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

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Sir Kay kissed that lady bright,
Standing upon his ffeete; He swore, as he was trew knight,
The spice was never soe sweete.
' Well, cozen Gawaine,' sayes Sir Kay,
'Thy chance is fallen arright, For thou hast gotten one of the fairest maids
I ever saw with my sight.'
' It is my fortune,' said Sir Gawaine ;
' For my unckle Arthurs sake I am glad as grasse wold be of raine,
Great joy that I may take.'
Sir Gawaine tooke the lady by the one arme, Sir Kay tooke her by the tother,
They led her straight to King Arthur, As they were brother and brother.
King Arthur welcomed them there all, And soe did Lady Genever his queene,
With all the knights of the Round Table, Most seemly to be seene.
King Arthur beheld that lady faire
That was soe faire and bright, He thanked Christ in Trinity
For Sir Gawaine that gentle knight. 1225                                        E                                           97
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