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Page 461 - And thou were the truest friend to thy lover that ever bestrad horse. And thou were the truest lover of a sinful man that ever loved woman. And thou were the kindest man that ever struck with sword.
Page 436 - In our forefathers tyme, whan Papistrie, as a standyng poole, couered and ouerflowed all England, fewe bookes were read in our long, sauyng certaine bookes of Cheualrie, as they sayd, for pastime and pleasure, which, as some say, were made in Monasteries, by idle Monkes or wanton Chanons: as 'one for example, Morte Arthure...
Page 458 - And there was all the hall fulfilled with good odours, and every knight had such meats and drinks as he best loved in this world. And when the Holy Grail had been borne through the hall, then the holy vessel departed suddenly, that they wist not where it became : then had they all breath to speak.
Page 82 - Erceldoune, but only pretends to tell the tale upon his authority. " I was at Erceldoune : With Tomas spak Y thare ; Ther herd Y rede in roune, Who Tristrem gat and bare,
Page 382 - Pinckt upon gold, and paled part per part, As then the guize was for each gentle swayne : In his right hand he held a trembling dart, Whose fellow he before had sent apart ; And in his left he held a sharpe bore-speare, With which he wont to launch the salvage hart Of many a lyon and of many a beare, That first unto his hand in chase did happen neare.
Page 81 - English as a separate work; but his adventures make a part of the collection, called the Morte Arthur, containing great part of the history of the Round Table, extracted at hazard, and without much art or combination, from the various French prose folios on that favourite topic.
Page 85 - ... later age, but more especially in the popular romances, a tedious circumlocutory style is perhaps the most general feature. Circumstantial to a degree of extreme minuteness, and diffuse beyond the limits of patience, the minstrels never touch upon an incident without introducing a prolix description.* This was a natural consequence of the multiplication of romantic fictions. It was impossible for the imagination of the minstrels to introduce the variety demanded by their audience, by the invention...
Page 436 - This is good stuffe, for wise men to laughe at, or honest men to take pleasure at. Yet I know, when Gods Bible was banished the Court, and Morte Arthure receiued into the Princes chamber.
Page 436 - Knightes, that do kill most men without any quarell, and commit fowlest aduoulteries by sutlest shiftes: as Sir Launcelote, with the wife of king Arthure his master: Syr Tristram with the wife of king Marke his vncle: Syr Lamerocke with the wife of king Lote, that was his own aunte.
Page 315 - Was mani wate eighe ; Maidens thare hondes wringe, Wives iammeren and crii ; The belles con thai ring, And masses con thai seye, For dole ; Prestes praied aye, For Tristremes sole. XIII. Ysonde to land wan, With seyl and with ore ; Sche mete an old man, Of...