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KING ARTHUR AND KING CORNWALL
After travelling in many strange lands they arrive at the castle of King Cornwall, not a great way from home.
XI
But when he cam to this [Cornwall castle]
And to the palace gate, Soe ready was ther a proud porter,
And met him soone therat.
XII
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.'
XIII
Then bespake noble King Arthur,
These were the words says hee : ' Come thou hither, thou proud porter,
I pray thee come hither to me.
XIV
' I have two poore rings, of my finger, The better of them I'le give to thee ;
Tell who may be lord of this castle, Or who is lord in this cuntry ?'
xv
'Cornewall King.' the porter sayes,
' There is none soe rich as hce ; Neither in christendome, nor yet in heathendom,
None hath soe much gold as he.'
XVI
And then bespake him noble King Arthur,
These were the words sayes hee: '1 have two poore rings of my finger,
The better of them 1'le give thee,
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