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THE BOY AND THE MANTLE
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Craddocke wan the home
And the bore's head; His ladye wan the mantle
Unto her meede ; Everye such a lovely ladye
God send her well to speede !
18. King Arthur and King Cornwall
A Fragment
King Arthur of Little Britain unwisely boasts the beauty of his famous Round Table.
I
S AIES, ' Come here, cuzen Gawaine so gay, My sisters sonne be yee; Ffor you shall see one of the fairest round tables That ever you see with your eye.'
II Then bespake Lady Queen Guenever,
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.
in ' The trestle that stands under this round table,' she said,
i Lowe downe to the mould, It is worth thy round table, thou worthy king,
Thy halls, and all thy gold.
IV
' The place where this round table stands in,
[Is fenced round amaine] It is worth thy castle, thy gold, thy fee,
And all good Litle Britaine.'
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