Perceval (Or The Story of the Grail)
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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.’
‘My residence is in the neighbourhood, in between the water and also the wood’ adjusted from Le Morte d"Arthur (1893) Sir thomas Malory (15th cent) and also Ernest Rhys (1859-1946) Internet Archive book Images
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.
‘All adhered to in the queen’s train,To present her power and majesty’ Le Morte d"Arthur (1893) Sir cutting board Malory (15th cent) and also Ernest Rhys (1859-1946) Internet Archive book Images