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Wilele þes wight meñ, pair wepenes þey welde,

He bronched him yñ with his bronde, vnder þe brode fhelde,
Þorgħ the waaft of þe body, and wonded him ille;

pe fwerde stent for no stuf, hit was so wel fteled ;

þat oper startis oñ bak, and stondis fton stille.

Though he were ftonayed þat ftonde, he strike ful fare;

He gurdes to f Gawayñ,

Thorgħ ventaile, and pesayñ;

He wanted not to be flayn


pe brede of añ hare.

Hardely þeñ þes hapelese on helmes þey hewe,
pei beten downe beriles, and bordures bright;
Shildes on fhildres, pt shene were to shewe,
Fretted were in fyne golde, þei faileñ in figħt;
Stones of iral þey strenkel, and strewe,
Stipe stapeles of stele þey strike don stizt;
Burnes banneñ þe tyme pe bargañ was brewe,

The dougħti with dyntes fo delfully were dight.
Then gretes Gayno', wt bothe her gray ene;
For po douzti þat fizt,

Were manly mached of migħt,

As al meñ fene.

With oute refoñ, or right,


Thus gretis Gayno', with bope her gray yene,
For gref of f Gawayñ, grifly was wounded;

XLV. A line is wanting in the MS.




The knight of corage was cruel and kene,

And with a stele bronde, þat sturne oft' stonded;

Al þe cost of [the] knyght he carf downe clene,
þorgħ þe riche mailes, þat ronke were, and rounde ;]
[fol. 160.] 'Swylke a touche at þat tyme' he taughte hym in tene,
He girdede'f Galleron growelynge one grownde.

'Galleron full greuoufely granes on þes grene;
And als wondede als' he was,

'Swyftly vpe" he rafe,

And folowde 'in faste on his faas,

Wt a fwerde fchene 10.



Clenly þat crewette cou'de hy' on highte,

And wt a cafte of pes care, in kautette he ftrykes;
'Futt zerne he wayttis f Wawayne þe* wighte,

Bot hym lympede pe werfe,-and þat me wele lykis.
He etylde with a flynge hafe flayne hym wts fleghte;
The fwerde 'fleppis on flante, & one the mayle flydys';
And f Gawayne by pe colere clekis the knyghte ;—
Than his lemane 'so lowde fkremes" and fkrykis.
'Scho grete" one dame" Gayno", wt 'granes fo" gryte,
'And faide", "lady! makles of myghte,-
Hafe now mercy one zone" knyghte,
þat es fo dulefully dyghte,


Giffe it be thi witt."



XLVII.-oft, MS. 2 This word is not in the MS. MS. D. * gurdes. 5 Grifly on gronde he groned oñ. buredely. faft on his tras. 10 kene.


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3 With a teneful touche,
6 Om. 7 as.
8 Sone

3 Om. + And waynes at fir Wawyñ, pt worþely.


7 flikes.

11 Om.

8 Om. 9 keppes.

15 Om. 16 yondre.

• on loft fkrilles.


'Than wilfully' dame Wayno 'vn to2 þe kynge went,
Scho' caught of hir coronate, & knelyde hy titt;-
"Als þu erte roye1 ryatte, and' rechefte of rent,

And I thyñ' wyfe, weddid at myñ' aweñ witt,

'3one beryns in zone batelle, pt bledis one zone bent,

pay are" wery, I wyffe, and wondide full ill;

Thurgh [her] schene schildis þaire" fchuldirs are schent;
[The grones of f Gawayñ dos my hert grille."]


The granes of f Gawayne greuys" me full" fare;
'Wolde p", lufly" lorde,


'Gare the knyghtis accorde,

It ware grete" comforde


Titl1 afte pt here" ware.'

'Bot þan hy spake' Galleroñ to Gawayne pe gude:

"I wende no2 wy, in this werlde, 'were haluendefle3 fo wyghte.
Here I make the relese 'in my rentis*, by þe rode !
And 'by-fore thiefe ryalle, refynge' the my ryghte;
And fythen I make the manredeñ, wt a mylde mode,
'Als to mane in this medilerthe' makles of myghte."

[fol. 160b.] He talkes to-warde pe 'knyghte, one heghteR þere he ftode,





pi. s pefe burnes 11 her. 12 This line

XLIX. Wifly. to. 3 Ho. ioy (sic.) 5 Om. 6 pi.
in pe bataile, fo blede on pe. 9 arñ.
10 Omitted in MS. L.
is wanting in MS. L.
14 Om. 15 Woldest pou leve.
17 a grete. 18 For.


:3 greuen. per.

L.- Theñ fpak fir. neuer.

16 Make þes.


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He' bedde pt burely his brande, pt burnefchede was bryghte:"Of renttis and reches I make the relese."


Downe 'knelis pat1o knyghte,

And'carpis thies" wordes one highte; And 'comandis pe pefe.
The kyng ftude vp-ryghte,


pe kynge 'comandis pe' pefe, and cryes' one highte;
And Gawayne was gudly, and lefte for his fake;
And' þañ 'to be lyftis pe lordis leppis* full lyghte,
f 'Owayne fytz-Vryene, and Arrake, full rathe';
'Marrake, and Menegatte", þat mafte were of myghte.
Bathe pase trauelde 'knyghtes trewly pay taghte';
Vnnethes myghte 'thofe knyghtes' ftande vp ryghte;
'pay were for-bett, & for-blede, paire wedis10 wexe blake,
[Her blees were brofed, for beting of brondes. "]-

Wt owtten more lettynge,


'Was dighte there thiere semblynge"; And" helde vpe pair" handes.By-fore pat" comly kynge,


“'I gyffe to the', f Gawayne," 'quode pe kynge, "trefoure2, and golde, 'Glamorgans lañdis', with greuys fo grene;

pe wirchipe of Wales, 'to welde and to wolde,

9 And. 10 kneled pe.

LI.-' cōmaunded. Eriaň, & Arrak fiz Lake. • Vnneth. 9 9 po fturne. is wanting in MS. L. LII.-' Here I gif.

11 carped. 12 cōmaunded.

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cried. 3 Om. * lordes to liftes pey lopen. 5 Ewayñ fiz

6 fir Drurelat, and Moylard. 7 meñ þey truly vp take.

10 What for buffetes and blode, her blees.

12 Dizte was here faztlynge. 13 pe.


11 This line

14 pei. 15 her.

2 wt gerfoň. 3 Al þe Glamergañ londe.

4 at wil and at.

With Gryffons caftelle', kirnelde fo* clene;
'And pe Hufters Haulle', to hafe, and to holde,
'Wayfurthe, and Wakfelde, wallede, I wene ;
Twa baronryfe in Burgoyne', wt burghes fo balde,
That 'are moted" abowte, and byggede full bene.

I satt 'endowe þe als" a duke, and dub the wt myñ" hande,-
With pipu saughtill wt'zone" genti knyghte,-

That es so hardy and wyghte,


And graunte hy his lande."

And relese hym thi" ryghte,


"Now, and here I gyffe hy," quod Gawayne', "w' owttyn ony gyle, Atte pe landes, & pe lythes, fra Lowyke to Layre;

'Commoke, and Carrike', Conyghame, and Kylle,

'Als the cheualrous knyghte hase chalandchede als ayere*;

'The Lebynge, the Lowpynge, pe Leveaftre Ile',
Bathe frythes, and foreftes, 'frely and' faire;
[Vnder 30' lordeship to lenge pe while,
And to be Rounde Table 'to make repaire ;
I fhal refeff him in felde, i foreste so fair" "."]
Than" be kynge, and be quene,
And afte the doghety by-dene,
Thorow be greuys so grene,

5 caftelles. 6 ful. 7 Eke Viftur halle.
9 Bretayne. 10 arñ batailed. 11 dizt pe.

To Carlele pay kayre.



8 Wayford, and Waterforde, i Wales. 12 Om. 13 pe. 14 his.


LIII.1 Here I gif fir Galeron, qd G. 2 Lauer. 3 Connoke, and Carlele. ginally in MS. D. pet if he haf cheualry, and chalange hit for are, but altered by a second hand to pet if he of cheualry, chalange ham for air. pe Lother, pe Lēmok, pe Loynak, pe Lile. In MS. L. the last word was at first written helle, then Ile, and lastly I lee. 6 With. 7 and foffes, 8 So written by the first hand, but altered to heren by a second. By the second hand; the first has only a. 10 The last word was originally written fare; hence Pinkerton's text to fare. These lines within brackets are 11 Bope.

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