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THE HARIUAGE OF SIK GAWAINE. 31
" Ffor when I came to Tearne-wadling, A bold barron there I fand; With a great club vpon his backe, Standing stiffe & strong. 33
" And he asked me wether I wold fight Or from him I shold be gone ; Or else I must him a ransome pay, And soe depart him from.
" To fight with him I saw noe cause, v>
Me thought it was not meet; For he was stiffe and strong with all; His strokes were nothing sweete.
* Therefor this is my ransome, Gawaine, I ought to him to pay ; 45
I must come againe, as I am sworne, Vpon the Newyeers day.
" And I must bring him word what thing it is \_About nine stanzas wanting.']
Then King Arthur drest him for to ryde, In one soe riche array, 50
Towards the foresaid Tearne-wadling, That he might keepe his day.
And as he rode over a more, Hee see a lady, where shee sate,
MS. 38, 0 else.