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KING ARTHUR AND KING CORNWALL
LXXII
Then Sir Tristeram tooke powder forth of that box, And blent it with warme sweet milke,
And there put it unto that home, And swill'd it about in that ilke.
LXXIII
Then he tooke the home into his hand,
And a lowd blast he blew; He rent the home up to the midst,
All his ffellowes this they knew.
LXXIV
Then bespake him the Greene Knight,
These were the words said he : Saies, ' I conjure thee, thou Burlow-beanie,
That thou feitch me the sword, that I see.'
LXXV
Then forth is gone Burlow-beanie,
As fast as he co'ld hie, And feitch he did that faire sword,
And came againe by and by.
LXXVI
Then bespake him Sir Bredbeddle,
To the king these words said he: 'Take this sword in thy hand, thou noble King Arthur,
For thy vowes sake Fie give it thee, And goe strike off King Cornewall's head.
In bed where he doth lye.'
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