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" 0 if you be a gay young knight,
As well I trow you be, Pull tight your bridle reins, and stay «
Till I come up to thee."
But nothing did that tall knight say,
And no whit did he blin, Until he reached a broad river's side,
And there he drew his rein. eo
" 0 is this water deep," he said,
" As it is wondrous dun ? Or it is sic as a saikless maid
And a leal true knight may swim ? "
" The water it is deep," she said, ej
" As it is wondrous dun ; But it is sic as a saikles3 maid
And a leal true knight may swim."
The knight spurred on his tall black steed, The lady spurred on her brown ; 70
And fast they rade unto the flood, And fast they baith swam down.
" The water weets my tae," she said,
" The water weets my knee ; And hold up my bridle reins, sir knight, «
For the sake of Our Ladye."