Early Ballads Illustrative of History Traditions an Customs

Early Ballads Illustrative of History Traditions an Customs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ... when they were together met, And both to fair accordance brought; And a month's league between them set, Before the battayle should be fought; An adder crept forth of a bush, Stung one o' the king's knights on the knee Alack! it was a woeful chance, As ever was in Christentie. When the knight found him wounded sore, And saw the wild-worm hanging there, His sword he from his scabbard drew; A piteous case as ye shall hear. For when the two hosts saw the sword, They joined battayle instantly: Till of so many noble knights, On one side there were left but three. Upon King Arthur's own party, Only himself escaped there, And Lukyn, Duke of Gloster, free, And the king's butler, Bedevere. And when the king beheld his knights, All dead and scattered on the mould; The tears fast trickled down his face: That manly face in fight so bold. ' Now rest ye all, brave knights, ' he said, ' So true and faithful to your trust; And must ye then, ye valiant hearts, Be left to moulder into dust? ' Most loyal have ye been to me, Most true and faithful unto death: And, oh! to raise ye up again, How freely could I yield my breath! 'But see the traitor's yet alive, Lo, where he stalks among the dead! Now bitterly he shall abye, . And vengeance fall upon his head.' ' O, stay, my liege, ' then said the duke ' O stay for love and charitie; Remember what the vision spake, Nor meet your foe, if it may be. ' O, stay me not, thou worthy wight, This debt my loyal knights I owe: Betide me life, betide me death, I will avenge them of their foe.' Then straight he grasped his trusty spear, And on his horse then mounted he: As his butler holpe him to his horse, His bowels gushed to hisshow more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236547756
  • 9781236547750