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Sir, quoth the dwarffe, and louted lowe,

Behold that hend Soldàin!
Behold these heads I beare with me!

They are kings which he hath slain.

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The Eldridge knight is his own cousine,

Whom a knight of thine hath shent:
And hee is come to avenge
And to thee, all thy knightes among,

Defiance here hath sent,

his wrong,

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But yette he will appease his wrath

Thy daughters love to winne:
And but thou yeelde him that fayre mayd,

Thy halls and towers must brenne.

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Thy head, syr king, must goe with mee;

Or else thy daughter deere;
Or else within these lists soe broad

Thou must finde him a peere.

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The king he turned him round aboute,

And in his heart was woe:
Is there never a knighte of my round table,

This matter will undergoe?

Is there never a knighte amongst yee all

Will fight for my daughter and mee? Whoever will fight yon grimme soldàn,

Right fair his meede shall bee.

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For hee shall have my broad lay-lands,

And of my crowne be heyre ;
And he shall winne fayre Christabelle

To be his wedded fere.

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But every knighte of his round table

Did stand both still and pale ;
For whenever they lookt on the grim soldàn,

It made their hearts to quail.

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All woe-begone was that fayre ladyè,

When she sawe no helpe was nye :
She cast her thought on her owne true-love,

And the teares gusht from her eye.

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Up then sterte the stranger knighte,

Sayd, Ladye, be not affrayd :
Ile fight for thee with this grimme soldàn,

Thoughe he be unmacklye made.

And if thou wilt lend me the Eldridge sworde,

That lyeth within thy bowre, I truste in Christe for to slay this fiende 125

Thoughe he be stiff in stowre.

Goe fetch him downe the Eldridge sworde,

The kinge he cryde, with speede :
Nowe heaven assist thee, courteous knighte;
My daughter is thy meede.

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The gyaunt he stepped into the lists,

And sayd, Awaye, awaye:
I sweare, as I am the hend soldàn,

Thou lettest me here all daye.

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Then forthe the stranger knight he came

In his blacke armoure dight:
The ladye sighed a gentle sighe,

“ That this were my true knighte!"

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And nowe the gyaunt and knighte be mett

Within the lists soe broad;
And now with swordes soe sharpe of steele,

They gan to lay on load.

The soldan strucke the knighte a stroke,

That made him reele asyde;
Then woe-begone was that fayre ladyè,

And thrice she deeply sighde.

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The soldan strucke a second stroke,

And made the bloude to flowe:
All pale and wan was that ladye fayre,

And thrice she wept for woe.

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The soldan strucke a third fell stroke,

Which brought the knighte on his knee:
Sad sorrow pierced that ladyes heart,

And she shriekt loud shriekings three.

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The knighte he leapt upon his feete,

All recklesse of the pain :
Quoth hee, But heaven be now my speede,

Or else I shall be slaine.

He grasped his sworde with mayne and mighte, And spying a secrette part,

160:He drave it into the soldan's syde,

And pierced him to the heart.

Then all the people gave a shoute,

Whan they sawe the soldan falle: The ladye wept, and thanked Christ,

That had reskewed her from thrall.

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And nowe the kinge with all his barons
Rose
uppe

from offe his seate,
And downe he stepped intò the listes,

That curteous knighte to greete.

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But he for payne and lacke of bloude

Was fallen intò a swounde,
And there all walteringe in his gore,

Lay lifelesse on the grounde.

Come downe, come downe, my daughter deare, 175

Thou art a leeche of skille;
Farre lever had I lose halfe my landes,

Than this good knighte sholde spille.

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Downe then steppeth that fayre ladyè,

To helpe him if she maye;
But when she did his beavere raise,
It is my life, my lord, she sayes,

And shriekte and swound awaye.

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Sir Cauline juste lifte up his

eyes When he heard his ladye crye, O ladye, I am thine owne true love;

For thee I wisht to dye.

Then giving her one partinge looke,

He closed his eyes in death,
Ere Christabelle, that ladye milde,

Begane to drawe her breathe.

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But when she found her comelye knighte
Indeed was dead and

gone,
She layde her pale cold cheeke to his,

And thus she made her moane.

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O staye, my deare and onlye lord,

For mee thy faithfulle feere; 'Tis meet that I shold followe thee,

Who hast bought my love so deare.

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Then fayntinge in a deadlye swoune,

And with a deep-fette sighe,
That burst her gentle heart in twayne,

Fayre Christabelle did dye.

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