Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Then the lord politely enquired of the knight
What pressing need had forced him at that festive time
So urgently from the royal court to travel all alone,
Before the holy days there had completely passed.
[. . .]
"I have now for my business only three short days,
And would rather be struck dead than fail in my quest."
(1046 - 1049, 1066 - 1067)
By the time cock-crow had sounded three times
The lord had leapt out of his bed and each of his men,
So that breakfast and mass were duly done,
And long before daybreak they were all on their way
to the chase.
(1412 - 1416)