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xfie RojviH^ce of sir tsajM- 

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iftere begynnes tbc Romance off Syr 

snesacRXST:, 

1 Lorde ofbevene 
kynge, 

Graunteusalle 
bis dere blyss- 

Hndbeveneinv 
toouremedef 
I JNow, bendě ín 
lbaule,andye 



wolde bere 

i Of eldírs tbat byfore us were, 

^bat lyffede ín aretbede, 

i X wíUe yow tetle of a kny gbte, 

trhat botbewasstalwortbe&wygbte, 

Hnd wortbíly undír wede : 

Rís name voas battene syr^sambrace^ 

Swílke a knygbte als be was 

JSÍow lyff es nowrewbare ín lede. 

jG voas mekílle mane and Cange, 
I Cdítbscbuldírs brodeandarmes 1 
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Of Sír t:bat semly were to see ; 
tsumbras So was bc botbc faírc and begbe, 
and bis Hile bym loffede tbat bym segbe, 
bouse- So bendě a mane was beef 
bold Re tuffede glewmene wele ín baulle, 

F)e gaf e tbame robíš rícbe of palle, 

Botbe golde and also f ee ; 

Of curtasye was be hynge, 

Of mete and drynke no nytbynge, 

One lyf e včas none so f re* 

ilvS f ayre a tady to wy ef e bad be 
His any ertbly mane tburte see, 
CClítb tungealstyownevene; 
Knave cbítdíre bad tbay tbre, 
TTbay were tbe f aíreste tbat mygbte be 
andír tbe kynge of beveneí 
Bot ín bis bert a príde was brogbte, 
Of Goddís werkes gaf e be nogbte, 
ftís mercys for to nevene; 
So longe be reyngned ín bis príde, 
Tbat God wolde no lenger babyde, 
^o bym be senta stevene. 




KiĚ-šIC f elle 80 appone a daye, 
WMk ^be hnygbte went to tbe wode 



bym to playe, 



fiís f orcstc for to see ; 

Hnd als be comc by a déme sty, 

H f owle berde be synge one by 

f ulle begbe upone a tree, 

Hnd saíd, Olelcome, syr Ysambrace, 

T^bou bafes forgetyne wbate tbou was, 

for príde of golde and f ee í 

0>e kyng of bevene gretís tbe soo, 

Slerldes wele tbe bus forgoo, 

In elde or youtbe tbou salle dry woo, 

Cbese wbetbír es lever to tbeeí 

rcft caref ulle berte and sygbe- 

yngez sare, 

t^be knygbte felle on bis knes 
al bare, 

Hnd botbe bis bandís upbelde: 
j^Slerldes wele X wílle forsake, 
Hnd to Goddes mercy trne by také, 
"Cobymmysauletyeldeí 
In youtbe í maye botbe ryde and goo, 
Olben X ame alde X maye nott so, 

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fie must 
sufferwoe 
ínageor 
youtb 




fte 

chooscs 
to do peru 
ance in 
youtb 



JMy lymmes wílte waxe unwelde ; 
JSTow, korde, y íf ít tbt mile bee, 
tn yowtbede penanec send tbou mee, 
Hnd weltbe appone myne cldc í 

B|£pf>e foule tbanc toke ane bcgbc 

isMa HUeone be leved tbat drery knygbte, 

Hnd sonc bc went awaye ; 

Hnd wbenne be of tbc fowle bad no 

sygbte, 

f)ís stede, tbat was botbc stronge and 

wygbte, 

Sonc dedc downe undír bym laye* 

F)ís bawkes and bis bowndís botbc, 

Slcntc to tbc wode,als tbay were wrotbe, 

Ilkone a dy verse waye. 

dbáte wondír was tbof e bym ware wo, 

One fotě novo moste bym nedts goo, 

XTo pyne tumes alle bis playeí 

i]ND als be wente by a wod scbawe, 
Tbare mett be wítb a lyttílle knave 
Come rynnande bym agayne; 
Hnd wele wers ty tbynges be bym tolde, 

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Brynned were alle bis byggynges bolde, Dísbuíld/ 

fMs bcstcs werene alle slaynef mgs ave 

^H í Lorde, tber es no tbyng lef te one burnt and 

iyfe bis wífe 

Bot tbí tbre cbíldír and tbí wyf e, and cbíl- 

O>esotbe es nogbte to layneí drenout- 

jpTLtoz knygbte tbane ansuerde wítb cist 
berte so vey, 

ířlítb tbí tbat I may one bír see, 
JVIy wyf e and my cbíldíre tbre, 
Y»tt was nevěr mane so f ayne. 



?OT als be wente by bym allonc, 



»lPsř ^ ís bederní ene met* be everylkone, 

lĚĚk Slítb a f ulle drery swogbe, 

Hnd saíde tbaíre f ee was f ro tbame 

revede, 

j^Certís, syr, us es nogbte levyde 

H stotte unto youre plowgbeí 

^^bay wepede sare and gaff e tbame ílle; 

Cbe knygbte bad tbay solde be stylle, 

j&l \oy tte yow nogbte tbís wogbe ; 

<3od tbat sent me alle tbís woo, 

Slele base be sent me also, 

Hndyíttmaysendynogbef 

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fie 

comforts 

tbem 




VOJ~&f UKLe sygbte tbe 

knygbte gane sec 

Of bis wyf e and bis cbíldír tbree, 
"Chat f ro tbc f yre were flede ; 
Hile als nakede als tbay were bomc 
Stodc togedír undír a tborne, 
Braydede owte of tbaíre bedd. 
Bot cbangede nevěr tbc knygbttes blee, 
T,o bc sawc tbamc so nakede bee 
Re levyde so comly cledc. 
XTbe lavedy bade bír cbíldír bc blytbe, 
J9X see youre f adír yondír one ly ve, 
for notbynge be ye dredcí 

RGY wepede allc and gaf e tbamc 

ílle, 

TLbz knygbtc bad tbay solde bc 

stylle, 

j^řHnd wepe yc nogbte so sore ; 
for alle tbc sorowe tbat we arync ínne, 
It es ílke dele for ourc syne, 
Cde ware wortbí wele more 1 
Bot we kane nonekyns werkes wyrke, 
Owre f rendís of us wílle sonc be írke, 
Of lande 1 rede we faře; 
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Of myselvene baf e X no tbogbte, 
Bot X may bclpc my cbíldír nogbte, 
for tbame es alle my karet 

|?|£pr)e knygbte toke ofře bis mantílle of 

isisa Hnd over bis weyf e be lete ít f alle 
CClítb a f ulle drery mode ; 
FJís rícbe surcote íwysse sebare be, 
Hnd gaf e bis póre cbíldír tbre, 
TTbatnakede by fóre bym stode. 
^fJow salle ye alle, be saíd, do my rede, 
"Co seke tbare (3od voas qwíke and děde, 
TTbat don e was on e tb e rode ; 
f orlesus Críste so bendě es be, 
XTbat wbo so sekes bym wítb berte fre, 
Re sendís tbame lyves fode* 

^^ftj^D wítb a knyf e son gerte be 

mm 8Clwc 

Wl H erose appone bis sebuldír bare, 
tn story e als X yowe say e ; 
Hile tbose tbat tbere bis f rendís ware, 
Cbey wepíd alle and sygbede sare, 
TTbayre sange was waylawayeí 

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Hnd 
clotbes 
tbem ín 
bis man- 
tle and 
surcoat 




TTbey dc- TTbe knygbte and bis lady bendc 
part ín TToke lef e at tbaírc dere frendes, 
poverty Hnd made tbaíre f ondynge daye; 

for tbame weped botbe olde and yynge, 
TTbare was a caref ulle departynge, 
Hnd sy tbene tbay went tbaíre waye. 

ICf) tbame tuke tbay f ulle 

líttíllegude 

XTbat mygbte belpe tbam to 
tbaíre ly ves f ode, 
JNowtber golde ne f ee ; 
Bot ín tbe lande to begge tbaíre mete, 
<KIere so tbat tbay mygbte any gete 
for saynte cbaríte. 

fy ve wokes tbus tbem gunne tbay over- 
passe, 

His ít 7besu Crístes wílle was, 
S&ítb tbaíre cbíldír tbree; 
Tibo tbat are was won te to wele and wyne, 
'Cbe mysebevous pověřte tbat tbay were 
ínne 
Grete dole ít was to see í 



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I TCC ín a wode tbay were gone 

wylle, 

T^owne ne mygbte tbay none wyne 
tílle, 

His wery als tbay were ; 
Bot wbenne tbre day es tílle ende was gan e, 
JMete ne drynke ne bade tbay nane, 
"Cbay weped for bungre sorel 
jNTotbynge savce tbay tbat come of come, 
Bot tbe floures of tbe tborne, 
Oponě tbose boltes bore; 
"Cbay entírde tbane to a water kene, 
"Cbe bankes were f ulle f erre bytwene, 
Hnd watírs breme als bare. 



TTbey 
come to a 
ríver.T:be 
Knígbt 
bears bis 
sons over 




\ RG knygbte bis eldeste sone tase 

i tbere, 

Hnd over tbe water be bym bare, 
Hnd sett bym one tbe bryme; 
Hnd sayde, JUike, my sone, tbat tnou be 
stylle, 

TZo wbíls X f eebe tbí brotber tbe tílle, 
Hnd playe tbe vcítb tbe blome. 
j^€be knygbte tbat was botbe bend 
and gude, 

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ň lion and Hgayne svoytbe over tbc water bc wode, 
a leopard Rís medílle sone over to brynge; 
seíze two So come a lyonne wítb latys unmylde, 
of tbcm Hnd ín bír pawes scbo bcnt tbc cbílde, 
Hnd to tbc wode f aste ganc rynne. 

tjgpgJPJHpje wítb carcf ulic berte and 

|mftSl| sygbyn gc sarc, 

t^^»/ Rís medílmaste sonc yít lef tc bc 

tbare, 

Hnd wen te wepynge aweye. 

TMuq wítb sorowf ulle ebere and drery 

mode, 

Hgayne ovcr tbc water bc wode, 

XTo pyne tornes allc bis playef 

H (abardc tber comc and tuk tbat otbír, 

V,o tbc wode bc bare bym to bis brotber, 

Cttygbtly be wen te awaye f 

"Cbe lady grette and gaf e bír ílle, 

JNere scbo wolde bírselvene spíUc 

One lande rígbte wbare scbo laye. 

[?ppafi€ knygbte mase dole and sorowe 

tř(H T^ogbe, 

s^sS J^creband bc bymselvene slogbe 

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Hre be come to tbe banke; Re cros- 

Hnd tbe lady grett and gaf c bír ílle, ses wítb 

JNbwtber of tbam mygbte otber stílle, bis wííe& 

T^baíre sorowe ít was f ulic rankcí youngest 

"Cbay sayd, alias tbat tbay were borne, cbíld 

j&f cíle werdes es layde us byf ornc, 

TTbat are were wele and wankef 

j&TZbc knygbte bad sebo sulde be stílle, 

Hnd gladly suflir Goddes wílle, 

JPQs avec bym allc to tbankcí 

ITXtkJve wondír tbof e tbame 

wo were, 

for botbe tbaíre cbíldír levé tbay 
tbere, 

Rys lovely sonnes two. 
Rys wyf e tbanc toke be tbere, 
Hnd over tbe water be tbane bare 
Rís yongeste sone also. 
Hnd tburgb a f oreste yode tbay tbree, 
Hnd entred ín towardez tbe Greckes see, 
"Cbare tbay sawe stormes bloo: 
Hnd apponc tbc lond tbus als tbay stude, 
Cbay sawc comc say lande over tbe flode 
H tbowsand scbíppcs and moo. 

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TZbcy 
come to 
tbe 

stran d,& 
sec tbc 
Saracen 
fleet 




]NÍO als tbay stodc so appone tbc 

lande, 

Hnd lokede ínto tbc sec strande, 
"Cbosc scbíppcs sawc tbay ryde 
CHítb toppccastelles sett onc lofte, 
Of rícbc golde tbamc semed vorogbtc, 
Strcmours fro tbamc f crrc ganc glyde. 
XTbc sowdanne bymself e was tberínne, 
XTbat Crís ten dome was commenc to 
wynne, 

'Cbare wakkyns woo f ulle wydef 
'Cbc knygbte tbogbte tbat bc wolde 
wende 

Into tbat bavené at f errere ende, 
H ItttíUe tber bysyde. 

f>OS€ scbíppes landed by tbat 

land syde, 

"Cbe f olke come up wítb mektUc 
pryde, 

Yaamootbenelkanenevene; 
"Cbc knygbte tbanc karpede to tbe lady 
frče, 

Cdbatmayc tbíesc ferly folkkcs bee? 
jSřfie spake wítb Cowde stevene: 
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In tbís f orcstc lange baf e voc gane, 
JMete ne drynke mygbte we gete nanc 
JMore tbanc tbícsc dayes sevene; 
Hske we tbícsc f olkes of tbaírc mete, 
Hnd lukc yíf e vee may e any gete 
for Goddís luf e of bevenef 

fTOLJvJve a galay e tbus gane tbay 

wynne, 

"Cbere tbe sowdane of tbose Sara- 
zeneswasínne, 

Tbat f ulic rícbely was wrogbte; 
Tbay askede bym some lyves f ode 
for Rís luf e tbat dyede on tbe rode, 
Hnd made tbís worlde of nogbte í 
Tbe Sarazens saíd bc was a spye, 
CHbenne tbat tbay berde bym swa gates 
crye, 

"Chat tbaíre scbíppes bad sogbte ; 
Tbe sowdane bade do bym awaye, 
J&fov tbay lef e nott on owre laye, 
koke tbat ye gyffe bym nogbte í 



Tbey 
cravefood 
oftbe 
Soudan 



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Tbc Sou/ 
dan wíll 
také thc 
Kntgbt 
ínto ser- 
více 




K]sPř<3fiT:e satde to thc sow- 

danc hynge, 

]STow certís, syr, ít es a wondír 
tbynge 

Yone porc mane for to see ; 
for be es botbe lange and begbe, 
"Cbe f aíreste mane tbat ever l segbe, 
H hnygbte bym sem es to bee. 
F)ís wyf e es wbítte as walles bone, 
f)ír lyre es als tbe see f ome, 
Hnd brygbte als any blee. 
^Cbesowdane tban gretrewtbe tbogbte, 
Hnd commandtbat tbay solde bebrogbte, 
Re wolde bymself e tbame see. 

fiejVJ^e be bír sawe, bym rewed 

sare, 

So semly als tbay botbe ware, 
If tbay were robed rtebe. 
0>e sovodane byddes bym goldand fee, 
JPlf tbou wllle duelle and be wítb me, 
Hnd belpe me to my fygbte; 
If tbou be dogbty mane of děde, 
JZbou salle be borssede on a stede, 
JMyself e salle dube tbe hnygbte í 
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wAULJvG stílle tbane stodc syr Ysanv Sír Isunv 
Iffllj- brace, braswíll 



HSarazenebesaweweletbatbewas, notcon- 
Hndsonebesaydebymnaye: sent 

jgřCcrtís, tbat salle í ncvcr maře 
Hgayne Crystyndomme f ygbte no faře, 
Hnd lef e appone tbí laye. 
T"Jow ín tbís f oreste baf e we gane, 
JMete ne drynhe we mygbte gete nane, 
Cbís es tbeseventdaye; 
X aske yow some ly ves f ode 
for f)ís luf e tbat dyed on rode, 
Hnd latě us wende oure waye. 

^^^R6 sowdane sawe tbat lady tbare, 
M^wÍR Rym tbogbte als scbo an angelle 
čs^^voare, 

TTbat vcare commene owte of bevene. 
Re saíde, CCIHle tbou selle tbt wyffe to me ? 
Hnd X wílle gyff tbe golde and f ee, 
Yaa more tban tbou kane nevene: 
X salle tbe gyffe tene tbowsand povonde 
Of florence tbat bene rede and rownde, 
Hnd gud robes sevene; 
Hnd scbo salle be lady of alle my lande, 

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fteís 
forced to 
seli bis 
wífe,and 
ís beaten 



Hnd allc salle bowe bír to f otc and bandě, 
Hnd nogbtc xvítbstande bír stevene. 



H|]tR YSHJVIBRHCe sayd tbanc 
=^ scbortly, JSaye, 
^ JMy wy fe wílle I nott scllc awaye, 



Bot mcnc me for bír slaa; 

I wedded bír ín Goddes laye, 

XZo baldě bír to myne endyng daye, 

Yaa botbe ín wele and waa. 

jSČ^Cbe gold tbane on bis mantílle tbay 

talde, 

Hnd tílte bymeselfene tbay gane ít falde, 

f)ís wyef e tbay tuke bym fraa; 

Hnd appone tbe (ande tbay bym kastě, 

Hnd bett bym tílle bis rybbís braste, 

Hnd made bis flescbe f ulle blaaí 

j^^FJG líttílle cbílde one lande was sett, 
||j||| Hnd sawe bow mene bis fadír bett, 
t^isi Re voepídandwas fullevoaa. 
"Cbe lady grete and gaf e bír ílle, 
Onnetbes tbay mygbt baldě bír stílle, 
Cbat ne scbo bírselve walde slaa. 
F)ír armes scbo spřede & lowde gane crye, 
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Hnd of te scbo cryed one oure lady, 
^Salle wc departe ín two ? 
Hllasf for sallet nevěr bly tbe be, 
)VIy weddede lorde salle X nevěr see, 
]Sow wakyns alle my woo í 

fjej^e tbe wounded knygbt 

mygbtupstande, 

f)e tok bis cbílde by tbe bandě, 
SJepande awaye went bee. 
H rícbe scbíppe was dígbte rígbteyare, 
X^be sowdane bad tbat lordes solde faře 
CKítb tbat lady so f ree; 
^be sowdane wítb bis ownne bonde 
Crownned bír qwene of alle bis londe, 
Hnd sent bír to bis conn tre : 
H cbartír was mad f ulle wele farande, 
T:be sowdane selíde ít wítb bis bandě, 
"Chat tbof e be nevěr come ín bis lande, 
TTbat scbo solde qwcne bee. 



TTbe 
Soudan 
makes 
tbe lady 
Quccn of 
bis land 



g»»e|^F)€N tbe lady ín scbíppe was 

ssšSs^ ever scbo weped f ulle selly sare, 
Hnd knelís byf ore tbe kynge. 

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Sbe asks JStQiv kynge, scbo sayde,! pray tbc 
a boon for H bowne tbat tbou wílle graunt to me, 
ber bus- JSowatoureparttynge; 
band JMete and drynhe tbou garc tbam gyf e, 

H sevenygbte tbat tbay mygbt wítb lyf e, 

TTbat líttílle cbílde and be. 

JPTI.bc sowdane grauntes, scbo was f ulle 

fayne; 

Scbo callyd bír lorde to bír agayne, 

H rynge was tbaíre takynnyng. 

|§ppfi£ lady was curtayse and mylde, 
llPl ^ cho blyssede bír lorde & bír cbílde, 
kSÉ^a Hnd f elle dovme one bír knee. 
XTbay drewe up sayle of rycbe bewe, 
TTbe wynde tbame sonne owte of bavené 
blewe 

SCKtb tbat lady so f ree. 
Tbe wonded knygbte bym downe sett, 
Hnd for bis wyf e f ulle sare be grett, 
Cttbíls be tbaíre sebípe mygbte see. 
Hnd vebenne tbe knygbt mygbte up- 
stande, 

Re tofce bis cbílde by tbe bandě, 
Hnd awaye tbane faste went bee. 
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E^gY€ft€ff 6 sett be bym downe undír 

W*M dnnetbes mygbte bc wítb ebgne sec, 
So bad bc wepede saref 
JVIcte and drynke fortbe bc drogbe, 
f)c gaf c bis ebilde at ctc ynogbe, 
F)ts bert tbanc was f ulic sare; 
tn bis mantílle of skarlet rede 
Ýmange bis golde bc díd bis brede, 
Hnd wítb byme bc ít bare. 

MRG knygbte comc to a banke f ulic 
drye, 
Hnd tbarc byboves bym al nygbte 
to lye, 

for f errerc mygbtc nogbtc bc; 
Cbcre comc ín tbc mournynge an cglc 
flyande, 

Hnd sone tbc knygbtcs mantílle bc fandě, 
Hnd awaye tberwítb ganc flye. 
T^be knygbtc folowed tbat cglc to tbc sec; 
Hnd tbat samé tydc comc an unycorne, 
fiís yongeste sonc away base be borne, 
Svcylkc sorovec tbat knygbtc gane drceí 



fiís gold 
ís bornc 
offbyan 
eagte, 
and bis 
youngest 
sonbya 
unícom 



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hebc- 
comesa 
black- 
smítb 




ifCCr was tbat knygbte botbc wele 

andwoo, 

Bot nevěr yítt als bc was tboo; 
f)e sett bym onc a stone, 
dítb caref ulle mode and drery stevene, 
dnto tbe begbe kyng of bevene 
JMade be tbane bis mone. 
jffH. f korde, be saíde, f ulle wo es me, 
So f aíre cbíldír als X baf ede tbre, 
Hn d n owe am e X lef te allone í 
J*íow ©ode, tbat bereš tbe begbe crowne, 
0>e waye be wysse me to some towne, 
forfullewíllelameofwoneí 




CC als tbe knygbte went tborow 

alawe, 

Smetbym ene tbore berde be blawe, 
Hnd f yres tbore bryne and glewe; 
f>e askede tbam mete for cbaryte, 
Hnd tbay bade bym swynke, Hnd swa 
dowe, 

fiaf e we none otber plogbe. 
"Cbe knygbte ansuerde f ulle sone agayne, 
J9f or mete, be sayde,! wold wyrke fayne, 
Batbe bere and drawe ynogbe. 
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j^Cbane mete tbay gaf e bym f ulle gud 

wone, 

Hnd tbay garte bym bere íryne and stone 

Owte of a sory slogbe. 

NI> tbua bare tbe hnygbt íryne and 

stone 

Clnto tbe sevene wyntter were alle 
gone, 

Hnd wrogbte bymselvene fulle woo; 
Hnd untílle tbat be coutbe mahe a f yre, 
Hnd tban tbay gaf e bym yomans byre, 
déle more be wrogbte tbane twoo í 
H smetbymane tbus was be tbore 
f ully sevene yere or more, 
Hnd blewe tbaíre bely es bloo; 
Hnd by tbat be bade bymself ene dygbte 
Hile tbe atyre tbat f elle to a hnygbte, 
Bot tbat be was nogbte borsed rygbte 
"Co batelle wbenne be solde goo. 

^Jv€ tbose sevene yere, X undír- 
stande, 

XTbe sowdane werreyede ín Crís- 
tene lande, 

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Re mahes 
bím a suit 
of ar- 
mouraf- 
ter seven 
years 




fiewíU HndwakRenedewoofuUewyde; 

figbt tbe "Cbe Crystene hynges base fledde so lange, 

Saracens "Co tbay baf e getyne tbam powere 

stran ge, 

Cbose Sarazenes for to byde. 

H dayc of batelle tban was sett, 

"Cbat Crístyne and baytbcnc samene 

solde mete 

H Uttylle tber besyde. 

Sír Ysambrace bym umbítbogbte 

Hppon e a borse tbat coles brogbte 

"Cbat be wolde tbedír ryde. 




e]MeS tbane berde be blowef ulle 

lowde, 

Hnd sawe knygbtes and beryns 
prowde, 

Hnd svoerdes drawene one lof te. 
Re sett bym downe appone bis kne, 
Co 7besu Críste tban prayes be, 
Hnd enterely bym bysogbte: 
jfiř]Nbwe, korde, be saíde, tbou (ene me 
grace ín tbís f elde, 

Yone bey tbene sowdane tbat X may yelde 
Tbe woo be base me wrogbtef 
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|gj3S|fie hnygbttes berte ít was f ulle T^íone can 

f|p| gude, wítb- 

tSšia Hnd fortbebewentwítb nardy mode, stand bis 

Hnd tbryse be gonne bym sayne onset 

for no voapene wolde be styn t ; 

XTbere lyffede none tbat bent bis dynt, 

"Cílle tbat bis borse was slayne. 

"Cban tbe knygbte to tbe grownde 

sougbte, 

H Crystyne erle bym belpede one lof te, 

Hnd owte of tbe batelle be bym brogbte 

Clntíllean begbemountayne; 

Hnd stoppede bis wondís tbat gunne 

bledé, 

Hnd sy tbene be borsede bym one a stede, 

Hnd tbane be sogbte agayne. 




OC wbenne be was borsede on a 

stede, 

Re sprange als any sparke one glede 
Cdítb grymly growndyne gare; 
'Cbc beryns be bíttappone tbe bode, 
Cborowe tbe breste/bane ít wode, 
Hnd yít es seně wbare bis borse stode, 
Hnd salle be evermare í 

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f>c slays Tbanc rode be up at anc bcgbc moun- 
tbcSou- tayne, 

dan , & ís Hnd tbarc tbc sowdane base be slayne, 
brougbt Hnd many tbat wítb bym were; 
before tbe XTbre day es and tbre nygbttes 
Kíng Hgaynes tbe Sarazenes beld be f ygbttes, 
Hnd tbe batelle venqueste be tbare. 

)]SD vobenne tbe Sarazenes were 

alles tayne, 

TTbe Crystene kynges were f ulle 
fayne, 

^bay made tbame gamene and glee. 
'Cbe kyng tbane askede af ter tbat mekílle 
knyght, 
t:bat base doně so dogbetyly ín tbís 

fygbte, 

TbatXmay nevěr bym see: 

erles and baronns tbay bafe bym sogbte, 

Hnd byf ore tbe kynge tbay bafe bym 

brogbte, 

H f ulle sare wondíde mane was beel 

"Cbe kyng bis name faste fraynes tbane, 

j^Sír, be saíde,Iam a smetbymane, 

CKbate es your wíUe wítb me? 

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ffiG kyng ansuerde tbe knygbte 

tbane, 

Glondír I haf c tbat any smetby/ 
mane 

tn werre was cvcr so wygbte. 
^Cbe kynge bad tbat bc solde baf c mete 
anddrynke, 

Hnd alle tbat be wolde af ter tbynke, 
"Cílle be bade coverde bis mygbte ; 
Hnd tbane by bis crowne tbe kyng sware, 
XTbat wbenne be were coverde of bis care, 
"Cbat be vcolde dubbe bym knygbte. 
Hndatanunryetbe knygbtwaslevede, 
To bele tbe wondes ín bis bevede, 
"Cbat be bad ín tbe f ygbte. 



fieís 

bealed 

of bis 

wounds 

ata 

nunnery 




3R6 nonnes of bym tbay were f ulle 

^ fayne, 
for tbat be bade tbe Sarazenes 
slayne, 

Hnd tbose bay tbene boundes ; 
Hnd of bis paynnes sare gunne tbame 
rewe, 

Xlke a day e tbay made salves newe, 
Hnd laíd tbame tílle bis veondes. 

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fte takés 
his leavc 
& comcs 
to Herc 



Tbay gaf e bym metís and drynhís lytbe, 
Htid bclíd tbc knygbte wondír swytbe; 
Hnd wítbín a Iyttíllc stownde, 

^^^^R€ knygbte purvayed botbe 

]jlfep|ftslavyneandpyhe, 

s^ffi/ Hnd made bymself e a patmere 
lyke, 

Hnd tbogbtc tbat bc wolde wende* 
FHs levé be tuke, vtntbowttyne lesse, 
Hnd tbankede mekílle tbc pryores, 
Hnd allc bír nunnes bendě. 
"Cbe rígbte waye tbane takés be 
To a bavené of tbe ©rekkes see, 
His 7besu Cryste bym sende. 
H scbíppe be fonde alle redy yare, 
CKítb a marynere alle bowne to faře, 
ln Hcrís gunne tbay lende. 

fiejsr^re tbay ín tbat bavené 

lenede, 

CCUtb wery bones tbe knygbte 
upwenede 

ln to tbat baytbene stede; 
Hnd sevene yere be was f ully tbore, 
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Slítb bungre, and tbríste, and boncs sore, Fin angel 
In storye tbus als we rede. comes to 

f ulle wery ly tbanc yode bc tborc aye, ním near 

Hnd wrecbídly onc nygbttís bc laye Betble- 

In bis povrc wede, bcm 

Goddes werkkes for to wyrke, 
"Co serve Gode and bály kyrke, 
Hnd to mende bis are mysdede. 

EjpIjO ít byfelle bym sonneonone, 
S|||] Tínat alle a syde of a eunntre be base 
^^ tburgb gone, 

Bot mete ne drynke coutbe be gete none, 
f^e bous to berbere bym mne; 
CHítbowttene tbe burgbe of Bedeleme, 
Re layde bym downe by a xvelle střeme, 
f ulle sore wepande for pyne. 
Hnd als be laye, abowte mydnygbte 
"Cbare come an angelle f aíre and brygbte, 
Hnd brogbte bym bredeand wyne. 
jjřpalmere, be sayse, welcome tbou bee, 
"Cbe kynge of bevene wele gretts tbe, 
f orgyffene erre synnes tbyneí 



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T3be an - J^^sgp^O welecome, be saís, Syr Ysam- 

gclbríngs ^j^^l^ brace t 

tídtngs of wffllkW f orgeffene es tbe alle tbí tryspase, 

forgíve- for sotbe ale X tbc saynef 

ncss Hnd wele tbc gretís now ourc bevens 

kynge, 

Hnd grauntes tbc nowe bis dere blys- 

synge, 

Hnd byddes tbe torné agayne. 

jSfCbt knygbte knelíde tbane appone bis 

knee, 

7besu Críste tbane tbankede bee, 

Re wepíde so včas be fayne: 

Botwystebeneverwbedírwardetogonne, 

for bad be nowre no wonnynge wone, 

Bot ay e to walke ín payne. 




^evej^e kynges landes base be 
gonetburgb, 

antílle be come tílle a rícbe burgb, 
Tbare als a casteUe ínne stode ; 
"Cbenne berde be telle tber wonneda 
qwene, 

Tbat was a tady f ayre and sebene, 
Hnd grete worde of bír yode, 
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l^ppRHT cvcrylkc a dayc scbo gyffes at F>c comcs 

tlili hír T^ 1 *' to thc hatl 

12^23 To povrc mcnc tbat golde wíUc také, of a grcat 

fulle many f and scbo tbere; Quccn 

ílkoncbadeaflorence,nogbtetolayne; 

Sír Ysambracc was ncvcr so fayne, 

fiym bungrcde ncvcr so sarcí 

Of povrc mcnc tbat mygbte íllc goo, 

Tbay tukc ínne wellc a sexty or moo, 

Of tbamc tbat sekestc were; 

Hnd ín tbay tuke syr Ysambrace, 

Ht mysebcf c tbay sawc wele tbat bc was, 

Hnd of bym tbamc rewede sare. 

f f)G rícbc qwene ín baullc was sett, 

Knygbttcs bír serves to bandes 

andfcte, 
Slere clede ín robíš of palic; 
In tbc floure a clotbc was layde, 
J^TZbís povrc palmerc, tbc stewarde 
sayde, 

Sallc sy tt abowene yow alle. 
j^JVletc and drynkc was f ortbc brogbte, 
Sír Ysambracc sett and ctc nogbtc, 
Bot lukcdabowtc ín tbc bauUc. 

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hetells 
bístale,& 
ís bídden 
to stay 



So mekílle be sawe of gamene and glee, 
Hnd tbogbtc wbat bc was wonnt to bc, 
Hnd terys lete bc falle. 

^^O lange be satt and ctc nogbte, 
E»S] XTbat tbe lady grete wondtr tbogbte, 
H^žfl Hnd tíllc a knygbte ganc saye, 
Bryng a cbayere and a qwysebene, 
Hnd sett yone povre palmere tberín, 
x:bat bc to me telle maye 
Sdbat tydans tbat bc base berde and seně 
Xn baytbynenes, wbare be base bene 
In many a wílf ulle waye. 
JPH. rícbe cbayere tban was tber f ett, 
T^bís povre palmere tberín was sett, 
f>e tolde bír of bis laye. 

l"flT> so nobílly be base bír tolde, 
XZhat sebo mygbte frayne bym 
wbat sebo wolde, 

"Co wbíls tbat be tberc sett; 

j^T^ow, palmere, sebo satd,I salle tbe 

gyffe 

€vermare wbíls X may lyf e, 

Cbou salle baf e clotbe and mete, 

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|g|jjWD a mane to serve tbe dave and 

|bJ|nygbtc, 

recfW Hnd a cbambír faíre and brygbte 

Cttítbínne tbe castelle walle. 

^Tbe palmere tbankes tbat tady free, 

Hnd ín bír courte tbare tbus duellys be, 

Hnd tbankes God of alle. 

F)e duellíd tbere f ulle many a yere, 

Tílle tbat be was botbe bale and f ere, 

Hnd servede ín tbat baulle; 

F)e was mane botbe fayre and begbe, 

HUe bad wondír tbat bym see, 

So sty tle be was wítballe. 

Hnd wben knygbtes went to put tbe 

stane, 

Twelve fotě over tbaym everylkeane, 

fiekesteítalsaballe; 

Tberefore at bym tbay bade envy ; 

H tornám ent tban díd tbay crye, 

Tbay tbogbte to do bym quede, 

Hnd sebames děde wítballe. 

Tbat daye tbe tournament solde be stede, 

Tbay borsede bym on ane olde crokede 

stede, 

Hnd yítt fortbogbte tbame alle. 

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Tbe 
knígbts 
envy bím 
anderya 
tourna- 
ment 



fje over- 
comcs 
tbcm all 




OT by syr Ysambrace bade redyne 

tburgb tbc f elde, 

Tibere was nonc tbat undír scbílde 
Durste mete bis crokede stede, 
Tbat be ne gaf e bym swylke a clowte, 
"Cbat botbe bis egbne stode one strowte; 
Slele a sevene score garte be bledeí 
Hnd some be keste ínto a slake, 
"Chat botbe braste nekc and bakkc, 
Hnd many flede for drede : 
Tbe qwene bírself e at bym f aste logbe, 
Hnd sayde, ]My palmere es styffe enogbe, 
F>e es wele wortbí to f edeí 

^]SX> so ít byf elle on es appone a 

daye, 

Tbe palmere wente to tbe wode 
to playe, 

His ít was are bis kynde ; 
Tbe palmere sawe a neste one begbe, 
H rede clotbe tberínne be segbe 
Owte/wappande wítb tbe wynde ; 
Hnd to tbe neste tbane gane be wynne, 
fiís awene golde be sawe tberínne, 
Rís mantílle tbare gane be f ynde. 

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Hlítb egbne wbenne tbat be sawe tbc F>e finds 

golete, bis gold 
"Cbat bis wyf e was f orc solde, 
fiís sorowe bygane to mene* 

Ký^pG golde unto bis cbambír bc bare, 
If^Hnd byd ít f ulic převály tbare, 
Issža Hnd wepande be wen t away e ; 
Hnd ayc wbenne bc gunne tbc goldc sec, 
Re grette f ulic sare for bis lady, 
Hnd to pyne tom es alle bis playef 
So lange tbe palmere lede tbat lyffe, 
T^bat wítb knygbtes ít wexc f ulic ryffe, 
Hnd to tbc lady tbay ganc ít saye. 

^X> so ít f elle apponc a daye, 
Cbe palmere went to tbe wode to 
playe, 

fiís myrtbís for to mene ; 

Cbe knygbtes brake up bis cbambír dore, 

Hnd f ande tbe golde rígbt ín tbc floře, 

Hnd bare ít unto tbe qwenc ; 

Hnd als sonc als sebo saw ít wítb sygbtc, 

Xn swonyng tban f elle tbat swete wygbte, 

for sebo bad are ít senc í 

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tbe gold 
came 




Cbe Scbo hyssede ít, and sayde,H llast 
Queen "Cbís goldc augbt syr Ysambrace, 
asks bím My lorde was wonte to beneí 
wbence 

RHP* sebo to tbc hnygbtes tolde, 
Rove sebo was for tbat goldc solde, 
Hnd bír lorde was wondíde sorc ; 

^Bot f aste wbenne ye tbe palmere see, 

Dose byme swy tbe to spehe wítb me, 

Hf tír bym me langes f ulle sore. 

jgfCbc hnygbtes gane brynge bym to tbe 

baulle, 

"Cbe lady gane bym to concelle calle, 

Hnd f raystes at bym tbere, 

das tbou ever gentylle mane? 

CHbare and bowe tbat tbou tbts golde 

wanne? 

J&fiís sorowe tbane wexe tbe mareí 




ICR dulef ulle mode and berte 

f ulic sare, 

Re gaf e tbe lady ane ansuare, 
Hnd one bis knee bym sett; 
Hnd a f ulle nobílle tale tber tílle bír be 
tolde, 

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^My wyf e was for tbís gotdc solde, 

JVIyself e was f ulle sare bcttí 

j^Hnd downe tban knelíde tbc lady 

by fóre bis face, 

Hnd sayde, <KIelecotne,my (ordě syr 

Ysatnbraccí 

jpfuilz grete joye scbo bade ín berte. 

|||||fiHJNB ay tbír of otber were so 

Í(S faync * 

is=3a "Chat tbay mygbte no lengere íayne, 

Bot to tbe knygbtes ít tolde; 

TTbane crownnede be was wítb rícbe gyf te, 

Hnd made bym kynge, tbat are was 

knygbte, 

Over alle tbose knygbttes bolde. 

^O wbenne be was kynge and 
bare tbe crowne, 
Re sent bis sande fra towne to 
towne, 

Cílle ylke a rycbe cete, 
Hnd be gerte krye ín borowes bolde, 
Rícbe and powe, botbe yonge and olde, 
Cbat alle solde crystende bee ; 

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TTbey are 
uníted,& 
beísmade 
kíng 








fie is de - Hnd tbay tbat wotde nogbte do swaa, 
fiedby tbe Re wolde tbame batbc brynne and slaa, 
beatben Solde notbynge for tbaíre lyf e gaa, 
Si Ivere, golde, nor f ee f 

RICfiG Itynge was syr Ysambrace, 
tn maře weltbe tbane ever be voas 
Of baytbene landes tbare; 
Crystene lawes to kepe tn tbat tyde, 
Sandes be sente f ulle f erly wyde 
"Co tbame tbat baytbene ware. 
Bot tbay turnede alle tílle ane assent, 
"Chat sebortly tbereto tbay ne wolde 
conscent, 

Bot to a batelle faře. 

TTbay sayde, and tbay mygbte bym bent, 
"Chat be solde come to tbaíre perlement, 
Hnd tbere be botbe bangede and brynt, 
Hnd alle tbat wítb bym were. 

i DHY6 of batelle tbus was tber 
J sett, 
mi/m Hnd alle tbe baytbene tber was 



mett 

Sír Ysambrace to slaa ; 

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f ele Sarazen es sem bledé tbat tyde, 

f ra fele ferre costes to tbat batelle tbay 

ryde 

Olítb knygbtes many and maa. 

Sír Ysambrace voas f ulle of care, 

fje bade no mene wítb bym to faře, 

fits meneawaye gane gaa: 

0>e Sarazenes faylede bym at tbat nedc. 

Be be was borsede one bis stede 

"Cbay were alle fliede bym f raa. 

gPgjtR Ysambrace was tbane f ulle waa, 

BS"!] F>e hyssede bis lady and wolde 

t^aa f urtbe gaa 

CCUtb sorow and bert f ulle sare; 

H dolef ulle worde tban gunne be saye, 

jíFJSowe, certís, lady, baf e now gud daye, 

for nowe and evermareí 

J9R í lorde, sebo sayd, belpe tbat X were 

dygbte 

In armours, als X were a hnygbte, 

Hnd wítb tbe wílle I faře ; 

Hnd God tbat made botbe see and (ande, 

JVIy saule X wyte ínto tby bandě, 

for X kepe to ly ff e no maře í 

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ftís lady 

vpíllfigbt 

bybíssíde 



9HHHBHBHT ~~ 



Cbeír 
Sons are 
restored 
to tbem 




pl^e was tbe tady dygbte 
ln armours,als tbof c sebo were 
•aknygbte, 
Hnd bad botbc spere and scbelde; 
Hgaynes tbrytty tboxvsandezandmaa 
Come tbere nane bot tbay twaa, 
JSTyne bundretbe sone baf e tbay slayneí 
Hnd rígbte als tbay solde baf e takene bee, 
*Cbere come rydande knygbttes tbree 
Hppone tbre bestes wylde; 
One on a lebarde, anotber on a unycome, 
Hnd one on a lyone be come byf orné, 
"Chat was tbaír eldeste cbílde í 

]ST angells wede were tbay alle děde, 
Hn angelle tbameto tbe batellelede, 
Cbat semely was to seně: 
"Cbay slewe tbe bay tbene knygbttes swa, 
Hnd of tbe Sarazenes many alswa, 
Ya twentty tbowsandez and tbre. 
Sír Ysam brace pray ed tbe kny gb tes swaa, 
fiame veítb bym tbat tbay walde gaa, 
Hndbeofbísmenye; 
"Cbay ansuerde,als tbe angelle tbam 
kende, 
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for tbc were we to tbe batelle sende, 
Cbyneawennesonnesareweef 

ifCG was syr Ysambrace wele and 

woo, 

Bot nevěry íttals be was tbo, 
One knees tban be bym sett; 
Re grett,and sayde wytb mylde 
atevene, 

Cbankede be tbe begbe kyng of bevene, 
JMy bale tbane base be bettí 
jflFSír Ysambrace and tbat lady f ree 
Kyssed alle tbaíre cbíldír tbree, 
Ilkane for joye tbay grett ; 
JMare joye mygbte nevěr no mane see, 
"Cbane men mygbte one tbame see, 
In armes wbenne tbay were mett. 

PRYCR6 cete včas tbere besyde, 
Hnd syr ysambrace byfore gane 



Cbey 
make 
great joy 



ryde 



FJís sonnes bame for to lede; 
Cbambírs fandě tbay fatře and brygbte, 
Robys f aíre and redy dygbte, 
Hnd tbare tbey cbaunged tbaíre wede; 

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fte ends Rícbc metís wantted tbame nane, 
bis days JSowtber of wylde nor of tame, 
ín bonour fíor no rícbc brede. 

f yve landís tbus gunne tbay wynne 
Hnd stabylde Crystyndome tbamc mne, 
Xr\ storyes tbus als we rede. 

f akJvG rícbc hynge tbane was 
syrYsambrace, 
Hnd covcrdc bc base allc bis 
myscas, 

Re lyffes nowe f ulic rícbely ; 
Ilhanc of bis sonnes bc gafe a lande, 
Ourstc na mane agayne tbamc stande, 
dbarc so tbat tbay solde faře. 
TTbay lyffede and dyed wítb gud entent, 
Hnd sytbene allc tíllc bevenc tbay went, 
Olbenne tbat tbay dede ware. 
prayc wc novo to bevenes hynge, 
Re gyffe us alle bis dere blessynge 
TNFowe and cvermaref 
Hmene. Hmene. 
explicit Syr Ysambrace. 



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J? Gdítcd by f . S. Bllís af tcr tbe cdítíon 
prínted by % O. fiallíwell from tbc JMS. ín 
tbc Jvíbrary of Jvíncoln Catbedral, wítb a 
few correctíons. prínted at tbc Kelmscott 
press, Clpper JMall, Rammcrsmítb, ín tbc 
County of JMíddlesex, andfinísbedon tbc 
i4tb day of luly, 1897. 




Sold by tbc Trustccs of tbc latě Oltllíam 
JMorrís at tbc Kclmscott prese. 



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