VERSES FROM VARIOUS SOURCES
From THE BOOK OF PREFACES 2000
Poem: Alasdair Gray © 2005
17 – Gawain and the Green Knight, by Anon, translation of the second verse
Bold brethren therein, that brawling loved,
Through much wild warfare wrought great wrong.
More fearfulness befell in these fields
Than in any other that I know since that time.
But of all that here built, of British kings,
Aye was Arthur the courtliest, as I have heard tell.
So an earthly adventure I aim to show,
An eerie adventure some men have beheld,
An outrageous adventure of Arthur’s wonders.
If ye listen this lay but one little while,
I shall tell it straight as I in town heard,
As is stated and stocked,
In swift tale and strong,
With leal letters locked
As this land hath known long.