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KING ARTHUR AND KING CORNWALL
v
' Where may that table be, lady ?' quoth hee.
' Or where may all that goodly building be I' ' You shall it seeke,' shee says, ' till you it find ;
You shall never gett more of me.'
VI
Then bespake him noble King Arthur
These were the words said hee : ' I'le make mine avow to God,
And alsoe to the Trinity,
VII
' Fie never sleepe one night there as I doe another
'Till that round table I see : Sir Marramiles and Sir Tristeram,
Fellowes that ye shall bee.
VIII
[' Sir Gawaine and Sir Bredbettle
Be fellowes eke with me,] Weele be clad in palmers' weede,
Five palmers we will bee;
IX
' There is noe outlandish man will us abide,
Nor will us come nye.' Then they rived east and they rived west,
In many a strange country.
x
Then they tranckled a litle further,
They saw a battle new sett: ' Now, by my faith,' saies noble King Arthur, [These armies be well met.'] rived] arrived, travelled.          tranckled] travelled.
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