Specimens of Early English Metrical Romances: Saxon romances: Guy of Warwick. Sir Bevis of Hamptoun. Anglo-Norman romance: Richard Cœur de Lion. Romances relating to Charlemagne: Roland and Ferragus. Sir Otuel. Sir Ferumbras

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1811 - 432 pages

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Page 369 - It befell, between March and May, When kind corage* beginneth to prick, When frith and fielde waxen gay. And every wight desireth her like : When lovers slepen with open eye, ^ .. As nightingales on greene tree, And sore desire that they coud fly. That they mighten with, their love be...
Page 138 - This geaunt was mighty and strong And full thirty foot was long. He was bristled like a sow ; A foot he had between each brow ; His lips were great, and hung aside; His eyen were hollow ; his mouth was wide : Lothly he was to look on than, And liker a devil than a man. His staff was a young oak, Hard and heavy was his stroke.
Page 60 - Guy was neither less capricious, nor less disastrous in its consequences, than the affection of his mistress. He had been taught that other duties were more sacred and more acceptable in the sight of Heaven, than those of husband and father. But the historian shall tell his own story. At the end of forty days after the marriage, it happened that As Sir Guy came from play, Into a tower he went on high, And looked about him, far and nigh ; Guy stood, and bethought him, tho, How he had done many a man...
Page 301 - Bayonne, and Picardie, Was still his bidding ; And emperor he was of Rome, •• And lord of all Christendom ; Then was he a high lording.
Page 244 - Richard heard the angels' voice, And thanked God, and the holy cross. The author of the romance, considering that murder, conducted on so grand a scale, at the expence of unbelievers, and expressly enjoined by angels, could not fail of communicating great pleasure to the reader, has here introduced the following episodical description, of spring : Merry is, in time of May, When fowlis sing in her lay. Floweres on apple-trees and perry ; Small fowlis sing merry.
Page 167 - The destruction of our hero appeared inevitable, after the disastrous adventure of Goose-lane, where his twelve companions were iugloriously murdered : but to Sir Bevis, when armed with Morglay and mounted on Arundel, nothing was wanting but a theatre sufficiently spacious for the display of his valour; and this he found in the Cheap, or market-place. He was beset by innumerable crowds : but Arundel, indignant at the insolence of the...
Page 205 - Withouten bread the heart he ate. The king wonder'd, and said skeet :' "Y-wis, as I understand can, This is a devil, and no man. That has my strong lion y-slawe, The heart out of his body drawe, And has it eaten with good will ! . , He may be called, by right skill, , ' '(King y-christened of most renown, Strong Richard Cmur de Lion!
Page 170 - Ynglonde and in Fraunce. So many men at once were never seen dead, For the water of Thames for blood wax red. Fro St Mary Bowe to London stone, That ilke time was housing none.
Page 368 - I think it would not be difficult to prove from internal evidence, that the present translation cannot be earlier than the end of the fourteenth or beginning of the fifteenth century...

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