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232 FRAGMENT OP THE BALLAD OF KING
absence of other evidence, it is to be presumed that the author of the ballad borrowed from the printed work, substituting Arthur for Charlemagne, Gawayne for Oliver, Tristram for Roland, etc., and embellishing his story by converting King Hugon's spy into a " lodly feend," by whose agency the gabs are accomplished. It is further worthy of notice, that the writer seems to regard Arthur as the sovereign of Little Britain, and alludes to an intrigue between the King of Cornwall and Queen Guenever, which is nowhere, as far as I recollect, hinted at in the romances of the Sound Table."
« Comb here my cozen, Gawain, so gay;
My sisters sonne be yee;
For you shall see one of the fairest Round Tables,
That ever you see with your eye."
Then bespake [the] Lady Queen Guenever, s And these were the words said shee: " I know where a Round Table is, thou noble king, Is worth, thy Round Table and other such three.
" The trestle that stands under this Round Table,"
she; said, " Lowe downe to the mould, 10
It is worth thy Round Table, thou worthy king, Thy halls, and all thy gold.
" The place where this Round Table stands in, It is worth thy castle, thy gold, thy fee; And all good Litle Britaine,"— u
" Where may that table be, lady ? " quoth hee,