Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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"If thou be of the Table Round"
(Quoth Tarquin, speedilye), " Both thee and all thy fellowship
I utterly defie."                                            m
" That's overmuch," quoth Lancelot tho; " Defend thee by and by." They put their spurs unto their steeds, And each at other fly.
They coucht their spears, and horses ran & As though there had been thunder;
And each struck them amidst the shield, Wherewith they broke in sunder.
Their horses backs tirake under them, The knights were both astound;               n
To void their horses they made great haste, To light upon the ground.
They took them to their shields full fast, Their swords they drew out than;
"With mighty strokes most eagerly               
Each one at other ran.
They wounded were, and bled full sore, For breath they both did stand,
And leaning on their swords awhile,
Quoth Tarquin, " Hold thy hand,             so