Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
And another habit influenced him too,
Which he had made a point of honor: he would never eat
On such a special day until he had been told
A curious tale about some perilous thing,
Of some great wonder that he could believe,
Of princes, or battles, or other marvels.
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And in so many yesterdays the year wears away,
And winter comes round again, as custom requires,
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The noblest pressed forward with many attendants,
Gathered together the fattest of the deer,
And neatly dismembered them as ritual requires.
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