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

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' Nay, I am not sleeping, I am waking,'
These were the words said hee; ' Ffor thee I have car'd ; how hast thou fared :
O gentle knight, let me see.'
The knight wrought the king his booke,
Bad him behold, reede and see; And ever he found it on the back of the leafe
As noble Arthur wo'ld wish it to be.
lii And then bespake him King Arthur,
' Alas ! thow gentle knight, how may this be, That I might see him in the same licknesse
That he stood unto thee ? '
Lin And then bespake him the Greene K night,
These were the words said hee : ' If you'le stand stifly in the battell stronge,
For I have won all the victory.'
Liv Then bespake him the king againe,
And these were the words said hee : ' If wee stand not stifly in this battell strong,
Wee are worthy to be hang'd on a tree.'
Then bespake him the Greene Knight,
These were the words said he: Saies, ' I doe conjure thee, thou fowle feend,
In the same licknesse thou stood unto me.'
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