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ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON. 73
And by my pen I will recite s
St. George's deeds, an English knight.
Against the Sarazens so rude
Fought he full long and many a day,
Where many gyaunts he subdu'd,
In honour of the Christian way ; m
And after many adventures past,
To Egypt land he came at last.
Now, as the story plain doth tell,
Within that countrey there did rest A dreadful dragon, fierce and fell, is
•Whereby they were full sore opprest: Who by his poisonous breath each day Did many of the city slay.
The grief whereof did grow so great
Throughout the limits of the land, sc
That they their wise men did intreat To shew their cunning out of hand;
What way they might this fiend destroy,
That did the countrey thus annoy.
The wise men all before the king, a
This answer fram'd incontinent: The dragon none to death might bring
By any means they could invent; His skin more hard than brass was found, That sword nor spear could pierce nor wound.