Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
But of all those who dwelt there, of the British kings,
Arthur was always judged noblest, as I have heard tell.
(25 - 26)
"If you are as courageous as everyone says,
You will graciously grant me the game that I ask for
(272 - 274)
"What, is this Arthur’s house?" said the man then,
"That everyone talks of in so many kingdoms?
Where are now your arrogance and your victories,
Your fierceness and wrath and your great speeches?
Now the revelry and repute of the Round Table
Are overthrown with a word from one man’s mouth,
For you all cower in fear before a blow has been struck!"
(309 - 315)