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The Quen, for sothe to say,

LXXVIII.
The ring wil sone knawe,

Gouernayl, his man was he,
That fre;

And Ganhardine his knight;
Aski sche wil in plawe,

Armed knightes thai se;
And say thou comest fro me." -

To felle hem doun in fight;

Gouernaile gan to fle,
LXXIV.
Tho rode Ganhardin kene,

He ran oway ful right,

Tho folwed bond and fre,
And ouer taketh hem now;
First he greteth the Quen,

And lete the loge vnlight,

That tide;
And after Bringwain, Y trowe;
The knight him self bidene,

Oway rode Tristrem that night,

And Ganhardine biside. *
Stroked the hounde Pencru;
The Quen the ring hath sene,

LXXIX.
And knewe it wele ynough,

Sir Canados the heighe,
That fre;

He ladde the Quen oway;
Hye seya, -"Say me hou

Tristrem of loue so sleighe,
Com this ring to the?"-

No abade him nought that day;
LXXV.

Brengwain bright so beighe,

Wo was hir tho ay;
-"He that aught this ring;

On Canados sche gan crie,
To token sent it to the.
Tho seyd that swete thing,

And made gret deray,

And sede, -“Tristrem that is he."

_"This lond nis worth anay,
Dame, withouten lesing,

When thou darst do swiche a dede."-
He sent it you bi me."
Sche sayd, - Bi heuen King,

LXXX.
In longing haue we be,

Ganhardine gan fare,
Naught lain;

In to Bretaine oway;
Al night duelle we,”-

And Tristrem duelled thare,
Seyd Y sonde to Bringwain.

To wite what men wald say ;
LXXVI.

Coppe and claper he bare,

Til the fisten-day;
Thai wende the Quen wald dye,

As he a mesel ware ;t
So sike sche was bi sight;
Thai sett pauilouns an heye,

Vnder walles he lay,

To lithe :
And duelled clerk and knight;

So wo was Y sonde that may,
Y sonde biheld that lye,
Vnder leues light;

That alle sche wald to writhe.
Tristrem hye ther seighe

LXXXI.
So dede Brengwain that night,

Tristrem in sorwe lay,
In feld;

For thi wald Ysonde a wede;
Ganhardine treuthe plight,

And Brengwain thretned ay,
Brengwain to wiue weld.

To take hem in her dede;
LXXVII,

Brengwain went oway,
Tvo night ther thai lye,

To Marke the King sche yede,
In that fair forest;.

And redily gan to say,
Canados hadde a spie,

Hou thai faren in lede,
Her pauilouns he to kest:

Nought lain;
Ther come to Canados crie,

-"Swiche knight hastow to fede,
The cuntre est and west;

Thi schame he wald ful fain."-
Gouernayl was for thi,

LXXXII.
Ther out as it was best,

Sir King, take hede ther to,
To abide;

Sir Canados wil haue thi Quen;
He seyd Tristrem prest,

Bot thou depart hem to,
-"Now it were time to ride.”—

Aschame ther worth y-sene; * This hasty retreat of Tristrem and his friend greatly blem

" Whan in a mantle, and a bevir hat, ished the reputation of both, especially in the eyes of Brengwain.

With coppe and clappir, wonder privily, That trusty confidant of Queen Ysonde could connive at the arts

He opened a secret ante, and out thereal of love, but not at the evasions of cowardice. Accordingly,

Conveyal her, that no man should espie; scoming alike Tristrem and her own newly espoused husband,

There to a village, balf a mile therebie,

Delivered her in at the spittell bous, she quarrels even with her mistress, for still retaining a favourable

And daily sent ber part of his almoura." opinion of them. At this part of the tale commences that Frag. ment in Mr. Douce's MS. analyzed in p. 302, et sequen. The mal change, and exhorts her to practise the trade, wbich was now

A leper-woman cuts short Creseide's long lamentation at this diaevents which it contains, and details at great length, are briefly to support her :mentioned in the text, yet so as sufficiently to show that the

"Go lerne to clappe thy clappir to and fro, story is precisely the same, although the circumstances, so con

And learn astir the lawe of leper's lede." cisely related by Thomas of Erceldoune, or by the reciter of his Again, while she is begging with her miserable associates, Trois, poem, are dilated and enlarged by the Norman minstrel ; just as, in the preceding Fragment, events are only hinted at, which are mish against the Greeks. The lepers,

the lover whom she had betrayed, returns victorious from a skir narrated at length in the present text.

"Sering that companie come, with o steven, + The adventures of Sir Tristrem, while in this unpleasant disguise, are told at length, p. 302. Want of cleanliness, of linen,

The gave u eric, and shoke cuppis, God pede

Wortle lorde ! for Gueldis love in heaven, of vegetables, of fresh meat in winter, but, above all, sloth and

To us lepiry part of your almon dede !" hardship, concurred to render the leprosy as common in Europe, during the middle ages, as it is in some eastern countries at this

The beautiful passage, which follows, is too long for insertion. day. Nor were its nuvages confined to the poor and destitute.

Creseide looked on Troilus. He met her glance, and coull nt Robert de Bruce died of this disorder, us did Constance, Duchess recognise the beauty he had adored, in the leprous wretch beton of Bretagne, and Henry IV. of England. Various hospitals were him ; but her look instinctively revived in his bosom "the spark founded by the pious for the reception of those miserable objects of love," which had long lain dormant. His arm grew weary of whose disease being infectious, required their exclusion from bearing his shield, his heart glowed, and his colour changed: bo society. For the same reason, while they begged through the knew not himself the cause of his disorder ; but, throwing hus streets, they usually carried the cup and clapper mentioned in purse into the skirt of Creseide, rode heavily onwards to the city. the text. The former served to receive alms, and the noise of the She recognised her lover, and died in despair. Jalter warned the passenger to kerp aloof, even while bestowing

I am informed, that there are in Italy a sort of beggars, remark: his charity. In HENRYSON'S Testomcat of Crescide, that fair. able for their impudence and pertinacity, who still make use of but fickle, paramour of Troilus, is afflicted with leprosy, as a pun: the cup and clapper. ishment for her inconstancy. Saturn denounces to her the sen

1 For the communications of Brengwain to King Mark, by toncc :

which she procured the banishment of Canados; for the manner “ Thus shalt thon go begging fro hons to hous,

in which Ysonde coaxed her attendant back into her usual ac. With cuppe and clapper like a lazarong."

commodating temper, and for Tristrern's exculpation from the Her father conveys her to the receptacle for such miserable ob charge of alleged cowardice, see the Analysis of the Metrical jects :

French Fragment, pp. 341-314.

Ful sone;

Hye dredeth of him so,

Her old dedes thai yeld,
That wonder is to wene;

With batayle al bidene;
His wille for to do,

Tristrem gan biheld,
Hye werneth him bitvene,

To Meriadok bitvene;

For the tales he teld,
Yete thai ben al clene,

On him he wrake his tene,
Haue thai no dede y-done.”-

That tide;
LXXXIII.

He yaf him a wounde kene,
Marke in al thing,

Thurch out bothe side. Brengwain thanked he;

LXXXVIII. After him he sent an heigheing,

Bitvene Canados and Ganhardın, Fram court he dede him be; -" Thou deseruest for to hing,

The fight was ferly strong;

Tristrem thought it pin,
Miseluen wele ich it se;".

That it last so long;
So conthe Brengwain bring

His stirops he made him tine,
Canados for to fle,

To grounde he him wrong ;
That heighe;

Sir Canados ther gan lyn,
Glad was Y sonde the fre,

The blod thurch brini throng,
That Bringwain couthe so lighe.

With care;
LXXXIV.

On him he wrake his wrong,
Than to hir seyd the Quen,

That he no ros na mare.
"Leue Brengwain the bright,
That art fair to sene;

LXXXIX.
Thou wost our wille bi sight;

Her fon fast thai feld,
Whare hath Tristrem bene,

And mani of hem thai slough, Nis he no douhti knight;

The cuntre with hem meld, Thai leighen al bidene

Thai wrought her wo y-nough;
That sain he dar not fight

Tristrem hath hem teld,
With his fo;

That him to schame drough:
Brengwain biheld that right,

Thai token the heighe held, Tristrem to bour lete go.

And passed wele anough;

And bade,
LXXXV.

Vnder wode bough
Tristrem in bour is blithe,

All her fomen thai rade.
With Y sonde playd he thare,
Brengwain badde he lithe,

XC.
Who ther armes bare;

Ther Tristrem turned oghain,
Ganhardin and thou that sithe,

And Ganhardin stithe and stille; Wightly oway gun fare.”—

Mani thai han y-slain, Quaih Tristrem, -“Crieth swithe,

And mani ouer comen with wille;
A turnament ful yare,

The folk fleighe vnfain,
With might;

And socour criden schille;
Noither of ous nil spare

In lede nought to layn,
E!!, baroun, no knight."-

Thai hadde woundes ille,
LXXXVI.

At the nende;
A turnament thai lete crie;*

The wraiers that weren in halle,
The parti Canados tok he;

Schamly were thai schende.
And Meriadok sikerly,

XCI. In his help gan lie be;

Than that turnament was don, Tristrem ful hastilye,

Mani on slain ther lay; Of sent Ganhardin the fre;

Ganhardin went sone,
Ganhardin com titly,

Into Bretaine oway;
That turnament to se,
With sight;

Brengwain hath her bone;

Ful wele wreken er thay.Fro the turnament nold thai fle,

A knight that werd no schon, t
Till her son were feld doun right.

Hete Tristrem sothe to say,
LXXXVII.

Ful wide,
Thai com in to the feld,

Tristrem sought he ay,, And founde ther knightes kene

And he fond him that tide. "This tournament was undertaken by Tristrem and Ganhardin. rious baron is called Estuit l'Orgueilleux, of Castle-fer. But the For the sindiration of their character. They had an opportunity death of Tristrem is ditlerently narrated in the prose romance. of avenging themselves of their enemies, and Mcriadok and Ca. According to that authority, he was previously engaged in two Dadlu fell under the lance of Tristrem. This corresponds with the desperate adventures. Urnay, Count of Nantes, a vassal of the Praguen!. p. 345. In the folio, Andret (the Meriadok of Thomas) | Duke of Bretagne, rebelled against his lieve lord. This news bas not the bonur of dying in the profession of chivalry, or by was comunicated to Tristrem, whose father-in-law was now the arm of Tri-trem. He attends the Queen when she enters a dead, and who, in right of his wife, and yet more from his great Erion sessel, from the motivo, as she pretends, of curiosity, buit , prowess, seems to have becurne protector of Runalom, the

young a Frally, to go to the assistance of Tristrem, then mortally duke. The count's messenger came before him while he was

ted, pp 197--238.) Geres, a faithful friend of Tristrom, playing at chess with his wife: Tristrem," said he,“ Urnoy, panded the vezsrl, and speing Andret, the invidious peræecu Count of Nantes, renounces thy homago, and thy protection, and lot of his master, in the act of passing the slippery plank, he can. will hold of thee, in future, neither land nor living."-"Since the misit the temptation offered by so fair an opportunity, and count has detied me by thee," answered Tristrem. "by tice 1 pertes him into the sea, where be perishes. There are inany defy him; and in eight days will be before Nantes with two tommarents mentioned in the folio, but no one corresponding thousand knights, to punish him as traitor." Tristrem kept his

woril, defeated, wounded, and made prisoner the count, before The knights often made whimsical vow's, to forbear a certain his city. The town was also taken; but a tower, garrisoned by rear of their drees, ammour, or babits of life, until they bad exe Urnoy's men-at-arms, and commanded by Corbel with the short catel a particular adventure ; witness the oath of Mandricard, chin, master of his sergeants, held out against a storm. Tristrem

her to wear sword until he had acquired that of Hector; and was foremost in scaling the walls, but Corbel threw down on him the raw of the Mamuis of Mantua, never to eat bread from a ta- a huge stone, which wounded his face desperately and precipitaberlusth, or sleep with his wife, until he had avenged the death ted him from the ladder. His followers, inceused by bois danger, obis cousin Baldwin-a vow so truly chivalrous, that it was stormed the tower, and slaughtered the garrison." "Tristrem was adopted by the knight of La Mancha himself, after his casque had borne home to the care of his wife, who, in skill in surgery, yieldbeen demolished by the sword of the Biscayner.- Don Quizole, ed only to her numesake and rival, Ysonde, of Cornwall. In the

intimacy, occasioned by her constant attendance, Tristrem forgot The comhat which follows, between the two Tristrems and the bis situation, and his fealty to Queen Ysonde, and the Breton ravisher of the younger knight's bride, assisted by his seven princess became his wife, in the tenderest sense of the word. beschren, is detailed in the Fragments, (p. 303,) where the inju: 1 Her happiness was, however, attended with fatal conscqucncos

that in the text.

XCII.

Ther he slough in fight,
He fel to Tristremes fet,

Fiftene knightes and inare;
And merci crid he ;

Wel louwe he dede hem light,
"Mi leman fair and swete,

With dwltul dintes sare,
A knight hath rer'ed me;

Vnsounde;
Of loue that can wele lei,

Ac an aruwe oway he bare
So Crist hir sende the:

In his eld wounde.
Mi bale thou fond to bet,
For loue of Ysonde fre,

Nought lain;
Seuen brethern hath he,
That fightech me ogain.

CONCLUSION.
XCIII.
-"This ich day thai fare,

ABRIDGED FROM THE FRENCH METRICAL ROMANCE, IN THE STYLE
And passeth fast biside;

OF TOMAS OF ERCELDOUXE.
Y gete hir neuer mare,
Yif Y line hir this tide;

ARGUMENT.
Fiftene knightes thai are,

Stanzas 1. 2.- The fate of the battle is recapitulated, in which
And we bot to to abide;"-

Tristrem, the younger, was slain, and our hero desperately -"Dathet who hem spare,"

wounded. The latter is carried to his castle, and every remedy Seyd Tristrem that iide,

is applied to his wound, but in vain. The gangene becomes

daily worse, and can be cured by none but Y onde of Comwall. “This night;

3. 1-Tristrem despatches Ganhardin to Ysonde with his ring, as Thai han y-tint her pride,

a token, directing him to communicate to the Queen the extremity Thurch grace of God almight."

of his distress. He desires him to take with him two sails, one

white, and the other black; the former to be hoisted upon his reXCIV.

tum, in care Ysonde should accompany bim to Brittany and the Thai gun hem bothe armi,

latter if his embassy should be unsuccesatul 5.-Ysonde of Brit. In iren and stiel that tide;

tany overhears this conversation, and resolves to be avenged of

Tristrem for bis infidelity. 6. 7. 8 Ganbardın KOCS to England, Thai meiten hem in a sty,

disguis d as a merchant. He presents rich gifts to King Mark, Bi o forestes side;

and to Yaonde a cup, containing Sir Tristrem's ring. This token Ther wex a kere crie,

procures hin a private audience of the Queen, w whom he ex

plains the situation of her lover. Ymonde disguises herself, and Togider tho thai gun ride ;

accompanies Ganhardin on board of ship, to undertake Su TrisThe young Tristrem for thi,

treni's cure. They approach the coast of Brittany, displaying the Sone was feld his pride,

white sail. 9. 10. 11. - Youde of Brittany perceives the vessel, Right thore;,

and knows, from the token of the white soil, that her rival is on

board. Fired with jealousy, she hastens to Sir Tristrem, and tells He hadde woundes wide,

bin that his friend Ganhardin's ship is in siht. He conjures her That he no ros no more.

to tell him the colour of the sails. She informs him that they

are black; on which, concluding himself fursaken by Ysonde, XCV.

Tristrem sinks back in dipair, and dies. 12.-The inouming for Thus the yong knight,

the death of Sir Tristrem. 13. 14. 15.-Ysonde of Cornwall ar For sothe y-slawe was thare;

rives, and mects an old man, from whom she learns the death Tristrem that trewe hight,

of her lover. She rushes to the castle, where the corpse of Sir Awrake him al with care;

Tristrem was laid out in state, throws herself beside him, and

expires for grief. to Tristrem's health ; and Tressan, with more regard to dramatic fairer than ever they saw other, not for then there was no knight effect than fidelity, chooses to represent it as the immediate that might spenke any word a great while. And so they looked cause of his death* But there is no authority for this trait of sen. every man on other, as they had been dombe. Then there enter. timent. Tristrem not only recovered, but again tirgot the white ed into the hall the boly grale, covered with white sainite; but handed Ysonde, (now doubly his own,) in the arms of his uncle's there was none that mighi see it, nor wbu bare it, and there was wife.

all the hall fulilled with good odourg. And every knight had The great quest of the Sangreal was now the olject of ambition such meat and drinke as he best loved in this world; and when among all the knights of the Round Table. This Sangreal, or the holy grale had been bome through the ball, then the buily ves: blessed tureen, was the vessel from which our Saviour and his dis sel departed suddenly, that they wist not when it becamne. ciples eat the last supper ; which, according to tradition, was After this wondrons vision, most of the companions of the Round brought to England, along with the spear which pierced bis side Table vowed to depart in quest of the Sangreal; and, inderd, at the crucifixion, by Joxeph of Arimathea, the gentle they were never afterwards assembled. Cleanness of life being knight," as he is called, " that tooke downe Jesus from the the principal requisite towards success, Sir Lancelot and Sir Triscrues."- Morte Arthur, part ui chap. 33. For some time, the trem, though the most redoubted knights of the Round Table, Sangreal was visible to all pilgrims, and its presence conferred might have dispensed with undertaking this adventure: Beth, blessings upon the land in which it was prexerved. One of the lowever, attempted the quest of the Sangreal; and Lancelot descendants of Joseph was always its guardian; who, to qualify long persevering in it, underwent manifold insults and mortificabimself for so pure a trust. wils bound to observe the most rind tions, for his presumption in taking upon him such an enterprise, chastity, in deed, word, and thought. One of these holy men so while defiled with deally sin, whereof he never had been con far forgot himself, as to look, vitla unhallowed ardour, upon a fessed. As for Sir Tristrem, he soon gave up the adventure, as young female pilgrim, whose vest was accidentally loosened, as not reserved for him, and returned to Brittany, where be died in she kneclod to receive bis blessing. The sacred lance instantly the following manner :punished his fruilty, spontaneously piercing both bis thighs. The Runalem, the young Duke of Brittany, was desperately enablood continued to flow from the marvellous wound, and the guar. moured of the fair Gorgeolain, wife of Bedalis, one of his barons, dian of the Sangreal was ever after called Le Roi percheur. who, from jealousy, contined her in a monted castle Tristrem, About the same period, certain wood-nymphs inlibuted the ca accustomed to find expedients on such occasions, and as com verns of Britain. When a traveller passed the haunts of the plaisant to the loves of his brother-in-law, i8 ardent in his own, beautiful and benevolent beings, one is ued forth with a napkin, contrived to forge a set of false kers, by which the Duke visited on which she apread store of the most d Vicious viands, and an Gorgeolain at pleasure, while her busband hunted in the neiebother with the cup of wisite wine. But mankind are always un bouring forest. Tristrem accompanied Kunalem in these private grateful An unlucky King Magins, with some unworthy knights, excursions. Upon one fatal day, his cap untoutunately fell off as not satisfied with #baring the hospitality of these lovely nymphs they entered ilie castle. This was not all. The considerate Tris forcibly violated their chastity. They have never since appeared trem, leaving th: lovers alone, walked in an adjacent chamber, as formerly ; and it must be owned, that our modern bar maids covered with fresh rushes, and hung with autiful tapestry, te are but indiferent substitutes. Heaven was oftended at these presenting the conquest of Bretagne by King Arthur. "His predelinquencies. The Sangreal withdrew its visible presence from sent situation naturally led him to reflect on his past hospiness; the crowils who came to worship, and an iron nge succeeded the and while he was thus pensively musing, lo indulged himself in happiness which is arrival had ditired among the tribes of En a habit acquired in such fits of absence of thrusting the rushes, gland. Merlin foretold to King Arthur, that from his Round Ta one after another. Through the figure in the inpstry. Au length, ble should come a champion who not by dint of sword and lance, th: baron's horn being heard at a disiance, Tristrem and Runa but by a purity, voideven of the shadow of frailty, should achieve lam quiited the castle. Bedalis entered soon after when, finding

the : hir pristine health While Arthur and his knights beld a high try, according to his well-known practice, be suspected bis misfor feast on Pentecost eve, they were surprised and enraptured by tune, though he mistook the author The threat of inmediate the marvellous appearance of the Sangreal. " Anon, they heard death extorted a confession from his wife, that Runalem and craking and crying of thunder, that them thought the place should Tristrem lind but just departed. He followed their traces with all to rive. In the midst of the blasie, entered a sunne brame, thirty attendants, and assuiled them, without respect to the in more clear by scaven times than ever they saw day: and all they equality of numbers, or of arms. Runalem was slain after a were alighted of the grace of the Holy Ghext. Then began overy knight to behold other, and either raw other by their seeming Sir Percival At this part of the ancient roinance, the render is wirfirisha

# The Sangreal was finally achieved by Galahad, assisted by Sir Bors and • Corps d'Ertraits des Roumarus, tom. 1. p. 178.

perceive with what astonishing assurance the wildest supratitions are engrafted Tristan, fl exviii. et wquell.

upon the licentious adventures of Sir Lancelot and sur Traitem.

!

I.

And garmentes were gaye ;
The companyons fiftene,

Marke he giftes bares,
To death did thai thringe ;*

Als man that miche maye,
And sterveth bidene,

A cup he prepares, Tho Tristrem the yinge;

The ring tharein can laye, Ac Tristrem hath tene,

Bidene; His wounde gan him wring,

Brengwain the gaye,
To hostel he hath gene,

Y-raught it the Quene.
On bedde gan him flinge

VII.
In ure;

Ysonde the ring knewe,
Fele salven thai bringet

That riche was of gold,
His paine to recure.

As tokening trewe,
II.

That Tristrem her yold;
But never thai no might,

Ganhardin gan schewe, With coste, nor with payn,

And priviliche hir told,
Bring Tristrem the wight,

That Tristrem hurt was newe,
To heildom ogayn:

In his wounde that was old,
His wounde brast aplight,

Al right: And blake was the bane;

Holp him gif sche nold Non help may that knight,

Sterven most that knight.
The sothe for to sayne,

VIII.
Bidene,

Wo was Ysonde than,
Salle Ysonde the bright,

The tale tho sche hard thare;
Of Cornwal was Quene.

Sche schope hir as a man,
III.

With Ganhardin to fare;
Tristrem clepeth aye,

O bord are thai gan, On Ganhardin trewe fere;

A wind at wil thame bare; -"Holp me, brother, thou may,

Ysonde was sad woman, And bring me out of care;

And wepeth bitter tare, To Y sonde the gaye,

With eighe: Of Cornwail, do thou fare;

The seyls that white ware, In tokening I say,

Ganhardin lete fleighe.
Mi ring with the thou bare,

IX.
In dern;

Y sonde of Britayn,
Bot help me sche dare

With the white honde,
Sterven wol ich gern.

The schipe she can se,
IV.

Seyling to londe; "Mi schip do thou take,

The white seyl tho marked sche, With godes that bethe new;

-“Yonder cometh Ysonde, Tuo seyles do thou make,

For to reve fro me, Beth different in hew;

Min fals husbonde ; That tone schall be blake,

Ich sware, That tother white so snewe;

For il tho it schal be, And tho thou comest bake

That sche hir hider bare."-
That tokening schal schew

X
The end,

To Tristrem sche gan hye,
Gif Y sonde me forsake,

O bed thare he layne, The blake schalt thou bende."

" Tristrem, so mot Ich thye, V.

Heled echalt thou bene, Ysonde of Britayne,

Thi schippe I can espye, With the white honde,

The sothe for to sain, La derne can sche be,

Ganhardin is comen neighe, And wele understonde,

To curen thi paine, That Y sonde the fre,

Aplight." Was sent for from Inglonde;

-"What seyl doth thare flain, -"Y-wroken wol Y be

Dame, for God almight ?"-
Of mi fals husbonde

XI.
Saunfayle,

She weneth to ben awrake,
Bringeth he haggards to honde,

Of Tristrem the trewe,
And maketh me his stale ?"-

Sche seyth—"Thai ben blake,
VI.

As piche is thare hewe.”-
Ganhardin to Inglonde fares,

Tristrem threw hym bake, Als merchaunt, Y you saye;

Trewd Y sonde untrewe, He bringeth riche wares

His kind hert it brake, deserute resistance, and Tristrem once more wounded with a en vestemens, mais au cueur ou Dieu l'a mis."-Fueil. cxd. poboaed sword Assistance, however, arrived, and the traitorous Upon this retort the court physician became outrageous, and not bara tus compelled to fly from Brittany With seven hundred only refused to consult with the sago of Salerno, but even threatKuinwers, be exercised the profession of " Ullague," that is, ened to leave Tristrem to his sole charge, if he were not instant

iz, until he was surprised and slain by a force sent out against ly dismissed. In truth, they could not have done the patient a en by the merchants of Constantinople. As for Tristrem, he greater favour. His wife, however, judged and acted as most su carried bome, and the history of his death is told nearly as in women would have done in her situation-dismissed the tattered

scholar, and retained his ignorant but well habited rivals, who * Themapluding stanzas are intended to hear the same pro soon reduced Tristrem to the desperate state described in the text. to to the French metrical fragment, which has been remark I The affecting scene of Tristrer's death is thus narrated in the

exist between that and the genuine effusions of Thomas of metrical fragment :Eredoane The facts, therefore, which the French minstrel

"turne bei vers la pareie; isang at great length, are here shortly and concisely told, in imita

Dunc dit, Deus kalt Yoolt et mei! Per of the abrupe style of the poem, to which those verses are

Quant a mi ne voler venir, edu a conclusion.

Pur votre amur m'enteet murrir. According to the French folio, one poor physician, from the

Je ne puis plus tenir ma vie : chool of Salerpo, discovered the cause of Tristrem's malady, and

Pur vos muers Ysolt, bele amie !

N'arer pile de ma langur, in a far way to effect a cure ; but the ignorant faculty of

Mais de ma iort aurez dolar! Eine mutinied upon his prophecy of a supervening inflamma

Comest m'amie, gran confert, Ers, and enhaided him with presumption and poverty. Seig.

Que piu aurir de ma mea Iman" fast il," je suis poure (paisto] Diu me donnera assez

Amie Yoolt!' trei fez dit, Burl I lay plaira. Non pourtant le seng n'est pas en draps ne

A la quarte rend l'esprit."

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And sindrid in tuo;

We se him no more:
Above,

Schir Tristrem is dede i" -
Cristes merci him take!

XIV.
He dyed for true love.

When Y sonde herd that,
XII.

Fast sche gan to gonne,
Murneth olde and yinge, *

At the castle gate
Murneth lowe and heighe,

Stop hir might none :
For Tristrem, swete thinge,

Sche passed in thereal,
Was mani wate eighe;

The chaumbre sche won;
Maidens thare hondes wringe,

Tristrem in cloth of stat
Wives iammeren and crii;

Lay stretched thare as ston
The belles con thai ring

So cold-
And masses con thai seye,

Y sonde loked him on,
For dole;

And faste gan bihold.
Prestes praised aye,

XV
For Tristremes sole.

Fairer ladye ere
XIII.

Did Britannye never spye,
Y sonde to land wan,

Swiche murning chere,
With seyl and with ore;

Making on heighe;
Sche mete an old man,

On Tristremes bere,
Of berd that was hore:

Doun con she lye;
Fast the teres ran,

Rise ogayn did sche nere,
And siked he sore

But thare con sche dye
Gone is he than,

For woe :--
Of Inglond the flore,t

Swiche lovers als thei
In lede:

Never schal be moe. I The prose romance describes it thus: "Tristan se loumna de fue that ever put spear into the rest."--Morle Arthur, last chap l'autre part, et dist, ' Ha, ha! doulce umye, a Dicu vous recommande! jamais ne me verrea, ni moy vous ! Dieu soit garde de : The bodies of the unfortunate lovers were conveyed to come vous, adieu, je m'envoys, je vous salut!' Lors bat sa coulpo, et se wall. Mark, still glowing with recollections of his injuries, fe recommando a nostre seigneur Jhe Crist,

et le cueur luy creve, et iuscii to permit them to bo buried in his dominions ; but he rulentl'ame s'en va."-Fucil. cxxvi.

ed upon perusing a letter written during Tristrem's last illness, * Lors y acourent gruns et petis, crians et bruyans, et font tel which he had attached to the hilt of his sword, and addressed deuil, que l'on ny'ouyst pas dieu tonnant."--Tristan, Sec. part. ff. to his uncle. On seeing the blade, which had relieved Comwall сіі. .

from bondage, and leaming from the letter the fatal tale of the ? The eulogium pronounced over the body of Sir Lancelot, by boire amoureuse, Mark wept piteously over a passion, more Bors de Ganes, is equally upplicable to Sir Tristrem, his brother in the effect of enchantment, or destiny, than of volition. "Helas

"And now, I daro say," said Sir Bors, that Sir Lance dolent! pourquoy no scavoya je ceste avanture! Je les eusse aitlot, there thou liest, that were never matched of none earthly coys cellez; et consenty qui'lz ne feussent ja partis de moy. knight's hands; and thou wert the curtiest knight that ever bare Lus! oray je perilu mon nepveu et ma femme".Fueil.com shield; and thou went the trueat friend to thy lover that ever be- Mark caused to be erected over the bodies a splendid chapel, in strode borse ; and thou wert the truest lover, of a sinful man, which was first displayed that miracle since narrated in 90 ma. that ever loved woman; and thou wert the kindest man that ny ballads. Out of the tomb of Tristrem sprung a fair eglantine, ever struck stroke with sword; and thou wert the goodliest per and twisted itself around the monument of Ysonde. It was three son that ever came among press of knights; and thou wert times cut, by order of King Mark, but was ever found, on the the mockest man, and the gentlest, that ever eate in hall among next morning, to have revived in all its beauty. Ce miracle estoit ladies; and thou wert the sterncat knight to thy mortal sur Monscigneur Tristan, et sur le Royne Yeculic.

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