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And if you pas with owten grevance,
Than has thou the fairest chance
That ever zit had any knyght,
That theder come to kyth his myght.
Than toke I leve, and went my way,
And rade unto the midday;
By than I com whare I fold be,
I saw the Chapel and the Tre :
Thare I fand the fayrest thorne
That ever groued sen God was born:
So thik it was with leves grene
Might no rayn cum tharby twene';
And that grenes
For no winter dere' yt may.
I fand the Bacyn, als he talde,
And the Well with water kalde m.
An emerawd" was the Stane',
Richer saw I never nane,
On fowr rubyes on heght standand',
Thair light lasted over al the land.
And whan I saw that femely fyght,
It made me bath joyful and lyght.
I toke the Bacyn (one onane
And helt water opon the Stane :
The weder 9 wex than wonder blak,
And the thoner' fast
Thar cum Nike stormes of hayl and rayn,
Unnethes ' I might stand thare ogayn:
The store' windes blew ful lowd,
So kene cam never are w of clowd.
& Know. Prove.
i There between.
p Standing high.
I was drevyn with snawe and flete,
Unnethes I might stand on my fete.
face the levening * (mate",
I wend have brent", so was it hate :
That weder made me fo will of rede,
I hopid sone to have
And fertes", if it lang had last,
I hope I had never thethin o past.
Bot thorgh his might that tholed' wownd
The storme sesed within a stownde :
Then wex the weder fayr ogayne,
And tharof was I wonder fayne ;
For best comforth of al thing
Es folace after mislykeing.
Then saw I sone a mery syght,
Of al the fowles that er in flyght,
Lighted so thik
That bogh ne lefe none might I se;
So merily than
That al the wode bigan to ring ;
Ful mery was the melody
Of thaire fang and of thaire cry ;
Thar herd never man none fwilk,
Both if ani had herd that ilk.
And when that mery din was done, ,
Another din than herd I sone,
Als it war of hors men,
Mo than owtheri nyen k or ten,
Sone than faw I cum a knyght,
In riche armure was he dight;
Lightening y Smote, 2 I thought I should be burnt. · It was so hot.
o Feared. See Johns. Steev. SHAKESPEARE, Vol. v. p. 273. edit. 1779.
& Ceased on a sudden.
And fone whan I gan on him loke,
Mi shelde and sper to me I toke.
That knight to me hied ful fast,
And kene wordes out gan he cast :
He bad that I sold tell him lite'
Why I did him (wilk despite,
With weders “ wakend him of rest,
And done him wrang in his Forest ;
Thar fore, he sayd, You fal aby" :
And with that come he egerly,
And said, I had
Done him grete destrucciowne,
And might it nevermore amend ;
Tharfor he bad, I fold me fend :
And sone I smate him on the shelde,
Mi schaft brac out in the felde;
And then he bar me son bi ftrenkith
my speres lenkith :
I wat that he was largely
By the Thuldres mare P than I;
And by the ded 9 that I fal thole',
Mi stede by his was bot a fole.
For mate. I lay down on the grownde,
So was I stonayd ' in that stownde:
A worde to me wald he noght say,
Bot toke my stede, and went his way.
Ffull farily" than thare I fat,
For wa " I wist noght what was what :
With mi stede he went in hy,
The same way that he come by;
^ The storm.
A Abide. Stay.
• Against reason or law.
i Aftonished. Stunned.
And I durst folow him no ferr
For dout me folde bite werr,
And also zit by Goddes dome*,
I ne wist whar he bycome.
Than I thoght how I had hight',
Unto myne ost the hende knyght,
And also till his lady bryght,
To come ogayn if that I myght.
Mine armurs left I thare ylkane,
For els myght I noght have gane ? ;
in I come by day:
The hende knyght and the fayre may,
Of mi come war thai ful glade,
And nobil semblant thai me made
In al thinges thai have tham born
Als thai did the night biforn.
Sone thai wist whar I had bene,
And said, that thai had never sene
Knyght that ever theder come
Take the way ogayn home.
I add Sir Ywain's achievement of the same Adventure, with its consequences.
Whan Ywayn was withowten town,
Of his palfray lighted he down,
And dight him right wele in his wede,
And lepe up on his gude stede,
Furth he rade on right,
Until it neghed nere the nyght :
He passed many a high mountayne
In wildernes, and many a playne,
* God's sentence, the crucifixion.
y Hette. Promised.
Til he come to that leyir fty
That him byhoved pass by :
Than was he seker for to se
The Wel, and the fayre Tre;
The Chapel saw he at the last,
And theder hyed he ful fast.
More curtaysli and more honowr
Fand' he with tham in that towr
And mare comforth by mony falde”,
Than Colgrevance had him of talde.
That night was he herbered' thar,
So wel was he never are *.
At morn he went forth by the strete,
And with the cherel 'fone
That fold tel to him the way;
He sayned him, the sothe to say,
Twenty fith", or ever he blan',
Swilke mervayle had he of that man,
For had wonder P, that nature
Myght mak so foul a creature.
Than to the Wel he rade gude pase,
And down he lighted in that plase;
And sone the bacyn has he tane,
And kest o water opon the Stane ;