Perceval (Or The Story that the Grail)

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components lines 2970-3068 The lock of the Fisher King

and also on that journeyed all the day;

however encountered nothing human,

neither Christian guy nor woman,

who might allude him top top his road;

nor ceased to pray, as on he rode,

to the Glorious King, his Father,

that He’d lead him come his mother.

and he continued, praying still,

Until, descending native a hill,

He witnessed a river there below;

Swift and also deep the current’s flow.

the gazed in ~ it, but saw no ford.

‘Ah! dear God, Almighty Lord,

can I however reach the other side,

If she alive and well,’ the cried,

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

for this reason he speak on, follow me the river,

till a cliff the neared apace;

there the water touched its face

Such the he might ne’er pass by.

and also then a small boat met his eye,

Floating rapidly down the stream.

And, therein, two men sat, abeam.

if one male steered, by design,

The other fished with rod and line.

He stopped to wait, because that he believed

That, together they flew on, they ought

To happen him closely, by and by;

yet they stopped, together they flew by.

climate he spied the anchor gleam,

and also they anchored in mid-stream.

and also he who with line and also hook,

Was checked out to fish, the bait that took,

and also then enclosed a small fellow,

Scarcely larger than a minnow,

come his hook. Not discovering where

come cross, the greeted climate the pair,

dubbed aloud, and asked of them:

‘Can you advise me, gentlemen;

Is over there a leg to the other side?’

and he who fished, he then replied:

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

and also then, for twenty miles, not one

Vessel, I carry out believe, afloat

bigger than is this, our boat,

and this will only lug five.

top top horseback none pass alive;

yes no ferry, leg or ford.’

‘Tell me then, by God our Lord,

where I may discover a location to stay.’

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

That and more, if ns judge aright;

Tis I will certainly lodge you because that the night.

journey up with that canyon ahead,

the cuts with the rock,’ that said,

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

below you, friend will view a vale;

My house is in the neighbourhood,

in between the water and the wood.’


My house is in the neighbourhood, between the water and the wood’ adapted from Le Morte d"Arthur (1893) Sir thomas Malory (15th cent) and also Ernest Rhys (1859-1946) Internet Archive book Images

for this reason the youth rode, nor did that stop,

Yet when he came to the very top

He could see naught yet earth and sky.

‘Did i come here for this, to speak I?

God bring shame and foul disgrace

On that who sent me come this place!

Tis every a jest, twas all deceit.

I’d uncover a home there in ~ my feet,

the said, if I however climbed to 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 the end of spite.’

Then, the a tower he captured sight;

i m sorry in the valley, there, walk root;

nobody finer this next of Beirut,

Nor better sited, would you find.

Square, and also of brownstone mined,

Two smaller turrets flanked the sides.

and also a room fronted it, besides,

and lodgings lay prior to the hall.

The youth speak down towards it all,

speak now, he’d served him well

Who’d sent out him to that covert dell.

and also then in the direction of the door he wound,

before the gate, a drawbridge found,

and also it was lowered so any might

Ride end it; as did the knight;

and also squires currently ran come greet him,

two came and helped disarm him;

A third then led his mountain away,

To feed his steed on oats and also hay;

A fourth carried him a mantle too,

that scarlet cloth, every fresh and also new;

climate to his lodgings led the items

Who discovered his rooms a finer sight

Than any this next of Limoges,

Rooms fine enough to house the Doge.

present 3069-3152 The Fisher King presents the youth a sword

THE youth was in his lodgings it rotates

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 found the hall was square inside,

because that it was long as it to be wide.

Amidst the hall, upon a bed,

sat a lord, grey-haired his head,

and also upon that head was set

A fine mulberry-black chaplet,

and the cap was do of sable,

Trimmed through the cloth, that purple,

indigenous which his robe also was made.

Propped on one elbow over there he lay;

and also before that a fire was alight,

Of dried logs, and also it burned bright,

4 pillars there, neighboring it.

and also four hundred men could sit

approximately that one enormous fire,

each as warm as he can desire.

Those pillars were great and strong,

supporting the hood above, that bronze,

The chimney-hood both tall and wide.

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

Came before their lord, that stirred,

Greeting the young knight with a word:

‘Friend, it is in you no displeased if ns

Cannot stand to greet you, for i

Am unable to do so v ease.’

‘By God, to speak naught, sire, if girlfriend please,

of that; i mind not,’ said the boy,

‘If God however grants me health and joy.’

The lord, such to be his grievous pain,

raised himself high ~ above his bed again,

As finest he could and: ‘Friend,’ he said,

‘Be no dismayed, draw near the bed.

If friend sat alongside me, here, I must

see it favourably, an if girlfriend would.’

He satellite near; climate the lord did say:

‘Now, friend, whence come girlfriend today?

‘Sire, stated the youth, this morn I came

native Beaurepaire; together is that is name.’

‘God conserve me,’ stated the nobleman,

Twas a long journey for any kind of man

The journey you have actually made this day.

friend must have started on your means

Ere the watch had referred to as the dawn.’

‘Twas, rather, the very first hour of morn,

I carry out assure you,’ stated the lad.

While castle this conversation had,

A squire gone into through the door;

Slung from his neck, a sword he bore,

native a wealthy sword-belt the did hang;

he handed it come the nobleman,

Who attracted it half-way native its sheath,

for this reason he might see above, beneath,

where twas made, for there twas writ,

by the device when the fashioned it,

and that it was of such fine steel

It would certainly not rest he go reveal,

except in one perilous event,

Only known to him that blent

The metals and also had forged the sword.

The squire said: ‘The maid, my lord,

your niece, who is so great and fair,

sends out you this gift, and also I explain

you will do it not discover one of such stamin

because that its offered breadth and length.

give the sword to who you choose,

She’ll be pleased if that shall usage

it well, who you carry out so reward,

for the one that forged the sword

Made yet three, and also now that dies;

the can build no more, but lies

on his deathbed, this is his last.’

At when the mr the weapon passed

to the stranger, on him bestowed

The belt, the sheath, and its load,

because that they created a treasure, every told.

The pommel the the knife was gold,

Arabian or Greek the finish;

The gold-embroidered sheath indigenous Venice.

This gift, and also all therefore richly made,

The lord to the youth displayed,

and said: ‘The knife that friend see,

Yours was it destined hence to be,

might it help you, now and also alway;

take it it, and unsheathe it, pray.’

currently 3153-3344 The youth has actually sight the the Grail

he thanked him, girding it on aright

Such the the belt was not too tight,

Then attracted forth the naked blade,

And, gazing in ~ it a little, then laid

It back in the scabbard when more.

he gazed at the sword, fine he experienced

It seemed at his side, as in his fist,

and looked together if that would aid

Him, at need, and also most valiantly.

Behind that the squires that did check out

alongside the brightly burn fire,

and also so he turned towards the squire

Who kept his arms and commanded

he guard the sword, as he demanded.

then he sat again, next to the lord.

that him an excellent honour walk afford.

and the light over there was together bright

As ever before did light the candlelight,

~ above a guest, in any house whatever.

They speak of this and also that together;

and also from a room there came a squire,

and also he happen by, between the fire

and bed, wherein sat the lord and knight,

and also bore a lance of pure white

Holding the by the lance’s centre,

and also all those there witnessed him enter,

The white lance, the gleaming wood,

and also from the tip the fall of blood


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

that issued forth, and also from its end

Did to the squire’s hand descend;

fall on drop, that pure vermilion.

The youth, that had but come ~ above

The place he was that really night,

Refrained indigenous questioning fully

exactly how this wonder had come about,

because that he recalled, no one did that doubt,

The judgment Gournemant had actually taught,

That as a full-fledged knight that ought

To keep from speaking overmuch;

For all set questioning, as such,

Led swiftly in an ill direction.

for this reason the youth asked no question.

Two an ext squires climate appeared,

shall in hand attracted near.

of gold, and inlaid through niello,

were the candlesticks and, lo,

The squires they were passing fair;

and every candlestick borne there,

Ten lighted candles thus displayed.

and they were followed by a maid,

Fair, neat, and dressed through elegance,

who bore a grail in her two hands;


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

and also as she entered, on your tail,

and bearing in her hands the grail,

So good a brightness shone around,

and cast its light, the watchers discovered

The candlelight flourish dim as, far

Off, dims the brightness the a star,

once the sunlight rises, or the moon.

after her, there followed soon

A maid that bore a silver plate.

The grail, which went front in state,

to be of pure gold, set with gems,

Such valuable stones together diadems

Display, the wealthiest to it is in found,

in ~ the sea, or underground;

doubtless of much higher worth

보다 all the other stones on earth,

The gems the from the grail shone.

native one room to one more gone,

In the same manner as the lance,

prior to their eyes all did advance.

and also the youth, he witnessed them pass,

but of the grail, dared not, alas,

Ask: whom, through it, one served?

For, in his heart, he now observed

Ever, his wise teacher’s warning.

I fear that woe, come him, twill bring;

for I’ve oft heard that said, that us

in ~ once, may yet too silent be,

As, with this tongue the ours, as well free;

If good it bring us, or ill we see,

ns ask not, nor did the enquire.

The lord did climate command a squire

To check out they had napkins and also water,

and those his request did further,

who were accustomed come the task.

they of the lord and also youth walk ask,

climate in warmth water laved their hands,

and also next 2 squires, ~ above command,

brought forth a table of ivory,

Which, or so relates the story,

out of a single piece was made.

prior to their lord twas displayed

climate they showed it come the lad;

then two other squires, who had

followed them, the trestles brought

i m sorry acquired, when they to be wrought,

The residential or commercial property that lock would never ever

Perish, but would critical forever.

for they to be made that ebony,

Which has actually the property, you see,

that it will never ever rot or burn,

but those two points will ever before spurn.

The table on that pair they set,

no one did the tablecloth forget.

that the cloth what shall ns state?

No pope, cardinal, or legate,

has dined v a whiter one.

The first course was venison,

A whole haunch, peppered, roasted;

and clear alcohol the table boasted,

In golden cups, a satisfied one.

A squire served the venison,

Carving the on the silver- platter,

into slices, and also then the latter

placing on entirety rounds the bread.

on the other hand the grail, together they fed,

Passed before the youth again,


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

And, that the grail, that did stop

native asking: whom, v it, one served?

for this reason he the warning tho observed,

i beg your pardon the lord had actually gently offered

versus too lot speech, unbidden,

One that remembered, in his heart.

however he proved too reticent by far.

in ~ every course the was served

The grail’s i he observed,

In open up view, and also yet, reserved,

he knew no whom, v it, one served.

and yet, indeed, he wished come know,

and he would look for the truth, or therefore

the thought, lest he himself do wrong,

From part squire there, ere long;

yet till the morning he would certainly wait

when he take it leave, at the gate,

the the lord and all his company;

And set the matter, quietly,

Aside, while lock drank and ate.

Well-filled without doubt was his plate,

Nor to be the alcohol scarce in ~ table;

rather all confirmed delectable.

The dinner was both fair and fine.

together a meal, such food and wine,

as king, and count, and also emperor

have to eat, that night was served before

The lord and the knight, his guest.

before they checked out take their rest,

They satellite there, and talked together,

when the squires, after the dinner,

prepared the beds, served them fruit

and also spices, the rarest kinds, to boot;

for pomegranates, figs, and dates,

Cloves, and nutmeg, graced the plates;

Herbs combined with honey, before bed,

and also Alexandrian gingerbread.

and also spiced wine they drank; piment,

without sweet love husband or pepper blent;

clean syrup; and also mulberry liqueur.

The youth marvelled, more and more,

At points he knew not, there is no end;

till the lord addressed him: ‘Friend,

Tis time come retire now, because that the night;

i go, yet trouble not, teacher knight,

I have to lie down in my chamber,

however you may, every at her leisure,

Sleep in this room here, outside;

and also the being-carried I need to abide,

For, over my body, i have no power.’

four servants issued, at the hour,

indigenous a chamber and, as they met,

every seized organize of the coverlet

by a corner, twas spread alway

upon the bed wherein the mr lay;

hence they bore him come his place.

other servants, with good grace,

Aided the youth, and they indeed

go minister to his every need.

lock undressed him, when he chose,

Divested that of his shirt and hose,

and also in white linen sheets the slept.

and till the morn his bed that kept,

though the family woke at dawn;

All had risen come greet the morn.

lines 3345-3409 The youth leaves with his inquiries unasked

the looked about him everywhere,

Yet, upon finding no one there,

Was forced to rise from bed alone.

and also so, but he might moan,

seeing he must, he increased from bed,

having actually no an option when all was said,

and dressed alone, put on his shoes,

take it his armour, castle did select

To leaving by the dais because that him come find,

and also armed himself again. Yet, mind,

that what he’d carried he to be bereft,

that donned the armor they had actually left.

once he had actually adorned his members,

that went out, toward those chambers,

He’d checked out all oped the night before,

but closed he discovered was every door,

and so his wandering was in vain.

he shouted climate he dubbed again;

None opened there, or spoke a word.

as soon as he’d end to call, unheard,

He saw the doorway that the hall,

uncovered it open, so, armour and also all,

He for this reason descended the lock stair,

and also found his horse, saddled, there,

and also saw his shield, and also his lance

versus the wall, and also did advance,

And, mounting, looked on every side,

however not a heart did over there abide,

Ne’er a single squire did he see.

he approached the gate, silently,

and also there he uncovered the drawbridge down,

which the an excellent people of the town

had left for this reason lowered, i suppose,

for this reason that, at any type of time that chose,

He could leave there is no delay.

He believed all the squires away

In the forest, every gone that day

by the bridge, to inspect their nets.

he cared not to wait, and also yet,

stated to himself that he need to go

to ask them if they could know

that the lance that thus did bleed,

If they might tell the it, indeed,

And, of the grail, whereby it to be borne.

so he talk on come greet the morn;

Yet prior to the bridge he’d clearing

His horses’ prior hooves showed up

come rise, and rise, it spins in the waiting

His horse leapt, and also leapt full fair,

and also had the horse not leapt so fine

Both had fallen, yet neither fell,

neither the steed nor he who rode.

and also he looked earlier along the road,

Wondering just how this was, great

To check out the drawbridge had been raised,

and called aloud, yet none replied:

‘You who elevated the bridge’ he cried

‘Come you now, and also speak v me!

Where are you that no eye have the right to see?

display yourself, approve me a view,

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

The answer to it I would certainly know.’

but all his words were wasted so,

because that none there replied, nor would.

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

therefore he talk on towards the wood,

and also entered on a path, and found

Horses’ hooves had marked the ground,

whereby riders had actually passed the way.

‘This path,’ he claimed ‘they took this day,

Those squires who I concerned find.’

So through the woods that did wind,

while the hoof-prints he might see,

it spins a maid, beneath a good oak-tree,

the chanced upon, and also she walk moan,

and also weep and also wail there, and also groan,

choose to some poor wretch in sorrow:

‘Alas,’ cried she, ‘ill to be the morrow,

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

that destined me to a life forlorn!

naught worse could concerned me!

would to God my love, that i see,

and hold right here in my arms, dead,

He’d preserved from fatality instead.

His death makes me come weep and also pine.

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

Why take it his soul, yet mine remains?

What is life worth, with all the pains,

once all that ns loved right here lies dead?

without him I treatment naught, instead,

for this my life, or this my body.

Death, currently snatch my heart from me,

To be a handmaid that would certainly fain

accompany his, if he therefore deign.’

Tears from she eyes she expelled,

for a knight whose corpse she held,

who head had actually been severed clean.

The youth, she sorrow having actually seen,

stopped not till he was before her,

then he stopped and also saluted her,

and she him v her head bowed;

however did no cease to weep aloud.

and the youth said: ‘Who did harm

to the knight who lies in your arms,

Demoiselle? Sire, twas a knight,’

claimed the maid, ‘on this an extremely morn.

Yet ns marvel; you might rise in ~ dawn,

God save me and also my witness be

to this wonder that below I see,

and also thirty-five leagues straight

journey the means you came of late,

before you ere could come ~ above

Lodgings, honest, clean, that one

might find good; and yet her steed

has actually gleaming flanks, as if indeed,

He’d been groomed at part inn,

and fed top top oats and hay within,

Washed and also brushed, because that his coat

might not be glossier, his throat,

His neck, no one he look better fed.

and you too, climbed from some bed,

Or so it seems to me, same knight,

where you uncovered rest and also ease critical night.’

‘I’faith, fair lady, and to my mind,

The best I could I there did find,

and if I display it tis just right.

If any type of were to scream outright

Now, from here, whereby we are,

they will do hear the there, tis no far,

There, wherein I did happen the night.

friend cannot important have had sight

Of all this land, nor traversed all.

I had lodgings, I hence recall,

That room the ideal I have actually known.’

‘Ah, fair sire, then carry out you very own

the you did discover such well lodging,

in ~ the lock of the Fisher King?’

‘Maid, through the Saviour, I know not

If he is king, fisherman, or what,

however he’s many wise and courteous.

ns can yet say, last eve it was

Two males I saw, and in one boat,

i m sorry gently under the stream go float.

One man decided the course it took,

The other fished, with line and also hook,

He spoke of his house, wherein I can

discover lodgings, together I did, last night.’

and the maiden said: ‘Fair sire,

that is a king, for i am no liar,

but in a battle he was maimed,

hurt sorely, and also so lamed

the naught is come be done at all.

The wound the did the befall?

A javelin pierced both his thighs,

and also the pains doth the chastise,

Such that he cannot mountain a horse,

Yet when he would have actually recourse

To sports or pleasure, in a watercraft

that is placed, and also then, afloat,

Fish to his hook the doth bring;

thus he’s referred to as the Fisher King,

and also that pleasure is his delight;

for there is naught else, teacher knight,

the he might suffer or endure.

He can not hunt currently as before,

yet huntsmen, wild-fowlers too,

Falconers, archers, no a few,

that has, come scour his kingdom for game.

therefore he is pleased, though he is lame,

To stay there in his retreat.

because that in every the world, yes sir no seat

So services him, and also nowhere

Suits him together well, therefore tis there

Was built his house fit for a king.’

currently 3520-3639 She questions the youth, who true surname is Perceval

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

responded the youth, ‘that you carry out say.

I witnessed such wonders, yesterday;

together I stood in ~ a street there,

when to his hall ns did repair,

the told me ns should draw near,

and sit by him and, lest it show up

Twas from proud he failed to rise

and greet me, I should realise

He might not execute so, and, in ~ that,

see he lacked the power, ns sat.’

‘Surely, that did you good honour,

To seat you over there in the manner!

and when you were seated there,

speak if girlfriend saw, and also were aware

the the lance, indigenous which blood drains,

despite it has neither flesh nor veins?’

‘Did ns see? Yes, i’faith, did I.’

‘And then, fair sire, did friend ask why

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

‘God save me then, whate’er befall,

You operated ill, that you did for this reason fail.

currently tell me, go you view the grail?


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

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

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

‘From a room she came; she did go

into another, and passed me so.’

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

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

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

Candlesticks, full of candles glowing.’

‘And behind the grail, what come after?

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

‘She held a small silver plate.’

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

where it was they were going to?’

‘Naught from mine lips did so issue.’

‘So lot the worse; and God defend

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

and he, that knew not his true name,

Divined it, speak from Wales that came,

and also Perceval the Welshman was he,

Not learning if he speak truthfully;

yet spoke true, though he knew that not.

and the maiden then, on hear what

the said, increased up, from that who’d died,

And, as if in anger, she replied:

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

‘Now Perceval the Wretched be!

Ah, Perceval, the unfortunate,

What dig mischance has marred her fate;

that all you witnessed you failed come question!

because that if you had yet sought direction,

You’d have actually healed the crippled king,

renewed the use of both his limbs,

and also he’d have actually trod his kingdom again.

and great good would we have actually gained!

yet now, you must know, okay will fall

~ above you, and on others actors its pall.

For her sin versus your mother,

that ensues, and versus no other,

For v you she passed away of grief.

I recognize you better, tis my belief,

than you do me, for you recognize not

the I too am of her line begot;

For her mother’s house, that same,

increased both; I, your cousin germain.

i grieve no much less that friend did fail

To look for to learn about the grail,

What is done through it, where tis borne,

than for your mother I do mourn,

Nor, indeed, because that this knight right here

Whom ns loved and also held most dear,

and also most for this, the he referred to as me

His own dear friend, and guided me

As have to a frank and loyal knight.’

‘Ah, cousin, if you speak aright,’

said Perceval, ‘and all this is so,

climate tell me exactly how it is friend know.’

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

‘As truly as those men who sighed

and placed her body in the ground.’

‘May God, for his quality renowned,

have actually mercy on her soul,’ said he.

‘An ok tale have actually you told to me.

and since she is beneath the earth,

What then is further effort worth?

For i was journeying because that naught

except to view her whom i sought.

now I need to choose an additional road.

yet if through me you now would walk

i am many willing; he, who below

Lies dead, can help you not, i fear;

The living to the living,’ that said,

‘And likewise, the dead come the dead!

Let us go, you and also I, together.

for tis folly and no other,

It appears to me, the you, alone,

need to guard the dead, and also make moan.

Let united state go seek him who did slay

her love and if, ~ above the way,

I meet with him, i pledge,’ stated he,

‘I’ll conquer him, or hell slay me.’

and also she who could not supress

she grief and also her heart’s distress,

Replied: ‘Sire, there is no method

that I have the right to go with you this day,

Nor leave him ere that is interred.

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

go you the way, the led road,

because that that method too the fell knight rode,

that proud knight who, so cruelly,

has taken my sweet love indigenous me.

and yet i don’t say that since

I’d have yourself take that course

God aid me, and also pursue that still;

though I carry out wish that every ill,

together if twere my own self the slain.

lines 3640-3676 The maid speak of Perceval’s sword

yet the sword, exactly how did you acquire

that weapon, hung at her left side,

the ne’er attracted blood, nor guy defied,

nor e’er was attracted in time the need?

I understand where it was forged, undoubtedly

I understand the hand that forged it too.

take it care, and also trust it not, for you

that blade will utterly betray;

Amidst the battle, on that day,

Suddenly, twill rest to pieces.’

‘My cousin, one of the fair nieces

the my type host, sent out it last eve

to him, and also he gave it to me.

I assumed it a good gift, yet nay,

now it filling me with dismay

If all that you have actually said is true.

call me if girlfriend know, to speak you,

If this blade should ever before break,

Could any smith the knife remake?’

‘Yes, but good pains must he take.

that knows the road to the lake

that lies past Cotouatre,

He can have the blade, thereafter,

Re-forged, and tempered, and made so.

If girlfriend should endeavor thus to go,

Then look for for none yet Trebuchet,

The smith who forged it, ~ above a day;

he made, and also could remake it true,

as never an additional smith could do,

the you can meet through anywhere.

that no other so attempt, have actually care;

They’ll no succeed, tis my belief.’

‘Indeed, that would carry me grief,’

stated Perceval, ‘were it to break.’

She watched, as he his way did take,

no wishing from the dead come part,

because that whom she grieved in she heart.

currently 3677-3812 A damsel in distress

PERCEVAL sped on, like a hound

hot on the trail, until he uncovered

A palfrey, so bone-tired and also thin,

Treading the route in front of him,

therefore thin and also wretched a creature,

It seemed in the course of nature

To have fallen into evil hands,

subject to one and also all’s demands,

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

to be nothing yet a hired steed,

Labouring in the hours of light,

and much neglected overnight.

such it to be the palfrey seemed.

the shivered therefore you can have deemed

Half-frozen twas, the tremble horse,

Or feverish, and the mane, perforce,

long vanished, ears drooping low;

Fit yet to feed the dogs, return

The hounds and the mongrels would

discover only skin and also bones, not blood,

because only skin the bones did hide.

on its back, a saddle did reside,

on its head, a bridle did sag,

Such as were suitable to the nag;

A maiden speak it, and made moan,

None more wretched ever before known,

however she would have actually passed for fair

If she’d known much better fortune there.

but she was then in such distress,

That no a palm’s breadth of her dress

was whole, and then with the rips

she breasts both displayed their tips.

with clumsy stitches here and also there

The garment was sewn and also patched;

she skin too had actually been badly scratched,

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

her hair hung loose, she veil was lost,

Thus, all exposed, showed up her face,

and also it was significant by many a map

of tears the each had actually left the stain

together they fell, ceaselessly, like rain,

and trickled under to wet her breast

The garment in i m sorry she was dressed,

and also all that is cloth, down to she knees.

yet sadder still than were all these

Was her heart, its weight of care.

As soon as Perceval observed all there,

the rode at full speed in the direction of her,

if she sought to draw together

she torn dress, come hide she better;

despite the feet seemed fairly

bending on growing, and moreover

as she sought each hole to cover,

an additional hundred opened wide.

Pale and wretched thus, she sighed

and also moaned, as Perceval drew near,

Bewailing, he could not yet hear,

her suffering, her loss the ease:

‘Lord,’ claimed she, ‘if it however please,

permit me not live in lengthy duress!

long I’ve sustained wretchedness,

yet these, my ills, space undeserved!

also ill a fate’s because that me reserved!

Lord, you recognize that I have actually not

Merited every that appears my lot,

So, God, send me, if you know,

someone who can ease my woe,

Or supply me indigenous him ns blame,

Who makes me to live in shame.

He reflects such small mercy to me,

That i shall not, alive, go free;

and yet the wills no I must die,

and also I understand not the reason why

He seeks my firm this way,

Unless some pleasure currently it might

approve him, my shame and also misery.

however if that knew, and also knew truly,

the I’d, indeed, deserved it all,

climate his mercy top top me must fall,

currently that I have paid therefore dearly,

If I had pleased him, yet clearly

that loves me no at all, when he

pressures me to live therefore harshly,

following him, and also he care not.’

‘God save you, lady, from her lot!’

cry Perceval, currently at her side,

and hearing him, she therefore replied,

Hiding herself, voice soft and also low:

‘Fair sire, who doth greet me so,

may your heart’s desire be granted,

Though your greeting is unwanted.’

Perceval, who blushed with shame,

responded to she words the blame:

‘Halt then, my lady, tell me why?

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

viewed you before, nor in any means

done wrong to you ere this day.’

‘Yes, friend have,’ she said, ‘for ns

to be so wretched, so gone awry,

that none should provide me greeting.

ns sweat with anguish on conference

All who detain, or stare 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 this particular day

came so to do; i chanced this way.

Yet since I watch you weeping over there

In together wretchedness, poor and also bare,

No delight will ns have, in my love

If you do not now, for her part,

say what has caused you together pain

and also sorrow, as you currently sustain.’

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

Be silent now, for you need to flee

and leave me here alone, in peace.

You carry out wrong, for you must cease

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

‘If so,’ claimed he, ‘I’d be apprised

the what threat, or indigenous what abuse,

I need to flee, wherein none pursues?’

‘From the Proud article of the Wood,

who asks naught, tis understood,

other than the melee and the fight,

Or encountering part knight,

and who if he finds you here

must surely slay you, ns fear.

He hates it if I rest at all,

and none departs undamaged withal,

who lingers thus to talk with me,

have to he arrive in time; girlfriend see,

the takes indigenous every male his head,

and also he, prior to he strikes castle dead,

tells each guy why, with cruelty,

he worries and chastises me.’

lines 3813-3899 The Proud article of the lumber

WHILE castle talked, as any type of would,

The Proud knight issued native the wood,

and also came lot like a lightning thrust

from thence, in clouds that sand and dust.

Crying: ‘You there, beside the maid,

Twas okay in fact when you waylaid

Her; know you that your finish is come,

In the you made she halt, for some

few steps, perchance, or just one.

yet I’ll not slay you, ere I’m done

informing you the reason why

for what crime, what misdeed i

do the maid endure such shame.

Listen, and also you’ll hear the same.

sooner or later to the wood I to be gone,

and behind, in mine pavilion,

I’d left this maiden, whom i loved

more than all the stars above;

When, riding through the wood, there came

A Welshman; I understand not his name,

Nor whereby he went to, after this,

yet ere the went that stole a kiss

from her, by force, or therefore she said;

and also if she lied, what then, instead?

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

would he not, then, have had her still?

Yes, indeed, nobody would believe

the he might simply kiss and also leave,

due to the fact that one point leads come another.

He that kisses and does no other,

once they space one top top one, alone,

The an option is his, if all be known.

A woman who doth no protest

in ~ the kiss, shortly grants the rest,

Tis what she doth herself intend,

and also though it s her she doth safeguard

Tis recognized to all, without a doubt,

A mrs would win every bout

except that one melee of keep in mind

wherein she grabs him by the throat,

Scratches, bites, and also seeks to kill,

for she would be vanquished still,

though she defends and also doth delay.

too cowardly to yield the day,

She wishes pressure to take its place,

though he ingratitude will face.

and so i think he lay v her.

and took my ring, together I discover,

i m sorry she wore upon she finger.

His taking it has sustained my anger.

yet ere that did the drank my wine,

and also ate that three an excellent pasties, mine;

The three were being maintained for me.

So now a good reward has actually she,

This lass of mine, as all can see.

allow them pay that yield come folly,

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

ns was complete mad v anger then,

once of the fact I had actually sight.

Furious, what ns did was right:

her palfrey would certainly not it is in fed

on oats, nor groomed, i said,

nor be re-shod; and what she wore,

The cloak and tunic indigenous before,

She have to wear, until that hour

once I’d have actually him in my strength

Who’d forced her, until he’d bled

In battle, and I’d winner his head.’

once Perceval had actually heard him the end

that replied, turn and also turn about:

‘Friend, know this truth, for one,

She has an ext than penance done,

For i am the guy who kissed her,

by force, and also so lot grieved her,

and from she finger took the ring

however did, and had, no other thing;

Though i did eat, I need to confess,

One pasty and also a half, no less,

and drank as much wine together I would,

yet wisely, not all that ns could.’

‘Upon mine life, the knight replied,

‘The totality thing has me stupefied,

Tis a good meal now that friend serve!

fatality you, assuredly, deserve,

If her confession is however true.’

‘My death is not so near; be you’

said Perceval, ‘assured of that!’

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

and having dealt, thus, tit because that tat,

Without more words, each spurred his steed

in ~ the foe, therefore furiously without doubt

They made splinters of your lances,

to the planet made their advances,

together from your saddles they were thrown.

but both leapt to your feet, i own,

and trusted to the nude blade,

and mighty blows each various other paid.

The battle was both long and hard.

Of that no more, so says the bard,

To productivity it time were time wasted,

except to say the both guys tasted

enough of it, because that the Proud article

come cry mercy, and, as was right,

Perceval, who had ne’er forgot

The mr who’d recommend him not

to slay any knight who’d lost

and also mercy sought, at any kind of cost,

Declared: ‘No mercy yet is early

come you sir knight, I’faith, till girlfriend

display some mercy to your friend,

for she has not, you may depend

top top it, deserved the i m really sorry ill,

the you make her experience still.’

as she was the apple of his eye,

‘Fair sire, i will,’ was his reply,

‘I’ll make amends together you advise.

there is no task you can devise

the I’m unwilling to perform;

My heart is sad at all the storm

the grief and woe i’ve made her bear.’

‘Go to your nearest dwelling, wherein

The maid deserve to bathe herself and also rest,

and be your courtesy of the best,

it rotates she is fully healed, and also well;

Then, pull in her best apparel,

Let her be brought about Arthur’s court,

Greet the king for me; and sport

The exact same armour you now wear,

and go seek out his mercy there.

If he requirements whence you come,

say tis from the very same lad who

the made a knight, equipped in red,

many thanks to the wise and also prudent head

of my mr Kay the Seneschal.

and also there repeat come one and also all,

The penance that your maid go bear;

go tell the king, the courtiers there,

your tale, the queen, and every maid

Of whom she leader a fine brigade.

and I prize one, fair and also lovely,

that was, because she smiled at me,

dealt by teacher Kay a vicious punch

that nigh top top stunned the maiden so.

look for her out, such is my command,

and also tell her, she will certainly understand,

the I’ll not enter, no for aught,

The hallows that King Arthur’s court,

till I have avenged that blow;

i beg your pardon she’ll be overjoyed come know.’

and he asserted that he would go,

most willingly, and also tell she so.

His indigenous he’d faithfully convey,

and also do so there is no more delay

보다 was required for them to rest,

His maid be well, and also be dressed,

and also they equipped through all required;

And, he declared, he much desired

that Perceval lodge there, and also rest,

to treat his wounds, twould be best,

till his cuts and bruises healed.

‘Go, may fate an excellent fortune yield,’

said Perceval, ‘keep her in mind;

For other lodgings i shall find.’

lines 3977-4053 The Proud Knight tells his story at Court

THEIR talk thus ended for the day,

Both the knights brooked no delay,

and also left, as quickly as lock might.

The one who’d lost, that very night,

had actually his lover bathed, and also dressed

and also with such care was she blessed

to her full beauty she returned.

climate to the journey there they turned,

and to Carlion took their road,

whereby King Arthur had his abode,

and also he held a feast now, privily,

for 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 also rendered self his prisoner,

before him go this decided deliver:

‘I’m below as her prisoner, sire,

to be faced as girlfriend desire,

which is reasonable and also right,

therefore commanded by that knight

that crimson armor asked that you,

and then fought, and also won the too.’

On hearing this, King Arthur knew

The matter he alluded to:

‘Remove her armour now, same sire,

may he who sends you thus to me

find fortune, and right joyous be.

it is in welcome, because that we host you dear,

and also you shall be most honoured here.’

‘Sire, one thing an ext he asked of me,

and this lot I would ask of thee,

Ere ns disarm, the the queen be here,

and also her ladies, the they could hear

The problem of this additional thing

This post I to be asked come bring,

Which calls for the visibility though,

that the maid who was dealt a punch

for a laugh she gave, ~ above a time,

and also twas, the smile, her only crime.’

below the Proud Knight’s speech ended.

The king listening the thing depended

top top the queen’s presence, sent for her;

She came and all her maids, together,

they hand in hand, and also two through two,

therefore they could hear the post too.

when the queen was seated beside

she lord, King Arthur, the article cried:

‘Lady, his greetings one doth send,

One upon whom you might depend,

who is a knight ns prize, because that he

By force of arms beat me.

Of that I know no more to call

yet that he sends this maid together well,

to you, this girlfriend I have beside me.’

‘I say thanks to him then, mine friend’ stated she.

and also then the article retold that same

tale of cruelty and shame,

You have actually heard, how for so lengthy

She’d feel the load of his wrong.

and hiding naught, yet with a sigh,

He succumbed all, and also the factor why.

after ~ his speech, they mentioned

The maid whom Kay had dealt a clout,

and the article said: ‘He who sent out

Me here, lass, claimed that his intent

was that ns greet you currently from him,

Nor loosened the boots from my limbs,

till I’ve claimed that no for aught

will certainly he enter King Arthur’s court,

So assist him God, till he is repaid

The blow, the dead upon you laid,

the you, because that him, were required to bear.’

lines 4054-4123 King Arthur identify to discover the youth

and then the fool leapt in the air,

At all he’d heard, and he walk cry:

‘God bless me, lord Kay, say I,

one you will certainly pay the price, truly,

and it will certainly be soon, most surely.’

after ~ the fool, climate spoke the king:

‘Ah, Kay, twas a discourteous thing

you did once you mocked the youth!

the was your mockery, in truth,

that drove the from me, forever.’

and then the knight, his prisoner,

The king made come sit prior to him,

And, freeing the knight, had him

Stripped of armour, at his command.

and he who sat in ~ his best hand,

My lord Gawain, did now enquire:

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

Who has actually conquered, by eight alone,

As an excellent a knight as e’er was known?

through all the island in the sea,

I’ve never ever yet had actually named come me

nor e’er viewed a knight or known,

A peer come this article here, i own,

In feats of eight or chivalry.’

‘His surname it is unknown come me,

dear nephew, replied the king.’

‘I observed him, yet asked no a point

the him, no one his name, i confess,

for he that me did make request

to dub him, on the spot, a knight,

I assumed him noble, at first sight,

and also said, thus: “Brother, willingly;

do you dismount, and instantly,

Until here we may have brought

Gilded arms such as you sought.”

and also he responded that he would not

Tread the ground, till he’d acquired

The crimson arms he coveted.

He’d have actually no various other arms, he said,

His indigenous stunning united state outright,

yet those sported by the knight

that stole the golden cup indigenous us.

then Kay, that was discourteous,

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

that never great doth seek or say,

Cried: ‘Brother the king sponsor you

that armour, you may take that too!’

The lad who assumed he expected it

Chased the knight and, in a minute,

killed him through a javelin throw.

though if girlfriend ask I do not know

just how the combat therefore began,

however the items in Vermilion

from the wood of Quinqueroi,

I know not why, win the boy,

v his lance, every in his pride.

and also thus, every proudly, the died,

struck by the javelin, in the eye,

And, to the lad, eight did supply.

He’s offered me therefore well, because then,

by Saint David, to who the men

and also the females of Wales carry out pray,

I’ll not abide more than a work

Or sleep two nights together

In the selfsame room or chamber,

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

Rather, I’ll look for him endlessly.’

and also when lock heard the king so swear

lock knew, all those that were there,

That, he would truly seek him so.

present 4124-4193 The falcon, the wild goose, and also the drops of blood

then you’d have actually seen them go

fill the chests, and also naught forget,

not one sheet, pillow, or coverlet,

and burden the pack equines too,

and load the wagons, not a few;

So plenty of the tents and also canopies,

A well-lettered clerk can seize

His pen, and write all day, and yet

not tally all, no one the sum be met

Of all they’d packed so rapidly.

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then the king departed swiftly,

from Carlion, and also there behind

Rode all his barons, nor, you’d uncover

go one handmaiden quiet remain;

All adhered to in the queen’s train,

To show her power and majesty.


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