Perceval (Or The Story of the Grail)

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components currently 2970-3068 The castle of the Fisher King

and on the journeyed all the day;

yet encountered naught human,

neither Christian guy nor woman,

who might point him on his road;

no one ceased come pray, together on the rode,

to the Glorious King, his Father,

that He’d lead him to his mother.

and also he continued, praying still,

Until, descending indigenous a hill,

He observed a flow there below;

Swift and deep the current’s flow.

he gazed at it, yet saw no ford.

‘Ah! too ~ God, Almighty Lord,

might I but reach the various other side,

If she’s alive and also well,’ the cried,

‘Then, indeed, I’d discover my mother.’

so he talk on, follow me the river,

until a cliff he neared apace;

there the water touch its face

Such the he can ne’er pass by.

and then a little boat met his eye,

Floating quickly down the stream.

And, therein, two guys sat, abeam.

if one male steered, by design,

The other fished v rod and line.

He quit to wait, for he thought

That, together they flew on, castle ought

To pass him closely, by and also by;

yet they stopped, together they flew by.

then he spied the anchor gleam,

and also they anchored in mid-stream.

and also he who with line and hook,

Was viewed to fish, the bait the took,

and also then attached a small fellow,

Scarcely bigger than a minnow,

to his hook. Not knowing where

to cross, the greeted then the pair,

called aloud, and asked of them:

‘Can you advise me, gentlemen;

Is there a bridge to the various other side?’

and also he that fished, he then replied:

‘I’faith, dear brother, there is none,

and then, because that twenty miles, not one

Vessel, I perform believe, afloat

bigger than is this, our boat,

and also this will certainly only bring five.

top top horseback none happen alive;

yes no ferry, leg or ford.’

‘Tell me then, by God ours Lord,

wherein I may discover a ar to stay.’

and also he replied: ‘You’ll need, I’d say,

That and more, if i judge aright;

Tis I will certainly lodge you because that the night.

drive up through that canyon ahead,

the cuts with the rock,’ he said,

‘And in ~ the head, there, that the dale,

listed below you, girlfriend will watch a vale;

My home is in the neighbourhood,

in between the water and the wood.’


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so the youth rode, nor did the stop,

Yet as soon as he involved the really top

He might see naught yet earth and sky.

‘Did i come below for this, speak I?

God carry shame and also foul disgrace

On the who sent me to this place!

Tis every a jest, twas all deceit.

I’d discover a house there in ~ my feet,

the said, if I however climbed come see;

A fine overview he turned out to be!

good sir, you that told me this,

You undoubtedly did me ok service,

If girlfriend misled me out of spite.’

Then, that a tower he caught sight;

which in the valley, there, go root;

no one finer this side of Beirut,

Nor better sited, would you find.

Square, and also of brownstone mined,

Two smaller sized turrets flanked that sides.

and a room fronted it, besides,

and also lodgings lay before the hall.

The youth rode down towards it all,

speak now, he’d served him well

Who’d sent him come that surprise dell.

and also then towards the door he wound,

prior to the gate, a drawbridge found,

and also it was lowered so any kind of might

Ride end it; together did the knight;

and also squires currently ran come greet him,

two came and also helped disarm him;

A third then led his mount away,

To feed his equine on oats and also hay;

A fourth carried him a mantle too,

of scarlet cloth, all fresh and also new;

climate to his lodgings led the article

Who uncovered his rooms a finer vision

Than any type of this next of Limoges,

Rooms fine enough to house the Doge.

currently 3069-3152 The Fisher King gifts the youth a knife

THE youth was in his lodgings till

The lord of the castle spoke his will,

and also two squires came then to escort

Him come the hall, and thus the court.

He uncovered the room was square inside,

for it was long as it to be wide.

Amidst the hall, ~ above a bed,

sat a lord, grey-haired his head,

and upon that head was collection

A well mulberry-black chaplet,

and also the lid was do of sable,

Trimmed through the cloth, that purple,

from which his robe also was made.

Propped on one elbow there he lay;

and before that a fire was alight,

Of dry logs, and it shed bright,

four pillars there, neighboring it.

and four hundred men might sit

around that one enormous fire,

every as warmth as he might desire.

Those pillars were an excellent and strong,

sustaining the hood above, of bronze,

The chimney-hood both tall and also wide.

as soon as the squires in ~ the youth’s next

Came prior to their lord, he stirred,

Greeting the young knight v a word:

‘Friend, it is in you no displeased if i

Cannot stand to greet you, for i

Am can not to do so v ease.’

‘By God, say naught, sire, if you please,

the that; ns mind not,’ claimed the boy,

‘If God yet grants me health and joy.’

The lord, such to be his grievous pain,

raised himself high top top his bed again,

As finest he can and: ‘Friend,’ the said,

‘Be not dismayed, draw near the bed.

If you sat beside me, here, I must

check out it favourably, one if you would.’

He satellite near; then the mr did say:

‘Now, friend, whence come you today?

‘Sire, said the youth, this morn I came

from Beaurepaire; such is the name.’

‘God conserve me,’ said the nobleman,

Twas a lengthy journey for any man

The journey you have made this day.

girlfriend must have started ~ above your way

Ere the clock had referred to as the dawn.’

‘Twas, rather, the first hour of morn,

I perform assure you,’ said the lad.

While castle this conversation had,

A squire entered through the door;

Slung from his neck, a knife he bore,

native a well-off sword-belt it did hang;

he handed it come the nobleman,

Who attracted it half-way native its sheath,

so he can see above, beneath,

wherein twas made, because that there twas writ,

by the machine when that fashioned it,

and also that it to be of together fine steel

It would not rest he walk reveal,

except in one perilous event,

Only recognized to him who blent

The metals and also had forged the sword.

The squire said: ‘The maid, mine lord,

her niece, who is so an excellent and fair,

sends you this gift, and I explain

you will do it not find one that such toughness

because that its given breadth and also length.

offer the sword to who you choose,

She’ll be pleased if the shall use

that well, whom you do so reward,

because that the one who forged the knife

Made but three, and also now he dies;

that can build no more, however lies

~ above his deathbed, this is his last.’

At when the mr the weapon happen

come the stranger, on that bestowed

The belt, the sheath, and also its load,

because that they created a treasure, every told.

The pommel of the sword was gold,

Arabian or Greek the finish;

The gold-embroidered sheath indigenous Venice.

This gift, and all so richly made,

The lord to the youth displayed,

and also said: ‘The knife that friend see,

Yours was it destined hence to be,

may it help you, now and also alway;

take it it, and also unsheathe it, pray.’

lines 3153-3344 The youth has sight of the Grail

that thanked him, girding that on aright

Such the the belt to be not too tight,

Then attracted forth the naked blade,

And, gazing in ~ it a little, then laid

It ago in the scabbard as soon as more.

he gazed at the sword, well he experienced

It seemed at his side, as in his fist,

and also looked together if it would assist

Him, in ~ need, and most valiantly.

Behind him the squires the did see

alongside the brightly burning fire,

and so that turned towards the squire

Who preserved his arms and commanded

the guard the sword, as he demanded.

climate he satellite again, alongside the lord.

that him great honour did afford.

and the light over there was as bright

As ever did bright the candlelight,

on a guest, in any type of house whatever.

They speak of this and also that together;

and also from a room there came a squire,

and he happen by, in between the fire

and bed, whereby sat the lord and knight,

and bore a lance of purest white

Holding that by the lance’s centre,

and also all those there observed him enter,

The white lance, that is gleaming wood,

and also from the reminder the autumn of blood


The white lance, the gleaming wood, and from the reminder the drop of blood’ adapted from Le Morte d"Arthur (1893) Sir cutting board Malory (15th cent) and also Ernest Rhys (1859-1946) Internet Archive publication Images

the issued forth, and also from its finish

Did to the squire’s hand descend;

fall on drop, that pure vermilion.

The youth, who had however come upon

The place he was that an extremely night,

Refrained native questioning fully

just how this wonder had come about,

for he recalled, no one did that doubt,

The judgment Gournemant had taught,

That together a full-fledged knight that ought

To store from speaking overmuch;

For prepared questioning, together such,

Led swiftly in an ill direction.

so the youth asked no question.

Two an ext squires climate appeared,

candlestick in hand attracted near.

of gold, and inlaid v niello,

were the candlesticks and, lo,

The squires they to be passing fair;

and also every shall borne there,

Ten lighted candles hence displayed.

and they were adhered to by a maid,

Fair, neat, and also dressed with elegance,

who bore a grail in her 2 hands;


And castle were adhered to by a maid...Who bore a grail in her 2 hands’ Le Morte d"Arthur (1893) Sir thomas Malory (15th cent) and also Ernest Rhys (1859-1946) Internet Archive book Images

and as she entered, on your tail,

and bearing in she hands the grail,

So an excellent a brightness shone around,

and cast the light, the watchers found

The candlelight thrive dim as, much

Off, lowers the brightness the a star,

when the sunlight rises, or the moon.

~ her, there adhered to soon

A maid that bore a silver- plate.

The grail, i m sorry went front in state,

was of pure gold, collection with gems,

Such valuable stones together diadems

Display, the richest to be found,

beneath the sea, or underground;

certain of much greater worth

보다 all the various other stones ~ above earth,

The gems that from the grail shone.

from one room to an additional gone,

In the very same manner together the lance,

before their eyes all did advance.

and the youth, he experienced them pass,

however of the grail, dared not, alas,

Ask: whom, with it, one served?

For, in his heart, he now observed

Ever, his wise teacher’s warning.

I are afraid that woe, come him, twill bring;

for I’ve oft heard that said, that us

in ~ once, might yet too silent be,

As, v this tongue the ours, also free;

If an excellent it lug us, or ill we see,

ns ask not, nor did he enquire.

The lord did then command a squire

To watch they had actually napkins and water,

and those his inquiry did further,

that were accustomed to the task.

lock of the lord and also youth did ask,

then in warmth water laved your hands,

and also next two squires, ~ above command,

carried forth a table the ivory,

Which, or for this reason relates the story,

out of a solitary piece was made.

prior to their mr twas displayed

climate they confirmed it come the lad;

climate two other squires, who had actually

complied with them, the trestles carried

i m sorry acquired, as soon as they to be wrought,

The residential or commercial property that lock would never

Perish, but would critical forever.

because that they to be made the ebony,

Which has the property, girlfriend see,

the it will never rot or burn,

yet those two points will ever spurn.

The table on the pair castle set,

nor did the tablecloth forget.

of the towel what shall ns state?

No pope, cardinal, or legate,

has dined with a whiter one.

The an initial course to be venison,

A whole haunch, peppered, roasted;

and clear alcohol the table boasted,

In golden cups, a pleasant one.

A squire served the venison,

Carving it on the silver- platter,

into slices, and then the latter

place on whole rounds of bread.

on the other hand the grail, as they fed,

Passed prior to the youth again,


Meanwhile the grail, together they fed, Passed before the youth again’ Le Morte d"Arthur (1893) Sir cutting board Malory (15th cent) and also Ernest Rhys (1859-1946) Internet Archive book Images

And, the the grail, that did refrain

from asking: whom, v it, one served?

hence he the warning still observed,

i m sorry the lord had actually gently given

versus too much speech, unbidden,

One he remembered, in his heart.

however he proved too reticent by far.

at every course that was offered

The grail’s passage he observed,

In open view, and also yet, reserved,

that knew not whom, through it, one served.

and yet, indeed, the wished to know,

and also he would seek the truth, or for this reason

he thought, lest that himself do wrong,

From some squire there, ere long;

yet till the morning he would certainly wait

as soon as he take it leave, in ~ the gate,

that the lord and all his company;

And set the matter, quietly,

Aside, while lock drank and ate.

Well-filled indeed was his plate,

Nor to be the alcohol scarce in ~ table;

quite all showed delectable.

The dinner to be both fair and also fine.

together a meal, together food and also wine,

as king, and count, and also emperor

must eat, the night was served before

The lord and the knight, his guest.

prior to they went to take your rest,

They sat there, and talked together,

when the squires, after the dinner,

prepared the beds, served them fruit

and also spices, the rarest kinds, come boot;

because that pomegranates, figs, and dates,

Cloves, and nutmeg, graced the plates;

Herbs mixed with honey, prior to bed,

and Alexandrian gingerbread.

and spiced alcohol they drank; piment,

there is no sweet love husband or pepper blent;

clear syrup; and mulberry liqueur.

The youth marvelled, an ext and more,

At points he knew not, there is no end;

till the lord addressed him: ‘Friend,

Tis time to retire now, because that the night;

i go, but trouble not, sir knight,

I should lie down in mine chamber,

yet you may, all at her leisure,

Sleep in this room here, outside;

and the being-carried I have to abide,

For, over my body, i have no power.’

4 servants issued, at the hour,

from a room and, together they met,

each seized hold of the coverlet

through a corner, twas spread alway

~ above the bed wherein the lord lay;

hence they bore him to his place.

various other servants, with good grace,

Aided the youth, and also they indeed

did minister to his every need.

castle undressed him, as soon as he chose,

Divested the of his shirt and hose,

and in white linen sheets that slept.

and till the morn his bed he kept,

despite the family woke in ~ dawn;

All had risen come greet the morn.

currently 3345-3409 The youth leaves with his inquiries unasked

he looked about him everywhere,

Yet, top top finding no one there,

Was forced to rise from bed alone.

and also so, however he might moan,

seeing he must, he rose from bed,

having actually no selection when all was said,

and dressed alone, placed on his shoes,

took his armour, they did select

To leave by the dais for him come find,

and also armed self again. Yet, mind,

the what he’d lugged he to be bereft,

he donned the armor they had left.

when he had actually adorned his members,

the went out, towards those chambers,

He’d viewed all oped the night before,

yet closed he found was every door,

and so his wandering remained in vain.

he shouted climate he referred to as again;

None opened there, or spoke a word.

when he’d end to call, unheard,

He checked out the doorway the the hall,

uncovered it open, so, armour and also all,

He therefore descended the lock stair,

and also found his horse, saddled, there,

and saw his shield, and his lance

against the wall, and also did advance,

And, mounting, looked on every side,

yet not a spirit did over there abide,

Ne’er a solitary squire did the see.

he approached the gate, silently,

and there he discovered the drawbridge down,

i m sorry the good people that the city

had left therefore lowered, i suppose,

for this reason that, at any time he chose,

He might leave there is no delay.

He thought all the squires away

In the forest, all gone that day

by the bridge, to inspect their nets.

that cared no to wait, and yet,

said to himself that he need to go

to ask them if they might know

that the lance that therefore did bleed,

If they might tell of it, indeed,

And, that the grail, where it was borne.

for this reason he talk on to greet the morn;

Yet prior to the bridge he’d clearing

His horses’ prior hooves showed up

to rise, and rise, it rotates in the waiting

His steed leapt, and also leapt complete fair,

and also had the steed not leapt so fine

Both had actually fallen, however neither fell,

no the steed nor he who rode.

and also he looked back along the road,

Wondering exactly how this was, amazing

To watch the drawbridge had been raised,

and called aloud, yet none replied:

‘You who raised the bridge’ he cry

‘Come friend now, and speak with me!

Where room you that no eye can see?

show yourself, grant me a view,

for there’s a point I’d asking of friend

The answer come it I would know.’

however all his words to be wasted so,

for none there replied, no one would.

currently 3410-3519 The maid speaks of the Fisher King and the Grail

for this reason he speak on towards the wood,

and entered ~ above a path, and found

Horses’ hooves had significant the ground,

whereby riders had passed that way.

‘This path,’ he claimed ‘they take it this day,

Those squires whom I concerned find.’

So with the woods that did wind,

while the hoof-prints he might see,

it rotates a maid, beneath a well oak-tree,

he chanced upon, and she walk moan,

and weep and wail there, and groan,

choose to some bad wretch in sorrow:

‘Alas,’ cry she, ‘ill was the morrow,

and ill was the day as soon as I to be born,

the destined me to a life forlorn!

nothing worse could concerned me!

would to God mine love, that ns see,

and also hold below in my arms, dead,

He’d maintained from death instead.

His fatality makes me to weep and pine.

would certainly that the lived, and death to be mine!

Why take his soul, however mine remains?

What is life worth, with all that is pains,

once all that i loved here lies dead?

there is no him I care naught, instead,

because that this my life, or this my body.

Death, now snatch my spirit from me,

To it is in a handmaid that would certainly fain

accompany his, if he so deign.’

Tears from she eyes she expelled,

for a knight whose corpse she held,

who head had been severed clean.

The youth, she sorrow having seen,

halted not till that was before her,

climate he stopped and also saluted her,

and she him with her head bowed;

yet did no cease come weep aloud.

and also the youth said: ‘Who did harm

come the knight who lies in your arms,

Demoiselle? Sire, twas a knight,’

claimed the maid, ‘on this very morn.

Yet i marvel; you can rise in ~ dawn,

God conserve me and also my witness be

to this wonder that here I see,

and also thirty-five leagues directly

journey the method you came of late,

before you ere might come top top

Lodgings, honest, clean, the one

can find good; and also yet her steed

has actually gleaming flanks, together if indeed,

He’d to be groomed at part inn,

and also fed on oats and hay within,

Washed and also brushed, because that his coat

might not it is in glossier, his throat,

His neck, nor he look far better fed.

and also you too, risen from part bed,

Or for this reason it appears to me, same knight,

where you uncovered rest and also ease last night.’

‘I’faith, fair lady, and also to my mind,

The ideal I might I there did find,

and if I show it tis only right.

If any type of were to shout outright

Now, from here, where we are,

they will do hear the there, tis no far,

There, wherein I did happen the night.

you cannot truly have had actually sight

Of all this land, no one traversed all.

I had lodgings, I thus recall,

That room the ideal I have known.’

‘Ah, fair sire, then execute you own

the you did discover such well lodging,

at the lock of the Fisher King?’

‘Maid, through the Saviour, I recognize not

If he’s king, fisherman, or what,

however he’s many wise and courteous.

i can yet say, last eve it to be

Two men I saw, and in one boat,

which gently under the stream go float.

One man chose the course it took,

The various other fished, with line and also hook,

He speak of his house, where I might

discover lodgings, together I did, critical night.’

and also the maiden said: ‘Fair sire,

the is a king, for ns am no liar,

however in a battle he to be maimed,

hurt sorely, and so lamed

that naught is to be done at all.

The wound the did that befall?

A javelin pierced both his thighs,

and the pain doth him chastise,

Such the he cannot mount a horse,

Yet when he would have recourse

To sport or pleasure, in a watercraft

he is placed, and then, afloat,

Fish come his hook that doth bring;

hence he’s called the Fisher King,

and that pleasure is his delight;

because that there is nothing else, sir knight,

that he might suffer or endure.

He cannot hunt now as before,

however huntsmen, wild-fowlers too,

Falconers, archers, no a few,

the has, come scour his kingdom for game.

so he is pleased, though he is lame,

To stay there in his retreat.

for in all the world, yes no chair

So services him, and also nowhere

Suits him as well, for this reason tis over there

Was developed his residence fit because that a king.’

present 3520-3639 She inquiries the youth, who true surname is Perceval

‘I’FAITH, there’s truth in everything,’

responded the youth, ‘that you perform say.

I witnessed such wonders, yesterday;

as I stood at a distance there,

when to his hall ns did repair,

he told me ns should draw near,

and also sit by that and, lest it show up

Twas from pride he failure to climb

and also greet me, I need to realise

He could not carry out so, and, in ~ that,

seeing he lacked the power, i sat.’

‘Surely, he did you good honour,

To seat you over there in that manner!

and when you were seated there,

to speak if friend saw, and also were aware

that the lance, native which blood drains,

though it has actually neither flesh nor veins?’

‘Did i see? Yes, i’faith, did I.’

‘And then, fair sire, did girlfriend ask why

that bled.’ ‘No, ns asked naught in ~ all.’

‘God conserve me then, whate’er befall,

You functioned ill, the you did for this reason fail.

currently tell me, go you watch the grail?


Now call me, did you watch the grail?’ Le Morte d"Arthur (1893) Sir thomas Malory (15th cent) and also Ernest Rhys (1859-1946) Internet Archive publication Images

‘Yes, indeed.’ ‘And who organized it near?’

‘A maid.’ ‘From whence walk she appear?’

‘From a room she came; she did walk

right into another, and also passed me so.’

‘And the grail, did any kind of go before?

‘Yes.’ ‘And who?’ ‘Two squires, no more.’

‘In their hands, what to be they holding?’

Candlesticks, full of candle glowing.’

‘And behind the grail, what came after?

‘A maid.’ ‘And what organized she before her?’

‘She held a small silver plate.’

‘And walk you no ask, or shortly or late,

whereby it was they to be going to?’

‘Naught from my lips did for this reason issue.’

‘So much the worse; and also God defend

Me, and have friend a name, mine friend?’

and also he, that knew no his true name,

Divined it, saying from Wales he came,

and Perceval the Welshman to be he,

Not learning if he spoke truthfully;

however spoke true, despite he knew it not.

and the maiden then, on listening what

that said, climbed up, from him who’d died,

And, together if in anger, she replied:

‘Your surname is changed.’ ‘How?’ said he.

‘Now Perceval the Wretched be!

Ah, Perceval, the unfortunate,

What tomb mischance has actually marred her fate;

the all you observed you failed come question!

because that if girlfriend had but sought direction,

You’d have actually healed the crippled king,

put in order the usage of both his limbs,

and he’d have trod his realm again.

and great great would we have actually gained!

yet now, you should know, ok will fall

on you, and on others cast its pall.

For her sin versus your mother,

the ensues, and versus no other,

For through you she died of grief.

I recognize you better, tis mine belief,

than you execute me, because that you recognize not

that I as well am of your line begot;

For your mother’s house, the same,

elevated both; I, your cousin germain.

i grieve no much less that friend did fail

To seek to learn about the grail,

What is done through it, whereby tis borne,

than for your mother I perform mourn,

Nor, indeed, because that this knight below

Whom i loved and also held many dear,

and most because that this, that he dubbed me

His very own dear friend, and also guided me

As need to a frank and also loyal knight.’

‘Ah, cousin, if you speak aright,’

said Perceval, ‘and every this is so,

then tell me just how it is friend know.’

‘I know she’s dead,’ the maid replied,

‘As truly together those men who sighed

and also placed she body in the ground.’

‘May God, for his quality renowned,

have mercy on her soul,’ claimed he.

‘An okay tale have actually you told come me.

and also since she is beneath the earth,

What then is further initiative worth?

For i was journeying because that naught

except to watch her whom i sought.

currently I should choose an additional road.

yet if v me you now would walk

ns am many willing; he, who below

Lies dead, can aid you not, i fear;

The life to the living,’ the said,

‘And likewise, the dead to the dead!

Let united state go, you and also I, together.

because that tis folly and no other,

It appears to me, the you, alone,

need to guard the dead, and make moan.

Let us go look for him who did slay

her love and also if, top top the way,

I satisfy with him, i pledge,’ claimed he,

‘I’ll overcome him, or he’ll slay me.’

and also she who could not supress

her grief and her heart’s distress,

Replied: ‘Sire, over there is no method

that I can go through you this day,

Nor leaving him ere the is interred.

If you to trust in me then, in a word,

walk you the way, the led road,

for that way too the fell knight rode,

that proud knight who, for this reason cruelly,

has taken mine sweet love native me.

and yet ns don’t speak that due to the fact that

I’d have yourself take that course

God aid me, and pursue him still;

though I do wish him every ill,

as if twere my very own self that slain.

currently 3640-3676 The maid speak of Perceval’s knife

yet the sword, exactly how did you get

the weapon, hung at her left side,

the ne’er attracted blood, nor man defied,

no one e’er was attracted in time of need?

I understand where it to be forged, undoubtedly

I recognize the hand that forged the too.

take care, and also trust the not, because that you

that blade will utterly betray;

Amidst the battle, on the day,

Suddenly, twill break to pieces.’

‘My cousin, one of the same nieces

the my sort host, sent it last eve

come him, and also he offered it to me.

I thought it a good gift, however nay,

currently it filling me through dismay

If all that you have said is true.

phone call me if you know, to speak you,

If this blade should ever break,

Could any smith the sword remake?’

‘Yes, but good pains must he take.

who knows the road to the lake

the lies past Cotouatre,

He can have the blade, thereafter,

Re-forged, and also tempered, and made so.

If girlfriend should endeavor thus to go,

Then look for for none but Trebuchet,

The smith that forged it, ~ above a day;

he made, and could remake it true,

as never one more smith might do,

the you could meet v anywhere.

the no other so attempt, have care;

They’ll not succeed, tis mine belief.’

‘Indeed, the would lug me grief,’

claimed Perceval, ‘were it to break.’

She watched, as he his way did take,

not wishing native the dead come part,

for whom she grieved in her heart.

currently 3677-3812 A damsel in distress

PERCEVAL sped on, choose a hound

hot on the trail, till he uncovered

A palfrey, so bone-tired and thin,

Treading the route in front of him,

so thin and wretched a creature,

It seemed in the food of nature

To have actually fallen into evil hands,

subject to one and all’s demands,

Ill-cared for, together if that had, indeed,

been nothing yet a hired steed,

Labouring in the hours of light,

and much neglected overnight.

together it to be the palfrey seemed.

the shivered for this reason you might have considered

Half-frozen twas, the trembling horse,

Or feverish, and also the mane, perforce,

lengthy vanished, ear drooping low;

Fit but to feeding the dogs, return

The hounds and also the mongrels would certainly

discover only skin and bones, not blood,

since only skin the bones go hide.

top top its back, a saddle walk reside,

top top its head, a bridle go sag,

Such together were suitable to the nag;

A maiden talk it, and made moan,

None an ext wretched ever known,

however she would have passed for fair

If she’d known far better fortune there.

yet she to be then in such distress,

That not a palm’s breadth the her dress

to be whole, and also then through the rips

her breasts both shown their tips.

v clumsy stitches here and there

The garment to be sewn and also patched;

she skin too had been bad scratched,

through hail, and also scorched by snow and also frost.

she hair hung loose, she veil to be lost,

Thus, every exposed, appeared her face,

and it was marked by countless a map

that tears the each had actually left its stain

as they fell, ceaselessly, like rain,

and also trickled down to wet her breast

The garment in which she to be dressed,

and all that cloth, under to she knees.

however sadder still 보다 were every these

Was she heart, its weight of care.

As quickly as Perceval saw all there,

the rode at full speed towards her,

while she search to draw together

she torn dress, to hide her better;

despite the feet seemed quite

bent on growing, and also moreover

together she sought each hole come cover,

an additional hundred opened wide.

Pale and wretched thus, she sighed

and moaned, together Perceval attracted near,

Bewailing, he might not however hear,

her suffering, her loss that ease:

‘Lord,’ stated she, ‘if it but please,

permit me no live in long duress!

long I’ve withstood wretchedness,

yet these, mine ills, space undeserved!

as well ill a fate’s because that me reserved!

Lord, you recognize that I have actually not

Merited every that seems my lot,

So, God, send me, if you know,

someone who might ease mine woe,

Or deliver me indigenous him ns blame,

Who provides me come live in shame.

He mirrors such little mercy to me,

That ns shall not, alive, go free;

and also yet the wills no I have to die,

and also I understand not the factor why

He looks for my agency this way,

Unless some pleasure currently it may

grant him, my shame and also misery.

yet if he knew, and knew truly,

the I’d, indeed, deserved that all,

then his mercy top top me need to fall,

now that I have actually paid so dearly,

If I had pleased him, yet clearly

he loves me not at all, once he

pressures me to live so harshly,

adhering to him, and also he care not.’

‘God save you, lady, from your lot!’

cry Perceval, now at her side,

and hearing him, she thus replied,

Hiding herself, voice soft and low:

‘Fair sire, that doth greet me so,

may your heart’s desire be granted,

Though her greeting is unwanted.’

Perceval, that blushed through shame,

comment to her words of blame:

‘Halt then, my lady, tell me why?

For, in ~ no time, ns think, have I

seen you before, no one in any means

done wrong to you ere this day.’

‘Yes, friend have,’ she said, ‘for i

to be so wretched, so unable to do awry,

the none should provide me greeting.

ns sweat v anguish on meeting

All who detain, or rigid at, me.’

‘I was no yet aware, most truly,’

stated Perceval, ‘of that mischance.

for I’d no intent, in ~ this instance,

To cause you shame, nor now

came so to do; i chanced this way.

Yet due to the fact that I view you weeping there

In together wretchedness, poor and also bare,

No joy will ns have, in my heart

If you execute not now, for your part,

speak what has caused you together pain

and also sorrow, as you now sustain.’

‘Ah, fair sire, have mercy top top me!

Be quiet now, for you must flee

and also leave me here alone, in peace.

You execute wrong, for you need to cease

come linger; flee, if you will do be wise.’

‘If so,’ said he, ‘I’d it is in apprised

of what threat, or indigenous what abuse,

I have to flee, wherein none pursues?’

‘From the Proud article of the Wood,

who asks naught, tis understood,

except the melee and the fight,

Or encountering part knight,

and also who if he find you here

must surely slay you, ns fear.

He no it if I rest at all,

and also none departs undamaged withal,

who lingers hence to talk through me,

have to he arrive in time; you see,

he takes native every man his head,

and also he, before he strikes castle dead,

speak each guy why, v cruelty,

he worries and chastises me.’

lines 3813-3899 The Proud knight of the lumber

WHILE lock talked, as any type of would,

The Proud items issued from the wood,

and also came much like a lightning thrust

from thence, in clouds the sand and also dust.

Crying: ‘You there, beside the maid,

Twas ill in truth when friend waylaid

Her; know you that your end is come,

In that you made her halt, for part

couple of steps, perchance, or only one.

however I’ll no slay you, ere I’m excellent

telling you the reason why

because that what crime, what misdeed ns

make the maid endure such shame.

Listen, and you’ll hear the same.

one day to the hardwood I to be gone,

and behind, in mine pavilion,

I’d left this maiden, whom ns loved

an ext than all the stars above;

When, riding with the wood, there come

A Welshman; I know not his name,

Nor wherein he walk to, after this,

but ere the went the stole a kiss

native her, through force, or for this reason she said;

and also if she lied, what then, instead?

when he’d kissed her; in spite of his will

would he not, then, have had her still?

Yes, indeed, nobody would think

that he could simply kiss and also leave,

because one thing leads come another.

He that kisses and also does no other,

when they space one ~ above one, alone,

The selection is his, if every be known.

A woman that doth not protest

in ~ the kiss, quickly grants the rest,

Tis what she doth it s her intend,

and though it s her she doth safeguard

Tis recognized to all, there is no a doubt,

A mrs would victory every bout

other than that one melee of note

where she grabs the by the throat,

Scratches, bites, and also seeks to kill,

for she would be vanquished still,

despite she defends and doth delay.

too cowardly to productivity the day,

She wishes force to take it its place,

despite he ingratitude will certainly face.

and also so ns think the lay through her.

and took mine ring, together I discover,

which she wore upon her finger.

His taking it has sustained my anger.

however ere he did that drank mine wine,

and ate the three good pasties, mine;

The three were being kept for me.

So currently a good reward has she,

This lass the mine, together all have the right to see.

let them pay that yield come folly,

for this reason they’ll not treatment to sin again.

ns was complete mad v anger then,

once of the reality I had sight.

Furious, what ns did to be right:

her palfrey would not it is in fed

on oats, nor groomed, ns said,

no one be re-shod; and also what she wore,

The cloak and also tunic native before,

She have to wear, until that hour

as soon as I’d have him in my power

Who’d required her, until he’d bled

In battle, and I’d winner his head.’

when Perceval had actually heard him out

the replied, turn and turn about:

‘Friend, understand this truth, for one,

She has an ext than penance done,

For ns am the man who kissed her,

through force, and so lot grieved her,

and from her finger take it the ring

yet did, and also had, no other thing;

Though ns did eat, I need to confess,

One pasty and also a half, no less,

and also drank as much wine as I would,

however wisely, no all that i could.’

‘Upon my life, the article replied,

‘The totality thing has me stupefied,

Tis a well meal currently that you serve!

death you, assuredly, deserve,

If her confession is however true.’

‘My death is not so near; it is in you’

claimed Perceval, ‘assured the that!’

present 3900-3976 The Proud Knight, defeated, is sent to Arthur’s Court

and having dealt, thus, tit for tat,

Without much more words, each spurred his steed

in ~ the foe, therefore furiously without doubt

They do splinters of your lances,

come the planet made your advances,

as from your saddles they were thrown.

but both leapt to your feet, i own,

and also trusted come the naked blade,

and mighty blows each other paid.

The fight was both long and also hard.

Of the no more, so states the bard,

To productivity it time were time wasted,

other than to say that both men tasted

sufficient of it, because that the Proud items

come cry mercy, and, together was right,

Perceval, who had actually ne’er forgot

The lord who’d recommend him not

come slay any type of knight who’d shed

and also mercy sought, at any type of cost,

Declared: ‘No mercy yet is due

come you teacher knight, I’faith, till you

present some mercy to her friend,

for she has actually not, you might depend

~ above it, deserved the sorry ill,

that you make her experience still.’

as she was the apple of his eye,

‘Fair sire, i will,’ to be his reply,

‘I’ll do amends together you advise.

over there is no task you deserve to devise

that I’m unwilling to perform;

My love is sad at all the storm

of grief and woe i’ve made she bear.’

‘Go to her nearest dwelling, whereby

The maid deserve to bathe herself and rest,

and also be your courtesy of the best,

it spins she is totally healed, and well;

Then, dressed in her best apparel,

Let her be brought about Arthur’s court,

Greet the king for me; and also sport

The very same armour you currently wear,

and also go look for out his mercy there.

If he needs whence you come,

speak tis indigenous the same lad whom

he made a knight, armed in red,

many thanks to the wise and prudent head

of my lord Kay the Seneschal.

and there repeat to one and all,

The penance that your maid did bear;

walk tell the king, the courtiers there,

her tale, the queen, and also every maid

Of whom she leader a well brigade.

and also I prize one, fair and lovely,

that was, since she smiled in ~ me,

dealt by teacher Kay a vicious blow

the nigh on stunned the maiden so.

seek her out, such is my command,

and also tell her, she will understand,

that I’ll not enter, not for aught,

The hallows of King Arthur’s court,

until I have avenged the blow;

i m sorry she’ll be overjoyed come know.’

and he declared that he would go,

most willingly, and also tell her so.

His words he’d faithfully convey,

and also do so without more delay

than was required for them come rest,

His maid be well, and be dressed,

and also they equipped with all required;

And, he declared, the much desired

that Perceval lodge there, and rest,

come treat his wounds, twould be best,

until his cuts and bruises healed.

‘Go, may fate good fortune yield,’

stated Perceval, ‘keep her in mind;

For other lodgings ns shall find.’

present 3977-4053 The Proud Knight tells his tale at Court

THEIR talk thus finished for the day,

Both the knights brooked no delay,

and left, as swiftly as lock might.

The one who’d lost, that an extremely night,

had his lover bathed, and dressed

and also with such treatment was she blessed

to her full beauty she returned.

then to the trip there they turned,

and also to Carlion took your road,

wherein King Arthur had his abode,

and also he held a feast now, privily,

because that he’d gathered there however three

thousand worthy knights of note,

come them his existence did devote.

The knight gone into Arthur’s court,

v his lover whom he’d brought,

and rendered himself his prisoner,

prior to him go this decided deliver:

‘I’m right here as her prisoner, sire,

to be faced as you desire,

i m sorry is reasonable and right,

therefore commanded by the knight

who crimson armour asked of you,

and also then fought, and also won the too.’

On listening this, King Arthur knew

The issue he alluded to:

‘Remove your armour now, fair sire,

might he who sends you hence to me

uncover fortune, and right joyous be.

it is in welcome, for we organize you dear,

and you shall be many honoured here.’

‘Sire, one thing much more he request of me,

and also this lot I would ask that thee,

Ere i disarm, the the queen be here,

and also her ladies, the they could hear

The problem of this further thing

This message I to be asked to bring,

Which requires the visibility though,

the the maid that was dealt a punch

for a smile she gave, on a time,

and twas, the smile, her just crime.’

right here the Proud Knight’s speech ended.

The king hear the thing depended

~ above the queen’s presence, sent for her;

She came and all her maids, together,

castle hand in hand, and also two by two,

for this reason they could hear the post too.

once the queen to be seated next to

her lord, King Arthur, the items cried:

‘Lady, his greetings one doth send,

One upon who you may depend,

who is a knight i prize, for he

By force of arms beat me.

Of him I know no more to call

but that he sends this maid as well,

to you, this friend I have actually beside me.’

‘I give thanks to him then, my friend’ claimed she.

and also then the article retold that very same

tale of cruelty and shame,

You have actually heard, just how for so long

She’d felt the load of his wrong.

and hiding naught, however with a sigh,

He succumbed all, and the factor why.

after his speech, they pointed out

The maid who Kay had dealt a clout,

and the items said: ‘He who sent

Me here, lass, claimed that his intent

was that i greet you now from him,

Nor loose the boots from mine limbs,

till I’ve claimed that no for aught

will certainly he go into King Arthur’s court,

So help him God, till he is repaid

The blow, the shame upon you laid,

that you, for him, were compelled to bear.’

currently 4054-4123 King Arthur identify to find the youth

and then the stupid leapt in the air,

At every he’d heard, and also he walk cry:

‘God bless me, lord Kay, say I,

one you will certainly pay the price, truly,

and also it will certainly be soon, many surely.’

~ the fool, then spoke the king:

‘Ah, Kay, twas a discourteous thing

you did when you mocked the youth!

the was her mockery, in truth,

the drove the from me, forever.’

and then the knight, his prisoner,

The king made come sit before him,

And, releasing the knight, had him

Stripped that armour, in ~ his command.

and he that sat in ~ his right hand,

My lord Gawain, did currently enquire:

‘In oh my gosh name, then that is he, sire,

Who has conquered, by eight alone,

As an excellent a knight together e’er to be known?

through all the island in the sea,

I’ve never ever yet had actually named to me

no one e’er seen a items or known,

A peer to this items here, ns own,

In accomplishments of eight or chivalry.’

‘His name it is unknown come me,

dear nephew, replied the king.’

‘I observed him, however asked not a thing

of him, no one his name, i confess,

for he the me did do request

to dub him, ~ above the spot, a knight,

I believed him noble, at very first sight,

and said, thus: “Brother, willingly;

execute you dismount, and instantly,

Until here we may have carried

Gilded arms such together you sought.”

and also he replied that he would not

Tread the ground, till he’d got

The crimson eight he coveted.

He’d have no other arms, he said,

His native stunning us outright,

but those sported by that knight

that stole the golden cup native us.

climate Kay, that was discourteous,

and also is, and will it is in so alway,

who never an excellent doth seek or say,

Cried: ‘Brother the king sponsor you

the armour, you may take that too!’

The lad who thought he intended it

Chased the knight and, in a minute,

killed him through a javelin throw.

though if you ask I carry out not know

just how the combat for this reason began,

however the items in Vermilion

native the wood of Quinqueroi,

I know not why, struck the boy,

v his lance, every in his pride.

and thus, every proudly, he died,

to win by the javelin, in the eye,

And, come the lad, arms did supply.

He’s offered me so well, because then,

by Saint David, to who the males

and also the ladies of Wales do pray,

I’ll not abide an ext than a work

Or sleep two nights together

In the selfsame room or chamber,

it rotates I know he lives; on floor or sea,

Rather, I’ll look for him endlessly.’

and also when lock heard the king therefore swear

they knew, all those that were there,

That, he would truly look for him so.

currently 4124-4193 The falcon, the wild goose, and the fall of blood

then you’d have actually seen them go

fill the chests, and naught forget,

not one sheet, pillow, or coverlet,

and burden the pack equines too,

and also load the wagons, not a few;

So many the tents and also canopies,

A well-lettered clerk might seize

His pen, and also write all day, and also yet

no tally all, no one the amount be met

Of all they’d packed so rapidly.

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then the king departed swiftly,

indigenous Carlion, and also there behind

Rode every his barons, nor, you’d discover

go one handmaiden still remain;

All followed in the queen’s train,

To show her power and also majesty.


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