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45 sword this day." So when he came to the churchyard, Sir

Arthur alighted and tied his horse to the stile, and so he went to the tent, and found no knights there, for they were at the jousting. And so he handled the sword by the handles,

and lightly and fiercely pulled it out of the stone, and took 50 his horse and rode his way until he came to his brother Sir

Kay, and delivered him the sword. And as soon as Sir Kay saw the sword, he wist well it was the sword of the stone, and so he rode to his father Sir Ector, and said:

“Sir, lo here is the sword of the stone, wherefore I must be 55 king of this land.” When Sir Ector beheld the sword, he

returned again and came to the church, and there they alighted all three, and went into the church. And anon he made Sir Kay swear upon a book how he came to that sword.

“Sir,” said Sir Kay, “by my brother Arthur, for he 60 brought it to me.

“How gat ye this sword ?” said Sir Ector to Arthur.

'Sir, I will tell you. When I came home for my brother's sword, I found nobody at home to deliver me his sword; and

so I thought my brother Sir Kay should not be swordless, 65 and so I came hither eagerly and pulled it out of the stone without any pain."

“Found ye any knights about this sword ?” said Sir Ector. “Nay,” said Arthur.

“Now,” said Sir Ector to Arthur, "I understand ye must 70 be king of this land."

"Wherefore I," said Arthur, "and for what cause ?"

“Sir,” said Ector, "for God will have it so; for there should never man have drawn out this sword, but he that

shall be right-wise king of this land. Now let me see whether 75 ye can put the sword there as it was, and pull it out again.”

“That is no mastery,” said Arthur, and so he put it in the stone; wherewithal Sir Ector assayed to pull out the sword and failed.

“Now assay,” said Sir Ector unto Sir Kay. And anon he pulled at the sword with all his might; but it would not be. 80 “Now shall ye essay,” said Sir Ector to Arthur.

"I will well,” said Arthur, and pulled it out easily. And therewithal Sir Ector knelt down to the earth, and Sir Kay.

And so anon was the coronation made. And there was he sworn unto his lords and the commons for to be a true king, 85 to stand with true justice from thenceforth the days of this life.



How the Lover Perisheth in his Delight, as the Fly in the Fire

Some fowls there be that have so perfect sight
Against the sun their eyes for to defend;
And some, because the light doth them offend,
Never appear but in the dark or night.
Other rejoice, to see the fire so bright,
And ween to play in it, as they pretend,
But find contrary of it, that they intend.
Alas ! of that sort may I be by right;
For to withstand her look I am not able;
Yet can I not hide me in no dark place;
So followeth me remembrance of that face,
That with my teary eyen, swollen, and unstable,

My destiny to behold her doth me lead:
And yet I know I run into the glead.




Description of Spring

The soote season, that bud and bloom forth brings,
With green hath clad the hill and eke the vale;
The nightingale with feathers new she sings;
The turtle to her mate hath told her tale.


Summer is come, for every spray now springs;
The hart hath hung his old head on the pale;
The buck in brake his winter coat he flings;
The fishes flete with new repaired scale;
The adder all her slough away she slings;
The swift swallow pursueth the flies smale;
The busy bee her honey now she mings.
Winter is worn, that was the flowers' bale:

And thus I see among these pleasant things
Each care decays, and yet my sorrow springs !


The Death of Priam



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(From translation of the Aeneid, Book II)
Amid the court, under the heaven, all bare,
A great altar there stood, by which there grew
An old laurel tree, bowing thereunto,
Which with his shadow did embrace the gods.
Here Hecuba, with her young daughters all
About the altar swarmed were in vain;
Like doves, that flock together in the storm,
The statues of the gods embracing fast.
But when she saw Priam had taken there
His armour, like as though he had been young :
“What furious thought my wretched spouse,” quod she,
“Did move thee now such weapons for to wield ?
Why hastest thou? This time doth not require
Such succour, ne yet such defenders now:
No, though Hector my son were here again.
Come hither; this altar shall save us all :
Or we shall die together.” Thus she said.
Wherewith she drew him back to her, and set
The aged man down in the holy seat.

But lo! Polites, one of Priam's sons,
Escaped from the slaughter of Pyrrhus,
Comes fleeing through the weapons of his foes,
Searching, all wounded, the long galleries







And the void courts; whom Pyrrhus all in rage
Followed fast to reach a mortal wound;
And now in hand, well near strikes with his spear,
Who fleeing forth till he came now in sight
Of his parents, before their face fell down
Yielding the ghost with flowing streams of blood.
Priamus then, although he were half dead,
Might not keep in his wrath, nor yet his words;
But crieth out: “For this thy wicked work,
And boldness eke such thing to enterprise,
If in the heavens any justice be,
That of such things takes any care or keep,
According thanks the gods may yield to thee;
And send thee eke thy just deserved hire,
That made me see the slaughter of my child,
And with his blood defile the father's face.
But he, by whom thou feign'st thyself begot,
Achilles, was to Priam not so stern.
For, lo ! he tend'ring my most humble suit,
The right, and faith, my Hector's bloodless corpse
Render’d, for to be laid in sepulture;
And sent me to my kingdom home again.”

Thus said the aged man, and therewithal,
Forceless he cast his weak unwieldy dart:
Which repuls’d from the brass where it gave dint,
Without sound, hung vainly in the shield's boss.
Quod Pyrrhus: “Then thou shalt this thing report :
On message to Pelide

Shew unto him my cruel deed, and how
Neoptolem is swerved out of kind.
Now thou shalt die,” quod he. And with that word
At the altar him trembling 'gan he draw
Wallowing through the bloodshed of his son:
And his left hand all clasped in his hair,
With his right arm drew forth his shining sword,
Which in his side he thrust up to the hilts.



father go;


The Beatitudes 1. When he sawe the people, he went up into a mountayne; and when he was set, his diciples cam unto hym.

2. And he openned his mought, and taught them, saynge,

3. Blessed are the poore in sprete, for theirs is the kyng5 dome off heven.

4. Blessed are they that morne, for they shalbe comforted. 5. Blessed are the meke, for they shall inheret the erth.

6. Blessed are they which honger and thurst for rightewesnes, for they shalbe filled. 10 7. Blessed are the mercifull, for they shall obteyne mercy.

8. Blessed are the pure in herte, for they shall se God.

9. Blessed are the maynteyners of peace, for they shalbe called the chyldren of God.

10. Blessed are they which suffre persecucion for right15 ewesnes sake, for theirs ys the kyngdome off heven.

11. Blessed are ye, when men shall revyle you, and persecute you, and shall falsly say all manner of yvell saynges agaynst you


sake. 12. Reioyce, and be glad, for greate is youre rewarde in 20 heven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were

before youre dayes.


Queen Elizabeth

(From Euphues and His England) This queen being deceased, Elizabeth, being of the age of twenty-two years, of more beauty than honor, and yet of more honor than any earthly creature, was called from a prisoner to be a prince, from the castle to the crown, from the 5 fear of losing her head, to be supreme head.

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