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The kyng granted him ful right
* Oft-times. * So large a train of knights. * Waited on. See Tyrwh. Gl. Ch. • Promiie you.
* Tapestry spread on the walls. Cled
Cled in purpure and ermyne,
The king stays here eight days, entertained with various sports.
And ilk day thai had solace sere
* Gallantries. Jewels. Davie says, that MS. p. 86. Athens is called the Prywery in one of Alexander's battles, many a lady of the world. ibid. lost her drewery. Gaste Alaxander, • Together. " Fold. • Assembly. 7 Hawking. Rivor. For
For thar was a ful fayre cuntre,
* There are three old poems on the exploits of Gawain, one of the heroes of this romance. There is a fourth in the Scotch dialect, by Clerke of Tranent, an old Scotch poet. See LAMENT For THE DEATH of T H E MAK KAR is, st. xvii.
Clerke of Tranent eke has [death] tane That made the Aveuters of GAw AN E.
AN.c. Scott. P. 1576.
The two heroes of this romance, Yw a 1N and GAw A1 N, are mentioned jointly in a very old French version of the British or Armorican LAY of LA UN v Al, of which there is a beautiful vellum manuscript. MSS. Cott. V Es PAs. B. xiv. 1. [supr. modo citat.]
Ensemble od eus GAwa Y Ns,
This LAY, or SoNo, like the romance in
Laventure de un Lay,
a Logres, or Loegria, from Locrine, was the middle part of Britain.
* Counts. So in Ron E R T or Groucy st Er, we have Con Tass for countess. On which word his
S E C T. XXVI.
I F EAR I shall be pronounced a heretic to modern criticism, in retraćting what I have said in a preceding page, and in placing the NoTBRow N E MAYDE under some part of this reign. Prior, who, about the year 1718, paraphrased this poem, without
improving its native beauties, supposes it to have been three
hundred years old. It appears from two letters preserved in the British Museum, written by Prior to Wanley, lord Oxford's librarian, that Prior consulted Wanley about this antient ballad ". It is, however, certain, that Wanley, an antiquarian of unquestionable skill and judgement in these niceties, whatever direétions and information he might have imparted to Prior on this subject, could never have communicated such a decision. He certainly in these letters gives no such opinion". This is therefore the hasty conjecture of Prior; who thought that the curiosity which he was presenting to the world, would derive proportionable value from its antiquity, who was better employed than in the petty labour of ascertaining dates, and who knew much more of modern than antient poetry. The NoT - B Row N E MAY DE first appeared in Arnolde's CHR on IcLE, or Custo Ms of LoN Do N, which was first printed about the year 1521. This is perhaps the most heterogeneous and multifarious miscellany that ever existed. The collector sets out with a catalogue of the mayors and sheriffs, the customs and charters, of the city of London. Soon afterwards we have
* MSS. Harl. 3777. - D IT ions to Pope's WoRks, in two vo* These letters are printed in the AD- lumes, published about two years ago.
Vol. III. S receipts