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THE LEGEND OF SIE GUY. 63
broadside ballad in verse, and in these forms was hawked about the streets until a very recent period. Such has in general been the fate of the romantic literature of the middle ages; a remarkable proof of the tenacity with which it has kept its hold on the popular mind." Gentleman's Magazine, Sept. 1847, p. 300.
"Was ever knight for ladyes sake Soe tost in love, as I, Sir Guy,
For Phelis fayre, that lady bright As ever man beheld with eye ?
She gave me leave myself to try, s
The valiant knight with sheeld and speare,
Ere that her love she would grant me ; Which made inee venture far and neare.
Then proved I a baron bold,
In deeds of armes the doughtyest knight m That in those dayes in England was,
"With sworde and speare in feild to fight.
An English man I was by birthe: In faith of Christ a christyan true :
The wicked lawes of infidells »
I sought by prowesse to subdue.
8, The proud Sir Guy, PC.