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160 KING ESTMERE.
that King Estmere was an English prince, and we may, perhaps, infer from the eighth stanza that King Ad-land's dominions were on the same island. But no subject of inquiry can be more idle than the geography of the romances.
Hearken to me,- gentlemen,
Come and you shall heace ; lie tell yon of two of the boldest brethren,
That ever born y-were.
The tone of them was Adler yonge, c
The tother was kyng Estmere; They were as bolde men in their deedes
As any were, farr and neare.
. As they were drinking ale and wine
"Within kyng Estmeres halle, 10
" When will ye marry a wyfe, brother, A wyfe to gladd us all ? "
Then bespake him kyng Estmere,
And answered him hartilye : " I knowe not that ladye in any' lande, u
That is able to marry with mee."
" Kyng Adland hath a daughter, brother, Men call her bright and sheene ;
If I were kyng here in your stead,
That ladye shold be queene." 20