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78 ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON.
Unto St. George aloud did cry, i*
And willed him away to go; " Here comes that cursed fiend," quoth she, " That soon will make an end of me."
St. George then looking round about,
The fiery dragon soon espyM, no
And like a knight of courage stout, Against him did most fiercely ride ;
And with such blows he did him greet,
He fell beneath his horse's feet.
• For with his launce, that was so strong, i« As he came gaping in his face, In at his mouth he thrust along;
For he could pierce no other place : And thus within the lady's view This mighty dragon straight he slew. iso
The4savour of his poisoned breath Could do this holy knight no harm ;
Thus he the lady sav'd from death, And home he led her by the arm ;
Which when King Ptolemy did see, i<b
There was great mirth and melody.
When as that valiant champion there Had slain the dragon in the field,
To court he brought the lady fair,
Which to their hearts much joy did yield,