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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The White Hart at the Wedding of King Arthur and Queen Guenever
By Sir Thomas Malory (d. c. 1470)
 
From ‘Morte d’Arthur’

THEN was the high feast made ready, and the King was wedded at Camelot unto Dame Guenever, in the Church of St. Stevens, with great solemnity; and as every man was set after his degree, Merlin went unto all the Knights of the Round Table, and bid them sit still, and that none should remove, “for ye shall see a marvelous adventure.” Right so as they sat, there came running in a white hart into the hall, and a white brachet next him, and thirty couple of black running hounds came after with a great cry, and the hart went about the Table Round. As he went by the other tables, the white brachet caught him by the flank, and pulled out a piece, wherethrough the hart leapt a great leap, and overthrew a knight that sat at the table’s side; and therewith the knight arose and took up the brachet, and so went forth out of the hall, and took his horse and rode his way with the brachet.  1
  Right soon anon came in a lady on a white palfrey, and cried aloud to King Arthur, “Sir, suffer me not to have this despite, for the brachet was mine that the knight led away.” “I may not do therewith,” said the King. With this there came a knight riding all armed on a great horse, and took the lady with him by force; and she cried and made great moan. When she was gone the King was glad, because she made such a noise. “Nay,” said Merlin, “ye may not leave these adventures so lightly, for these adventures must be brought again, or else it would be disworship to you, and to your feast.” “I will,” said the King, “that all be done by your advice.” “Then,” said Merlin, “let call Sir Gawaine, for he must bring again the white hart; also, sir, ye must let call Sir Tor, for he must bring again the brachet and the knight, or else slay him; also, let call King Pellinore, for he must bring again the lady and the knight, or else slay him: and these three knights shall do marvelous adventures or they come again.”  2
 
 
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