Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
When the siege and the assault were ended at Troy,
The city laid waste and burnt into ashes […]
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And when Britain had been founded by this noble lord,
Valiant men bred there, who thrived on battle.
In many an age bygone, they brought about trouble.
More wondrous events have occurred in this country
Than in any other I know of, since that same time.
But of all those who dwelt there, of the British kings
Arthur was always judged noblest, as I have heard tell.
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For there the festival lasted the whole fifteen days
With all the feasting and merry-making that could be devised:
Such sounds of revelry splendid to hear,
Days full of uproar, dancing at night.
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