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Book Of Merlin, And The Coming Of Arthur - II

( Originally Published 1907 )

THEN Ulfius was glad, and rode on more than a pace till that he came unto king Utherpendragon, and told him he had met with Merlin. "Where is he?" said the king. "Sir," said Ulfius, "he will not tarry long." Therewithal Ulfius was aware where Merlin stood at the porch of the pavilion's door; and then Merlin was bound to come to the king. When king Uther saw him, he said that he was welcome. "Sir," said Merlin, "I know all your heart, every deal ; so you will be sworn to me, as you be a true king anointed, to fulfil my desire, you shall have your desire." Then the king was sworn upon the four Evangelists. "Sir," said Merlin, "this is my desire : by Igraine you shall get a child, and when it is born it shall be delivered to me for to nourish, as I will have it; for it shall be your worship, and the child's avail as much as the child is worth." "I will well," said the king, "as thou wilt have it." "Now make you ready," said Merlin, "this night shall you be with Igraine in the castle of Tintagil, and you shall be like the duke, her husband; Ulfius shall be like Sir Brastias, a knight of the duke's; and I will be like a knight, called Sir Jordains, a knight of the duke's ; but beware you make not many questions with her nor with her men, but say you are weary, and so hie you to bed, and rise not on the morrow till I come to you ; for the castle of Tintagil is but ten miles hence." So, as they had devised, it was done; but the duke of Tintagil espied how the king rode from the siege of Terabil; and, therefore, that night he issued out of the castle, at a postern, for to have distressed the king's host; and so through his own issue the duke himself was slain, or ever the king was at the castle of Tintagil. So after the death of the duke, king Uther came unto Igraine more than three hours after his death. And ere day, Merlin came to the king and bade him make him ready ; and so he kissed the lady Igraine, and departed in all haste. But when the lady heard tell of the duke, her husband, and by all record he was dead or ever king Uther came to her, then she marvelled who that might be that came in likeness of her lord; so she mourned privily, and held her peace. Then all the barons, by one assent, prayed the king of accord between the lady Igraine and him. The king gave them leave, for fain would he have been accorded with her. So the kin to entreat between them; so by that king and she met together. "No Ulfius ; "our king is a lusty knight, Igraine is a passing fair lady; it we' and it might please the king to ma that they were all well agreed, and anon, like a lusty knight, he assente s and so, in all haste, they were marrie mirth and joy. And king Lot, of wedded Margawse, that was Gawaine's mother ; and king Nentres, of the land of Garlot, wedded Elaine. All this was done at the request of king Uther. king Uther. And the third sister Morgan le Fay, was put to school in learned so much, that she was a great after, she was wedded to king Urie that was Sir Ewaine le Blanchemaine's father. put all his trust in Ulfius entreaty, at the last, the will we do well," said and wifeless, and my lady e a great joy unto us all e her his queen." Unto moved it to the king. And thereto with a good will ; in a morning with great Lothian and Orkney, then fine's mother ; and king ed Elaine. All this was nd the third sister, Mornunnery ; and there she clerk of necromancy; and ce, of the land of Gore, s father.

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