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

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THE MARRIAGE OF SIR GAWAIN
xv
And as he rode over a more, Hee see a lady where shee sate
Betwixt an oke and a greene hollen; She was cladd in red scarlett.
XVI
Then thereas shold have stood her mouth,
Then there was sett her eye; The other was in her forhead fast,
The way that she might see.
XVII
Her nose was crooked and turn'd outward,
Her mouth stood foule a-wry ; A worse form'd Jady than shee was,
Never man saw with his eye.
XVIII
To halch upon him, King Arthur,
This lady was full faine, But King Arthur had forgott his lesson,
What he sho'ld say againe.
XIX
' What knight art thou,' the lady sayd,
' That will not speak to me ? Of me be thou nothing dismay'd,
Tho I be ugly to see.
XX
' For I have halched you curteouslye,
And you will not me agair.e; Yett I may happen Sir Knight,' shee said,
' To ease thee of thy paine.'
hollen] holly-tree.          halch upon] salute.
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