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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
On Knighthood (I.)
By Folgóre da San Gemignano (c. 1270–c. 1332)
 
Translated by John Addington Symonds

THIS morn a young squire shall be made a knight;
  Whereof he fain would be right worthy found,
  And therefore pledgeth lands and castles round
  To furnish all that fits a man of might.
Meat, bread, and wine he gives to many a wight;        5
  Capons and pheasants on his board abound,
  Where serving men and pages march around;
  Choice chambers, torches, and wax candle light.
Barbed steeds, a multitude, are in his thought,
  Mailed men at arms and noble company,        10
  Spears, pennants, housing cloths, bells richly wrought;
Musicians following with great barony
  And jesters through the land his state have brought,
  With dames and damsels whereso rideth he.
 
 
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