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KING ARTHUR AND KING CORNWALL
XXXIX
[O then bespake Sir Tristram,]
These were the words sayd hee : ' Befor I wold wrestle with yonder feend,
It is better to be drown'd in the sea.'
XL
And then bespake Sir Bredbeddle,
And these were the words said he: ' Why, I will wrestle with yon lodly feend,
God, my governor thou wilt bee! '
XLI
Then bespake him noble Arthur,
And these were the words said he : ' What weapons wilt thou have, thou gentle knight ?
I pray thee tell to me.'
XLII
He sayes, ' Collen brand Tie have in my hand, And a Millaine knife fast by my knee,
And a Danish axe fast in my hands, That a sure weapon I thinke will be.'
XLIII
Then with his Collen brand that he had in his hand, The bunge of that rub-chandler he burst in three ;
With that start out a lodly feend, With seven heads, and one body.
XLIV
The fyer towards the element flew,
Out of his mouth, where was great plentie;
The knight stoode in the middle and fought, That it was great joy to see.
Collen brand] sword of Cologne steel.        Millaine] Milanese
element] sky. 82
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