'That isthe Ladye of the Lake,'seyde Merlion.'There ys a grete roche, and therein ys as fayre a paleyce as ony on erthe, and rychely besayne. And thys damesel woll come to you anone, and than speke ye fayre to hir, that she may gyff you that swerde.'
Yet som men say in many partys of Inglonde that kynge Arthur ys nat dede?and men say that he shall com agayne, and he shall win the Holy Crosse.Yet I woll nat say that hit shall be so, but rather Iwoldesey: here inthys there ys wrytten uppon the tumbe thys: [Here lies Arthur, the once and future king].HIC IACET ARTHURUS, REXQUONDAM REXQUE FUTURUS.c.1470 Morte d'Arthur, bk.21, ch.7.
Who that woll make ony more lette hym seke other bookis kynge Arthure or of sir Launcelot and sir Trystrams; for this was drawen by a knyght presoner, sir Thomas Malleoré, that God send him good recover.Sir Thomas Malory at the end of the chapter The Tale of King Arthur of his larger work, written circa 1468-1470 while held in Newgate Prison as a captured partisan of the rebellious Earl of Warwick. Reprinted in Malory Works, edited by Eugene Vinaver, 1954.
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