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Tha’ thiderward gon' ride 28540
Arthur the riche
Mid unimete folke,
Væie thah hit weore.5
Uppe there Tambre
Heo tuhte o to-Somne,
Heven here-marken,
Halden to-gadere;
Luken sweord longe, 10
Leiden on the helmen,
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Speren brastlien; 13
Sceldes gonnen scanen,
Scaftes to-breken.15
Ther faht 16 al to-somne
Folc unimete.
Tambre wes on flode 18
Mid unimete 19 blode.
Mon i than fihte
Non 20 ther ne mihte
I-kenne nenne kempe,
No 22 wha dude 33 wurse, no wha bet,24
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For ælc 27 sloh 28 adun riht,
Weore he swein,2° weore he cniht.30
Ther wes Modred of-slawe 31
And idon of lif-dawe

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Tha ? nas ther na mare
I than fehte to lave 3
Of twa hundred thusend monnen
Thas ther leien to-hauwen ?
Buten 8 Arthur the king ane •
And of his cnihtes tweien.10
Arthur wes for-wunded
Wunder ane swithe. 11
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The wes of his cunne;
He wes Cadores sune,
The Eorles of Cornwaile.
Constantin hehte 15 the cnave;
He wes than 10 kinge deore.
Arthur him lokede on,
Ther he lai on folden,"
And thas word 18 seide
Mid sorhfulle heorte:
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10 Cadores sone! Ich the bitache here 20 Mine kineriche; 21 And wite 22 mine Bruttes A to thines lifes; And hald heom 24 alle tha lawen Tha habbeoth istonden a mine dawen,20 And alle tha lawen gode Tha bi Utheres dawen stode. And ich wulle varen 27 to Avalun 28610 To vairest 28 alre 20 maidene, To Argante there quene, Alven swithe sceone; 31 And heo 32 scal mine wunden Makien alle isunde, 33 Al hal 34 me makien Mid haleweiye drenchen 35 And seothe 34 ich cumen wulle To mine kineriche 37 And wunien 38 mid Brutten

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Ther com of se wenden 41
That wes an sceort bat lithen,42

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1 thrust ? then 3 in the fight remaining 6 who lay 7 hewed to pieces & but alone 10 two 11 wondrously much 12 young man 15 was named

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Sceoven mid uthen; 1
And twa wimmen ther-inne
Wunderliche idihte.?
And heơ nomen Arthur anan,
And an eovste hine vereden,
And softe hine adun leiden,
And forth gunnen lithen.“

Tha wes hit iwurthen?
That Merlin seide whilen,
That weore unimete care
Of Arthures forth-fare.10

Bruttes ileveth yete That he bon on live 12 And wunnien 13 in Avalun Mid fairest alre "4 alven; And lokieth evere Bruttes yete Whan Arthur cumen lithe.15

Nis naver 18 the mon iboren, Of naver nane burde icoren,17 The cunne 18 of than sothe 19 Of Arthur sugen mare. Bute while wes an witeye Mærlin ihate,23 He bodede 24 mid worde His quithes

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Ne sunne upon bischine.
Fairer nis non thane he was;
He was brigt so the glas,
He was whit so the flur,
Rose-red was his colur.?
In none kinge-riche 3
Nas non his iliche.
Twelf feren" he hadde
That he with him ladde,
Alle riche mannes sones,
And alle hi were faire gomes,'
With him for to pleie.
And mest he luvede tweie;
That on him het Hathulf child,
And that other Fikenild.
Athulf was the beste
And Fikenylde the werste.

Hit was upon a someres day,
Also 10 ihc you telle may,
Murri the gode king
Rod on his pleing"
Bi the se side,
Ase he was woned 12 ride.?
He fond bi the stronde,
Arived on his londe,
Schipes fiftene,
With Sarazins kene,13
He axede what hi sohte 14
Other to londe brohte.
A payn 15 hit of-herde 16
And hym wel sone answerde,
“Thi lond-folk we schulle slon 17
And alle that Crist leveth 18 upon,
And the selve "' rigt anon;
Ne schaltu 20 todai henne 2 gon."
The kyng ligte of his stede,
For tho 22 he havede nede,
And his gode knigtes two;
Al to fewe he hadde tho.22
Swerd hi 23 gunne gripe
And to-gadere smite.
Hy 23 smyten 25 under schelde,
That sume hit yfelde.28
The king hadde al to fewe
Togenes so vele schrewe. 27
So fele 28 mihten ythe 20
Bringe hem thre to dithe.30
The pains 31 come to londe
And neme

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Alle beon he 28 blithe
That to my song lythe ! 29
A sang ihc schal you singe
Of Murry the kinge.
King he was bi weste 30
So longe so hit laste.
Godhild het 31 his quen;
Fairer ne mihte non ben.32
He hadde a sone that het 31 Horn;
Fairer ne mihte non beo born,
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That folc hi gunne quelle !
And churchen for to felle.
Ther ne moste libbe ?
The fremde' ne the sibbe,
Bute hi here lawe asoke 6
And to here toke.

Of alle wymmanne
Wurst was Godhild thanne.
For Murri heo weop' sore
And for Horn yute & more.
He 10 wenten ut of halle,
Fram hire maidenes alle,
Under a roche of stone.
Ther heo livede alone.
Ther heo 10 servede Gode,
Agenes the paynes " forbode. 2
Ther he 10 servede Criste,
That no payn hit ne wiste. 18
Evere heo bad ' for Horn Child,
That Jesu Crist him beo myld.

Horn was in paynes honde
With his feren 15 of the londe.
Muchel was his fairhede, 10
For Jhesu Crist him makede.
Payns him wolde slen 17
Other al quic flen.18
Gef his fairnesse nere,"
The children alle aslawe 20
Thanne spak on Admirald,
Of wordes he was bald,21
“Horn, thu art wel kene,”
And that is wel isene; 23
Thu art gret and strong,
Fair and evene long. 24
Thu schalt waxe more, 25
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Gef thu mote 7 to live go,
And thine feren 15 also.
Gef hit so bi-falle,
Ye scholde slen us alle;
Tharvore thu most to stere,a
Thu and thine ifere. 16
To schupe schulle ye funde 30
And sinke to the grunde.31
The se you schal adrenche; 82
Ne schal hit us noht of-thinche. 23
For if thu were alive,

With swerd other with knive
We scholden alle deie,
And thi fader deth abeie.” 1

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The children hi brohte to stronde,
Wringinde here honde, ?
Into schupes borde
At the furste worde.
Ofte hadde Horn beo wo,
Ac* nevere wurs than him was tho. 122
The se bigan to flowe
And Hornchild to rowe.
The se that schup so faste drof,
The children dradde ther of;
Hi wenden to-wisse
Of here lif to misse,

132 Al the day and al the niht, Til hit sprang dai liht, Til Horn say? on the stronde Men gon in the londe. “Feren,” 8 quath he, “yinge, Ihc telle you tithinge. Ihc here fogeles 10 singe And that gras him springe.

140 Blithe beo we on lyve, Ure schup is on ryve.11 Of schup hi gunne funde 12 And setten fout to grunde." 144 Bi the se side Hi leten that schup ride. Thanne spak him Child Horn, In Suddene he was iborn,

148 “Schup, bi the se flode Daies have thu gode; Bi the se brinke No water the na drinke.is

152 Gef thu cume to Suddenne, Gret thu wel of myne kenne; 16 Gret thu wel my moder, Godhild, quen the gode. And seie the paene 17 kyng, Jesu Cristes withering, "8

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That heo 1 havede there.
Heo sette him on bedde,
With Athulf child he' wedde.?
Ons hire armes tweie
Athulf heo gan“ leie.
“Horn,” quath heo, “wel longe
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Thu schalt thi trewthe plihte
On myn hond her-rihte,
Me to spuse holde,
And ihc the lord to wolde." ? 324
Athulf sede on hire ire, 8
So stille so hit were,
“Thi tale nu thu lynne, 10
For Horn nis noht her inne.
Ne beo we noht iliche,"
Horn is fair and riche,

332 Fairer bi one ribbe 12 Thane eni man that libbe.13 They · Horn were under molde, Other elles 15 wher he wolde, Other henne a thusend mile, Ihc nolde 17 him bigile.” Rymenhild hire biwente,18

339 And Athelbrus fule 19 heo schente.20 “Hennes & thu go, thu fule theof,” Ne wurstu 22 me nevere-more leof.23 Went ut of my bur,25 With muchel mesaventeur.

344 Schame mote thu fonge 27 And on hiye rode 28 anhonge. 29 Ne spek ihc noht with Horn, Nis he noht so unorn. Horn is fairer thane beo he, With muchel schame mote thu deie." 31

Athelbrus in a stunde Fel anon to grunde.

352 Lefdi, min owe,33 Lithe me a litel throwe.35 Lust 30 whi ich wonde 37 Bringe the Horn to honde. For Horn is fair and riche, Nis no whar his iliche.11 Aylmar, the gode kyng, Dude 38 him on mi lokyng." Gef Horn were her abute, 90 Sore y ' me dute 13

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The kyng maken us wrothe."
Forgef me thi tene,“
Lefdi, my quene,
And Horn ihc schal the fecche,
Wham-so hit recche." 5

Rymenhild, yef he cuthe, Gan lynne ? with hire muthe. 372 Heo ' makede hire wel blithe, Wel was hire that sithe. “Go nu,” quath heo, “sone, And send him after none," On a squieres wise, Whane the kyng arise, To wude for to pleie. Nis non that him biwreie;

380 He schal with me bileve 13 Til hit beo nir 14 eve, To haven of him mi wille.

383 After ne recche ihc what me telle." 15

Aylbrus wende 16 hire fro;
Horn in halle fond he tho 17
Bifore the kyng on benche
Wyn for to schenche. 18
“Horn," quath he, “so hende,
To bure 20 nu thu wende, 21

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With Rymenhild to duelle. 22
Wordes suthe 23 bolde
In herte thu hem holde.
Horn, beo me wel trewe;
Ne schal hit the nevre rewe." 24

Horn in herte leide Al that he him seide.

400 He yeode 25 in wel rigte To Rymenhild the brigte. On knes he him sette, 2 And sweteliche hure grette. 27 404 Of his feire sigte Al the bur gan ligte. He spac faire speche; Ne dorte 28 him noman teche. “Wel thu sitte and softe, Rymenhild the brigte, With thine Maidenes sixe That the sitteth nixte.29

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Wakede of hire swowning.' “Horn,” quath heo, “wel sone That schal beon idone. Thu schal beo dubbed knigt Are? come seve nigt. Have her this cuppe, And this ring ther-uppe, To Aylbrus the stuard, And se he holde foreward." Seie ich him biseche, With loveliche speche, That he adun falle Bifore the king in halle, And bidde the king arigte Dubbe the to knigte. With selver and with golde Hit wurth? him wel iyolde. 8 Crist him lene spede Thin erende to bede." 10

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Sende me in to bure.
With the speke ihc scholde;
Seie' me what thu woldest.
Seie, and ich schal here,
What thi wille were.”
Rymenhild up gan stonde
And tok him bi the honde.
Heo sette him on pelle,
Of wyn to drinke his fulle.'
Heo makede him faire chere
And tok him abute the swere..
Ofte heo him custe,
So wel so hire luste.
“Horn,” heo sede, “withute strif
Thu schalt have me to thi wif.
Horn, have of me rewthe,?
And pligt 8 me thi trewthe."
Horn tho him bithogte
What he speke migte.
“Crist,” quath he, “the wisse,
And yive to the hevene blisse
Of thine husebonde,
Wher he beo in londe;
Ihc am ibore to lowe
Such wimman to knowe.
Ihc am icome of thralle,
And fundling bifalle."
Ne feolle 13 hit the of cunde 13

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Hit nere no fair wedding
Bitwexe a thral and a king."
Tho gan Rymenhild mis-lyke,
And sore gan to sike.16
Ames heo gan buge;
Adun he 18 feol iswoge.10
Horn in herte was ful wo,
And tok hire on his armes two.
He gan hire for to kesse,
Wel ofte mid ywisse.20
"Lemman," 21 he sede, “dere,
Thin herte nu thu stere.22
Help me to knigte,
Bi al thine migte,
To my lord the king,
That he me yive dubbing.
Thanne is mi thralhod
Iwent 23 in to knigthod,
And i schal wexe more,
And do, lemman, thi lore." 24
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I-herede 14 ich holde grete tale 15
An ule and one nigtingale.
That plait was stif and starc and strong,
Sum wile 17 softe, and lud among;
And aither 18 agen other swal,20
And let that vule mod ut al.21
And either 19 seide of otheres custe 23
That alre-worste 23 that hi wuste;
And hure and hure 25 of otheres songe
Hi 28 heolde plaiding swithe stronge.

The nigtingale bi-gon the speche,
In one hurne 28 of one beche;
And sat up one vaire bohe,20
Thar were abute 30 blosme i-nohe,31
In ore waste 32 thicke hegge,
I-meind mid spire 33 and grene segge.
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