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3995 Go thou by force into the land of Bire,

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King Vivien thou'lt succour there, at Imphe,
In the city which pagans have besieged.
The Christians there implore thee and beseech."
Right loth to go, that Emperour was he :
l-ooo ** 6od I " said the King : " My life is hard in-
deed ! "
Tears filled his eyes, he tore his snowy beard.



SO ENDS THE TALE

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Postscript



THE day after I had sent the last of my part
of this book to the Press, I came by
chance upon M. Leon Gautier*s final
edition of Roland.

This work, prepared for the use of Secondary
Schools in France, is so admirable, in every way
so necessary that its effect upon me has been that
of King Vivien's appeal upon Charlemagne.

Apart from its Introduction and Excurstis it
contains a Glossary, which makes me ashamedly
conscious of my temerity in translating ** im-
seen." But at present I will only admit to one
" howler," and that with reservations. In the
punishment of Guenes, 3968 reads :

" Devers une ewe ki est en mi un camp."

The word " ewe " MM. Gautier and de JuUeville
have alike rendered by " jument " ; I by "stream."
And to " stream " I adhere, for, although " ewe "
may be derived as well from ** equam " as from
" aquam," it is used in the latter sense five times
elsewhere in the poem, while " ewe "=" ec^uam,"
in a long poem abounding in the mention of
horses, occurs not once. I state this here to defend
myself from the charge of illiteracy which will, I
know, be brought heavily, on other grounds,
against me.

M. Gautier charged M. de JuUeville with an
idolatrous fidelity to the text of the Oxford MS.
To its 3998 lines he added but four ; and I have
added but one more. M. Gautier, from a careful
and impartial study of all the trustworthy versions
of the poem, has been able to emend it in many
corrupt places and to add latsses and single lines
to the number of five hundred. Upon his enlarged
text the next edition of this work will be based.

C. K. S. M.
London, October zjthj 1919.

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