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they talked until they reached the col- but the collier called his wife to take lier's house. Having found the gate, him by the hand and set him at the table, the collier cried out to his wife: “Dame, where he should have gone when bidundo the door quickly, for my guest den; and sitting himself opposite, thus and I are almost starved to death with addressed the king : Sir, thou lookest cold.” She lost no time in letting them as if thou hadst manners enough, and in, and with a hearty greeting welcomed yet thou hast none. Thou hast traher husband and his guest. “ Dame," velled, I guess, in many strange lands, said the collier to his wife, “I think I and hast less excuse for not knowing have dear bought this day's hire, and I how to act the courtier. Though I am trow my guest has not fared better ; but a simple man, yet in my own house make a right royal rousing fire, and see all must do as I bid them." The king the best that thou canst give us, while thought to himself, this is a kind of we see the horses put into the stable." schooling I have not been used to; but On their return to the house, the collier this is an evil life, and the best policy beckoned the king to go in first; but he, is to give in. So, without more ado, out of courtesy, replied, "After you, sir.” he sat down beside the goodwife, who, “Na, na,” said the collier, taking him not quite relishing her husband's roughby the cuff of the neck, and shoving ness, kindly pressed him to partake of him in before him; “if ever thou learned their cheer. When they had enjoyed manners, I'll warrant thou has clean themselves on everything of the bestforgotten them, since thou does not bread, capon, venison, and pigeon pie know to make me lord in mine own --they became quite confidential over house; so might I thrive, but we shall their wine. Sir,” said the collier, fall out.” When they came in, the fire addressing the king, “the royal forestwas blazing brightly, and the two sat ers dislike me very much on account of them down to enjoy it; but the collier, the deer. They say that I aye bring thinking it time they had some addi- down the fattest, and threaten to bring tional cheer, called to Gillian, his wife, me to Paris before the king to be to bring the supper ; "for,” said he, punished. But in spite their menacing, “such a day of striving against such I manage always to have enough for wicked weather is best ended with a myself and a guest, as thou seest ; so merry night.” Now the supper is set, there is no need to stint in thy eating.” and the collier invites the king to take “Marry,” said Charles, “the king his wife's hand and sit down to the table. himself has, in his time, been glad of The king, out of courtesy, again insisted such fare.” “Gill,” said the collier to on his host taking precedence, when the his wife, “ fill up a cup and let us drink collier, saying, “This is the second time to the health of our guest.” Having that thou hast forgot thy manners,” hit drank their glasses dry, the king thanked him a blow under the ear that sent him the collier with “ane blythe cheir ;” reeling across the hall. The king, with after which they sit round a bright some difficulty, restrained his anger ; | blazing fire, where the collier entertains

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them with many stories of his poach. there is a “burly bed” all closed in ing adventures, at which the king is with curtains, and “comely cled.” much amused, but holds a good coun- The king was up by daybreak, and, tenance. The collier, at length be- having dressed, got his horse, and was coming curious to know something of about depart, when he went take his guest, says,

“Friend, I would like, leave of his host. He started up when if it please you, to know where you he saw him ready to go, and pressed dwell when at home.” “I live mostly him to stay till the weather became at court,” said the king, “and have more settled ; but he excused himself been fifteen years in the service of my on account of urgent business, and asked lady the queen.” “And what kind of the collier to fetch the goodwife, that office dost thou hold under the queen ?" he might pay her for his entertainment. said Ralph. A groom of her cham- “God forbid,” said the collier, “and ber, by Saint James,” replied the king; thou of Charles' company, chief king “and though I say it myself, there is of chivalry, that I should charge thee no one else farther ben in her majesty's for one night's shelter !” “Then," good graces. For my absence to-night said the king, "seeing you will have I fear I shall have to bear the blame.” no pay, come to-morrow to the court “And what is your name ?" inquired with a load of coals ; I shall require Ralph. “Wymond of the Wardrobe," some myself, and I think I can help you said the king ; "and if you come to the to sell the rest; see that you fail not to palace I promise you shall have the come.” “In faith," said the collier, better sale for your fuel on my account, ‘you may depend on my being there ; and something besides for your trouble, but tell me truly what your right name worth a load or two.” “I do not know," is?" “Wymond of the Wardrobe; said Ralph, “where the palace is, and have no fear that that will find me,” I am not fond of going where I am not said the king, and without more ado known." I shall let you know," he took his leave. said the king, “before I leave. The On his way to court he meets all the king and queen spend their Christmas nobles—Sir Rolland, and Sir Oliver, in Paris, and if you come there then, and three bishops, with all the chivalry you shall have no reason to regret your of Paris, who had been wandering about trouble. I am known to all the officers all night to see if they might find out about court ; you have only to ask if what had befallen him. After the I'm at home. See you remember my greatest demonstrations of joy for his name.” “By the rood I think I shall safety, they all return with him in proneed,” said the collier ; " for if I go to cession, and give thanks to God for his court I know no other ; but let us take preservation ; and such were the rejoica parting cup, for it is well on in the ings that for twenty days were held on acnight, and nothing is better than a drink count of his deliverance, that that Christbefore going to bed ;" with that they mas was held in remembrance as the conduct the king to a chamber where merriest that ever was spent in France.

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they talked until they reached the col- but the collier called his wife to take lier's house. Having found the gate, him by the hand and set him at the table, the collier cried out to his wife: “Dame, where he should have gone when bidundo the door quickly, for my guest den; and sitting himself opposite, thus and I are almost starved to death with addressed the king : “Sir, thou lookest cold.” She lost no time in letting them as if thou hadst manners enough, and in, and with a hearty greeting welcomed yet thou hast none. Thou hast traher husband and his guest. “ Dame,” velled, I guess, in many strange lands, said the collier to his wife, “I think I and hast less excuse for not knowing have dear bought this day's hire, and I | how to act the courtier. Though I am trow my guest has not fared better ; but a simple man, yet in my own house make a right royal rousing fire, and see all must do as I bid them.” The king the best that thou canst give us, while thought to himself, this is a kind of we see the horses put into the stable." schooling I have not been used to; but On their return to the house, the collier this is an evil life, and the best policy beckoned the king to go in first; but he, is to give in. So, without more ado, out of courtesy, replied, "After you, sir.” he sat down beside the goodwife, who, “Na, na,” said the collier, taking him not quite relishing her husband's roughby the cuff of the neck, and shoving ness, kindly pressed him to partake of him in before him; “if ever thou learned their cheer. When they had enjoyed manners, I'll warrant thou has clean themselves on everything of the best-forgotten them, since thou does not bread, capon, venison, and pigeon pie know to make me lord in mine own they became quite confidential over house; so might I thrive, but we shall their wine. “Sir,” said the collier, fall out.” When they came in, the fire addressing the king, “the royal forestwas blazing brightly, and the two sat ers dislike me very much on account of them down to enjoy it; but the collier, the deer. They say that I aye bring thinking it time they had some addi- down the fattest, and threaten to bring tional cheer, called to Gillian, his wife, me to Paris before the king to be to bring the supper ; "for,” said he, punished. But in spite their menacing, “such a day of striving against such | I manage always to have enough for wicked weather is best ended with a myself and a guest, as thou seest ; so merry night.” Now the supper is set, there is no need to stint in thy eating.” and the collier invites the king to take Marry,” said Charles, “the king his wife's hand and sit down to the table. himself has, in his time, been glad of The king, out of courtesy, again insisted such fare." “Gill,” said the collier to on his host taking precedence, when the his wife, “ fill up a cup and let us drink collier, saying, “This is the second time to the health of our guest.” Having that thou hast forgot thy manners," hit drank their glasses dry, the king thanked him a blow under the ear that sent him the collier with "ane blythe cheir ;” reeling across the hall. The king, with after which they sit round a bright some difficulty, restrained his anger ; | blazing fire, where the collier entertains

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them with many stories of his poach- there is a “burly bed ” all closed in ing adventures, at which the king is with curtains, and “comely cled.” much amused, but holds a good coun- The king was up by daybreak, and, tenance. The collier, at length be having dressed, got his horse, and was coming curious to know something of about to depart, when he went to take his guest, says, "Friend, I would like, leave of his host. He started up when if it please you, to know where you he saw him ready to go, and pressed dwell when at home.” “I live mostly him to stay till the weather became at court,” said the king, “and have more settled ; but he excused himself been fifteen years in the service of my on account of urgent business, and asked lady the queen.” “And what kind of the collier to fetch the goodwife, that office dost thou hold under the queen ?” he might pay her for his entertainment. said Ralph.

A groom of her cham-“God forbid,” said the collier, “and ber, by Saint James,” replied the king; thou of Charles' company, chief king “and though I say it myself, there is of chivalry, that I should charge thee no one else farther ben in her majesty's for one night's shelter !” “Then,” good graces. For my absence to-night said the king, "seeing you will have I fear I shall have to bear the blame.” no pay, come to-morrow to the court “And what is your name?” inquired with a load of coals; I shall require Ralph. “Wymond of the Wardrobe,” some myself, and I think I can help you said the king ; "and if you come to the to sell the rest; see that you fail not to palace I promise you shall have the come.” “In faith,” said the collier, better sale for your fuel on my account, 'you may depend on my being there ; and something besides for your trouble, but tell me truly what your right name worth a load or two.” “I do not know,” is ?” Wymond of the Wardrobe ; said Ralph, “where the palace is, and have no fear that that will find me,” I am not fond of going where I am not said the king, and without more ado known.” “I shall let you know,” he took his leave. said the king, “before I leave. The On his way to court he meets all the king and queen spend their Christmas nobles—Sir Rolland, and Sir Oliver, in Paris, and if you come there then, and three bishops, with all the chivalry you shall have no reason to regret your of Paris, who had been wandering about trouble. I am known to all the officers all night to see if they might find out about court; you have only to ask if what had befallen him. After the I'm at home. See you remember my greatest demonstrations of joy for his name.” “By the rood I think I shall safety, they all return with him in proneed,” said the collier ; "for if I go to cession, and give thanks to God for his court I know no other ; but let us take preservation ; and such were the rejoica parting cup, for it is well on in the ings that for twenty days were held on acnight, and nothing is better than a drink count of his deliverance, that that Christbefore going to bed ;” with that they mas was held in remembrance as the conduct the king to a chamber where merriest that ever was spent in France.

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The collier lost no time in preparing I shall know which is the best man of his load of charcoal to be ready next us two before I be bullied in that way." day to go to Paris.

“I did not mean to bully thee,” said Early on Christmas morning he is up the knight; “but I think thou art not betimes, and fills two creels with fresh wise to disobey the king's orders.” charcoal, and has got all ready for his “I am but following my lawful busijourney, when Gillian, his wife, gave ness, and am fetching a load of fuel to vent to her doubts about the matter. Wymond of the Wardrobe, according

“Ralph,” said she, “I'm thinking to promise. I shall be sore beat bethat yon man is not so simple as he

fore I be driven from my purpose." said. If he had been alone when you 'So might I thrive,” said Sir Rolland; gave him such a blow, my faith you I am determined thou shalt neither should have paid for it; therefore I see Wymond nor Will till I have brought advise you not to look near the court, thee before the king.” The collier stood for if you do, I'll wager my life, you and looked at the knight, who was shall have cause to rue it.” “Have no splendidly mounted, and armed in comfear for my life, dame; I shall keep my plete armour, gorgeously adorned with promise, and take my chance, to what diamonds and rubies, and all kinds of ever end it leads ;” and with that he precious stones that gleamed in the sunstarts by the dawn of day, with his horse | light; and he thought to himself, “If and creels, and jogs merrily along with he be as manly as he is well made, it his whip in his hand, on his way to will need no small pith to abide his court.

meeting.” Provoked at his coolness, The king appointed his trusty squire, the knight demanded him to cast the Sir Rolland, to watch for any man laden creels off his horse, and without more coming into town, with orders to con- ado to come away to the king. “In duct him to his presence.

Sir Rolland faith,” said Ralph, “it were great wondered what should induce the king, shame did I not keep my promise to on the solemn Christmas-day, to appoint fetch these coals to-day; and for all him such an errand, when he should be that thou hast said, I will abide by my at his devotions ; but, as in duty bound, word.” “ By the rood !” said the he takes his way, and after watching a knight, thou keepest me here half the good while without seeing any one, at day; to the court thou must come; to let last he spies the collier.

thee go were false to the king, from On meeting, the collier kneeled cour- which Christ me save! I know not teously to the knight, who returned his what he wants thee for, nor did he name salute, and then said—“Friend, leave you more than any other— I was to bring off thy courtesy, and come with me to the first man I met; it may be for your Paris; it is the king's orders that thou advantage for aught I know.” be brought before him without delay.” found me,” said the collier, “about no “In faith,” said the collier, “though I unlawful business; and by the Mother am but a common man and poorly clad, and the Maiden! if thou provoke me

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