Feb. 17th, 2009

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Though Arthur the high king had wonder at heart,
He let no sign be seen, but said aloud
To the comely queen with courteous speech:
"Dear dame, today be never dismayed!
Welcome at Christmas are crafts of this kind,
Playing of interludes, laughter and song
Among the circled carol-dances of knights and ladies.
Nevertheless I may well sit down to the meal,
For I have seen a marvel, I may not gainsay."
He glanced upon Sir Gawain and gently he said:
"Now sir, hang up your axe; it has hewn enough."
And it was hung above the dais against the rich drapes,
Where all men might marvel to look on it,
And having seen it in truth, tell of the wonder.
Then they sat to the board, this bold company together,
The king and the good knight, and keen men served them
Double portions of all dainties, as delicious as could be,
With all manner of meat and of minstrelsy both.
With goodwill they whiled away that day till its end
In that land.
Now think well, Sir Gawain,
The fear you must withstand
To keep this bold bargain
That you have taken in hand.

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