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[fol. 96.] pen comauded þe kýg þe knyzt for to ryfe;
& he luffyly hit hy laft, & lyfte vp his honde,
þat his hert & his honde schulde hardi be boþe.
Kepe þe cofyn," q pe kýg, "þat þu on kyrf fette,
þat þu schal byden þe bur þat he schal bede aft"."
& he baldly hy bydez, he bayft neu' he helder.
þat þu me telle truly, as I tryft may?"
& at þis tyme twelmonyth take at þe anoþ',
"Sir Gawan, fo mot I pryue,
As I am ferly fayn,
pis dint þat þu fchal dryue."
"Bi gog," q þe grene knyzt, “f Gawan, me lykes,
Clanly al þe couenaut þat I þe kỹge asked,
I may be funde vpon folde, & fych þe fuch wages
I wot neu? where p" wonyes, bi hý þat me wrozt,
Ne I know not þe, knyzt, þy cort, ne þi name.
Bot teche me truly per to, & telle me howe þu hattes,
& I schal ware alle my wyt to wyne me þeder ;
þat is in nogh in nwe zer, hit nedes no more,"
& let fe how pu cnokez."
|| bot flokes;
The grene knyzt vpon groūde grayþely hy dreffes
Gauan gripped to his ax, & gederes hit on hyzt,
Let hit dou lyztly lyzt on þe naked,
þat þe scharp of þe schalk schyndered þe bones,
& fchrāk þurz pe fchyire grece, & fcade hit i twýne,
þat þe bit of he brou stel bot on þe groūde.
pe fayre hede fro be halce hit [felle] to be erpe,
& nawþer falt'ed ne fel þe freke neu? þe helder,
& ruyfchly he razt out, þere as renkkez stoden,
& fypen bozez to his blonk, pe brydel he cachchez,
& his hede by þe here i his honde haldez;
& as fadly þe fegge hy i his fadel fette,
As non vnhap had hỹ ayled, þaz hedlez ho we',
He brayde his bluk' aboute,
[fol. 97.] pat vgly bodi þat bledde,
Moni on of hy had doute,
Bi þat his refouz were redde.
For þe hede in his honde he haldez vp euen,
|| i stedde;
& meled p9 much wt his muthe, as ze may now here.
& layte as lelly til þu me, lude, fynde,
As pu hatz hette i þis halle, herande þise knyztes ;