;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he twists and turns through many a tangled grove,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">doubles back and hearkens by hedges full often.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">At the last by a little ditch he leaps over a thicket,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">steals out full silent by the side of a valley,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">thinks to slip from the wood by guile, from the hounds.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then he came, ere he knew it, to a fine hunt-station,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">where three hounds in a cleft threaten him together,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    all grey.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          There he started aside</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and boldly he did stray;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          with all the woe in life,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to the wood he went away.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              69</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then was it lively delight to list to the hounds,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when all the meet had met him, mingled together.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Such curses at that sight rained down on his head</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as if all the clinging cliffs clattered down in a heap.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Here was he hallooed when huntsmen met him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">loud was he greeted with snarling speech;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">there he was threatened and called thief often,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and ever the hounds at his tail, that he might not tarry.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Oft he was rushed at when he made for the open,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and often swerved back again, so wily was Reynard.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and so he led them astray, the lord and his liegemen,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in this manner by mountains till after mid-morning,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">while the honoured knight at home happily slept</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">within the comely curtains, on that cold morn.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But the lady for love could get no sleep,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">nor could the purpose impair pitched in her heart,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but rose up swiftly, and took herself thither</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in a merry mantle, that reached the earth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that was furred full fine with purest pelts;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">without coif on her head, but the noblest gems</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">traced about her hair-net by twenties in clusters;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">her fair face and her throat shown all naked,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">her breast bare before, and her back the same.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">She came in by the chamber door and closed it after,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">threw open a window and to the knight called,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and roundly thus rebuked him with her rich words</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    with cheer:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘Ah! Man, how can you sleep?</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          This morning is so clear.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He was in slumber deep,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and yet he could her hear.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              70</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">In heavy depths of dreaming murmured that noble,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as one that was troubled with thronging thoughts,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">of how destiny would that day deal him his fate</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">at the Green Chapel, where he must meet his man,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">bound there to bear his buffet without more debate.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But when he had fully recovered his wits,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he started from dreaming and answered in haste.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lovely lady with laughter so sweet,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">bent over his fair face and fully him kissed.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He welcomed her worthily with noble cheer;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he saw her so glorious and gaily attired,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so faultless of feature and of such fine hue,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">bright welling joy warmed all his heart.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">With sweet smiling softly they slip into mirth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that to all bliss and beauty, that breaks between them,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    they win.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          They spoke in words full good,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          much pleasure was therein;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          in great peril would have stood,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          kept not Mary her knight from sin.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              71</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For that peerless princess pressed him so closely,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">urged him so near the edge, he felt it behoved him</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">either to bow to her love, or with loathing refuse her.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He cared for his courtesy, lest he were churlish,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and more for the mischief if he should work sin</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and be traitor to that lord who held the dwelling.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘God shield us!’ quoth the knight, ‘that must not befall!’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">With loving laughter a little he put aside</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">all the special pleading that sprang from her mouth.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Quoth beauty to the brave: ‘Blame you deserve,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if you love not that live lady that you lie next,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">who above all of the world is wounded in heart,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">unless you have a leman, a lover, that you like better,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and firm of faith to that fair one, fastened so hard</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that you list not to loose it – and that I believe.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">If that you tell me that truly, I pray you;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">by all the lovers alive, hide not the truth</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    with guile.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The knight said: ‘By <st1:City><st1:place>Saint John</st1:place></st1:City>,’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and gentle was his smile</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘In faith I love no one,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          nor none will love the while.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              72</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘These words,’ said the lady, ‘are the worst words of all;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but I am answered forsooth, so that it grieves me.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Kiss me now gently, and I shall go hence;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I may but mourn upon earth, a maid that loves much.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Sighing she stooped down, and sweetly him kissed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then she severs from him, and says as she stands:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Now, dear, at this our parting set me at ease:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">give me something, a gift, if only your glove,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that I may think of you, man, my mourning to lessen.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Now indeed,’ quoth the knight, ‘I would I had here</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the dearest thing, for your sake, I own in the world,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for you have deserved, forsooth, and in excess,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a richer reward, by rights, than I might reckon;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but as a love-token, this would profit you little.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">It is not to your honour to have at this time</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">a glove of <span class=SpellE>Gawain’s</span> giving to treasure;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and I am here on an errand in lands unknown,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and have no servants with sacks of precious things.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I dislike this, my lady, for your sake, at this time;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but each man must do as he must, take it not ill</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    nor pine.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">           ‘Nay, knight of high honours,’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          quoth that love-some lady fine,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘though I shall have naught of yours,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          yet shall you have of mine.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              73</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">She proffered him a rich ring of red gold work,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with a sparkling stone glittering aloft,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that blazed brilliant beams like the bright sun;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">know you well that it’s worth was full huge. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But the knight refused it and he readily said:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘I’ll no gifts, before God, my dear, at this time;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I have none to give you, nor naught will I take.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">She offered it him eagerly, yet he her gift spurned,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and swore swiftly his oath that he would not seize it;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and she grieved he refused her, and said thereafter:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Since you reject my ring, too rich it may seem,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for you would not be so high beholden to me,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I shall give you my girdle: that profits you less.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">She loosed a belt lightly that lay round her sides,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">looped over her kirtle beneath her bright mantle.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Gear it was of green silk and with gold trimmed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">at the edges embroidered, with finger-stitching;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and that she offered the knight, and blithely besought</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that he would take it though it were unworthy.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but he said he might have nigh him in no wise</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">neither gold nor treasure, ere God sent him grace,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to achieve the errand he had chosen there. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘And therefore, I pray you, be not displeased,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and let your gift go, for I swear it I can never </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">you grant.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          To you I am deeply beholden,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          your kindness is so pleasant,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and ever in heat and cold, then</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          I’ll be your true servant.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              74</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Now do you shun this silk,’ said the lady,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘because it is simple in itself? And so it may seem.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Lo! It is slight indeed, and so is less worthy.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But whoso knew the worth woven therein</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he would hold it in higher praise, perchance;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for whatever man is girt with this green lace,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">while he has it closely fastened about him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">there is no man under heaven might hew him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for he may not be slain by any sleight upon earth.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then the knight thought, and it came to his heart,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">it was a jewel for the jeopardy judged upon him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when he gained the Green Chapel, his fate to find;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if he might slip past un-slain, the sleight were noble.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then he indulged her suit, and told her to speak.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And she pressed the belt on him urging it eagerly;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he granted it, and she gave it him with goodwill,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and besought him, for her sake, never to reveal it,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but loyally conceal it from her lord. The knight agrees</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that no one should know of it, indeed, but they two,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    betimes.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He thanked her as he might,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          with all his heart and mind.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          By then the gallant knight,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          she had kissed three times. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              75</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then took she her leave and left him there,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for more of that man she might not get.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">When she is gone, Sir Gawain attires himself,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">rises and dresses himself in noble array,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">lays aside the love-lace the lady gave him,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">hides it full handily where he might find it.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then swiftly to the chapel took he his way,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">privately approached a priest, and there prayed him</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that he would enlighten his life and teach him better</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">how his soul might be saved when he went hence.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then he shrove himself fully, eschewed his misdeeds</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the major and minor, and mercy beseeches,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and calls on the priest for absolution;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he absolved him surely and left him so pure</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that Doomsday yet might be declared on the morn.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And then he made himself merry among the fair ladies,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with comely carols and all manner of joy,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">more than ever before that day, till the dark night,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    in bliss.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Each one had courtesy there</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          of him, and said: ‘He is</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the merriest he was ever </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          since he came hither, ere this.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              76</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now long in that leisure there let him abide!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Yet is the lord on his land, pursuing his sport.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He has done for the fox that he followed so long.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">As he spurred through a spinney to spy the shrew,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">there where he heard the hounds harry him on,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Reynard came rushing through the rough grove,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all the rabble in a race, right at his heels.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lord, aware of the wild thing, warily waits,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and brandishes his bright blade, drives at the beast.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And it shunned the sharp edge and sought to retreat;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but a hound rushed at him, before ere he might,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and right before the horse’s feet they fell on him all</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and worried the wily one with a wrathful noise.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lord swiftly alighted then and latched on,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">raised him full suddenly out of the ravening mouths,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">holds him high over his head, halloos full loud,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">while there bayed at him many brave hounds.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Huntsmen hied them thither with horns full many,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">sounding the rally aright till they saw their lord.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">When his noble company had all come in,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">all that ever bore bugle blew at once,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all the others hallooed who had no horn.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">It was the merriest meet that ever men heard,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the ripe roar raised there for Reynard’s soul from every</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    man’s throat.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Their hounds they then reward,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Their heads they fondle and stroke;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and then they take Reynard</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and strip him of his coat.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              77</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And then they hurry for home, for it was nigh night,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">striking up strongly on their stout horns.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The lord alights at last at his much-loved home,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">finds fire upon hearth, the knight there beside,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Sir Gawain the good who glad was withal –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for among the ladies he was joyfully beloved.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He wore a gown of blue that reached to the ground.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">His surcoat suited him well, all soft with fur,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and his hood of the same hung from his shoulder,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">trimmed all with ermine were both all about.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He met with the lord in the midst of the floor,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all with joy did him greet, and gladly he said:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘I shall fulfil the first our contract now,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that we settled so speedily sparing no drink.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then he clasped the lord and kissed him thrice,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as strongly and steadily as he well could.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘By Christ,’ quoth the other, ‘you’ve found much luck</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">in transacting this trade, if your profit was good.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘You need not care about profit,’ quick quoth the other,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘as I’ve promptly paid over the profit I took.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Marry,’ quoth the other, ‘my own falls behind,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for I have hunted all this day, and naught have I got</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but this foul fox fell – the fiend take such goods! –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and that’s a poor price to pay for such precious things</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as you so have given me here, three such kisses</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    so good.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘Enough,’ quoth Sir Gawain,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘I thank you, by the Rood.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          And how the fox was slain</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the lord told as they stood. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              78</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4"> <br> With mirth and minstrelsy, with meals at will,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">they made as merry as any men might,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with laughter of ladies, and jesting with words.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Gawain and the good man so glad are they both:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">must be, lest the diners are drunkards or dotards.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Both master and men played many jokes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">till the time it was come that they must sever;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his men at the last must go to their beds.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then humbly his leave of the lord at first</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">takes the noble knight, and fairly him thanks:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘For such a splendid sojourn as I have had here,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">your honour at this high feast, the High King reward you!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I would give myself as one of your men, if you so like;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but I must needs, as you know, move on tomorrow,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if you’ll grant me a guide to show, as you promised,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the way to the Green Chapel, as God wills for me</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to be dealt on New Year’s day the doom my fate brings.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘In good faith,’ quoth the good man, ‘by my goodwill</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">all that ever I promised you, I shall hold ready.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then he assigned him a servant to show him the way</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and conduct him through the hills, so he’d not delay,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and faring through forest and thickset the shortest way</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    he’d weave.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          The lord Gawain did thank,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          such honour he did receive.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Then of the ladies of rank</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the knight must take his leave.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              79</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">With sad care and kissing he spoke to them still,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and full heartfelt thanks he pressed on them:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and they yielded him again replies the same,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">commending him to Christ then with frozen sighs.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">So from the company he courteously parts;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">each man that he met, he gave him his thanks</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for his service and for the solicitous care</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that they had shown busied about him in serving;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all were as sorry to sever from him there</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">as if they had dwelt nobly with that knight ever.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then the lads with lights led him to his chamber,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and blithely brought him to bed to be at his rest.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">If he did not sleep soundly, I dare say nothing,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for he had much on the morrow to mind, if he would,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    in thought.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Let him lie there quite still,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          he is near what he sought;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and quiet you a while until</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          I tell you of all that they wrought.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <b><u><span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span></u></b> </p> <h1 style="text-align: left; margin-left: 1in; margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                         </font> <font size="5"> <a name="_Toc178583491"><b><u>Part IV</u></b></a></font><font size="4"></span><br>  </font></h1> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              80</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now nears the New Year and the night passes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the day drives away dark, as the Deity bids.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But wild weather awoke in the world outside,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">clouds cast cold keenly down to the earth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with wind enough from the north, to flail the flesh.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The snow sleeted down sharp, and nipped the wild;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the whistling wind wailed from the heights</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and drove each dale full of drifts full great.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The knight listened full well, as he lay in his bed.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Though he closes his lids, full little he sleeps;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">with each cock that crew he well knew his tryst.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Deftly he dressed himself, ere the day sprang,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for there was a lighted lamp gleamed in his chamber.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He called to his servant who promptly replied,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and bade him bring coat of mail and saddle his mount;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the man rises up and fetches him his clothes,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and attires Sir Gawain in splendid style.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">First he clad him in clothes to ward off the cold,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and then in his harness, that burnished was kept,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">both his belly-armour and plate, polished full bright,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the rings of his rich mail-coat rubbed free of rust;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and all was as fresh as at first, and he to give thanks </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    was glad.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He had put on each piece</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and in bright armour clad ;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          fairest from here to <st1:country-region><st1:place>Greece</st1:place></st1:country-region>,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          his steed to be brought he bade. </font> </p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              81</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">While he wound himself in the most splendid weeds –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">his coat-armour with its badge of clear deeds, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">set out upon velvet, with virtuous stones</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">embellished and bound about it, embroidered seams, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and fair lined within with fine furs –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">yet he forgot not the lace, the lady’s gift;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that Gawain did not fail of, for his own good.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">when he had bound the blade on his smooth haunches,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then he wound the love-token twice him about,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">swiftly swathed it about his waist sweetly that knight.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The girdle of green silk that gallant well suited,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">upon that royal red cloth that rich was to show.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But it was not for its richness he wore this girdle,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">nor for pride in the pendants, though polished they were,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and though the glittering gold gleamed at the ends,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">but to save himself when it behoved him to suffer,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">to abide baneful stroke without battling with blade</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    or knife.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          With that the knight all sound,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          goes swift to risk his life;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          all the men of renown</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          he thanks, prepares for strife.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              82</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then was <span class=SpellE>Gringolet</span> readied, that was huge and great,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and had been stabled snugly and in secure wise;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he was eager to gallop, that proud horse then.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The knight went to him and gazed at his coat,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and said soberly to himself, and swore by the truth:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Here are many, in this motte, that of honour think.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The man who maintains it, joy may he have!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The fair lady through life may love her befall!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Thus if they for charity cherish a guest,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and hold honour in their hand, the Lord them reward</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">who upholds the heavens on high, and also you all!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And if I should live for any while upon earth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I would grant you some reward readily, if I might.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Then steps he into the stirrup and strides aloft.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">His man showed him his shield; on shoulder he slung it,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">gives spur to <span class=SpellE>Gringolet</span> with his gilded heels,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and he starts forth on the stones – pausing no longer</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    to prance.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          His servant to horse got then,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          who bore his spear and lance.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘This castle to Christ I commend:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          May he grant it good chance!’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              83</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The drawbridge was let down, and the broad gates</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">unbarred and flung open upon both sides. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The knight blessed himself swiftly, and passed the boards;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">praised the porter kneeling before the prince,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">who gives him God and good-day, that Gawain He save;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and goes on his way with his one man,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">who shall teach him the path to that perilous place</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">where the grievous blow he shall receive.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">They brushed by banks where boughs were bare,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">they climbed by cliffs where clung the cold.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">the heavens were up high, but ugly there-under</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">mist moved on the moors, melted on mountains,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">each hill had a hat, a mist-mantle huge.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Brooks boiled and broke their banks about,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">sheer shattering on shores where they down-flowed.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Well wild was the way where they by woods rode,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">till it was soon time that the sun in that season</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    does rise.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          They were on a hill full high,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the white snow lay beside;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          the man that rode him by</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          bade his master abide.</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              84</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘For I have brought you hither, sir, at this time,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and now you are not far from that noted place</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that you have sought and spurred so specially after.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But I must say, forsooth, that since I know you,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and you are a lord full of life whom I well love,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if you would hark to my wit, you might do better.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">The place that you pace to full perilous is held;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">there lives a man in that waste, the worst upon earth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for he is strong and stern and loves to strike,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and more man he is than any upon middle-earth,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and his body bigger than the best four</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that are in Arthur’s house, Hector, or others.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">He makes it so to chance at the Green Chapel,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that none passes by that place so proud in arms</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that he but does him to death by dint of his hand;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for he is a mighty man, and shows no mercy,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">for be it churl or chaplain that rides by the chapel,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">monk or priest of the Mass, or any man else,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">he is as quick to kill him, as to live himself.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Therefore I say, as true as you sit in the saddle,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">come there, and you will be killed, if he has his way,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">trust me truly in that, though you had twenty lives</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    to spend.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          He has lived here of yore,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and battled to great extent.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Against his blows full sore,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          you may not yourself defend.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              85</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Therefore, good Sir Gawain, let him alone,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and go by some other way, for God’s own sake!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Course some other country where Christ might you speed.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">And I shall hie me home again, and undertake</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that I shall swear by God and all his good saints –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">so help me God and the Holy things, and oaths enough –</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that I shall loyally keep your secret, and loose no tale</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that ever you fled from any man that I know of.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Grant <span class=SpellE>merci</span>,’ quoth Gawain, and galled he said:</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘It is worthy of you, man, to wish for my good,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and loyally keep my secret I know that you would.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">But, keep it ever so quiet, if I passed here,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and fled away in fear, in the form that you tell of,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">I were a cowardly knight, I might not be excused.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For I will go to the chapel, whatever chance may befall,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and talk with that same fellow in whatever way I wish,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">whether it’s weal or woe, as fate may to me</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    behave.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          Though he be a stern fellow</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to manage, armed with a stave,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          full well does the Lord know</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          His servants how to save.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                              86</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">‘Marry!’ quoth the other man, ‘now you spell it out</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">that you will take all your own trouble on yourself,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">if you will lose your life, I’ll not you delay.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Have your helm here on your head, your spear in your hand,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and ride down this same track by yon rock side,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">till you’re brought to the bottom of the wild valley,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">then look a little on the level, to your left hand,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and you shall see in that vale that selfsame chapel</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">and the burly giant on guard that it keeps.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">Now farewell, in God’s name, Gawain the noble!</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">For all the gold in the ground I’d not go with you,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">nor bear fellowship through this forest one foot further.’</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">With that the man in the wood tugs at his bridle,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">hits his horse with his heels as hard as he might,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">leaps away over the land, and leaves the knight there</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">                    alone.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘By God’s self,’ quoth Gawain,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          ‘I will neither weep nor groan;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          to God’s will I bend again</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal align="left" style="margin-right: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><font size="4">          and I am sworn as His own.’</font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-left: 1in; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <span style='font-family:"Times New Roman"'><font size="4"><br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'> </font> </span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">                              87</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">So he gives spur to <span class=SpellE>Gringolet</span> and picks up the path,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">pushing on through, by a bank, at the side of a wood,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">rode down the rough slope right to the dale.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">And then he gazed all about, and wild it seemed,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and saw no sign of shelter anywhere near,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">but high banks and steep upon either side,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and rough rugged crags with gnarled stones;</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">so the sky seemed to be grazed by their barbs.</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">Then he halted and reined in his horse awhile, </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">and scanned all about this chapel to find. </font> </p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">He saw no such thing either side, and thought it quite strange,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0' align="left"><font size="4">save a little mound, as it were, off in a field,</font></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:0; margin-top:0; margin-bottom: