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238 FRAGMENT OF THE BALLAD OF KING
And then he spake him noble Arthur, And these were the words said he: no
" Why, if thou be afraid, Sir Gawaine the gay, Goe home, and drinke wine in thine owne country."
THE THIRD PARTE.
And then bespake Sir Gawaine the gay,
And these were the words said hee :
" Nay, seeing you have made such a hearty vow, m
Heere another vow make will I.
"He make mine avow to God,
And alsoe to the Trinity,
That I will have yonder faire lady
To Litle Brittainc with mee. lao
" He hose her hourly to my hart, And with her He worke my will;
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These were the words sayd hee:
" Befor I wold wrestle with yonder feend,
It is better be drowned in the sea." i«5
And then bespake Sir Bredbeddle, And these were the words said he : " Why, I will wrestle with yon lodly feend, God ! my governor thou shalt bee."