Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The king spent that Christmas at Camelot
With many gracious lords, men of great worth,
Noble brothers-in-arms, worthy of the Round Table,
With rich revelry and carefree amusement, as was right.
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Loud cries were uttered by the clergy and others,
"Nowel" repeated again, constantly spoken;
And then the nobles hurried to hand out New Year’s gifts,
Cried their wares noisily, gave them by hand.
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All this merry-making went on until feasting time.
When they had washed as was fir they took their places,
The noblest knight in a higher seat, as seemed proper.
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