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king Arthur's death. 41
in the original MS., hath received some conjectural emendations, and even a supplement of three or four stanzas composed from the romance of Morte Arthur." Percy.
Ox Trinitje Mondaye in the morne, This sore battayle was doom'd to bee,
Where manye a knighte cry'd, Well-awaye! Alacke, it was the more pittie.
Ere the first crowinge of the cocke, s
When as the kinge in his bed laye,
He thoughte Sir Gawaine to him came, And there to him these wordes did saye.
" Nowe, as you are mine unkle deare,
And a3 you prize your life, this daye 10
0 meet not with your foe in fighte ; Putt off the battayle, if yee maye.
" For Sir Launcelot is nowe in Fraunce, And with him many an hardye knighte :
Who will within this moneth be backe, a
And will assiste yee in the fighte."
7. Sir Gawaine had been killed at Arthur's landing on his return from abroad. See the next ballad, ver. 73. P.