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"Nay, as help me," quoth the hathel, "He that on hyghe syttes,

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To wone any quyle 5 in this won, hit wacz not myn ernde; 7

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Bot for the los of the lede 10 is lyft up so hyghe,

And thy burgh and thy burnes " best ar holden,

Stifest under stel-gere 12 on stedes to ryde, 260 The wyghtest 13 and the worthyest of the worldes kynde,

Preve1 for to play wyth in other pure laykez;15 And here is kydde 16 cortaysye, as I haf herd carp

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And that hacz wayned 18 me hider, iwyis, at this tyme.

Ye may be seker 19 bi this braunch that I bere here

That I passe as in pes, and no plyght seche.20 For, had I founded 21 in fere, in feghtyng wyse, I have a hauberghe 22 at home and a helme 23 bothe,

A schelde, and a scharp spere, schinande bryght,

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Ande other weppenes to welde,24 I wene wel als.25 Bot for I wolde no were,26 my wedez 27 ar softer. Bot if thou be so bold as alle burnez " tellen, Thou wyl grant me godly 28 the gomen 29 that I ask,

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Alle the hered-men 23 in halle, the hygh and the lowe.

The renk on his rounce 24 hym ruched 25 in his sadel

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And runischly 26 his rede yyen 27 he reled aboute; Bende his bresed 29 browez, blycande 29 grene: Wayved his berde for to wayte 30 quo-so wolde ryse. When non wolde kepe hym with carp,32 he coghed ful hyghe 33 Ande rimed hym ful richley 34 and ryght hym to speke:

"What, is this Arthures hous," quoth the hathel 36 thenne,

"That al the rous rennes of 37 thurgh ryalmes so mony?

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And stretched himself starkly and stayed not in speaking:

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