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adoun, and lenge, I the And quat-so thy wylle is, we schal wyt 3 after."
"Nay, as help me," quoth the hathel, "He that on hyghe syttes,
To wone any quyle 5 in this won, hit wacz not myn ernde; 7
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
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,
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,
Alle the hered-men 23 in halle, the hygh and the lowe.
The renk on his rounce 24 hym ruched 25 in his sadel
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?
When none would come at his challenge, he coughed full loudly
And stretched himself starkly and stayed not in speaking:
"What? is this Arthur's house," quoth then
"Whereof all the renown runs through realms unnumbered? 310
1 therefore 2 game, amusement 3 bold, ready at first retainers 24 horse 25 settled 26 furimad pole-axe handle abide, endure blow ously eyes bristly 30 observe glittering try 12 what 13 let him leap 14 seize 31 who-so 32 when none would reply 16 floor 17 provided thou wilt give me the aloud 34 and made full preparation right 18 I claim this 19 hasten 20 36 amazed knight 37 of which all the fame goes
man 10 fierce
coughed got ready