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And I defy thee, do thy worst.'

Ha, ha, (quoth Tarquin tho) One of us two shall end our lives, • Before that we do go.

• If thou be Lancelot du Lake,

• Then welcome shalt thou be ; " Wherefore see thou thyself defend,

' For now I dèfy thee.'

They hurled then together fast,

Like two wild boars so rashing; And with swords and shields they ran

At one another slashing:

The ground besprinkled was with blood,

Tarquin began to faint ; For he had back'd, and bore his shield

So low, he did repent.

Which soon espied Lancelot tho

j He leap'd upon him then, He pull’d him down upon his knee,

And rushed off his helm ;

And then [he] struck his neck in two :

And, when he had done so, From prison threescore knights and four

Lancelot deliver'd tho.



Was ever knight, for lady's sake,

So toss'd in love, as I, Sir Guy;
For Phillis fair, that lady bright

As ever man beheld with eye ?
She gave me leave myself to try,

The valiant knight with shield and spear,
Ere that her love she would grant me ;

Which made me venture far and near.

The proud Sir Guy, a baron bold,

In deeds of arms the doughty knight,
That every day in England was,

With sword and spear in field to fight;
An English man I was by birth,

In faith of Christ a Christian true;
The wicked laws of infidels

I sought by power to subdue.

Two hundred twenty years and odd,

After our Saviour Christ his birth,
When king Athèlstan wore the crown,

I lived here upon the eartı :

* The full title is, 'A pleasant song of the valiant deeds of ' chivalry atchieved by that noble knight, Sir Guy of Warwick ; • who for the love of Fair Phillis became a hermet, and died in a

cave of a craggy rock a mile distant from Warwick.–Tune, Was ever Man, &c.

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Sometime I was of Warwick earl,

And, as I said, on very truth,
A lady's love did me constrain

To seek strange ventures in my youth:

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To try my fame by feats of arms,

In strange and sundry heathen lands;
Where I atchieved, for her sake,

Right dangerous conquests with my hands.
For first I sail'd to Normandy,

And there I stoutly won in fight,
The emperor's daughter of Almain,

From many a valiant worthy knight.

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Then passed I the seas of Greece,

To help the emperor to his right,
Against the mighty soldan's host

Of puissant Persians for to fight :
Where I did slay of Saracens,

And heathen pagans, many a man ;
And slew the soldan's cousin dear,
Who had to name,

doughty Colbròn.

Ezkeldered, that famous knight,

To death likewise I did pursue ;
And Almain, king of Tyre, also,

Most terrible too in fight to view :
I went into the soldan's host,

Being thither on ambassage sent,
And brought away his head with me,

I having slain him in his tent.

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There was a dragon in the land,

Which I also myself did slay, As he a lion did pursue,

Most fiercely met me by the way. From thence I pass’d the seas of Greece,

And came to Pavy land aright; Where I the duke of Pavy kill’d,

His heinous treason to requite.

And after came into this land,

Towards fair Phillis, lady bright; For love of whom I travel'd far,

To try my manhood and my might. But when I had espoused her,

I stay'd with her but forty days, But there I left this lady fair,

And then I went beyond the seas.

All clad in gray, in pilgrim sort,

My voyage from her I did take, Unto that blessed holy land,

For Jesus Christ my Saviour's sake : Where I earl Jonas did redeem,

And all his sons, which were fifteen, Who with the cruel Saracen,

In prison for long time had been.

I slew the giant Amarant,

In battle fiercely hand to hand :: And doughty Barknard killed I,

The mighty duke of that same land.

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Then I to England came again,

And here with Colbron fell I fought, An ugly giant, which the Danes

Had for their champion hither brought.

I overcame him in the field,

And slew him dead, right valiantly; Where I the land did then redeem

From Danish tribute utterly: And afterwards I offered up

The use of weapons solemnly, At Winchester, whereas I fought,

In sight of many far and nigh.

In Windsor-forest I did slay

A boar of passing might and strength; The like in England never was,

For hugeness, both in breadth and length. Some of his bones in Warwick, yet,

Within the castle there, do lie; One of his shield-bones, to this day,

Hangs in the city of Coventry.

On Dunsmore-heath I also slew

A monstrous, wild, and cruel beast, Call’d the dun-cow of Dunsmore-heath;

Which many people had oppress'd : Some of her bones in Warwick, yet,

Still for a monument doth lie ; Which, unto every looker's view,

As wond'rous strange, they may espy.

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