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236 FRAGMENT OF THE BALLAD OF KING
Sayes, " Seven yeere I was clad and fed,
In Litle Brittaine, in a bower;
I had a daughter by King Arthurs wife, *>
It now is called my flower;
For King Arthur, that kindly cockward,
Hath none such in his bower,
" For I durst sweare, and save my othe,
That same lady soe bright, 95
That a man that were laid on his death-bed
Wold open his eyes on her to have sight."
" Now, by my faith," sayes noble King Arthur,
" And thats a full faire wight!"
And then bespake Cornewall [King] againe, 100
And these were the words he said:
" Come hither, five or three of my knights,
And feitch me downe my steed;
King Arthur, that foule cockeward,
Hath none such, if he had need. if»
" For I can ryde him as far on a day, As King Arthur can doe any of his on three. And is it not a pleasure for a King, When he shall ryde forth on his journey ?
" For the eyes that beene in his head, no
They glister as doth the gleed; "—
" Now, by my faith," says noble King Arthur,
[Half a paae is wanting.']
101, said he. Ill, The.