Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  • Part I

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    Soon as the siege and assault had ceased at Troy,

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  • the burg broken and burnt to brands and ashes,

  • the traitor who trammels of treason there wrought

  • was tried for his treachery, the foulest on earth.

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    It was Aeneas the noble and his high kin

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  • who then subdued provinces, lords they became,

  • well-nigh of all the wealth in the Western Isles:

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    forth rich Romulus to Rome rapidly came,

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  • with great business that burg he builds up first,

  • and names it with his name, as now it has;

  • Ticius to Tuscany, and townships begins;

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  • Langobard in Lombardy lifts up homes;

  • and fared over the French flood Felix Brutus

  • on many banks all broad Britain he settles then,

  • where war and wreck and wonder

  • betimes have worked within,

  • and oft both bliss and blunder

  • have held sway swiftly since.