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gence and accuracy of Mr. Nasmith have furnished me with the
following transcript from Lonelich Skynner's translation in
Bennet college library.

Thanne passeth forth this storye with al
That is cleped of som men Seynt GRAAL
Also the Sank Ryal iclepid it is
Of mochel peple with owten mys

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Now of al this storie have I mad an ende
That is schwede of Celidoygne and now forthere to wend
And of anothir brawnche most we be

gynne
Of the storye that we clepen prophet Merlynne
Wiche that Maister ROBERT of BORROWN
Owt of Latyn it tranfletted hol and soun
Onlich into the langage of Frawnce
This storie he drowgh be adventure and chaunce
And doth Merlynne insten with SANK RYAL
For the ton storie the tothir medlyth withal
After the fatting of the forseid Rorert
That somtym it tranfletted in Middilerd
And I as an unkonneng man trewely
Into Englisch have drawen this storye
And thowgh that to zow not plesyng it be
Zit that ful excused ze wolde haven me
Of my neclegence and unkonnenge
On me to taken swich a thinge
Into owre modris tonge for to endite
The swettere to sowne to more and lyte
And more cler to zoure undirstondyng
Thanne owthir Frensh other Latyn to my supposing
And therfore atte the ende of this storye
A pater noster ze wolden for me preye
For me that Herry LONELIch hyhte
And greteth owre lady ful of myhte

Hartelich

Hartelich with an ave that ze hir bede
This processe the bettere I myhte procede
And bringen this book to a good ende
Now thereto Jesu Crist grace me sende
And than an ende there offen myhte be
Now good Lord graunt me for charite

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Thanne Merlyn to Blafye cam anon
And there to hym he seide thus son
Blafye thou schalt suffren gret peyne
This storye to an ende to bringen certeyne
And zit schall I suffren mochel more
How so Merlyn quod Blafye there
I schall be sowht quod Merlyne tho
Owt from the west with messengeris mo
And they that scholen comen to seken me,
They have maad sewrawnce I telle the
Me forto flen for any thing
This fewrawnce hav they mad to her kyng
But whanne they me sen and with me speke
No power they schol hav on me to ben a wreke
For with hem hens mofte I

gon
And thou into othir partyes schalt wel fon
To hem that hav the holy vessel
Which that is icleped the Sevnt GRAAL
And wete thow wel and ek forfothe
That thow and ek this storye bothe
Ful wel beherd now schall it be
And also beloved in many contre
And has that will knowen in sertaygne
What kynges that weren in grete Bretaygne
Sithan that Cristendom thedyn was browht
They scholen hem fynde has so that it sawht
In the storye of Brwttes book

There scholen ze it fynde, and ze weten look
VOL. II.

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Which that MARTYN DE BEWre translated here
From Latyn into Romaunce in his manere
But leve me now of BrWTTES book
And aftyr this storye now lete us look.

After this latter extract, which is to be found nearly in the middle of the manuscript, the scene and personages of the poem are changed; and king Enalach, - king Mordrens, Sir Nesciens, Joseph of Arimathea, and the other heroes of the former part, give place to king Arthur, king Brangors, king Loth, and the monarchs and champions of the British line. In a paragraph, very similar to the second of these extracts, the following note is written in the hand of the text, Henry Lonelich Skynner, that translated this boke-out of Frenshe into Englyse, at the instaunce of Harry Barton.

The Quest of THE SANGREAL, as it is called, in which devotion and necromancy are equally concerned, makes à conliderable part of king Arthur's romantic history, and was one grand object of the knights of the Round Table. He who achieved this hazardous adventure was to be placed there in the hege périllous, or feat of danger. «When Merlyn had or" dayned the rounde table, he faid, by them that be fellowes " of the rounde table the truthe of the SANGRÉALL shall be “ well knowne, &c.—They which heard Merlyn say soe, said “ thus to Merlyn, fithence there shall be such a knight, thou “ shouldest ordayne by thy craft a siege that no man should “ fitte therein, but he onlie which shall passe all other knights. " -Then Merlyn made the fiege perillous, &c." Caxton's MORT D'ARTHUR, B. xiv. cap. ii. Sir Lancelot, who is come but of the eighth degree from our lord Jesus Chrift, is represented as the chief adventurer in this honourable expedition. Ibid. B. iii. c. 35. At a celebration of the feast of Pentecost at Camelot by king Arthur, the Sangreal fuddenly enters the hall, “ but “ there was no man might see it nor who bare it,” and the knights, as by fome invisible power, are instantly-supplied with

a feast

a feast of the choicest dishes. Ibid. c. 35. Originally LE BRUT, LANCELOT, TRISTAN, and the SAINT GREAL were separate histories ; but they were so connected and confounded before the year 1200, that the same title became applicable to all. The book of the SANGREAL, a separate work, is referred to in MORTE ARTHUR. Now after that the quest of the “ SANCGREALL was fulfy.lled, and that all the knyghtes that “ were lefte alive were come agayne to the Rounde Table, as “ the booke of the SANCGREALL makethe mencion, than “ was there grete joye in the courte. And especiallie king “ Arthur and quene Guenever made grete joye of the remnaunt " that were come home. And paffynge glad was the kinge and “ quene of fyr Launcelot and fyr Bors, for they had been “ pafsynge longe awaye in the quest of the SancGREALL. “ Then, as the Frenshe booke sayeth, syr Lancelot, &c.” B. xviii. cap. I. And again, in the same romance.

- Whan “ fyr Bors had tolde him (Arthur) of the adventures of the “ SANCGREALL, such as had befallen hym and his felawes " all this was made in grete bookes, and put in almeryes at “ Salisbury.” B. xvii. cap. xxiii'. The former part of this paffage is almost literally translated from one in the French romance of TRISTAN, Bibl. Reg. MSS. 20 D. ii. fol. antep, " Quant Boort ot conte laventure del Saint Graaf teles com eles “ elloient avenues, eles furent mises en escrit, gardees en la

mere de Salibieres, dont Mestre GALTIER MAp l'estreft a faift Jon livre du Saint Graal por lamor du roy Herri fori sengor, qui fif leftoire tralater del Latin en romanzt." Whether Salisbury, or Salibieres is, in the two passages, the right reading, I cannot ascertain. [But see Not". P. 117. vol. ii.) But in the royal library at Paris there is “Le Roman de TRISTAN ET Iseu.lt, “ traduit de Latin en François, par Lucas chevalier du Gast

pres de Sarisberi, Anglois, avec figures.” Montfauc. CATAL.

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" The romance fays, that king Arthur “ these goode knygtes." [See fupr. vol. grete

clerkes com efore im that i. p. 336.] they fhould cronicle the adventures of See supr. vol. i. p. 235.

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MSS. Cod. Reg. Paris. Cod. 6776. fol. max. And again Cod. 6956. fol. max. “ Liveres de Tristan mis en François par “ Lucas chevalier sieur de chateau du Gat".” [See supr. vol. i. p. 115. Notes.] Almeryes in the English, and l’Amere, properly aumoire in the French, mean, I believe, Prelles, Chests, or Archives. Ambry, in this sense, is not an uncommon old English word. From the second part of the first French quotation which I have distinguished by Italics, it appears, that Walter Mapes, a learned archdeacon in England, under the reign of king Henry the second, wrote a French SANGREAL, which he translated from Latin, by the command of that monarch. Under the idea, that Walter Mapes was a writer on this subject, and in the fabulous way, some critics may be induced to think, that the WALTER, archdeacon of Oxford, from whom Geoffrey of Monmouth professes to have received the materials of his history, was this Walter Mapes, and not Walter Calenius, who was also an eminent scholar, and an archdeacon of Oxford. [See vol. i. p. 65.] Geoffrey says in his Dedication to Robert earl of Gloucester, “ Finding nothing said in Bede or Gildas of “ king Arthur and his succesfours, although their actions highly “ deserved to be recorded in writing, and are orally celebrated “ by the British bards, I was much surprised at so strange an “ omission. At length Walter, archdeacon of Oxford, a man of great eloquence, and learned in foreign histories, offered « me an ancient book in the British or Armorican tongue; “ which, in one unbroken story, and an elegant diction, re“ lated the deeds of the British kings from Brutus to Cadwal. “ lader. At his request, although unused to rhetorical flou« rilhes, and contented with the fimplicity of my own plain « language, I undertook the translation of that book into “ Latin.” B. i. ch. i. See also B. xii, ch. XX. Some writer's fuppofe, that Geoffrey pretended to have received his materials

• There is printed, “ Le Roman du • noble et vaillant Chevalier Tristan fils “ du noble roy Mchiadus de Leonnoy

par Luce, chevalier, seigneur du chas“teau de Gaft. Rouen, 1489. fol.”.

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