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SIR LANCELOT DU LAKE. 57
" My name is Lancelot du Lake." Quoth she, " it likes me than ; Here dwells a knight that never was s« O'ermatch'd with any man ;
" Who has in prison threescore knights And four, that he has bound; Knights of King Arthur's court they be, And of his Table Round." ■»
She brought him to a river side,
And also to a tree, Whereon a copper bason hung,
His fellows shields to see.
He struck so hard, the bason broke : «
When Tarquin heard the sound,
He drove a horse before him straight. Whereon a knight lay bound.
" Sir knight," then said Sir Lancelot,
" Bring me that horse-load hither, so
And lay him down, and let him rest; We'll try our force together.
" And as I understand, thou hast, So far as thou art able, Done great despite and shame unto «s
The knights of the Round Table."
36, E'er match'd. 44, fellow.