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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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KING ARTHUR AND KING CORNWALL
LXXVII
Then forth is gone noble King Arthur,
As fast as he co'ld hye, And strucken he hath off King Cornewall's head,
And came againe by and by.
So King Arthur fulfils his vow; and, if the rest of the Ballad had been preserved, no doubt it would have told us how his companions fulfilled theirs.
. The Marriage of Sir Garvain
A Fragment]
I
K INGE Arthur lives in merry Carleile, And seemely is to see, And there he hath with him Queene Genever, That bride soe bright of blee.
II
And there he hath with him Queene Genever,
That bride soe bright in bower, And all his barons about him stoode,
That were both stiffe and stowre.
ill
The king kept a royall Christmaise, Of mirth and great honor.
blee] hue, complexion. stowre] strong: or perhaps we should read ' stiff in stowre' = sturdy in fight. 88
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