Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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The King kept a royall Christmasse,
Of mirth & great honor ;                                     10
. . when . .
[About nine stanzas wanting.^
" And bring me word what thing it is
That women most desire ;
This shalbe thy ransome, Arthur," he sayes, " For lie haue no other hier."                              15
King Arthur then held vp his hand, According thene as was the law ; He tooke his leaue of the baron there, And homword can he draw.
And when he came to merry Carlile,                a>
To his chamber he is gone ; And ther came to him his cozen, Sir Gawaine, As he did make his mone.
And there came to him his cozen, Sir Gawaine, That was a curteous knight;                               as
" Why sigh you soe sore, vnckle Arthur," he said,
" Or who hath done thee vnright ? "
" O peace! o peace ! thou gentle Gawaine, That faire may thee beffall; For if thou knew my sighing soe deepe, »> Thou wold not meruaile att all.
MS. 13, Y6 a woman. 24, Cawaine.