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56 SIR LANCELOT DTJ LAKE.
And many justs and tournaments
Before them there were drest, 10
Where valiant knights did then excel, And far surmount the rest.
But one Sir Lancelot du Lake,
Who was approved well, He in his fights and deeds of arms, u
All others did excel.
When he had rested him a while,
To play, to game, and sport, He thought he would go try himself,
In some adventurous sort 20
He armed rode in forest wide,
And met a damsel fair, Who told him of adventures great,
Whereto he gave good ear.
" Why should I not ? " quoth Lancelot tho, 23
" For that cause I came hither." " Thou seem'st," quoth she, " a goodly knight, And I will bring thee thither
" Whereas a mighty knight doth dwell,
That now is of great fame; so
Therefore tell me what knight thou art, And then what is your name."