Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Yet until All Saints’ Day he lingers in court,
[. . .]
And after the feast, sorrowfully he addressed his uncle,
Raised the matter of his quest, and openly said,
"Liege lord of my being, I must ask for your leave;
You know the terms of this matter, and I have no wish
To bother you with them, saving one small point;
But tomorrow without fail I set out for the blow,
To seek this man in green, as God will direct me."
(536, 543 - 549)
Where dinner was finished and Gawain had risen,
The time had drawn almost to night:
Chaplains made their way to the castle chapels,
Rang their bells loudly, just as they should,
For devout evensong on that holy occasion.
(928 - 932)
Great joy filled that day and the one following,
And a third as delightful came pressing after;
The revelry on St John’s Day was glorious to hear,
And was the end of the festivities, the people supposed,
The guests were to leave early the next morning.
(1020 - 1024)