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64 THE LEGEND OP SIB GUT.
' Nine' hundred twenty yeere and odde After our Saviour Christ his birth,
When King Athelstone wore the crowne, I lived heere upon the earth. ac
Sometime I was of Warwicke erle,
And, as I sayd, of very truth A ladyes love did me constraine
To seeke strange ventures in my youth;
To win me fame by feates of armes 25
In strange and sundry heathen lands;
Where I atchieved for her sake
Right dangerous conquests with my hands.
For first I sayled to Normandye, And there I stoutlye wan in fight
The emperours daughter of Almaine, From manye a vallyant worthye knight.
Then passed I the seas to Greece, To helpe the emperour in his right,
Against the mightye souldans hoaste ss Of puissant Persians for to fight:
Where I did slay of Sarazens,
And heathen pagans, manye a man ;
And slew the souldans cozen deere,
Who had to name doughtye Coldran. » 17, Two hundred, MS. and PC.