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IX.

SIR ALDIN GA R.

This old fabulous legend is given from the Editor's folio MS, with a few.conjectural emendations, and the insertion of 3 or 4 fianzas to supply defects in the original copy.

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UR kyng he kept a false stewarde,

Sir Aldingar they him call;
A falser steward than he was one,

Servde not in bower nor hall.

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He wolde have layne by our comelye queene,

Her deere worshippe to betraye:
Our queene fhee was a good womàn,

And evermore fayd him naye.

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Sir Aldingar was wrothe in his mind,

With her hee was never content,
Till traiterous meanes he colde devyfe,

In a fyer to have her brent.

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There came a lazar to the kings gate,

A lazar both blinde and lame :
He tooke the lazar

upon

his backe, And on the queenes bed him layne.

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Lye ftill, lazar, wheras thou lyest,

Looke thou go not hence away;
Ile make thee a whole man and a found

In two howers of the day:".

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Then went him forth fir Aldinigar,

And hyed him to our king : « If I might have grace, as I have space,

“ Sad tydings I could bring."

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Saye on, faye oñ, fif Aldingar,

Saye on the foothe to mee. 56 Our queene hath chosen a new new love,

“ And shee will have none of thee.

« If thee had chosen a right good knight,

« The lesse had beene her shame; « But the hath chose her a lazar man,

66 A lazar both blinde and lame."

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If this be true, fir Aldingar,

The tydings thou tellest to me,
Then I will make thee a riche riche knight,

Riche both of golde and fee.

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But if it be false, fir Aldingar,

As God nowe grant it bee !
Thy bodye, I sweare by the holye rood,

Shall hang on the gallows tree.
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He brought our king to the queenes chamber,

And opend to him the dore.
A lodlye love, king Henrye fayd,

For our queene dame Elinore !

If thou wert a man, as thou art none,

45 Here on my sword thoułt dye; But a payre of new gallowes shall now be built,

And there shalt thou hang on hye,

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Now God you save, our queehe, madame,

And Christ you save and fee; Heere

you

have chosen a newe newe love,
And
you

will have none of mee.

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If you had chofen a right good knight,

The lesse had been your shame : But you have chose you a lazar man,

A lazar both blinde and lame,

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Therfore a fyer there shall be built

And brent all shalt thou bee, toen
Now out alacke! fayd our comlye queene,

Sir Aldingar's false to mee.

Now

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Now out alacke ! fayd our comlye queene,

My heart with griefe will braít.
I had thought swevens had never beene true;

I have proved them true at last.

I dreamt a sweven on thursday eve,

In my bed wheras I'laye,
I dreamt a grype and a grimlie beast

Had carried my crowne awaye;

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My gorget and my kirtle of golde,
And all my faire head-geere :

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And he wolde wo ye me with his tush

And to his neft y-beare :

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Saving there came a litle "grey' hawke,

A merlin him they call,
Which untill the grounde did ftrike the grype,

That dead he downe did fall.

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Giffe I were a man, as now I am none,
A battell wolde I

prove,
To fight with that traitor Aldingar ;

Att him I cast my glove.

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But seeing Ime able noe battell to make,

My liege, grant me a knight
To fight with that traitor Aldingar,

To maintaine me in my right."

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" Now forty dayes I will give thee

To seeke thee a knight therin:
If thou find not a knight in forty dayes

Thy bodye it must brenn."

Then shee sent east, and shee fent west,

By north and south bedeene :
But never'a champion colde she find,

Wolde fight with that knight foe keene.

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Now twenty dayes were spent and gone,

Noe helpe there might be had ;
Many a teare shed our comelye queene,
And
aye

her hart was fad.

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Then came one of the

queenes

damselles, And knelt upon her knee, “ Cheare up, cheare up, my gracious dame,

, I trust yet helpe may be:

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Then forth she rode on a faire palfràge

Oer hill and dale about :
But never a champion colde she finde,

Wolde fighte with that knight so stout.

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