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Within that place there was a pallaice,
& “Walls built by the Pagans or Sa The walles thereof were of cristall, racens. Walls built by magic.' Chau And the sommers of corall. cer, in a verse taken from Syr Bevys, [Sign. a. ii.] says that his knight had. But Chaucer mentions corall in his temtravelled
ple of Diana. KNIGHTES TALE, v. 1912. As well in Christendom as in HETHNESS.
And northward, in a touret on the
wall, Prol. p. 2. v. 49. And in Syr Eglamour
Of alabastre white, and red corall, of Artoys, Sign. E. ii.
An oratorie riche for to see.
Carpentier cites a passage from the ro
mance De Troyes, in which a chamber of Syr Bevys of Hamptoun. Sign. b. iii.
alabaster is mentioned. SUPPL. LAT. They found shippes more and lesse Gloss. Du Cange, tom. i. p. 136. Of panimes and of hethencsse.
En celle chambre n'oit noienz, Also, Sign. C. i.
De chaux, d'areine, de cimenz, The first dede withouten lesse Enduit, ni moillerons, ni emplaistre, That Bevys dyd in hethenesse.
Tot entiere fut alambastre.
ADDITIONS.] (I do not perfectly understand the materials of this fairy palace.
That knyghte sayd to hym agayne,
grete perill I have gone,
Me with thee thou mayest not lede," &c. 8 Afterwards, the knight of the mountain directs Raynburne to find a wonderful sword which hung in the hall of the palace. With this weapon Raynburne attacks and conquers the Elvish knight; who buys his life, on condition of conducting his conqueror over the perilous ford, or lake, above described, and of delivering all the captives confined in his secret and impregnable dungeon.
Guyon's expedition into the Souldan's camp, an idea furnished by the crusades, is drawn with great strength and simplicity.
Guy asked his armes anone,
Aboute the syrcle for the nones
Tyll he cam to the Soudan's bordek; i at dinner.
the feast of Christmas at Greenwich, * table. Chaucer, Squ. T. 105. in the year 1488, we have, “ The duc And up he rideth to the hie borde.
of Bedeford beganne the table on the right
side of the hall, and next untoo hym was Chaucer says that his knight had often the lorde Dawbeneye,” &c. That is, “ begon the bord abovin all nations." He sate at the head of the table. _Leland, Prol. 52. The term of chivalry, to be- Coll. iii. 237. edit. 1770, To begin gin the board, is to be placed in the up- the bourd is to begin the tournament. permost seat of the hall. Anstis, Ord. Lydgate, Chron. Troy, b. ii. ch. 14. Gart. i. App. p. XV. « The earl of Surry began the borde in presence: the
The grete justes, bordes, or tournay. earl of Arundel washed with him, and I will here take occasion to correct satt both at the first messe. . . Began Hearne's explanation of the word Bourthe borde at the chamber's end." i. e. sat der in Brunne's Chron. p. 204. at the head of that table which was at
A knygt a BOURDOUR king Richard hade the end of the chamber. This was at
A douty man in stoure his name was Windsor, A.D. 1519. In Syr Eglamour
Markade. of Artoys, we have to begin the dese, which is the same thing.
BOURDOUR, says Hearne, is boarder, pen
sioner. But the true meaning is, a Wag, Lordes in halle wer sette
an arch fellow, for he is here introduced And waytes blewe to the mete.
putting a joke on the king of France. The two knyghtes the dese began.
BOURDE is jest, trick, from the French. Sign. D. iii. See Chaucer, Squ. T. 99. See R. de Brunne ap. Hearne's Gloss. and Kn. T. 2002. In a celebration of Rob. Glo. p. 695; and above Sect. II. ;
He ne rought' with whom he mette,
Of all Sarasyns the boldest man,” &c. n I will add Guy's combat with the Danish giant Colbrond, as it is touched with great spirit, and may serve to illustrate some preceding hints concerning this part of our hero's history.
Then came Colbronde forthe anone,
In the middest of Syr Guyes shelde; also Chauc. Gam. 1974. and Non. Urr. Aucuns estiinent que ce mot vient 2294. Knyghton mentions a favourite des behourds, qui estoit une espece des in the court of England who could pro- Tournois.” See also Diss. Joinv. p. 174. cure any grant from the king burdando. cared, valued. Chaucer, Rom. R. Du Cange Not. Joinv. p. 166. Who adds, “ De là vient le mot de Bourdeurs,
I ne rought of deth ne of life. qui estoient ces farceurs ou plaisantins qui divertissoient les princes par le recit
m those who helieve. des fables et des histoires des Romans. Sign. Q. iji.
Through Guyes hawberk that stroke went,
That it braste in hys hond.
of lowe degre, it is not probablely, allso, divided.
of his age.'
But the Lybeaus Disco'"Guy cut through all the giant's nus referred to in this romance, is evi
dently a different version of the story • It contains thirty-eight pages in from that printed by Mr. Ritson, and the quarto. “Imprinted at London by me quotation, if it prove any thing, would Wyllyam Copland." I have never seen rather speak for the existence of a more it in manuscript.
ancient translation now unknown. Be. [This romance will be found in Mr. sides, Mr. Ritson himself has supplied Ritson's Collection, vol. iii. p. 145, who us with an argument strongly favouring characterizes it as a “strange and whim- Warton's conjecture. For if, as he obsical but genuine English performance." serves, the Squyr of lowe degre be the On Warton's opinion, “that it is allu- only instance of a romance containing ded to by Chaucer in the Rime of Sir To- any such impertinent digressions or afpas," he remarks: “as Lybeaus Disco- fected enumerations of trees, birds, &c. nus, one of the romancëes enumeratëed as are manifestly the object of Chaucer's by Chaucer, is alluded to in the Squyr Satire, the natural inference would be