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“If you please, glorious lord,’ Gawain said to the King,
“I will turn from this table and stand by you there,
If I may do that without discourtesy,
And without displeasing my liege lady,
I would come to your counsel before your great court,
For I think it not proper, according to our customs,
For such a request to be put so high in your hall
That you feel moved to reply to it yourself
When so many of the bravest are about you on the bench.
There are no better warriors, I believe, under heaven,
No better bodies on earth, when the battle begins.
I am the weakest, I know, and the least wise,
And cling least to my life, if anyone wants the truth,
But as you are my uncle whom I live to praise
And your blood is the sole virtue in my body,
And since this affair is so foolish, it does not befit you.
I have asked this of you first, and beg you to grant it,
And if my request is improper, I ask this great court
not to blame me.”
All the court began whispering
And all thought the same:
Relieve the crowned King
And let Gawain have the game.