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Twa gloven ithraste."
Tha “nas ther na mare
I than fehte to lave *
Of twa hundred thusend monnen"
Tha" ther leien" to-hauwen 7
Buten "Arthur the king ane"
And of his cnihtes tweien.”
Arthur wes for-wunded
Wunder ane swithe."
Ther to him com a cnave *
The *wes of his cunne; *
He wes Cadores sune,
The Eorles of Cornwaile.
Constantin hehte "the cnave;
He wes than "kinge deore.
Arthur him lokede on,
Ther he lai on folden,”
And thas word * seide
Mid sorhfulle heorte:
“Constantin, thu art wilcume!
Thu weore.” Cadores sone!
Ich the bitache here *
Mine kineriche; *
And wite *mine Bruttes
A to thines lifes; *
And hald heom * alle tha lawen "
Tha habbeoth istonden a mine dawen,”
And alle tha lawen gode
Tha bi Utheres dawen stode.
And ich wulle varen " to Avalun
To vairest” alre” maidene,
To Argante there * quene,
Alven swithe sceone; *
And heo *scal mine wunden
Makien alle isunde,”
Al hal” me makien
Mid haleweiye drenchen.”
And seothe * ich cumen wulle
To mine kineriche *7
And wunien "* mid Brutten
Mid muchelere wunne.” ”
AEfne than worden"
Ther com of se wenden"
That wes an sceort bat lithen,”

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1 thrust * then * in the fight remaining * who "lay 7 hewed to pieces * but " alone "wondrously much "young man * who "kin 1" was named * to the 17 the ground is these words " thou wert " I commit to thee here * kingdom. * defend * ever during thy life "keep for them * customs, laws " that have stood in my days at I will go as fairest 20 of all so the * elf very beautiful "she * well “whole * with healing draughts * afterwards of kingdom * dwell " with great joy "even with these words “from the sea moving * that was a short boat gliding

Sceoven mid uthen;"
And twa wimmen ther-inne
Wunderliche idihte.”
And heo nomen Arthur anan,”
And an eovste hine vereden,"
And softe hine adun leiden,
And forth gunnen lithen."
Tha" wes hit iwurthen"
That Merlin seide whilen,”
That weare unimete care."
Of Arthures forth-fare.”
Bruttes ileveth yete"
That he bon on live”
And wunnien" in Avalun
Mid fairest alre” alven;
And lokieth evere Bruttes yete
Whan Arthur cumen lithe."
Nis naver" the mon iboren,
Of naver name burde icoren,”
The cunne” of than sothe"
Of Arthur sugen mare.”
Bute while *wes an witeye *
Maerlin ihate,”
He bodede * mid worde –
His quithes” weoren sothe *—
That an Arthur sculde yete
Cum Anglen to fulste.”

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Ne sunne upon bischine." i-
Fairer nis non thane he was;
He was brigt so the glas,
He was whit so the flur,
Rose-red was his colur.” 15
In none kinge-riche”
Nas non his iliche."
Twelf feren" he hadde
That he with him ladde,"
Alle riche mannes sones,
And alle hi were faire gomes,”
With him for to pleie.
And mest he luvede tweie; *
That on him het" Hathulf child,
And that other Fikenild.
Athulf was the beste
And Fikenylde the werste.
Hit was upon a someres day,
Also" ihc you telle may,
Murri the gode king
Rod on his pleing"
Bi the se side,
Ase he was woned" ride.”
He fond bi the stronde,
Arived on his londe,
Schipes fiftene,
With Sarazinskene,”
He axede what hi sohte *
Other to londe brohte.
A payn" hit of-herde"
And hym wel sone answerde,
“Thi lond-folk we schulle slon"
And alle that Crist leveth” upon,
And the selve * rigt anon;
Neschaltu " todai henne” gon.”
The kyng ligte of his stede,
For tho” he havede nede,
And his gode knigtes two;
Al to fewe he hadde tho.”
Swerd hio gunne” gripe
And to-gadere smite.
Hy” smyten.” under schelde,
That sume hit yfelde.”
The king hadde al to fewe
Togenes so vele schrewe.”
So fele * mihten ythe.”
Bringe hem thre to dithe.”
The pains” come to londe
And neme * hit in here honde.

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KING HORN 5

That folchi gunne quelle"
And churchen for to felle.
Ther ne moste libbe *
The fremde *ne the sibbe,” 68
Bute hi here lawe asoke"
And to here" toke.

Of alle wymmanne
Wurst was Godhild thanne. 72
For Murri hed weop” sore
And for Horn yute * more.”
He " wenten ut of halle, 77
Fram hire maidenes alle,
Under a roche of stone.
Therheo livede alone. 8o
Therheo" servede Gode,
Agenes the paynes" forbode.”
Ther he "servede Criste,
That no payn hit ne wiste.” 84
Evere heo bad" for Horn Child,
That Jesu Crist him bed myld.

Horn was in paynes honde With his feren” of the londe. 88 Muchel was his fairhede," For Jhesu Crist him makede. Payns him wolde slen" Other al quic flen.” 92 Gef his fairnesse nere,” The children alle aslawe.” were. Thanne spak on Admirald, Of wordes he was bald,” 96 “Horn, thu art wel kene,” And that is wel isene;” Thu art gret and strong, Fair and evene long.” Ioo Thu schalt waxe more,” Bifulle seve" yere, Gef thu mote” to live” go, And thine feren” also. Ioq Gef hit so bi-falle, Ye scholde slen" us alle; Tharvore thu most to stere,” Thu and thine ifere.” Io& To schupe schulle ye funde” And sinke to the grunde.” The se you schal adrenche;” Neschal hit us noht of-thinche.” 112 For if thu were alive,

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With swerd other with knive
We scholden alle deie,
And thi fader deth abeie.” " 116
The children hi brohte to stronde,
Wringinde here honde,”
Into schupes borde
At the furste worde.
Ofte hadde Horn beo wo,"
Ac" nevere wurs than him was tho." 122
The se bigan to flowe
And Hornchild to rowe. 128
The se that schup so faste drof,
The children dradde ther of;
Hi wenden to-wisse"
Of here lif to misse, 132
Al the day and al the niht,
Til hit sprang dai liht,
Til Horn say ' on the stronde
Mengon in the londe. 136
“Feren,” “ quath he, “yinge,
Ihc" telle you tithinge.
Ihc here fogeles" singe
And that gras him springe. 14o
Blithe bed we on lyve,
Ure schup is on ryve.”"
Of schup hi gunne funde”
And setten fout” to grunde.” I44
Bi the se side
Hi leten that schup ride.
Thanne spak him Child Horn,
In Suddene he was iborn, 148
“Schup, bi the se flode
Daies have thu gode;
Bi the se brinke

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