The Oxford Book of Ballads - online book

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

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Till his Collame 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 sure weapon he thought sho'ld be.
But now is the knight left without any weapons, And alacke ! it was the more pittye;
But a surer weapon then he had one, Had neuer lord in Christentye ;
And all was but one litle booke, He found it by the side of the sea.
He found it at the sea-side,
Wrucked upp in a floode; Our Lord had written it with his hands,
And sealed it with his bloode.
With this book of Evangiles Sir Bredbittle, otherwise the Green Knight, overcomes the sprite, and having conjured him into a wall of stone, returns with report to King Arthur.
[Saies] ' That thou doe not [stir a footj
But ly still in that wall of stone, Till I have beene with noble King Arthur,
And told him what I have done.'
And when he came to the king's chamber,
He co'ld of his curtesie : Says, ' Sleepe you, wake you, noble King Arthur ?
And ever Jesus waken yee ! '
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