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alliterative alliterative verse Arthur bade beasts better blow brought called castle Christ clerks cloth Conscience court courteously covetousness dear dwell earth English fair fair lady faith False fast fetched Galicia gether gifts give gleamed gold grace green chapel Green Knight Gringolet hall hath head heard heart heaven hither Holy Church hounds Hunger kissed lady laughed lord Malvern hills master meat mercy merry mirth neck never pardon PASSUS pentangle Piers Plowman Piers the Ploughman plow Plowman poem pray priest quickly quoth Gawain quoth Piers quoth the hero quoth the king rich rich hall rides romances Saint Sapience servant Simony Sir Gawain soul speech steed taught tell thee therewith thine thou hast thou shalt thyself took truly truth unless warrior wasters ween wend whoso wife wight William Langland wise words Ywain
Page 34 - Father that formed us all, 140 He looked on us with love, and let His Son die Meekly for our misdeeds, to amend us all. And yet wished He no woe to them that wrought Him that pain, But meekly with mouth mercy He besought, To have pity on that people that tortured Him to death. Here thou mightest see example, in Himself alone, How He was mighty and meek, that mercy did grant To them that hanged him high, and his heart pierced.
Page 48 - I shall be shriven, and sin no more." "I have good ale, gossip," quoth she; " Glutton, what say you ? " " Hast aught in thy purse," quoth he, " any hot spices ? " " Yea, Glutton, gossip," quoth she, " God wot, full good; I have pepper and peony-seeds, and a pound of garlick, A farthing worth of fennel-seed, for these fasting days.
Page 25 - I shall not let nor hinder thee. Have here thy helm on thy head, thy spear in thy hand; and ride down this same lane by yon rock-side till thou be brought to the bottom of the rugged valley; then look a little up the grassy slope on thy left hand, and thou shalt see in that ravine the chapel itself, and the burly man on the field who keeps it. Now farewell in God's name, Gawain the noble, for all the gold in the world I would not go with thee nor bear thee fellowship through this wood a foot further.
Page 3 - ... that built here, Arthur was ever the most courteous, as I have heard tell. Therefore, I mean to tell of an adventure in the world, which some count strange and extraordinary even among the wonders of Arthur. If ye will listen to this lay but a little while, I will tell it forthright as I...
Page 48 - Clement should have his cup filled, And have Hick the ostler's hood, and hold him well served; And he that first repented should straight arise And greet Sir Glutton with a gallon of ale. There was laughing and cheating1 and
Page 49 - Till Glutton had gulped down a gallon and a gill. He had no strength to stand, till he his staff had; Then 'gan he to go like a gleeman's hitch, Sometimes to the side, sometimes to the rear, Like a man laying lines to catch hirds with.
Page 19 - Thus the fair lady besought him, and 1 Tb» words in italics are raalily supplied by the translator. I'or several line* here the uoiiutruuliou IB •ndear. tried him oft, for to have won him to wrong, — whatever it was she purposed ; but he defended himself so fairly that no fault appeared, nor any evil on either side; they knew nought but joy. They laughed and played a long time, till at last she kissed him, took her leave fairly, and went her way. 17. Then the hero bestirred himself and rose...
Page 14 - Then the lord quoth, laughing, " Now must ye needs stay, for I will show you your goal, the Green Chapel, ere your term be at an end, have ye no fear! But ye can take your ease, friend, in your bed, till the fourth day, and go forth on the first of the year and come to that place at mid-morn to do as ye will.
Page 50 - PASSUS VI Now ride these folk, and walk on foot To seek that saint in strange lands. But there were few men so wise that knew the way thither, But they bustled forth like beasts, over valleys and hills, For while they went after their own will, they went all amiss; Till it was late and long, when they a man met, Apparelled as a palmer, in pilgrim's weeds.
Page 18 - On a hill, beside a cliff at the side of the bog, where the rough rock was rudely fallen, they fared to the finding, and the hunters after them. The men surrounded both the rock and the hill, because they knew well that he was within them, — the beast that the bloodhounds were proclaiming there. Then they beat on the bushes and bade him rise up, and he savagely rushed out athwart the men, the most formidable of swine. Long since had he left the herd on account of his age, for he was a huge beast,...