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Rose when they saw the dead man rise,

and fled Yelling as from a spectre, and the two Were left alone together, and he said:

‘Enid, I have used you worse than

that dead man; Done you more wrong: we both have

undergone That trouble which has left me thrice

your own : Henceforward I will rather die than doubt. And here I lay this penance on myself, Not, tho' mine own. ears heard

you yestermorn You thought me sleeping, but I heard

you say, I heard you say, that you were no true

wife: I swear I will not ask your meaning in it: I do believe yourself against yourself, And will henceforward rather die than


And never yet, since high in Paradise O'er the four rivers the first roses blew, Came purer pleasure unto inortal kind Than lived thro' her, who in that perilous

hour Put hand to hand beneath her husband's

heart, And felt him hers again: she did not

weep, But o'er her meek eyes came a happy

mist Like that which kept the heart of Eden

green Before the useful trouble of the rain : Yet not so misty were her meek blue

eyes As not to see before them on the path, Right in the gateway of the bandit hold, A knight of Arthur's court, who laid his

lance In rest, and made as if to fall upon him. Then, fearing for his hurt and loss of

blood, She, with her mind all full of what had

chanced, Shriek'd to the stranger • Slay not a dead

man!' * The voice of Enid,' said the knight;

but she, Beholding it was Edyrn son of Nudd, Was moved so much the more, and

shriek'd again, •O) cousin, slay not him who gave you

life.' And Edyrn moving frankly forward spake: · My lord Geraint, I greet you with all

love; I took you for a bandit knight of Doorm; And fear not, Enid, I should fall upon

him, Who love you, Prince, with something of

the love Wherewith we love the Heaven that

chastens us. For once, when I was up so high in pride That I was halfway down the slope to

Hell, By overthrowing me you threw me higher. Now, macle a knight of Arthur's Table

Round, And since I knew this Earl, when I my

self Was half a bandit in my lawless hour,

And Enid could not say one tender

word, She felt so blunt and stupid at the heart: She only pray'd him, • Fly, they will

return And slay you; Ay, your charger is with

out, My palfrey lost.' «Then, Enid, shall you

ride Bebind me.' " Yea,' said Enid, let us go.' And moving out they found the stately

horse, Who now no more a vassal to the thief, But free to stretch his limbs in lawful

fight, Neigh'd with all gladness as they came,

and stoop'd With a low whinny toward the pair: and

she Kiss'd the white star upon his noble

front, Glad also; then Geraint upon the horse Mounted, and reach'd a hand, and on his

foot She set her own and climb'd; he turn'd

his face And kiss'd her climbing, and she cast

her arms About him, and at once they rode away.

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I come the mouthpiece of our King to Break into furious flame; being repulsed

By Yniol and yourself, I schemed and (The King is close behind me) bidding

wrought him

Until I overturn'd him; then set up Disband himself, and scatter all his powers,

(With one main purpose ever at my heart) Saito Submit, and hear the judgment of the My haughty jousts, and took a paramour; sed King.'

Did her mock-honour as the fairest fair,

And, toppling over all antagonism,
He hears the judgment of the King of

So wax'd in pride, that I believed inysels you kings,

Unconquerable, for I was wellnigh mad: Cried the wan Prince; "and lo, the And, but for my main purpose in these powers of Doorm

jousts, Are scatter'd,' and he pointed to the field, I should have slain your father, seized Where, huddled here and there on mound

yourself. and knoll, Were men and women staring and aghast,

I lived in hope that sometime you would

come While some yet fed; and then he plainlier

To these my lists with him whom best told

you loved; How the huge Earl lay slain within his And there, poor cousin, with


your hall. But when the knight besought him,

The • Follow me,

truest eyes that ever answer'd

Heaven, Prince, to the camp, and in the King's

Behold me overturn and trample on him. Speak what has chanced; ye surely

Then, had you cried, or knelt, or pray'd have endured

I should not less have kill'd him. And Strange chances here alone;' that other

you came, flush’d,

But once you came,

- and with your And hung his head, and halted in reply,

own true eyes Fearing the mild face of the blameless

Beheld the man you loved (I speak as
And after madness acted question ask'd :
Till Edyrn crying, 'If ye will not go

Speaks of a service done him) overthrow

three To Arthur, then will Arthur come to you,'

My proud self, and my purpose

years old, • Enough,' he said, 'I follow,' and they

And set his foot upon me, and give me went.

life. But Enid in their going had two fears,

There was I broken down; there was I One from the bandit scatter'd in the field,

saved: And one from Edyrn. Every now and

Tho' thence I rode all-shamed, hating then,

the life When Edyrn rein'd his charger at her

He gave me, meaning to be rid of it. side, She shrank a little. In a hollow land,

And all the penance the Queen laid upon

me From which old fires have broken, men

Was but to rest awhile within her court;

Where first as sullen as a beast new.caged, Fresh fire and ruin. He, perceiving, said :

And waiting to be treated like a wolf,

Because I knew my deeds were known, • Fair and dear cousin, you that most

I found, had cause To fear me, fear no longer, I am changed.

Instead of scornsul pity or pure scorn,

Such fine reserve and noble reticence, Yourself were first the blameless cause to

Manners so kind, yet stately, such a grace make

Of tenderest courtesy, that I began My nature's prideful sparkle in the blood

To glance behind me at my former life,


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And find that it had been the wolf's

indeed: And oft I talk'd with Dubric, the high

saint, Who, with mild heat of holy oratory, Subdued me somewhat to that gentleness, Which, when it weds with manhood,

makes a man. And you were often there about the

Queen, But saw me not, or mark'd not if you

saw; Nor did I care or dare to speak with you, But kept myself aloof till I was changed; And fear not, cousin; I am changed


He spoke, and Enid easily believed, Like simple noble natures, credulous Of what they long for, good in friend or

foe, There most in those who most have done

them ill. And when they reach'd the camp the

King himself Advanced to greet them, and beholding

her Tho' pale, yet happy, ask'd her not a

word, But went apart with Edyrn, whom he held In converse for a little, and return’d, And, gravely smiling, listed her from

horse, And kiss'd her with all pureness, brother

like, And show'd an empty tent allotted her, And glancing for a minute, till he saw her Pass into it, turn'd to the Prince, and

To cleanse this common sewer of all my

realm, With Edyrn and with others: have ye

look'd At Edyrn? have ye seen how nobly

changed? This work of his is great and wonderful. His very face with change of heart is

changed. The world will not believe a man repents: And this wise world of ours is mainly

right. Full seldom doth a man repent, or use Both grace and will to pick the vicious

quitch Of blood and custom wholly out of him, And make all clean, and plant himself

afresh. Edyrn has done it, weeding all his heart As I will weed this land before I go. I, therefore, made him of our Table

Round, Not rashly, but have proved him every.

way One of our noblest, our most valorous, Sanest and most obedient: and indeed This work of Edyrn wrought upon him

self After a life of violence, seems to me A thousand-fold more great and wonderful Than if some knight of mine, risking his

life, My subject with my subjects under him, Should make an onslaught single on a

realm Of robbers, tho' he slew them one by one, And were himself nigh wounded to the


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* Prince, when of late ye pray'd me for

my leave To move to your own land, and there

defend Your marches, I was prick’d with some

reproof, As one that let foul wrong stagnate and be, By having look'd too much thro' alien

eyes, And wrought too long with delegated

hands, Not used mine own: but now behold me

The King's own leech to look into his

hurt; And Enid tended on him there; and

there Her constant motion round him, and the

breath Of her sweet tendance hovering over



Fill'd all the genial courses of his blood With deeper and with ever deeper love, As the south-west that blowing Bala lake Fills all the sacred Dee. So past the


But while Geraint lay healing of his

hurt, The blameless King went forth and cast

They callid him the great Prince and man

of men. But Enid, whom her ladies loved to call Enid the Fair, a grateful people named Enid the Good; and in their halls arose The cry of children, Enids and Geraints Of times to be; nor did he doubt her

more, But rested in her fëaltv, till he crown'd A happy life with a fair death, and fell Against the heathen of the Northern Sea In battle, fighting for the blameless King.

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On each of all whom Uther left in charge Long since, to guard the justice of the

King : He look”d and found them wanting; and

as now Men weed the white horse on the Berk

shire hills To keep him bright and clean as hereto

fore, He rooted out the slothful officer Or guilty, which for bribe had wink'd at

wrong, And in their chairs set up a stronger race With hearts and hands, and sent a thou

sand men To till the wastes, and moving everywhere Clear'd the dark places and let in the law, And broke the bandit holds and cleansed

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Then, when Geraint was whole again,

they past With Arthur to Caerleon upon Usk. There the great Queen once more em

braced her friend, And clothed her in apparel like the day. And tho' Geraint could never take again That comfort from their converse which

he took Before the Queen's fair name was breathed

upon, He rested well content that all was well. Thence after tarrying for a space they

rode, And fifty knights rode with them to the

shores Of Severn, and they past to their own

land. And there he kept the justice of the King So vigorously yet mildly, that all hearts Applauded, and the spiteful whisper died: And being ever foremost in the chase, And victor at the tilt and tournament,

Arthur laugh'd upon Old friend, too old to be so young,

depart, Delay not thou for aught, but let them

sit, Until they find a lustier than themselves.' So these departed. Early, one fair

lawn, The light-wing’d spirit of his youth

return'd On Arthur's heart; he arm'd himself and

went, So coming to the fountain-side beheld Balin and Balan sitting statuelike,

Have past

Brethren, to right and left the spring, that

down, From underneath a plume of lady-fern, Sang, and the sand danced at the bottom

of it. And on the right of Balin Balin's horse Was fast beside an alder, on the left Of Balan Balan's near a poplartree. 'Fair Sirs,' said Arthur, 'wherefore sit

ye here?'

Balin and Balan answer'd, 'For the sake
Of glory; we be mightier men than all
In Arthur's court; that also have we

proved; For whatsoever knight against us came Or I or he have easily overthrown.' 'I too,' said Arthur, .am of Arthur's

hall, But rather proven in his Paynim wars Than famous jousts; but see, or proven

or not, Whether me likewise ye can overthrow.' And Arthur lightly smote the brethren

down, And lightly so return'd, and no man knew.

Had often wrought some fury on myself, Saving for Balan: thuse three kingless


– were wormwood-bitter to

me. King, Methought that if we sat beside the well, And hurl' to ground what knight soever

spurr'd Against us, thou would'st take me gladlier

back, And make, as ten-times worthier to be

tbine Than twenty Balins, Balan knight. I

have said. Not so —

- not all. A man of thine to-day Abash'd us both, and brake my boast.

Thy will?' Said Arthur, «Thou hast ever spoken

trutht; Thy too fierce manhood would not let

thee lie. Rise, my true knight. As children learn,

be thou Wiser for falling! walk with me, and


To music with thine Order and the King. Thy chair, a grief to all the brethren,

stands Vacant, but thou retake it, mine again!'

Then Balin rose, and Balan, and beside The carolling water set themselves again, And spake no word until the shadow

turn'd; When from the fringe of coppice round

them burst A spangled pursuivant, and crying. Sirs, Kise, follow! ye be sent for by the

King,' They follow'd; whom when Arthur seeing

ask'd 'Tell me your names; why sat ye by the

well?' Balin the stillness of a minute broke Saying, 'An unmelodious name to thee, Balin, “the Savage” – that addition

thine My brother and my better, this man here, Balan. I smote upon the naked skull A thrall of thine in open hall, my hand Was gauntleted, half slew him; for I

heard He had spoken evil of me; thy just wrath Sent me a three-years' exile from thine

eyes. I have not lived my life delightsomely: For I that did that violence to thy thrall,

Thereafter, when Sir Balin enter'd hall, The Lost one Found was greeted as in

Heaven With joy that blazed itself in woodland

wealth Of leaf, and gayest garlandage of flowers, Along the walls and down the board;

they sat, And cup clash'd cup; they drank and

some one sang, Sweet-voiced, a song of welcome, where

upon Their common shout in chorus, mount

ing, made Those banners of twelve battles overhead Stir, as they stirr'd of old, when Arthur's

host Proclaim'd him Victor, and the day was


Then Balan added to their Order lived A wealthier life than heretofore with these And Balin, till their embassage return'd.

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