Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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king Arthur's death.                  47
The duke to the river side he went,
And there his owne sword in threwe he;
But he kept back Excalibar,                               135
He kept it back in privitie.
For all of coleyne was the blade, And all the hilte of precious stone :
"And ever alacke !" then sayd the knighte, v* " Must such a sword awaye be throwne ? "
Then backe he came unto the kinge,
Who sayd, " Sir Lukyn, what did yee see ? "
" Nothing, my liege, save that the winde Blewe oer the waters faire and free."
" 0 goe againe," then said the kinge,               11s
" 0 good Sir Lukyn, goe againe : Into the rivere throwe my sword,
Nor keepe me lingering here in paine.
The duke then to the river went,
And the kings scabbard in threwe hee ; iso But hee kept backe Excalibar,
And hid it undernethe a tree.
Then backe he came to tell the kinge,
Who sayde, " Sir Lukyn, sawe ye oughte ? "
" Nothinge, my liege, save that the winde i*s Nowe with the angrye waters fought."

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