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The Book Of Sir Balin Le Savage - X

( Originally Published Early 1900's )

So, at the interment, came King Lot's wife, Morgause, with her four sons, Gawaine, Agravaine, Gaheris, and Gareth. Also there came thither King Urience, Sir Ewaine's father, and Morgan le Fay, his wife, that was King Arthur's sister; all these came to the interment. But of all these twelve knights King Arthur let make the tomb of King Lot passing richly, and his tomb stood by itself apart. And then King Arthur let make twelve images of Latin and of copper, and made them to be overgilt with fine gold, in sign and token of the twelve kings ; and every image held a taper of wax, which burnt night and day. And King Arthur was made in sign of a figure standing above them all, with a sword drawn in his hand ; and all the twelve figures had countenances like unto men that were over-come. All this made Merlin by his subtle craft, and there he said to King Arthur, "When I am dead the twelve tapers shall burn no longer ; and, soon after this, the adventures of the Holy Sancgreal shall come among you, and shall also be achieved." Also he told unto King Arthur, how Balin, the worshipful knight, should give the dolorous stroke whereof shall fall great vengeance. "And where is Balin, and Balan, and Pellinore ?" said King Arthur.

"As for Sir Pellinore," said Merlin, "he will meet with you anon ; and as for Balin, he will not be long from you ; but the other brother, Balan, will depart, and ye shall see him no more." "Now, by my faith," said King Arthur, "they are two marvellous knights, and namely Balin passeth of prowess far of any knight that ever I found ; for I am much beholden unto him. Would to God that he would abide still with me." "Sir," said Merlin, "look that ye keep well the scabbard of Excalibur ; for as I told you, ye shall lose no blood as long as ye have the scabbard upon you, though ye have as many wounds upon your body as ye may have." So afterwards, for great trust, King Arthur betook the scabbard to Morgan le Fay, his sister ; and she loved another knight better than her husband, King Urience, or King Arthur. And she would have had King Arthur slain; and, therefore, she let make another scabbard like it by enchantment, and gave the scabbard of Excalibur to her love, a knight named Sir Accolon, which after had nigh slain King Arthur. After this Merlin told unto King Arthur of the prophecy that there should be a great battle beside Salisbury, and that Mordred, his own son, should be against him; also he told him, that Basdemegus was his cousin, and german unto King Urience.

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