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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Stephen Hawes. d. 1523
32. The True Knight
FOR knighthood is not in the feats of warre, 
As for to fight in quarrel right or wrong, 
But in a cause which truth can not defarre: 
  He ought himself for to make sure and strong, 
  Justice to keep mixt with mercy among:         5
    And no quarrell a knight ought to take 
    But for a truth, or for the common's sake. 
GLOSS:  defarre] undo.
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