Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
His hue astounded them,
Set in his looks so keen;
For boldly he rode in,
Completely emerald green.
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For long there was only staring at the man,
For everyone marvelled what it could mean
That a knight and a horse might take such a colour
And become green as grass, and greener it seemed
Than green enamel shining on gold.
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All those standing there gazed, and warily crept closer,
Bursting with wonder to see what he would do;
For many marvels they had known, but such a one never;
So the folk there judged it phantasm or magic.
For this reason many noble knights feared to answer:
And stunned by his words they sat there stock-still,
While dead silence spread throughout the rich hall
As though everyone fell asleep, so was their talk stilled
at a word.
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