Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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No body..................
But one thats learned to speake.
Then King Arthur to his bed was brought,             us
A greeived man was hee;
And soe were all his fellowes with him,'
From him they thought never to flee.
Then take they did that lodly boome,
And under thrubchandler closed was hee;              va
And he was set by King Arthurs bed-side,
To heere theire talke, and theire com'nye ;
That he might come forth, and make proclamation, Long before it was day;
It was more for King Cornwalls pleasure,               12s
Then it was for King Arthurs pay.
And when King Arthur on his bed was laid,
These were the words said hee :
" He make mine avow to God,
And alsoe to the Trinity,                                            uo
That lie be the bane of Cornwall Kinge
Litle Brittaine or ever I see !"
" It is an unadvised vow," saies Gawaine the gay,
" As ever king hard make I;
But wee that beene five christian men,                   ix
Of the christen faith are wee;
And we shall fight against anoynted King,
And all his armorie."
MS. 118, the. 119, goomeV 120, thrubchadler.