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234 FRAGMENT OF THE BALLAD OF KINO
Shooes of gold the porter had on, And all his other rayment was unto the same; " Now, by my faith," saies noble King Arthur, ' " Yonder is a minion swaine."
Then bespake noble King Arthur, «
These were the words says hee: " Come hither, thou proud porter, I pray thee come hither to me.
" I have two poor rings of my finger, The better of them He give to thee; ao
[To] tell who may be lord of this castle," he saies, " Or who is lord in this cuntry ? "
" Cornewall King," the porter sayes,
" There is none soe rich as hee;
Neither in Christendome, nor yet in heathennest, ss
None hath soe much gold as he."
And then bespake him noble King Arthur,
These were the words sayes hee :
" I have two poore rings of my finger,
The better of them He give thee, sj
If thou wilt greete him well, Cornewall King,
And greete him well from me.
" Pray him for one nights lodging, and two meales
meate, Tor his love that dyed uppon a tree; A bue ghesting, and two meales meate, es
For bis love that dyed uppon a tree.
MS. 60, They better. 65, bue, sic.