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Shot thro' the lists at Camelot, and charged
Before the eyes of ladies and of kings.

Then loudly cried the bold Sir Bedivere,
“Ah! my Lord Arthur, whither shall I go?
Where shall I hide my forehead and my eyes?
For now I see the true old times are dead,
When every morning brought a noble chance,
And every chance brought out a noble knight.
Such times have been not since the light that led
The holy Elders with the gift of myrrh.
But now the whole ROUND TABLE is dissolved
Which was an image of the mighty world;
And I, the last, go forth companionless,
And the days darken round me, and the years,
Among new men, strange faces, other minds."

And slowly answer'd Arthur from the barge: “ The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. Comfort thyself: what comfort is in me? I have lived my life, and that which I have done May Ile within himself make pure! but thou, If thou shouldst never see my face again, Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice Rise like a fountain for me night and day. For what are men better than sheep or goats That nourish a blind life within the brain, If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer Both for themselves and those who call them friend? For so the whole round earth is every way Bound by gold chains about the feet of God. But now farewell. I am going a long way With these thou seëst—if indeed I go(For all my mind is clouded with a doubt) To the island-valley of Avilion ; Where falls not hail, or rain, or any snow,

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Nor ever wind blows loudly; but it lies
Deep-meadow'd, happy, fair with orchard-lawns
And bowery hollows crown’d with summer sea,
Where I will heal me of my grievous wound.”


So said he, and the barge with oar and sail Moved from the brink, like some full-breasted swan That, fluting a wild carol ere her death, Ruffles her pure cold plume, and takes the flood With swarthy webs. Long stood Sir Bedivere Revolving many memories, till the hull Look’d one black dot against the verge of dawn, And on the mere the wailing died away.


SWEET Emma Moreland of yonder town

Met me walking on yonder way, “And have you lost your heart ?" she said ;

“And are you married yet, Edward Gray ?”

Sweet Emma Moreland spoke to me :

Bitterly weeping I turn’d away: “Sweet Emma Moreland, love no more Can touch the heart of Edward Gray

“ Ellen Adair she loved me well,

Against her father's and mother's will: To-day I sat for an hour and wept,

By Ellen's grave, on the windy hill.

“Shy she was, and I thought her cold ;

Thought her proud, and fled over the sea; Fill'd I was with folly and spite,

When Ellen Adair was dying for me.

“Cruel, cruel the words I said !

Cruelly came they back to-day: You're too slight and fickle,' I said,

"To trouble the heart of Edward Gray.'


“ There I put my face in the grass

Whisper'd, 'Listen to my despair : I repent me of all I did :

Speak a little, Ellen Adair!

“ Then I took a pencil, and wrote

On the mossy stone, as I lay,
Here lies the body of Ellen Adair;
And here the heart of Edward Gray!

“ Love may come, and love may go,

And Ay, like a bird, from tree to tree : But I will love no more, no more,

Till Ellen Adair come back to me.

“ Bitterly wept I over the stone:

Bitterly weeping I turn’d away: There lies the body of Ellen Adair!

And there the heart of Edward Gray !".

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