Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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Then bespake him noble Arthur,                              uo
And these were the words said he: " What weapons wilt thou have, thou gentle knight ? I pray thee tell to me."
He sayes, " Collen brand lie have in my hand, And a Millaine knife fast be my knee;                     i»5
And a Danish axe fast in my hands, That a sure weapon I thinke wilbe."
Then with his Collen brand, that he had in his hand, The bunge of the trubchandler he burst in three. What that start out a lodly feend,                              170
With seven heads, and one body.
The fyer towards the element flew, Out of his mouth, where was great plentie; The knight stoode in the middle, and fought, That it was great joy to see.                                        ire
Till his Collaine brand brake in his hand, And his Millaine knife burst on his knee; And then the Danish axe burst in his hand first, That a sur weapon he thought shold be.
But now is the knight left without any weapone, iso
And alacke! it was the more pitty;
But a surer weapon then had he one,
Had never Lord in Christentye:
And all was but one litle booke,
He found it by the side of the sea.                             18s
MS. 161, they words.