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Sir Olur he rideth over the plain,
Full seven miles broad and seven miles wide, But never, ah never can meet with the man
A tilt with him dare ride.
He saw under the hill-side
A Knight full well equipped ;
He was riding at full speed.
He wore upon his spurs
Twelve little golden birds ;
And there sat all the birds and sang.
He wore upon his mail
Twelve little golden wheels,
And round and round the wheels they few.
He wore before his breast
A lance that was poised in rest;
It made Sir Oluf's heart to groan.
He wore upon his helm
A wreath of ruddy gold;
The youngest was fair to behold.
Sir Oluf questioned thc Knight eftsoon
If he were come from heaven down ; “ Art thou Christ of Heaven," quoth he,
“So will I yield me unto thee.”
“I am not Christ the Great,
Thou shalt not yield thee yet; I am an Unknown Knight,
Three modest Maidens have me bedight."
“ Art thou a Knight elected,
And have three Maidens thee bedight; So shalt thou ride a tilt this day,
For all the Maidens' honor!”
THE ELECTED KNIGHT.
The first tilt they together rode
They put their steeds to the test ;
They proved their manhood best ;
The third tilt they together rode,
Neither of them would yield;
They both fell on the field.
Now lie the lords upon the plain,
And their blood runs unto death;
The youngest sorrows till death.
Viser of the Middle Ages. It seems to refer to the first preaching of Christianity in the North, and to the institution of Knight-Errantry. The three maidens I suppose to be Faith, Hope, and Charity. The irregularities of the original have been carefully preserved in the translation.]