You are a question that has never been posed before, Merlin.
I know whom thou seekest, for thou seekest Merlin; therefore seek no farther, for I am he.Le Morte d'Arthur (c. 1469) by Thomas Malory, Book I, ch. 1
You that are watching The gray Magician With eyes of wonder, I am Merlin, And I am dying, I am Merlin Who follow The Gleam."Merlin and the Gleam" (1889) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, st. 1
He has many many names . But in my reckoning he is Merlin.Ben Aaronovitch, in Doctor Who, Battlefield (6 September - 27 September 1989); the Knight Ancelyn, of the seventh incarnation of The Doctor.
None of us can choose our destiny, Merlin. And none of us can escape it.Julian Jones, in Merlin (TV Series), The Dragon's Call [1.1]
The war between Sorcerers was fought in the shadows of history , and the fate of mankind rested with the just and powerful Merlin. He told his secrets to three trusted apprentices, Balthazar, Veronica, and Horvath. He should have trusted only two...Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthaland and Matt Lopez in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
Where have you been these many years... are you just a dream Merlin?Rospo Pallenberg and John Boorman, in Excalibur (1981)
I saw mage Merlin, whose vast wit And hundred winters are but as the hands Of loyal vassals toiling for their liege.Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in Idylls of the King, The Coming of Arthur
Merlin in our time Hath spoken also, not in jest , and sworn Though men may wound him that he will not die , But pass, again to come; and then or now Utterly smite the heathen underfoot, Till these and all men hail him for their king.Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in Idylls of the King, The Coming of Arthur
In our great hall there stood a vacant chair, Fashioned by Merlin ere he past away, And carven with strange figures; and in and out The figures, like a serpent, ran a scroll Of letters in a tongue no man could read. And Merlin called it "The Siege perilous," Perilous for good and ill; "for there," he said, "No man could sit but he should lose himself..."Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in Idylls of the King, The Holy Grail
I have been Merlin wandering in the woods Of a far country, where the winds waken Unnatural voices, my mind broken By a sudden acquaintance with man’s rage.R. S. Thomas, in "Taliesin 1952" in Song at the Year's Turning : Poems, 1942-1954 (1955)